George Wilson Hall

M, #6006, b. 1836, d. Sep 1916
George Wilson HALL
(1836-1916)
Note* Hall, George Wilson
Born 1836 (Brighton, Sussex, England)
Died 21 September 1916. (East Kew)
Marriage: (1) Marian Burton; 3s; (2) Mary Juliet Worthington; 2 children; (3) Mary Hughes; no children
Occupation: Journalist
Career: Arrived Melbourne 1853; was a compositor on the Herald; secretary Melbourne Typographical Society from 1873 and editor of its journal; proprietor and editor Mansfield Guardian 1878, and Benalla Standard from 1879. Prominent in country faction in Assembly. Published 2 imaprtial accounts of the Kelly Gang while they were at large.
House      Electorate      Start *            End *      
MLA     Moira     July 1880          March 1889     
MLA     Shepparton and Euroa     April 1889          April 1891     
Other seats contested: Moira Feb 1880, Shepparton and Euroa 1892, 1894, E. Bourke Boroughs 1897
Appointments: Royal commission police of Vic. 1881, courts of conciliation 1882, shop employees 1883.1 
Birth*1836 England.2 
Marriage*1861 Spouse: Marianne Burton. VIC, Australia, #M3991.3
 
Widower3 May 1883George Wilson Hall became a widower upon the death of his wife Marianne Burton.3 
Marriage*1 May 1885 Spouse: Juliet May Worthington. VIC, Australia, #M2158.3
 
Divorce*May 19004 
Marriage*1904 Spouse: Mary Ellen Hughes. VIC, Australia, #M3812.5
 
Death*Sep 1916 Balwyn, VIC, Australia, #D8629 (Age 80) [par unknown].2 
Death-Notice*26 Sep 1916HALL.—At East Kew, after a brief illness, George Wilson, ex-M.L.A. for Shepparton and Euroa, beloved husband of Mary Hall, and loving father of A. G., F. F., and A. W. (on active service), in his 81st year. A colonist of 63 years.6 
Death-Notice27 Sep 1916News of the death of Mr. George Wilson Hall, ex-M.L.A. for Shepparton and Euroa, which was published in "The Argus" yesterday, will be received with regret by a wide circle of friends. Mr. Hall, who was a journalist by profession, was born in Brighton (England) in 1836, and he came to Australia in 1853. At the time of the capture of the Kelly gang Mr. Hall was editor of the Benalla "Standard," and, as correspondent for "The Argus" for that district, he contributed some interesting matter concerning the exciting doings at Glenrowan.7 

Family

Marianne Burton b. 1841, d. 3 May 1883
Child 1.Alfred George Hall+ b. 1862, d. 28 Feb 1937

