obituaries all relate to the Australian descendants of
John Grey (1821 - 1889) and Elizabeth Nixon (1821 - 1883 )
They have been collected from various sources and newspapers.
& Elizabeth Grey's Family]
(nee Grey, previously Walker) Elizabeth Jean
Born: 1916 - Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Died: 24 February 1942 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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.
George Norman William Joseph
Born: 1905 - Coburg, Victoria, Australia
Died: 24 April 1937 - Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria,
Argus - 26th April 1937
was killed and his passenger was injured, when a motor car overturned
near Deep Creek, five miles east of Bacchus Marsh, late Saturday
KILLED CLOUGH, NORMAN, aged 31, shipping agent of Darlington Grove,
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.
(nee Grey) Elizabeth
Born: 1885 - Branxholme, Victoria, Australia
Died: 31 October 1947 - Coleraine, Victoria, Australia
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.
Born: 1881 - Casterton, Victoria, Australia
Died: 24 June 1972 - Casterton, Victoria, Australia
News - Merino Chronicle - Western Advertiser Thursday 29th June
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
(nee Varley) Catherine
Born: 1876 - Cavendish, Victoria, Australia
Died: 25 December 1948 - Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Horsham Times - Friday, 31st December 1948
- 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.
(nee Buckley) Ellen
Born: 1860 - Rifle Downs, Victoria, Australia
Died: 17 April 1943 - Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Spectator - Thursday, 6th May 1943
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.
(nee McWhirter) Ellen Amelia
Born: 1885 - Cavendish, Victoria, Australia
Died: 18 December 1934 - Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Horsham Times - Friday 21st December 1934
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.
Born: 4 May 1887 - Cavendish, Victoria, Australia
Died: 20 April 1969 - Ararat, Victoria, Australia
- 21st April 1969
- Francis GREY
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
of a Witness: Gwendolyn Ruth Nash, Registered Medical
Practioner, Mental Hospital, Ararat.
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
(Wilson) Freda Mary
Born: abt 1896 - England
Died: 27 January 1972 - Byrneside, Victoria, Australia
spectator - January 1972
DIES IN SMASH
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.
Born: 1884 - Branxholme, Victoria, Australia
Died: 23 April 1966 - Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
Spectator - Thursday, 5th May 1966
MAN DIED AGED 82
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
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.
Born: 28 February 1903 - Branxholme, Victoria, Australia
Died: 6 December 1974 - Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
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
Born: 1854 - Bordertown, South Australia
Died: 6 July 1930 - Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
Spectator - Saturday, 12th July 1930
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
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
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.
Born: 1882 - Mooralla, Victoria, Australia
Died: 9 January 1965 - Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Mail Times - Monday, 11th January 1965
Grey, 82, of the Lutheran Rest Home, Horsham, formerly of Glenisla,
who died at the Wimmera Base Hospital on Saturday, will be buried
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
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
He was buried in Horsham Cemetery today after an 11 am service at
Horsham Presbyterian Church by the Rev R Corr.
(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.
(nee Grey) Amy Beatrice
Born: 9 October 1894 - Branxholme, Victoria, Australia
Died: 16 April 1978 - Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Mail Times - Monday, 17th April 1978
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
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.
Mail Times - Wednesday, 19th April 1978
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
Mail Times - Wednesday, 20th May 1964
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.
Born: 20 May 1919 - Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
Died: 18 January 1995 - Portland, Victoria, Australia
Observer - January 1995
- RONALD McGREGOR
Ronald McGregor, familiarly known as Ron, was born on Amy 20, 1919
at Hamilton, Victoria, the only son of Audley and his wife Margaret
up and was educated un the Balmoral-Wannon area, where his father
supplemented his living by rabbiting.
leaving school Ron worked on the roads until he joined the AIF in
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.
other prisoners, he was soon put to work on German farms, where
he learnt to speak the German language fluently.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
at the Lutheran Church was well attended. The Pastor J Gerhardy
conducted the service and again at the graveside.
Matuschka read the RSL funeral ritual, and Mr Don McLeod sounded
the Last Post and Reveille.
(nee Grey) Jane
Born: 1851 - Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died: 29 November 1943 - Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
Spectator - Saturday, 11th December 1943
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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