Victor David Norbury

M, #931, b. 1900, d. 9 Jul 1974

Upper Beaconsfield Relevance

Norbury Road named after this family.
Probate (Will)* Victor David Norbury. Rtd. Beaconsfield. 09 Jul 1974. 783/117.1 
Birth*1900 Alexandra, VIC, Australia, #B23444 [par Walter James NORBURY & Emma COLLIS].2 
Marriage*10 Apr 1935Spouse: Isabella Frances Newman. Lilydale, VIC, Australia, #M5863.3
 
Marriage-Notice*12 Apr 1935WEDDING. The marriage of Mr Victor David Norbury and Miss Isabella F. Newman was quietly celebrated in the Presbyterian Church, Lilydale, on Wednesday, April 10th. The officiating minister was the Rev. G. L. Johnson. After the ceremony a reception was held at the Motorists Tea Rooms. There was a large assemblage of guests. The happy couple are going on a motor tour for the honeymoon.4 
Death*9 Jul 1974 Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, #D16103 (Age 73.)5 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1972Split Rock Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: no occupation. With Isabella Frances Norbury.6

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Clayton, VIC, Australia, MATTHEWS LAWN, LAWN/LAWN BEAM, ROW O GRAVE 047

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P7, unit 336; VPRS 7591/P4, unit 489.
  2. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#B23444 [par Walter James NORBURY & Emma COLLIS]."
  3. [S6] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Marriage Index Victoria 1921-1942.
  4. [S14] Newspaper - Alexandra and Yea Standard and Yarck, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express (Vic. : 1908 - 1949), Fri 12 Apr 1935, p2
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64727328
  5. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  6. [S172] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1972.
  7. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,.
Last Edited5 May 2018

Thomas James Newman

M, #938, b. 8 Aug 1916, d. 22 Mar 1946
Father*James Thomas Henry Newman b. 1889
Mother*Dora Evelyn Hall d. 1949
Probate (Will)* Thomas J Newman. Farmer. St Kilda. 22 Mar 1946. 375/693.
At the time of his death Thomas James Newman owned GEM-C-1+2, valued at £80. They were adjoining allotments and were unimproved.1 
Birth*8 Aug 1916 Alexandra, VIC, Australia, #B16908.2 
Land-UBeac*8 Feb 1940 GEM-C-1.2. Transfer from Robert William Berry MacKenzie to Thomas James Newman. 40a 0r 0p.3 
Marriage*14 Mar 1942Spouse: Winifred 'Winnie' Neale. VIC, Australia, #M5152.4,5
 
Military*19 Jul 1942Enlisted for military service: Geraldton, WA, Australia, Australian Army VX103571; Date of Discharge 4 Jan 1946 Posting at Discharge 55 AUST TRPT PLATOON; Locality on enlistment Beaconsfield.6 
Death*22 Mar 1946 Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #D3335 age 29 [reg Melb].7 
Death-Notice23 Mar 1946NEWMAN - Friends and Comrades of the late THOMAS JAMES NEWMAN (late 55th Aust. Transport Platoon 2nd A.I.F. ) will leave the Presbyterian Church, Berwick, on MONDAY (March 25) at 2 p.m. for the Berwick Cemetery. Remains at Ronald May's funeral parlour, 178 High street, St Kilda.
RONALD MAY St Kilda LA4406.8 
Death-Notice*23 Mar 1946NEWMAN-On March 22 at Alfred Hospital, Thomas James, dearly loved husband of Winnie Newman, late of Upper Beaconsfield, aged 29 years. -Peacefully sleeping.
NEWMAN -On March 22 Thomas James loving nephew of Mr and Mrs V. Norbury, Upper Beaconsfield.
NEWMAN -On March 22, Thomas James loving son of Harry and Dora Newman (Alexandra), loved brother of Evlyne, aged 29 years.8 
Land-Note*29 Jul 1946 GEM-C-1.2: Thomas James Newman died 22 March 1946. Probate of his will has been granted to Winifred Newman of 176 High Street St Kilda Widow.9 
Land-UBeac*29 Jul 1946 GEM-C-1.2. Transfer from Thomas James Newman to Winifred 'Winnie' Newman. 40a 0r 0p.10 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1942Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: labourer.11

Grave

  • Plot 5-042-B, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia, Newman Thomas James 1946 29 hus/ Winifred, son/ James & Dora12

Newspaper-Articles

  • 3 Apr 1946, BEACONSFIELD UPPER SOLDIER’S DEATH WITH DEEP REGRET we report the death on March 22nd of Thomas James Newman, late of Upper Beaconsfield. Deceased, who was only 29, was a returned soldier from the recent war. All sympathise deeply with his wife (nee Winnie Benson) in her sad loss.13

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 4305; VPRS 7591/P2, unit 1318.
  2. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920 "#B16908."
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1120-944 + 1166-171 - Thomas James Newman of Upper Beaconsfield Farmer.
  4. [S6] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Marriage Index Victoria 1921-1942 "indexed W'fred NEALE & Thos Jas NEWMANN."
  5. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Marriage Date from Thos Jas Newman's Probate.
  6. [S30] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWII, http://www.awm.gov.au/database/, Name      NEWMAN, THOMAS JAMES
    Service      Australian Army
    Service Number      VX103571
    Date of Birth      8 Aug 1916
    Place of Birth      ALEXANDRA, VIC
    Date of Enlistment      19 Jul 1942
    Locality on Enlistment      BEACONSFIELD, VIC
    Place of Enlistment      GERALDTON, WA
    Next of Kin      NEWMAN, WINIFRED
    Date of Discharge      4 Jan 1946
    Date of Death      22 Mar 1946
    Rank      Private
    Posting at Discharge      55 AUST TRPT PLATOON
    WW2 Honours and Gallantry      None for display
    Prisoner of War      No
    Roll of Honour      Unknown.
  7. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D3335 age 29 [reg Melb]."
  8. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 23 Mar 1946 p20.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1120-944 + 1166-171 - Thomas James Newman died 22 March 1946. Probate of his will has been granted to Winifred Newman of 176 High Street St Kilda Widow.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1120-944 + 1166-171 - Winifred Newman of 176 High Street St Kilda Widow.
  11. [S142] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1942.
  12. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    5-042-B Newman T.V. M 29 25/03/1946 1174
    bw2166 Newman Thomas James 1946 29 hus/ Winifred, son/ James & Dora.
  13. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (1927-1954) "3 Apr 1946, p2."
Last Edited17 Dec 2016

