M, b. 1871, d. 1931
Ann Augusta Wagland
F, b. 1864
Hannah Auguste Wagland
F, b. 17 February 1864, d. 25 March 1903
- Hannah Auguste Wagland was born on 17 February 1864 in Pikes Creek, Queensland. She was the daughter of Mark Wagnand and Catherine Griffith.
- At the age of 17 years, 8 months and 15 days, Hannah Auguste Wagland married Johann Nicholas Borgert, son of Johann Nicholas Borgert and Antje Beate Muller, on 1 November 1881 in Queensland.
- Hannah Auguste Wagland and Johann Nicholas Borgert appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Mocatta Street, Goombungee. John was a labourer and Annie carried out domestic duties.
- Hannah Auguste Wagland died on 25 March 1903 in Bororen, Queensland, at age 39.
Children of Hannah Auguste Wagland and Johann Nicholas Borgert
- John Mark Borgert b. 3 March 1882, d. 13 January 1951
- Wilhelm Borgert b. 5 July 1883, d. 25 November 1967
- George James Borgert b. 5 November 1885, d. 6 October 1953
- Annie Catherine Borgert+ b. 16 November 1887, d. 19 July 1957
- Louisa Borgert+ b. 4 August 1889, d. 9 July 1967
- Alfred Ernest Borgert b. 10 April 1892, d. 3 November 1959
- Matilda Margaret Borgert b. 10 April 1892, d. 23 February 1965
- Frederick Borgert b. 5 December 1893
- Lillie Cecile Borgert b. 15 June 1896
- Walter Borgert b. 13 August 1898, d. 1956
- Peter Borgert b. 28 December 1900, d. 29 September 1978
M, b. circa 1870, d. 1961
Lloyd Maurice Wagland
M, b. 1911, d. 24 December 1986
- Lloyd Maurice Wagland was born in 1911 in Queensland.
- He was the son of Maurice Mark Wagland and Barbara Gertrude Fiechtner.
- At the age of 28 years, Lloyd Maurice Wagland married Lola May Patava, daughter of Daniel Patava and Mary Elizabeth Salome Hirning, in 1939 in Queensland.
- On 15 April 1955,his wife, Lola May Patava died in Queensland at age 44.
- Lloyd Maurice Wagland died on 24 December 1986.
- He was buried on 29 December 1986 in Clifton Cemetery. CE1-018-0067.
F, b. 1866, d. 14 February 1942
- Business Owners: Other Business Owners
- Louisa Wagland was born in 1866 in Queensland.
- She was the daughter of Mark Wagland and Catherine Ann Griffith.
- At the age of 20 years, Louisa Wagland married Frederick Wockner, son of Christian Wockner and Charlotte Edith Walker, in 1886 in Queensland.
- Louisa Wagland and Frederick Wockner appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Morcatta Street, Goombungee. Frederick was an agent and Louisa a hotel keeper.
- Louisa Wagland appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Morcatta Street, Goombungee. Frederick was an agent and Louisa a hotel keeper.
- She and Frederick Wockner appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1908 living at Meringandan. Fred was a farmer.
- Louisa Wagland and Frederick Wockner appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1913 living at Meringandan. Frederick was a pig buyer. Their son Walter was a butcher.
- Louisa Wagland and Frederick Wockner appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1925 living at Goombungee. Frederick was a farmer.
- On 3 April 1937,her husband, Frederick Wockner died in Queensland. He was residing at Goombungee at the time of his death and he was a licensed victualler.
- Louisa Wagland died on 14 February 1942 in Queensland.
- She was buried on 15 February 1942 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery. CEOLD1-004-0018.
M, b. 1842, d. 1873
- Mark Wagland was born in 1842 in Somersetshire, England. He was the son of Samuel Wagland and Augusta.
- At the age of 21 years, Mark Wagland married Catherine Ann Griffith in 1863 in Queensland.
- Mark Wagland died in 1873 in Queensland.
Maurice Mark Wagland
M, b. 1873, d. 1939
M, b. 1869, d. 1891
Annie Margaritta Wagner
F, b. 13 March 1865
- Annie Margaritta Wagner was born on 13 March 1865 in Queensland.
- At the age of 24 years, 7 months and 5 days, Annie Margaritta Wagner married James Scott Watson Robb on 18 October 1889 in Queensland.
