Lily Maud Wilson

F, #10458, b. 15 Oct 1874, d. 10 Oct 1931
Married NameButler. 
Birth*15 Oct 1874 Kensington, VIC, Australia, #B9600 [par John WILSON & Susan CHAMBERS] - as Lillie BUTLER.1,2 
Marriage-Notice*20 Jul 1894The engagement is announced of Miss Lily Wilson, third daughter of Mr. John A. Wilson, of "Airlie," Toorak, to Mr. Henry Butler, of Melbourne.3 
Marriage*5 Sep 1894 Spouse: Henry Butler. "Airlie", Malvern Road, Toorak, VIC, Australia, #M4487.4,5
 
Marriage-Notice15 Sep 1894BUTLER—WILSON. The. wedding of Miss Lily Wilson, third daughter of Mr. John A. Wilson, of "Airlie," Malvern-road, Toorak, with Mr. Henry Butler, of the firm of Sargood, Butler and Nichol, of Melbourne, took place at "Airlie," Toorak, on Wednesday afternoon, September 5, in the novel manner of an American "surprise wedding." The idea originated in America last year, and was car ried out for the first time in Australia on this occasion. According to this peculiar fashion, invitations were issued by Mr. and Mrs. Wilson for a dinner party on the Wednesday evening, to their nearest relatives. They were received in one of the drawing-rooms, which was most exquisitely decorated with choice exotics, white flowers predominating. This suggestive ornamentation of bridal blossoms, however, was not particularly noticed. When dinner was announced the guests were proceeding to the drawing-room when they were ushered into the drawing-room, into the presence of Miss Wilson and Mr. Butler, arrayed in bridal apparel, with the Rev. Mr. Alex. Marshall (of Scots' Church, Collins-street) completing the wedding party. The ceremony was at once commenced, Mr. Wilson giving his daughter away. The guests were much surprised, but were constrained to keep silence till the conclusion of the ceremony. The bride, who is a very pretty girl, looked particularly well in her wedding gown of rich ivory satin with a long court train and trimmings of the finest duchesse lace. The tulle veil was surmounted by a coronet of orange blossom, and a most charming bouquet was formed of the rarest white blossoms, with white satin ribbon streamers. The drawing-room was most beautifully adorned with white flowers and various floral devices suitable to the occasion. The Wedding March was played and the newly wedded pair and the astonisliod guests proceeded to dinner, which proved, when the surprise gave way to jest and merriment, a most brilliant repast. In the evening Mr. and Mrs. Butler left very quietly for a visit to the Gippsland Lakes, where they have spent a ten days' visit, having returned to town yesterday (Friday). On the afternoon of the wedding, Mr. Henry Butler gave a dinner at the Athenæum Club to a number of his bachelor friends, who were kept in ignorance of the approaching event, which took place two hours later. Mrs. Butler has received, within the last week, a number of very handsome presents.5 
Widow10 Apr 1910Lily Maud Wilson became a widow upon the death of her husband Henry Butler.6 
Death*10 Oct 1931 British Hospital, Marseilles, France. 
Death-Notice*13 Oct 1931BUTLER.—On the 10th October, at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Marseilles, Lily Maud, relict of the late Henry Butler, of Melbourne, mother of Jack (deceased), Lynne (Mrs. Sydney Quayle) and Geoffrey.7 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 25 May 1933, WIDOW'S TWO WILLS. MRS. BUTLER'S ESTATE. A DOCTOR'S EVIDENCE.
    Mr. Justice Lowe, in the Third Civil Court yesterday, continued the hearing Of the case to determine which of two wills made by the late Mrs. Lily Maud Butler, formerly of The Grange, South-road, Brighton Beach, but late of the Queen Alexandra Memorial Hospital, La Calade, Marseilles, France, widow, should be admitted to probate. The two wills were made on the 15th and 23rd September, 1931. Mrs. Butler died on 20th October, 1931, leaving estate valued at £12,000.
    Geoffrey William Henry Butler, a son of testatrix, is contesting the will of 23rd September on the ground that his mother lacked testamentary capacity, and he seeks letters of administration with the will of 15th September annexed. William Donald McIndoe, of Queen-street, Melbourne, a co-executor, with Geoffrey Butler to the second will, lodged a caveat against the grant of letters of administration to Butler.
