William James Skelly1

M, b. 24 September 1900, d. 22 August 1970
  • William James Skelly was born on 24 September 1900 in Queensland.1
  • He was the son of Bernard Michael Skelly and Elizabeth Lily Fox.1
  • William James Skelly commenced school at Pinelands State School on 25 September 1907. He was 6 years and 9 months old. His father was a storekeeper at Crow's Nest.2
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1925 living at Crow's Nest. He was a grocer, most likely working in his father's shop.3
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1928 and 1936 living at Coongoola. He was a postmaster.4
  • At the age of 39 years, 8 months and 20 days, William James Skelly married Shiela Alma Gawthorn on 13 June 1940 in Queensland.5
  • William James Skelly and Shiela Alma Gawthorn appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Coongoola. William was a postmaster.6
  • William James Skelly and Shiela Alma Gawthorn appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1949 living at 1 Glasgow Street, Toowoomba. William was a traveller.5
  • William James Skelly and Shiela Alma Gawthorn appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1954 living at 219 James Street, Toowoomba. William was a commission agent and Alma a saloon proprietress.7
  • William James Skelly appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1963 living at 8 Groom Street, Toowoomba. William was a commission agent.8
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1963 living at 20 Twenty one Avenue, Brighton.9
  • He and Shiela Alma Gawthorn appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1968 living at 9 Loftus Street, Brighton.10
  • William James Skelly died on 22 August 1970 in Brisbane, Queensland, at age 69.11,12
  • He was buried in Pinaroo Cemetery.11

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1900/C5682     William James     Skelly;     Bernard;     Elizabeth Fox.
  2. School Reunion Committee, "Pinelands SS."
  3. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div of Darling Downs, Sub Div Crows Nest 1925.
  4. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Maranoa Sub Div Cunnamulla 1928-1936.
  5. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Darling Downs Sub Div Toowoomba 1949.
  6. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Maranoa Sub Div Cunnamulla 1943-1948.
  7. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Darling Downs Sub Div Toowoomba 1954.
  8. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Darling Downs Sub Div Toowoomba 1963.
  9. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Lilley Sub Div Sandgate 1963.
  10. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Lilley Sub Div Sandgate 1968.
  11. Brisbane City Council Grave Finder, online http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/BCC:BASE::pc=PC_899
  12. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1970     B17528     William James     Skelly     ;Bernard Skelly      ;Elizabeth Fox.

Agnes Vera Skewes1,2

F, b. circa 1900, d. 1979

Citations

  1. Australian Newspapers beta Trove (National Library of Australia), online http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/result?q=, The Central Queensland Herald (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1930 - 1956) Thursday 12 August 1937 p 45 Article.
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1921     B28777     Agnes Vera     Skewes;     John Norman     Butters.
  3. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1979     B432     Agnes Vera     Butters     ;Martin Skewes      ;Emily Elizabeth Morris.
  4. Australian Newspapers beta Trove (National Library of Australia), online http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/result?q=, The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) Saturday 16 January 1926 p 10 Article.
  5. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Darling Downs Sub Div Crows Nest 1930.
  6. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1937     C1061     John Norman     Butters;     John Henry ;     Ruth Rebecca Rose Walker.
  7. Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery, online http://ww2.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/index.php
  8. Australian Newspapers beta Trove (National Library of Australia), online http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/result?q=, The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954) Wednesday 31 March 1937 p 1 Family Notices.

Cyril Frederick M(asters) Skidmore1,2

M, b. 1902, d. 1939

Citations

  1. Alan Taber, Jan, 2000.
  2. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Deaths 10601/1939 SKIDMORE CYRIL FREDERICK M; FREDERICK WILLIAM ; ALICE LOUISA; NEWCASTLE.
  3. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Births 7444/1902 SKIDMORE CYRIL F M ;       FREDERICK W ; ALICE L ;      TAREE.
  4. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Marriages 6602/1933 SKIDMORE CYRIL F M;       FRENCH RENA M; BURWOOD.

Frederick William Skidmore1

M, b. circa 1885
  • Frederick William Skidmore was born circa 1885.1
  • Frederick William Skidmore married Alice Louisa Masters in 1901 in Taree, New South Wales.1,2

Child of Frederick William Skidmore and Alice Louisa Masters

Citations

  1. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Deaths 10601/1939 SKIDMORE CYRIL FREDERICK M; FREDERICK WILLIAM ; ALICE LOUISA; NEWCASTLE.
  2. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Marriages 7664/1901 SKIDMORE FREDERICK W ; MASTERS ALICE L;       TAREE.

Martha Ivy Skilton1

F, b. 1875, d. 1948

Children of Martha Ivy Skilton and Charles Frederick Lammas

Citations

  1. NZ Births Marriages Deaths, online https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/home/, Marriages 1901/4507 Martha Ivy      Skilton ;     Charles Frederick      Lammas.
  2. NZ Births Marriages Deaths, online https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/home/, Deaths 1948/28995     Lammas      Martha Ivy ;     73Y.
  3. NZ Births Marriages Deaths, online https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/home/, Births 1902/9280     Lammas      Winnie Florence ;     Martha Ivy;     Charles Frederick.
  4. NZ Births Marriages Deaths, online https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/home/, Births 1904/10593     Lammas      Laurence Leonard ;     Martha Ivy     ;Charles Frederick.
  5. NZ Births Marriages Deaths, online https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/home/, Births 1906/7457     Lammas      Norman Hall ;     Martha Ivy     ;Charles Frederick.
  6. NZ Births Marriages Deaths, online https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/home/, Births 1908/24144     Lammas      Raymond Arthur ;     Martha Ivy;     Charles Fredrick.
  7. NZ Births Marriages Deaths, online https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/home/, Births 1910/13035     Lammas      Ernest Charles ;     Martha Ivy;     Charles Frederick.

Andrew R L Skinner1

M, b. circa 1875

Citations

  1. NSW Births Deaths & Marriages Index, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/search.htm, Marriages 616/1899 SKINNER ANDREW R L ; GRANT MARGARET; ARMIDALE.

Charles Albert Skinner1

M, b. circa 1893, d. 1893

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1893/B25799     Charles Albert     Skinner;     Charles Henry Skinner;     Elizabeth Maud Gilmore.

Charles Henry Skinner1

M, b. circa 1860, d. 1935
  • Charles Henry Skinner was born circa 1860. He was the son of Henry Skinner and Elizabeth Hardy.1
  • Charles Henry Skinner married Elizabeth Maud Gilmour in 1886 in Brisbane, Queensland.1,2
  • Charles Henry Skinner died in 1935 in Brisbane, Queensland.3

Children of Charles Henry Skinner and Elizabeth Maud Gilmour

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1957/C2517     Leslie     Skinner;     Charles     Elizabeth Gilmour.
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1886/B10362     Gilmour     Elizabeth Maud;     Skinner     Charles Henry.
  3. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1935/B28168     Charles Henry     Skinner     ;Henry;     Elizabeth Hardy.
  4. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1893/B25799     Charles Albert     Skinner;     Charles Henry Skinner;     Elizabeth Maud Gilmore.

