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The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser Thu 1 Jan 1824 Page 2
The Sir Godfrey Webster sailed from Sheerness, with male prisoners for Van Diemen's Land,
on the 8th August 1823.
Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen’s Land Advertiser Fri 2 Jan 1824 Page 2
REV. R. KNOPWOOD, M.A.
Ship News.- Arrived on Saturday
last the ship Sir Godfrey Webster, Capt.
Rennoldson, with 180 male convicts.
She left England the 4th September, and
touched at Teneriffe on her passage.
Surgeon Superintendant, Dr. Carter, R.
N. The guard consists of a detachment
of the 40th Regiment, under orders of
Captain Hibbert and Ensign Williams,
of the same corps. The passengers by
this vessel are, Deputy Assistant Com-
missary General Boyes, Deputy Assis-
tant Commissary General Goodsir, and
Mrs. Goodsir and four children, Deputy
Assistant Commissary General Howard,
and Mrs. Howard, and Mr. William
Master: John Rennoldson
Surgeon: Charles Carter
Sailed: 1 September 1823 from London
Arrived on the 30 December 1823 in Van Dieman's Land after a voyage of 120 days
carrying 180 males convicts.
List of convict passengers
Close, William Davis
Parke, Henry Thomas
Note: The number of convicts recorded on this site that are associated with the ship Sir Godfrey Webster (1) is 181 .This figure may not correlate with the full listing of convicts recorded in official documents.
The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/5, pp.95-104
Bateson, Charles & Library of Australian History (1983).
The convict ships, 1787-1868 (Australian ed).
Library of Australian History, Sydney : pp.358-359, 384
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Melbourne, Tuesday 4 September 1855 at noon the Bench heard
applications for special licenses, transfers, &c.
The following gentlemen were on the Bench: Messrs. Sturt (chairman),
Vignolles, Hodgson, Greeves, O'Shanassy, and Noel.
The following were granted:-
Henry Russell, Liverpool Arms, Brunswick street, Collingwood,
from Joseph Hobbs.
James Bartholomew, Bull-and-Mouth Inn, Bourke-street.
from D. M'lntosh.
William Balch, Australia Felix Family Hotel, Bourke-street,
from Rachel Sawyer.
Thomas Crowle, Victoria Hotel, Little Bourke-street,
from D'Arcy Mundy.
Patrick Costello, Travellers' Home, Swanston-street,
from Michael D'Arcy.
Samuel Darby, Newmarket Hotel, Bourke and Stephen streets,
from Charles Lester.
J. E. Ellis, The Botanical Hotel, South Yarra,
from Charles Rogers.
Robert Frost, Royal Highlander, Flinders-street,
from William Blake.
Walter Ferguson, Union HoTel, Bourke-street,
from James Laurie
Edward Ford, Drewery's Family Hotel, Gertrude street, Collingwood,
from Thos. Drewery.
George W. Howse, The Parade, East Melbourne,
from John Thomas Shea.
Waldron Johnston, Clarence Hotel, Elizabeth and Collins-street,
from John Whitehead.
Michael Kelly, Australian Family Hotel, Spring-street,
from William Abbott.
David Lewis, Napoleon III , Emerald Hill, from
Wm. J. N. Lewis, Bridge Inn, Flinders-lane,
from Thomas Seaward.
Augustus M'Donald, Royal Arch Inn, Gore street, Collingwood,
from Thomas Sutherland.
John M. McKee, Duke of Kent, Latrobe-street,
from Edward Steel.
Patrick Noylan, Farmer's Arms, Swanston street,
from James Stone.
Charles Oakley, Temple Court Hotel, Queen street,
from Michael Woodlock.
E. J. Prevot, Queensberry Hotel, Madeline-street,
from C. T. Hume.
James Pasfleld, Sydney Hotel,
from Benjamin Brittell.
Henry Reynolds, Queen'e Head, Queen-street,
from William Whitmore.
