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Thomas Eather 1843-1900

Thomas Eather born 3 December 1843 at Cockfighters Creek on the Hawkesbury was the son of Mary Hedges alias DONOVAN 1807-1880 the widow of Samuel HEATHER/EATHER.

He first married Jane BARNETT the daughter of Thomas BARNETT b:1820 and Catherine DENAHY b:1824 in Mallow,County Cork, Ireland. d:16 August 1918 Mudgee,NSW.
Jane Barnett was born on the 6 October 1845 at Cassilis, NSW and died on the 29 October 1932 at Whittingham near Singleton.

Jane was a nurse/midwife who had trained under Dr.BOWMAN at Fairholme.

Thomas and Jane were married on 26 July 1865 at Warkworth and had 12 children.
They were;

1.Catherine EATHER b:15 October 1864 at Patricks Plain and sadly died of burns when her clothes caught fire on 2 August 1867

2.Thomas EATHER b:4 March 1866 died 1929 Married Selina Jane SCANLAN (1864-1950) at Narrandera in 1888
3.Isabella EATHER b:3 January 1871 d: 1947 Annandale. Isabella married John J SCOTT in 1895.

4.Charles Herbert EATHER b:28 March 1872 d:28 March 1942 at Moree Charles married Minnie BEITZ (1889-1941)in Queensland on 11 October 1905.

5.Clara Jane EATHER b: 1 November 1872 d:1957 at Burwood in Sydney

6.Walter John EATHER b: 19 April 1875 d:23 January 1876

7.William Henry EATHER b:22 March 1876 d:11 June 1947 at Pallamalla William married Mildred QUINN (1883-1966) at Moree in 1903

8.Ada Mary EATHER b:12 December 1877 d:1935 at North Sydney.

9.Emily Ann EATHER b:25 June 1879 d:25 January 1959 Emily married Henry ASQUITH

10.Elizabeth Catherine EATHER b:13 November 1880 at Goorangoola d:7 February 1936 at Leichhardt Elizabeth married Arthur Edward BRUCE b:1880. on 6 March 1905 at Singleton

11.James Ernest Eather b:30 March 1882 d:14 September at Mayfield near Newcastle NSW James Married Mabel May ALLEN 1880-1954 at Singleton in 1905.

12.Percy Richard EATHER b:15 August 1883 d:3 February 1957. Percy first married Anne Paterson ANDREW 1884-1906 at Singleton on 12 July 1904. Ann died in childbirth. His second wife was Madeline Sarah BALDOCK 1881-1948 in 1907 'Percy' was a very well known taxi driver in Singleton for many years.

Thomas EATHER 1843-1900 committed suicide in Sydney he is buried at Whittingham Cemetery, Section 1 Plot 25.

Thomas Frederick Tudor kills his illegitimate son.

Thomas Frederick TUDOR was born in Newcastle, New South Wales in 1870. He was one of thirteen children born to Thomas TUDOR an immigrant born Staffordshire, England in 1829 and his wife Ellen nee WILLIAMSON born 1834 in Fifeshire, Scotland.
In 1898, 18 year old Thomas Frederick had a son to miss Emma May Ashton, She named the baby Albert Cyril ASHTON and Thomas Frederick paid his 5 shillings a week support for the infant.
Emma and the baby lived with her parents and Thomas made the occassional visit.
One evening Thomas arrived at Emma's house at Catherine Hill Bay and he, Emma and the then 9 month old Albert walked down to the boathouse to spend some time together. They laid the baby down on the floor of the boathouse where according to his mother the child fell asleep on a blanket. After about half an hour they headed back to the house it was dark and the baby began coughing and crying. Thomas lit a match to see what was wrong with the infant and they both noticed the baby's face was green.
Emma took the child inside the house and Thomas went home. The child became worse and Emma woke her mother. The mother gave the baby butter as an emetic but the child continued to cry and was obviously in pain. They sent for the doctor but by the time he arrived the next morning the child was dead.
The doctor performed an autopsy and declared the baby had been poisoned with Paris Green. Paris green was a mixture of copper and arsenic which was used as a rat poison and it is also a pigment which was used in paint. Emma declared Thomas had poisoned her baby because he didn't want to pay child support.
An inquest was held and the jury declared the child died from wilful poisoning. Thomas was arrested and committed for trial. The newspapers all over Australia ran headlines declaring Thomas Frederick TUDOR charged with poisoning his illegitimate son.
Thomas's popular and well respected family were held up to ridicule.The trial was held at the Sydney Criminal Court on 14 June 1899 and the jury disagreed on the verdict, so the judge ordered a retrial.
The second trial was held at Maitland Circuit Court on 27 September 1899. Thomas pleaded his innocence and the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
Although Thomas was free, there was still the matter of the baby being poisoned and the population was divided over the issue.

