Hi. I’m Kevin Ousley. I started this blog page to gather as much information about the Ousley families in Australia. The only date that I can find of an Ousley migrating to Australia is that of Jacob Ousley who settled in Tarnagulla. I’m a direct descendent of Jacob’s brother but can’t find him on any passenger lists. Any other information, from our beginnings in Somerset and Devon in the 1700s and 1800s right up to the present day would be of interest to us all.
Please feel free to post any comments, stories with dates, or approximate dates that may create a story of our Ousley history.
There’s a lot of research been done on the American side of our family.
As far as I know this is where it all began.
So far I know that my earliest direct descendant was William Owsley, born about 1750 probably in Chard, Somerset. He was married to Ann, surname unknown.
The next in line is his son William Ousley, butcher of Chard. He was born 6th March 1776, baptised on 6th June 1776 and married Mary Carter on 5 June 1811. Mary was born 25th Dec 1787. Mary’s parents were Joseph Carter and Mary. William and Mary Ousley had 7 children. (Oral history claims that William had 21 sons and 1 daughter from two wives).
William and Mary’s children.
- Jonathon baptised 6th Oct 1816 in Chard UK.
- John William Ousley, (My great grandfather.) Engine driver, born 23 February 1820, baptised 23 Feb 1820 in Chard, died 1900 at 3 Brick St Richmond (now Richmond Terrace. The house has been renovated), married on 17 Feb1862 at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney to Jane McConville from Manchester England, born 1835, died 1918 at 44 Wellington St. Richmond. John and Jane Ousley are my direct descendants. John and Jane lived in Cleveland street Sydney for two years. In 1863 they lived in Punt Road between the Royal Hotel and The Cricketer’s Arms Hotel in a 3 room wooden house. In 1869 he was a General Dealer and in 1873 it became a Dairy, next to Devonshire Terrace comprising 3 houses, 309, 311 and 313 Punt Road. These three, two story terrace houses are still there. In 1886 they lived at 237 Punt Road, then at 225 Punt Road next to the Royal Hotel. In 1897 they moved to 3 Brick Street, behind the Royal hotel which was also a Dairy. Jane is believed to have been Major Mitchell’s governess and to have been very ladylike in that she once chastised a granddaughter for riding cross-saddle instead of side-saddle.
Jane’s parents were Richard and Mary McConville nee Wood. Their children are listed below, after the 7th child of William and Mary’s.
- Isaac Ousley born 19 January 1823. Died 1908 Married in 1846 in the UK Sarah Jane Brunston born 1828 died 1906. 1880 US census at Granville, Clayton, Iowa. They had seven children.
- James. 1846 born in the UK.
- Marian. 1848 in the UK.
- Samuel born 1850 in UK.
- Sarah Jane ???
- George born 1853.
- Daniel born 1860.
- Frank born 1865 in Iowa USA.
- Robert Ousley born 27 August 1825. Chard Somerset. He was an agricultural labourer.
- Abraham Ousley born 17 June 1827. Chard Somerset. More about Abraham’s daughter below.
- Jacob Ousley born 1829. More about Jacob of Tarnagulla below.
- Martha Ousley born 7th July 1833. Chard, Somerset. I think she was a seamstress.
This is the Richmond, Victoria Ousleys.
John Ousley, born 23 February 1820, died 1900, married to Jane McConville, born 1835. died 1918. Migrated to Sydney. John and Jane Ousley are my direct descendants. Jane’s parents were Richard and Mary nee Wood.
John 1820 and Jane 1835 had 10 children.
- Ellen Ousley. Born 15thDec 1862 – Died 11thOct 1891. 3 Brick St. Ellen died of the flu on the eve of her wedding and was buried in her wedding gown. She’s buried with her parents.
- Emily Jane Ousley. Born Sept 1864 died 1927, married Charles James Goodman.
- Elizabeth Mary Ousley. Born 5thOct 1866, married Frederick William Bent, born 1866 Emerald Hill died Bendigo 1932. They had 4 children. Ellen Constance, Vera Kathleen, John Goodridge and Beryl Isabel.
- Agnes Ewen Ousley. Born 31stAug 1868, died 1910 aged 41 in West Melbourne, married Edward Ramsden Ainsley, born 1860 at Ballarat, died 1907 Prahran. No children. In a Zeehan newspaper it’s reported she was a witness in an assault case. She was a barmaid in the Royal hotel 26 June 1895. Agnes was the licensee of the Fitzroy Arms hotel at 197 King St. West Melbourne when she died in 1910.
- Ada Annie Ousley. Born 31stAug 1868 Richmond died 1936 Fitzroy. Ada and Agnes were twins. Ada married Albert Sullivan in 1889. They had one child Gertrude Ellen. She then married David Normington in 1896.
- John Ignatius Ousley. (My grandfather). Born 26 Dec 1870 at 1562 Punt Road Richmond. Died 8 May 1955 at St Vincent’s hospital Fitzroy. I recall seeing him only once at Gracie Street Northcote. I also had a look in his coffin which was in the front room of his house after he died. On the 26thFeb 1908. He married Bridget Annie O’Brien, a waitress who was working at the Queen’s Bridge Hotel, Melbourne. Born 12 Nov 1874 at Bulla. Died 27thJune 1942. Address on marriage certificate is 3 Brick Street Richmond (Richmond Terrace). In 1905 John was a Wheelwright at 81 or 85 Erin Street Richmond. In 1911 his occupation was changed to Coach Builder and Erin Street was his workshop. In 1915 four houses were built on the site on the southern corner of Lennox Street. In 1904 they moved to 4 Peer Street Richmond until 1920. (Dad was born whilst they were living there). In 1921 they moved to 122 Rae Street Fitzroy where Bridget ran a Cake shop. The cake shop is still there but is now a private residence. In 1928 they moved to 6 Gracie Street Northcote until he died. In 1904 he was the licensee of the Prince Alfred hotel Buckingham street Richmond. (I had the impression that the family was fairly poor but now I think not. My great grandfather and grandfather seem to have been fairly affluent. I think the great depression of the 1930s might have had an effect on the family fortunes).
- James King. Born 11 Jan 1874 Richmond Vic. Married to Martha May Elliot (McGregor). They had six children. In 1900 he took over John’s b 1820 (his father) Dairy when he died. He remained a dairyman until 1908. In 1904 he was also named as a Coach Trimmer at 151 Bridge Road Richmond. Don’t know their children’s names. I think this newspaper article refers to James.
MELBOURNE, October 2. James Ousley was proceeded against at Richmond Court today on a charge of having left his wife without means of support; The case was brought before the court in May last, when it was dismissed, the bench considering that the marriage was not valid. Martha May Ousley said that she had married defendant in August, 1900, but had left him because of his cruelty. She bad been previously married, (to McGregor or Elliot??) but had not been near or heard of her first husband for 5 years. She took divorce proceedings in 1903, and the court granted an order nisi, but she had never made it absolute. Mr. Hore, who appeared for the complainant, intended that divorce had nothing, to do with the case. The man was neither seen nor heard of for seven years the legal presumption was that he was dead. In this case 16 years had elapsed, and he considered that the marriage was invalid. The bench held to their previous decision, and dismissed the case.
- William John. 1876 – 1929. Christened in St Ignatius church Richmond 27 Nov 1876. Boer war regimental number 182, married Minnie Mary Wilkinson of Collingwood. Born 1877 died 2 July 1957 in Sydney. More about William John further on. There is a biography of William in “That Ragged Mob” by Robin Droogleever. More info about William John 1876 further down the list.
- Olive Margaret?
- Aubrey William? Born 20th Nov 1907.RAN service number 14497 NOK W.
This is the Tarnagulla/Echuca Ousleys.
This is what I know of the family of Jacob. (My great grandfather’s brother), son of William Ousley b 1776 and Mary Carter. 1787.
Jacob, born on Guernsey, 1829, christened 8 February 1830 in Chard. Died 1877 at 48 years old and Tamsin (Thomesin) Ousley, nee Clemmens born 1822 died 1862 aged 40 came to Australia in 1853 aboard the ‘William Stewart’ (Captain Riches) from Southampton, England. Departed from the Port of Emoar, Southampton 17/04/1853 and arrived at Port Adelaide on the 14th July 1853 (newspaper report 15/07/1853). They married at Guernsey in the Channel Isles.
There is a John Ousley born 1821/2 died 1899 aged 67 and Mary Ousley born 1818 buried 13 May 1880 at 63 came to Australia on the Monteagle April 1853. Buried in St Kilda cemetery. I don’t know where they fit in.
Jacob and his wife Tamzin travelled overland to eventually arrive in Tarnagulla, (possibly for the gold,) where they settled. A son William was born in 1853 in Salisbury Sth Australia. It is believed that William died on the journey overland. The family travelled to Bendigo where John William was born in 1856, then on to Tarnagulla by 1859 where Mary Ann was born. The family settled in Tarnagulla, and the family continued to reside there until 2006, when Jacob’s great granddaughter Jean Ousley passed away. This brought to an end, approximately 150 years of continuous residence in Tarnagulla by the Ousley family.
Tamzin passed away at the Dunolly hospital in 1862.
Jacob had set himself up as a Blacksmith with a shop in Commercial Road Tarnagulla across from the present Post Office building. He was affectionately known as ‘Tommy the Blacksmith’. Recorded in the Maryborough & Dunolly Advertiser on 14th January 1859 as being a Blacksmith.
Jacob and Tamzin’s children…William 1853 born Salisbury Sth Australia, John 1856 born at Bendigo and Mary Ann 1859, born at Tarnagulla.
- William Ousley. 1853 born Salisbury Sth Australia
- John William Ousley was born in1856 at Bendigo, married Helen Rae in 1882. He died in 1937 aged 81.
Helen Rae was born in 1862 and died 30 May 1893 aged 31. She was the daughter of John Rae who lived at Tarnagulla. After Helen died John Ousley 1856 married Jane Donaldson Clark in 1893. She was born in 1865 and died in 1949 at Echuca aged 84. She was the daughter of Henry Donaldson Clark who was married to Janet/Jenet Manclark in 1863. They lived at Tarnagulla and had 2 children, Jane and James Clark 1868.
- Mary Ann, born 1859 at Tarnagulla.
I’m not sure of the this section about Mary Ann. 1859
Mary Ann Ousley 1859 lived at Tarnagulla (Jacob and Tamzin’s third child.)
She had four children…I don’t know why they’re listed as Ousley as that was her maiden name.(Father of her children was probably John Thomas Lee). She then married Thomas Campbell and had another seven kids.
- Charles Curry Ousley 1878 – 1950 aged 72 married to Mary Jane Shergold. Australian Imperial Forces. Pioneer Unit. Service no 69876.
More stuff about Charles.
Shepparton Advertiser mon. 17 sept 1917. OUR HEROES. Mr. C. C. Ousley, of Orrvale, On Wednesday last, Major Couchman attended at the Shire Hall to enlist men for tile Engineers’ branch of the A.I.F. Mr. Charles Curry Ousley, of Orrvale, was accepted, and will go into camp on the 19th.
