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HALDEN Colin Maxwell
Born: 1926 - Nathalia, Victoria, Australia
Died: 11 November 1928 - Nathalia, Victoria, Australia

The Nathalia Herald - Tuesday, 13th November 1928


Quite a gloom was cast over the neighbourhood when it became known on Sunday morning that Colin Maxwell, the little son of Mr and Mrs Robert C Halden, of Yielma, had been drowned. Mr and Mrs Halden and a daughter left by car for Echuca about 8.30 am. About 20 minutes afterwards the little fellow, who was only two years old but splendidly developed for his age, was missed. His elder brother Clarence, at once made a search for him and at last found his footprints going along the road in the direction the car had taken. These he followed for a distance of about half a mile, and at last came upon his brother floating face downwards in a sheet of water about two feet deep at the side of the road. He was apparently lifeless, but his brother ran with him a distance of three quarters of a mile to the residence of Mr and Mrs S Bohan. Sister Tuckett and Dr Harbison were at once telephoned for, and until they arrived, which was within a very short space of time, resuscitation methods were carried out by Mr and Mrs Bohan, Mr J Dudley and Clarence Halden. Though there was no sign of life from the first Dr Harbison and those assisting him continued their efforts for two hours, but without result. At a magisterial enquiry, held on Sunday afternoon before Mr AS Dickens, JP, a finding of accidental drowning was returned. The funeral took place at Nathalia on Monday afternoon, when the cortege was a large one. The burial service was read by the Rev J F Butler.


HARDING (nee Storer) Gertrude Elizabeth
Born: 10 March 1895 Rheola, Victoria, Australia

Died: 3 June 1953 - Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Bendigo Advertiser - Saturday, 6th June 1953


HARDING - The death occurred suddenly on Wednesday of Mrs Gertrude Elizabeth Harding, wife of Mr Ernest Francis Harding, licensee of the Belfast Hotel, Hargreaves Street. Deceased was the daughter of the late Thomas and Susan Storer of Rheola. The late Mrs GE Harding was widely known to the traveling public, whilst assisting her husband in the hotel business. She is survived by her husband, five sons, Horace, William, Albert, Maurice and Frank, and two daughters Gloria and Kathleen. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon to the Bendigo Cemetery at the conclusion of a service in Wm. Farmers Chapel by Canon EH Pickford, being largely attended by many business men, Melbourne and country friends. Mr Bowman represented the ULVA. Canon Pickford also officiated at the grave.


HARRIS Ernest Vivian
Born: 1903 - Donald, Victoria, Australia
Died: 21 March 1952 - Donald, Victoria, Australia

St Arnaud Mercury - Tuesday, 25th March 1952

His St Arnaud friends were shocked on Friday morning when they learned that Mr Viv Harris of Donald had died shortly after starting work at the C.O.R. oil depot. The late Mr Harris was 48 years of age and leaves a widow and a family of eight. He was president of the Donald Football Club and Donald ANA Cricket Club, and a member of the Donald Agricultural Society, R.A.O.B and M.U.I.O.O.F. lodges, members of which attended the funeral which took place at the Donald Cemetery on Sunday.


HARRIS Norman Ernest
Born: abt 1928
Died: 21 June 1934 - Donald, Victoria, Australia

Buloke Times, Donald - Tuesday, 26th June 1934

The Late Norman Harris

Norman Ernest Harris, the six year old son of Mr and Mrs Vivian Harris of Jeffcott, passed away in tragic circumstances on Thursday afternoon. He was missed towards the close of the afternoon, and as attempts to find him were unsuccessful, the alarm was given in the town by means of the fire bell. Parties immediately went out from Donald to Mr Harris's farm some miles from Donald, and a speedy search was made, as night was falling and it was decided that he might have wandered into the Jil Jil swamp. A car driven by George Falla was stopped on the south side of the Jil Jil, and Mr Falla walking round the west side, came to the water channel, where he noticed tracks. He then found the boy in the channel about half a mile from the house. Deep sympathy is extended for the sorrowing parents in their bereavement. There are three other children (Don, Elaine and Eva) in the family. The funeral took place on Friday. The cortege being a lengthy one. Rev Bligh officiated at the graveside. The burial took place in the Donald Cemetery.


