James Mozart Gould

M, b. 31 August 1875, d. 28 September 1938
  • James Mozart Gould was born on 31 August 1875 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Joseph Gould and Eleanor (Ellen) Buchanan.
  • At the age of 26 years, 8 months and 27 days, James Mozart Gould married Ellen Sarah Gleeson, daughter of Mathew Gleeson and Sarah Walsh, on 27 May 1902 in Queensland.
  • James Mozart Gould and Ellen Sarah Gleeson appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1903 and 1908 living at Queen Street, Crow's Nest. James was a blacksmith and Ellen carried out home duties.
  • In May 1906 James opened his new Imperial Hotel in Crow's Nest.
  • James Mozart Gould was granted probate for the estate of Eleanor (Ellen) Buchanan on on 29 October 1906."Eleanor Atherton, Toowoomba, to James Mozart Gould, Crows Nest, licensed victualler, and Charles Alexander Stewart, Goodna; sawyer. Death occurred
    26th June. Realty and personalty,
    £1,702."
  • James Mozart Gould and Ellen Sarah Gleeson appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1912 living at Queen Street, Crows Nest. No occupation was given for James.
  • On 10 April 1915 The Darling Downs Gazette reported - "In the' Crow's Nest police court on Thursday before Messrs R. H. ,McCollim and Jeffries JsP., Ellen Sarah
    Gould was charged on the complaint of James Mozart Gould, with stealing certain articles of furniture and tools, the property of the defendant. Mr A.
    K. Lavers (Groom and Lavers) appeared for the defendant who pleaded "Not- guilty." The complainant appeared in person. After the evidence of the complainant had been given the Magistrates dismissed the complaint with two guineas (£2/2) costs against the complainant, at the same time stating that tley considered it was a case that should never have been brought into court."
  • James Mozart Gould and Ellen Sarah Gleeson appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1916 living at Queen Street, Crows Nest. James was a blacksmith.
  • James Mozart Gould and Ellen Sarah Gleeson appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1928 living at Hamilton. James was a mechanic. Their daughter Maud was a saleswoman and daughter Evelyn a typist.
  • James Mozart Gould and Ellen Sarah Gleeson appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1937 living at Ascot. James was a wheelwright. Their daughter Phyllis was a clerk.
  • James Mozart Gould died on 28 September 1938 in Queensland at age 63.
  • He was buried in Lutwyche Cemetery.

Children of James Mozart Gould and Ellen Sarah Gleeson

Joseph Gould

M, b. circa 1836, d. 6 March 1886
  • Joseph Gould was born circa 1836 in Hertfordshire, England. He was the son of James Gould and Sarah Vicers.
  • He was baptized on 29 May 1836 in Little Hadham, Hertfordshire.
  • He appeared on the census of 7 June 1841 in Great Hormead, Hertfordshire. Joseph was 5 years old, living with his parents James, a publican, and Sarah and siblings: Thomas 15, Emma 10, Caroline 7 and Mary 3.
  • He appeared on the census of 30 March 1851 in Great Hormead, Hertfordshire. He was a 14 year old scholar, living with his parents (James a victuller), brother Thomas 25, sister Caroline 17, and sister Mary Ann 12.
  • He immigrated to Sydney on 1 August 1855. Joseph, 19, a farm labourer, arrived on the Lloyds. He gave his parents as James and Sarah, and stated he had a brother Thomas living in Moreton Bay.
  • Joseph Gould married Eleanor (Ellen) Buchanan on 1 October 1858 in Queensland.
  • In February 1876Joseph Gould selected 100 acres of land in Crows Nest. In April of the same year he selected another 300 acres.
  • On 25 June 1883 Joseph requested the Highfileds Divisional Board approve repairs to the road in from of his hotel at Highfields. A sum of £5 was set aside for the task by the Board.
  • In 1886 Joseph was a member of the Crows Nest School committee.
  • Joseph Gould died on 6 March 1886 in Queensland. He died in an accident. The Darling Downs Gazette reported "The Darling Downs Gazette reported "A sad accident, attended with fatal results occurred a short distance from Crows Nest Township, on Wednesday evening last. It appears that Mr Joseph Gould, publican, residing at Crows Nest, had been into town on business, and was returning home in his spring cart in the evening. When approaching Mr Pechey's licensed gate, which is nearest the township, it is supposed (for no one saw the occurrence) that the horse he was driving might have bolted, and running right into the closed gate, smashing it completely and over turning the cart. Mr Gould was thrown out, his head striking a rail in the fence with such force that tho skull was laid open from front to back. When found, he was partially insensible, but unable to give any account how the accident had occurred. Dr Armstrong was telegraphed for, and at once drove out reaching Crows Nest about 1 o'clock in the morning. A slight examination showed that there was no hope of recovery, but everything was done that medical skill could do to mitigate the unfortunate man’s sufferings, he never recovered consciousness, however, and died on Thursday evening. Mr Gould was well known in the Highfields and Crows Nest districts. A few months ago he purchased some land adjoining the proposed railway station of Crows Nest, and erected a hotel thereon, which was scarcely finished at the time of his death." Joseph was the proprietor of the Royal Hotel in Crows Nest at the time.
  • He was buried in Cabarlah Cemetery. CE1-00A-0002.

