Agnes Gillis

F, b. 1 March 1890, d. 19 March 1890

Alice Gillis

F, b. 17 August 1856, d. 9 August 1913

Alice Anderson (1856-1913) nee Gillis, formerly Plant. Taken from the book "More Pioneers in Petticoats"
  • Alice Gillis was born on 17 August 1856 in Queensland. At the time of her birth William was working at Bogandilla Station, part of the Wallan Creek run.
    She was baptised at Wallan Station on 16 June 1857 by Rev Benjamin Glennie.
  • She was the daughter of William Gillis and Jane Eyles.
  • At the age of 16 years and 26 days, Alice Gillis married John Plant, son of Samuel Plant and Jane Bell, on 12 September 1872 in St Marks Church, Warwick, Queensland. The marriage certificate shows she was 21 not sixteen, and that he was 30, not 41 suggesting that she did not have parental permission to marry John. They had travelled over 100 miles from her home at Gowrie Little Plain, to Warwick to be married. John's birthplace was given as Virgina, Co Cavan, Ireland and he was a farmerof Highfields at the time of his marriage. His parents were Samuel Plant and Jane Bell. Alice's parents were listed as William Gillis and Jane Oils. Witnesses to the marriage were Patrick McMahon and F. Wilson.
  • On 9 May 1883,her husband, John Plant died in Queensland at age 52. He had been thrown from a horse shattering his leg and lay out in the bush over night. He subsequently developed pneumonia and died a few days later. They had five children, and a sixth on the way.
  • In 1884 Alice Gillis lived in Geham, Queensland. Family hearsay has it that Alice was destitute after John's death and went to work at a mill at Geham (possibly the timber mill) where she washed the clothes of the mill hands. She took with her, her youngest child Ellen, and after his birth her son James in a steamer-trunk type basket. It is most likely that she met Jules Anderson through her washing work as he was an engine driver.
  • At the age of 27 years, 9 months and 7 days, Alice Gillis married Julius (Jul, Jules, John, Hugh) Andersen on 24 May 1884. The marriage took place in the residence of the officiating minister, William Rathjen, at Telford Street, Toowoomba. Hugh was a 40 year old bachelor engine driver born Christiana Norway and living at Geham, Highfields. His father was given as Andres Anderson, a post office keeper. Alice was a 26 year old widowed housekeeper born Dalby of Geham and her parents were listed as William Gillis, a farmer and Jane Isles. Witnesses to the marriage were John McGregor and Catherine P Rathjen. Jules signed with his mark.
  • In 1891 when her mother died Jane Gillis bequeathed her portion 969, part of the land east of the Gowrie Little Plain school.
  • On 5 February 1891Alice Gillis 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.
  • Alice Gillis and Julius (Jul, Jules, John, Hugh) Andersen appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1903 and 1908 living at Meringandan. Hugh was a farmer.
  • Alice Gillis died on 9 August 1913 in General Hospital, Toowoomba, Queensland, at age 56. The cause of death was renal calculus, hydroenphrosis and collapse. The informant was the secretary of the General Hospital and her daughter Jane Stark of Cabarlah. The certificate shows that she was married at "Merivale" Warwick at 16 to John Plant and again at 27 to Hugh Anderson.
  • She was buried on 11 August 1913 in Cabarlah Cemetery. Her headstone reads-
    In loving memory of alice anderson who passed away 9 august 1913 aged 57 years "She rests. Rest is sweet".

Children of Alice Gillis and John Plant

Children of Alice Gillis and Julius (Jul, Jules, John, Hugh) Andersen

Alice Gillis

F, b. 25 December 1897, d. 1927
  • Alice Gillis was born on 25 December 1897 in Gowrie Little Plain, Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of William Patrick Gillis and Eliza Izzard.
  • Alice Gillis died in 1927 in Brisbane, Queensland. Alice was engaged but died before her marriage.

Annie Adelia Gillis

F, b. 8 May 1882, d. 9 October 1962
  • Annie Adelia Gillis was born on 8 May 1882 in Gowrie Little Plain, Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of William Patrick Gillis and Eliza Izzard.
  • At the age of 22 years, 2 months and 19 days, Annie Adelia Gillis married Louie Kuhl, son of Christian (Ludwig) Kuhl and Albertine Milke, on 27 July 1904 in Queensland.
  • On 12 January 1961,her husband, Louie Kuhl died in Queensland.
  • Annie Adelia Gillis died on 9 October 1962 in Queensland at age 80.
  • She was buried on 10 October 1962 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery.