HAYNES Herbert Hutchinson
Born: 6 February 1885 - Pine Lodge, Victoria, Australia
Died: 30 June 1969 - Yalca North, Victoria, Australia

Numurkah Leader - Wednesday, 9th July 1969


The death of Mr Herbert Hutchinson Haynes, formerly of Ulupna West, occurred at the Una Hospital, Shepparton, on Monday last week, Mr Haynes, 84, was born at Pine Lodge, moving to Melbourne with his family at the age of 12. The family later moved to Drouin before settling at Ulupna West. Following the death of his parents, Mr Haynes bought the family property and remained farming there for about 40 years. In his younger days, he took an active interest in community affairs and sporting activities. He was also a violinist with a small orchestra which played for district dances in the early days. His wife, Ada Lilian, predeceased him eight years ago and Mr Haynes retired about a year later, living with his children. He had enjoyed good health until about five months ago and had been ill for about 2 months. He is survived by 11 children: Les (Mooroopna), Jim Wyuna, Gert (Mrs Keating, Murchison), Allan (Rushworth), Irene (Mrs Millard, Heywood), George (Brisbane, Qld) Frank (Melbourne), Laurel (Mrs O'Callaghan, Shepparton), Margaret (Mrs Preece, Tatura) and Rita (Mrs Cobbledick, Picola). The funeral left the Strathmerton Methodist Church last Wednesday for the Yalca Cemetery.


HEAVEN (nee Ayles) Martha
Born: 17 April 1870 - Para Plains, South Australia
Died: 3 October 1940 - Kadina, South Australia

The Advertiser (Adelaide) - 1st November 1940

The Death took place on October 3, at her residence, Forster St, Kadina, of Mrs Martha Heaven wife of Mr Joseph Heaven, at the age of 70. She was born in 1870 at Salisbury and spent her girlhood at Paskeville, later going to Kadina, where she resided until her death. In 1897 she was married to Mr Joseph Heaven, mason, of Kadina. Mrs Heaven was popular and much esteemed and had been a member of the Rechabite Lodge for 45 years, an active worker in the Victoria square Methodist Womens Guild for 21 years, and a teacher of a junior class in that church. As a member of the local school Mothers Club she also rendered valued service. Besides her husband there survives a son, Mr Joseph Heaven, Kadina, and three daughters; Mrs AC Pollock (Clare), Mrs WH Kimber (Glandore) and Mrs HB Stark (Prospect. There are six grandchildren. Two sisters Mrs C Walters and Mrs L Lamming (both of Parkside) and two brothers, Mr John Ayles (Kadina) and Mr Walter Ayles (Narambeen WA) also survive.


HENSGEN (nee Walker) Elizabeth Ferguson
Born: 1896 - Portobello, Midlothian, Scotland
Died: 27 August 1947 - Mildura, Victoria, Australia

Sunraysia Daily (Mildura) - 29th August 1947


The funeral of Mrs Elizabeth Ferguson Hensgen, of Karadoc Avenue, Irymple, who died in the Base Hospital on Wednesday, took place yesterday afternoon. The cortege left St. Andrew's Presbyterian church for the place of interment in the Presbyterian section of the Mildura Cemetery. The Rev. W. E. Blackwood officiated at the graveside. There was a very large attendance of relatives and friends, and many floral tributes accompanied the casket. Among them was one from the committee and members of the Nichol's Point Football Club. The coffin bearers were E., C., H. & R. Lauder (nephews), E. L. Hensgen and E. Hensgen (brothers in-law). Hutchinson Bros. were in charge of the funeral arrangements.


Born: 5 October 1934 - Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Died: 28 November 1954 - Mildura, Victoria, Australia

Sunraysia Daily (Mildura) - Monday, 29th November 1954


Man Overboard from Paddle boat
A 20 year old Nichol's Point man is believed to have drowned after falling overboard from the showboat Avoca between Buronga and Gol Gol last night. He is Murray Hensgen of Irymple Avenue who was with two companions on the boat's regular Sunday night pleasure cruise.
The companions were brothers John and Robert Clark of Nichol's Point, who saw Hensgen fall. One of the brothers dived to his rescue while the other called for help. The Avoca was stopped while passengers searched for the missing man. Later it was tied to the bank and lights were played on the river. Crew member Terry Collins ran more than half a mile to Mr W. J.Caffey's house to get assistance.

