Emma Ellis

F, #25412, b. 1873, d. 12 Apr 1909
Married NameMiller.1 
Married NameSykes. 
Birth*1873 Beechworth, VIC, Australia, #B14538/1873 [par Joseph ELLIS & Maria Sussanah AUSTIN].2 
Marriage*1891 Spouse: Edward Miller. VIC, Australia, #M7418/1891.1
Widow1896Emma Ellis became a widow upon the death of her husband Edward Miller.3 
Marriage*1899 Spouse: Jesse Thomas Sykes. VIC, Australia, #M6944/1899 - as Emma MILLER.1
Death*12 Apr 1909 Albury, NSW, Australia, #D4350/1909 [par Joseph & Maria].4 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
190350 Molesworth Street, North Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Jesse Thomas Sykes.5


  • 17 Apr 1909: Death at Albury. — A sad domestic affliction occurred on Tuesday night in the death of Mrs. Sykes, wife of Mr. Jesse Sykes, of Albury, both being well-known residents of Beechworth in former years. The deceased lady, who was only 35 years of age, had been in delicate health for some time and her death was subsequent to a premature birth. She was of an amiable disposition which secured the esteem of all with whom she was acquainted. She leaves a husband and three children to mourn their irreparable loss. The interment took place at the Albury Cemetery on Thursday afternoon, a large number of sympathetic friends attending as a last tribute of respect.6
  • 12 Apr 1912: SYKES.—In loving memory of my dear wife, Emma, who departed this life at Albury on 12th April, 1909.
    — Inserted by her loving husband, J. Sykes jun.7


  1. [S27] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Marriages) (online).
  2. [S26] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Births) (online).
  3. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online).
  4. [S7] Registry of NSW Births Deaths and Marriages.
  5. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  6. [S14] Newspaper - Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic.), Sat 17 Apr 1909, p2
  7. [S16] Newspaper - The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), Fri 12 Apr 1912, p1
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Sarah Hill

F, #25422, d. 1964
Married NameSykes. 
Marriage*1900 Spouse: Thomas Craig Sykes. VIC, Australia, #M2415/1900.1
Widow11 Sep 1955Sarah Hill became a widow upon the death of her husband Thomas Craig Sykes.2 
Death*1964 Preston, VIC, Australia, #D230/1964 (Age 87) [par William James HILL & Eliza MOGIE].3 


  1. [S27] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Marriages) (online).
  2. [S7] Registry of NSW Births Deaths and Marriages.
  3. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online) "#D230/1964 - born Wandiligong."
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Ephraim Lamen Zox1

M, #25428, b. 1836, d. 23 Oct 1899
Probate (Will)* 73/813. Ephraim L ZOX Date of grant: 11 Jan 1900; Date of death: 23 Oct 1899; Occupation: Gent; Residence: St Kilda.2

Birth*1836 Liverpool. 
Land-Note*11 Feb 1891 GEM-D-11: Mortgagee: Ephraim Lamen Zox. Ephraim Lamen Zox - (not discharged - Lenne transferred the property with the mortgage). Mortgagor was Hubert Lenné.3 
Land-Note*13 Mar 1894 GEM-D-11. GEM--129c: Mortgagee: Ephraim Lamen Zox. Mortgage No 155562 - discharged 15 Mar 1899. Mortgagor was Isabella Sykes.4 
Civil Case*1899 1899/166 Eybriam Lamen Fox v Isabella Sykes.5 
Land-Note15 Mar 1899 GEM-D-11. GEM--129c: Mortgagee: Ephraim Lamen Zox. Mortgage No 189869 - discharged 19 Sep 1901. This mortgage amounted to £750 and was over Isabella's property in Beaconsfield and North Melbourne. Mortgagor was Isabella Sykes.6,7 
Death*23 Oct 1899 St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #D16165/1899 (Age 62) [par unknown].1 
Death-Notice*24 Oct 1899ZOX.—On the 23rd October, at St. Kilda, Ephraim Lamen Zox, aged 62.8 


  • 28 Oct 1899: Death of Mr. Zox, M.L.A.
    With much regret we announce the rather sudden death of Mr. Ephraim Lamen Zox, M.L.A., which occurred at Mrs. Evans's private hospital, St. Kilda, last Monday night. The immediate cause of death was pneumonia supervening on a severe attack of influenza. The deceased gentleman, who was in his fifty-sixth year, was a native of Liverpool, England. Mr. Zox was deservedly held in high respect and esteem by all classes of the community.
    His charity and kindness were unbounded. In a subleader the " Argus " pertinently asks:—"Who did not know Mr. Zox, from the discharged prisoner (who received his alms) to the Chief Justice (who welcomed in him an old political associate); from the Gordon boy (to whom he loved to stand treat) to the Governor? No one could be taken away whose decease could occasion wider spread or sincerer sorrow. Privately and publicly Mr. Zox was ever engaged in charitable work. The public labours that he undertook in the cause were enormous, and he was constant also in doing good by stealth." For the past twenty-two years he represented one of the seats for East Melbourne. The deceased politician was a man of wide and deep sympathies, and lavished his alms irrespective of religious or racial distinctions. He was a prominent figure at the Town Hall meeting when the proposal of St. Vincent's Hospital Fair was launched.9
  • 3 Nov 1899: An old identity of Melbourne, in the person of Mr. E. L. Zox, M.L.A., died suddenly on Monday evening, aged 62. He was attacked with influenza a week ago, but his illness was not considered serious till Monday morning, when his removal to the hospital was ordered. Mr. Zox came to Victoria 49 years ago, and represented East Melbourne in the Legislative Assembly continuously for 22 years. He was one of the most prominent workers in all charitable movements.10


  1. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online).
  2. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 7591/ P2 unit 299, item 73/813
    VPRS 28/ P0 unit 939, item 73/813
    VPRS 28/ P2 unit 534, item 73/813.
  3. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1317-222 - transferred to Sykes with mortgage.
  4. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1317-222 - discharged 15 Mar 1899.
  5. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 267/ P7 unit 1259, item 1899/166
    1899/166 Eybriam Lamen Fox v Isabella Sykes.
  6. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1317-222 - Mortgage No 189869 - discharged 19 Sep 1901. This mortgage amounted to £750 and was over Isabella's property in Beaconsfield and North Melbourne.
  7. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Mortgage - Isabella Sykes, Haines Street North Melbourne Married Woman £750 due upon mortgage on land at Beaconsfield and North Melbourne repayable 29 July 1900 extended to 29 April 1902 Mortgage registered No 189869.
    Quarterly interest £9.7s.6d
    (from probate of Ephraim Zox).
  8. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Tue 24 Oct 1899, p1
  9. [S14] Newspaper - Advocate (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 28 Oct 1899, p16
  10. [S14] Newspaper - The Burrowa News (NSW), Fri 3 Nov 1899, p2
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Alfred William Groser