Children of Annie Adelia Gillis and Louie Kuhl

Catherine Gillis

F, b. 14 May 1854, d. 1 July 1943

Catherine (nee Gillis) Burgess. 1854-1943. Photo from Betty Binns
  • Catherine Gillis was born on 14 May 1854 in Brisbane Valley, Queensland, Australia. According to family hearsay she was born under a wagon.
  • She was the daughter of Thomas Bridgeman and Jane Eyles.
  • On 18 February 1873 the following article appeared in the Brisbane Courier Mail :-
    TOOWOOMBA LAND COURT.
    The ordinary monthly court was held on the 10th Instant, when the following selections were conditionally approved:-
    FIRST CLASS PASTORAL.
    Allen Burgess, 100 acres, parish of Meringandan. James Burgess, 100 acres, parish of Meringandan. William Gillis, 100 acres, parish of Meringandan.
    Another application put in by Mr Gillis was rejected on the ground that he had already obtained three selections - DD Gazette.
  • At the age of 18 years, 9 months and 5 days, Catherine Gillis married Allan George Burgess, son of Phillip Burgess and Lydia Jackson, on 19 February 1873 in St James Church, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. This was a double wedding with her sister Helen Gillis & James Burgess, the brother of Allan Burgess. Allen was shown as a 33 year old bachelor farmer, born Clavering Essex and Catherine a 21 year old spinster born Brisbane with no occupation. Both listed their residence as Meringandan. Allan's parents were Philip Burgess, a bricklayer and Lydia Jackson; Catherines parents William Gillis a farmer and Jane Hiles (Eyles). Witnesses to the marriage were George F Bennett and C T Edwards.
  • In June 1884,her husband, Allan George Burgess died in Queensland.
  • At the age of 32 years and 10 days, Catherine Gillis married Arthur John Hill, son of Arthur Hill and Jane Brown, on 24 May 1886 in Gowrie Little Plain.
  • On 5 February 1891Catherine Gillis 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.
  • Catherine Gillis and Arthur John Hill appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at "Hill Farm", Gowrie Little Plain. Arthur was a farmer and Catherine carried out domestic duties. Catherine's son Frederick Burgess worked there as a labourer.
  • On 12 April 1924,her husband, Arthur John Hill died in Queensland.
  • Catherine Gillis died on 1 July 1943 in Queensland at age 89.

Children of Catherine Gillis and Allan George Burgess

Children of Catherine Gillis and Arthur John Hill

Catherine Gillis

F, b. 1888, d. 1932
  • Catherine Gillis was born in 1888 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of William Patrick Gillis and Eliza Izzard.
  • At the age of 19 years, Catherine Gillis married William John Hedge in 1907 in Queensland.
  • Catherine Gillis died in 1932 in Brisbane, Queensland.

Children of Catherine Gillis and William John Hedge

Eliza Lewis Gillis

F, b. 1890
  • Eliza Lewis Gillis was born in 1890 in Queensland. Eliza was reared by her mother's sister and her husband - Sarah and Henry Tewes most likely because Eliza was unable to care for all of the children after William's death in 1900.
  • She was the daughter of William Patrick Gillis and Eliza Izzard.
  • At the age of 19 years, Eliza Lewis Gillis married Henry Thomas Hill in 1909.
  • In 1910,her husband, Henry Thomas Hill died in Queensland.

