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Leslie George ROLFE + Elizabeth Clarissa ADAMS

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LESLIE GEORGE 'Les' ROLFE (1880-1944)
- was born in Branxton, New South Wales in 1880, the 9th of 14 children of Edward Richard ROLFE (1847-1931) & Agnes HENRY (1848-1919)
* His father was born in Windellama, New South Wales to John ROLFE (1804-1858) & Frances Brown CRISP (1818-1888), both born (& died) in Australia
* His mother was born in Kiama, New South Wales, 1st of 13 children of John HENRY (1805-1849) & Margaret McSAVENAY (1807-1873), both from County Down, Ireland

* Edward Rolfe & Agnes Henry married in Braidwood, New South Wales 27 October 1868 (& died in New South Wales)
The children of EDWARD & AGNES (Leslie's siblings):
* 1869 - 1900 Frances Margaret Rolfe
- Frances married James DUNN in Goulburn 29 March 1893
* 1871 - 1948 William Henry Rolfe
- William married Esther OWEN in Braidwood 31 July 1907
* 1871 - 1947 Edward Richard Rolfe
- no spouse found. Edward is buried in Nerriga cemetery
* 1872 - 1941 Jessie Agnes Rolfe
- Jessie married William WALLACE in Braidwood 19 March 1890
* 1874 - 1874 Clara Rolfe
- Clara was born in February, & died an infant in Braidwood
* 1875 - 1950 Mabel Rolfe
- Mabel married William UNDERWOOD in Braidwood 31 March 1896
- she married Abraham WILSON in Wollongong in 1942. She died in Nowra
* 1877 - 1930 Charles Lindsay Rolfe
- Charles married Alice BURT in Kyogle in 1917. He is buried in Nerriga
* 1880 - 1948 John James Rolfe
- John married Maude Helen CROKER at Lake Bathurst 3 May 1911
- sister of Rosanna Jane Croker who married Arthur Evelyn Rolfe in 1917
* 1881 - 1944 Leslie George 'Les' Rolfe
- Les married Elizabeth Clarissa Adams as below
* 1883 - 1956 William Henry Thomas Rolfe
- married Doris STENBERG in Paddington in 1918
* 1886 - 1961 Amy Beryl Rolfe
- Amy married Patrick Augustine HART in Kyogle in 1916
* 1887 - 1952 Arthur Evelyn Rolfe
- Arthur married Rosanna Jane CROCKER at Lake Bathurst 30 May 1917
- sister of Maude Helen Corker who married John James Rolfe in 1911
* 1890 - 1934 Walter Cecil Palmer Rolfe
- Walter married May SUMMER in Sydney in 1934
* 1892 - 1962 Ruby Millicent Rolfe
- Ruby married Roland Vern MUFFET in Sydney in 1913

ELIZABETH CLARISSA 'Lizzie' ADAMS (1891-1947) was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand in 1891, the 7th of 11 children of John Chapman ADAMS (1857-1936) & Clarissa NEWCOMBE (1858-1947)
* Her father was born in Opaki, Masterton to William ADAMS (1825-1905) & Emma DIXON) (1840-1918) (both died in Masterton)
* Her mother was born at Racecourse Hill Station, Canterbury the 5th of 7 known children of William James NEWCOMBE (1817-1903) & Mary EMBURY (1825-1879) (buried in Bulls)

* John Adams & Clarissa Newcombe married in Ahaura, West Coast 28 March 1880 (& died in Tauranga)
The children of JOHN & CLARISSA (Elizabeth's siblings):
* 1881 - 1955 William Leslie Adams
- he married Margaret Hemmant JACOB (1874-1962) in Pauatahanui 19 Dec 1912
- he married Charlotte HOWARD
WILLIAM is buried Kelvin Grove
* 1883 - 1963 Lottie Edith Adams
- Lottie married William AMON (1881-1965) in 1909 & had at least 6 children
LOTTIE died in Taranaki
* 1885 - 1969 Arthur Newcombe Adams
- Arthur married Elsie Harris LAWSON (1902-1976) in 1926
ARTHUR died in New Plymouth & buried at Awanui
* 1887 - 1942 Stephen Herbert Adams
- Stephen married Irene Linda BATES (1901-?) in 1919
STEPHEN is buried at Te Awamutu (his last address was Auckland)
* 1888 - 1960 Ethel Clara Adams
- Ethel married Ashley James FITZGERALD (1888-1969) in 1911
ETHEL died in Cambridge, Waikato
* 1890 - 1957 Walter John Adams
- Walter married Edith FEATHER in 1916
* 1892 - 1847 Elizabeth Clarissa 'Lizzie' Adams
- Lizzie married Leslie George ROLFE as below
* 1894 - 1931 Gladys Clarice Adams
- Gladys married William Henry Cecil SUMMERS in 1920 & had at least 4 children
* 1895 - 1895 Annie Adams
- Annie died aged 3 weeks
* 1898 - 1976 Frank Stanley Adams
- Frank married Fanny Rose CHALMERS (1906-1976) in 1923
- he married Elizabeth Graham YOUNG (1901-1981) in 1925
* 1899 - 1913 Ernest Alec 'Sonny' Adams
- Ernest died 3 Sep 1913 of tetanus, aged 12, in Cambridge, Waikato, after being accidently hit on the head with a hockey stick on his way to school
ERNEST is buried in Hautapu