M, #25431, b. 1868
Birth*1868 Adelaide, SA, Australia. 
Marriage*3 Apr 1901 Spouse: Frances Arona Montfort. VIC, Australia, #M3992/1901.1
Marriage-Notice*4 May 1901GROSER—MONTFORT.—On the 3rd April, at the Australian Church, by the Rev. Charles Strong, D.D., Alfred William, eldest son of the late Walter Groser, of Adelaide to Frances Arona (Ronnie), eldest daughter of Mr. F. D. Montfort, of Carlton.2 
Land-UBeac*24 Mar 1925 GEM--129c (part), Shelton Road. Transfer from Alfred William Groser to Nathan Woolf Isaac 'Dick' Woolf. Small corner.3 
Land-UBeac2 Feb 1931 GEM--129c (part), Shelton Road. Transfer from Alfred William Groser to Nathan Woolf Isaac 'Dick' Woolf. 58a 3r 39p.4 


  • 23 Jun 1936: DIVORCE COURT. Thirteen Decrees Granted. Mr. Justice Macfarlan continued the hearing of divorce cases in the Banco Court yesterday, Alfred William Groser, 68 years, of Toorak-road, South Yarra, chemical engineer, petitioned for a decree of nullity of his marriage with Veronica Ida May Groser, 28 years, formerly of Toorak-road, South Yarra on the ground that at the time of the ceremony respondent was already married, and that such marriage was valid and subsisting. The ceremony took place 24th August 1932, at Carlton. A decree of nullity was granted.5
  • 24 Jan 1939: GROSER.—In loving memory of Alfred W. Groser, formerly of Melbourne (V), who died in Brisbane (Q), 24th January, 1938. —Memories. (Inserted by his loving wife Gwenthlen E. Groser.)6


  1. [S27] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Marriages) (online).
  2. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 4 May 1901, p9
  3. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2072-397 - Nathan Woolf and Isaac Woolf both of Western Market William Street Melbourne Fruit Merchants - proprietors as tenants in common - C/T 4969-687.
  4. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2072-397 - Nathan Woolf and Isaac Woolf both of Queen Victoria Wholesale Fruit Market Franklin Street Melbourne Fruit Merchants - proprietors as tenants in common - C/T 5714-732.
  5. [S16] Newspaper - The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), Tue 23 Jun 1936, p17
  6. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Tue 24 Jan 1939, p8
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Isabella Sarah Webb

F, #25433, b. 1853, d. 24 Jan 1888
Married NameInnes. 
Marriage*11 Jun 1879 Spouse: Frederick Maitland Innes. Christ Church, Hawthorn, VIC, Australia.
Marriage-Notice*19 Jun 1879INNES—WEBB.—On the 11th inst., at Christ Church, Hawthorn, by the Rev. Henry J. Wilkinson, Frederick Maitland, second son of Frederick Maitland Innes, to Isabella Sarah, fourth daughter of the late Nathaniel Webb.1 
Death*24 Jan 1888 Berwick, VIC, Australia. 
Death-Notice*26 Jan 1888INNES.—On the 24th inst., at Berwick, Isabella Sarah, wife of Frederick M. Innes, of Balaclava, aged 35 years.2 


  1. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Thu 19 Jun 1879, p1
  2. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Thu 26 Jan 1888, p1
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John Edward Bromby

M, #25435, b. 1809, d. 4 Mar 1889
Land-Note*. 1876/77 Bromby Edward 285a N29 ; Bromby John E 320a N35 ; Bromby Jenny Miss 320a N35 ...
1886/87 #51 Bromby John E Clergyman NAV 106 774 acres & House Gembrook.
1887/88 #54 Bromby John E Clergyman NAV 106 774 acres & House Gembrook.
1888/89 #386 United Property Coy. Late Bromby. NAV reduced by acreage. 840 acres - now 774 acres. was N380, now 348, paid by Territorial Bank
1889/90 #537 Territorial Bank House 777 acres Lot A10 A11 A17 N388.10.1 
Probate (Will)* 39/083. John E BROMBY Date of grant: 20 May 1889; Date of death: 04 Mar 1889; Occupation: D D; Residence: Melb.2 
Land-Gembrook* GEM--A10.A11.A17. Transfer from John Edward Bromby to Frederick Maitland Innes. Not known if there was an intermediate owner. 
Birth*1809 Hull, England. 
Marriage*20 Dec 1836 Spouse: Eliza Sophia Lilly. Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.
(Migrant) Migration/Travel2 Feb 1858 Sailing with Eliza Sophia Bromby, Eliza Maria Bromby, Ellen Ann Bromby, Christopher Bromby, Ernest Bromby, Edward Hippias Bromby, Jane Isabella 'Jenny' Bromby, Frederick Jeremie Bromby, Constance Winifriede Bromby, Charlotte Emily Bromby, Robert Henry Bromby to Port Phillip, VIC, Australia. Ship Countess Of Elgin sailing from London
Age 48 - Clergyman.3
Land-Note*31 Mar 1874 Jane Isabella 'Jenny' Bromby. 31st March 1874: The exploring party reached Dandenong on Friday evening. All, safe but the only inn in the place was filled with selectors and there was no bedroom to be had. After much persuasion the landlady said their only way would be to go to bed early and bolt the door. This in miner's language is called "jumping a claim". Next day no vehicle was to be had and they walked nine miles to Berwick.
April 1st. Jenny returned having left Robert behind at Gembrook - many misadventures - they had pegged out two plots at the corners next to the horse tracks.4 
Land-Gembrook*7 Apr 1874John Edward Bromby selected land from the Crown. GEM--A11. 285a 1r 24p
John Edward Bromby pegged 320 acres on 7 April 1874 & applied for license.
For Sale on 3rd Oct 1876. Improvements on his selection (A11) 123 acres cleared £1380 8/-
Improvements on his daughter Jenny's block next door £334 5/-
On his property "Jahtring" he had built a slab hut with shingle roof 14 x 25 feet, a reservoir, planted 110 fruit trees - 1st orchard.5 
Land-Gembrookb 7 Nov 1877He selected land from the Crown. GEM--A17. 174a 3r 4p. 
Widower29 Sep 1883He became a widower upon the death of his wife Eliza Sophia Lilly.6 
Marriage*29 Oct 1884 Spouse: Elizabeth Margaret Theodoria Banks. Queenscliff, VIC, Australia, #M5614/1884.7
Death*4 Mar 1889 East Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #D3426/1889 (Age 79) [par John Healey BROMBY & Jane AMIS].8 
Death-Notice*5 Mar 1889BROMBY.—On the 4th inst., at St. Paul's Parsonage, John Edward, M.A., D.D., the dearly-beloved husband of E. M. Theo. Bromby. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife.
THE Funeral of the late Rev. J. E. BROMBY, D.D., is appointed to take place on Wednesday, 6th inst. Service will commence at St. Paul's Pro-cathedral, at 11 o'clock, after which the cortège will proceed to the Melbourne General Cemetery.
ALF. AUG. SLEIGHT, undertaker.9 


