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Note:

Current No. in the Burial Register is the interment number of that person.

Previous No. is the interment number of the person previously or subsequently interred in the same grave.


 

Addis, Thomas and Anne

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Addis, Thomas

Burial Register Details:
Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
1098 925 15.4.1899 Addis, Thomas 54 CE2 65 -
925 1098 31.10.1903 Addis, Anne - CE2 65 Full

Inscription:
Thomas / beloved husband of / Annie Addis / died April 15th 1899

Links:
Image No:
10071 (2-32)

Biography:
Thomas Addis was the only son of James Addis and was born in Gloustershire, England. When 10 he came to Australia with his family and settled initially in Camberwell. He moved to Lilydale 26 years ago about 1884) and established his butchering business.
He married Annie Goodall at St James Cathedral Melbourne and they had three daughters.  His sister was Elizabeth Baker, a former licensee of the Olinda Hotel, Lilydale.
While working Mr Addis was caught in a shower of rain which led to a cold then pleurisy and his death.
The pall bearers were Messrs W. and G. Williams, W. and M. Supple. [Lilydale Express 21-04-1899 pg2]

Thomas Addis’ death notice states he died on April 15 and was interred at Lilydale Cemetery on April 16. His wife was Annie Addis and his only sister was Mrs E. Baker of Auburn. [The Argus 18-04-1899]


Addis, Anne

Biography:
Annie Goodall married Thomas Addis at St James Cathedral Melbourne and had three daughters – Mrs T. Chandler, A.E. and A.I. Addis.
Obituary:
Mrs Addis, one of the oldest and most respected residents of the district, and relict of the late Thomas Addis, died her residence, Lilydale on Saturday last, after a long and painful illness. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, when the remains were interred in the local cemetery. Rev. Keith Forbes conducted the burial service and the mortuary arrangements were carried out by Messrs Burton and Sons. The deceased lady, who was 55 years of age, leaves three daughters to mourn the absence of a loving mother, and for them widespread sympathy is felt. (Lilydale Express 06-11-1903 pg 2 and 3.)

References: The Argus 18-04-1899; Lilydale Express 21-04-1899 and 06-11-1903.

Ahern, John and Bridget

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John Ahern

Burial Register Details:
* No burials in the Burial Register A from 1885 to 1889.Therefore John Ahern not listed but is listed on the GMCT digital Burial Register as RC3 30.
Inscription:
Gloria in Excelsis Deo / Erected by / Bridget Ahern / in memory of her beloved husband / John Ahern / native of Mitchell'stown Cork Ireland / who died 12 Octr 1888 / aged 72 years. / May his soul rest in peace. / Also of his beloved wife / Bridget / who died April 29th 1890 / aged 50 years /  . . .
 
Notes:
Links:
Image:
10349 (11-27)
No information.

Bridget Ahern

Magisterial inquiry:
On Thursday a magisterial inquiry was held by Mr W. Laidlaw JP into the circumstances surrounding the death of Bridget Ahern who was found dead in her bed at Mooroolbark on Wednesday April 30th . . . William Lyons said on oath that he was living with his aunt. He assisted her in the general farm work. She had been complaining of a pain in her side and on evening of 29th asked him to heat bricks for her feet as they were very cold. Before he retires she said she felt better. About 6.30 the next morning he went to her room and found her dead. There was no sign of a struggle. Dr W. H. Dutton made a post mortem examination. There were no external signs of violence. The lungs showed old traces of chronic bronchitis . . cause of death was fatty degeneration of the heart. . . [ Lilydale Express 03-05-1890]

References: Lilydale Express 03-05-1890.


Ahern, Maurice, Charles and Elizabeth

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Maurice Ahern

Burial Register Details:
Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
890 168 24-06-1877 Ahern, Maurice 44 RC1 69/70 -
 168 890 18-07-189 Ahern, Charles Michael 22 RC1
69/70
Full
168
2136 23-10-1926 Ahearn, Elizabeth A. 82
RC1
69
-

Inscription:
In / loving memory / of / Maurice Ahern / died 22nd June 1877 / aged 44 years. / Erected by his beloved wife / Elizabeth. / Elizabeth Ahern / died 23-10-1926 aged 82. / Charles Ahern / died 17-07-1898 aged 22

Note: Different spelling of Ahern for Elizabeth in the Burial Register.
Links:
Image No:
10221 (8-6)
Biography:
Maurice Ahern was from County Cork, Ireland and established his 217 acre farm known as The Pines in Mooroolbark. It was bounded by Hull, Taylor and Cambridge roads. He built the original homestead and the mixed farm boasted barns, brick silos, milking sheds. The orchard had Kentish cherries while crops to feed the dairy and fat cattle were also grown on the property. He married Elizabeth Brice and they had six children. Sadly he died when only 44 years old. [Nostalgia Corner, The Mail 04-06-1959]
Charles Michael Ahern
No information.
Elizabeth Ahern
Biography:
Born Elizabeth Brice she was born in County Cork Ireland, the daughter of John Brice who had taken up property in Hull Road, Mooroolbark. She was described as straight, erect and handsome in appearance. She drove her phaeton until just before her death. Of her six children only the eldest child Mary Ellen. She married into the Sherlock family. [Nostalgia Corner, The Mail 04-06-1959 and Border Country pg53]

