Sarah Ann Griffiths, 18741961 (aged 86 years)

Name
Sarah Ann Griffiths
Given names
Sarah Ann
Surname
Griffiths
Married name
Sarah Ann Purnell
Birth April 9, 1874 34 36
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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.

Marriage of a parentGeorge GriffithsMary Elizabeth Ann FrancisView this family
about 1876 (aged 1 year)
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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 1 year)
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 1 year)
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 4 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
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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 4 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

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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.

Residence between 1876 and 1891 (aged 16 years)
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Family oral history has it that after her mother, Sarah Sen.died, Sarah, aged about 2, was brought up by another family. Her father died when she was 4. He had been a seaman and was also recorded as a 'dealer' or shopkeeper. On 9 April 1888, when Sarah was 14, Esthelia Radley nee Bowden gave Sarah a bible. Sarah was probably at Parramatta at that time, and so was Ethelia Radley. In it Ethelia inscribed: 'Presented to Sarah Ann Griffiths on her fourteenth birthday by her loving friend, Esthelia [sic] Radley'. Ethelia was the wife of George Henry Moulds. It is possible that Sarah was cared for after her mother died by individuals in the Moulds family. Her future husband, Simon Peter Purnell was connected to the Moulds family. His mother, Rosetta Moulds, was the sister of George Henry. This may well have been how Sarah first met Simon. The bible became the 'family bible' and in 1931 Sarah gave it to her second eldest daughter daughter Gladys. She inscribed it: 'Presented to Gladys Irene Purnell by her mother. Sunday 8th November 1931 Keepsake' The bible is still in the possession of Gladys's grand-daughter, Linda May Price.

MarriageSimon Peter PurnellView this family
February 15, 1892 (aged 17 years)
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St David's Church. Simon was described as a farmer and bachelor, aged 25 born in Galston and living at Galston near Parramatta. Sarah was a general servant and spinster, aged 18 born in Sydney and living at Pennant Hills near Parramatta. The consent of Charles H. Hickey a guardian of __ was given to the marriage. Simon's parents were recorded as Stephen Purnell a farmer and Rosetta Moles [sic]. The only parent that was recorded for Sarah was her father George Griffiths. Rosetta Purnell nee Moulds and Harriet Telfer stood as witnesses. Rosetta Purnell made her X mark. St David's Church has since been demolished.

Birth of a son
#1
Leslie Purnell
about 1893 (aged 18 years)

Note: A birth registration for Leslie has not been located.
Death of a sonLeslie Purnell
about 1893 (aged 18 years)

Note: A death registration for Leslie has not been located. It is believed that he died at birth.
Birth of a son
#2
George Stephen Purnell
April 11, 1894 (aged 20 years)
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Informant Simon Purnell father of Galston. Registered 5 Jun 1894 Parramatta by Stephen Murphy. Witnessed by Mrs. S. Purnell and Mrs Parsons.

Citation details:

Castle Hill St Pauls Baptism 01 January 1860 - 31 December 1916

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Born 11 Apr 1894 and baptised 15 Jun 1894 George Stephen son of Simon Peter and Sarah Ann Purnell a labourer of Galston

Birth of a son
#3
Herbert Clifton Purnell
August 31, 1896 (aged 22 years)
Citation details:

Castle Hill with Doorals Composite 28 February 1841 - 18 February 1951

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Born 31 Aug 1896 and baptised 10 Dec 1896 Herbert Clifton son of Simon Peter and Sarah Ann Purnell a labourer of Galston

Birth of a daughter
#4
Alice Rosetta Purnell
November 19, 1897 (aged 23 years)
Citation details:

Castle Hill with Doorals Composite 28 February 1841 - 18 February 1951

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Born 19 Nov 1897 and baptised 7 Jul 1898 Alice Rosetta daughter of Simon Peter and Sarah Ann Purnell a labourer of Galston

Birth of a son
#5
Alfred Maxwell Purnell Alf
1901 (aged 26 years)
Birth of a daughter
#6
Ilean May Purnell
May 18, 1904 (aged 30 years)
Shared note: Certified by Sarah Ann Purnell mother, witness Rosetta Purnell, registered 13 Jul 1904.
Residence between 1893 and 1904 (aged 29 years)
Note: Sarah and Simon's first 7 children were born at Galston between 1893 and 1904.
Illness December 1897 (aged 23 years)
Citation details:

Cumberland Argus Sat 8 Jan 1898 p. 10

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The many friends of Mrs Simon Purnell of Galston will regret to hear of her serious illness. She has been very poorly of late and during Christmas week, Drs Kearney and Brown found that she had developed typhoid and advised her removal to the Parramatta District Hospital.