Children of Joseph Gould and Eleanor (Ellen) Buchanan

Joseph Henry Gould

M, b. 2 November 1864, d. 16 January 1942
  • Joseph Henry Gould was born on 2 November 1864 in Toowoomba, Queensland.
  • He was the son of Joseph Gould and Eleanor (Ellen) Buchanan.
  • At the age of 22 years, 3 months and 20 days, Joseph Henry Gould married Catherine Mary Williams, daughter of Thomas Williams and Catherine Maddern, on 22 February 1887 in Queensland. Their marriage was announced in the 20 June 1887 edition of a Cornish newspaper - it read:
    GOULD - WILLIAMS - At Queensland, Australia, February 12, Mr. Gould, farmer, to Katie, daughter of Mr. Thomas R. Williams (late of Newlyn West, Cornwall). The same edition of the newspaper announced the marriage of Catherine's cousin Jennie (Honor Jane) Bray to John Simmons in California. The cousins were married on the same day.
  • Joseph Henry Gould enrolled his son Leslie Walter Gould in school at Crow's Nest State School in 1901.
  • Joseph Henry Gould and Catherine Mary Williams appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1903 and 1908 living at Creek Street, Crow's Nest. Joseph was a timber getter and Catherine carried out home duties.
  • Joseph Henry Gould and Catherine Mary Williams appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1912 living at Creek Street, Crows Nest. Joseph was a timber getter.
  • On 24 December 1935,his wife, Catherine Mary Williams died in Queensland at age 69.
  • Joseph Henry Gould died on 16 January 1942 in Queensland at age 77.

Children of Joseph Henry Gould and Catherine Mary Williams

Leslie Walter Gould

F, b. 29 November 1895, d. 1968
  • Leslie Walter Gould was born on 29 November 1895 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Joseph Henry Gould and Catherine Mary Williams.
  • Leslie Walter Gould commenced school at Crow's Nest State School in 1901.
  • She appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Crow's Nest. He was a carpenter.
  • Leslie Walter Gould died in 1968 in Queensland.

Lilian Agnes Gould

F, b. 8 July 1893, d. 14 July 1919
  • Lilian Agnes Gould was born on 8 July 1893 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Joseph Henry Gould and Catherine Mary Williams.
  • At the age of 20 years, Lilian Agnes Gould married John (Jack) Emmerson, son of Thomas Emmerson and Louisa Ann Smith, in 1914 in Queensland.
  • Lilian Agnes Gould and John (Jack) Emmerson appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1919 living at Blackbutt. John was a teamster.
  • Lilian Agnes Gould died on 14 July 1919 in Queensland at age 26. Lilian died during childbirth on her way to Nanango Hospital from Blackbutt. She was also suffering from influnenza.
  • She was buried in Benerkin Blackbutt Cemetery.

