George Griffiths, 18401878 (aged 38 years)

Name
George Griffiths
Given names
George
Surname
Griffiths
Name
George Henry Griffiths
Given names
George Henry
Surname
Griffiths
Name
George Richard Griffiths
Given names
George Richard
Surname
Griffiths
Birth about 1840
Census 1861 (aged 21 years)
Text:

George Griffiths born Devonport, Devon in the Royal Navy at sea and ports abroad

Religious marriageSarah Ann MaxwellView this family
February 23, 1866 (aged 26 years) Husband: 26 Wife: 25
Text:

Married at 105 Princes Street Sydney according to the rites of the Presbyterian Church: George Griffiths a bachelor and mariner born Plymouth England age 26, son of _ Griffiths a shoemaker married Sarah Maxwell a spinster and servant age 25 born Tyrone Ireland, daughter of William Maxwell a farmer. Their usual place of residence was Brickfield Hill Sydney. George signed the register and Sarah made her X mark. Witnesses were Alfred Charles Howlett and Ann Eliza ___

Occupation
Mariner
August 15, 1866 (aged 26 years)

Note: George, aged 27 and born in Britain, was an able bodied seaman on the ship 'Boomerang' of Sydney, Jonathan T. Durrell Master, burthen 445 tons from the port of Gladstone to Sydney on 15 Aug 1866.
Occupation
Mariner
February 13, 1867 (aged 27 years)

Note: George, aged 27 and born in England, was an able bodied seaman on the ship 'Tinonee' of Sydney, Henry Page Master, burthen 265 tons, from the port of Wide Bay to Sydney on 13 Feb 1867.
Occupation
Mariner
February 28, 1867 (aged 27 years)

Note: George, aged 27 and born in Plymouth, was an able bodied seaman on the ship .'Tinonee' of Sydney, Henry Page Master burthen 265 tons from the port of Maryborough to Sydney on 28 Feb 1867.
Occupation
Mariner
July 18, 1867 (aged 27 years)

Note: George, aged 28 and born in Plymouth, was an able bodied seaman on the ship 'Rangatira' of Sydney, Horace Grainer Master, 460 tons which sailed from King George Sound, Adelaide and Melbourne to Sydney on 18 Jul 1867.
Occupation
Mariner/ship's pilot/dealer/lodging house keeper

Citation details:

various sources

Text:
  • 14 Aug 1867 - George Henry Griffiths a mariner age 26 of 206 Cumberland Street born Plymouth England
  • 1867 - George Griffiths a mariner of 14 Argyle Place
  • 8 Jan 1870 - George Griffiths a dealer of 115 George Street
  • 25 Nov 1870 - George Griffiths a dealer age 36 born Plymouth England of 115 George Street
  • 9 Apr 1874 - George Henry Griffiths a lodging house keeper age 38 of 115 George Street born Plymouth England 26 Mar 1876 - George Griffiths of Lower George Street
  • 13 Apr 1942 - George Henry Griffiths a ship's pilot
Text:

My father Leonard Charles Purnell recalled that his grandparents had a lodging house which was under or very close to the bridge.

Birth of a sonGriffiths
before August 14, 1867 (aged 27 years)

Birth of a daughterGriffiths
before August 14, 1867 (aged 27 years)

Birth of a sonGeorge Henry Griffiths
August 14, 1867 (aged 27 years)
Text:

Born at 206 Cumberland Street to George Henry Griffiths a mariner age 26 born Plymouth England and Sarah Maxwell age 27 born Ireland

Occupation
Mariner
August 21, 1867 (aged 27 years)

Note: George, aged 28 and born in Britain, was an able bodied seaman on the steam ship 'Rangatira' of Sydney, Horace Grainger Master, burthen 460 tone, from the port of King George Sound, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney 21 Aug 1867.
Occupation
Mariner
September 11, 1867 (aged 27 years)

