Jemima Gillam

F, b. 1872, d. 1873

John Arthur Gillam

M, b. 1910

Louisa Maud Gillam

F, b. 1874, d. 1895
  • Louisa Maud Gillam was born in 1874 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Arthur John Gillam and Isabelle Locke.
  • Louisa Maud Gillam died in 1895 in Queensland.

Robert Edward Gillam

M, b. 1878

Valda May Gillam

F, b. 1901, d. 1902

William Albert Gillam

M, b. 1890, d. 1967
  • William Albert Gillam was born in 1890 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Arthur John Gillam and Isabelle Locke.
  • William Albert Gillam died in 1967 in Queensland.

William John Gillam

M, b. 1902, d. 1981
  • William John Gillam was born in 1902 in Queensland. He was a twin to Frederick Walter.
  • He was the son of Arthur (John/Jack) Gillam and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Dorries.
  • William John Gillam appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1926 and 1934 living at Queen Street, Crow's Nest. He was a bootmaker and most likely lived with is parents.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll with Arthur (John/Jack) Gillam and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Dorries in 1930 in Queen Street, Crow's Nest. John was a bootmaker. Their son William was a bootmaker and daughter Amy a shop assistant, daughter Emily a dental assistant .
  • William John Gillam and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Dorries appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1937 and 1943 living at Queen Street, Crow's Nest. Elizabeth carried out home duties and her son William was a bootmaker. Hers son John and Alfred were labourers in Crow's Nest.
  • William John Gillam and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Dorries appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1949 living at Crow's Nest. Elizabeth carried out home duties while her son Bill was a bootmaker.
  • William John Gillam appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1954 and 1972 living at Crow's Nest. He was a bootmaker.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1977 and 1980 living at Railway Terrace, Crow's Nest. He had retired as a bootmaker.
  • William John Gillam died in 1981 in Queensland.

Ida Jane Gillard

F, b. 1890, d. 16 August 1952
  • Ida Jane Gillard was born in 1890.
  • At the age of 31 years, Ida Jane Gillard married Frederick (Thomas) Primmer, son of Emma Margaret Primmer, on 27 April 1921 in New Zealand.
  • Ida Jane Gillard died on 16 August 1952 in Te Rapa, New Zealand. On the 19th of August Frederick Primmer was charged with her murder. AUCKLAND, August 18.— Frederick Thomas Primmer, 64, retired farmer and owner of trotting horses was
    charged in the Magistrate's Court at Hamilton to-day with murdering his 60-year-old wife Ida Jane, at Te Rapa, She was found by a neighbour in the garden of her home on the 50 acre farm at Te Rapa on Saturday afternoon with head injuries (inflicted with a garden spade). Mrs. Primmer died shortly after admission.

Child of Ida Jane Gillard and Frederick (Thomas) Primmer

Joseph Gillespie

M, b. 1842, d. 11 June 1903
  • Joseph Gillespie was born in 1842 in Northern Ireland. He was the son of James Gillespie and Mary Ann Hutchison.
  • At the age of 56 years, Joseph Gillespie married Catherine Joy in 1898 in Queensland. They had two children Redvers Darcy in 1900 and Joseph in 1901, both at Bear, Blackbutt.
  • Joseph Gillespie died on 11 June 1903 in Yarraman. He died from a bullet wound inflicted by a drunk at the Royal Hotel in Nanango where his wife Catherine was the licensee.
  • He was buried on 12 June 1903 in Nanango Cemetery.