Children of Lilian Agnes Gould and John (Jack) Emmerson

Mary Ann Gould

F, b. 20 June 1869, d. 15 December 1893
  • Mary Ann Gould was born on 20 June 1869. She was a twin to Walter.
  • She was the daughter of Joseph Gould and Eleanor (Ellen) Buchanan.
  • At the age of 21 years, 9 months and 7 days, Mary Ann Gould married William Turnbull, third son of the late James Turnbull of Hawick, Roxburoughshire, Scotland on 27 March 1891.
  • Mary Ann Gould died on 15 December 1893 at age 24.

Maud Gould

F, b. 31 May 1905

Phyllis Ellen Gould

F, b. 16 November 1911

Reginald James Gould

M, b. 19 January 1903, d. 7 June 1968

Sarah Elizabeth Gould

F, b. 16 November 1859, d. 31 October 1910
  • Sarah Elizabeth Gould was born on 16 November 1859 in New South Wales.
  • She was the daughter of Joseph Gould and Eleanor (Ellen) Buchanan.
  • At the age of 16 years, 10 months and 18 days, Sarah Elizabeth Gould married Thomas Edwin Loveday, son of Thomas Loveday and Mary Elsome, on 4 October 1876.
  • Sarah Elizabeth Gould and Thomas Edwin Loveday appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Plainby. Thomas was a farmer.Their son William Edwin also farmed at Plainby.
  • Sarah Elizabeth Gould died on 31 October 1910 in Queensland at age 50.
  • She was buried in Crow's Nest Cemetery.
  • The Methodist Church in Crow's Nest erected memorial plaques to early Crow's Nest Pioneers on the Church fence. Edwin & Sarah's names were amongst them.
    Pioneer Plaque to Edwin & Sarah Loveday - Crow's Nest Methodist Church

Children of Sarah Elizabeth Gould and Thomas Edwin Loveday

Sidney Joseph Gould

M, b. 11 October 1887, d. 11 June 1961

Sydney Joseph Gould, son of Jospeh Gould and Catherine Mary Williams (1887-1961) and two friends on their bikes. Taken c 1908 at Crows Nest. Photo thanks to State Library

  • Sidney Joseph Gould was born on 11 October 1887 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Joseph Henry Gould and Catherine Mary Williams.
  • Sidney Joseph Gould appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1912 living at Crows Nest. Sydney was a carpenter.
  • He and Martha Millar appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1913 and 1925 living at Blackbutt. Sydney was a carpenter.
  • At the age of 33 years, 4 months and 1 day, Sidney Joseph Gould married Martha Millar on 12 February 1921 in Manly.
  • Sidney Joseph Gould and Martha Millar appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1928 living at Coorporoo. Sydney was a carpenter.
  • Sidney Joseph Gould appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1936 living at Spring Hill. Sydney was a carpenter.
  • He and Martha Millar appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1954 living at Coorporoo.
  • Sidney Joseph Gould died on 11 June 1961 in Queensland at age 73.
  • He was buried in Mt Gravatt.

Thomas Joseph Gould

M, b. 25 May 1904, d. 1971

Walter John Gould

M, b. 20 June 1869, d. 26 September 1937
  • Walter John Gould was born on 20 June 1869. He was a twin to Mary Ann.
  • He was the son of Joseph Gould and Eleanor (Ellen) Buchanan.
  • At the age of 25 years, 6 months and 19 days, Walter John Gould married Lillian Maud Powell on 8 January 1895.
  • Walter John Gould died on 26 September 1937 in Brisbane at age 68.

William James Gould

M, b. 1863, d. 1938
  • William James Gould was born in 1863 in Sydney.
  • He was the son of Joseph Gould and Eleanor (Ellen) Buchanan.
  • At the age of 20 years, William James Gould married Martha Simpson on 30 July 1883 in Toowoomba.
  • William James Gould died in 1938 in Queensland.