James Tenniel, Market Tavern, Emerald Hill,
from George Duncan.
George Wailey, Argus Hotel, Collins street,
from Charles Wedel.
Charles Wedel, the Criterion Hotel, Collins-street,
from John E. Jones.
John Wood, the William Tell, Brunswick street,
Collingwood, from John Filgate. Adjourned Transfers.
Charles Frahm/Frahan, the Northcote Arms, Northcote,
from Augustus McDonald. Granted
Charles Baxter, Star and Garter Hotel, St. Kilda. Granted.
Thomas Bryce, Cambrian Hotel, North Melbourne. Adjourned. (refused 12 Sept)
Peter Connelly, the Carlow Hotel, Little Bourke-street. Granted.
Wilson Cornwall, the Labor in Vain, North Melbourne, adjourned. (refused 12 Sept.)
Stephen Dorman, the Highway House, Sandridge-Road, granted.
James Lawler, Belle Vue Hotel, Little Collins-street, refused.
George Lewis, the Mazeppa Hotel, Spring and Little Bourke-streets, granted.
Patrick O'Connell, the Black Prince, Curzon-street, North Melbourne, adjourned. (granted 12 Sept.)
Edward Lloyd Robinson Smith, Yarra Club House Granted.
Benoni Salway, Yarra Steam Packet Hotel Flinders-street, refused,
as being next door to a new house.
George Walder, Golden City, Cecil street, refused.
Frederick Chambers, applied for a license for a restaurant
for the Cellar of the Hall of Commerce. Mr. Frank Stephen
appeared to oppose the application on the ground that the
restaurant was not required, or adapted for the business.
It was situated next door to the Imperial Hotel, and close
to the Criterion, and there were no accomodations
suitable for an Inn provided.
Mr. Trenchard supported the application on the
ground that it was a convenience much required by
the mercantile community. The Hall of Commerce
formed a centre of the public business of the city,
and a requisition for the establishment of refreshment
rooms had been signed by every member of the
Chamber of Commerce, save one ; and by a great
number of the merchants of the city.
The Bench adjourned the application.
George Coppin applied for a license for Coppin's Olympic Hotel,
Lonsdale-street. Mr. Head opposed the application, on the ground
that Mr. Coppin already held a license for the Olympic Theatre ;
this objection he considered must be a fatal one.
The premises were not such as would be entitled to a license: they
had not been constructed in accordance with the provisions of the act,
and were communicated with by several openings to the theatre. He
was sure that Mr. Coppin had enough already to attend to with theatrical
matters without the Bench imposing on him the Herculean task of another license.
Mr. Frank Stephen supported the application. Mr.Coppin had kept one of
the first hotels in Sydney, in Pitt street, and continued to hold his
license to the satisfaction of the citizens. He was then
connected with a theatre in Sydney, and if it were competent to him to
hold a license then, it would be now. The opposition to the application
had been got up by the proprietor of the house opposite. If this were
not so there would have been a petition from the neighbors against
the granting of the license, but no such a petition had been got up,
and he was consequently justified in supposing that the present
opposition arose from interested motives. The public-house opposite
did not afford sufficient accommodation to persons who frequented the
theatre, and the privilege had already been granted to the Theatre Royal.
The petition which had been presented to the Bench had been signed by
five or six hundred respectable persons in the city.
The application was granted.
Charles Jones applied for a license for his eating house, in Little Collins street,
for the establishment of a printer's club, for the convenience of the printers
of the city. A petition signed by a great number of compositors was handed to the Bench.
The application was refused.
Catherine Featly, Little Bourke-street; Granted.
Andrew Thomas Keny, bathing-ship, Beach-street, St. Kilda. Granted.
Ann Marks/Monks, Little Lonsdale-street east. Adjourned.(granted 11 September)
John Palmer, Bourke-street east. Adjourned. (granted 11 September.)