    Dr. Anthony T. Andreasen, who was resident medical officer at the Queen Alexandra Memorial Hospital, Marseilles, in September, 1931, when Mrs. Butler was a patient in that institution, said Mrs. Butler was admitted in August. She had three bad nights preceding the 15th September. On the latter day she asked witness whether it was likely that she would recover. She said she wanted the truth. Witness said that in the circumstances he felt he had to tell her she would not recover. She replied, "Very well; now I know. Mrs. Butler said she wanted to make her will, and at her dictation he wrote the will of 15th September. After he had read it over to her she said it was correct, and she signed it in the presence of himself and Mollison. Mrs. Butler requested him to send the will to Mr. Mclndoe in Melbourne. In his opinion she was then perfectly rational. She became calmer after the will was made, and seemed pleased with affairs. Later she had a conversation over the telephone with her son and her daughter-in-law in Melbourne. This upset her, and she became excited and confused. On the two days preceding 23rd September Mrs. Butler had a number of visitors, and witness had an impression that these produced new ideas, and set her mind working at a rate far beyond its power. At 6 a.m. on the latter date, when he was called to Mrs. Butler's bedside, she did not know him. When told by the nurse who he was, Mrs. Butler said she had made her will, and asked him to sign it. She handed him a piece of paper with writing on both sides. Mollison had signed it. Witness explained to her that it was not a will, and that she had already made her will. After a conversation with Mollison the latter suggested calling in Le Messurier, and witness said Mollison could do as he liked about that. When Mrs. Butler on this occasion asked him to make a will he refused to do so because she had already made a will, and he did not consider, she was in a fit state to make another will. On 15th September Mrs. Butler was very calm and determined, and on 23rd September she was excited and definitely confused in her speech.
    The hearing will be continued to-day.8
  • 30 May 1933, WIDOW'S TWO WILLS. Mrs Henry Butler's Estate. FIRST DOCUMENT VALID.
    Mr. Justice Lowe, in the Third Civil Court yesterday, concluded the hearing of the case to determine which of two wills made by Mrs. Lily Maud Butler, formerly of The Grange, South-road, Brighton Beach, but late of Queen Alexandra Memorial Hospital, La Calade, Marseilles, France, widow, should be admitted to probate. Mrs. Butler, who was the widow of the late Mr. Henry Butler, a partner in the firm of Sargood, Butler and Ewen, died on 20th October, 1931, leaving estate of the value of £12,000. Mrs. Butler made her wills on 15th and 23rd September, 1931. By the first will she bequeathed her estate to her son and daughter, subject to gifts of £2500 to Mrs. Geoffrey Butler, her son's wife; £1000 to her grandson, John Quayle, and a gift to St. Leonard's Church, Brighton Beach. By her second will the bequests amounted to £11,600, including £2000 to John Quayle, £1000 to Mrs. Geoffrey Butler, £1000 to the Brighton Beach Presbyterian Church, and various sums ranging up to £1000 to nurses and friends in England and Melbourne, and £500 to establish a memorial scholarship to her son John at the Church of England Grammar School.
    A caveat against the grant of probate of her second will, chiefly on the grounds that his mother lacked testamentary capacity shortly before and at the time the will was made in hospital, was lodged by Geoffrey Butler. He applied for letters of administration, with the will annexed, in respect of the first document.
    William Donald Mclndoe, of Queen-street, Melbourne, estate agent, and a co-executor with Geoffrey Butler of the will of 23rd September, lodged a caveat against the grant of letters of administration, with the will annexed, in respect of the first will, to Butler. Both Butler and Mclndoe then obtained orders nisi calling upon each other to show cause why probate should not be granted to each will.
    His Honor, in giving his judgment, said the way in which Mrs. Butler disposed of her property in the second will was in striking contrast to the dispositions in her first will, and was a very definite departure from the intention which she had expressed in the first will, when she said that owing to the financial crisis in Australia she was not dividing her estate into smaller bequests. In the face of that it was difficult to understand why she did divide her property into smaller gifts.
    Though she was desperately ill, she had evidently made a sincere and courageous attempt to dispose of her estate as she thought proper. The departure which she had made in the second will, such as the legacies to the nurses and to those from whom she had heard just previously, or whose personal needs had been brought to her notice, suggested that she had in some why been influenced in making the gifts. She had been without sleep for two days before making the second will, and in his opinion the dispositions in this document would not have been made, if she had been clear in her mind. At this date she was very impressionable, and he accepted the medical evidence that she was likely to be influenced by those around her. He discharged the order nisi asking for probate of the second will, and made absolute the order nisi for the first will. He ordered that the costs of all parties be paid out of the estate.
    The result of the case is that the first will is valid.9