Today, of course we don't use Paris Green in our dyes or paints.
And fishermen no longer paint their boats and boathouse floors with it to keep the barnacles away.


The Children of Thomas Tudor and Ellen nee WILLIAMSON:-
Ellen Tudor 1855 1860
Mary Tudor 1856 1861
Thomas Tudor 1858 1860
Robert Henry Tudor 1860 1861
Ann Jane Tudor 1862 1864
George Henry Tudor 1864 1912
Adelaide Tudor 1866 1945
Blondon Tudor 1868
Thomas Frederick Tudor 1870 ????????
Robert Ernest Tudor 1872 1948
Albert Hamilton Tudor 1874 1877
Alice Felecia Tudor 1877 1939
Blanche Tudor 1880 1880

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Thomas LOVELEE 1840-1931 NSW

Thomas Lovelee was born in Campbelltown, New South Wales, the son of convict Richard LOBLEY/LOVELY/LOVELEE 1786-1847 and Elizabeth GREEN 1817-XXXX he lived in the Windsor district until 1864 when he met and married Margaret McNamara. Together, on horseback, they set out for the north west.

Very soon after their arrival, he settled down as an overseer on Mollee, then a cattle station, extending right through the Bohena Creek country in Pilliga.

After leaving Mollee, Thomas Lovelee devoted a number of years to various businesses in Narrabri and district and for some time bought fat cattle for The Riverstone Meatworks.

He selected Dunraven near Mollee which he retained until 1918 when he retired and went to Narrabri to live, handing the property over to his sons.

At the time when the Governor Brothers were operating in the district. Inspector Day, afterwards chief of police, was stationed in Narrabri, and knowing Thomas had a thorough knowlege of the Bohena Creek country, called on him to guide the police in their search for the outlaws. He consented to do so, but insisted on the right to remain unarmed.

Margaret MCNAMARA b:16th.Jan.1842 d: 21st. April 1904 Narrabri NSW. The daughter of Edward MCNAMARA and Margaret MCDONALD

Married in 1864 at Parramatta.

1. Theresa b:1865,Wee Waa,d:1898, Narrabri m.Alfred McAlpin EATHER

2. Martha Mary b:1867 Wee Waa NSW d:1937, Narrabri, NSW never married.

3. Laura b:1869 Wee Waa, d:12 September 1947, Mosman, Sydney m. Ernest Otto MORATH 1870-1946 in 1898 at Narrabri, NSW

4. Edward Thomas b:1871 Wee Waa, d:8 August 1951 Burwood, Sydney m. Christina Mary MCINTYRE 1873-1960 in 1900, Quirindi, nsw

5. Ernest Arthur b:1873 Wee Waa, d:8 June 1937 Narrabri, NSW

6. Herbert George b:1877 Wee Waa,d:1962 Manley, NSW m. Emma Elizabeth BLACKBURN 1884-1958 at Mosman in 1918

7. Stella Jessie b: 1879 Wee Waa,d:1973 St.Leonards,Sydney m. Philip Ardlaw LAWRENCE 1890-1959 at St.Leonards in 1915

8. Ella b: 1882 Wee Waa d:1957 in Queensland m. Egbert James KIMMORLEY 1889-1952 at Mosman in 1912

9. Clara Fanny b: 1884 Narrabri, d: 13 July 1951, Mosman. Never Married

Pictured below is the Wee Waa Racecourse

Thomas Samuel Spearing 1860-1915

The son of George SPEARING 1835-1914 and Tabitha HARRIS 1829-1901.
Thomas Samuel was baptised on the 18 February 1860 at St James Norland,Kensington.
A carpenter by trade Thomas met Emily Louisa ROBERTS born in Kensington London on the 14 June 1859 and baptised at St Luke,Chelsea, London on the 17 July 1859.
Thomas and Emily were married at St James Norland,Kensington on the 18 May 1883.