M, b. circa 1910
- Charts: Descendants of Stephen Hooper
Louise Friedrike Charlotte Wagner
F, b. circa 1840
- Louise Friedrike Charlotte Wagner was born circa 1840.
- Louise Friedrike Charlotte Wagner married Ernst Rudolf Just circa 1870.
Mary Ann Wain
F, b. circa 1840
- Mary Ann Wain was born circa 1840.
- Mary Ann Wain married Mark Lovell circa 1880.
Esther Winnifred Wainwright
F, b. 18 April 1910, d. 2008
- Charts: Descendants of Charles Eyles
- Esther Winnifred Wainwright was born on 18 April 1910.
- At the age of 32 years, Esther Winnifred Wainwright married Gilbert John Godinagh, son of Matthew Martin Godinagh and Lucy Ella Bishop Cresswell, in 1943 in New Zealand.
- On 4 July 1971,her husband, Gilbert John Godinagh died in New Zealand at age 64.
- Esther Winnifred Wainwright died in 2008 in New Zealand.
Baldwin Wake IV
M, b. 1238, d. 1282
- Baldwin Wake IV was born in 1238. Lord of Bourne and Liddell. Son and heir of Hugh Wake by Joan, first daughter and heir of Nicholas de Stuteville.
- At the age of 22 years, Baldwin Wake IV married Hawise (Margaret) de Quincey Unknown, daughter of Sir Robert de Quincy Lord of Ware and Helen (Ellen, Elen) Unknown Princess of Wales and Countess of Chester, Huntingdon and Cambridge., in 1260.
- Baldwin Wake IV died in 1282.
Sir Hugh Wake
M, b. circa 1271, d. 1315
F, b. circa 1310, d. after 1355
Sir Thomas Wake 0f Blisworth and Deeping
M, b. circa 1296, d. 1347
Arthur Harris Wakeford
M, b. 1 August 1912, d. 23 July 1989
- Charts: Descendants of Charles Eyles
- Arthur Harris Wakeford was born on 1 August 1912 in New Zealand.
- At the age of 28 years, 8 months and 28 days, Arthur Harris Wakeford married Ada Joyce Best Cresswell, daughter of Frank Cresswell and Maria Best, on 29 April 1941 in New Zealand.
- Arthur Harris Wakeford died on 23 July 1989 in New Zealand at age 76. He was a retired factory worker living at 87 WIKIRIWHI Crescent at the time of his death.
- He was cremated on 25 July 1989 in Kelvin Grove Cemetery & Crematorium.
M, b. circa 1790
- Unknown Walker was born circa 1790.
- Unknown Walker married Ann (Nancy) Unknown circa 1820.
M, b. circa 1880
- Unknown Walker was born circa 1880.
- Unknown Walker married Edith Amelia Kingston circa 1940.
Alexander Davidson Walker
M, b. 6 December 1900, d. 1985
- Charts: Descendants of Charles Eyles
M, b. 21 February 1856, d. 11 September 1929
- Alfred Walker was born on 21 February 1856 most likely in NSW.
- He was the son of Robert Francis Walker and Maria Carruthers / Crothers.
- At the age of 26 years, Alfred Walker married Jane Stewart McIntosh in 1883 in Queensland.
- Alfred Walker and Jane Stewart McIntosh appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1908 living at Cawdor. Alfred was a farmer. Their daughter Emily carried out home duties and gave her address as Meringandan.
- Alfred Walker died on 11 September 1929 in Queensland at age 73.
- He was buried in Cabarlah Cemetery. UNIT-00B-0031.
Children of Alfred Walker and Jane Stewart McIntosh
- Alfred Stewart Walker+ b. 22 July 1884, d. 18 June 1965
- James Thomas William Walker b. 1886, d. 1946
- John Francis Walker b. 1888
- Emily Frances Stewart Walker b. 1890, d. 1961
- Walter William Walker b. 1892, d. 2 September 1919
- Jane May Walker b. 1894
- Sydney Edwin Walker+ b. 1 May 1896, d. 17 April 1951
- Lillian Isabel Walker b. 1898, d. 1926
- Stanley McIntosh Walker b. 1904, d. 1971
Alfred Stewart Walker
M, b. 22 July 1884, d. 18 June 1965
- Alfred Stewart Walker was born on 22 July 1884 in Cawdor.
