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




Smith, Joseph and Isabella


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Joseph Smith

Burial Register Details:

Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
6008 1186 22-06-1906 Smith, Joseph 34
RC3 77/78  -
1186 6008 12-02-1959 Smith, Isabella Therese 85
RC3 77/78  -

Inscription:
In loving memory of / my beloved husband / Joseph Smith / passed away 21st June 1906. / Also his beloved wife / Isabella Teresa / passed away 9th Feb 1959 aged 85 years.

Notes: Theresa spelling differs
Links:
Wedding photo.
Smith's Butchers shop.
Image:
10359 (12-1)
Marriage:
Smith-Supple – On 14th June, at St Patrick's church, Lilydale, by the Rev. Father O'Brien, Joseph Thomas Smith, of Lilydale, to Isabella Teresa Supple, of Yering. [Lilydale Express 23-06-1905]
Biography:
Mr Joseph Thomas Smith of Lilydale and Miss Isabella Teresa Supple, third daughter of the late Mr Michael Supple of 'Tubrid' Yering, were united married on 14-06-1905. The lengthy report of their wedding includes a description follows of costumes, church, wedding breakfast, and guest list with gifts. [Lilydale Express 23-06-1905 and As It happened, Vol. 2 p15]
Obituary:
The news of the painfully sudden death on 21 inst. of Mr Joseph Smith came as a profound shock to the residents of Lilydale . . . As captain of the local fire brigade he had responded with a number of his men to a fire alarm at about 10pm at Cave Hill. The fire located in a stack of firewood at the lime kilns was overcome . . . they were returning home when Mr Smith staggered and fell to the ground . . . his comrades found by the glare of the torches that he was no more . . [He] was one of those popular young men who . . . had won himself an ever widening circle of friends . . . The erection of the fire alarm tower in Main St and the substantial building in Market Reserve are due principally to his energy and devotion as captain. [He] was also a prominent member of the hunt club, and a supporter of all branches of sport in the district . . . As recently as Tuesday Dr Adam advised him to abstain from the use of tobacco and all other forms of excitement. The funeral took place on Sunday when the remains were interred in [Lilydale] cemetery. The cortege comprised of 63 vehicles and 50 horsemen . . . and the fire bell was tolled. Brigade members preceded the hearse . . . [Lilydale Express 29-6-1906]
Death notice:
Smith – On the 21st June 1906, at Lilydale, suddenly, Joseph Thomas Smith, dearly beloved husband of Isabella Smith, aged 34 years. R.I.P. [Lilydale Express 29-6-1906]
Thanks:
Mrs J. T. Smith desires to tender sincere thanks to her friends for . . . expressions of sympathy received during her sad bereavement; especially so to Dr Adam; the Lilydale Fire Brigade; the Yarra Glen and Lilydale Hunt Club; and the employees of Cave Hill [Lilydale Express 29-6-1906]
Isabella Therese Smith
Biography:
After the untimely death of her husband Isabella Smith continued operating the family’s butcher’s shop in Main Street opposite the Olinda Hotel. In 1937 the people of Lilydale demonstrated in no uncertain terms the esteem and affection they felt for the late Mrs B. Smith, 'this we learnt from a copy of the Express donated by an old resident', tendering her a complimentary social evening on the eve of her retirement after 33 years active business life in the district  . .  [Lilydale Express 07-05-1937 and 6-3-1959]
Obituary:
Mrs Isabella Therese Smith passed away after a long illness at the Bush Nursing Hospital on February 9th. [She] was predeceased by her husband Joseph Smith who for many years conducted the butcher shop in Lower Main St Lilydale . . a mass at St Patrick's church preceded the funeral to Lilydale cemetery . . . sympathy extended to the surviving sister and brother Mrs Margaret Armstrong and Mr Hal Supple. [Lilydale Express 13-02-1959]

References: Lilydale Express 29-6-1906, 23-6-1905, 13-2-1959, 6-3-1959; As It happened, Vol. 2 by Val Sheehan; LDHS file.