Note: George, aged 28 born in Plymouth, was an able bodied seaman on the ship 'Rangatira' of Sydney, Horace Grainer Master burthen 460 tons from the port of Melbourne to Sydney on 11 Sep 1867.
Occupation
Mariner
February 20, 1868 (aged 28 years)

Note: George, aged 28, British, was a quartermaster on the steam ship 'Rangatira' of Sydney, Horace Grainger Master, burthen 460 tons, from the ports of King George Sound, Adelaide & Melbourne to Sydney on 20 Feb 1868.
Occupation
Greengrocer
1870 (aged 30 years)
Text:

115 George Street

Text:

111-115 George Street, the Rocks is now (2009) owned by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and is used for shops, an arcade (Captain Tench Arcade) and a restaurant. They are heritage listed. Captain Tench Arcade and site are of State heritage significance for their historical and scientific cultural values. The site and building are also of State heritage significance for their contribution to The Rocks area which is of State Heritage significance in its own right. Captain Tench Arcade is part of the earliest business street in Australia. It retains its 1920s façade though the shop front was reconfigured in 1985 to provide an arcade through to Nurse's Walk, many of the original elements were reused. It is valued by the regional and tourist community as a retail focus in The Rocks and it continues the traditional retail use of the site. Captain Tench arcade are well scaled buildings and good examples of their style and type. The provide a positive contribution to the historic George St retail precinct in The Rocks, and the reconfiguration of the arcade in 1985 was sympathetically carried out and in no way detracts form the streetscape or the architectural feel of the original buildings. The well designed street facades are good examples of the Federation Style with Art Nouveau Motifs. The site has significant research potential as an archaeological resource, the underfloor deposits appear to remain undisturbed from the demolition of the 1862 buildings. Evidence may still exist which has the potential to inform about previous developments on the site including the 1862 building and even structures erected or land use before this on the site. The land was part of the first hospital complex serving the early colony. The second brick ward/store was erected on the site. After the hospital moved in 1816 the land remained vacant.

Land granted as Lot 10, Section 84 to John Dalley as trustee for William Charles and his wife, Elizabeth, on 20 May 1840. By November 1841, he had built a house on that site. William Charles divided his grant into three lots. The northern lot (No 111) remained vacant till 1845, when a single storey timber and shingle house and shop was built and tenanted for various commercial uses until its demolition in 1861. In 1841 a two storey brick walled and shingle roofed shop and dwelling (No 113) was erected, which was also demolished in 1861. The southern lot (No 115) was first built on in 1832, with a two storey brick walled and shingled roofed house and shop with outhouses, which was replaced in 1862. 1862, Elizabeth Charles (William's wife) replaced the existing buildings with new three storey brick walled slate roofed shops and dwellings on all three lots, and they continued to be tenanted by various small business uses. Charles family retained ownership of the original grant until 1900 when it was resumed by the New South Wales Government under the Observatory Hill Resumption Act. During 1920 the land granted to William Charles was cleared of buildings, and by the end of that year two new shop frontages were erected to replace the three previous ones. In 1985, the shop fronts were rearranged using existing materials to provide an arcade to allow access to business premises to the rear of the buildings facing George Street on the newly created Nurses Walk. This involved reversing the glass shop windows which were originally placed on the central wall dividing the two shops with the doors which were placed on the side boundary. The walls on the ground floor between the two shops were removed to allow access to both shops and through the arcade to Nurses Walk.

