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These obituaries all relate to the Australian descendants of
John Grey (1821 - 1889) and Elizabeth Nixon (1821 - 1883 )
of Ireland.
They have been collected from various sources and newspapers.

[John & Elizabeth Grey's Family]


ARMOUR (nee Grey, previously Walker) Elizabeth Jean
Born: 1916 - Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Died: 24 February 1942 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Horsham Times - 12th March 1946

ARMOUR - The death occurred in Sydney on February 24 of Mrs Elizabeth Jean Armour, formerly of Murtoa. Deceased, whose maiden name was Grey, was a former well known resident of Horsham, having resided here from childhood. She had been twice married, her first husband Pte Gus Walker of Horsham, having been killed in the Middle East. She was married to Mr Armour about four years ago and had resided in Murtoa until about five weeks ago. The late Mrs Armour had been in indifferent health for some time and was an inmate of the Horsham Base Hospital for a lengthy period. Her husband disposed of his interests at Murtoa and left with her about five weeks ago for Queensland in the hope that the change would be beneficial to her health. She is also survived by her father, Mr Hugh Grey and one sister Isabel. The late Mrs Armour was a well known equestrienne having taken part in many events at Horsham shows and carnivals and similar events throughout the Wimmera.


CLOUGH George Norman William Joseph
Born: 1905 - Coburg, Victoria, Australia
Died: 24 April 1937 - Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Argus - 26th April 1937


Coburg Man Killed

The driver was killed and his passenger was injured, when a motor car overturned near Deep Creek, five miles east of Bacchus Marsh, late Saturday afternoon.
They were:-
KILLED CLOUGH, NORMAN, aged 31, shipping agent of Darlington Grove, Coburg
INJURED BYRON, HARRY, aged 35 years, of Warracknabeal; bruises to the arm and the abdomen. Treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The car was descending a hill when it overturned, throwing both men to the roadway. Clough was on his way to join his wife and child who are spending a holiday at Streatham.


DONEHUE (nee Grey) Elizabeth
Born: 1885 - Branxholme, Victoria, Australia
Died: 31 October 1947 - Coleraine, Victoria, Australia

The Coleraine Albion - Thursday, 6th November 1947

Mrs Elizabeth Donehue, wife of Mr Frank Donehue, of "Felton", Carapook, passed away at the Coleraine Bush-Nursing Hospital at 1 am on Friday last. She had been an inmate of the hospital for five weeks. She was born at Branxholme 62 years ago, being a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Henry Grey. For the past 25 years she, with her husband and family, had lived at Carapook, where her husband is a well known grazier. She was a keen work for social functions and public institutions at Carapook and an ardent member of Scots Church, Casterton. She is survived by a husband, five daughters and two sons. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon at Casterton where the Rev G L Richardson conducted the burial service.


DONEHUE Frederick
Born: 1881 - Casterton, Victoria, Australia
Died: 24 June 1972 - Casterton, Victoria, Australia

Casterton News - Merino Chronicle - Western Advertiser Thursday 29th June 1972


Mr Frederick Donehue, one of Casterton's oldest and most honoured citizens died at his residence in Miller st, on Saturday morning at the great age of 91.

Although he had been ill for about 12 months his death was unexpected. He was on the point of being removed to the Hamilton Hospital - an ambulance was on the way - when he died.

He was born in the district and for years he was a land owner at Carapook the property being named 'Fulton'. He retired to Casterton about 20 years ago and took a great interest in the affairs of the town, especially the Elderly Citizens. He was a generous supporter of various clubs.

The funeral on Monday was largely attended. The church was packed and a long procession of cars followed the funeral cortege to the Casterton Cemetery. There the elders of the Church formed a guard of honor.

His family consisted of Rene (Mrs Howlett, Casterton), Vera (Mrs Coxon, Henty), Freda (Mrs W Baxter, Casterton), Dorrie (Mrs Murrell, Sandford), Bert (Wandovale), Enid (Mrs Humphries, Chetwynd), Edgar (Wando Bridge) and Eve (Mrs Ainsworth, Adelaide).

