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Looking for Cutts family of NSW

Query by darianzam

I am seeking information on Herbert Cutts known as Bert Cutts. Born in Derbyshire, c 1870, Bert also lived in Nottinghamshire with his wife Henrietta(nee Moody). there may have been three children from this union. He worked as a miner, and sometime labourer and gardener.
He was known to be musically inclined and may have also painted pictures for a period - landscapes and still life which may have led to an interest in photography.
He arrived to Australia from Britain apparently with a German band sometime between 1901-1910 and worked in mining at Kembla Colliery, South Coast of New south Wales, but also was considered the "local photographer" and took portraits of mostly groups and sometimes landscapes in Kembla Heights and Cordeaux Valley area. Very few are definitely confirmed as being by him - sometimes embossed on the back of the mount with "H. Cutts. Photographer. Kimbla Hights(sic)". He seemed to be working from the mid 1900s to the late 1910s. The M.O. is groups of early Kembla Settlers posed casually. Although he did seem to occasionally do formal shots in a studio setting.
Post photography he was well known locally as a musician - playing concertina and he and his wife sang and entertained at parties and dances.
Later he married a Mary Ann - who may have been known as "Polly". The earliest mention of her in records is 1930. Herbert and Mary Ann had no children. They left the Kembla area around 1943 and moved to the Liverpool, NSW area. Bert died there in 1949.
Bert had a brother Frederick, known as Fred, who lived nearby in Wollongong and was married to an Amy Sparling Cutts. They had five children; Winnie, Ada, George, Clarice, Eric.

Fred Cutts and Mary Ann Cutts both moved to Sydney where they died in the 1950s.

I have checked most databases and come up with little except some death notices on Trove. I'm hoping a descendant of Fred and Amy's family family may come forward with some information, memories, or even photos of the Kembla area.

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on 2012-11-22 06:55:43

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by SilverVixen on 2012-11-22 07:43:37

Is this him in the UK 1881 census living at Scarcliffe, Derby
CUTTS George, Head, 35 (1846) Farm Bailiff, born Bolsover, Derby
Emma, wife, 33 (1848) Chesterfield, Derby
Herbert, son, 11 (1870) Scholar, Calow, Derby
Frederick, so, 9 (1872) Scholar, Bolsover
Lilly, daughter, 7 (1874) Scholar, Scarcliffe
Henry, son, 6 (1875) Scholar, Scarcliffe
Ada, daughter, 4 (1877) Scholar, Scarcliffe
Mary, daughter, 2 (1879) Scarcliffe

IN 1891 UK census living at 37 Church Street, Bolsover, Whaley Thorns, Derby
Cutts George as above except now he is a Coal Miner
Emma as above
Herbert & Fred both now Coal Miners) scholar, Scarcliffe
Ada as above
Polly, daughter (1881) scholar, Scarcliffe
Annie E, daughter, 8 (1883) Scholar, Scarcliffe
Edith A daughter, 2 (1889) Langwith, derby

by darianzam on 2012-11-22 07:47:03

Yes, that's him. Thanks!

by SilverVixen on 2012-11-22 09:35:52

OK in 1861 UK census father George was a "Carter" to Robert Johnson a Farmer of 118 acres employing 1 man and 1 boy and it looks like his sister Ann Elizabeth was a servant to the same family. They were living at The Oaks, Far Duckmanton, Sutton cum Duckmanton, Derbyshire. They were both unmarried.

In 1851 George father was living at Hockley, Bolsover, Derby
CUTTS Fanny, head, widow, 59 (1792) Agricultural Labouress, born Heath, Derby
Mary, daughter, unmarried, 32 (1819) Agricultural Labouress, Bolsover
Emma, daughter, 7 (1844) Bolsover
George, son, 6 (1845) Bolsover
Elizabeth, daughter in law, Married, 29 (1822) Pauper, Wiongerworth, Derby
Ann, grand-daughter, 7 (1844) Duckmanton
Mary, grand-daughter, 5 (1846) Sutton cum Duckmanton
Elizabeth, grand-daughter, 3 (1848) Sutton cum Duckmanton
George, Grand-son, 6 months, (1851) Bolsover

by SilverVixen on 2012-11-22 09:38:08

The only marriage I can find for Cutts and Moody is between Herbert Cutts and Hetty Moody. 1891 Chesterfield, Derby, Q4 7B 1259

by darianzam on 2012-11-22 16:33:03

Yeah, I am really not sure about that part. The mother of Henrietta (Hetty) was named Mary Ann. But then the person whom I got the information from had compiled a VERY sketchy bio which was more possibilities than actual facts. She also said he listed him as dying in Nottinghamshire in 1958, which as far as I know isn't even correct as he had been living in Australia for some decades and died there some years before that date.

by darianzam on 2012-11-23 00:17:10

Silvervixen you are actually right on that as it turns out. Some information has now come in that it was Henrietta (Hetty) Moody he married. Much later on in life he remarried a Mary Ann in Australia. She may have called herself Polly.

by darianzam on 2013-08-15 22:50:53

Another Family Tree Circles mystery now locked in as solved, for the most part.

by bernadettemccarthy on 2018-01-01 20:02:16

I seem to have purchased a pair of paintings by Cutts at a local auction here in Cork, one of Killarney and one of Inisfallen. I don't know whether he was ever in Ireland or painted them from other images.

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