42. Maria Jane Merrick
PASSING OF ONE OF DISTRICT'S OLDEST RESIDENTS
One of Singleton district's oldest residents, in the person of Mrs. Maria Jane Medhurst, of Putty, passed away at the dence of her son, Mr. Amos Merrick, Victoria Street, during last night. The deceased had reach ed the grand old age of 93 years. A former Miss Wood, deceased was born at Howe's Valley, and as she has lived in the district all her life in and around Howe's Valley she has watched with keen interest the events which have taken place down through the years. In her earlier days, deceased was a noted horse woman, and old hands claim that few equestriennes could ever sit a horse side-saddle bet ter than could the late Mrs. Merrick. Deceased married twice, but both husbands pre deceased her. Her first husband was the late Mr. Thomas Cafe, and there were three children from that union. She later married Mr. Edward William Medhurst and there were four children from that union. Two children of the first family pre deceased their mother. Deceased had come into Singleton to re side with her son only a fort night ago. The remains will be privately interred at Putty to morrow morning, following a service according to the rites of the Church of England.
Source: Singleton Argus 3 Dec 1947
27 Great-Great Grand Children is Good Record
Mr and Mrs W. Cobcroft, of Putty, have returned home after spending several weeks at Newcastle, where Mrs Cobcroft has been convalescing after having spent three weeks in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, where she underwent a serious operation. Sympathy is being extended to Mrs Cobcroft at the loss of her mother. Mrs Medhurst, who passed away whilst her daughter was an inmate of the hospital. The late Mrs Medhurst had reached the ripe old age of 97 years, and had resided with her
daughter for the past 22 years. The late Mrs Medhurst had come to stay with her son at Bulga for a few weeks, and was taken to Singleton, where she passed away at the residence of Mr and Mrs Amos Merrick. The deceased was born at Howe's Valley, being the daughter of Mr and Mrs Amos Joseph Merrick, and she was twice married.
There were six children by the first marriage, three of whom are still living. Living are Messrs Thomas Cafe (Bowral), Leo Cafe (Singleton), and Victor Cafe (Ballina). John, Eliza, and Alice predeceased their mother by some years. By the second marriage there were five children, four of whom are still living. They are Mrs P. Dries (Mayfield), Mrs W. Cobcroft (Putty), Messrs William (Bulga) and George (Adamstown). The deceased daughter was the late Mrs J. Nealon. The late Mrs Merrick had 11 children in all, of which seven are still living. There are 30 grandchildren living, and two have passed away. There are 66 great-grandchildren living, and five are deceased, and there are 27 great-great-grandchildren, all of whom are still living.
Source: Singleton Argus 2 Jan 1948
A sad and fatal accident happened on Saturday to a married man named Thomas Cafe, in charge of Messrs. McAlpin and Eather's run at Dooral. He was out shooting, and not returning on Saturday night, his wife sent here on Sunday, when search parties went out and found his body, with a gunshot wound in his forehead. A magisterial inquiry was held by Edward Parnell, Esq., J.P., and from the evidence adduced, a finding of accidental death was recorded.
Source: The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser 16 Jun 1885
45. Andrew Merrick
DEATH OF MR. ANDREW MERRICK
A very old and respected resident of the district, in the person of Mr. Andrew Merrick, passed away on Saturday night in the Dangar Cottage Hospital The deceased, who was 85years of age, was born at Putty, and lived at Putty and Howe's Valley for over 50 years. During the last 30 years of his life he had lived at, Fordwich. In his youthful days he was an accomplished horseman, and competed regularly at amateur meetings, particularly at Jerry's Plains. He followed the occupation of a farmer for many years, and during his long association with the district he made a great number of friends, who will regret to learn of his death. He retained all his faculties to the end, and could discourse in interesting fashion concerning events of the past. His wife .predeceased him by about six years, and he is survived by one son. Mr. William Merrick and three daughters. Mesdames A. Morris (Booral), C. Ninness (Wallsend), and .P. V. Archinal (Singleton). The funeral which was conducted by Messrs. partridge Bros., took place yesterday afternoon, the remains being interred in the Church of England cemetery at Whittingham.
