Ada Mabel Lawes

F, #3062, b. 8 Aug 1863, d. 19 Apr 1953
Father*Henry Lawes b. 1833, d. 7 Aug 1882
Mother*Eliza Emily Kenny b. Feb 1831, d. 30 Sep 1892
Married NameWilkinson.1 
Birth*8 Aug 1863 Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, #B8948/1864
baptised 27 Sep 1863 Christ Church Hawthorn.2,3 
Land-Note*27 Mar 1893 GEM-D-30.31.32.32A.33.33A.34. Eliza Emily Lawes Memo No 14003 - Ada Mabel Lawes, of the Avenue, East Malvern, is registered as the proprietor of the within described land as Administratrix to whom Administration of the Estate Emily Lawes or Emily Eliza Lawes (who died on the 30th September, 1892) was granted on the 8th November, 1892.4 
Land-UBeac27 Mar 1893 GEM-D-30.31.32.32A.33.33A.34. Transfer from Eliza Emily Lawes to Ada Mabel Lawes.4 
Land-UBeac27 Mar 1893 PAK-69. Transfer from Eliza Emily Lawes to Ada Mabel Lawes. 20a 0r 0p.5 
Land-UBeac*1 Jul 1893 GEM-D-59. Transfer from Eliza Emily Lawes to Ada Mabel Lawes. 128a 1r 24p - Ada Mabel Lawes would have taken over lease earlier - writes to lands department that she and her sisters have difficulties paying the rents.6,7 
Land-Note*13 Jan 1897 GEM-D-30.31.32.32A.33.33A.34.59.69: Mortgagee: Robert Selman Whiting. Mortgage not discharged. Mortgagor was Ada Mabel Lawes.8 
Marriage*7 Jan 1904 Spouse: Frederick Wilkinson. St Mary's, West Kensington, London, England.9
 
Marriage-Notice*24 Mar 1904MARRIAGES. WILKINSON-LAWES.—On the 7th January, at St. Mary's, West Kensington, London, Frederick, son of the late Frederick Wilkinson, master-in-equity, Melbourne, to Ada Mabel, second daughter of the late Henry Lawes, barrister-at-law, Melbourne.9 
Land-UBeac*b Aug 1906 GEM-D-30.31.32.32A.33.33A.34.59.69. Transfer from Ada Mabel Lawes to Robert Selman Whiting. Whiting repossessed land.8 
Widow14 May 1938Ada Mabel Lawes became a widow upon the death of her husband Frederick Wilkinson.10 
Death*19 Apr 1953 Hastings, Sussex, England, Jun Q [Hastings] (Age 89) 5h 261.11,10 
Probate (Will)*24 Jul 1953 WILKINSON Ada Mabel of 25 Brittany-road Hastings widow died 19 April 1953 Probate London 24 July to Katherine Joan Lawes Lawes single woman and Charles Glennie De Rougemont solicitor. Effects £1418 0s. 3d.10 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 5 Feb 1891: GIRLS' GRAMMAR SCHOOL, Grange-road, East Malvern.- Miss A M Lawes, principal at home after February 4. SCHOOL REOPENS February 10.12

Citations

  1. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.),.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  3. [S187] Familysearch ""Australia, Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981," index, FamilySearch."
  4. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1196-071; 1168-516; 1176-173; 1315-859; 1166-115; 1213-509; 1168-517: Memo No 14003 - Ada Mabel Lawes, of the Avenue, East Malvern, is registered as the proprietor of the within described land as Administratrix to whom Administration of the Estate Emily Lawes or Emily Eliza Lawes (who died on the 30th September, 1892) was granted on the 8th November, 1892.
  5. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1065-896 - Memo No 14008 - Ada Mabel Lawes, of the Avenue, East Malvern, is registered as the proprietor of the within described land as Administratrix to whom Administration of the Estate Emily Lawes or Emily Eliza Lawes (who died on the 30th September, 1892) was granted on the 8th November, 1892.
  6. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2719-682 - Ada Mabel Lawes of The Avenue East Malvern Spinster Administratrix to the estate and effects of Emily Eliza Lawes late of Prahran deceased.
  7. [S81] Land Records & Parish Maps ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria). Land File 9002/19.20.
  8. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1196-071; 1168-516; 1176-173; 1315-859; 1166-115; 1213-509; 1168-517; 2719-682; 1065-896: Mortgage to Robert Selmon Whiting - Mortgage No 175383 - not discharged.
  9. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 24 Mar 1904, p1.
  10. [S190] Index to Probate Calendar England, viewed at ancestry.com.au, 1858-1966.
  11. [S9] Free BMD. Index. Online @ https://www.freebmd.org.uk/.
  12. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 5 Feb 1891, p10.
Last Edited31 Jul 2017

Emily Selina Ethel Lawes

F, #3063, b. 25 May 1866, d. 11 Aug 1931
Father*Henry Lawes b. 1833, d. 7 Aug 1882
Mother*Eliza Emily Kenny b. Feb 1831, d. 30 Sep 1892
Married NameChase. 
Birth*25 May 1866 Boroondara, VIC, Australia, #B8560/1867.1 
Marriage*3 Feb 1892 Spouse: Rev William Saint John Chase. St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #M231.2
 