CLAIM FOR RENT. Chas. Ousley v. Alex. Morris son, for £41 13s 4d, for occupation of land in Drouin from 1st Jan., 1906, to 3rd Feb., 1908. Mr Hamilton for complainant and Mr Friend for defendant. In opening the case, Mr Hamilton said Morrison wrote to Ousley and told him if he would fence the land he (defendant) would be prepared to rent it for £20 a year. Ousley subsequently wrote and arrangements were made to lease it for three years. In 1906 Ousley came up to Drouin and Morrison entered into possession, and cut scrub, and things went on alright until the first quarter’s rent was due. Defendant wanted full control of the timber. Complainant then sent an agreement to defendant, but this was not agreed to by defendant, who kept on in possession of the property for a little over two years. Mr Friend denied that any contract had been entered into, and if there was not any contract the defendant was not to be charged for the time he was in occupation. There was a set off for £16 8s 6d. Evidence was given by Charles Ousley (complainant) and E. H. Maynard, as to Morrison wishing Ousley to fence land so that he could rent it off Morrison being in possession, and with regard to the agreements. Mr Friend said there had been a direct conflict of evidence, and it was strange that proceedings had not been taken until after four years had elapsed. They would say there had been negotiations, but no agreement had been entered into. The court had to find out what occupation there had been. The defendant (Alex Morrison) was subjected to a lengthy cross examination by Mr Hamilton and Mr Friend relative to the negotiations with complainant. W. Quaife gave evidence as to the erection of the fence. W. C. Fuhrman gave evidence as an experienced farmer and saw miller, and said in his opinion the whole property would not sustain a team of working bullocks. D. Scala gave similar evidence. After Mr Friend and Mr Hamilton had again addressed the Bench, Mr Harris P.M. said a Judge would say this case is intricate enough to go to a jury. After reviewing the documents put in and the evidence at length the P.M. said-We think the evidence has shown that defendant Morrison was in occupation for one year. We will make an order for £10 with £3 4s costs. In the set-off we will make an order against the complainant Ousley for £5 7s 6d with £2 16s costs.
Bertie and Charles, both of Tarnagulla and both AIF were cousins.
2. John Thomas Ousley 1880 lived 14 days.
3. Jno? Thomas Lee Ousley 1882
- Mary Ousley 1884
Mary Ann Ousley, born 1859 later married 1887 to Thomas Campbell at Bridgewater.
- Ellen Tamsin Campbell 1888 – 1972 aged 84 wed McBride
6. Annie Campbell 1890 – 1971 aged 82 wed Hocking
7. Jessie Clemons Campbell 1891 – 1970 aged 79 wed Swanwick
8. Elsie Campbell 1893
9. Wm Edwin Campbell 1895
10. Lillian Mary Campbell 1897 – 1976 aged 79 wed Bemmetts
11. Colin Campbell 1898 – 1963 aged 65
Here’s a bit about John William Ousley. 1856.
Tarnagulla 18 July 1887.
John Ousley 1856, Jacob’s son. A blacksmith of Tarnagulla met with a serious accident today when, in company with a young man named Edward Stafford, duck shooting near Laanecoorie. The two men were in a covered waggonette driving around some swamps in search of game when Ousley stood up in the trap, holding the gun in his right hand by the muzzle, the butt resting on the edge of the waggonette. (The 1895 model car in the photo?) Upon going over a rut the gun slipped from its resting place, the hammer catching on the side of the conveyance with such force as to cause the charge to explode. The whole charge consisting of a cartridge of heavy shot entered the lower part of his left breast and lodged in the neck. He was driven rapidly home by his companion, and at once placed under the care of Dr. Gilbert, who extracted the cartridge, and says that the wound is of a very dangerous nature.
He obviously lived.
John Ousley’s (1856) children. All his children in lime green.
Five children with Helen Rae.
- William John Ousley 1883. Born Tarnagulla.
Here’s some newspaper stuff about William J Ousley.
On the 3 Jan 1902. The thirty-seventh annual sports meeting, in aid of the district charities were held on Wednesday and passed off very successfully. The weather was beautiful, and the attendance the largest for many years. Principal results: Handicap bicycle race, one mile – V. Hawker (Newstead), 90 yds. 1; W. J. Ousley (Tarnagulla). 95 yds. 2; T. McFarlane (Inglewood), 120 yds. 3. Two-mile Bicycle Race C. Fraser (Carrapooee), 25 yds. 1; W. .J. Ousley, 190 yds., 2; V. Hawker, 180 yds. 3. Local Bicycle Race, one mile and a half , W. J. Ousley, 1; Peter May, 2. Sheffield Handicap J. H. Boag (Inglewood), 15 yds. 1; H. McKean (Arnold’s Bridge), 10 yds. 1; T. P. Godfrey (Inglewood), 14 yds. 3. Won by 6iin. Wood chopping contest. R. Wright (Arnold’s Bridge), 1; Williamson (Waanyarra), 2. Sea-horse race . H. Ison, 1; J. May. 2. Tilting at the Ring. T. Clarke, 1; J. Billinger, Bicycle Tilting. W. J. Ousley, 1; J. W. Limpy, 2. Fire Engine practice for three men. Inglewood No.’4 Team, 1; Inglewood No. 2 team, 2.
Time line for Jacob Ousley born 1829 and family. Jacob was called Tommy the Blacksmith. They lived at Tarnagulla. I think this is from the Dunolly newspaper.
02.09.1862. Court Case.
10.03.1866. Jacob Ousley, (known as Tommy the Blacksmith), assaults Chinaman.
20.10.1866. Court Case, debt case, can’t pay.
05.04.1873. Authorises Thomas Irvine to collect his debts.
09.08.1873. Court Case about a hammer supplied to the Birthday Co.
16.08.1873. More about the Court case.
30.08.1873. More about the Court case.
17.04.1875. Dog killed by emu.
05.02.1876. John Ousley, Jacob’s son born 1856 shoots a monster wild turkey.
30.12.1876. John Ousley hurt in fall from horse.
16.11.1878. John Ousley calls for volunteers for Tarnagulla Light Horse Troupe.
15.03.1879. Jacob’s daughter, Mary Ann Ousley born 1859 plaintiff in maintenance case. Father is Charles Curry, of Whittaker Bros.
05.04.1879. Messrs (John) Ousley and Warrin, Blacksmiths.
27.12.1879. John Ousley, born 1856 runs at Annual Fete.
03.01.1880. Captain John Ousley of the Tarnagulla Light Horse at the annual fete.
08.01.1881. John Ousley runs at Annual Fete, also a private match with E Hayes who also sings well at Concert. (John sings an Irish song).
17.06.1882. Maintenance Case Mary Ann Ousley v. John Thomas Lee.
28.10.1882. Ditto. John Ousley gives evidence, a mate and business partner of Louis
Warrin for more than five years.
01.12.1883. John Ousley, first Lieutenant of Fire Brigade.
12.01.1884. John Ousley kills a 4’3″ snake in his bedroom.
03.01.1885. Marshall Ousley leads the procession for 1885 Fete.
20.06.1885. John Ousley, General Blacksmith, Commercial Rd.
26.12.1885. Mrs Ousley (Helen Rae?) refuses to live in the new house built by her husband because of the effluent from Burstall’s pigsty.
25.11.1886. John Ousley in Bicycle races at Fete.
18.06.1887. John Ousley accidently shot in a gun accident. Seriously
hurt. Out shooting with Mr Stafford of the Golden Age Hotel.
16.07.1887. Recovering from his gunshot wound.
07.01.1888. Leads the 1888 fete in his new suit.
16.06.1888. Captain John Ousley of Fire Brigade puts out a fire at the station.
03.11.1888. John Ousley hurt, cart of stone falls on him.
18.01.1890. Lieutenant of Fire Brigade.
17.01.1891. Looks like his shop is between Willersdorf and Burstall.
25.04.1891. John Ousley moves to the old George Hotel site, opposite G Bowman’s bakery.
29.04.1893. Broken into, sledgehammer etc. stolen.
03.06.1893. Mrs Ousley (Helen, John’s first wife) dies, didn’t recover from giving birth to twins. I think she died in May.
22.07.1893. John Ousley wins Billiard Tournament at the Golden Age.
27.01.1894. Fills his usual position as Procession Master for the 1894 Fete.
08.12.1894. Elected Captain of the Fire Brigade.
26.01.1895. John Henry Ousley dies, 6 months, the infant son of John and Jane (Donaldson) Ousley.
16.02.1895. Struck on the head at fire brigade practise, nasty wound.
27.04.1895. Resigns from Fire Brigade due to procedure of business.
04.07.1896. John Ousley in bicycle race.
11.07.1896. John Ousley gives evidence in Court.
25.07.1896. John Ousley in Bicycle races.
08.08.1896. Bicycle race to take place between J Ousley and W Lewis.
18.12.1897. Wins a bicycle in a raffle.
12.11.1898. Ad “Anyone found harbouring my son William Ousley 1883 will be prosecuted.” William is John’s first child.
17.06.1899. John Ousley is still at the old shop.
30.09.1899. William Ousley in bicycle race at Maldon. John’s brother.
24.02.1900. John Ousley still at the old shop.
29.05.1900. John Ousley in brilliant uniform on his charger leads the Mafeking procession.
15.12.1900. John Ousley Marshalls for Simon Strahan’s homecoming celebrations.
05.01.1901. Marshall John Ousley in his brilliant uniform mounted on a fiery steed heads the Annual Fete procession.
05.01.1901. W J Ousley at Annual Fete.
04.02.1901. W J Ousley cycling.
09.01.1904. Marshall John Ousley.
11.06.1904. Reforming bicycle club.
08.10.1904. Blacksmith Shop.
31.12.1904. John Ousley appointed Borough Nightman.
04.02.1905. Unable to do this, ill health.
20.02.1906. Norman dies. (Norman Thomas Ousley 1905 lived 1 month).
30th September. 1907. Tarnagulla. Mr. John Ousley, who carried on a successful business here during the last -10 years, was presented with a handsome gold chain and locket by his fellow townsfolk on the eve of his departure for Toolamba, September,
08.06.1907. John Ousley sells up to Stafford, leaving.
20.12.1913. HD Clark dies, Mrs Ousley’s father (Jane Donaldson Ousley nee Clark).
03.01.1914. Marshall J Ousley
03.10.1914. Darkie volunteers
20.05.1916. Robert, (Robert Rae Ousley (1891) Jacob’s son) had a crash.
Motor Cyclist Injured. Tarnagulla, 13th May.
A motor cyclist named R Ousley met with a serious accident to-day through colliding with a horse and gig in the main street of the town. Ousley struck the shaft of the gig, and was precipitated to the roadway with considerable force. When picked up he was unconscious and a medical examination disclosed that four ribs’ had been broken. He was also suffering from abrasions on the face. The shaft of the gig was splintered, and the motor cycle slightly damaged.
18.11.1916. Bert, (John Ousley’s (1856) son) was one of the first to enlist.
06.07.1934. Car crash.
2. Elizabeth Tamson Ousley. Born 1884. Died 1907 aged 22
A WOMAN’S TREATMENT. 1907.
