Australian English Genealogy

Descendants of Richard Ridge

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96. Richard Belmore Robinson

Mr. R. W. Fraser appeared for the petitioner. Respondent did not appear. The petitioner, Mary Robinson, sued to obtain a dissolution of her marriage with Richard Belmore Robinson on the ground of wilful and continuous desertion for three years and upwards. The parties were married on December 30, 1896, at Nyngan, according to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church. After hearing petitioner's evidence in support of the issues, his Honor dismissed the petition, not being satisfied with the evidence as to the desertion alleged.

Source: The SMH 22 Mar 1906

97. Austin Bligh Robinson

NYNGAN, Thursday. - Austin Robinson, 60, single, was leading a bicycle over the railway junction between the Cobar and Bourke lines at 1.45 a.m. to-day when he was struck by the Cobar mail and dragged 40 feet. His right leg was severed below the knee, and he died instantly.

Source: The SMH 3 Oct 1941

113. Clive Farran Ridge

Pyschiatrist and pathologist

At the junior University Examination held recently in Sydney, Mr. Clive Far ran Ridge gained a splendid pass, and won medals in Latin and Greek. He is a son of Mr. Richard Ridge, and nephew of Mr. P. H. Ridge, J.P., our worthy townsman.

Source: Windsor and Richmond Gazette 2 Aug 1902

William Smith


Henry Ernest Wilkinson

Henry Ernest Wilkinson, a clerk, has been arrested and remanded upon a charge of embezzling nearly £2000, the property of Australasian Mortgage and
Agency Company.

Source: Singleton Argus 23/10/1889

Another Embezzlement.
At the Water Police Court, yesterday, before Captain Fisher, S.M., Henry Ernest Wilkinson was charged with having, on the 17th of July last, embezzled the sum of .£172 14s 5d, the property of his employers, the Australasian Mortgage and Agency Co;, Limited. On the afternoon of Monday fist the prisoner confessed his guilt to Detective Eoaeh in the office of the company. He had received a cheque for the amount named on the date mentioned above from Alex. Wilson and Co. as proceeds of stock sold, but had failed to account for the same to his employers. Prisoner had an account at the London Chartered Bank, and on July 17 last lie paid the cheque in to his own credit. The prisoner pleaded guilty, and elected to be summarily dealt with. The Bench sentenced him to six months' imprisonment.

Source: Evening News 6 Oct 1889

William John Taylor

Capt of the 'Martha Birnie", at the time of his marriage to Fanny.



William John Taylor (1886 - 1923)

A FIREMAN'S DEATH EVIDENCE AT INQUEST. Tho City Coroner (Mr. J. Jamieson) yester- day opened an inquiry Into the death at Callan Park, on February 13, of William John Taylor, a locomotive fireman, 36 years of ago, who resided at Werris Creek. Evidence was given that deceased slipped off a railway engine at Werris Creek on January 24. He stated at the time that he felt all light, but subsequently he was taken for treatment to the Tamworth Hospital. As there was no X-ray plant at that Institution, he was later brought to Sydney, and admitted to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and was moved from there first to the Reception House at Darlinghurst, and afterwards to Callan Park. Cyril Grey Taylor, a brother of the deceased, residing at Epping, gave evidence that when he visited the deceased at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital he found him with his hands and arms strapped down. The deceased asked him to take the straps off, and complained that the flies were "picking his eyes out," Witness was with the deceased on that occasion for 25 or 30 minutes, and no nurse visited him during the whole of that time. When he went to see deceased in the Reception House de- ceased was in no way restrained. Henry Horace Hodgson, brother-in-law of the deceased, stated that when deceased was strapped down at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital he complained to witness that the files were "eating him." When witness was visit- ing the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Dr. Collins said to him, "Your brother-in-law will have to be removed from here. Cases such as his we are unable to treat, and, to use a Digger term, he is hardly 'getting a fair spin.' I advise his removal to the Reception House." Dr. A. E. Burrell gave evidence as to deceased's admission to Callan Park, and Bald his case was hopeless from the start. Dr. Stratford Sheldon said he had con ducted a post-mortem examination, and found a linear fracture at the base of the deceased's skull three inches long. Death, in his opinion, was due to subdural haemorrhage, caused by the compressed condition of the brain. The Coroner adjourned the Inquest till March 9, to allow of the attendance of Doctors Collins and Boyd, who were yesterday absent from tho city. Mr. E. A. McTiernan (Instructed by Mr. C. P.White) appeared on behalf of the relatives of the deceased.

Source: The SMH  Sat 24 Feb 1923


Bernard Rudkin Burgess

Fatal Cab Accident. - Yesterday Mr. Shiell, the City Coroner, held an inquest at his office, Hyde Park, on the body of Bernard Rudkin Burgess, who died in the Infirmary on Sunday last from injuries received on the previous day through being knocked down by a cab in Oxford-street. The deceased was about 27 years of age, a native of King's County, Ireland, and was in the employ of the Survey Department as a draughtsman, and has left a widow and one child living in John-street, Woollahra. It appeared that on Saturday afternoon, while Oxford-street was crowded with vehicles returning from the Randwick races, the deceased was endeavouring to cross the street in front of an omnibus, and just as he had cleared the horses a cab suddenly came up and knocked him down ; he fell in front of one of the wheels, which must have passed over his body ; he was taken up and conveyed to the Sydney Infirmary, where, as already stated, he died on the following day. The evidence of Alfred Leith Park, who was being driven in the cab at the time, showed that no blame was attached to the driver, who was driving at a moderate pace, and the occurrence was so sudden that no time was given either to stop the horse or warn the deceased. Dr. Marsden, resident medical officer at the Infirmary, said that when the deceased was brought to the institution he was unconscious, and remained in that condition to the time of his death ; no external mark of violence was observable on the body, but a post-mortem examination showed severe internal injuries, including a fracture of the base of the skull, and this was the cause of death. The jury returned a verdict of death from injuries accidentally received.

Source: SMH 11 Apr 1877

George Bowen Simpson