Adelaide Emily (Emily) Gillies

F, b. 25 April 1915, d. 30 September 1990
  • Adelaide Emily (Emily) Gillies was born on 25 April 1915 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of William Donald Gillies and Mabel Gertrude Perkins.
  • Adelaide Emily (Emily) Gillies attended school at Jubilee Vale State School in 1928.
  • At the age of 23 years, 7 months and 5 days, Adelaide Emily (Emily) Gillies married Victor Harold Thies, son of James Thies and Amelia Louisa Kuhl, on 30 November 1938 in Queensland.
  • Adelaide Emily (Emily) Gillies died on 30 September 1990 at age 75.
  • She was buried in Myall Remembrance Park, Dalby.

Alice Ann Gillies

F, b. 16 June 1891, d. 4 October 1977

Alice Ann Maddern (nee Gillies). Taken c 1960.
  • Alice Ann Gillies was born on 16 June 1891 in Emu Creek, Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson.
  • Alice Ann Gillies commenced school in 1896 at Mossview Provisional School, which was built on land donated by her father Frank Gillies.
    The Mossview School was built on land donated to the Education Department by Frank Gillies. Maddern and Gillies children attended the school, and Egbert Maddern and Alice Gillies are most likely in this photograph.
  • In 1907 Frank and Mary had a family portrait taken with their seven children William Donald, Rose Elizabeth, Francis Walter, Jessie Jane, James Herbert, Alice Ann and Catherine Agnes.
  • At the age of 19 years, 7 months and 30 days, Alice Ann Gillies married Egbert Thomas Spencer Lower Maddern, son of John Maddern and Mary Ann Cossart, on 15 February 1911 in Emu Creek, Queensland. It was a double wedding with Alice's sister Jessie Jane and James Perkins held at the home of Frank and Mary Gillies.
    Egbert Thomas Spenser Lower Maddern and Alice Ann Gillies on their wedding day 15 February 1911 at the house of Frank and Mary Gillies
  • Alice Ann Gillies and Egbert Thomas Spencer Lower Maddern had eight children, between 1911 and 1926
    children.
  • Alice Ann Gillies and Egbert Thomas Spencer Lower Maddern appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1925 and 1934 living at Emu Creek, Queensland. Egbert was a teamster and Alice carried out home duties.
  • On 4 October 1925,Alice Ann Gillies's father, Francis Gillies died in Emu Creek, Queensland, at age 75.
  • Between 11 October 1926 and 15 October 1926 the Maddern house burnt down. "A daughter recalled, "The house was up near Reg's barn. It was about 1926; Mum was away with Granddad (John Maddern). My little sister had been crawling on the verandah and got a splinter in her leg. Mum had to take her to the doctor. My older sister was at home and she put a log in stove, it was too long and the door would not close. A tea towel was hanging across the stove and it must have caught light. She went down stairs to play with my younger brother who was two. My oldest sister was at home too, but went to make sure the cattle had water. Dad was working over the hill with another man and saw the smoke. The children playing outside didn't know the house was on fire. The man threw one drawer out of the window and that was all that was saved. It was a two story house and the car was underneath, and Oldsmobile or Huppmobile. It was Dad's first car. He managed to save the car. My oldest brother Bill was away at boarding school at Grammar. My sister and I were very concerned about our "celluloid" dolls that they had received for Christmas. We used to walk to school at Jubilee Vale, sometimes ride. We came home to find the house on fire. After the fire all our belongings were lost, only the car and the clothes we had on remained. We went to live with Granddad in Crow's Nest (opposite the old racetrack up on a hill). Dad was angry that his children had to go to school in sandshoes. Orlando owned "Glenmore: and sold it to Dad when he moved to Stanthorpe. Dad added some rooms to make space for the children, Orlando only had four. Dad had planned to send us all away to Boarding school but couldn't afford to after the fire."
    According to another source, the house burnt down at the beginning of the week that Ida Hayden (daughter of William Gregory Bidgood, died. Since she died on 15 October, the house most likely burnt down between the 11th and 13th of October 1926. The old barn and some other stumps can still be seen where the house and other buildings once stood.
    "Glenmore". The house was owned by Orlando and Emily Maddern, until about 1926/7. Alice and Egbert moved into the house after theirs had burnt down in October 1926. Photo taken c 1942.
  • Alice Ann Gillies and Egbert Thomas Spencer Lower Maddern appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1937 living at Emu Creek, Queensland. Egbert was a teamster and Alice carried out home duties. Their two eldest children were shown as still living with them.
  • Alice Ann Gillies and Egbert Thomas Spencer Lower Maddern appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Emu Creek. Egbert was a farmer/teamster.
  • In September 1954
    A photograph of all of the Maddern children appeared in the local paper in September 1954. The article under the photo read:- "The Maddern family, "three boys and three girls", with their wives and husbands, held a reunion dinner in Queen's Park kiosk on Saturday on the occasion of Mr and Mrs O Maddern's forty-second wedding anniversary. The "boys" and "girls" are the children of the late John Maddern, Cornish-born farmer who died in 1933 and who took up land in the Crow's Nest District 74 years ago. Front (left to right) Mrs G J Wittaker, Mr Wittaker, Mrs E Maddern, Mr E Maddern, Mrs F Trost and Mr Trost. Back (left to right) Mrs J Maddern, Mr J Maddern, Mrs J W Bidgood, Mr Bidgood, Mr O Maddern, and Mrs O Maddern."
    A reunion held in September 1954 of the Maddern siblings. Front LtoR Lucy & Gwilyn Whittaker, Alice & Egbert Maddern, Ruby & Fred Trost. Back LtoR Nell & Jack Maddern, Olive & Bill Bidgood,Orlando & Emily Maddern
  • On 10 May 1963 Alice Ann Gillies and Egbert Thomas Spencer Lower Maddern lived in Queensland.
  • On 12 July 1969,her husband, Egbert Thomas Spencer Lower Maddern died in Queensland at age 81.
  • Alice Ann Gillies appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1977 living at 1b Rowe Street, Toowoomba.
  • Alice Ann Gillies died on 4 October 1977 in Toowoomba, Queensland, at age 86.
  • She was buried on 6 October 1977 in Crow's Nest Cemetery.
    Gravestone of Egbert and Alice Maddern - Crows Nest Cemetery