At the Morgue yesterday the district coroner (Dr Cole) opened an inquest in connection with the death of a single woman named Elizabeth Ousley, which occurred at Canterbury on July 1st. William John Ousley, of Albert Park, identified deceased as his sister. Dr Mothson, Government pathologist, who conducted the post mortem examination, said that deceased had died after giving birth to a child. He thought from what he saw, that deceased had very probably not received proper treatment. The inquest was adjourned until Saturday morning
3. Elsie Maude Ousley 1887. In 1912 she married Thomas William Perrin.
4. Bertie Clemens Ousley 1890 died 26 Aug 1952 aged 62. Bertie was a blacksmith like his father, and lived with his parents (John William 1856 and Helen Rae) in Hare street Echuca. He joined the 9th Light horse regiment O/no 463 and sailed for Egypt on the HMAT Karroo 11th Feb 1915. He was then 25 and single. He was wounded at Gallipoli and spent time in St David’s hospital Malta, then sent back to the front. He returned home 10th July 1919. Private Ousley
Mrs. J. Ousley, of Hare-street, has received correspondence from her son, Private B. C. Ousley, who was wounded at Gallipoli. Writing on November 9 from St. David’s Hospital, Malta, where he was then a patient, Private Ousley, said he was getting along all right, and was getting better, and expected to be at the front again before long. He wished to be remembered to all his friends in Echuca.
- Robert Rae Ousley born 1891 died 1964 aged 73, married in 1914 Ella May Wilshusen, born 1894 died in 1915 aged 20. She was the 19th child of Henrick Wilshusen. Second wife in 1917 married Cecilia Helen Stewart born 1895 died 1974 aged 79, daughter of Jeannie Rae and William Stewart
Robert and Ella had five children.
- Robert George Ousley 1915 infant death
2. Eric Robert Ousley 1918
- Jean Helen Ousley 1919-2006
4. Wilma Rae Ousley born 16.04.1932 died 26.08.1980. She was Robert and Cecilia Rae’s only daughter.
Continuation of John’s (1856) 8 children with Jane Donaldson Clark.
- 6. John Henry Ousley 1894 lived 6 months.
Vera Florence Ousley born in1896 died in 1935 aged 39 married in 1918 to William J Schmedje born 1892 died 1962 aged 70, son of Elizabeth Ann Harper and Charles Schmedje.
8. Ellen Janet or Jeanette Ousley 1898 lived 1 month
9. John (Rhys) ‘Johnny’ Ousley 1899 – 1941 aged 42. Married Margaret Ann Crockett born 1903, died 1983, both buried at Echuca.
10. James Baden Ousley 1900 – 1970 aged 70 buried in Echuca.
11. Jacob Henry Ousley 1901 – 1977 aged 76 or is it Henry Jacob, buried Echuca. Service Number VX28455 enlisted in the Army 19th June 1940.
12. Jean Marjorie Ousley 1903- ? Married George Lyell Brown.
13. Norman Thomas Ousley 1905 lived 1 month.
It seems that John may have moved to Echuca after his wife died.
Here’s a bit about Wilma Rae Ousley’s provided by Lois Broad and Simon Mennie.
Wilma Rae Ousley born 16 Apr 1932 Inglewood Victoria. d. 23 Aug 1980 Maryborough Hospital Christening 1932 Tarnagulla Presbyterian. Church Residence 1932 Commercial Road Tarnagulla Victoria Occupation 1953 Longs Licensed Grocers Maryborough Victoria Burial 26 Aug 1980 Maryborough Cemetery. Married Clarence Alfred Broad.
Abraham Ousley 1827 younger brother of John William Ousley 1820 (My Great Grandfather) and immediate elder brother of Jacob Ousley 1829. According to the (second hand) information that I have, Abraham Ousley’s birth date is given as 21 May 1827 at Chard, Somerset. It appears that his father William Ousley 1776 (Kevin Ousley’s Great Great Grandfather) disposed of sufficient means to have Abraham educated at a boarding school in London. Abraham married twice. His second wife was Anna Maria Brett whose father owned a well-known public house in Dover called “The Mail Packet” 15 Woolcomber St Dover.
1871/Anna Marie Ousley/Daughter/24/Dover, Kent/Census
1871/Abraham Ousley/Son in Law, Licensed Victualler/43/Chard, Somerset/Census
1871/William Henry Ousley/Grandson/9 months/St Pierre bas Calais, France/Census
By the time of his second marriage Abraham was an import agent for wines and spirits based in Calais and had also gone into partnership with the Henin lace making company. There were 12 children by the second marriage, all born in Calais but baptised in Dover. Abraham Ousley died in 1882 and his widow remarried dying in 1898 leaving a further daughter. Abraham’s eldest son by Anna Maria Brett was
(1) William Henry Ousley. William Henry apparently managed to purloin much of the family’s money and abandoned his first wife to embrace a series of mistresses and a life as man about town. His sisters were
(2) Anna and
(3) Emelie and
(4) Marguerite born in 1881 was the youngest. This left Marguerite, Anna, Ada,
(5) John and Emelie unprovided for. It had been intended that Anna would be married to one of the Henin sons but in view of the hiatus following Abraham Ousley’s death this was no longer possible. The two elder sisters were sent to Australia to be placed under the guardianship of their grandfather Brett’s (of the Mail Packet public house) eldest son who was working for the Adelaide Shipping Company and also acted as the local French consul. Marguerite was still at boarding school and followed her sisters out later around 1900 it seems. She became a governess and then at the age of 25 enrolled as a student nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. She subsequently became an agency nurse and not infrequently went out into the bush to treat patients. She volunteered for war service in 1915 and joined the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Auxiliary Nursing Corps, sailing for Britain on the SS “Karoola”. She spent 1916-17 in charge of an acute surgical ward at Camiers near Boulogne. During her service she met and became engaged to Corporal Robert Mennie (Simon Mennie’s grandfather), Royal Scots Regiment and was allowed to resign the service in order to marry in 1918. They settled in Aberdeen and she never returned to Australia. Her name is recorded on the role of honour at the Victoria state war memorial in Melbourne. The eldest sister Anna never married and lived for some time as governess and chaperone with the family of District Judge Henry William Moule who became the longest serving county court judge in the state of Victoria and was a member of the Australian touring cricket side which visited the UK in the 1880s .Judge Moule’s position afforded Anna important contacts at the highest level of Melbourne society and she appears to have tutored various future members of the Australian diplomatic corps and at least one future prime minister, Harold Holt. Emelie the middle sister similarly found employment as chaperone and lady’s companion, to a wealthy widow in Melbourne who left her everything. She died so far as is known unmarried, and comfortably off in 1965 in Melbourne.
Some information about Marguerite Ousley, born 1881 in Calais France. From Janet Scarfe. Marguerite married Cpl Robert Mennie in 1918. She was Church of England Date of death 1971 in Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom. Marguerite Ousley (1881–1971) is among the nurses commemorated at St Peter’s Church, Eastern Hill, East Melbourne, on the honour boards naming parishioners who served abroad or at home during the Great War of 1914–18. She trained at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, then returned to her home land England to enlist in the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve. She served in hospitals in France where her health proved fragile, and England. She resigned in 1917 to marry a hospital patient, a corporal in the Royal Scottish Regiment, to the horror of her matron. Marguerite spent her life after the war in Aberdeen, Scotland, where her husband, Robert Mennie was a senior civil servant in the Ministry of Transport. She died there in 1971.
Before the War.
Marguerite Ousley was born in Calais, France on 1 December 1881 (according to her headstone) to Abraham Ousley (bc1836) and his second wife, Anna Maria (nee Brett) (bc1847). When they married in 1869 in St James Church Dover, Abraham was an innkeeper living across the English Channel in Calais. Anna Maria, an innkeeper’s daughter, bore him eight children, beginning with William Henry in 1870 and ending it appears with Marguerite, born in 1881. All were born in or near Calais and baptised in Dover although there is no official record for Marguerite. The family may have been seriously disrupted at that point. Abraham appears to have died in 1881 or 1882. Anna Maria Ousley remarried in 1883; left with eight children under 13, a second marriage may well have been her only acceptable option. Census records suggest Marguerite and her siblings were scattered. In 1891, for example, Emily (sic) was at the Westbourne Training School for Girls in Paddington (suggesting servant training, incorrigibility or both) while Marguerite, the youngest and at school, lived with her maternal grandparents, the Brett family, in Dover. Either the Brett family or Abraham may have had family in Australia, possibly brothers of Abraham, Jacob and John who were blacksmiths in Tarnagulla, a gold mining town in central Victoria. Whether or not this was the case, two of Abraham’s daughters, Marguerite’s elder sisters, made their way to Victoria in 1897. Both 18 year old Anna Maria and her younger sister, Emilie [Emelie] were dressmakers (Passenger Lists Leaving UK, 1890-1960; Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists). Anna and Emilie established themselves in Melbourne and their sister Marguerite had joined them by 1909. Anna was a governess in the beachside of Brighton and soon reinvented herself as a French teacher. Emilie (most likely) had been overseas as a companion to a Miss Bailey, a Commonwealth civil servant. Her electoral roll entry invariably lists her occupation as home duties, suggesting she was a live-in companion. Marguerite began training as a nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital in 1909 and completed the course in 1912. This is the period in which she would have attended St Peter’s Church, Eastern Hill, a stone’s throw from St Vincent’s. St Peter’s was well known for its high Anglican worship and teaching, and its clergy were strongly committed to supporting single women in vocations they deemed appropriate, notably nurses, missionaries and religious sisters. Marguerite may well have attended the St Peter’s branch of the St Barnabas Guild, a social, educational and devotional group specifically for nurses.