Winifred 'Winnie' Neale

F, #939, b. 24 May 1916, d. 24 Apr 1993
Land-Note* 1948 Newman Winifred c/- T F Ezard Lascelles Vic Domestic 40a C-1.2. N6
1949 - 27.10.1950 sells to Norman Crowley of Clyde for £400 N6 in 1951 address Narre W North
1953 - to Douglas Lionel Chapman 1001 Pt Nepean Road Moorabbin 4/5/52 for £500
1961 - same owner N30.1 
Probate (Will)* WINIFRED EZARD. MARRIED WOMAN. MARYBOROUGH. 24 Apr 1993. 1080123.2 
Name Variation Winifred 'Winnie' Neale was also known as Benson. 
Married NameEzard. 
Married NameNewman. 
Birth*24 May 1916 England.3 
Marriage*14 Mar 1942Spouse: Thomas James Newman. VIC, Australia, #M5152.4,5
 
Widow22 Mar 1946Winifred 'Winnie' Neale became a widow upon the death of her husband Thomas James Newman.6 
Land-UBeac*29 Jul 1946 GEM-C-1.2. Transfer from Thomas James Newman to Winifred 'Winnie' Newman. 40a 0r 0p.7 
Marriage*18 Jan 1947Spouse: Thomas Francis Ezard. VIC, Australia, #M3367.3,8
 
Land-UBeac*6 Feb 1951 GEM-C-1.2. Transfer from Winifred 'Winnie' Newman to Norman Crowley. 40a 0r 0p - PP £400.9,10 
Death*24 Apr 1993 VIC, Australia. 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1942Edrington, Princes Highway, Berwick, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.11

Newspaper-Articles

  • 3 Apr 1946, BEACONSFIELD UPPER SOLDIER’S DEATH WITH DEEP REGRET we report the death on March 22nd of Thomas James Newman, late of Upper Beaconsfield. Deceased, who was only 29, was a returned soldier from the recent war. All sympathise deeply with his wife (nee Winnie Benson) in her sad loss.12

Citations

  1. [S66] Berwick Shire Rates, 1870-1965.
  2. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P24, unit 37.
  3. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, 2816043 Owner: Brian_Ezard.
  4. [S6] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Marriage Index Victoria 1921-1942 "indexed W'fred NEALE & Thos Jas NEWMANN."
  5. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Marriage Date from Thos Jas Newman's Probate.
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D3335 age 29 [reg Melb]."
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1120-944 + 1166-171 - Winifred Newman of 176 High Street St Kilda Widow.
  8. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "married as Winnie NEWMAN."
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1120-944 + 1166-171 - Norman Crowley of Narre Warren North Farmer - C/T 7511-049.
  10. [S66] Berwick Shire Rates, 1870-1965 1948 Newman Winifred c/- T F Ezard Lascelles Vic Domestic 40a C-1.2. N6
    1949 - 27.10.1950 sells to Norman Crowley of Clyde for £400 N6 in 1951 address Narre W North.
  11. [S142] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1942 "as NEWMAN."
  12. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (1927-1954) "3 Apr 1946, p2."
Last Edited27 Jan 2018

George Gissing

M, #940, b. 1832, d. 29 Aug 1890
Father*George Gissing b. 1807, d. Mar 1872
Mother*Mary Skinner b. 1808, d. Nov 1872
Birth*1832 Eye, Suffolk, England.1 
Marriage*21 Apr 1856Spouse: Maria Bryant. St Thomas' Church in the Liberty of the Rolls, Strand, London, England, Jun Q [Strand] 1b 565.2
Land-UBeac*b 16 Apr 1879George Gissing selected land from the Crown. GEM-D-18. 19a 3r 38p - No Land File
Selected by Geo. GISSING on 16 Apr 1879.3 
Land-Note*1 Aug 1879 GEM-D-18: Mortgagee: William Gilbee - discharged 11 Aug 1882. Mortgagor was George Gissing.4 
Land-UBeac*14 Jun 1882 GEM-D-17. Transfer from George Edward Gissing to George Gissing. 19a 3r 38p.5 
Land-UBeac*14 Jun 1882 GEM-D-19. Transfer from Emily Gissing to George Gissing. 19a 3r 22p.6 
Land-Note*11 Aug 1882 GEM-D-17.18.19: Mortgagee: Marks Herman. 2nd mortgage on 10 Jul 1883 - not discharged. Mortgagor was George Gissing.7 
Land-Note17 Mar 1887 GEM-D-17.18.19: Memo No 13380 - Copy write of Fieri Facias issued out of the Supreme Court in an action No 1021 Marks Herman against George Gissing served 17 March 1887 at 10.56 am.8 
Land-UBeac*22 Mar 1887 GEM-D-17.18.19. Transfer from George Gissing to Marks Herman.9 
Death*29 Aug 1890 Alfred Hospital, Prahran, VIC, Australia, #D13405 age 58 [par George GISSING & Mary SKINNER].1 
Death-Notice*1 Sep 1890GISSING. - On the 29th ult, at the Alfred Hospital (removed there for surgical treatment), George, the beloved husband of Maria Gissing, aged 58, late of St. Kilda and Beaconsfield, second son of the late George Gissing, of Eye, county of Suffolk, England.
THE Friends of the late Mr. GEORGE GISSING, late of Fitzroy-street, St Kilda, and Beaconsfield, are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment in the St Kilda Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to move from the Alfred Hospital THIS DAY (Monday, the 1st September), at 3 o'clock.
ALFRED AUGUSTUS SLEIGHT, Undertaker, 182 Collins-street ; High street, St. Kilda ; and Chapel-street, South Yarra.10 
Probate (Will)*20 Apr 1891 45/338. Hotel Keeper, late of Beaconsfield.11 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
30 Mar 1851Anthony GISSING, Road Side, Thornham Magna, Suffolk, EnglandAge 18 - Visitor (Nephew)12

Grave

  • Wesleyan Monumental Comp B Grave 229, St Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, GISSING13,14

Family

Maria Brooks b. 1835, d. 19 Nov 1907
Children 1.Emily Gissing+ b. Mar 1857, d. 3 Oct 1920
 2.George Edward Gissing+ b. Mar 1859, d. 21 Mar 1903
 3.Edith Maud Gissing b. 17 Oct 1869, d. 1955