Ellen Gillis

F, b. 8 December 1880, d. 7 January 1953

Children of Ellen Gillis and Ernest Kiemann

George Gillis

M, b. 1895

Henry Gillis

M, b. 1891, d. 1959

Children of Henry Gillis and May Winterburn

Ida Amelia Gillis

F, b. 15 November 1872, d. 4 April 1957

Ida Amelia Gillis & Walter Wood with son Walter Alexander. Taken c 1913

  • Ida Amelia Gillis was born on 15 November 1872 in Gowrie Little Plain, Queensland, Australia.
  • She was the daughter of William Gillis and Jane Eyles.
  • Ida attended the Meringandan school as there wasn't a school at Gowrie Little Plain at the time.
  • At the age of 17 years and 5 months, Ida Amelia Gillis married Walter Wood on 15 April 1890 in Neil Street Methodist Church, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Walter was a plumber of Toowoomba and worked for the Public Works Department. Walter was a widower aged 29, his father a labourer, also named Walter and his mother Jane Douglas. The groom was born in Patrick, Glasgow, Scotland. Ida was a spinster aged 17 of Gowrie. Witnesses to the marriage were Sydney Keefer and Jane Gillis. Jane, as mother of the bride, gave her consent for the marriage.
  • In 1891 Ida Amelia Gillis and Walter Wood lived in Muniganeen where Ida owned two blocks of land, portions 2,3,4,and 5 Parish of Meringandan. Walter continued to work in Toowoomba and came home on weekends.
  • On 5 February 1891Ida Amelia Gillis 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.
  • In 1900 Ida sold the house they had built, and built another on portion 5 (the only block that they now owned). She became very involved with breaking and training of horses and would compete side saddle around the show circuit. In 1927 she became Champion Lady Rider at the Brisbane exhibition and was presented with her trophy by the Duke and Duchess of York (who later became the King and Queen of England).
  • Ida Amelia Gillis and Walter Wood appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Meringandan. Walter was a plumber and Ida carried out domestic duties.
  • In 1904 when the Muniganeen school opened Ida took her turn at boarding the school teachers and cooked a hot midday meal for them.
  • Ida Amelia Gillis and Walter Wood appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1908 living at Meringandan. Walter was a plumber.
  • Ida Amelia Gillis and Walter Wood appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1925 living at Muniganeen. Walter gave his address as Cooby Creek.
  • On 12 December 1929,her husband, Walter Wood died in Queensland.
  • Ida Amelia Gillis died on 4 April 1957 in Queensland at age 84.
  • She was buried on 5 April 1957 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery.

Children of Ida Amelia Gillis and Walter Wood

Jane Gillis

F, b. 9 February 1884, d. 4 June 1965

Children of Jane Gillis and Kennedy Patrick O'Brien

May Gillis

F, b. 1913, d. 1913
  • May Gillis died in 1913 in Queensland.
  • She was born in 1913 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Henry Gillis and May Winterburn.

Ronald Vernon Gillis

M, b. February 1900, d. 30 March 1901
  • Ronald Vernon Gillis was born in February 1900 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of William Patrick Gillis and Eliza Izzard.
  • Ronald Vernon Gillis died on 30 March 1901 in Queensland at age 1.
  • He was buried in Cabarlah Cemetery. William and Eliza's headstone reads
    in loving memory of our dear father who died 9th August 1900 aged 41 years also our beloved mother who died 5th July 1924 aged 60 years also our dear brother Donald (Ronald) Gillis who died 30 March 1901 aged 14 Months. Thy Will be Done.

Sarah Gillis

F, b. 1886, d. 24 March 1947
  • Sarah Gillis was born in 1886 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of William Patrick Gillis and Eliza Izzard.
  • At the age of 22 years, Sarah Gillis married Henry Parsons in 1908 in Queensland.
  • Sarah Gillis died on 24 March 1947 in Queensland.
  • She was buried on 25 March 1947 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery.

