Friday, July 25, 2014


Henry Robert BELCHER, aged 1 year, arrived on the Indus 29/12/1874 with his parents and two older siblings. On 7/11/1895 he married Ellen MADDEN at her parents property in Jackson, her parents being Michael MADDEN and Mary Elizabeth FANNING. Henry worked for Qld rail from Chinchilla in 1903, Gin Gin 1908, Childers 1913, Kingaroy 1913, then as a labourer Wondai 1919, Banana 1925, Gowrie Junction 1930 and as a farmer Kingsthorpe 1936. Henry died 7/6/1937 and was buried Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery.

Ellen MADDEN was born 22/10/1875 and was recorded living with Henry between 1903 and 1913. An Ellen CAREW died 22/2/1957 and her parents were Michael MADDIN and Elizabeth FLEMING.

Ellen was known as Nell, Nellie and either MADDEN or MADDIN. I haven't found a marriage to a CAREW and haven't been able to locate where the death occurred. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who is researching the name CAREW and who knows about this Ellen (if only to cross her off the list).

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Sometime during Monday night or early on Tuesday morning last, the house of a man, named Duffy, at Kangaroo Point, was entered by-the window, and an inner door being opened, a box, the key of which was lying on the table, was unlocked by the thief, and a £1 note and three penny pieces abstracted. It appears that Duffy was absent from Brisbane, and his wife was sleeping at a friend's house, as was customary during the absence of her husband. On returning to her own house in the morning, the robbery was discovered, and information given to the police. The suspicion of District Constable-Murphy fell upon a ticket-of-leave holder by the Mountstuart Elphinstone, named Isaac Tomlin, and, finding that gentleman at the Police Office, where he was making a modest request to be allowed a pass to remain in Brisbane, Murphy took the liberty of searching him, and found on his person a £1 note, which was positively sworn to by Mrs. Duffy as the one stolen from her house; she identified it by the peculiar way in which it had been folded, and by some remarkable stains upon it. On comparing the prisoner's boots with the foot-prints near Duffy's house, Murphy found them to agree exactly, and a nail being out of one of the boots, that deficiency appeared also in the track on the soft soil. The prisoner declined saying anything in his defence, and was, last Wednesday, sentenced to be worked in an ironed gang for six months. It was lucky for him that he was not a free man, or he would probably have been tried at the Circuit Court, and sentenced to something much more serious.

To the Editor of the Moreton Bay Courier. (1850, July 20). The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861), p. 2. TROVE

Two points about this article - I just love the way the English language was used in days past. Look at the ending of the first sentence "and a £1 note and three penny pieces abstracted", such a nice way of saying they were stolen. The second point was the fact that because he was a 'ticket of leave' man, he only got six months in an iron gang, whereas if he had been a free man, the sentence would have been more severe.