References:
Mail 04-06-1959; Border Country, G.F. James and LDHS File




Aitken, Florence Edith

Williams, Louisa Sarah

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Louisa Sarah Williams

Burial Register Details:
Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
1588 1512 18-09-1914 Williams, Louisa S. 56
CE2 311  -
1512 1588 12-07-1916 Aitken, Florence 88 *
CE2 311  -

* The Burial Register gives Florence's aged as 88 when she was in fact aged 33 years old when she died. (Pat Wade descendant)

Inscription:
In loving memory of / Louisa Sarah / wife of / J. Williams / mother of Florence, Norman and Maude / died 18th Sept. 1914 aged 56. / Also / Florence Edith / wife of Jo. Aitken / mother of / Alan, Kenneth and Leslie / died 11th Jul. 1916 aged 88

Links:
Image:
10066 (2-28)
Death notice:
Williams – On the 18th inst. at 'Sunnyside', Seville, Louisa Sarah, dearly beloved wife of Joseph, and loving mother of Florence, Norman, and Maude. Aged 56. [Lilydale Express 25-09-1914]
Thanks:
Williams – Mr Joseph Williams and family desire to thank their many relatives and friends for expressions of sympathy, letters, telegrams and floral tributes received during their recent sad bereavement; especially thanking Dr Syme for his attention; also Rev. G. Gilder. 'Sunnyside', Seville. [Lilydale Express 25-09-1914]

Florence Aitken

Florence Edith Atkin (nee Williams) was the first wife of John Osborne Aitken. (Pat Wade descendant)

References: Lilydale Express 25-09-1914.



Aitken, Margaret

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Burial Register Details:
Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
1307 1187 10-08-1906 Aitken, Margaret 63
P2
201/202 -
1187 1367 08-08-1911 Aitken, William Smith 73 P2 201/202 -

Inscription:
Sacred to the memory / of / Margaret / the beloved wife of / William Smith Aitken / died 9th August 1906 / aged 63 years. / A devoted wife and loving mother. / Thy will be done.

Links: See also 10173 - William Smith Aitken.
Image: 10174 (6-14)
Biography:
Margaret Brown was born in Stewarts Town, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. She sailed for Australia in 1866 on Queen of the South. She met and married William Smith Aitken in central Victoria. They took up land in Beenak Rd, Wandin becoming orchardists. [Wandin its Orgins and Early Development]

References:
Wandin its Orgins and Early Development, Annette and Neville Lord.




Aitken, Rose Martha

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Burial Register Details:
Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
-
1903 15-04-1921 Aitken, Rose Martha 44
P2
199/200
-

Inscription:
 In / loving memory / of / Rose Martha / the beloved wife of / James Nelson Aitken / died 15th April 1921, / aged 44 years & 8 months. / At rest.

Links:
Image:
10171 (6-12)
Death notice:
Aitken – On the 15th April, at 'Linlithgow', Seville, Rose Martha, dearly beloved wife of James Nelson Aitken, and loving mother of Dorothy, Willie, Jessie, and Alick, aged 44 years and 8 months. A patient sufferer at rest. [The Argus 18-04-1921]

References: The Argus 18-04-1921.



Aitken, Sarah Anne, James, Henry Blythe and Isabella Ellen

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Sarah Anne Aitken

Burial Register Details:
Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
562 290 22-04-1882 Aitken, Sarah Anne 3
P2
187
Full
290 562 09-12-1889 Aitken, James 88
P2
188

290
2038 09-06-1924 Aitken, Henry Blythe 76 P2
187

562 2369 30-05-1931 Aitken, Isabella 76 P2 188 Full

Inscription:
Sarah died 1882 aged 3 / James died 1889 aged 88 / Henry died 1924 aged 77 / Isabella died 1931 aged 76

Links:
Image:
10196 (6-37)

No information.

James Aitken

No information.

Henry Blythe Aitken

Death notice:
Aitken – On the 9th June, at private hospital, Lilydale, Henry Blythe of Seville, dearly beloved husband of Isabella Allen*, and loving father of James, John, Alice (Mrs Baird), Isabella (Mrs Templeton), David, Daniel, and Fannie (Mrs Plunkett), aged 76 years. [The Argus 11-06-1924 pg1]

* This has been incorrectly spelt in the Argus. It should be Isabella Allan (nee Coxon) not Isabella Allen. (Pat Wade descendant)

Isabella Aitken

Death notice:
Aitken – On the 20th May, at her daughter's residence 38 Mary St Richmond, Isabella Allan, wife of the late Henry Blythe Aitken, late of Seville, and loving mother of Sarah Ann (deceased), James, John, Alice (Mrs Baird), Isabella (Mrs Templeton), Daniel, David, and Fanny (Mrs Plunkett). – At rest. (Interred at Lilydale on May 21). [The Argus 01-06-1931]

References: The Argus 11-06-1924 and 01-06-1931.



