Australian English Genealogy

Descendants of Isaac Cornwell


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341. Harold John Witney


The death occurred in the Merriwa Hospital early on Wednesday morning bf Mr. Harold John Witney, as a result of injuries received when he fell from a horse on his property, "Lisbon," on Tuesday night. When Mr. Witney failed to return home on Tuesday evening, one of his daughters set out in search of her father, and found him about 7 p.m., lying on the ground in a paddock situated near the homestead. Mr. Witney, who had sustained a fracture of the ribs and other injuries, was removed to hospital.  The late Mr. Witney, who was 62 years' old, was one of the district's best known graziers, and widespread, sympathy is felt for his widow and family. , Further reference to the life of the late Mr. Witney will be made in. a later issue of this paper.
Source: The Muswellbrook Chronicle 29 Mar 1945





The passing on 27th March of the late Harold John Witney, under such sudden and' tragic circumstances, as briefly described in our last issue, caused sincere regret throughout the town and district, and his many friends could hardly credit the sad news- which brought forth widespread sympathy for the bereaved family. De ceased was a native of Merriwa, where he had resided all his life and, consequently, was known far and wide throughout the Merriwa and Cassilis districts and merited the respect of all. He was born at "Sunnyside," Merriwa, being a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Witney, and was 63 years of age. He could be described as a son of the soil, and had followed pastoral pursuits all his life. In the year 1912 the late Mr. Witney acquired his '' Lisbon " property in Merriwa, where he resided to the time of his death. He was known for his kindly nature and was a good neighbour, being ever ready to do a good turn. He took a delight in visiting those in need or sick ness, and it was only the day. before his death that he visited his old friend, Mr. T. E. O'Brien, senr., who has been ipractically an invalid for some time past. Deceased is survived by his wife and two daughters, Phyllis (Mrs. C. Pinchen), Merriwa, and Leone (Mrs. E. Parsons), Merriwa, and two sons, Harold (''Mick"), Mayfield, and John (A.I.F.).: Brothers of deceased are: Henry (Merriwa), Robert (Coo.lah), Charles (Farrainatta), Clarrie (Merriwa), while Mrs. Taylor (Bertha), Barraba, and Mrs. H. Bridger (May-, Victoria, are sisters. One brother, Wil fred, was killed in action during the

1914-18 War.

A tribute to the esteem in whicli the late Mr. Witney was held was eviden ced by the large attendance of mourn ers at the funeral.' Holy Trinity Church, where the first portion of the burial service was held,, was filled to overflowing. Among those present was Rev. M C. Brown, B.A., one-time Rec tor of Merriwa, who made a spccial trip, together with Mrs. Brown, from Maitland to be present, and at the invitation of the Rector (Rev. S.. V. Satchell), the former assisled at the service and spoke. in eulogistic terms of the life-of deceased.

The favorite hymn of deceased, "Nearer My God to Thee, " was sung and a : very impressive service con cluded with the "Nunc Dimittus," Mrs. E. Potts presiding at the organ..

The remains were interred in the Church of England portion of the general cemetery, where the Rector officiated, assisted by Rev. M. C. Brown, in the presence of a large gathering of mourners.

Source: The Muswellbrook Chronicle 13 Apr 1945



721. John Michael Witney

The wedding took place at St. Matt hew's Church, Manly, the Rector (Rev. Ebbs) officiating, on Friday, 13th March, between Miss Norman Jean Bond, daughter of Mr. and Mrs N. Bond, "Seamore," Manly, and Sapper John Michael Witney, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Witney, "Lisbon," Merriwa. The bride, who was given away by her father, was charmingly attired in a frock of' dusty pink wool georgette, with hat and veil and other accessories to match. She car ried a posy of Cecil Brunner roses', pink carnations and frangipanni.
Miss Alma Mason, cousin of the bride, was bridesmaid, and she chose a frock of blue flat crepe. Sapper Harold Bringley, a friend of the bridegroom, was best man. The reception was later held at the home of the bride's parents. Mrs. Bond, in a becoming grey costume, with a spray of red roses, received the guests, who comprised the relations of the contracting parties and their immediate friends. Among the toasts honored was that of Pte. Victor Bond, brother of the bride, serving overseas with the A.I.F. .
Among the guests present was Mrs. C. Pinchen (Merriwa), sister of the bridegroom, who attached to her frock of dusty pink wool crepe, a spray of frangipanni.
The happy couple were the recipients of numerous congratulatory telegrams, and both useful and valuable presents.
Owing to the bridegroom's military duties, the honeymoon was restricted to a few days spent with the bride groom's parents at "Lisbon," Merriwa .

Source: The Muswellbrook Chronicle 27 Apr 1942



722. Leone Ruth Witney


At Holy Trinity Church, Merriwa, on Saturday, 5th. inst., a wedding which occasioned much local interest, was quietly celebrated by the Rector (Rev. S. V. Satchell), when Leone Ruth, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Witney, of "Lisbon," Merriwa, was united in holy matrim ony to Cpl. Edgar Ivan Parsons, second son of Mrs. and the late Mr. Parsons, Bundarra.
The bride, who entered the Church on the arm of her father to the strains of the Wedding March, was charming ly attired in a dress of powder blue delustered crepe, with hip length jack et and matching toque. She carried a bouquet of pink carnations, blue iris and agapanthus. She was attended by her sister, Mrs. C. Pinchin, as matron of honor, who chose a frock of dusty pink American crepe with hat to match, and carried a bouquet of shaded pink carnations. The bridegroom was attended by Sgt. Harry Millott as best man.  During the signing of the register the solo, "I'll Walk Beside You," was beautifully sung by Miss Peggy Witney, Mrs. E. Potts presiding at the organ.  The reception was held at "Li bon," the home of the bride's parents, where Mrs. H. J. Witney received the guests in a costume of navy Panama crepe, with matching accessories and a shoulder spray of red carnations. The usual toasts were honored, including a special one for those members of the families of the contracting parties in the services, Spr. Jack Witney, A.I.F. (brother of the bridegroom), and S./Sgt. Wilf. Witney, A.I.F.
The honeymoon, which was spent in the north, was of short duration, owing to the bridegroom being on short leave from his unit.
The happy couple were the recipients of many useful presents, including a number of cheques.'
Among the visitors present at the wedding and the reception were L./ Cpl. A. Blayden and Pte. Ron. Regan, camp mates of the bridegroom, and Mrs. V. D. Moore (Baerami), Mrs. C. Phipps, Misses M. and B. Phipps and Mr. Albert Phipps (Baerami) and Mrs. W. Murphy (Denman).

Source: The Muswellbrook Chronicle 18 Dec 1942