The undermentioned prisoners of the Crown (per Mounstuart Elphinstone) obtained tickets-of-leave for the district of Moreton Bay since the last day of publication :—
Anderson William (I), Adams Henry, Anstey Richard, Adams Henry, Anderson William (2)— Butterfield George, Bradshaw William, Brandon Richard, Barrymore James, Benyon William, Bromley Samuel, alias George Kirkham, Barge John, Brickell John, Bunn Henry, Butler John, Bleasdale John, Brown John, Brown Thomas, Brickett Enos, Bartlett John, Bruton Frederick, Brassington Samuel, Bright William, Beston Frederick, Bailey Charles William, Begley Thomas, Brockie John, Brown Alexander, alias Browning, Brennan John, Church Thomas, Cooper Ralph, Chant James, Cooper John, Cooper Isaac, Clarke Patrick, Cannon Thomas, Chick John, Crack Richard, Cummins Daniel, Cotterill John, Cheadle Charles, Clarke Robert, Christie James, Dudderidge James Robert, Davis John, Davis William, Diehl James, Drummond Alexander, Eldridge Robert, Evans Henry, Elliott Griffith, Ellis Thomas, Earley James—Flaxman Charles, Francis William, Febbutt William, Felthouse James, Fielder William—Gates Thomas, Griffiths Edward, Goulden John, Gerry John, Gilbert George, Gray John, alias John Bugden, Gough Edwin—Heath William, Hatton John, Harding John, Hughan Robert, Harrison Ralph, Heil Carl August, Hocking John, Hughes Thomas, Hutchins Francis, Hepton Henry, Hart Benjamin, Hughes William, Hannant Jeremiah, Humby John Cross, Harborne James, Holland James, Hughes John, Howie Robert, Heaton Samuel—Jones William, Jones John, Johnson Thomas James, Jenkins William, Jones James, James William—Kendall James, Kirby William, Kirk Robert, Kelly James— Lloyd William, Lawrence John, Lambert Spencer, Livermore Thomas, Lingard Ellis, Lambert James, Long William, Lace Thomas, Lee Charles, Lyon Robert, Lynch Peter, Leighton Alexander—Maskell Richard, Moore Henry, Muires John, Millstead Josiah, Marshall Charles, Millwater Thomas,     McConvill William, Mullen Peter, Mackay John, Morton Charles, Morton George, Miller James, Milner Richard, McGill Robert, McIntyre Duncan, McGraham Peter, McIntosh Hawthorn, Martin James, Millar Elliot, McLeod Daniel—Nason John —Noott John—Probert, Edward, Potter Henry, Punter John, Podmore Andrew, Pickering William, Potter William, Parker John, Pinner Robert, Pallant William, Pitt William, Pilling James—Robertson John, Ryle Christopher, Roberts Isaac, Riley William, Rands James, Richards William, Rushton Thomas, Rooney John, Ridyard John, Rudkin Thomas, Riches William, Redman Frederick, Reid Peter, Robinson George—Simmons Emanuel, Sadler Henry (1), Smith George, Smith William, Sharp John, Sullivan Dennis, Smith William, Sales James, Snell William, Searle Cornelius, Stephens Joseph, Saker John, Smith John, Smith Samuel, Silvester George, Sadler Henry, Sherring John, Skelton Thomas, Shirley Charles, Saville Thomas, Smith James, Stewart James, Stewart James, Sheehane David, Smith John— Tindall John, alias Mapton, Thacker Abraham, Torrens William, alias William Brillen, Taylor George, Tomlin William, Tomlin Isaac, Thacker Reuben,Thomas George, Tebbutt William, Thompson George, Thomas George, Thompson Mathew, Tidd Matthew, Tannocks John—Vincent Samuel Wilson Henry, Ward Able, Williams William, White Henry Frederick, Wheeler Charles, Walker Christopher, Woods John, Wallacroft George Estabrook, Whittle William, William George Ralph, Winter-Anthony, Williams John, Wood John, Walsh Martin, Wish John, Walker William, Walker James, Wood Thomas, Williams John, Westiff Samuel, White George, Wright John, Williams Joseph, Ward John, Whitworth Luke, Wilson David, alias Mathew Baillie, Wotherspoon William, alias Cowley — Yardley James, Young John.—In the absence of the Prin. Sup. of Convicts,—-THOMAS RYAN, Chief Clerk.—Prin. Sup. of Con. Office, Sydney, 11th March, 1850.—

STEAM COMMUNICATION. (1850, March 30). The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861), p. 3. TROVE

Maurice MURPHY

Maurice MURPHY - died 5 September 1899 in Brisbane General Hospital and was buried Nudgee Catholic Cemetery. His parents were John MURPHY and Norah CURTIS

According to the hospital report published in The Brisbane Courier, Thursday 28th September, 1899, Maurice MURPHY, 40 years, was admitted 31st August and died 5th instant

BRISBANE GENERAL HOSPITAL,. (1899, September 28). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 7. TROVE


A Maurice MURPHY aged 23 years arrived on Dacca 14/12/1887, he was from Limerick, Ireland and was Roman Catholic


Do these articles in the newspaper refer to the same Maurice MURPHY ?

The magisterial inquiry held before Mr. O'Malley, P.M., in the Cairns Police Court on Thursday, into the circumstances of the death of Patrick Stapleton, on the second section of the Cairns-Herberton railway, elicited nothing further beyond that already published in our columns. Maurice Murphy, labourer, of Stoney Creak, gave a lucid account of the sad affair, stating that Stapleton had tried a hole, which missed fire, and he then was handed some dynamite, after jumping out the powder. The fatal report, however, seemed to show that there was a residuum of powder in the hole. Witness was severely hit on the head with a stone. On returning to the shot he found Stapleton lying on his back. He could not speak, but still breathed, and shortly afterwards expired. The poor fellow's eyes and nose were completely blown away. James M'Donald, navvy, who was picking that day, deposed that Stapleton did not use a hammer with the jumper ; he used water. The report was that of powder. Martin Kain was in the habit of firing the shots, but was not at work that day. Dr. Mackenzie deposed to meeting Stapleton near Wright's boarding-house. Found he was dead. Ordered the men to carry him to Kamerunga. His face was unrecognisable, and black as if from powder marks. He must have died shortly after receiving the injuries. The papers with the evidence will be forwarded in due course to the Attorney General.

Local Items. (1888, February 25). Cairns Post (Qld. : 1884 - 1893), p. 2. TROVE


On Saturday morning before the P.M. Maurice Murphy was sentenced to a month in Townsville for haviug no visible weans of support.

General News. (1890, October 29). Cairns Post (Qld. : 1884 - 1893), p. 2. TROVE