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'Lifeboat Coxswain Dies'
'Lifeboat Coxswain Dies'
Article printed on 24 October 1896 in 'The Independent' newspaper in Honolulu, Hawaii.  
 
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Article from Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser, Monday 24 August 1914
Article from Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser, Monday 24 August 1914
MARYBOROUGH'S PART

FURTHER ENROLMENTS

On Friday and Saturday Captain Raitt received further volunteers for the Australian expeditionary force. These were four Maryborough young men - Percy E Fisher, Thomas Jones, John M Lee, and Lyle G Hopper. It is possible that this number will be slightly added to today, and that a batch of 20 men will leave for Broadmeadows by the 10.25am train tomorrow.
In all, Maryborough and district will have contributed about 45 men, which must be regarded as very creditable.  
 
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BARHAM WOMAN'S FATAL FALL - Dover Express 06 May 1938
BARHAM WOMAN'S FATAL FALL - Dover Express 06 May 1938
Report on the inquest into the accidental death of Rosa Willis.  
 
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Creditor notice for Estate of Grace Hopper
Creditor notice for Estate of Grace Hopper
Published in The Age Melbourne - Thursday 15 May 1924 
 
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DENNIS, Mary - Funeral Report in the Dover Express, 21 April 1916
DENNIS, Mary - Funeral Report in the Dover Express, 21 April 1916
 
 
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Dover Express - 10 Oct 1922
Dover Express - 10 Oct 1922
Thursday, 28th October, 1922
At Three o'clock pm, in Fourteen Lots, the undermentioned desirable FREEHOLD COTTAGES
Lot 5 - No 137, CLARENDON PLACE; let to Mr George Gurnsey at 8/2 a week, including rates.  
 
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Dover Express - 13 Feb 1948
Dover Express - 13 Feb 1948
TOWER HAMLETS METHODIST CHURCH - RE-OPENING - Feb 21st 1948
Soloist: Mr William Nicholls (Tenor) 
 
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Dover Express - 13 Mar 1950
Dover Express - 13 Mar 1950
SNARGATE STREET METHODIST CHURCH - PALM SUNDAY, April 2nd 1950
STAINER'S CRUCIFIXION - Soloist: Mr William Nicholls (Tenor) 
 
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Dover Express - 17 Jun 1917.
Dover Education Committee meeting minutes
Dover Express - 17 Jun 1917. Dover Education Committee meeting minutes
The Committee received a further application from Mr G Gurnsey of 137, Clarendon St, for the transfer of his daughter, Amy Gurnsey, from Christ Church Infants' School to St Martin's Girls' School, and complaining that subsequent to his previous application other scholars residing outside the school district had been admitted to the latter school. It was decided to grant the application.  
 
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Dover Express - 17 Mar 1950
Dover Express - 17 Mar 1950
TOWER HAMLETS METHODIST CHURCH - CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
Wednesday evening meeting - Tenor soloist: Mr William Nicholls 
 
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Dover Express - 19 Mar 1948
Dover Express - 19 Mar 1948
SNARGATE ST METHODIST CHURCH - Palm Sunday, March 21 1948
Stainer's "Crucifixion" - Tenor: Mr William Nicholls 
 
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Dover Express - 20 Jul 1934
Dover Express - 20 Jul 1934
CAPEL-LE-FERN - Baptist Church Anniversary 
 
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Dover Express - 21 May 1937
Dover Express - 21 May 1937
EWELL MINNIS
Baptist Mission Anniversary
Anniversary services were held at the Baptist Mission Hall on Whit-Sunday and Monday. The Pastor, the Rev S G Tween, conducted the Sunday services. The services were continued on Monday, when 120 sat down to tea, after which the Sunday School scholars held their races in a field adjoining the Hall, kindly lent by Mrs Goldfinch. At 6 o'clock, Mr G A Gurnsey (Hon Superintendent of the Capel-le-Ferne Baptist Mission), presided over a meeting which taxed the resources of the Hall for accommodation. The speakers were Pastor E A Price, of Deal, and the Rev S G Tweed. 
 
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Dover Express - 5 Apr 1940
Dover Express - 5 Apr 1940
OPENING OF REST ROOMS FOR H M FORCES
In connection with the opening of rest rooms for HM Forces on April 6th, at the Day Star Mission Guest House (top of Queen St), the following have consented to act as a committee: Mrs J R P Clarke, Miss L Francis, the Rev E C Galpin, Capt and Mrs H M Geary, Mr C E Golden (treasurer), Corporal G A Gurnsey, Mr J Hust, Mr C V Richmond, Mr J H Shuttleworth (Army Scripture Reader), Miss Teulon, Mr and Mrs W S Thomson. The rooms will provide facilities for recreation, reading and writing and light refreshments will be served. The Treasurer will be glad to receive donations and suitable articles of furniture will be welcome.  
 
