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RIGGS buried Fremantle & Karrakatta

Journal by ngairedith

the RIGGS buried in Karrakatta, Fremantle Perth WA to Dec 2011
(some birth dates may be approximate, based on age at death)
BIG THANKS to janilye of this site for her help and input. Due to all her digging she has discovered that many of the Riggs below originated from Dorset, England. This is also where the Kiwi Riggs originated and, I believe, the reason Alfred and his family moved from Carterton, Wairarapa and ended up in Freo back in early 1900s.
We, rather janilye!, will eventually find that connection ...

ALFRED HENRY Riggs (1853-1934)
- 3rd child of Andrew Cooper RIGGS (1831-1915) + Mary Ann RICHARDSON (1824-1908), he arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand as a 4 year old
- he married Davinia Robinson BOULTROME? (1854-1935) in 1878
- they settled in Carterton, Wairarapa
- they moved to Perth, Western Australia between 1891-1908
- they lived in Cottesloe, Perth
- Arthur died 21 March 1934 aged 79
- his grantee was Davinia Robertson Riggs
Buried with Davinia in Grave 0078, Section HA, Presbyterian area at Karrakatta cemetery. Albert's side of the headstone reads: (click the link above):- In Loving Memory of Alfred Henry Riggs, beloved husband of Davinia Robertson and loving father of Maggie, Davinia and Donald. Died 21 March 1934 aged 79 years. 'Forever with the Lord'.

ALLEN Riggs (1924-1997)
- last address was Mount Lawley, Perth
- Allen died 26 April 1997 aged 73
- his ashes dispersed at Karrakatta cemetery

ALMA EDITH Riggs (1898-1978 nee WILLIAMS)
- Alma married Montague John Riggs in Broome, West Australia in 1923
- her last address was South Como, Perth
- Alma died 10 May 1989 aged 80
- her ashes memorialised at Fremantle cemetery
by janilye on 2012-09-22 05:03:45
Alma Edith Williams was born North West of Bendigo in Eaglehawk in 1897, the daughter of John Daniel Williams (1866-1931) and Edith Emily STARR (1868-1938) John and Edith married in Chewton, Victoria in 1896. He died at Narrogin, West Australia and she died at Mount Lawley.

... database has Lavinia
- Davinia married Alfred Henry Riggs in New Zealand in 1878 (see 1st entry)
- her last address was Cottesloe
- Davinia died 20 Feb 1935 on 20 Feb 1935 at her residence, Rarotonga, 25 Mann-street Cottesloe, Davinia Robertson Riggs, widow of the late Alfred Henry Riggs, darling mother of Davinia Rhoda (Mrs Bernard Holt) and Donald Alexander Riggs, and devoted grandmother of Merome Holt. Privately interred on February 21 in the Karrakatta Cemetery by Arthur E. Dariea and Company. The Rev Harry Beere conducted the last rltes. Nearer my God to Thee. Buried with Alfred in Grave 0078, Section HA, Presbyterian area at Karrakatta cemetery. Davinia's side of the headstone reads:- Also Davinia Robertson Riggs, died 20th Feb 1935, aged 80 years. 'Nearer my God to Thee'. Devoted grandparents of Merome Holt (Merome became well known during WWII as part of an entertainment group to the troops overseas, she played piano, danced and sang)

DOROTHY EILEEN Riggs (1915-2011)
- lived East Fremantle
- Dorothy died 22 Dec 2011 aged 96
- his ashes memorialised at Fremantle cemetery

EDWARD GILBERT Riggs (1989-1998)
- last address was Jurien Bay. West Australia
- Edward died 6 March 1998 aged 80
- his ashes taken by Funeral Director

EMELINE Riggs (1892-1967)
- her last address was Lake Grace, Eastern Wheatbelt
- Emeline died 19 August 1967 aged 75
- her ashes dispersed at Karrakatta

FLORENCE Riggs (nee ROBBINS 1888-1956)
- daughter of W. T. Robbins, London, England
on 26 Oct 1935 at Christ Church, Claremont, by the Rev. J. Bell, Donald Alexander, only son of the late Mr and Mrs A. H. Riggs, of Rarotonga, Mann-street, Cottesloe, to Florence, third daughter of the late Mr and Mrs W. T. Robbins, of London, England. (her father in law was Alfred Henry, first entry above)
- Florence lived at Cottesloe
- she died 18 Dec 1956 age 68
- her ashes are scattered over garden at Karrakatta

- his last lived at Kallaroo, Perth suburb
- Frederick died 22 May 1992 aged 64
- ashes memorialised at Pinnaroo Valley Park

GEORGE MURRAY Riggs (1859-1909)
- his last address unknown
- George died 9 July 1909 aged 50
- his grantee was David Charles Woodston Wilson
- he is buried gravesite 1488, Anglican area of Fremantle cemetery
by janilye on 2012-09-22 01:40:14
I've got an address for a George Riggs in 1909 at the Cleopatra Hotel in Fremantle as a yardman. The Cleopatra was a wild pub in 1909 the licensee then was Alfred J. Button the next year it was sold. It was right down on the Wharf. May not be the same bloke, the only link is Fremantle and the fact that I can find only 1 George Riggs death in WA up to 1971.
DEATHS: RIGGS GEORGE M Male FREMANTLE 149 1909 no Marriages.
... The West Australian, Saturday 10 July 1909
FUNERAL NOTICES - RIGGS?The Friends of the Late Mr. George Murray Riggs are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment the Church of England portion of the Fremantle Cemetery. The Funeral is appointed to leave the residence of Mr D. C. Wilson, Clifton House. Market-street, Fremantle. TO-MORROW (Sunday) AFTERNOON, 11th inst. at 2.3O o'clock. ARTHUR, E. DAVIES and CO., Undertakers. Market street, Fremantle. Tel No. 225
... The West Australian Monday 12 July 1909
The funeral of the late Mr. George Murray Riggs took place yesterday. afternoon, and was well attended. The cortege left the residence. of Mr. D. C. Wilson, "Clifton House," Market-street. Fremantle, and proceeded to the Fremantle Cemetery, where the remains were interred in the Church of England portion.
- The pall-bearers were: Messrs. C. Quorn, T. T. Cooper, C. Buzza, and P. McCarthy. The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Wilson, Mrs. Carlson, Miss Beattie, and Messrs. Quorn and W. Best. Numerous wreaths and floral tributes were sent by friends. The Rev. F. G. O'Halloran officiated at the grave. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Arthur E. Davies

