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  • Born: 17 Sep 1843, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
  • Christened: 17 Aug 1845, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
  • Marriage: Mary DOYLE on 28 Apr 1867 in Maranora, Queensland, Australia
  • Died: 22 Nov 1880, Goondiwindi, , Queensland, Australia at age 37

bullet   Cause of his death was Killed breaking in a horse.


bullet  General Notes:

Information from descendant Catherine Harris - Richard was born 17Sep1843 atWindsor. (Richard's name was omitted from the death certificate of his father Charles - under 'children of marriages'. Rather strange since the Worboy sonsand he would have grown up together).
Queensland government gave free grants of land to entice settlers to Queensland about the 1860s, perhaps Richard went to Goondiwindi for that reason. There is a Winton Station mentioned in Richard's records which is inthe Goondiwindi District of Qld. His death certificate states he had been in QLD for 14 years - so arrived about 1866. Richard was known to be an accomplished horseman and had worked as such on a station owned by Doyles (not known if any connection between this Doyle and Mary Doyle, although she lived there), prior to his marriage. He often broke in horses at the Wyndham Arms. Richard married Ann Doyle on 28Apr1867 at St George's Registry Office, Maranora, Queensland. George Cowan and Andrew Ferris were witnesses. Richard signed his name, Mary with her mark. It appears that Mary may have understated her age on the marriage certificate. She admitted to 25 but was more like 29!
Richard was only 23.Richard's father is stated as John Gilbert, carpenter! Richard and Mary had seven children including a set of twins. They were Andrew, Richard, Charles, John, Mary Jane, Isabella and James. (Their last child, James b 1877, was Catherine's grandfather.) According to family stories Richard was killed breaking in a horse near Goondiwindi when he was about 50 years old. When he was thrown from the horse he apparently puncture his lung or broke ribs and developed pneumonia. He died at home a couple of days after the accident while Mary was in Hospital. As with all family stories there is a grain of truth. Richard died on 22Nov1880 aged only 37. The cemetery record states "licensee of 'Wyndham Arms Hotel' (Goondiwindi district)" and he is buried in a lone grave (LG) at the Wyndham Arms Hotel, Winton Station, Goondiwindi District, Queensland. His daughter Isabella is also buried here. (Catherine hoped to obtain a copy of photo of the graves from Historical Society - but grave could not be located, probably because the headstones have deteriorated on many of the pioneer graves) Richard left behind six children under the age of 13 years for Mary to bring up. A will for Richard has been located in Qld. There was no inquest. The will was not processed until 1897, 17 years after his death. A friend and cousin of Marys acted as her financial advisor until the children were old enought to
take over. Mary's health was poor. She was actually in hospital when Richard was killed. After Richard died, much of the family responsibility went to son Andrew (from a letter written by Andrew aged 28). Andrew registered the death of his youngest brother James in 1917 at Wallsend, Newcastle. While researching family stories one comes across coincidences! A fellow
researcher, Jennifer Harrison, tells this story. Her sister-in-law owns the early Australian home in Brisbane once owned by a Mr Box who was the previous owner of Wyndham Arms Hotel.
Richard still had a debt owning to him when he died. Mr Box's son took over the debt at reasonable repayment rates and the rents came off it.


Richard married Mary DOYLE on 28 Apr 1867 in Maranora, Queensland, Australia. (Mary DOYLE died on 17 Jun 1926.)

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