Birth of a sonWilliam Griffiths
January 3, 1870 (aged 30 years)

Birth of a sonRichard Griffiths
November 25, 1870 (aged 30 years)
Note: Richard's father, George, was described as a dealer, aged 36 born Plymouth, and Sarah his mother was 36 from Fermanagh Ireland.
Occupation
Dealer
1871 (aged 31 years)
Address: 115 George Street
Occupation
Boarding House
1873 (aged 33 years)
Address: 115 George Street
Birth of a sonGriffiths
before 1874 (aged 34 years)

Birth of a daughterSarah Ann Griffiths
April 9, 1874 (aged 34 years)
Text:

Born at 115 George Street Sydney. 115 George Street was part of the first hospital complex serving the early colony. The second brick ward/store was erected on this site. After the hospital moved in 1816 the land remained vacant. William Charles divided his Town grant of 1842 into three lots. The northern lot (No 111) remained vacant till 1845, when a single storey timber and shingle house and shop was built and tenanted for various commercial uses until its demolition in 1861. In 1841 a two storey brick walled and shingle roofed shop and dwelling (No 113) was erected, which was also demolished in 1861. The southern lot (No 115) was first built on in 1832, with a two storey brick walled and shingled roofed house and shop with outhouses, which was replaced in 1862. In 1862, Elizabeth Charles (William's wife) replaced the existing buildings with new three storey brick walled slate roofed shops and dwellings on all three lots, and they continued to be tenanted by various small business uses. The Charles family retained ownership of the original grant until 1900 when it was resumed by the New South Wales Government under the Observatory Hill Resumption Act. During 1920 the land granted to William Charles was cleared of buildings, and by the end of that year two new shop frontages were erected to replace the three previous ones. The site has significant research potential as an archaeological resource, the underfloor deposits appear to remain undisturbed from the demolition of the 1862 buildings. Evidence may still exist which has the potential to inform about previous developments on the site including the 1862 building and even structures erected or land use before this on the site.

Occupation
Boarding House
1875 (aged 35 years)
Address: 115 George Street
MarriageMary Elizabeth Ann FrancisView this family
about 1876 (aged 36 years)
Text:

The informant on the death registration of George Richard Griffiths registered 18 Nov 1878 was Mary Griffiths, described as 'wife', of 115 Lower George Street. No marriage certificate can be located. I tend to believe that Mary, her husband probably having died, was George's partner/housekeeper. He had young children to care for and support. In addition, George's funeral notice in SMH gave no mention of a wife.

Occupation
Boarding House
1876 (aged 36 years)
Address: 115 George Street
Death of a wifeSarah Ann Maxwell
March 26, 1876 (aged 36 years)
Address: 115 George Street Sydney New South Wales, Australia
Cause: Typhous fever 2 weeks
Text:

Died at 115 George Street age 38 years, daughter of William Maxwell a farmer and Annie. She was born in Ireland and had been in NSW 11 years.

Burial of a wifeSarah Ann Maxwell
March 27, 1876 (aged 36 years)
Text:

Buried at Necropolis

Text:

Anglican Section E. Grave 0000257

Source: Email message
Citation details:

Griffiths, Rob. 'Gravesites for George Henry (Richard) Griffiths and Sarah (nee Maxwell)', email message to Marion Purnell Oct 25 2011

Text:

No headstone extant. Photo taken of grassy patch under which grave No 257 is located.

Occupation
Boarding House
1877 (aged 37 years)
Address: 115 George Street
Death November 17, 1878 (aged 38 years)
Text:

2059/1878 GRIFFITHS GEORGE R RICHARD SARAH SYDNEY

Text:
  • Died at 115 Lower George Street
  • George Richard Griffiths age 43
  • cause of death : typhoid fever 11 days
  • parents: Richard Griffiths occupation unknown and Sarah Rickerts
  • Informant: Mary Griffiths, wife 115 Lower George Street
  • Where born and how long in colony: England, 13 years in colony
  • Place of marriage, age and to whom: --- 1) Sydney to Sarah Maxwell --- 2) Sydney age 41 to Mary Elizabeth Ann Francis -- Children of marriage: ----1) 2 males and one female living 4 dead. ----2) 2 males and 2 females living
Text:

I believe the children of marriage 2) to be the step-children of George Richard Griffiths.