Anna Gouldring

F, b. circa 1726, d. 30 November 1780
  • Anna Gouldring was also known as Annah.
  • She was born circa 1726.
  • Anna Gouldring married John Burgess circa 1746.
  • Anna Gouldring died on 30 November 1780 in Chiselborough, England. Hannah/Annar/Agnes died a widow.

Children of Anna Gouldring and John Burgess

Edwin Thomas A Gover

M, b. March 1873
  • Edwin Thomas A Gover's birth was registered in the Middlesex, an unknown place Registration District in the March 1873 Quarter.
  • He was the son of George H Gover and Harriet Biddick Chivell.
  • At the time of the 3 April 1881 census Edwin Thomas A Gover was living in the household of Harriet Biddick Chivell and George H Gover in London. George is shown as a 33 year old carpenter and joiner born Hayling Island, Hampshire living with his wife Harriet B 31 born St Austell and their children:- Ida H A 10 born Holborn, Edwin T A 8 born St Pancreas and George H 5 born St Pancreas.

George H Gover

M, b. 1858
  • George H Gover was born in 1858 in Hayling Island.
  • His marriage, at 12 years, to Harriet Biddick Chivell, daughter of James Chivell and Jane Hawke, was registered in the September 1870 Quarter in Holborn, London Registration District.
  • George H Gover and Harriet Biddick Chivell appeared on the census of 3 April 1881 in London. George is shown as a 33 year old carpenter and joiner born Hayling Island, Hampshire living with his wife Harriet B 31 born St Austell and their children:- Ida H A 10 born Holborn, Edwin T A 8 born St Pancreas and George H 5 born St Pancreas.

Children of George H Gover and Harriet Biddick Chivell

George Harry Gover

M, b. September 1875
  • George Harry Gover's birth was registered in the Middlesex, an unknown place Registration District in the September 1875 Quarter.
  • He was the son of George H Gover and Harriet Biddick Chivell.
  • At the time of the 3 April 1881 census George Harry Gover was living in the household of Harriet Biddick Chivell and George H Gover in London. George is shown as a 33 year old carpenter and joiner born Hayling Island, Hampshire living with his wife Harriet B 31 born St Austell and their children:- Ida H A 10 born Holborn, Edwin T A 8 born St Pancreas and George H 5 born St Pancreas.

Ida Harriet A Gover

F, b. June 1871
  • Ida Harriet A Gover's birth was registered in the an unknown place , an unknown place Registration District in the June 1871 Quarter.
  • She was the daughter of George H Gover and Harriet Biddick Chivell.
  • At the time of the 3 April 1881 census Ida Harriet A Gover was living in the household of Harriet Biddick Chivell and George H Gover in London. George is shown as a 33 year old carpenter and joiner born Hayling Island, Hampshire living with his wife Harriet B 31 born St Austell and their children:- Ida H A 10 born Holborn, Edwin T A 8 born St Pancreas and George H 5 born St Pancreas.

Abby Bertha Gowlett

F, b. 1881, d. 26 August 1896
  • Abby Bertha Gowlett was born in 1881 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of William Gowlett and Sarah Ann Unwin.
  • Abby Bertha Gowlett died on 26 August 1896 in Queensland.
  • She was buried in Cabarlah Cemetery.

Adell Gowlett

F, b. 1915
  • Adell Gowlett was born in 1915 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Reuben Gowlett and Jane Neller.
  • In 1936 Adell Gowlett lived in North Street, Toowoomba. She lived with her father, Reuben.

Alan Stanley Gowlett

M, b. 21 January 1921, d. 1998
  • Alan Stanley Gowlett was born on 21 January 1921 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Stanley Thomas Gowlett and Olive Harper.
  • Alan Stanley Gowlett enlisted in the Australian Army (VX141110 (V508968) on 26 May 1943 in Ingleburn, New South Wales, He was living at Harlaxton Toowoomba at the time he enlisted and gave his next of kin as Stanley Gowlett. He was discharged on 5 December 1946 with the rank of Craftsman in the 2nd Armd Workshops.
  • Alan Stanley Gowlett died in 1998.

