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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.




Terry, Gordon


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Burial Register Details:
Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
-
2057
24-10-1924 Gordon, Terry 23
W1
162
 -
 
Inscription:
Sacred in loving memory / of / Gordon Terry / died 23rd October 1924 / aged 23 years

Notes:
Links:
Image:
10323 (10-36)
Obituary:
A sensational stir was caused in Lilydale when news came that a young man, Gordon Terry, residing in Pine Grove, had been electrocuted. Doris Terry came into contact with a live wire lying in their garden and on hearing her screams, her brother, Gordon, rushed out to assist, but became entangled in the wire and was killed instantly . . Investigation showed the wire which caused the fatality was the telephone that had been disconnected and had in some manner come into contact with the electric light wire and, not being insulated, at once became an agent of death. Miss Terry received a severe shock and burnt finger . . The coroner gave the order for burial and the large funeral took place at Lilydale. Gordon Terry was held in high esteem by many. Members of the Oddfellows Lodge, of which he was a member, headed the cortege and performed the lodge last rites . . Rev. W. J. Bottoms read the Methodist burial service at the graveside . . Sincere sympathy to Mrs Terry and family [Lilydale Express 31-10-1924]

References: Lilydale Express 31-10-1924.




Thomson Thomson, Ada Jessie and John

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Ada Jessie Thomson

Burial Register Details:

Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
-
1611 20-11-1916 Thomson, Ade Jessie 57
P1 55/56  -
1611 4007 19-08-1942 Thomson, John 88
P1 55
 -
 
Inscription:
In memory of / my / dear wife / Ada Jessie Thomson / died 20th November 1916 / aged 57 years / also / her beloved husband / John Thomas / died 18th August 1942 / aged 88 years. / Re-united.

Note: Burial register spelling is Ade not ADA.
Links:
Image:
10139 (5-15)
Biography:
Ada Jessie Fraser was born at Geelong/Breakwater in 1859. She married John Thomson in 1880 and they had seven children born – Shepparton, Kensington, Kaniva and Meeniyan.

In 1903 Ada Jessie Thomson was listed as the Postmistress at Tynong and a John, railway employee. In 1914 their address was Evelyn.

John Thomson

Death Notice:
Thomson. On August 18 at Caulfield, John, dearly loved husband of the late Ada Jessie and loving father of Mary (Mr Quinn), Jessie (Mrs Patrick), Alex, Colin, Jack, Keith and Roy. Our loved ones are re-united. (No flowers by request). [The Argus 20-08-1942 pg 2]

References: Electoral Rolls 1903 and 1914; BDM Indexes; The Argus 20-08-1942.





Thornton, Henry Kay 'Harry'

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Burial Register Details:
Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
-
1885 16-10-1920 Thornton, Harry 39
B1 229 Re-interment see Miss C Drummond
-
1345 05-01-1911 Drummond, Catherine 73
B1 229

Inscription:
In loving memory / of / Henry Kay Thornton / died at Mildura / 16th May 1915 aged 39 years. / Till He come. / Erected by his devoted wife Margaret Thornton.

Notes:
Links:
Also interred in this plot was Catherine Drummond see 10293 for her details.
Image: 10299 (10-12)
Death notice:
Thornton – On the 18th May, at Mildura, Henry Kay, the beloved husband of Margaret Thornton (formerly of Lilydale), and second son of Robert Thornton, carrier, The Elms, Royal Park, aged 39 years [The Argus 22-5-1915 pg13]

References: The Argus 22-5-1915.


Thumann, Ida

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Burial Register Details:
Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
-
1711
24-12-1918 Thurman, Ida 81
P2
251
 -

Inscription:
In loving memory / of our dear mother / Ida Thumanm / who died at Lilydale / 24 Dec 1918. / At rest.

Notes: Different spelling in Burial Register to headstone.
Links:
Image:
10209 (7-13)

No information.



Tolmie, Ewen

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Burial Register Details:
Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
-
1442 20-06-1913 Tolmie, Ewen 64
P2
29
 -

Inscription:
Sacred / to / the memory of / Ewen Tolmie / who died June 20 1913 / aged 64 years.

Links:
Image:
10204 (7-8)

No information.


Towt, William, William Finlay, Margaret Catherine and Gordon John

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William Towt

Burial Register Details:

Previous No.
Current No. Date
Name Age Section Lot Note
1516 1407 07-09-1912 Towt, William 59
CE2 83/84  -
1407 1516 23-09-1914 Towt, W’m Finley 33
CE2 83/84 Full
-
1792 22-06-1920 Towt, Margaret C
66
CE2 83
 -
1516 2627 02-01-1935 Towt, Gordon John 60
CE2 84
 -

Inscription:
In sad and loving remembrance / of / my dear husband / William Towt / who died 6th Sept 1912. / Also my beloved son / William Finlay / who died 22nd Sept 1914. / Thy will be done. / Also our dear mother / Margaret Catherine / who passed away 22nd June 1920 / beloved wife of the above /William Towt. / And / Gordon John / son of the above William / and Margaret Catherine / died 31st Dec. 1934.