William James Robinson, Bourke-street east. Adjourned. (granted 11 September)
Edward Costello, Collins-street. Granted.
Jacques Sibberly, Queen street. Granted.
William Robert Hawkins Robertson. Granted.
HAWKERS' AND PEDLARS' LICENSES.
The applications of the following persons
for hawkers' and pedlars' licenses were
granted on the 11 September 1855 :
Thomas Littleton, Susan Waters, John Williams, William Toun
Portrait below is George Selth Coppin
by Photographer FALK about 1890
Windsor and Richmond Gazette, Friday 21 April 1916
AKINS, CHARLES, Windsor
ALDERTON, BERT, Windsor
ARMSTRONG, ROY, Windsor.
ARMSTRONG, GEORGE F., Cornwallis
ALLEN, WiLLIAM CHARLES, Windsor
ARNOLD, W., Windsor
BRADSHAW, R. N., Scheyville
BAIRD, NORMAN, Pitt Town
BAIRD, ERIC J., Pitt Town.
BALL, WILFRID A., Lower Portland
BAKER, W., Oakville.
BARTLE, THOMAS, Windsor.
BASS, OLIVER, Windsor
BENNETT, W. H.. Windsor
BELL, ROBERT, Wilberlorce
BLACKET, ULRIC A., Vineyard.
BLACKET, NIGEL A., Vineyard.
BOLTON, Hy. H., Windsor (wounded).
BROOKS, JOHN, Freeman's Reach.
BLACKMORE, WALTER, Wilberforce
BROWN, BOY, Wilberforce.
BROWN, WILLIAM EDWIN, Oakviile (rejected).
BRENNAN, SERGT. G., Scheyville
BUCHANAN. DONALD, Windsor
BOWMAN, WILLIAM J., Courangra
BUTTSWORTH, ROY, Bullridge
BUTTSWORTH, GLEN., Bullridge
BRAGG, ROWLAND, Maroota.
CALLAGHAN, CLIVE, Windsor
CALLAGHAN, REG., Windsor
CALLAGHAN, CLEN. C, Windsor (not accepted.)
CAMPBELL, WALTER, Lower Portland
CASE, G. (not accepted)
CASE THOMAS, Bullridqe
CAMBRIDGE, K., Windsor
CAMBRIDGE, THOMAS, Windsor
CAREY THOMAS, Magrath's Hill (killed)
CLARKE, B., Oakviile
CLARKE MANFRED H., Windsor
CLOUT, LESLIE, Windsor
CLIFFORD, FREDERICK, Windsor
CLIFFORD, OSCAR, Windsor
CLIFFORD, CHARLES, Windsor
COBCROFT, B. H., Windsor
CONROY, GEORGE. Pitt Town
COOPER, ALICE, Windsor (Matron Hospital Ship)
CONNELLY, FRED., Windsor (killed)
CAMPBELL, ROD, Leet's Vale (not accepted).
CHRISTIE, JERSEY, Lower Portland.
CUPITT, GUY FRANKLIN (rejected)
CLARKE, LAWRENCE CLYDE'
CARSON, FREDERICK JAMES, Cattai.
DAVIS, ERIC, Windsor
DAVIS, TRISTRAM J., Pitt Town' (not accepted)
DEAL. LESLIE, Laughtondale
DICKSON, P. A., Windsor
DICKSON, WALTER. Windsor
DICKSON, JOHN, Windsor
DUNN, RICHMOND, Windsor
DWYER, GREGORY, Clarendon
DWYER, JOHN, Clarondon
DWYER, WILLIAM, Clarendon
EATHER, CECIL George. Windsor (killed 1915 Gallipoli)
EATHER, FRANK Hilton, Windsor(Killed 1917, Bullecourt)
EATHER, FREDERICK Reuben, Upper Colo
EATHER, ROLAND JAMES, Upper Colo.(killed 1917, Ypres)
FIASCHI, Dr. THOMAS. Sackville
FULLERTON, Dr. A. Y., Windsor
FARLOW, ALWYN, Freeman's Reach
FARLOW, CECIL V., Windsor
FLEMING, GEORGE, Central McDonald(killed).
