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Henry d'Arcy COLLINS (1887-1957)

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Studio photo of Harry taken at Queen Victoria Markets, Sydney 31 March 1910

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Henry d'Arcy Collins on his wedding day 12 July 1913

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Harry at Beaconsfield Rd, Moss Vale

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Harry Collins

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St Clement's Marrickville where Henry and Florist were married

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Extract from Florist's Birthday Book for 1 February. The red lines are the day dividers

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Florist Amelia Gegg on her wedding day 12 July 1913

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Florist Amelia Gegg

Henry d'Arcy COLLINS (known as 'Harry'), son of James Thomas COLLINS (1847-1928) and Selina ARNOLD (1856-1932), was born on 4 February 1887 at "High Range" in Wollondilly, NSW. Harry's wife Florist's Birthday Book lists his birthday as 8 February 1887. His Birth Certificate shows his birth as the 4 February. It's not known which date he regarded as his birthday.1 His relationship to John is Maternal Grandfather. On 4 February 1887 Harry resided at "High Range" in Wollondilly. He lived there with his parents from birth.2 Between 15 December 1912 and 7 November 1913 he was a casual farm labourer and haycarter at the property of H L Dunn, Collingwood in Gunning, NSW.3,4 In July 1913 he resided in Marrickville, NSW.4 He married Florist Amelia GEGG when he was 26 and she was 27 on 12 July 1913 at St Clements Anglican Church in Marrickville.4,5 In Florist's birthday book on the 1 February 1914, she indicates a birth for an unnamed Collins child. While purely speculation, the notation may indicate a miscarriage or a stillborn child. If this is true, such a child would have been Harry and Flo's first-born.6

from 1915 to 1951 Harry and Florist Amelia GEGG lived at a number of places . In about 1915, Harry and Florist lived at "Pineleigh", Common St North Goulburn, NSW. They were living there with Florist's mother Lizzie Gegg. Flo's father Jimmy Gegg died that year. It is not known whether they were living there at the time of his death or moved there to run the farm after his death. They were still in the Goulburn area in January 1916 when their son Les was born and December 1918 when their daughter Gladys was born and were still there in May 1926 when Florist's mother died.

Harry wrote a letter to the Australian military on the 8 July 1919 in relation to his brother from the address 42 Louis St Redfern. It is not known if he and Flo were resident there at the time but it is unlikely.

They are next known to have been farming at "The Briars" at Bong Bong, NSW where they arrived in 1929. There is a photo of their daughter Gladys taken at "The Briars" in 1929 and they were still there on 15 November 1932 when Harry's mother died. ["The Briars" was an area of about 120 acres. The property was rented from the Cruickshank family by Harry and Flo. They had the opportunity to buy it but didn't have the money so the opportunity was lost. To-day (2012) "The Briars" is a very popular hotel.]

Their next known residence was at Beaconsfield Rd, Moss Vale, NSW. They probably moved there from "The Briars" about late 1932 or early 1933. There is a photo taken there showing their son Norm at about five years old i.e. c.1933. How long they were there is not known but they are recorded residing at 49 Parkes Rd, Moss Vale between 1936 and 1943. The two locations are quite near each other with Beaconsfield Rd terminating at Parkes Rd, so maybe initially they were renting both places or they were renting Parkes Rd while their daughter, Dot and her husband, Clyde rented Beaconsfield Rd. Whatever the actual situation, they were back at Beaconsfield Rd by 1949. The Beaconsfield Rd house at some stage was divided into two flats with the house fairly equally divided across the centre. There was a front and a rear flat. Harry and Flo lived in the rear flat while their daughter Dorothy and her husband Clyde were in the front flat. Presumably this sharing occurred from 1949 after Dot and Clyde left Clyde's parents home. They finally left somewhere between 1951 and 1953 to live with their son, Leslie and his wife, Marie.

