Phillip Herbert James Strickland
MR. P H. J. STRICKLAND.
Following so closely on the death of his wife, which only took place on 9th April, the passing of Mr. Phillip Herbert James Strickland, of Forbes, on Saturday, 24th ult.,.caused profound expressions of regret among a wide circle of friends. The deceased had been in failing health for several years and his end was not unexpected. The deceased, who was 76 yearn of age, was the son of the late Mr. Philip Strickland, and was born at Boyd when that property formed portion of the large Bundaburra estate, held by the Strickland family. In 1904 he married Miss Aileen Waugh, of Grenfell, and the issue of the union was six sons and five daughters. With, the family of five sons and four daughters widespread sympathy, is felt for their double bereavement within so short a time. The sons are Messrs. George (prisoner of war from the Malayan cam paign), John and Thomas (A.I.F.), Dudley (Sydney) and Charles (Forbes), while the daughters are Medames Davies and Wright (Sydney) and De Farria and Miss Nancy Strickland (Forbes). One daughter- (Marjory) and on son (Phillip) are deceased.
Source: The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser 6 May 1943
120. Muriel Strickland
BULL-STRICKLAND -July 17, at St Phillip's Church, Sydney, by the Revd. H. T. Langley, William Alexander, eldest son of H T R Bull, of Mosman, to Muriel, only daughter of J R Strickland of Forbes.
Source: The SMH 7 Aug 1907
William Alexander Bull
Bank Accountant Shot. SYDNEY Monday.
What is believed lo be an accidental shooting case resulted in the death of Mr. William Alexander Hull, accountant at the Commercial Bank, Forbes. - Shortly before one o'clock on Saturday a shot was heard and deceascd was found on the floor, the trunk revolver, with one chamber discharged, lying near his hand. There was a wound reaching from under the right jaw to the left side of the head, but the medical evidence showed that there were no marks on the face of bursts from the powder. The occurrence is supposed to have been accidental, as deceased was in good health and spirits, and his accounts were balanced. Mr. Fletcher, acting Police Magistrate, held an inquiry, the rerdict being to the effect that death was due to gunshot wound, whether caused accidentally or otherwise there was not sufficient evidence to show.
Source: The Monaro Mercury and Cooma and Bombala Advertiser 4 Nov 1907
303. Nellie Alexander Bull
Romance Of Social Figures Comes To End
MAN ABOUT TOWN BECAME A PHILANDERER — Beauty In Flat Covered With Eiderdown
SWIFTLY turns the wheel of circumstance, coincidence, fate, destiny call it what we will. Love becomes indifference, the warming glow of romance, its glamor gone, fades and a man, once in love with his wife, finds that his heart has turned to another woman. Life plays tricks like that. Nor was charming Mrs. Nellie Alexander learning, despite her sheltered live and position in social circles that people often call exclusive, saved from the gloom that comes with a husband's philandering. Who of the invited guests and there were many whose names often appear in the social register among the 400 who thronged the Church of St. Mark, at Darling Point, one sunny January day in 1932, imagined for a moment that the groom, William Patterson Gunning, handsome young clubman, merchant, and man about town, always sartorially resplendent, one day was to turn philanderer; and that the blushing bride, bewitching in her silks and satins, one day was to sit with bowed head in a divorce court this last week while the story of her husband's carryings-on and discovery in a luxurious Edgecliff flat with a nude and beautiful young woman was being told to a judge ?
