Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Unknown people.

Gary and his family would love to hear from anyone who is able to help with naming any of the people in this photograph.

Please have a look at Gary's blog where you can contact him if you can help.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spelling the Surname

Police Court.
FRIDAY, May 17.
(Before Mr. R. A. Ranking, P. M.)
An elderly man, rejoicing in the somewhat extraordinary name of Sixsmith,
pleaded guilty to having been drunk and
disorderly in the public streets. He
was arrested by Constable Dobbyn, and, to
the Bench, stated that he had just arrived
from Sydney by steamer, and that meeting
with a few good-natured Mount Morganites,
took "jist a glass or two, yer washup, and
got knocked a cock." The half-dozen Smith
was directed to pay a fine of 5s, or, in default, repose in the cells for a period of 24 hours.

THE LAW COURTS. (1889, May 18). The Daily Northern Argus (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1875 - 1896), p. 6. TROVE

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Marriage of convenience ??

Burglary and Assault. — Thomas Robinson was brought up on Wednesday on remand, charged with having broken into the house of Mary Ann Wakefield, and assaulting her with intent to commit rape. The further evidence adduced was not of a satisfactory nature, and the case was dismissed.
SEPARATION. (1869, December 11). Northern Argus (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1865 - 1874), p. 2. TROVE

MARRIAGE A LA MODE. —On Thursday, T. Robinson appeared upon bail to answer the charge of having broken into the house of Mary Ann Wakefield, and assaulting her with intent. Mr. Bellas, who appeared for defendant, said that the parties were married, and as the wife could not appear against the husband, he asked his Worship that his client might be discharged. Mrs. Robinson was in Court, and it was not until we heard Mr. Bellas that we were enabled to account for the smiling faces of those who, we were under the belief, occupied the antagonistic positions of prosecutor and defendant. We know that generally speaking an amount of Courting is accomplished before marriage, but in this case it appears to have been almost entirely on the side of the bridegroom.
GETTING UP STEAM. (1869, December 18). Northern Argus (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1865 - 1874), p. 2. TROVE

Thomas ROBINSON married Mary Ann WAKEFIELD 14/12/1869

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Liquidations and Insolvencies.

Petitions have been filed for liquidation in the following estates.—

John Brace, of.Tambo, licensed victualler and blacksmith; liabilities £702 4s. 7d.; first meeting, October 3.

Timothy Hanley, of Warwick, cordial manufacturer ; liabilities, £365 9s. ; first meeting, October 4.

Richard Chappell and William Henry Jones of Macnade, near Mackay, sugar growers ; liabilities, £254 7s. Id.; first meeting, October 3.

The following have been adjudicated insolvent since our last issue:-—

John Negus, of Bulimba, carpenter, in forma pauperis.

Walter Smith, of Maryborough, mining engineer, in forma pauperis.

William John King, of Womblebank, near Mitchell, station manager.

George Henry Harnell, of Goodna, labourer, in forma pauperis.

Henry William Scase, of Toowoomba, groom, informa pauperis.

Thomas Peters, of Normanby, miner, in forma pauperis.

Charles Scarborough, of Brisbane, labourer, in forma pauperis; first,meeting, September 19.

Albert William Yarrow, of Charleville, labourer, in forma pauperis; first meeting, October 3.

Herbert Somner Clifford, of Mundoo, farmer, in forma pauperis.

Hampden Gibbon Livesey, Cairns, labourer, in forma pauperis.

Liquidations and Insolvencies. (1895, September 20). The Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 - 1934), p. 24. TROVE

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Brisbane Hospital Deaths

Deaths at the Hospital.— There was an unusual number of deaths at the Hospital during the fortnight ended on the 6th instant. The following are the particulars :— David Kirby, aged 40, miner, Brisbane ; died October 26, heart disease. William Brodie, aged 24, seaman, Dunwich ; died October 27, disease of spine. Elizabeth Gilmore, aged 46, housewife, Brisbane ; died October 28, cancer. Toorook, South Sea Islander, Indooroopilly, died October 30, phthisis. Philip Bride, aged 38, seaman, steamship Laura ; died November 3, strangulated hernia. Mick, South Sea Islander, Logan sugar factory ; died November 4, exhaustion after amputation. Lahore, South Sea Islander, South Brisbane ; died November 4, dysentery. Nils Renstrom, 43, ship carpenter, Thornborough; died November 4, pneumonia. Jeremiah Cadwallader, aged 28, farmer, Indooroopilly ; died November 6, typhoid fever.
No title (1880, November 10). The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), p. 2. TROVE 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


A RATHER novel case cropped up at the
Central Police Court, Sydney. Henry Davis,
21, a carpenter, was charged by Emily Davis,
22, with having assaulted her. The prosecutrix was in appearance a mere girl, and she gave evidence with some diffidence. When asked by Mr. Abbott, S.M., whether she stood in any relationship to the accused, she replied," If you please, your worship, I'm his grandmother." "His what?" exclaimed the bench."His grandmother, sir," was the reply. This somewhat startling statement was subsequently explained by the fact that Mrs. Davis recently married the defendant's grandfather, who is aged 74. The charge was eventually with drawn.
Intercolonial News. (1887, November 19). The Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 - 1934), p. 29. TROVE

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Miss Elizabeth Armstrong, 71 years old, an eccentric recluse, died recently in a sanatorium, in West Springfield, Massachusetts, U. S. A., where she was taken alter being found in her, home at the point of starvation. She objected so firmly to being removed that it was necessary to cholroform her. Prior to removal to the sanatorium she had not been outside her dooryard in 25 years. In her home were found 3500 dollars in small bills, a large quantity of provisions which she had hoarded, and hundreds of skeletons of cats, dogs, mice, and other animals.
Her estate is valued at 50,000 dollars. She left no blood relations.
END OF A STARVED RECLUSE. (1912, June 24). Warwick Examiner and Times (Qld. : 1867 - 1919), p. 3. TROVE