Children of Sarah Gillis and Henry Parsons

Unnamed Femal Gillis

F, b. 1914, d. 1914

William Gillis

M

Child of William Gillis and Mary Unknown

William Gillis

M, b. between 1806 and 1826, d. 23 October 1882

William Gillis - born c 1806 Ireland. Died 1882 Gowrie Little Plain

  • William Gillis may have been born as early as 1806, or as late as 1826 which is correct if he was aged 76 at the time of his death. His age, mostly given by him, on his children's birth certificates however, varies greatly. His place of birth Limerick, IRELAND is fairly certain.
  • He was the son of William Gillis and Mary Unknown.
  • William Gillis came to Australia via Sydney between 1839 and 1847. There is strong evidence that he may have come to Sydney on the ship Guillardon 1839. When he was arrested for horse theft in 1852, William stated he had arrived on the Galander However, a check of the ship's records showed that William was not amongst the convicts on board. The ship arrived from India carrying convicts from the army in India. William may have been a guard, having retired from the Army.
    William's death certificate indicated he had been in the colony 35 years before his death, making his arrival date 1847. One possible date of arrival is 21 Dec 1847. The"Emmerdale 's Health Officer reported that a William Gillum was found concealed on board on arrival in Sydney.
  • In 1850 William Gillis was appeared in the "Moreton Bay District Directory" living at Callandoon Station, Goondiwindi. He was a saddler and a native of Ireland.
  • On 18 March 1852 ,a William Gillis was charged with an offence in Brisbane. His details were recorded as :- William Gillis, arrived on the Ship Galander (Guillardon) in 1839, Bond, Freed by Servitude, from Ireland, Roman Catholic, a saddler, from Callandoon Station, for trial. He had been charged with stealing a gelding valued at 10 pound at Callondoon
    Station in the Goondoowindi district in May 1851. He was discharged at court on May 9 1852 having been found not quilty and he "left court without any reproach against his character". William spent from February til May 1852 in prison. COMPILERS NOTE: A check of the records of the Guillardon that arrived in 1839 showed that a William Gillis was not amongst the Court marshalled men from the British army in India that were on their way to either Van Diemans Land and New South Wales. However, research has shown that the Army sometimes offered free passage to men about to retire in exchange for guard duty on the trip to Australia.
    After his discharge from prison he appears to have been working at Wallon station for William Dangar and John Ferrett who had taken over the lease after John Dangar’s death in 1848.
  • Being close neighbours to the Bridgeman’s at Bogandilla, William would have known of Thomas’ departure after the murder of George Kellel, and of his and non-return. He and the pregnant Jane travelled to Brisbane, perhaps in search of Thomas. Jane’s baby, a daughter named Catherine was born “under a dray” in Brisbane on 14 May 1854. On 2 July 1854, Jane’s three youngest children baby Catherine, Helen/Ellen and Frank were baptized. Perhaps because Jane was afraid their baptism would be refused if the clergy was aware that she was not married to William, they listed the children’s surnames as Gillis and William, a labourer of Brisbane, as the father. Jane and her family returned to Bogandilla Station. On 5 May 1855, “William advised James Bennett, the overseer of Ferrett's head station Walloon that he has seen an aboriginal called Dicky and about 30 other aborigines when he was at another station about seven miles from Bogandilla. Dicky was suspected of being in the group that had killed an earlier occupier of the station, a Mr Kettle. William warned Michael Byrnes and his wife of their danger and ordered the aborigines off the property. Less than 24 hours later both of the Byrnes’ were killed.” A daughter, Alice was born in Dalby in 1856 while William was still overseer at Bogandilla. At some stage the family left the station. William Patrick was born in September 1858 in Seven Mile Creek near Ipswich. William’s occupation was recorded as blacksmith aged 37 years (born 1821), born Limerick. Charles Gillis, a labourer, of Seven Mile Creek was the informant (most likely Charles Eyles who was then 13 years old so the information most likely was not accurate). By August 1861 they had returned to Bogandilla where Jane and William were finally married. Why did they delay their marriage until then? By law, a person could remarry if their spouse had been assumed dead for seven years. Did William and Jane marry wait until the seven years since Thomas left in 1854 had passed?

