Stephen Purnell, 18291912 (aged 83 years)

Purnell, Stephen (1829-1912)
Name
Stephen Purnell
Given names
Stephen
Surname
Purnell
Birth about 1829 33 32
Death of a paternal grandmotherMary Gainer
March 1830 (aged 1 year)
Text:

[see burial below]

Marriage of a parentWilliam PurnellMary McCallumView this family
February 16, 1839 (aged 10 years)
Address: Sydney New South Wales, Australia
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Name: William Purnell Spouse Name: Mary Mccallum Marriage Date: 1839 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Registration Year: 1839 Volume Number: V A

Death of a motherBridget Murray
January 2, 1852 (aged 23 years)
Text:

This is possibly our Bridget's death date, but under column for Ship Name it had Native (i.e. born in the Colony).

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Name: Bridget Hare Death Date: 1852 Death Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1852 Registration Place: Mulgoa, Penrith, New South Wales Volume Number: V18521236 118

Religious marriageRosetta MouldsView this family
February 14, 1854 (aged 25 years)
Text:

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.

Source: unknown
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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.

Birth of a daughter
#1
Mary Purnell
February 26, 1855 (aged 26 years)
Citation details:

Parramatta North All Saints Baptism 03 March 1844 - 31 December 1916

Text:

Born 26 Feb 1855 and baptised 22 Apr 1855 Mary daughter of Stephen and Rosetta Purnell a farmer of Dural

Birth of a daughter
#2
Sarah Purnell
about 1857 (aged 28 years)
Text:

V1857877 149/1857 PURNELL SARAH STEPHEN ROSETTA 877 VOL 149/1860 PURNELL SARAH STEPHEN ROSETTA 9695/1857 PURNELL SARAH STEPHEN ROSELLA PARRAMATTA

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There are three registrations for Sarah, two of which for 1857 and 1860 having very similar registration numbers. It is therefore likely that they are all the same Sarah and that she was born in 1857.

Citation details:

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

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Born 23 Aug and baptised 27 Sep [year not stated] Sarah daughter of Stephen and Rosetta Purnell a farmer of Dooral

Birth of a son
#3
William Purnell
November 24, 1859 (aged 30 years)
Text:

Name: William Pennel [William Purnell] Birth Date: 1859 Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1859 Registration Place: Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia Father: Stephen Pennel Mother: Rosetta Registration Number: 10996

Citation details:

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

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Born 24 Nov 1859 William son of Stephen and Rosetta Purnell a farmer of Dooral

Birth of a daughter
#4
Sarah Purnell
1860 (aged 31 years)
Text:

V1857877 149/1857 PURNELL SARAH STEPHEN ROSETTA 877 VOL 149/1860 PURNELL SARAH STEPHEN ROSETTA 9695/1857 PURNELL SARAH STEPHEN ROSELLA PARRAMATTA

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There are three registrations for Sarah, two of which for 1857 and 1860 having very similar registration numbers. It is therefore likely that they are all the same Sarah and that she was born in 1857.

Birth of a daughter
#5
Ann Purnell Annie
March 27, 1862 (aged 33 years)
Text:

Name: Ann Purnell Birth Date: 1862 Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1862 Registration Place: Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia Father: Stephen Purnell Mother: Rosetta Registration Number: 11587

Citation details:

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

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Born 27 Mar 1862 and baptised 27 Apr 1862 Ann daughter of Stephen and Rosetta Purnell a farmer of Dural

Birth of a daughter
#6
Emily Purnell
December 3, 1864 (aged 35 years)
Citation details:

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

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Born 3 Dec 1864 and baptised 5 Feb 1865 Emily daughter of Stephen and Rosetta Purnell a farmer of North Colah

Death of a daughterAnn Purnell Annie
August 25, 1866 (aged 37 years)
Citation details:

Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875) Mon 3 Sep 1866 Page 3

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INQUESTS.—An inquest was held at her Majesty's gaol, Parramatta, on 27th August, ... Another inquest was held the same day, at the resi- dence of Mr. Simon Moulds, Dural, before Walter Brown, Esq., cornoer, upon view of the body of Ann Purnell, aged four and a half years, a daughter of Stephen Purnell. From the evidence it appeared that the deceased came by her death through her clothes catching fire whilst playing round a burning stump at North Colo. The mother of the deceased drove her in a cart to Mr. Mould's resi- dence, where she died from the injuries received. Verdict—Accidental burning.