Newspaper-Articles

  • 14 Feb 1882, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15. At Twelve O'clock. At the Tea Salerooms, 32 Collins street West. Sale by Auction of SIXTY ACRES of LAND Adjoining Beaconsfield-house, BEACONSFIELD, Suitable for Gentleman's Country Residence Seat. To Gentlemen In Search of Residential Sites and Others.
    J.B. PATTERSON has been favoured with instructions from the representatives of the late Henry Tullett, as agents for the owner, to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, as above, All that piece of land comprising Crown Allotments 17, 18, and 19 of Section D, parish of Gembrook, containing SIXTY ACRES.
    This property occupies one of the most elevated and charming sites in this locality, adjoining the Beaconsfield-house, and known as the SUGAR-LOAF HILL.
    The land is securely fenced and partially cleared. Title Certificate.15
  • 25 Dec 1886, BEACONSFIELD.-Gissing's Gipps Land Hotel, five minutes' walk from railway station, superior ACCOMMODATION, charges moderate. Picnics arranged for. Horses for hire.16
  • 19 Jan 1887, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26. At Twelve O'Clock. In the Rooms. BEACONSFIELD. FOR ABSOLUTE SALE, 60 Acres of the Most Magnificent Land In this Fashionable and Favourable Part, And Known As Mr G Gissen's THE SUGARLOAF HILL,
    Adjacent to Sommers's Hotel and Occupying the Highest Position in Beaconsfield notwithstanding which All of the Land is Most Admirably Adapted for subdivisional Purposes or for a Site for one Residence its Equal is Not to be Found in this Popular Summer Resort.
    By the Direction of the Mortgagee.
    MUNRO and BAILLIEU have received positive instructions to SELL on the above date. This sale will afford an opportunity to Speculators and investors. The like of which rarely occurs.17
  • 10 Nov 1887, STOLEN from the person of George Gissing, in Melbourne, on the 4th instant, a silver hunting english lever watch, by Rotherhams, No. 21721 ; a double gold albert, long-link pattern ; and a gold oval locket, with " G. B." engraved on it. Value £20. Complainant lives at Beaconsfield.-O 8331. 7th November 1887.18
  • 29 Aug 1891, In Memoriam. GISSING-In affectionate remembrance of George Gissing, who departed this life on the 29th August, 1890.19

Citations

  1. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#D13405 age 58 [par George GISSING & Mary SKINNER]."
  2. [S9] GRO "Jun Q [Strand] 1b 565."
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1117-262 - George Gissing of St Kilda.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1117-262 - Mortgage No 32804 - William Gilbee - discharged 11 Aug 1882.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1351-036 - Edward George Gissing to George Gissing of St Kilda Tailor - C/T 1362-288.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1351-035 - Emily Gissing to George Gissing of St Kilda Tailor - C/T 1362-287.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1362-288 + C/T 1117-262 + C/T 1362-287 - George Gissing to Marks Herman 11 Aug 1882 No 50814
    George Gissing to Marks Herman 11 Jul 1883 No 55594.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1362-288 + C/T 1117-262 + C/T 1362-287 - Memo No 13380 - Copy write of Fieri Facias issued out of the Supreme Court in an action No 1021 Marks Herman against George Gissing served 17 March 1887 at 10.56 am.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1362-288 + C/T 1117-262 + C/T 1362-287 - Marks Herman of 19 Little Collins Street Melbourne Job Warehouseman is now the proprietor.
  10. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 1 Sep 1890 p1.
  11. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 45/338. Hotel Keeper, late of Beaconsfield.
  12. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Class: HO107; Piece: 1795; Folio: 426; Page: 6; GSU roll: 207444."
  13. [S48] Index of burials in the cemetery of St Kilda,
    http://www.deceasedsearch.com
    Index of St Kilda inscriptions on GSV website does not list this family - so presumably no stone.
  14. [S20] Various indexed records of GSV - Genealogical Society Victoria "Inscription on gravestone reads "GISSING.""
  15. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 14 Feb 1882, p3
    There is no evidence in Henry Tullett's probate that he had anything to do with this land. The subsequent advertisement also mentions Tullett, so there may have been a typo.
    J.B. PATTERSON has been favoured with instructions from the representatives of the late Henry
    Tullett, as agents for the owner, to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION,.
  16. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 25 Dec 1886 p11.
  17. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 19 Jan 1887, p2.
  18. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette, 10 Nov 1887, p315.
  19. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 29 Aug 1891 p1.
Last Edited26 Mar 2018

Maria Brooks

F, #944, b. 1835, d. 19 Nov 1907
Married NameGissing. 
Married NameBryant. 
Birth*1835 England [par George BROOKS]. 
Marriage*3 Oct 1852Spouse: Samuel Bryant. St Phillips Church, Bethnal Green, London, England, Dec Q [Bethnal Green] 1c 694.1
Marriage*21 Apr 1856Spouse: George Gissing. St Thomas' Church in the Liberty of the Rolls, Strand, London, England, Jun Q [Strand] 1b 565.2
Land-UBeac*1 Oct 1888 PAK-1A (Application 28640) (45a). Transfer from Charles Souter to Maria Gissing. Title to 36a 2r 38 5/10p of land issued on 2 Feb 1893.
Contract of Sale: I, Charles Souter formerly of Berwick in the Colony of Victoria but now of Upper Beaconsfield in the said Colony Gentleman do hereby acknowledge to have received from Maria Gissing of Beaconsfield aforesaid Widow the sum of two thousand five hundred pounds being the full amount of purchase money payable under contract of sale dated the first day of October one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight for all that piece of land containing forty five acres or thereabouts being part of crown portion one of section A Parish of Pakenham and County of Mornington and being the land delineated and shown on the map annexed hereto and thereon coloured red. Dated the fourteenth day of April 1892. Signed by the said Charles Souter.3,4 
Widow29 Aug 1890She became a widow upon the death of her husband George Gissing.5 
Land-UBeac*3 Mar 1892 PAK-1A (Application 28640) (7a). Transfer from Maria Gissing to John Vail Cougle. I John Vail Cougle of Beaconsfield Licensed Victualler do hereby consent to the above mentioned application and to the plan of survey lodged therein and to the issue of the Certificate of title in my name for the land described in Contract of Sale bearing date the 3rd day of Merch 1892 from Maria Gissing to me the said John Vail Cougle. Dated this 20th day of October one thousand eight hundred and ninety two.3 
Death*19 Nov 1907 Nar Nar Goon, VIC, Australia, #D13538 (Age 74) [par George BROOKES & Unknown].6 
Death-Notice*23 Nov 1907GISSING.—On the 19th November, at Nar-Nar-Goon, after long and painful suffering, Maria, relict of the late George Gissing, Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, aged 74. At rest.
(Interred privately, St Kilda Cemetery, November 21.)7 