Children of Alice Ann Gillies and Egbert Thomas Spencer Lower Maddern

Arthur Robinson Gillies

M, b. 27 January 1897, d. 6 May 1897
  • Arthur Robinson Gillies was born on 27 January 1897 in Ebenezer, Queensland.
  • He was the son of Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson.
  • Arthur Robinson Gillies died on 6 May 1897 in Queensland. He was 4 months old.

Catherine Agnes Gillies

F, b. 16 December 1894, d. 5 December 1982

Catherine Agnes Bidgood (nee Gillies) 1894-1982
  • Catherine Agnes Gillies was born on 16 December 1894 in Bum Bum Creek, Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson.
  • In 1907 Frank and Mary had a family portrait taken with their seven children William Donald, Rose Elizabeth, Francis Walter, Jessie Jane, James Herbert, Alice Ann and Catherine Agnes.
  • Catherine Agnes Gillies witnessed the marriage of James Adolphus Perkins and Jessie Jane Gillies on 15 February 1911 in Emu Creek, Queensland; It was a double wedding with her sister Alice Ann and Egbert Maddern at the Residence of Francis Gillies, Emu Creek. James was a farmer at Thornville at the time of his marriage.
  • At the age of 17 years, 8 months and 24 days, Catherine Agnes Gillies married Albert James Bidgood, son of William Gregory Bidgood and Anna Barbara Salome (Emily) Anger, on 9 September 1912 in Queensland, Australia.
    Catherine Agnes Gillies and Albert James Bidgood on their wedding day 9 September 1912.
  • Catherine Agnes Gillies and Albert James Bidgood appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1922 and 1930 living at Thornville. Albert was a teamster.
  • Catherine Agnes Gillies and Albert James Bidgood appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1943 and 1963 living at Thornville. Albert was a farmer. Their son Thomas Victor was farm hand and daughter Florence carried out home duties.
  • On 12 December 1965,her husband, Albert James Bidgood died in Queensland at age 75.
  • Catherine Agnes Gillies appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1968 living at Woody Point. Her son Victor and his wife lived not far away.
  • She appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1972 and 1977 living at 15 Ramsay Street, Toowoomba.
  • Catherine Agnes Gillies died on 5 December 1982 in Toowoomba, Queensland, at age 87.
  • She was buried on 8 December 1982 in Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery.

Children of Catherine Agnes Gillies and Albert James Bidgood

Catherine Jean Gillies

F, b. 19 June 1914, d. 2006
  • Catherine Jean Gillies was born on 19 June 1914 in Emu Creek, Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of James Herbert (Herb) Gillies and Jessie Agnes Bailey.
  • On 4 September 1917,Catherine Jean Gillies's father, James Herbert (Herb) Gillies died in Queensland, Australia, at age 30. A niece recalls "James Herbert died from lock jaw from a cut he received on his toe while he was chopping wood. His sister Alice always carried a picture of him in her locket as she was very close to him. After his death in 1917 her next son, was named after him."
    The Brisbane Courier, however, reported "The sudden death is reported of Mr. James Herbert Gillies of Emu Creek, from heart failure (our Crow's Nest correspondent wired yesterday). The deceased, who leaves a widow and two children, was 29 years of age, and highly respected. The funeral was largely attended, the Rev. Pope conducting the service at the graveside."
  • At the age of 21 years, 3 months and 21 days, Catherine Jean Gillies married Cyril James Austin, son of George James Austin and Rosanna Werner, on 10 October 1935 in Methodist Church, Crow's Nest.
    Wedding of Cyril James Austin and Catherine Jean Gillies 10 October 1935, Methodist Church, Crow's Nest. Best man - Mervyn Gillies, Bridesmaid - Berenice Austin, Flower Girl - Lorna Austin, Page Boy - Keith Barnes. Photo thanks to Helen J.
  • On 18 June 1942,her husband, Cyril James Austin died in Queensland, Australia, at age 31. During the war, because of fuel shortages, Cyril used coal to fuel his truck. It was during a time that he was preparing the charcoal that an open wound became infected, and Cyril died of blood poisoning.
  • Catherine Jean Gillies appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Virginia. She carried out home duties.
  • Catherine Jean Gillies died in 2006.

Cecil Herbert Gillies

M, b. 25 August 1910, d. 8 August 1998
  • Cecil Herbert Gillies was born on 25 August 1910 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of William Donald Gillies and Mabel Gertrude Perkins.
  • Cecil Herbert Gillies appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1931 and 1936 living at Mountain Camp. He was a labourer.
  • At the age of 26 years, 11 months and 17 days, Cecil Herbert Gillies married Rubie Joyce Utschink, daughter of Wilhelm Utschink and Emma Louise Gust, on 11 August 1937 in Queensland.
    Cecil Herbert Gillies & Rubie Joyce Utschink on their wedding day 11 Aug 1937 - Photo thanks to G Johnstone
  • Cecil Herbert Gillies and Rubie Joyce Utschink appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Mountain Camp. Cecil was a farmer. Ruby gave her address as Emu Creek, via Cooyar.
  • Cecil Herbert Gillies and Rubie Joyce Utschink appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1949 and 1977 living at Mountain Camp. Cec was a labourer/farmer.
  • On 18 September 1977,his wife, Rubie Joyce Utschink died in Queensland at age 63.
  • Cecil Herbert Gillies appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1980 living at Emu Creek. Cecil was a farmer.
  • Cecil Herbert Gillies died on 8 August 1998 in St Vincent's Hospital at age 87.
  • He was buried on 11 August 1998 in Crows Nest Cemetery. LAWS1-00A-0009.