Frederick Skinner1

M, b. circa 1875

Children of Frederick Skinner and Maud Elizabeth Caroline Unknown

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1982/3366     Horace James     Skinner;     Frederick;     Maude Elizabeth Caroline.
  2. FreeBMD, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Marriages Sep 1898 Goldsmith      Maud Elizabeth C; Skinner      Frederick           ; W. Ashford     ; 2a     1560.     
  3. Crows Nest & District Tourist and Progress Association Inc, " From Tall Timbers."

Horace James Skinner1

M, b. 23 October 1908, d. 7 May 1982

Citations

  1. Mundia.com, online http://www.mundia.com
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1982/3366     Horace James     Skinner;     Frederick;     Maude Elizabeth Caroline.
  3. Crows Nest & District Tourist and Progress Association Inc, " From Tall Timbers."
  4. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1936/C3476     Skinner     Horace James;     Kruger     Johanna Agnes.
  5. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Darling Downs Sub Div Crow's Nest 1943.

John James Skinner1

M, b. circa 1915, d. 1960

Citations

  1. Mundia.com, online http://www.mundia.com
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1937/C2346     Skinner     John James;     Vandersee     Dorothy.
  3. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 960/C4316     John James     Skinner;     John James;     Margaret Miller.

Lena Margaret Skinner1

F, b. circa 1885, d. 1969
  • Lena Margaret Skinner was born circa 1885. She was the daughter of Henry George Skinner and Jane Eliza Gillespie.1,2
  • Lena Margaret Skinner married Chalres William Munro, son of John Munro and Elizabeth Adams, in 1911 in Queensland.1
  • Lena Margaret Skinner died in 1969 in Brisbane, Queensland.2

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1911     C2796     Lena Margaret     Skinner;     Charles William     Munro.
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1969     B3944     Margaret     Munro;     Henry George Skinner;      Jane Eliza Gillespie.

Leslie Skinner1

M, b. 1892, d. 14 June 1957

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1918/B22257     Kahler     Wilhelmina Theresa;     Skinner     Leslie.
  2. Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery, online http://ww2.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/index.php
  3. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1957/C2517     Leslie     Skinner;     Charles     Elizabeth Gilmour.
  4. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1957/C2517     Leslie     Skinner;     Charles;     Elizabeth Gilmour.

Sidney Skinner1

M, b. 1906, d. 22 May 1989

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1927/C3130     Thies     Maudie Mabel;     Skinner     Sidney.
  2. Mundia.com, online http://www.mundia.com
  3. Crows Nest & District Tourist and Progress Association Inc, " From Tall Timbers."
  4. Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery, online http://ww2.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/index.php
  5. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1948/C5170      Maudie Mable     Skinner;     Carl Diedrich Thies     ;Wilhelmine Maria Albertina.

Alice Elizabeth Maud Skuse1

F, b. 6 January 1897, d. 1968
  • Alice Elizabeth Maud Skuse was born on 6 January 1897 in Queensland.1,2
  • She was the daughter of Henry Skuse and Margaret Eliza Fleming.2
  • At the age of 17 years, 10 months and 18 days, Alice Elizabeth Maud Skuse married Fredrich Kath, son of William Henry Kath and Maria Christina Pfeiffer, on 24 November 1914 in Congregational Church, Goombungee, Queensland. Both Elizabeth and Fred lived at Goombungee.1,3,4
  • On 13 March 1945,their son, Nevell Stanley Kath died in Papua New Guinea at age 28. His parents were living at Mt Tyson at the time he died.1,5
  • Alice Elizabeth Maud Skuse died in 1968 in Queensland.6

Children of Alice Elizabeth Maud Skuse and Fredrich Kath

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1945/S3088     Nevell Stanley     Kath;     Frederick Kath;     Alice Elizabeth Maud Skuse.
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1897/C2962     Alice Eliza Maud     Skuse;     Henry;     Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  3. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1914/C3636     Skuse     Alice Eliza Maud;     Kath     Frederick.
  4. Australian Newspapers beta Trove (National Library of Australia), online http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/result?q=, Queensland Figaro (Brisbane, Qld. : 1901 - 1936) Saturday 5 December 1914 p 12 Family Notices Illustrated.
  5. Commonwealth War Graves Commission, online http://www.cwgc.org/,
    Rank:
    Captain
    Service No:
    QX48768
    Date of Death:
    13/03/1945
    Age:
    28
    Regiment/Service:
    Australian Infantry

    A.I.F. 19 Bn.
    Grave Reference:
    E. B. 12.
  6. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1968/C906     Alice Eliza Maud     Kath     ;Henry Skuse ;     Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  7. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1976/C5261     Howard George     Kath     ;Frederick Kath      ;Alice Eliza Maud Skuse.

Annie Elizabeth Beatrice Skuse1

F, b. 2 August 1892, d. 26 July 1962
  • Annie Elizabeth Beatrice Skuse was born on 2 August 1892 in Queensland.1
  • She was the daughter of Henry Skuse and Margaret Eliza Fleming.1
  • At the age of 17 years, 3 months and 13 days, Annie Elizabeth Beatrice Skuse married Harold Raymond Baxter, son of Thomas Baxter and Emily Handford, on 15 November 1909 in Queensland.2,3
  • Annie Elizabeth Beatrice Skuse and Harold Raymond Baxter appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1925 living at Goombungee. Harold was a blacksmith.4
  • Annie Elizabeth Beatrice Skuse died on 26 July 1962 in Beenleigh, Brisbane, Queensland, at age 69.5,3

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1892/C3547     Annie Elizabeth Beatrice     Skuse     ;Henry;     Margaret Eliza.
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1909/C2934     Baxter     Harold Raymond;     Skuse     Annie Elizabeth Beatrice.
  3. Mundia.com, online http://www.mundia.com
  4. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Darling Downs Sub Div Highfields 1925.
  5. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1962/B55817     Annie Elizabeth Beatrice     Baxter;     Henry Skuse;      Margaret Eliza Fleming.