Grave

  • Wesleyan Monumental Comp B Grave 229, St Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, GISSING8,9

Family

George Gissing b. 1832, d. 29 Aug 1890
Children 1.Emily Gissing+ b. Mar 1857, d. 3 Oct 1920
 2.George Edward Gissing+ b. Mar 1859, d. 21 Mar 1903
 3.Edith Maud Gissing b. 17 Oct 1869, d. 1955

Newspaper-Articles

  • 12 Aug 1892, NO. 28,640.— TRANSFER of LAND ACT 1890.— MARIA GISSING, of Beaconsfield, in the county of Mornington, widow, has APPLIED to bring the land described at the foot hereof under the above act ; and the Commissioner of Titles has directed notice of the application to be advertised in The Age newspaper, and has appointed fourteen days from such advertisement, after which time the land may be brought under the operation of the act, unless a caveat shall be lodged forbidding the same. Dated 9th day, of August, 1892.
    LAND REFERRED TO : Part of Crown portion 1, section A, at Beaconsfield, parish of Pakenham, county of Mornington, commencing at the intersection of the eastern side of Beaconsfield-road and the north-east side of the main Gippsland road, thence northerly along the Beaconsfield-road 13 8-10 links, thence north-easterly 740 9-10 links, and thence easterly 2155 7-10 links along Crown portion 53 said parish of Pakenham, thence south-westerly 602 links, southerly 1323 links, south-westerly 463 links and 417 links, thence north-westerly along the main Gippsland road 1365 5-10 links and 1739 3-10 links to the commencing point
    H. C. A. HARRISON. Registrar of Titles.
    HODGSON and FINLAYSON, of City Bank-chambers, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Solicitors for the applicant.10

Citations

  1. [S9] GRO "Dec Q [Bethnal Green] 1c 694."
  2. [S9] GRO "Jun Q [Strand] 1b 565."
  3. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Application File 28640. The land was split into two allotments, one measuring 7 acres, the other measuring 36a 2r 38 5/10p.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2460-931 - Maria Gissing of Beaconsfield in the County of Mornington Widow (Application 28640).
  5. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#D13405 age 58 [par George GISSING & Mary SKINNER]."
  6. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 23 Nov 1907 p13.
  8. [S48] Index of burials in the cemetery of St Kilda,
    http://www.deceasedsearch.com
    Index of St Kilda inscriptions on GSV website does not list this family - so presumably no stone.
  9. [S20] Various indexed records of GSV - Genealogical Society Victoria "Inscription on gravestone reads "GISSING.""
  10. [S16] Newspaper - The Age The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Fri 12 Aug 1892, p8
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199342367
Last Edited3 Apr 2018

Arthur Hay Somner

M, #945, b. 1841, d. 22 Mar 1901
Arthur Hay SOMNER
(1841-1901)
Birth*1841 Legerwood, Berwickshire, Scotland.1,2 
(Migrant) Migration/TravelMar 1878 Sailing with Dr William Fetherstonhaugh Grace Foreman to Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Ship Tararua from New Zealand
Age 39.3 
Marriage*30 Apr 1887Spouse: Grace Foreman. St Leonards, NSW, Australia, NSW #M3459.4
 
Note*b 1890 Grace Foreman during court case Charles Duncan YUNKEN [sic], son of E F YUNKEN [sic] the mortgagee of Somner's property at Beaconsfield gave evidence. 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel5 Aug 1891 Sailing with Grace Somner Priscilla Paul to Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Ship Teutonic sailing from New York
Age 51.5 
MarriageDec 1891Spouse: Grace Foreman. Marylebone, London, England, Dec Q [Marylebone] 1a 1238.6
 
(Migrant) Migration/TravelSep 1899 Sailing with Grace Foreman to Bluff, New Zealand. Ship Monowai via Hobart
Age 60.7 
Death*22 Mar 1901 On board Steamship "Monowai", At Sea, on route from New Zealand to Melbourne.8 
Death-Notice*25 Mar 1901SOMNER.- On the 22nd March, on board the Monowai, Arthur H Somner, beloved husband of Grace Somner, aged 60 years.9 
Probate (Will)*16 May 1901 78/992 Gentleman Kew.8 

