Australian English Genealogy

Descendants of George Colless


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198. Henry R Wilcox

Robert and Henry Wilcox, two brothers, were drowned while bathing at Oberon on Sunday.
Source: Western Champion 27 Nov 1888

36. Elizabeth Colless

Last week we briefly referred to the death at Warren, on the 22nd inst., of Mrs. Elizabeth Stephens, relict of the late Mr. Joseph Stephens. Deceased was the second eldest daughter of the late George and Phoebe Colless, and was the sister of Mrs. J. Searle (Beecroft), Mrs. T. R. Smith (Penrith) Mr. George N. Colless(Emu Plains), Mr Henry Colless (Penrith), Mr. Alfred Colless (Penrith), Mr. Edwin Colless (Nambour, Queensland), and Mr. J. W. Colless (Auburn). The late Mrs. Stephens was married at Emu Plains, in 1857, and resided on the farm now used as the Emu Prison Farm. After living there some years she removed to Rydal and Raglan, and later to Warren, where she resided for over 40 years. She is survived by six daughters and three sons, viz., Mrs. E. Gardiner (Queensland), Mrs. Wood (Newtown), Mrs. Fowler (Cabramatta), Mrs. W. Ney (Warren), Miss C. Stephens (Warren), George (Orange), Joseph and Richard (Warren). The funeral took place on tho 23rd inst., the remains being laid to rest alongside those of deceased's husband (who died in January, 1900), in the C. of E. Cemetery. The funerall was largely attended by old residents of the town.
Source: Nepean Times 31 Jly 1920

37. Lavinia Colless

The Late Mrs. A. Hall

In last issue of 'Nepean Times' we referred briefly to the regretted demise of Mrs Alfred Hall (nee Miss Lavinia Colless), sister of Mr A Colless (proprietor of this journal),
Mr H Colless, and Mrs T R Smith, Penrith, the sad event having occurred on Wednesday afternoon of last week (20th inst). Mrs Hall, who was in her 76th year, was in point of priority of birth the third member of the family of the late Mr and Mrs George Colless, originally of Castlereagh, of which district the progenitors of the Colless family and descendants were amongst the earliest influx of pioneering settlers. Mrs Hall was a native of Emu Plains, where the family had removed, and was married at the
historic church of St. Paul's, Emu Plains to Mr Hall, by Rev Mr Unwin, in 1864. Shortly after their marriage Mr and Mrs Hall entered upon the hotelkeeping business at Warren, where Mr Hall took the lease of the Commercial Hotel. After several years' residence in Warren, where they had built up a prosperous business, Mr and Mrs Hall returned to Penrith, having taken over the Australian Arms Hotel, where they remained for a considerable period during the great financial and speculative 'boom' of the eighties, and subsequently. Later Mr and Mrs Hall and family removed to Auburn, where they have resided for a number of years, where Mr Hall had a carrying business. Mrs Hall had been in somewhat indifferent health for some time, and unfortunately contracted a severe attack of pneumonia some weeks ago, and a fortnight before her
death her condition gave her family the gravest concern. Everything that could be done by the skilful medical care of Dr. Furnival and solicitous nursing was unavailing to avert the end, however, and the revered lady breathed her last in the bosom of her family on Wednesday of last week.  She was conscious to the moment of dissolution, and had a most peaceful and apparently painless death— a fit ting sequel and termination to a life of kindliness, holiness and rectitude. Deceased was of a most cheerful and
agreeable temperament, beloved by her home-circle and relatives, who will deeply mourn her loss. The members of the Hall family living are - Messrs Henry Hall (Auburn), Alfred (Randwick), Private Ernest (on active service), Mrs Copland (Wagga). Mrs Paul (Mildurama), and Misses Edith, Ethel, Emily and Amy Hall (Auburn). The interment was in the Church of England portion of General Cemetery, Emu Plains, on Thursday afternoon of last week (21st inst), Rev Mr Ellis (Auburn), assisted by Rev J A Reynolds (Rector of St. Paul's, Emu Plains), officiating at the graveside.  The funeral arrangements at this end were conducted by Mrs John Price and Son.
Source: Nepean Times 30 Sep 1916

John Seale

Marriage registered as John Scale.