Smith, Margaret Mary

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Burial Register Details:
Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
-
1092
15-08-1903
Smith, Margaret M
6
RC3
13/14
 -

Inscription:
Also Margaret Mary / beloved daughter of above / who died at Healesville 14 Aug 1903 aged 7 years.

Links: See Mary Ann Smith 10351
Image: 10352 (11-30)
Biography:
Mary Ann Smith's headstone shows Margaret was the daughter of Mary Ann and James Smith.


Smith, Mary Ann

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Burial Register Details:

Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
-
939 23-08-1899 Smith, Mary Ann 26
RC3
13/14
 -

Inscription:
In loving memory of / Mary Ann / beloved wife of / James Smith / who died at Warburton West 22 Aug 1899 / aged 26 years.

Links: See Margaret Mary Smith -10352
Image: 10351 (11-29)
Obituary:
It is with sincere regret that we are called upon to chronicle the death of Mrs J. Smith wife of Mr James Smith which occurred at her late residence Warburton West on August 22nd. [She] was the eldest daughter of Mr M. Kelly of Spring Creek, Healesville, and by her untimely death at such an early age, three young children and a sorrowing husband have been left . . She had been ailing for some weeks. Much sympathy is felt throughout the district for Mr Smith. [She] was interred in the Lilydale cemetery on 24th ult. The funeral cortege was lengthy . . [Lilydale Express 01-09-1899]

References: Lilydale Express 1-9-1899.



Smith, Minnie Eleanor

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Burial Register Details:

Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
-
2090
28-08-1925 Smith, Minnie Eleanor 30
B1
32
 -

Inscription:
Smith / in loving memory of / our dear mother / Minnie Eleanor / 3.1.1895 – 28.8.1925

Notes:
Links:
Image No:
10282 (9-31)

No information.



Smith, Patrick, Mary E., Patrick jun., Margaret and Michael

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Patrick Smith

Burial Register Details:
Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Section Lot Note
149 110 15-09-1874 Smith, Patrick RC2 297/298  -
110 149 16-10-1876 Smith, Mary E. RC2 297  -
149 150
21-10-1876 Smith, Patrick jun RC2 298  -
150 152 07-11-1876 Smith, Margaret6 RC2 297  -
152 165 20-05-1877 Smith, Michael RC2 298  -

Inscription:
In remembrance / of / Patrick Smith / died 13 Sept. 1874 / aged 36 years. / Also his children / Mary Eliza aged 8 years / Margaret aged 6 years / Patrick aged 2 years / who died of scarlet fever / in November 1876. / And their grandfather / Michael Smith / died 19th May 1877 aged 95 years.

Notes: See Catherine Deschamp’s headstone 10240.
Links:
Image: 10266 (9-15)
Biography:
In 1865 Patrick, the son of Michael Smith, married Catherine Mahoney who was born in 1843 in County Limerick, Ireland, the daughter of James and Bridget Mahoney (nee Cane). She arrived in Australia on July 21, 1864 aged 21. Patrick and Catherine had six children. In 1877 Catherine married Louis Deschamp and they had three children. [Deschamp family history LDHS archive.]

Mary Smith

Biography:
Mary was the daughter of Patrick and Catherine Smith.

Patrick Smith jnr

Biography:
Patrick was the son of Patrick and Catherine Smith.

Margaret Smith

Biography:
Margaret was the daughter of Patrick and Catherine Smith.

Michael Smith

Biography:
Michael was the father of Patrick Smith.

References: Deschamp family history in LDHS archive.



Smith, William Watson
Smith, Elizabeth Le Tournel

William Smith

No headstone


Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
 -
2490 02-09-1932 Smith, William Watson 76
P1
103

2498* 4321 04-02-1948 Smith, Elizabeth Le Tournel 83 P1 103


* Previous Registration No. should be 2490 not 2498.
Biography:
Prior to his arrival at Croydon, William Smith ran a livery and billiard rooms in Coburg. He married Elizabeth Le Tournel (nee Rose. His son, Reg (George Reginald), died June 12 1935 and was formerly a soldier in the 57th then 59th Battalion - in the same battalion as his brother, Dave and Bill Knee, all from Yarra Rd Croydon. His grandson, John Malcolm, who died 3 October 3, 1934 as a child is also buried at Lilydale Cemtery.

