John Augustus Gurner

M, #17416, b. 3 Nov 1854, d. 1937
Father*Henry Field Gurner b. 1819, d. 17 Apr 1883
Mother*Augusta Mary Curr b. 1830, d. 1917
Birth*3 Nov 1854 Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #B18785.1 
Birth-Notice*6 Nov 1854On the 3rd inst., at her residence, William-street, the wife of Henry Field Gurner, Esq., Crown Solicitor, of a son.2 
Marriage*5 Dec 1891 Spouse: Lucy de Guzman 'Lily' Boyd. All Saints' Church, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #M7063.1
 
Marriage-Notice*19 Dec 1891GURNER—BOYD.—On the 5th inst, at All Saints', St Kilda, by the Rev. Canon Gregory, John A. Gurner, barrister-at-law, second son of the late Henry Field Gurner, Crown solicitor, to Lily, elder daughter of the late Captain Theodore Boyd, of Glenfern, St Kilda, and of the 11th (North Devon) Regiment, formerly military secretary in Victoria.3 
Death*1937 South Yarra, VIC, Australia, #D80 (Age 82) [par Hy Field GURNER & Augusta Mary CARR].1 

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  2. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Mon 6 Nov 1854, p4.
  3. [S14] Newspaper - The Herald (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 19 Dec 1891, p2
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article241562408
Last Edited1 Sep 2018

Henry Field Gurner

M, #17417, b. 1819, d. 17 Apr 1883
Birth*1819 Sydney, NSW, Australia. 
Marriage*23 Aug 1851 Spouse: Augusta Mary Curr. St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #M1135 & 31739 & 41083.1
 
Marriage-Notice*25 Aug 1851MARRIED. On the 23rd instant, at St. Kilda, by Special Licenses, by the Very Rev. P. R. Geoghegan, and also by the Rev. W. Brickwood, Henry Field Gurner, Esq., Crown Solicitor, Victoria, to Augusta Mary, second daughter of the late Edward Curr, Esq , St Heliers.2 
Death*17 Apr 1883 South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #D5831 (Age 64) [par John GURNER & Rebecca Ann GALLEFANT].3 
Death-Notice19 Apr 1883GURNER.—On the 17th inst., suddenly Henry Field Gurner, late Crown solicitor for Victoria, aged 61.
THE remains of the late HENRY F. GURNER, Esq., Crown solicitor, will be interred in the St. Kilda Cemetery.
The funeral is appointed to move from his late residence, Princess-street, St. Kilda, THIS DAY (Thursday), at half-past 3 o'clock.
ALF. AUG. SLEIGHT, undertaker, No. 83 Collins-street east, and High-street, St. Kilda.4 

Grave

  • St Kilda Cemetery, Henry Field GURNER, Crown Solicitor
    born 31.3.1819     D. 17 Apr 1883
    & Augusta Mary, his wife, b. 14.9.1829 D. 28 Jun 1917
    Evelyn Percy GURNER, b. 22.3.1856 D. 8 Jan 1857
    Laura Shirley De Courcy GURNER,
    born 1.6.1864 D. 22 Dec 1864
    Shirley Annie GURNER, b. 30.4.1871 D. 18 Nov 1877
    The Children of Henry Field GURNER,
    Crown Solicitor Victoria, and Augusta
    Mary, his wife.
    Eva Lucy, daughter of Henry F. &
    Augusta M. GURNER (stone broken) D. 14 Dec 1919
    Kathleen Gilmour GURNER b. 9.2.1886 D. 3 Apr 1948
    Cross broken. Cecil Edward de Vere ALLEN D. 23 Jan 1902 Aged 15

Family

Augusta Mary Curr b. 1830, d. 1917
Children 1.Henry Edward Gurner b. 29 Jul 1853, d. Sep 1915
 2.John Augustus Gurner b. 3 Nov 1854, d. 1937

