George Thomas Stedman1

M, #16741, b. 1887, d. 1919
Birth*1887 
Marriage*1917Spouse: Dorothy Edith Horrigan. VIC, Australia, #M2474.1
 
Death*1919 Melbourne South, VIC, Australia, #D8557 (Age 32) [par Thomas STEDMAN & Charlotte Lily EARLE].1 
Death-Notice*12 Jul 1919STEDMAN.—The FAMILY and RELATIVES of the late Mr. GEORGE STEDMAN wish to express their sincere THANKS to all friends for their kind expression of sympathy, telegrams, cards and flowers in their recent sad bereavement.2 

Family

Dorothy Edith Horrigan b. 5 Nov 1893, d. 6 Apr 1966
Child 1.Nellie Ernest Stedman1 b. 1918

Citations

  1. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920.
  2. [S16] Newspaper - The Age The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Sat 12 Jul 1919, p5.
Last Edited23 Mar 2017

Nellie Ernest Stedman1

F, #16742, b. 1918
Father*George Thomas Stedman1 b. 1887, d. 1919
Mother*Dorothy Edith Horrigan1 b. 5 Nov 1893, d. 6 Apr 1966
Married NameHarvey. 
Birth*1918 South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #B5069.1 
Marriage*1937Spouse: Alfred Edwin Harvey. VIC, Australia, #M703.2
 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1949 - 1954327 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.3,4

Citations

  1. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920.
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  3. [S149] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1949.
  4. [S154] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1954.
Last Edited23 Mar 2017

William McDowall Lowden

M, #16743, b. 5 May 1887, d. 25 Jun 1959
Birth*5 May 1887 Arbroath, Angus, Scotland.1,2 
Military1915Enlisted for military service: William Mcdowall Lowden - Military Service - Residence Scotland - Age 27 - Military Company/Regiment Royal Field Artillery - Military Regiment 113 - Military Battalion Calcutta Volunteer Battery.3 
Military*1917Enlisted for military service: William Mcdowall Lowden - Military Service - Residence Place Scotland - Age 30 - Military Company/Regiment Royal Field Artillery - Military Regiment 2754 - Military Battalion Calcutta Volunteer Battery.4 
Marriage*1929Spouse: Dorothy Edith Horrigan. VIC, Australia, #M517.5
 
Death*25 Jun 1959 Belgrave, VIC, Australia, #D22350 (Age 72) [par David LOWDEN & DEVLIN] (as William McDowell LOWDEN.)6,1 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
5 Apr 1891David LOWDEN, Showmaker Jouneyman, 17 Duke, Arbroath, Angus, ScotlandAge 37
31 Mar 1901David LOWDEN, Boot Finisher, 28 Sidney Street, Arbroath, Angus, ScotlandNo age - scholar8
193120 Roy Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: mechanic. With Dorothy Edith Lowden.9
bt 1935 - 193725 Iffla Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: fitter. With Dorothy Edith Lowden.10,11,12
1949203 Bridport Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: engineer. With Dorothy Edith Lowden.13
1954203 Bridport Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: engineer.14
1954Strathmore, Avonsleigh, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: nil. With Dorothy Edith Lowden.15