The children of this marriage were:-
Edward Thomas Essen Spearing 1883 1896
George Alfred Spearing 1886, m. Elizabeth Ann BUTTERWORTH in 1906
Emily Annie Alice Spearing 1888, m. Albert William PAGE in 1915
John William Spearing 1889 1890
Harriet Edith Spearing 1891 1894
Alice Maud Spearing 1892 1894
Lilian Gladys Spearing 1900
Alfred SPEARING B: 1901, kensington, London. Baptised 6 October 1901 at All Saints Notting Hill

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Titus Russ 1841-1874

Titus RUSS was born in St.George, London on the 20 March 1841, the son of Absolom RUSS 1804-1861 and his wife Clementina 1814-1882 both from England and both died in Western Australia. Titus arrived in the colony in 1853 with his brother Absolom 1849-1927 from Tintinhull, Somerset. They moved to Dongara in the early 1860's to work for pastoralist Edward Hamersley.

On the 27 October 1864 at Greenough, Western Australia Titus married Caroline WINTLE. Caroline had been born in London on the 12 August 1844 and she too was a new arrival in the Colony.
Using a wheel barrow to cart stone from the quarry by the Irwin River, Titus built his house which still stands today and has been occupied by several generations Of the RUSS family.
The cottage today is owned by The Irwin District Historical Society.

Son Robert used the backyard for a market garden and sold the produce in his shop next door, where he also operated the newsagency.
The children of Titus and Caroline were:-

1. Clementina b:6 March 1866 at Lower Irwin, and died 8 April 1942 m. Henry Peach LINTHORNE 1867-1936 in Western Australia on 2 July 1887. The children of this marriage All born in Dongara were :-

Grace Ella LINTHORNE b:18 Dec.1887 Dongara d: 14 Jan. 1888 Dongara

Eric Henry Raymond LINTHORNE b:1890 Midland Junction d: 9 May 1935 Arrino m."Gertrude" Idahlia Gertrude CRIDDLE 1892-1933 at Irwin in 1911

Irwin Montague LINTHORNE b:1893 Dongara d: 1943 m. Elizabeth RUSS in 1916

Stillborn M LINTHORNE 1894 1894

Doris Roberta LINTHORNE b:1902 Dongara d: 20 January 1979

2. Walter b: 10 May 1867 Dongara and died 3 December 1936 in Perth. m. Mary Ann Millicent NORTON 1876-1953 at Mingenew, WA on the on the 26 June 1907. one child of this marriage :-
Keith Clements Russ b: 24 December 1909 Fremantle d:8 October 1989

3. Absolom b: 10 July 1869 and died 17 July 1869 at Dongara, WA

4. Caroline Elizabeth 16 July 1870 Dongara died 15 January 1944 in Perth. m. Ernest Alfred FIELD 1868-1946 at Dongara on the 12 September 1894. The children of this marriage were:-
Veronica Ernestine FIELD 1899 1970
Pearl Elizabeth FIELD 1902 1971
Kelsie Alfreda FIELD 1905 1989
Thelma Jean FIELD 1908 1992

5. Robert b: 12 April 1873 in Dongara and died on the 8 March 1943 in Irwin, Western Australia. m. Sarah Winifred PLESTER 1888-1954 at Dongara on the 19 March 1913. The children of this marriage were:-
Alice Denison Russ 1914 1951
Irene Russ 1916 1964
Laurence Charles Russ 1918 1969
Ivan Robert John Russ 1922 1999

The photograph below shows Robert RUSS standing in the doorway of his fruit and vege shop at Dongara

1 comment(s), latest 2 years, 8 months ago

To HOOCH Looking for BURNS

For some reason I am unable to post a comment on any of your journals!

I will take you through my Rex Raymond BURNS 1928-1983 research step by step so you can go over it.

1949 - Apprentice Carpenter 128 Great East Hwy. Midland Junction.
1954 - Carpenter Midland Junction
He married Jean Mary LORIMER about 1951. daughter of G J LORIMER
1958 - Carpenter Bushmead Rd., Hazelmere
1963 ditto
1968 ditto
1972 Clerk 1 Weber Place, Dianella
He and Jean remained there till his death in 1983
There are a lot of Thomas Burns' and you are going to need certificates for Rex to confirm where he was born.
The West Australian Friday 27 July 1951
LORIMER-BURNS: The engagement is announced and the marriage will take place shortly between Jean Lorimer. Kalamunda-road, South Guildford. and Rex Burns, 128 York-road. Midland Junction.