Death and funeral notices:
FATAL FALL FROM HORSE. Mr William W. Smith, aged 75 years, of Yarra road, Croydon, who was thrown from his horse last Sunday, died at his home on Wednesday. He has left a widow and an adult family. [ The Argus, Melbourne, Friday 2nd September 1932]

SMITH.- On the 31st August, at his residence, The Pines, Yarra road, Croydon, William Watson Smith, dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth le Tournel, loving and fond father of Amy, William, Ethel (Mrs.Kear), David, Reginald, Bessie (Mrs. Forbes), Robert, Charles, Rupert,Myrtle, and Alexander (deceased), aged 70 years. -A faithful husband and loving father at rest. [The Argus, Melbourne, Thursday 1st September 1932]

Obituary:
MR WILLIAM WATSON SMITH A very early Victorian native has passed away in the person of Mr William Watson Smith at “The Pines”, Yarra road, Croydon, as the result of a fall from his horse. The late Mr Smith was born at Collingwood in November, 1855, and was at the time of his death 76 years of age. He was married 49 years ago, and is survived by Mrs Smith. He spent a good deal of his life in the Birchip and afterwards in the Barkstead districts, between Daylesford and Ballan. In the latter district he was a carrier, being well known in the Riverina as a transporter of wool around the sheep stations. He was particularly fond of horses and horsemanship.

As a boundary rider on a pastoral property at Birchip, the late Mr W.W. Smith carried a message from the Victorian Government to the Governor of South Australia on horseback. In 1914 Mr Smith came to live in Yarra Road, Croydon, where his sons are well-known orchardists. He leaves to mourn his loss a sorrowing widow, four daughters- Amy (Mrs Dennis, N.Z.), Ethel (Mrs Kear), Bessie (Mrs Forbes, S.A.), and Myrtle, six sons- William, David, Reginald, Robert, Charles and Rupert- also two brothers and a sister. The internment took place in the Presbyterian portion of the Lilydale Cemetery, where the service of the Union Church was read by Rev. J. Proctor. Previously a short service had taken place at the house. Five sons and Mr Grose were the pall-bearers. Among those at the graveside were members of the Croydon sub-branch RSSILA out of respect to the sons who are associated with the Soldiers’ League. [source unknown]

Elizabeth Smith


Elizabeth le Tournel nee Rose, died February 4, 1948.

References:
[Robyn Smith, William Smith’s great-granddaughter]



Stephenson, Susannah, John and Louisa

Reakes, Norma Louisa

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Susannah Stephenson

Burial Register Details:
Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
-
834 12-07-1897 Stephenson, Susannah 46
CE1 136  -
1959 918 16-02-1899 Stephenson, John 69
CE1 136
 -
918 1959 10-10-1922 Reakes, Norma Louise 9 days
CE1 136
 -
-
2551 06-09-1933 Stephenson Louisa 57
CE1 135

Inscription:
In loving memory of / our dear parents / Susannah Stephenson / died 12th July 1897 / aged 46. / John Stephenson / died 15th Feby 1899 / aged 69 years. / Gone but not forgotten. / Also their daughter Louisa / died 6th Sept. 1933.

Links: See Dolphin 10021
Image: 10025 (1-25)
Obituary:
We sincerely regret having to record the death of Mrs Susannah Stevenson at her residence Castella St. .. About 8 weeks ago her husband Mr Stephenson was incapacitated with a compound fracture of the right thigh .. Although Mrs Stephenson was compelled to take to her bed, no serious result was anticipated, but her condition [soon] caused anxiety .. during the past fortnight she lay in a state of unconsciousness [through] paralysis of the brain ... She leaves a bereaved family of six children ... The remains were interred in the Church of England section of the local cemetery. Mr Stevenson has greatly improved. [Lilydale Express 16-07-1897]