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Clayton, VIC, Australia1

Citations

  1. [S337] Index of monumental inscriptions/burials, https://billiongraves.com "Springvale Cemetery."
  2. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: St Vigeans; ED: 18A; Page: 1; Line: 7; Roll: CSSCT1901_86."
  3. [S230] International Genealogical Index - IGI (""United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVBP-X7CM : 23 March 2015), William Mcdowall Lowden, 1915; citing , Scotland, Scotland, Royal Field Artillery, regiment #113, publication WO 363, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 7,392,022.").
  4. [S230] International Genealogical Index - IGI (""United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVBP-X7H1 : 23 March 2015), William Mcdowall Lowden, 1917; citing , Scotland, Scotland, Royal Field Artillery, regiment #2754, publication WO 363, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 7,392,022.").
  5. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "as William McDonell LOWDEN."
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  7. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Arbroath and St Vigeans; ED: 27; Page: 17; Line: 19; Roll: CSSCT1891_82
    with David Lowden 36, Isabella Lowden 34, Jessie L Lowden 11, James D Lowden 10, Davina Lowden 8, Edith M Lowden 6, William M Lowden 3, Charles Stewart 5."
  8. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: St Vigeans; ED: 18A; Page: 1; Line: 7; Roll: CSSCT1901_86
    with David Lowden 47, Isabella Lowden 45, James Lowden 19, Davina Lowden 17, Edith Lowden, William Lowden, Alice Lowden 12, Dorothy Lowden 3."
  9. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  10. [S135] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1935.
  11. [S136] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1936.
  12. [S137] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1937.
  13. [S149] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1949.
  14. [S154] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1954 "as William MacDowell LOWDEN."
  15. [S154] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1954.
Last Edited23 Mar 2017

Cornelius Patrick Horrigan1

M, #16744, b. 1887, d. 28 Dec 1956
Father*Edward Horrigan b. 1860
Mother*Sophia Jane Witchell b. 10 Jan 1852, d. 28 Aug 1915
Birth*1887 South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #B4012 [par Edward HORIGAN & Sophia WITCHELL] reg Hotham.1 
Note*1898 Horrigan was committed to the care of the Department for Neglected Children. 
Death*28 Dec 1956 Prince Henry's Hospital, South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #D986 (Age 67) [par Edward HORRIGAN & Sophia WINCHELL].1 
Death-Notice*29 Dec 1956HORRIGAN. — On December 28, at Prince Henry's Hospital, Cornelius Patrick, loved husband of May Elizabeth, loved father of Bessie (Mrs. Mooney). Edna (Mrs. Pegg), father-in-law of Tom and Reg, loved pappa of Andrea.2 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
191439 Thomson Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: labourer. With Charles Brundritt and Sophia Jane Brundritt.3

Newspaper-Articles

  • 7 Jun 1898, TWO DIMINUTIVE HOUSE-BREAKERS.
    In the City Court yeasterday, two very small boys, named Harold Dowdle and Cornelius Horrigan, were charged with stealing 18/ belonging to Joseph Springson. Prosecutor said that he saw Dowdle in his bedroom at half-past 12 a.m. on May 18. A smaller boy was with him. He chased them down the yard, but they escaped. Subsequently he missed the money. When arrested Dowdle gave a false name and address, and Horrigan said that he only waited at the back gate, which he refused. There was a second charge against Dowdle, who had absconded from the Reformatory, of stealing a silver watch and chain, valued at £3/10/. from the bedroom of Mary Kennedy, licensee of the Moonee Valley Hotel, West Melbourne, last Thursday night. When arrested, Dowdle admitted the offence, and said that he had sold the watch to an oysterman for 2/, and that he tried to pawn the chain, but the pawnbroker had refused to advance any money, and had detained the chain. The mother of the accused Horrigan told the Bench that she was living apart from her husband, and could do nothing with the boy since had had fallen in with Dowdle. Mr. Panton, P.M., sent Dowdle back to the Reformatory, and Horrigan was committed to the care of the Department for Neglected Children.4
  • 15 Jun 1898, HOUSEBREAKING AND STEALING FROM DWELLING HOUSES. SeePolice Gazette, 1898, p. 173.
    Harold Dowdle and Cornelius Horrian, on warrants, for housebreaking and stealing on Joseph Spruson, have been arrested by the West Melbourne plice.—0.4467. 11th June, 1898.5
  • 4 Jul 1898, INDUSTRIAL-SCHOOL CHILDREN. TALBOT, Wednesday. There are great complaints of the manner in which the industrial-school children are drafted into the country with out due regard to their antecedents. The securing of boarded out children has increased largely of late years, and in many places people to a great extent depend for a living upon the money received from the department for the children's care. In some cases no trouble is taken to ascertain the character of the children to be received, and thus at times most undesirable ones are sent. Recently two lads named Cornelius Horrigan and Albert Smith 12 and 11 years old repectively, arrived in Talbot, having been boarded out to a resident. In less than a week they ran away, and by hiding themselves beneath the seat of a railway carriage got to Woodend, where they were secured by the police and returned to Talbot. This week they ran off again, and on Monday night were given a tea bed, and breakfast by a stranger, which kindness, they repaid by stealing a pair of gold sleeve-links and stud. They were arrested by the Marlborough police. It his been ascertained that the elder boy is a noted young scamp, and not long since was arrested in Melbourne for robbery in company. It is considered that lads with such characteristics ought not to be allowed to intermingle with other children. A little while ago there were complaints of another boarded out boy's thieving propensities.6