Aitken, William Smith

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Burial Register Details:

Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
1307 1187 10-08-1906 Aitken, Margaret 63
P2
201/202 -
1187 1367 08-08-1911 Aitken, William Smith 73 P2 201/202 -

Inscription:
Sacred to the memory / of / William Smith Aitken / died 6th August 1911 / aged 72 years. / For ever with the Lord

Notes:
Headstones side by side.
Links: See 10174 for Margaret Aitken’s information.
Image: 10173 (6-14)
Biography:
William Smith Aitken, 1839-1911, was the son of James and Anne, born at Lesmahagow, Lanark, Scotland on 17-02-1839, and was one of a large family to settle in Australia. On arrival in 1864 he spent several years in central Victoria and married Margaret Brown who came from Northern Ireland. In 1868 he selected 60 acres in Beenak Rd, later adding more to make 262 adjoining acres in all. The property was named 'Linlithgow'' ... He was an orchardist and director of Wandin Pioneers Company, first chairman of directors of Evelyn Pulp Export Company, forerunner to Evelyn Preserving Company. His children were James, Mary (Mrs John Lewis), Anne (Mrs L. J. Jones), Margaret (Mrs Joseph Lewis), Martha (Mrs J. Brown), and Lily (Mrs G. Johnson). [Wandin its Origins and Early Development and Seville The Vision and the Reality pg16]

References: Seville the vision and the reality, 1886-1986, Trevor Jones; Wandin, its Origins and Early Development, Annette and Neville Lord.



Alford, Alice Maud, Lauris Alice and Lorna Martha

Johnson, Martha Hunter

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Martha Hunter Johnson

Burial Register Details:

Previous No.
Current No.
Date Name Age Section Lot Note
A1298 583 02-06-1890 Johnson, Martha Hunter 3
CE2 173/174 Full
583
1298
04-09-1909 Alford Louris Alice
CE2 173/174
-
1298 1320 18-05-1910 AlfordAlice Maude Mabel 27
CE2 172
1328
1320 1328 23-07-1910 Alford Lorna Martha 7mth CE2 174
Full
Inscription:
In loving memory / of / our dear daughter / Martha Hunter Johnson / died 2 June 1890, aged 3 years. / Alice Maud Alford / died 16 May 1910 aged 27 years. / And her dear children / Lauris Alice / aged 11 months. / Lorna Martha / aged 7 years

Links: See 10062 and included under Johnson.
Image: 10063 (2-25)
Biography:
Martha’s parents were William Johnson and Martha Hunter.

Louris Alice Alford

No information.
Alice Maude Alford
No information.

Lorna Martha Alford

No information.



Allen, Caroline and John

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Caroline Allen

Burial Register Details:

Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
4616 1649 05-10-1917 Allen, Caroline 64
CE2 195/196
1649 1680 22-06-1918 Allen, John 76 CE2 195 Full (Hill)

Inscription:
In loving memory / of / our dear mother / Caroline Allen / died 6th Oct. 1917, aged 64 years. / Also our dear father / John Allen / died 22nd June 1918, aged 76 years.

Notes:
See also Eliza Dodd, mother of Caroline (10034).
Links:
Image: 10046 (2-8)
Biography:
Caroline was the only child of William Dodd and Eliza Beavis and was born in 1853. Eliza married William in 1852. By 1870, William Dodd had taken over Turner’s land at the corner of Dorset and Mt Dandenong roads, Croydon. Later in 1875, he gained title to the land at the corner of Durham and Mt Dandenong roads, Kilsyth now part of the Kilsyth Primary School. Caroline married John Allen. [History of Croydon Vol 2, ppgs 16, 83 and 85 and Family tree of John and Elizabeth Allen]

John Allen

Obituary:
Mr John Allen, sen., who lost his partner in life last year, passed away on Saturday, 22nd June. Born at Jossman's Bridge, Deep Creek, near Andersons Creek, in 1841, 77 years ago ... claiming to be one of the first boys born north of the Yarra. At Andersons Creek he led the first party of goldseekers who discovered Victoria's first goldfield. As a teamster he was in the exciting bushranging days in Beechworth, Bendigo and Ararat districts. .. He had a relic of Black Thursday in the shape of a melted shilling ... He was one of Croydon's earliest settlers. [Lilydale Express 05-07-1918 pg 2]

References: Lilydale Express 5-7-1918; History of Croydon Vol 2, Muriel McGivern and LDHS files - Family tree of John and Elizabeth Allen.

Allen, Henry and Leslie

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Henry Allen

Burial Register Details:
Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
-
1294 26-08-1909 Allen, Henry 10 mths CE2 255 -
- 6234 15-02-1962 Allen, Leslie 81
CE2 255 -

Inscription:
Allen / in loving memory of / our brothers / Henry / passed away 26th Oct. 1909 aged 10 mths. / Also / Les / 14th Feb. 1962 aged 51 years.

Links:
Image:
10065 (2-28)

No Information.

Leslie Allen

No information.