Eliza Sophia Lilly b. 1814, d. 29 Sep 1883
Children 1.Jane Isabella 'Jenny' Bromby b. 1850, d. 12 Aug 1940
 2.Robert Henry Bromby8 b. b Aug 1855, d. 17 Apr 1884


  • 31 Oct 1876: Parish of Gembrook, county of Mornington, 19th Section blocks of Miss Jenny and Dr. Bromby.
    Upset price, £1 4s. per acre. Charge for survey, £15 19s Area, 318a, 0r, 16p. Allotmont A10. Valuation, £334 5s.
    Upset price, £1 4s. per acre. Charge for survey, £14 6s. Area, 285a, 1r, 24p. Allotment A 11. Valuation, £1,380 8s. 1d. Jane Isabella 'Jenny' Bromby10
  • 19 Nov 1879: On Sunday, October 26, a Church was opened by the Rev. Dr. Bromby, at Gembrook, a place where five or six years ago scarce a white man had set foot. It is one of the prettiest spots in the Colony, and is being rapidly cleared and cultivated ; home steads in all directions tell of the presence of men accustomed to meet with, and surmount difficulties ot no ordinary kind.
    The Rev. Dr. Bromby, who has a selection here, liberally, gave an acre of ground on which to build the church. The opening services were attended by an earnest and attentive congregation, who thus in the heart of an Australian forest, amid the mountains of Gembrook were enabled to worship the Creator, and have expounded to them the wonderful works of God.
    On the following Tuesday a tea meeting was held and about 150 of the residents met together to partake of the cup that cheers but not inebriates, to listen to eloquet addresses and last, but not least; to hear the beautiful singing wlich was a special feature in the opening sevices.
    Mr. A. Crichton, in a most happy manner, presided over the meeting. Adresses were delivered by the Rev. Dr. Bromby and Messrs Ure, Pollock, Smart, James D. Crichton, and Kerby. The choir was conducted by Mr H. Watson.
    Vote of thanks to the Chairiman and the ladies, and to the choir brought the meeting to a most successful terminaton.11
  • 28 Mar 1888: Berwick Shire Council. Correspondence. From John Dwyer, Pakenham, pointing out that there are gates across the Gembrook Main road on property lately belonging to Dr. Bromby, which causes annoyance to persons using the road, and asking the Council to have the obstruction removed.—To be attended to.12
    Much regret was exposed on Monday amongst members of all denominations on learning that the Rev. Dr. Bromby had died at the parsonage attached to the pro-Cathedral, at 9 o'clock that morning. For some time past Dr. Bromby had suffered from a heart affection, and on that account his medical adviser, Dr. F. T. West Ford, of Collins-street, had urged upon him, but without effect, the necessity of taking a rest from his duties. A few months since, Dr. Bromby, when coming down stairs one Sun day afternoon, was seized with syncope of the heart, and by reason of the sudden faintness fell head foremost down stairs, the fall being so severe that be remained unconscious for a long time. The fall caused also the partial fracture of a rib. The effects of the shock to the system from this fall were painfully apparently and before the venerable gentleman in any way rallied from them, the irritation from the broken rib caused a long latent tubercle in the lungs to break and dis charge. From the time of his fall down stairs, however, bis case had been con sidered hopeless, but he survived much longer than his medical advisers had anticipated.
    John Edward Bromby was born on 23rd May, 1809, and was therefore at the date of his death upwards of 79 years of age. His father—the Rev. J. H. Bromby—was in 1809 Vicar of Hull, and occupied the vicarage up to the time of his death, just before which event he was the oldest living Church of England clergyman in England, dying at the advanced age ot 97. The deceased was re markably like his father in feature, and seems to have inherited his wonderful physique and power of endurance. It is said that the doctor was the first boy born in the Hull vicarage since the days ot the poet Mason. He received his early education at the Hull Grammar School ; thence he proceeded to | Uppingham with a school scholarship. At Uppingham, Rutlandshire, a school not un known to fame, he secured a scholarship to St John's College, Cambridge, where Dr. Hymers was his college tutor. This same Dr. Hymers was the first great Cambridge text-book writer, predecessor of Todhunter, and his successors and imitators. He was afterwards godfather to Dr. Bromby's fourth son, and died not long ago, after having amassed a fortune of £130,000, the whole of which he bequeathed to the establishment and endowment of a college in Hull. J. E. Bromby quickly distinguished himself by gaining a college foundation scholar ship, and afterwards, in 1829, he was elected a Bell scholar along with T. W. Inman, of the same college, with whom he was bracketed. The Bell scholar ships are awarded to successful sons of clergymen who are in need of assistance in the prosecution, of their undergraduate studies, but failing any such, may be given to sons of the laity. Classical excellence generally determines the result, but papers in mathematics are set, and as young Bromby had, at Uppingham, successfully studied Greek and Latin literature, and on going to Cambridge had determined to read mathe matics, a resolve not uncommon in the days prior to 1850, when success in the mathematical tripos was a necessary pre liminary for admission to competition in the classical tripos, it is not surprising that he was victorious, although events showed that he was an abler mathematician than classic. During the same year (1829) of his under graduate career he was a competitor with Tennyson and Tennyson's friend, Henry Hallam, for the chancellor's medal for "the best ode or best poem in heroic verse," in English. The subject was "Timbuctoo," and the medal was won by Tennyson, who was at Trinity. Macaulay (twice), Praed, Bulwer, Wordsworth (twice) had been pre vious successful competitors, but it is a remarkable circumstance that no subsequent medallist has secured a niche in the temple of fame for his poetic production. Mr. Bromby graduated as ninth wrangler in the mathematical tripos of 1832, and in the same year secured third place in the second class of the classical tripos. The famous and eccentric classical scholar Shilleto was second in the first class, end Afford, after wards Dean of Canterbury, was last but one in the list of wranglers, and was eighth in the first class in the classical tripos of that year. He and Bromby were the best of the "double" men, with the re markable exception of Heath, who was senior wrangler of the year, and also ninth in the first class of the classical tripos, a degree almost identical with that of Dr. Perry, the first Bishop of Melbourne, who was senior wrangler in 1823, and bracketed eighth in the first class in the classical tripos of that year.