Notes: Register spelling William Finley differs from headstone.
Links: Advertisement of Towt's Dreadnought wire strainer invention from the New Zealand newpapers.
Image: 10044 (2-6)
 
Biography:
At the time of his death, William had been in delicate health. Aged 59 he was the third son of John Towt of Booroondara and was born at Brighton in 1853. After attending Brighton Grammar School, William inspected various properties throughout New South Wales and Victoria before purchasing the “Devon Park” estate from the later Robert Blair. In 1876 he married Margaret McNab, the daughter of Duncan McNab of “Greenpoint” Yering. Having been reared on a farm and having good experience with cattle, he devoted himself to grazing and farming and breeding pure Ayrshire cattle. He was fond of horses and in the earlier days raced his own. He was a good huntsman and strongly supported the local Hunt Club. He was also a member of the Lilydale Agricultural and Pastoral Society and won many prizes exhibiting cattle and horses at the Royal and district shows. Mr Towt had an inventive mind and some years ago he invented the “Dreadnought Wire Strainer” which met with much success in the Commonwealth, New Zealand and South Africa. He is survived by his widow, four sons and two daughters. His second son Leslie died in Perth in 1906. The pall bearers were Messrs O.R Snowball, MLA, F Snowball, John McNab, Thomas Wilson, Angus McNab and W.H. Everard. [Lilydale Express 13-09-1912 pg 3]
Will:
Under the will of Mr William Towt, late of 'Devon Park’, Lilydale, farmer, who died on 6th September, property valued at 7742 pounds is bequeathed to his widow and children [Lilydale Express 4-10-1912]

William Finlay Towt

Biography:
William, the eldest son of William and Margaret Towt was a member of the Fifth Victorian Contingent which saw service in the Boer War. In April 1902 his family learned Private Towt, was dangerously ill, suffering from dysentery, at Charlestown, South Africa. [Lilydale Express 25-4-1902]
Obituary:
The many friends of Mr W. F. Towt of 'Devon Park' Coldstream received a great shock when they learned of his death in Melbourne on Tuesday last . . He became ill at the Melbourne Show and died a couple of hours afterwards with heart failure . . [He] was only 33 and widely respected . . . a committee member of Lilydale Agricultural Society %u2026 he had seen active service in the South African war . . [Lilydale Express 25-9-1914]
Margaret Catherine Towt
Biography:

Margaret Towt was the daughter of Duncan McNab formerly owner of the property Greenpoint now Domaine Chandon. [Lilydale Express 02-07-1920 pg 3]
Death Notice:
TOWT – On the 22nd June, at her residence, “Devon Park” Lilydale. Margaret Catherine, widow of the late William Towt, and daughter of the late Duncan McNab. [Lilydale Express 02-07-1920 pg 2]
Obituary:

She had been enjoying the best of health up till Friday, the 11 inst. During the afternoon on this date she was conversing with the members of her family and friends, and had left the room apparently quite well; but some little time late she was found in her room seriously ill. She rallied for a time but became unconscious and passed away, notwithstanding the most careful attention of her medical advisers. . .  Being of retiring disposition, Mrs Towt did not leave he home much, and therefore was not well known to the younger generation, but to the older residents of the district she was known as a kindly disposed lady and one who was always please to see her friends and extend the hand of hospitality. [Lilydale Express 02-07-1920 pg 3]

Gordon John Towt

No Information.

References: Lilydale Express 25-4-1902, 4-10-1912, 13-09-1914, 25-9-1914, 02-07-1920; As it happened Vol. 2, Val Sheehan.



Turner, Thomas W.J.

Paul, Catherine (nee Turner)

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Catherine Paul 

Burial Register details

Previous No.
Current No.
Date Name Age Section Lot Note
P2059 355 02-03-1884 Turner, Thomas W. J. 4 mths CE1 62
-
T355 2059 08-11-1924 Paul, Catherine 36
CE1 62
-

Inscription:
In loving memory / of / our dear sister / Catherine nee Kitty Turner / passed away 6.11.1924 age 38 / Rest in peace. Note: Thomas Turner is not included in the inscription.

Links:
Image No:
10020 (1-20)
Biography:
Catherine Louisa was the fifth child of Thomas Turner and Sarah Parr and was born at Lilydale (ie Kilsyth) in 1890. She died at Prahran and is buried with her eldest brother Thomas William James Turner. [Pioneers of Silvan, South Wandin or The Mountain blog and A History of Croydon A Second Volume pg 16 and 17]

Thomas William James Turner

Biography:
Thomas William James Turner, born Hotham 1884, was the eldest son of Thomas Turner and Sarah (Parr) Turner who were very early settlers who built a home at the corner of the present day Liverpool and Mr Dandenong roads in Kilsyth. The front of the site became the Kilsyth general store and post office and is today (2014) the site of the Kilsyth Vet. No information on Thomas Turner. Sarah Parr was the daughter of William Parr and Jane Axford who were early settlers of Croydon. [Pioneers of Silvan, South Wandin or The Mountain blog and A History of Croydon A Second Volume pg 16 and 17]

References: Pioneers of Silvan, South Wandin or The Mountain blog http://silvanpioneers.blogspot.com.au; and A History of Croydon A Second Volume, Muriel McGivern, pgs 16 and 17.








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