Many grandchildren and great grandchildren live in the district. Amongst those at the funeral was Mr Frank Cain of Portland. He is a relative of Mr Donehue and is aged 96.


GREY (nee Varley) Catherine
Born: 1876 - Cavendish, Victoria, Australia
Died: 25 December 1948 - Horsham, Victoria, Australia

The Horsham Times - Friday, 31st December 1948

GREY - The death occurred on Christmas Day of Mrs Catherine Grey, who was aged 72 years. She had been an inmate of the Horsham Base Hospital for the past six years. Born at Glenisla, the late Mrs Grey was a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Thomas Varley and was married at McKenzie Creek at the age of 39 years. Her husband Mr John Grey, was accidentally killed some years ago, and there was no family. The following are brothers and sisters of deceased: Mr Thomas Varley (Drung South), Eliza (Mrs Helyer, New Zealand), May (Mrs Myer, Henty NSW) Messrs. Ernest A and Alexander A Varley of Drung South. The Funeral took place on Monday, leaving St Andrews Presbyterian Church after a service by the Rev J Fairlie Forrest.


GREY (nee Buckley) Ellen
Born: 1860 - Rifle Downs, Victoria, Australia
Died: 17 April 1943 - Horsham, Victoria, Australia

Hamilton Spectator - Thursday, 6th May 1943


The death of Mrs Ellen Grey at her home on April 17, at the aged of 83 years, removed an old and highly respected resident of the Mooralla district. Mrs Grey was the eldest daughter if the late Mr and Mrs R D Buckley, who came to Australia with the Henry Family. She was born at Rifle Downs, near Digby, in the year 1860 and later removed with her parents to Grassdale and Merino, and in December 1880 was married to the late John Grey at Hamilton. She then went to live at Mooralla district and remained there until her death. Mrs Grey was predeceased by her husband 31 years ago. She reared a family of 12 sons and two daughters, five sons and one daughter predeceased her by many years. Her passing did not come as a shock as she had been a patient sufferer for many months and her end was expected for several weeks. She endeared herself to a wide circle of friends and there was a large gathering at the home and also at the graveside to pay the last tribute and respect. The service at the grave was read by the Rev J H Bates, of the Presbyterian Church. Seven sons, one daughter and 23 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren are left to mourn the loss of a loving and devoted mother. One brother (Mr R D Buckley, Minimay, Goroke) and a sister (Mrs W Justice, Holbrook, New South Wales) also survive her. Many beautiful wreaths were placed on the last resting place, including a beautiful one from members of the Mooralla Red Cross. Surviving members of the family are: Messrs Robert Grey, Warrnambool; Hugh, Pine Hills, Harrow; Francis, Rupanyup; Henry, Mooralla; Samuel Leslie, Gringe: Norman, Waratah, Cavendish; Fred, Mooralla; and Miss Catherine Grey (Ciss), Mooralla. Coffin bearers were Mr Gordon Grey (grandson), Messrs J Henry, Will Lewis, R T Waters, Ern Lewis, Jim Waters.


GREY (nee McWhirter) Ellen Amelia
Born: 1885 - Cavendish, Victoria, Australia
Died: 18 December 1934 - Horsham, Victoria, Australia

The Horsham Times - Friday 21st December 1934

The death occurred on Wednesday at the Horsham base hospital of Mrs Ellen Amelia Grey, wife of Hugh Grey of Mill Street, Horsham. Deceased was born at Woolpooer, was 49 years of age. Apart from a sorrowing husband, she leaves two daughters, Irene and Elizabeth to whom deep sympathy has been extended. Her remains were interred in the Horsham Cemetery on Wednesday.


GREY Francis
Born: 4 May 1887 - Cavendish, Victoria, Australia
Died: 20 April 1969 - Ararat, Victoria, Australia

Ararat - 21st April 1969


Francis Grey died on the 20th April 1969.
Cause of death was Chronic Cardiac Failure.
Deposition of Witness: James Stanley Leach, Male Nurse
I identify the body lying dead as that of Francis Grey who was admitted to ward 18 on 19th April 1969. He was confined to bed in a very weak condition and he required full nursing attention. His relatives were notified of his illness and on 20th April 1969 he was visited by his wife, son and daughter-in-law and brother and sister.
He was also visited during the day by Reverend McKay. Despite all care and attention he did not respond to treatment and I was informed that the patient Francis Grey had passed away by Night Nurse D Walker at 8.50pm on 20th April 1969.
Signed: D Leach, 21st April 1969

Deposition of a Witness: Gwendolyn Ruth Nash, Registered Medical
Practioner, Mental Hospital, Ararat.