Marriage-Notice*2 Mar 1892CHASE-LAWES -On the 3rd ult., at St. Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, by the Lord Bishop, assisted by Canon Chase, Rev. J. B. Gason (St John's East Malvern) and the Rev. George Sutton, precentor, the Rev. William St. John Chase, St. Mark's, Golden square, Bendigo, fourth son of Canon Chase, to Emily Selina Ethel, third daughter of the late Henry Lawes, barrister-at-law, Melbourne.3 
Widow22 Dec 1912Emily Selina Ethel Lawes became a widow upon the death of her husband Rev William Saint John Chase.4 
Death*11 Aug 1931 Roseville, NSW, Australia, #D10681/1931 (Age 63) [par Henry & KENNY].5 
Death-Notice*12 Aug 1931CHASE—August 11, 1931, at Roseville, Ethel Emily, widow of the late Rev W St John Chase, in her 63rd year.
CHASE.-The Funeral of the late Mrs. ETHEL EMILY CHASE will leave her late residence, Coonyngere, Bayswater-road, Roseville, THIS WED- NESDAY, at 11 a.m., for the Church of England Cemetery, Northern Suburbs. Motor funeral.6 

Electoral Rolls (Australia) and Census (UK/IRL)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
193010 Bayswater Road, Roseville, NSW, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.7

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  3. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 2 Mar 1892, p1.
  4. [S7] Registry of NSW Births Deaths and Marriages.
  5. [S7] Registry of NSW Births Deaths and Marriages "CHASE ETHEL E      HENRY (-KENNY) 63 YRS KILLARA. CHATSWOOD."
  6. [S17] Newspaper - The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 12 Aug 1931, p9+10.
  7. [S101] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903 - 1980.
Last Edited13 May 2016

Rev William Saint John Chase

M, #3068, b. 15 Jul 1862, d. 22 Dec 1912
Father*Rev Canon Septimus Lloyd Chase b. 17 Jul 1819, d. 3 Aug 1895
Mother*Eleanor Sophia Purvis b. 1822, d. 4 May 1866
Occupation* CHURCH: Incumbent of Golden Square, Victoria, Incumbent of Whittlesea, Victoria -1896, Rector of Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales -1907, Rector of Picton and The Oaks, New SouthWales -1910.1 
Birth*15 Jul 1862 Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #B15825.2 
Marriage*3 Feb 1892 Spouse: Emily Selina Ethel Lawes. St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #M231.3
 
Marriage-Notice*2 Mar 1892CHASE-LAWES -On the 3rd ult., at St. Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, by the Lord Bishop, assisted by Canon Chase, Rev. J. B. Gason (St John's East Malvern) and the Rev. George Sutton, precentor, the Rev. William St. John Chase, St. Mark's, Golden square, Bendigo, fourth son of Canon Chase, to Emily Selina Ethel, third daughter of the late Henry Lawes, barrister-at-law, Melbourne.4 
Illness*2 Jul 1899 CHASE, William St John - Age 36 - C of E CLERGYMAN. Admitted to Kew Asylum by authority of A P Chase. Recurrent Mania for 3 years from unknown cause. Otherwise in good health. Transferred to Yarra Bend on 25 July 1899, where he had stayed on a previous occasion.5 
Death*22 Dec 1912 Randwick, NSW, Australia, NSW #D17727.6 
Death-Notice*23 Dec 1912CHASE.-December 22, 1912, William St. John Chase, Rector of Picton, and fourth son of the late Canon Chase, Melbourne, aged 50 years.7 

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://histfam.familysearch.org/getperson.php
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  3. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 2 Mar 1892, p1.
  5. [S20] Various indexed records of GSV - Genealogical Society Victoria "Source: Kew Asylum case books 1871-1912. VPRS 7398/P1 15. (page 118)
    Author/compiler: Button, Marion. p./no. 470."
  6. [S7] Registry of NSW Births Deaths and Marriages.
  7. [S17] Newspaper - The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 23 Dec 1912, p8.
Last Edited13 May 2016

Robert Selman Whiting

M, #3070, b. 1855, d. 17 Jun 1929
Birth*1855 Forest Creek, VIC, Australia, #B8670.1 
Marriage*29 Oct 1879 Spouse: Rosetta Leah Cohn. VIC, Australia, #M4838.1
 