Newspaper-Articles

  • 19 Apr 1893, On April morning, and one that might have been born in "that dear old land of England," we had agreed to make a start from my friend's house at 9 a.m., but the weather was in a wavering frame of mind and looked as if it would take until the afternoon to decide what it was going to do. Finally, about eleven o'clock it gave us a little encouragement ; quickly all mounted and the start was made. Having passed the post office and secured our letters and papers, we take the road which leads by groves of pine until "Good Rest" is reached, leaving en route the store and residence of Mr. Schlipalius. Here we turn to the left off the Main road, and, taking a track through the bush, arrive shortly at the "Mountain Home" (and aptly so named) of Mr. Hall, the late Government Whip. Perched on the top of a high hill; with great granite boulders lying around and the world spread out like a map far below it, this modest little highland retreat has a site which in the old world would have been appropriated by some grey old baronial castle, tenanted by a bold bad baron or his descendant, with a history of repine and murder dating beyond the Norman Conquest. The painter, the poet, and the composer would have con spired to throw a halo round those ancient cattle lifters and their not too refined human surroundings, until the whole country side would be teeming with romantic legend and not a mountain top or fern gully but would be the scene of some thrilling deed of daring, some tear-compelling episode of love or some hair raising and cheek-blanching ghost story, intimately connected with a ghastly tragedy "away back" in those good old days of old. But as it is, we are a matter of fact people whose history dates from yesterday, and although there being as Josh Billings sapiently remarked "a great deal of human natur in man," our black predecessors could, in the poetic language of "poker," no doubt "see" the old barons, and even "go one better" as regards most of their performances ; unfortunately no record accessible to the white man was kept of these, and the blackfellow was in such a hurry (or we will, out of consideration for the feelings of the pioneer, put it so), to shuffle off this mortal coil, that no opportunity was given to the indefatigable interviewer of the modern society journal to gain an insight into the sayings and doings and a social scandal of the upper crust amongst these real original lords of the soil. However, deprived as we must resign ourselves to be of the glamour lent by such old associations to even the most homely scene, there is still enough charm left in the view to make it worth travelling many miles to look upon.8
  • 10 May 1900, HALL V HALL.
    Juliet May Hall, of Swanston street, Melbourne petitioned for the dissolution of her marriage with George Wilson Hall, of England, but formerly of Victoria, on the grounds of desertion and misconduct.
    Mr Woolf who appeared for the petitioner, said that the parties were married on May 1, 1885, according to the rites of the Wesleyan Church. They lived together as man and wife until early in May, 1891, when petitioner discovered that her husband was suffering from a serious complaint. She then offered to live in the same house and to take care of their child, but respondent refused to agree to the arrangement. The petitioner then left and went to Beaconsfield, where she remained for 14 months, during which time she received no communication from her husband. She learned that he had gone to England, and in March, 1893, followed him thither, having been informed that he was dangerously ill, and because she wanted to see that before dying he should make some provision for his child. She saw him in England, but he did not offer her a home. After a short stay in England they returned to Victoria by the same boat, though not together, and on arrival here separated again immediately. The respondent at one time represented Shepparton in the Legislative Assembly, and subsequently stood for the East Bourke Boroughs seat but was unsuccessful. In January or February, 1898, he left the colony, and petitioner had not since heard of him nor from him.
    Evidence was called in support of the allegations in the petition.
    Decree nisi granted on both grounds, with costs against the respondent.4

Australian Dictionary of Biography

George Wilson Hall (1836-1916), trade unionist, journalist and politician, was born at Brighton, England, where his father was an agent for the British and Foreign Bible Society. He arrived in Melbourne in 1853 and later became a compositor. In 1873 he was secretary of the Melbourne Typographical Society and editor of its Australasian Typographical Journal. Unable to win worthwhile support and continually involved in petty disputes with employers, the society tried to improve its bargaining power through collective action with other workers. In July 1874 Hall called an inaugural meeting of the Trades and Labor Council. Though it failed to win major objectives and by 1875 was almost defunct, Hall as its secretary gained some prominence in October by organizing a public meeting to protest against the gaoling of two tanners at Castlemaine. He also seconded a motion by Thomas Bent which called for a system of arbitration. The government seemed prepared to discuss proposals for courts of conciliation but nothing was achieved.
In 1878 Hall left his union post to become editor-proprietor of the Mansfield Guardian. A few months later when the Kelly gang shot three police from Mansfield, Hall published a pamphlet, The Kelly Gang or The Outlaws of the Wombat Ranges (Mansfield, 1879). Next year he moved to Benalla and covered the capture of the Kellys at Glenrowan for the Melbourne Argus and his own Benalla Standard. Police handling of the Kellys led Hall to agitate for an inquiry into the police force which in 1881 was set up with Hall as a commissioner.
Hall was elected for the Moira seat in the Legislative Assembly in July 1880. He had long been concerned at the prevalence of sweating in the printing industry and gave influential support to the printers' public campaign for factory reform. In May 1883, at the request of William Smith, Hall joined the enlarged royal commission on shop employees and with officials of the Typographical Society lobbied for new legislation. Although active in parliament Hall held no portfolio but was a whip for the Service-Berry, Munro and Shiels ministries. He was also a staunch advocate for temperance.
From about 1886 Hall was a leader of the country section of the Liberal-protectionists in the Deakin-Gillies coalition. In 1887-88 Hall held that more was to be gained by staying with the government than by opposition but at the 1889 election he announced his breakaway and, backed by the Victorian Farmers' Protection Association, won the new seat of Shepparton and Euroa. Although he did not always maintain an independent position he was prominent in exacting budgetary concessions from the government in 1889 on behalf of farmers. He lost his seat in 1891 and went on an official lecture tour of England to attract migrants to Victoria. After attempting in vain to re-enter parliament in 1894 and 1897 he retired from public life. He was married first to Marian Burton, second to Mary Juliet Worthington and third to Mary Hughes. He died in Melbourne on 21 September 1916 aged 80, survived by his widow and by three sons of the first marriage; two children of the second marriage predeceased him.9