Source: Singleton Argus 12 Nov 1945
273. William Thomas A Merrick
Clarence Albert Ninness
MR CLARENCE NINNESS SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES
All parts of the district were shocked to learn during the weekend that Mr Clarence Albert Ninness. of Putty, had passed away in Dangar Cottage Hospital during the early hours of Saturday morning, following terrible injuries he received on Friday afternoon when a horse rolled on him. The late Mr. Ninness was riding his horse after a cow, which went under his mount's neck, causing it to fall and throw its rider from the saddle. Mr Ninness was unable to roll clear before the animal was on top of him. He was brought to town by Singleton District Ambulance and, admitted to hospital suffering from head injuries and probable internal injuries. He was in an unconscious condition. A member of a family of 12 children, deceased was 49 years of age. He had lived in the district all his life, and earned the respect and esteem, of a large circle of friends. A notable feature was that he was ever-ready to do a good turn for anybody requiring it. Deceased was a returned soldier from the Great War. In addition to his mother and father, Mr and Mrs George James Ninness, of Adamstown, a wife (formerly Miss Matilda Merrick), two daughters, a son, and six brothers and five sisters are left to mourn their less. His children are: Robert (aged seven), of Putty, [ and Mesdames Merv. Turnbull (Putty) and George Featherstone (Newcastle). Sisters are Mesdames V. Phillips (Cessnock), Jackson (Singleton), Geo. Gibbs (Putty), C. Argent (Kempsey), and K. Mitchell (Newcastle). The brothers are Messrs Ernest (Maitland), Edward (Carrow Brook), Gordon (Mt. George), William (Branxton), Cleveland (Newcastle), and Ron (Putty).... The funeral was conducted yesterday afternoon, the remains being interred in the Church of England cemetery at Whittingham.
Source: Singleton 18 Dec 1944
49. Mary Elizabeth Eather
MRS. MARY ELIZABETH PRYKE.
The death of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Pryke, wife of Mr. Thomas Pryke, J.P., took place at her late residence, Windsor-street, Richmond, on Monday week. The deceased lady was a daughter of the late Thomas Eather, and was born at Landers, near Penrith, in the year 1841, and was therefore 76 years of age when she died. Mr. and Mrs. Pryke were married at Windsor by the late Very Rev. Dean Halloran. The surviving members of the family are: Mrs. Frank J. Gow, of Centennial Park, Sydney; Thomas Arthur Pryke, Postmaster at Liverpool; Frederick John Pryke, of Sydney; Miss Maud Theresa Pryke, now a Sister in the Good Samaritan Convent, in Queensland; Joseph Eather Pryke, West Australia; Ernest Bede Pryke, Sydney; Miss Mary (Dot) Pryke, who lives at home; and Cyril Austin Pryke, a returned wounded Anzac. They have lived in Richmond for nearly forty years, and there is no more respected family in the Hawkesbury district. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, when the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery, East Richmond. There was a large concourse of mourners, including several members of the family, and relatives and friends from Sydney and other parts. Some of the children who lived in other States were unable to attend. Rev. Father B. M'Donnell officiated at the graveside. — R.I. P.