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Sat 29 Dec 1956, p22.
  3. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Tue 7 Jun 1898, p6.
  5. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette, 15 Jun 1898, p189.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Mon 4 Jul 1898, p3.
Last Edited19 Apr 2017

Jack William Chambers

M, #16745, b. 1915, d. 3 Feb 2001
Birth*1915 Illabarook, VIC, Australia, #B136763 [par John Blackburn CHAMBERS & Edith Lily JUDGE].1 
Marriage*1934Spouse: Hannah Margaret Holmes. #M5587.2
 
Death*3 Feb 2001 Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia, Age 85.3 
Death-Notice*23 Feb 2001CHAMBERS. - Jack William. In Hervey Bay on Feb. 3, in his 86th year. A loved husband of Hannah, father of Lorraine, Joan and John. Father-in-law of Basil (dec.), Peter and Robin. Much admired Ger of Meredith, Karl, Gregory, Tracey, Bronwyn, Andrew, Anthony and Matthew. Loving Great Grand Ger of Andrew, Adrian, Adam, Jack, Samantha, Joel and Kealy.3 

Citations

  1. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920.
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  3. [S13] Newspaper - Herald Sun "23 Feb 2001 - viewed online 8 Mar 2017."
Last Edited28 Nov 2018

George Washington Robinson

M, #16755, b. 1 Apr 1843, d. 27 Jul 1928
Father*Thomas George Washington Robinson b. 1817, d. 1881
Mother*Hannah Hale b. 9 Sep 1821, d. 25 Jun 1911
Note* Robinson, George Washington, Berwick, is a Victorian native, born in Melbourne in 1843. His father was a brewer, and was so employed in the first establishment of the kind in Melbourne. Mr. G. W. Robinson was educated in Melbourne, and has been for over twenty years surveyor; is now engineer, secretary, treasurer, and valuer of the Shire of Berwick. In 1865 he married Miss Walton, a native of Heidelberg. He now owns 170 acres of land, purchased in 1856 at £1 5s. per acre, and now worth £20 per acre.1 
Birth*1 Apr 1843 Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #B13279.2 
Birth-Notice*5 Apr 1843On the first instant, at the Melbourne Brewery, Flinders-lane, the lady of T. Robinson, Esq., of a son.3 
Marriage*1867Spouse: Eliza Mary Ann Walton. VIC, Australia, #M3428.2
 
Death*27 Jul 1928 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #D8835 (Age 85) [par Thos Geo Johnston Washington ROBINSON & Hannah Mills HALE].2 
Death-Notice*4 Aug 1928ROBINSON.—On the 27th July, at Hillsley, Narre Warren North, George Washington, dearly loved husband of Eliza M., father of Edwin (deceased), Annie (Mrs. A. N. Cox), Alice (Mrs. W. J. Trevena), Alfred, Elsie (Mrs. E. M McNaughton), and Arthur, brother of T. A. Robinson, Dutson aged 85 years, born in Melbourne 1843.
(Private interment.)4 

Family

Eliza Mary Ann Walton b. 1845, d. 1935
Children 1.Edwin Arthur Robinson2 b. 1868, d. 10 Dec 1884
 2.Arthur George Robinson2 b. 1885, d. 1982

