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".

Children of Francis Donald Gillies and Amy Ellen Jean Ward

Francis Robert Gillies

M, b. 7 May 1931, d. 28 May 1992
  • Francis Robert Gillies was also known as Bob Gillies.
  • He was born on 7 May 1931 in Oakey, Queensland.
  • He was the son of Francis Donald Gillies and Amy Ellen Jean Ward.
  • Francis Robert Gillies died on 28 May 1992 in Queensland at age 61.
  • He was buried on 30 May 1992 in Crow's Nest Cemetery.
  • Died from injuries he received when he fell from a horse near his property on the Perseverance Dam Road.

Francis Walter (Walter) Gillies

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

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

Frank Gillies

M, b. circa 1910

Herbert Francis Gillies

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

Irene Ann Gillies

F, b. 13 September 1914

James Donaldson Gillies

M, b. circa 1875, d. 1958

James Herbert (Herb) Gillies

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

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

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

Jessie Jane Gillies

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

Children of Jessie Jane Gillies and James Adolphus Perkins

John Thomas Gillies

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

Mabel Maud Gillies

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

Mary Ann Gillies

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

Child of Mary Ann Gillies and Ernst Fredrick Otto

Mervyn Herbert (Vince) Gillies

M, b. 29 June 1916, d. 22 December 2003
  • Mervyn Herbert (Vince) Gillies was born on 29 June 1916 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of James Herbert (Herb) Gillies and Jessie Agnes Bailey.
  • Mervyn Herbert (Vince) Gillies witnessed the death of James Herbert (Herb) Gillies on 4 September 1917 in Queensland, Australia; A niece recalls "James Herbert died from lock jaw from a cut he received on his toe while he was chopping wood. His sister Alice always carried a picture of him in her locket as she was very close to him. After his death in 1917 her next son, was named after him."
    The Brisbane Courier, however, reported "The sudden death is reported of Mr. James Herbert Gillies of Emu Creek, from heart failure (our Crow's Nest correspondent wired yesterday). The deceased, who leaves a widow and two children, was 29 years of age, and highly respected. The funeral was largely attended, the Rev. Pope conducting the service at the graveside."
  • Mervyn was the best man at the wedding of Cyril James Austin and Catherine Jean Gillies, daughter of James Herbert (Herb) Gillies and Jessie Agnes Bailey, on 10 October 1935 in Methodist Church, Crow's Nest.
  • Mervyn Herbert (Vince) Gillies and Jessie Agnes Bailey appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Mountain Camp N. Jessie carried out home duties and her son Mervyn was a farmer.
  • At the age of 40 years, 3 months and 4 days, Mervyn Herbert (Vince) Gillies married Merle Phyllis Breydon, daughter of John Breydon and Ruby Violet Thornber, on 3 October 1956.
  • Mervyn Herbert (Vince) Gillies died on 22 December 2003 at age 87.
  • His funeral notice appeared The Toowoomba Chronicle on 29 December 2003.GILLIES, Mervyn Herbert, late of Emu Creek, Crows Nest, passed away peacefully in theToowoomba Base Hospital, on 22nd December, 2003, aged 87 years. Beloved husband of Merle. Loved brother of Cath, and loved uncle of Graham and Denis Austin, and Ross Stanger and their families and loved brother-in-law of the Breydon families. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend MERV'S funeral to be held at the Uniting Church, Crow's Nest, service commencing at 10.00 a.m.,TUESDAY (30th December, 2003) followed by interment at Crows Nest Lawn Cemetery. In God's Care.
  • He was buried on 30 December 2003 in Crow's Nest Cemetery.

Olive May Gillies

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

Rose Elizabeth Gillies

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

Children of Rose Elizabeth Gillies and James Henry Brown

Sydney George Gillies

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

William Donald Gillies

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

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

Children of William Donald Gillies and Mabel Gertrude Perkins

William Thomas Gillies

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

Eileen May Gilligan

F, b. 1914
  • Eileen May Gilligan was born in 1914 in Queensland. She was the daughter of James Gilligan and Susan O'Brien.
  • At the age of 19 years, Eileen May Gilligan married John Vayro, son of James Vayro and Frances Forbert, in 1933 in Queensland.