And the age tells me this isn't him but found it interesting, and besides how many Rex Burns could there be at Midland Junction and the papers arn't always right:
The West Australian Friday 26 May 1950
The policy of most sporting bodies in fostering juniors is one that is beginning to pay dividends in almost all branches of sport and the W.A. Lacrosse Association has certainly benefited from the scheme which was started during the year.
This is borne out by the unusually large number of young players included in the State practice squad. A number of them are under 20.
One of the lads, Rex Burns, has seven years experience in lacrosse at the age of 19. He began playing in club games at the age of 12 and since that time has been a regular player for the strong Midland Junction team. He fills the important position of third home. He has moulded his game on the style of a clubmate, Arthur Horner, one of the best-known players in the State. Burns's ambition is to gain State selection and if he is chosen this year he will probably be the youngest player to compete in an interstate carnival.
apart from a speeding fine in 1947 that's about it.
I looked at the Burns people buried at Karrakatta.
and I found a death for a Rita M J BURNS in 1935
BURNS RITA M J Female PERTH 1283 1935
I decided to investigate and discovered her full name before marriage was Rita Madeline Julia EDMONDS born in NSW.
nsw.bd&m BIRTHS:
This girl went to Queensland and married Thomas James BURNS in 1912;
1912/C3004 Edmonds Rita Julia Madeline Burns Thomas James
Rita was buried at Karrakatta

So I went back to the newspapers and have confirmed that Rita was indeed Rex's mother:-
The West Australian Friday 26 July 1935
BURNS. On July 25, at the Perth Hospital, Rita M. J., of 20 Adelaide-terrace, loving mother of Joyce, Audrey and Rex. Dearly loved.
BURNS. On July 25, 1985. at the Perth Hos pital, Rita Madeline Julia Burns, late of 30 Adelaide-terrace, East Perth, beloved sister of Gladys Evelyn (Mrs A. Cropper, Bayswater), and William Corcoran (Kilkenny, South Australia); aged 43 years.
BURNS. The Friends of the late Mrs. Rita Madeline Julia Burns, late of 20 Adelaide terrace, East Perth, are respectfully informed that her remains will be interred in the Roman Catholic portion of the Karrakatta

Rita Madeline Julia Edmonds was the daughter of Ida Mary LOGAN b: 1870 in Ryde NSW and died in Perth WA on the 22 October 1933 Buried at Karrakatta Cemetary, Perth, before she died she was living at 15 Garret Road, Bayswater, WA Her profession was Nurse. Her parents were Ernest LOGAN and Julia Victoria SIMES.
She married 1. John Thomas EDMONDS b: 17 AUG 1870 in Beechworth, Victoria on the 2 January 1891 in Sydney.
Divorce July 14, 1897 Sydney. 2. Married William CORCORAN in 1915 in Perth WA.