During 1952 - 1953 their son Norman, a builder, built them their own house at 84 Griffith St Oak Flats which was next door to Les. They took up residence in the house on 4 May 1953. They then lived in this house until their deaths.7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16

On 31 December 1916 Harry was a carter in Goulburn, NSW.17 In 1930 he was a dairyman at "The Briars" in Moss Vale, NSW.7 On 27 September 1941 he was a market gardener in Moss Vale. This was his stated occupation at the time of his daughter Gladys' marriage. The electoral rolls in 1943 and 1949 also record him as a gardener.18,19

he died (aged 70) on 9 December 1957 at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Newtown, NSW. The cause was lung cancer (probably).20,21,22 He was buried in December 1957 in Albion Park General Cemetery, Croome Rd in Albion Park, NSW. A service was conducted at St Andrew's Church, Oak Flats prior to his burial.

A newspaper clipping was found in the possessions of his daughter Betty King (nee Gladys Collins) reporting his death.

DEATH OF MR H D COLLINS

The death occurred at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, on December 9, of Mr Henry D'Arcy Collins, of Griffith St Oak Flats and formerly of Moss Vale and Goulburn.

The late Mr Collins was a native of Delegate, where he was born 71 years ago, and was the son of the late James and Selina Collins.

He is survived by two sons and two daughters: Lester (should be Leslie) (Oak Flats), Gladys (Mrs E Owen, Condell Park), Dorothy O'Neill (should be O'Neil), (Albion Park Rail) and Norman (Moss Vale).

After a service at St Andrew's Church, Oak Flats, burial was made at Croome cemetery Albion Park. The service was conducted by Rev V A Evans and the funeral by Mr A R Parsons of Wollongong.22,23,24

 

Visit http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~owenjones/biogind/collins/collins_henry_... for more about Harry.

 

Florist Amelia GEGG (known as 'Flo') was the daughter of James Albert GEGG (1850-1915) and Elizabeth TICKNER (1852-1929).

 

["The Briars" (Formerly The Royal Oak) at Moss Vale Rd, Bong Bong (5 km north of Moss Vale) is a two-storey brick building erected in 1845 and substantially renovated during the 1940's by Talbot SANDERSON. (This was after Henry and Florist COLLINS were farming there).

There are large 12-pane windows with shutters and good cedar joinery (now painted). The brick building at the rear appears to be the original kitchen which has been extended.

The building is sited on William BOWMAN's original grant and possibly incorporates his Argyle Inn (1827-30). This is only one of two historic buildings (the other being Throsby Park) left in the village of Bong Bong.

(These notes were found in the late 1980s in a book on historic houses. The details of this book have been mislaid and so a reference to it as a source is not possible. If anybody has the details, please email them so that the source can be acknowledged properly)].25

 

Florist Amelia GEGG and Henry d'Arcy COLLINS had the following children:

 

Leslie James COLLINS (1916-1995)

Gladys Elizabeth COLLINS (1918-1991) (known as 'Betty')

Dorothy Selina COLLINS (1922-2010) (known as 'Dolly')

Norman Henry COLLINS (1928-1990)

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1{S0009}, Certificate - Birth : COLLINS, Henry d'Arcy (0015). Custom Id: NSW 1887 / 27405. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Registration no : 27405 / 1887. Wollondilly is near Delegate
2{S0009}, Certificate - Birth : COLLINS, Henry d'Arcy (0015). Custom Id: NSW 1887 / 27405. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Registration no : 27405 / 1887
3{S0210}, Photos : Various. Cit. Date: 8 October 1912. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Postcards addressed from Collingwood from Harry to Flo between 15 December 1912 and 7 November 1913. Postcards from Harry's friend Joe addressed to him c/- H L Dunn, Collingwood, Gunning between 5 April 1913 and 16 April 1913
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One of Harry's postcard from Collingwood

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One of Joe's postcards to Harry at Collingwood

