Richard Griffiths, 18701945 (aged 74 years)

Name
Richard Griffiths
Given names
Richard
Surname
Griffiths
Birth November 25, 1870 30 32
Note: Richard's father, George, was described as a dealer, aged 36 born Plymouth, and Sarah his mother was 36 from Fermanagh Ireland.
Birth of a brotherGriffiths
before 1874 (aged 3 years)

Death of a brotherGriffiths
before 1874 (aged 3 years)

Birth of a sisterSarah Ann Griffiths
April 9, 1874 (aged 3 years)
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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.

Residence 1876 (aged 5 years)

Note: Family oral history has it that after Richard's mother Sarah died when Richard was about 6, and after his father died (although we don't know exactly when that was) he went to live with a family who gave him a good education and he went on in adult life to become head of the New South Wales Fire Brigades.
Marriage of a parentGeorge GriffithsMary Elizabeth Ann FrancisView this family
about 1876 (aged 5 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.

Death of a motherSarah Ann Maxwell
March 26, 1876 (aged 5 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 motherSarah Ann Maxwell
March 27, 1876 (aged 5 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.

Death of a fatherGeorge Griffiths
November 17, 1878 (aged 7 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 of a fatherGeorge Griffiths
November 18, 1878 (aged 7 years)
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.

MarriageDorothy Jane DempseyView this family
1895 (aged 24 years)
Birth of a daughterDorothy Gladys Griffiths
1896 (aged 25 years)
Birth of a daughterElaine L. M. Griffiths
1900 (aged 29 years)
Marriage of a childHarry Roy BarnesDorothy Gladys GriffithsView this family
1920 (aged 49 years)
Residence 1936 (aged 65 years)
Note: Richard was described as an ex-fireman.
Death of a brotherGeorge Henry Griffiths
April 13, 1942 (aged 71 years) Age: 74
Cause: Lubar Pneumonia
Shared note: George was described as a Slaughterman. Certified by A.B. Erby 13 April 1942. Informant J. Griffith son, 39 Muree Ave Wentworthville.
Burial of a brotherGeorge Henry Griffiths
April 14, 1942 (aged 71 years)
Address: Prospect New South Wales Australia
Shared note:

Headstone reads: In Loving Memory of OUR DEAR PARENTS GEORGE H GRIFFITHS died 13th April 1942 aged 74 years MARGARET GRIFFITHS died 23rd Apr 1944 aged 67 years

Death October 27, 1945 (aged 74 years) Age: 74
Cause of death: Coronary occlusion (inquest unneccessary)
Shared note: Richard was described as a retired fire brigade officer.
Cremation October 29, 1945 (2 days after death)

Note: Cremated at Northern Suburbs Crematorium
Family with parents
father
18401878
Birth: about 1840Plymouth, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 17, 1878Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
mother
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
elder brother
18671870
Birth: before August 14, 1867 27 29
Death: before November 25, 1870
0 months
elder sister
18671867
Birth: before August 14, 1867 27 29
Death: before August 14, 1867
0 months
elder brother
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
elder brother
18701870
Birth: January 3, 1870 30 32
Death: January 8, 1870Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
11 months
himself
18701945
Birth: November 25, 1870 30 32Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 27, 1945Mosman, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger sister
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
younger brother
Father’s family with Mary Elizabeth Ann Francis
father
18401878
Birth: about 1840Plymouth, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 17, 1878Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
step-mother
Marriage
Marriage: about 1876Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Dorothy Jane Dempsey
himself
18701945
Birth: November 25, 1870 30 32Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 27, 1945Mosman, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
wife
1952
Birth:
Death: 1952Mosman, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: 1895Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
18961968
Birth: 1896 25Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1968Burwood, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
5 years
daughter
19001945
Birth: 1900 29Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: after 1945
Birth

Richard's father, George, was described as a dealer, aged 36 born Plymouth, and Sarah his mother was 36 from Fermanagh Ireland.

Residence

Family oral history has it that after Richard's mother Sarah died when Richard was about 6, and after his father died (although we don't know exactly when that was) he went to live with a family who gave him a good education and he went on in adult life to become head of the New South Wales Fire Brigades.

Residence

Richard was described as an ex-fireman.

DeathView

Richard was described as a retired fire brigade officer.

Cremation

Cremated at Northern Suburbs Crematorium