Trafalgar arrived South Australia 1849


Wednesday, January 17th 1849 The barque Trafalgar, 718 tons, Richardson, master, from London and Plymouth.
Passengers; Mr and Mrs S. G. Dorday and five children, and Tweedale. Esq., Surgeon Superintendent in the cabin.
the following Government emigrants in the steerage :
James Allen, Wm. Henry Brown wife and child, Sarah Babbs, Robert Babbs, Mary Ann Baker, Emma Bacon, Caroline Bacon, Sophia Bailey and infant (Mrs Bailey's husband died at sea on the 16th December, aged 26), John Tallant Bee wife and three children (one, a girl, born at sea 4th January), Wm. Beesley and wife, Henry Bevan, John Bullock and wife, H. W. Burrall, James Childs, Thomas Clarke, Henry J. Congreve, Wm. Congreve, Maria Connor, Robert Cook wife and six children, Joseph Cross, Simon Clark wife and five children, James Davidson, Ann Davis, Charlotte Dodd, Thomas Dyke wife and two children, Bennett Dunstan wife and five children, Richard Dunstan and wife, Thomas Davey wife and four children, John Dewey wife and six children, Eliz. Fitch, John Forby wife and three children. James Foster and wife, Robert Fox, Peter Fox wife and five children, Edward Frost wife and four children, George Frost wife and two children, Mary Ann Gibson, Caroline Goldring, Richard Greaves, Henry Green, Jacob Green, Mary S. Hall, John Harrison wife and three children, Jane Hunt, Emma Hyams, Elizabeth Hyams, John Jones wife and child, John Julian wife and four children (one, a daughter, died at sea 10th January), Ann Kelly, Jane Kitts, Wm. Lanyon, Jane Lock, Louisa Lord, Walter Long wife and child, James Lawson wife and two children, Robert Mactaggart wife and three children, Martha Mawditt, Wm Morton, Thomas May and wife, Samuel Olley and wife, Ann Peatfield, Hezekiah Painter, Mary Ann Pash and child, Mary Ann Payne, Thos. Peacock and four children, Robert Pilbeam, Wm Pointon and wife, James Pollard wife and eight children, Edward Poulton and wife, Wm. Prestidge, Thos. Penny wife and four children, Peter Perring wife and four children. Wm. Rowe wife and two children, Richard Roads wife and eight children, Sarah Shore, Catherine Shuttleworth, Augusta Shuttleworth, John Spencer wife and child, Wm. Spriggs and wife (their infant daughter died at sea on the 9th November), Emily Stapleford, Susannah Stone, Sarah Summers, Joseph Taylor wife and two children, Emma Thacker, Thos. Tucker, John Thompson, Wm.Thomas wife and two children, Wm. Vince wife and four children, Samuel Webb and wife, Maria Welch, Sarah Wheatley, Ann Whitfield, Catherine Whitfield, John Whittle wife and five children (one, a son, born at sea on the 23d of December), James Wigley wife and three children, Charles Winchester wife and four children, James Wright wife and six children, Elizabeth Walters, John Walters, Joseph White, Thomas Williams, Mary Woolf.

Cargo of the Trafalgar 69 cases, Order; 40 packages, M. & S. Marks ; 1 bale, 7 cases, R. Miller & Co. ; 5 cases, M'Nicol & Young; 1 ditto, John Calder ; 3706 bars, 268 bundles, 451 deals, 30 hhds, 180 casks bottled beer, 20 cases wine, 39 hhds rum, 10 ditto brandy, 5 qr.-casks ditto 1 case, 20 barrels tar, 10 ditto pitch, C. & F. J. Beck ; 200 - packages luggage.
South Australian Register
Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900
Saturday 20 January 1849
Page 4
Transcription, janilye 2012.

Veteran Soldiers 1900 Fremantle

In February 1900 contingents from New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia gathered at the Fremantle oval before being shipped off to South Africa.
A banquet was organised by Archibald McKinnon, the then licensee of the Cleopatra Hotel, and the ladies of Fremantle to farewell the troops.
It was attended by His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Gerald Smith and Lady Smith, the then Mayor of Fremantle Elias Solomon and many other digniteries.
The veterans living in Fremantle were also asked to participate in the fte. Twenty-two of them were discovered, and most of them appeared on the Oval, decorated with their service medals, and ready with their stories for interested listeners.
The veterans who were invited were :-

Thomas CONOLLY, Naval Brigade.
- CONOLLY, 29th Foot.
John CRAIG, Scots' Guards.
John DOYLE, 55th Foot.
John FELTHAM, 65th Bengal ("Tigers.")
Michael FITZPATRICK, 103rd Foot
Edward GREEN, 18th Foot.
Owen GRIFFEN, 9th Foot.
P. HERRICKS, 73rd Foot.
Walter HODGES, 12th Lancers.
Joseph JARVIS, 2nd Fusiliers.
T. QUINN, Royal Artillery.
Peter RUBERY, Cape Mounted Rifles.
- RYAN, Second Queen's.
Benjamin SHEMELDS, 73rd Foot.
George SIMMS, Naval Brigade
- THACKER, 1st Foot.
Samuel TREW, 11th Foot.
- McGrath, 106th Foot.
Sergeant McCARTHY, 1st Royal Irish,
Henry McILWAINE, Royal Artillery.
John McMAHON, 47th Foot.

Volunteering can be rewarding


The National Library of Australia, in collaboration with Australian State and
Territory libraries, began a program in March 2007 to digitise Australian newspapers
for access and preservation purposes.