- He was the son of Alfred Walker and Jane Stewart McIntosh.
- Alfred Stewart Walker appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1908 living at Meringandan. He was a farmer.
- At the age of 25 years, 5 months and 7 days, Alfred Stewart Walker married Lily Beatrice Loveday, daughter of Thomas Edwin Loveday and Sarah Elizabeth Gould, on 29 December 1909 in Queensland.
- Alfred Stewart Walker appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1930 and 1943 living at Pinelands. Alf was a farmer.
- On 17 September 1936,his wife, Lily Beatrice Loveday died in Queensland at age 46.
- Alfred Stewart Walker died on 18 June 1965 in Queensland at age 80.
- He was buried on 20 July 1965 in Crow's Nest Cemetery.
Arthur Douglas Walker
M, b. 1910
M, b. circa 1850, d. 1931
- Benjamin Walker was born circa 1850.
- He was the son of Robert Francis Walker and Maria Carruthers / Crothers.
- Benjamin Walker married Henrietta Martin in 1881 in Queensland.
- He appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1909 living at Crow's Nest. Ben was a labourer and Henrietta carried out home dutes.
- Benjamin Walker died in 1931 in Queensland.
Benjamin Robert Walker
M, b. 14 February 1854, d. 3 March 1931
- Benjamin Robert Walker was born on 14 February 1854 in Victoria. He was the son of Robert Francis Walker and Maria Carruthers.
- At the age of 27 years, 7 months and 7 days, Benjamin Robert Walker married Henrietta Martin on 21 September 1881 in Queensland.
- Benjamin Robert Walker and Henrietta Martin appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Perseverance. Ben was a labourer.
- Benjamin Robert Walker and Henrietta Martin appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1908 living at Murphy's Creek. Ben was a labourer.
- Benjamin Robert Walker died on 3 March 1931 in Queensland at age 77.
- He was buried on 5 March 1931 in Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery. METH2-003-0009.
Children of Benjamin Robert Walker and Henrietta Martin
- Ellen Alice Walker b. 14 May 1883, d. 14 May 1883
- Emily Maude Walker b. 12 November 1884, d. 5 February 1947
- Gertrude Alice Walker b. 9 March 1887
- Walter Benjamin Walker+ b. 16 April 1889, d. 24 January 1976
- Robert Sydney Walker+ b. 14 July 1891, d. 23 March 1975
- Henrietta Mary Walker b. 8 September 1893, d. 12 November 1913
- Priscilla Jane Walker b. 16 December 1895, d. 2 April 1988
- Elsie May Walker+ b. 27 June 1898, d. 25 November 1989
- Elizabeth Maria Walker b. 12 October 1899
- Ruth Mildred Walker b. 10 February 1903
- Edwin John Walker b. 26 July 1905
M, b. circa 1922, d. 14 February 1926
- Charts: Descendants of John Burgess
- Bertie Walker was born circa 1922.
- He was the son of Edgar John Walker and Ivy Jane Walsh.
- Bertie Walker died on 14 February 1926 in Victoria. His parents and brother Kenneth died at the same time.
- On 10 March 1926 "The Argus" newspaper reported on the coroners finding into the deaths of those lost in the bushfires. It read " VICTIMS OF THE FIRES.
SUFFERING AND HEROISM.
Graphic Evidence at Inquest.
(BY OUR SPECIAL REPORTER)
Stories told at inquests held yesterday by the city coioner (Nr. D. Berriman) into the deaths of the bush fire victims in the Warburton and Powelltown districts told realistically of the suffering and heroism of the survivors. The first inquiry was held in the Yarra Junction Shire Hall in the morning and concerned the deaths of 14 people at Worlley's mill Gilderoy, and two at Powelltown. Women in black wept silently throughout the hearing of the evidence and among the witnesses were Arthur Walker and Harry King the only two survivors of the mill party which sought safety on an old farm and was cut off by the flames. Both men, who have been in the Melbourne Hospital had their right arms in slings. Smoke from fires in the surrounding hills swirled through the hall during the hearing
In the afternoon the lnquiry at Warburton related to six deaths at Big Pat's Creek including those of the five members of the Donald family. The alarm bell sounded twice while the hearing was in progress and as witnesses gave their evidence they were released to join the volunteers fighting the fires round Warburton.
