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Thursday's Titbit: Probate

Today's post involves my 3rd Great Uncle James Alfred Guymer.  James died on the 6th December 1892 at Baw Baw, three days after his wife Hannah Dolphin nee Jones, leaving their daughter Ada an orphan.  His father Alfred Guymer was nominated as his estate administrator.  More information on them can be found here, here, here and here.

Source: PROBATE JURISDICTION. (1893, January 20). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 543. Retrieved from
Transcript: In the Supreme Court of New South Wales. PROBATE JURISDICTION. In the estate of James Alfred Guymer, late of Breadalbane, in the Colony of New South Wales, farmer, deceased, intestate. APPLICATION will be made, after fourteen days from the publication hereof, that administration of the estate of the abovenamed deceased may be granted to Alfred Guymer, the father of the said deceased. DAVIDSON & JOHNSON, Proctors for the Administrator, BY FERGUSON & BROAD. Goulburn…
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Sunday's Obituary: William James Greene

Today's post involves my 2nd Great Aunt Bridget Greene nee Stevens husband William James Greene.  He was the son of John and his wife Pamaly Greene nee Curll and was born in Gundagai, New South Wales in 1870.  In 1897 he married Bridget Stevens and together they had seven known children.  Bridget apparently died somewhere around 1915 (see more here).  William then ended up in Queensland where he married for the second time to a Mary Florence Levy in 1916.  William and Mary had two known children.  William is recorded as being buried at the Wagga Wagga Monumental Cemetery, location Roman Catholic No. 2a, however his grave is unmarked.

Source: Family Notices (1931, April 29). Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW : 1911 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from

THE Relatives and Friends of MRS. WILLIAM JAMES GREENE and FAMILY, of The Rock, are kindly invited to attend the funeral of her late dearly beloved husband and their father …

Saturday's Snapshots: Wagga Wagga Monumental Cemetery

I took a research trip to the Wagga Wagga Monumental Cemetery to see where Laura Stevens (see post here) was buried.  My efforts to try and confirm that she is my missing relative have thus far not been successful.  The cemetery authorities have no record of her burial in this cemetery (see here) and there is no marker for her grave there either.  I was informed that that council only took over management of the cemetery in 1969 and prior to that the records were maintained by the various Churches with many records being lost or poorly kept.  Many of the graves in this cemetery are unmarked or in such a state of disrepair that you can no longer determine who is buried in that position.
I was not surprised that Laura Stevens grave was unmarked as she was a cook and laundress at Oberne Station, Humula and no family were with her when she died.  The Deputy Coroner had filled out her death certificate with most of her personal details being recorded as not known and she had been buried po…

Sunday's Obituary: James Alfred Guymer

Today's obituary is for my 3rd Great Uncle James Alfred Guymer.   James (also known as Fred) was born c.1858 in New South Wales, Australia, the son of my 3rd Great Grandfather Alfred Guymer (see more here) and his wife Hannah Maria nee Jones. He married my 3rd Great Aunt Hannah Dolphin Jones from my Jones/Quigg line (see more here and here) c.1879 in New South Wales, Australia.  James died on the 6th December 1892 at Baw Baw, New South Wales, three days after his wife Hannah leaving their only known child Ada an orphan (more information on Ada Guymer can be found here). James was buried on the 7th December 1892 at Thurlow Methodist Church Cemetery, Baw Baw which is also known as Baw Baw Cemetery (see here).

Source: Sad Death. (1892, December 6). Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1940), p. 2. Retrieved  from
Transcript: Sad Death. A DEATH under peculiarly sad circumstances has to be reported.  On Saturday last we recorded the death at …

Thursday's Titbit: Joseph Dolphin Jones

Today's post involves my 3rd Great Grandfather Joseph Dolphin Jones and his appointment to the Public School Board at Eling Forest in 1874.  More posts involving him can be found here.

Source: GOVERNMENT GAZETTE. (1874, September 2). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from
Transcript:  GOVERNMENT GAZETTE. THE following notices appear in the Government Gazette published yesterday :- The undermentioned gentlemen have been appointed additional members of the Public School Boards of the Public schools established at the places specified in connection with their names respectively, vis :- Lower Mittagong - Mr. Joseph Wallace  Bowling Alley point - Messrs. William Henry Stephens and Robert Cummings, Liverpool - Messrs. Charles Ambrose Scrivener, Peter Taylor, William Frederick Thomas, and George Stowart, Mitchell's Creek - Mr. Samuel Shumack.  Parkes - Messrs. Henry Harry Cooke, J.P., Alexander Kerr, Mark Coleman, Ja…

Sunday's Obituary: Hannah Dolphin Guymer nee Jones

Today's obituary post is for my 3rd Great Aunt Hannah Dolphin Guymer nee Jones.  Hannah was the daughter of Joseph Dolphin Jones and his wife Annie Louisa formerly Mitchell nee Quigg (see more here).  A post about Hannah's daughter Ada can be found here and one mentioning some of her grandchildren here. Hannah was buried at Thurlow Methodist Church Cemetery, Baw Baw on the 4th December 1892 (see here).

Source: Obituary. (1892, December 5). Goulburn Herald (NSW : 1881 - 1907), p. 2. Retrieved from Transcript:
we have also to record the death of Mrs. Guymer, wife of Mr. James A. Guymer of Baw Baw, who died at her residence on Saturday morning.  The cause of death was inflammation of the lungs supervening on what is believed to have been influenza.  Deceased was thirty-six years of age, and leaves a husband and one child, a girl about thirteen years of age.  The funeral, which was well attended, took place yesterday afternoon, the remains …

Saturday's Snapshots: Beechworth

With Beechworth and its surrounding area featuring prominently in my family history and this past Valentine's Day marking the one hundred and sixty four year since my 4th Great Grandfather murdered my 4th Great Grandmother Catherine Rhall near there (see posts herehere, here and here) I thought that I would post some of our family photographs from trips we taken there over the years.  While it has changed greatly since the days when James and Catherine and family lived there Beechworth is one of our favourite places and I have so much more exploring and research I want to do there when time allows!  Other posts of mine mentioning Beechworth and surrounds can be found here, here, here and here.  More information on Beechworth can be found here.