Stephen Purnell, 18291912 (aged 83 years)

Purnell, Stephen (1829-1912)
Name
Stephen /Purnell/
Given names
Stephen
Surname
Purnell
Birth about 1829 33 32
Religious marriageRosetta MouldsView this family
February 14, 1854 (aged 25 years)
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Rosetta's name recorded as 'Moulds'. Stephen was described as a bachelor of Castle Hill and Rosetta a spinster of Castle Hill. Witnesses were George Skinner and Ann Skinner of Dural who made ther X marks. Stephen and Rosetta also signed with their X marks. The minister was William F. Gore.

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Stephen PURNELL married Rosetta MOULDS in 1854 in the Parish of Marsfield, County of Cumberland, New South Wales by the Rev. William F. Gore in the presence of George and Ann SKINNER nee MOULD/S (sister of Rosetta). They had 10 children born at Dural and Colo New South Wales. They also reared Archibald Robert ALLER sometimes known as PURNELL (son of their 16 year old daughter) and included in both Stephen and Rosetta's Wills. Stephen PURNELL was an Orchardist at Galston New South Wales. In 1867 the Post Office Directory of New South Wales listed Stephen PURNELL as one of the successful pioneers and orchardists in the Galston-Dural Disticts. In 1876 Dural was described as an agricultural district devoted to the cultivation of fruit. Orchards, orangeries and vineyards were numerous and the population was steadily growing. Stephen was said to be a tall sandy haired man who chewed boiled lollies all the time and had beautiful white teeth. He had a very strong accent and the young ones had trouble understanding him speak. Rosetta was a big stern lady who frightened the young grandchildren. Stephen died in Galston in 1912 and was buried in Dural Cemetery. Rosetta died in 1913 at Galston and was also buried in Dural Cemetery. The eldest of their two sons, William Purnell, married Elizabeth Catherine Warwick, the great grand daughter of Andrew Fisburn, the 'First Fleeter'. They had 11 children - nine boys and two girls. William Purnell was listed as a farmer and orchardist. He also had a contract for the delivery of mail from Galston to Arcadia. The mail was carried by buggy, six times a week, for the sum of 36 pounds per annum. The mail arrived about midday at the Arcadia Post Office which was a slab building with a bark roof. Then the return trip was made to Galston. The boys in the family were all involved with horse racing, trotting and greyhounds. A good friend of theirs was the well known jockey of the 20's and 30's Billy COOK. The family also had a lovely pony called 'Slogger' that won many Prize Ribbons and their mother stitched them together and made a blanket for Slogger. When the children were in their teens their house in the Galston valley burned to the ground and they lost everything. It was thought that the boys left a candle too close to the curtains. A neighbour in the valley took up a collection and a little house was built beside the bus station, with a store attached where their mother ran the shop selling sweets and drinks.

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Parramatta North All Saints Composite 05 March 1844 - 24 December 1870

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Stephen Purnell of the parish of Castle Hill a bachelor and Rosetta Moulds of the parish of Castle Hill a spinster were married in this church by banns this 14th day of Feb 1854 Stephen and Rosetta both made their X marks in the register in the presence of George Skinner and Anne Skinner both of Dooral who made their X marks in the register

Occupation
Orchardist
1867 (aged 38 years)
Note: The 1867 Post Office Directory listed Stephen as one of the successful pioneers and orchardists in the Galston Dural districts.
Fire July 1910 (aged 81 years)
Citation details:

Cumberland Argus Sat 23 Jul 1910 p. 6

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GOOD NEIGHBOURS. During the height of a storm on Thursday night, Mr and Mrs Purnell, of Galston, and family were forced out into the cold by a sudden outburst of flace, which in a few minutes devoured everything within reach, the owners being left with only the scanty clothing which they had been able to snatch up. It seemed incredible that a house and its contents could have disappeared so suddenly. Early next day residents met and formed a committee, with Mr S. Fagan chairman, Mr Harvey secretary, and Mr Campbell treasurer, to take steps to alleviate Mr and Mrs Purnell's immediate requirements. Messrs D. Fagan, J. Waddell, A. Gilligan, T. Best, S. Moulds, and R. Fuller, kindly undertook to solicit subscriptions at Galston, Arcadia, Dural, Kenthurst, Middle Dural and Glenorie. A meeting was held the same evening, and it was reported that 50 pounds was in hand, while others sent donations of clothing and household requisites, which were at once handed over to Mrs. Purnell, who, with her husband, had been invited to the meeting. Needless to state, both were overcome with the kindness of their neighbours.