Grave

  • St Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, PRESBYTERIAN, MONUMENTAL, COMPARTMENT A GRAVE 1008,10

Newspaper-Articles

  • 11 Jun 1877, Death of brother: SOMNER.-On the 9th inst.,at Bridport-street, Albert-park, William Somner, aged 44.11
  • 21 Dec 1881, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, BEACONSFIELD. A. H. SOMNER desires to intimate to his friends and the public generally that he has RE-OPENED this commodious establishment as a First-class HOTEL. It is situated in the Gipps Land Ranges, 28 miles from Melbourne and five miles from the Beaconsfield railway station. Grand scenery, pure air, and superior accommodation.
    Post and telegraph offices attached to the premises.12
  • 24 Dec 1881, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, BEACONSFIELD. A. H. SOMNER decires to Intimate to his friends and the public generally that he has RE OPENED this commodious establishment as a First class HOTEL. It is situated in the Gipps Land Ranges, 28 miles from Melbourne and five miles from the Beaconsfield railway station. Grand scenery, pure air, and superior accommodation.
    Post and telegraph offices attached to the premises.13
  • 2 Mar 1882, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, Beaconsfield, Gipps Land Ranges.-There are VACANCIES now at the above for Families.
    A. H SOMNER, Proprietor.14
  • 10 Dec 1884, BERWICK LICENSING COURT. DECMBER 5, 1884. .... Applications for the renewal of publican's licenses were granted to the following persons:-Robert Bain, Border hotel; Mary A. Kay, Gippsland hotel; Anne Milne, Bush inn; Catherine Bourke, Bourke's hotel; Arthur H. Somner, Beaconsfield hotel; Hubert Lenne, Pine Grove hotel. A billiard table license was granted to Mary A. Kay.15
  • 28 Jan 1885, Publican's Licence: Somner, A. H., Beaconsfield16
  • 25 Mar 1885, Charles Swift v. Arthur H. Somner; a charge of using insulting words in a public place. Mr. Demaine appeared for the plaintiff, Mr. Lowe for the defendant, who denied the charge. It seemed that complainant had gone to the post office at Beaconsfield where defendant is post master, for his letters, when a complaint was made about his letters being detained, and which had been represented to the Postmaster-General, which had created some ill-feeling between the parties. It was stated in evidence that defendant had closed the post office window, came out and used the language complained of.— Mr. Lowe applied for an adjournment to obtain the attendance of a witness who, it was alleged, heard the altercation through an open window.—The Bench adjourned the case to the 17th April. Costs to be costs in the cause.17
  • 3 Feb 1886, Publican's Licence: Somner, A., Beaconsfield18
  • 16 Aug 1886, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE family hotel, Upper Beaconsfield, meet train receipt letters or telegrams. A. H. Somner proprietor.19
  • 25 Dec 1886, BEACONSFIELD-HOUSE HOTEL, Upper Beaconsfield.-A. H. SOMNER desires to intimate his numerous friends and patrons that he has completed Extensive ADDITIONS to the above well- known summer resort. Conveyance meets first train from town, and other trains as per arrangement. Telegraph attached.20
  • 21 Nov 1887, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30. At Twelve O'clock. At the rooms, 59 Queen-street, Melbourne. The BEACONSFIELD-HOUSE HOTEL, The Sanatorium of Victoria, "The Most Perfectly Beautiful Summer Resort In Australia." - The Vagabond.
    With 40 Acres of Land, Beautifully laid out in Orchards, Lawns, Vegetable Gardens, Paddocks, &c.
    Together with the Whole of the HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, in Splendid Order, Linen, Plate, Horses, Cows, Waggonettes, Buggies, &c,
    This Charming Spot is situated 1200ft Above Sea Level, Commanding Magnificent Views of French and Phillip Islands, Westernport, Hastings, Queenscliff, and the Whole of the Surrounding Country.
    The House is Situated Five Miles from the BEACONSFIELD STATION, 28 Miles from Melbourne, And Contains 60 Rooms.
    The Railway to Gembrook, the Construction of which is in Immediate Prospect, Passes Within 800 Yards of the House.
    To Gentleman In Search of a Mountain Retreat, Hotel and Boardinghouse Keepers, Syndicates, Companies, and Others.
    JOHNSON and APPLETON have received instructions from A. H. Somner, Esq., who is retiring from business, to SELL by AUCTION, at their rooms, 59 Queen-street, at twelve o'clock, on Wednesday, 30th November,
    The above magnificent property, on which is situated the Beaconsfield-house Hotel, containing 60 rooms, all most excellently furnished and carpeted. There is also splendid stabling for 20 horses, coachhouses, piggeries, &c., and every convenience for carrying on a first-class hotel.
    The grounds are all laid out in lawns, ferneries, fruit gardens, with trees loaded, vegetable gardens, with any quantity of vegetables, strawberries, raspberries, currants, &c. With the house is given the whole of furniture, bedding, linen, plate, horses, traps, cows, and harness ; in fact, all the buyer has to do is to step in to a going concern. The furniture and plant cost over £3000.
    The above is for positive and absolute sale, and to an energetic man there is a fortune to be made, as the house is patronised by the elite of Victoria.
    Intending purchasers should go up and inspect for themselves, for it is impossible to adequately describe this charming spot. The telegraph is in the house, and traps will be sent to meet any train.
    Terms at Sale.
    Johnson and Appleton, auctioneers, 59 Queen street, Melbourne.21
  • 30 Dec 1887, INTENDING visitors for BEACONSFIELD HOUSE HOTEL. Upper Beaconsfield must either write or telegraph for conveyance to meet them to avoid mistakes.22
  • 7 Jan 1889, MAGPIE LOST, calls "Arthur." Reward. Kelso, Cotham-road, Kew. A. H. Somner.23
  • 15 May 1889, Death of sister: FERGUSSON.—On the 27th March, at London, Jean Veitch, wife of Thomas Fergusson, of the Manchester and Liverpool District Bank, daughter of Francis Somner, Kelso, Scotland, and sister of A. H. Somner, Kew.24
  • 22 Mar 1902, SUMNER:-In memory of Arthur Hay; beloved husband of Grace Sumner, "Kelso," Kew, who died on S.S. Monowai, 22nd of March, 1901, in his 61th year. (Buried on 27th of March, in Presbyterian portion of St. Kilda Cemetery.)25
  • 22 Mar 1902, Death of brother: SOMNER.-On the 8th January, 1902, at "Newlands," Kelso-on-Tweed, Scotland, Edward Somner, youngest and only surviving son of the late Francis and Jessie Somner, in his 60th year.25

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, • He appeared on the census in 1851 in Kelso, Roxburgshire. 1851 Kelso census (district 793):
    Horsemarket Street:
    Francis Somner, Head, Mar, 47, Tradesman & General Merchant, [born] Gifford, Haddington
    Jessie do, Wife, Mar, 46, [born] Roxburghshire, Melrose
    John do, Son, U, 21, Shopman , [born] Berwickshire, Legerwood
    William do, Son, U, 18, do >-(Seedsmen), [born] do do
    George do, Son, 15, do /, [born] do do
    Jean do, Daur, 12, At home, [born] do do
    Arthur do, Son, 10, Scholar, [born] do do
    Edward do, Son, 8, do, [born] do do
    Isabella Scott, Serv, U, 30, House Servant, [born] do do
    Margaret Gatterson, do, U, 22, do, [born] do do
    Jemima Rutherford, do, U, 14, do, [born] do do
    John Renwick, do, U, 12, App.Seedsman, [born] do Makerston.
  2. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, 8 Ancestry.com, "1841 Scotland Census," database on-line, Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com). Cit. Date: 18 Mar 2006; Parish: Legerwood; ED: 3; Page: 4; Line: 720 Address: West Moriston
    SOMNER FRANCIS M 37 Farmer Scotland
    SOMNER AGNES F 4 Berwickshire, Scotland
    SOMNER JEAN F 3 Berwickshire, Scotland
    SOMNER ARTHUR M 1 Berwickshire, Scotland
    USHERTHOMAS M 15 Cl Scotland;
    Original data: 1841 Scotland Census. Edinburgh, Scotland: General Register Office for Scotland. Reels 1-151. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  3. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), N155 002.
  4. [S7] Registry of NSW Births Deaths and Marriages "NSW #M3459."
  5. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Source Citation: Class: BT26; Piece: 13; Item: 32
    Ancestry.com. UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
  6. [S9] GRO "Dec Q [Marylebone] 1a 1238."
  7. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Monowai. Sep 1899/002.
  8. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 78/992 Gentleman Kew.
  9. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 25 Mar 1901, p1.
  10. [S48] Index of burials in the cemetery of St Kilda,
    PRESBYTERIAN, MONUMENTAL, COMPARTMENT A GRAVE 100
    Arthur was buried 27 Mar 1901; Grace 14 Dec 1907; also George PAUL, aged 12 buried 12 Sep 1880.
  11. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 11 Jun 1877, p1 (brother of Arthur).
  12. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 21 Dec 1881 p11.
  13. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 24 Dec 1881 p5.
  14. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 2 Mar 1882 p6.
  15. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 10 Dec 1884, p3.
  16. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette, 28 Jan 1885, p26.
  17. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 25 Mar 1885, p3.
  18. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette, 3 Feb 1886, p37.
  19. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 16 Aug 1886 p8.
  20. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 25 Dec 1886 p11.
  21. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 21 Nov 1887 p3.
  22. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 30 Dec 1887 p8.
  23. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 7 Jan 1889, p1.
  24. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 15 May 1889, p1.
  25. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 22 Mar 1902, p9.
Last Edited12 Jan 2017