Birth of a daughter
#7
Gladys Irene Purnell
March 8, 1899 (aged 24 years)
Birth of a son
#8
Frank Howard Purnell
April 30, 1907 (aged 33 years)
Birth of a daughter
#9
Phyllis Edna Purnell
1908 (aged 33 years)
Residence between 1906 and 1912 (aged 37 years)
Note: Simon and Sarah's eighth, ninth and 10th children were born at Wyong/Wyee between 1907 and 1912.
Birth of a daughter
#10
Mildred Thelma Purnell Millie
1912 (aged 37 years)
Birth of a daughter
#11
Sylvia Kathleen Purnell
about September 1914 (aged 40 years)
Marriage of a childGeorge Stephen PurnellPearl BellingerView this family
1915 (aged 40 years)
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Name: Pearl Bellinger Spouse Name: George S Purnell Marriage Date: 1915 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Newcastle, New South Wales Registration Year: 1915 Registration Number: 1607

Death of a daughterSylvia Kathleen Purnell
between August 31, 1915 and September 1, 1915 (aged 41 years)
Text:

Broncho Penumonia, convulsions and heart failure, died Newcastle Hospital 31 Aug 1915

Citation details:

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate Sat 2 Sep 1916 p. 4

Text:

PURNELL. - In loving memory of our dear daughter and sister, Sylvia Kathleen, who departed this life September 1, 1915, aged 11 months. As she lies in peaceful sleep, Her memory we will always keep. Inserted by her loving mother and father and family, Mr and Mrs Purnell.

Burial of a daughterSylvia Kathleen Purnell
September 2, 1915 (aged 41 years)
Text:

Anglican portion section 56, lot 73, buried 2 Sep 1915. Buried in same plot as her mother.

Birth of a son
#12
Leonard Charles Purnell Fatty
September 2, 1916 (aged 42 years)
Address: Mayfield New South Wales Australia
Residence between 1914 and 1916 (aged 41 years)
Note: Sarah and Simon's last two children (the eleventh and twelfth) were born at Mayfield between 1914 and 1916.
Marriage of a childEdward David PriceGladys Irene PurnellView this family
1919 (aged 44 years)

Shared note: Edward's name appears as T. Price on Sarah Anne Purnell's Obituary notice.
Marriage of a childJames Alfred TuckerAlice Rosetta PurnellView this family
Type: Religious marriage
May 22, 1923 (aged 49 years)
Address: Hamilton New South Wales Australia
Shared note:

Husband's age at marriage:31 Wife's age at marriage:26 Alice was listed as a waitress of Hamilton New South Wales and James was listed as a Hairdresser of Hamilton, New South Wales.

Marriage of a childLeonard Frank Atkinson LavertyIlean May PurnellView this family
1927 (aged 52 years)
Shared note: Ilean's name lsited as Eileen M.
Residence 1930 (aged 55 years)
Text:

Purnell, Sarah Ann, Brook's Parade, Belmont, home duties Purnell, Simon Peter, Brook's Parade, Belmont, labourer

Residence 1936 (aged 61 years)
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Purnell, Mildred Thelma, Walter Street, Belmont, costumiere Purnell, Sarah Ann, Brook's Parade, Belmont home duties Purnell, Simon Peter, Brooks Parade, Belmont, labourer

Residence 1937 (aged 62 years)
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Purnell, Mildred Thelma, Walter Street, Belmont, costumiere Purnell, Sarah Ann, Brook's Parade, Belmont home duties Purnell, Simon Peter, Brooks Parade, Belmont, labourer

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Sylvia Mavis Purnell recollected that Sarah Ann had a shop on the waterfront at Belmont and that she sold a lot of ice cream and cakes.

Death of a brotherGeorge Henry Griffiths
April 13, 1942 (aged 68 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 68 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 of a brotherRichard Griffiths
October 27, 1945 (aged 71 years) Age: 74
Cause: Coronary occlusion (inquest unneccessary)
Shared note: Richard was described as a retired fire brigade officer.
Cremation of a brotherRichard Griffiths
October 29, 1945 (aged 71 years)

Note: Cremated at Northern Suburbs Crematorium
Residence 1949 (aged 74 years)
Text:

Purnell, Alfred Maxwell, Lake View Pde, Pelican Flat, labourer Purnell, Donald Leopold Gerrard, 112 Evans Street Belmont, meat supervisor Purnell, Doris Meville, Lake View Pde, Pelican Flat, home duties Purnell, Herbert Lloyd, 112 Evans Street, Belmont labourer Purnell, Herbert Clifton, 112 Evans Street, Belmont, labourer Purnell, Ivy May, Walter Street, Belmont, home duties Purnell, Lenard Charles, Walter Street, Belmont, wheeler Purnell, Mavis Mary, 112 Evans Street, Belmont, home duties Purnell, Sarah Ann, Walter Street, Belmont, home duties Purnell, Simon Peter, Walter Street, Belmont, pensioner.