Death June 16, 1912 (aged 83 years)
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Death Date: 1912 Death Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1912 Registration Place: Parramatta, New South Wales Registration Number: 7353

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Cumberland Argus Sat 22 Jun 1912 p. 8

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Death. - On Sunday news spread through the district that Mr. Stephen Purnell had passed away at the advanced age of 88 years. The burial took place on Tuesday, and was very largely attended, and as the cortege wended its way to St Jude's Church the bell tolled out the number of years the deceased has attained. The Rev. J. Roberts held a very impressive service at the church, after which the mortal remains were followed to the C.E. cemetery where a great many had assembled to pay respect to the oldest pioneer of the district. Mr. Purnell was married to Miss Rosetta Moulds, daughter of the late Simon Moulds, sen., of Dural, at All Saints Church, Parramatta in the year 1853. The deceased leaves a widow and seven children of five daughters and two sons, 44 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Many beautiful wreaths were placed on the grave. The funeral arrangements were ably carried out by Mr. Metcalfe, Parramatta.

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

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Stephen Durnell [sic] of Galston died 16 Jun 1912 and buried 17 Jun 1912 age 83

Burial June 17, 1912 (1 day after death)
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Sydney Morning Herald Tue 18 Jun 1912 p. 7

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The friends of the late Stephen Purnell are kindly invited to attend his funeral; to move from his late residence, Galston, this Tuesday at 2 o'clock for Church of England Cemetery, Dural

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Stephen Purnell BIRTH 1829 DEATH 16 Jun 1912 (aged 82–83) BURIAL St Judes Cemetery Dural, The Hills Shire, New South Wales, Australia Show Map PLOT Section 1, Row 3, Site 8-10. The grave is located between the headstones for Henry & Emma Black and Samuel & Phyllis Moore. MEMORIAL ID 180076064

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

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Stephen Durnell [sic] of Galston died 16 Jun 1912 and buried 17 Jun 1912 age 83

Family with parents
father
Purnell, William ( 1795-1871)
17951871
Birth: January 26, 1795 30 32Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: December 6, 1871Lane Cove, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
mother
17971852
Birth: about 1797Dublin, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Death: January 2, 1852Emu Plains, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: June 1823
3 years
elder sister
18251878
Birth: 1825 29 28Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 12, 1878Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
22 months
elder sister
Purnell, Sarah (1826-1902)
18261902
Birth: October 18, 1826 31 29Cobbitty, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 31, 1902Goulburn, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
himself
Purnell, Stephen (1829-1912)
18291912
Birth: about 1829 33 32New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 16, 1912Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Father’s family with Mary McCallum
father
Purnell, William ( 1795-1871)
17951871
Birth: January 26, 1795 30 32Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: December 6, 1871Lane Cove, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
step-mother
18021866
Birth: about 1802Campbelltown, Argyllshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: October 20, 1866Lane Cove, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: February 16, 1839Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Mother’s family with James L A Welsh
step-father
mother
17971852
Birth: about 1797Dublin, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Death: January 2, 1852Emu Plains, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: before 1817
-6 years
half-brother
1810
Birth: about 1810 13Ireland?
Death:
8 years
half-sister
Welsh, Bridget (abt 1817-1889)
18171889
Birth: 1817 20Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 23, 1889Camperdown, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Mother’s family with Felix O'Hare
step-father
17941876
Birth: about 1794Armagh, Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Death: June 4, 1876Camden, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
mother
17971852
Birth: about 1797Dublin, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Death: January 2, 1852Emu Plains, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: June 29, 1818Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
18 months
half-brother
3 years
half-brother
18211876
Birth: 1821 27 24
Death: after 1876
3 years
half-brother
18231907
Birth: 1823 29 26Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 25, 1907The Oaks, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Rosetta Moulds
himself
Purnell, Stephen (1829-1912)
18291912
Birth: about 1829 33 32New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 16, 1912Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
wife
Moulds, Rosetta (1833-1913)
18331913
Birth: September 27, 1833 28 19Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 11, 1913Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: February 14, 1854Parramatta North, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
13 months
daughter
18551916
Birth: February 26, 1855 26 21Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 22, 1916Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
Purnell, Sarah (1860-1915)
18571915
Birth: about 1857 28 23Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 21, 1915Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
Purnell, William (1859-1952)
18591952
Birth: November 24, 1859 30 26Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1952Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
13 months
daughter
1860
Birth: 1860 31 26Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
2 years
daughter
18621866
Birth: March 27, 1862 33 28Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 25, 1866Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
Purnell, Emily (1864-1936)
18641936
Birth: December 3, 1864 35 31North Colo, Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 6, 1936Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
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
3 years
daughter
18701944
Birth: January 15, 1870 41 36Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1944Marrickville, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
18721939
Birth: 1872 43 38Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 10, 1939Dural, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
daughter
18761888
Birth: February 8, 1876 47 42Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 27, 1888Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
BirthCalculated from age at death
MarriageDocument - Marriage Certificate
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Rosetta's name recorded as 'Moulds'. Stephen was described as a bachelor of Castle Hill and Rosetta a spinster of Castle Hill. Witnesses were George Skinner and Ann Skinner of Dural who made ther X marks. Stephen and Rosetta also signed with their X marks. The minister was William F. Gore.

