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William HUNSLEY

Male Bef 1864 - 1939  (~ 75 years)


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  • Name William HUNSLEY 
    Born Bef 7 Feb 1864  Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 7 Feb 1864  Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID DC8439B3FFE54815A4DA92CDD571F3CA6DE3 
    Died 12 May 1939  Wilga Private Hospital, Kilgaroy, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Memerambi Cemetery, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • Baptised as son of George & Esther Hunsley of Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire.

      William (an only child since the death of brother Charles, aged 2), appeared as William DUFFILL in the 1871 census, with his mother and step-father.

      Although it shows surname as HUNSLAW and birthplace as Hiblestaw, the following almost certainly refers to this William Hunsley:
      1881 census: at Grange, Bagmore & Burton by Stather, Lincs, William HUNSLAW (servant, 17, unmarried, farm servant, born Hiblestaw). William was living with the DRAYTON family which was probably tied to the Moors, farming family at the Grange.
      Mary Allison (23, general servant, born 'N.K.') was also a servant at Grange. This is perhaps where William and Mary Ann met.

      From The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Wed 17 May 1939:
      "The death is announced of Mr. William Hunsley, aged 75. He was a native of Hibstow (sic), England, and the son of a Methodist minister*. He came to Australia with his wife and family on the Dacca in 1880**, and worked on sugar plantations at Bundaberg and afterwards as a ganger on road construction. Five years later he selected land at Cordalba, and for 23 years engaged in sugar growing there. In 1915 Mr. Hunsley purchased a farming properly at Wooroolin.
      He was prominent in patriotic work during the war; associated with the erection of the Memorial School of Arts and hall; and a member of the Kingaroy Masonic Lodge and
      the Methodist Church. In 1933 Mr. and Mrs. Hunsley celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, and two years later retired to live in Kingaroy. The late Mr. Hunsley is survived by his widow, seven daughters - Mesdames E. Schuhmaker (Bald Hills), H. Fritz
      (Milton), C. Dodson (Tewantin), T. E. Lewis (Pittsworth), R. Hannant (Memerambi), G.
      Towns, (Kingaroy), and L. McBride (Memerambi), and one son, Mr G. Hunsley (Woroo-
      lin)."
      * I have no record of William's father being called Charlie or of his being a Methodist minister. Interestingly, William's death certificate gives his father as Charlie Hunsley, Minister of Religion.
      ** according to great-granddaughter Noeleen Hogan (by email in September 2017):
      "William, Mary, Jane and George Hunsley travelled to Maryborough Queensland Australia on the Dacca in 1887."
      Noeleen adds:
      The information that you have about children born after they arrived here in correct, I have more details with dates etc. [The famiy] did live at Cordalba and then Wooroolin and then retired to live in Kingaroy.
      George then worked the Wooroolin Farm until he died in 1963, my cousin Ian Hunsley still has the original farm.
      George married Mary Christina Goeths and had Beryl, Iris, Roy, Arthur, Elvie and Rita.
      Elvie is my mother, mum married Keith Mesken 2.2.1952 in Kingaroy at the Methodist church. Keith and Elvie had four children Wayne, Yvonne, Noeleen and Alan."

      From The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Sat 11 May 1940 (from TROVE):
      HUNSLEY - In loving memory of our dear Father, who passed away 12th May, 1939.
      This Is a day of remembrance,
      One of sad regret;
      This day we will always remember
      When the rest of the world forgets.
      Inserted by his loving Wife, Son, and Daughters.
      HUNSLEY - In loving memory of our dear Father, Father-in-law, and Grandfather, who passed away 12th May, 1939.
      There's a face we'll always remember,
      There's a voice we love to recall;
      There's a memory we'll cherish forever,
      Of a Father so dear to us all.
      Inserted by JInnle, Eric, Jessie, and Family.

      From The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Fri 14 June 1940 (from TROVE):
      HUNSLEY - In loving memory of my dear Son and our Brother, Charlie, who passed away on the 14th June, 1935.
      We could not even say good-bye,
      Which we always will regret:
      But the hearts of those who loved you,
      Are those that will not forget.
      Inserted by his loving Mother, Sisters, and Brother.

      Published in The Central Queensland Herald on Thursday 27 Mar 1941 under Probates Granted (Brisbane):
      Hunsley, William, Kingaroy, retired farmer.
      May 12, 1940 (sic). Mary A. Hunsley, widow, and
      Henry C. Muston, accountant, Kingaroy.
      Realty and personalty, £567.

      From The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Mon 12 May 1941 (from TROVE):
      HUNSLEY — In loving memory of my dear Husband and our dear Father, who passed
      away on May 12, 1939; also my Son and our Brother, Charles, who passed away June 14th. 1935.
      ---er to us than words.can tell,
      --- the Father we lost and laved to well;
      --- not forget you, nor do we Intend,
      --- of you daily and will to the. end.'
      Inserted by his loving Wife, Son, and Daughters.
      [Some text lost]

      From The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Tue 12 May 1942 (from TROVE):
      HUNSLEY - In loving memory of my dear Husband and our Father, who passed away on the 12th May, 1939; also my Son and our Brother, Charlie, who passed away on the 14th June, 1936.
      Days of sadness still come over us,
      Hidden tears do often flow;
      Memory keeps our dear one near us
      Though he died three years ago.
      Inserted by his loving Wife and Mother, Son, and Daughters.
    Person ID I1716  Hunsley
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2017 

    Father George HUNSLEY,   b. Bef 8 Dec 1839, Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 15 Aug 1866, Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years) 
    Mother Esther OGG,   b. Bef 9 May 1841, Winteringham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1923, Glanford Brigg RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Married 3 Aug 1863  Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F650  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann ALLISON,   b. Abt 1859, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1949, District Hospital, Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Married Jun 1883  Glanford Brigg RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Jane HUNSLEY,   b. Mar 1884, Glanford Brigg RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1954, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     2. Charles HUNSLEY,   d. 14 Jun 1935, Wooroolin, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. George HUNSLEY,   b. Between 1885 and 1886, Glanford Brigg RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1963, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     4. Rose Elizabeth HUNSLEY,   b. 1887, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1958, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     5. Emma HUNSLEY,   b. 1889, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1974, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     6. Florence HUNSLEY,   b. 1893, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Mary Ann HUNSLEY,   b. 1895, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1979, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     8. Ada HUNSLEY,   b. 1898, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1968, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     9. Edith HUNSLEY,   b. 1900, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1901, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     10. Alice HUNSLEY,   b. 1900, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1980, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F654  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S27] Parish Register at lincstothepast.com, December 2013 and later.

    2. [S85] Death certificate, copy supplied by Noeleen Hogan.

    3. [S3] findagrave.com, November 2013 and later.

    4. [S83] Lincolnshire Marriages Transcription at findmypast.co.uk.

    5. [S2] BMD index, Q2 1883 Glanford Brigg 7a/1372. (Reliability: 3).