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Born: 1879 - Deal, Kent, England
Died: 24 February 1968 - New Zealand

Gisborne Herald (New Zealand) - 27th February 1968


"He was the greatest servant this council and the ratepayers of the Walkohu County had" said the Walkohu chairman, Mr D G Dymock, when at yesterday's meeting he led fellow councilors in a tribute to the late Mr J G Appleton, a former clerk to the council. Mr Appleton's death occurred at the week-end after a short illness.

John Guy Appleton occupied the post of county clerk from 1911 to 1950, during which time he immersed himself thoroughly in all activities launched for the benefit of the county residents. He held a number of honorary posts, including that of secretary to the Walkohu branch pf the Returned Services Association.

Born in Deal, in the county of Kent in 1879, he was educated at Whitgift Grammar School, Croydon, where he developed a lifetime enthusiasm for cricket in particular. He later gave a good account of himself in several other sports including bowling as a member of the Te Karaka Club.


At the age of 18 Mr Appleton enlisted for service in the South African War and on conclusion of hostilities elected to remains in the colony and follow a farming career.

He spent eight years in this pursuit and then came to New Zealand in 1911, and winning appointment as assistant clerk. He succeeded to the senior post shortly after.

In the year following his appointment he married Miss Mary Julia Seamons, a member of a well known family. They continued to live in the county township, and among his many interest Mr Appleton included the work her performed as a member of the Church of England.

He served St John's Te Karaka as a member of the vestry and as treasurer and was a lay canon of the Diocese of Waiapu, of which he was also an elected representative on the General Synod of New Zealand. In diocesan affairs Mr Appleton also served as chairman of committees in the synod.


In ex-servicemen's affairs he was active both in the South African War Veteran's Association of which he was Gisborne branch secretary for several terms, and the district organisation of the New Zealand Returned Services Association; his services in the Walkohu branch of the RSA were recognised by the award of the national associations merit badge. He was the only South African veteran so honoured.

It will be remembered by his fellow members of the Walkohu association that on the occasion of his award Mr E N Tilley, a vice president of the national council traveled to Te Karaka to convey the personal compliments of his colleagues to the recipient.

Among the many other services rendered by Mr Appleton to the Walkohu Count was several years membership of the Gisborne Harbour Board as one of it's representatives and his constant availability as a Justice of the peace. After his retirement from council employment he gave some years service to the National Party's district organisation.

The tribute paid to the late My Appleton at yesterday's meeting of the county council echoed, in measure, those which marked his retirement from the post of county clerk in 1950. the late Mr A A Fraser then chairman told the 1950 gathering that the county had had one of the best clerks to be found in New Zealand.

Among those who endorsed Mr Fraser's compliments were Messrs HJF Tombleson, M Doyle, LHL Maclean, HH Dods, JB William, GS Bridge, AF Fitzgerald and the present holder of the chairmanship Mr D G Dymock.

From the time he joined the council's staff until his death on Saturday Mr Appleton continued to make his home in the county township. His last ailment, one of the few that his long and happily useful life, was of short duration.

He is survived by Mrs Appleton, and their three daughters Margaret (Mrs A P Gordon - Wainui Beach), Nancy (Mrs R J Feltham, Hunterville) and Shirley (Mrs JCL Dowding, Te Karaka).

The burial took place today at the Servicemen's lawn Cemetery, Taruheru following a service at Holy Trinity.


APPLETON (nee Seamons) Mary Julia
Born: 31 December 1885 - Gisborne, New Zealand
Died: 11 July 1983 - Gisborne, New Zealand

Gisborne Herald (New Zealand) - 13th July 1983


A former resident of Te Karaka, Mrs Mary Julia Appleton, 97, died in Gisborne on Monday.

The eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Edmund Seamons, Mrs Appleton was born in Gisborne on December 31, 1885.

Educated at Te Karaka, she was married to Mr John Guy Appleton at St John's Church, Te Karaka, in 1912.

Mrs Appleton during her years in Te Karaka was involved in many community organisations. Foundation member and president pf Te Karaka Plunket Society and district life member she was for many years a member of SPCA and a foundation member of St John's Church Guild.