Marguerite joined not the Australian Army Nursing Service (likely a matter of numbers) but the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (Marguerite Ousley, QAIMNSR, Service Record [WO399_5783 National Archives). She arrived in England on 2 February 1916 and a week later was on the payroll as a staff nurse commanding £40 per annum. She listed her sister Emilie in Melbourne as her nearest relative though her file contains details of her brother John living in Dover. Marguerite Ousley was initially sent to the Lord Derby War Hospital in Warrington, Lancashire, a large facility with over 2000 beds. A month later she embarked for France and her posting at the 11 General Hospital. The hospital had recently relocated to Camiers, 20 kms south of Boulogne, in a region with a massive concentration of troops, camps and hospitals. It was also just 60 kms south of her birthplace if not her childhood. She was among nursing reinforcements dispatched to the hospital in response to pleas from its matron for more nurses (see the War Diary of Dame Emma Maude McCarthy, Matron-in-Chief, British Expeditionary Force, 1.2.16, 17.2.16, 1.4.16, http://www.scarletfinders.co.uk/43.html). The hospital had capacity for 1500 sick and wounded troops, who arrived almost continuously by train in large convoys from the battlefields of the Western Front. Several months later, the Matron in-Chief visited 11 General Hospital (www.scarletfinders.co.uk/51.html): The arrangements good, the patients looking well cared for. The Nursing arrangements good and the Hospital not as full as Etaples. Each Hospital seems to have their own tennis courts for the Staff, which they all appreciate. Staff Nurse Ousley received a glowing report from the hospital’s acting matron in September 1916 (Ousley, Service Record). Her conduct and character, nursing and conscientiousness were excellent. She was ‘extremely kind to her patients, and manages them very well indeed.’ While not recommended for higher responsibilities, she had charged a surgical ward at night. Ousley’s weakness was her health – she was not very strong. As autumn then winter – the notorious Somme winter of 1916–17 – set in, nurses succumbed to respiratory illnesses. Late in November, the Matron-in-Chief noted the steadily increasing numbers of sick nursing staff. Ousley was among them: she spent two periods in hospital at nearby Le Touquet and then Etaples, in November and then December. Having apparently weathered the shocking conditions of Christmas and New Year, she applied for a transfer to England. The matron at 11 General Hospital must have regretted the loss of such a nurse (Ousley, Service Record): She is most capable, extremely conscientiousness and trustworthy. She is devoted to her duties and has worked extremely well all the time she has been with this unit, whilst her health permitted. The Matron in Chief was more terse: ‘she cannot stand the climate’ (www.scarletfinders.co.uk/59.html) Ousley was transferred to England and posted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Netley from April 1917. This long established purpose built military hospital was near Southampton; sick and wounded troops arriving by ship where transferred onto hospital trains and from there to the hospital. It was vast with over 2000 beds for officers and other ranks. Marguerite Ousley impressed her new matron who described her as ‘an excellent little nurse’ (Ousley, Service Record). Loss of such a competent staff nurse may explain in part the matron’s reaction to Ousley’s sudden application to resign in September 1917. She and a patient, Robert Mennie (1881–1949) of the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), ten years her junior, had fallen in love during his six weeks in hospital, and they intended to marry during his forthcoming leave. Marriage necessitated immediate resignation. Her matron was taken aback and shocked, both by the rash act of this ‘quiet and reserved nurse’ and her own failure to dissuade her from making a ‘terrible mistake’. She described Mennie as a ‘corporal … a very plain Scotsman from Aberdeen’, and implied Ousley’s impetuous action was because she was ‘partly French’ – in itself a fascinating comment on the image and background story Ousley had created. Marguerite and Robert married with banns that month in the Presbyterian Church in Marylebone. Her activities for the remainder of the war are not clear but she may have worked in some capacity with, for example, the Red Cross. She gave birth to their son in January 1919 in Robert’s home city of Aberdeen (Argus, 5.4.1919, p13). She subsequently received £23.7.11 under the Australian War Gratuity Scheme (Ousley, Service Record).
After the War
Marguerite Ousley, now Mennie, does not appear to have returned to Australia again. Her sister,
(6) Ada Ousley, however made several extended visits to Europe in the 1920s and 1930s which included Scotland and her sister (e.g. Australasian, 13.9.1924, p58; Argus, 12.1.1937, p3). By now Marguerite’s sisters Ada and Emilie had adopted the title ‘Mademoiselle’, exploiting their French connection. Mademoiselle Emilie and Mademoiselle Ada were mentioned (separately) in Melbourne’s social pages in this period, attending dances and parties. Ada taught French at St Margaret’s School, Malvern and possibly to private pupils (Argus, 21.12.1937, p7). Emilie died in Melbourne in 1966, aged 95. Ada disappears from electoral rolls and social notes after 1937; the date and place of her death are not known at this stage.
Marguerite’s husband Robert rose to be a senior civil servant in the Ministry of Transport in Scotland. He died in 1949, and she in 1971. They are buried in Aberdeen. Decorations and medallions:
British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Marguerite Ousley commemorated by St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.
There are two William Ousleys that were in the 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen.
William John. Born 1876 at 3 Brick Street Richmond. Regimental number 182. (My grandfather, John Ignatius’ brother).
William John, Born 1867, a butcher from Prahran, Boer war regimental number 265. Son of Charles Ousley 1845 – 1912 married in 1867, Jessie Theresa Summers 1845 – 1920. On the 23 May 1900 he was promoted to Corporal in the 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen’s Contingent.
I haven’t been able to find a link between the Prahran Ousleys (Thorncombe UK) and the Richmond/Tarnagulla Ousleys (Chard UK). The internet tells me that William John Ousley born 1883; son of John William b 1856 and Helen Rae married Minnie Kirkham b 1868. That would make Minnie Kirkham 15 years older than her husband. That would link the Thorncombe and Chard lines in Australia, but I think (via ancestry.com) she married William John Ousley b 1867, son of Charles b 1845 and Jessie Theresa Summers.
This is the Prahran Ousleys
Richard Ousley born 1632 married Rebecca Lock born ? died 1684. They had one child.
- Richard Ousley born 1678 died 1726. Married Jean Fowler. They had two children.
- Elizabeth born 1702. She married Thomas Cook.
- William born 1704 died 1785. Married Elizabeth Bonner. They had nine children.
William 1704 and Elizabeth Bonner’s seven children.
- William born 1726 died 1726.
- Elizabeth born 1727 married J Applin.
- Martha born 1730. Married S Follet.
- Richard born 1732.
- William born 1735 died 1735.
- William born 1738 died 1782.
- Elizabeth born 1739.
- Thomas born 1744 died 1789. Married Edith Hoar. They had five children.
- Henry born 1747 died 1749.
Thomas 1744 and Edith Hoar’s five children.
- Edith born 1770.
- Elizabeth 1775.
- Thomas 1777 married Catherine Newbury. Born 1827.
- Hannah born 1779.
- William Henry born 1781 died 1842 married Elizabeth Farnham born 1781 died 1852. They had eight children.
William Henry 1781 and Elizabeth Farnham’s eight children.
- Edith born 1809 died 1856.
- George F born 1811 died 1861.
- William born 1814 died 1879 married Mary Ann Read born 1809 died 1861. They had seven children.
- Mary Ann born 1814
- Edward born 1816 died 1816.
- 6. Thomas born 1817 died 1894.
- John born 1825 died 1889.
- James born 1826 died 1859.
William 1814 and Mary Ann Read’s seven children.
- Richard Read born 1851 died 1938 married Mary Ann Tucker. They had three children. 1. Elsie 2. Ernest 3. Hettie.
- George born1839 died 1839.
- Matilda Ann born 1841 died 1915.
- Eliza. Born 1843 died 1926 married Captain LeGet.
- Charles born 1845 died 1912. Married Jessie Theresa Summers died 1920. Married in Dorsetshire. Charles 1845 is in the Victorian Police Gazette in 1885 as having a horse or cattle stolen. They lived in St Kilda and are both buried in St Kilda cemetery.
They had two Children.
- Elizabeth born 1849 died 1884.
Charles 1845 and Jessie Theresa’s 1920 two children.
- William John born 1867 or 1868 Regimental Number 265 died 1948 married Minnie Kirkham born 1867/8 died 1947 aged 78, born in Prahran and died at St Kilda. William was a butcher and he and Minnie Kirkham lived in Cowper Street St Kilda and 23 Young Street East St Kilda. Minnie is buried in Springvale cemetery.
They had seven children.
- Charles Henry born 1869 died 1870. Five months old.
William 1867/8 and Minnie Kirkham’s seven children.
- Marjorie. 1907 – 1910 lived 3 years.
- William Charles born 1903 first married Sheila Myrtle ? then Lola Williams.
William Charles 1903 Lived Prahran 1936, St Kilda 1937, Beechworth 1942, Caulfield 1949, Ripponlea 1954. Buried in St Kilda.
- Irene Jessie born 1904 died 1981 married Edward Roy Cole.
- Richard Alfred born 16 July 1905 died 1992. Joined the Army 27 April 1940. VX13470 from Haunted Hills. Was discharged 11 June 1940 after two months. Born in Prahran. Next of Kin E. Ousley wife?
- Velda born 1906 died 1906. Lived 1 month is buried with her mother Minnie Kirkham.
- Reid. born 21 June 1909 – 1974 married Lucy May born 2 Oct 1911 – 6 July 1986. Buried St Kilda. Joined the Army 7 March 1942 from Ripponlea V206425. Discharged 1 Feb 1944. Lists next of Kin as Lucy. Lucy May might have also been married to Herbert Stanbridge.
7. James Cyril.
Thomas Ousley 1744 was a butcher who lived and worked in what is now The Old Bakery in Fore Street. When he died, his wife Edith Ousley nee Hoar, as his widow and administrator sold the cottage which was next door in May 1795. This was described in the deed as a cottage consisting of three dwelling and adjoining garden in the village of Thorncombe in the county of Devon, the dwelling being formerly tenanted by Matthew Fforsey, all deceased. As a family name Fforsey appears in the records of the village from at least the 17th century up to the present day, although it is now spelt Forsey. The name Elias Fforsey is inscribed on the tenor bell hung in the tower of St Mary’s Church and is dated 1772.
Thomas Ousley’s 1744 trade as butcher in 1795 was almost certainly more than we think of it today, primarily that of purveying joints of meat, but would have covered the entire range of butchery from slaughtering the animal onwards. There would have been an important trade in the village at that time which had a charter for a market every Wednesday. The Ousleys owned several other cottages in the village and it would seem from other title deeds that they were prosperous trades people. Indeed Edith Ousley is recorded in the list of land and property tax-payers of the village in 1794.The cottage with its three dwellings, which was sold by Edith Ousley in 1795, was bought by William Cook, described as a labourer for £21 with the payment of a rent of one peppercorn a year. This is a surprisingly large sum for somebody in his apparent position to pay at that time, especially as he did not appear to mortgage the property. Even 10 years later in 1805, when he exchanged a parcel of land with his neighbour Joseph Phillips, who was a mason, he was still only described as being a husbandman. The method of asking for a peppercorn rent was a means of avoiding duty on property sales that was in force at that time.
Charles 1845 was prosecuted under the health act in 1886.
Prosecution under the health act 17 Dec 1886 at the Prahran Court on Thursday, Mr J. C Turner, for the local board of health, summoned Charles Ousley, butcher, of Malvern road, for having on the 17th November, caused a nuisance by carrying on a noxious trade upon his premises. The proceedings were taken under the 93rd section of the Health Act, and the Prahran health officer, Dr Fetherston, together with a number of residents of the neighbourhood, gave evidence that the fumes arising from the boiling down establishment were injurious to health. Upon the defendant promising to abolish the practise and remove the plant. The case was withdrawn, as was also a similar case against William Fothergill butcher, of Chapel Street.
William Charles Ousley born 1903
Woman Killed by Truck.
As she stepped on to the roadway from behind several motor-cars which were parked outside the Memorial Theatre, Acland Street, St. Kilda, shortly before 11 o’clock on Saturday night, Mrs. Louisa Augusta Helena Rosenhein, aged 69 years, of Thackeray Street, St. Kilda, was struck by a motor-truck and killed. William Ousley, aged 23 years, of Cardigan Street, East St. Kilda, informed a police wireless patrol that he was driving the truck, which is owned by Stanley ???? Motors, Barkly Street, St. Kilda, south along Acland Street when his vision was obscured by an approaching tramcar. The front mudguard of the truck threw Mrs. Rosenhein to the roadway. Ousley attended to her until a civil ambulance took her to the Alfred Hospital, where she was found to be dead.