Allison, James and Margaret James Allison

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James Allison

Burial Register Details:
Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
1648 1606 02-10-1916 Allison, James 93
W2 189  -
1606 1648 10-09-1917 Allison, Margaret 88
W2 189  -

Inscription:
James Allison / Died 5th Oct 1916 aged 92 years / Also his wife / Margaret / Died 10th September 1917 aged 88 years

Notes:
Links:
Image:
10396 (13-03)
 
No information.

Margaret Allison

Death Notice:
Allison M – On the 10th of September 1917 at Middle Brighton, Margaret, relict of the late James Allison, aged 88 years 11 months (late of Ballarat and Lilydale). [The Argus 11-09-1917 pg1]

References: The Argus 11-09-1917.





Allison, William S.

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Burial Register Details:

Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
-
2218
30-05-1928
Allison, William S.
76
W2
190
 -
 
Inscription:
In loving memory of / William S Allison / Died 19 May 1918 aged 76 years

Notes:
Links:
Image:
10397 (13-04)
Biography:
William lived at “Mimosa” 113 Cave Hill Road. He bought the house and 20 acres of land in 1909 and sold in 1924. [Shire of Lillydale Ratebooks 1909 pg6]
Death Notice:
Allison W – On the 29th May, at 2 Nelson Road, Box Hill, William Allison, late of Lilydale, Boort, Ballarat, aged 76 years. A patient suffered, at rest. [The Argus 30-05-1928 pg1]
Funeral Notice:
The friends of the late Mr William Allison are respectably informed that his remains will be interred in the Lilydale Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to leave his late residence, 2 Nelson Road, Box Hill, this day (Wednesday, May 30th) at 1.30 pm, arriving at the cemetery at about 2.30. A W Padbury & Co, Funeral Directors, 203 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill. Branches Kew and Hawthorn [The Argus 30-05-1928]

References: The Argus 30-05-1928; Shire of Lillydale Rate Books.




Allsop, John and Mary

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John Allsop

Burial Register Details:
Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
2810 2121 18-04-1926 Allsop John 78 CE2 189 -
2121 2810 16-11-1937 Allsop Mary
CE2 189 -

Inscription:
Allsop / John / 1848 - 1926 / Mary / 1851 - 1937 / Pioneers of Woori Yallock / in proud memory of / these early settlers and their 9 children / erected by their many descendants / 1983.

Links:
Image:
10106 (3-29)
Biography:
John Allsop was born about 1847 at Wheatley, Oxford, Axfordshire, England and was the son of Thomas Allsop and Ann Elderfield. In 1871 he married Mary Hulton Downward. [The Wandin Saga Pioneers of the Wandins]

Mary Allsop

Biography:
The Allsop’s first child was born at Woori Yallock and was the first white baby the local Aborigines had seen. They were fascinated and travelled for miles to see the baby girl [Woori Yallock School and District A Short History pg4]

References: The Wandin Saga Pioneers of the Wandins; Woori Yallock School and District A Short History, Shirley W. Wiencke.

Alway, Herbert Wilson and Robert


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Herbert Wilson Alway

Burial Register Details:
Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
741 693 12-07-1893 Alway, Herbert Wilson 20
B1 146
Full
693 741 20-09-1894 Alway, Robert 70
B1 146
Full


Inscription:
In loving memory of / Robert Alway / husband of Mary Eliza Alway / born Gloucestershire England / 10 Jan 1824 / died at Lilydale, Victoria / 19 September 1894. / Also their son / Herbert Wilson Alway / died July 11th 1893, aged 20 years.

Notes:
Links:
Image No:
10287 (9-36)
Obituary:
We are sorry to have to record the death of Mr Herbert W. Always, who on account of his quiet and genial manner, became a general favorite and won for himself quite a number of friends among young and old. About a fortnight ago the deceased caught a cold which developed into pleurisy and then to pneumonia, which superseded with a weak heart proved too much for his not over strong constitution . . . Mr Alway's loss will be much felt in the church where he was secretary of the Young Christians Band, and was librarian of the Sunday school; he was loved by all his associates in church work.

The funeral took place yesterday and was largely attended, By Rev J.R. Anderson reading the burial service followed by a short address.by the Rev A. Ager. The coffin had a very imposing appearance, being literally covered with elegant wreaths, prominent among them being one with white letters, on blue plush, bearing the motto “Present with the Lord”, these words being often used by the deceased during his illness. Mr G. A. Burton carried out funeral arrangements. [Lilydale Express 14-07-1893]

Robert Alway

Biography:
Alway Bros. were corn dealers and operated a grocery in Main St. Robert Alway married Mary Eliza Wilson who was born in Gloucestershire.
Obituary:
It came as a suprize to the residents of Lilydale yesterday morning when it became known that Robert Alway of Albert Hill died somewhat suddenly on Wednesday night. The deceased gentleman, who was of an unassuming and kindly nature, came to Lilydale about 8 years ago from Malvern where he had been in business for many years . . . He leaves a widow and four children, all of the latter, with one exception, being married. The deceased died at the ripe age of 71 years, the cause of death being heart disease, from which he suffered during the past two years. While residing in Malvern was a member of the Congregational Church, and when he took his residence in Lilydale, he and his family cast their lot with the Baptist denomination in this town. . . [Lilydale Express 21-09-1894]
Death notice:
Alway – The friends of the late Robert Alway are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment at Lilydale Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to move from his late residence 'Beaumont', Albert Hill, Lilydale today, September 21 . . . [Lilydale Express 21-09-1894]

References: Lilydale Express 14-07-1893 and 21-09-1894.




