Thursday, January 20, 2011

Samuel and Amelia GILL

To-day whilst searching through an immigration index I came across an entry for Samuel and Amelia GILL; nothing too out of the ordinary about that, you say.

The ship they arrived on was the Western Monarch which arrived in Brisbane on the 27th of March in 1876.

Now Samuel was the younger of the two at 65 years of age and his wife, Amelia, was only 72 years old.

Now I haven't done any research on these two people but there is a Samuel GILL who has died on the 3rd of October in 1886 and his parents were George GILL and Elizabeth (unknown). And there is an Amelia GILL who died on the 27th of July in 1891 and her parents were George HUTCHINSON and Mary WOOD. Both Samuel and Amelia died somewhere in country Queensland.

There is no other mention of Samuel and Amelia together in Qld bdm index, ie. not asoicated with any other birth or death.

Looking in Trove there is a death notice in 'The Queenslander' on the 8th of August in 1891 which reads, "GILL, On the 27th July, at the residence of her son-in-law, Thomas Pownall, Cambridge Street, South Brisbane, Amelia Gill, relict of the late Samuel Gill, in her 90th year."

The same notice also appeared in The Brisbane Courier on the 5th of August 1891.

They obviously came to Australia to see or be with their son Thomas, but that is surely some trip to make at their age.

Monday, January 17, 2011


I am looking for any information about John Noel QUINN and Hilda WILLIAMS.

John at one time lived in New Farm in Brisbane with his wife and three daughters. Sometime after 1969 John and his wife Imelda parted company. Later in retirement John was living with a woman named Hilda WILLIAMS and they spent some time touring around parts of Australia.

John died sometime prior to 2005 but I don't know where. The last known address I know for Hilda WILLIAMS was at the Pottsville Beach North caravan park and Hasting's Point, both small towns on the north coast of New South Wales. I'm not sure that either of these addresses are still current.

I would like to make contact with anyone who may know either of these people or anyone in their families. You can write to me any time with any snippet of information.