The following are newspaper articles. There are a few words I can’t decipher.
It appears that William John 1867 couldn’t handle the grog. He may have been affected by the Boer War.
William John born 1867 would have been 47 years old.
Disturbance in Hotel. Monday’s sitting of the Prahran court, William Ousley summoned Thomas Cope, licensee of the Mt. Erica Hotel, and his son, Thomas, for assault. Ousley also claimed £15 damages. The assault was alleged to have taken place on the evening of July 24. 1914. Dr Trood gave evidence as to certain injuries found on complainant, Including a bruised nose and a black eye. The complainant said he was a member of the Toorak Angling Club, which held us annual distribution of prizes at the hotel on the evening of the date named. He attended, but before he entered the room he called for a drink. This was refused to him. He then picked up a drink another man had ordered, but the licensee’s son told him to put it down again, which he did. He then went into the room where the meeting was being held. The licensee ordered him to
retire, and when he refused the licensee and his son caught him by the arms and put him out of the room. The son (complainant alleged) then struck him three tunes in the face, he was then thrown into the street. He again returned to the room, when he was assaulted by the licensee. Mr. Croft, who cross-examined complainant, elicited from the latter that he had been refused drink at the Bush Inn and Orrong Hotels. James Stewart and William Warren, members of the Toorak Anglers Club, were called as witnesses by complainant, but they put the blame for the trouble on to complainant. The Bench dismissed the two charges without calling on the defence. Cross summonses were also dismissed. Neither of the parties concerned were allowed costs.
THE ENEMY ALCOHOL. May 3 1919 William John Ousley 1867, a Prahran citizen of fifty years standing, put an enemy in his mouth to steal away his brains. He has done the state some service, being a war veteran of the Boer campaign, but he repeatedly finds his Majuba in too much drink, which his friends regret. Recently, Mr. Moore, P.M., spoke kindly to him, and pointed out to him that he was his own enemy. If he continued to drink to excess he must expect to pile up trouble for himself. The most recent of these- troubles that has come before the Prahran Court was ventilated on Monday, when Constable Murphy charged Ousley with being drunk and disorderly on the 11th inst., and preferred the additional charge of behaving in on offensive manner in a public place. Constable Murphy deposed that he was passing along East Street, Armadale, on April 11th, when he heard bad language coming from the defendant’s place. Defendant’s wife was screaming. It was raining at the time. Defendant did not see witness, and defendant opened a gate and came off his own premises and fell into witness’s arms. When arrested defendant said there were two sides to every story. The children were running about annoying him, and he wanted quiet as he had the influenza. In reply to questions witness said he had no dislike to Ousley, nor had he advised Mrs. Ousley to take proceedings against him for assault, Mrs. Ousley bad asked him what she could do to protect herself. He lived close to the defendant, and had been spoken to about Ousley’s conduct when drunk. Ousley was in his own yard when the noise was going on. He was abusing his wife. That was a nightly occurrence. For the defence it was seen that the charge had been magnified by the constable. It was not an offence for a man to be drunk on his own premises. Ousley was a reputable citizen, and the fault was that both parties took too much drink. Murphy had taken Ousley off his own premises, and locked him up. Ousley said he was a butcher, and that he lived with his wife and children at 18 Rose Street, Armadale. On the night when Constable Murphy interfered witness was slightly under the influence of drink. The children got a stick and started beating him with it. One of the children threw a rock at him. He commenced to chase the boy, and ran into Constable Murphy’s arms, who seized him and locked him up. He had been a Prahran citizen for fifty years. As to the language, it was a lapsus lingiiae,and meant nothing. His vile was avei-y eseitable woman. She had taken £1 out of his pocket. His eldest child, a boy, was sixteen years of age, and his youngest six. He regretted the whole affair. The Chairman admonished Ousley and then fined him £2 for being drunk ‘1 C2 for offensive behaviour, and 2s. for cob hire.
The two children mentioned would be William Charles 1903 and Reid 1909.
This is what I know about William John Ousley regimental no. 182 (born 1876 Richmond), father of 6 children, and son of John Ousley born 23rd February 1820. (William is Jacob’s nephew and my grandfather’s brother and dad’s Uncle.)
William John 1876 and his wife Minnie Mary Ousley nee Wilkinson.
My Great grandfather’s younger son…(Jacob’s nephew), William John Ousley b 1876 d 1929, QSA and 2 clasps, Sawyer and general hand was educated at St Ignatius College Melbourne until 1892. He became a Carpenter. There was a slump in Victoria and he wasn’t doing too well so William packed up his carpentry tools, some clothes, food and water into a wheelbarrow which he then pushed form a port in South Australia across the Nullarbor Plains to the goldfields in Western Australia. As there were limited roads and no railway from Melbourne to Kalgoorlie this journey would have involved several thousand kilometres of walking. William played cricket for the Kalgoorlie in the 1896 cricket team and apparently was credited as bowling some cunning off and leg breaks and also top spin. Underarm of course, as this was not considered unsportsmanlike during that era, but these were still considered difficult to hit.
In 1897 he returned to Melbourne. He played football and joined the Melbourne Rifle Club. He then enlisted in the 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen’s Contingent. He was a Roman Catholic, 5′ 8 3/4’’ with a chest measurement of 37”.
They left Port Melbourne on the Victorian on the 1st of May 1900 bound for Sth Africa. They arrived at Beira on the 23rd May 1900. Whilst there, William was promoted to Corporal. He came back to Australia via London, leaving London on the Orient on the 22 June 1901 arriving in Melbourne on the 12th of July 1901. On the 31st July 1901 he was discharged.
William returned to Sth Africa and joined the South African Mounted Constabulary. He then sent for Minnie Mary Wilkinson to come to him. She did and he married her on 16th Dec 1902 in Cape Town.
William Ousley,1876 of Springs, Transvaal, and Minnie Mary Wilkinson, of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, were Married at the Magistrate’s Office by JM Russim, Marriage Officer. Witnesses were DF Immelman and E Bird. 1902 Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
They had six children; the first was (These 6 are dad’s cousins)
(1) Helen Eileen Ousley in Cape Town in 1904. Minnie Mary and daughter Helen returned to Australia in 1906 as unassisted passengers on the Wilcannia. William returned to Australia on the Commonwealth in 1908. Their second daughter,
(2) Dorothy, (Dorothea Minnie Myrtle) Ousley was born in Launceston, Tasmania 17 May 1909. Died 21 Sept 1960 buried at McLean NSW.
They then went to New Zealand where their third daughter,
(3) Vera Ousley was born in 1911.
(4) Laura Jean Ousley had been born in 1914,
(5) William John Ignatius Ousley1918 (Father of Fr. Bill Ousley?) Service Number NX45192 : Date of birth – 25 Sep 1918 : Place of birth – Hamilton NZ : Place of enlistment Newcastle NSW : Next of Kin Minnie Mary.
(6) Joseph Mannix Ousley born in 1921 in Auckland NZ according to army records. Mother Minnie Mary is named as next of kin. Joseph joined the army 29 Sept 1941, NX48309 from Maroubra NSW. He was a gunner. Discharged 15 Jan 1946. He married Bernadette Aileen McMahon in Redfern 1952. Died 2008.
Death: William 1876 died tragically while working on a site in the high-rise developments of Sydney. It is told that William was talking to workmates and stepped back, falling down a lift shaft that was not properly roped off. 1929 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He and the family worked their way up from Cape Bluff where they landed at Frankton Junction, the rail centre of Hamilton where he took on a responsible position as railway/transport manager. They lived in New Zealand until 1928. He fractured his skull when he fell 30 feet whilst in charge of works on the Waikato Bridge. He was helped out of the water by an itinerant labourer. They then moved further north to Auckland where he worked on the construction of the Waitakere Dam. They also lived in Otago. He became disillusioned with NZ so he left his family in Auckland and went to Sydney in order to find medical assistance for the pain in his skull caused by the accident. His home in West Auckland burnt down so his family joined him in Maroubra NSW. He was working as a carpenter at the Rosebery Racecourse on the 24 September 1929 when he fell down an elevator shaft and was killed.
Requiem Mass at St Aiden’s Catholic Church at 7.00 am. Buried at Botany Catholic cemetery. Wed 25th Sept. 1929.
A bit about the 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen.
Private William Ousley (1876), Regimental number 182. William is recorded as being a sawyer and general hand from Richmond Victoria, 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen. In 1911, Lieutenant-Colonel P. L. Murray, produced a marvellous Boer War reference detailing all the contingents sent from Australia to South Africa, giving a brief history of the formation and finally, listing all the soldiers who saw service in South Africa with that unit. The book was called, Official Records of the Australian Military Contingents to the War in South Africa. It is now the standard reference and starting place for any person interested in pursuing information about Australian involvement in the Boer War. At the request of the Imperial Government, which desired that a corps of seasoned bush men, bold riders, and sharpshooters, should be enrolled, capable of successfully contending with a guerrilla enemy, this Contingent as raised. The officers and men were to serve directly under the Imperial Government and be subject entirely to it. The period of service was limited to twelve months or the duration of the war. General Order 16 (Victoria), 1900, notified that applications would be received from officers of the Forces and those who had previous military service as officers for appointment to this Contingent. Candidates were required to be capable horseman, and to have had a certain amount of bush experience. Departure and Return. The Contingent left on 1st May, 1900, consisting of 31 officers (and 2 Supernumeraries), 598 other ranks, with 778 horses and 11 wagons. One officer, 22 were killed or died; 14 officers, 9 others were transferred; 4 officers, 25 others were struck off in South Africa; 1 officer, 1 other were commissioned in the Imperial Army; 17 officers, 504 other ranks returned to Australia. The transport to South Africa was the Victorian. This Contingent left on 1st May, 1900, by the transport Victorian, and arrived on the 23rd at Beira; disembarked, entrained to Umtali, and marched to Marandellas, reaching there on 11th July. Squadrons, under Lieutenant-Colonel Kelly, were sent to Buluwayo and thence by rail to Mafeking. They were then despatched, to Ottoshoop, and formed part of Brigadier-General Lord ErrolI Brigade, under Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Carrington. The three remaining squadrons, under Major Clarke, remained in Rhodesia at Marandellus, Fort Charter, Fort Victoria, Tuli, and Buluwayo; being engaged on the lines of communication until the end of the year, when they were ordered to Cape Colony. William joined the 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen to serve in the Boer War and assuming he joined early in the war he would have been approximately 23 when he left Australia. His regimental number was 182. A photo of William in his Boer War uniform shows him young and eager typical of the romantic beliefs about heroism and duty during this time before WW1.
John Ignatius Ousley. (My grandfather). Born 26 Dec 1870. Died 8 May 1955. Married Bridget Annie O’Brien on the 26th Feb 1908. Born 12 Nov 1874. Died 27th June 1942.