John Stephenson

Obituary:
The news of the death of Mr John Stephenson, of Castella Street, Lilydale on Wednesday, was received by all who knew him with the utmost feeling of regret, more particularly as by his removal he leaves a family of six daughter orphans. Up to a week ago the deceased, who was working with Messrs Harman and Nottingham, painting and repairing the Rechabite Hall, appeared, considering his age, 69 years, quite hale and hearty. The funeral takes place this (Friday) afternoon. [Lilydale Express 17-02-1899]
Funeral Report:
Mr John Stephenson . .  the remains were interred at Lilydale cemetery in the presence of a large gathering of friends and relatives, among the number being Messrs Arnall and Jackson, printers and publishers of Melbourne. The coffin was literally covered with beautiful wreaths . . The deceased leaves a family of six single daughters. [Lilydale Express 24-02-1899]

Norma Louise Reakes

Biography:
Norma was the grand-daughter of John and Susannah Stephenson.
Thanks:
Reakes – Mr and Mrs C.H. Reakes desire to thank all kind friends for telegrams, letters, cars, floral tributes and all expressions of personal sympathy in their recent very sad and sudden bereavement, especially thanking Dr Short, Sister Higginson and nursing staff of Wynfield private hospital for their kindness. Will all kindly accept this as a personal acknowledgement of our gratitude? Castella street, Lilydale. [Lilydale Express 2-10-1922]

Louisa Stephenson

Obituary:
The deceased lady had lived here (Castella St) all her life, being the eldest daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Stevenson, who rank among the earliest pioneers of the district, the former following the occupation of builder and contractor. On the death of her parents, over 20 years ago, the responsibility of caring for her four younger sisters devolved upon the deceased, and never has such a family trust fallen upon more worthy shoulders. She devoted herself wholly and unrestrainedly to the care of others, which, to a disposition such as hers, afforded her that rare happiness that can only be experienced by those whose life has been one of devotion and self-sacrifice. In latter years, after marriage had claimed her sisters, Miss Stevenson’s kindly and generous nature was manifested in many ways, and her memory will long be cherished by those intimately associated with her. Her long illness was borne with that marked cheerful attitude which marked the whole of her life. Her sisters (Mesdames C.H. Reakes, F. Dawes and Son, and Miss D. Dolphin [should be F. Dolphin and H. Dolphin]) have received many evidences of the respect and esteem in which the deceased was held [Lilydale Express September 8, 1933 pg 2]

References: Lilydale Express 16-07-1897, 17-02-1899, 24-02-1899, 2-10-1922 and 08-09-1933.


Stewart, David C.

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Burial Register Details:
Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
-
1553
14-10-1915
Stewart, David C. 51
P2
30
 -

Inscription:
In memory of / David / beloved husband of / Ada Stewart / died 13th Oct 1914 / aged 50 years.

Links:
Image:
10203 (7-7)
No information.


Stiggants, Henry and Maria Annie

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Henry Stiggants

Burial Register Details:

Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
-
2291 03-11-1929 Stiggants, Henry 76
B1 45/46  -
2291 2895 21-06-1939 Spriggants, Maria Annie 82
B1 45/46   -

Inscription:
In loving memory / of / my dear husband / Henry Stiggants / who passed away / on 3rd Nov. 1929 / aged 76 years. / Also / Amelia Maria / loving wife of the above / who died 21 June 1939 aged 82 years. / And / Henry Ernest Albert / their son / died 13 July 1947 / loving husband of Isabel. / Life's day is o'er, farewell.

Notes: Incorrect spelling for Maria in Burial Register and no entry for son Henry Ernest Albert.
Links:
Image No:
10269 (9-18)
 
No information.

Maria Annie Stiggants

No information.