Mrs Appleton had a life long interest in Guiding, having been a foundation member of the Te Karaka Girl Guide Committee and a District Commissioner.

St John's vestry, Women's Division of Federated Farmers and the Lady Galway Guild were other organisations she took part in.

She was a keen bridge player and embroidery, cooking and sewing were also among her many interests.

Mrs Appleton is survived by two daughters, Mrs Bobbie Feltham and Mrs Shirley Dowding.


BALLINTINE Charles Thomas
Born: 4 October 1892 - Cashel, Victoria, Australia
Died: 5 May 1950 - London, England

Benalla Ensign - Thursday, May 11, 1950

Mr Charles T Ballintine

Benalla and district friends of Mr Charles Thomas Ballintine will regret to learn of his death, which took place suddenly in London on Friday last. Some weeks ago Mr and Mrs Ballintine left on a trip abroad. The late Mr Ballintine was for many years attached to the staff of Ledger, Wann and Co, Benalla. On severing connection with the firm some years ago owing to ill-health, deceased carried on farming pursuits in the district, and on disposing of his interest went to live in Brighton. He was a member of the well known and highly respected pioneer family of the district, and possesses many sterling qualities, which made him popular wherever he went. Sincere sympathy is felt for Mrs Ballintine in her great loss. He is survived by two sisters, Annie (Mrs Poyzer), Elsie (Mrs Black) and one brother, James.


Born: 15 December 1860 - Bylands, Victoria, Australia
Died: 22 January 1917 - Benalla, Victoria, Australia

North Eastern Ensign (Benalla) - Friday, 26th January 1917


The dead body of Mr James Ballintine, one of the oldest farmers of the parish of Upotipotpon, was discovered on some fallowed land, belonging to Mr H Wilson of the same locality, on Monday last. Deceased was about 3 chains from Benalla road. He was lying face upwards, with his legs crossed and his head from his eyes upwards was blown completely away. Alongside the bodywas deceased's own double-barrelled breech-loading gun, one of the barrels being charged and the other empty. There was also a hole in the ground close by into which the stock of the gun fitted, as also a stick 18 inches long, the latter being appartently used to operate the trigger of the weapon. There was also an exploded cartridge near the body, and the head of the corpse was bleeding. Everything pointed to a deliberate act of self-destruction. The matter was reported promptly to the police heads at Benalla by the finder of the body, of which Constable Gunther took charge and conveyed to the deceased's home. Later on an inquest was held by Mr Walker, the deputy coroner. Thomas Ballintine, brother of the deceased, deposed to having discovered the body, stating also that his brother seemed in his usual condition of health on the morning of the tradedy, though he certainly appeared upset about the suicide of Charlie O'Brien, At Goorambat; and he knew nothing, financially, to trouble his deceased brother James Plzza said he saw the deceased at 3 pm on the day the body was discovered and the deceased did not seem well. Elsie Ballintine, daughter of the deceased, said that after his dinner the same day her father read for a while and subsequently disappeared. He had not enjoyed good health for the past three or four years, through pains in the head and insomnia, medical treatment giving him no relief.
Constable Gunther gave evidence in accordance with the factswe have already stated on his visit to the scene of the tragedy. The deputy coroner found that the cause of death was a gunshot wound in the head but no evidence was given to show the deceased's state of mind at the time.


CAREY Robert Mimpriss
Born: abt 1872 - Fiji
Died: 28 May 1946 - Echuca, Victoria, Australia

