Saturday, November 15, 2014


Brisbane Father And Daughter Die On Same Day

A man and his daughter died within a few hours of each other on Tuesday, and their funerals took place yesterday.

The father was Mr. William James Hendle, 88, of 35 Kedron Park Road, Wooloowin, who had been ill for a long time, and his daughter was Mrs. Esther Maud Byrne, of 104 Abbotsford Road, Mayne Junction, who met with an accident a year ago. Mrs. Byrne's funeral left the Ade- laide Street funeral parlour of Cannon and Cripps at 10 a.m. yesterday for the Mt. Thompson Crematorium, and her father's funeral left the same parlour for the Toowong Cemetery at   2.30 p.m.  

William is great grand Uncle of the author

Brisbane Father And Daughter Die On Same Day. (1939, March 2). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 2. TROVE

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Drowning Fatality.


There appears to be much truth in the old saying that when there is one accident there must be others. First we had the accident at Eu- mundi whereby Walter Thomas lost his life, followed by the one at Buderum which cost Miss Rowland her life. The third one turns up at the Maroochy Heads, where, as the result of bathing in the open sea, Victor Gommersall is washed out and is seen no more. On Friday afternoon last at about 4 o'clock, six young men, Victor Gommersall, George Irwin, Henrick Andresen, Frank Etheridge, G. Best, and Isaac Gommersall, went in for a bathe about a quarter of a mile from the South Head of the Maroochy River. They were indulging freely in about 3 feet of water, there being a heavy sea on. A huge breaker came in and the undertow carried three of the party, Victor Gommersall, George Irwin, and Heurick Andre-sen out to deep water about four chains from the shore. Gommersall and Irwin were close together, and the former, who, by the way, was a good swimmer, got hold of Irwin, saying ' Oh, my God, help me. ' Irwin took hold of him, but after going under water had to release himself in order to save his own life. Irwin got out to land with great difficulty, but while doing so saw Gommersall washed seawards. The tide was going out at this time, so that assistance had to be rendered at a disadvantage. The alarm was raised that someone was drowning. Mr. George Histed rushed down to the beach and saw Mr. A. Saint in the water up to his waist, while a form could be seen in the billows. He went in but had to return, and procuring a rope he returned with Mr. M. D. Mitchell to the water. The rope was thrown to the form in the water, which Andresen clutched and was hauled ashore unconscious.

Restoratives were administered, and animation restored after 15 minutes.

Nothing could be seen by this time of Gommersall. Word was brought up to the deceased's parents and to Nambour. The police, Acting-Sergeant M'Neill and Constable Adams went down next morning, and with the assistance of Messrs. C. Prentis, C Pickering, J. White, and C. Nichols, jnr., a search was made ot the whole beach from Mooloolah Heads to Point Arkwright, the various islands, banks, and inlets of the Maroochy River up till Sunday night. The search was continued under Constable Adams on Monday and Tuesday Constable O'Brien, of Brisbane, arrived on Tuesday to assist in the search, and left Nambour the same afternoon for the Heads. Victor Gommersall, is a son of Mr. Joseph Gommcrsall, of Petrie's Creek. He was a promising young man of 21 years of age, and was universally popular. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents by the whole community.

Drowning Fatality. (1906, January 5). Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser (Qld. : 1903 - 1922), p. 3. TROVE

Victor Salisbury GOMERSALL  29/12/1905  1906/000410   Joseph GOMERSALL and Mary Anner SALISBURY



The body of William Bradshaw, an apprentice on the ship Orari, who was drowned on Monday near the Seventeen mile Rocks through the capsizing of a boat under circumstances detailed in Tues- day's "Courier," was recovered by the   police about 6 o'clock yesterday evening some distance above the rocks, and taken   to the hospital morgue. It is understood that a magisterial inquiry will be held shortly.