Clarence Edward Gillies

M, b. 10 March 1916, d. 9 December 1989

Donald Wilfred Gillies

M, b. 8 February 1920, d. 1 October 1993
  • Donald Wilfred Gillies was born on 8 February 1920 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies and Anna Louisa Lowien.
  • Donald Wilfred Gillies enlisted in the Australian Army on 21 January 1941 in Queensland. His service number was QX16582, and he gave his next of kin as his father Frank Gillies of Wutul. At his time of enlistment Donald was a labourer living at Wutul on the Cooyar Line. He served in the Middle East, New Guinea and Borneo. He was discharged on 4 Feb 1946.
  • Donald Wilfred Gillies died on 1 October 1993 at age 73.
  • He was buried on 4 October 1993 in Crow's Nest Cemetery. LAWS1-00K-0014.

Ellen Myra Gillies

F, b. 6 September 1917, d. 2 August 2001

Evelyn Grace Gillies

F, b. 29 August 1913, d. 10 June 1986

Florence Alice Gillies

F, b. 1 February 1920, d. 16 February 2006
  • Florence Alice Gillies was born on 1 February 1920 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of William Donald Gillies and Mabel Gertrude Perkins.
  • Florence Alice Gillies attended school at Jubilee Vale State School in 1928.
  • At the age of 22 years, 6 months and 18 days, Florence Alice Gillies married Edward Gowlett, son of Benjamin Gowlett and Annie Margaretha Reimers, on 19 August 1942 in Queensland.
  • Florence Alice Gillies and Edward Gowlett appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Haden. Edward was a farm labourer.
  • On 21 February 1981,her husband, Edward Gowlett died in Queensland at age 67.
  • Florence Alice Gillies died on 16 February 2006 at age 86.
  • She was buried in Jandowae Cemetery. 23R 738.

Florence Pauline Gillies

F, b. 5 August 1912
  • Florence Pauline Gillies was born on 5 August 1912.
  • She was the daughter of Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies and Anna Louisa Lowien.
  • At the age of 19 years, 6 months and 5 days, Florence Pauline Gillies married Lenhardt Otto, son of Adolf Otto and Maria Polzin, on 10 February 1932.
  • Florence Pauline Gillies and Lenhardt Otto appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1936 living at Wutul. Len was a farmer and Pauline carried out home duties.
  • Florence Pauline Gillies and Lenhardt Otto appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at St Aubyn. Len was a labourer.

Francis Gillies

M, b. 10 August 1850, d. 4 October 1925

Frank Gillies c 1907
  • Francis Gillies was also known as Frank Bridgeman.
  • He was born on 10 August 1850 in McIntyre River, Queensland.
  • He was the son of Thomas Bridgeman and Jane Eyles.
  • Francis Gillies was baptized on 2 July 1854 in the Parish of Moreton Bay, County of Stanley, NSW (Brisbane). (Queensland was not yet a separate State) His sisters Ellen, who was born at Miles, and Catherine, born under a wagon in Fortitude Valley, were christened at the same time.
  • He witnessed the marriage of William Gillis and Jane Eyles on 29 August 1861 in Queensland, Australia; The marriage took place at Boggandilla Station where both Jane and William lived, William being an overseer of the station at the time. Witnesses were Charles Eyles (Charles Bridgeman aged 16) and Francis Eyles (Frank Gillies aged 11). Jane and William may have wanted the minister to believe that that Jane was single, and they didn't have several children between them. Hence Charles and Frances Eyles were Jane's brothers for the purpose of the marriage.
  • In January 1868 Francis Gillies and William Gillis were involved in a court case regarding a herd of cattle. During the hearing William stated that he had sold his cattle to Francis Eyles Bridgeman and that Bridgeman was his step son. Frank stated that he and his brother (Chalres) and sister (this would be Ellen as Jane jnr was married to Robert Nelder in 1867) lived in a house next to Gillis. Frank was 17 at the time, but gave his age as 14. Ellen would have been 15. Catherine, aged 13 may have been living with Jane and William.
  • On 2 July 1874 Frank and William owned land adjourning that of John Herbert who gave them notice, via an advertisement in The Darling Downs Gazette that he intended fencing his land.
    It read:- Fencing Notice. To F. Gillies, or owner of Portions 28 and 29, Parish Meringandan, County of Aubigny; and to William Gillies, or owner of Home stead Selection adjoining Portion 39, Parish Meringandan. TAKE NOTICE that I intend to fencing my Portions, 30, 31, and 39, adjoining your allotments, and unless your portion of the dividing fence is completed within three months from this date, I shall have the same done at your risk and expense. JOHN HERBERT. Toowoomba, July 2, 1874.
  • Francis Gillies witnessed the will of William Gillis on 18 September 1874 in "Walton Farm", Meringandan; It read - This is the last will and testament of me William Gillis of Walton Farm in the parrash of Meringandan after payment of any just debts funerl and testamtary Epenses I give devise and bequeath unto Jane Gillis my wife of all my Real and personl estate and I hearby appoint Jane Gillis my wife executor of this my last will as witness my hand this day 18th September 1874 – William Gillis (SIC)

