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.

My great, great, great grandparents. William Ousley from Chard Somerset England married Ann? They were probably born about 1750. They were my great, great, great grandparents. One of their children was William, my great, great grandfather,  born approximately 1772 in Chard Somerset, England. He was married to Mary Carter in 1811. She was born in Nottingham, England. Their children were. Jonathon? John William, Isaac, Robert, Abraham, Jacob who migrated to Australia on the William Stewart, and Martha.

My Great Grandparents.

John William is my line. Born 23rd February 1820, Died on 19th December 1900.

He married Jane McConville from Manchester, born 1835 on the 17th February 1861 or 1862 they migrated to Australia but as yet I don’t know when or what ship.

Their children were Ellen, Emily Jane, Elisabeth Mary, Agnes Ewen, Ada Annie, John Ignatius, James King, William, Boer War #182. Olive Margaret and Aubrey William. I’m not yet sure about Aubrey.

The South Australian Police Gazette 1926 has an Aubrey William Ousley Naval Deserter.

The Tasmanian Police gazette 1926 has an Aubrey William Ousley Naval Deserter.

John Ignatius born 1870 is my Grandfather.

My Grandparents. John Ignatius born 1870 married Bridget Annie O’Brien.

Their children are Veronica, John, Francis Ignatius, William, Daniel.

Francis is my father.


The history of the OUSLEY family who came from Chard, Somerset, England. Some of the information is a little sketchy.

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.

1. Jonathon baptised 6th Oct 1816 in Chard UK.

2. John 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. In 1880 he built Devonshire Terrace comprising 3 houses, 309, 311 and 313 Punt Road next to the dairy. 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.

3. Isaac Ousley born 19 January 1823. 1880 US census at Garnavillo, Clayton, Iowa.

4. Robert Ousley born 27 August 1825. Chard Somerset. He was an agricultural labourer.

5. Abraham Ousley born 17 June 1827. Chard Somerset.

6. Jacob Ousley born 1829. More about Jacob of Tarnagulla below.

7. 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.

1. Ellen Ousley. Born 15th Dec 1862 – Died 11th Oct 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.

2. Emily Jane Ousley. Born Sept 1864 died 1927, married Charles James Goodman.

3. Elizabeth Mary Ousley. Born 5th Oct 1886, married Frederick William Bent, born 1866 Emerald Hill died Bendigo 1932. They had 4 children. Ellen Constance, Vera Kathleen, John Goodridge and Beryl Isabel.

4. Agnes Ewen Ousley. Born 31st Aug 1868, died 1910 aged 41 in West Melbourne, married Edward Ramsden Ainsley, born 1860 at Ballarat, died 1907 Prahran. No children. Agnes was the licensee of the Fitzroy Arms hotel at 197 King St. West Melbourne when she died in 1910.

5. Ada Annie Ousley. Born 31st Aug 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.

6. 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 26th Feb 1908He married Bridget Annie O’Brien, a waitress who was working at the Queen’s Bridge Hotel,. Born 12 Nov 1874 at Bulla. Died 27th June 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 seems to have been fairly affluent. I think the great depression of the 1930s might have had an effect on the family fortunes).

7. James King. Born 11 Jan 1874 Richmond Vic. Married to May Elliot (McGregor). They had six children. In 1900 he took over John’s (his father) Dairy when he died. He remained there until 1908. In 1904 he was a Coach Trimmer at 151 Bridge Road Richmond. Don’t know their children’s names.

8. 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…highlighted in blue. There is a biography of William in “That Ragged Mob” by Robin Droogleever. William John Ousley info all in light blue.

9. Olive Margaret?

10. 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 1829 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 1822 buried 1899 aged 67 and Mary Ousley born 1818 buried 13 May 1880 at 63 came to Australia on the Monteagle April 1853. Brother and sister or husband and wife? 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…John 1856 born at Bendigo and Mary Ann 1859, born at Tarnagulla.

1. 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 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.

2. Mary Ann, born 1859 at Tarnagulla.

I’m not sure of the yellow highlighted section about Mary Ann. 1859

Mary Ann Ousley 1859 lived at Tarnagulla (Jacob and Tamzin’s second child.)

She had four children…I don’t know why they’re listed as Ousley as that was her maiden name. It appears she then married Thomas Campbell and had another seven kids.