Event
Christmas dinners
after 1950 (aged 75 years)
Text:

Mildred and her mother Sarah were the ones who did all the cooking at Christmas. Sometimes there were 20-30 people there at Sarah and Simon's house at Belmont. There were always threepences and sixpences in the Christmas pudding. The puddings were probably made by Eileen and Amelia (sisters of Benjamin Clarence Coutman) in Tamworth and Benjamin, Millie and family brought them down when they came to Belmont on the train. When the family came down, they also brought 4 or 5 pairs of dressed chickens from Benjamin's poultry farm.

Death of a husbandSimon Peter Purnell
April 27, 1953 (aged 79 years)
Citation details:

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate Fri 22 May 1953 p. 7

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OBITUARY MR. S.P. PURNELL. Mr. Simon Peter Purnell died at his home in Edgar-street, Belmont, aged 86. He was born on the South Coast. Most of his early life was spent at Dural, where he worked on the railways. He came to the Newcastle district in 1914 and lived at Mayfield for 14 years. He lived at Belmont for 25 years, where he was a carrier till he retired. He was a member of the Belmont Bowling Club. The funeral was to the Church of England portion of the Sandgate cemetery. Mr. Purnell is survived by his wife, five sons - George (Taree), Alfred (Pelican), Herbert, Frank and Leonard (Belmont), and five daughters, Mesdames A. Tucker (Casula), G. Price (Mayfield), E. Laverty (Sydney), P. Luke (Potts Point), and M. Coutman (Tamworth). There are 19 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Burial of a husbandSimon Peter Purnell
April 29, 1953 (aged 79 years)
Source: Email message
Citation details:

Griffiths, Rob. 'Purnell Gravesites - Sandgate Cemetery', email message to Marion Purnell Aug 16 2011

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They are in Anglican 1, section 56, lots 73 and 75. It is right up near the Pacific Highway at Sandgate and virtually behind the Admin Building. Unfortunately there are no headstones so no inscriptions. All that one can go on is the lot numbers - Sarah Ann Purnell Lot 73 (on Left) and Simon Peter Purnell Lot 75 on the right. The two headstones on the photo that you can see are the graves on the other side of the row.

Citation details:

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate Wed 29 Apr 1953 p. 2

Text:

PURNELL. The Relatives and Friends of Mrs. SARAH PURNELL and FAMILIES, of 17 Edgar-street, Belmont, are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of their dearly beloved Husband, Father, Father-in-Law, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, SIMON PETER PURNELL, to move from T. Moore's Chapel, William-street, Hamilton, this afternoon, after service commencing at 1.30 o'clock for the Church of England Cemetery, Sandgate...

Marriage of a childLeonard SaggersIlean May PurnellView this family
1955 (aged 80 years)
Death March 21, 1961 (aged 86 years)
Text:

Sarah died in the house in the corner of Margaret and Kathleen Streets, Tamworth. Her usual address was recorded as 17 Edgar Street Belmont. The informant was her son in law: Irwin C. Luke, 35 Kanilba Hall, Tusculum Street, Potts Point.

Citation details:

Newspaper clipping - (unknown newspaper)

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Mrs. Sarah Ann Purnell, who died age 87, left five sons, five daughters, 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Mrs Purnell was the widow of Mr Simon Peter Purnell, who died seven years ago. She was born at George Street, Greater Sydney, and attended school in Sydney. Later she moved with her parents to Parramatta and after that to Galston near Hornsby, where she married. After some years at Wyong, she shifted to Mayfield in 1914 and lived there 14 years. For the last 32 years she lived at Belmont. The funeral was to the Church of England section of the Sandgate Cemetery. Canon A.C.A. Blaxell held services at the funeral parlours and at the graveside. The five sons who survive Mrs Purnell are George (Taree), Herbert (Hamilton), Alfred (Pelican), Frank (Belmont) and Lenord (sic) (Belmont). The daughters are Mrs V. Tucker (Casula), Mrs. T. Price (Mayfield), Mrs. I. Laverty (Sydney), Mrs. I Luke (Sydney), and Mrs B. Coutman (Tamworth).