    After being elected to a fellowship of his college the young graduate went to Bristol College as second master, and immediately afterwards became acting principal. There he had as a colleague Francis Newman, brother of John Henry Newman. In 1836 he married Miss Eliza Lilly, and in 1839 or 1840 opened a private school at Clifton, which was also a home for young Cambridge undergraduates who wanted private tuition. Amongst these was Bagot. In 1817 he went to Guernsey as principal of the Elizabeth College, a post which he held for seven years. Here Mr. M'Grath, afterwards provost of Queen's College, Ox ford, was his pupil, as also was Mr. H. C. E. Childers, formerly Commissioner of Customs in Victoria, and lately Chancellor of the Exchequer in England. From Guernsey, where he lost his first son, Dr. Bromby went to Hull as curate to his father in place of his youngest brother, and here he stayed for two years and a half, when he accepted the post of head master of the Church of England Grammar School, Melbourne, where he was duly in stalled in February, 1838. It should be here stated that Dr. Bromby was ordained deacon in the Church of England by the Arch bishop of York in 1834 and priest by the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol in 1836, and was admitted to the diocese of Melbourne in 1858. He was appointed University preacher at Cambridge in 1850, when he took the decree of doctor of divinity—a degree which, whatever else it secured, fastened upon him, at any rate amongst his old pupils, the title of "the dear old doctor." One of the three ser mons which he preached in Great St. Mary's was published by request, and bears the title of "The Irregular Element in the Church." It is a highly suggestive pamphlet, and plainly forshadows the preacher's future liberal bearing in things ecclesiastical. It deals with what was then a burning question, viz., the status of the, so called, Dissenters, and is a successful explanation of, nay even an apology for, their position by analogy with the spiritual phenomena manifested in the history of the chosen people !
    Directly after his arrival in the colony in the early part of 1838 the doctor took charge of the Church of England Grammar School as its first head master. At the same time he firmly attached himself as an active clergy man of the diocese, which was then under the government of its first bishop, Dr Perry, and he continued to discharge the duties of clergyman and schoolmaster until Easter, 1875. He likewise held for a time the position of honorary incumbent to the then newly formed parish of St John's, Toorak, until he was relieved of this charge by the arrival from England of the Rev. Walter Fellows. Subsequently, when that gentleman returned to England on a visit, the rev. doctor acted as his locums tenens. On the return of Mr. Fellows the doctor was appointed to the in cumbency of St. Paul's, on the preferment of the Rev. Canon Chase, and was at the same time elected by the church assembly to the position of canon of the Cathedral Chapter.
    The events of the deceased gentleman's life in his dual capacity as a minister in the Church of England, and a schoolmaster, are so well known that it will be unnecessary to dwell upon them in detail. Suffice it to say, that in his management of the Church of England Grammar School, the rev. gentleman was in one respect unfortunate—he was but little acquainted with business habits. He, over his pupils, and when he gave up the headmastership of the school he was presented by his old pnpils with a handsome testimonial and was entertained at a public dinner. The circumstance is noteworthy because on previous occasions his "old boys" had in vain requested him to accept some tangible evidence of their respect and veneration, but he had always refused on the ground that the head master of a public school was in the position of a judge, and should not, under any circumstances, accept a present. In 1868, when the senate of the University was first constituted, Dr. Bromby was elected as it first warden ; he was also elected by the senate to a seat on the council of the University, a position which he held till his death, and in which he tendered the University signal service by his uncom promising opposition to anything approaching party government of that important institution. He was more than once pressed to become a candidate for the position of chancellor of the University, but steadily re fused to allow himself to be nominated on the ground-that:a stronger and more vigorous hand than his own was required for the successful guidance of the University machinery. It will be remembered that on attaining his 75th year a public demonstration was made by way of congratulating the rev. gentleman, on which occasion an address was presented to him in the Town-hall by Dr. Moorhouse, then Bishop of Melbourne, who eulogised his personal worth and public career both as a schoolmaster and a clergy man. And shortly afterwards practical effect was given to this expression of opinion by the presentation to him of the gift of a thousand pounds, which was subscribed by members of all classes and creeds. From the time of his arrival in the colony the doctor had the misfortune to lose his first wife and two daughters and three sons. He married again, and leaves two sons and three daughters of his first wife. With the un selfishness characteristic of the man, he de voted the first testimonial presented to him towards founding a divinity prize in con nection with Trinity College, in which insti tution he always manifested n great interest. His brother, the Right Rev. Charles Bromby, was the second Bishop of Tasmania, which see he resigned recently. This appointment is noteworthy as having been the last of those in which a colonial bishopric had any political significance.
    In attempting to estimate the influence of Dr. Bromby, his career must be regarded from two points of view, viz., as a clergyman and as a schoolmaster. The rev. gentle man would have been the first to say that the two functions are almost in separable, for he always regarded the work of the schoolmaster as distinctly spiritual. As a clergyman his work and influence were perhaps most conspicuously before the public eye prior to his giving up his position as principal of the Grammar School, and during the most vigorous period of his life. At that time he most openly and unflinchingly, in spite of opposition, expressed those views which stamped him as being a rich thinker and a fearless defender ot the truth. Indeed, his action during that time won for him the outspoken eulogy of Bishop Moorhouse on the occasion of the presentation to Dr. Bromby, which has been before referred to. Few of Dr. Bromby's sermons have been printed, and only those who have had the privilege of hearing them could realise the charm which was asso ciated with their delivery, and which arose from the indefinable sympathy which always existed between the preacher and his congregation. It could not be said that Dr. Bromby identified himself with any so called "party" in the Church of England. He has been known to defend the use of the general forms on the one hand, and to improve and embellish the service of the church on the other. As a man sincerely impressed with the benefits to be obtained in public worship by good music, he always favoured the proper observance of the ritual of the church and the forming of efficient church choirs—so much so that our readers will re member that he gave a place in the choir of St. Paul's Pro-Cathedral to "surpliced" young women, which hitherto had been recognised as belonging only to male singers. Although Dr. Bromby never identified himself with any special theo logical school, it may be said that in his mental character and belief he closely resembled Bishop Moorhouse, the late Bishop of Melbourne. He was, in the opinion or men who knew hime most intimately the disciple of such men as Frederick Denison Maurice, and Charles Kingsley, but he by no means indentified himself with nor countenanced attacks upon the creeds and formulas of the estab lished church which were based upon the supposed conflict between science and religion. He had no sympathy, for example, with the writings of Bishop Colenso. To one point in his public teaching, he gave especial prominence, namely, that the Scriptures were not intended to teach us science, but only the dealings of God with man. Yet he openly and fearlessly defended the doctrine of evolution, and was probably the first clergyman to make a spiritual appli cation of the doctrine of the survival of the fit test, which took the form of a lecture, delivered in 1870, in connection with the early-closing movement, entitled "Beyond the Grave." In this lecture Dr. Bromby called in question the assumption that immortality is a neces sary attribute of the soul, his opinion being that only those who during this life gave proof of fitness to exist should continue to live in the so-called future state. This lecture gave rise to a storm of hostile and acrimonious criti cism, and doubtless contributed not a little to hasten the retirement of Dr. Bromby from his position as head master of the Grammar School. He was strongly in favour of a national church, by which he meant "not a Church of Engtand, nor a Church of Rome, nor a Church of Scotland, but the church of the people—the parish church, with its minister and deacons. For such an object," he continued, "Christians who had the wel fare of their country at heart, and who ex pected their posterity to continue here, might well sink their puny differences and econo mise their strength."