The Australian newspapers hold an enormous amount of information from around the world.
As of 12 October 2012 there are 7,543,642 pages consisting of 74,500,869 articles.
Over the past 4 years the National Library of Australia, with a modest budget and
small team of staff, has digitised more than 6.8 million pages of Australian newspapers.
This equates to just over 260 titles out of approximately 7,700 newspaper
titles published in Australia
This is a FREE online Service.

Our concern, at the moment is the transcription of news from America
received by ship and by telegram and appearing in our national
newspapers since the early 1800's.

Not being familiar with names and place names 'American', Australian
transcribers are finding the task of transcribing American articles sometimes difficult.

We need American volunteers to 'Fix The Text'.
Even just one article would be a big help.

The bonus for you is, you get to read a lot of interesting news
which may not be preserved in your own country.
For example;

Launceston Examiner Tas. Tuesday 14 November 1871


General Washburne has defeated General Butler for the command-in-chief of the United States army.

The Russian fleet has arrived in New York harbor.

The Tammany Ring has confessed to the municipal frauds with which it was charged, and has repaid 750,000 dollars.

The United States are taking active steps to suppress Mormonism. They have arrested Brigbam Young and a number of other Mor mon celebrities on charges of adultery. Wool is in fair demand at New York. At the recent sales there Australian scarcely covered importations.

Kerosene is steady. Dovoe's, 31 cents.

Many lives were lost during the progress of the great fire at Chicago. It broke out on Sunday, 8th October, while a strong wind was blowing. Everything was in a very dry and combustible state, owing to a long spell of dry weather. The fire brigades were powerless to arrest the progress of the flames. The water and gas works, the newspaper offices, banks, principal hotels, and all the public buildings of the city were destroyed. A second fire raged on Monday, 10th October. On the second occasion the fire was traced to incen diaries, whose intention was to destroy the remainder of the city left untouched by the former fire, and occupied principally by the wealthy classes. Their object was plunder. Two men were caught firing buildings, and were immediately shot by the infuriated populace. Others who were implicated were led off with ropes round their necks. Nine. tenths of the city have been destroyed.
Another telegram says:over 100,000 persons have been rendered homeless by the great fire at Chicago. Seventy vessels were burned at the wharves. A number of prisoners in the gaol were burned to death.
The fire extended over an area of three miles in length, by one in breadth.
Large contributions of food, clothing, and money have arrived from all parts of America.

The Mercury Hobart, Tas. Tuesday 30 March 1897

It is proposed to make a facsimile of the Log of the Mayflower, which
Mr. T. Bayard has obtained the loan of in England, for the purpose of
sending it to the United States for exhibition.

Northern Standard, Tuesday 5 September 1939

Chicago, August 31.
Byron E. Wrigley, jun., an executive of the chewing gum manufacturing firm,
was granted an uncontested divorce from Mrs. Dorothy T. Wrigley, of Sydney,
on the grounds of desertion. Their child, Michael, aged 5, was given into the custody of
the mother.
Wrigley said that he was married in Sydney on May 26, 1932.
He was transferred from Sydney to Chicago last April, but his wife refused
to accompany him.

Morning Bulletin Rockhampton, Qld. Friday 30 August 1946
American Was Already Married

An American serviceman, who was stated to be residing with his legal wife in
Los Angeles, was named as the defendant in the Supreme Court yesterday in an action
by a Rockhampton girl for an order to annul her marriage with him.
Murial Jane Ricks, otherwise known as Forman, sought from Mr. Justice Brennan
annulment of her marriage with Homer Forman.
The action was undefended. Mr. T. J. Hally appeared for the plaintiff.
The plaintiff gave evidence of going through a form of marriage on September 19, 1942,
with Forman, who was with the American forces in Rockhampton at the time.
There was one child of the marriage.
Witness, now aged 21, said she then believed Forman to be a single man. There was
then no check by the authorities and she had to rely upon assurances by his friends
that he was single. Since then she had found out through the British consulate in
America, that he was married in San Francisco in November, 1941, and at present
was living with his wife in Los Angeles.
His Honour: Such girls deserve all they get. They are looking for trouble.
They play around with Yanks without knowing anything about them.

A judgement nisi declaring the marriage null and void, returnable after
three months, was granted.

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Was Richard Ashe the man Butler? Was Ashe the Bardoc Murderer?