George Edward Gissing

M, #946, b. Mar 1859, d. 21 Mar 1903
Father*George Gissing b. 1832, d. 29 Aug 1890
Mother*Maria Brooks b. 1835, d. 19 Nov 1907
Birth*Mar 1859 W London, England, Mar Q [W London] 1c 50.1 
Land-UBeac*b 16 Apr 1879George Edward Gissing selected land from the Crown. GEM-D-17. 19a 3r 38p - No Land File
Selected by Edw. G. GISSING on 16 Apr 1879.2 
Marriage*1882Spouse: Charlotte Landor. VIC, Australia, #M1830.3
 
Land-UBeac*14 Jun 1882 GEM-D-17. Transfer from George Edward Gissing to George Gissing. 19a 3r 38p.4 
Death*21 Mar 1903 28 Errol-street, Brunswick, VIC, Australia, #D812 age 44 [par George GISSING & Maria BRYANT].5 
Death-Notice*26 Mar 1903GISSING. —On the 21th March at No 28 Errol-street Brunswick, George Edward (Dick), the dearly beloved husband of Charlotte Gissing and eldest son of the late George Gissing, of St Kilda, aged 44 years. Asleep in Jesus.6 

Citations

  1. [S9] GRO "Mar Q [W London] 1c 50."
  2. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1351-036 - Edward George Gissing of St Kilda.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#M1830."
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1351-036 - Edward George Gissing to George Gissing of St Kilda Tailor - C/T 1362-288.
  5. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913 "#D812 age 44 [par George GISSING & Maria BRYANT]."
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 26 Mar 1903 p1.
Last Edited13 Nov 2016

Charlotte Landor

F, #947, b. 1857, d. 1935
Married NameGissing. 
Birth*1857 Derbyshire, England.1 
Marriage*1882Spouse: George Edward Gissing. VIC, Australia, #M1830.2
 
Widow21 Mar 1903Charlotte Landor became a widow upon the death of her husband George Edward Gissing.3 
Death*1935 Richmond, VIC, Australia, #D251 age 78 [par Richard LANDOR & Unknown].1 

Citations

  1. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D251 age 78 [par Richard LANDOR & Unknown]."
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#M1830."
  3. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913 "#D812 age 44 [par George GISSING & Maria BRYANT]."
Last Edited13 Nov 2016

Edith Maud Gissing

F, #958, b. 17 Oct 1869, d. 1955
Father*George Gissing b. 1832, d. 29 Aug 1890
Mother*Maria Brooks b. 1835, d. 19 Nov 1907
Married NamePegler. 
Birth*17 Oct 1869 Fitzroy street, St Kilda, VIC, Australia. [not registered] 
Birth-Notice*22 Oct 1869GISSING.-On the 17th inst, at Fitzroy-street, St Kilda, Mrs. George Gissing of a daughter. Both doing well.1 
Marriage*24 Apr 1918Spouse: Charles Joel Pegler. St Martin's Church of England, Hawksburn, VIC, Australia, #M2382.2
 
Marriage-Notice*22 Jun 1918PEGLER — GISSING. — On the 24th April, 1918, at St. Martin's Church of England, Hawksburn, by Rev. L. T. Maund, Charles Joel, eldest son of Mrs. S. A. Pegler, and the late C. W. Pegler, of Castlemaine, to Edith Maud, youngest daughter of the late George and Maria Gissing, of St. Kilda and Nar Nar Goon.3 
Death*1955 Ringwood, VIC, Australia, #D21524 age 86 -- as PEGLER.4 

Citations

  1. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 22 Oct 1869 p4.
  2. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920 "#M2382."
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 22 Jun 1918 p11.
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D21524 age 86 -- as PEGLER."
Last Edited13 Nov 2016

Emily Gissing

F, #959, b. Mar 1857, d. 3 Oct 1920
Father*George Gissing b. 1832, d. 29 Aug 1890
Mother*Maria Brooks b. 1835, d. 19 Nov 1907
Married NameNesbitt. 
Married NameBrown. 
Birth*Mar 1857 W London, England, Mar Q [W London] 1c 61.1 
Land-UBeac*b 16 Apr 1879Emily Gissing selected land from the Crown. GEM-D-19. 19a 3r 22p - No Land File
Selected by Emily GISSING on 16 Apr 1879.2 
Land-UBeac*14 Jun 1882 GEM-D-19. Transfer from Emily Gissing to George Gissing. 19a 3r 22p.3 
Marriage*14 Aug 1885Spouse: George Brown. Gore Street Church, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia, #M4948.4,5
 
Marriage-Notice*29 Aug 1885BROWN—GISSING.—On the 14th inst., by the Rev. J. M'Kie, George, only son of George Brown, Esq., merchant, Berwick, to Emily, eldest daughter George Gissing, Esq., St. Kilda.6 
Widow31 May 1887Emily Gissing became a widow upon the death of her husband George Brown.7 
Marriage*1898Spouse: William David Nesbitt. VIC, Australia, #M7158.8
 
Death*3 Oct 1920 Nar Nar Goon, VIC, Australia, #D15845 (Age 63) - as NESBITT.9 
Death-Notice*16 Oct 1920NESBITT.-On the 3rd October, at Nar-nar-goon, Emily, beloved wife of William Nesbitt, and eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Gissing, St. Kilda.
NESBITT.-On the 3rd October, at Nar-nar-goon, Emily, the dearly loved sister of Stephen and Harry Gissing and Edith Pegler, after a long illness. At rest.10 
Probate (Will)*23 May 1921 177/038 Administration.11 