According to the hospital records Francis Grey, aged 81 years was admitted to Ararat Mental Hospital on the 4th January 1969 from the Wimmera Base Hospital suffering from Senile Dementia. His condition improved and he was taken by his wife on trial leave on the 6th March 1969 but returned on the 15th April 1969 due to his being unmanageable at home and tending to wander away and he also attacked his wife with a hatchet - on return he was uncooperative, irritable and restless. On 19th April 1969, he sustained a fall and bruised both elbows and forearms - at that time he had a blood pressure of 120/70 and a slow pulse and was suffering from heart failure.
His condition deteriorated and he died on the 20th April 1969. I saw him several times during the day and after death.
Signed: GR Nash, 21st April 1969


GREY (Wilson) Freda Mary
Born: abt 1896 - England
Died: 27 January 1972 - Byrneside, Victoria, Australia

Hamilton spectator - January 1972


A Hamilton woman was killed on Thursday when she was involved in a railway crossing accident. She was Freda Grey, 70, of Alexandra Parade. The accident happened when a car and train crashed at an unmanned crossing on the Midland Highway. Her grandson ...... of Portland who was driving the car, was injured in the crash near Byrneside, 114 miles north of Melbourne. He was taken to the Mooroopna Hospital where his condition was described as satisfactory. There have been several accidents at the crossing which has no warning bells or lights. The three carriage diesel rail motor was traveling from Toolamba to Echuca. The car and train were badly damaged.


GREY George
Born: 1884 - Branxholme, Victoria, Australia
Died: 23 April 1966 - Hamilton, Victoria, Australia

Hamilton Spectator - Thursday, 5th May 1966

Mr George Grey, of Carrsdale, Branxholme, died recently in the Glenelg Base Hospital, Hamilton, after a long illness. Mr Grey, 82, was a son of the late Henry and Mary Grey, of Branxholme, and was born at Kangaroo.
Three brothers, Hugh, Sam and Dave, and two sisters Mary (Mrs McPherson) and Elizabeth (Mrs Donehue) predeceased him. The surviving brothers and sisters are: Bob (Shepparton); William (Melbourne); Margaret (Mrs Jackson, Melbourne); Amy (Mrs Hutchinson, Horsham); Frank (Melbourne) and Harold (Branxholme).
Mr Grey married Miss Ethel Millard at Wallacedale in 1912, and they have lived at Carrsdale, Branxholme for the past 50 years. There are six children: Alma (Mrs T Ratcliffe, Condah); Methyl (Mrs JA Hayhoe, Branxholme); Violet (Mrs C Heaney, Hamilton); Athol (Branxholme); Lucy (Mrs R Watt, Branxholme); and June (Mrs A C McErvale, Wallacedale); seventeen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Mr Grey was well-known for his great interest in horses, Jersey cattle and dogs.
He was a life member of the Branxholme Pastoral and Agricultural Society, having assisted at all shows held by the Society.
The funeral service at the Presbyterian Church, Branxholme and at the Condah Cemetery was conducted by the Rev W A Johnstone.
Pall-bearers were Mssrs Athol Grey, C Heaney, JA Hayhoe and R Watt.
The Masonic service at the graveside was read by Mr A Leask.