All the deaths occured on Sunday, February 14.
The victims at Powelltown and Gilderoy were: - Lindsay Douglas King aged 21 years, mill hand single; Leslie Carl Hay age 31 years, mill hand married five children; Sydney Johns aged 31 years mill hand, single; Herber Johns aged l8 years; Richard Cyril Duncan aged two years and seven months; Ivy Jane Walker aged 29 years married; Edgar John Walker aged 31 years mill worker married two years; Bertie Walker aged four years; Kenneth Walker aged three years; Albert Lunson aged 22 years timber worker single; Valentine Walsh age 27 years timber worker single; Lawrence Roberts aged 28 years mill hand single; Joseph Charles Ross Johnstone aged 34 years engine-driver married one child; Albert Ernest Sand- ham aged 26 years mill hand single; Walter Ernest Charle Bull aged 39 years telegraphist married; William Anson aged 67 years labourer single.
Tho coroner was assisted bv Subinspector Gardner. Mr Maurice Blackburn appeared for the relatives of the deceased, and for the Victorian branch of the Australian Timber Workers' Union.
Arthur Mark Bowe, winchdriver, Yarra Junction, said My wife was keeping a boarding house for the employees of the mill. At half past 10 o clock in the morningg I noticed a fire burning near Saxton' s mill, about a mile and a half away. An hour later burning sticks and bark came overhead and set the hill on the west side alight. By a quartet to 2 o 'clock the fire had almost reached the mill. My son Clarence and I started to make a fire break about 10ft wide at the back of the house.
I called on the others, to help me, but they were all running about excitedly. The fire came up to our break and stopped but it worked round and caught another house close by, which set our house on fire. Men, wonen, and children made for the horse trough, and buried their luggage. I went to get a tin of water so that we could have a drink when the fire had passed over I called to the others, "The water is all gone! Get down to the creek'! That is our only chance." They left the horse trough and started for the creek. I was some distance behind when I noticed most ot the party leaving the creek. My wife, Mrs Duncan, and Clarence stayed with me and I called to the others," For God's sake don't go up there, or you are caught!"
Lindsay King shouted, "Come on. It is all right. We can get through." They kept going and that was the last time that I saw any of them alive except Arthur Walker and Harry King. I know that they could not get through the fire and shortly afterwards it crossed the tramline behind them, so that they could not get back. We crouched in the creek and the fire swept over us at a terrific pace. The heat was unbearable. Later, I came out of the creek, and met Walker and Harry King coming towards me. King was on his hands and knees. Walker was stumbling and fell into the creek. I carried King to the creek, and poured water over them both. They were badly burned. Walking along the tramline I found the bodies of the remainder of the party. I counted 13 bodies. When it came dusk, we all left the creek and went to the top of the hill, where we remained all night.
Lillian Howe, wife of the previous witness, said that Mrs Duncan and she would have perished in the creek had not her husband kept throwing water over them. On their way to Saxton's mill the following morning, they were blocked at one point by a large burning tree which had fallen across the track. Exhausted and hungry, they were compelled to scrape away the sand with their hands to make a hole large enough to crawl under the tree. King and Walker, who were smoke blind and badly burned, had then to be dragged through this hole.
Elizabeth Duncan, married woman, said:
My son, Richard Duncan. aged two years and seven months, was burnt to death in the fire. I had been assisting Mrs Rowe in conducting the boating house, and had only been at Gilderoy for a week. When we were in the creek Mr Len King took my boy and tried to make to safety at the old farm with him but was compelled to turn back. He then left my boy with the remainder of the party, and that was the last time I saw him alive.
Main Party Cut Off
Arthur George Walker, sawmill hand said: While the others stayed in the creek, the main party tried tn reach some cleared land up the hill. We had gone about half-way when the fire leapt up in front of us. We turned and rushed back towards the creek, but when we reached the log yard we saw that the fire was aleady over the creek. We were cut off and could neither advance nor retreat. Lind say King took Mrs Walker and tried to force his way through the flames with her. They got half way and had to come back. I then attempted to reach safety with Mrs Walker but was also forced back. I could then see that there was no chance of saving anyone so I ran through the log yard, through the mill, which was on fire, and into the creek. Harry King had gone this way some minutes before. We dropped into the creek, and stayed there for three hours.