Arthur Hawthorne Skuse1

M, b. 21 April 1887, d. 1959
  • Arthur Hawthorne Skuse was born on 21 April 1887 in Goombungee, Queensland.1,2
  • He was the son of Henry Skuse and Margaret Eliza Fleming.1
  • At the age of 32 years and 3 months, Arthur Hawthorne Skuse married Annie Sercombe in August 1919 in Brisbane, Queensland. At the time of their marriage Arthur as a Signaller in the 15th Light Horse.3,4
  • Arthur Hawthorne Skuse enlisted in the Australian Army on 19 December 1941 in Brisbane His service number was Q123181 and he gave his next of kin as his wife Annie. He was living at Kelvin Grove at the time he enlisted. He was discharged on 9 Jun 1944 with the rank of Sergeant in the NCRO.2
  • Arthur Hawthorne Skuse died in 1959 in Brisbane, Queensland.5

Child of Arthur Hawthorne Skuse and Annie Sercombe

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1887/C2691     Arthur Hawthorn     Skuse;     Henry;     Margaret Eliza Flemming.
  2. WW2 Nominal Roll, online http://www.ww2roll.gov.au
  3. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1919/B23112     Skuse     Arthur Hawthorn;     Sercombe     Annie.
  4. High Country News, 5 June 2012, 12, The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Tuesday 26 August 1919 p 11 Article.
  5. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1959/B33452     Arthur Hawthorn     Skuse;     Henry ;Margaret Eliza Flemming.
  6. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1923/B41811     William Sercombe     Skuse;     Arthur Hawthorn Skuse ;     Annie Sercombe.

Bernice Isabel Skuse1

F, b. 23 June 1918, d. 9 October 1938
  • Bernice Isabel Skuse was born on 23 June 1918 in Toowoomba.1,2,3
  • She was the daughter of Edward Irons Skuse and Charlotte Tereza Lucht.1
  • Bernice Isabel Skuse and Norman Kenneth McDowell were engaged.3
  • Bernice Isabel Skusedied of a gunshot wound to her head on 9 October 1938 in Gomoran, Queensland, at age 20. Below are three oaths sword at the inquest:-
    EDWARD IRONS SKUSE on oath states:-
    I am a widower, and live with my family at Gomoran near Goombungee. Bernice Isabell Skuse was my daughter. She was 20 years and about 4 months at the time of her death. My wife died in April 1937. Since my wife's death, the girl looked after the home for me. I have 5 sons. I knew Norman Kenneth McDowell for about four years prior to his death. I know that at the time of his death he was employed by Mr McDonald, Goombungee-Haden Road. Prior to this he used to work for Raftery and Woods, who both live in the direction of my home.
    My daughter and McDowell were keeping company for some time, probably getting on for twelve months. McDowell came to my home to see my daughter. As a rule he came on Sunday night and Wednesday night, not always Wednesday but one day in the week. My daughter attended dances and other amusements with McDowell, not alone with him, but in company with other friends. My daughter and McDowell became engaged somewhere about 3 months prior to her death. I did not know of their having had any quarrels prior to becoming engaged. I heard on the Sunday morning, the date of my daughter's death that she had broken off the engagement. My son Stanley told me that. He said also that 'Bernice wouldn't see Monday morning'. He said they were at the Haden dance on the night before, and that McDowell had made a threat, and had afterwards apologised to my son.
    On the night of my daughter's death, she and other members of the family and a youth named Griffin were in the kitchen. After tea we remained in the kitchen for quite a while. I went to bed about 7.30 or 7.45 pm. My son and daughter and Griffin remained in the kitchen after I had left. I do not remember my sons leaving the kitchen and going to bed. After I had been in bed for some time, I was aroused by a noise. I had been asleep. When I heard the noise, I got out of bed and went towards the kitchen. There is a 10 or 12 ft verandah extending along the kitchen from the rear door of the house. At my bedroom door I was met by Griffin. I do not remember whether I spoke to him. I ran into the kitchen and found the place in darkness. I went back to my own room and lighted a lamp in my own room, and returned to the kitchen. I took the light from my own bedroom. On entering the kitchen, I saw my daughter on the floor, face downwards, six or seven foot from the kitchen door. I grabbed hold of her arm, and saw that it was too late - she was gone. I went to Mr Berge at the Sunnyside Hotel. Gomoran, and told him what had happened, he telephoned Sergeant Martin at Goombungee. I saw Sergeant Martin later, and later still I saw Const Reilly, Det Elford and Det Nesbitt. I did not see McDowell about my home that night. On the following morning, in company with Const Rielly, I saw the body of McDowell in the paddock at the rear of my home. I saw a single-barrelled shotgun lying on the ground close to McDowell's body. I saw that portion of McDowell's head was blown away.
    I have known the youth Griffin only as a friend of my sons, only a couple of months. He recently arrived at my house in the company with one of my sons who had been away working, and at the time of the death of my daughter and McDowell, Griffin was staying at my place. Griffin and my daughter were not close friends. There was nothing between them more than the fact that he was staying at the place as a visitor. There was nothing that could cause McDowell to be jealous of their association. The only conclusion to which I can come is that McDowell did away with the girl through pure jealousy and without a doubt, following the shooting of the girl he went to the paddock and shot himself. I would not know McDowell's handwriting. I have never seen it. I am quite sure that there is no other person associated with my daughter's death other than McDowell.