Marriage-Notice*10 Nov 1879WHITING—COHN.—On the 29th ult., Robert Selmon Whiting, to Rosetta, oldest daughter of late Henry Cohn.2 
Land-Note*13 Jan 1897 GEM-D-30.31.32.32A.33.33A.34.59.69: Mortgagee: Robert Selman Whiting. Mortgage not discharged. Mortgagor was Ada Mabel Lawes.3 
Land-UBeac*b Aug 1906 GEM-D-30.31.32.32A.33.33A.34.59.69. Transfer from Ada Mabel Lawes to Robert Selman Whiting. Whiting repossessed land.3 
Land-UBeac*8 Aug 1906 GEM-D-59 (part). Transfer from Robert Selman Whiting to Victoria Robertson. 27a 2r 21p.4 
Land-UBeac23 Sep 1913 GEM-D-30.31.32.32A.33.33A.34.59 (part). Transfer from Robert Selman Whiting to Ernst Ferdinand Finger. 237a 3r 22p.5 
Land-UBeac*20 Jul 1917 PAK-69. Transfer from Robert Selman Whiting to Helen Josephine McBride. 20a 0r 0p.6 
Death*17 Jun 1929 21 Tivoli-place, South Yarra, VIC, Australia, #D7270 (Age 73) [par Joseph WHITING & Elizabeth Jane MAYNARD].7 
Death-Notice*18 Jun 1929WHITING.—On the 17th June, at 21 Tivoli place, South Yarra, Robert Selmon Whiting. (Private interment.) (No flowers.)8 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 11 Mar 1910: FIRES IN THE COUNTRY. BEACONSFIELD UPPER, Thursday.—On Saturday last a lath and plaster house, known as Lawes's, the property of Mr. Whiting, solicitor, of Melbourne, was destroyed by fire. A person on the adjoining property saw smoke rising at about 7 in the morning, but thought that it was merely the bush burning. The main part of the building was burnt to the ground, but another portion, consisting of three rooms, was left intact. The property is insured.9
  • 16 Mar 1927: SIR RUPERT CLARKE. TERMS OF WILL. VICTORIAN ESTATE, £284,887.
    Messrs. Whiting and Byrne solicitors, William street, yesterday lodged for probate the will of Sir Rupert Havelock Clarke, Br., of Bourke street, Melbourne, who died out of Monte Carlo on December 25. The will is dated August 28, 1924. It is varied by a codicil dated April 12, 1926.
    Sir Rupert Clarke left estate in Victoria consisting of real estate valued at £81,005 and personal property valued at £203,882. The principal portion of the real estate is the property widely known as Bolinda-vale, situated near Lancefield. The personal estate consists largely bonds, valued at about £128,000, shares valued at about £20,000, and debts due to the estate amounting to £25,000. By his will he appointed Mr. Robert Selman Whiting, solicitor; Mr. Henry Joseph Whiting, solicitor; and Mr. Edgar Edward Dye, ac- countant, all of William street, Melbourne, to be his executors and trustees. He left to his godchild, Robert Rupert Hammond Chambers, £2000, until his godchild, Agatha Mary Macnamamy, £500. To his housekeeper, Rose Marson, he left £500, end to his valet Thomas Duggan, £1000. To Mr James Scobie, horse trainer, Sir Rupert Clarke bequeathed two racehorses, to be selected by him.
    Sir Rupert Clarke left to his wife all his furniture, motor-cars, &c., at Caerlon, Bellevue Hill, Sydney. He directed that his trustees should permit his wife, during her life, to use and occupy and receive the rents and profits of Caerleon, the trustees tickets are properly in order. He also left to his wife his property known as Pitt water, near Sydney. When his elder son shall attain the age of 21 years he will inherit a property at Lancefield, containing 4,622 acres, with all improvements in stock. As Sir Rupert Clarke had in part provided for his wife and two deeds of settlement in 1922, he devised to her cheering her life and annuity of such an amount "as shall with the net income derived by her under the two deeds of settlement make a total sum of £2000 a year, commencing from the date of my death." Sir Rupert Clarke directed that the residue of his estate should be converted into money. After the payment of his debts and other expenses his trustees are to set inside the sum of £100,000 for each son, and apply the net income for the maintenance and education of such sons until they reach the age of 21 years, when they shall stand possessed of the amounts absolutely. If no son shall attain the age of 21 years the sounds so set apart shall fall the and form part of the residuary estate.
    Provision for Young Baronet.
    The trustees are to set aside the sum of £50,000, and hold it and all the accumulations of income for whichever sum shall, on his attaining the age of 21 years, hold the baronetcy of the family. In the event of a son not reaching 21 years of age, the amount so set aside shall fall in and form part of the residuary estate. The Trustees are also directed to appropriate and set aside the sum of £60,000 for each daughter who shall survive her father. If any daughter shall predeceased him, leaving child or children, such child or children shall take the amount so set apart on attaining the age of 21 years. The trustees are also instructed to appropriate the sum of £10,000 to pay the income to Sir Rupert Clarke's sister-in-law, Hilda Robertson, for her sole and separate use. After these appropriations, the trustees are directed to pay the net income to Sir Rupert Clarke's widow for her separate use. After her death this portion of the estate is to be held in trust has to both corpus and income for his children as tenants in common. Regarding the share of his daughters, Sir Rupert Clarke directed that the shares should be invested and the income paid to them for their sole and separate use free from any control. He appointed his wife to be the guardian of his infant daughter during her lifetime. After her death as trustees are to be guardians of the children.
    In the codicils Rupert Clarke gave £500 to Harry Aldridge, residing at The Shack, Pittwater. He revoked the clause giving his wife the right to reside at Caerleon, because she had acquired for herself a freehold property as a permanent residence. He revoked the clause in his will providing for an annuity for his wife, and increased the amount of the annuity to £5,000.
    Sir Rupert Clarke gave to his trustees various directions and powers regarding the sale, administration, and general conduct and control of his estate. The affidavits filed yesterday deal only with the late Sir Rupert Clark's property in Victoria. He also possessed estate in New South Wales and other States of the Commonwealth, as well as in New Guinea and abroad. He had purchased at Monte Carlo the Villa des Abeilles, where he died. He is succeeded by his elder son, Rupert William John Clarke, born in 1919, who becomes the third baronet. Sir Rupert Clarke was born at Rupertswood, Sunbury, on March 16, 1865. He was the son of Sir William John Clarke, M.L.C., the first baronet. He was twice married. His family consists of two daughters by the first marriage, and three children—two sons and one daughter—by his second marriage. Sir Rupert Turner Havelock Clarke10