Mildura police were notified by telephone of the accident. Senior Constable R. Peters ordered the boat to return immediately to the wharf. In the meantime, Mr Caffrey and Mr Collins searched the riverbank for more than half a mile downstream from where the Avoca was tied up.

They saw no sign of the man and Collins returned to the boat. Wentworth police will take over the search for the missing man this morning. The search will be carried out by boat and also by foot.

Sunraysia Daily (Mildura) - Tuesday 30th November 1954

Police Search
Mildura, Buronga and Wentworth police yesterday failed in an all-day search in the Murray River for the body of 20-year-old Murray Hensgen. Hensgen of Irymple Avenue, Nichol's Point, is believed to have drowned after falling overboard from the Showboat Avoca on Sunday night.
Police spent all yesterday dragging the river between Buronga and Gol Gol with the search focused on a stretch near Mr W. J. Caffrey's property, where Hensgen disappeared.

A policeman yesterday described the search as "looking for a needle in a haystack". Police believe it will be difficult to locate his body because of the wide area to be covered. The search will continue today.

Sunraysia Daily (Mildura) - Wednsday, 1 December 1954

An intensive search yesterday of both banks of the river and continual dragging failed to reveal any trace of a man who fell overboard from the Showboat Avoca near Gol Gol on Sunday night. The missing man is 20-year-old Murray Hensgen, of Nichol's Point. He was with two companions on the Avoca on its normal Sunday night pleasure cruise when he fell overboard between Buronga and Gol Gol. Wentworth police resumed the search for Hensgen yesterday.
They believe he has been drowned and have been dragging the area with grappling irons where it was reported he fell overboard. Police will resume the search this morning and are hopeful of recovering the body.
Mildura police have also helped in the inquiries.

Sunraysia Daily (Mildura) - Thursday 2nd December 1954

Wentworth police yesterday again failed in their river search for the body of Murray Hensgen (20), of Nichol's Point.
Hensgen has been missing since Sunday Night when he fell overboard from the Showboat Avoca between Buronga and Gol Gol. The search will continue today.

Sunraysia Daily (Mildura) - Friday 3rd December 1954

The body of a 20-year-old Nichol's Point laborer who fell overboard from the showboat Avoca on Sunday Night was recovered from the Murray River yesterday.
The dead man, Murray Hensgen, of Irymple Avenue, Nichol's Point, was found floating in the river yesterday morning by his uncle, Mr George Grieve, and Fred Jones, both of Red Cliffs. Hensgen fell from the Avoca on Sunday night between Buronga and Gol Gol while the boat was on its normal Sunday night cruise.

Wentworth police, who were in charge of an extensive search, were notified. Police said yesterday an inquest into Hensgen's death would be opened. Both Grieve and Jones had been searching continuously since Hensgen
was reported missing on Sunday night.

Mile away
They discovered his body floating in midstream about one mile downstream from where he was reported by his two companions to have fallen overboard. Hensgen was buried at a private funeral yesterday, but a graveside service will be held at 9.45 this morning at Mildura Cemetery.


HENSGEN Robert Louis
Born: 23 November 1867 - Windooran Station, New South Wales, Australia
Died: 1 September 1936 - Mildura, Victoria, Australia

Sunraysia Daily (Mildura) - 3rd September 1936

The Late Mr RL Hensgen There was a long cortege in the funeral of the late Mr Robert Louis Hensgen, of Nichols' Point, when it left St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Mildura, at 2pm yesterday. Interment was made in the Church of England portion of the Mildura Cemetery and the service was conducted by the Rev WE Blackwood. The coffin bearers were: Messrs J Keating, J Marriott, G Morgan, R Rodger and G Buckingham, all of whom were employees of the first Mildura Irrigation Trust, with which the late Mr Hensgen had been connected with for many years. Mr Hensgen was probably one of the oldest residents of this district. He lived in Gol Gol long before the Chaffeys came to Mildura, and soon after their arrival became employed in the irrigation works. Mr Hensgen had been a member of the Mildura Working Man's club for 28 years, and as a mark of respect the club lowered the Union Jack to half mast yesterday.