    Signed and acknowledged by the said William Gillis the testator as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us, being present at the same time who at his requet in this presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses ---- Robert Grant, Francis Gillis
    .
  • Francis Gillies selected land - the Darling Downs Gazette advertised that Frank's application for 160 acres of land in Meringandan parish had been conditionally approved
    on 12 June 1875.
  • At the age of 26 years, 3 months and 10 days, Francis Gillies married Mary Robinson, daughter of James Robinson and Elizabeth Dixon, on 20 November 1876. The ceremony was held at the bridegrooms parent's house (that of Jane and William Gillis) at Gowrie Little Plain near Meringandan. Frank's occupation was a farmer, Mary's assistant housekeeper. He was 25 and she was 22 and both gave their usual residence as Meringandan. When Frank signed the marriage register he signed his name a GILLIES instead of Gillis. The transcript of the marriage shows his parents, who witnessed the marriage, as William and Jane GILLIES also. Frank and his descendants have used that spelling ever since. Family hearsay has it that perhaps because Frank was not Williams child but Thomas Bridgemans he deliberately changed his name.
  • On 23 July 1879 The Darling Downs Gazette published a list on contributors to the Hospital Fund. Frank's name was listed among Argyle Mills employees. He had donated 10/-.
  • On 9 January 1881,Francis Gillies's daughter, Rose Elizabeth Gillies was born in Queensland. Her birth registration states her father was a 35 year old carrier born Maitland NSW (this information is incorrect. The details belong to the next birth registered that of Ellen Caroline Brown - daughter of Edward Brown). Her parents were married 22 May 1876 (incorrect) at Meringandan Downs and her mother was formerly Robinson born York, England aged 26 years. The informant was Francis Gillies of Crow's Nest and witness to the birth Mrs Robinson.
  • In 1883 Francis Gillies was paying rates to the Crow's Nest Shire Council for Portion 785 an area of 80 acres in Geham.
  • In May 1885.
  • On 27 May 1885,Francis Gillies's daughter, Jessie Jane Gillies was born in Geham, Queensland. Frank was a labourer at Geham at the time of Jessie's birth. A Mrs Nelder was the nurse present at the birth, most likely Frank's half sister Jane or her mother in law.
  • In 1886 Francis Gillies was paying rates to the Crow's Nest Shire Council for allotment 15 Crows Nest Township, and 320 acres at Djuan, as well as 80 acres at Geham.
  • Just when Frank and his family moved to Emu Creek is unclear. James Herbert was born in Crows Nest in 1887, but John Thomas was born in Emu Creek in 1889. Frank and Mary's four children, William, Rose, Frank & Jessie were enrolled in the Crow's Nest School until 1892. Mary may have stayed in Crows Nest with the children until Frank had cleared the block at Djuan (Emu Creek) and built a house. In August 1882, the education department had proposed a school be built at Bum Bum Creek. Frank & Mary's five eldest children including Herbert were listed as potential students. This school was never built. However, a school was built near Frank's property around 1892. This was the Moss View School, and several of the the Gillies children would be in this photo - perhaps Walter(13), Jessie (11), and James Herbert (9). Alice may have been too young. Other children in the photo would be Orlando (12) and Egbert (9) Maddern.
    Mossview school March 19, 1896. Both Maddern and Gillies children attended the school which was on land donated by Frank Gillies.
  • On 21 January 1890 Mary was staying at Ebenezer with her parents at the time their sixth child, John Thomas died at the age of six months.
  • He enrolled his children Rose, Frank and Jessie at Crow's Nest State School in 1891.
  • On 5 February 1891Francis Gillies was named as a beneficiary of Jane Eyles's will. She bequeathed her daughter Agnes, the wife of John McGregor eight cows, and her daughter Ida wife of Walter Wood eight cows also (to be selected after Agnes had chosen hers). She bequeathed her son William Patrick the threshing machine; her daughter Alice Anderson portion 969, parish of Meringandan (80 acres); her daughter Agnes McGregor portions 1928 and 973, parish of Meringandan (80 acres in total); forty pound each to Chalres Walter Bridgeman, William Patrick Gillis, Francis Gillis, Alice Anderson, Catherine Hill, and Jane Graham. The remainder of her estate was to be sold by her executors Francis Gillis and John McGregor and distributed equally between Charles Walter Bridegman, William Patrick Gillis, Francis Gillis, Alice Anderson, Agnes McGregor, Ida Wood, Catherine Hill, and Jane Graham. Her daughter Helen (Ellen) Burgess was not mentioned in the will.
  • On 29 August 1892 Frank added the names of his children William 12, Rose 10, Walter 8, Jessy 6 and Herbert 5 to the list of children likely to attend the proposed new Moss View School that was to be established on land near Frank property at Emu Creek. He lived on Portion36 about 1 1/2 miles from the site. The children had previously attended Crow's Nest School.
  • On 11 March 1899 a notice appeared in The Queenslander advising the Land Court at Toowoomba had accepted applications for Selection from F Gillies, Lot 91a at Crow's Nest.
  • In 1903 Frank owned at total of 607 acres at Emu Creek, paying rates to the Council. Portion 36, 38.
  • Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Djuan. Francis was a farmer. Their son William Donald, a teamster was also living at Djuan.
  • In 1907 Frank and Mary had a family portrait taken with their seven children William Donald, Rose Elizabeth, Francis Walter, Jessie Jane, James Herbert, Alice Ann and Catherine Agnes.
    Back Row L-R: Jessie Jane, James Herbert (Herbert), Francis Walter, Alice Ann,
    Front Row L-R: Frank snr, Rose Elizabeth, William Donald, Mary. Taken 1907
  • Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1908 living at Djuan. Frank was a farmer and Mary carried out home duties. Jessie Jane also lived with them and carried out home duties. William Donald and Walter Francis were also listed as farmers at Hopefield.
  • Francis Gillies died on 4 October 1925 in Emu Creek, Queensland, at age 75.
  • He was buried on 6 October 1925 in Crow's Nest Cemetery. Mary and Frank's gravestone reads-
    Sacred to the memory of Mary gillies who died april 3rd 1917 aged 62 years and also her beloved husband frank gillies died 11th october 1925 aged 77 years.
    Gravestone of Frank and Mary (nee Robinson) Gillies - Crows Nest Cemetery.
  • The following article appeared in The Queenslander on 24 October 1925. "Mr. Frank Gillies, one of the pioneers of the Crow's Nest district, died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. E. Maddern, Emu Creek on October 5. Deceased was born at Meme, Mclntyre Brook, Queensland, in 1848. He married Miss Mary Robinson at Meringandan in 1873, shortly afterwards going to the Crow's Nest district, where he resided until his death. His wife died in 1917, and his son, Mr. J. H. Gillies, died in the same year.
    The late Mr. Gillies was of a quiet and kindly disposition. When he went to the Crow'f Nest district, the country was wild, and the blacks were numerous and treacherous. In those days, Mr. Gillies not only held the respect of the few white settlers, but also that of the aboriginals. He saved many lives by self sacrifice and hardihood when called upon to assist in the search for unfortunate individuals who had been lost in the bush. He had been known to spend nights and days in the bush, suffering from hunger and exposure, tracking them."
  • The Methodist Church in Crow's Nest erected memorial plaques to early Crow's Nest Pioneers on the Church fence. Frank & Mary's names were amongst them.
    Pioneer Plaque to Frank & Mary Gillies - Crow's Nest Methodist Church