Note: 5965/1866 PURNELL ANN STEPHEN ROSANNA PARRAMATTA
Birth of a son
#7
Simon Peter Purnell
May 5, 1867 (aged 38 years)
Citation details:

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

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Born 5 May 1867 and baptised 14 Jul 1867 Simon Peter son of Stephen and Rosetta Parnell a farmer of Dural

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.
Birth of a daughter
#8
Susannah Purnell
January 15, 1870 (aged 41 years)
Citation details:

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

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Born 15 Jan 1870 and baptised 29 May 1870 Susanah daughter of Stephen and Rosetta Purnel a farmer of Dural

Death of a fatherWilliam Purnell
December 6, 1871 (aged 42 years)
Citation details:

Sydney Morning Herald Tues 12 Dec 1871 p. 1

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DEATHS... On the 6th instant, at his residence, Lane Cove Road, MR WILLIAM PURNELL, in the 78th year of his age.

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Heart disease and dropsy

Burial of a fatherWilliam Purnell
December 6, 1871 (aged 42 years)
Text:

Buried St Thomas cemetery, West Street, North Sydney. An Act of Parliament in 1967 designated the area as 'community land' and the Cemetery was handed over to North Sydney Council. The conversion of the Cemetery to Rest Park in the early 1970s was the Council's first heritage project and the Rest Park was reopened in 1974. William's gravestone was not found on personal inspection of the cemetery in 2005. The park is mostly grassed over and very few headstone remain.

Birth of a daughter
#9
Theresa Jane Purnell
1872 (aged 43 years)
Birth of a daughter
#10
Alice Elizabeth Purnell
February 8, 1876 (aged 47 years)
Death of a half-brotherJohn O'Hare
after 1876 (aged 47 years)

Note: The death certificate of John's father, Felix, dated 4 Jun 1976 states that John was alive at that time.
Death of a half-brotherThomas O'Hare
after 1876 (aged 47 years)

Note: The death certificate of John's father, Felix, dated 4 Jun 1976 states that Thomas was alive at that time.
Death of a sisterMary Purnell
January 12, 1878 (aged 49 years)
Cause: Cancer of stomach
Citation details:

Evening News Mon 14 Jan 1878 p. 2

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BOYD-January 12, at the residence of her son-in-law (Mr. John N. Wallace), 5 Albert Terrace Bellevue-street, Albion Estate. Mary, the beloved wife of Mr. James E.Boyd, Lane Cove, aged 52 years.

Burial of a sisterMary Purnell
January 14, 1878 (aged 49 years)
Source: unknown
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Mary was not a Catholic at the time of her marriage but after her death in 1878 at the age of 53, she was buried in the Roman Catholic section of Petersham Cemetery and her remains were re-interred in the ''Lewisham Section" of Rookwood Cemetery when the extensions were made to Lewisham Hospital.

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Mary Elizabeth Boyd BIRTH unknown DEATH 12 Jan 1878 BURIAL Rookwood Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria Rookwood, Cumberland Council, New South Wales, Australia PLOT M2 sect 13 LEW Plot 444 MEMORIAL ID 148968603

Citation details:

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Mon 14 Jan 1878 Page 8

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FUNERALS. THE FRIENDS of Mr. JAMES E. BOYD, of Lane Cove, are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late beloved WIFE, Mary; to move from the resi- dence of her Son-in-Law, Mr. John Wallace, No. 5, Albert- terrace, Bellevue-street, off Albion-street, THIS (Monday) AFTERNOON, at half-past 2 o'clock, for Catholic Cemetery, Petersham. J. and G. SHYING and CO., 719, George-street.

THE FRIENDS of Messrs. JAMES and THOMAS WILLIAM BOYD are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of their late beloved MOTHER, Mary; to move from their Brother-in-law's residence, 5, Albert- terrace, off Albion-street, THIS (Monday) AFTERNOON, at half-past 2 o'clock, for Petersham. J. and G. SHYING and CO., 120, Oxford-street.

THE FRIENDS of Mr. JOHN WALLACE are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late beloved MOTHER-IN-LAW, the late Mrs. Mary Boyd ; to move from his residence, 5, Albert-terrace, Bellevue- street, off Albion-street, THIS (Monday) AFTERNOON, at half-past 2 o'clock, for Petersham Cemetery.

THE FRIENDS of Mr. MATTHEW QUINLAN are requested to attend the Funeral of his MOTHER-IN- LAW, Mrs. Mary Boyd ; to move from No. 5, Albert- terrace, Bellevue-street, Albion Estate, THIS AFTER- NOON, at 2.30, for Petersham Cemetery.