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Dover Express - 8 September 1899
Dover Express - 8 September 1899
1st Cinque Ports Volunteer Artillery (Eastern Division RA) - 2 and 3 Companies orders for the week ending 16th September, 1899 - Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, at 6pm sharp, at Archcliffe Fort, 10-inch R.M.L. drill; Thursday, at 12.43pm at Priory Station, for Interstation Carbine Contest at Sandwich, undress uniform. On duty for the week, Lieutenant F G Hayward, Sergeant W Nicholls, Corporal F Buntz, Bombadier E Arter, Trumpeter R Kidd. All carbines and swords in possession of members must be returned to the Armoury at once. Members requiring drills in order to render themselves efficient for the current year are requested to attend as soon as possible. The 10-inch R.M.L. inspection will take place on the 20th inst.  
 
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Dover Express 28 April 1905 - James Willis
Dover Express 28 April 1905 - James Willis
Dover Express 28 April 1905

DOVER POLICE COURT
Tuesday (Before Captain R B Cay, RN and FW Prescott Esq)

ASSAULTING THE POLICE - James Frederick Jaspar, an elderly man was charged with being drunk and assaulting Police Constable Taylor while in the execution of his duty in London Road.
Police Constable Taylor said: Last night while in London Road, about 8.30 o'clock, I was called to the Red Lion, Charlton Green, where I saw the prisoner sitting on the curb on the footway. Seeing that he was drunk, I told him to get up and go home quietly. After a short time he got up and started shouting. I told him to desist, or I should take him into custody. He said he wanted to go to Buckland. I showed him up Beaconsfield Road, and on reaching London Road he started going towards the Market. He then turned round and struck me a violent blow in the face. I closed with him and brought him to the ground. In the struggle he broke the whistle off my chain. With assistant I brought him to the Police Station.
The prisoner said that someone kicked him while in the bar, severely injuring his hand, rendering him practically useless. He did not remember striking the policeman.
James Willis, landlord of the Red Lion, Charlton Green, said that on the previous evening about 8.15 the prisoner, who was drunk, entered the house. Witness did not serve him, not did the prisoner ask for anything to drink. He wanted to play the violin in the bar. He refused to quit the premises when asked, so he had to drag him out. He then sat and remained on the path outside the house. He did not send for the Police, but was the constable arrive. The prisoner struck a man in the bar.
The Magistrates, taking into consideration that the prisoner had injured his hand by being kicked in the bar, fined him 2'6, which was ordered to be paid the following day. 
 
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Dover Express 30 March 1861 - INGRAM WILLIS
Dover Express 30 March 1861 - INGRAM WILLIS
DOVER POLICE COURT - CHARGE OF RESCUE
'Ingram Willis, a man in the employment of Mr H Crundall, was charged with rescuing a prisoner from the custody of police constable Russell on Saturday night last, when a fight took place near to the Excavator's Arms, Church Place. He was convicted and fined 10s, and 12s costs, which was paid.' 
 
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Dover Express, 4 July 1902
Dover Express, 4 July 1902
1st Cinque Ports Royal Garrison Artillery (Volunteers), Nos 1, 2 and 3 Companies. - Orders for the week ending July 12th, 1902. Monday, 6pm., Archcliffe Fort, 5in b.l. gun drill; Tuesday, 5.30pm, at Western Heights, carbine practice; Thursday, 6pm, Archcliffe Fort, 3pr quick-firing drill. On duty for the week: Lieut W A H Saul, Sergt W Nicholls, Corpl J Falconer, Bombr E Gandy, Tptr R W Kidd - (Signed) F G Hayward, Captain commanding.  
 
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DOVER VOLUNTEER FORCE BAND
DOVER VOLUNTEER FORCE BAND
These handsome lads are members of the band of the Dover Volunteer Force, pictured about the turn of the century, thinks Miss Kathleen Nicholls, who is the daughter of the accordian player seated on the left of the centre.

Miss Nicholls, of Athol Terrace, Dover tells me her father joined the regular army in 1884 as a 14-year-old boy and was stationed at the Western Heights, as a member of the Royal Artillery, Cinque Ports Division.

The young gunner was discharged five years later through ill-health, the grateful receiver of sixpence a day pension.