276. Ernest George Colless

Accidently killed

278. Harry Colless

Mr. Harry ("Bluff") Colless, eldest son of the late George and Harriett Colless, of Emu Plains, passed away in Nepean District Hospital on Wednesday, May 30, at the age of 79 years. Deceased was born at Emu Plains and spent the whole of his life there. Prior to his retirement some 20 years ago, the late Mr. Colless was employed by Blue Mountains Shire Council for many years. Ill health made an early retirement necessary. He was unmarried. The family of sisters and brothers comprised: Annie (Mrs. Williams, Lithgow), deceased; Mary (Mrs. Bronger, Emu Plains); Ernest, deceased: Blanche (Mrs. W. A. Colless, Emu Plains), deceased; Edwin, Emu Plains; Elsie (Mrs. Hill, Ashfield); Phoebe (Emu Plains); Emma (Emu Plains); Frank (Emu Plains), deceased; Kezia (Mrs. H. Thomson (Emu Plains); and Millie (Agnes Banks). In his earlier days Mr. Colless was a keen cricketer and footballer, and an active member of the Emu Plains Progress Association, but ill health prevented his interest in an active way of later years. The funeral took place on Thursday, May 31, in St. Paul's Church, Emu Plains cemetery, the Rev. J. Ross conducting the service. Amongst many beautiful wreaths were noticed those from the Church of England Ladies Guild, Emu Plains, Emu Plains Auxiliary to Nepean District Hospital, Emu Cricket Club, executive and committee of Emu Progress Association, and the Ladies' Guild of the Church of England, Agnes Banks.
Source: Nepean Times 7 Jun 1951

280. Blanche Colless

Blanche and William were cousins

Mrs Blanche Colless, widow of the late William A. Colless, of Come-by-Chance, died at her residence, Emu Plains on Saturday morning last, after an illness of many months. Deceased who married her cousin, was the fifth child of the late George N and Harriett Colless, of Emu Plains, and was born 68 years ago. Deceased, who was highly esteemed, had been living at Emu Plains since the death of her husband some twelve years ago. She leaves the following brothers and sisters: Harry (Bluff), Mary (Mrs. Bronger), Edwin, Phoebe, Emma, Kerzla (Mrs. Thomson), all of Emu Plains, Elsie (Mrs. Hill, Ashfield). and Millie (Agnes Banks). The funeral, which took place, on Sunday afternoon was largely attended, and proceeded from John Price and Sons' parlours, Penrith, to St. Paul's Church, Emu Plains, where a service was conducted by the Rector, Rev. C. M. Kemmis, assisted by Rev. I. D. Armitage. Both ministers conducted the service afterwards at the graveside in the adjoining Emu Plains cemetery.
Source: Nepean Times 16 Jan 1947

284. Frank Stanley Colless

Mr. Frank Colless.
Mr. Frank Colless, son of Mrs. Harriett Colless, and the late Mr. George Colless, of Emu Plains, died at his mother's residence on Wednesday, at the age of 36 years. Deceased, who did strenuous service in the war, suffered from its after-effects. He was a light-hearted, happy, young man, actuated by the best of good-will in all his doings. He served his country men fully, and his health and his life were included in the great toll which has deprived Australia of much of its young manhood. The interment took place this Friday afternoon in tho C. of E. cemetery, Emu Plains.
Source: Nepean Times 10 Oct 1925