Alma Murial Gowlett

F, b. 23 December 1907, d. 1989

Aubrey Dunlop Gowlett

F, b. 17 May 1919, d. 18 September 2005

Benjamin Gowlett

M, b. 21 December 1876, d. 26 December 1961

Children of Benjamin Gowlett and Annie Margaretha Reimers

Beryl Lillian Gowlett

F, b. 3 April 1903, d. 26 January 1991
  • Beryl Lillian Gowlett was born on 3 April 1903 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Benjamin Gowlett and Annie Margaretha Reimers.
  • Beryl was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Francis Burton Deeth and Olive May Gowlett, daughter of Benjamin Gowlett and Annie Margaretha Reimers, on 10 June 1925 in Queensland; The details of their wedding were reported in The Queenslander :- "At the Methodist Church, Crow's Nest, on June 10, the marriage was solemnised of Mr. Francis (Frank.) Burton Deeth (eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C.B.Deeth, Linville, Pechey) and Miss Olive May Gowlett (fourth daughter of Mr and Mrs. Gowlett, Djuan). Rev. H. Garrett officiated, and Mr J. White  presided at the organ". Whilst the register was being signed Mrs. McNairn rendered a vocal solo. The church had been decorated by friends, under the supervision of Mr. J. White. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a frock of white voile, finished with pin tucks and guipure.
    Her tulle veil was finished with orange blossom. She carried a sheaf of lilies with white streamer. Miss Beryl Gowlett,  who attended her sister as bridesmaid, wore a frock of shell-pink Marocain and a pink tulle cap. Her bouquet was of pale pink carnations and white streamers.  Mr. Percy McLean carried out the duties of best man. After the ceremony the guests were entertained by the bride groom's parents at their residence, Linville. Subsequently Mr. and Mrs. Deeth left for Coolangatta and Tweed Heads. The bride wore a trailing costume of nigger brown gabardine with fur trimmings and a felt hat to harmonise" 
    Olive had been a teacher at Persevarance School. After their marriage the couple lived at their dairy farm "Wyalla" at Hampton.
  • Beryl Lillian Gowlett appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1926 and 1930 living at Djuan. She carried out home duties and most likely lived with her parents Ben and Annie.
  • She appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Haden.
  • Beryl Lillian Gowlett died on 26 January 1991 at age 87.
  • She was buried on 29 January 1991 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery.

Charles Osborne Burnell Gowlett

M, b. 1894, d. 1894
  • Charles Osborne Burnell Gowlett died in 1894 in Queensland. He was six weeks old.
  • He was born in 1894 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Louisa Gowlett.