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 10 Nov 1879, p1.
  3. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1196-071; 1168-516; 1176-173; 1315-859; 1166-115; 1213-509; 1168-517; 2719-682; 1065-896: Mortgage to Robert Selmon Whiting - Mortgage No 175383 - not discharged.
  4. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2719-682 - Victoria Robertson of Upper Beaconsfield Married Woman - C/T 3144-732.
  5. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1196-071; 1168-516; 1176-173; 1315-859; 1166-115; 1213-509; 1168-517; C/T 2719-682 - Ferdinand Finger of Tannenwald Doncaster Road Balwyn Orchardist - C/T 3727-336 (consolidated).
  6. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1065-896 - Helen Josephine McBride of Martin Street Brighton Married woman.
  7. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  8. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 18 Jun 1929, p1.
  9. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 11 Mar 1910, p9.
  10. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 16 March 1927, p25.
Last Edited31 Jul 2017

Rosetta Leah Cohn

F, #3071, b. 1856, d. 24 Mar 1946
Married NameWhiting. 
Birth*1856 London, England. 
Marriage*29 Oct 1879 Spouse: Robert Selman Whiting. VIC, Australia, #M4838.1
 
Marriage-Notice10 Nov 1879WHITING—COHN.—On the 29th ult., Robert Selmon Whiting, to Rosetta, oldest daughter of late Henry Cohn.2 
Widow17 Jun 1929Rosetta Leah Cohn became a widow upon the death of her husband Robert Selman Whiting.3 
Death*24 Mar 1946 3 Shipley Street, South Yarra, VIC, Australia, #D2875 (Age 90) [par Joseph COHN & Rachael] - as Rose WHITING.3 
Death-Notice*26 Mar 1946WHITING.—On March 24, at 3 Shipley street, South Yarra. Rose, widow of Robert Selmon Whiting. (Privately cremated on March 25.)4 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 10 Nov 1879, p1.
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 26 Mar 1946, p2.
Last Edited26 Aug 2016

Albert Alexander Cochrane Le Souëf

M, #3076, b. 17 Apr 1828, d. 7 May 1902
Birth*17 Apr 1828 Sandgate, Kent, England. 
Marriage*9 Aug 1853 Spouse: Caroline Cotton. St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #M607.1
 
Marriage-Notice*10 Aug 1853At St. Kilda, on the 9th inst., by the Rev. David Sedden, Albert Le Souef, Esq., to Caroline, fourth daughter of the late John Cotton, Esq., of Doogallook, Goulburn River.2 
Death*7 May 1902 Carlton North, VIC, Australia, #D4893/1902 (Age 74) [par William LE SOUEF & Anna WALES].3 
Note* Title Series 01: Una Falkiner photographs, ca. 1879-1959
Date of Work     ca. 1879-1959
Call Number     PXE 1026 / Box 1
Physical Description     Photographs : 72 photoprints (7 cabinet photographs) ; 37 x 37.5 cm. or smaller
Albums : 1 album (37 photoprints) ; 37.5 x 31.5 cm.
     
Contents          Una Le Souef Portraits:
1-11. Una as a child, young woman, presented at Court in 1929, and at property Boonoke Station, N.S.W. Includes studio portraits by G. Bell

Una Falkiner and her children:
12-15. Una with children Otway McLarin (Mac), Lawre, and John. Includes photograph of Lawre with godmother Mellis Falconer
16-24. Lawre Falkiner as a child, presented at Court in 1929, in fancy dress, and at her wedding to Bruce Steer in 1939. Includes studio portraits by George Bell, Dorothy Welding, Falk Studios, ca. 1920-1939
25-29. Studio portraits of Mac Falkiner. Includes photograph of Mac with stepsister Laure, ca. 1910-1920
30-33. John Alexander Falkiner in uniform. Includes photograph of John with Geoffrey Benson, ca. 1940-1942

Individual Portraits of Relatives and Friends:
34. Mrs Falkiner [Edith Elizabeth nee Howat?], ca. 1900-1910
35. Albert Alexander Cochrane Le Souef, ca. 1879-1887
36. Ernest Albert Le Souef in Second Light Horse Brigade uniform, ca. 1916
37-38. Anna Falconer (nee Le Souef), late 1880's
39. J.J. Falconer, ca. 1890-1900
40-41. Eva Nixon (nee Le Soeuf) ca. 1890-1898
42. David Bruce Steer [son of Lawre], ca. 1950's
43. Mellis McDonald
44-45. Ron K. Munro, 1940
46. [Man in Indian regiment uniform, possibly Punjab calvary, ca. 1895-1905]
47. Portrait of an unidentified woman

Group Portraits:
48-68. Includes studio portraits and snapshots of the Le Souef family and friends at tea parties, various functions, on holidays, Boonoke North property, and with goat cart, ca. 1880's-1941

General:
69. [Mosman Bay, ca. 1902-1905]
70. [Bush scene]
71-72. Gembrook, Vict. Residence of A.A.C. Le Souef, ca. 1886. Includes photograph by J.D. Peirce and N.J. Caire

Album:
73. Album containing photographs of Falkiner family. Includes studio portraits and snapshots of Una, Mac, Lawre, John, ca. 1918-1941
     