  • On 13 March 1855 William advised James Bennett, the overseer of Ferrett's head station Walloon that he has seen an aboriginal called Dicky and about 30 other aborigines when he was at another station about seven miles from Bogandilla. Dicky was suspected of being in the group that had killed an earlier occupier of the station, a Mr Kettlel. William warned Michael Byrnes and his wife of their danger and ordered the aborigines off the property. Less than 24 hours later both of the Byrnes were killed.
  • On 13 December 1860 the Moreton Bay Courier published a list of Unclaimed letters for November- the name of Mrs Gillis of Seven Mile watering Hole was included on the list.
  • He married Jane Eyles, daughter of Daniel Eyles and Jane Primmer, on 29 August 1861 in Bogandilla Station, Dulacca, 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.
  • On 26 March 1862 William was an overseer at Tchanning at the time of his daughter Agnes' birth. He was shown as 45 years old (born 1817) born Limerick, Ireland. William was the informant at the time of Agnes' birth registration.
  • On 2 June 1864 William Gillis lived in Drayton where according to the Darling Downs gazette William was a rate payer. Later that year on 28th July he placed another notice in the Darling Downs Gazette stating he had lost two horses.
  • On 28 July 1864 William Gillis lived in Spring Creek, Toowoomba, according to the Darling Downs Gazette. He placed an ad in the Gazette stating he had lost two horses.
  • On 4 January 1865 an impounding notice appeared in the Darling Downs Gazette regarding William's stock. His address was given as Gum Creek.
  • Circa 1866William Gillis selected land - 40 acres, Portion 155, Parish of Geham (on Geham Creek). He also selected Portion 252, 42 acres not far away.
  • 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.
  • He and Jane Eyles selected land - in the parish of Meringandan on portions 923, 868 and 969 (280 acres in total) at Gowrie Little Plain where they built a house in the north-western corner of portion 923.
  • On 28 September 1870 The Darling Downs Gazette advised that William had been granted conditional approval for 61 acres of land in Douglas Parish.
  • William Gillis's children Ellen and Wiliam jnr were taken to court by James Matthias (Graham) Grehan. On on 30 August 1871 The Darling Downs Gazette reported:- " Monday, August 28.
    (Mr W. Beit J.P took his seat on the Bench). Matthew Grehan v W. Gilles jun. - The defendant, a boy from ten to twelve years of age, was charged with illegally selling horses, the property of the complainant. Mr Hamilton for the Defendant. Wm Leath said that on Friday the 18th instant he saw the defendant riding a horse which he believed to be the property of the complainant; could not swear to the brand, and would not undertake to swear to the horse if he saw it again. Case dismissed. Matthew Grehan v Ellen Gilles - The defendant in this case was charged with illegally working the same animal. Mr Hamilton for defendant. Matthew Grehan, said that on Sunday the 20th instant he saw the defendant riding the horse at his father's place at Highfields which belonged to him; never gave permission to use the horse, either on that day or at any other time; the horse was now in the bush, and usually ran about two miles from the defendant's home. Mr Hamilton said that the complainant was bound to produce the horse and to prove that it was his own property; he (Mr Hamilton) would perhaps on the production of the horse be in a position to prove that the horse did not belong to the complainant, or that a question of ownership which was involved would be fatal to the case. The further hearing was then adjourned to Monday next, in order to allow the complainant an opportunity of bringing in the horses."
  • In December 1871 James Greham served a summons against William Gillis for unpaid labour. The claim for 13s 9p was not defended and no summons was served.
  • William Gillis's and Jane Eyles's last child Ida was born 15 November 1872 in Meringandan. William was the informant and said he was a 54 year old farmer born Limerick. His living children were listed as Charles 14, Ellen (Helen) 12, Catherine 10, Alice 8, William 6 and Agnes 4. COMPILERS NOTE: The children's ages and names are incorrect. Charles Bridgeman was 27 years old by then, Jane Bridgeman 25 was not mentioned, Francis 22 was not mentioned (may have meant to say Francis instead of Charles), Ellen was 20 not 12, Catherine 18 not 10, Alice 16 not 8, William was 14 not 6 and Agnes 10 not 4 - for some reason William took about 8 years off the ages of the children. Family hearsay has it that Ida may have been the child of one of Jane and Wiliam's daughters.
  • On 18 February 1873 the following article appeared in the "Brisbane Courier Mail" :-
    TOOWOOMBA LAND COURT.

    The ordinary monthly court was held on the 10th Instant, when the following selections were conditionally approved:-
    FIRST CLASS PASTORAL.
    Allen Burgess, 100 acres, parish of Meringindan.
    James Burgess, 100 acres, parish of Meringindan.
    William Gillis, 100 acres, parish of Meringindan.
    Another application put in by Mr Gillis was rejected on the ground that he had already obtained three selections - DD Gazette.
  • 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.
  • William Gillis left a will 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
    .
  • On 10 March 1875 The Darling Downs Gazette reported:- "William Gillies appeared to answer charges of assault on the person of Matthias Grehan while he was acting as bailiff of the Small Debts Court. Mr C. Hamilton for the defence. There being no proof of the appointment of Grehan as bailiff, the case was dismissed without costs. "
  • He witnessed the marriage of Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson 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.
  • In 1882 he was a farmer. in Gowrie Little Plain, Queensland, Australia.
  • William Gillis died on 23 October 1882 in Gowrie Little Plain, Queensland. William died of an unknown cause and was buried by order of the Police Magistrate. His son William was the informant of his father's death and he was shown as 76 years old, a blacksmith, born Co. Cork and in the Colony for 35 years. According to William, William senior was married in Brisbane 35 years prior to his death. His children were listed as Frank 30, Ellen 28, Kate 26, William 23, Alice 21, Agnes 20 and Ida 10 (all of the children were actually 2 years older than this).
    The following article appeared in the Darling Downs Gazette dated 25th October 1882 "PAINFULLY SUDDEN DEATH - Through the courtesy of the police, we learn of the sudden death of Mr William Gillis, of Gowrie Little Plain. The sad event occurred about noon on Monday last. The deceased was in the act of stooping to pick up some nails when he fell over, and on being raised expired after a few moments in the arms of his son in law. The deceased who was much respected was about seventy years of age and leaves a widow and children and grandchildren. He had for a long period been a resident in the district."
  • He was buried on 24 October 1882 in Gowrie Little Plain, Queensland, Australia. William was buried at the bottom of his land in a private cemetery, along with his wife Jane who died some years later. The graves are now covered with silt but a memorial has been erected in the spot they are thought to be.
  • Jane applied to the supreme court on the 13 November 1882, stating she was the sole executor of William's will and stating William's estate, not taking account of any debts owing or due, not the value of any leasehold estate, was less than 400 pound. Probate was granted on 4 December 1882.