Anderson, Mary Finley, George and George

Davis, Mary

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Mary Davis

Burial Register Details:

Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
-
327 02-01-1884 Davis, Mary 15mths P1 69/70
327 624 29-10-1891 Anderson, May Finley 55 P1 69/70
-
1364 06-07-1911 Anderson, George 84
P1 70

1364 2110 25-12-1925 Anderson, George 59 P1 70 Full

Inscription:
In loving remembrance / of / Mary Anderson / who died at 'Glenhurst' Coldstream / October 28th 1891 / aged 55. / Also her grandchild / Mary Davis / died 30th December 1883, / aged 3 years. / Also / George Anderson / died 4th July 1911, / aged 85 years. / Also their son / George / died 24th Dec. 1925 / aged 59 years.

Note: It’s May Finley Anderson in Register and Mary Anderson on headstone.
Links:
Image:
10166 (6-6)

No information.

Mary Anderson

Funeral Notice:
The Friends of the Beloved Wife of George Anderson will leave “Glenhurst” Coldstream, at one o’clock on Saturday, 31st inst. G.A. Burton, Undertaker. [Lilydale Express 30-10-1891 pg 2]

George Anderson

No information.

George Anderson

No information.

References: Lilydale Express 30-10-1891.

Armstrong, Ann Charlotte
Fisher, Wilfred, William and Charlotte

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Wilfred Fisher

Burial Register Details:
Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
933/963 795 19-04-1896 Fisher Wilfred Leslie 4 mths CE2 261 -
795 933 20-07-1898 Fisher William 1 day CE2 261 -
1574/933 963 17-03-1900 Fisher(stillborn) -
CE2 261 -
963 1574 20/03/1916 Armstrong Ann Charlotte 34 CE2 262 -
1574 1917 05-07-1921 Fisher Charlotte Rubina 35 CE2 262 -

Inscription:
In loving memory / of / Wilfred Fisher / died 18th April 1896. / Willie / died 20th July 1898. / Anne Armstrong / died 19th March 1916 / Charlotte Fisher / died 4th July 1921.

Notes: See 10074 Albert Fisher
Links:
Image:
10073 (2-34)
 
No information.

William Fisher

Death notice:
Mr and Mrs Fisher give thanks for sympathy on loss of their son, also to Goldsbrough, Mort and Co. for attendance and beautiful emblems of love and peace. [The Argus 13-8-1898 p1]

Ann Armstrong

Biography:
Ann was the daughter of Robert and Mary Ann Fisher and the sister of Albert Fisher. [Lilydale Express 13-07-1923 pg2]
In Memoriam
Fisher – In loving memory of my dear sister-in-law, Charlotte (Dot), who died at Clark Street, Lilydale, on 4th July 1921; also Annie, who died 19th March, 1916.
What peaceful hours we once enjoyed,
 How sweet their memory still,
But they have left an aching void,
This world can never fill.
Inserted by his (Albert Fisher’s) loving wife and sister Elsie. [Lilydale Express 13-07-1923 pg2]

Charlotte Fisher

Obituary:
After a long and painful illness Charlotte Rubina, the fifth and beloved daughter of Robert and Mary Fisher, of Lilydale, passed peacefully away on 4th inst. Previous to her illness she was an active worker in St John's Church. She taught in the Sunday School for several years, and was also a member of the Girls’ Friendly Society since its formation about thirteen years ago .... The attendance at the graveside and the many floral tributes indicated the esteem and affection in which the deceased was held. ... [Lilydale Express 7-7-1921]

References: The Argus 13-8-1898; Lilydale Express 7-7-1921 and 13-07-1923.

Armstrong – Dame Nellie Melba

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Burial Register Details:

Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
-
2359 25-02-1931 Melba, Dame Nellie 70 P2
51
-

Inscription:
Dame / Nellie Melba / G.B.E. / 1861 – 1931 / to my mother / in loving memory / from her son. / Addiose senza rancor.

Notes: Melba’s grave covers 31 lots.
Links: See Also her parents David and Isabella Mitchell.
Image: 10211 (7-15)
Biography:
Helen Porter Mitchell was born on May 19, 1861 at the family home in Burnley Street, Richmond, the eldest daughter of David and Isabella Mitchell. Melba's love of music appeared early and when only six, she made her first public appearance at the Richmond Town Hall in 1867. She attended the Presbyterian Ladies College from 1875 to 1880 and during this time, had singing lessons with Pietro Cecchi. She married Charles Armstrong who she met while living in Queensland and they has one son, George, born in 1883.