Children of Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson

Francis Donald Gillies

M, b. 3 May 1906, d. 28 July 1965
  • Francis Donald Gillies was born on 3 May 1906 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of William Donald Gillies and Mabel Gertrude Perkins.
  • At the age of 20 years and 23 days, Francis Donald Gillies married Amy Ellen Jean Ward, daughter of Robert Albert Ward and Louisa Augusta Stark, on 26 May 1926 in Queensland.
  • Francis Donald Gillies appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1930 living at Wutul. Francis was a farmer.
  • He and Amy Ellen Jean Ward appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Wutul. Francis was a farmer and Amy carried out home duties.
  • Francis Donald Gillies and Amy Ellen Jean Ward appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1954 living at Glenmore, Crow's Nest. He was a farmer.
  • On 1 January 1956,his wife, Amy Ellen Jean Ward died in Queensland.
  • Francis Donald Gillies died on 28 July 1965 in Queensland at age 59.
  • He was buried on 30 July 1965 in Crow's Nest Cemetery. Francis and Amy's gravestone reads-
    in loving memory of my dear wife and our mother amy gillies died 1st jan 1956 aged 46 years and our dear father francis donald gillies died 28 jan 1965 aged 59 years "sadly missed".

Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies

M, b. 28 April 1883, d. 11 March 1944
  • Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies was born on 28 April 1883 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson.
  • Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies commenced school at Crow's Nest State School on 16 November 1891. aged 8 years. He left in Dec 1892.
  • He's name was added to the list of children likely to attend the proposed new Mossview School (Bum Bum Creek) that was to be established on land donated by Frank Gillies at Emu Creek by his father, Francis Gillies on 29 August 1892. She had previously attended Crow's Nest School
    ; Frank added the names of his children William 12, Rose 10, Walter 8, Jessy 6 and Herbert 5 to the list of children likely to attend the proposed new Moss View School that was to be established on land near Frank property at Emu Creek. He lived on Portion36 about 1 1/2 miles from the site. The children had previously attended Crow's Nest School.
  • Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies most likely commenced school in 1893 at Moss View Provisional School.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1903 and 1922 living at Djuan. He was a teamster.
  • In 1907 Frank and Mary had a family portrait taken with their seven children William Donald, Rose Elizabeth, Francis Walter, Jessie Jane, James Herbert, Alice Ann and Catherine Agnes.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll with Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson in 1908 in Djuan. Frank was a farmer and Mary carried out home duties. Jessie Jane also lived with them and carried out home duties. William Donald and Walter Francis were also listed as farmers at Hopefield.
  • At the age of 27 years, 1 month and 4 days, Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies married Anna Louisa Lowien, daughter of August Lowien and Pauline Kajewski, on 1 June 1910. They were married at Emu Creek at his parent's home.
  • Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies and Anna Louisa Lowien appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1930 living at Thornville. Walter was a farmer. His address was Hopefield, Bum Bum Creek.
  • Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies and Anna Louisa Lowien appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1936 and 1943 living at East Cooyar. Francis was a farmer. Their daughter Evelyn and Irene also lived at East Cooyar. Sons Sydney, Clarence and Herbert farmed at East Cooyar.
  • Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies witnessed the Military of Herbert Francis Gillies on 21 January 1941 in Toowoomba, Queensland; His service number was QX16583 and he listed his father Frank as next of kin. He served in the Middle East and was discharge on 29 October 1944.
  • Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies witnessed the Military of Donald Wilfred Gillies on 21 January 1941 in Queensland; His service number was QX16582, and he gave his next of kin as his father Frank Gillies of Wutul. At his time of enlistment Donald was a labourer living at Wutul on the Cooyar Line. He served in the Middle East, New Guinea and Borneo. He was discharged on 4 Feb 1946.
  • Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies witnessed the Military of Clarence Edward Gillies on 20 May 1942 in Queensland; His service number was Q228384, and he gave his next of kin as Francis Gillies, his father. He was discharged from the 9th Battalion Defence Corps with the rank of Private on 21 Oct 1945.
  • Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies died on 11 March 1944 in Queensland at age 60.
  • He was buried on 13 March 1944 in Crow's Nest Cemetery. Francis and Annie's gravestone reads-
    in loving memory of my dear husband oand our father francis walter gillies 1883-1844 "at rest" our dear mother Annie louisa gillies 1891-1976.