Children of William Gillis and Jane Eyles

William Gillis

M, b. 1893, d. 14 February 1917
  • William Gillis was born in 1893 in Doctor's Creek, Queensland.
  • He was the son of William Patrick Gillis and Eliza Izzard.
  • William Gillis joined the AIF on 10 March 1916 in Toowoomba He was 22 years, 9 months old and a labourer. He listed his next of kin as his widowed mother Eliza Gillis of Rangeville, Toowoomba. He served in France as a Private in the 42nd Battalion.
  • William Gillis died on 14 February 1917 in Etaples, France.
  • He was buried in CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY, ARMENTIERES.

William Patrick Gillis

M, b. 26 September 1858, d. 9 August 1900

William Patrick Gillis 1858 - 1900. Photo supplied by Pendal Maag
  • William Patrick Gillis was born on 26 September 1858 in Seven Mile Creek, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
  • He was the son of William Gillis and Jane Eyles.
  • William Patrick Gillis, together with his sister Ellen was taken to court by James Matthias (Graham) Grehan. On on 30 August 1871 The Darling Downs Gazette reported:- " Monday, August 28.
    (Mr W. Beit J.P took his seat on the Bench). Matthew Grehan v W. Gilles jun. - The defendant, a boy from ten to twelve years of age, was charged with illegally selling horses, the property of the complainant. Mr Hamilton for the Defendant. Wm Leath said that on Friday the 18th instant he saw the defendant riding a horse which he believed to be the property of the complainant; could not swear to the brand, and would not undertake to swear to the horse if he saw it again. Case dismissed. Matthew Grehan v Ellen Gilles - The defendant in this case was charged with illegally working the same animal. Mr Hamilton for defendant. Matthew Grehan, said that on Sunday the 20th instant he saw the defendant riding the horse at his father's place at Highfields which belonged to him; never gave permission to use the horse, either on that day or at any other time; the horse was now in the bush, and usually ran about two miles from the defendant's home. Mr Hamilton said that the complainant was bound to produce the horse and to prove that it was his own property; he (Mr Hamilton) would perhaps on the production of the horse be in a position to prove that the horse did not belong to the complainant, or that a question of ownership which was involved would be fatal to the case. The further hearing was then adjourned to Monday next, in order to allow the complainant an opportunity of bringing in the horses."
  • At the age of 21 years, 5 months and 18 days, William Patrick Gillis married Eliza Izzard, daughter of William Izzard and Ann Maria Martin, on 15 March 1880 in Highfields, Queensland.
  • On 26 October 1882 William was the informant for his father's death certificate. William gave his address as Service Little Plain near Toowoomba.
  • On 5 February 1891William Patrick Gillis 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.
  • William Patrick Gillis died on 9 August 1900 in Toowoomba Hospital at age 41. His death was caused by an absess in his throat, pneumonia, and exhaustion. He died after spending a week in the hospital. At the time of his death was a farmer. John McGregor, his brother in law was the informant of his death. He had been married to Eliza Issard since he was 21 years old, and they had 9 (11) living children Ellen 19, Annie 18, Jane 16, Sarah 14, Catherine 12, Henry 9,William 7,George 5,Alice 2 and Ronald Vernon aged 6 months. One child, Agnes, had died an infant.
  • He was buried on 10 August 1900 in Cabarlah Cemetery. William and Eliza's headstone reads
    in loving memory of our dear father who died 9th August 1900 aged 41 years also our beloved mother who died 5th July 1924 aged 60 years also our dear brother Donald (Ronald) Gillis who died 30 March 1901 aged 14 Months. Thy Will be Done.