Child of Eileen May Gilligan and John Vayro

Ellen (Helen) Gillis Bridgeman

F, b. 11 October 1852, d. 28 February 1922

Ellen (nee Gillis) & James Burgess

  • Ellen (Helen) Gillis Bridgeman was born on 11 October 1852 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Thomas Bridgeman and Jane Eyles.
  • Ellen (Helen) Gillis Bridgeman was christened on 2 July 1854 in Moreton Bay District, Queensland.
  • On 30 August 1871 The Darling Downs Gazette reported:- " Monday, August 28.
    (Mr W. Beit J.P took his seat on the Bench). Matthew Grehan v W. Gilles jun. - The defendant, a boy from ten to twelve years of age, was charged with illegally selling horses, the property of the complainant. Mr Hamilton for the Defendant. Wm Leath said that on Friday the 18th instant he saw the defendant riding a horse which he believed to be the property of the complainant; could not swear to the brand, and would not undertake to swear to the horse if he saw it again. Case dismissed. Matthew Grehan v Ellen Gilles - The defendant in this case was charged with illegally working the same animal. Mr Hamilton for defendant. Matthew Grehan, said that on Sunday the 20th instant he saw the defendant riding the horse at his father's place at Highfields which belonged to him; never gave permission to use the horse, either on that day or at any other time; the horse was now in the bush, and usually ran about two miles from the defendant's home. Mr Hamilton said that the complainant was bound to produce the horse and to prove that it was his own property; he (Mr Hamilton) would perhaps on the production of the horse be in a position to prove that the horse did not belong to the complainant, or that a question of ownership which was involved would be fatal to the case. The further hearing was then adjourned to Monday next, in order to allow the complainant an opportunity of bringing in the horses."
  • At the age of 20 years, 4 months and 8 days, Ellen (Helen) Gillis Bridgeman married James Burgess, son of Phillip Burgess and Lydia Jackson, on 19 February 1873 in Queensland. It was a double wedding with her sister Catherine Gillis & Allan Burgess, James' brother.
  • Ellen (Helen) Gillis Bridgeman and James Burgess appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Djuan. James was a farmer. Their son Alfred was also farming at Djuan. Their daughter Alice was living with them.
  • Ellen (Helen) Gillis Bridgeman and James Burgess appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1908 living at Bum Bum Creek. James was a farmer. The son Alfred, a farmer and daughter Alice also lived at Woodvale (by now she was married but had not changed her name on the roll.)
  • Ellen (Helen) Gillis Bridgeman and James Burgess appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1912 living at Pinelands. James was a farmer. Their son Alf also farmed at Pinelands.
  • Ellen (Helen) Gillis Bridgeman died on 28 February 1922 in Queensland at age 69.
  • She was buried in Crow's Nest Cemetery. Helen and James headstones read -
    in loving memory of Helen Burgess of crows nest beloved wife of James Burgess of Crows Nest who died feb 28 1922 "not lost but gone before" also James Burgess died 15th april 1932 aged 89 1/2 years.
  • The Methodist Church in Crow's Nest erected memorial plaques to early Crow's Nest Pioneers on the Church fence. James & Helen's names were amongst them.
    Memorial Plaque to James & Helen Burgess - Crow's Nest Methodist Church

Children of Ellen (Helen) Gillis Bridgeman and James Burgess

Agnes Gillis

F, b. 26 March 1862, d. 30 March 1939

Agnes Gillis (1862-1939) and John McGregor (1856-1929)
  • Agnes Gillis was born on 26 March 1862 in Wallan, Queensland, Australia.
  • She was the daughter of William Gillis and Jane Eyles.
  • Agnes Gilliswas 10 years old when her parents moved to Queensland in 1872.
  • At the age of 17 years, 10 months and 20 days, Agnes Gillis married John McGregor on 15 February 1880 in Queensland.
  • On 5 February 1891Agnes Gillis was named as a beneficiary of Jane Eyles's will. She bequeathed her daughter Agnes, the wife of John McGregor eight cows, and her daughter Ida wife of Walter Wood eight cows also (to be selected after Agnes had chosen hers). She bequeathed her son William Patrick the threshing machine; her daughter Alice Anderson portion 969, parish of Meringandan (80 acres); her daughter Agnes McGregor portions 1928 and 973, parish of Meringandan (80 acres in total); forty pound each to Chalres Walter Bridgeman, William Patrick Gillis, Francis Gillis, Alice Anderson, Catherine Hill, and Jane Graham. The remainder of her estate was to be sold by her executors Francis Gillis and John McGregor and distributed equally between Charles Walter Bridegman, William Patrick Gillis, Francis Gillis, Alice Anderson, Agnes McGregor, Ida Wood, Catherine Hill, and Jane Graham. Her daughter Helen (Ellen) Burgess was not mentioned in the will.
  • On 12 January 1929,her husband, John McGregor died in Queensland at age 72.
  • Agnes Gillis died on 30 March 1939 in Queensland at age 77.
  • She was buried on 31 March 1939 in Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery. She is buried next to John.