Citations

  1. [S186] Website Victorian Parliament Re-member (http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/re-member/) "References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 4. Corfield, J. Ned Kelly Encyclopedia, Lothian, 2003.
    Initial data source: Thomson, K & Serle, G, 'A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900', ANU Press, 1972."
  2. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 10 May 1900, p3.
  5. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 26 Sep 1916, p1.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 27 Sep 1916, p14.
  8. [S12] Newspaper - SBM Journal 19 Apr 1893, p2 by Todea Africana.
  9. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, R. T. Fitzgerald, 'Hall, George Wilson (1836–1916)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/hall-george-wilson-3694/…, published first in hardcopy 1972, accessed online 3 December 2014.
    Select Bibliography
    R. T. Fitzgerald, The Printers of Melbourne: The History of a Union (Melb, 1967)
    Benalla Standard, 29 Sept 1916
    Mansfield Courier, 30 Sept 1916
    M. G. Finlayson, Groups in Victorian Politics, 1889-1894 (M.A. thesis, University of Melbourne, 1964).
    Citation details
    This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 4, (MUP), 1972.
Last Edited11 Dec 2014

Marianne Burton

F, #6007, b. 1841, d. 3 May 1883
Married NameHall.1 
Birth*18411 
Marriage*1861 Spouse: George Wilson Hall. VIC, Australia, #M3991.1
 
Death*3 May 1883 South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #D5858 (Age 42) [par Richard BURTON & Rebecca WHEELER].1 
Death-Notice*4 May 1883HALL. -On the 3rd inst., at her residence, East Melbourne, Marianne, wife of G. W. Hall, M.L.A., aged 42 years.2 

Family

George Wilson Hall b. 1836, d. Sep 1916
Child 1.Alfred George Hall+ b. 1862, d. 28 Feb 1937

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 4 May 1883, p1.
Last Edited11 Jun 2019

Alfred George Hall

M, #6008, b. 1862, d. 28 Feb 1937
Father*George Wilson Hall b. 1836, d. Sep 1916
Mother*Marianne Burton b. 1841, d. 3 May 1883
Birth*1862 Staf, VIC, Australia, #B23654.1 
Marriage*1890 Spouse: Rosa Alice Clara Mathias. VIC, Australia, #M7514.2
 
Widower8 Jun 1928Alfred George Hall became a widower upon the death of his wife Rosa Alice Clara Mathias.3 
Marriage*1935 Spouse: Catherine Dickson. VIC, Australia, #M7064.3
 
Death*28 Feb 1937 Epworth Hospital, Richmond, VIC, Australia, #D1555 (Age 74.)4 
Death-Notice*2 Mar 1937HALL.—On the 28th February, passed peacefully away at Epworth Hospital, Alfred George, of 36 Seaview crescent, Black Rock, dearly loved husband of Catherine. —So He giveth His beloved sleep.
HALL.—On the 28th February at Epworth Hospital, Alfred George, loving father of George (deceased), and Florence (Mrs. Stickland) and fond grandfather of Gweneth Nancy, and Margery Stickland. —At home with the Lord.
HALL.—On the 28th February, Alfred George, loved and respected father-in-law of Frank W. Stickland. —Peace, perfect peace.
HALL.—The Relatives and Friends of the late ALFRED GEORGE HALL are respectfully informed that his remains will be interred at the Melbourne General Cemetery, THIS DAY (March 2), at 3.30 p.m.
The funeral will leave Le Pines mortuary chapel, 841 Burke road, Camberwell, at 3 16 p m.5 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
191917 Launder Street, Glenferrie, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: civil servant. With Rosa Alice Clara Hall.6