Children of William Patrick Gillis and Eliza Izzard

Melva Kathleen Ann Gillman

F, b. 29 July 1901, d. 1985

Elizabeth Maud Gilmour

F, b. circa 1870
  • Elizabeth Maud Gilmour was born circa 1870.
  • Elizabeth Maud Gilmour married Charles Henry Skinner in 1886 in Brisbane, Queensland.

Children of Elizabeth Maud Gilmour and Charles Henry Skinner

Grace Gilmour

F, b. 1881, d. 7 April 1964
  • Grace Gilmour was born in 1881. She was the daughter of James Gilmour and Grace Flemming.
  • Grace Gilmour married James Campbell circa 1904.
  • Grace Gilmour and James Campbell appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1930 living at Djuan. James was a farmer.
  • Grace Gilmour and James Campbell appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Pinelands. James was a farmer as was their son Robert. A Mary Campbell also lived at Djuan. She may have been Robert's sister or wife.
  • On 5 May 1954,her husband, James Campbell died in Queensland.
  • Grace Gilmour died on 7 April 1964 in Queensland.
  • She was buried on 8 April 1964 in Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery. CE4A-002-0033.

Children of Grace Gilmour and James Campbell

William Blyth Gilroy

M, b. circa 1900

Ernest Wentworth Giltrap

M, b. 26 December 1913, d. 2003

Thecla Friedek Girr

F, b. 1833, d. 12 April 1920

Johann (1839-1900) & Thecla (1836- 1920) Perina. Photo thanks to Karen Pickering
  • Thecla Friedek Girr was born in 1833. She was the daughter of George Frederic GIRR and Lucia GUTTUM.
  • At the age of 31 years, Thecla Friedek Girr married Johann Perina, son of Daniel Perina and Anna Novakova, on 6 November 1864 in Jarosov, Moravia. The groom was a joiner, Protestant, single and 25 years old. He was the son of Daniel Perina, a farm hand or tenant and Anna Novakova. His parents were both Evangalics.
    The bride was Tekla Kozackova, aged 28 the Evangalic widow of Jiri Frydek, a Catholic farmer of Moravia.
    Witness to the marriage was Daniel Perina, a retired peasant cottager for Jarosov.
  • Thecla Friedek Girr and Johann Perina immigrated to Moreton Bay on 15 February 1865. Johann and Tekla and their two children, Anton, and Anna made their way to the Toowoomba area.
    Around 1873 Johann sponsored his father, Daniel to come to Australia. However, Daniel didn't arrive until 1876 coming with his daughter Catherena and her son Anton. Anton also sponsered his sister Anna and her husband Johann Patava who arrived with their children in 1875.
  • On 28 October 1900,her husband, Johann Perina died in Queensland at age 61. He died of apoplexy and was in a coma.
  • Thecla Friedek Girr appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1903 and 1913 living at Douglas. She may have lived with her son Anton and his wife Mary.
  • Thecla Friedek Girr died on 12 April 1920 in Albion, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • She was buried on 14 April 1920 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery. LUTH37-42-041-0062.