Their children are.
- Veronica Ellen Irene Ousley. (Aunty V). Born 2nd Dec 1908, married Matt John Devlin 30th Oct. 1937, died 23 may 1982. Their children are Maree, Patricia, Anne, John and Loretta. Aunty V as she was known was a devout Catholic but didn’t like the Japanese as they were responsible for the death of her brother Dan Ousley. The Devlins lived in McColl street. Preston.
- John Augustine Ousley. Born 9 July 1910, married Thelma Lamb 8 Jan 1935. Died 15 July 1973. Uncle Jack as we called him was a Linesman with the PMG in the Eltham area. He and his family lived at Heidelberg. They had three children, Jill, Robert and Marion. Aunty Thelma died just after Marion was born. Aunty V looked after Marion a lot as Uncle Jack had to work. They lived at Heidelberg.
Jill died in 2012?
- Francis Ignatius Ousley. Born 5 July 1913 Richmond, married Alice Catherine Ogden, known as Kitty. Born 24 Feb 1913 from Northcote. They married on the 3rd April 1937 in Northcote. Apparently it was a huge affair with lots of prominent people in attendance. Nuptial Mass naturally. They first lived in a house in Victoria Road Fairfield, and then moved to a house in Bell Street Coburg. Dad started his working life as a telephonist with the PMG in 1929 and eventually became a technician. I think he actually left school when he was only thirteen. That’s when he got his merit certificate. He was very scholastic. Terence Francis was born on the 24th of March 1940, and dad applied for a transfer to Nyah West. They moved up there in 1941 and he was put in charge of the Nyah West and district telephone service which covered a huge area of the mallee. I’m not sure of the reason why dad would want to leave the city life, or chose Nyah West, but adapted to the bush more readily than most, and loved it till the day he died. I suspect it could have been to get mother away from the influence of her family. As I recall he was only moderately ambitious, but maybe when he was young he was more so. To be wealthy wasn’t a priority, but to be a good provider was. They’d just come out of a very bad depression which mother would always hark back to, but seemed to have come through relatively unaffected. Dad, having a government job, was secure. Dad’s parents seemed more affected than mother’s parents, probably because mother’s father worked for the government weights and measures department as an inspector at that time, and maybe because of his contacts through being a prominent Australian Rules football identity. Mother’s parents also made crumpets in the shed at 11 Christmas Street and sold them. Apparently it was a pretty good business. I think Papa was also a member of the Salvation Army about the time he married.
On May 10th 1942 dad joined the Army as a signalman, service number V375961, and served five years, but luckily didn’t have to go away from home. At first they lived in the Nyah Grand hotel. I don’t know how long they lived there. They then moved to a rented house near Nyah. The Roberts’ owned it. They then moved to a house owned by Mrs O’Brien. I don’t think they got on with Mrs O’Brien as Terry can recall dad telling him that she ‘went him’ with a tomahawk. This house was a bit closer to Nyah West than Roberts’, about thirty minutes’ walk. At first dad would either ride a bike or walk to work at the PMG yard at the back of the Nyah West Post Office as he didn’t have a licence to drive. He had to get a licence very quickly as he had a large area to cover. He didn’t have to pass a test. The policeman asked him if he could drive. He said “yes” and that was that. In 1944 or 45 they moved to a house owned by Bill and Jean Jury. I was born while dad, mother and Terry were living at Jury’s. Both dad and mother played tennis at Nyah West and they both loved to get together with friends and have a few beers. Dad in particular was the life of any party they went to, and there was plenty of social life in Nyah West. Dad knew, and was friends with everyone. Frank and Kit had three boys. Terry, Kevin and Danny.
- Terence Francis Ousley was born 24th March 1940 at the Mercy hospital Melbourne. He went to Nyah West State School then Swan Hill High. He was a very good Australian Rules footballer and runner. He was playing for Nyah West firsts at 15. Through Uncle Gordon’s (our mother’s brother Gordon Ogden) influence he was asked by MFC secretary Jim Cardwell to play for Melbourne. He went to Melbourne at 16 and lived with Nanna, Papa, (my mother’s parents), Aunty Mavis, my mother’s sister, who married but was separated from Gordon (Seckold) and her children Diane and Anthony. He played well with the thirds (under 19). He worked as an apprentice fitter at Miller’s Ropeworks in Brunswick and went to Preston Tech. He played football for the Northcote YMCA each Sunday as well as participating in athletics and most other sports the YMCA covered. In 1958 we all moved to Melbourne to be with Terry, firstly to 11 Christmas Street for about four or five weeks, then to South Morang for one year. Dad then got the opportunity to buy the St Andrews hotel.
Terry’s career at Melbourne FC (Their home ground was the MCG for the info of any British cricket followers who may read this) was cut short by a torn thigh muscle that wouldn’t heal properly. He played for Sth Morang, then captained and coached St Andrews in 1961 and 1962. He married Jeanette Ruth Towns, lived at Kangaroo Ground for a while then moved to Wangaratta. First born was Linda Karen, 1967 now living at Sunshine. Kerry Anne 1970, lived at Malvern then Box Hill. Michael 1972 who only lived five days and Steven James, 1973. In 2006 Steve married Amanda Kalbrunna (born 1975). Steve and Amanda have two children, Bodie James 2003 and Kirra Hayley 2004 and live outside Wangaratta. Kerry has 2 boys, Phoenix 2003 and Rex, both born at Box Hill hospital. Their father is Adrian Bonifacio, Kerry’s former defacto. In 2013 she married an old school friend, Mark Bell in Las Vegas in an Elvis wedding chapel and moved to the Bendigo area. They are now divorced.
- Kevin John Ousley, Born in the Nyah Bush Nursing hospital Nyah West on 21st May 1945. Went to Nyah West State School for three years and then to St Mary’s Swan Hill. I was a hopeless student. My last two years were at Abbotsford Tech. I left when I was fourteen. Dad checked the Age newspaper for jobs for me and I started at Successful Advertising in 1959. I stuck it out for eight months then just didn’t go back. The main reason was the travelling. From St Andrews in a car to Panton Hill, then bus to Hurstbridge, train to Princes Bridge, walk to 580 Lonsdale Street. I left home at 7am got home at 7.30pm. I had no ambition or thoughts about what I would do. I worked for dad when he needed me, chopping wood and bar work and loved it.
In 1963 I joined the RAN and travelled around Australia twice on HMAS Moresby, a survey ship. We surveyed the waters around New Guinea. We also did a trip to Singapore and Bangkok to test the Indonesian blockade of the Sunda Strait. I met Ruth Janice Evans, (born 1941) in Tasmania when I was nineteen and married her in 1969. I joined HMAS Duchess, a Daring class destroyer and spent the next two years doing duties in the Far East, from India in the west to the Philippines in the east, to Korea and Japan to the north east. The Vietnam War was going on and I did two trips to Vietnam whilst on HMAS Duchess. Singapore and Hong Kong were our home ports. Several years after the Vietnam War the Gunnery Officer from my two trips, Lt. Cmdr. Rodney Nott wrote a book about our visits called The Vung Tau Ferry and her Escorts. The second addition has a picture of an oil painting, which I did, published in it. Our first child, Joanne Ousley was born in 1970 and was two when I paid off from the navy. We were living at 7 Mary Street Malvern for a total of thirteen years. Our second,
David Francis Ousley was born on the 10th March 1977 we moved to Jacksons Road Noble Park North. (1978). Three days after I paid off from the navy I got a job at the Turf Club Hotel. One of the customers, Harry Gale, asked me if I wanted a better job. I started working for Harry Gale February 1973. We originally made baby wear then invented and marketed the first knitted shade cloth. When I started Harry turned over about $200,000. In 1995 we turned over $60,000,000. All my time I worked for Gale Australia I did at least sixty hours per week and made myself available twenty four hours per day seven days a week. In 1998 I was semi-retired but got a job at Australia Post for about six years and retired at sixty years of age.
- Daniel Patrick Ousley was born in the Swan Hill hospital in 1956. When he was two we moved to St Andrews where he started school. In 1964, when I was in the navy, dad, mother and Danny moved back to Nyah West. Danny attended Nyah West State School and then on to Swan Hill Institute of Technology. (S.H.I.T.) Both Danny and Terry were much better scholars than me. At seventeen Danny got a job at the CBA in Nyah West. The bank changed names a couple of times and is now Westpac. 2017 and Danny’s still working for them. At twenty one he married his school sweetheart Gayle Ketts. Danny was sent to Hopetoun by the bank so they rented a house there. Danny played football, first for Nyah West firsts as a 15yo, then Hopetoun. He was as good if not better than Terry. The bank moved he and Gayle to Melbourne but Gayle couldn’t handle the confines of Normandy Road Northcote and went back to Nyah West. They got divorced. Danny then married in 1987 Jennifer June Hands born 1962. They have five children. Kathryn June 1989, Josephine May 1990, Caroline Marie 1991, Samantha Jean 1993 and Daniel Francis 1995. Daniel is an excellent footballer and plays for Rowville where they live.
Terry, Danny and I have done a fair bit of fishing in the Wangaratta area and often revisit Nyah West where we spent our chilhoods. Usually camping on the banks of the Murray River.
- William Xavier Ousley, born 8 June 1915, married Valerie Taylor 18 Aug 1945 and died 19 Dec 1976 from a hit/run driver. Uncle Bill had been to his work Christmas party. Ray had gone to pick him up and returning home along McCloud Road they saw a car that had ran off the road. They stopped to help and while Bill was walking to the car he was struck by another car which didn’t stop. The driver was never caught. They had one son, Raymond. They lived at Carrum in Westley Street. Uncle Bill was a coach builder and made caravans. During the Second World War he was a leading aircraftsman in the RAAF.
Daniel Joseph Mannix Ousley, born 4th April 1918, died 4th Feb 1942. Richmond. Dan was killed by the Japanese on New Britain in 1942. Dad told me a little about it when I was very young, but the information he had was very sketchy. He seemed to hold onto the hope that Dan was still alive and in a repatriation hospital somewhere. The truth about his death didn’t come to light until much later. An article in the Herald newspaper on April the 23rd 1973 explained what had happened. It mentioned Ted Best, a former Melbourne Lord Mayor and Alex Tolmer, managing director of Toltoys, and others who were members of the 2/22 Infantry Battalion, of which Dan was a member, and ‘Operation Lark Force’. In short…On January 21st 1942, after three weeks of bombardment, Rabaul was attacked by the Japanese from the sea, and overwhelming numbers broke through the Australian defence. It is estimated that against the original garrison of 1,500 Australians, the Japs landed 17,000 men in the immediate vicinity of Rabaul. The Australians were forced to withdraw, but left between 3,000 and 4,000 dead Japanese on the shores of the bay. The Australians then split into small groups and while some managed to escape to sea, a great number were killed or captured. Of the latter, of which Daniel Joseph Ousley, Private, VX29456 was one, most were murdered. The Japanese preferred this to taking prisoners, although some were held. The remainder were drowned when the Japanese warship taking them to the Philippine Islands, which the Japanese held, was torpedoed and sunk. Nevertheless a number of those that ran the gauntlet of Japanese patrol craft reached Australian territory and survived. Ted Best was one of these. According to Australian War Memorial records, Japanese destroyers steamed up and down the coast sinking all small vessels that they found, including native fishing boats.