STILL, changes often come quickly. A business trip to England, the awakenlng of a shipboard romance in which Gunning better known to his intimates as 'Bill' met Nell Cunningham, Venus-like in her proportions and finely featured, saw Nellie Gunning fastly sent to join that legion of women who have lost husbands to the arms of other women. It could have been fate, or just plain coincidence, that brought together the young man and Nellie Cunningham, said to be a wealthy young Queensland woman interested in a society shop in Sydney. They were seen on the Monterey. Sydney bound, towards the end of last year. By December, Dunning had definitely cast himself into an unconventional love affair with her, and on Christmas morning, while his wife was holidaying with a house party at Southport, Queensland, was found in his Edgecliff flat under circumstances that left no doubt about the friendship, and brought the sad eyed wife before Mr. Justice Pike last week to sue for a divorce on the ground of his adultery with Nellie Cunninghani. All anflutter. Most news travels fast. The more scandalous it is, the quicker it is noised about. And it was little wonder that society devotees were aflutter as 1934 drew to a close when the gossips became busy, and it was learned over the tea cups and at cocktail parties that things weren't as they should have been with Bill Gunning and the charming Nellie, his wife. Gunning, a member of the Australian Golf Ciub, was always to be met where the happy hearted young men of his set gathered. But he was too fashionable, and the wife was left larmenting. In March last year. Gunning, in business for himself as a merchant in York-street, went for a business trip to England. He returned via America on the Monterey which arrived on August 13 - fateful 13th. Of course, the wife, thrilled by the thoughts of a happy reunion, was down at the wharf to greet him. But it was a different husband who was homing no longer the warm attentive man who had gone away. He was with Nellie Cunningham. The wife, with usual womanly intuition, couldn't help but notice that they seemed interested in each other. But she was interested, too. And later she asked her husband who the girl was. Frankly, he told her she was Nell Cunningham. Why, the two Nells had been to school together. But his wife couldn't remember. However, she did notice that he had changed, he was no longer so affectionate towards her. 'He seemed to be just indifferent,' said Mrs. Gu ning, to her counsel, Mr. T. P. Mac Mahon (instructed by Messrs. Allen, I Allen and Hemsley.) The wife went to Southport. But by then, she had formed definite opinions, and had become highly suspicious. She made a confidant of her step-father, Cecil Vernon Cobcroft. And it was Cobcroft who drew the curtain aside of the husband's doings during his grass widowerhood. Cobcroft with his wile, James Wil liam Bear, private inquiry agent, and an assistant, caught the young husband in the Edgcliff flat with Nellie Cunningham. Thus found out, a day after the raid, Gunning wrote to his wife from the Royal Automobile Club, where her husband had taken up quarters. 'Dear Nellie,' the letter ran, 'you have doubtless been advised at great length by your family of tbe episode that occurred on Monday night last, so I need not give you any details. 'You have all the evidence you require for a divorce, and you probably will commence proceedings at an early date. You can say what you like about me. ' but all I ask you is that Nellie Cuuningham's name be kept out of it. She personally is only considering her family, who are particularly well known and most respected in Queensland. And what were those details of which he spoke in his letter? They were given both by her step-father, with whom she lives in Manning road, Double Bay, and Bear. On the information supplied by his step-daughter, Cobcroft moved. But first he noted with considerable interest a par in the social columns of a Sydney paper announcing that Miss Nellie Cunningham was down from Brisbane, and was staying at King's Cross. Cobcroft watched on Christmas Eve. Taking up a position near Ocean-street, Woollahra, about nine o'clock, he saw Gunning drive along Edgecliff-road, then go along and stop in front of the place where Nellie Cunningham was staying. Before Midnight. The fair and frail Queensland visitor was picked up, and the pair drove into town, Nellie was dropped in Martin place, and Gunning was lost in the traffic. However, Cobcroft knew exactly what to do. First he got in touch with Bear, and they started a vigil near the Gunning apartment in Edgecliff-road. They were there from some time after 10 o'clock. Just before midnight, Gunning drove up with Nellie Cunningham. Both were in evening dress. The car pulled in at the side of the flats, and they disappeared. The stepfather knocked at the door. In a moment, without any delay, a light was switched on in the hall with in, and Gunning's voice was heard to inquire, 'Who's there?' He was readily informed, and he opened the door. A quick inspection by the arrivals showed that all he had on was a silk dressing gown. : 'You have a woman in this flat. Where is she?' demanded Cobcroft. Gunning made no reply. They decided to see for themselves. They hurried along a passage, and entered a bedroom, the bed in which, they noted, had been disturbed. There was no wo man there. But there was in the adjoining dressing room. She was partly hidden by a wardrobe. She was in the nude. The raiders looked around them. Her lingerie— shoes, stockings, and undies were scattered everywhere. In a heap was Gunning's clothes. Gunning next asked if he could have a talk with Miss Cunningham. They agreed. And. bv the time you come back, I would like her to put something on, Bear told him. The pair went away for five minutes, and returning said that they would sign a confession. He took Bear into another room. Forlornly, Nellie Cunningham was found seated there with an eiderdown quilt wrapped around her. The confession was made out and signed. 'I, William Patterson Gunning.' It read do hereby confess that at 12.35 a.in on December 25, 1934, I was found in a bedroom at this address with Nell Cunningham. of Queensland, and we were accosted in the said bedroom by private detective Bear and Mayo, and Mr. and Mrs. Cobcroft, my father and Mother-in-law. 'Mrs. Crobcroft took possession of certain feminine attire, but private detective Bear suggested that if this confession was signed and a receipt given, the clothes and property be handed back. Miss Cunningham was naked. Signed William Patterson Gunnlng Nell Cunningham. According to Bear's testimony, Gunning was perfectly sober, but there were signs of drink on Miss Cunningham, though she was not drunk. A formal charge of adultery was' made. 'That is obvious,' said Gunning. The man had cast the die. Coincidence or destiny had turned the wheel. The romance of 1932 was over. The decree nisi granted by the judge came as the climax. And with bowed head, no doubt with tears in her eyes, the wife left the courtroom, victim of the foibles that, will turn a man's love into indifference and send him to the arms of another woman.
Source: Truth 6 Oct 1935