    As a schoolmaster it is difficult, if not impossible, to rightly estimate the enormous influence which he exercised. It can scarcely be doubted that no one who has lived in this colony has had so much to do with the for mation of the character of its youth as the deceased gentleman. Nor is it easy alto gether to accurately state the reasons for his success in his profession, for, as a business man, he was a failure, and as a teacher he had, at least, many equals. And yet his pupils have in many varied careers won the highest prises to be gained. Probably the cause of his success was his personal in fluence and example. It was with him as with Dr. Arnold—his boys were ashamed to do wrong, and learned day by day, from his own conduct, the lesson that true worth consists in tbe conscientious and unflinching discharge of duty. It is a sig nificant fact that on the occasion of his retiring from the Grammar School no one had an unkind or ungracious word to say of him, notwithstanding that he had had some pupils who had so far forfeited his confidence as to necessitate their dismissal from the school. One of his pupils has said, "I have had better teachers, but I never had a better schoolmaster, as the void is used by St Paul, 'The law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ.' " Few of his old pupils will forget the telling words in which, after morning prayer, he addressed the school, as was his wont, on subjects of general interest, and spoke to bis boys kindly and fearlessly on a subject which many schoolmasters, and also parents, neglect from false fear, namely, the problem how young men should keep themselves unspotted from the world. Many have supposed, from his unflinching discharge of duty and apparent stoicism of manner, that Dr. Bromby was devoid of emotion or sentiment; but such was not the fact. It is affection for the members of his family, and even for his pupils, was most marked, and stern as his manner sometimes seemed to be, the outward cool ness of his demeanour was the result of in domitable determination not to openly display his private feelings. But those who remember his sermon upon the occasion of his parting from the congregation of St. John's, Toorak, which followed not long after the death of his second daughter, and in which he referred to the subject of leave-taking, will not forget how, while his voice was unbroken by tremor, the unbidden tear stole from his eye. Nor was he devoid of humour, while a love of manly sport was one of his prominent characteristics, and he habitually sought refuge from intellectual labour in the robust exercise of gardening, and had opportunity offered he would have emu lated Mr. Gladstone in his enthusiasm for felling trees. He frequently, in justification of his favourite amusement, quoted the words which Cicero put into the mouth of Cato major in his dissertation on the pleasures of old ago— "Venio nunc ad volup-tates agricolorum quibus ego incredibiliter detector." Fortunately, however, for the Church of England, he abandoned the selec tion which he took up at Gembrook after his retirement from the grammar school, and, as we have stated, accepted the incumbency of St Paul's. As an illustration of his love of humour, it may not be out of place to refer to a story connected with the period of his head-mastership of Elizabeth College, Guernsey. On the 1st of April some of his boys cleverly befooled the doctor, in accord ance with the traditions of the day, and were much chagrined when he, with assumed severity of manner, sentenced them for their prank to commit to memory the twenty-third ode of the Second Book of Horace before they should be released from study for the day. The culprits sadly returned to their desks to obey the mandate, only to find that the Second Book of Horace had not more than twenty odes, so the joke was turned against them.
    The doctor's conversation was always vivacious and sparkling with wit. He was keen in controversy, but always courteous in argument, even to those whom he knew to be in every sense his inferiors. The follow ing is an instance of his ready wit. Just before the introduction of the late Mr. Justice Stephen's Education Act a Royal Commission was appointed to consider the working of the then existing act under the Denominational Board. Dr. Corrigan, a worthy but very loquacious man, and Dr. Bromby were mem bers. The former had occupied nearly the whole of a morning sitting by speeches, much to the irritation of other members, when an adjournment was made for lunch; to this business the "old doctor" gave his undivided attention, as time was precious; but even during this brief recess his fellow school master could not keep silence, but regaled the commission with a long account of a controversy he had once had in a railway carriage with a Roman Catholic priest, in which he (Dr. Corrigan) had secured a vic tory. On leaving the carriage, said Dr. C., an elderly lady who had listened to the wordy war called out, "God bless your honour, and preserve your tongue for ever !" Instantly Dr. Bromby laid down his knife and fork, thumped the table with clenched fist, and exclaimed with a look of horror, "Confound that woman, her prayer was heard !"13
  • 29 Mar 1889: Probate was yesterday granted of the will of the Rev. Dr. John Edward Bromby, late of St. Paul's parsonage, Flinders-street. His property was sworn nt £23,218— £8968 realty and £14,250 personalty. His son, Edward Hippias Bromby, of Malmsbury-road, Kew, was appointed executor. The testator, who died on the 4th March, left his plate, furniture and other articles of household use and adornment to his widow, Elizabeth Margaret Theodosia Bromby, and by a codicil dated the same day as the will, the 18th February, bequeathed her a legacy of £2500 in addition. Legacies of £2000 each were left to the testator's daughter, Elizabeth Mary Bromby, of Kew, spinster ; his son, the Rev. Christopher Bromby, of Bethnal Green, in England ; his daughter, Jane Isabella, wife of James Alexander Stephen, of Hillcroft, Tarkedia, in the Western district; and his daughter, Constance Winifred, wife of Joshua Frederick Waltham, of Heidelberg. The residue was left to E. H. Bromby for his own absolute use.14
  • 5 Jan 1901: THIS DAY. At Half-past Two. On the Ground. Under Instructions from THE TRUSTEES, EXECUTORS, and AGENCY COMPANY LIMITED, 412 Collins-street.
    W. BRISBANE will OFFER, as above,
    All those pieces or portions of land at GEMBROOK, Known as "BROMBY'S," containing in all about 700 ACRES, surveyed into blocks of from half-acre to 70 acres.
    The RAILWAY STATION and site of new township are on the land.
    A SPECIAL TRAIN will leave Prince's-bridge station at 10 o'clock this morning, returning the same evening.
    Mr. Brisbane, auctioneer, 27 Swanston-street. Frederick Maitland Innes15