1. Charles Ousley 1878 – 1950 aged 72
2. John Thomas Ousley
1880 lived 14 days
3. Jno? Thomas Lee Ousley
4. Mary Ousley

Mary Ann Ousley, born 1859 married 1887 to Thomas Campbell at Bridgewater.

5. 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 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.

1. 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.

14.01.1859. Blacksmith.

02.09.1862. Court Case.

31.08.1863. Blacksmith.

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?) 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 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.

21.02.1903. Meeting.

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.

28.02.1905. Lizzie.

20.02.1906. Norman dies. (Norman Thomas Ousley 1905 lived 1 month).

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 car crash

18.11.1916. Bert, (John Ousley’s (1856) son) was one of the first to enlist.

06.07.1934. Car crash.

02.10.1934. Euchre.

08.04.1941. Ditto.

31.07.1942. Euchre.
2. Elizabeth Tamson Ousley 1884 – 1907 aged 22
3. Elsie Maude Ousley 1887. In 1912 she married Thomas William Perrin.
4. Bertie Clemens Ousley 1890- 26 Aug 1952 aged 62. Bertie was a blacksmith like his father, and lived with his parents in Hare street Echuca. Joined the 9th Light horse regiment 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.
5. 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
Robert; 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.

1. Robert George Ousley 1915 infant death
2. Eric Robert Ousley

3. Jean Helen Ousley 1919-2006
4. Wilma Rae Ousley
died 1980
5. ????

Continuation of John’s (1856) 8 children with Jane Donaldson Clark.

6. John Henry Ousley 1894 lived 6 months.
7. Vera Flor 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 Helen died.

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 and Jessie 1845 – 1920. On the 23 May 1900 he was promoted to Corporal in the 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen’s Contingent.

This is the Prahran Ousleys

    William John Ousley 1814 – 1879 married Mary Ann Read 1809 – 1861. Their son Charles Ousley 1845 – 1912 married in 1867 in Dorsetshire Jessie Theresa Summers 1845 – 1920. Charles 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.

I think Charles and Jessie had a son, Charles Henry, born in 1869 and died at 5 months old.

    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 John Ousley, born 1814 – 1879 married Mary Ann Read 1809 – 1861. Their son Charles born 1845 and Jessie born 1845 had a son William John Ousley, Regimental Number 265, Born 1867 who married in 1902 Minnie Kirkham born in 1868, died in 1947 aged 78, born at 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.

William John 1867 reg no 265 and Minnie Kirkham 1868 had seven children.

1. William Charles Ousley 1903 Lived Prahran 1936, St Kilda 1937, Beechworth 1942, Caulfield 1949, Ripponlea 1954. Buried St Kilda.
2. Irene Jessie Ousley 1904 – 1945 married a man who’s surname was Cole.
3. Richard Alfred Ousley 16 July 1905. 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?
4. Velda Ousley 1906 lived 1 month is buried with her mother Minnie.
5. Marjorie Ousley 1907 – 1910 lived 3 years
6. Reid Ousley 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 Ousley 1912.


This is what I know about William John Ousley 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.)

William John 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, 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 (1) Helen Eileen Ousley in Cape Town in 1904. Minnie 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 in 1909. They then went to New Zealand where their third daughter, (3) Vera Ousley was born in 1911. 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.

(4) Laura Jean Ousley had been born in 1914, (5) William John Ignatius Ousley (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. (6) Joseph Mannix Ousley born in 1921 in Auckland NZ according to army records. Mother Minnie 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.

Death: William 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.

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.

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. Born 2nd Dec 1908, married Matt John Devlin 30th Oct. 1937, died 23 may 1982. Their children are Maree, Patricia, Anne, John and Loretta.

The Devlins lived at 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.


Francis Ignatius Ousley. (My father). 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.

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 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.

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 footballer and runner. He was playing for Nyah West firsts at 15. Through Uncle Gordon’s 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 and separated from Gordon (Seckold) and her children Diane and Anthony. He played well with the thirds. He worked as an apprentice fitter at Miller’s Ropeworks in Brunswick and went to Preston Tech. 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 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, living at 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.

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 late 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, 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. Singapore and Hong Kong were our home ports. 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. Shortly after 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 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. 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. Danny played football, first for Nyah West firsts at 15, then Hopetoun. He was as good if not better than Terry. Danny 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.