MarriageNew South Wales. Department of Justice and Attorney General. NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. [data-base on-line]. Sydney: the Registry.
Marriageunknown
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Stephen PURNELL married Rosetta MOULDS in 1854 in the Parish of Marsfield, County of Cumberland, New South Wales by the Rev. William F. Gore in the presence of George and Ann SKINNER nee MOULD/S (sister of Rosetta). They had 10 children born at Dural and Colo New South Wales. They also reared Archibald Robert ALLER sometimes known as PURNELL (son of their 16 year old daughter) and included in both Stephen and Rosetta's Wills. Stephen PURNELL was an Orchardist at Galston New South Wales. In 1867 the Post Office Directory of New South Wales listed Stephen PURNELL as one of the successful pioneers and orchardists in the Galston-Dural Disticts. In 1876 Dural was described as an agricultural district devoted to the cultivation of fruit. Orchards, orangeries and vineyards were numerous and the population was steadily growing. Stephen was said to be a tall sandy haired man who chewed boiled lollies all the time and had beautiful white teeth. He had a very strong accent and the young ones had trouble understanding him speak. Rosetta was a big stern lady who frightened the young grandchildren. Stephen died in Galston in 1912 and was buried in Dural Cemetery. Rosetta died in 1913 at Galston and was also buried in Dural Cemetery. The eldest of their two sons, William Purnell, married Elizabeth Catherine Warwick, the great grand daughter of Andrew Fisburn, the 'First Fleeter'. They had 11 children - nine boys and two girls. William Purnell was listed as a farmer and orchardist. He also had a contract for the delivery of mail from Galston to Arcadia. The mail was carried by buggy, six times a week, for the sum of 36 pounds per annum. The mail arrived about midday at the Arcadia Post Office which was a slab building with a bark roof. Then the return trip was made to Galston. The boys in the family were all involved with horse racing, trotting and greyhounds. A good friend of theirs was the well known jockey of the 20's and 30's Billy COOK. The family also had a lovely pony called 'Slogger' that won many Prize Ribbons and their mother stitched them together and made a blanket for Slogger. When the children were in their teens their house in the Galston valley burned to the ground and they lost everything. It was thought that the boys left a candle too close to the curtains. A neighbour in the valley took up a collection and a little house was built beside the bus station, with a store attached where their mother ran the shop selling sweets and drinks.

MarriageSydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, 1818-2011 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
Citation details:

Parramatta North All Saints Composite 05 March 1844 - 24 December 1870

Text:

Stephen Purnell of the parish of Castle Hill a bachelor and Rosetta Moulds of the parish of Castle Hill a spinster were married in this church by banns this 14th day of Feb 1854 Stephen and Rosetta both made their X marks in the register in the presence of George Skinner and Anne Skinner both of Dooral who made their X marks in the register

FireNational Library of Australia. Trove: one search...a wealth of information. [database on-line].
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Cumberland Argus Sat 23 Jul 1910 p. 6

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GOOD NEIGHBOURS. During the height of a storm on Thursday night, Mr and Mrs Purnell, of Galston, and family were forced out into the cold by a sudden outburst of flace, which in a few minutes devoured everything within reach, the owners being left with only the scanty clothing which they had been able to snatch up. It seemed incredible that a house and its contents could have disappeared so suddenly. Early next day residents met and formed a committee, with Mr S. Fagan chairman, Mr Harvey secretary, and Mr Campbell treasurer, to take steps to alleviate Mr and Mrs Purnell's immediate requirements. Messrs D. Fagan, J. Waddell, A. Gilligan, T. Best, S. Moulds, and R. Fuller, kindly undertook to solicit subscriptions at Galston, Arcadia, Dural, Kenthurst, Middle Dural and Glenorie. A meeting was held the same evening, and it was reported that 50 pounds was in hand, while others sent donations of clothing and household requisites, which were at once handed over to Mrs. Purnell, who, with her husband, had been invited to the meeting. Needless to state, both were overcome with the kindness of their neighbours.

DeathNew South Wales. Department of Justice and Attorney General. NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. [data-base on-line]. Sydney: the Registry.
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Death Date: 1912 Death Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1912 Registration Place: Parramatta, New South Wales Registration Number: 7353

DeathNational Library of Australia. Trove: one search...a wealth of information. [database on-line].
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Cumberland Argus Sat 22 Jun 1912 p. 8

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Death. - On Sunday news spread through the district that Mr. Stephen Purnell had passed away at the advanced age of 88 years. The burial took place on Tuesday, and was very largely attended, and as the cortege wended its way to St Jude's Church the bell tolled out the number of years the deceased has attained. The Rev. J. Roberts held a very impressive service at the church, after which the mortal remains were followed to the C.E. cemetery where a great many had assembled to pay respect to the oldest pioneer of the district. Mr. Purnell was married to Miss Rosetta Moulds, daughter of the late Simon Moulds, sen., of Dural, at All Saints Church, Parramatta in the year 1853. The deceased leaves a widow and seven children of five daughters and two sons, 44 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Many beautiful wreaths were placed on the grave. The funeral arrangements were ably carried out by Mr. Metcalfe, Parramatta.

DeathAncestry.com. Australia Death Index, 1787-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
DeathSydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, 1818-2011 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
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Castle Hill with Doorals Composite 28 February 1841 - 18 February 1951

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Stephen Durnell [sic] of Galston died 16 Jun 1912 and buried 17 Jun 1912 age 83

BurialNational Library of Australia. Trove: one search...a wealth of information. [database on-line].
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Sydney Morning Herald Tue 18 Jun 1912 p. 7

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The friends of the late Stephen Purnell are kindly invited to attend his funeral; to move from his late residence, Galston, this Tuesday at 2 o'clock for Church of England Cemetery, Dural

BurialFind a grave [database on-line].
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Stephen Purnell BIRTH 1829 DEATH 16 Jun 1912 (aged 82–83) BURIAL St Judes Cemetery Dural, The Hills Shire, New South Wales, Australia Show Map PLOT Section 1, Row 3, Site 8-10. The grave is located between the headstones for Henry & Emma Black and Samuel & Phyllis Moore. MEMORIAL ID 180076064

BurialSydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, 1818-2011 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
Citation details:

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

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Stephen Durnell [sic] of Galston died 16 Jun 1912 and buried 17 Jun 1912 age 83

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Occupation

The 1867 Post Office Directory listed Stephen as one of the successful pioneers and orchardists in the Galston Dural districts.