Citations

  1. [S338] Unknown author, Victoria and its metropolis, Vol II, p398.
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  3. [S14] Newspaper - Port Phillip Gazette (Vic. : 1838 - 1845), Wed 5 Apr 1843, p2
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article225011081
  4. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), Sat 4 Aug 1928, p75.
Last Edited23 Jul 2018

Eliza Mary Ann Walton

F, #16756, b. 1845, d. 1935
Married NameRobinson. 
Birth*1845 Heidelberg, VIC, Australia, #B14175 - reg Melbourne.1 
Marriage*1867Spouse: George Washington Robinson. VIC, Australia, #M3428.1
 
Widow27 Jul 1928Eliza Mary Ann Walton became a widow upon the death of her husband George Washington Robinson.1 
Death*1935 Middle Brighton, VIC, Australia, #D4884 (Age 90) [par Thomas WALTON & Eliza SIMMONDS].1 
Death-Notice*20 Jun 1935ROBINSON - On the 19th June E. M., relict of the late G. W. Robinson of Hillsley, Narre Warren North, loved mother of Edwin (deceased), Annie (Mrs A. L. Cox), Alice (Mrs W. J. Trevena), Alfred, Elsie (Mrs. E. M. McNaughton), and Arthur aged 90 years. (Private interment, Berwick.)
ROBINSON - On the 19th June at 154 The Esplanade, Middle Brighton, Eliza, widow of the late G.W. Robinson, Hillsley, Narre Warren, loving mother of Annie, Alice, Alfred, Elsie, and Arthur.2 

Family

George Washington Robinson b. 1 Apr 1843, d. 27 Jul 1928
Children 1.Edwin Arthur Robinson1 b. 1868, d. 10 Dec 1884
 2.Arthur George Robinson1 b. 1885, d. 1982

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Thu 20 Jun 1935, p1.
Last Edited16 Jan 2018

James McDowall1

M, #16763, b. 1840, d. 17 Mar 1873
Probate (Will)* 10/681. James MCDOWALL. Date of grant: 29 Apr 1873; Date of death: 17 Mar 1873; Occupation: Traveller; Residence: Abbotsford. See: William McLean.2 
Birth*1840 Wigton, Scotland.1 
Marriage*13 Jan 1862Spouse: Agnes Barr. Blythswood, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.1,3
 
Death*17 Mar 1873 Abbotsford, VIC, Australia, #D806 (Age 33) [par James McDOWALL & Jane BRAIT].1 
Death-Notice*18 Mar 1873McDOWALL.—On the 17th inst., at Elmsdale-cottage, Abbotsford-street, Abbotsford, James McDowall, late of Glasgow, aged 33.4 
Death-Notice28 Mar 1873McDOWALL.—On the 17th inst., at Abbotsford, Melbourne, of consumption, James McDowall, late of St. Vincent-crescent, Glasgow, aged 33 years. Home papers please copy.5 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
2 Apr 1871James McDOWALL - Colonel Retired Lab Gamds, Logan, Kirkmaiden, Wigtownshire, ScotlandAge 31 - occ I P - born London - also Andrew Kenneth [McDowall] - age 9 mo - grandson6

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "born Wigton."
  2. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 7591/P0002 unit 9, item 10/681
    VPRS 28/P0002 unit 13, item 10/681
    VPRS 28/P0000 unit 120, item 10/681.
  3. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Ancestry.com. Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Tue 18 Mar 1873, p4.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Fri 28 Mar 1873, p4.
  6. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Kirkmaiden; ED: 2; Page: 3; Line: 12; Roll: CSSCT1871_189."
Last Edited16 Mar 2017

Adelaide Isabel Macnish

F, #16764, d. 1927
Married NameMcLean. 
Marriage*23 Dec 1904Spouse: John Barr McLean. QLD, Australia, #M-B3671/1905.1
 