Dan was twenty-three when he was executed by bayonet, on a beach tied to other soldiers, after being captured on the 4th of February 1943. When the 5th Australian division finally landed at Jacquinot Bay and defeated the Japanese on the Gazelle Peninsular, it was discovered that the number of Japanese soldiers was nearly 90,000. Dan has no known grave but he and the 1,200 others that were killed are named at the Rabaul memorial. An avenue of stone pylons with bronze panels bearing their names are affixed, leading from the entrance to a Cross of Sacrifice.
- Verna Patricia Ousley, born 11 Aug 1921 and died 8th Sept 1995 married Paul Anthony Heaton-Harris 20th Feb 1954. They lived at Moe. Tony as he was known was in the British merchant Navy. They had four children. Paul Anthony, Bernadette Mary, Jane Maree and Vincent.
On Kevin’s mother’s side. The Ogden family.
Kevin’s great, great grandparents. Thomas Ogden 1827 migrated from Manchester England on the Lord Raglan in 1860. He was 33 at the time and married to Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Foster born 1834. She and their son William were with him on the ship.
(The Lord Raglan foundered at sea on 23rd February 1863. There were 289 lives lost.)
Their son, William Ogden was born in Manchester, England, 1853. Married 8th April 1882 at Cook River NSW to Ellen Wilcox, born 1865, died 1914 age 50 at Northcote. In 1906 she remarried, to John Taylor.
Ellen Wilcox’s parents were John Wilcox, born 19 May 1826 Ashton Lancashire England and married Ellen Bowden born about 1831 Glassop Derbyshire. They married 1851 at Ashton under Lyne Lancashire. They migrated to Australia on the Shaxmanton Sept 1863.
John Wilcox 1826 father was James Wilcox. His mother was Elizabeth.
Ellen Bowden 1831 was Anthony Bowden born 1789. Her mother was Ann Spencer born about 1801.
William Ogden and Ellen had four children.
- William James. Born 1883.
- Percival Gordon Ogden. Kevin’s grandfather.
- Edith Elizabeth
- Leslie George, born 1899.
Percival Gordon Ogden (Percy Butch) was born 25th January 1886 in Canterbury NSW. Percy married Mary Kathleen Gaynor, of 83 Christmas Street Northcote. Born 23 Jan 1886 in Oakleigh, Melbourne. They married in 1906 at Northcote. Mary Kathleen died 26 June 1963 in St Vincent’s Hospital Fitzroy. I’d been in the navy four months. Her brothers were:
Francis Pacificus. I knew him when I was very young as Uncle Pas. I think he lived at Mildura. William. He was married to Myrtle and had a cake shop in St Kilda and Terence Patrick.
Mary Kathleen Gaynor’s (Kevin’s maternal grandmother) parents were Terence Patrick Gaynor, born 1855 in Dublin Ireland, and Catherine O’Donohue, born 1855 in South Australia. They married on 27th August 1884 in Victoria. Terence Patrick Gaynor died in Northcote 23rd July 1936 and Catherine died 14 July 1914.
Terence Patrick Gaynor’s father was Patrick Thomas Gaynor, born in Ireland about 1850. Patrick was married to Alice O’Farrell, born about 1876 in Durham England.
Catherine O’Donohue’s parents were John O’Donohue, born 1832 in Clare, Ireland, and Mary Mackey, born about 1836, Clare, Ireland. They married in 1865, Clare, Ireland.
John O’Donohue’s parents were Michael O’Donohue and Catherine Winifred Moran.
Mary Mackey’s father was John Mackey, born 1816, Clare, Ireland.
A bit about Percy Ogden.
Percy Ogden (24 February 1886 – 1967) was an Australian rules footballer who played with and coached Essendon in the VFL. A rover, Ogden started his career with Collingwood in 1905. He played just four games with the club and didn’t return to the VFL until 1910, with Essendon. Ogden was a member of Essendon’s back to back premiership wins in 1911 and 1912. After spending a couple more seasons out of the league, due to the club disbanding during the war, Ogden returned and went on to captain Essendon. The 1919 season was spent as captain and the following two were as captain-coach. Percy ‘Butcher’ Ogden played 161 games for Essendon. Percy Ogden was recently ranked number 38 in Essendon’s ‘greatest bombers of all-time list.
Ogden also had the honour of captaining Victoria in a game against South Australia in 1920. He worked as a weights and measures inspector at the Victorian Market. In his latter years his son Gordon got him a job with him at the Williamstown Naval Dockyard.
Percival Gordon Ogden and Mary Kathleen Gaynor had four children.
- Gordon Ogden was born 14 Feb 1909 and died ????. He married Patricia De Vere Kelly, a hairdresser who lived at 3 McLachlan Street Northcote…the last house before Merri Creek. She was a hairdresser who worked at Clifton Hill They married the on 4th June 1934 in St Joseph’s Church Clifton Hill. Pat She died 7th Nov. 1958, of a cerebral haemorrhage in Royal Melbourne Hospital aged 47. They had four children, all girls. Maureen Patricia, born 1935. Maureen married Peter Tamlyn. They had two children, Jacqui and Andrea. Andrea married Craig Nankervis, a VFA footballer. Geraldine Christine, born 1937, Colleen Frances, born 1939 and Shayne De Vere, born 1950. Shayne married??? Valdemarin. They’re now divorced. They have a son Chris and a daughter???
Gordon was a back pocket player who shared his father’s nickname ‘Butch’. He was recruited from Northcote CYMS to the Melbourne Football Club. At Melbourne he played in the back pocket. His debut was round 3, 1928 against Fitzroy at Brunswick Street and played 134 games. He represented Victoria five times. After playing in the 1936 and 1937 preliminary finals he left the MFC for Williamstown in the VFA. As playing Captain/Coach he took them from last to a premiership in his first year. Ogden was cleared to Warracknabeal as coach in 1938 before returning to Williamstown as captain-coach. He returned to Williamstown for two seasons in 1948 and won another flag in 1949. In 1947 he umpired fourteen games in the VCFL and was an emergency umpire for one VFL game. He then coached Yarraville to a Grand Final in 1953. Later he served as an Assistant Coach to Norm Smith and coached Melbourne seconds until retiring after the 1965 season. His height was 177cms. His playing weight was 69kg. he was an A grade cricketer and won several foot races.
He appeared at the VFL tribunal once and was suspended for four matches.
After leaving football he worked as a plumber at the Williamstown Naval Dockyard. He also owned the Williamstown Hotel at one time and was co-compare of a football radio program on 3AW.
This article was in the Williamstown Chronicle Friday 6th June 1941.
FURTHER CHARGES AGAINST LICENSEE.
Gordon Francis Ogden, a defendant in the previous case, was then charged with unlawful disposal of liquor on Good Friday, with having the bar door open, and with having men on the premises. He was fined £2 on the disposal charge and other a cases were withdrawn. The three men found on the premises were each fined £1. Further charges of breaches of the Licensing Act on May 21st were made against Gordon Francis Ogden, but they were adjourned until July 1st.
- Terence Ogden was born 25 March, 1911 and died: 2 March 1935. He played for Northcote CYMS and Essendon seconds then Melbourne. His debut: Round 14, 1932 against Hawthorn at MCG. Last MFC Game: Round 16, 1932 against North Melbourne at MCG and played three games. Terry was then recruited by Carlton. His debut with Carlton was round four 1934 v Geelong, aged 23 years, 62 days. Carlton Player No. 508. He joined Carlton in 1934 and passed away after suffering pleurisy in both lungs. His last game was round 18 against St Kilda, 1934 aged 23.
The Blues Most Improved Player award was named after Terry Ogden from 1935 and 1950, as well as the third place Best and Fairest award between 1951 and 1954. The Best First Year Player award was named after him between 1955 and 1958. Terry was also involved in running.
- Alice Catherine Ogden, known as Kitty. Born 24 Feb 1913 from Northcote married Francis Ignatius Ousley. Born 5 July 1913 Richmond on the 3rd April 1937 in Northcote.
- Mavis Ogden married Gordon Seckold. They had two children, Diane, born 30 Nov 1939 and Anthony. Diane married Norvel Cross and they have three children, Gavin, Julie and Suzie. Anthony married Leslie. They have ? children.
Norvel’s parents are. ????
Dad had mentioned that he had taken holidays at Colac and when I was about eight I remember getting a card with a ten shilling note in it from Aunty Hannah. I didn’t know who she was but I now know she was dad’s maternal aunty, his mother’s sister. I suppose he stayed with his maternal grandparents. Hannah was my paternal grandmother’s sister.
This is an article from The Colac Herald Vic. Monday 4 March 1918 Mrs Hannah O’Brien, relic of the late Mr John O’Brien, of Beech Forest, and Colac, died on Friday night at Colac West at the age of 72 years. Deceased was a native of County Clare, Ireland, and a colonist for up wards of 60 years, and was well known and very highly respected. Her husband died about six years ago. She leaves a family of six to mourn their loss, and sincere sympathy is extended to them in their sad bereavement. Her body was entrained at Colac for Spencer Street on Saturday evening, and the funeral moved front Mr J. Ousley’s residence, Peer Street, Richmond for the Bulla cemetery yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, where the body was laid to rest in the family allotment in the Roman Catholic portion. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr George James.
I’ve yet to establish who this William John Ousley’s parents are. Maybe one of the Boer war vets. If it was regimental number 265 he would have been 52 when he broke the Sydney to Melbourne time in 1929 on his motorbike. Checked it out and reg number 265 died at 78 years. Wm J Ousley, bikie was alive at 86.
World Record by William Ousley on wed 30 April 1919. Born ???? lived Albert Park?
William John Ousley. Born Prahran, died St Kilda March 1971. He was a mechanic and raced an Indian motor bike which he held a world speed record on, on Wednesday 30th April 1919 at Mortlake. He lived at 62 Park Road Albert Park.