4{S0444}, Certificate - Marriage : COLLINS, Henry d'Arcy (0015) and GEGG, Florist Amelia (0016). Cit. Date: 28 February 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
5{S0065}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Marriages (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Marriages Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : 11985 / 1913
6{S0146} Transcript, Birthday Book : COLLINS (nee GEGG), Florist (0016) (Florist's biography page : http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~owenjones/biogind/gegg/gegg_florist_0016-01.html#...). 1 February. Cit. Date: 25 October 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: "----- Collins 1914"
7{S0486}, Electoral Roll : Federal (Illawarra); NSW Division of Eden-Monaro; Sub-Division : Moss Vale. Cit. Date: 28 November 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
8{S0487}, Electoral Roll : Federal (Macarthur); NSW Division : Eden-Monaro; Sub-Division : Moss Vale. 1949. Cit. Date: 28 November 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
9{S0495}, Council Rates Log Extract : Goulburn : GEGG, James Albert (0017). Cit. Date: 4 February 2012. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: "Common Street (west side from North Street) - Sinclair Street
1632; por 23/24; 39ac 2r; Walter Carey; dwelling; dairy"
This sheet is from rate records some time after both the Gegg and the Collins families had departed but establishes which blocks had the dwelling
10{S0320}, Newspaper : General. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Separate newspaper clippings reporting the deaths of both Florist and Harry state they arrived at "The Briars" in 1929.
11{S0210}, Photos : Various. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Notation on back of Photo : Gladys on "Trixie" at "The Briars" age 12 years. GCW
12{S0021}, Researcher : OWEN, John Edward (0001). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
The Beaconsfield St, Moss Vale dates are an estimate based on John's memory of what age he was when he used to visit them when he was a child plus there is a photo taken out the back of the premises which shows their son Norm aged about five. He was born in 1928 so an estimated date of c.1933 has been used. The Electoral Rolls have helped with more detail revealing their time at Parkes Rd. The two locations are quite near each other with Beaconsfield Rd terminating at Parkes Rd. The Beaconsfield Rd house was near the end of that road
13{S0321}, Letters : from COLLINS (nee GEGG), Florist Amelia (0016) to OWEN (nee COLLINS), Gladys Elizabeth (0009). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: "We moved in last Tuesday".
The letter was written on Tuesday 11 May 1953; thus the previous Tuesday was 4 May
14{S0042}, Book Notation : "The Story of Victoria R.I. - Wife Mother Queen" : COLLINS, Gladys Elizabeth (0009). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Notation inside front cover : F A Collins, Common St, Goulburn
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The Story of Victoria R.I. - Front Cover Notation

15{S0052}, Eulogy : To KING (previously OWEN nee COLLINS), Gladys Elizabeth (known as Betty) (0009) (Read at Funeral of Betty King). Cit. Date: 15 September 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "When she was about 10 or 11 the family moved to the Moss Vale area and lived for about three years at the house known as the Briars"
Aged 10 or 11 would indicate 1928/1929
16{S0623}, Electoral Roll : Federal (Macarthur); NSW State (Illawarra); Sub-Division (Moss Vale). Cit. Date: 13 September 2012. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Dot and Clyde were at Clyde's parents house from 1945 - 1949
17{S0447}, Certificate - Birth : COLLINS, Leslie James (0088). Custom Id: NSW 8005 / 1916. Cit. Date: 5 March 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: "Rank or Profession : Carter"
18{S0162}, Certificate - Marriage : OWEN, Edward Arthur (0010) and COLLINS, Gladys Elizabeth (0009). Custom Id: NSW 21282 / 1941 (Orig Cert (C556414). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : 21282 / 1941
19{S0486}, Electoral Roll : Federal (Illawarra); NSW Division of Eden-Monaro; Sub-Division : Moss Vale. 1936, 1937. Cit. Date: 28 November 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
20{S0066}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Deaths (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Deaths Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : 30191 / 1957
21{S0754}, Memorial Card : COLLINS, Henry d'Arcy (0015). Cit. Date: 9 December 2013. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
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The front of Harry's memorial card

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The inside of Harry's memorial card

22{S0320}, Newspaper : General. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
23{S0021}, Researcher : OWEN, John Edward (0001). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
24{S0755}, Headstone : COLLINS, Henry d'Arcy (0015). Cit. Date: 9 December 2013. Assessment: Primary evidence.
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Harry's headstone in Albion Park cememtery

25{S0338}, Lost Source. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.

Compiler of this family history is : John Owen

              

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Updated : 23 Mar 2014