Burial March 23, 1961 (2 days after death)
Source: Email message
Citation details:

Griffiths, Rob. 'Purnell Gravesites - Sandgate Cemetery', email message to Marion Purnell Aug 16 2011

Text:

They are in Anglican 1, section 56, lots 73 and 75. It is right up near the Pacific Highway at Sandgate and virtually behind the Admin Building. Unfortunately there are no headstones so no inscriptions. All that one can go on is the lot numbers - Sarah Ann Purnell Lot 73 (on Left) and Simon Peter Purnell Lot 75 on the right. The two headstones on the photo that you can see are the graves on the other side of the row.

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
elder brother
18701945
Birth: November 25, 1870 30 32Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 27, 1945Mosman, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
herself
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
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 Simon Peter Purnell
husband
Purnell, Simon Peter (1867-1953) and Griffiths, Sarah Ann (1874-1961)
18671953
Birth: May 5, 1867 38 33Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 27, 1953Belmont, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
herself
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
Marriage
Marriage: February 15, 1892Surry Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
23 months
son
16 months
son
Purnell, George Stephen (1894-1970)
18941970
Birth: April 11, 1894 26 20Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 18, 1970Taree, Mid North Coast, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
Purnell, Herbert Clifton (1896-1976)
18961976
Birth: August 31, 1896 29 22Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 5, 1976Belmont South, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
15 months
daughter
18971979
Birth: November 19, 1897 30 23Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1979New South Wales, Australia
16 months
daughter
Purnell, Gladys Irene (1899- )
18991998
Birth: March 8, 1899 31 24Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: before 1998Australia
3 years
son
19011971
Birth: 1901 33 26Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 4, 1971Belmont, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
19041976
Birth: May 18, 1904 37 30Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1976New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
19071984
Birth: April 30, 1907 39 33Wyong, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 3, 1984Belmont North, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
20 months
daughter
19081987
Birth: 1908 40 33Wyong, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 30, 1987Kensington, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
5 years
daughter
Purnell, Mildred Thelma (1912-1998)
19121988
Birth: 1912 44 37Wyee, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 28, 1988New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
19141915
Birth: about September 1914 47 40Mayfield, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: between August 31, 1915 and September 1, 1915Newcastle, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
Purnell, Leonard Charles (1916-1998)
19161998
Birth: September 2, 1916 49 42Mayfield, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 28, 1998Belmont, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
BirthPurnell, Marion (editor), - comment
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.

ResidencePurnell, Marion (editor), - comment
Text:

Family oral history has it that after her mother, Sarah Sen.died, Sarah, aged about 2, was brought up by another family. Her father died when she was 4. He had been a seaman and was also recorded as a 'dealer' or shopkeeper. On 9 April 1888, when Sarah was 14, Esthelia Radley nee Bowden gave Sarah a bible. Sarah was probably at Parramatta at that time, and so was Ethelia Radley. In it Ethelia inscribed: 'Presented to Sarah Ann Griffiths on her fourteenth birthday by her loving friend, Esthelia [sic] Radley'. Ethelia was the wife of George Henry Moulds. It is possible that Sarah was cared for after her mother died by individuals in the Moulds family. Her future husband, Simon Peter Purnell was connected to the Moulds family. His mother, Rosetta Moulds, was the sister of George Henry. This may well have been how Sarah first met Simon. The bible became the 'family bible' and in 1931 Sarah gave it to her second eldest daughter daughter Gladys. She inscribed it: 'Presented to Gladys Irene Purnell by her mother. Sunday 8th November 1931 Keepsake' The bible is still in the possession of Gladys's grand-daughter, Linda May Price.

MarriageDocument - Marriage Certificate
Text:

St David's Church. Simon was described as a farmer and bachelor, aged 25 born in Galston and living at Galston near Parramatta. Sarah was a general servant and spinster, aged 18 born in Sydney and living at Pennant Hills near Parramatta. The consent of Charles H. Hickey a guardian of __ was given to the marriage. Simon's parents were recorded as Stephen Purnell a farmer and Rosetta Moles [sic]. The only parent that was recorded for Sarah was her father George Griffiths. Rosetta Purnell nee Moulds and Harriet Telfer stood as witnesses. Rosetta Purnell made her X mark. St David's Church has since been demolished.

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

Cumberland Argus Sat 8 Jan 1898 p. 10

Text:

The many friends of Mrs Simon Purnell of Galston will regret to hear of her serious illness. She has been very poorly of late and during Christmas week, Drs Kearney and Brown found that she had developed typhoid and advised her removal to the Parramatta District Hospital.