Marriage-Notice*13 Jan 1905McLEAN-MACNISH - On the 23rd December, 1904, at Ann-street Presbyterian Church, by Rev. Dr. Frackelton, Adelaide Isabel, second daughter of late Robert Ker Macnish, of Brisbane, to John Barr McLean, M.B., B.S., of Brisbane.2 
Death*1927 QLD, Australia, #D-B2551 [par Robert Kerr MACNISH & Adelaide Carse KENDALL].1 
Death-Notice*26 Sep 1927McLEAN.—The Funeral of the late Mrs. J. B. McLean, Wife of Dr. J. B. McLean Brisbane Hospital, will leave the Funeral Parlour, No. 17 Peel-street, South Brisbane, This (Monday) Afternoon, at 2 o'clock, for the Toowong Cemetery. Motor service.3 

Citations

  1. [S8] Queensland Government Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes.
  2. [S14] Newspaper - The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Fri 13 Jan 1905, p4.
  3. [S14] Newspaper - The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Mon 26 Sep 1927, p12.
Last Edited16 Mar 2017

Veronica Gertrude Hinton

F, #16765, d. 1984
Married NameMcLean. 
Marriage*1928Spouse: John Barr McLean. QLD, Australia, #M-B4441.1
 
Widow8 Sep 1943Veronica Gertrude Hinton became a widow upon the death of her husband John Barr McLean.2 
Death*1984 QLD, Australia, #D6303 [par John Edward HINTON & Mary Elizabeth O'REILLY].1 

Citations

  1. [S8] Queensland Government Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 9 Sep 1943 p2.
Last Edited7 Jul 2018

Francis Conway Mason

M, #16766, b. 21 Feb 1843, d. 19 Jun 1915
Anecdote*B 21 February 1843 (Inniskillen)
D 19 June 1915 (South Yarra)
Parents John, landowner, and Ann, nee Conway
Marriage Tasmania Henrietta Emelie Dove; 4s. 2d.
Occupation Various occupations
Religion Catholic
Education Carryglass, Fermanagh, and St John's Wood, London
Career Worked on the East India docks; arrived Vic. c1863; appointed to an unclassified position in the public service Oct 1863 and was schoolmaster of a naval training ship 1865-1867. Official visitor of metropolitan lunatic asylums. After retirement from politics was an honorary magistrate Hawthorn and Camberwell, special magistrate in the district Children's Court and chairman several Wages Boards;

House
Electorate
Start
End

MLA South Gippsland 1st Apr 1871 to 1st Apr 1877
MLA South Gippsland 1st Jul 1878 (b/e) 1st Feb 1886
MLA Gippsland South 1st Apr 1889 to 1st Sep 1902
Other seats contested Avoca 1870, S. Gippsland 1877, 1886, 1902, 1904
Appointments Chairman committees 1892-1897
Speaker 1897-1902
Royal commission coal industry of Vic. 1889
References
Australian Dictionary of Biography, 5
Initial Data Source
Thomson, K & Serle, G, 'A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900', ANU Press, 1972.1 
Birth*21 Feb 1843 Inniskillen, Ireland.1 
Marriage*30 Jul 1868Spouse: Henrietta Emily Dove. VIC, Australia, #M2925 + #M2430.2
 
Marriage-Notice*3 Aug 1868MASON-DOVE.-On the 30th ult, at St. Francis's Cathedral, by the Rev. J. J. Bleasdale, D.D., and afterwards at St Philip's, East Collingwood, by the Rev. B. S. Walker, Francis C, son of John Mason, Esq., near Enniskillen, Ireland, and cousin to the late Dr. Mason and present Rev. Francis Mason, P.P., County Cavan, to Henrietta Emily, second daughter of the late William Dove, Esq., Oakwood, Bagdad, Tasmania. No cards.3 
Death*19 Jun 1915 South Yarra, VIC, Australia, #D6890 (Age 71) [par John MASON & Ann CONWAY].1,4 