Burial November 18, 1878 (1 day after death)
Citation details:

Sydney Morning Herald Mon 18 Nov 1878

Text:

THE FRIENDS of the late Mr GEORGE RICHARD GRIFFITHS are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral; to move from his late residence No. 115 Lower George-street. THIS (Monday) AFTERNOON, at a quarter before 2 o'clock for the Necropolis.

Text:

Anglican section E grave 0000257

Citation details:

Sydney Morning Herald Mon 18 Nob 1878 p. 8

Text:

THE FRIENDS of Mr. WILLIAM FRANCIS COOPER are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late beloved BROTHER-IN-LAW George Richard Griffiths, to move from 155 Lower George Street ...

Source: Email message
Citation details:

Griffiths, Rob. 'Gravesites for George Henry (Richard) Griffiths and Sarah (nee Maxwell)', email message to Marion Purnell Oct 25 2011

Text:

No headstone extant. Photo taken of grassy patch under which grave No 257 is located.

Family with parents
father
mother
Marriage
Marriage:
himself
18401878
Birth: about 1840Plymouth, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 17, 1878Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Sarah Ann Maxwell
himself
18401878
Birth: about 1840Plymouth, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 17, 1878Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
wife
18381876
Birth: about 1838Irvinestown, Fermanagh, Ireland
Death: March 26, 1876Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: February 23, 1866Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
18 months
son
18671870
Birth: before August 14, 1867 27 29
Death: before November 25, 1870
0 months
daughter
18671867
Birth: before August 14, 1867 27 29
Death: before August 14, 1867
0 months
son
Griffiths, George Henry (1867-1942)
18671942
Birth: August 14, 1867 27 29Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 13, 1942Wentworthville, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
18701870
Birth: January 3, 1870 30 32
Death: January 8, 1870Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
11 months
son
18701945
Birth: November 25, 1870 30 32Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 27, 1945Mosman, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
Griffiths, Sarah Ann (1874-1961)
18741961
Birth: April 9, 1874 34 36Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 21, 1961Tamworth, North West Slopes and Plains, New South Wales, Australia
9 months
son
Family with Mary Elizabeth Ann Francis
himself
18401878
Birth: about 1840Plymouth, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 17, 1878Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
wife
Marriage
Marriage: about 1876Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
CensusChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Familysearch. [database on-line]: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2008
Text:

George Griffiths born Devonport, Devon in the Royal Navy at sea and ports abroad

MarriageDocument - Marriage Certificate
Text:

Married at 105 Princes Street Sydney according to the rites of the Presbyterian Church: George Griffiths a bachelor and mariner born Plymouth England age 26, son of _ Griffiths a shoemaker married Sarah Maxwell a spinster and servant age 25 born Tyrone Ireland, daughter of William Maxwell a farmer. Their usual place of residence was Brickfield Hill Sydney. George signed the register and Sarah made her X mark. Witnesses were Alfred Charles Howlett and Ann Eliza ___

OccupationWebsite - Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters
OccupationWebsite - Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters
OccupationWebsite - Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters
OccupationWebsite - Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters
OccupationWebsite - Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters
OccupationWebsite - Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters
OccupationWebsite - Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters
OccupationSand's Sydney N.S.W. directory, 1858-1932/33 [microform]
Text:

115 George Street

OccupationPurnell, Marion (editor), - comment
Text:

111-115 George Street, the Rocks is now (2009) owned by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and is used for shops, an arcade (Captain Tench Arcade) and a restaurant. They are heritage listed. Captain Tench Arcade and site are of State heritage significance for their historical and scientific cultural values. The site and building are also of State heritage significance for their contribution to The Rocks area which is of State Heritage significance in its own right. Captain Tench Arcade is part of the earliest business street in Australia. It retains its 1920s façade though the shop front was reconfigured in 1985 to provide an arcade through to Nurse's Walk, many of the original elements were reused. It is valued by the regional and tourist community as a retail focus in The Rocks and it continues the traditional retail use of the site. Captain Tench arcade are well scaled buildings and good examples of their style and type. The provide a positive contribution to the historic George St retail precinct in The Rocks, and the reconfiguration of the arcade in 1985 was sympathetically carried out and in no way detracts form the streetscape or the architectural feel of the original buildings. The well designed street facades are good examples of the Federation Style with Art Nouveau Motifs. The site has significant research potential as an archaeological resource, the underfloor deposits appear to remain undisturbed from the demolition of the 1862 buildings. Evidence may still exist which has the potential to inform about previous developments on the site including the 1862 building and even structures erected or land use before this on the site. The land was part of the first hospital complex serving the early colony. The second brick ward/store was erected on the site. After the hospital moved in 1816 the land remained vacant.