ResidenceWebsite - www.ancestry.com. Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954 [database on-line].
Text:

Purnell, Sarah Ann, Brook's Parade, Belmont, home duties Purnell, Simon Peter, Brook's Parade, Belmont, labourer

ResidenceAncestry.com. Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954 [database on-line].
Text:

Purnell, Mildred Thelma, Walter Street, Belmont, costumiere Purnell, Sarah Ann, Brook's Parade, Belmont home duties Purnell, Simon Peter, Brooks Parade, Belmont, labourer

ResidenceAncestry.com. Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954 [database on-line].
Text:

Purnell, Mildred Thelma, Walter Street, Belmont, costumiere Purnell, Sarah Ann, Brook's Parade, Belmont home duties Purnell, Simon Peter, Brooks Parade, Belmont, labourer

ResidencePurnell, Marion (editor), - comment
Text:

Sylvia Mavis Purnell recollected that Sarah Ann had a shop on the waterfront at Belmont and that she sold a lot of ice cream and cakes.

ResidenceAncestry.com. Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954 [database on-line].
Text:

Purnell, Alfred Maxwell, Lake View Pde, Pelican Flat, labourer Purnell, Donald Leopold Gerrard, 112 Evans Street Belmont, meat supervisor Purnell, Doris Meville, Lake View Pde, Pelican Flat, home duties Purnell, Herbert Lloyd, 112 Evans Street, Belmont labourer Purnell, Herbert Clifton, 112 Evans Street, Belmont, labourer Purnell, Ivy May, Walter Street, Belmont, home duties Purnell, Lenard Charles, Walter Street, Belmont, wheeler Purnell, Mavis Mary, 112 Evans Street, Belmont, home duties Purnell, Sarah Ann, Walter Street, Belmont, home duties Purnell, Simon Peter, Walter Street, Belmont, pensioner.

EventPersonal memory - Coutman, Benjamin - May 2009
Text:

Mildred and her mother Sarah were the ones who did all the cooking at Christmas. Sometimes there were 20-30 people there at Sarah and Simon's house at Belmont. There were always threepences and sixpences in the Christmas pudding. The puddings were probably made by Eileen and Amelia (sisters of Benjamin Clarence Coutman) in Tamworth and Benjamin, Millie and family brought them down when they came to Belmont on the train. When the family came down, they also brought 4 or 5 pairs of dressed chickens from Benjamin's poultry farm.

DeathDocument - Death Certificate
Text:

Sarah died in the house in the corner of Margaret and Kathleen Streets, Tamworth. Her usual address was recorded as 17 Edgar Street Belmont. The informant was her son in law: Irwin C. Luke, 35 Kanilba Hall, Tusculum Street, Potts Point.

DeathPurnell, Marion (editor), - comment
Citation details:

Newspaper clipping - (unknown newspaper)

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Mrs. Sarah Ann Purnell, who died age 87, left five sons, five daughters, 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Mrs Purnell was the widow of Mr Simon Peter Purnell, who died seven years ago. She was born at George Street, Greater Sydney, and attended school in Sydney. Later she moved with her parents to Parramatta and after that to Galston near Hornsby, where she married. After some years at Wyong, she shifted to Mayfield in 1914 and lived there 14 years. For the last 32 years she lived at Belmont. The funeral was to the Church of England section of the Sandgate Cemetery. Canon A.C.A. Blaxell held services at the funeral parlours and at the graveside. The five sons who survive Mrs Purnell are George (Taree), Herbert (Hamilton), Alfred (Pelican), Frank (Belmont) and Lenord (sic) (Belmont). The daughters are Mrs V. Tucker (Casula), Mrs. T. Price (Mayfield), Mrs. I. Laverty (Sydney), Mrs. I Luke (Sydney), and Mrs B. Coutman (Tamworth).

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Griffiths, Rob. 'Purnell Gravesites - Sandgate Cemetery', email message to Marion Purnell Aug 16 2011

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They are in Anglican 1, section 56, lots 73 and 75. It is right up near the Pacific Highway at Sandgate and virtually behind the Admin Building. Unfortunately there are no headstones so no inscriptions. All that one can go on is the lot numbers - Sarah Ann Purnell Lot 73 (on Left) and Simon Peter Purnell Lot 75 on the right. The two headstones on the photo that you can see are the graves on the other side of the row.

SourceMote, Robert. Ozigen - Australian Genealogy: family trees of mainly Australian families with UK and Irish ancestry. [database - online]
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Sarah and Simon's first 7 children were born at Galston between 1893 and 1904.

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Simon and Sarah's eighth, ninth and 10th children were born at Wyong/Wyee between 1907 and 1912.

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Sarah and Simon's last two children (the eleventh and twelfth) were born at Mayfield between 1914 and 1916.

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BURI: CEME Sandgate Cemetery