Family

Rosa Alice Clara Mathias b. 1861, d. 8 Jun 1928
Children 1.George Mendelssohn Hall b. 1892, d. 17 Oct 1918
 2.Florence Elva Hall+ b. 1893, d. 1970

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  3. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 2 Mar 1937, p1.
  6. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
Last Edited1 May 2020

Juliet May Worthington

F, #6012, b. 1865, d. 1958
Married NameHall.1 
Birth*18651 
Marriage*1 May 1885 Spouse: George Wilson Hall. VIC, Australia, #M2158.1
 
DivorceMay 19002 
Death*1958 Malvern, VIC, Australia, #D11462 (Age 93) [par James WORTHINGTON & Mary Ann MONTGOMERY] - as MENDELL.3 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 10 May 1900, HALL V HALL.
    Juliet May Hall, of Swanston street, Melbourne petitioned for the dissolution of her marriage with George Wilson Hall, of England, but formerly of Victoria, on the grounds of desertion and misconduct.
    Mr Woolf who appeared for the petitioner, said that the parties were married on May 1, 1885, according to the rites of the Wesleyan Church. They lived together as man and wife until early in May, 1891, when petitioner discovered that her husband was suffering from a serious complaint. She then offered to live in the same house and to take care of their child, but respondent refused to agree to the arrangement. The petitioner then left and went to Beaconsfield, where she remained for 14 months, during which time she received no communication from her husband. She learned that he had gone to England, and in March, 1893, followed him thither, having been informed that he was dangerously ill, and because she wanted to see that before dying he should make some provision for his child. She saw him in England, but he did not offer her a home. After a short stay in England they returned to Victoria by the same boat, though not together, and on arrival here separated again immediately. The respondent at one time represented Shepparton in the Legislative Assembly, and subsequently stood for the East Bourke Boroughs seat but was unsuccessful. In January or February, 1898, he left the colony, and petitioner had not since heard of him nor from him.
    Evidence was called in support of the allegations in the petition.
    Decree nisi granted on both grounds, with costs against the respondent.2

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 10 May 1900, p3.
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
Last Edited11 Jun 2019

Frank George Turner Nicholas

M, #6015, b. 1865, d. 1952
Father*Henry Chatterton Nicholas b. 14 Oct 1829, d. 5 Aug 1909
Mother*Hellen McPherson b. 1826, d. 17 Dec 1916
Birth*1865 St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #B5420.1 
Marriage*1888 Spouse: Lucy Ellen Turner. VIC, Australia, #M8113.1
 
Land-UBeac*19 Apr 1890 GEM-D-12. Transfer from Jane McPherson to Frank George Turner Nicholas. 19a 3r 39p.2 
Land-UBeac19 Apr 1890 GEM-D-28. Transfer from Jane McPherson to Frank George Turner Nicholas. 19a 2r 14p.3 
Land-UBeac*19 Apr 1890 GEM-D-13. Transfer from William McPherson to Frank George Turner Nicholas. 14a 3r 33p.4 
Land-UBeac*19 Apr 1890 GEM-D-24. Transfer from Jane McPherson to Frank George Turner Nicholas. 20a 0r 0p.5 
Land-Note*5 Feb 1892 GEM-D-12.13.24.28: Mortgagee: The Mercantile Bank of Australia Ltd. Mortgagor was Frank George Turner Nicholas.6 
Land-UBeac*a 5 Feb 1892 GEM-D-12.13.24.28. Transfer from Frank George Turner Nicholas to The Mercantile Bank of Australia Ltd. Mortgage foreclosed.6 
Widower1937Frank George Turner Nicholas became a widower upon the death of his wife Lucy Ellen Turner.7 
Death*1952 Caulfield, VIC, Australia, #D1995 (Age 87) [par Henry Chatterton NICHOLAS & Hellen McPHERSON].7 