Born: 17 November 1920 - Nichols Point, Victoria, Australia
Died: 12 October 1984 - Mildura, Victoria, Australia

Sunraysia Daily (Mildura) - 17th October, 1984

BODY IN RIVER HOOKED ON WEIR The body of missing First Mildura Irrigation Trust pump man, Paddy Hensgen, was found at King's Billabong yesterday. FMIT Commissioner, Mr Peter Wharton, found the body hooked on the billabong's concrete weir at about 6.15 yesterday morning. Mr Wharton had been involved with the search for the body since Friday at 11pm. "We wanted someone to find the body before family members did, because they have been searching the river since saturday," he said. Mr Wharton said he was unable to sleep yesterday morning and took a trip down to the billabong. We'd set up wire over the concrete bridge there so if he was in the Billabong, he wouldn't go past it, I went down to check that and found him floating above the weir. Police and rescue workers believe Hensgen had fallen into the river after locking a station gate, but failing to turn a light off. Mr Wharton said he phoned FMIT engineer, Mr Mick Murphy after he sighted the body and they returned to the Billabong. "I went back to get a boat and we dragged him out," Mr Wharton said. Mr Wharton said the police and the State Emergency Service had done a 'marvelous job' searching over the weekend.


HENSGEN William Frederick
Born: 8 November 1875 - Tapio Station, New South Wales, Australia
Died: 31 July 1955 - Mildura, Victoria, Australia

Sunraysia Daily (Mildura) - Tuesday, 9th August 1955

DEATH OF AN EARLY SETTLER One of Mildura's early settlers, Mr W F Hensgen, died in Mildura base Hospital last week at the age of 79. When in his teens Mr Hensgen work on Tapio station and later took up a fruit block at Gol Gol. He moved to a new property at Nichols Point and remained there until his death. He was a prominent cricketer and played with many clubs in Sunraysia.


HOLLAND Alex Clive
Born: 2 May 1901 - Avoca, Victoria, Australia
Died: 14 October 1962 - Avoca, Victoria, Australia

The Avoca Mail - Wednesday, 17th October 1962


The death occured at his home in High Street, Avoca, last Sunday of Mr Alex Clive Holland, at the age of 61 years. Mr Holland had been in ill-health for almost two years. He was the youngest son of the late Henry and Victoria (Nita) Holland and from his marriage in 1925 lived at Lamplough until he left to reside in Avoca three years ago. He was a keen angler and had landed some of the biggest trout caught in local and district waters. Sympathy is being extended to his widow and family, Nita (Mrs Brown, Wendouree), Harry (Avoca), Evelyn (Mrs Noel Jess, Donald), George (Avoca) and Jim (Avoca). Messrs Harry, Jack and Charlie Holland of Avoca are brothers. Another brother Percy passed away recently. After a service at St John's Church of England, the funeral proceeded to the Avoca Cemetery. The Rev. Canon E.P. Millard conducted services at the church and graveside. Mr MW Dawson capably handled the funeral arrangements.


Born: abt 1957
Died: 24 August 1968 - near Waikerie, South Australia

The Advertiser (Adelaide) - Monday 26th August 1968

Peter Hollis, 11, of Goodall Avenue, Kilkenny, was drowned in the river Murray, near Lowbank, five miles east of Waikerie on Saturday.

He was one of four oocupants of a boat which was swamped in rough weather during an inspection of fishing nets about 10 am. With his father, Mr E H Hollis, his brother Rodney 15, and Mr Andrew Cain of Waikerie, Peter began swimming towards the bank about 30 yards away after the boat had been abandoned. Peter, who was fully clothed, was the only one who could not reach the bank.

Senior Constable T A Obst and First Class Constable J W Orr, of Waikerie, made enquiries. Police said last night that the boys body had not been recovered, despite a wide search by the police aqualung squad.


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.









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