Newspaper-Articles

  • 19 Apr 1883: INQUEST ON MR. GURNER. Dr Youl, city coroner, held an inquest at the Melbourne Club yesterday morning on the body of Mr. Henry Field Gurner, acting Crown solicitor, who died suddenly in the club on the previous day.
    John Augustus Gurner, barrister, deposed that he was the son of the deceased, who was aged 64. His father had been in bad health for the past nine or 10 months, and during the last 10 days had complained of weakness and debility. On Monday, the 9th instant, he was appointed acting Crown solicitor, but he was not able to come into Melbourne from his residence at St. Kilda until the following Thursday, when he assumed duty, after then he came into town every day. On Sunday last he complained of being unwell, but in the evening went out to a friend's house, and on Monday and Tuesday he appeared to be much better. Occasionally he complained of a pain at the heart, but he was rather hypochondriacal. and often complained of various pains.
    William Oliver Evans, secretary of the Melbourne Club, stated that Mr. Gurner came into his office in the club at a few minutes before 2 o'clock on the previous day, and then gave instructions to witness, as well as made notes himself. When he had been m the room about 20 minutes, and completed the instructions, his head dropped and he gave a short gasp and died. A medical man was immediately sent for, but it was too late when he arrived for him to be of assistance.
    Mr. Lempriere said he had attended the deceased occasionally for years past. Saw him on the 13th inst, when he was low-spirited, and complained of great debility. He was suffering from fatty degeneration of the heart and dilatation. Told him if ever he felt faint to lie down at once. Deceased was always in danger of dying suddenly from a fainting fit. Have no doubt the cause of his death was a fatal faintmg fit, from fatty degeneration of the heart. The disease was an incurable one.
    Dr Youl informed the jury that no post-mortem had been made, because there was no doubt whatever that the cause of death was fatty degeneration of the heart.
    The jury returned a verdict that the cause of death was disease of the heart.6
  • 21 Apr 1883: DEATH OF MR. H. F. GURNER. The numerous friends of Mr. Henry Field Gurner, who held the responsible position of Crown solicitor of Port Phillip and Victoria for nearly 40 years, will regret to hear that he expired very suddenly and unexpectedly, on Tuesday. Between 1 and 2 o'clock he had gone from the Crown Law offices to the Melbourne Club, and at about a quarter-past 2 o'clock, while conversing with Mr. Evans, the secretary of the club, he fell back in the chair on which he was sitting, and betrayed such alarming symptoms that Dr. Balls-Headley, whose residence is opposite to the Club, was immediately sent for. He went over to the Club at once, only to find that life was practically extinct, as Mr Gurner merely gave one sigh after his arrival, and then breathed his last. The deceased gentleman was a native of New South Wales. He was the first solicitor admitted to practise in Victoria, the first town clerk of Melbourne, and at the time of his death had been a public servant of Victoria for a longer period than almost any other person. He was the son of Mr. John Gurner, solicitor, who arrived in Sydney from England in 1817 as chief clerk of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and who only died last year at the advanced age of 90. Mr. H. F. Gurner was born on the 31st March, 1819, and consequently was 64 years of age at the time of his death. In the latter part of 1834 he was appointed by Sir Francis Forbes, Chief Justice of New South Wales as a clerk in the Supreme Court in Sydney. When the court was established here, Mr. Gurner was appointed to the office of deputy-registrar, and came to Melbourne with Mr. Justice Willis in March, 1841. Shortly after his arrival he was admitted to practise as an attorney, solicitor and proctor of the Supreme Court for the district of Port Phillip, but he also carried on duties of the office of deputy-registrar of the court until November, 1841, when he entered into private practice. In January, 1842, he was appointed Crown solicitor and clerk of the peace for Port Phillip, and was in September, 1842, appointed by Mr. Latrobe as temporary town clerk of Melbourne, an office which he held for several months in conjunction with his office of Crown solicitor. When Port Phillip was separated from New South Wales in 1851, and became a colony under the name of Victoria, Mr. Gurner was appointed its Crown solicitor, and he continued in that position until the latter end of 1880, when the Berry Government made reductions in the civil service, and superannuated him. Recently, however, Mr. Sutherland, his succeseor in office, was granted 12 months' leave of absence, and as it was found very inconvenient to carry on the business of the department without a Crown solicitor, Mr. Gurner consented to put on harness again, and perform the duties of the office during Mr. Sutherland's absence. He was accordingly gazetted acting Crown solicitor last week, the arrangement being that he was only to receive his pension allowance. He was a man who took a great interest in the welfare and history of the colony, and had one of the very best collections of works dealing with colonial matters. In the year 1841 he published The Rules and Orders of the Supreme Court of New South Wales for the District of Port Phillip; in 1871, The Practice of the Criminal Law of the Colony of Victoria ; and in 1876, Chronicles of Port Phillip.
    Mr. Garner has left a widow and eight surviving children, most of whom are grown up. Mr. H. E. Garner, his eldest son, was educated for the bar in England, and after passing as a barrister in that country, remained and practised his profession there. Mr. J. A. Garner, his second son, is a barrister of Victoria, and holds the office of Parliamentary draughtsman, and the youngest now a cadet on Her Majesty's training ship Britannia.
    At the coroner's inquest held on Wednesday on the remains of the late Mr. H. F. Garner, medical evidence was given to show that the cause of death was fatty degeneration of the heart, and the jury found accordingly.7

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  2. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Mon 25 Aug 1851, p2.
  3. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Spouse CURR Augusta Mary."
  4. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Thu 19 Apr 1883, p1.
  5. [S48] Index of burials in the cemetery of St Kilda,.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Thu 19 Apr 1883, p10.
  7. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 21 Apr 1883, p20.
Last Edited1 Sep 2018

Augusta Mary Curr

F, #17418, b. 1830, d. 1917
Married NameGurner.1 
Birth*1830 
Marriage*23 Aug 1851 Spouse: Henry Field Gurner. St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #M1135 & 31739 & 41083.1
 
Marriage-Notice*25 Aug 1851MARRIED. On the 23rd instant, at St. Kilda, by Special Licenses, by the Very Rev. P. R. Geoghegan, and also by the Rev. W. Brickwood, Henry Field Gurner, Esq., Crown Solicitor, Victoria, to Augusta Mary, second daughter of the late Edward Curr, Esq , St Heliers.2 
Widow17 Apr 1883Augusta Mary Curr became a widow upon the death of her husband Henry Field Gurner.3 
Death*1917 St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #D6692 (Age 87) [par Edward CURR & Elizabeth MICKLEWAITE].1 

Family

Henry Field Gurner b. 1819, d. 17 Apr 1883
Children 1.Henry Edward Gurner b. 29 Jul 1853, d. Sep 1915
 2.John Augustus Gurner b. 3 Nov 1854, d. 1937

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  2. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Mon 25 Aug 1851, p2.
  3. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Spouse CURR Augusta Mary."
Last Edited1 Sep 2018
 

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