285. Kezia Colless

Wedding Bells
A very pretty wedding was celebrated at St. Paul's Church of England, Emu Plains, on Saturday, 29th September, when Mr Harry Thomson, second son of Mrs H. D. Thomson, of Bankstown, was married to Miss Kezia Colless, daughter of Mrs Colless, of Emu Plains. Rev. E. S. Lumsdaine performed the ceremony. As the bride entered the church, a choir of Sunday School children (of which the bride was a teacher) sang "The Voice that Breathed o'er Eden." The bride's frock was of mushroom crepe de Chine and hat to tone, and she carried a bouquet of blue sweet peas. The bridesmaid, Miss Millie Colless (sister of the bride), wore a frock of sunray crepe de Chine, hat to tone, and carried a bouquet of autumn-tinted roses and pansies. Mr S. Williams (brother-in-law) gave the bride away, and Mr David Thomson (brother of the bridegroom) was best man. During the signing of the register, the choir sang, '' O, Perfect Love." As the happy couple left the church, to the strains of the Wedding March, two little girls, Ruth Bunyan and Una Pellatt, spread rose petals down the aisle. Mrs Colless entertained about forty guests. On Wednesday evening, 20th ult., Miss Kezia Colless was tendered a kitchen tea by the people of Emu Plains. Messrs. N. A. Hunter and C. R. Chapman spoke of the bride in glowing terms, and the Rev. Lumsdaine made the presentation, on behalf of the people; Mr Thomson responded on behalf of his future bride. The Sunday School children presented Miss Colless with a dozen stainless knives.
Source: Nepean Times 13 Oct 1928

287. Phoebe Harriet Colless

A wonderful record of good work in the community and particularly for St. Paul's Church, Emu Plains, stands to the credit of Miss Phoebe Harriett Colless, of Russell Street, Emu Plains, who died in Nepean District Hospital on June 26, at the age of 72 years. Miss Colless was born in Emu Plains and lived there all her life. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George N. Colless, and was a very worthy member of a highly esteemed district family. She worked continuously for St. Paul's Church and was practically in charge of the Sunday School. Miss Colless was a member of the Ladies' Guild and the local Auxiliary to Nepean District Hospital. In any good cause she was always a ready and willing helper. Her happy, friendly disposition could not fail to impress. Surviving sisters and brother of deceased are: Mary (Mrs. Bronger). Edward, Elsie (Mrs. Hill), Emma, Kezia (Mrs. Thompson), and Millie. All live at Emu Plains, except Mrs. Hill, who resides at Ashfield. Deceased brothers and sisters are Annie, Harry, Ernie, Blanche, and Frank. The funeral on Thursday of last week was largely attended. A service was held in St. Paul's Church, Emu Plains, and was conducted by the Rector, the Rev. D. I. Frost. Several former rectors of the parish attended, viz., the Rev. W. Watts (now of Sutherland), who gave the address, the Rev. A. A. Mutton (Kogarah), the Rev. J. Ross (Liverpool), and the Rev. D. Hewetson (Miller's Point). At the graveside in the adjoining cemetery the Rector, the Rev. D. I. Frost, conducted the service. Numerous wreaths were for warded, Including wreaths from St. Paul's Ladies' Guild, the teachers and pupils of the Sunday School, the Sunday School and Mothers' Club at Emu Heights and Mothers' Club at Emu Heights, the Ladies' Guild at Agnes Banks, Penrith Hospital Comforts Club, Emu Plains Auxiliary to N.D. Hospital, Emu Plains P. & C.A., and others.
Source: Nepean times 4 Jly 1957