Family

Henrietta Emily Dove b. 1847, d. 1936
Child 1.Charles Joseph Conway Mason b. 1 May 1878, d. 6 Apr 1949

Newspaper-Articles

  • 1 Feb 1900, THE Hon. F. C. Mason, Mrs. Mason and family are still rusticating at Upper Beaconsfield. Their son, Charlie, about whom they have been so anxious, is now steadily improving in health. Mrs. Mason and her family and their visitor have quite roused the quiet little township. Not content with giving one concert, they are now organising another, which is to be in aid of the Empire Patriotic Fund, on the 10th February. Mr Watt and Mr. Pennyfatber have been guests at " Dundrennan," and on Sunday Mr. aud Mrs. Mason and their guests drove to " Louisville," and were entertained
    by Dr. and Mrs. L. L. Smith.5
  • 22 Mar 1900, Mr and Mrs F. C. Mason have returned to their rustic residence in Upper Beaconsfield, but not for long as they are "billed" to appear in Shepparton on Saturday next to repeat the Parliamentary Patriotic Concert. The Speaker has been all through this district within the last fortnight, has been interviewed by his constituents and attended all the local functions. Miss Rose Mason who accompanied him, has been singing her way into the hearts of the South Gippslanders in a most delightful manner.6

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Francis Conway Mason (1843-1915), politician, was born on 21 February 1843 in County Fermanagh, Ireland, fourth son of John Mason, farmer, and his wife Ann, née Conway. Educated in Ireland and at St John's Wood, London, he was employed at the East India docks before he migrated to Melbourne about 1863. He was a schoolmaster, probably in a naval training ship, and living at Lygon Street when at the Church of St Francis on 30 July 1868 he married Henrietta Emily (1847-1936), daughter of William Dove; she was born in Hobart Town.
For some time Mason was an official visitor of metropolitan lunatic asylums and then turned to politics. He unsuccessfully contested the Avoca by-election in July 1870, and next February opposed the attorney-general, Archibald Michie, for the seat of South Gippsland. The young newcomer spent six weeks in 'prosecuting his canvass energetically'; handsome and charming, he carefully made personal contact with many voters. He stressed that, unlike Michie, he would be able to devote 'the whole of his time' to representing South Gippslanders and knew the needs of the electorate for which he advocated specific and detailed proposals. He defeated the attorney-general by 180 votes to 150. He was defeated in 1877 but returned next year. Defeated again in 1886 he was re-elected in 1889. He supported Sir Graham Berry's policies on protection and the Constitution, voting with him in the crisis of 1878, and the attack on the constitutional reforms of the Service government. Mason also advocated legislative and financial assistance for selectors in difficult country, for whose problems he had much understanding. He kept in close touch with his constituents and often performed small errands for them in the metropolis.
Venal in a genial way, Mason was subject to rumours about his private life and criticism for failure to pay gambling debts. For the sake of both the electorate and himself he traded votes for public works with Thomas Bent; on 17 September 1894 the deal was exposed by the Age to defeat Bent. Mason did everything in his power to have the railway in South Gippsland extended and managed to have it routed beside his property. As a vice-president of the 1889-91 royal commission on coal, he spent excessive time on the possibilities of the meagre Foster coal deposits. He supported the Gillies government's railway bill of 1890, but when it was laid aside he crossed the floor to support Munro and Shiels. When Shiels formed a government in April 1892 Mason became chairman of committees by 'judicious canvassing'. He excelled in his new post. His capacity for exact analysis, concise expression, knowledge of parliamentary procedures and great tact enabled him to expedite the business of the bitterly contested tariff reform bill with a skill that earned admiration even from his opponents. Meanwhile he made it his business to 'feel his way among the members', and gained sufficient support to win election as Speaker after Berry lost his seat in October 1897.
Mason enjoyed immensely the eminence and the execution of his office. The House was in a period of decorum and he could look forward to the customary knighthood. Beatrice Webb described him as a 'worthy but vulgar individual' who had 'tried on three different occasions to entice Sidney to have a drink'. As Speaker he read the prorogation of 10 September 1902 after the unexpected defeat of the Irvine government. This formality was his 'political death warrant' as it was for many country members. While Speaker he had neglected his electorate and was defeated in the ensuing election. Although an active Catholic he was only slightly affected by his religion in parliament. He retired from politics and engaged in minor public works. He was not knighted, the first Speaker not to be so honoured, but was given a State funeral after he died at his home in South Yarra on 19 June 1915. He was buried in the Melbourne general cemetery with Roman Catholic rites. His wife, two sons and two married daughters survived him.7