GREY Harold Alfred
Born: 28 February 1903 - Branxholme, Victoria, Australia
Died: 6 December 1974 - Hamilton, Victoria, Australia

Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, 14th December 1974

A Branxholme man involved in many of the town's organisations and clubs was buried at the Branxholme cemetery on Monday afternoon. Mr Harold Alfred Grey died at Hamilton Base Hospital on Friday. The burial followed a funeral service at the Branxholme Presbyterian Church which was conducted by Rev Fyfe of Branxholme, and Rev R Davis, of Macarthur. Mr Grey's popularity in the district was revealed by the large crowd and many floral tributes at the funeral. Born at South Branxholme, Mr Grey was the son of the late Henry and Mary Grey. He was the man behind the formation of the town's bowling green which was opened only two weeks ago. Mr Grey was also the instigator of the Branxholme Indoor Bowling Club. A life member of the Branxholme P & A Society, he was also a former president of the Branxholme Hall Committee. During World War I he was a member of the Home Defence. Mr Grey, 71 had been a member of the Masonic Lodge since March, 25, 1926. He was appointed a Justice of the peace on September 17, 1959. A commission agent for Southern Farmers for two years, Mr Grey was a farmer and three years ago leased his property to his son-in-law. Mr Grey was president of the Back to Branxholme celebrations in March 1972. He is survived by his wife Myrtle, daughter Lynette, son-in-law Ray Downes and grandchildren, Tania, Narelle and Matthew.


GREY Henry
Born: 1854 - Bordertown, South Australia
Died: 6 July 1930 - Hamilton, Victoria, Australia

Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, 12th July 1930

Mr Henry Grey
An old identity of the district in the person of Mr Henry Grey, died on Sunday morning last at the age of 76 years. He had been in indifferent health for the past 4 - 5 months, though prior to that he had been able to get about very well, having been accustomed to live an active life.
Mr Grey was born at Bordertown (S.A.) and in 1877 married Miss Mary Black of this district, who survives him. The couple have spent most of the 53 years of married life in the Branxholme district. Mr Grey followed farming pursuits.
At the funeral on Monday a large number of friends attended to pay their last tribute of respect. Rev. J.A. Pawson officiated at the house and the grave. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr Greed of Hamilton.
The following were the members of the family: Hugh J. (Strathkellar), Samuel (Hamilton), Mary (Mrs McPherson, Beulah),George (Morven, Branxholme), Elizabeth (Mrs Donehue, Carapook), David J. (Branxholme), Robert (Horsham), William H. (Melbourne), Margaret (Mrs Reid, Melbourne), Harold A. (Branxholme).


Born: 1882 Mooralla, Victoria, Australia
Died: 1 September 1920

Hamilton Spectator - 28th August 1920

A Painful accident beset Mr John Grey, of Cavendish on Thursday, whilst engaged in harrowing. It appears, the harrow overturned and in striking Mr Grey one of the fanes penetrated his side and the unfortunate man was dragged some distance before being released. Mr Grey was admitted to Hamilton hospital, where he lies in a precaution condition.

Hamilton Spectator - Thursday, 2nd September 1920

GREY - The friends of the late Mr John Grey are repectfully informed that his funeral will leave Frank Greeds private Mortuary, Collins St, Hamilton on Friday 3rd September at 11.30 am arriving at the Cavendish Cemetery at 2pm.


GREY Robert
Born: 1882 - Mooralla, Victoria, Australia
Died: 9 January 1965 - Horsham, Victoria, Australia

The Mail Times - Monday, 11th January 1965


Mr Robert Grey, 82, of the Lutheran Rest Home, Horsham, formerly of Glenisla, who died at the Wimmera Base Hospital on Saturday, will be buried today.
He was born at Mooralla, the son of Mr and Mrs John Grey, and later married Mary Ann Coustley, at Hamilton.
Brothers and sisters: Norman (Yarraville), Frank (Rupanyup) and Cis (Mrs A Anderson, Glenisla).
After his marriage he lived and worked in the Warrnambool - Hamilton area, until he went to live with his sister at Glenisla nine years ago.
He moved to the Lutheran Rest Home recently and had been in ill health for some years.
His sons and daughters are: Percy, Gordon (dec), Ernest, Leslie and Eileen.
He was buried in Horsham Cemetery today after an 11 am service at Horsham Presbyterian Church by the Rev R Corr.


