1643. Ernest George Field
Brave Lads of Castlereagh.
We learn that Private Ernest Geo Field, second son, of Ald Jos Field, of Castlereagh — who enlisted for the front soon after, his elder brother, Private Bertie Field, volunteered in July last — will ultimately join the Artillery branch of the service, and will, probably, go on active service as one of the reconbtable Australian gunners of the King and Empire. Meanwhile Private Field is undergoing a month's traiuing in the Infantry. Private Eric Dennis, only son of Mr and Mrs W A Dennis, of Castlereagh, and who enlisted about the same time as Private E G Field, will also, after terminating his period of training in the Infantry, be transferred, we understand, to the Artillery branch. Private Bert Field is a member of the 9th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, which embarked some weeks ago. The above trio of gallant lads of Castlereagh can be depended on to give the best account of themselves against the enemy.
Source: Nepean Times 6 Nov 1915
1644. Bertie Charles Field
At Penrith Court of Petty Sessions on June 1, Bertie Charles Field, of Hemming Street, Penrith, pleaded guilty to three charges of obscene
exposure in Hemming Street on May 10. He was sentenced to three months' hard labour, but this was suspended under the First Offender provisions of the Crimes Act, on his entering into his own recogniscance of £20 to be of good behaviour for two years, and on his complying, with conditions, as to consultation and treatment.
Source: Nepean Times 11 Jun 1953
397. Lavinia May Field
Late Mrs. W. H. Dukes
Mrs Lavinia Dukes, wife of Mr. W. H. Dukes, of Lemongrove, Penrith, died in Brooklyn private hospital, Kogarah, on 10th inst., at the age of 66 years. By her death Penrith loses one of the last of its womenfolk, and most esteemed residents suffer a bereavement in which they widespread sympathy. Two years ago Mrs Dukes began to fail in health, and in the last twelve months the retrogression became more marked. On Tuesday, 29th of last month, she went into Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and left their on the following Saturday, going to the residence of her son, Mr Frank Dukes, Kogarah, for a few days. It was intended that she should be taken to St. George Hospital, but accommodation was not available there, and she was admitted to Brooklyn private hospital on 9th inst., when a minor operation was performed. ln the last couple of days Mrs Dukes appeared to be better than she been since since she first went into hospital, but, when later on the night of the 14th inst, a nurse went to her bedside she found that the patient had breathed her last. The late Mrs Dukes was born at Castlereagh, and was a daughter of Henry and Margaret Field. Thus she was a member of one of the most sterling pioneering families of the district. In the famous flood of 1867 her home suffered terribly and the family was completely ruined. But with stout hearts and indomitable determination, they followed the lure of the gold fields, and in the following year went to Wattle Flat. After six years of fluctuating fortune there, the family tried Parkes, but, finding that this was a move for the worse, they returned to Wattle Flat. Another eight years were spent there, and then they came to Penrith. On 18th August, 1887, deceased was married to Mr W. H. Dukes, of Penrith, in St. Barnabas' Church, Glebe. For the rest of their lives they lived in Penrith, where they had many friends and where they have proved them- selves splendid citizens. Mrs Dukes was a great worker for the Methodist Church, particularly in the days of robust health. It has been most heartening to the bereaved husband to have evidence of the great respect in which his late wife was held and of the sympathy that is felt for himself. The thoughts of many are no doubt expressed in these beautiful lines, which were forwarded by a friend. When those whom we have loved on earth pass on,
We say, we try to say, .They've gone!"; But others say, "They've come."
When there is nothing left to do but weep,
And the hot tears well up from hearts that ache,
We say, we try to say, "They sleep," But others say, "They wake."
When by the silent grave we bow our head.
And "dust to dust'' is all that we can give,
We say, we try to say, '' They're dead", But others say, '' They live."
Deceased is survived by four sons and a daughter, viz: Mr William Dukes, principal electrician with Goodyear Tyre Company, residing at Brighton-le Sands; Mr. Stanley Norman Dukes, Penrith; Mr Cecil Dukes, who served at the war, leaving early and returning five years later, now a guard at Lithgow; Mrs Claude Field, Punchbowl; and Mr Frank Dukes, electrician with O'Donnell, Griffin, Sydney, residing at Kogarah. There are twelve grandchildren. Mrs Dukes is also sur- vived by seven brothers, viz: Mr. Jos Field, formerly of Castlereah and now of Kogarah; Mr Frank Field, Loco Deartment, Eskbank; Mr Henry Field, retired builder, Hornseywood; Mr Alfred Field, master tailor, Sydney: Mr Herbert Field, Railway Department, New Zealand; Mr Leslie Field, inspector of the Merchantile Mutual Assurance Co., residing at Haberfield; and Mr Hilton Field, in the Tramway Department and residing at Erskineville. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon, and was largely attended. The remains were brought by motor to Penrith Methodist Church, where a service was conducted by Rev. D. C. Hughes. The funeral took place in the Methodist portion of Penrith General Cemetery, the service at the grave- side being conductedby Mr. McLaughlin. Among the large gathering of mourners were representatives of firms in whose service relatives were employed. Some beautiful wreaths were received, among the senders being:—Mr and Mrs W. Dukes, jnr, Mr Stan Dukes, Mr Cecil Dukes,Mr and Mrs Frank Dukes, Mr and Mrs. C. Field, Mr and Mrs L. L. Field and daughter, Mr Arthur Judges, the directors, managing director and staff of Mercantile Mutual Insurance Co. Ltd., Mrs E. Wilks and family, the electrical staff Goodyear Tyre Co., Mr and Mrs. F. Grant, Mr and Mrs Alex Cameron, Nepean District Hospital Committee, Mrs Donald and family, Mr and Mrs W. G. Davies (The Hub, Pitt Stgreet, Sydney), Mr and Mrs Alf Dukes, Mr and Mrs Percy Dukes, Mr and Mrs T. Dukes, Mrand Mrs W. Curry, Mrs Rickards, Mr and Mrs T. Bunker, members Penrith Rifle Club, Mrs P Byrnes and family, Mr and Mrs Mitchell, Mr and Mrs A. Gales, L.O.L, 73 and 38, Mr and Mrs B C Field, and Mr and Mrs W. L. Eggins.