    STANLEY LAWRENCE SKUSE on oath states:
    I am a single man, 23 years of age, and am at present residing with my father at Gomoran near Goombungee. Bernice Isobell Skuse is my sister. I knew Norman Kenneth McDowell. I had known him for several years.
    During that time he had worked for a man named Raftery at Gomoran, also for Woods at Gomoran, and for some time immediately prior to his death he was working for McDonald, on Goombungee-Haden road. I knew that he was keeping company with my sister for some time, for about 18 months, to my knowledge. They were going together, and they broke it off, and for about 18 months before my sister's death they were keeping company. I have been away in the country working, for about 3 years, coming home occasionally. During the occasions I was at home, I saw McDowell visiting my home. He came there to see my sister. I was home about 3 weeks before my sister's death. I think it was just when I came home that I heard McDowell and my sister were engaged. John Griffin came home with me on that occasion. He was at my home on the night of 9th October 1938, and is still there.
    From the time I returned home up till the date of my sister's death, I attended two dances with her. McDowell was present at both those dances. On the night prior to her death, that was a Saturday night, I attended a dance at the home of people named Smith at Boodua. I had attended a dance at Haden on the previous night that is the Friday night. My sister and McDowell were at that dance also. During the progress of the dance at Haden, my sister asked me to speak to McDowell, as he had made threats to her. She said he had told her she would not see Monday morning. I did speak to McDowell. I said I wanted an explanation as to the threats he made against Bernice, and he was very sorry for what he had said, and he apologised to me, and in my presence he told my sister he was very sorry for what he had said, and to take no notice.
    McDowell was a saxophone player, and played for the different dances around about the district. He was playing the saxophone at that particular dance on the Friday night. After the dance my sister and McDowell and I left in company, and McDowell parted with us at the entrance to McDonald's place, where he was employed. My sister and I came home together. That was the last time I saw McDowell alive. On the Sunday night I was in company with my father and brother and my sister and Griffin in the kitchen of our home, after tea. My father went to bed about 7.30 pm. I was not last in the kitchen. I retired at about 8 pm. One of my brothers, Griffin, and my sister Bernice were then in the kitchen. When I left they were all sitting and talking. When I left the kitchen and went into the house to go to bed, I did not see anybody about.
    After going to bed, I heard a terrible noise, which I thought sounded like a sheet of iron loose on the house. I gotout of bed, and met my father in the hallway, and went into the kitchen with him. I saw Griffin at that time. He was in the hallway too. The kitchen was in darkness then. We had a light in the kitchen, which was taken out of one of the bedrooms. In the kitchen I saw my sister lying on the floor, face downward, in a pool of blood. I lifted her head, and was satisfied that she was dead. My father then went to the Sunnyside Hotel and communicated with Sergt Martin of the Goombungee Police. I later saw Sergt Martin and Const Reilly of Goombungee, and later still saw Det Elford and Det Nesbitt. I remained there throughout the night. A search was made throughout the night for McDowell, for the reason that the Police officers returned to the house at intervals through the night. On the following morning at daybreak, I saw the body of McDowell in the paddock at the rear of my home. I was in company with Const Reilly. I saw a single barrelled shotgun grasped in McDowell's left hand. I saw that portion of his head was blown away.
    I would not know McDowell's handwriting. WITNESS LOOKS AT PHOTOGRAPHS - 'A' FOR IDENTIFICATION. My sister is in three of the photographs now shown to me, one of the others is of her alone, and the other is of my mother. Since I returned home in company with Griffin, I have been in close association with Griffin. There was nothing more between him and my sister than the fact he was staying at our house. McDowell would not have any cause for jealousy through the associations of my sister and Griffin. I know that McDowell used to ride his pony to my place when he came to see my sister. I saw his pony tied to a tree in a paddock opposite our home, the morning following the shooting. From my knowledge, and from what I have learned following the shooting, I am of the opinion that the whole thing was brought about by jealousy on the part of McDowell. There was no cause for such jealousy on his part. I am satisfied that McDowell shot my sister, and afterwards went into the paddock behind our place and shot himself.

    JOHN BERNARD GRIFFIN on oath states:-
    I am a single man, at present residing at the Skuses' home at Gomoran, and have been residing there since 20 Sept1938. Prior to that date I was employed near Kumbia, in company with the previous witness, Stanley Skuse. I was employed by my brother at that place; Stanley Skuse was employed at the same place. I had never been to Skuse's home prior to 20 September 1938. I knew Bernice Isobell Skuse - I did not know her prior to 20 September 1938.
    I knew Norman Kenneth McDowell. I had met him for the first time at the rodeo ball at Goombungee on 24September, I think it was. I met him at different times after that, at about three dances. Bernice Skuse was in attendance at those dances also. Stanley Skuse was at each of those dances. McDowell was playing the saxophone at those dances. After the dances, I went home with Stanley and Bernice Skuse in Sharp's truck, and from two of the dances McDowell rode his horse home to where he was working. One night McDowell came home with Stanley Skuse and Bernice Skuse and myself, from Haden, as far as the place where he was working. McDowell visited the girl on several occasions since I have been staying at Skuse's. He was quite friendly. There was no reason for him to be jealous of myself and the girl.
    I remember 9 October 1938. On that night after tea, the girl and her father and brothers and myself were in the kitchen. They retired to bed at intervals, leaving myself and the girl in the kitchen. It’s about 8.45 pm I am sitting down in the kitchen reading a newspaper, the girl was standing alongside me, the distance between us would be approx 4 inches. She was also reading portion of the newspaper. The paper was folded into two different portions, I was reading one and she was reading the other. While we were so engaged, I heard a scream from the girl. She turned and looked facing the kitchen door, which opens on to a verandah, and then screamed. I sat dumbfounded for a moment. I heard a shot and smelled gunpowder. Bernice fell on the floor beside me. There had been a light burning in the kitchen; it was blown out by the shot. Following that, I ran outside, but could not see anybody there.
    I went into the house and told the girl's father what had happened. I returned to the kitchen with the father and Stanley Skuse. A lamp was lighted in the kitchen, and I saw Bernice was lying on the floor of the kitchen, she was lying in a pool of blood. Stanley picked her up and had a look at her, I also looked at her and saw that her face was half blown away. She was dead then. I was present later when an examination was made of the kitchen wall.
    I saw a number of pellet shots in the wall in a direct line with the kitchen door and the spot where Bernice was standing at the time she was shot. At the time the shooting took place, I was sitting down, and Bernice was standing a short distance away from me. I am satisfied that the shot was fired from the kitchen verandah, immediately outside the kitchen door. The person who fired the shot must have moved away quickly; otherwise I would have seen the person when I went out. I later saw the Goombungee Police, also Det Elford and Det Nesbitt.
    I remained about the house till daylight. I never saw the body of McDowell. I think the shooting was the result of jealousy on the part of McDowell. If he was jealous of me, he had no reason to be jealous of my association with the girl. I am satisfied that it was McDowell who shot Bernice Skuse, and from what I have learned, I am satisfied that he afterwards went into the paddock at the rear of the place and shot himself.
    The following is a copy of the suicide note left by McDowell.
    To all my friends who thought I was happy. Dear friends,
    No doubt you will think what I have done is an awful (sic) thing. But there isn't anyone in this world who realizes what Bernice meant to me. If we weren't engaged and this happened it would be different but no-one understands just what an Orphan has to go through before he or she gets this far. Lots of people will say I'm insane but that's not the case at all. I just can't go on living this life and thinking of Bernice in someone's arms. If Bernice had been let go her own way it would have been different but she always took notice of others. I have nothing and no one in the world to share my----or else perhaps I could go to them and forget. No one realizes what it's like to face a world like this without parents and I've been through Hell on Earth since a baby. I thought that when I had to work for my living that this would change but instead I still continue (just worry and disappointment) so I have decided that this world holds nothing for me. I'd be prepared to battle on and work day and night if I only had Bernice to care for. I am sorry for Ted and all his children and I realize what Bernice means to him and his children but I just can't go alone. I'd be happy if I thought Bernice and I would be together forever so I'm going to take her with me if it’s possible.
    Hope you will all understand this and remember I've been absolutely driven to this. Well, I will say goodbye to you all now and I hope that none of you will blame either of us because it is just Fate. I'd love to be buried somewhere near Bernice but of course I won't be able to argue where I'm put. Sell all my things and that will payfor my expense, if I win anything in the casket give it to Ted Skuse for his family.
    Again Adieu. If only I could have Bernice and be happy, just someone to have an interest in and someone to care for. I loved Bernice more than words can say. I'd like this letter to be printed so as everyone will see what life had done for me. Goodbye.1,2
  • She was buried on 11 October 1938 in Goombungee Cemetery.2

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1938/C5003     Bernice Isabel     Skuse;     Edward Irons ;     Charlotte Terezer Lucht.
  2. Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery, online http://ww2.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/index.php
  3. Robin Astbury, Berenice Skuse.