Australian Dictionary of Biography

John Edward Bromby (1809-1889), clergyman, schoolmaster and public lecturer, was born on 23 May 1809 at Hull, England, son of Rev. John Healey Bromby and his wife Jane, née Amis; his brother, Charles Henry, became bishop of Tasmania. Bromby was educated at Hull Grammar School and at Uppingham where he won exhibitions and scholarships. At 18 he entered St John's College, Cambridge, where he held a scholarship on the foundation and the Bell university scholarship. He graduated ninth wrangler in mathematics and second class in classics (B.A., 1832; M.A., 1845; B.D., 1845; D.D., 1850), and was ordained deacon in 1834 and priest in 1836. At Cambridge he competed with Tennyson and Hallam for the chancellor's medal for poetry, the subject in his year being Timbuctoo. Though Tennyson won the medal, Bromby maintained through life that his own poem was better.
In 1836 Bromby began his career as a schoolmaster at Bristol College where Walter Bagehot was one of his pupils. In the same year he married Eliza Sophia, the daughter of Alderman Lilly of Bristol. Later he founded his own private school in Bristol but was appointed principal of Elizabeth College, Guernsey, in 1847 where Hugh Childers was one of his pupils. In 1850 Bromby was university preacher at Cambridge. In 1854 he resigned from Elizabeth College in order to assist his ageing father.
While working as curate to his father at Hull he was offered in 1857 the first headmastership of the newly-founded Church of England Grammar School in Melbourne. He decided to accept. He arrived in Melbourne with his wife and nine children in February 1858 and opened the school with eighty pupils in April. By 1861 he had enrolled 195 boys and, though by 1870 the school was feeling the pinch of competition from other schools such as Scotch College then under Alexander Morrison's forceful personality, the school continued to expand and its old boys began to make their own distinctive mark in the commercial, professional and political life of Melbourne. When Alfred Deakin was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly in February 1879, Bromby noted in his journal that he was the first of the Grammar School pupils to rise to legislative powers and then added wryly, 'Would that it had been in a better cause'.
Much of this success was due to Bromby. Quixotic and unworldly on all questions affecting the material welfare of the school, he had the presence, the wit, the learning and the charm with which to win the admiration and affection of the boys. Sarcasm was absolutely unknown to him. A stern denouncer of sin, he managed to convey that it was not the boy but the sin which had provoked his rage. On the rare occasions when he used the cane, he used it severely. The boys saw him very much as Alfred Deakin saw him when a pupil as 'a fine breezy, humorous, prompt, passionate and impressive personality'. The boys also responded to his eccentricities of behaviour. Spartan simplicity, he told them, was the rule by which he governed his life. He kept his body spare but athletic by wielding the spade or axe in the headmaster's garden before groups of delighted boys to whom he offered simple maxims on life, while chips flew as the doctor laboured with all his might.
In 1874 Bromby retired full of honours. His fame and reputation were then well known outside the classrooms of the Grammar School. On 4 September 1866 he was appointed a member of a royal commission to report on the working of the educational system. With George Higinbotham and James Henty he had been selected by McCulloch's ministry to represent the Anglican Church. After the first meeting of the commission on 13 September, Bromby noted in his journal: 'the dignity of the position will not repay a man for all this toil. Let me hope I am doing something for the good of my generation. Today the grey goose was busy in training her goslings'. On the commission he showed his sympathy with the principle that in questions of religious faith and practice every man had a right to decide for himself even if his conclusions clashed with those of bishops, priests and deacons. Five years later Bromby was again a centre of public controversy when he championed the right of women to study for degrees at the University of Melbourne. In 1868 he had been elected warden of the University senate. Influenced possibly by the success of his oldest daughter Elizabeth, who had taught Latin with great success at the Presbyterian Ladies' College after her matriculation, Bromby used his influence to persuade the professorial board on 6 December 1871 to admit women as students. On that day the council of the university instructed the registrar not to permit a female to matriculate. By that time he was already a storm centre because of his public lectures. Like Bishop Charles Perry, Bromby believed fervently that religious belief had nothing to fear from the advances in scientific knowledge. But to the consternation of those who relied on the Bible as their authority, Bromby seemed prepared to surrender too much ground to the critics of holy writ.
On 9 August 1869 he lectured on 'Pre-Historic Man' at the Princess's Theatre, Melbourne, under the auspices of the Early Closing Association. He declared his sympathy with the objects of his promoters, for on questions of behaviour he was a stern advocate for discipline and restraint. He thundered against all the degrading vices of drinking, prostitution and gambling which sprang up in towns, as he put it, 'like poisonous weeds'. He remained the fervent champion of religious faith, partly because he believed that it deterred man's descent into the life of the goat and the monkey. He was aware, he said, of the panic whenever science penetrated deeper into any of the arcana of nature, as geology had done in the preceding age and as everything from positivism to protoplasm was doing in their own age. Yet religion held her own, and never before numbered in its ranks so many men distinguished for science and research. The Bible, he insisted, must be taken as a book full of religious but not of scientific truth. It must not be treated with a prostration of mind amounting almost to superstition, nor with that reverent feeling which in fervent excess led to Mariolatry, Sabbatolatry and Bibliolatry. 'Let us ever bear in mind', he reminded his audience, 'that the letter killeth but the spirit it is which giveth life'.