Cyril Douglas Gowlett

M, b. 9 April 1905, d. 15 October 1929
  • Cyril Douglas Gowlett was born on 9 April 1905 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of William Alfred Gowlett and Davidenia Ward.
  • Cyril Douglas Gowlett died on 15 October 1929 in Queensland at age 24. Cyril, a school teacher, was found dead in a room in the Australian Hotel. His friend, a married woman named Emily Bertha Taylor (nee Harth, wife of Ambrose Taylor) was found in another room in the hotel suffering from the effects of poisoning. She claimed they had a suicide pact (they ate chocolates laced with strychnine) because she could not get a divorce from her husband Ambrose Taylor and Cyril's family were against the marriage. She was charged with murder but later this charge was dropped and she was charged with attempted suicide. However this charge was also later dismissed.
  • On 13 November 1929 The Brisbane Courier reported on the murder of Cyril Gowlett " Emily Bertha Taylor (aged 31 years), on remand, appeared in the Police Court to-day, before Mr. F. C. M. Burne, P.M., to answer a charge that on October 15, at the Australian Hotel, she murdered Cyril Douglas Gowlett, a school teacher. Inspector Loch prosecuted and Mr. E. W. Cleary appeared for the defendant.
    Detective Sergeant Kiernan stated that at about 3.10 a.m. on October 15, he went to the Australian Hotel, and saw Donald Carey (licensee) and his partner, Mildred Deacon Taylor. He went with them to a bedroom upstairs. In a bed he saw the body of a young man, fully dressed. There was no indication of a struggle having taken place on the bed or in the room, and there was nothing to indicate the cause of death. Later he went to a bedroom on the western side of the building, and noticed that a bed in that room had been disturbed, as if some person had been occupying it. He saw on the chair near the side of the bed a tumbler about half full of a liquid, which he took to be water. On a dressing table in the room he saw a lady's handbag, in which he found a sealed letter with the words: "To be opened by the police when I die." The letter gave directions as to the burial of the writer. The letter was signed "Emily." On the floor, near the head of the bed, he found two pieces of tinfoil, with what appeared to be chocolate adhering to it. In a corner of the room, behind the dressing table, he found another piece of tinfoil, and a bottle containing water. Witness saw defendant at the General Hospital, and spoke to her, but she did not reply. He left that institution and returned to the Australian Hotel, where he made a search of the grounds, and found a flask, which appeared to have contained water, on the footpath In Neil-street. He found a piece of white paper wrapped around some tinfoil.
    A letter written by defendant to her sister was read, extracts being: "I am parting from this world, misjudged and misunderstood. I want you all to agree, and use every penny worth I possess. Wearing my things should remind you I am happy and better off, resting at last. There is an envelope with some money in it addressed to mum. Please give it to her for a Christmas present. Do not allow the Taylor family to claim one penny worth of my things. God bless you one and all. Love and good bye all. (Signed) Brokenhearted Em. P.S.-I want my watch buried with me please."
    Detective Kiernan added that in a drawer in a duchess he found a sealed letter, addressed, "Mum," which he opened, and found that it contained £6 in notes.
    At the hospital he saw defendant, and told her he was making inquiries concerning the death of Gowlett. She replied: "Yes; I understand he is dead. I wish I had gone with him, too." Witness said: "I understand you were lovers. Was there a pact between you to die together?" Defendant replied: "No; but I knew he would take his life and mine sooner or later." Witness asked: "Why did you arrive at that conclusion?" Defendant replied: "From remarks he made to me and my finding a letter in his brief bag addressed to another girl. When he returned to where I am staying, at my brother-in-law's, I accused him of writing the letter. I posted the letter I found in his brief bag after I had endorsed on the back of it that she had no right to come between me and Cyril Gowlett. Cyril was very upset when I accused him of writing to the girl, and he remarked that there was now nothing left only that they should die together. We went to Groom Park, and remained until about 11 o'clock. Cyril asked me whether I would go and stay with him at the Australian Hotel. I agreed. I left the park with Cyril, and I went back to Woods' house, where Cyril went inside. He got his suitcase, brief bag, and umbrella, and brought them with him. I remained on the footpath outside. We went to the Australian Hotel, where Cyril engaged separate rooms. After Cyril was shown his room he came to mine, and remained talking to me until about 1 o'clock. Cyril had some chocolates in a white paper packet, and he gave me some, which I ate. He also gave me some from the same packet in Groom Park earlier that night, and I felt a bitter taste from them. Cyril left the room at about 1 o'clock, and when he was leaving he had a packet containing about two or three chocolates in his hand. He also said that he would return again, but I cannot remember if he did or otherwise. Shortly after he left the room I became sick and cold, and my body and limbs began to twitch. After that I do not remember anything further until I was in hospital."