The Free Press (Kyabram) - Friday, 31st May 1946


Mr R M Carey

One of Kyabram's best known and oldest residents, Mr Robert Mimpriss Carey, passed away at Echuca Hospital on Tuesday after having been an inmate of that institution since last November. Deceased who was 74 years of age was born in Fiji, his parents being the late Rev Jesse and Mrs Carey. He came to Australia when only five years of age. For almost 60 years he had resided on the orchard property at The Avenue, Kyabram.
An old Wesley Collegian, the late Mr Carey was a deep reader, and possessed of keen perception and solid convictions. He often expressed valuable opinions at meetings organised for the welfare of the fruit industry as a member of the Lancaster Fruitgrowers Association. A strong churchman, he devoted a great deal of his time in the interests of the Methodist Church, and his pleasing and outstanding tenor voice was heard for many years in the Methodist Choir and at functions throughout the district. A sportsman in the highest degree he was noted for his ability as a cricketer. During the years he played for Kyabram and the district association he achieved much success as a slow break bowler, not only against local opponents, but also against strong metropolitan teams. He was also a capable batsman, and on one occasion scored a century against Nathalia. Although retired from active participation for a number of years, he delighted to converse about the game he loved, and missed no opportunity of witnessing a match.
The late Mr Carey was married twice, on the second occasion to Miss Annie Thomas, 32 years ago. He is survived by his widow and one son (Robert). A daughter (Pearl) by his first marriage also survives him. Burial took place at the Kyabram cemetery yesterday. Before the lengthy cortege left Kyabram Methodist Church the Rev FE Blyth conducted an impressive service. He also officiated at the graveside. Messrs EK Halliday and sons carried out the funeral arrangements.


CHANDLER Charles William
Born: 1 March 1883 - Yandoit, Victoria, Australia
Died: 20 January 1942 - St Arnaud, Victoria, Australia

St Arnaud Mercury - Friday, 23rd January 1942


The news of the death of Mr C Chandler, of Slaty Creek, was received on Wednesday with deep regret. Mr Chandler had been ill for some time but this did not lessen the shock to his many friends and relatives. The funeral on Thursday afternoon was a very representative one, as residents from all parts of the district attended to pay their last tributes to a man whom all admired. A full report will be given in our next issue.

St Arnaud Mercury - Tuesday, 27th January 1942


The district suffered a sad loss on Wednesday of last week, when the death of Mr CW Chandler was announced, after a painful illness lasting about two years.

He was born at Slaty Creek in 1883, and resided in the district until the time of his demise. Mr Chandler was the son of the late John and Mrs M Chandler, and was married in 1911 to Miss E Wright, of Slaty Creek. The late Mr Chandler was recognised as a competent farmer, and his business ability was often the subject of comment. Where others, through neglect, had to renew machinery, Mr Chandler's equipment lasted him for years, simply because all machines were kept in first class order. In common with others in the district, he passed through difficult times, but always rose above his difficulties to attain success.

Although a farmer's life leaves little opportunity for leisure, Mr Chandler was keenly interested in all that pertained to the welfare of the district, and any movement which aimed at the progress of the district was given his enthusiastic support. As a young man, Mr Chandler took an active part in the Rifle Club, and later became associated with the Agricultural Society, where his suggestions and advice were sought and often accepted. In the early days it was not easy to communicate with neighbours, and Mr Chandler rendered local farmers a service when he undertook the duties of secretary of the Coonooer Bridge Telephone Syndicate. In the death of Mr Chandler, the Coonooer Bridge Methodist Church has suffered a particularly heavy loss. He took a keen interest in all matters pertaining to his church, of which he was secretary and a trustee. Mr Chandler did not go to church just because it was the right thing to do. His Christianity was part of his life, and was put into practice at all times. Those who knew him best, irrespective of creed, pay tribute to the way in which he lived, and his true neighbourliness. Mr Chandler was ever ready to give assistance when it was required, and nothing was too much trouble when a neighbour was in difficulty. It was such acts which proved the goodness and high outlook possessed by Mr Chandler. In addition to being a keen churchman, he was also a member of the I.O.R Lodge for 30 years.

His widow and family of one son (Clifford) and three daughters (Dorothy, Evelyn and Nessie) together with his only sister (Mrs R Reed) mourn the loss of one who proved himself one of nature's gentlemen, a very true and most affectionate husband, father and brother.

No finer tribute could be paid to the late Mr Chandler's life than the very large and representative cortege, which followed the remains to the St Arnaud Cemetery on Thursday 22nd inst where the service at the graveside was conducted by the Methodist Minister Rev WCJ Pearl. The polished oak casket, with silver mountings was borne by Messrs C Chandler (son), R Reed, T Wright and Russell Reed. The pall-bearers were Messrs G Robinson, J Reseigh, J Young, V Fox, J Williams, G Pole, D Pritchard, G Wright, M Postlethwaite and G Telford.