Children of Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies and Anna Louisa Lowien

Frank Gillies

M, b. circa 1910

Herbert Francis Gillies

M, b. 13 February 1918, d. 4 November 1985
  • Herbert Francis Gillies was born on 13 February 1918 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies and Anna Louisa Lowien.
  • Herbert Francis Gillies enlisted in the Australian Army on 21 January 1941 in Toowoomba, Queensland. His service number was QX16583 and he listed his father Frank as next of kin. He served in the Middle East and was discharge on 29 October 1944.
  • At the age of 30 years, 4 months and 24 days, Herbert Francis Gillies married Elinor Davis on 7 July 1948.
  • Herbert Francis Gillies and Elinor Davis appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1949 and 1972 living at East Cooyar. Herbert was a farmer.
  • Herbert Francis Gillies died on 4 November 1985 in Queensland at age 67.

Irene Ann Gillies

F, b. 13 September 1914

James Donaldson Gillies

M, b. circa 1875, d. 1958

James Herbert (Herb) Gillies

M, b. 31 July 1887, d. 4 September 1917

James Herbert Gillies (1887-1917)
  • James Herbert (Herb) Gillies was born on 31 July 1887 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson.
  • James Herbert (Herb) Gillies commenced school at Crow's Nest State School on 16 November 1891. aged 5 years. He left the school in December 1892.
  • He's name was added to the list of children likely to attend the proposed new Mossview School (Bum Bum Creek) that was to be established on land donated by Frank Gillies at Emu Creek by his father, Francis Gillies on 29 August 1892. She had previously attended Crow's Nest School
    ; Frank added the names of his children William 12, Rose 10, Walter 8, Jessy 6 and Herbert 5 to the list of children likely to attend the proposed new Moss View School that was to be established on land near Frank property at Emu Creek. He lived on Portion36 about 1 1/2 miles from the site. The children had previously attended Crow's Nest School.
  • James Herbert (Herb) Gillies most likely commenced school in 1893 at Moss View Provisional School.
  • In 1907 Frank and Mary had a family portrait taken with their seven children William Donald, Rose Elizabeth, Francis Walter, Jessie Jane, James Herbert, Alice Ann and Catherine Agnes.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1909 and 1917 living at Bum Bum Creek. He was a teamster.
  • This photo of the Emu Creek (Mossview) Cricket Team was around 1910. Thomas and Amand Broadfoot sponsored the team and it is thought that they are the couple in the middle front of the photo. Their son James is sitting on his father's knee.
  • In September 1911 The Brisbane Courier reported on 17 Sep 1911 - The following officers have been elected in connection with the Moss View Cricket Club (Emu Creek ) President Mr. H Gillies vice-president. Mr J Patch secretary Mr O Maddern selection committee. Messrs H. Gillies Maddern and J. Patch. A successful dance in aid of the club was held last Friday night Mr H. Gillies had charge of the dancing and the music was supplied by Messrs Maddern Brothers, J Patch and E Luxford.
  • At the age of 25 years, 4 months and 4 days, James Herbert (Herb) Gillies married Jessie Agnes Bailey, daughter of Thomas Bailey and Jessie Black, on 4 December 1912 in Emu Creek, Queensland.
    James Herbert Gillies & Jessie Agnes Bailey - married 4 December 1912.
  • James Herbert (Herb) Gillies died on 4 September 1917 in Queensland, Australia, at age 30. A niece recalls "James Herbert died from lock jaw from a cut he received on his toe while he was chopping wood. His sister Alice always carried a picture of him in her locket as she was very close to him. After his death in 1917 her next son, was named after him."
    The Brisbane Courier, however, reported "The sudden death is reported of Mr. James Herbert Gillies of Emu Creek, from heart failure (our Crow's Nest correspondent wired yesterday). The deceased, who leaves a widow and two children, was 29 years of age, and highly respected. The funeral was largely attended, the Rev. Pope conducting the service at the graveside."
  • He was buried on 6 September 1917 in Crow's Nest Cemetery. A service was held at the Crow's Nest Methodist Church before the burial.
    James' gravestone reads-
    in loving memory of my dear husband james herbert gillies who passed away on the 4th september 1917 aged 30 years "not now, some day we'll understand".

Children of James Herbert (Herb) Gillies and Jessie Agnes Bailey

Jessie Jane Gillies

F, b. 27 May 1885, d. 7 October 1964
  • Jessie Jane Gillies was born on 27 May 1885 in Geham, Queensland. Frank was a labourer at Geham at the time of Jessie's birth. A Mrs Nelder was the nurse present at the birth, most likely Frank's half sister Jane or her mother in law.
  • She was the daughter of Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson.
  • Jessie Jane Gillies commenced school at Crow's Nest State School on 16 November 1891. at the age of 6 years 6 months. She left in December 1892.
  • She's name was added to the list of children likely to attend the proposed new Mossview School (Bum Bum Creek) that was to be established on land donated by Frank Gillies at Emu Creek by her father, Francis Gillies on 29 August 1892. She had previously attended Crow's Nest School
    ; Frank added the names of his children William 12, Rose 10, Walter 8, Jessy 6 and Herbert 5 to the list of children likely to attend the proposed new Moss View School that was to be established on land near Frank property at Emu Creek. He lived on Portion36 about 1 1/2 miles from the site. The children had previously attended Crow's Nest School.
  • Jessie Jane Gillies commenced school at Moss View Provisional School in 1893.
  • In 1907 Frank and Mary had a family portrait taken with their seven children William Donald, Rose Elizabeth, Francis Walter, Jessie Jane, James Herbert, Alice Ann and Catherine Agnes.
  • She appeared on the Electoral Roll with Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson in 1908 in Djuan. Frank was a farmer and Mary carried out home duties. Jessie Jane also lived with them and carried out home duties. William Donald and Walter Francis were also listed as farmers at Hopefield.
  • At the age of 25 years, 8 months and 19 days, Jessie Jane Gillies married James Adolphus Perkins, son of Thomas Perkins and Annie Maria Brown, on 15 February 1911 in Emu Creek, Queensland. It was a double wedding with her sister Alice Ann and Egbert Maddern at the Residence of Francis Gillies, Emu Creek. James was a farmer at Thornville at the time of his marriage.
  • Jessie Jane Gillies and James Adolphus Perkins appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1912 and 1932 living at Thornville. James was a farmer.
  • Jessie Jane Gillies witnessed the burial of Clarence Edward Perkins on 21 January 1918 in Emu Creek Cemetery; The funeral left from the residence of his uncle William Gillies of Moss View.
  • Jessie Jane Gillies and James Adolphus Perkins appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Johnstown. He was a dairy farmer. Their son Richard also farmed at Johnstown.
  • On 30 June 1946,her husband, James Adolphus Perkins died in Nanango, Queensland, at age 66.
  • Jessie Jane Gillies appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1949 and 1963 living at Johnstown. She most likely lived with or near her son Richard and his wife.
  • Jessie Jane Gillies died on 7 October 1964 in Nanango, Queensland, at age 79.
  • She was buried on 8 October 1964 in Nanango Cemetery.