Land granted as Lot 10, Section 84 to John Dalley as trustee for William Charles and his wife, Elizabeth, on 20 May 1840. By November 1841, he had built a house on that site. William Charles divided his grant into three lots. The northern lot (No 111) remained vacant till 1845, when a single storey timber and shingle house and shop was built and tenanted for various commercial uses until its demolition in 1861. In 1841 a two storey brick walled and shingle roofed shop and dwelling (No 113) was erected, which was also demolished in 1861. The southern lot (No 115) was first built on in 1832, with a two storey brick walled and shingled roofed house and shop with outhouses, which was replaced in 1862. 1862, Elizabeth Charles (William's wife) replaced the existing buildings with new three storey brick walled slate roofed shops and dwellings on all three lots, and they continued to be tenanted by various small business uses. Charles family retained ownership of the original grant until 1900 when it was resumed by the New South Wales Government under the Observatory Hill Resumption Act. During 1920 the land granted to William Charles was cleared of buildings, and by the end of that year two new shop frontages were erected to replace the three previous ones. In 1985, the shop fronts were rearranged using existing materials to provide an arcade to allow access to business premises to the rear of the buildings facing George Street on the newly created Nurses Walk. This involved reversing the glass shop windows which were originally placed on the central wall dividing the two shops with the doors which were placed on the side boundary. The walls on the ground floor between the two shops were removed to allow access to both shops and through the arcade to Nurses Walk.

OccupationSand's Sydney N.S.W. directory, 1858-1932/33 [microform]
OccupationSand's Sydney N.S.W. directory, 1858-1932/33 [microform]
OccupationSand's Sydney N.S.W. directory, 1858-1932/33 [microform]
MarriagePurnell, Marion (editor), - comment
Text:

The informant on the death registration of George Richard Griffiths registered 18 Nov 1878 was Mary Griffiths, described as 'wife', of 115 Lower George Street. No marriage certificate can be located. I tend to believe that Mary, her husband probably having died, was George's partner/housekeeper. He had young children to care for and support. In addition, George's funeral notice in SMH gave no mention of a wife.

OccupationSand's Sydney N.S.W. directory, 1858-1932/33 [microform]
OccupationSand's Sydney N.S.W. directory, 1858-1932/33 [microform]
OccupationPurnell, Marion (editor), - comment
Citation details:

various sources

Text:
  • 14 Aug 1867 - George Henry Griffiths a mariner age 26 of 206 Cumberland Street born Plymouth England
  • 1867 - George Griffiths a mariner of 14 Argyle Place
  • 8 Jan 1870 - George Griffiths a dealer of 115 George Street
  • 25 Nov 1870 - George Griffiths a dealer age 36 born Plymouth England of 115 George Street
  • 9 Apr 1874 - George Henry Griffiths a lodging house keeper age 38 of 115 George Street born Plymouth England 26 Mar 1876 - George Griffiths of Lower George Street
  • 13 Apr 1942 - George Henry Griffiths a ship's pilot
OccupationPurnell, Marion (editor), - comment
Text:

My father Leonard Charles Purnell recalled that his grandparents had a lodging house which was under or very close to the bridge.