Devon-born, he remained in Dover at 30, Clarendon Place and continued his Army duties on a part-time basis and joined the Volunteer Force, whose headquarters were in St John's Street.

During the first world war, married with seven children, he worked on the Western Heights in the Army and Navy canteen.

After the war he took a job as a shopkeeper in Trevanion Street (where the swimming pool is now). He died in 1932.

This picture, taken by Charles Harris, of London Road, shows a very varied array of instruments for an Army bank. In the back row a mouth organ player and next to him a man with a comb and a piece of paper. Down below, Mr Nicholls with his squeeze box and one along, there's a banjo player. Must have been quite a band.

Miss Nicholls hopes someone might recognise a father or uncle, among the band of musicians. 
 
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Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald - 11 May 1935
Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald - 11 May 1935
BAPTIST CHURCH - Mrs Gray has, under doctor's orders, tendered her resignation as leader of the Women's Meeting, and gratitude has been expressed by the Church at Salem for her good work. Mrs Gurnsey has been appointed by the Pastor and Deacons at Salem to succeed Mrs Gray. 
 
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Funeral report - 06 March 1931 - Dover Express
Funeral report - 06 March 1931 - Dover Express
Report on the funeral of Caroline Wybourne Foulser (Hopper) - published 06 March 1931 in the Dover Express. 
 
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Funeral report - Dover Express - 24 March 1916
Funeral report - Dover Express - 24 March 1916
Report on the funeral of Lilian Hopper (nee Hosken), Dover Express, 24 March 1916 
 
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GAS EXPLOSION in DOVER!  PC Harry Suters in attendance
GAS EXPLOSION in DOVER! PC Harry Suters in attendance
Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald
Saturday, 09 April 1881


GAS EXPLOSION
An explosion of gas which might have resulted in much more serious consequences, happened at No 3, Biggin Street, a few minutes after one o'clock on Wednesday morning. The premises were occupied by Mr E Jarvis, who carried on the business of a fancy confectioner, and who it seems was away at the time of the explosion, a woman named Davis being left in charge of the house. It appears that Police Sergeant Hemmings and Police Constable Harry Suters were on duty in Biggin Street at 1.05 am when they heard an explosion, and on making an examination of the premises in the neighbourhood they found that No 3 was on fire. They immediately gave an alarm, and then proceeded to ascertain whether there was anyone in the house. It turned out that the woman David, the only occupant, was sleeping. The police succeeded in waking her, and as she was either too terrified or the fire was too fierce to descend the stairs and escape by the back door, police-constable Suters mounted on to the gable roof of a shed a short distance from the backroom window, which was about 20 feet from the ground. In her alarm the woman got outside of the window in her night-dress, and without waiting for instructions or for assistance from the police, jumped straight at Suters. Fortunately he succeeded in catching her, and the admirable coolness with which he acted under the circumstances was at the time and has since been spoken of in very hightest terms by those who by that time had assembled at the scene of the fire and witnessed the act. Suters showed no ordinary steadiness of nerve, in preserving the equilibrium. On the woman being released from her uncomfortable position, she was received by Mr Castle, her next door neighbour, who very kindly met the emergency by supplying her immediate requirements. Information was at once conveyed to the fire station in Queen Street, and such promptitude was exhibited by the police that the hose-reel was on the spot at 1.10, and a stand-pipe fixed five minutes afterwards. A good supply of water was obtained at 20 minutes past one, and the fire having been detected before it had attained any very alarming proportions it was extinguished by 1.40. The origin of the fire was an escape of gas near the meter, a fire having been left burning in the back parlour. The shop has been gutted, and its contents destroyed, and the furniture in other parts of the house, either by fire or water. The premises were fully insured.  
 
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JAMES WILLIS - Announcement of his death in the Dover Express, 01 September 1916
JAMES WILLIS - Announcement of his death in the Dover Express, 01 September 1916
 
 
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James Willis - Funeral Report in the Dover Express, 08 September 1916
James Willis - Funeral Report in the Dover Express, 08 September 1916
 
 
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Joseph Milton - charged with Manslaughter!
Joseph Milton - charged with Manslaughter!
On 6 February 1891, The Northern Miner (a local newspaper) reported that Joseph had been arrested with his friend Charles Philo, both charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on a man named Ah Maie, a Chinese national. Maie later died from his injuries, and Philo and Milton were charged with Manslaughter. Here are the local newspaper reports of the incident and trial in full.  
 
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Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal - 15 April 1834
Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal - 15 April 1834
'Richard Rouzel, Thomas Kennett, and Joseph Willis, for stealing three faggots, at Barham, 11 days imprisonment.' 
 