THE RECENT DROWNING FATALITY. (1901, November 22). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 4. TROVE

Recorded in the Qld BDM index as Wilfred BRADSHAW  18/11/1901   1901/003867  father William BRADSHAW and no mother

Friday, October 17, 2014


William Frederick Giles Duffy was brought before Messrs. J. M. Parlane and E. J. Gilmore, at the police Court yesterday morning, on suspicion of being of unsound mind. Emma Giles Duffy, a daughter of the suspect, and Act. Sergt. Kean, of Goodna, gave evidence, whilst certificates signed by Drs. W. H. von Lossberg and J. Flynn were tendered. In effect the evidence was that Duffy, who was recently charged with having committed grievous bodily harm to his wife, a charge which was subsequently reduced to assault, on which he was bound over to keep the peace, on Monday sharpened a knife, and, after tea, threatened to cut his own and his children's throats, and also threatened to drown himself, being, apparently, under the impression that they would be turned out of their home because he had recently borrowed £20 on the security of his property. He was ordered to he sent to the Asylum for the insane at Goodna.

SENT TO THE GOODNA ASYLUM. (1910, July 27). Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), p. 4 Edition: DAILY. TROVE

Sunday, October 05, 2014



(The following is a list, taken from Lloyd's London Weekly Newspaper, of persons who left the United Kingdom for Australasia, or were last heard of in these colonies, and who are inquired for by friends in   Great Britain. Answers to inquiries should be sent to the editor of Lloyd's, who has the addresses of the in- quiring friends, and it is requested that in these answers mention should be made of the newspaper through which discoveries are made.)


HOOPER, Joseph, has sent a letter from Queensland (8th November) to Mrs. Hutchins, of Hackney-wick. Mr. Hooper, who saw Lloyd's     inquiry reprinted in the Queenslander, had been last heard of in 1877, having gone to Australia in 1865.

JONES, Hugh, formerly of Anglesea, has been heard of by means of a reprint from Lloyd's of   15th November in the Brisbane Observer. He went to Australia forty-one years back, and,   sending his address through a son-in-law in     Queensland, informs his nephew at Rotherhithe that he is in good health.


[In order to cope with the enourmous number   of letters in hand we have again classified them.     The first alphabetical list consists of inquiries by parents for sons and daughters; then come the inquiries of those who are seeking parents and, finally, letters relating to lost brothers and sisters.]  


ALDHAM, James, was at Bourke, New South Wales, 21st September, 1883, probably going to Queensland before returning to Victoria.

BANKS, Robert, went to Brisbane in the Duke of Buccleuch in March, 1884, and three years ago was living at Beenleigh, near Savage, Brisbane.

COLLINS, Amy, left England for Sydney about six years ago.  

DOLPHIN, Daniel Frederick, last heard of   August, 1889, travelling with a shooting gallery, address P.O. Melbourne. He then thought of   going to Adelaide.

DYER, James, left England for Australia thirty   years ago and last wrote home from an outfitter's     shop, corner of Erskine-street, Sydney.  

EDWARDS, Edward, sailed for Australia August, 1888; last letter February, 1889, Berth Villa, Main-street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane.  

ELLIMAN, Samuel, of Coleford, Glos., last known to be at Scholsberg, near Melbourne.

FAIRBAIN, Henry John, left Clare-market in   1886 for Australia' last heard of in Sydney, 1887.

FINCH, James, left Walthamstow and sailed for Melbaourne in s.s. Sobraon, 29 September, 1887.  

GEER, William, last wrote from Bourke, New     South Wales in 1886.

JONES, Arthur Edward, last heard of at Molong   eighteen months ago, supposed to have gone to Peak Hill goldfields.

JONES, Robert James sailed for Australia in 1855 and was last heard of at Sandridge, Victoria,   in 1863.

LOGAN, Alfred, sailed for New Zealand in s.s.   Allahabad 1873 ; last wrote from Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, June, 1877

MANWARING, Henry, last heard of ten years ago from Melbourne; was then working in the wool trade, and thought of going 300 miles up country.

PITCHER, Edward Allen, last heard of at Wairapa, Wellington, New Zealand, four years ago.

PRICE, William Cornelius sailed for Melbourne about 1888 when last heard of barman and groom at Albury Hotel, N.S.W.