Children of Jessie Jane Gillies and James Adolphus Perkins

John Thomas Gillies

M, b. 16 July 1889, d. 21 January 1890
  • John Thomas Gillies was born on 16 July 1889 in Emu Creek, Queensland.
  • He was the son of Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson.
  • John Thomas Gillies died on 21 January 1890 in Ebenezer, Queensland. He and his mother Mary were staying with her parents James and Elizabeth Robinson at Ebenezer at the time of his death. He was just 6 months old.
  • He was buried on 23 January 1890 in Ebenezer, Queensland.

Mabel Maud Gillies

F, b. 26 March 1913, d. 3 July 2003

Mary Ann Gillies

F, b. 10 May 1908, d. 19 May 1988

Mervyn Herbert (Vince) Gillies

M, b. 29 June 1916, d. 22 December 2003
  • Mervyn Herbert (Vince) Gillies was born on 29 June 1916 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of James Herbert (Herb) Gillies and Jessie Agnes Bailey.
  • Mervyn Herbert (Vince) Gillies witnessed the death of James Herbert (Herb) Gillies on 4 September 1917 in Queensland, Australia; A niece recalls "James Herbert died from lock jaw from a cut he received on his toe while he was chopping wood. His sister Alice always carried a picture of him in her locket as she was very close to him. After his death in 1917 her next son, was named after him."
    The Brisbane Courier, however, reported "The sudden death is reported of Mr. James Herbert Gillies of Emu Creek, from heart failure (our Crow's Nest correspondent wired yesterday). The deceased, who leaves a widow and two children, was 29 years of age, and highly respected. The funeral was largely attended, the Rev. Pope conducting the service at the graveside."
  • Mervyn was the best man at the wedding of Cyril James Austin and Catherine Jean Gillies, daughter of James Herbert (Herb) Gillies and Jessie Agnes Bailey, on 10 October 1935 in Methodist Church, Crow's Nest.
  • Mervyn Herbert (Vince) Gillies and Jessie Agnes Bailey appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Mountain Camp N. Jessie carried out home duties and her son Mervyn was a farmer.
  • Mervyn Herbert (Vince) Gillies died on 22 December 2003 at age 87.
  • His funeral notice appeared The Toowoomba Chronicle on 29 December 2003.GILLIES, Mervyn Herbert, late of Emu Creek, Crows Nest, passed away peacefully in theToowoomba Base Hospital, on 22nd December, 2003, aged 87 years. Beloved husband of Merle. Loved brother of Cath, and loved uncle of Graham and Denis Austin, and Ross Stanger and their families and loved brother-in-law of the Breydon families. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend MERV'S funeral to be held at the Uniting Church, Crow's Nest, service commencing at 10.00 a.m.,TUESDAY (30th December, 2003) followed by interment at Crows Nest Lawn Cemetery. In God's Care.
  • He was buried on 30 December 2003 in Crow's Nest Cemetery.

Olive May Gillies

F, b. 16 April 1922, d. 29 August 2004

Rose Elizabeth Gillies

F, b. 9 January 1881, d. 2 September 1946
  • Rose Elizabeth Gillies was born on 9 January 1881 in Queensland. Her birth registration states her father was a 35 year old carrier born Maitland NSW (this information is incorrect. The details belong to the next birth registered that of Ellen Caroline Brown - daughter of Edward Brown). Her parents were married 22 May 1876 (incorrect) at Meringandan Downs and her mother was formerly Robinson born York, England aged 26 years. The informant was Francis Gillies of Crow's Nest and witness to the birth Mrs Robinson.
  • She was the daughter of Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson.
  • Rose Elizabeth Gillies commenced school at Crow's Nest State School on 16 November 1891. aged 10 years. She left in Dec 1892.
  • She witnessed the Note of Francis Gillies on 29 August 1892; Frank added the names of his children William 12, Rose 10, Walter 8, Jessy 6 and Herbert 5 to the list of children likely to attend the proposed new Moss View School that was to be established on land near Frank property at Emu Creek. He lived on Portion36 about 1 1/2 miles from the site. The children had previously attended Crow's Nest School.
  • Rose Elizabeth Gillies commenced school at Moss View Provisional School in 1893.
  • At the age of 18 years, 4 months and 28 days, Rose Elizabeth Gillies married James Henry Brown, son of Edward (Ned) Brown and Margaret Boden, on 6 June 1899 in Queensland.
  • Rose Elizabeth Gillies and James Henry Brown appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Djuan. James was a farmer.
  • Rose Elizabeth Gillies and James Henry Brown appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1905 and 1926 living at Thornville. James was a farmer.
  • In 1907 Frank and Mary had a family portrait taken with their seven children William Donald, Rose Elizabeth, Francis Walter, Jessie Jane, James Herbert, Alice Ann and Catherine Agnes.
  • Rose Elizabeth Gillies and James Henry Brown appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1930 living at Thornville. James was a farmer. Their daughter Margaret most likely lived with them.
  • Rose Elizabeth Gillies and James Henry Brown appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Thornville. James was a farmer at Thornville, Rose was listed as living at Wutul. Their sons Richard, Ron (listed on the roll as Roy) and Sydney,labourers also lived at Thornville as did son Frank. Daughter Madge also lived at Thornville.
  • Rose Elizabeth Gillies died on 2 September 1946 in Queensland at age 65.
  • She was buried in Crow's Nest Cemetery.