Citations

  1. [S9] GRO "Mar Q [W London] 1c 61."
  2. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1351-035 - Emily Gissing of St Kilda.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1351-035 - Emily Gissing to George Gissing of St Kilda Tailor - C/T 1362-287.
  4. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  5. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Brown-Paterson-Calder-Glover-Chibnall-Stewart Family Tree
    Owner: Laura Brown.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 29 Aug 1885, p1.
  7. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#D5300 age 23 [par George BROWN & Margaret STEWART] [reg. Berwick] Mother as STUART."
  8. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#M7158."
  9. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920.
  10. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 16 Oct 1920 p13.
  11. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 177/038 Administration.
Last Edited13 Nov 2016

George Brown

M, #960, b. 12 Nov 1863, d. 31 May 1887
Father*George Brown b. c 1834, d. 29 Dec 1896
Mother*Margaret Stewart b. c 1827, d. 28 Jul 1884
Birth*12 Nov 1863 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #B865/1864.1 
Marriage*14 Aug 1885Spouse: Emily Gissing. Gore Street Church, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia, #M4948.1,2
 
Marriage-Notice*29 Aug 1885BROWN—GISSING.—On the 14th inst., by the Rev. J. M'Kie, George, only son of George Brown, Esq., merchant, Berwick, to Emily, eldest daughter George Gissing, Esq., St. Kilda.3 
Death*31 May 1887 Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, #D5300 age 23 [par George BROWN & Margaret STEWART].4 
Inquest1 Jun 1887Inquest held 1887/663. Brown, George, Killed by a train , Berwick.5 
Death-Notice*2 Jun 1887BROWN.-On the 31st ult. (accidentally killed), at Beaconsfield, George, the dearly beloved husband of Emily Brown, aged 24 years.6 

Grave

  • 5-103+B, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia, buried next to their son (who is in unmarked grave)7