Charles Herbert Skuse1

M, b. 31 May 1885, d. 2 February 1961

Children of Charles Herbert Skuse and Christina Peters

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1911/O1078     Charles Herbert     Skuse;     Henry     ;Margaret Eliza.
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1887/R868     Charles Herbert     Skuse     ;Henry;     Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  3. Mundia.com, online http://www.mundia.com
  4. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1914/C10644     Thelma     Skuse;     Charles Herbert     ;Christiana Peters.
  5. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1913/C3448     Skuse     Charles Herbert;     Peters     Christiana.
  6. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1961/C1384     Charles Herbert     Skuse;     Henry ;Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  7. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1972/B31836     Leslie George     Skuse;     Charles Herbert Skuse;      Christiana Peters.
  8. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1923/C4860     May     Skuse     ;Charles Herbert Skuse ;     Christiana Peters.

Claude Steward Skuse1

M, b. circa 1915, d. 1939

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1939/C1263     Claude Stewart     Skuse;     Thomas ;     Elizabeth Copp.

Cyril Raymond Skuse1

M, b. 1913
  • Cyril Raymond Skuse was born in 1913 in Queensland.1
  • He was the son of Edward Irons Skuse and Charlotte Tereza Lucht.1
  • At the age of 26 years, Cyril Raymond Skuse married Adelaide Dorothy VERRINDER in 1939 in Queensland.2

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1913     C14197     Cyril Raymond     Skuse     ;Edward Irons     ;Charlotte Tereza Lucht.
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1939     B35173     Cyril Raymond     Skuse     Adelaide Dorothy     Verrinder.

Desomond Skuse1

M, b. circa 1921, d. December 1921
  • Desomond Skuse was born circa 1921.1
  • He was the son of George Stanley Skuse and Alice Howard.1
  • Desomond Skuse died in December 1921 in Brisbane, Queensland.1,2
  • He was buried on 17 December 1921 in Toowong Cemetery.2

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1921/B36061     Desmond     Skuse     ;George Skuse ;     Alice Howard.
  2. Brisbane City Council Grave Finder, online http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/BCC:BASE::pc=PC_899

Edward Irons Skuse1

M, b. 11 July 1890, d. 1 March 1977
  • Edward Irons Skuse was born on 11 July 1890 in Queensland.1,2,3
  • He was the son of Henry Skuse and Margaret Eliza Fleming.2
  • At the age of 22 years, 8 months and 1 day, Edward Irons Skuse married Charlotte Tereza Lucht, daughter of John (Frederick) Lucht and Wilhelmina (Louisa) Kann, on 12 March 1913 in Queensland.1
  • Edward Irons Skuse appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1937 living at Goombungee. He was a farmer.4
  • On 29 April 1937,his wife, Charlotte Tereza Lucht died in Goombungee, Queensland, at age 45.5,6
  • On 9 October 1938,his daughter, Bernice Isabel Skuse died from a gun shot to her head in Gomoran, Queensland, at age 20. Below are three oaths sword at the inquest:-
    EDWARD IRONS SKUSE on oath states:-
    I am a widower, and live with my family at Gomoran near Goombungee. Bernice Isabell Skuse was my daughter. She was 20 years and about 4 months at the time of her death. My wife died in April 1937. Since my wife's death, the girl looked after the home for me. I have 5 sons. I knew Norman Kenneth McDowell for about four years prior to his death. I know that at the time of his death he was employed by Mr McDonald, Goombungee-Haden Road. Prior to this he used to work for Raftery and Woods, who both live in the direction of my home.
    My daughter and McDowell were keeping company for some time, probably getting on for twelve months. McDowell came to my home to see my daughter. As a rule he came on Sunday night and Wednesday night, not always Wednesday but one day in the week. My daughter attended dances and other amusements with McDowell, not alone with him, but in company with other friends. My daughter and McDowell became engaged somewhere about 3 months prior to her death. I did not know of their having had any quarrels prior to becoming engaged. I heard on the Sunday morning, the date of my daughter's death that she had broken off the engagement. My son Stanley told me that. He said also that 'Bernice wouldn't see Monday morning'. He said they were at the Haden dance on the night before, and that McDowell had made a threat, and had afterwards apologised to my son.
    On the night of my daughter's death, she and other members of the family and a youth named Griffin were in the kitchen. After tea we remained in the kitchen for quite a while. I went to bed about 7.30 or 7.45 pm. My son and daughter and Griffin remained in the kitchen after I had left. I do not remember my sons leaving the kitchen and going to bed. After I had been in bed for some time, I was aroused by a noise. I had been asleep. When I heard the noise, I got out of bed and went towards the kitchen. There is a 10 or 12 ft verandah extending along the kitchen from the rear door of the house. At my bedroom door I was met by Griffin. I do not remember whether I spoke to him. I ran into the kitchen and found the place in darkness. I went back to my own room and lighted a lamp in my own room, and returned to the kitchen. I took the light from my own bedroom. On entering the kitchen, I saw my daughter on the floor, face downwards, six or seven foot from the kitchen door. I grabbed hold of her arm, and saw that it was too late - she was gone. I went to Mr Berge at the Sunnyside Hotel. Gomoran, and told him what had happened, he telephoned Sergeant Martin at Goombungee. I saw Sergeant Martin later, and later still I saw Const Reilly, Det Elford and Det Nesbitt. I did not see McDowell about my home that night. On the following morning, in company with Const Rielly, I saw the body of McDowell in the paddock at the rear of my home. I saw a single-barrelled shotgun lying on the ground close to McDowell's body. I saw that portion of McDowell's head was blown away.
    I have known the youth Griffin only as a friend of my sons, only a couple of months. He recently arrived at my house in the company with one of my sons who had been away working, and at the time of the death of my daughter and McDowell, Griffin was staying at my place. Griffin and my daughter were not close friends. There was nothing between them more than the fact that he was staying at the place as a visitor. There was nothing that could cause McDowell to be jealous of their association. The only conclusion to which I can come is that McDowell did away with the girl through pure jealousy and without a doubt, following the shooting of the girl he went to the paddock and shot himself. I would not know McDowell's handwriting. I have never seen it. I am quite sure that there is no other person associated with my daughter's death other than McDowell.