Teresa Gillespie

F, b. 1855, d. 18 July 1941
  • Teresa Gillespie was born in 1855 in Newtown. She was the daughter of Francis Gillespie and Jane Steele.
  • At the age of 20 years, Teresa Gillespie married Joseph Sexton on 26 September 1875 in Queensland.
  • Teresa Gillespie witnessed the burial of Hester May Sexton on 1 December 1887 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery; RC1-006-0026.
  • On 11 December 1901,Teresa Gillespie's son, Leslie Augustine Sexton was buried in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery. RC1-006-0026.
  • Teresa Gillespie and Joseph Sexton appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Eva Street, Toowoomba. Joseph was a carpenter. Their daughter Mary Jane lived with them.
  • Teresa Gillespie and Joseph Sexton appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1908 living at Little John Street, Toowoomba. Joseph was a carpenter and Theresa carried out home duties.
    Son Frank was a plumber and son Joseph a labourer.
  • Teresa Gillespie and Joseph Sexton appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1912 living at Bora Creek. Joseph was a farmer.
  • Teresa Gillespie and Joseph Sexton appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1917 living at Millmerran. Joseph was a carpenter. Their son Joseph was a labourer.
  • On 18 October 1918 The Darling Downs Gazette reported " Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sexton, of Millmerran have received a communication from their soldier son (Henry) who is a prisoner of war somewhere in Germany. He writes in good spirit, and tells his people not to worry as at time of writing he was well and not doing too badly. The letter bore date 11th June last and promised that if allowed he would follow up with others. This is the first, communication from their son since he was officially reported to he prisonered and naturally the parents are quite pleased for they were getting anxious as to his fate."
  • Teresa Gillespie and Joseph Sexton appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1922 living at Millmerran. Joseph was a carpenter and William a labourer. Joseph's son Henry was also a labourer. Theresa gave her address as Pittsworth. The rest of the family still had Millmeran as their address and most likely had not updated their addresses on the roll.
  • Teresa Gillespie and Joseph Sexton appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1925 living at Pittsworth. Joseph was a labourer and their son Henry a labourer.
  • On 28 October 1936,her husband, Joseph Sexton died in Queensland.
  • Teresa Gillespie died on 18 July 1941 in Wynham, Queensland.
  • She was buried on 19 October 1941 in Toowong Cemetery.
  • On 29 June 1959.

Children of Teresa Gillespie and Joseph Sexton

Maria Gillett

F, b. 1837, d. 14 April 1910
  • Maria Gillett was born in 1837. She was the daughter of Charlotte Sammerton and Thomas Gillett.
  • Her marriage, at 15 years, to William Trappett was registered in the September 1852 Quarter in Birmingham Registration District.
  • Maria Gillett and William Trappett immigrated to Brisbane on 25 August 1884. William 49, Maria 47 travelled on the Chyebassa with their children Edwin 14 and Charles 13 as remittance passengers, daughter Ellen aged 22 also travelled as a Free passenger. The ship sailed from London on 1 July 1884. Their eldest son John had arriived in Queensland the year before.
  • On 5 June 1887 William and Maria were living at Geham at the time their daughter Ellen was married in Toowoomba. However, by October they were living in Brissington Street (according to the Electoral Rolls.)
  • On 23 September 1908,her husband, William Trappett died in Queensland.
  • Maria Gillett died on 14 April 1910 in Queensland.
  • She was buried on 15 April 1910 in Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery. METH2-001-0016.

Children of Maria Gillett and William Trappett

Adelaide Emily (Emily) Gillies

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

Alice Ann Gillies

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

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

Children of Alice Ann Gillies and Egbert Thomas Spencer Lower Maddern

Arthur Robinson Gillies

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

Catherine Agnes Gillies

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

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

Children of Catherine Agnes Gillies and Albert James Bidgood

Catherine Jean Gillies

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

Cecil Herbert Gillies

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

Clarence Edward Gillies

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

Donald Wilfred Gillies

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

Ellen Myra Gillies

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

Evelyn Grace Gillies

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

Florence Alice Gillies

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

Florence Pauline Gillies

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

Francis Gillies

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

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

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

Children of Francis Gillies and Mary Robinson

Francis Donald Gillies

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

Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies

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

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

Frank Gillies

M, b. circa 1910

Herbert Francis Gillies

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

Irene Ann Gillies

F, b. 13 September 1914

James Donaldson Gillies

M, b. circa 1875, d. 1958