Reoovory of Bodies.
Mounted constable F.R.H. Raper, stationed at Yarra Junction, said that while conveying the body of Ernest Bull to Yarra Junction he heard of the disaster at Gilderoy. He left Bull's body at Saxton's house and went to the mill which he found had been totally destroyed. He described the finding of the bodies. In one place seven bodies were huddled together, three being those of children.
Charles Reuben Lewis, mill hand, said that he left the mill at noon on Saturday and returned on the Mondav morning from Yarra Junction. He described the finding of the bodies and how he had been able to identify them by articles of their property.
John Henry Hudson, labourer, Yarra Junction, described the finding of a body burned beyond recognition. Lying beside it was an imitation pin made of cardboard in the form of a Union Jack, and with the name on it in ink "Joseph Johnstone." Johnstone had worn this pin ever since witness had known him.
Death of Ernest Bull
A statement made by Arthur Bryant butcher, Powelltown, to Detective McKerrall was read. ln this he said:-About 6 o'clock on the Sunday night I went to Morris's slaughter-yard in Powelltown to kill a beast and some sheep for the following day. Alexander Sparks and Ernest Bull were with me. Bush fires were in the hills on every side, and the smoke was very thick. Bull returned to Powell- town. I released the cattle and sheep and we then lit two small fires as a break against the main fire which was closing in on all sides. We tried to cross the gully but the scrub was so thick that we could not get through. As we ran back towards the pigsty Bull cried, " I am done," and fell on his knees. I said, "Come on; we will be burnt to to death,"and Sparks and I helped him to the pig- sty. The fire became too hot and we moved into the sty among the pigs. But then the sty caught fire and we were forced out of it, and Bull threw himself in the ground and exclaimed," I am done."
He kept catching his throat and asked us to cut his throat. He then lay still and did not speak. I examined him, feeling heart and pulse, and he appeared to be dead. The sty was then burning fiercely, and we were compelled to run through the flames to the railway line to save our own lives. That night we returned to the spot with others and found Bull's charred body near the pigsty.
Fatal Refusal to Leave
Charles Henry King, a line-repairer, Powelltown, said - About a quartar to 4 o'clock on the Sunday afternoon. accompanied by Carl Thomas, I went to No 13 mill, as the fires were raging there. Willliam Anson was sitting at his hut door, and the fire was burning fiercely on the l hill opposite the hut. I said to him, "You had better pack up, Bill and come with us." He replied, "No, Charlie; I have a little patch on the top of the hill and if the mill catches fire I am going up there." I tried in every way to induce him to leave the hut but he refused to do so. Fires broke out round his hut and I tried to put them out but it was no use. The heat became so intense that we had to run away or we would have been burned. Eventually we reached Cummings house, which is two miles dis- tant. On the Tuesday I was one of a search party which recovered Anson's body. It was lying three chains from his hut in the direction of the cleared patch which he had indicated.
Origin of Fire
Carl Thomas labourer Powelltown gavesimilar evidence.
Senior detective A 1 McKerrall said that his inquiries showed that the fire had begun on Mount Donna Buang about January 3, and had burnt slowly in the hills till February 14 when it had been fanned into activity by the north wind and had leapt through the bush.
Tlie coroner found that the deaths of the 16 people had been caused through burns accidentally received in a bush fire.
"I desire ," he added, " to bear testimony in such words as I can to the wonderful courage shown by the women and the men who met this holocaust on the fateful Sunday afternoon. It moves one deeply, even to think of it. Thy showed the courage that we expect from the sons and daughters of our race but they showed it in a mar- vellous way." The coroner spoke of the excellent work performed by the people of Yarra Junction in helping to bring out the bodies of the dead and in succouring the homeless. The police had given of their time and energies to the full extent- first, he was sure, as men, and second as servants of the Government. He knew, perhaps better than most, how ungrudgingly they bad gone without food and without sleep. He acknowledged also the assistance which he had received from Senior detective McKerrall, by the fine manner in which he had prepared a difficult brief."
Beryl Mavis Margaret Walker
F, b. 25 July 1914