    STANLEY LAWRENCE SKUSE on oath states:
    I am a single man, 23 years of age, and am at present residing with my father at Gomoran near Goombungee. Bernice Isobell Skuse is my sister. I knew Norman Kenneth McDowell. I had known him for several years.
    During that time he had worked for a man named Raftery at Gomoran, also for Woods at Gomoran, and for some time immediately prior to his death he was working for McDonald, on Goombungee-Haden road. I knew that he was keeping company with my sister for some time, for about 18 months, to my knowledge. They were going together, and they broke it off, and for about 18 months before my sister's death they were keeping company. I have been away in the country working, for about 3 years, coming home occasionally. During the occasions I was at home, I saw McDowell visiting my home. He came there to see my sister. I was home about 3 weeks before my sister's death. I think it was just when I came home that I heard McDowell and my sister were engaged. John Griffin came home with me on that occasion. He was at my home on the night of 9th October 1938, and is still there.
    From the time I returned home up till the date of my sister's death, I attended two dances with her. McDowell was present at both those dances. On the night prior to her death, that was a Saturday night, I attended a dance at the home of people named Smith at Boodua. I had attended a dance at Haden on the previous night that is the Friday night. My sister and McDowell were at that dance also. During the progress of the dance at Haden, my sister asked me to speak to McDowell, as he had made threats to her. She said he had told her she would not see Monday morning. I did speak to McDowell. I said I wanted an explanation as to the threats he made against Bernice, and he was very sorry for what he had said, and he apologised to me, and in my presence he told my sister he was very sorry for what he had said, and to take no notice.
    McDowell was a saxophone player, and played for the different dances around about the district. He was playing the saxophone at that particular dance on the Friday night. After the dance my sister and McDowell and I left in company, and McDowell parted with us at the entrance to McDonald's place, where he was employed. My sister and I came home together. That was the last time I saw McDowell alive. On the Sunday night I was in company with my father and brother and my sister and Griffin in the kitchen of our home, after tea. My father went to bed about 7.30 pm. I was not last in the kitchen. I retired at about 8 pm. One of my brothers, Griffin, and my sister Bernice were then in the kitchen. When I left they were all sitting and talking. When I left the kitchen and went into the house to go to bed, I did not see anybody about.
    After going to bed, I heard a terrible noise, which I thought sounded like a sheet of iron loose on the house. I gotout of bed, and met my father in the hallway, and went into the kitchen with him. I saw Griffin at that time. He was in the hallway too. The kitchen was in darkness then. We had a light in the kitchen, which was taken out of one of the bedrooms. In the kitchen I saw my sister lying on the floor, face downward, in a pool of blood. I lifted her head, and was satisfied that she was dead. My father then went to the Sunnyside Hotel and communicated with Sergt Martin of the Goombungee Police. I later saw Sergt Martin and Const Reilly of Goombungee, and later still saw Det Elford and Det Nesbitt. I remained there throughout the night. A search was made throughout the night for McDowell, for the reason that the Police officers returned to the house at intervals through the night. On the following morning at daybreak, I saw the body of McDowell in the paddock at the rear of my home. I was in company with Const Reilly. I saw a single barrelled shotgun grasped in McDowell's left hand. I saw that portion of his head was blown away.
    I would not know McDowell's handwriting. WITNESS LOOKS AT PHOTOGRAPHS - 'A' FOR IDENTIFICATION. My sister is in three of the photographs now shown to me, one of the others is of her alone, and the other is of my mother. Since I returned home in company with Griffin, I have been in close association with Griffin. There was nothing more between him and my sister than the fact he was staying at our house. McDowell would not have any cause for jealousy through the associations of my sister and Griffin. I know that McDowell used to ride his pony to my place when he came to see my sister. I saw his pony tied to a tree in a paddock opposite our home, the morning following the shooting. From my knowledge, and from what I have learned following the shooting, I am of the opinion that the whole thing was brought about by jealousy on the part of McDowell. There was no cause for such jealousy on his part. I am satisfied that McDowell shot my sister, and afterwards went into the paddock behind our place and shot himself.

    JOHN BERNARD GRIFFIN on oath states:-
    I am a single man, at present residing at the Skuses' home at Gomoran, and have been residing there since 20 Sept1938. Prior to that date I was employed near Kumbia, in company with the previous witness, Stanley Skuse. I was employed by my brother at that place; Stanley Skuse was employed at the same place. I had never been to Skuse's home prior to 20 September 1938. I knew Bernice Isobell Skuse - I did not know her prior to 20 September 1938.
    I knew Norman Kenneth McDowell. I had met him for the first time at the rodeo ball at Goombungee on 24September, I think it was. I met him at different times after that, at about three dances. Bernice Skuse was in attendance at those dances also. Stanley Skuse was at each of those dances. McDowell was playing the saxophone at those dances. After the dances, I went home with Stanley and Bernice Skuse in Sharp's truck, and from two of the dances McDowell rode his horse home to where he was working. One night McDowell came home with Stanley Skuse and Bernice Skuse and myself, from Haden, as far as the place where he was working. McDowell visited the girl on several occasions since I have been staying at Skuse's. He was quite friendly. There was no reason for him to be jealous of myself and the girl.
    I remember 9 October 1938. On that night after tea, the girl and her father and brothers and myself were in the kitchen. They retired to bed at intervals, leaving myself and the girl in the kitchen. It’s about 8.45 pm I am sitting down in the kitchen reading a newspaper, the girl was standing alongside me, the distance between us would be approx 4 inches. She was also reading portion of the newspaper. The paper was folded into two different portions, I was reading one and she was reading the other. While we were so engaged, I heard a scream from the girl. She turned and looked facing the kitchen door, which opens on to a verandah, and then screamed. I sat dumbfounded for a moment. I heard a shot and smelled gunpowder. Bernice fell on the floor beside me. There had been a light burning in the kitchen; it was blown out by the shot. Following that, I ran outside, but could not see anybody there.
    I went into the house and told the girl's father what had happened. I returned to the kitchen with the father and Stanley Skuse. A lamp was lighted in the kitchen, and I saw Bernice was lying on the floor of the kitchen, she was lying in a pool of blood. Stanley picked her up and had a look at her, I also looked at her and saw that her face was half blown away. She was dead then. I was present later when an examination was made of the kitchen wall.
    I saw a number of pellet shots in the wall in a direct line with the kitchen door and the spot where Bernice was standing at the time she was shot. At the time the shooting took place, I was sitting down, and Bernice was standing a short distance away from me. I am satisfied that the shot was fired from the kitchen verandah, immediately outside the kitchen door. The person who fired the shot must have moved away quickly; otherwise I would have seen the person when I went out. I later saw the Goombungee Police, also Det Elford and Det Nesbitt.
    I remained about the house till daylight. I never saw the body of McDowell. I think the shooting was the result of jealousy on the part of McDowell. If he was jealous of me, he had no reason to be jealous of my association with the girl. I am satisfied that it was McDowell who shot Bernice Skuse, and from what I have learned, I am satisfied that he afterwards went into the paddock at the rear of the place and shot himself.
    The following is a copy of the suicide note left by McDowell.
    To all my friends who thought I was happy. Dear friends,
    No doubt you will think what I have done is an awful (sic) thing. But there isn't anyone in this world who realizes what Bernice meant to me. If we weren't engaged and this happened it would be different but no-one understands just what an Orphan has to go through before he or she gets this far. Lots of people will say I'm insane but that's not the case at all. I just can't go on living this life and thinking of Bernice in someone's arms. If Bernice had been let go her own way it would have been different but she always took notice of others. I have nothing and no one in the world to share my----or else perhaps I could go to them and forget. No one realizes what it's like to face a world like this without parents and I've been through Hell on Earth since a baby. I thought that when I had to work for my living that this would change but instead I still continue (just worry and disappointment) so I have decided that this world holds nothing for me. I'd be prepared to battle on and work day and night if I only had Bernice to care for. I am sorry for Ted and all his children and I realize what Bernice means to him and his children but I just can't go alone. I'd be happy if I thought Bernice and I would be together forever so I'm going to take her with me if it’s possible.
    Hope you will all understand this and remember I've been absolutely driven to this. Well, I will say goodbye to you all now and I hope that none of you will blame either of us because it is just Fate. I'd love to be buried somewhere near Bernice but of course I won't be able to argue where I'm put. Sell all my things and that will payfor my expense, if I win anything in the casket give it to Ted Skuse for his family.
    Again Adieu. If only I could have Bernice and be happy, just someone to have an interest in and someone to care for. I loved Bernice more than words can say. I'd like this letter to be printed so as everyone will see what life had done for me. Goodbye.7,6
  • On 11 October 1938,Edward Irons Skuse's daughter, Bernice Isabel Skuse was buried in Goombungee Cemetery at age 20.6
  • Edward Irons Skuse was listed as the next of kin of Stanley Edward Skuse when he enlisted in the Australian Army on 18 May 1942 in Brisbane. He gave his father Edward as his next of kin and was living in Goombungee at the time he enlisted. He was discharged on 19 Dec 1945 with the rank of Corporal in the 3rd RD (REC SQ) EX 6 ACS.8
  • Edward Irons Skuse appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1949 living at 1 Park Street, Toowoomba. Edward was a labourer.9
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1949 living at Morcotta Street, Goombungee. He was a horse trainer.10
  • In May 1954 Ned was referred to as a veteran trainer, currently training a local horses for Herby Wockner.11
  • Edward Irons Skuse died on 1 March 1977 in Queensland at age 86.12

