Inscription:In Loving Remembrance of / Hester Elmes / who departed this life May 17th 1902 / aged 55 years / there is rest in heaven / also / Susanna Lithgow / died 9th July 1919 aged 66 years
Burial Register is Elms, headstone Elmes which is correct.
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Biography:Hester Mrs Elmes (nee Lithgow) was born at Coleraine, Nth Ireland in 1847. In 1864 she came to Australia with her parents and came straight to this district, where she lived the rest of her life. She married Dr John Blair Elmes who practised medicine at Lilydale. Dr Elmes was the son of Rev John Elmes of Limerick Ireland. Dr Elmes died on June 17 1884 aged 48 years and is also buried at Lilydale Cemetery. Hester Elmes was a daughter of the late Robert Lithgow of Yering, and was related by marriage to David Mitchell. She was sister to Miss S. Lithgow of Yering, Mr Robert Lithgow of Benalla, Messrs Thomas & Leonard Lithgow of Yering, Mr John Lithgow of Melbourne and Mrs William Mitchell of Camperdown. Mrs Elmes was in the rear yard of her Main St home milking her cow when she fell to the ground. Neighbour W.J. Sebire saw her and went for help but to no avail. Hester Elmes was 55 years old. As she was related to David Mitchell, all the Cave Hill employees were allowed the afternoon off work to attend the funeral. [Lilydale Express 23-05-1902]
Biography:Susan was the daughter of the late Robert Lithgow of Yering and lived with her brother Thomas Lithgow. She was related by marriage to David Mitchell. She was sister to Mrs H. Elmes, Mr Robert Lithgow of Benalla, Messrs Thomas & Leonard Lithgow of Yering, Mr John Lithgow of Melbourne and Mrs William Mitchell of Camperdown. Her obituary in the Lilydale express described her as a “grand type of woman, every ready in an emergency to come to the assistance of those in need. Her quiet, unostentatious manner gained her many friends . . .” [Lilydale Express 18-07-1919]
References: Lilydale Express 23-05-1902 and 18-07-1919.
Ewart, Thomas, Jane, Mabel and Henry
Burial Register Details:
In loving memory of / Thomas Ewart died 1889 aged 49 / also his wife / Jane Ewart died 1902 aged
68 / and their children / Mabel Ewart died 1899 aged 24 / Henry Ewart died 1942 aged 77
Note: The headstone has the wrong year for Jane – it should be 30-07-1904. The burial register
appears to also be 1902.
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Thomas Ewart was born on St Patrick’s Day in Belfast Ireland in 1839. He emigrated with his
parents in 1841on board with ship Maulius and arrived at Port Phillip in February 1842.
After three months quarantine after an outbreak of yellow fever on the ship, the family went
first to Moorolbark and then to Booroondara district where they stayed for 14 or 15 years. The
family moved to the Upper Yarra district where John Ewart opened a store and later moved to
Yankee Jim’s Creek now Warburton. When 24 years old, Thomas married Jane Lithgow and their first
child Walter was the first child born at Yankee Jim’s. He was a keen prospector and later turned
to farming at Woori Yallock and Hoddle’s Creek. Later he took on various government contracts.
Just before his death he had been elected a councillor for the Upper Yarra Shire. [Lilydale
Death of Mr Thomas Ewart
On Saturday quite a gloom cast over the district when the news of the death in Melbourne of Mr
Thomas Ewart became known .... Anything like a complete biographical sketch of the deceased
gentlemen would be a history of the Upper Yarra district, so closely was he connected with all
that concerned the district during the last thirty years......The funeral took place on Monday
afternoon, starting from Mr David Lithgow’s residence, Tara. A very large cortege, the largest
that has yet been seen in Lilydale, followed the body to the cemetery.....[Lilydale Express 27-02-
The news of the death on Sunday night of Mrs Ewart, wife of Mr Walter J. Ewart, manager for Mr
F. Thonemann of Beenak, was received with regret in all parts of the district, The deceased
lady, who was only taken ill on Friday, was a most exemplary mother and a faithful and attentive
wife, and her lamentable loss will be severely felt by her bereaved husband and five motherless
children. [Lilydale Express 04-08-1899 pg 2]
Jane Ewart was the youngest daughter of James White and Hester Lithgow and was born in
Coleriane, County Derry Northern Ireland in 1837. She sailed with her sister the late Mrs Huston
in the ship Bates Family to join her brothers John Lithgow of Flowerfield and David Lithgow of
Tara, Lilydale. The sisters arrived in Lilydale in 1863 and stayed with her brother David who
owned the Lilydale Hotel, It was her she met her future husband Thomas Ewart. After her
husband’s death Jane moved to Hoddle’s Creek where she operated the local post office. [Lilydale
In the person of the late Mrs Thomas Ewart whose death took place at her son’s residence,
Hoddle’s creek, on Friday last, there has passed away another of the few remaining pioneers, the
greater part of whose lives have been identified with the rise and progress of the Upper Yarra
District. The later Mrs Ewart came first as a young bride to Warburton, then in the height of
its success as a rich digging, the year ’64, and has resided almost continuously in the Upper
Yarra district ever since, the last 25 years of her living having been spent at Hoddle’s Creek,
where her charitable disposition and open hearted hospitality to all who can within the sphere
of her influence, gained her a host of friends .... She had two sons – Walter and Henry. [Lilydale
Henry Ewart was born at Lilydale in 1866, the son of Jane and Thomas Ewart of the Upper Yarra
district. He spent practically all his life at Hoddle’s Creek and was the “father” of the Upper
Yarra Council serving continuously since 1902 until shortly before his death. He was shire
president many times. He was chairman of the Lilydale-Warburton Railway Trust for five years;
was one of the founders of the local Oddfellows’ Lodge and a P.G.N. of the lodge and a senior
Justice of the Peace in the shire. He did not marry. He left Upper Yarra and moved to the warmer
climate of Irymple near Mildura in October 1941. [Lilydale Express 27-02-1942]
Ewart – On February 23rd, at Mildura, Henry Ewart (late of Hoddles Creek), late Councillor of
the Upper Yarra Shire, aged 77. [Lilydale Express 27-02-1942]
By the death of ex-Cr Harry Ewart, which occurred at Mildura.....Upper Yarra has been deprived of
one of the oldest, its best known and most respected citizens....At Hoddles Creek he was the driving force behind every local movement for bettering the
district, working actively for the school, the church, the hall or anything else, and he watched
over the interests of the West Riding ratepayers unceasingly and with rare zeal at the council
table. [Lilydale Express 27-02-1942]
References: Lilydale Express 27-02-1889, 04-08-1899, 05-08-1904 and 27-02-1942.
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