Australian English Genealogy

Descendants of George Colless


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George Samuel Whiley

Arrived 1840

Caroline Jones

Came free with parents on Queen Victoria

Mary Ann Farlow

Daughter Florence aged 4 mths 26 days died on the same day.

15. Arthur Richard Colless

Death of Mr. Arthur Colless
An old native of the Nepean district, Mr. Arthur Colless, passed away on Saturday, 23rd July, at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Stone, Leichhardt, at the age of 81 years. Deceased was born at Emu Plains, and was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Colless. His father died some 50 years ago, and his mother about 25 years ago. He resided at Castlereagh for a number of years to Come-by-Chance, where he lived for the remainder of his days. He married a Miss Turley, of Cunningham's Creek,
Mudgee line. Mr. Colless was one of the best known pastoralists in the Walgett district, and altogether, enjoyed a fair measure of success on the land. He owned a fair amount of property at Come-by-Chance. He took much interest in racing, and bred many splendid blood horses, including some Melbourne Cup winners. It had been his habit to visit Sydney regularly once a year, at least, and he seldom failed to come to Penrith when down from the north west, making his stay with his cousin, Mr. Harry Colless, of North Street. For some time past his health had not been satisfactory, an old growth giving him some trouble. He wont into hospital in Sydney for treatment, but afterwards went to his sister's place at Leichhardt, where he had homeful ministrations , up to the time of his death, Mr. Harry Colless visited him. there, and was the last person he recognised.  Deceased is survived by three sons and two daughters, viz., William, Harold, and Cecil (all of Come-by-Chance), Mrs; Crook (Sydney), and Mrs. Neville (Walgett). - He also leaves two brothers and two sisters-Mr. Henry Colless Ashfield), Mr. William Colless (Come-by-Chance), Mrs. Cross (Dubbo), and -Mrs. Stone (Leichhardt).  The body was taken to Coonamble by train, and thence to Come-by-Chance, when the funeral took place on Tuesday, 26th inst.  The "Coonamble Times" has the following reference to Mr. Colless: "The deceased, who was 81 years of age, was one of the best: known pastoralists in these parts. He had not enjoyed the
best of health for some time, but nobody dreamed that his end was so near.  Noted for his many charitable acts the late Mr. Colless won the esteem and respect of all with whom he came in contact. He frequently visited Coonamble,  and in the earlier days was a great 'racing enthusiast, horses bred by him carrying his colors to victory on many
occasions at Coonamble meetings. He leaves a family of sons and daughters, all grown up, who will possess the sympathy, of a very large circle of friends in their hour of trouble."
Source: Nepean Times 6 Aug 1921

125. Cecil Charles Colless

Death - diptheria and bronchitis

Mary Helen Colless

Mrs Mary Helen Colless, widow of the late Major Colless, died at her residence, " Chalgrove," Cleveland Street, Wahroonga, on Tuesday, at the age of 79 years. Deceased was an ex-resident of Castlereagh, and was an aunt of  Messrs Ted and Arthur Colless, of this district. The interment took place in the Methodist cemetery, Castlereagh, on Wednesday afternoon. Services were conducted by Rev. Stuart-Wright at the church and graveside. He was assisted by Rev. Harold Doust, of Gordon, who gave an address at the church.
Source: Nepean Times 10 Mar 1928

20. Henry William Colless

Mr. Henry Colless, a pioneer pastoralist, died yesterday at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas, Hampden-street, North Sydney, in his 96th year. Mr. Colless was born at Emu Plains in 1838. His grandfather, who arrived in New South Wales in 1789, established the first flourmill in the Emu Plains district. Mr. Colless, at the age of 15, started in business as a carrier. Later he managed his father's property at Come-by-Chance, in the Walgett district, subsequently establishing a business at Bourke. About that time Burke and Wills had made their historic attempt to cross the continent from Adelaide to the Gulf of Carpentaria, and reports of the country through which they travelled attracted Mr. Colless. He was the first white man to settle in the Cooper's Creek district, where he engaged successfully in cattle raising. The property was given the name of Innamincka, and became well-known later. His only companion on the journey to the property was an aborigine. Subsequently Mr. Colless sold the property for £60,000, and retired to Adelaide. After two years of inactivity, he invested in property in the Bourke district, where he owned the Woodstock and Ningawalla properties. About 22 years ago, he sold out, and later was licensee of the Royal Hotel, Richmond. Mr. Colless was the last survivor of a family of 15, several of whom had pastoral properties. He had seven sons and five daughters. Six sons and three daughters survive. Mrs. Colless died 11 years ago. The funeral will take place this afternoon to the Northern Suburbs Cemetery.
Source: The SMH 11 Jly 1934