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 1470-997 - Jane McPherson to Frank George Turner Nicholas of Number 80 Swanston Street Melbourne Accountant - C/T 2255-907.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2002-378 - Jane McPherson to Frank George Turner Nicholas of Number 80 Swanston Street Melbourne Accountant - C/T 2255-907.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2093-490 - William McPherson to Frank George Turner Nicholas of Number 80 Swanston Street Melbourne Accountant - C/T 2255-907.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2002-379 - Jane McPherson to Frank George Turner Nicholas of Number 80 Swanston Street Melbourne Accountant - C/T 2255-907.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2255-907.
  7. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
Last Edited27 Jan 2016

Jacob Harris

M, #6028, d. 1 Jul 1903
Marriage*Sep 1855 Spouse: Rachel Bebarfald. London, England, Sep Q [London] 1c 299.1
 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel13 Apr 1856 Sailing with Rachel Harris to Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Ship Royal Charter Liverpool
Merchant.2 
Land-UBeac*b 1879Jacob Harris selected land from the Crown. PAK-167. 19a 3r 26p - Land File 381/49 (1880 map)
Crown grant to Jacob HARRIS on 7 Mar 1879. Sale 5036, upset £1/ac, value £37 10s.3,4 
Land-UBeac*26 Jun 1882 PAK-164. Transfer from Bernard Robert Harris to Jacob Harris. 19a 3r 22p.5 
Death*1 Jul 1903 Woollahra, NSW, Australia, NSW#D12336.6 
Death-Notice*2 Jul 1903HARRIS.—At his residence, 53 Denison street, Woollahra, Jacob, beloved husband of Rachel Harris.
HARRIS.—The Funeral of the late Mr. JACOB HARRIS will leave the residence, 53 Denison-street, Woollahra, THIS DAY, at 1 p.m., and from the Mortuary at 2.23. L. SAMUELS.7 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 6 Dec 1878, HARRIS, Jacob. Pakenham Gazetted      
    6 Dec 1878 Issue of New Licenses Approved
    25 April 1879 Licenses under Land Act Cancelled or Declared Void8
  • 5 Jun 1880, THE PARTNERSHIP heretofore subsisting between Jacob Harris, John Harris, and Bernard Robert Harris, carrying on business under the style of "J. Harris and Sons," at 41 Little Flinders-street east, Melbourne, as boot and shoe merchants and importers, has been DISSOLVED, so far as the said Bernard Robert Harris is concerned, as on and from the first day of June, one thousand eight hundred and eighty.
    The business lately carried on by the said firm will be continued upon tho same premises by the under signed, Jacob Harris and John Harris, by whom all debts respectively due and owing by the late firm are to be received and paid respectively.
    Dated this third day of June, 1880.
    BERNARD R. HARRIS
    JACOB HARRIS
    JOHN HARRIS
    Witness-Montague Cohen solicitor, Melbourne9
  • 21 Jun 1880, JEWELL-HARRIS -On the 16th inst, at the residence of the brides parents, 51 Albert street, East Melbourne, by Rev. Dr Dattner Jacobsen, assisted by Rev. Mr Saunders Cecelia third daughter of Jacob Harris, to Sydney H Jewell, of Sydney.10
  • 29 Nov 1882, Jacobson, Joseph Saber of Rockhampton, to Rebecca, second daughter of Jacob Harris, of this city.11

Citations

  1. [S9] Free BMD. Index. Online @ https://www.freebmd.org.uk/.
  2. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Series: VPRS 7666; Series Title: Inward Overseas Passenger Lists (British Ports) [Microfiche Copy of VPRS 947].
  3. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Land File 381/49 (1880 map).
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1114-631 - Jacob Harris of Melbourne.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1114-731 - Jacob Harris of Number 51 Albert Street East Melbourne Gentleman - C/T 1365-904.
  6. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  7. [S14] Newspaper - Sydney Morning Herald, 2 Jul 1903, p6+10.
  8. [S20] Various indexed records of GSV - Genealogical Society Victoria "Index to Govt gazette."
  9. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Sat 5 Jun 1880, p10.
  10. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 21 Jun 1880, p1.
  11. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 29 Nov 1882, p1.
Last Edited19 Sep 2019
 

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