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London Evening Standard - 08 October 1884
London Evening Standard - 08 October 1884
'MR JAMES DURDEN, Harbour Master at Dover, desires to THANK those who assisted him by their VOTES in getting into to MERCHANT SEAMEN'S ORPHAN SCHOOL JOHN JACOB GREENLAND, who was elected by 665 Votes.'

The Merchant Seamen's Orphan Asylum was founded on November 1 1827, at a meeting of highly respectable gentlemen chaired by General Nveille at the City of London Tavern. It was to be run by a sub-committee of the Port of London and Bethel Union, a recent amalgamation of groups who carried out missionary work amongst seamen. George Somers Clarke was elected as the charity's Honorary Secretary. The aims of the charity were 'to afford relief to the orphans of seamen in the Merchant Service by providing for them clothing, education, and maintenance, and by assisting to place them, or leaving teh Asylum, in situations where as honest livelihood may be secured.

As was usually the case with such home, admission to the Asylum was by a twice-yearly ballot of those subscribing to the charity of making one-off donations of a certain size. Because the number of applicants invariably far outweighed the number of available places, the criteria for admission were deliberately strict. The child's father must have died during active duty at sea. No more than two children from the same family could reside in the Asylum at the same time.  
 
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Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser - Wednesday 3 October 1917
Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser - Wednesday 3 October 1917
Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser - Wednesday 3 October 1917

On Saturday last Mr and Mrs Hopper, of Argyle Street, received word that their son, Lance-Corporal Lyle G Hopper, had been dangerously wounded. On Monday they received the sad intelligence that he succumbed to his wounds. The deceased soldier had been on active service for three years last month and took part in the landing at Gallipoli with the famous 8th Battalion. Whilst on the Peninsula he was buried with four others by the explosion of a shell, and was the only one to be taken out alive. He was at the evacuation, and took part with the Australians in all their big fights in France, but had never suffered injury up till the time he sustained the gunshot wound which caused his death.. 
 
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Newspaper advertisement published in the Dover Express on 19 April 1940
Newspaper advertisement published in the Dover Express on 19 April 1940
Advert for the Daily Star Mission meeting on 21 Apr 1940 at 6.30pm.  
 
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Newspaper memorial for Esther BENEFIELD nee MARTIN, 1935
Newspaper memorial for Esther BENEFIELD nee MARTIN, 1935
 
 
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Newspaper report of death - 03 February 1922
Newspaper report of death - 03 February 1922
Report from the Dover Express of 03 February 1922 on the death of George Robert Willis.  
 
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At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
 
 
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Newspaper report of the wedding of George WILLIS and Dorothy NICHOLLS, Dover Express, 1942.
Newspaper report of the wedding of George WILLIS and Dorothy NICHOLLS, Dover Express, 1942.
Announcement from the Dover Express, 12 June 1942.  
 
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Newspaper report on the Inquest into Norman Payne's death (Part 1)
Newspaper report on the Inquest into Norman Payne's death (Part 1)
 
 
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Newspaper report on the Inquest into Norman Payne's death (Part 2)
Newspaper report on the Inquest into Norman Payne's death (Part 2)
 
 
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NINTEY YEARS OLD
NINTEY YEARS OLD
NINETY YEARS OLD
MR W T BENEFIELD'S CAREER

LONG RESIDENCE IN WANGANUI

Mr W T Benefield, who has spent 68 years in Wanganui, celebrated his ninetieth birthday today.
Mr Benefield was born in Canterbury, Kent. At an early age he was engaged in nursery work in Dartford. He came to Wellington in the sailing ship Waikato with his wife and one son, aged 18 months.
One of the first jobs Mr Benefield undertook after arriving at Wanganui was to plant trees on what was known as Church Acre in the Avenue, now the site of the Selwyn Buildings.
He undertook labouring work until 1876, when he established the Aramoho Nursery, which is still conducted under the name of Benefield and Sons.
Mr Benefield was a member of the Aramoho School Committee for 20 years and chairman for 15 years. He laid out Moutoa Gardens, then known as Market Square. He was a member of the Pururu Road Board, which had an area from Wanganui East to Kauangaroa. When Wanganui East decided to form a borough council Mr Benefield was elected to the head of the poll as one of its first councillors.
He was one of the foundation members of the Wanganui Beautifying Society, and a foundation member of the Wanganui Meat Freezing Co. For upward of 40 years Mr Benefield was a member of the Wanganui Bowling Club.
Six of Mr Benefield's family are still living, the oldest son, Mr W A Benefield, Aramoho, being 70 years of age. Mr Benefield has 39 grand children, 60 great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren. Seven grandsons are serving with the forces overseas and on great grandson. Three grand sons are in the armed forces in New Zealand. 
 