Her career as an opera singer was launched in Brussels in 1887 after she had spent a year training under Madame Marchesi. Her stage name "Melba" was chosen as a derivative of the name of her home town, Melbourne. Her first visit home was in 1902 and the people of Lilydale welcomed her in style which included erecting a decorated arch in the Main Street which bore the words: "Lilydale Welcomes Melba".
While on another visit to Lilydale she purchased a 60 acre property near Coldstream and after renovations and extensions by architect John Grainger, she took possession and re-named it Coombe Cottage.

During the First World War, Melba was engaged in fund raising concerts and her efforts were rewarded when in 1918, King George V created her Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE). In 1928 Melba was created Grand Dame of the British Empire for services to Australia (GBE).
Melba died in Sydney on February 23, 1931 and the world mourned. A special train brought her body to Melbourne where the funeral service was held in Scots Church, built by her father, David Mitchell. The hearse travelled to Lilydale where the coffin was transferred to a gun carriage for the final journey to the Lilydale Cemetery. Fittingly, on her grave are Mimi's words from La Boheme: "Addio Senza Rancore." ("Farewell without Bitterness"). [A Tour of the Lilydale Cemetery 1861-1994 Volume One, pgs 9 and 10]

References: A Tour of the Lilydale Cemetery 1861-1994 Volume One, Sandy Ross; LDHS files.

Artis, Elizabeth Walsh and Henry Davey

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Henry Davey Artis

Burial Register Details:

Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
2363/1530 1091 13-08-1903 Artis, Henry Davey 73 CE2 1/2 -
1091 1530 30-03-1915 Artis, Elizabeth Walsh 78
CE2 1
-
Inscription:
In memory of / Henry Davey Artis / the beloved husband of / Elizabeth Artis / who died 12 August 1903 / aged 73 years. /Thy will be done. / Sacred / to / the memory of / Elizabeth Artis / died 30th March 1915 / aged 78 years. / God be with you. / R.I.P.

Notes
: This is a four-sided headstone with only two sides included in the image.
Links: See also 10043 - William John Artis
Image: 10042 (2-4)
Obituary:
Henry Davey Artis was born 1829 at Yarmouth England. He became a sailor and master mariner. In 1854 he arrived in Melbourne as chief officer of the Calendar under Capt. Prout... He went to the diggings at Yandyke then moved to Heathcote, Reedy Creek, Amphitheatre and the Hoddles Creek diggings where he commenced business again with a store and post office, later opening a store at McMahons Creek. In 1865 he purchased the Commercial Hotel and store, known as the Hope Hotel in Lilydale ....The family operated the hotel for some 50 years. In 1857 he married Miss Elizabeth Walsh and they had 6 sons and 4 daughters. [He] was one of the founding supporters of the Lilydale express and the Evelyn Observer; a member of the Church of England board of guardians and was the oldest director of the Lilydale Gas Company. .. His coffin was polished Kauri with brass handles and plate bearing the word 'Father'. ... The hearse and mourning coaches were followed by 36 vehicles and 30 horsemen. ... [Lilydale Express 21-08-1903]

Elizabeth Walsh Artis

Death notice:
Artis – On 30th March, at her late residence, Commercial Hotel, Lilydale, Elizabeth Walsh Artis, relict of the late H. D. Artis and loving mother of Mrs O'Meagher (Melbourne), W. J. Artis and A. M. Artis (Launching Place) and P. M. Artis (Lilydale, aged 78 years. Private interment. R.I.P. [Lilydale Express 02-04-1915]
Obituary:
Mrs H. D. Artis – nee Elizabeth Walsh – was born in County Kildare, Ireland, the daughter of a gentlemen farmer. .... In the 1850s she 'journeyed to the southern land of promise' .... Shortly after she married Mr H. D. Artis. They had 10 children, one son and three daughters survive to mourn her loss. ... For some years Mr Artis followed store-keeping pursuits on many of the earlier rushes. Reedy Creek, Rushworth, Whroo, Ovens, Hoddles Creek, and other places being visited. The good lady, when in a reminiscent vein, would recount many interesting anecdotes of these early adventures with a wealth of detail that made them most entertaining.

They were among the earliest pioneers of Lilydale, a resident for over 50 years and proprietress of one of Lilydale's earliest landmarks, the Commercial Hotel and adjoining store, which has been in the hands of the family ever since. .. they were amongst the very earliest of pioneers of the place and have been closely identified with the rise and progress of the township. Mrs Artis was a most successful and genial hostess, when in her younger years her health permitted her to take an active part in business affairs. ...She was a devout worshipper in the Roman Catholic Church. ....Her daughters had nursed her for the last three years... [Lilydale Express 02-04-1915 and 09-04-1915]

References: Lilydale Express 21-08-1903 and 02-04-1915; Tour of Lilydale Cemetery Book 2, Ruby Kwijas and Keith Lithgow.

