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Catherine Scircle - Aboriginal born Molong NSW Australia 1836

Query by njpratt

Possibly Cathleen, Katherine or Kathleen or Circle or Circul. Also known as Cate Riley. We believe she was of aboriginal descent.

Born: Gamboola Station, Molong, NSW, Australia - 30 Jul 1836

Married: Joseph (Jack) Ellms - then widowed after he feel from a horse in the Bathurst races. We believe they had 4 children together - Sarah, Jack, Jim and Kate

She then either married or was defacto to Charles Anthony Smith. They lived on a property in Beni NSW on the Talbragar River (my grandmother grew up here).

Children: Emma Maria Smith born 25 Aug 1873 at Darrigal Dilgan Station near Yeoval NSW - my Great Grandmother. Also John, Patrick, Maud and Abigail.

Died: 20 Feb 1920 - Dubbo NSW

I would really appreciate any information you or your members could provide.

Thanks so much

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by Edwards_Smith on 2016-09-04 04:04:56

Hi - Like you we are trying to find information on Kathleen (Catherine, Kate, Kathryn) Circul (Circle, Riley, Reilly, Smith) Aborigine who according to our family tree records had 4 children to Jack Ellems (Jim, Jack, Joe & Kate) before she became de facto with Charles Anthony Smith and had Eliza, Emma Maria, John Mark, Patrick William, Abigail, Alice Maud & Charles Anthony jnr.

We have the death certificate in the name of Katherine Riley and she is buried in the Church of England cemetery in Beni. She died of Senile Decay on the 20th February 1920 at Beni in the Talbragar Shire.

We have photos of her and one of her grandchildren - Joseph Edwards. We also have several photos of other family members as well as birth and death certificates.

by njpratt on 2016-09-04 08:58:14

Thankyou so much for you response. I would LOVE a copy of her Death Certificate if you would be happy to share. Also any of the details on her children - copies of certificates etc. I have a Death Certificate for Sarah Ellms Shaw that lists her mother as Catherine Scircle and father as Joseph Ellms which I am happy to share if you could provide an email address for me.

Interesting the different spelling of the surname of Ellms (Ellems) and use of Scircle and Riley. No wonder we are having trouble tracking her down.

Unfortunately I have not been able to find much other information on Catherine so far but am happy to share any information I have.

My personal email address is [email protected] I look forward to hearing from you soon.


by Edwards_Smith on 2016-09-05 05:54:19

Hi - happy to provide a copy of her death certificate and all others that we have. Probably get them to you over the next few days.

Who was your grandmother who grew up on the property at beni? My connection is that my Great Grandmother was Emma Maria Smith who married my Great Grandfather Henry Edwards.



by Edwards_Smith on 2016-09-05 07:41:40

by njpratt on 2016-09-05 08:20:49

Hi Kerry,

Very excited to receive the certificates.

My Grandmother was Daphne Maud Smith - daughter of Emma Maria Smith and Henry Edwards. She married George Lyle Fearnside and had 2 children - Janet Fearnside and Glenn Lyle Fearnside.
My mother is Janet Fearnside - She married Edward Ernest Davis and had two children Jennifer Lynne Davis and Natalie Gaye Davis - Me.

I have since married - Justin Paul Pratt and we have 4 children - Erin Louise Pratt, Adam Nicholas Pratt, Luke David Pratt and Olivia Irene Pratt.


by Edwards_Smith on 2016-09-06 06:32:04

Wow - we have a photo of Emma sitting with George Fearnside and Daphne Maud standing behind them.

I've sent an email to Dubbo Historical Society but haven't heard back. I'll let you know as soon as I hear anything.

I'll send some of the photos we have too.

I think that the Church records from Dubbo and Beni may have information on Kathleen - at least that's what I'm hoping.


by Edwards_Smith on 2016-09-06 08:26:21

Daphne is my father's Aunty! (My grandfather Joseph's sister)

I've emailed some photos and letters tonight to you and more will come in the following days.



by linda_augusto on 2017-03-10 11:46:03

Hi Natalie and Kerry,

While Natalie knows me (Hi Natalie - hope you and your lot are well!), Kerry I am the Grandaughter of Pauline Bertha Emma (another daughter of Emma) and great niece of Daphne - Natalie's Grandmother.

Just letting you both know that Mum (Joyce Patricia Ann Crossland) and I are on the search trail also. We are heading to Dubbo in April and through Dubbo council, think we have found the grave sites of Catherine and Charles. Nat, Mum has sent it to your Mum. Perhaps you can send on to Kerry once received.

We are hoping to connect with the local land council and see what they can tell us about the station Catherine was born on...... will keep you posted if we get somewhere.

Take care and keep in touch

by KFuller2017 on 2017-11-14 11:33:38

Hi there!
I too am a descendant of Catherine/Cathleen Circle/Scircle/ Riley.
Linda, Your mum was very close to my Dad, Ian Heaney and my grandparents, Merrick and Marie Heaney.
We are currently packing our home up to move to Molong in Dec, and I would love to get to know you both, maybe we could bounce info off one another. My father has been talking to me about how he used to spend his holidays at Gamboola, Molong with family and was telling me how he’d live to take me there to see the place one day, so I googled it and it led me to my GGG Gran and you girls here. I have the extensive print out from Joyce that she was kind enough to pist me several years ago now but unfortunately got damaged whilst ine if our relocations. Please tell your mum I said hi and hope to hear from you all soon.

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