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Looking for family history my father Gordon Henry Burns born 1888,Edenhope Victoria area

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on 2013-01-07 04:26:09

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by noggin on 2013-01-07 06:44:28
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by Gambier on 2013-01-07 18:56:27

Yes !! My grandfather Henry was killed off horse near Harrow Victoria when my Dad Gordon was about 5 years old. This is from my memory (? ). Would appreciate anyone can confirm & or add my to this strand.

by tonkin on 2013-01-07 19:32:41

This will confirm Henry's death for you.

Name: Henry BURNS.
Died: Harrow, Victoria.
Age: 31 years.
Father: Henry William BURNS.
Mother: Helen MAY.
Ref: Victorian Death Index #2500.

Cause of Death: Fall off Horse.
Ref: Victorian Death Inquest #408.

by janilye on 2013-01-07 22:23:16

Please double check the following information, I could be out a year or two;
Father: Henry William Burns born Edenhope in 1857 died 1889 at Harrow when he fell from horse his wife Jane SHAW born 1860 in Hotspur, Victoria and died at Edenhope in 1948. Jane was the daughter of William SHAW 1812-1885 fron Tipperary and Mary JORDAN 1820-1885 Both died at Harrow. Henry William and Jane had 4 children :-
Henry William 1883-1965, Mary 1884-1968, Ellen 1885-1886 and your Gordon in 1888.
According to the news article below they had 5 children, I could only find 4.
After Henry William died, Jane married John Fredrick PRETLOVE 1857-1933 in 1897.
The Horsham Times, Friday 22 March 1889
A man named Harry Burns, who was a little the worse for liquor, galloped down. While crossing the bridge at a great pace, his horse slipped, and threw its rider very heavily, He was picked up, and carried back to Foley's hotel. The doctor was called, and at once pronounced Burns in a critical condition. He never regained consciousness, and died at 12 o'clock, three hours after the fall. The cause of death was fracture of the skull. He was quite a young man being only 32 years of age, and leaves a wife and five little children to mourn his death. The body was removed to Edenhope where the deceased lived, on Sunday

Your Gordon married at Mt Gambier.

The Horsham Times, Tuesday 23 March 1920
A quiet wedding was celebrated at in St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Mount Gambler, on 4th February by the Rev. Monsignor Ryan, the contracting parties being Gordon, youngest son of Mrs. J. Pretlove, of Minimay, and the late Mr. Henry Burns. and Josephine Alphonse Shaw, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Shaw, of Wehl-street, Mount Gambier.

by tonkin on 2013-01-07 23:26:11

Sorry, I forgot to include Henry's year of death and inquest as 1889.

by Gambier on 2013-01-08 01:36:46

Interesting re 5 little children left after my Grandfather Henry Burns'fatal fall off horse. I only know of my Dad (Gordon),his sister Mary, brother Henry (whose daughter late Lilian Caldere I met quite some years ago).
Appreciate anyone can fill me in re the other 2 siblings.

by Gambier on 2013-01-08 02:14:16

Just saw about baby Ellen,Seems only 1 sibling of my Father unknown.
Now like to know any details for my great-grandfather Henry William Burns married to Helen MAY.

by janilye on 2013-01-08 06:20:28

The newspapers didn't always get it right Gambier.
Great Grandfather, Henry William Burns was born in Boston Lincolnshire in 1832 arrived in South Australia about 1850 stayed in South Australia for a few years working at Hynam Station. Married Helen Bell MAY at Hynam on the 13 January 1857 and moved to Victoria and selected land around Edenhope (ullswater) lived and worked at the Lake Wallace Station until about 1863. He and Helen had 10 children the first 3 born at Lake Wallace Station. He died at
Helen Bell MAY was born in Scotland in 1834 the daughter of James MAY 1801-1865 and Helen BELL 1798-1871 and died at Edenhope on the 27 December 1909 and Henry died on the 10 October 1875. Both are buried at Edenhope.
Henry William Burns 18571888 m. Jane SHAW
James May Burns 18591900 m. Susan CLARK 1857-1937
Ann Wright Burns 18611943 m. John PAHL 1856-1908
Robert May Burns 18631915 m. ?
David May Burns 18651944 Mary SHAW abt1871-1960
William Burns 18671944 m. Flora CALDOW 1872-1969
Helen Bell May Burns 18691955 m. William OUGH 1871-1933
Samuel Wright Burns 18731895 m.?

by janilye on 2013-01-08 06:33:54

Forgot to mention, Henry William Burns died at Ullswater a suburb of Edenhope about halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne.
Edenhope lays beside Lake Wallace, which was named in the honor of William Wallace, who had been the first white man to see the lake in 1843. The Hope family developed Lake Wallace Station about 1845. The town then got its name both from the Hope family and the fact that they came from near Scotland's River Eden

by janilye on 2013-01-08 06:37:31

There's a lake around there called 'Bringalbert' which makes me smile, never did find out the origin of the name.

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