The defenders of the Bible were outraged. Believing that Bromby had surrendered to the evolutionists, they accused him of handing man over to the paternity of the chimpanzee and orang-outang. Shouting from the public platform that all those who criticized the Bible were destroying the entire moral government of the universe and that savages could not create a civilization, they prophesied that the Bible would stand through the ages until the last sinner had been called and the dead had been gathered for their prize of eternal salvation.
On 8 August 1870 Bromby appeared on the stage at the Duke of Edinburgh Theatre, again under the auspices of the Early Closing Association, to lecture on 'Creation versus Development'. Once again he reiterated his three themes: that the discoveries of science supported the statements of holy writ; that indulgence in gross vice shipwrecked men's finer sensibilities; that the individual should not accept uncritically the teachings of those who claimed authority in questions of religious truth. He also discussed whether a Christian should impugn the righteousness of God because multitudes of souls went down the broad road to perdition while few entered the narrow gate which led into life. He insisted that God would save those who had heard of his Word, and leave to perdition, not torment, those who were strangers to it. Once again some of the believers were shocked and attacked Bromby, but he refused to shift his ground. On 15 November he again lectured for the Early Closing Association; this time his subject was 'Beyond The Grave'. Again he praised the men of an inquiring mind who did not devote all their spare time and money to indulgence in so-called pleasures. Again he insisted that only those in covenant with God could go to life everlasting. He had incorporated the evolutionary doctrine on the survival of the fittest into Christian teaching on the life of the world to come.
By then it was clear that Bromby, far from being a rebel or a radical on the question of faith, was reflecting the drift of opinion amongst the professional and commercial classes who had risen to political and social power in the decades after the discovery of gold. As a mark of the high regard in which he was held by the supporters of individualism in questions of belief and a disciplined conformism in all questions of behaviour, Bromby was inducted vicar of St John's Church, Toorak, in 1875. In November 1876 he was appointed senior chaplain of the Victorian Volunteer Force. In 1877 he was appointed incumbent of St Paul's Church, Melbourne, and elected a canon when the chapter of St Paul's Cathedral was constituted in 1879.
In 1880 Bromby preached a course of sermons on the earlier chapters of Genesis. He took the occasion to sum up his vision of life. He had used the gifts of God not to shake but to confirm the faith of his fellow-Christians. He had clung closely to faith in Christ his Lord. With the Holy Spirit's aid he had striven, as should all the faithful members of Christ's church, to keep firm in the paths of righteousness. He had been filled, as were all believers, by joy and peace, and hoped to pass after death into a higher state of existence when much that was mysterious about life on earth would be unveiled. On 18 September 1882 he delivered a lecture for the Australian Health Society on 'The Emunctories'. His subject was the contribution of the handkerchief to civilization. He began with much wit and ended characteristically with a plea to his audience to take exercise and use discipline in diet so that they might become like the prophet Daniel, 'fairer and fitter in flesh than all the others'.
By then Bromby's appearance mirrored much of what he had striven for in life. He was white-haired, spare in build, of little more than middle height and much given to the eccentricities and absent-mindedness of those whose minds were constantly on higher matters. Though the side whiskers were a venerable white, the eyes were bright, the mouth firm, the voice full and the accent decided. On many aspects of life he spoke with a lively wit, but on all questions affecting faith and morals he spoke with the fierce, yet gentle, mien of a man who believed he would be summoned before the supreme judge and lawgiver of the universe. That was no laughing matter. On his seventy-fifth birthday a large and brilliant assembly gathered in the Melbourne Town Hall to present Bromby with an address.
By his wife, who died on 29 September 1883, he had six sons and five daughters. On 29 October 1884 at Queenscliff he married Elizabeth Margaret, daughter of C. D. Banks of Melbourne. On 29 June 1882, as though sensing his own dissolution, he had proposed to make a fresh will, and made this entry in his journal: 'I have now set my house in order, and … shall be ready to obey my summons to depart; fully aware of my unworthiness, yet not without hope that I may find mercy and pardon at the hands of my Saviour and Judge'.
On 14 December 1888 while hurrying to Sunday school he was seized with dizziness and fell down the stairs of the parsonage in East Melbourne. Early next year, while still an invalid from injuries when he fell, bronchitis set in and followed by heart failure led to his death at the parsonage on 4 March 1889. His funeral service at St Paul's Church and burial in the Melbourne general cemetery were attended by large congregations of clergymen and laity including many old boys from the Grammar School. The choir sang 'Now the Labourer's Task is O'er', while at the graveside three volleys were fired by the party from the Victorian Permanent Artillery. The Argus, 5 March, praised him as one of 'the genuine pioneers of the colony [who had laid] the foundation, not of our material prosperity, but of that intellectual superstructure which every thinking man wishes to see raised upon the wealth of the community'; had there been more like him in the colonies it would not be necessary to send to Britain for bishops, for Bromby had begun that education of the sons of the bourgeoisie to fit them to take over the government of both church and state in the Australian colonies. Within ten years of his death one of the men whom he had helped to fashion, Alfred Deakin, was putting his stamp on the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia.
A posthumous portrait by Charles Wheeler is at Melbourne Church of England Grammar School.16