Children of Edward Irons Skuse and Charlotte Tereza Lucht

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1913/C3379     Skuse     Edward Irons;     Lucht     Charlotte Tereya.
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1890/C3491     Edward Irons     Skuse     ;Henry;     Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  3. Mundia.com, online http://www.mundia.com
  4. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Darling Downs Sub Div Highfields 1937.     
  5. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1937/C2263     Charlotte Tereza     Skuse;     John Fredrick Lucht ;     Wilhemina Louise Kann.
  6. Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery, online http://ww2.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/index.php
  7. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1938/C5003     Bernice Isabel     Skuse;     Edward Irons ;     Charlotte Terezer Lucht.
  8. WW2 Nominal Roll, online http://www.ww2roll.gov.au
  9. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 for Edward Irons Skuse
    Queensland 1949 Darling Downs East Toowoomba.
  10. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 for Horace Edward Skuse
    Queensland 1949 Darling Downs Highfields.
  11. High Country News, 5 June 2012, 12, The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954) Monday 14 May 1951 p 5 Article Illustrated.
  12. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1977/C1528     Edward Irons     Skuse;     Henry Skuse ;     Magie Fleming.
  13. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1913     C14197     Cyril Raymond     Skuse     ;Edward Irons     ;Charlotte Tereza Lucht.
  14. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1916     C14663     Pearlie May     Skuse;     Edward Irons;     Charlotte Tereza Lucht.

George Stanley Skuse1

M, b. 21 November 1894, d. June 1964
  • George Stanley Skuse was born on 21 November 1894 in Queensland.1
  • He was the son of Henry Skuse and Margaret Eliza Fleming.1
  • At the age of 25 years, George Stanley Skuse married Alice Howard in 1920 in Brisbane, Queensland.2
  • George Stanley Skuse died in June 1964 in Brisbane, Queensland, at age 69.3,4
  • He was buried on 8 June 1964 in Toowong Cemetery.4

Children of George Stanley Skuse and Alice Howard

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1894/C3112     George Stanley     Skuse;     Henry;     Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1920/B25803     Skuse     George Stanley;     Howard     Alice.
  3. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1964/B65867     George Stanley     Skuse;     Henry ;     Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  4. Brisbane City Council Grave Finder, online http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/BCC:BASE::pc=PC_899
  5. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1921/B36061     Desmond     Skuse     ;George Skuse ;     Alice Howard.
  6. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1923/B41698     Norma Aileen     Skuse;     George Stanley Skuse;      Alice Howard.

Gordon Melville Skuse1

M, b. 8 May 1912, d. 11 January 1958
  • Gordon Melville Skuse was born on 8 May 1912 in Goombungee, Queensland.1,2
  • He was the son of John Henry Skuse and Wilhelmina Dorothea Margaret Lucht.1
  • At the age of 20 years, Gordon Melville Skuse married Daisy Isabel White in 1933 in Queensland.3
  • Gordon Melville Skuse enlisted in the Australian Army on 7 November 1942 in Archerfield, Brisbane, He was living at Toowoomba at the time he enlisted and gave his next of kin as his wife Daisy. He was discharged on 12 Feb 1948 with the rank of Corporal in the 1st Australian Prov Coy BCOF.2
  • Gordon Melville Skuse died on 11 January 1958 in Queensland at age 45.4,5
  • He was buried on 13 January 1958 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery.5

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1912/C13112     Gordon Melvin     Skuse;     John Henry;     Wilhelmina Dorathea Margaretha Lucht.
  2. WW2 Nominal Roll, online http://www.ww2roll.gov.au
  3. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1933/C3756     White     Daisy Isabel;     Skuse     Gordon Melvin.
  4. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1958/C983     Gordon Melvin     Skuse;     John Henry ;     Wilhelmina Dorothea Margaretha Lucht.
  5. Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery, online http://ww2.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/index.php