Citations

  1. [S337] Index of monumental inscriptions/burials, https://billiongraves.com "Brighton Cemetery."
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  3. [S14] Newspaper - Table Talk, 20 Jul 1894, p13.
  4. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  5. [S14] Newspaper - Table Talk, 15 Sep 1894, p13.
  6. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  7. [S16] Newspaper - The Age The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Tue 13 Oct 1931, p1.
  8. [S16] Newspaper - The Age The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Thu 25 May 1933, p7.
  9. [S16] Newspaper - The Age The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Tue 30 May 1933, p12.
Last Edited16 Dec 2017

Foster Ernest Henry Butler

M, #10462, b. Dec 1860, d. 8 Mar 1939
Father*Henry Butler b. 23 Dec 1839, d. 10 Apr 1910
Mother*Martha Webb b. 1839
Birth*Dec 1860 Islington, London, England, Dec Q [Islington] 1b 280.1,2 
Marriage*Jun 1897 Spouse: Sarah Nichol. Lewisham, London, England, Jun Q [Lewisham] 1d 1930.3,1
 
Note*1911 1911 Census: Eltham, Kent, ENG. 26 West Park:
BUTLER, Foster Ernest Henry, age 50, Manager Australian Shippers, born Mildmaypark London
BUTLER, Sarah, age 42, married 13 years, born Victoria Australia [nee NICHOL]
BUTLER, Agnes Irene, age 12, born Eltham Kent
[RG14PN2723 RG78PN93 RD29 SD1 ED6 SN238]
Note: According to an article in the Argus 24 June 1910, Foster Ernest Henry BUTLER was the son of Henry BUTLER who died 10 April 1910. Foster was appointed executor of his father's estate as far as it related to his property in England and Ireland.4 
Death*8 Mar 1939 Woolwich, London, England, Mar Q [Woolwich] 1d 1468 (Age 78.)1 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
7 Apr 1861Joseph T & Elizabeth HUGGETT, Bethnal Green, London, EnglandAge 6 months - Boarder5

Citations

  1. [S9] Free BMD. Index. Online @ https://www.freebmd.org.uk/.
  2. [S332] UK - General Register Office Indexes "BUTLER, FOSTER ERNEST HENRY (mother: WEBB)
    GRO Reference: 1860 D Quarter in ISLINGTON Volume 01B Page 280."
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  4. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, www.greatwarbritishofficers.com/index_htm_files/BUTLER_JHR_Research.pdf.
  5. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Class: RG 9; Piece: 262; Folio: 12; Page: 21; GSU roll: 542602."
Last Edited27 Mar 2019

Sarah Nichol

F, #10463, b. 26 Jun 1868, d. 1954
Father*Robert Nichol b. 16 May 1833, d. 13 Nov 1918
Mother*Agnes Wagstaff b. 22 Apr 1837, d. 20 Jan 1911
Married NameButler.1 
Birth*26 Jun 1868 Ballarat, VIC, Australia, #B13833.1 
Marriage*Jun 1897 Spouse: Foster Ernest Henry Butler. Lewisham, London, England, Jun Q [Lewisham] 1d 1930.1,2
 
Widow8 Mar 1939Sarah Nichol became a widow upon the death of her husband Foster Ernest Henry Butler.2 
Death*1954 England.1 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S9] Free BMD. Index. Online @ https://www.freebmd.org.uk/.
Last Edited27 Mar 2019

