Australian English Genealogy

 Descendants of Edward Priest

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3. Mary Ann Sophia Priest

Funeral of the late Mrs. James Hannell. YESTERDAY afternoon the remains of the late Mrs. James Hannell, relict of a former most widely known citizen, the late Mr. James Hannell, J.P., M.L.A, were consigned to their last resting place, and interred, in the presence of fully a thousand citizens and friends representing all grades of society. The funeral service was conducted at St. James' Church of England; Wickham, by the Incumbent, the Rev. John Dixon, who had been a constant friend and spiritual family adviser of the deceased lady. The interior of the little church was draped with black; more especially the pew that had, during many years, been occupied Sunday after Sunday by Mrs. Hannell. Placed in juxtoposition to the spot from which it had been her wont to take part in the services, were laid the Bible, Prayer Book, and Psalters with which she had assisted in the solemn ritual, or had lent the power of her musical voice amongst the worshippers. A small crape blind stretched across the entrance to the pew, as it were, tacitly isolated it from occupation for tIhe nonce, and forcibly brought the recollection of the vacancy historically described a decade ago by the "vacant chair" of Charles Dickens, at Gadshill. The sorrow and regret here felt may have been more local, but none the less was its intense earnest and heartfelt. The funeral service included the reading of the 30th and 90th Psalms. These had formed a part of the obituary ceremonial of the deceased lady's husband in the year 1876. Since then it had become a commemorative custom in the Hannell family for all the parents, children, offspring, and more intimately connected relations, to assemble once annually at the family residence, Maryville, Wickham. The Rev. John Dixon would, on such occasions, conduct a service, one feature of which consisted of reading the two psalms mentioned. Mr. A. Barry played the "Dead March in Saul" whilst the procession entered the Church ; a densely crowded congregation meanwhile rising to their feet. The hymns (from Hymns Ancient and Modern) Nos. 237 and 131 (latest edition) were sung, commencing respectively


Brief life is here our portion; Brief sorrow, short-lived care.
The Life that hath no eding A tearless life is there.
When our heads are bowed with woe;
When our bitter tears do flow;
When we mourn tile lost-the dear:
Jesu, Son of Mary, hear.

The coffin was met at the entrance to the Church by the Rev. Mr. Dixon ; and after the conclusion of the service the deceased lady's remains were conveyed to their place of sepulture. All thle fIags In the harbour and the city were at half-mast, and the hearse was followed by a funeral cortege several hundreds of yards in length; extending, at one point from Perkin-street, as far as Bolton-street. Immediately behind the coffin walked a procession of nearly seventy children, and immnediate relatives of Mrs. Hannell. Following them. a string of private carriages, buggies, and people on horseback swelled the ranks; the attendants including high and low, rich and poor, young and old, of every age and religious denomination. At the grave the scene was solemn and impressive, and mingled with the words of the clergyman, as he read the ritual, could be heard the sobbing of women and the anguish of men gathered round that last resting place, were the many descendants, relations, connections, and friends of one who had been dearly loved and if ever grief was genuine, it was genuine yesterday afternoon. It has been announced that the Rev. Mr. Dixon will preach a special sermon, at St. James'. Wickham, to-morrow Sunday) week, at the evening service of that church.
Source: Newcastle Morning Herald 20 Dec 1884

James Walton Hannell MLA

See: "Australian Dictionary Of Biography"