RICHARD Albert, in March, 1889, was steward on the Orient line s.s. Lusitania ; was last ad-   dressed Post Office, Sydney. Father is anxious.

ROBERTS, Richard Evan, seaman, native of Aberystwith ; last heard of in the American ship D. C. Murray six years ago, going from Newcastle, N.S.W., to Hongkong.      

WEAVER, George, of the Merchant Service, left  London, 1879, for Port Adelaide. No news since.  

WEBBER, Thomas, left London for Queensland in 1873 ; last wrote home from Brisbane in 1875.

WILLIAMS, John Joseph, left Plymouth in 1874 ; last wrote from Sydney, 1876.

WILSON, Mary Ann, sailed in the s.s. Merkara, and went as servant to her aunt, keeping the Southern Cross Hotel, Charters Towers, Queens- land ; last letter received two years ago, when she was married to a Mr. Connoly.


BAILLIE, Robert, left London for the Australian goldfields in 1850, and was last heard of in 1862 when leaving the gold diggings. His daughter Caroline went out to find him, but had not done so when she last wrote.

GOYMOUR, Thomas, left Little Waldingfield, Suffolk, for Australia forty years since ; last letter from Braidwood, New South Wales.

MOORE, Daniel and Elizabeth, were living near Sydney, N.S.W., when last heard of, 1ST November, 1884.


ALLEN, George, of Bembridge, sailed for Aus- tralia from Southampton in the Nonpariel thirty years ago ; last heard of working as a sawyer in Newtown, Australia.

ARNAL, Emma, of Swancombe, Greenhithe, sailed for New Zealand about eighteen years since. Her husband was a platelayer on the railway. Last address-Wellington, New Zealand.

BROCKWELL, Elizabeth, nee Mooring, left Cam- berwell about eight years ago and went to Brisbane. No news since.

BRUMSBY, George Peter, wheelwright, left Eng- land with his wife (maiden name Gadd), and last wrote from Longford, Tasmania.

CANNON, (or Escer), William, sailed for Aus- tralia, November, 1863; last letter from P.O., Melbourne, in 1870.

CARPENTER, John Wineyard, went to New Zealand in 1851; in 1854-5 was shepherd at Stonehurst station, and in June, 1858, when he last wrote home, was working at Ilam farm, near Racecourse Hill station, for Messrs. Russell and Creke.

DENNY, Cornelius, coachsmith, left London for Australia in 1858 ; when last heard of was build- ing iron churches.  

DONOVAN, Joseph, of Melbourne, left England seven years ago. Sister Ellen and mother ask.

DUNN, Cornelius, was sent to sea from the Catholic school in Reading about forty years ago. He was apprenticed to tho Peninsular Steamship Company.

FISK, David, son of Police-constable Fisk, of Great Yarmouth; last heard of at Victoria, Australia.  

GEE, William, left Bury St. Edmunds about forty years since for Australia.

GORMAN, John, Michael, and Thomas.-John last wrote from Rockhampton, Queensland, fifteen years ago. Michael's last address was Spreckels Ville, Mani, Hawaiian Islands, August, 1882. Thomas was last heard of at 16 Church-street Woonsocket, R.I.  

GREENWOOD, William, cattle-dealer, wrote to his sister Elizabeth, at Bexley-heath, thirteen years ago, from Port Victoria, Melbourne.

HALE, Thomas Vernon, left London in s.s. Cimba ; last letter from Sydney.

HOWE, Henry, was in Sydney in May, 1872. He then sent two sailors to tell his mother he was coming home. His mother is dead, but brother Arthur seeks news.

HUGGETT, Alfred, of Greatness, Kent, went to New Zealand in 1874; last wrote from Adelaide, 1878.  

HURLEY, Joseph, of King's-row, Horsleydown ; last letter dated 6th May, 1866, front Toohumbi, New Zealand.

HUTCHINGS, Charles James, of Northampton, went to Melbourne in May, 1863; afterwards to Ballarat. Sister asks.

JUDGES, Maurice, left England for Brisbane about March, 1884.