Children of Thecla Friedek Girr and Johann Perina

Marie Louise Wilhelmine (Minnie) Gladigan

F, b. 1845, d. 1917
  • Marie Louise Wilhelmine (Minnie) Gladigan was born in 1845. She was the daughter of Erdmann Gladrigan and Dorothea.
  • At the age of 24 years, Marie Louise Wilhelmine (Minnie) Gladigan married Carl (Herman) Schultz on 19 January 1869 in Gross Rossau, Osterburg, Madegurb, Prussia. Carl was a master taylor and musician.
  • Marie Louise Wilhelmine (Minnie) Gladigan and Carl (Herman) Schultz immigrated in 1872. Carl and Minnie were able to pay their own passage to Australia.
  • In October 1875,her husband, Carl (Herman) Schultz died. He died from accidental strychnine poisoning when he mistook a packet of strychnine for Glauber's salts which he intended to use as a relief for a distended stomach. Minnie continued on the farm with the children.
  • The following article appeared in the The Queenslander on 6 November 1875. " A CASE of accidental poisoning occurred, last Saturday, at Gowrie Junction. Oppressed by the heat of the day, a German settler, named Hermann Shultz, retired to his bed, having previously partaken of a hearty dinner. He subsequently drank a quantity of vinegar and water mixed with baking soda, and, to relieve the pain he afterwards experienced, he took a dose from a packet which he believed to contain Glauber salts. The packet from which the dose was obtained was found in a hat left by a countryman in Shultz's possession, and it contained poison —strychnine—for poisoning native dogs. Three grains of the powder given to a dog on Sunday at Toowoomba, terminated the animal's existence in twenty minutes. The quantity taken by deceased in mistake for salts was sufficient to poison fourteen or sixteen persons. At the enquiry, held on Saturday, before the Police Magistrate, Minna Shultz, wife of the deceased, deposed: We have been at Gowrie Junction for six months; yesterday deceased went to work as usual; he came home at dinner time, and partook of a good dinner ; the weather being hot he went to lie down; about three o'clock he was seized with a fit; he said he had a cramp in his stomach; he had three severe fits, and two that were not so bad; he died about half-past four o'clock in the afternoon ; he has not been well for some time past; he was in the thirty-seventh year of his age ; we have been three years in the country; and have three children. Caspar Ulrich deposed : I have been shepherding on Weranga station ; I arrived at Toowoomba about fourteen days since; I met deceased but Wednesday week at Wockner's hotel; I went with him to Benjamin's store to buy material for a pair of trousers; deceased was a tailor, and was going to make trousers for me ; I bought a hat as well; my old hat was rolled up in the parcel with the cloth, and taken away by deceased ; when he brought me the trousers I asked him for the old hat; he said, "It was thrown away at Benjamin's;" there was poison in the lining of the hat; I hid it for poisoning native dogs at the Weranga station ; I forgot that the poison was in the lining of my old hat; I kept it in my hat because I had previously kept it in my pocket, and had tasted it when chewing my tobacco ; I did not afterwards carry it with my tobacco in my pocket; the packet in my hat contained strychnine ; I had a couple of glasses of grog, and never thought of the poison after buying the cloth; the poison was given to me by Mr. Sele, the manager of the station. Minna Shultz, recalled, said: After dinner deceased drank a lot of vinegar and water and baking-soda; he took also a portion of a powder I have given to Dr. Roberta ; it was the first time he had taken any of that powder; I found the powder in an old hat belonging to a shepherd ; a man at Wockner's public-house gave the hat to deceased.— D. D. Gazette."
  • At the age of 31 years, Marie Louise Wilhelmine (Minnie) Gladigan married Andreas Bosse on 20 April 1876 in Queensland. Andreas was working as a farmer at Gowrie Junction.
  • In September 1881 Minnie applied for the deeds for her.
  • In July 1883,her husband, Andreas Bosse died in Queensland. He died of Pemphigus, a rare group of blistering autoimmune diseases that affect the skin and mucous membranes. He had been suffering from the disease for a few years. After his death Minnie carried on with the farm with her children.
  • Marie Louise Wilhelmine (Minnie) Gladigan died in 1917 in Queensland.
  • She was buried in Old Silverleigh Cemetery, Greenwood.

Children of Marie Louise Wilhelmine (Minnie) Gladigan and Carl (Herman) Schultz

Children of Marie Louise Wilhelmine (Minnie) Gladigan and Andreas Bosse

Ann Glanville

F, b. circa 1770
  • Ann Glanville was born circa 1770.
  • Ann Glanville married John Lelean on 14 January 1794 in Mevagissey, Cornwall.

Child of Ann Glanville and John Lelean

Jemmima Agnes Glasgow

F, b. 1881, d. 4 February 1928
  • Jemmima Agnes Glasgow was born in 1881 in Glasgow, Scotland. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Adelaide GLASGOW. (According to The Brisbane Courier her place of birth was also GLASGOW.)
  • She immigrated in 1891. She arrived in Australia at the age of 10 with a family friend, Mrs H Carter with whom she lived until her marriage.
  • At the age of 21 years, Jemmima Agnes Glasgow married John Mathieson, son of John Mathieson and Sarah Bliss, on 3 September 1902 in Brisbane, Queensland. They lived in West End in Brisbane until moving to a farm at Anduramba near Crow's Nest.
  • Jemmima Agnes Glasgow died at home on 4 February 1928 in Anduramba, Crow's Nest. She died.
  • She was buried on 5 February 1928 in Crow's Nest Cemetery.

Children of Jemmima Agnes Glasgow and John Mathieson

Jane Lilias Glass

F, b. circa 1835

Children of Jane Lilias Glass and William Bray