Birth registered as Walton

In 1868 was Mayor of Newcastle

(By W. J. Goold)
Foremost among the names of the pioneer families of the Newcastle district stands that of Hannell—James Hannell, Jesse Hannell, and John Hannell, each, played a considerable part in the early history of the district; but the first-named (James Hannell) stands out the most prominent of all.  A native of Sydney, born in 1813, he came to Newcastle when a youngster, and both he and Jesse Hannell received their education at the old Christ Church school on the hill. In early manhood they both joined the police force; in a gazette notice on June 4th, 1833, it states: "James Hannell, a native of the Colony, to be Constable in place of George Davidson, dismissed for drunkenness." His resignation from.the police force was gazetted March 14th, 1836.  Subsequent to his resignation, James Hannell secured (September 9th, 1839) an auctioneer's license for Newcastle, being at that time the only auctioneer in the whole district.  We next hear of him the host of the "Ship Inn," which at that time occupied the site of the Union Bank in Hunter-street—the license having been transferred from the old building at the foot of Watt-street.  The principal Inns in Newcastle in the early forties were: Hannell's "Ship Inn," McGreavy's "Commercial Inn" in Watt-street, Tighe's "Miner's Arms" in Market Square (known in later days as the "London Tavern"), William Rouse's Inn in Hunter-street (on Scott's present block), and the "Union Inn",  kept by Hicks Norton.  Under James Hannell's regime the old "Ship Inn" became the leading hostelry in the town—it was here that the principal social and political events were held; the Oddfellows' Lodge had their Lodge room here; and all local sporting events were arranged and finalised in the Long Room.  Many of the older residents of Newcastle will remember the old Inn—it had a frontage of 58 feet to Hunter street, and about 90 feet to Boulton street. It was a substantially-built brick building of two stories, and in its later years contained 23 rooms, together with a billiard room and a brick building at the rear.  In 1842 Newcastle had a population of 1377, and was just beginning to feel the benefits of the increasing coal trade—miners with their families were coming out from the old country under contract to the A.A. Company, and were making their homes near the new pits.  The Stockton Tweed Factory had just commenced operations, other industrial concerns were opening up, and even in these early days Newcastle gave every promise of becoming a large manufacturing centre,  James Hannell was ever foremost in all public movements for the betterment of the town, and his name figures prominently in many local and political meetings held in the district, he was the leader of a deputation to Governor Denison in 1855, agitating for improvements to the harbour fore shores, which at that time were in a deplorable condition.  He was one of the principal advocates for the incorporation of the city, and when this came into being on June 7th, 1859, he was among the aldermen elected to the first Council. His fellow-aldermen were: Major Charles Bolton, A. A. P. Tighe, James '^vlette, Peter Fleming, Martin Rich ardson, Robert Turton, and George Tully.
Without opposition Mr. Hannell was elected the first Mayor of Newcastle, a position he filled for four consecutive years—1859-60-61-62—and again in 1868, 1869 and 1871. He occupied the Mayoral chair during the visit to Newcastle of the Duke of Edinburgh on March 5th, 1868.
For some years the meetings of the Newcastle City Council were held in the old Court House at the corner of Hunter and Boulton-streets—and ac cording to early press notices some very lively debates took place there.  Mr. Hannell took a very keen inter est in all sporting matters; and in 1846 he was one of a small band of sports who leased a portion of Mr. Alexander Walter Scott's land at Bur wood for the purpose of forming a racecourse. Fredrick-street, Mere wether, now runs through this land, and there is still standing the building which in later years was the Racecourse Inn.
It was on this course that the New castle race meetings were held for many years, but prior to 1846, when ever the sporting fraternity of old Newcastle held , any races, they took place on what is now the main street, commencing at the Cottage Bridge and finishing at the Ship Inn.
At the Newcastle Christmas Races, held on December 27th and 28th, 1848, the programme shows the following events: Newcastle City Plate of £15, Maiden Plate of £12, Publicans' Purse of £12. Hurdle Race of £12, Hack Race of £8, and a Beaten Purse of £8; and entrances for all races are to be made on the morning of the first day at the "Ship Inn," between the hours of seven and ten o'clock. Some of the early patrons of the turf were James Hannell, Captain Biddulph, William Henry Whyte, C. B. Ranclaud, A. Brown, Robert Fisher, Sparke, Moorhouse, N Greenville, etc.—and when a few years later the Newcastle Jockey Club was established, Mr. Hannell was the first President. He was also President of the Newcastle Regatta Committee from its inception, and usually filled the position of Umpire at the races.  But it is in connection with his untiring efforts on behalf of the Newcastle Hospital that Mr. Hannell will be long remembered. In the early days there was a sma,ll brick building known as the Military, Hospital, situ ated near the site of the present fine institution. This was in charge of a warder and his wife, and was the only means of caring for the sick of the district. Mr. Hannell at that time was the Treasurer of the Com mittee; later he became the President, with Dean Selwyn as the Secretary and Captain Allen as Treasurer.
These gentlemen worked so energetically that on, November 9th, 1865, the foundation-stone of a new build ing was laid, and Mr. Hannell in his speech stated, that there were suffi cient funds in hand to complete the building.  On December 6th, 1860, Mr. Hannell contested the Parliamentary election for the City of Newcastle electorate, and the polling resulted; Hannell 374, Mr. (afterwards Sir) Arthur Hodgson 171. He was re-elected on December 15th, 1864, and retained this, seat until 1869. Three years later he contested the Northumberland electorate, and was returned by an  overwhelming majority, the poll being: Hannell 991, Dr.Brookes 387, O'Brien 188, Adam 90, Langlev 68, Pemell 13; informal, 25.
The Hannell homestead was at Smedmore, and was named "Maryville" (after Mrs. Hannell). This is now the name of a thickly-populated industrial suburb which surrounds the old home.
When the Wickhani Municipality was incorporated, Mr. Hannell was the first Mayor elected, and he filled that position until his death.  He died on December 31st, 1876, and was buried in the Christ Church cemetery. The funeral was the largest ever seen in Newcastle, and was attended by an immense concourse of mourners.
James Hannell was a strong man in every sense of the word, and his straightforward character and indefatigible energy won for him many personal friends and admirers.
Source: The Voice of the North 10 Aug 1931