41. Henry Colless

Death of Mr. H. Colless
It can in deep sincerity be said that Penrith loses a very estimable and up right citizen by the death of Mr Henry Colless, which took place at his residence, North Street, on Thursday of last week, at the age of 84 years. Deceased was one of the best known resiidents of the district and he had numerous friends to whom his company was
always a true pleasure. He will be greatly missed, and long remembered as one who played his part worthily and honourably in the community, possessing some of the finest essentials of good companionship and public helpfulness Deceased was born at Emu Plains on 33rd December,1840. He left with the late Major Colless, when the late
Mr Arthur Colless, of Come-by-Chance fame, started out to find some land that was open for selection near Bungle Gully. He and the Major (his cousin) worked for Mr Arthur Colless for some considerable time, droving cattle from Come-by-Chance to Melbourne and Adelaide at various times. His partner on some of these trips was the late Mr John Ryan, who passed away some little time ago. Later on deceased took up some land near Gundagai, on the Murrumbidgee River, and married Elizabeth Jane, daughter of the late Bartholomew and Mary Ann Jordan.  He carried on as a farmer for some years. Mr. and Mrs. Colless experienced the rigors of Murrumbidgee
floods, and on three occasions had to move everything to higher ground.  After some years there, during which time the three eldest children—Amy, George, and Edwin—were born, they moved down the country, and deceased,  obtained employment with the N.S.W.  Government Railways, eventually settling at Penrith. He plodded along in
the various grades, from porter, shunter, etc., to guard, which position he occupied till an incident during shunting operations at Hartley Vale resulted in the loss of a leg. Then he was assigned the job of gatekeeper and eventually was pensioned off.   In his prime deceased was an active and robust man, and as a sportsman achieved much success. He was a good horseman in his day and possessed no mean veterinary skill. Many people sought his advice in dealing with equine ailments. As a cricketer he was a worthy contemporary with the late Ted Evans, and many good performances stand to his credit.  Deceased was one of thirteen brothers and sisters, of whom the only surviver now is Mr Jim Colless, of Concord.  Mr Colless was for many years a good supporter of Nepean A.H. and I. Society, and many Show patrons will remember that over a long period he was in charge of the gate at the grandstand His wife died about ten years ago.  Deceased is survived by three sons and three daughters—Mr George
Colless (Fairfield), Mrs Felan (Annandale), Mr Edwin Colless (Undercliffe), Mrs A. Luscombe (Agnes Banks), Mrs J Collins (Penrith),and Mr. Claude Colless (Penrith). Mr George Colless served in the war and another son, Lieut Stanley Colless, DJC.M., M.C., was killed in action toward the end of hostilities. The funeral, which was largely at tended, took place, on Friday afternoon, 6th inst. A service was conducted at St. Stephen's Church by the Rector, Rev. J. W. Ferrier, who made sympathetic and appreciative reference to deceased. The remains were laid in rest. in the C. of E. portion of Penrith general cemetery, where also the Rector conducted the service. Deceased was a member of the I.O.O.F., and brethren attended and marched in procession to the graveside by Bro. J. Tipping.  P.N.G., secretary. Many beautiful
floral tributes were forwarded
Source: Nepean Times 14 Jly 1934

Elizabeth Jane Jordan

The Late Mrs. H. Colless
A much esteemed resident of Penrith, Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Colless, wife of Mr. Henry Colless, North Street, Penrith, died in the Nepean District Hospital on Thursday, 15th inst., at the age of 75 years. Deceased had been ailing for nine weeks, and went into hospital the day before her death. Deceased was born at Castlereagh, and was the daughter of the late Bartholomew and Martha Ann Jordan. Her father pre-deceased her by about 40 years, and her mother by about 15 years. She was married to Mr.Henry Colless in the Gundagai district, and thereafter they lived at Wantabadgery (between Gundagai and Wagga). They came to Penrith 40 years ago, and' resided here since. Mrs. Colless is survived by her husband, a citizen of unimpeachable character, and a valued friend of many in this district. They condole with him in the loss hehas sustained, for his late wife was possessed of many estimable traits of charaetor. Deceased also leaves three sons and three daughters, viz., George (Glebe), Edwin (Nemimgha, Tamworth district.), Claude (Penrith), Mrs. Felan (Annandale), Mrs. Luscombe (Grose Wold), Mrs. Collins (Penrith). One son, Stanley was killed in action in the Great War, and one daughter, Lilian, died years ago. Eleven grandchildren survive. Mr. William Jordon (Hurlstone Park) and Mr. Roland Jordan (Penrith) two brothers of deceased, and Mrs. Jacobs (Northbridge) is a sister. The funeral, which was very largely attended, took place on Saturday, the interment being in the C. of E. portion H. N. Powys conducted the service. The chief mourners ware :—Mr. Henry Colless (husband}, Messrs George, Edwin, and Claude (sons), Messrs Win. and Roland Jordon (brothers), Mr. and Mrs. James Colless (Auburn, brother and sister-in-law of Mr. Henry Colless), Mrs. Page(daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Wm. Colless), Mr. Alex. Luscombe (son-in-law of deceased; Mr. George Horton (cousin), Mr. L. Coll (cousin), and Messrs'. Syd. Colless, Victor Colless, Arnold Jordan, Victor Jordon, and Donald Jordan (nephews). Many beautiful wreaths were forwarded. The bereaved family received many messages of sympathy, including some from Nepean A.H. and I. Society, I.O.O.F; (Penrith), and employees of the Railway (Penrith). Mr. Henry Colless is an ex-railway servant.
Source: Nepean Times 24 Apr 1926

