Born: 1926 - Nathalia, Victoria, Australia
Died: 11 November 1928 - Nathalia, Victoria, Australia
Nathalia Herald - Tuesday, 13th November 1928
DROWNING FATALITY - SAD OCCURRENCE AT YIELIMA
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.
(nee Storer) Gertrude Elizabeth
Born: 10 March 1895 Rheola, Victoria, Australia
Died: 3 June 1953 - Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Advertiser - Saturday, 6th June 1953
- 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.
Born: 1903 - Donald, Victoria, Australia
Died: 21 March 1952 - Donald, Victoria, Australia
Arnaud Mercury - Tuesday, 25th March 1952
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.
Born: abt 1928
Died: 21 June 1934 - Donald, Victoria, Australia
Times, Donald - Tuesday, 26th June 1934
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.
Born: 6 February 1885 - Pine Lodge, Victoria, Australia
Died: 30 June 1969 - Yalca North, Victoria, Australia
Leader - Wednesday, 9th July 1969
OF UPUPNA MAN
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.
(nee Ayles) Martha
Born: 17 April 1870 - Para Plains, South Australia
Died: 3 October 1940 - Kadina, South Australia
Advertiser (Adelaide) - 1st November 1940
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.
(nee Walker) Elizabeth Ferguson
Born: 1896 - Portobello, Midlothian, Scotland
Died: 27 August 1947 - Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Daily (Mildura) - 29th August 1947
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
Born: 5 October 1934 - Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Died: 28 November 1954 - Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Daily (Mildura) - Monday, 29th November 1954
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
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
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
Mildura police have also helped in the inquiries.
Sunraysia Daily (Mildura) - Thursday 2nd December 1954
STILL NOT FOUND
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
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
was reported missing on Sunday night.
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
Born: 23 November 1867 - Windooran Station, New
South Wales, Australia
Died: 1 September 1936 - Mildura, Victoria, Australia
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,
Died: 12 October 1984 - Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Daily (Mildura) - 17th October, 1984
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.
Born: 8 November 1875 - Tapio Station, New South
Died: 31 July 1955 - Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Daily (Mildura) - Tuesday, 9th August 1955
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.
Born: 2 May 1901 - Avoca, Victoria, Australia
Died: 14 October 1962 - Avoca, Victoria, Australia
The Avoca Mail - Wednesday, 17th October 1962
- MR ALEX C HOLLAND
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
Advertiser (Adelaide) - Monday 26th August 1968
Hollis, 11, of Goodall Avenue, Kilkenny, was drowned in the river
Murray, near Lowbank, five miles east of Waikerie on Saturday.
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.
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
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.
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