Among the large number of wreaths received from friends were those from the: Telford Family; George and Daisy Pole and Gwen; George and Lizzie Robinson; Members of Coonooer Bridge Red Cross; Mr and Mrs H Pole and family; Mr and Mrs Jack Pritchard and Family; Mr and Mrs IJT Grigg; Mrs Claxton, Os and Dorrie; Mr and Mrs E Quiggen; Dr H Matheson; The Coonooer Bridge Sunday School; Mr and Mrs R Reed and family; Mr and Mrs J Williams and family; Nell and Ray; Mr and Mrs TA Burrage, Adelaide; Mr and Mrs J Reseigh; Mr and Mrs JM Young and Vic; Mrs W Fox and family; Marion, Dick and Gwen; Bill, Ivy and Lawrence; Mr and Mrs Chisholm and Family; Mr and Mrs J Polkinghorne and Sons; Miss M Hodgson; St Arnaud Agricultural Society; Mr and Mrs Harold Hamilton and the boys; Amy, Will and family; Mr and Mrs Ivor Griffiths; Middleton, Jean and Vern; Mr and Mrs Hubert O'Donohue; Mr and Mrs WR Sloane; Don and Elvie; Mr and Mrs G Hamilton and family.


Born: 1850 - Suffolk, England
Died: 30 April 1927 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

St Arnaud Mercury (Victoria) - 4th May 1927

Quite a number of friends will regret to learn of the death of Mr John Chandler, a well known and successful farmer and grazier in the Slaty Creek district for many years. Latterly he had lived a retired life, but still retained an interest in his property, and since the death of his wife resided with his son and daughter, Mr Chas Chandler and Mrs R Reed, of Slaty Creek. Deceased had reached the age of 77 years, and can truly be classed as one of the pioneers, having come out to Australia at the age of 12 years, accompanied by his parents. He was born in Suffolk, England. After spending about eight years in the Eddington district, the late Mr Chandler at 20 years of age, settled in Slaty Creek with his parents. He was an expert judge of stock and a good conversationist, taking a keen interest in all movements for the advancement of the district, being also an ardent supporter of the Methodist Church. Deceased had been on a health trip to New Zealand, and had returned to Sydney, where he intended staying a little while. Unfortunately a street accident about a fortnight ago necessitated his removal to Dr Jenner's private hospital. Later members of his family were communicated with,and Mr C Chandler hurriedly left for the sister state, and was with his father at the time of death. The remains were brought by train to St Arnaud, and the cortege moved from the Methodist Church yesterday afternoon, the interment taking place in the local cemetery, alongside those of his father, mother and wife. The coffin bearers were Messrs W Reed, M Postlewaite, A Phillips, L Harley, R Reed and W Fox, and the pall bearers Messrs T Robinson Senr, J Wright Senr, T Telford, H Randall, D Harley, E Fox and GJ Telford. The Rev Spencer Churchward (Methodist) officiated at the grave.


CHANDLER (nee Seamons) Martha
Born: 9 January 1851 - Tam O'Shanter Belt, Adelaide, South Australia
Died: 25 October 1909 - St Arnaud, Victoria, Australia

St Arnaud Mercury - Wednesday, 27 October 1909

The death is announced of Mrs Chandler, wife of Mr John Chandler, of Slaty Creek. Deceased, who had been ill for some time, was very much respected. She was 58 years of age. The funeral will take place today, leaving Slaty Creek at half past 12 o'clock for the St Arnaud Cemetery.


CHIVERS John Alexander
Born: 19 March 1887 - Benalla, Victoria, Australia
Died: 14 April 1982 - Parkes, New South Wales, Australia

Benalla Ensign - April 1982


Mr John Alexander Chivers, the last surviving member of a pioneer family in the Benalla district, died at Parkes, New South Wales on April 14. Mr Chivers died age 95 years. He was the son of James and Mary (Boyd) who settled at Whitegate after emigrating from England in the early 1850's. He spent his childhood on his parents property, Savernake, and attended the Emu Bridge State School. After a trip to New Zealand as a young man, he moved to Parkes, New south Wales and settled on a property there. He married Miss Rose Blackstock. His brothers and sisters all deceased were: George, Francis, Charles, Algernon, David, Albert, Alice, William, Ellen (Mrs Dinning), Robert and Maud (Mrs Murdoch). He is survived by his widow and children: Norman, Gladys, Margaret, Edna, Lex, Robert, Les and Gordon.