Citations

  1. [S186] Website Victorian Parliament Re-member (http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/re-member/).
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "ADB suggests that they married in Tasmania."
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Mon 3 Aug 1868, p4.
  4. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  5. [S14] Newspaper - Melbourne Punch (Vic. : 1855 - 1900), Thu 1 Feb 1900, p16.
  6. [S14] Newspaper - Melbourne Punch (Vic. : 1855 - 1900), Thu 22 Mar 1900, p17.
  7. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, Select Bibliography
    B. Webb, The Webbs' Australian Diary, 1898, A. G. Austin ed (Melb, 1965)
    Votes and Proceedings (Legislative Assembly, Victoria), 1869, 2 (D8-10), 1890, 4 (168, 213), 1892-93, 1 (D2, D5)
    Avoca Mail, 23, 30 July 1870
    Gippsland Times, 10 Jan 1871
    Federal Australian, 10 May 1883, supplement
    Table Talk, 7 Oct 1892
    Herald (Melbourne), 19 June 1915
    Age (Melbourne), 21 June 1915
    Argus (Melbourne), 21 June 1915.

    Barry Collett, 'Mason, Francis Conway (1843–1915)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/mason-francis-conway-4164/…, published first in hardcopy 1974, accessed online 18 March 2017.

    This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 5, (MUP), 1974.
Last Edited1 Jun 2017

Henrietta Emily Dove1

F, #16767, b. 1847, d. 1936
Married NameMason.1 
Birth*18471 
Marriage*30 Jul 1868Spouse: Francis Conway Mason. VIC, Australia, #M2925 + #M2430.2
 
Marriage-Notice*3 Aug 1868MASON-DOVE.-On the 30th ult, at St. Francis's Cathedral, by the Rev. J. J. Bleasdale, D.D., and afterwards at St Philip's, East Collingwood, by the Rev. B. S. Walker, Francis C, son of John Mason, Esq., near Enniskillen, Ireland, and cousin to the late Dr. Mason and present Rev. Francis Mason, P.P., County Cavan, to Henrietta Emily, second daughter of the late William Dove, Esq., Oakwood, Bagdad, Tasmania. No cards.3 
Widow19 Jun 1915Henrietta Emily Dove became a widow upon the death of her husband Francis Conway Mason.4,5 
Death*19361 

Family

Francis Conway Mason b. 21 Feb 1843, d. 19 Jun 1915
Child 1.Charles Joseph Conway Mason b. 1 May 1878, d. 6 Apr 1949

Newspaper-Articles

  • 1 Feb 1900, THE Hon. F. C. Mason, Mrs. Mason and family are still rusticating at Upper Beaconsfield. Their son, Charlie, about whom they have been so anxious, is now steadily improving in health. Mrs. Mason and her family and their visitor have quite roused the quiet little township. Not content with giving one concert, they are now organising another, which is to be in aid of the Empire Patriotic Fund, on the 10th February. Mr Watt and Mr. Pennyfatber have been guests at " Dundrennan," and on Sunday Mr. aud Mrs. Mason and their guests drove to " Louisville," and were entertained
    by Dr. and Mrs. L. L. Smith.6