FORD, A. E., Windsor
FORD. HERBERT, Windsor.'
GREEN. MERVYN, Magrath's Hill
GOW, HAROLD, Windsor
GIBSON, GEOF. V., Windsor
GIBSON, V. J. V., Windsor
GREENTREE, C. A., Cattai
GREENTREE, D. S., Cattai
GREENTREE, ALFRED JAMES Cattai.
GOSPER, CHARLES, Windsor'
GOSPER, CLARENCE. Upper Colo
GOSPER JOSEPH. Upper Colo
GRONO, WILLIAM CHARLES, late Windsor
GADSDEN, E. JEFFERY, (not accepted)
GREENWELL, ERIC .
HAGEL, ERNEST, Lower Portland
HALL, RONALD, Wilberforce (not accept
HANCHETT, SAMUEL, Windsor
HARDRES ALFRED, Scheyville (not accepted)
HAXBY, E. C. H. Windsor (twice wounded)
HAXBY, HAROLD G.
HARRIS ARTHUR, Upper Colo
HEARNE, ARTHUR, Central McDonald
HERPS, ARTHUR M. C, Lower Portland.
HERPS, CLAUDE, Lower Portland
HERPS, CARL, Lower Portland.
HERPS, RUPERT, Lower Portland.
HOLDEN, REGINALD, Windsor
HONEMAN, GARNET, Windsor (rejected)
HONEMAN, GORDON, Windsor (rejected)
HOSKISSON, JAMES, Clarendon
HOUGH, ERNEST, Windsor
HIDER, F., Windsor
HIPWELL, H., Windsor
HIPWELL, WALTER Windsor
HUDSON, SID, Vineyard
HUGHES. ROBERT B., Windsor
HULBERT, WILLIAM, Windsor (wounded).
HUMPHRIES, T. (not accepted)
HENNING, WILLIAM, Lower Portland
HIBBERT, RICHARD THOMAS, Freeman's Reach
HOLDEN, JAMES, Windsor
HOBBS, REGINALD, Pitt Town
HUNT, GEORGE C, Windsor, (rejected).
IRELAND, G., Windsor
JAMES, HENRY, Windsor
JENNINGS, C. R. E., Windsor
JENKINS, THOMAS, Lower Portland (wounded;
JOBSON, HUBERT CLIFTON
JOHNSTON, CLARENCE (not accepted)
JONES, JOSHUA, Ebenezer
JONES, HILTON, Windsor
JONES, RUSSELL, Cattai
JONES, BERT, Sackville.
JURD C. C. St. Albans (wouridadj
JURD, OWEN PEARSON, Central McDonald (wounded)
JOHNSTON, STAUNTON, Magrath's Hill.
KELLY, EDMUND, Scheyville
KEMP, ARTHUR, Ebenezer
KINGHAM, ARTHUR, Freeman's Reach
KINGHAM, JOHN, Freeman's Reach
KINGHAM, STANLEY, Freeman's Reach
KERSHAW. PICTON, Sackville.
LARAGHY, VICTOR. Sackville
LARAGHY, JACK, Sackviile
LARAGHY, ROY, Sackville
LAYCOCK, G. C, Scheyville (not accepted)
LIDDLE, EDWIN S.. Windsor
L1DDELL, SYDNEY, Windsor
LIDDLE, FRED., Windsor
LINDSAY, A. J. H., Cattai
LINDSAY, W. S. T., Cattai
LEE, - , Lower Hawkesbury
LEET, SIDNEY, Leet's Vale (ill)
LILLIS, LEO, Freeman's Reach
LOCKART, HUBERT CLENDON, Wilberforce
LOCKART, WILLIAM RALPH, Wilberforce (not accepted).
LYE, ERIC, Upper Colo.