Children of Rose Elizabeth Gillies and James Henry Brown

Sydney George Gillies

M, b. 16 August 1911, d. April 1992
  • Sydney George Gillies was born on 16 August 1911 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies and Anna Louisa Lowien.
  • At the age of 31 years, 1 month and 14 days, Sydney George Gillies married Lucy Alice Maddern, daughter of Egbert Thomas Spencer Lower Maddern and Alice Ann Gillies, on 30 September 1942 in Queensland. Vera Maddern was bridesmaid and Clarence Gillies Best Man.
  • In 1942 Sydney George Gillies and Lucy Alice Maddern lived near Queensland. Syd's parents had a dairy farm there. Their first two children were born there and the family lived there until 1945 when Syd bought his own dairy and grain farm at Koolragen.
  • Sydney George Gillies and Lucy Alice Maddern appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at East Cooyar. Syd was a farmer. His parents and brothers also farmed at East Cooyar.
  • In 1954 Sydney George Gillies and Lucy Alice Maddern lived in Gayndah where Syd had bought a cattle grazing property named "Holroyd". Their last child was born there.
  • In 1958 Syd won a cattle grazing selection in a land ballot. Syd, Lucy and the family moved to Twin Hills near Clermont where they spent the rest of their lives.
  • Sydney George Gillies and Lucy Alice Maddern appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1980 living at Mt Gregory. Syd was a grazier and Lucy carried out home duties. Their sons Ivan, a station hand, and Ron, a station hand, and Ron's wife Caroline also lived on the property.
  • Sydney George Gillies died in April 1992 at age 80. He suffered from heart disease.

William Donald Gillies

M, b. 22 February 1879, d. 3 September 1957

William Donald Gillies (1879-1957) and Mabel Gertrude Perkins (1882-1968) - Photo thanks to G. Johnstone
  • William Donald Gillies was born on 22 February 1879 in Gowrie Little Plain, Queensland, Australia.
  • He was the son of Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson.
  • William Donald Gillies's name was added to the list of children likely to attend the proposed new Mossview School (Bum Bum Creek) that was to be established on land donated by Frank Gillies at Emu Creek by his father, Francis Gillies on 29 August 1892. She had previously attended Crow's Nest School
    ; Frank added the names of his children William 12, Rose 10, Walter 8, Jessy 6 and Herbert 5 to the list of children likely to attend the proposed new Moss View School that was to be established on land near Frank property at Emu Creek. He lived on Portion36 about 1 1/2 miles from the site. The children had previously attended Crow's Nest School.
  • William Donald Gillies most likely commenced school in 1893 at Moss View Provisional School.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1903 and 1905 living at Djuan. William was a teamster. His parents Frank and Mary were farming at Djuan at the time.
  • At the age of 24 years, 9 months and 2 days, William Donald Gillies married Mabel Gertrude Perkins, daughter of Thomas Perkins and Annie Maria Brown, on 24 November 1903. Mabel is the sister of James Perkins who married Jessie Jane Gillies.
  • In 1907 Frank and Mary had a family portrait taken with their seven children William Donald, Rose Elizabeth, Francis Walter, Jessie Jane, James Herbert, Alice Ann and Catherine Agnes.
  • William Donald Gillies and Mabel Gertrude Perkins appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1908 and 1926 living at Djuan. Bill was a farmer and Mabel carried out home duties. They appeared to be living at Bill's parents' property.
  • William Donald Gillies and Mabel Gertrude Perkins appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1930 living at Bum Bum Creek. William was a teamster. Daughter Mary Ann carried out home duties.
  • William Donald Gillies and Mabel Gertrude Perkins appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1943 and 1954 living at Bum Bum Creek. William was a teamster.
  • William Donald Gillies died on 3 September 1957 in Queensland at age 78.
  • He was buried in Crow's Nest Cemetery. William and Mabel's gravestone reads-
    in loving memory of our dear husband and our father william donald gillies died sep 3rd 1957 aged 78 years and our dear mother Mabel gertrude gillies died april 3rd 1968 aged 85 years.

Children of William Donald Gillies and Mabel Gertrude Perkins

William Thomas Gillies

M, b. 9 April 1904, d. 7 July 1985
  • William Thomas Gillies was born on 9 April 1904 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of William Donald Gillies and Mabel Gertrude Perkins.
  • William Thomas Gillies appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1930 living at Mountain Camp N. William was a farmer.
  • At the age of 27 years, 1 month and 17 days, William Thomas Gillies married Ellen le Feuvre, daughter of Arthur Hodgson Le Feuvre and Wilhelmine Lowien, on 26 May 1931.
  • William Thomas Gillies enlisted in the Australian Army on 20 May 1942 in Cooyar. He was living in East Cooyar at the time he enlisted and gave his next of kin as his wife Ellen. He was discharged from the 9th Battalion Volunteer Defense Corps on 21 Oct 1945.
  • He and Ellen le Feuvre appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at East Cooyar. William was a farmer.
  • William Thomas Gillies and Ellen le Feuvre appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1972 and 1980 living at East Cooyar. William was a farmer.
  • William Thomas Gillies died on 7 July 1985 in Queensland at age 81.
  • He was buried on 9 July 1985 in Crow's Nest Cemetery. UNIT-00K-0038.