Copying Conditions     Copyright expired - Created before 1955
Signatures / Inscriptions          
Most photographs are identified on reverse in pencil in later hand
General Note          Includes photographs from studios in Melbourne and England.4      

Family

Caroline Cotton b. 15 Jul 1834, d. 8 Mar 1915
Child 1.Marian Le Souëf b. 1854

Newspaper-Articles

  • 8 May 1902: DEATH OF MR. A. A. LE SOUEF.
    It will be learned with great regret that Mr A. A. Le Souef, director of the Zoological and Acclimatisation Society's Gardens, died yesterday. Mr Le Souef was born in England in 1828, and as a boy was educated at the Moravian Mission School in Neuweid, Germany. His parents emigrated to Australia in 1840, and young Le Souef came with them. As a youth he became interested in pastoral pursuits, and for many years formed one of the adventurous bands of squatters who were engaged in developing the great natural industries of the country. He was particularly fortunate in being born with a taste for natural history, and his peculiar bent of mind also led him to make a study of the habits and customs of the aborigines, which he was able to turn to good account in subsequent years.
    Upwards of 30 years ago he succeeded the late Colonel Farquharson as usher of the Legislative Council, and he held that position until about six years ago. In that office he endeared himself, not merely to the many members who entered the House from time to time, but also to all with whom he was brought into business or social relations, and his retirement was a matter for regret to everyone who had been associated with him. Concurrently with the holding of this office he was director of the Zoological gardens, and that magnificent resort is his monument. When he entered upon his duties it was a small affair, though controlled by enthusiasts who certainly made the most of their op- portunities. It is to Mr Le Souef, however, that Australia owes the possession of one of the most complete gardens of the kind in the world.
    He has left a family of nine, of whom four sons are engaged in connection with zoological work. The eldest, Mr Dudley Le Souef, is assistant director at the Melbourne gardens, another son is the ac- countant at those gardens, and the director and assistant director of the Zoological Gardens at Perth are two other sons. His daughters are Mrs J. J. Falconer, Mrs Arthur Backhouse, Mrs Wallace Grant, and two who are unmarried.5

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Albert Alexander Cochrane Le Souef (1828-1902), pioneer and director of the Zoological Gardens, Melbourne, was born on 17 April 1828 at Sandgate, Kent, England, the fourth son of William Le Souef, later protector of Aborigines on the Goulburn River, and his wife Ann, née Wales. His family, descended from Huguenots who settled in Kent in the seventeenth century, bears the motto Souef sans foyblesse.

Educated at the Moravian Mission School in Neuwied, Germany, and privately, Albert arrived at Melbourne in 1840 in the Eagle. In 1841 he travelled with his tutor by bullock-dray to the protectorate station on the Goulburn where he spent three years, gained a lasting knowledge of the Aboriginals and learned bushcraft from them. His pastoral pursuits began about 1845 when he walked some eighty miles (13 km) from Melbourne to Glenhope. He became overseer on Reedy Lake, Quambatook and Swan Hill stations, ran sheep and cattle in the north-east of Victoria and on Seven Creeks and Euroa stations, and overlanded stock to the Riverina, Tallygaroopna and Melbourne. His 'Personal Recollections of Early Victoria' reflect the hardship and danger he encountered; for example, he crossed the flooded flats of the Ovens on the day Joseph Docker's son drowned there. Occasionally the whimsical emerges, as in his impromptu employment of Bogong Jack the horse thief to care for his horses, and his experience with bullocks in mud, south of the Lachlan, that would 'bog a crow' and literally did. His interest in native fauna is shown in his recollections of local birds on the Yarra and of his first sight of bird species of the inland and the Murray River though he published only 'Notes on the fauna of Australia' in A. Sutherland et al, Victoria and its Metropolis Past and Present, vol 2 (Melbourne, 1888), and 'A Crow's Camp', Australasian, 6 June 1896. In 1863-93 he was usher of the Black Rod in the Legislative Council of Victoria. He gave long service to the Aborigines Protection Board, was a member of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science from 1888, and a corresponding member of the Zoological Society, London. In 1870 he became secretary and in 1882-1902 director of the Zoological Gardens (Zoological and Acclimatisation Society) at Royal Park at £300 a year.

Le Souef's appointment as director came at a time when, in contrast to his own and the society's aim to acclimatize animals, the need for a zoological collection to interest and educate the community was becoming recognized. His thirty-two years of administration achieved much in this direction. In 1880 he had toured Europe largely at his own expense to study zoological gardens and to gather specimens, and was inspired to make the collection in Melbourne of world standing. In 1870 the collection stood at 285 animals but by 1893 it had risen to about 1300 and the press justly claimed that his goal was being reached. Improved appearance of the grounds also emanated from his directorship, and his daily tour of inspection reflected his concern for his charges, a concern made more real by the continuing lack of financial support. He gave devoted interest, practical administrative ability and enthusiasm to the pursuit of his worthy and patriotic aim.