Constance Myra Hannell

After an illness of many months, Mrs. Constance Myra James, wife of Rev. W. F. James, died at her home Maryvllle, last night,
Mrs. James, who was the youngest daughter of the latE Mr. James Hannell, first Mayor of Newcastle, and who later represented Newcastle in the Legislative Assembly, was born in Newcastle, where she spent the greater part of her life. As a young woman Mrs. James was soloist at Newcastle Pro-Cathedral choir for many years, and she had an exceptionally fine singing voice. She
was well known for her charitable disposition. After her marriage she resided at Stockton, her husband being rector of St. Paul's Church of England there. She spent her early married life in helping others, and her work among the people of Stockton is still a happy memory to those who knew her. Later her husband became associated with the Missions to Seamen, Stockton. Here. Mrs. James worked among the seamen who visited Newcastle, and she was known to them as The Angel of Mercy. When Mr. James took charge at Islington she continued her good work for many years until sickness over came her, and she was compelled to
give up the active part she had taken in her husband's work. Mrs. James is a sister of Mrs. Florence Craven and of Mr. Arthur Hannell, of Maryvilie. She left no family. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon.
Source: The Newcastle Sun 9 Nov 1928

19. James Edward Hannell

On the 8th instant, at Christ Church, Newcastle, by the Rev. A. E. Selwyn, assisted by the Rev. C Walsh, of Morpeth, JAMES EDWARD HANNELL, second son of JAMES HANNELL, Esq., M.L.A., Mayor of Newcastle, to ADELINE MATILDA, only daughter of R. B. THEOBALD, Esq., Collegiate School, Newcastle.
Source: The SMH 28Sep 1868

Jesse Walton Hannell

1844 occupation: Chief Constable

Jesse's birth was registered as Walton.

Jesse was the frst lighthouse keeper at Nobby's Head. In 1872 was Superintendant of Nobby's lighthouse

29. Albert D Hannell

At Newcastle, on Saturday, the 7th instant, Albert David, the infant son of Mr. Jesse Hannell, chief constable.
Source: The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser 14 Sep 1844

35. Elizabeth Lambourne

Death recorded as Lamborn

John Stokoe

Headstone Christ Church Cemetery in King Street, Newcastle:

"Sacred to the memory of Jane wife of Henry Lambourne who died Nover 9th 1849 Aged 30 years Also the above Henry Lambourne who died March 27th 1857 Aged 46 years and John Stokoe husband to the widow of the above who died Augst 24th 1859 Aged 43 years "in sure and certain hope of a joyful resurrection."

Thomas Alfred Warland

Builder, brewer, Lime merchant, clerk

William T Glover

Master Mariner. Lighthouse keeper Nelson's Bay until 1891

George Lees

Arrived on the ship 'Richard Webb', as a collier with the Australian Agricultural Company.

DEATH. At the Cosmopolitan Hotel, on the 18th instant, GEORGE LEES, late of the Ship Hotel, Newcastle.
Source: The Newcastle Chronicle and Hunter River District News 19 Jly 1862

DEATH- We perceive by our obituary notices, that Mr. Lees, formerly landlord of tbe Ship Inn, Newcastle, has died on the Lachlan diggings. Mr. Lee leaves a widow resident in this city.

Source: The Newcastle Chronicle and Hunter River District News 16 Jly 1862

Below was taken from other websites:
Lees George - 1855 9 May Newcastle MM Presented Rev. William Savigny with a testimonial of a silver salver and 40 sovereigns in gratitude for his ministerial labours and gratuitous devotion to service.

140205 Lees George Richard Webb 1840 1840 Newcastle Newcastle Gaol Description Books 1841 - 1848. Roll 759. Page 1 Born 1817, 5ft 6 in, sallow complexion, light hair, blue eyes, freckled. 2 blue marks on forehead. Admitted to Newcastle gaol.