Source: Freeman's Journal 26 Jly 1917
John Thomas Pryke
Came free along with his parents on The Earl Grey in 1837
Mr. John Thomas Pryke, a very old identity of Richmond, died in Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, early on Saturday morning last, at the age of 85 years. He was a few days in Windsor Hospital, but was removed to Sydney on Good Friday morning, and it was intended to operate for an internal complaint. However, his condition was too low for the operation to be safely performed, and he passed away as above stated, after great suffering the late Mr Pryke carried on a saddlery business in Richmond for about 60 years, and was one of the best known and most widely respected residents of the sister town. he was a a quite unassuming man and was noted for his high character and probiety. born in Hartwell, Essex Egland, he came to Australia with his parents in the ship Earl Grey, in 1837, when but a child. the Earl grey was a convict ship , and Thomas Pryke, the father of the suject of this notice, was a color sergeant in the 80th Regiment, which came to the then young colony in that ship. Color Sergeant Pryke's regiment was recalled to go to the Indian Mutiny, but he died of heart failure after a long march on a very hot day, before the troops embarked, for India He was 40 years of age and was buried at Parramatta. the son, John Thomas, lived in Windsor, for a time, and over 60 years ago established himself a a saddler in Windsor-street Richmond. His wife died about four years ago their surviving children, all highly respected natives of Richmond are: Mrs FrankowG(Paddington), Mr. Arthur Pryke (Postmaster at Hat), Mr. Frederick Pryke (Railway Department, Sydney), Sister Mary Callistus (of the good Samaritan Order, Queensland), Mr. Joseph Pryke (West Australia), Mr. Ernest Pryke (Tramway Department, Sydney). Miss Mary (Dot) Pryke (who lived at home), Mr. Cyril Pryke (Late A.I.F and now of the Military Department, Sydney). the late Mr. Pryke's only surviving sister is Mrs. Blakeney, of Sydney, whose husband was editor of one of the Catholic newspapers in Sydney. Some two years ago he retired, from business after a long and honorable career. He was a fine tradesman and a conscientious workman, and everybody had confidence in him.. the funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, the remains having been brought from Sydney by motor on the previous evening. All the family, with the exception of the two in other states, were present and a large concourse of people of all denominations followed the remains to their last resting place. A service was held in St Monica's R.C. church, on the way to the cemetery at East Richmond, where the mortal remains, of one who lived a clean, Christian life and did all the good he could, were committed to mother earth. Rev Father Darby carried out the last sad rites and Mr. Price as undertaker. The family received wreaths from the following: Mr. and Miss Probert, Mr. and Mrs. H. Probert, Miss E. Eather, Kearns family, Mr. W. Worth, ticker Collectors, Sydney, staff and examiners; staff of the Medal Section, Victoria Barracks.
Source: Windsor and Richmond Gazette 28 Apr 1922
293. Frederick J Pryke
Lived at 13 Castlereagh St Redfern at the time of his death
303. Maud Theresa Pryke
Sister Mary Callistus
304. Cyril Austin Pryke
Anzac - wounded
309. George Francis Vowles
DEATH FROM SNAKE BITE.
George Vowles, snake charmer and showman, who was bitten by a snake on a vacant block of ground in Pitt-street, between Park and Market streets on March 5, died in the Sydney Hospital yesterday.
Source: Barrier Miner 8 Mar 1917
CAUSES DEATH OF SHOWMAN ALTHOUGH FANGS EXTRACTED. DEADLY STRENGTH OF VENOM. SYDNEY, Wednesday.
Further evidence was taken to-day concerning the death of George Vowles, a showman, who was bitten by a tiger snake, wherefrom it was stated the fangs had been removed. Dr. Palmer, Government Medical Officer, said it was the second death through a bite from a snake wherefrom the fangs had been removed. He was of the opinion that Vowles died as a result of snakebite, and added that the tiger snake's venom was about fourfold as strong as that of a cobra or death adder. Charles Johnson gave evidence to the effect that he and Vowles removed the snake's fangs. Johnson allowed the same snake to bite him the same day as it bit Vowles, and he felt no effects, although the blood was drawn. Albert Le Souef, secretary of the Zoological Gardens, said he believed it was quite possible for a snake to kill when its fangs had been removed, and should certainly not be allowed in the open at a. public exhibition. A verdict was returned of death from snakebite, and a rider was added that public exhibitions were unsafe, and should not be allowed.
Source: The Daily News (Perth) 22 Mar 1917