HATT (nee Seamons) Elizabeth Annie
Born: 20 July 1871 - Serpentine, Victoria, Australia
Died: 19 September 1933 - Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Williamstown Advertiser - Saturday, 30th September, 1933

Mrs E A Hatt - The death has occurred of Mrs Elizabeth Ann Hatt, 61 years, at her residence, Walter Street. Mrs Hatt is survived by her husband James Hatt, and five sons. The funeral, largely attended, left Mr EW Jackson's chapel for the local cemetery. Many floral tributes were received. The Rev R Fenwick-Brown officiated.


HATT James
Born: 1874 - North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died: 14 April 1944 - williamstown, Victoria, Australia

The Williamstown Advertiser - Saturday, 22nd April 1944

Mr J Hatt, 71, died on Friday last week at his residence, Walter St. He had resided locally for over thirty years and was well known as a cricketer and active member of the Cricket Association. He leaves five sons, his wife having predeased him. The funeral was largely attended, leaving Mr Ernest W Jackson's chapel, Ferguson St, for the local cemetery. The Rev RE McQuie officiated. In his youth deceased played with North Melbourne CC and later starred at Yarraville. The last of his long playing career over fifty years was put in with the Kororoit Stars, a team which included four of his sons.


JUDKINS Frederick
Born: 5 January 1847 - Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: 10 May 1915 - Kyabram, Victoria, Australia

The Free Press (Kyabram) - Tuesday May 13th 1913.


At about 6 o'clock on Saturday evening a patient sufferer and ernest Christian passed to his eternal rest, "sustained and cheered by an unfaltering trust," in the person of Mr Frederick Judkins, an old and esteemed resident of Kyabram, who had suffered for months past from cancer on the liver. The remains were interred in the Kyabram cemetery on Monday afternoon. A special service was held in the Methodist church and many residents of the town and district followed the remains to their last resting place. The Rev J Stafford conducted the funeral service, and Mr Roberts made a few remarks, stating that the late Mr Judkins desired the hymn "Take time to be holy" sung over his grave. He refered to the last days of deceased, his intense suffering, and the patience with which it was borne, and his desire that all the praise and glory should be attributed to his Divine Master. The late Mr Judkins was born at Aylesbury, England, on January 5th, 1847. In the following year his parents came to Australia, and finally settled at Franklinford. In later years Mr Judkins selected land at Yarrawalla, and in 1877 was married to Miss Matilda Roberts. In 1892 Mr & Mrs Judkins removed to Kyabram, where they have since resided. Frederick & Matilda did not have any children. Frederick was an orchardist in the Kyabram area, and his property was called "Aylesbury Vineyard".


JUDKINS George Alfred
Born: 13 March 1871 - Coghills Creek, Victoria, Australia
Died: 8 October 1958 - Box Hill, Victoria, Australia

The Age (Melbourne) - Thursday, 9th October 1958


Rev. George Alfred Judkins, one of the best known Methodist ministers in Australia, died at his home in Bruce Street, Box Hill, yesterday morning.

He was 87, and had been 61 years in the Methodist ministry.

After a period of training at Queen's College, Mr Judkins entered the ministry in 1897 at Mount Lyell and Strachan, Tasmania, and began his Victorian ministry in the Richmond circuit in 1899.

Afterwards he served at Yarram, Bendigo, Echuca, Horsham, Barkly Street, Ballarat, Malvern and Canterbury.

In 1925 he became director of social services department, serving in this position for 14 years, and retiring in 1939.

Mr Judkins was president of the Methodist Conference in 1937 and since his retirement was chaplain to the Epworth Hospital for 18 years.

He was preaching until six weeks ago.

He was held in very high esteem for his social service work and was widely known as a tireless campaigner in the temperance movement for many years.

Mr Judkins is survived by his wife, Mrs Aline May Judkins, two sons, Dr HG Judkins and Mr Alfred Judkins, and two daughters, Elvie (Mrs W Armstrong) and Clare (Mrs A W Mitchell).