Henry Skuse1

M, b. 1838, d. December 1927
  • Henry Skuse was born in 1838 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. His birth was registered in the March Quarter of 1838 in the Clifton Registration District.1,2,3
  • He enlisted in the British Army He served in India during the Indian Uprising.4
  • At the age of 40 years, Henry Skuse married Margaret Eliza Fleming on 22 August 1878 in Windsor, Preston, Nova Scotia, Canada. They were married by license. Henry was a 37 year old Widower, and a soldier living in Halifax. Margaret was a 27 year old spinster living in Windsor. He was born in Bristol and she in Windsor. His parents were William, a carpenter and Elizabeth and hers William, a shoemaker and C. Amelia. Witnesses were Theo Woodworth ? and Emily Irons.1,5
  • Henry Skuse and Margaret Eliza Fleming immigrated to Australia between 1880 and 1881. Their eldest son James William was born in Bristol in 1879 and their next child in Queensland in 1881. Perhaps Henry had to return to England to be discharged from the British Army before they were able to immigrate to Australia.
  • On 3 December 1888 the Courier Mail reported that Henry was elected as a committee member for the Goombungee school as was W. Douglass, Thomas Perkins, J Peters and GJH Wieck.6
  • In 1901 Henry was listed as a farmer of Goombungee in the Crow's Nest Post Office Directory.7
  • Henry Skuse and Margaret Eliza Fleming appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Goombungee. Henry was a farmer and Margaret carried out domestic duties. Their son John Henry also farmed at Goombungee as did a James William Skuse.8
  • Henry Skuse was the local librarian at Goombungee in January 1915.4
  • He was listed as the next of kin of James William Skuse when he enlisted in the Australian Army on 16 July 1915 in Brisbane. He was 36 years, 4 months old, born Bristol England and gave his father Henry of Goombungee as his next of kin. He was an unmarried labourer. He had a dark complexion, blue eyes and black hair.9
  • In August 1919 Henry Skuse and Margaret Eliza Fleming lived in Goombungee. They moved to Newmarket in Bribane around 1920.10,11
  • In August 1921,his wife, Margaret Eliza Fleming died in Brisbane, Queensland.12,13
  • Henry Skuse died in December 1927 in Brisbane, Queensland.14,13
  • He was buried on 10 December 1927 in Toowong Cemetery.13

Children of Henry Skuse and Margaret Eliza Fleming

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1890/C3491     Edward Irons     Skuse     ;Henry;     Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  2. Mundia.com, online http://www.mundia.com
  3. FreeBMD, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Births Mar 1838 SKUSE      Henry      ;      Clifton     ; 11     250.
  4. High Country News, 5 June 2012, 12, The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Thursday 28 January 1915 p 7 Article.
  5. Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics, online https://novascotiagenealogy.com
  6. High Country News, 5 June 2012, 12, The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Monday 3 December 1888 p 6 Article.
  7. Crows Nest & District Tourist and Progress Association Inc, " From Tall Timbers", Page 161.
  8. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Darling Downs Sub Div Goombungee 1903.
  9. Record Search, National Archives of Australia, online http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch/index.aspx
  10. High Country News, 5 June 2012, 12, The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Tuesday 26 August 1919 p 11 Article.
  11. High Country News, 5 June 2012, 12, The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Saturday 9 October 1920 p 15 Family Notices.
  12. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1921/B35142     Margaret Eliza     Skuse;     William Fleming      - ** born Canada aged 69 years.
  13. Brisbane City Council Grave Finder, online http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/BCC:BASE::pc=PC_899
  14. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1927/B3172     Henry     Skuse     -.
  15. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1922/F8054     James William     Skuse;     Henry Skuse ;     Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  16. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1881/C1887     John Henry     Skuse;     Henry     ;Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  17. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1883/C2502     James Alick     Skuse;     Henry;     Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  18. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1911/O1078     Charles Herbert     Skuse;     Henry     ;Margaret Eliza.
  19. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1887/C2691     Arthur Hawthorn     Skuse;     Henry;     Margaret Eliza Flemming.
  20. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1889/C3183     Unnamed (M)     Skuse     ;Henry;     Margaret Eliza Flemming.
  21. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1892/C3547     Annie Elizabeth Beatrice     Skuse     ;Henry;     Margaret Eliza.
  22. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1894/C3112     George Stanley     Skuse;     Henry;     Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  23. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1897/C2962     Alice Eliza Maud     Skuse;     Henry;     Margaret Eliza Fleming.

James Alexander Skuse1

M, b. 4 July 1883, d. 29 June 1966

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1883/C2502     James Alick     Skuse;     Henry;     Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  2. Mundia.com, online http://www.mundia.com
  3. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1913/C13285     Beatrice Annie     Skuse     ;James Alexander     ;Helena Mary Elsie Schafferius.
  4. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1912/C3413     Skuse     James Alexander;     Schafferius     Helena Mary Elsie.
  5. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1943/C3732     Helena Maria Elsa     Skuse;     Albert Schafferius ;     Emilie Balke.
  6. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1966/B81787     James Alick     Skuse     ;Henry Skuse ;     Margaret Eliza Fleming.

James William Skuse1

M, b. 1879, d. 6 August 1916
  • James William Skuse was born in 1879 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. His birth was registered in the Barton Regis District of Briston in June 1879.1,2,3
  • He was the son of Henry Skuse and Margaret Eliza Fleming.1
  • James William Skuse immigrated to Australia between 1880 and 1881. He came with his parents from England.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Goombungee. He was a farmer.4
  • He began military service on 16 July 1915 in Brisbane. He was 36 years, 4 months old, born Bristol England and gave his father Henry of Goombungee as his next of kin. He was an unmarried labourer. He had a dark complexion, blue eyes and black hair.2
  • James William Skuse was killed in action on 6 August 1916 in France.2

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1922/F8054     James William     Skuse;     Henry Skuse ;     Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  2. Record Search, National Archives of Australia, online http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch/index.aspx
  3. FreeBMD, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Births Jun 1879 Skuse      James William     ;       Barton R.     ; 6a     100.
  4. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Darling Downs Sub Div Goombungee 1903.

John Henry Skuse1

M, b. 5 March 1881, d. 6 September 1950

Children of John Henry Skuse and Wilhelmina Dorothea Margaret Lucht

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1881/C1887     John Henry     Skuse;     Henry     ;Margaret Eliza Fleming.
  2. Mundia.com, online http://www.mundia.com
  3. Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com, Div Darling Downs Sub Div Goombungee 1903.
  4. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1912/C13112     Gordon Melvin     Skuse;     John Henry;     Wilhelmina Dorathea Margaretha Lucht.
  5. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Marriage 1911/C3073     Skuse     John Henry     ;Lucht     Wilhelmine Dorothea Margaretha.
  6. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1950/C3018     John Henry     Skuse     ;Henry      ;Margaret Fleming.
  7. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Birth 1913/C14518     Leslie Mervyn     Skuse;     John Henry;     Wilhelmine Dorothea Margaretha Lucht.
  8. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1982/548     Roy Evan     Skuse;     John Henry;     Wilhelmina Lucht.

Leslie George Skuse1

F, b. 1916, d. 1976

Citations

  1. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1972/B31836     Leslie George     Skuse;     Charles Herbert Skuse;      Christiana Peters.
  2. QLD BDM Index, online http://www.qld.gov.au/law/…, Death 1916     C11106     Leslie George     Skuse     ;Charles Herbert     ;Christiana Peters.