Butler, according to an old sailor, now resident in Newcastle, New South Wales, was at one time known as Richard Ashe, in which name he shipped about the year, 1893, in the barque, Olive Bank, at Rio de Janeiro. The barque was bound for the port of Newcastle, New South Wales, and during the voyage Ashe is represented to have given a great deal of trouble. On arrival at Newcastle he feigned illness, and on the captain taking him the prescribed medicine, Ashe flew into a violent temper, and threatened to take the master's life. For this offence he was charged at the Newcastle police court, and was sentenced to one month's imprisonment.


A Richard Ashe, presumably the same man, next appears on the scene at Newcastle, Western Australia, where he was sentenced on the 28th of August, 1893, to six months imprisonment for unlawful possession. On the 8th of February, 1894, he again faced Mr. Adam, the Newcastle magistrate, on a similar charge. On this occasion he is alleged to have stolen a horse, saddle and bridle at Newcastle, and started on a journey with them to Perth. He did not, however, get past Guildford, where he was arrested with the stolen property in his possession. For this offence he was sentenced to six months' imprisonment with hard labour.


In a small way Ashe was evidently bent on distinguishing himself in the criminal records of Western Australia. Apparently his term of incarceration at Fremantle had only ended when he journeyed to Northam. There he again committed offences which brought him in trouble with the authorities. Several petty larcenies had occurred from the tents of men who were camping in Northam, en route to the goldfields. Ashe was held under suspicion, and, on a favourable chance offering, was chased by the police to his tent, where a search disclosed that he had concealed much of the stolen property reported. He was, there- fore, again brought before the Newcastle magistrate on the 1st of September, 1894, and tried on three separate charges of larceny. In each case he was sentenced to six months' imprisonment with hard labour.


From inquiries made it appears that Richard Ashe served all his terms of imprisonment at Fremantle gaol. Questioned as to the character of the prisoner while under his charge, the superintendent of that institution, Mr. Samuel Hope, informed a representative of this paper that Ashe had been well behaved. Good behaviour, it appears, is often the characteristic of an old gaol-bird, as previous experience may have shown him the inutility of fighting against the powers that be. It does not, therefore, follow that good behaviour on the part of a prisoner is an outward visible sign of an inward invisible goodness. The front of Mr. Hope's present home is protected by a cement and iron fence, in the erection of which Ashe assisted.


Ashe was released from Fremantle Gaol in about January 1896. It would then appear as if he worked his way on to the Coolgardie goldfield. There is strong pre- sumptive evidence that he was at Coolgardie on or about August, 1896; and, further, on his arrival in New South Wales he is reported to have shown jewellery made from gold which he represented he had obtained in Western Australia. At any rate, on the 2nd of December, 1896, the Sydney police received a telegram from Mr. Frank Horwood, mining engineer and assayer, of Coolgardie, informing them that a black bag had been stolen from him about 4 months previously, in which were contained his assayer's certificate from the Ballarat School of Mines. The bag contained other documents, but this telegram had special reference to the assayer's certificate. It appears that the Sydney police in tracking up Captain Lee-Wellerone of Butler's alleged victimsfound, at one of the camps, an assayer's certificate in the name of Frank Horwood.
Hence the connection of Butler with Coolgardie. In this respect, it must also be remembered that Lee-Weller first came in touch with Butler, owing to an advertisement in a Sydney newspaper, where a prospector enquired for a mate. On answering the advertisement Lee-Weller met Butler, who, it is alleged, introduced himself as Frank Horwood, showing the purloined assayer's certificate as a proof of his identity.


The next appearance of Butler, after the disappearance of Mr. Horwood's bag at Coolgardie, is recorded at Grafton in New South Wales, on the 15th of September, 1896. Here he represented himself as a prospector, and expressed himself well satisfied with the diggings in the locality, to which he promised to return. He is reported, whilst in this neighbourhood, to have presented to a fellow-traveller a mining map of New South Wales, on which was written the name of Frank Horwood. On the 19th of October he left Emu Plains station with young Preston, whose fate and that of Lee-Weller at a later date are now matters of common knowledge.
The embarkation of Butler under the name of Lee-Weller, en route to San Francisco, as a sailor on the Swanhilda, and the termination of his trip, are also matters on which the public have been kept fully informed.