MAISEY, FRED. T.. Windsor
MALONEY, D., Central McDonald.
MALES, HENRY. Upper Colo
MALES, WILLIAM, Upper Colo
MALES, ARTHUR. Upper Colo.
MARR, ALEXANDER, Central Colo
MARSHALL, A. CAMPBELL, Caltai
MARSHALL, STEWART, Cattai (not accepted).
MARTIN, ERNEST, Freeman's Reach
MITCHELL, BENTLEY (Bullridge), recovered from illness.
MITCHELL, G. W. Bullridge.
MOLLOY, JAS. V., Windsor
MOSES, JAS. W., Windsor
MULL1NGER, ROYr, Windsor
McCULLOCH, D., gcheyvfllo
MARNEY, EUGENE, Windsor
McDONALD, LIEUT. A. J., Scheyville
McDOUGALL, HAROLD, Lower Portland.
MARTIN, WILLIAM, Freeman's Reach
NAGLE, E., Upper Colo
NOLAN, THOMAS, Lower Portland (died of illness)
NORRIS, ARTHUR, Windsor
NORRIS, HENRY, Windsor.
NYE, PERCY GEORGE, Cattai
O'BRIEN, V.. Windsor
OGDEN, JOSEPH, Oakviile (wounded)
PAGE, PHILIP C, Lower Portland
PAINE, LIEUT. -COLONEL J. J., Windsor.
PARKIN, R. T., Windsor
POTTS, ROLAND, Windsor
PYE, Dr. CECIL R. A, Windsor
PEARCE, WILLIAM P., Pitt Town
PYE, ERIC J. D., Windsor
PICKUP CLIVE, Windsor
PICKUP, FRANK A., Windsor
ROBERTS, JOHN JOSEPH, Pitt Town-road
ROBERTSON, Wm, Windsor
ROBERTSON, F. J., Windsor (not accepted).
REES, VICTOR JOHN, Windsor
RHODES, WILLIAM R., Wilberforce (not accepted).
RUTHERFORD, ROBERT, Oakviile
RIGG, WILLIAM, Sackviile
RYAN, HUGH, Jun., Pitt Town (not accepted).
SANDOZ, GEORGE E., Windsor
SCHOLER, RICHD., Windsor
SCHOLER, JOHN, Windsor (not accepted)
SHIRLEY, WILLIAM, Windsor
SHEPHERD, GEORGE, Clarendon
SHIMMELS, ARTHUR, Scheyville
SMITH, WALTER C, Currency Creek
SIM, E., Windsor
SMITH, ROBT., Freeman's Reach
SPARKES, THOMAS, Lower Portland
START1N, Wm., Mulgrave
SMITH, ALBERT EDWARD, Freeman's Reach
SMITH, FREDERICK, Freeman's Reach.
SWORDS, R. E., Windsor
SULLIVAN, REGD., Windsor
SOUTH, R. B., Scheyville
SIMPSON, CECIL, Wilberforce
SIMPSON, NORMAN, Wilberforce(wounded).
SHADLOW, CECIL D. (no! accepted)
SMITH, FREDERICK A., Scheyville
SMITH. JOHN, Scheyville
STREETER, FREDERICK, Windsor,(wounded).
STREETER, ROY, Windsor (killed).
STREETER, OSCAR, Windsor
SMALLWOOD, WILLIAM J., Cattai
SOWDEN, ROLAND, Windsor
SIMMONS, RICHARD T., Upper Colo
STEWART, CHARLES, Windsor
TURNBULL, CECIL G. W. Wilberforco(wounded).
TAYLOR CHARLES, Lower Portland
TAYLOR, FRED. C, Windsor
TEALE, ALEX., Wilberforce
THOMSON, F. S., Cattai
THOMPSON, JOHN ALBERT, Caltai
TOOMEY, ALFRED, Windsor (killed)
TOOMEY, EDWARD, Windsor
TURNBULL, FRED., Wilberforce 1890-1966 (wounded)
TURNBULL, HARRY N., Wilberforce
TUCKERMAN, JACK, Windsor (not accepted).