290. George Colless

The death took place at R.G. Hospital, Concord, on September 6, of George Colless, of Crawford Street, Berala. Deceased was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Colless, of Penrith. He was a resident of Canada for many years after taking part in the Boer War, and enlisted in the Canadian Army in World War I. During his early life he was employed on the staff of "The Nepean Times". He leaves a wife and two married daughters. Cremation took place at Rookwood, where there was a large
attendance of relatives and friends.
Source: Nepean Times 24 Sep 1953

297. Stanley Colless

Lieut. Stan Colless, D.C.M.
Word {has been received by the parents of Lieut. Stan Colless (viz.Mr and Mrs H. Colless, North Street, Penrith) 'that their gallant son has has been awarded the D.C.-M. for 'gallantry in action during recent operations on the Western Front. Lieut. Colless, who had been promoted to his (present rank on the field from that of Sergeant-Major, enlisted some 16 months ago, and since leaving for the seat of war has seen much service both in Egypt and France. That he would comport himself with true Australian Valour was never doubted by his many friends at Penrith, who, while delighted at his obtaining the prized T.C.M. are really not surprised, that one of the grit and resolution of Stan. Colloss has pained such deserved distinction.
Source: Nepean Times 16 Sep 1916

42. Alfred Colless

Mr. Alfred Colless, proprietor of the "Nepean Times," Penrith, died on Thursday in a private hospital in Sydney. He had been for a considerable time in ill-health. Mr. Colless was well known for his keen interest in the welfare of Penrith. He was at one time Mayor of that town, and among other positions which he had held were president of the Nepean District Agricultural Society, returning officer for the old Nepean Electorate, census enumerator, member of the Nepean Cottage Hospital committee, and a member of the Licensing Bench. He was the oldest member of the Nepean Lodge of Freemasons, of which he had been a worshipful master, and he had also been a prominent member of the Royal Foresters' Lodge. Mr. Colless founded the "Nepean Times," the first copy of which was issued on March 3, 1882. He was born at Emu Plains 69 years ago. The interment took place in the Church of England portion of the Penrith Cemetery.
Source: The SMH 28 Dec 1920


Source: Nepean Times 25 Feb 1960

Georgianna Jordan

Death of Mrs. Alfred Colless
Deep regret was expressed in Penrith when the news of the death of Mrs Georgianna Colless, wife of Mr Alfred Colless (proprietor of the 'Nepean Times ' became known.
Deceased had been id ill-health for some time, and bad been a patient sufferer from rheumatism for many years; but it was not generally thought, even shortly before her death, which took place on Saturday morning; at their residence Hornseywood, that life's closing hours were at hand. Penrith found itself, once more, unexpectedly
mourning the loss of a highly esteemed resident.  Deceased was born at Castlereagh on 23rd October, 1852, and was thus 67 years of age at the time of her death. She was the second daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. B. Jordan, early residents of this district, in which she spent all her days. Needless to say, deceased had personal
experience of the vicissitudes of the district in the days of its adventures "by flood and field." She was married on 17th September, 1872, by the Rev. George Gurney,  at St. Paul's Church, Emu Plains, to Mr. Alfred Colless, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Colless. In addition to her husband Mrs. Colless is survived by five daughters and two sons, viz., Mrs. J. J. Herford (Burwood), Mrs. A.. W. Davis (Hornsby), Misses May and Nita Colless (Penrith). Sister S. L. Colless (Randwick), and Messrs Syd. and Vic. Colless (Penrith). There are also nine grandchildren, and the undermentioned brothers and sisters: Mrs.H. Colless (Penrith), Mr. W. Jordan (Junee). Mrs. E. Jacobs (Penrith), and Mr. J. Jordan (Penrith) The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon. A service was held in St. Stephen's Charch, and the interment took place in the Church of England portion of the Penrith General Cemetery. Rev. M. G. Hinsby conducted the service on both occasions. Four nephews of deceased acted as pall bearers.
Mrs. John Price and Son were the funeral directors.
Source: Nepean Times 10 Jan 1920

