Ernest Gottlieb Hillbrick

M, #16340, b. 1842, d. 27 Oct 1914
Father*Johann Gottlieb Hillbrick b. 1814, d. 13 Nov 1899
Mother*Maria Dorothea Wagner b. 1821, d. 1888
Probate (Will)* Ernest Hillbrick. Ex Farmer. Narre Warren. 28 Oct 1914. 169/394.1 
Birth*1842 Prussia.2 
Marriage*1866 Spouse: Maria Augusta Schoppe. VIC, Australia, #M4153.2
(Transfer to) Land-Berwick14 Jun 1888 BER-17.18 (tx 184366) Christians Meeting House, 108 High Street, Berwick. Transfer from James Gibb to Robert Louis Moysey, William Henry Moysey, George Matthews, Edward Paul Hillbrick, Ernest Gottlieb Hillbrick. See C/T 2070-845 (Christians Meeting House for Church of Christ.)3 
Naturalisation*27 Nov 1909He was naturalized on 27 Nov 1909.4 
Death*27 Oct 1914 Ascot Vale, VIC, Australia, #D12300 (Age 72) [par Johann Gottleib HILLBRICK & Maria Dorothy].5 
Death-Notice*7 Nov 1914HILLBRICK. –On the 27th October, at his residence, 333 Maribyrnong-road, Ascot Vale, Ernest, the beloved husband of Mary Hillbrick, late of Narre Warren, aged 72 years.6 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1914333 Maribyrnong Road, Ascot Vale, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: miner. With Maria Augusta Hillbrick. With Harold Herbert Hillbrick Alfred Edward Hillbrick.7


Maria Augusta Schoppe b. 1849, d. 31 Jan 1927
Child 1.Annie Mary Augusta Hillbrick b. 1871, d. 1941


  • 25 Dec 1907: NEW NARRE WARREN. On Friday last, Mr. Ernest Hillbrich sustained a serious loss through a disastrous fire which broke out in his barn, completly destroying it and about 40 tons of first class hay, one of the finest hay crops, in this district. The fire rapidly spread to his cowshed which was speedily razed to the ground. Fortunately the chaff works and the dwelling house were saved by the fire-fighters. The buildings, which belonged to Mr. Sweeney, were insured, but Mr. Hillbrich's loss is a severe one, considering the price hay is this season. The fire is supposed to have been caused by spontaneous combustion.8
  • 4 Nov 1914: Another old and respected resident of this district passed away last week in the person of Mr Ernest Hillbrich. The old gentleman, who was 72 years of age, was a resident of Narre Warren for nearly 50 years, but for some time past he has been residing at Ascot Vale. His father took up land at Narre Warren in the early days, in fact he was amongst the first settlers in that district, and after his decease, the property was taken over by Mr Ernest Hillbrich. In those days there were no railways, and all marketable produce had to be carted into Melbourne. Leaving the farm Mr Hillbrich went to Emerald for a time, and about two years ago he left the district to take up his residence at Ascot Vale, being tendered a farewell by the local Church of Christ, of which he was a member. During his long residence here he made many friends, and the news of his death was received with regret by all. His illness was a short one, extending over a week, and was due to paralysis. He leaves a widow, and four sons and two daughters to mourn their loss.
    His remains were interred in the Harkaway cemetery on Friday afternoon, the funeral being a
    fairly large one. An impressive service was conducted at the grave by Mr Horace Kingsbury, of the Church of Christ.9


  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 1006; VPRS 7591/P2, unit 617.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  3. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1348-580 - C/T 2070-845 - Robert Louis Moysey and William Henry Moysey both of Narre Warren, George Matthews of Harkaway Berwick and Edward Paul Hillbrick and Ernest Hillbrick both of Gippsland Road Berwick all farmers are now the proprietors.
  4. [S33] Australian Government:, mentioned on son Harold's enlistment.
  5. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920.
  6. [S14] Newspaper - Leader (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 7 Nov 1914, p60.
  7. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914.
  8. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic.), 25 Dec 1907, p2.
  9. [S19] Newspaper - Berwick Shire News and Pakenham and Cranbourne Gazette (Berwick, Vic.), 4 Nov 1914, p2.
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