GREY (nee Carter) Sarah Isabella
Born: 1888 - Rupanyup, Victoria, Australia
Died: 20 February 1930 - Mooralla, Victoria, Australia

The Rupanyup Spectator - Thursday, 27th February 1930

In our last issue brief reference was made to the death of Mrs Sarah Gray, wife of Frank Gray, of Rupanyup North. This sad event occurred at the home of Mr Gray's parents at Cavendish early on Thursday morning last. The deceased lady who was 41 years of age, had endured considerable suffering during a protracted illness, from which, sad to relate, little, if any, hope was held out for her recovery. For many months the deceased lingered on, bearing her trouble with wonderful fortitude and, whilst, her end was not unexpected, her demise is deeply mourned by a large circle of friends, amongst whom the deceased was held in the very highest esteem. Many good deeds marked her life, the whole of which had been spent at Rupanyup North, where her parents the late Mr and Mrs William Carter selected land over 50 years ago, they being amongst the first settlers to arrive in this district. Deceased was their second eldest daughter.
In the heavy cross which they have been called to bear, the sorrowing husband and two sons John and Willie, the eldest boy being nine years, heartfelt sympathy is extended, also to other relatives sorrow is expresses in their sad bereavement.
Sisters and brothers of the deceased lady are Jane (Mrs J Carter, Sydney), Mary (deceased), Susanna (deceased), Emily (Mrs O'Breen, Yarraville), Susan (Mrs J Smith, Yarraville), Lillian (Mrs E Belfrage, yesterday), William, Robert (deceased), Charles (deceased) and John of Rupanyup North.
Deceased's mortal remains were laid to rest in the Rupanyup cemetery last Saturday afternoon in the presence of a large number of sympathizing friends. Beautiful wreaths were sent by relatives and friends. The coffin bearers were six of Mr Frank Gray's brothers, viz., Robert, Leslie, Alfred, Norman, Frederick and Henry. The service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. F. W. Rankin, Presbyterian minister.


HUTCHINSON (nee Grey) Amy Beatrice
Born: 9 October 1894 - Branxholme, Victoria, Australia
Died: 16 April 1978 - Horsham, Victoria, Australia

The Mail Times - Monday, 17th April 1978


Mrs Amy Beatrice Hutchinson, 83, of Harriet Street, Horsham, died at Wimmera Base Hospital yesterday.
Mrs Hutchinson was born at Branxholme, a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs George Grey and married Mr Robert Hutchinson, who died before her.
Sons and daughter are Joan (Mrs A Kroker, Horsham), Robert (Melbourne), Norman (Mt Gambier) and Graham (Sydney).
The Funeral will be at Ballarat Crematorium at 2 pm tomorrow, after a service at St Andrew's Uniting Church, Horsham at 10 am.

The Mail Times - Wednesday, 19th April 1978


The funeral for Mrs Amy Beatrice Hutchinson of Harriet St, Horsham, was held at the Ballarat Crematorium yesterday.
Rev Edwin Davies lead a service at St Andrew's Uniting Church, Horsham and Rev C Locket of Ballarat led a service at the Crematorium. Coffin bearers were Messrs J Baker, A Lockwood, E Dymke and J Hayhoe.


Born: 12 October 1890 - Wail, Victoria, Australia
Died: 17 May 1964 - Horsham, Victoria, Australia

The Mail Times - Wednesday, 20th May 1964


Mr R Hutchinson Mr Robert Hutchinson, of 31 Harriet St, Horsham, died at his home on Sunday, aged 73. He was born at Wail, the son of Mr and Mrs George Hutchinson, and when aged 29 married Amy Beatrice Gray at Horsham. Mrs Hutchinson is still living. Mr Hutchinson is survived by three sons, Robert Douglas (Melbourne), Norman Bruce (Mt Gambier) and Graham Ralph (Melbourne) and a daughter Lesley Joan (Mrs A Kroker, Horsham). Mr Hutchinson was Horsham's first RSL President and former the 1st Scout Group in Horsham. One of Australia's first enlisted men, he had the low serial number of 571. He fought at Gallipoli and rose to the rank of sergeant. Mr Hutchinson was cremated at Ballarat Crematorium yesterday after a service at Horsham Presbyterian Church. An RSL Service was held at the church so that many friends unable to go to Ballarat could attend. Services at the church and crematorium were conducted by Rev R Corr and the RSL service was by Mr F Graham. Mr B Barnes sounded the last post. A Masonic service at the crematorium was led by Mr W Hobbs of Horsham. Coffin bearers: Messrs. J Baker, A Kroker, W Hutchinson, W Hobbs, A Jolley and Lex Anselmi. B and B Hutchesson had charge of arrangements.


