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John August Thurecht

Information has been received by relatives at Kingaroy that Private J. A. Thurecht has been reported wounded and missing.
...[Maryborough Chronicle dated 22 October, 1918]

1922 Queensland Electoral Roll:
John August THURECHT, labourer, Lutwyche Road, Lutwyche, Brisbane
Catherine Gibson THURECHT, home duties, same address

1934 Queensland Electoral Roll:
John August THURECHT, labourer, 560 Lutwyche Road, Lutwyche
Catherine Gibson THURECHT, home duties, same address

1949 Queensland Electoral Roll:
John August THURECHT, shop asst. 12 Sargeant Road, New Farm
Catherine Gibson THURECHT, home duties, same address

1959 Queensland Electoral Roll:
John August THURECHT, snr, sawmill worker, 533 Oxley Ave,m Redcliffe
Catherine Gibson THURECHT, home duties, same address

Catherine Gibson Black

Catherine and her husband came to Australia on board "Indarra" 10 September 1919.
[Information taken from WWI records for John August Thurecht.]

Robert Telfer

UK Civil registration event: Birth
Name: TELFER, Robert
Registration district: Cockermouth
County: Cumberland
Year of registration: 1855
Quarter of registration: Jan-Feb-Mar
Mother's maiden name: Not available before 1911
Volume no: 10B
Page no: 447

1903 Queensland Electoral Roll:
Robert TELFER, Engine Driver, Kent Street, Maryborough
Elizabeth TELFER, home duties, same address

1913 Queensland Electoral Roll:
Robert TELFER, Engine Driver, Sussex Street, Maryborough
Elizabeth TELFER, home duties, same address
Betsy Ann TELFER, home duties, same address

1922 Queensland Electoral Roll:
Robert TELFER (no occupation), 'Canberra' cnr Bourne & Arrow Streets, Buranda
Elizabeth TELFER, home duties, same address
Robert Wilfred TELFER, Railway Guard, same address
Edna Dorothy Lydia TELFER, home duties, same address
George TELFER, salesman, same address

1934 Queensland Electoral Roll:
Robert TELFER, (no occupation), 'Canberra', Mount Street, Greenslopes
Elizabeth TELFER, home duties, same address

Mr and Mrs Robert Telfer, of Greenslopes, Brisbane, and formerly of Maryborough, will celebrate their diamond wedding today. They were married in Maryborough on June 18, 1882.
Of their family of five sons and four daughters, all but one son are still living. There are 24 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
...[Courier Mail dated Thursday, 18th June, 1942]

NOTE: There is a discrepancy here because they were actually married one month later, on 18th July, 1882.

Funeral Notice, Courier Mail dated Monday, 12th May 1947:
TELFER - Relatives and Friends of Mrs R. Telfer, Mr & Mrs R. W. Telfer, Mr & Mrs W. Hills, Mr & Mrs John Telfer, Mr & Mrs J. Telfer, Mr & Mrs R. V. Williams, Mr & Mrs B. Telfer, Mr and Mrs D. Wood, Mr & Mrs C. Cheetham and Families are invited to attend the Funeral of her beloved Husband, their Father, Father-in-law, Grandfather, Brother, Brother-in-law & Uncle Robert Telford of Mount Street, Greenslopes, late Loco Driver, Queensland Railways, Maryborough, to leave the Funeral Chapel, 17 Peel Street, South Brisbane, this (Monday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock for the Mt Thompson Crematorium. Service at 2.45pm.
...[The same Notice appeared in the Sunday Mail dated 11th May, 1947]

Elizabeth (Murfphey) Murphy

Funeral Notice - Courier Mail dated Friday, 7th November, 1947:
TELFER - Relatives and Friends of Mr and Mrs R. W. Telfer, Mr and Mrs W. Hills, Mr and Mrs John Telfer, Mr and Mrs Joseph Telfer, Mr and Mrs B. Telfer, Mr and Mrs R. V. Williams, Mrs G. Telfer, Mr and Mrs L. Lucas, and Mr and Mrs D. Wood, and Families, Mr and Mrs Arthur Murphy are invited to attend the Funeral of their beloved Mother, Mother-in-law, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister and Sister-in-law, Elizabeth Telfer, of 29 Mount Street, Greenslopes, Relict of the late Robert Telfer to leave the Funeral Chapel, 17 Peel Street, South Brisbane, this (Friday) morning at 10 o'clock for the Mt Thompson Crematorium. Service at 9.45.

Michael Murfphey

Death Notice - Maryborough Chronicle dated Friday, November 8, 1918:
MURFPHEY - On November 7th, 1918, at the maryborough Hospital, Michael Murfphey, beloved father of James, John, Arthur, Charles and William Murfphey, Mrs R. Telfer, and Mrs W. W. Mason; aged 86 years - Private Interment.