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REPORT ON THE INQUEST INTO JACOB GREENLAND'S DEATH - Dover Express, 1883
REPORT ON THE INQUEST INTO JACOB GREENLAND'S DEATH - Dover Express, 1883
 
 
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REPORT ON THE INQUEST INTO JACOB'S DEATH - Dover Express, 1883 [TRANSCRIPT]
REPORT ON THE INQUEST INTO JACOB'S DEATH - Dover Express, 1883 [TRANSCRIPT]
 
 
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Report on the Inquest of Thomas Willis, aged 3.
Report on the Inquest of Thomas Willis, aged 3.
Published in the Kentish Gazette, 15 January 1833.

On Thursday last, an inquisition was holden at the parish of Barham, before Mr. De Lasaux, on the body of Thomas Willis, who was burnt to death during the absence of his mother. The Jury returned a verdict of accidental death. The Coroner censured the neglect of those whose care might have prevented the accident, and the jury fully concurred with him. 
 
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Salvor of One Hundred Lives
Salvor of One Hundred Lives
Article published in the Australian Town and Country Journal on 24 October, 1896.

(Salvor of One Hundred Lives. (1896, October 24). Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907), p. 20. Retrieved December 6, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71299867) 
 
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Shocking Mining Incident! - Charles WHITELEY and fellow miners killed.
Shocking Mining Incident! - Charles WHITELEY and fellow miners killed.
Transcriptions of newspaper reports on the accident, and subsequent inquest and trial for culpable negligence and manslaughter.  
 
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South Eastern Gazette - 18 March 1851
Report on the conviction of John DENNIS
South Eastern Gazette - 18 March 1851 Report on the conviction of John DENNIS
JOHN DENNIS, 45, and WILLIAM DENNIS, aged 8 year, both pleaded guilty to stealing one sheep, the property of Edward Hammon and Edmund Hammon, at Brabourne.

Mr Tassell, who appeared for the prosecution, said there was no wish to press the case against the child, William Dennis.

John Dennis, seven years' transportation; William Dennis, one month's imprisonment. 
 
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The Argus (Melbourne)- Wednesday 30 March 1904: NEW INSOLVENTS
The Argus (Melbourne)- Wednesday 30 March 1904: NEW INSOLVENTS
 
 
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The Observer (Adelaide) - Friday 2 June 1939
The Observer (Adelaide) - Friday 2 June 1939
In June 1939 Ernest challenged the right of the Egg and Egg Pulp Marketing Board of Victoria to charge poultry farmers a penny per dozen eggs. The case was heard at the High Court of Australia, and was reported in the Adelaide Observer. 
 
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Werribee Shire Banner - Thursday 25 July 1929:
'A Young Man's Impetuosity - BLOW COSTS HIM £27/19/-'
Werribee Shire Banner - Thursday 25 July 1929: "A Young Man's Impetuosity - BLOW COSTS HIM £27/19/-"
In 1929 George and his brother Arthur were witnesses to a brawl between work colleagues and were called to give evidence in a claim for damages, held at Werribee Police Court. 
 
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Werribee Shire Banner - Thursday 25 July 1929: 'A Young Man's Impetuosity - BLOW COSTS HIM £27/19/-' [Transcription]
Werribee Shire Banner - Thursday 25 July 1929: "A Young Man's Impetuosity - BLOW COSTS HIM £27/19/-" [Transcription]
 
 
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WIFE FOUND DEAD - GAS LEAD NEAR THE BODY
WIFE FOUND DEAD - GAS LEAD NEAR THE BODY
New Zealand Herald, 29 October 1924, Page 8

WIFE FOUND DEAD

GAS LEAD NEAR THE BODY#

WANGANUI, Tuesday

A married woman, Agnes Frances Benefield, 41 years of age, the wife of Mr Percy Benefield, of Aramoho, was found dead in a room this afternoon.

A gas tube, connected to the burner, which was turned on, was found near the body. Mrs Benefield was apparently in her usual health in the morning.  
 
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William & Mary FAGG - Diamond Wedding Anniversary - 1932
William & Mary FAGG - Diamond Wedding Anniversary - 1932
Report printed in the Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld), Friday 8 January 1932, page 10 
 
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WILLIS, Jesse - funeral report - 1914
WILLIS, Jesse - funeral report - 1914
Report in the Dover Express & East Kent News - Fri 4 September 1914 of Jesse's funeral.  
 

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