Supple, Madeline Alice

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Burial Register Details:
Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
-
2236
08-10-1928 Supple, Madeline Alice 39
RC2
49
 -

Inscription:
In loving memory of / Madeline Alice Supple / died 8th Oct. 1928

Notes:
Links:
Image No:
10257 (9-6)
Biography:
Madeline Supple was born Madeline (Agnes) Alice Upton in 1885 and married Michael Wm. Halley Supple. [LDHS files]
Death notice:
Supple – On the 8th October, at 'Valley View', Yering, Madeline Agnes, dearly beloved wife of Mr H. Supple, and loving mother of Frank, Norman and Michael. R.I.P. [The Argus 9-10-1928]
Funeral Notice:
Supple – The friends of Mr H. Supple are respectfully informed that the remains of his dearly beloved wife, Madeline Agnes, will be interred in the Lilydale Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to move from the residence of her mother, 'Valley View', Yering, this day (Tuesday) at 3 o'clock. Burton Bros, Undertakers. [The Argus 9-10-1928]

References: The Argus 9-10-1928.


Supple, Michael, Isabella and Mary Ann


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Michael Supple

Burial Register Details:


Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
2093 862 31-01-1898 Supple, Michael 62
RC2 3/4  -
862 2093 19-09-1925 Supple, Isabella 79
RC2 3
 -
-
2313 18-04-1930 Supple, Mary Ann (Minnie) 50
RC2 4
 -

Inscription:
Sacred to the memory / of / Michael Supple / died 30-1-1898 / Isabella Supple /died 19-9- 1925 / Minnie Supple /died 18-4-1929 / may almighty God / grant them eternal rest

Notes:
Links:
Image:
10407 (14-12)
Biography:
Obituary Notice:

The Late Mr Michael Supple left Dublin with his parents during the Crimean War (1853-1856) and lived at first in Balwyn with the Glennons (Supple senior’s sister) and then Mitcham where his father and brothers carried on blacksmithing. Michael then left the family home and settled in Yering where he was employed by Paul de Castella and then Baron de Pury. He married Isabella Younger and they had five daughter and two sons. Mr Supple, of “The Pines” died after being thrown from his horse while returning home after a visit to inspect his Stringy Bark property. [Lilydale Express 04-02-1898]

Isabella Supple

Death Notice:
The death occurred on Friday night, September 18, of Mrs Isabella Supple, of Coldstream, at the age of 79 years. The funeral took place on Monday, the remains being followed by a very large number of relatives and friends to the Lilydale Cemetery. [Lilydale Express 23-09-1925]

Mary Ann (Minnie) Supple

Biography:
Mary Ann known as Minnie was the eldest child of Michael and Isabella (Younger) Supple. Minnie was born at Yering on March 9, 1866 was the eldest child. She was a very active person and involved in local activities such as the Yarra Glen Hunt and Lilydale Hunt Club and was secretary of the Coldstream Red Cross led by Dame Nellie Melba. Throughout World War I and the 1920, Minnie was involved in organising functions for the wounded soldiers from the Caulfield Hospital. [Melba and her Mates pg9]
Death Notice:
Supple – On the 18th April, at Winfield private hospital, Lilydale, Mary Ann, dearly beloved daughter of the late Michael and Isabella Supple. R.I.P. [The Argus 19-04-1930]

References: Lilydale Express 04-02-1898 and 23-09-1925; The Argus 19-04-1930; Melba and her Mates, Lorraine Smith.




Swanson, John

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Burial Register Details:

Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
-
2376 01-07-1931 Swanson, John 35
RC3
74
 -

Inscription:
In loving memory / of / my husband / John Swanson / died 30th June 1931 / aged 55 years.

Notes:
Links:
Image No:
10263 (9-12)
Death notice:
Swanson – On the 30th June, at Kew, John, dearly beloved husband of Marjorie, and loving father of Amy. R.I.P. [The Argus 02-07-1931]
Funeral Notice:
Swanson – The friends of the late Mr John Swanson are respectfully informed that his remains will be interred in the Lilydale Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to leave his late residence, 9 Wishart St, East Kew, this day (Thursday July 2) at 1.30pm. A. W. Padbury and Co. Funeral Directors, 13 Cotham road, Kew, and branches, Haw 31. [The Argus 02-07-1931]

References: The Argus 02-07-1931.







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