ULSTROM, CHAS., Windsor
UPTON, CECIL, Windsor
UREN, Dr. CECIL, Windsor
WALKER, ARCHIBALD G., Windsor
WALL, STANLEY, Windsor (wounded)
WOODS, WILLIAM H., Sackville
WARD, OSCAR D., Windsor (injured).
WARD, WILLIAM, Windsor
WHITE, W. FRANK Vineyard (wounded).
WHITE, ROLAND (Cattai)
WOOLARD, ALFRED, Windsor
WOOD, EDGAR CLAUDE, Windsor
WHEELER, WILLIAM T., Windsor.
WALKER, WILLIAM GEORGE, Windsor.
WILSON, WILLIAM, Pitt Town.
BROOKS, ALFRED .
BORROWDALR. GEORGE PROUD. '
CARTER, FRANK .
FLETCHER, THOMAS JOSEPH.
FOLEY, F. W.
GRIFFIN, E. W.
GRENSHAW, CECIL (not accepted;
GIBSON, EDWARD CLAUDE.
HAYWARD, F. A.
HEWITT, EUWIN F. EL,
JOHNSTON, HAROLD (wounded)
KNIGHT, C. C.
KENNY, JACK (wounded). :
KENNY, R. E. G. (wounded
MACKAY, WILLIAM STEWART,
PYE, J. J.
RIMMINGTON, H. J.
SCHOFIELD, E. .
SCHOFIELD, S. R. (not accepted)
SHOWERS, A. R. (killed)
SMITH, AUSTIN, (wounded)
TAYLOR, FRANK W..
WIGGINS, C.F., seriously ill
Service No.1544 Private Cecil "Curly" George Eather, 3rd Battalion of Windsor, New South Wales.
He died at sea on 17 May 1915 aboard the SS Lutzow from wounds received in action at Gallipoli, Turkey, on the 8 May 1915, aged 22. He has no known grave and is remembered with honour on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.
The Von STURMERs in New Zealand were not always Von and it was spelt STURMER.
The Von Sturmer's in New Zealand are decendants of Frederick STURMER 1804-1876 he was born on 9 April 1804 in Hackney Middlesex England, died on 3 March 1876 in Kensington Middlesex England at age 71, and was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery London England.
Now, Frederick married (1)Mary NORRIS on 3 July 1828 in St Mary's Richmond Surrey England, daughter of John NORRIS and Elizabeth CLARKE. Mary was born on 1 March 1801 in Richmond Surrey England and was christened on 5 April 1801 in St Mary Magdalen Richmond Surrey England. She died on 7 January 1873 in Heapham Lincolnshire England at age 71.
They had about 6 children among them a son; Frederick John VON STURMER 1829-1897 (he and a brother Spencer William, who migrated to Australia added the VON) was born on 8 April 1829 in Oxford Oxfordshire England and died on 5 August 1897 in Hamilton Waikato New Zealand at age 68.
Frederick STURMER's father was Samuel STURMER 1763-1816 son of John Samuel STURMER 1732-1764 and Ann HILL.
John Samuel STURMER 1732-1764 and Ann HILL 1732-1899 children were:-
1. John Sturmer (1757 - 1796)
Born in London on 8 May 1757 to John Samuel Sturmer and Ann Hill. He passed away on 17 Apr 1796 in Jamudang, India.
2. Benjamin Augustus Sturmer (1758 - 1760)
Born in London on 21 Dec 1758 to John Samuel Sturmer and Ann Hill. He passed away on 4 Feb 1760 in London.
3. William Sturmer (1762 - 1797)
Born in City London on 12 Sep 1762 to John Samuel Sturmer and Ann Hill. He passed away on 14 Mar 1797 in Cawnpore, Bengal Bahar, India.