LESLIE moved to New Zealand at some time and was (from at least 1901-1903) working in Feilding. He married LIZZIE 16 Dec 1909 in Palmerston North
- The known children of Leslie & Lizzie:
* 1910 - Ronald Leslie Rolfe
- born New Zealand 27 June 1910
(the family moved to Kyogle, New South Wales later that year)
* 1911 - 1987 Spencer Rolfe
- born Kyogle, farming in Kopaki, Waikato, NZ in 1944)
* ? - ? Frances Clarissa Rolfe
- married John Henry Coglan (1907-1990) in Kyogle 1934
* ? - 1918 Lindsay George Rolfe
- died in Nowra 19 Nov 1918 aged ? & buried Nowra General cemetery
* ? - 1920 Amy M. Rolfe
- died in Kyoglie aged ?
* 1917 - 1993 Ernest Edward Rolfe

In December 1937 Leslie was convicted of cattle stealing in Lismore, Court

LESLIE died in the Kyogle Memorial Hospital in November 1944 aged 64
LESLIE's OBITUARY in the Northern Star, Lismore, 10 November 1944:
... The death occurred in Kyogle Memorial Hospital of Leslie George Rolfe, aged 64 years. He was the son of the late E. R. Rolfe, of Nerriga, South Coast. He was engaged in farming all his life and spent several years in New Zealand, where he met and married Miss Elizabeth Adams. They came to Kyogle district 34 years ago. Mr Rolfe purchased portion of the McKinnon estate at Collins Creek, where the family resided until about 12 months ago, when they moved to Kyogle to live and later to Geneva. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. John Coglan of Collins Creek, and three sons, Ronald and Ernest (Kyogle) and Spencer of Kopaki, New Zealand, and seven grandchildren. Two sisters, Messrs. P. Hart, of Kingaroy, Queensland, and Mrs Muffit (Sydney), and brothers, Harry, of Sydney, and John, of Nerriga, also survive. One sister, Mrs Burt, and one brother Lindsay, predeceased him. The funeral, which was largely attended, moved from the Presbyterian Church, Kyogle. Pall bearers were Ronald and Ernest (sons), David Rolfe (nephew) Gordon Reeves and Pat Clark. Funeral arrangements were carried out by G. Groves and Sons

LIZZIE moved back to New Zealand to be with her aged mother (who actually died 7 months after Lizzie) and was living in Tokomaru when she died on 23 March 1947 aged 55. She is buried Plot 035, Block 003 at Kelvin Grove

LIZZIE's OBITUARY in the Northern Star, Lismore, 26 May 1947:
... The death occurred at Palmerston (N.Z.) of a former well-known resident of Kyogle district, Mrs Elizabeth Rolfe, aged 54 years. Her husband, the late Mr. Les Rolfe, and two children, Lindsay and Amy pre deceased her. She is survived by three sons and one daughter, Mrs. John Coglan (Lynch's Creek), and Messrs. Ernest, Spencer and Ronald Rolfe, of Collin's Creek. Mrs. Rolfe was the daughter of Mrs. C. Adams and the late Mr. J. Adams, of Tauranga, New Zealand. Born at Palmerston in 1893, she was married at the same town in 1909, and came to Australia 37 years ago to settle on one of the Wiangaree subdivision blocks. With her husband she faced many trials and hardships of the pioneering days in this district. She was noted for her kindness and charitable actions in time of need and sickness. During the war she was a keen worker for patriotic organisations. After the death of her husband almost three years ago she decided to go back to New Zealand to stay with her aged mother. About a year before Mr. Rolfe's death they retired from their farm at Collin's Creek and went to reside at Geneva.


PHOTO
KYOGLE POST OFFICE
date not stated
taken from National Archives of Australia (includes other Kyogle links)
... The town of Kyogle located off the coast of north-east New South Wales was originally inhabited by the Bundjalung Aboriginal people, and retained its Aboriginal name meaning 'the place of the plain turkey'. The areas Pine and Cedar forests would attract timber getters in the 1820s and with the introduction of the Free Selection Bill in the 1860s, the fertile plains on the banks of the Richmond River were home to several dairy farms

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