Source: Nepean Times 19 Oct 1929
William Henry Dukes
The Late Mr. W. H. Dukes
After playing his part well and figuring prominently in the communal life of the district, Mr William Henry Dukes, one of Penrith's best known identities, passed away in the Masonic Hospital, Ashfield, on Friday morning, 9th inst. On 3rd August deceased was admitted to the hospital, and on Monday of last week underwent a major operation. After apparently making good progress, he succumbed to the exactions of the severe ordeal through which he was obliged to pass. Widespread regret was expressed in the district at the loss of such an estimable citizen. The late Mr Dukes was the third son of the late Mr and Mrs William Dukes, of Emu Plains, where he was born on 27th October, 1859. As a boy he engaged in droving between Bungle Gully, on the Namoi, and Flemington. As a young man he joined the permanent way staff of the railway. Afterward he was transferred to the loco branch as a cleaner and worked his way up to the position of driver, retiring from the service in 1917. As a driver he travelled over country through which he passed with stock as a boy. Deceased was in a high degree a man of sincerity and honesty of purpose, with the courage of his convictions and a steadfast avoidance of compromise with that which he considered was wrong. His personal characteristics made him a very desirable companion, and his retentive memory helped him particularly with his interesting rem- iniscences. Few men in the district had such an extensive and varied career of public service. He was an alderman of Penrith Council over two periods of years. He had been on the committee of Nepean District Hospital, the committee of the Nepean A.H. and I. Society, the Cemetery Trust, the Soldiers' Memorial Committee, and was a trustee of the Penrith Methodist Church. For many years he was a member of the Masonic order, and was a Past Master of Lodge Nepean. For 51 years he was a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, and was N.G. of Penrith Lodge at the time of his death. He had also a long association with the Orange Lodge, and was District Superintendent of juveniles of the order. For years he had been an active member of the Penrith branch of the National Association. In his younger days he was a fine sportsman, and excelled particularly as a rifle shot. Deceased was bereaved in 1929 by the death of his wife, Lavina, only daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Henry Field, of Lemongrove. He leaves four sons and one daughter, viz.:—William (Epping, chief electrical engineer of Goodyear Tyre Company), Stanley (Penrith), Cecil (Lithgow), Frank (Kogarah), and Mrs C. Field (Punchbowl). Mr John Dukes, of Forbes, and Mr Thomas Dukes, of Emu, are brothers, and Mrs Thompson (Annandale) is a sister. There are 14 grandchildren. A striking tribute to the high regard in which Mr Dukes was held by his fellow citizens was the large and very representative gathering at the funeral on Saturday afternoon, not- withstanding the heavy rain. A ser- vice at Penrith Methodist Church was conducted by Rev. A. E. Putland, who spoke of the sterling character of deceased. Portions of the Masonic Lodge, Orange Lodge, and I.O.O.F. services were read by Wor. Bro. C. Hayward, Bro. A. E. Putland, and Bro. J. R. Tipping respectively. This was done in the church owing to the wet conditions outside. The services were concluded at the graveside. The Dead March in Saul was played by the organist, Miss Daley. The interment was in the Methodist portion of Pen- rith General Cemetery. The Penrith Council was represent- ed by the Mayor (Ald. L. Markham), the Town Clerk (Mr E. W. Orth), and several aldermen. Ald. D. Fitch (Chairman of the Nepean District Hospital Board) represented the Hospital. Members of the various lodges and organisations of the town with which deceased had been associated were also present. His four sons were pallbearers. The chief mourners were:—Messrs William, Stan, Cecil, and Frank Dukes (sons), Mr and Mrs C. Field (son-in law and daughter), Mr John and Tom Dukes (brothers), Mrs Thompson (sister), Master Stan and Miss Audrey Dukes (grandchildren), Mrs Alf. Costley and Miss Maude Thompson (nieces), Messrs Hilton, Henry, Leslie, Alfred, and Joshua Field (brothers-in-law), William, Roy, and Alf. Dukes, Ern and Bert Field (nephews), Jack and Aubrey Field (grandchildren). Many beautiful wreaths were forwarded, including wreaths from Penrith Council, Lodge Nepean, Lodge Warragamba, I.O.O.F., Soldiers' Memorial Committee, Methodist Church, Methodist Choir, Goodyear Rubber Company, Penrith Rifle Club, and the New Guard. Council's Sympathy - At the meeting of Penrith Council on Tuesday evening, the Mayor, Ald. L. Markham, moved that a letter of condolence be sent to the relatives of ex Ald. Dukes in their bereavement. Council and audience stood in silence as a mark of respect to deceased.
Source: Nepean Times 17 Sep 1932