A very old and much respected resident of maryborough in the person of Mr Michael Murphy, aged 86 years, passed away at the Maryborough Hospital yesterday morning. The deceased was born at Maitland, Sydney, New South Wales, and spent the greater part of his life in Queensland. He was founder of the late Mr Lewis Thomas's coalmines at Ipswich, and had resided in Maryborough and district for the past 35 years. He was one of the oldest tobacco growers in Queensland. His wife predeceased him 39 years ago. For the past fifteen years he had resided with his daughter, Mrs R. Telfer, in Sussex Street. He leaves a family of five sons and two daughters, namely, James, John, Arthur and William of Ipswich, Charles of Goomeri, Mrs R. Telfer of Sussex Street, Maryborough, and Mrs W. W. Mason of Cairns. The body will be interred privately.

Harold Mathison Beiers

Mrs M. Beiers yesterday received a welcome cablegram from her youngest son, Harold, announcing that he had been promoted to lieut.-colonel. This gallant young soldier, who is only 28 years, is a native of Maryborough and a past Grammar School boy. In 1914, on the outbreak of the war, he joined the Engineers as Lieutenant in the Nobby Forts, Newcastle, NSW. Later when Major Griffiths formed a battalion, he joined, and went into camp at Liverpool, where he studied, and obtained his captaincy. He then went with the 17th Battalion in 1915 to Gallipoli, and fought through that campaign, returning to Egypt with the Australian troops. He was then associated with the convoy, transporting material and troops to France. He was appointed acting-major in 1916, and afterwards permanent major. Towards the end of 1916 he was wounded and was awarded the Military Cross in January, 1917. Later in the war he was mentioned in despatches to the King by Sir Douglas Haig, and now, at the end of the year, he has been promoted from acting-lieut.-colonel to permanent lieut-colonel. It is a fine record of well merited progress in the army.
....[Maryborough Chronicle dated Thursday, December 27, 1917]

Lieut. Colonel H. M. Beiers, who has been on service since 1915, has arrived at Newcastle, NSW., with his wife, and is expected to pay a visit to his mother, who resides in John lane, at the end of the week.
....[Maryborough Chronicle dated Tuesday, November 26, 1918]

Mrs Beiers

In 1918 Mrs Beiers address (as per her husband's WWI records) was:
c/- Mme G. Levy,
58 Rue Street


Death Notice - Maryborough Chronicle dated Saturday, December 7, 1918:
O'CONNELL - On December 6, 1918, at the Maryborough Hospital, Mary, beloved wife of Michael O'Connell, of Howard, and beloved mother of William, Michael, junr., and Margaret O'Connell, Mrs A. A. McDonald, Mrs J. Slattery, and Mrs J. Lomasney of Howard, aged 62 years.

George Bates

Our old townsman, Mr George Bates (says the Gayndah "Gazette'), is believed to have established a record in the length of time occupied as one of His Majesty's mail contractors. In May of this year Mr Bates will have completed a service of 39 years.
He began with the mail service between Maryborough and Gayndah. This long journey of 95 miles was accomplished between the hours of 5am and 7.30pm., the return journey being made the following day. Six changes of horses were used in the journey. Two mails a week were run at that period. As the line was built towards Gayndah, of course Mr Bates' coach service followed the line up. It is also interesting to note that Mr Bates' service with the Govewrnment is also associated with the best of conduct in every way. Reliability was one of his characteristics, and no officer occupying a similar position in the service is more highly esteemed than our old townsman, who is now approaching his eighties.
Evidently Mr Bates feels quite satisfied with his ability to carry on even at his advanced age, that he has accepted a further lease of three years for the carriage of the mails from the Gayndah railway station to the post office.
During the greater portion of his career Mr Bates plied for passenger hire whilst conveying the mails, but has of late dropped the passenger portion of the business.
For years Mr Bates was an alderman of the Gayndah Town Council, and also accepted the position of Mayor. Congratulations to Mr Bates upon his continued vitality.
....[Maryborough Chronicle dated Tuesday, January 17, 1922]

November 17, 1923
By the death of Mr Geo. Bates at an early hour this morning, another very old pioneer of the town and district has severed his link with us. The deceased was best known for his long and continued connection with the mail services, firstly between Degilbo and our town, and afterwards within the town itself. For many years by his coach and pair supplied the connecting link between the railway station and the town for mails and parcels, and his portly figure will be well remembered by many visitors and travellers to the town by train, even covering a period of decades into the past.
Up till about twenty months ago he was representative of all that was vigerous and hardy in a human, but about that time he had a paralytic seizure, and had been in declining health ever since. He was 69 years of age. He was predeceased by his wife about five years ago, also by a son (Percy) a year later. He is survived by a goodly family of two sons and five daughters - namely, Messrs Arthur and Herbert Bates (sons), and Mesdames W. R. Gordon (Woodmillat); A. E. Wallin (Swanfels, Warwick); J. Marles; W. Schafer and J. Schafer (Gayndah). Messrs William and John Bates of Lakeside and Teebar are brothers of deceased.
His funeral took place this afternoon from the Church of England, and he was buried in the local cemetery.