The funeral service will be at Box Hill Methodist church at 10 am, tomorrow and the cortege will then go to Springvale.


Born: 6 September 1836 - Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: 14 April 1929 - Caulfield, Victoria, Australia

The Creswick Advertiser - Friday 19th April 1929

One of the early pioneers of Victoria, Mr Henry Judkins passed quietly away at his home in Narong Road, Caulfield on Sunday last, at the age of 92 years. Mr Judkins arrived in Port Phillip Bay with his young wife in the ship Mermaid in 1858. In early years and until the time of his retirement he was connected with the Education Department. For several years he was teaching in the Ballarat district. He was actively associated with the Methodist church and did much in those early years to establish the work. On Tuesday he was laid to rest in the family grave in the Coghill's Creek cemetery.


JUDKINS (nee Roberts) Matilda
Born: 23 June 1854 - Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Died: 24 September 1935 - Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia

The Free Press (Kyabram) - Friday, 27th September 1935

Mrs Matilda Judkins (relict of the late Frederick Judkins, formerly of Kyabram and a well known Methodist local preacher) died in Melbourne on Tuesday last. Deceased who was 81 years of age , was sister of Elizabeth (Mrs Seamons, Yandoit), Ellen (WA), Sarah (deceased), John (deceased), George (deceased), Joseph Vergen (WA), Richard (deceased), Alice (Mrs Bamford, deceased) and aunt of Mr Will Seamons (Moonee Ponds).


JUDKINS William Henry
Born: 26 February 1869 - Shepherds Flat, Victoria, Australia
Died: 3 September 1912 - Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia

The Argus (Melbourne) - Wednesday September 4th 1912


"It seems so strange to have dropped suddenly out of the hottest part of the battle , into a quiet that is disturbing because of its clamorous insistence." So recently, wrote Mr William Henry Judkins, whose death occurred at his residence, Camberwell, a little after noon yesterday. Mr Judkins was always a fighting force, and social reform in this country and Methodism throughout Australia sustain a heavy loss by reason of his passing.
The death of Mr Judkins, which closed a long battle against disease, had been anticipated during the last few days. The deceased gentleman was conscious and mentally alert to the very last, and the end came with affecting peacefulness. Originally choosing the career of State School teacher at his native town of Creswick, Victoria, Mr Judkins later felt drawn towards the work of the Methodist Ministry. He entered with zest upon the local preacher's work, and afterwards passed through the students stages to a probationer's station in New Zealand. In that country his strong personality and force of character were eagerly recognised to a remarkable degree by his temperance reform work. It was in New Zealand that his health first showed signs of serious break-down. While yet a young man he had to "go-slow", and with much mental distress he recognised at last that for him the life work of the ministry was an impossibility. He had to abandon the idea of ordination to the Methodist Church.
His force as a writer had won him some prominence in both New Zealand and Australia at this time, and on his return to Melbourne he became associated with the Australasian edition of the "Review of Reviews" first as an advertising agent, and later as editor. With temporarily improved health he threw himself actively into social reform work in Melbourne, and his dominant character very quickly made him a force to be reckoned with. His crusades against the gambling evil , particularly in association with Rev AR Edgar, Rev Henry Worrall and other will be vividly remembered. This anti-gambling movement did much towards the passing of the Gambling Lotteries and Betting Bill of 1906.
Mr Judkins in his private life, was a man of charming personality. Quiet, genial, a winning friend, it was difficult to recognise in him at his home the fiercely eloquent fighter of the public platform. Thousands will miss him for his exemplary kindness of heart and wise counsel, and the quiet, unobtrusive force of his character has done much during his latter days to build up the reform work, which was largely inaugurated amongst the religious community of Melbourne. It is significant also that when he lay on his death bed, the public testimonial to him was subscribed largely by his bitter opponents.
Mr Judkins married a New Zealand lady and hid widow and one daughter survive him. The deceased gentleman had completed his 43rd year. A short service will be held at Wesley Church, this afternoon at half past 2pm, when the funeral will proceed to the Boroondara Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Wesley Church next Sunday afternoon.





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