In 1853 Le Souef had married Caroline, the fourth daughter of John Cotton; born on 15 July 1834 in Barnstaple, Devon, she died at Royal Park, Melbourne, on 8 March 1915. A member of the Plymouth Brethren, Le Souef died at Royal Park on 7 May 1902 and was buried in Melbourne general cemetery. He was survived by four daughters and five sons, three of whom were associated with Australian zoological gardens.6

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 10 Aug 1853, p4.
  3. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online).
  4. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx
  5. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 8 May 1902, p5.
  6. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/…
    by Allan McEvey
    Select Bibliography
    J. Smith (ed), Cyclopedia of Victoria, vol 1 (Melb, 1903)
    A. Henderson (ed), Early Pioneer Families of Victoria and Riverina (Melb, 1936)
    H. M. Whittell, The Literature of Australian Birds (Perth, 1954)
    Zoological and Acclimatisation Society of Victoria, Annual Report, 1902
    Table Talk, 31 Mar 1893, 30 Jan 1902
    Australasian, 10, 17 May 1902
    J. Seekamp, Some Anecdotes from the Past and Present (Melbourne Zoological Gardens)
    family papers and scrapbook (privately held).
Last Edited8 Apr 2021

Caroline Cotton

F, #3077, b. 15 Jul 1834, d. 8 Mar 1915
Anecdote*Caroline Le Souëf b. 1834, Barnstaple, Devon, England, painter and decorative artist, was born in Barnstaple, Devon, on 15 July 1834, fourth daughter of John Cotton and Susannah, née Edwards. She came to Victoria with her parents and eight brothers and sisters in the Parkfield, arriving at Port Phillip in May 1843. They settled on Doogallook Station in the remote Goulburn River Valley where she grew up in friendly contact with the local Aboriginal people. She and her sister Eliza (see E. Cotton) were sent to Mrs Gilbert's school in Melbourne for six months in 1846 where they would have had drawing lessons from George Alexander Gilbert, the headmistress's husband.
In 1853 Caroline Cotton married Albert Alexander Cochrane Le Souëf, an Englishman of Huguenot descent, fourth son of William Le Souëf, protector of the Aborigines on the Goulburn River. Albert had spent three years at the Aboriginal Protectorate before becoming overseer on various Victorian properties and the Le Souëfs, like their parents, took a continued and informed interest in Aboriginal life and customs. At the 1869 Melbourne Public Library Exhibition the Le Souëfs exhibited a set of miniature Aboriginal weapons, carved by Albert and arranged in a wooden case decorated by Caroline with etched and inked (pokerwork) views titled Natives Forming a New Camp on the Murray River, Corroboree and Stealing on Game (National Museum of Victoria). They lent two gum-leaf paintings by A.W. Eustace, 'a shepherd', to the same exhibition.
Albert was appointed foundation director of the Melbourne Zoological Gardens in 1880. Before taking up the appointment he and Caroline briefly toured Europe and England, collecting animals and inspecting zoological gardens in London, Amsterdam, Antwerp, The Hague, Rotterdam, Cologne and Paris, largely at their own expense. Caroline's illustrated journal (LT) of an undated voyage on board the Superb from Melbourne around Cape Horn to London possibly belongs to this tour. Accompanying Albert's report of his travels, presented to the president and council of the Tropical and Acclimatization Society of Victoria later that year, was a booklet containing numerous pencil sketches drawn by Caroline of the animal cages and zoo buildings they had inspected (BL). Some inspired the design of animal cages for the Melbourne and, subsequently, South Perth zoos (where a son became the director). Her illustrations include 'The New Carnivore house [at Antwerp] recently erected at a cost of £12 000 ... the finest building of the kind in Europe, it is 210 feet long 50 round and nearly 20 feet in height, the floor is tessellated pavement, and down the centre 25 feet apart are two handsome rows of columns. The Cages 14 in number are on the left hand side of the principal entrance, they are constructed of solid oak and varnished, four of them are double and there are doors of communication throughout ... Another of the Costly buildings is built and painted to represent an ancient Egyptian temple. It is devoted to Giraffes, Elephants, Camels etc.'. The drawings, unfortunately, do not match these splendours, being hurried outline elevations which occasionally include the animal.
Late in life Caroline took up oil painting, chiefly of Aboriginal subjects - reminiscences of her youth. Native Corroboree by Moonlight, Natives Stalking Emus and Natives Hunting Kangaroos (all probably 1890s) survive in private collection. Home Life of the Victorian Aborigines, Goulburn River (c.1895, o/c) and Coroborree (1895, o/c) are said to be held by the National Museum of Victoria. Her non-indigenous subjects include Listening to the Lyre Birds, a portrait of her granddaughter, Madge Backhouse, on a log in the bush. However, she was chiefly remembered as an artist by one of her grandsons for the spattrie work texts, inscribed 'Rest in the Lord', 'Jesus Loves Me' etc., which she made and regularly presented to the grandchildren. A devout Christian with rigid moral standards she died at Royal Park, Melbourne on 8 March 1915, survived by her five daughters and four of her five sons. Three of her sons - William Henry Dudley, Ernest Albert and Albert Sherbourne - were zoologists. As well as being an active member of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union her daughter, Una Caroline (Mrs Otway Rothwell Falkiner of Boonoke North Station, Riverina), attended the National Gallery Schools and, after her marriage, illustrated Alice Grimwade's Once Upon a Time (1911) with Violet Teague.1 
Married NameLe Souëf. 
Birth*15 Jul 1834 Barnstaple, Devon, England.2 
Marriage*9 Aug 1853 Spouse: Albert Alexander Cochrane Le Souëf. St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #M607.3
 