Artis, Samuel Walsh, Samuel Davey, Henry, Frederick Walsh and Alice Maud

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Samuel Walsh Artis

Burial Register Details:

Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
120 61 11-03-1870 Artis, Samuel Walsh 6 mths RC1 36 -
292/61 120 02-05-1875 Artis, Samuel David 14 days RC1 36 -
120 293 12-05-1882 Artis, Henry 22
RC1 36 -
292 1409 14-10-1912 Artis, Frederick Walsh 41 RC1 36 -

Inscription:
Erected / by / Henry Davey & Elizabeth / Artis / in memory of their beloved sons / Samuel Walsh / died 10th March 1870 / aged 6 months. / Samuel Davey / died 30th April 1875 / aged 14 months. / Henry / died 10th May 1882 / aged 21 years. / Also / Frederick Walsh Artis / died 18th Octr. 1912 aged 41 years. / Also / Alice Maud Louise / who died on 30th May 1935. / R.I.P.

Notes: No Burial Register listing for Alice Maud. Burial Register gives Samuel David not Davey and age as 14 days not 14 mths.
Links: See Artis family 10042
Image: 10230 (8-15)
Biography:
The son of Henry Davey and Elizabeth (nee Walsh) Artis who were married in 1857. [Tour of Lilydale Cemetery Volume 2 pg 12; LDHS files.]

Samuel Davey Artis

Biography:
The son of Henry Davey and Elizabeth (nee Walsh) Artis who were married in 1857. [Tour of Lilydale Cemetery Volume 2 pg 12; LDHS files.]

Henry Artis

Death Notice:
Artis – On the 10th inst. At his father’s residence ... after a very short illness, of congestion of the lungs and brain, Henry eldest son of H.D. Artis, Commercial Hotel, Lilydale, aged 21. [The Argus 11-05-1882 pg 1]

Frederick Walsh Artis

Obituary:
The death of Frederick Walsh Artis, youngest surviving son of Mrs Elizabeth and the late Henry Davy Artis, of Lilydale, took place at his mother's residence .... The deceased who was 41 was a great sufferer for about 26 years from epilepsy, which supervened after an attack of typhoid fever .... on Wednesday last .... it appears that, by some means that can only be conjectured, his clothes got on fire, and he was terribly burned on the right side of the body from his ankle to his ear.... Poor Fred ... lingered on till .... pneumonia manifested itself and he succumbed ... [Lilydale Express 18-10-1912]

References: The Argus 11-05-1882; Lilydale Express 18-10-1912; Tour of Lilydale Cemetery Volume 2, Ruby Kwijas and Keith Lithgow; LDHS files.

Artis, William John

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William John Artis

Burial Register Details:

Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
1091 2363 08-04-1931 Artis, William John 67 CE2 2

-

Inscription:
In memory of / William John Artis / beloved husband of / Mabel / and affectionate son of the late / Henry Davey and Elizabeth / Artis / who died 6th April 1931 / aged 67 years.

Links: See also Artis family - 10042.
Image: 10043 (2-5)
Biography:
William Artis was the son of Elizabeth and Henry Artis. In 1902 he was secretary of the reception committee which planned Nellie Melba’s home coming to Lilydale. He owned the Home Hotel, post office and store at Launching Place, Upper Yarra in 1915.
Death notices:
Artis – On the 6th April, at St Kilda, William John, the dearly loved husband of Mabel Artis. R.I.P. – So loved, so mourned.

Artis – On the 6th April, at St Kilda, William John, only surviving son of the late Henry and Elizabeth Artis, and loving brother of Alice and Patience of Launching Place – patient sufferer at rest. R.I.P. (Privately interred at Lilydale on the 7th April from Sleight's chapel). [The Argus 08-04-1931]
Obituary:
 ..Deceased was a well known identity at Lilydale and in the Upper Yarra district. He spent most of his early life at Lilydale, where the family conducted the hotel in the main street, and was closely connected with many movements calculated to advance the district in the earlier days. Deceased who was 67 years of age, had been ailing for some time and his demise was not altogether unexpected. ...  We extend sincere sympathy to his two sisters, Miss P. Artis and Mrs Rodgers, of the Home Hotel, Launching Place, in their sad bereavement. [Lilydale Express April 10, 1931 pg2]

References: The Argus 08-04-1931; Lilydale Express 10-04-1931; LHS files.



Ashworth, John and Jack

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John Ashworth

Burial Register Details:
Previous No. Current No. Date Name Age Section Lot Note
2507 2450 27-12-1931 Ashworth, John 64 CE3 259 -
2950
2507 09-11-1932 Ashworth, Jack 4
CE3 259 Full

Inscription:
In memory of / John / born 9.3.1867 died 26.12.1931 / Elizabeth Alice / wife of above / born 7.5.1868 died 15.10.1967 / John / born 6.6.1928 died 8.11.1932 / grandson of above and son of Clifford and Florence
Plaque: Ashworth/ In loving memory of Florence / born 13.3.1899 died 12.10.1956 / Clifford Harry born 31.3.1898 died 24.6.1982 / loved parents of Harry, Arthur, John, and Clifford. / And loved sister of Clifford / Miriam Edwards / born 26.4.1900 died 11.10.1958