299. May Colless

Many district folk will regret to learn of the passing of an estimable lady, kindly by nature, Miss May Colless, second daughter of the late Alfred Colless (founder of the "Nepean Times" in 1882), and of Georgina Colless, which took place at Northbridge on April 10. Deceased spent most of her life in Penrith and for many years took an active part in local charitable movements and church affairs. She was a good worker for St. Stephen's Church, Penrith, and for Nepean Cottage Hospital (now Nepean District Hospital). Some twenty years ago Miss Colless, with her late sister Nita, went to live at Northbridge with another sister, Stella, who was then matron of Canonbury A.J.C. Home. It was at their residence, at Northbridge, that deceased passed away after a long illness, being always under the constant care of her sister Stella. She leaves, in addition to Stella, a brother, Mr. A. S. (Syd.) Colless (proprietor of "Nepean Times"). Sisters and a brother who predeceased her were: Amy (Mrs. J. J. Herford), Elsie (Mrs. A. W. Davies), Nita, and Victor Nepean. A former rector of Penrith, the Rev. J. W. Ferrier, conducted the Service held at St. Mark's C. of E., Northbridge, on Wednesday, 11th inst., and also officiated at Northern Suburbs Crematorium.
Source: Nepean Times19 Apr 1956

301. Stella Lillian Colless

Sister Colless Under Fire
Sister Stella L. Colless, daughter of Mr. A. Colless (proprietor 'Nepean Times') and Mrs.Colless writes as follows:— 'As you have probably heard, Fritz has been paying a great deal of attention to C.C.S.'s (Casualty Clearing Stations). He visited us many nights, and dropped bombs all round. Once he managed to drop one in our camp. Thank goodness, most of the staff were late on duty, so there were very few people about. The bomb fell in our compound, between the officers' mess and ours.  One officer and a batman were killed. Goodness knows what would have happened to us if we had been In our tent, as they were simply riddled with holes. Fritz always came
between 9.15 and 9.45, and it was rather weird lying in bed waiting for him to arrive. There, were many searchlights about, and as soon as the planes were sighted, there was a perfect shriek of guns— anti-aircraft and machine guns -and the sight was perfectly fascinating— the plane, lit up by the searchlights, with shells bursting all round, then little streaks of light from the machine guns. One night we were working in the operating theatre, when we heard guns, so rushed to see what was happening, when suddenly Fritz darted apparently overhead. Immediately we heard a report as if a bomb had fallen on us. The first thing I knew I was being hurled on to the ground by one of the M.O.'s, and a steel hat, put over my head. When all the excitement was over I found myself amongst about a dozen men on the ground, in my clean white cup and
apron. Well, Fritz continued bombing all round for several days, and did not think he was having much success with us; so last. Tuesday, 21/8/11, he commenced putting some H. E. shells into our compound. During the morning we were working in the theatre with pieces of shell flying round: at least, we commenced, when one of the M.O.'s insisted on our leaving the place. Fritz continued shelling the camp one fell Into tho Q.M. Stores, and one into a ward, which, thank goodness, was empty. When things became too hot they decided to evacuate the patients, and until they could arrange for us to be got away we were sent to a dug-out, and tho M.O.'s and orderley's carried
on in the wards. I do wish you could have seen us, about 20 women huddled together In a dug-out, which I should think had been built for two men. The dug-out belonged to some officers of a camp behind us. They were awfully good to us. We were quite glad when the cars arrived to take us away. We were sent to ----, and It was a treat to get away from tho guns. etc. Of course, we had to leave the camp as it was, and also had to leave a guard.  Unfortunately two of our orderleys were killed during that night. Since then things have been very quiet: I am very pleased to have had all this experience— still I shall he quite happy not to have any more. We are now at a beautiful camp, which is a good many miles further away from things. They have been here for nearly two years, and have nice gardens, and huts to live in. In a later letter home, Sister Colless says :  'I wonder will they ever get conscription in Australia ? I cannot see why so many of our noble boys should be killed, and the large number of eligibles left who are doing nothing towards defeating the Hun. There does not seem any chance of Australia being able to keep up the voluntary reinforcements at the present rate of casualties.
Source: Nepean Times 24 Nov 1917