It only now remains to investigate the reasons which lead to the inference that Richard Ashe, whose career in this colony has been referred to, and Butler of the Glenbrook tragedies, are one and the same man. Firstly, there is the statement of the old sailor at Newcastle, New South Wales, to the effect that Butler was known to him in 1893 as Richard Ashe.
Further, it appears that this same old sailor met him again in Newcastle in November, 1896, after the Glenbrook murders had been committed, and when Butler had booked as a sailor in the Swanhilda. It was on this occasion that Butler told his old shipmate that he had done well in Australia. On being asked how he had done so well Butler is alleged to have drawn two cartridges from his pocket and said, " This is how I got my living," with the significant addendum, "If they had any stuff on them it was only a matter of pinking them." The old sailor is positive that his shipmate Richard Ashe on the Olive Bank in 1893 was the same person who booked on the Swanhilda in the name of Butler. Further, the photographs and description issued by the Sydney police to the police of this colony of Butler, the alleged perpetrator of the Glenbrook tragedies, agree with the appearance of the man Richard Ashe, who served some two years in the Fremantle gaol. Both the Northam police, who arrested him, and Mr. Hope, Superintendent of the Fremantle Gaol, who saw him daily for two years, are emphatic on this point. Piecing these various items together, it would appear as if there is reasonable proof of the two names being used by the same man.


The WEST AUSTRALIAN of 16th September, 1894, contained a telegraphic account of a supposed cold-blooded murder committed near Coolgardie. It appears that a digger was discovered apparently working a reef by himself in the bush near Bardoc, ten miles from the Broad Arrow. The party who discovered him asked permission to inspect the workings, but were refused. Their attention, however, was diverted by him to another alleged find, which after careful search they could not discover. The party returned to the scene of the solitary miner's labour, and concluded from his absence and the fact of the workings being newly filled in, that they were on a rich find. On reopening the workings a gruesome discovery was made. A corpse was revealed from hip to shoulder on one side, which discovery being made the hole was again filled in and the matter reported to the police.
The supposed murderer was reported to be of extraordinary appearance, being a fair German or Swede, standing 6ft. 2in. in height, and proportionately built. The police on their return confirmed the murder, and stated that the deceased had been killed by a terrific blow from a pick, which had gone through the skull with great force. The body was buried without identification, as out of a crowd of visitors who viewed it, only one had previously seen the deceased, but did not know his name. Some arrests ware made, but none of them led to anything, and eventually the murder became one of those mysteries which ever and anon crop up. A reference to the dates mentioned will show that this murder could scarcely have been committed, as has been suggested, by the alleged author of the Glenbrook tragedies. The Bardoc murder was committed in September, 1894, at which period Butler, or Ashe, was in Fremantle Gaol; also, the alleged Bardoc murderer was described by those who had seen him as a person of Herculean proportions, which Butler is not, his height being 5ft. 10in., while that of the supposed Bardoc murderer was given at 6ft. 2in. These considerations seem effectually to dispose of the theorynatural under the circumstancesthat the author of the Bardoc murder and the perpetrator of the Glenbrook tragedies were one and the same person.

Printed when Charlie Walsh died-Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954) Sunday 28 July 1918 p 16 Article

Charlie Walsh was a genial and popular pioneer of Bayley-street, where he ran a big store in conjunction with his brothers. It was the rendezvous of many of the prospectors who were probing the unknown wilderness north and north-east of Coolgardie, and Walsh Brothers were kept busy in fitting out the parties that were daily striking out to look for new El Dorados, it was Charlie Walsh who first brought in news of the Bardoc murder, which caused a great sensation in 1894. The body of a man was found in shallow trench, with only a little earth hurriedly thrown upon It. The murderer disappeared, and was never traced, though there was some slight evidence to the effect that he was a German. When Charlie reached Coolgardie, he told the news, to a Journalist connected with the "Golden Age," but it was too late for that day's issue, which was printed, so the journalist resorted to strategy in order to prevent the only man with the information from putting it into the hands of Vosper or Billy Clare, who were running the opposition "Miner." A bottle of whisky was produced, also a roll of copy-paper, and between questions and answers and taking notes, insidious invitations to partake of the potheen ended in a journalist and bis prey going to sleep. But the situation was saved, "for" the "Golden Age" next day came out with the first intimation of "The Bardoc Murder.'*

As ASHE/BUTLER was in Fremantle prison at the time of the Bardoc Murder here are a couple of more SUSPECTS

The photo below- taken in Bailey St., Coolgardie out side The Miner Newspaper office about 1894.
Stay tuned

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