Marriage-Notice10 Aug 1853At St. Kilda, on the 9th inst., by the Rev. David Sedden, Albert Le Souef, Esq., to Caroline, fourth daughter of the late John Cotton, Esq., of Doogallook, Goulburn River.4 
Widow7 May 1902Caroline Cotton became a widow upon the death of her husband Albert Alexander Cochrane Le Souëf.5 
Death*8 Mar 1915 Royal Park, Hotham East, VIC, Australia, #D1759/1915 (Age 83) [par John COTTON & Marian EDWARDS] - indexed as LE SOUIG.2,5 

Family

Albert Alexander Cochrane Le Souëf b. 17 Apr 1828, d. 7 May 1902
Child 1.Marian Le Souëf b. 1854

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.daao.org.au/bio/caroline-le-souef/…
  2. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/…
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 10 Aug 1853, p4.
  5. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online).
Last Edited8 Apr 2021

Marian Le Souëf

F, #3078, b. 1854
Father*Albert Alexander Cochrane Le Souëf b. 17 Apr 1828, d. 7 May 1902
Mother*Caroline Cotton b. 15 Jul 1834, d. 8 Mar 1915
Married NameBackhouse. 
Birth*1854 Kill, VIC, Australia, #B4955.1 
Marriage*14 Jan 1879 Spouse: Arthur Burder Backhouse. St Jude's Church, VIC, Australia, #M49/1879.2
 
Marriage-Notice*17 Jan 1879BACKHOUSE—LE SOUEF.—On the 14th inst., at St. Jude's Church, by the Rev. Canon Chase, Arthur Burder, second son of the late Rev. Benjamin Backhouse, to Marian, eldest daughter of Albert A. C. Le Souef, Esq.3 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S27] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Marriages) (online).
  3. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 17 Jan 1879, p1.
Last Edited8 Apr 2021

Henry Ernest Martin

M, #3089, b. 1868, d. Oct 1934
Birth*1868 New Zealand #B32479 [par Richard Bowden MARTIN & Isabella].1,2 
Marriage* Spouse: Elizabeth Florence Kisbee. Not married.3,4
 
Death*Oct 1934 Cheltenham, VIC, Australia, #D9118 (Age 66) [par Richard Bowden MARTIN & Isabella CARRICK].3 

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, VIC, Australia5

Family

Elizabeth Florence Kisbee b. 1865, d. 28 May 1950
Children 1.Elsie Florence Martin b. 1891, d. 1982
 2.John Henry Martin b. 1892, d. 1902
 3.Harold Ernest Martin b. 19 Feb 1894, d. 22 Oct 1920
 4.Herbert Alfred Martin b. 1896, d. 1964
 5.Emma Elizabeth Martin b. 1899, d. 1 Jan 1973

Newspaper-Articles

  • 17 Jun 1896: The Beaconsfield Railway League, with Mr. H. E. Martin as its secretary, do not intend that our light should be hid under a bushel, and if we don't get a railway it will not be for want of asking. A meeting is announced to be held at the Mechanics' Institute (better known as the Assembly Hall), on Wednesday, 17th inst., to arrange a deputation to the Minister of Railways, which doubtless will duly set forth the superior claims which our district undoubtedly possesses to a share of anything good that may be going.6
  • 20 Sep 1899: POLICE NEWS. BERWICK POLICE COURT. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13. Before Messrs. J. Wilson, W. Fuller, and A. S. Robertson, J's.P.
    Martin Olsen, a foreigner, was charged with having broken into the house of George Christie on the 2nd inst., and stolen a tent and a pruning scissors, of the value of 10/. George Christie stated that he left his house at Upper Beaconsfield on the date mentioned at 7.15 a.m., securely locking the door. When he returned, between 10 and 11 the same evening, he found one of the windows broken in, and the articles mentioned missing; the tent produced was his ; he knew it by the patchwork, ropes, and string upon it ; he had had it in his possession for seven years; the scissors were on his table when he left home ; they belonged to a man named Lewis, who lent them to another person, and they were left with him until the owner called for them : he found a peculiar button on the floor of his house, which he handed to Constable Steele.
    John George Lewis, of Upper Beaconsfield, organbuilder, identified the scissors as his property; he identified them by a peculiarity in the manufacture of the blades, and valued them at 5/ or 6/.
    Henri Ernest Martin, contractor, Beaconsfield, said that the prisoner called at his place at 10.20 a.m. on the the 2nd, and asked for work : he came to witness from the eastern end of the paddock and left again by the western : at that time prisoner was carrying nothing but a walking stick ; at 4.30 on the same day he saw the prisoner carrying a bundle which looked like calico tied up loosely or a tent ; prisoner was about 100 yards away at that time; prisoner told him that he had been working at Backhouse's place. Alfred Schlipalius stated that he saw prisoner near his father's place at about 2 o'clock on the 2nd; he was then going towards Christie's place, and was not carrying a swag; he saw no one else travelling on the road.
    Terence Kirwin, laborer, saw prisoner about noon on the 2nd inst; witness offered him a couple of day's work, but it was not accepted; asked prisoner where his swag was, and be replied that he did not have one; went with prisoner to Sykes' Hotel to have a drink, and returned to cricket ground, where prisoner asked for 1/ which was given him; witness noticed particularly the coat which prisoner was wearing and the buttons upon it; they had a peculiar fastening; the button produced by Christie was very similar to those on prisoner coat ; he never saw buttons like them before.
    Constable Steele, of Berwick, said that he had examined Christie's place, and found that the kitchen window which had six panes of glass in it had had five of the number broken; one of the crossbars was also broken; it must have been broken from the outside ; the hole made was large enough to admit a man; saw the prisoner in a paddock at Gembrook where he was working, and asked him where he was on the 2nd inst, and he replied "down the road at Beaconsfeld;" searched prisoner's camp and found the tent produced by Christie; asked where he got the tent, prisoner said he bought it from a Frenchman but he had no receipt; he then arrested prisoner ; on the way to the watchhouse, whilst crossing Stony Creek bridge, prisoner said that that was the place where he bought the tent from the Frenchman; on the 5th inst. Christie gave him a button; he compared it with those on prisoner's coat, and found that it was identical with them; there were three buttons missing from prisoner's coat.
    John Tyler also gave evidence that he saw the prisoner at Beaconsfield between 3 and 4 o'clock on the date mentioned, carrying a bundle which looked like a tent; prisoner dropped the bundle and came on and had a conversation with him about work.
    Prisoner was committed for trial.
    At the Criminal Court on Monday accused was found guilty, admitted six prior convictions, and was sentenced to three years' imprisonment with hard labour. Martin Olsen Jessey Sykes, Alfred James Schlipalius, John Tyler, Terence Kerwin, John George Lewis, George Christie7
  • 24 Mar 1902: Death of father: MARTIN.—March 29, at Carlton Place, Christchurch, Richard Bowden Martin, late of Dunedin; aged eighty-four.8