Marriage of a childJohn Francis CarterMary PurnellView this family
Type: Religious marriage
November 5, 1879 (aged 50 years)
Text:

No 04430 Married 5 Nov 1879 at the house of Stephen Purnell, North Colo, Church of England John Francis Carter a farmer residing Baulkham Hills, age and parents not listed Mary Purnell a spinster residing North Colo, daughter of Stephen Purnell Witnessed by William Purnell and Sarah Purnell

Marriage of a childWilliam PurnellElizabeth Catherine WarwickView this family
Type: Religious marriage
March 28, 1883 (aged 54 years)
Citation details:

Vol 06, 1869-1901

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Married 28 Mar 1883 at St John's Church of England William Purnell a bachelor born Dural, a farmer age 23 residing Dural, son of Stephen Purnell and Rosetta Moulds a farmer Elizabeth Catherine Warwick a spinster born Castle Hill, age 19, residing Castle Hill, daughter of John Warwick and Ann Fishburn William and Elizabeth signed the register in the presence of Sarah Purnell and Simon Purnell, who also signed the register

Marriage of a childAndrew Aitkin HandleySarah PurnellView this family
January 14, 1885 (aged 56 years)
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Name: Sarah Purnell Spouse Name: Andrew Handley Marriage Date: 1885 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Paddington, New South Wales Registration Year: 1885 Registration Number: 2971

Marriage of a childRobert Nathaniel CarterSusannah PurnellView this family
Type: Common
December 1885 (aged 56 years)
Marriage of a childCharles Henry FeatherstonEmily PurnellView this family
1886 (aged 57 years)
Note: Charles' name recorded as 'Featherstone' at New South Wales BDM website.
Death of a daughterAlice Elizabeth Purnell
April 27, 1888 (aged 59 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam James AllerSusannah PurnellView this family
Type: Religious marriage
February 27, 1889 (aged 60 years)
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I have a transcript of the marriage register of St Pauls done by Mr R Martin. who transcribed the surname as ALLEN. However the entry shows parents William James Allen & Susan Hayes. William was described as a timber squarer.

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4236/1889 ALLEN WILLIAM J PURNELL SUSANNAH CENTRAL CUMBERLAND

Citation details:

1889/004236

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Married 27 Feb 1889 at Galston Hall William James Allen a bachelor, birthplace not stated, labourer, residing Galston Susannah Purnell a spinster, birthplace not stated, residing Galston Witnessed by Simon Purnell and Theresa Purnell Married at Galston Hall with the consent of Stephen Purnell according to the rites of the Church of England

Death of a half-sisterBridget Welsh
March 23, 1889 (aged 60 years)
Cause: Breast Cancer
Marriage of a childSimon Peter PurnellSarah Ann GriffithsView this family
February 15, 1892 (aged 63 years)
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.

Marriage of a childCyrus Thomas WarwickTheresa Jane PurnellView this family
Type: Religious marriage
November 28, 1894 (aged 65 years)
Citation details:

Parramatta North All Saints Marriage 19 September 1878 - 28 October 1897

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Married 28 Nov 1894 at Parramatta Cyrus Thomas Warwick a bachelor born Castle Hill, labourer age 27, residing Galston, son of John Warwick an orchardist and Anne Fishburn Theresa Jane Purnell a spinster born Galston, age 22, residing Galston, daughter of Stephen Purnell an orchardist and Rosetta Moulds In the presence of Simon Purnell and Sarah Ann Purnell

Death of a sisterSarah Purnell
December 31, 1902 (aged 73 years)
Citation details:

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930) Tue 6 Jan 1903 Page 1

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DIXON.— At her late residence, Goulburn, Sarah, beloved wife of G. F. Dixon.

Burial of a sisterSarah Purnell
January 2, 1903 (aged 74 years)
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Sarah Dixon BIRTH unknown DEATH 31 Dec 1902 BURIAL Goulburn Old Cemetery Goulburn, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, New South Wales, Australia Show Map MEMORIAL ID 152791727

Death of a half-brotherFelix O'Hare
October 25, 1907 (aged 78 years) Age: 84
Cause: Arterio Sclerosis, thrombosis, gangrene of leg and arm, ailing 6 months, acutely ill 10 days
Note: Felix's death certificate records that he was a farmer aged 84.
Burial of a half-brotherFelix O'Hare
October 26, 1907 (aged 78 years)
Address: Roman Catholic Section
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

Citation details:

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.

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

Burial June 17, 1912 (1 day after death)
Citation details:

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

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

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
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, 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.

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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.

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

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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

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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

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