McGREGOR Angus Ronald
Born: 20 May 1919 - Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
Died: 18 January 1995 - Portland, Victoria, Australia

Portland Observer - January 1995


Angus Ronald McGregor, familiarly known as Ron, was born on Amy 20, 1919 at Hamilton, Victoria, the only son of Audley and his wife Margaret (Webber).

Ron grew up and was educated un the Balmoral-Wannon area, where his father supplemented his living by rabbiting.

After leaving school Ron worked on the roads until he joined the AIF in 1939.

After his initial training he embarked in Melbourne for overseas along with other Portland boys and was captured in Crete and was a prisoner of war for over four years - the duration of the war.

Like other prisoners, he was soon put to work on German farms, where he learnt to speak the German language fluently.

On his return home, he met his future wife at his welcome home party. It is said that he bought his first vehicle in order to court his girlfriend who lived some 15 miles away on the other side of Hamilton.

On April 10, 1947, Ron was joined in Holy Matrimony to Eileen Catherine Grey at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Hamilton. The marriage was blessed with three sons, Peter, Bill and Jim. The family lived at the Wannon for more than five years, where Ron was involved in super spreading.

In 1954 Ron moved to Portland with his wife and family. Ron found employment with the firm of Thomas Borthwick and Son, where he worked for more than 25 years, eventually retiring in 1979. He was active as a life member if the show society and also a member if the bi-centennial committee.

In December 1990 his wife Eileen passed away, but he continued to be comforted by his family of boys and grandchildren. The latter affectionately referred to Ron as "Ga-Ga". As his descendants were very important to him, he loved attending events and functions connected with his grandchildren's schooling.

By nature Ron was quiet and reserved, not being one to push himself forward, but during the last two years he found a dear friend in Ivy Inglis with whom he boarded.

Early in the morning of January 18, Ron suddenly became ill. He subsequently passed away at the Portland District Hospital a few hours later at the age of 75 years and eight months.

To mourn his loss, he leaves three sons and their wives - Peter and Margaret, Bill and Judy and Jim and Tracy. His 11 grandchildren are Kylie, Nicole, Timothy, Glen, Raelene, Vanessa, Rebecca, Sarah, Adam and Megan - together with a large circle of relatives and friends.

The service at the Lutheran Church was well attended. The Pastor J Gerhardy conducted the service and again at the graveside.

Mr Ern Matuschka read the RSL funeral ritual, and Mr Don McLeod sounded the Last Post and Reveille.


STORER (nee Grey) Jane
Born: 1851 - Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died: 29 November 1943 - Hamilton, Victoria, Australia

Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, 11th December 1943

Mrs Jane Storer
The death occurred at Fern Hill, Branxholme of Mrs Jane Storer, wife of the late Joseph Storer, at the age of 91 years. She was the youngest daughter of the late Mr & Mrs John Grey. Born at Kilwinning, a suburb of Glasgow Scotland, she migrated to Australia with her parents at the age of 3 months. The family landed in Adelaide and thence removed to Bordertown, where her father was employed for about 6 years as a boundary rider on Binney's station. Seeking more adventure, he decided to try his fortune in the Big Racket. After waiting three weeks, he drew an allotment at Branxholme adjacent to the present Glenlogie Estate. He immediately returned to Bordertown and removed his family to Branxholme. The late Mrs Storer was well respected, she was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church and took a keen interest in the PWMU. She was an active worker in the Red Cross during the 1914 - 1918 war. A large gathering at the graveside testified to the high esteem in which she was held. The coffin bearers were: Messers: R. Grey, R. Barber, W & S Farquharson. Rev. Munro officiated at the graveside. Messers Greed & Sons carried out the mortuary arrangements. She left a family of 7 daughters and 5 sons living to mourn their loss.




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