Citations

  1. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, Barry Collett, 'Mason, Francis Conway (1843–1915)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/mason-francis-conway-4164/…, published first in hardcopy 1974, accessed online 18 March 2017.
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "ADB suggests that they married in Tasmania."
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Mon 3 Aug 1868, p4.
  4. [S186] Website Victorian Parliament Re-member (http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/re-member/).
  5. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  6. [S14] Newspaper - Melbourne Punch (Vic. : 1855 - 1900), Thu 1 Feb 1900, p16.
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Henry Bestall Jerram1

M, #16768, b. 1842, d. 16 Mar 1884
Probate (Will)* 27/415. Henry B JERRAM. Date of grant: 01 May 1884; Date of death: 16 Mar 1884; Occupation: Accountant; Residence: Carlton.2
 
Land-Note* GEM-C-13: an early selector paying rates 1879-1884.3,4 
Birth*1842 Manchester, England.1 
Marriage*1871Spouse: Lillias Paterson. VIC, Australia, #M1489.1
 
Land-UBeac*a 13 Sep 1878Henry Bestall Jerram selected land from the Crown. GEM-C-13. 19a 3r 28p - No Land File. Originally selected by W. Ross, then Jerram, but crown grant to G. F. BRIND on 14 Oct 1879.5 
Land-UBeac*b Oct 1879 GEM-C-13. Transfer from Henry Bestall Jerram to George Frederick Brind. 19a 3r 28p - No Land File. Originally selected by W. Ross, but crown grant to G. F. BRIND on 14 Oct 1879.5,6 
Death*16 Mar 1884 Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, #D1464 (Age 42) [par Charles Thomas JERRAM].1 
Death-Notice*17 Mar 1884JERRAM.—On the 16th inst., at his residence, Denham-street, Hawthorn, Henry Bestall, youngest son of the late Charles Thomas Jerram, Esq., Manchester, aged 42.
The Friends of the late Mr HENRY B. JERRAM, accountant to Messrs L. L. Stephenson and Sons, are invited to follow his remains to the place of interment in the Melbourne General Cemetery.
The funeral is appointed to move from his late residence, Denham street, Hawthorn, THIS DAY (Monday), at a quarter to 3 o'clock.
ALF AUG SLIGHT, undertaker No 83 Collins-street east, and High-street, St. Kilda.7 

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  2. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P0000 unit 323, item 27/415; VPRS 28/P0002 unit 162, item 27/415; VPRS 7591/P0002 unit 90, item 27/415.
  3. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3794 1891/49 HENRY B JARRAM GEMBROOK 13 C 19--3--28 1877 - 1879.
  4. [S66] Berwick Shire Rates, 1870-1965.
  5. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3794     1891/49. HENRY B JARRAM. GEMBROOK 13 C. 19--3--28. 1877 - 1879.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1154-751 - George Frederick Brind of Melbourne.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Mon 17 Mar 1884, p1.
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Lillias Paterson

F, #16769, b. 1849, d. 13 Feb 1889
Married NameJerram. 
Birth*1849 
Marriage*1871Spouse: Henry Bestall Jerram. VIC, Australia, #M1489.1
 
Widow16 Mar 1884Lillias Paterson became a widow upon the death of her husband Henry Bestall Jerram.1 
Death*13 Feb 1889 Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, #D2548 (Age 40) [par PATTERSON & Ann BANNISTER] - as Lillian Isabella JERRAM.1 
Death-Notice*14 Feb 1889JERRAM. —On the 13th inst., at Woodstock, Denham-street, Hawthorn, Lillias Isabella, widow of the late Henry Bestall Jerram.
THE Friends of the late Mrs. JERRAM are notified that the funeral will leave her late residence, Denham-street, Hawthorn, THIS (Thursday) AFTERNOON, 14th inst., at 3 o'clock, for the Melbourne General Cemetery.
ALF. AUG. SLEIGHT, undertaker, 182 Collins-street east; High-street, St. Kilda; and Chapel-street, South Yarra.2 

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Thu 14 Feb 1889, p1.
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