3. Samuel Sturmer (1763 - 1816)
Born in Threadneedle, London on 23 October 1763 to John Samuel Sturmer and Ann Hill. Samuel married Louisa Ogier and had 5 children. He passed away on 15 Sep 1816 in Poplar, Middlesex, London
Samuel was born on 23 Oct 1763 in in Threadneedle Street, London England and died on 15 Sep 1816 in Poplar London England at age 52. He married Louise OGIER who was born on 29 Jun 1761 in Stepney London England, was christened on 15 Jul 1761 in London England, and died in 1843 in Boulogne Sur Mer Pas De Calais France at age 82.
Here's the connection with Germany>
John Samuel STURMER (1732 - 1764)
Born in Frankfurt-On-Oder, Brandenburg, Prussia on 20 Jun 1732 to Jacob Sturmer and Johanna Marsel. John Samuel married Ann Hill and had 4 children. He passed away on 1764 in England.
Jacob STURMER(1687 - 1741)
Born in Zullichau, Brandenburg, Prussia on 6 May 1687 to Jacob Sturmer and Catherine Semler. Jacob married (1)Ursula Maria Tiebel. Jacob married (2)Johanna MARSEL. He died on 14 August 1741 in Frankfurt-On-Oder, Brandenburg, Prussia.
Johanna MARSEL (1706 - 1750)
Born on 1706. I'm afraid nothing much is known of her. She died on 4 October 1750 in Frankfurt On Oder, Brandenburg, Prussia
Jacob's great grandfather back as far as the 16th century were still STURMER with no added Von.
The Obituary of John Gunn who died on the 6 March 1897, transcribed from a copy of the Launceston Examiner dated 17 March 1897.
It is our painful duty to record the death, at the comparatively early age of 56, of one of Launceston's most sterling and useful citizens in the person of Mr. John Gunn, the senior partner in the widely-known building firm of Messrs. J. and T. Gunn, who expired yesterday afternoon, at his late residence, Elphin road, after an illness extending over three weeks. The cause of death was a pulmonary affection, which developed such serious proportions as to necessitate an operation being performed by Drs. Maddox, Clemons, and Hogg, which, however, was of no avail.
A fortnight back, Mr. Gunn, with a view of endeavouring to shake off the illness which threatened him, visited George Town, but the change not having the desired effect he returned to the city, where he ultimnately sank, the news of his decease being, received by all Lauceston with unfeigned expressions of the deepest sorrow. Though deceased never entered public life, he was one of the best known, and, it may be added, most respected, men in the colony, his business connection extending all through the island. Mr. Gunn was the son of Mr. Alexander Gunn, who came to Launceston from Adelaide when his son John was but a month old, so that deceased cannot exactly be called a native of Tasmania, though he received his education here, and the greater portion of his subsequent career was passed in this island. His first essay in the direction of learning a trade, after leaving school at the early age of eleven, was made in the grocery establishment of Mr.Donald McQueen, situated where the Central Hotel now stands, but this not being altogether to his liking he became apprenticed as a bricklayer to Mr. John French, a contractor, who carried on business where Ratten's Bazaar now is.
On the completion of his apprenticeship there Mr. Gunn entered the service of Mr. Rhodes, another contractor, who, however, soon after went to Auckland, New Zealand, and a little later on induced Mr. Gunn to follow him.
During their stay in Maoriland, Messrs. Rhodes and Gunn were very successful with their contracts, their operations extending' over six or seven years and including the erection of substantial premises for the Bank of New Zealand in Auckland.
Mr. Gunn's next sphere of operations was Sydney, where he remained a year or two. In the New South Wales metropolis, however, he was unfortunate enough to meet with an accident, the result of which was an injury to his ankle, and this, in a measure, contributed to his early return to Launceston, for which city he left Sydney so soon as he had com pleted the contract on which he was engaged.