    Detective Kiernan said to defend- ant: "I am inclined to believe that you are misleading me, and I want to tell you that I do not believe what you say as regards Gowlett’s death. It was either agreed between you that you should die together, or that you knew how he came by his death." Defendant replied: "I know that my story is hard to believe, but, nevertheless, it is true." Witness said: "Do you not think that if Gowlett contemplated death he would leave a letter behind him for his mother or some other person?" Defendant re- plied: "No; he had no affection for his mother, and he would not make an explanation to anybody." Witness said: "I ascertained from your mother today that she found strychnine poison in your possession about a week ago, which you had for the purpose of poisoning yourself." Defendant said: "Yes; that is true. My mother found, and destroyed it. I promised her faithfully I would not think of taking my life in any other way; when I got that poison, Cyril and I drove to the quarry, and we were going to take it there, but we decided not to do so." He showed her a letter, the envelope of which was I addressed to the police. She looked at it, and said: "Yes; I wrote that letter yesterday afternoon, as I had a presentiment Cyril was going to kill me, and it was for that reason I wrote it."
    Defendant on another occasion said to witness: "Cyril and I agreed to die together on Monday night. For that purpose he placed strychnine in two chocolates, which he showed to mc on Monday, October 14. in the evening when he came to Woods' place. He had them inside his coat, and he returned them there again. Later that night, at about 9 o'clock, we went together to Groom Park for the purpose of taking the poisoned chocolates. After we had been talking there for some time Cyril decided if we took them in the park it might take some time to die, and we might be picked up by some person, and would not succeed in our object. He then asked me to go to the Australian Hotel, where he would book separate rooms, and that we could take poison there. I consented, and Cyril came to my room, where he remained until about 1 o'clock in the morning. He took from his pocket one of the poisoned chocolates. Cyril left the room, and I took the poisoned chocolate. Shortly afterwards I became sick and cold. Witness asked: "Where did Cyril get the poison, and what kind of poison was it?" Defendant replied: "I do not know; he did not tell me." Witness said: "From what you told me yesterday there is a lot to clear up." Defendant replied: "I want to assist you in the matter, Sergeant, and to tell you the whole truth."
    Detective O'Driscoll said to witness that Mrs. Taylor had told him that she purchased strychnine and chocolates, and gave one of them to Gowlett. Witness asked defendant if that were so, and she replied: "Yes, sergeant. I am now telling the truth. I am sorry for not telling the truth previously, but I was thinking of my mother. At the time my mother took the strychnine from me she did not get it all, as I had previously taken some of it from the packet and hid it in a tin box. It was that strychnine that I used to poison the chocolates with." On October 20, with Detective O'Driscoll, witness went to the hospital, where he saw defendant. O'Driscoll said: "We have now received information from the Government Analyst at Brisbane that Gowlett died from the effects of strychnine poison, and that you had taken strychnine poison. Do you wish to add anything further to your statement as regards that poison?" Defendant replied: "No. What I told you is correct."
    Mr. Cleary cross-examined witness at some length. He said he saw nothing to indicate that deceased had been carried and placed on the bed. When the first statement was taken from the defendant she appeared as if she had gone through an ordeal. Defendant had told him that deceased was worried, because she could not get a divorce so that they could be married. He had told her while teaching at Kingsthorpe that he threatened to take his life on two occasions. She told him that deceased frequently wrote to her from the country, and said that he could not live without her. He heard defendant say she put strychnine into the centre of a ball of chocolate, and that deceased had taken some of that strychnine and put it into a ball of chocolate he had.
    Detective Sergeant O'Driscoll save evidence of statements made to him by the defendant, and the court adjourned till tomorrow morning"

    During Emily Taylor's trial, Cyril's mother showed her animosity toward Emily a number of times stating - "She is absolutely to blame, the she devil....I do not know what to call that thing over there. She is not human.." she had told the defendant "That ends things between you and Cyril right here. God's book forbids divorced people getting married."
  • He was buried in Highfields Baptist Church.
    Grave of Cyril Gowlett 1905-1929 - Highfields Baptist Cemetery Photo- Copyright 2006. http://chapelhill.homeip.net

Edward Gowlett

M, b. 12 December 1913, d. 21 February 1981

Eileen Maud Gowlett

F, b. 16 January 1902, d. 29 April 1979