Notes: Elizabeth's burial not recorded in register. No 2950 should be 2450 – to be checked by Cemetery Trust. No Burial Register entries for those named on the plaque.
Links:
Image No: 10124 (4-13)
Obituary:
With tragic suddenness Mr John Ashworth, recently appointed caretaker of the Mechanics’ Hall, Mount Evelyn, died on Boxing Day at the business premises of Merrs. H. Wray and Co. The late Mr Ashworth was on his way to open up the hall for the Boxing night dance, and called in at Mr. Wray’s for the evening newspaper, when he collapsed and expired within two minutes. The deceased was 64  .... he arrived in the district two years ago from England to join his son, who had emigrated here. Twelve months later his wife followed, and they made their home in the district, to become highly respected residents. ... [Lilydale Express 08-01-1932]

Jack Ashworth

Biography:
John Ashworth jun., known as Jack, died aged 4+ and was son of Clifford and Florence and grandson of John (snr). Obituary: Ashworth, Jack, aged five, son of Mr and Mrs Cliff Ashworth, recently of Mt Evelyn but now resident at Oakleigh, occurred on Tuesday at the Fairfield Hospital ..... this is their second bereavement within 12 months. Mr Ashworth's father ... died suddenly last Christmas eve. The funeral took place at Lilydale Cemetery. [Lilydale Express 11-11-1932]

Elizabeth Alice Ashworth

No information.

References: Lilydale Express 08-01-1932, 11-11-1932.


Atkinson, Albert Robert

Gray, Amy Eva

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Albert Robert Atkinson


Burial Register Details:
Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
4150 1931 03-12-1921 Atkinson, Albert Robert 44
W2 214  -
1931 4150 03-12-1921 Atkinson, Albert Robert
W2 214  -

Inscription:
In loving memory / of / Albert Robert / died 21 Dec 1921 / Amy Eva /died 6/3/1945 / at rest

Notes:
Links:
Image:
10400 (13-07)

No information.

Amy Eva Gray

Death Notice:
Gray – On February 4th 1945, at her residence, Gembrook, Amy Eva, beloved wife of Theodore H. Gray, aged 66 years – A patient sufferer at rest. [The Argus 07-02-1945 pg1]
Funeral Notice:
Gray – The funeral of the late Amy Eva Gray will leave the Methodist Church, Lilydale, this day (Wednesday) at 3.45 pm for the Lilydale cemetery. Burton Bros. Lilydale). [The Argus 07-02-1945 pg1]

References: The Argus 07-02-1945.




Austin, Elizabeth
O'Connor, Bridget

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Elizabeth Austin

Burial Register Details:

Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
320 55 25-08-1869 Austin, Elizabeth 70
RC3 55  -
55 320 26-06-1883 O'Connor, Bridget 46
RC3 55  -


Inscription:
Sacred / to / the memory of / our dear mother / Bridget / relict of the late / John O'Connor / who died at Rathealy Lilydale 26th June 1883 / aged 46 years. / Also her aunt / Elizabeth Austin / who died Rathealy Lilydale 24th August 1869 / aged 70 years. / May their souls rest in peace. / Erected by / Thomas O'Connor and Mary Higgins.

Links:
Image:
10340 (11-17)

No information.

Bridget O’Connor

No information.




Axford, Shem and Mary Ann Wilson, Ernest A, and Bertha L.

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Shem Axford

Burial Register Details:
Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
282 265 15-09-1881 Axford, Shem 76
B1 221/222  -
323/A265 282 24-02-1882 Wilson, Ernest A. 6 mths
B1 221/222  -
552/282 323 06-08-1883 Wilson, Bertha L. B1 221/222  -
323 552 10-09-1889 Axford, Mary Ann 75
B1 221/222  -

Inscription:
In loving memory / of / Shem Axford / who died 13 September 1881 / aged 76 years. / Also his wife / Mary Ann / who died 8 September 1889 / aged 75 years. / Also their grandchildren / the children of / William and Martha Wilson / Edith / died 26 January 1874 aged 6 mths / Ernest / died 23rd February 1883 aged 7 months / Bertha / died 5th August 1883 / aged 3 months 2 weeks. / Sweetly remembering that the parting sign / appoints His saints to slumber, not to die / the starting tear we check we kiss the rod / and not to earth resign them but to God.

Notes: No Burial Register entry for Edith. Not differences in years for the burial of Ernest Wilson.
Links:
Image No:
10277 (9-26)
Biography:
Shem Axford b. Frome, England – son of Jonathan Axford and Betty Plaise, married Mary Ann Hurley, daughter of Richard Hurley. Both arrived on the Andromache 24-06-1840. [wandinsaga.blogspot.com.au]

Edith Wilson

Biography:
Edith was the daughter of William and Martha (nee Axford) Wilson. [headstone]

Ernest Wilson

Biography:
Ernest was the son of William and Martha (nee Axford) Wilson. Bertha Wilson Biography: Bertha was the daughter of William and Martha (nee Axford) Wilson. [headstone]

Mary Ann Axford

Biography:
Mary Ann was the daughter of Richard Hurley and was born abt 1814 at Somerset England. The family arrived with the Axfords and Hands at Melbourne aboard the Andromache on 24-06-1840. [wandinsaga.blogspot.com.au]

References: wandinsaga.blogspot.com.au







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