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. They have one son, Ray.


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.


llen Wilcox’s parents were John Wilcox, born 19 May 1826 Ashton Lancashire England and married Ellen Bowden who was 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.

  1. 1.                   William James. Born 1883.
  2. 2.                   Percival Gordon Ogden. 1886. Kevin’s grandfather.
  3. 3.                   Edith Elizabeth born 1887.
  4. 4.                   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.

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.

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.

1. Gordon Ogden was born 14 Feb 1909. 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 ller. Geraldine Christine, born 1937, Colleen Frances, born 1939 and Shayne De Vere, born 1950. 

    Gordon was a back pocket player who shared his father’s nickname. 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.

This article was in the Williamstown Chronicle Friday 6th June 1941.


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.

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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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. I suppose she is the aunty he holidayed with at Colac.

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) after noon, 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 positively 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.


Mortlake Carnival.

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.



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.

The Proposed Aviation Service

.SYDNEY  Friday.

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,

Other Ousleys. I don’t know where they fit in yet.

There’s Thomas N Ousley who was witness to a lot of weddings in Thorncombe from 1813 to about 1851. Hannah Ousley and Elizabeth Ousley are also witnesses. There are also a lot of baptisms.

12-Apr-1814; Mary Ann OUSLEY daughter of William & Elizabeth OUSLEY Butcher.

12-Apr-1814; William OUSLEY son of William & Elizabeth OUSLEY 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

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 OUSELEY infant, son of Thomas OUSLEY

19-Jan-1827; Phineas OUSLEY infant, son of Thomas OUSLEY

09-Oct-1831; Amelia Merana OUSLEY 2 weeks, base born (Illegitimate) daughter of Hannah OUSLEY

01-Oct-1837; George OUSLEY 3, of Hewood

02-Mar-1839; Nanny OUSLEY 90

12-May-1839; Anne OUSLEY 9m, of Hewood

31-Jan-1841; Eliza OUSLEY infant, of Hewood

20-Feb-1842; William OUSLEY 61

18-Dec-1842; Augusta Matilda OUSLEY 2

13-May-1843; Thomas OUSLEY 66

07-Oct-1849; Hugh OUSLEY infant, of Laymore

Grace Ousley 37 – Somerset 1804 Somerset View more details

Robert Ousley 15 Agricultural Labourer Somerset 1826 Somerset View more details

Mary Ousley 54 – Somerset 1787 Somerset View more details

Abraham Ousley 14 – Somerset 1827 Son of John William Ousley and Mary McConville. Somerset View more details

Daniel Ousley 3 – Somerset 1838 Somerset View more details

William Ousley 8 – Somerset 1833 Somerset View more details

Jacob Ousley 61 – Somerset 1780 Somerset View more details

Isaac Ousley 18 – Somerset 1823 Somerset View more details

Mary Ousley 75 Independent Somerset 1766 Outside of Somerset View more details

Martha Ousley 7 – Somerset 1834 Somerset View more details

William Ousley 69 Agricultural Labourer Somerset 1772 Somerset View more details

John Ousley 11 – Somerset 1830 Somerset View more details

Alfred Ousley 7 – Somerset 1834 Somerset View more details

George Ousley 11 – Somerset 1830 Somerset View more details

William Ousley 36 Farmer Somerset 1805 Somerset

Ann Owsley 25 Flax Factory Devon 1816 Devon View more details

Elizabeth Owsley 61 – Somerset 1780 Somerset View more details

Ann Owsley 2 – Somerset 1839 Somerset View more details

Jesse Owsley 5 – Devon 1836 Devon View more details

Isaac Owsley 58 Yeoman Somerset 1783 Somerset View more details

Emma Owsley 10m – Somerset 1841 Somerset View more details

Kewlon Owsley 35 Wheelwright Somerset 1806 Somerset View more details

Elizabeth Owsley 18 – Somerset 1823 Somerset View more details

Daniell Owsley 33 Ag Lab Somerset 1808 Somerset View more details

Ann Owsley 23 – Somerset 1818 Somerset View more


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.

Thomas Ousley was a butcher who lived and worked in what is now The Old Bakery in Fore Street. When he died, his wife Edith Ousley, 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 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.