LANGDON, William, of Ashburton, Devon, sailed for Australia in barque Ophelia ; last wrote from Sydney six years since, when working as chain man, surveying country; thought of going to San Francisco.

LOMAX, James, went to Australia thirteen years ago; last heard of in 1886 at Bruthen.  

MILLARD, Charles James, of Walcot, Bath, sailed for Australia from London Docks, June, 1865 ; last heard from in Melbourne, 1871.

MUNRO, Ruth and Ebenezer Fraser, left London for Sydney about sixty years since.

MURPHY, Michael, last wrote to Agnes from G.P.O., Melbourne.

PATRICK, Joseph, last wrote to Alice from Indian Creek, Victoria, 1861.

PEAT, William, left West Ham, Essex, for New York about 1833 ; supposed to be in Australia.

PERROTT, Nathan, last wrote from Auckland, New Zealand, 11th December, 1880.

PRICE, Thomas Birch, last hoard of at Waitara, New Plymouth, New Zealand.

RICHARDSON, William, left Burnley, Lanca- shire, for Melbourne about 1847-8; was in New South Wales when he last wrote.

ROBINSON, Huntley, went to Tasmania about forty-five years ago.

ROFF, Thomas Samuel and Charles, with their mother and sister, sailed for New Zealand in 1860.

SHEPHERD, Alfred, last wrote to Emma from Honolulu in 1887 ; then thought of going to Aus- tralia; well known in San Francisco.

THORPE, Abraham, of Victoria-street, Ipswich, has not been heard of since 13th January, 1879 ; supposed to have gone to Sydney.

TILLING, Mary Ann, left England for Queens- land on 29th July, 1884; last known to be in Townsville, Australia.

WAIGHT, Richard, son of Joseph Waight, of Portland, sailed for Adelaide in the ship Peares, and arrived safely in July, 1865 ; last wrote from Pinda, S.A., in 1884.

GOODALL, Sarah, left London in 1887, in the s.s. Ben Lomond, for Melbourne.

MISSING FRIENDS. (1892, April 5). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 2. TROVE

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Accident on Light Brigade

A serious accident occurred on board the Light Brigade on Monday afternoon, by which tho assistant engineer, Frank Williams, nearly lost bis life. There were usually two ladders at the after hatch, but when the accident happened one of them had been removed. Williams was going below, and apparently was unaware of this, for he attempted to step from the ladder he was standing on to tho other, and in doing so fell into the lower hold, a distance of from 25 to 30 feet. When he fell there were a number of loose boxes, casks, and other cargo, which of course rendered the fall the more serious. As soon as he was picked up he said he was "all right," but since then he  has been unable to move hand or foot, and apparently all his limbs arc paralysed. He retains his consciousness, however, sufficiently to express his wants. Yesterday he was brought up to town in the Kate, s., and was at once conveyed to the hospital. 

TELEGRAPHIC. (1869, December 15). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 2. TROVE

Light Brigade - 1969

December 12. Light Brigade, Black Ball
ship, 1244 tons, Captain Henry Evans, from London. J. and G. Harris, agents. Passengers: Saloon: Mr. William Samwell, Mrs. Clementina Samwell, Masters Samwells, Miss Mary Samwells, Miss Jessie Cooper, Miss Julia Loveday, and Miss Emily Loveday. Second Saloon : Miss Mary Agnes Jamieson, Miss Emma Henwood, Miss Elizabeth Stephens, Mr. and Mrs. J. Dymock, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Forbes, Masters Forbes (3), Misses Forbes, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Galloway, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Moon, Mr. and Mrs. Webb and family (2), Messrs. Daniel Marquess, Charles Smith, Robert Henwood, Thomas Henwood, Hugh Cotham, Edward Edmonds, John Hamett, William Gold, John R. Cope, Bertram Cooper, Peter Skearn, Michael Webb, Robert Buson, Martin Dyster, Smith, Arthur W. Bolton, and 316 in the steerage.

SHIPPING. (1869, December 13). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 2. TROVE