Agnes Wagstaff

F, #10464, b. 22 Apr 1837, d. 20 Jan 1911
Married NameNichol.1 
Birth*22 Apr 1837 Tralee, Kerry, Ireland.1 
Marriage*2 Feb 1861 Spouse: Robert Nichol. Newcastle, England.1
 
Death*20 Jan 1911 Lewisham, London, England.1 

Family

Robert Nichol b. 16 May 1833, d. 13 Nov 1918
Children 1.Sarah Nichol b. 26 Jun 1868, d. 1954
 2.William Nichol b. 4 Oct 1878, d. 1950

Citations

  1. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Billysugger's Family Tree
    Owner: msjbeard.
Last Edited29 Apr 2016

William Nichol

M, #10465, b. 4 Oct 1878, d. 1950
Father*Robert Nichol b. 16 May 1833, d. 13 Nov 1918
Mother*Agnes Wagstaff b. 22 Apr 1837, d. 20 Jan 1911
Birth*4 Oct 1878 Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, #B23426.1 
Land-UBeac*23 Jan 1913 PAK-225. Transfer from Robert Nichol to William Nichol. 20a 0r 0p. 
Land-UBeac*26 Mar 1914 PAK-225. Transfer from William Nichol to George Hodges Knox. 20a 0r 0p.2 
Death*1950 NSW, Australia.1 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1909New Street, Brighton, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: independent means.3
1914Church Street, Brighton, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: independent means.4

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1136-190 - George Henry Knox of 31 Queen Street Melbourne Gentleman.
  3. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
  4. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914.
Last Edited29 Apr 2016

Albert Joseph Weller

M, #10466, b. 1869, d. 1959
Birth*1869 Cranbourne, VIC, Australia, #B7994 [par Joseph WELLER & Mary Jane HALL].1 
Land-UBeac*10 Aug 1906 PAK-219. Transfer from The National Bank of Australasia Ltd to Albert Joseph Weller. 19a 2r 34p.2 
Land-UBeac*10 Aug 1906 PAK-219. Transfer from Albert Joseph Weller to Charles Alexander Berglund. 19a 2r 34p.3 
Death*1959 Malvern, VIC, Australia, #D14351 (Age 90.)4 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
190383 Rose Street, Armadale, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: agent.5

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1123-557 - Albert Joseph Weller of 67 Queen Street Melbourne Estate Agent.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1123-557 - Charles Alexander Berglund of 120 Rupert Street Collingwood Civil Servant.
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  5. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
Last Edited29 Apr 2016

Agnes Sarah Rouvray

F, #10467, b. 1843, d. 5 Jun 1905
Father*James Joseph Rouvray
Mother*Frances Gray
Married NameNicholls. 
Birth*1843 England. 
Marriage*1867 Spouse: William Henry Nicholls. VIC, Australia, #M1355.1
 
Death*5 Jun 1905 Heidelberg, VIC, Australia, #D5626 (Age 62) [par Jas Jos ROWRAY & Frances GRAY].2 
Death-Notice*6 Jun 1905NICHOLLS.—On the 5th June, at Austin Hospital, Agnes Sarah, the dearly beloved wife of W. H. Nicholls, and beloved sister of Mrs. Bundy, Mrs. Thirlwell, J.A., A.G., C.P., and A. A. Rouvray, aged 62 years.3 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  3. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913 "6 Jun 1905, p1."
Last Edited29 Apr 2016

James Joseph Rouvray

M, #10469
Marriage* Spouse: Frances Gray.
 

Family

Frances Gray
Children 1.Agnes Sarah Rouvray b. 1843, d. 5 Jun 1905
 2.Charles Peter Rouvray+ b. 1847, d. 24 Sep 1919
Last Edited16 Dec 2018

Frances Gray

F, #10470
Marriage* Spouse: James Joseph Rouvray.
 
Married NameRouvray. 

Family

James Joseph Rouvray
Children 1.Agnes Sarah Rouvray b. 1843, d. 5 Jun 1905
 2.Charles Peter Rouvray+ b. 1847, d. 24 Sep 1919
Last Edited16 Dec 2018
 

NOTE

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