On his arrival in Launceston he took up a position for a time in the Gold Mine grocery establishment of Mr. R. H. Price, on what is now generally known as the Exchange corner, but in 1872 entered into partnership with his brother Thomas as contractors under the style of J. and T. Gunn - a firm which for the last 25 years has steadily grown until it has assumed proportions which entitle it to be considered one of the principil establishments in the colony.
When Mr. John Gunn returned to Launceston his brother was in partnership with Mr. John Dean, and they were the contractors, it may be mentioned, for the erection of Struan House, one of the finest residences in the city. On Mr. Dean dropping out, of the partnership, Messrs. John and Thomas Gunn commneced operations as timber merchants and contractors, their yards then being where Kimberley's stalls now are, and where Mr. John Barret, and a timber yard before them.
Later on as the business grew the necessity for extra accommodation and new plant led to the erection of steam saw and moulding mills in Brisbane-street, next to the Club Hotel, which were subsequently extended to double their original proportions. A substantial and ornate edifice was erected nearly opposite as offices and show-rooms and below Straun House a large sawing plant was located, and now forms the centre of industry for a large number of men. Messrs. Gunn were also responsible for the introduction of steam brick-making machinery at Glen Dhu, and in various other parts of the city is to be found ample evidence of the extensive character of their business in the shape of timber stacks and other necessaries of their trade.
To catalogue the buildings which the firm have erected during the last quarter of a century, both in Launceston and out of it, will be but to necessarily amplify what has been already sufficiently emphasised, and all that need be said here is that whatever they undertook to carry out was invariably accomplished in a most thorough manner and characterised by most honest workmanship.
In short the record of the firm is of an absolutely unblemished character.
In his private capacity Mr. Gunn was widely esteemed. He was one of the most genial and sympathetic of men albeit of a most unobtrusive disposition. From his boyhood he was an ardent student, being practically selftaught and in later life lent considerable encouragement to the next generation to do likewise, the Launceston Technical School receiving substantial assistance, not only by generous donations from time to time, but also by the advice which, in his position as a member of the committee he was so well qualified to give. Time after time Mr. Gunn was asked to enter public life, but he invariably declined, and contented himself in making quiet, but close, observance of all that concerned the colony at large, and especially the city in which his largest interests were centred.
Deceased, however, was closely associated with the National Bank of Tasmania, and at the time of his death occupied the responsible position of chairman of directors. He was also the director of the Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Tasmania. Deceased was gazetted as a Justice of the Peace in 1892. In his early days, Mr. Gunn was connected with the Margaret-street Wesleyan Church, at the Sunday school of which he was a regular attendant, and where later on he officiated as a teacher. Subsequently however, the deceased joined the congregation of St. John's, where for a period, he acted as churchwarden.
He married Miss Sarah Morris, his brother and partner marrying a sister, and leaves his widow and a son and daughter to mourn their loss. Three of deceased's sisters reside in Launceston, viz., Mesdames Frank Bushby, Wm. Craw, and John Gee, and a younger brother, Mr. David Gunn, is at present in New Zealand.
Rather less than two years ago Mr. John Gunn visited England and America, and during his stay in those countries made a number of enquiries into the timber trade, bringing back with him a quantity of valuable information. It is to be regretted, however, that the trip had not a more lasting benefit upon his health. The funeral will leave deceased's late residence, 13 Elphin-road, at 9.30 a.m. to-morrow for Charles-street cemetery.
TROVE we need volunteers
Besides The Drouin Collection of Quebec Vital and Church Records. Which I believe can now be accessed through ancestry.com
give these following sites a go.
Library and Archives of Canada
Canada GenWeb Project
For Cemeteries D'ADDEZIO.com and GenWeb Cemeteries
Gnalogie du Qubec et de l'Acadie
Canada GenWeb for Kids
Also Canadian Convicts to Australia 1839-1840
American patriots, convicted at Fort Henry, Toronto
and French Canadians, convicted at Montreal
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