48. Edward P Lees

LEES.-The Friends of Mr EDWARD PRIEST, of Newcastle, are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of his late beloved NEPHEW, Edward Lees, tomorrow from Mr G J. Lees' residence, 108 Wells-street. Redfern, THIS AFTERNOON, at quarter to 2 o'clock, for Necropolis CHAS. KINSELA, George and Oxford streets.
Source: The SMH 11 Oct 1899

7. Edward William Priest

Not sure which Edward Priest the following relates to:

Edward Priest was indicted for shooting at Lieut. Ormsby, of the 80th regiment, at Newcastle, on the 28th of October, 1841, with intent to murder; a second count of the indictment charged the prisoner with intent to do some grievous bodily harm. An application was made on the part of the crown to have the trial postponed, in consequence of the absence of a material witness. On behalf of the prisoner an affidavit was put in making application for bail; but his Honor, having referred to the depositions, said the case appeared to be one which would not warrant him to allow bail, and the prisoner must he remanded until the next assizes.
Source: Australasian Chronicle 15 Mar 1842

Edward Priest, found guilty of shooting with intent to kill, at Newcastle; to be imprisoned for six months in Newcastle Gaol, and kept to hard labour.
Source: The Australian 16 Sep 1842

Elizabeth H J Boutcher

John F White 1913 Dubbo possibly second marriage

William H Matthews

Early on Tuesday morning Mr William Matthews, a very old resident of Newcastle, dropped dead near his residence in Wolfe street. The coroner, Mr. F. J. Shaw, held an inquest on the body in the afternoon, when evidence was taken, which went to show that the deceased had been twice in Peterson s hotel, Market Square, on the morning of his death, and had some drink each time About nine o'clock in the morning deceased went into his house, and told his wife that he had got his sister in law in the bus, and he then went out. Mrs Edward Priest (Mrs Matthews's sister-in law) followed him out, but immediately returned and called Mrs Matthews, who saw her husband lying on the side path in the street. She got some water and bathed his temples, but she could scarcely say whether Matthews was dead or alive. His breath seemed to come from him once or twice . Deceased had been addicted to drinking for the past ten years, but seldom complained of illness. He was forty-one years of age. Dr. McGrath, who made a post mortem examination of the body give it as his opinion that deceased died from fatty degeneiation of the heart, brought on by the excessive use of alcohol, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with that opinion.
Source: The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser 15 Oct 1874

9. James Priest

On Wednesday last, the 13th instant, at East Maitland, by the Rev. Mr. Rusden, Mr. James Priest, eldest son of the late Mr. Edward Priest, of Newcastle, to Ann, eldest daughter of Mr. William Thompson, of
Four Mile Creek. 
Source: The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser 20 Dec 1854

Lighthouse Keeper at Port Stephens at the time of his second wife's death.

Lighthouse keeper Nelsons Bay after 1891

11. Ellis Edward Septimus Priest

On the 24th of August, at Newcastle, by licence, by the Rev.  W. Hill, at the residence of the bride's mother, Wolfe-street, Ellis Edward Septimus, second son of the late Mr. Edward Priest, of Newcastle, to Lydia Parker, only daughter of Mr. James Smithers, contractor, of West Maitland, deceased.
Source: The SMH 28 Aug 1861

Was a passenger on the Salopian bound for Melbourne on 9 Oct 1852

13. George Chapman Priest

Death of Mr. G. Priest
The death occurred to-day, at his residence, Coal-street, Islington, of Mr. George Priest, the oldest native of Newcastle. He was born in Bolton-street, next to the Criterion Hotel, 87 years ago.  He was a baker by trade, but for many years was the lighthouse keeper at Port Stephens. Since then he has been living in retirement at Islington.  His sister, the late Mrs. J. Hannell, also born in the city,  was the first Mayoress of Newcastle, and his brother-in-law was member of Parliament tor Northumberland for a number of years.  Mr. Priest knew Newcastloe when Hunter-street was little better than a sandy bullock track, and he has seen the blacks holding corrobborees on Cook's Hill. His knowledge of wrecks along the coast extended oack to the days when the Helen Lancastle was lost near Stockton Beach. That was in the fifties. He also witnessed the steamer Cawarra being tossed about in the rough sea close to Nobbys in July, 1861. Upwards of 100 persons
were drowned.  Mr. Priest was present at the opening of the first section of the northern railway from Honeysuckle Point
to East Maitland, nearly 70 years ago, and with hundreds of others in Newcastle, enjoyed a free ride on the occasion.
Mr. Priest, who was twice married has left a widow and family.
Source: Newcastle Sun 6 Jun 1927