The fifth annual motor cycling racing carnival has been successfully concluded at Mortlake (Victoria), and was the most successful of the series. Fine weather favoured the fixture, and two new world’s records ware established. The big event, the 200 miles handicap, decided on Easter Monday, attracted 30 of the best speed men. The winner of the ‘200’ was A. E. Sutton one of the first recruits to motor cycle racing in Victoria, and a rider who has achieved considerable success on road and track in years gone by. Sutton, who rode a 4h.p. Dunlop shod Indian, was in receipt of 70 minutes handicap, and he set the back-markers an Impossible task by averaging nearly 50 miles an hour for themselves journey. The fastest time was recorded by D. Brewster, who finished second, registering 3hr. 46mJn. 55sec. travelling over a dusty and somewhat loose track. The finish was witnessed by 5,000 people. The day was fine, though warm, with a fair breeze from tho north. Mortlake was crowded with visitors, while nearly 100 cars and about 300 motor cycles were driven to the starting point. The Mortlake sports committee had made ample arrangements to keep the course clear, which was most necessary, as the riders in each lap flashed past at the rate of over 60 miles an hour. The course was six laps of a triangle, measuring nearly 34 miles; the full distance covered being well over 203 miles. The first circuit was negotiated by 26 contestants, the second by 19, the third by 18, the fourth by 14, the fifth by 12, while seven completed the full distance within the time. Although the course was rough, as the effect of a very dry spell, two records were broken. W. Ousley (on an Indian/Dunlop outfit) who met with trouble in the first lap lowered the world’s 100 miles record by covering three consecutive laps, aggregating 101 miles in 96min. 13Sec. The previous figures were 97min. 28sec by H; A. Parsons, whose former record; for one lap in 31min. 45sec, was also broken by Ousley, his fourth lap figures being 31min. 7sec. for 34 miles nearly. The order at the finish was: A. E. Sutton (4-hp. Indian), 70min. handicap, 4hr. 9min. 6Sec., 1. D. Brewster (7 hp. Indian), 28, 3hr. 46 min. 56sec (fastest), 2. J. Staffers (3 hp. Triumph), SO, 4hr. 43min. 10 sec. 3; C. Bunneil (7 hp. Harley Davidson), 30, 3hr. 54min. L sec 4. A. D. Thiele, South Australia (3 hp. Rudge), 75, 4hr. 44min. 35Sec, 5 D. Heenan (7 hp. Indian), 40, 4hr. 9min. 88Sec, 6. J. Yeend (5 hp. Indian), 50, 4hr. 27min. 24sec 7. In addition to securing first and second places, Indian machines also secured the fastest laps and fastest times for the race itself, for machines both under and over 600 cc, all shod with Dunlop tyres, which were fitted to the first three machines, and in all to five of the seven to finish. The winners of the’ big race in previous years were as follow: 1915, (when the distance was 100 miles only). R Finlay. 1hr. 52Min. 1916, Watts, 4hr. 4min. 27 sec.1917, B. Eckhardt, 3hr. 49min. 29 sec; 1918, C. A. Arnold, 4hr. 24min. 25 sec. The record time for the race is 3hr. 22min. 3sec, by B. Eckhardt in last year’s event. The side-car race, over two circuits (67 miles) was decided on Easter Saturday, and resulted in a spirited con test. The winner being C. Junker on a 7 hp. Excelsior outfit. He negotiated the course with passenger aboard, in the fast time of 1hr. 24min. 12sec, which was also the fastest recorded in the event. Fifteen riders started, and ten completed the course. H. H. Taylor (Indian) finished second, and L. J. White (Excelsior), third. Clouds of dust along the course caused a deal of trouble to the contestants, but the event was carried through without accident. The racing was preceded by a reliability contest from Melbourne to Mortlake, which resulted in 28 riders negotiating the route (150 miles) without loss of points. Fifteen of the successful contestants used ‘Dunlops.’ The gathering was carried through by the Victorian Motor Cycling Club, and was in every way a great success.
William J Ousley was involved in several record attempts to ride the fastest from Sydney to Melbourne.
Three motorcyclists made simultaneous attempts in opposite directions on the record between Sydney and Melbourne. W J Ousley riding a four cylinder left the Sydney GPO at six, and made very good progress as far at the border reaching Albury 20 minutes ahead of schedule. W. J. Ousley, the Victorian, riding an Ace, made another attempt to lower T. Benstead’s motorcycle record between Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday. Near Camden, on the Cow Pasture Road, he collided with a large stone in the mud and fell heavily, sustaining painful bruises and abrasions, and abandoned the attempt. He had not gone 60 miles when the mishap occurred.
Melbourne/Sydney effort fails.
An unsuccessful attempt to lower the motor-cycle record for the journey between Melbourne and Sydney was made by Mr W. J. Ousley, a Melbourne motorcyclist, yesterday. Leaving Melbourne on an Ace motorcycle at 4 o’clock in the morning. Ousley was 40 minutes ahead of schedule time at Gundagai. He left Albury at 20 minutes to 3 o’clock, with good prospects of breaking the record, but the rear wheel of his machine collapsed at Baddaginnie, and he was compelled to retire and come on to Melbourne by train.
He finally broke the record 14th march 1929.
William J. Ousley, riding an Indian solo machine, yesterday broke the Sydney/Melbourne motor cycle record in 13 hours 41 minutes. The previous best time was 14 hours 35 minutes. Shell spirit and oil were used.
The Proposed Aviation Service
The party are to survey the route for the proposed aviation service between London and) Sydney, left this morning on the first stage of the task; the party is made up of “Messrs’ R* Lloyd (leader), J. Hardnel (»in charge of the motor equipment), W. Ousley, J. Waldron (surveyor), and W. Hunder’, junior (general assistant). The places to be touched during the survey are St. George, Mitchell, Charleville, Blackall1, Longreach, Cloncurry, Katherine, and Darwin,
Thomas Ousley 1744 had a son Thomas 1777 and daughters Elizabeth 1775 and Hannah 1779 who were from Thorncombe. I think this is their baptism, burial and marriage dates.
12-Apr-1814; Mary Ann Ousley 1814 daughter of William Henry 1781 and Elizabeth nee Farnham Ousley. 1781. William was a Butcher.
24 July 1816 Edward Ousley was baptised, son of William, and Elizabeth Ousley. Butcher.
25-Dec-1817; Thomas Ousley son of William & Elizabeth Ousley Butcher
11-May-1825; John Ousley son of William & Elizabeth Ousley Butcher
20-May-1843; James Ousley (born 14-Jan-1826) son of William & Elizabeth Ousley Butcher.
22-Jan-1817; Edith Ousley daughter of Thomas & Catherine Ousley Butcher
20-Jun-1819; David Ousley son of Thomas & Catherine Ousley Butcher.
02-Jun-1815; Esther Ousley daughter of Thomas & Catherine Ousley Butcher
06-Apr-1823; Esther Hoare Ousley daughter of Thomas & Catherine Ousley
11-Jul-1824; Charles Ousley son of Thomas & Catherine Ousley Butcher
06-Aug-1826; Phineas Ousley son of Thomas & Catherine Ousley Butcher.
27-Jul-1828; George Ousley son of James & Mary Ousley Labourer, Holditch
12-Jul-1827; Mary Ann White Ousley daughter of Hannah Ousley, Holditch
28-Sep-1831; Amelia Ousley daughter of Hannah Ousley, Holditch
29-Jul-1833; Amelia Ousley daughter of Hannah Ousley, Holditch (A hamlet in Devon)
22-Jul-1849; Job Ousley son of Hannah Ousley, Hewood
24-Mar-1835; George Reader Ousley son of Amelia Ousley
08-May-1836; Jesse Guppy Ousley son of Anne Ousley, Holditch
03-Aug-1845; George Ousley son of Eli & Ann Ousley Labourer, Hewood
23-Mar-1851; Emma Ousley daughter of Eli & Ann Ousley Labourer, Hewood
Burial 15-Jul-1819; Keziah Ousley 1, daughter of Thomas & Catherine Ousley
19-May-1820; David Ousley 1, son of Thomas & Catherine Ousley
26-Nov-1823; George Ousley 50, of Axminster
02-Nov-1824; Edith Ousley 1, daughter of Thomas Ousley
07-Apr-1825; Charles Ousley infant, son of Thomas Ousley
19-Jan-1827; Phineas Ousley infant, son of Thomas Ousley
09-Oct-1831; Amelia Merana Ousley 2 weeks, baseborn (Illegitimate) daughter of Hannah Ousley.
I don’t know who this William Ousley is yet.
Theft from a boatshed.
John Leonard, l8, and William Ousley, 20. ( born 1873) were at the North Sydney Police Court yesterday, charged with having, on the 31st December 1893 stolen a gold scarf pin, a pencil case, and 23/- in money, from property of Horatio Nelson. Accused Leonard was sentenced to two months imprisonment, and Ousley was sentenced to three months imprisonment with hard labour in each case.
This is a record of where my paternal grandparents lived in Melbourne.
Prince Alfred Hotel. Buckingham Street. John Ousley list recorded as the Licensee of the Hotel in 1904. The Hotel has been demolished.
4 Peers Street. John and Bridget lived there from 1909 until 1920. John is shown as the owner. They were married at St. Peter & Paul’s, South Melbourne on 6 Feb. 1908. John was recorded as living at 3 Brick Street. Bridget at the Queens Bridge Hotel, South Melbourne. Her usual address was Beech Forest.
83 Lennox Street. John had a Wheelwright and Coach Builder business here between 1905 and 1914. In the early years James is also shown as a Wheelwright operating from here.
Punt Road. Next to Royal Hotel, north side. John and Jane Ousley lived here from 1880 until 1896. They were renting the property. John’s occupation was a Cowman or Dairy.
3 Brick Street. Now called Richmond Terrace. The family lived here from 1897.
This operated as a Dairy. John died there in 1900. The family lived there after Johns death. Their son James ran the Dairy. Both John and his son James are listed as owners. The last year they are at this address is 1912.
Punt Road. Next to Devonshire Terrace. John and Jane Ousley lived there from 1863 until 1879. The property was rented by them. It is recorded differently as a 3 or 4 room wooden house. John’s occupation is variously recorded as a Coal Dealer, Grocer and Cow Keeper. They moved up the hill when Devonshire Terrace was built.
44 Wellington Street. This is where Jane Ousley died on 27 Feb. 1918. The house was occupied by her daughter Ada Normington.
59 Lennox Street. East side, down the hill from Bridge Road. This is where Patrick O’Brien ( John’s brother ) died on 4 October 1903. The house was occupied by his daughter Ellen Cleary.
122 Rae Street, North Fitzroy. John and Bridget lived here from 1921 until 1926. In 1922 Bridget ran a Cake Shop from this address.
6 Gracie Street Northcote. John and Bridget lived here until they both died. Bridget died in 1942 and John died in 1955. John is recorded as being a Motor Trimmer in 1938 at the Gracie Street address.
278 Barkly Street North Fitzroy. South East corner of St. Georges Road. John is recorded as having a Motor Trimming business at this address.
Bulla Cemetery. Buried here are members of the O’Brien family. John and Bridget are buried in the Catholic section 8, grave 1. Next to that plot, in an unmarked grave are Hanorah O’Brien. She is Patrick O’Brien’s second wife. Bridget O’Brien. She is John’s mother. Ellen O’Brien. She is John and Bridget’s daughter. Bridget Cleary. She is Patrick’s granddaughter.
Also buried in this cemetery is Mary Honan. She is John’s sister. I think that both John and Mary (brother and sister ) married Bridget and Cornelius Honan also brother and sister.
Preston Cemetery. Buried here is John and Bridget Ousley. On the grave is a plaque for Daniel Ousley. He was killed at Rabaul in World War 2.
Boroondara Cemetery. Buried here are John and Jane Ousley. Also in the grave are Ellen Ousley. She died on the eve of her wedding. She is supposed to be buried in her wedding dress.
Vera Bent, a granddaughter of John and Jane is also buried here.