Newspaper-Articles

  • 12 Oct 1881, BERWICK: From our Correspondent. A very pleasant concert was held in the Berwick State School on Friday evening last, when Mr. T. C. Camm, the head teacher, was made the happy recipient of a testimonial in token of the esteem in which he is held by his numerous friends in Berwick. The testimonial was in the shape of a gold watch and an illuminated address. A short prologue was read before the concert began by George Brown, junior, one of Mr. Camm's old scholars, and each and all who contributed afterwards to the concert—which by the way was a great success—did so heartily, and with a deep sense of what is due to Mr Camm for his laudable endeavors, and his willingness to engage and assist in charitable objects.
    Mr. James Gibb, M.L.A., occupied the chair, and while presenting the testimonial expressed the great plea sure it afforded him, as well as the recipient's numerous friends, in having brought about such an occasion as that was. Mr Jacob Hessell read the address, and Mr Camm suitably replied on behalf of himself, Mrs. Camm, and family.8
  • 13 Sep 1882, THE BERWICK PARTY. The most successful local party of the season was held at Berwick on Friday last, when about a hundred ladies and gentlemen responded to the invitation of Mr and Mrs George Brown, to assemble at a private party. The evening was very wet, but as the ample accommodation of Border Hotel was brought into requisition, lots of room was found for everyone in a very comfortable way. The impression that my wife and I formed was a very happy one, and I am prepared to talk about it "till further orders," as the saving goes.
    Mr and Mrs Bain were in the most amiable humour and remained so all the evening. It may also be remarked that Mr Bain gallantly stayed up till four in the morning— without going off to sleep—a feat never before attained by that gentleman under any circumstances. He entertained the elderly gentlemen in a a side parlor with scientific subjects and scientific philosophy (including remarks on the origin of species) and galavanted about the ball room in a most frisky manner. His exuberance reached a climax when the band played the Highland Fling. Then he joined the vigorous exercise because he couldn't restrain himself, and with Mrs A. Dunbar for a vis-a-vis, fairly eclipsed every thing hitherto seen in line of "flings". He "flung" his figure about until the musicians panted for breath. There were others engaged in the dance, but they are not to be spoken of in the same breath. Mr Thomas Henderson, Mr D. Crichton, Miss J. Bain, and others, had a turn at it, while the rest of the company looked on with pleased delight. I could not observe that anyone in the company thought himself or herself, as the case might be, too good to mix with anyone else present, and I mention this as it struck me as an unpardonable breach of the usual "society" etiquette. Nevertheless it pleased me, and lots of other good judges too, to notice it. This genial, sociable, condition of things was commuented upon favorably by several gentlemen who made speeches during the night ; by Mr J. Gibb, M.L A., the Rev Mr Martin, and Mr Charles Hill, who were all in the most happy speechmaking humor.
    The large drawing room upstairs was devoted to card parties and music, vocal and instrumental, and was a pleasant resort through the evening It was too cold to go out on the balconies, so no one ventured there— also an uncommon element at "society" gatherings. This is a stern fact ! The supper and refreshment tables were laid out in such form that it was difficult not to forget oneselves, and to remember where to draw a fashionable line on the question of appetite: The refreshments, of endless variety, were splendidly served, and did Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Bain the greatest credit.
    An excellent string band (Professor Boom's) discoursed the dance music in first-class style and selected the latest and most approved waltzes and quadrilles. Dancing alternated with vocal music by several ladies and gentlemen, was kept up with enthusiasm until five o'clock in the morning, and no one seemed to get tired. If they did, they declined to acknowledge it.
    A note of thanks to Mr and Mrs Brown, for their grand entertainment, and to Mr George Brown, Junior, who was most successful in administering to everyone's enjoyment, and to Mr and Mrs Bain, for their successful efforts on the occasion, were all passed with acclamation. Mr. Gibb, the Rev. Mr Martin and Mr C. Hill, proposed the votes in pleasant speeches referring specially to the recovery of Mr Brown, from his late illness. Mr Gibb, of course alluded to the charms of the fair youth and beauty present, and drew visions of future happy unions from the party. Mr Martin made a capital speech, and Mr Hall a charactaristic one—on the sociable nature of the party—a speech decidedly to the point, which amused everybody. Mr G. Brown, junior made a suitable performance, and was delighted that their efforts had been successful in causing their guests to spend a pleasant evening; hoping also that the assemblage would favor them on future occasions with their presence. People grew hoarse then with singing "Jolly good fellows," and the like. I want to know when the next is to be ? I'm ready no to don the "war-paint" again for another such spree.
    By-the-bye, I hear that another leading resident is making out a list of invitations, and I look forward to something pretty good too. " Auld Lang Syne " was how they finished it, and when the time came I was sorry, for one, and so was my "better-half."9
  • 29 Apr 1886, NEW INSOLVENTS. George Brown of Berwick, clerk. Cause of insolvency-Want of employment. Liabilities, £251 12s 3d; assets, £1; deficiency, £250 12s. 3d.10
  • 3 Jun 1887, FATAL ACCIDENT AT BERWICK
    A sad and fatal accident occurred to Mr G. Brown, junr., of Berwick, on Tuesday evening. It appears Mr Brown missed the 6.50 train from Beaconsfield, and then started to walk along the line to Berwick, and it is supposed must have been struck by the Warragul train train which leaves Berwick at 8. Not arriving, search was made, when his body was found about 400 yards from the Beaconsfield station, lying near the rails, and from the marks on the head must have been stuck by a passing train, his hat being carried along 50 yards, his pipe and matches also lying on each side of the line. Mr Brown was a native of the district and well- known. A magisterial, inquiry will be held. - Brown is well known in Drouin, having played football there last year, and was at one time a prominent player of the game.11
  • 8 Jun 1887, THE LATE GEORGE BROWN JUNIOR, OF BERWICK. A Magisterial Inquiry was held at the Gippsland hotel, Beaconsfield, on the 1st June, by Dr. Elmes and James Wilson, J.'s P., on the body of George Brown, junior, who was killed on the railway line, between Beaconsfield and Berwick, on the night of the 31st ult, when the following evidence was taken.
    Patrick Murphy, sworn, deposed: I am a permanent way repairer, and reside at gate No. 32, on the Gippsland line. Was walking along the line to work, as is my custom every morning, when about 150 yards from the Beaconsfield railway station I discovered the body of deceased, lying in a pool of blood. I at once gave information to the police. Constable Thompson, sworn, deposed: I am the resident constable, stationed at Berwick. On information received I proceeded to the spot indicated by the previous witness, and found the deceased, as stated, lying in a pool of blood. His hat was carried about fifty yards from the body, and his pipe and matches were lying on either side of the deceased, a little distance away. Deceased had evidently been in the act of lighting his pipe. Had the body removed to the Gippsland hotel. There was a great scar on the forehead, but no other marks were visible, and he imagined, from the position in which the deceased was lying, that he must have been struck by the step of the engine.
    John McNamarra, porter at Beaconsfield, sworn, deposed to seeing deceased on the evening of the 31st ult. Saw deceased on the platform and had a conversation with him, during which he the (deceased) told him that he intended walking to Berwick, as he had missed the 6.40 p.m. train and he wanted to go on to town by the next train. Deceased left shortly after, to walk to Berwick. Did not see the deceased leave, and therefore did not know whether the deceased took the line or the main road. Did not see deceased again until the following morning, when he was brought down on the trolly to the station.
    Mrs. George Gissing, mother-in-law of the deceased, deposed that she saw him (the deceased) late in the evening, in apparently good spirits. A little later on he started for the station, and did not see him again alive. After hearing a couple of other witnesses, whose evidence failed to throw any more light on the case the Magistrates gave as their verdict that the deceased was accidentally killed by a passing train on the night of the 31st May, and added that steps should be taken to prevent people from walking on the line, which was becoming a common custom and should be stopped.
    After the inquiry the corpse was kept at the Gippsland hotel till Thursday, 2nd inst., the day of the funeral. At three o'clock the sad procession moved from the hotel, and wended its way to the Berwick cemetery. The funeral was an exceptionally large one, reaching close on a quarter of a mile, and when they had all collected round the grave, there must have been between five and six hundred people present. The Rev. John Martin read the burial service, which was very impressive, exhorting all to be on their guard, as we know not the moment when we shall be called to render an account of or lives during our pilgrimage through this vale of tears. After the funeral service was concluded, which was a very lengthy one, the cof- fin was lowered to its last resting place After the lowering of the coffin a touching scene was witnessed, as the sexton was seen decending the grave and placing a small coffin on the bosom of the deceased; this was deceased's own child, which had been buried about four months ago. As this last sad performance was being done a bitter murmur ran through the crowd assembled at the grave, and many handkerchiefs were bedewed with tears; and the rattling of the "cold clay" on the coffin lid, gave the signal that the generous, genial, good-hearted and deeply lamented George Brown, junior, was to be covered for ever from the tearful gaze of his sorrowing relatives and friends.
    The deceased was born at Berwick in 1864, and was therefore only twenty-three years of age. He had resided most of his life in Berwick, where he had made many friends and but few (if any) enemies He was a kind-hearted, jovial fellow, and had only one fault, that of being too free-hearted, which wrought his ruin, and sadder still, his untimely death, which it is our melancholy duty to chronicle. His young wife looked in a sad plight, being so suddenly bereaved of her protector,and it will be some time before she will recover from the shock which she has sustained. And before we draw the curtain over him, we may express the sentiment of all who knew him, that the greatest enemy he had was himself. He no doubt embarked on the fashion able follies of a gay unthinking world, but we trust that the hypochondriacal consummation sufficiently expiated the foibles of his past life; and although he is enshrouded in the oblivion of eternity, the remembrance of him will not fade in the hearts of those with whom he was wont to associate. For his free, open-hearted and kindly disposition, won for him the highest esteem, as was fully exemplified by the splendid funeral with which his remains were honored.12

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Brown-Paterson-Calder-Glover-Chibnall-Stewart Family Tree
    Owner: Laura Brown.
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 29 Aug 1885, p1.
  4. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#D5300 age 23 [par George BROWN & Margaret STEWART] [reg. Berwick] Mother as STUART."
  5. [S24] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 24/P0000 unit 514, item 1887/663
    Male, Brown, George, Killed by a train , Berwick, 1887/663, 01 Jun 1887,.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 2 Jun 1887 p1.
  7. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    5-103 Brown Margaret F 26 [sic] 30/07/1884 153 - should be 57 years old
    5-103-B Brown George M 62 31/12/1896 304
    5-104-A Brown      0 05/08/1886 172
    5-104-A Brown George M 23 02/06/1887 182.
  8. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 12 Oct 1881, p3.
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