DeathNew South Wales. Department of Justice and Attorney General. NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. [data-base on-line]. Sydney: the Registry.
Text:

2059/1878 GRIFFITHS GEORGE R RICHARD SARAH SYDNEY

DeathDocument - Death Certificate
Text:
  • Died at 115 Lower George Street
  • George Richard Griffiths age 43
  • cause of death : typhoid fever 11 days
  • parents: Richard Griffiths occupation unknown and Sarah Rickerts
  • Informant: Mary Griffiths, wife 115 Lower George Street
  • Where born and how long in colony: England, 13 years in colony
  • Place of marriage, age and to whom: --- 1) Sydney to Sarah Maxwell --- 2) Sydney age 41 to Mary Elizabeth Ann Francis -- Children of marriage: ----1) 2 males and one female living 4 dead. ----2) 2 males and 2 females living
DeathPurnell, Marion (editor), - comment
Text:

I believe the children of marriage 2) to be the step-children of George Richard Griffiths.

BurialNational Library of Australia. Trove: one search...a wealth of information. [database on-line].
Citation details:

Sydney Morning Herald Mon 18 Nov 1878

Text:

THE FRIENDS of the late Mr GEORGE RICHARD GRIFFITHS are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral; to move from his late residence No. 115 Lower George-street. THIS (Monday) AFTERNOON, at a quarter before 2 o'clock for the Necropolis.

BurialRookwood Cemetery. Deceased search. [database online]
Text:

Anglican section E grave 0000257

BurialNational Library of Australia. Trove: one search...a wealth of information. [database on-line].
Citation details:

Sydney Morning Herald Mon 18 Nob 1878 p. 8

Text:

THE FRIENDS of Mr. WILLIAM FRANCIS COOPER are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late beloved BROTHER-IN-LAW George Richard Griffiths, to move from 155 Lower George Street ...

BurialEmail message
Citation details:

Griffiths, Rob. 'Gravesites for George Henry (Richard) Griffiths and Sarah (nee Maxwell)', email message to Marion Purnell Oct 25 2011

Text:

No headstone extant. Photo taken of grassy patch under which grave No 257 is located.

Occupation

George, aged 27 and born in Britain, was an able bodied seaman on the ship 'Boomerang' of Sydney, Jonathan T. Durrell Master, burthen 445 tons from the port of Gladstone to Sydney on 15 Aug 1866.

Occupation

George, aged 27 and born in England, was an able bodied seaman on the ship 'Tinonee' of Sydney, Henry Page Master, burthen 265 tons, from the port of Wide Bay to Sydney on 13 Feb 1867.

Occupation

George, aged 27 and born in Plymouth, was an able bodied seaman on the ship .'Tinonee' of Sydney, Henry Page Master burthen 265 tons from the port of Maryborough to Sydney on 28 Feb 1867.

Occupation

George, aged 28 and born in Plymouth, was an able bodied seaman on the ship 'Rangatira' of Sydney, Horace Grainer Master, 460 tons which sailed from King George Sound, Adelaide and Melbourne to Sydney on 18 Jul 1867.

Occupation

George, aged 28 and born in Britain, was an able bodied seaman on the steam ship 'Rangatira' of Sydney, Horace Grainger Master, burthen 460 tone, from the port of King George Sound, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney 21 Aug 1867.

Occupation

George, aged 28 born in Plymouth, was an able bodied seaman on the ship 'Rangatira' of Sydney, Horace Grainer Master burthen 460 tons from the port of Melbourne to Sydney on 11 Sep 1867.

Occupation

George, aged 28, British, was a quartermaster on the steam ship 'Rangatira' of Sydney, Horace Grainger Master, burthen 460 tons, from the ports of King George Sound, Adelaide & Melbourne to Sydney on 20 Feb 1868.

Shared note

His marriage certificate records him as "George Griffiths". The birth certificate of his son Richard and the death certificate of his son William records him as "George Griffiths'. The birth, marriage and death certificates of his son Geor ge Henry records him as "George Henry".