George William Simmons

M, #9637, b. 1 Nov 1861, d. 10 Jun 1933
Father*Thomas Simmons b. 10 Sep 1837, d. 16 Jun 1919
Mother*Grace Morrish b. 7 Feb 1839, d. 24 Jul 1924
Birth*1 Nov 1861 Aldinga, SA, Australia, #B24/2.1 
Marriage*4 Jun 1884 Spouse: Isabella Couper. At the residence of Isabella's parents, Gembrook, VIC, Australia, #M2707/1884.2
Marriage-Notice*28 Jun 1884SIMMONS—COUPER.—On the 4th June, at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev. J. Martin, George, eldest son of Thomas Simmons, to Isabella, second daughter of Robert Couper, both of Gembrook.3 
Widower20 Aug 1900George William Simmons became a widower upon the death of his wife Isabella Couper.4,5 
Marriage*10 Jun 1902 Spouse: Annie Jackson. Elsternwick, VIC, Australia, #M2645/1902.5,6
Death*10 Jun 1933 Mildura, VIC, Australia, #D14554 (age 71.)7 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1909Emerald, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Annie Simmons.8


  • 1 Jul 1896: Manufacturing Still Licences: George William Simmons, To distil eucalyptus oils, View Hill, Beaconsfield9
  • 26 May 1897: Manufacturing Still Licences: George W. Simmons, To distil eucalyptus oil, View Hill, Beaconsfield10
  • 13 Jun 1912: SATURDAY, 15th JUNE. At 1 o'clock sharp. Sale of Coffee Palace With Wine Licence, and Farm of 86 acres. EMERALD. In the Insolvent Estate of G. W. Simmons. W S. KEAST, Auctioneers, have been a instructed by the assignee (Mr T. C. Walker, Collins street, Melbourne), in the insolvent estate of G. W. Simmons, to sell by public auction, at the Coffee Palace, Emerald, on the above date, at 1 o'clock sharp,
    All that piece of land, being part of Crown allotment 1, township of Emerald, certificate of title, volume 3301 folio 660.052, having a frontage of 90ft. to the Main street by a depth of 132 feet. On the property is erected a W.B. Coffee Palace, containing 15 rooms and all conveniences; wash house, with copper and troughs, stables, buggy sheds, &c. Water is laid on to the property, being supplied with a well over which has been erected a wind mill, with elevated tanks. This property is bringing in a good rental, situate close to the railway station, and is practically a new building. There is a wine licence for the coffee palace. Emerald township is situated beyond Fern Tree Gully, on the narrow gaugelline, and during recent years has become very popular as a week-end pleasure resort.
    Also, all that piece of land, being lots 2 and 3 of subdivision of part of allotment 1, parish of Gembrook, containing 85 acres 3 roods 7 perches. This very nice farm is situate 2 miles from Emerald railway station, and a good road, and is admirably adapted for cultivation of hay and root crops and for dairing. About 72 acres have been cleared and cultivated, about 40 acres being sown down with English grass. This farm is well fenced and subdivided, and has a new 5-roomed w.b. house on it. The auctioneers can with every confidence draw attention to this sale, the coffee palace property offering very favorable opportunity to anyone wishing to secure a sound business or a good investment, and the farm being, very good land, so conveniently situated and such a favorable climate, particularly commends this to those in search of a good property. Terms at Sale. Solicitors: Messrs McCay and Thwaites Collins House, Melbourne. Auctioneer: W. S. Keast, 608-610 Collins street, Melbourne; Culcairn and Molong, New South Wales.11


  1. [S63] South Australian Government. BDM Index South Australia "as SIMMONDS, - reg Willunga District."
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  3. [S16] Newspaper - The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 28 Jun 1884, p5
  4. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online).
  5. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, KiTalbot (Bennett Family Tree).
  6. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  7. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  8. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
  9. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette (Melbourne, Vic.), 1 Jul 1896, p196.
  10. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette (Melbourne, Vic.), 26 May 1897, p178.
  11. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic.), 13 Jun 1912, p2.
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