Children of Agnes Gillis and John McGregor

Agnes Gillis

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

Alice Gillis

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

Alice Anderson (1856-1913) nee Gillis, formerly Plant. Taken from the book "More Pioneers in Petticoats"
  • Alice Gillis was born on 17 August 1856 in Queensland. At the time of her birth William was working at Bogandilla Station, part of the Wallan Creek run.
    She was baptised at Wallan Station on 16 June 1857 by Rev Benjamin Glennie.
  • She was the daughter of William Gillis and Jane Eyles.
  • At the age of 16 years and 26 days, Alice Gillis married John Plant, son of Samuel Plant and Jane Bell, on 12 September 1872 in Queensland. The marriage certificate shows she was 21 not sixteen, and that he was 30, not 41 suggesting that she did not have parental permission to marry John. They had travelled over 100 miles from her home at Gowrie Little Plain, to Warwick to be married. John's birthplace was given as Virgina, Co Cavan, Ireland and he was a farmerof Highfields at the time of his marriage. His parents were Samuel Plant and Jane Bell. Alice's parents were listed as William Gillis and Jane Oils. Witnesses to the marriage were Patrick McMahon and F. Wilson.
  • On 9 May 1883,her husband, John Plant died in Queensland at age 52. He had been thrown from a horse shattering his leg and lay out in the bush over night. He subsequently developed pneumonia and died a few days later. They had five children, and a sixth on the way.
  • In 1884 Alice Gillis lived in Geham, Queensland. Family hearsay has it that Alice was destitute after John's death and went to work at a mill at Geham (possibly the timber mill) where she washed the clothes of the mill hands. She took with her, her youngest child Ellen, and after his birth her son James in a steamer-trunk type basket. It is most likely that she met Jules Anderson through her washing work as he was an engine driver.
  • At the age of 27 years, 9 months and 7 days, Alice Gillis married Julius (Jul, Jules, John, Hugh) Andersen on 24 May 1884. The marriage took place in the residence of the officiating minister, William Rathjen, at Telford Street, Toowoomba. Hugh was a 40 year old bachelor engine driver born Christiana Norway and living at Geham, Highfields. His father was given as Andres Anderson, a post office keeper. Alice was a 26 year old widowed housekeeper born Dalby of Geham and her parents were listed as William Gillis, a farmer and Jane Isles. Witnesses to the marriage were John McGregor and Catherine P Rathjen. Jules signed with his mark.
  • In 1891 when her mother died Jane Gillis bequeathed her portion 969, part of the land east of the Gowrie Little Plain school.
  • On 5 February 1891Alice Gillis was named as a beneficiary of Jane Eyles's will. She bequeathed her daughter Agnes, the wife of John McGregor eight cows, and her daughter Ida wife of Walter Wood eight cows also (to be selected after Agnes had chosen hers). She bequeathed her son William Patrick the threshing machine; her daughter Alice Anderson portion 969, parish of Meringandan (80 acres); her daughter Agnes McGregor portions 1928 and 973, parish of Meringandan (80 acres in total); forty pound each to Chalres Walter Bridgeman, William Patrick Gillis, Francis Gillis, Alice Anderson, Catherine Hill, and Jane Graham. The remainder of her estate was to be sold by her executors Francis Gillis and John McGregor and distributed equally between Charles Walter Bridegman, William Patrick Gillis, Francis Gillis, Alice Anderson, Agnes McGregor, Ida Wood, Catherine Hill, and Jane Graham. Her daughter Helen (Ellen) Burgess was not mentioned in the will.
  • Alice Gillis and Julius (Jul, Jules, John, Hugh) Andersen appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1903 and 1908 living at Meringandan. Hugh was a farmer.
  • Alice Gillis died on 9 August 1913 in Toowoomba, Queensland, at age 56. The cause of death was renal calculus, hydroenphrosis and collapse. The informant was the secretary of the General Hospital and her daughter Jane Stark of Cabarlah. The certificate shows that she was married at "Merivale" Warwick at 16 to John Plant and again at 27 to Hugh Anderson.
  • She was buried on 11 August 1913 in Cabarlah Cemetery. Her headstone reads-
    In loving memory of alice anderson who passed away 9 august 1913 aged 57 years "She rests. Rest is sweet".