HARRY PARKER Riggs (1861-1946)
- his last adddress North Fremantle
- Harry died 17 Sep 1946 aged 85
- his grantee was Maud Isadore Robinson
- he is buried gravesite 0032, section MON HH, Baptist area at Fremantle cemetery
by janilye on 2012-09-22 02:48:23
Harry Parker Riggs was born 11 June 1861 at Kooringa South Australia and died at North Fremantle on the 17 September 1946. He was the son of William RIGGS (20 September 1835, Dorset, England-25 June 1909, Gawler, SA) and Ann Jane PARKER (1837 County Down, Ireland-24 May 1920 in Gawler SA)

HORACE GRENFELL Riggs (1913-1967)
- his last address was Spearwood, West Australia
- Horace died 6 Nov 1967 aged 54
- his ashes are memorialised at Fremantle cemetery

JONATHAN EDWARD Riggs (?-1991)
- his last lived Tom Price, Pibara, West Australia
- Jonathan died 1 May 1991 age unknown
- ashes notice posted at Karrakatta cemetery

MABEL Riggs (1921-2006)
- her last address was Cooloongup, Perth
- Mabel died 3 Sep 2006 aged 85
- ashes taken by Funeral Director at Fremantle cemetery

MAYNARD BARNETT Riggs (1887-1967)
- his last address was Maylands, Perth
- Maynard died 11 April 1967 aged 79
- his ashes dispersed from Karrakatta cemetery

MONTAGUE JOHN Riggs (1898-1973)
- his last address was 8 Orient St., South Fremantle
- Montague died 9 June 1973 aged 74
- ashes memorialised at Fremantle cemetery
by janilye on 2012-09-22 04:26:50
Montague was a seargent of police in Perth and Alma Edith was his wife. Her maiden name was Williams, they were married in Broome in 1923
He was born in 1898 at Wool, Dorset, England to Montague RIGGS (1872-?) and Fanny STICKLEY (1869-?) whose children were:
* Joseph H Riggs (1896 Bere Regis, Dorset-?)
* Matthew G Riggs (1897 Bere Regis, Dorset-?)
* Montague John Riggs (1898?1973)
* Cecil R Riggs (1900 Wool, Dorset-?)
Don't know when Montague migrated, this is where he worked as a policeman:
? 1925 Subiaco - Constable
? 1931 Nullagine Police Station (Kalgoorlie)
? 1936 Balcatta
? 1937 Leederville
? 1943 Fremantle
? 1949 South Fremantle
? 1958 South Fremantle living 170 Hampton Rd, Fremantle, made Seargent this year
? Retired about 1962

MONTAGUE RAYMOND Riggs (1925-2002)
- born in 1925 in Perth, son of Montague Riggs & Alma Edith Williams above
- his last address was Guildford, Perth
- Montague died 7 March 2002 aged 76
- his ashes memorialised at Fremantle cemetery

ROSSLYN CLARICE Riggs (?-1936)
- her last address was Spearwood
- Rosslyn died 28 Nov 1936 age unknown
- she is buried gravesite 0048, section MON A3, Anglican area at Fremantle cemetery

by janilye on 2012-09-22 03:59:35
I didn't realise Harry was related. His father William Riggs came out on the Marshall Bennett in 1853. He and Ann Jane Parker were married in St. George's Church, Gawler, South Australia on the 1 May 1856.
As far as I can tell these are their children and there is no George Murray Riggs;
George (1858-1858) born and died in Gawler
Mary Jane (1859-1924) died in Melrose, South Australia
Allice Ann (1860-died as an infant)
Harry Parker (1861-1946) died in Fremantle
James Parker (1863-1948) died Gawler, South Australia
Esther Allen (1865-1944) died in Riverton, South Australia
Albert William (1867-1938) died in Port Pirie, South Australia
Alice Edith (1871-1950) died in Port Pirie, South Australia
John Andrew (1873-1962) died in Adelaide, South Australia
George Handel (1876-1969) died in Gawler married Ethel Strongman (1878-1958)
Annie Elizabeth (1879-1954) died in Largs Bay, South Australia
... I was of the opinion that if George Murray Riggs was related at all it would be as a brother to William Riggs. Have to find immigration record.

Christ Church Claremont
built 1892
wedding venue of Donald Alexander RIGGS & Florence ROBBINS in 1935

last updated 22-9-12

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by arr123 on 2012-09-23 03:31:22

thanks are you of Riggs decent ??

by ngairedith on 2012-09-23 03:44:03

I knew their descendants in Masterton (just down the road from Carterton where Alfred settled)

by ngairedith on 2012-09-23 03:46:32

sorry, not Alfred - Andrew Cooper Riggs junior was the one who settled and is buried in Carterton

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