  1. [S66] Berwick Shire Rates, 1870-1965.
  2. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/ P2 unit 257, item 39/083
    VPRS 28/ P0 unit 480, item 39/083
    VPRS 7591/ P2 unit 145, item 39/083.
  3. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923, arrived 2 Feb 1858 on "Countess Of Elgin."
  4. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive ,"From 'Forest to Farming' Gembrook : an Early History
    By Genseric Parker · 1995 - page 10
    not certain where following note fits in:
    1868 Inaugural Warden Melbourne university.
    See notes from his Journal in 1874. He kept a Journal from 1874-88."
  5. [S81] Land Records & Parish Maps ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria). Land File 59/19.20 VPRS 626 Unit 1555 - viewed by Charles Wilson.
  6. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online) "#D11623/1883 - spouse BROMBY, Edward."
  7. [S27] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Marriages) (online).
  8. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online).
  9. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Tue 5 Mar 1889, p1
  10. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Tue 31 Oct 1876, p7
  11. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic.), Wed 19 Nov 1879, p3
  12. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic.), Wed 28 Mar 1888, p3
  13. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 9 Mar 1889, p51
  14. [S16] Newspaper - The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), Fri 29 Mar 1889, p4
  15. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 5 Jan 1901, p2
  16. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, Manning Clark, 'Bromby, John Edward (1809–1889)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/bromby-john-edward-3063/…, published first in hardcopy 1969, accessed online 11 January 2021.
    Select Bibliography
    G. Goodman, The Church in Victoria During the Episcopate of the Right Reverend Charles Perry (Melb, 1892)
    G. M. Dow, George Higinbotham: Church and State (Melb, 1964)
    ‘Prominent Victorians. Rev. Dr. Bromby’, Leader (Melbourne), 26 Mar 1881 supplement
    J. A. Hone, Higher Education of Women in Victoria in the Later Nineteenth Century (M.A. thesis, Monash University, 1965)
    J. E. Bromby, letter-journal extracts (Melbourne Church of England Grammar School).
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Eliza Sophia Lilly

F, #25436, b. 1814, d. 29 Sep 1883
Married NameBromby. 
Marriage*20 Dec 1836 Spouse: John Edward Bromby. Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.
(Migrant) Migration/Travel2 Feb 1858 Sailing with John Edward Bromby, Eliza Maria Bromby, Ellen Ann Bromby, Christopher Bromby, Ernest Bromby, Edward Hippias Bromby, Jane Isabella 'Jenny' Bromby, Frederick Jeremie Bromby, Constance Winifriede Bromby, Charlotte Emily Bromby, Robert Henry Bromby to Port Phillip, VIC, Australia. Ship Countess Of Elgin sailing from London
Age 43.1
Death*29 Sep 1883 South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #D11623/1883 (Age 69) [par Robt Lap LILLEY & Eliza LEVETT].2 
Death-Notice*1 Oct 1883BROMBY.—On the 29th ult., at St. Paul's Parsonage, Melbourne, Eliza Sophia, wife of the Rev. Dr. Bromby, aged 69 years.3 


John Edward Bromby b. 1809, d. 4 Mar 1889
Children 1.Jane Isabella 'Jenny' Bromby b. 1850, d. 12 Aug 1940
 2.Robert Henry Bromby4 b. b Aug 1855, d. 17 Apr 1884


  1. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923, arrived 2 Feb 1858 on "Countess Of Elgin."
  2. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online) "#D11623/1883 - spouse BROMBY, Edward."
  3. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Mon 1 Oct 1883, p1
  4. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online).
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Robert Henry Bromby1

M, #25440, b. b Aug 1855, d. 17 Apr 1884
Father*John Edward Bromby1 b. 1809, d. 4 Mar 1889
Mother*Eliza Sophia Lilly1 b. 1814, d. 29 Sep 1883
Probate (Will)* 27/464. Robert H BROMBY Date of grant: 15 May 1884; Date of death: 17 Apr 1884; Occupation: Asst Librarian; Residence: Melbourne.2 
Birth*b Aug 1855 Hull, Yorkshire, England, Robert Henry Bromby, Baptism Date: 1 Aug 1855, Holy Trinity, Hull, York, England, Father: John Edward Bromby, Mother: Eliza Sophia.3 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel2 Feb 1858 Sailing with John Edward Bromby, Eliza Sophia Bromby, Eliza Maria Bromby, Ellen Ann Bromby, Christopher Bromby, Ernest Bromby, Edward Hippias Bromby, Jane Isabella 'Jenny' Bromby, Frederick Jeremie Bromby, Constance Winifriede Bromby, Charlotte Emily Bromby to Port Phillip, VIC, Australia. Ship Countess Of Elgin sailing from London
Age 2.4
Govt Gazette17 Dec 1875The article reads: Applications for Licenses under section 19 approved
Melbourne ... 60M ... Robt. H. Bromby ... 318.0.6 ... Beenak ... 1 Jan 1876 ... half yearly payment 15.19.5 
Land-Gembrook*b 1877 GEM--A14. Transfer from Robert Henry Bromby to an unknown person . 318a 0r 6p
This may be the selection A14 crown grant to J Bell 7 Jun 1876???? 
Govt Gazette*16 Feb 1877The article reads: Licensees in arrears under section 19 of "The Land Act 1869"
Melbourne ... 60 ... 1.1.76 ... Bromby, R.H. ... Beenak ... 318.0.6 ... 15.19.0 ... 
Govt Gazette16 Feb 1877The article reads: Licenses under part II, Section 19, "Land Act 1869," Revoked
Notice is hereby given that the Governor, acting by and with the advice of the Executive Council, has revoked the licenses mentioned in the schedule hereunder, and that such licenses have become forfeited and void. D. Gillies, Commissioner of Crown Lands and Survey, Melbourne 5th February 1877.
Schedule. Melbourne District: Robert Henry Bromby ; parish of Beenak ; extent, 318a 0r 6p—(Corr.60/19.)7 
Death*17 Apr 1884 East Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #D5110/1884 (Age 28.)1 
Death-Notice*18 Apr 1884BROMBY.—On the 17th inst., at St Paul's parsonage, Melbourne, Robert Henry, youngest son of Rev. Dr Bromby, in the 29th year of his age.
FUNERAL SERVICE in affectionate respect to the remains of Robert Henry Bromby will be held in St. Paul's Church this day at noon. The ceremony at the grave will be private. A. A. Sleight, undertaker.8 


  1. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online).
  2. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/ P0 unit 324, item 27/464
    VPRS 28/ P2 unit 162, item 27/464.
  3. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975.
  4. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923, arrived 2 Feb 1858 on "Countess Of Elgin."
  5. [S194] Newspaper - Victoria Government Gazette Victoria Government Gazette, 17 Dec 1875, p2338.
  6. [S194] Newspaper - Victoria Government Gazette Victoria Government Gazette, 16 Feb 1877, p328.
  7. [S194] Newspaper - Victoria Government Gazette Victoria Government Gazette, 16 Feb 1877, p335.
  8. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Fri 18 Apr 1884, p1
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