Children of Alice Gillis and John Plant

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

Alice Gillis

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

Annie Adelia Gillis

F, b. 8 May 1882, d. 9 October 1962

Children of Annie Adelia Gillis and Louie Kuhl

Catherine Gillis

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

Catherine (nee Gillis) Burgess. 1854-1943. Photo from Betty Binns
  • Catherine Gillis was born on 14 May 1854 in Queensland, Australia. According to family hearsay she was born under a wagon.
  • She was the daughter of William Gillis and Jane Eyles.
  • On 18 February 1873 the following article appeared in the Brisbane Courier Mail :-
    TOOWOOMBA LAND COURT.
    The ordinary monthly court was held on the 10th Instant, when the following selections were conditionally approved:-
    FIRST CLASS PASTORAL.
    Allen Burgess, 100 acres, parish of Meringandan. James Burgess, 100 acres, parish of Meringandan. William Gillis, 100 acres, parish of Meringandan.
    Another application put in by Mr Gillis was rejected on the ground that he had already obtained three selections - DD Gazette.
  • At the age of 18 years, 9 months and 5 days, Catherine Gillis married Allan George Burgess, son of Phillip Burgess and Lydia Jackson, on 19 February 1873 in Queensland, Australia. This was a double wedding with her sister Helen Gillis & James Burgess, the brother of Allan Burgess. Allen was shown as a 33 year old bachelor farmer, born Clavering Essex and Catherine a 21 year old spinster born Brisbane with no occupation. Both listed their residence as Meringandan. Allan's parents were Philip Burgess, a bricklayer and Lydia Jackson; Catherines parents William Gillis a farmer and Jane Hiles (Eyles). Witnesses to the marriage were George F Bennett and C T Edwards.
  • In June 1884,her husband, Allan George Burgess died in Queensland.
  • At the age of 32 years and 10 days, Catherine Gillis married Arthur John Hill, son of Arthur Hill and Jane Brown, on 24 May 1886 in Gowrie Little Plain.
  • On 5 February 1891Catherine Gillis was named as a beneficiary of Jane Eyles's will. She bequeathed her daughter Agnes, the wife of John McGregor eight cows, and her daughter Ida wife of Walter Wood eight cows also (to be selected after Agnes had chosen hers). She bequeathed her son William Patrick the threshing machine; her daughter Alice Anderson portion 969, parish of Meringandan (80 acres); her daughter Agnes McGregor portions 1928 and 973, parish of Meringandan (80 acres in total); forty pound each to Chalres Walter Bridgeman, William Patrick Gillis, Francis Gillis, Alice Anderson, Catherine Hill, and Jane Graham. The remainder of her estate was to be sold by her executors Francis Gillis and John McGregor and distributed equally between Charles Walter Bridegman, William Patrick Gillis, Francis Gillis, Alice Anderson, Agnes McGregor, Ida Wood, Catherine Hill, and Jane Graham. Her daughter Helen (Ellen) Burgess was not mentioned in the will.
  • Catherine Gillis and Arthur John Hill appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Gowrie Little Plain. Arthur was a farmer and Catherine carried out domestic duties. Catherine's son Frederick Burgess worked there as a labourer.
  • On 12 April 1924,her husband, Arthur John Hill died in Queensland.
  • Catherine Gillis died on 1 July 1943 in Queensland at age 89.

Children of Catherine Gillis and Allan George Burgess

Children of Catherine Gillis and Arthur John Hill

Catherine Gillis

F, b. 1888, d. 1932

Children of Catherine Gillis and William John Hedge

Eliza Lewis Gillis

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

Ellen Gillis

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

Children of Ellen Gillis and Ernest Kiemann