Citations

  1. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "see Birth Certificate of son Harold - stated that he was born at Battersea London - though birth and those of siblings registered in New Zealand to Richard Bowden MARTIN & Isabella.
    1859/9119 - Martin Richard Bowden ; 1862/14132 - Martin Grace Edith ; 1863/18046 - Martin Arthur Edward ;
    1868/32479 - Martin Henry Ernest ; 1870/34913 - Martin Herbert Percy ; 1873/19265 - Martin Isabella May
    2 eldest siblings born VIC Alfred Bowden MARTIN 1856 & William Carrick MARTIN 1857.
    "
  2. [S10] New Zealand Government Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes.
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  4. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "Birth Certificate of son Harold #B787/1894 states that his parents are not married "corrections to certificate by father's request.""
  5. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery.
    Buried - no location given - contact administration.
  6. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic.), Wed 17 Jun 1896, p3
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70035997
  7. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic.), 20 Sep 1899, p2.
  8. [S336] Newspaper (New Zealand) - Star (Christchurch, Canterbury), 24 Mar 1902, p3.
Last Edited5 Jul 2018

Elizabeth Florence Kisbee

F, #3090, b. 1865, d. 28 May 1950
Married NameMartin. 
Birth*1865 Sunbury, VIC, Australia, #B13628 [par George KISBEE & Elizabeth FELLOWS].1 
Marriage* Spouse: Henry Ernest Martin. Not married.2,3
 
WidowOct 1934Elizabeth Florence Kisbee became a widow upon the death of her husband Henry Ernest Martin.2 
Death*28 May 1950 Abbotsford, VIC, Australia, #D5537 (Age 84) [par George KISBEE & Elizabeth FELLOWS].2 
Death-Notice*29 May 1950MARTIN.—On May 28, at her daughter's residence, 100 Charles-street, Abbotsford, Elizabeth Florence, beloved wife of the late Henry Ernest Martin, loving mother of Elsie (Mrs. Cassidy), Herbert (Peter) and Emma (Mrs. Almers). Requiescat in pace.4 

Grave

  • R/C*S***2740, Fawkner Cemetery, Fawkner, VIC, Australia5

Family

Henry Ernest Martin b. 1868, d. Oct 1934
Children 1.Elsie Florence Martin b. 1891, d. 1982
 2.John Henry Martin b. 1892, d. 1902
 3.Harold Ernest Martin b. 19 Feb 1894, d. 22 Oct 1920
 4.Herbert Alfred Martin b. 1896, d. 1964
 5.Emma Elizabeth Martin b. 1899, d. 1 Jan 1973

Newspaper-Articles

  • 27 Mar 1896: TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE IN A STORM. UPPER BEACONSFIELD, Thursday. A terrible thunderstorm broke over here and Gembrook last evening. A family named Martin, residing at the latter place, had a most uncomfortable experience. An immense tree, distant 27 foot from the house, was struck and splintered, pieces falling all over and around the house. Fortunately the bulk flew in an opposite direction, or the consequences would have been terrible, all the family being then at home. Only on Monday last Mrs. Martin had been confined, and as her room was the nearest to the tree her alarm can be imagined. The shock affected her considerably, and at an early hour this morning her condition was critical.6

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "birth registered HAVE."
  2. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  3. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "Birth Certificate of son Harold #B787/1894 states that his parents are not married "corrections to certificate by father's request.""
  4. [S16] Newspaper - The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), 29 May 1950, p2.
  5. [S39] Index of burials in the cemetery of Fawkner Memorial Park, online @ http://www.gmct.com.au/deceased-search/.
  6. [S16] Newspaper - The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), Fri 27 Mar 1896, p6
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article193980903
Last Edited5 Jul 2018
 

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