Sarah Anne Reid

NSW Birth Records V1853 255 42/1853

Much gloom was thrown over the citizens of Gayndah on Wednesday morning last (says the "Gayndah Gazette"), when it vecame known that Mrs Sarah Bates, the much loved wife of Mr George Bates, of Capper Street, mail contractor, had departed this life at 11.30 the previous night. Mrs Sarah Bates was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Reid, late of Barambah, and later of the Club Hotel, Gayndah, and passed the early days of her life at Barambah, where she was married to Mr George Bates in 1874. Being born in 1853, Mrs Bates was 65 years of age at the time of her death, the cause of which was diabetes. Having spent the whole of her married life in Gayndah, Mrs Bates was very well known to a large circle of friends, by whom she was much respected as a helper in many good works, she having held the honourable position of Mayoress during Mr George Bates, Mayoralty of the town. She leaves a large and successful family behind her, all of which are grown up and hold positions in the district as prominent citizens. These are Messrs Arthur Bates, contractor; Percy Bates, carrier; Herbert Bates, mail contractor; and Mesdames A. E. Wallin of Ideraway; W. R. Gordon, grazier; J. Marles, butcher; Jacob Schafer and James Schafer, all of Gayndah.
....[Maryborough Chronicle dated Monday, December 16, 1918]

Joseph Kime

Joseph (age given as 11 years) arrived in Brisbane 12 August 1885 on board 'Gulf of Carpentaria'.

Death Notice - Maryborough Chronicle dated Monday November 27, 1911:
KIME - On the 25th November, 1911, at the maryborough General Hospital, Joseph Kime, beloved husband of louisa Maud Kime, aged 35 years and 11 months.

After a long and painful illness, the last twenty-four days of which had been spent in the General Hospital, Mr Joseph Kime, of Greenfield, Brooweena, died on Saturday, in his thirty-seventh year. He was a native of England, but had been many years in the district and for a long time was stockman on Mr G. Mant's Gigoomgan station, from where he married six years ago and settled on his own selection at Brooweena. He leaves a widow and three young children to mourn his loss and for whom much sympathy will be felt in their present distress. The funeral took place yesterday, the Rev Hamlyn-Harris being the officiating minister.

Porteus Dunsmore Fairlie

Mr P. D. FAIRLIE - There passed away suddenly on March 11 a former well known resident of Maryborough in the person of Porteous Dunsmore Fairlie. The late Mr Failie was the second son of the late Mr and Mrs James Fairlie, who were amongst the earliest pioneers of Maryborough, and who arrived from Scotland in the year 1862 on the ship Helenslee.
The late Mr Porteous Fairlie was born in Glasgow in 1859. He was educated at the Old Primary School opposite the railway yards. The school was demolished some years ago. After leaving school, deceased went to work in the well known workshop of James Fairlie and Son, which had been started by his father in Richmond Street in 1873.
After gaining a thorough knowledge of the joinery business deceased toured the world and worked at his trade in England, on the Continent, and in America. He returned to Maryborough after the death of his father, James Fairlie in 1884, and became a partner in the firm of James Fairlie and Sons.
When Federation became an accomplished fact in 1900, the late Mr Porteous Fairlie went to Sydney where he opened an office in Pitt Street for the sale of Fairlie joinery for which there was a big demand, not only in Sydney, but in other southern capitals.
Deceased carried on this business until 1919 when he decided to retire. The late Mr Fairlie's first wife had died, and he married again and with his wife and family went to reside at Lawson, Blue Mountains, where he lived for 10 years. In 1930 he returned to Maryborough and again took an active part in the business for some years. Latterly he went to reside at Miva.
The late Mr P. Fairlie was a director of the firm until about four years ago, and his practical knowledge of machinery and plant was of great benefit to the firm during the many years he was associated with the firm.
The late Mr P. D. Fairlie is survived by three sons and two daughters by his first wife, who was the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Higgins, of Gympie. The sons are Harold, Edgar and Lionel, of Sydney. The daughters are Mesdames E, McKenny, and B. Harper, of Coonabarabran, New South Wales. There are two sons of his second wife, who was a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Foloi, of Sydney. The sons are Porteous and Mario, of Maryborough. There is one surviving brother, Mr John A. Fairlie, of Pt Vernon, Pialba, and one sister, Mrs F. M. Brett, of Brisbane. There are nine grand-children and five great grandchildren.

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