Australian English Genealogy

Descendants of James Bloodworth

Notes - Page 5

Matilda Stewart Carson

Mrs. M. Stewart Bloodworth, wife of Mr. Charles Bloodsworth, of Eglington, Bathurst, met her death in a tragic manner ar her home on Sunday afternoon. She was found by one of her daughters in an out-house, with the few remaining articles of clothing still burning, The body was charred and the hair burned off the head. Miss Bloodworth endeavored to smother the flames with blankets and an eider-down quilt, which were partly destroyed in the process. In the out-house was a handkerchief saturated with benzine, and a bottle smelliug of the same spirit. Deceased was 54 years of age, and about two months ago left Coonnmble to reside at, Eglington with her husband and family.
Source: Dubbo Dispatch and Wellington Independent 11 Jan 1921

Matilda had been suffering from a nervous breakdown.  The Coronor found an open verdict.


57. Maria Elizabeth Howe


I regret to have to report the death of Mrs. R. J. Highfield, an old pioneer resident of Rylstone, who passed away between 6 and 7 o'clock on Monday evening. The deceased lady has been ailing for the past 12 months, and about a month ago she was compelled to take to her room. But despite all that skilful medical aid and kind nursing could do the end came as stated above. She passed away in the bosom of her family. The deceased lady has been identified with Rylstone for very many years, and has been associated in all the town movements where her help and aid were needed. She has left a large family connection to mourn. Her life has been a pattern of motherhood and a splendid example of a woman's sphere of worth - unobstrusive, kind, charitable and loving. She leaves a record that her duty as a woman and a mother has been fully discharged. Her remains were interred in the C.E. portion of the general cemetery, the Rev. Walker officiating. A very large number of relatives and friends attended the funeral.
Source: Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative 25 Sep 1913

Robert Thompson Highfield

Death of Mr. R. T. Highfield.


The death occurred in Mudgee on Friday evening of Mr. Robert Thompson Highfield, a very old Rylstone resident, and until recently a resident of that town. Mr. Highfield, who had been ill for some time with pleuro pneumonia, was taken so seriously ill last week at Kerrabee, where he had been living with his daughter, Mrs. W. Cox, that it was deemed adviseable to bring him into Mudgee. He was brought into town on Thursday evening by his son-in-law, Mr. E. H. Wilton, and the following day he was removed to a private hospital. There he died at seven o'clock the same evening, the immediate cause of death being heart failure.   Mr. Highfield, who was 76 years of  age, was a native of England, but came to Australia as a boy. When only 16 years of age he came to Rylstone, and lived there up to some three years ago, when he retired from business and went to live in Sydney. Whilst his summer residence was in Sydney he spent the greater part of every winter with his relatives in this district. Mr. Highfield was a stone mason and contractor, and was responsible for the erection of some of the principal buildings in Rylstone, amongst them being the Post Office, the Court House and the Lock-up. His last contract was for the erection of the Rylstone Shire Hall.   The deceased gentleman, who was very highly respected, and whose wife predeceased him by about two years, leaves the following family :— Messrs. W. R. Highfield (Marrickville) and P. Highfield (Chatswood) sons, and Mesdames W. E. Flaxman (Chatswood), W. Cox (Kerrabee), W. Kable (Stanmore), C. H. Wilton (Mudgee); R. Malvern (Havilah) daughters, all of whom were present at the graveside. The funeral took place on Sunday. The interment was made in the Church of England cemetery, at Rylstone, the Rev. E. H. Walker officiating at the graveside. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. W.  Barden (Mudgee) and Mr. T. Taylor, funeral director, Rylstone.
Source: Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative 6 Aug 1917

68. Rebekah Gardiner

Poss married Robert L McDonald in 1902 in Sydney

COATES.—March 27, at Grasmere, Stanmore, from dentition, Archie, the dearly beloved son of Joseph and Rebecca Coates.

Source: The SMH 28 mar 1885

Mr Joseph Coates, who for 13 years held the position of headmaster at the Sydney Public School, died yesterday at his residence, 24 Park-road, Moore Park. The deceased gentleman, who had been in indifferent health for some time past, was struck down with paralysis on Tuesday. Dr. Shewen was called in, and all that medical attention could do was done, but unfortunately without any effect other than rallying his patient for a time. A second stroke about midnight completely prostrated Mr Coates and at 5 o'clock yesterday morning he breathed his last. In 1864 the deceased matriculated from Huddersfield College, and at once entered the London University, where he gained considerable distinction by winning a gold medal for history, a silver medal for classics and a gold medal for ancient and modern history. Before completing his university career he obtained an appointment as mathematical master at Newington College, on the Parramatta River, and remained there till 1872, from which time he has taken a prominent part in the educational progress of this colony, filling many important positions, including masterships at West Maitland and Fort Street Public Schools under the Council of Education. In 1877 Mr Coates went to England, and on his return was appointed headmaster of Newington College, which was shortly after - in 1880 - removed to the new building at Stanmore, where the progress was rapid and well founded, the number of pupils rising by leaps and bounds, and being almost trebled during the three years he was at the head of the institution. When in 1883 the new Public High School was established by the present Premier (Mr G.H. Reid), who at the time was Minister for Public Instruction, Mr Coates was appointed headmaster, which position he retained up to the time of his retirement in June last. The deceased, who had reached the age of 52 years, had been a prominent figure in the cricketing circles of New South Wales, and old University players have lively recollections of his prowess with both bat and ball. He has many times captained the New South Wales team in intercolonial matches, and up to the time of his death he took a great interest in cricket. On his retirement from the High School Mr Coates was made the recipient of a handsomely illuminated address by past and present pupils of the institution. He married in 1880 a daughter of Mr. Gardiner, of Gobolion, New South Wales, who, with their two children, survives him. Not only was the deceased gentleman a brilliant cricketer, he was decidedly a popular cricketer, not was his popularity confined to that circle. He had much of that tact for which Yorkshiremen are everywhere noted, and was a man who made no enemies. A shrews businessman, and an able schoolmaster he certainly was, not the least of his qualities being his singular power of influencing and controlling boys either singly or in numbers. Mr. Coates will be regretted by a large circle of friends, which he was fortunate enough to attach and keep attached to himself both in his public and private life.

Source: The SMH Thu 10 Sep 1896

223. John Greville Lamrock

John and Thelma were divorced in 1928