Hidden Canberra

Corrections & Updates


Above: Harold Beadman Sn blacksmith at Power House. The family came from Araluen and one of the camps in which Harold lived before his family joined him was No 3 Sewer Camp in 
The Gap Westlake.  Later he moved to a camp near Causeway where later he was joined by his family when he was allocated a cottage at Causeway Settlement. 

From a descendent of the Beadman, O'Brien and Gribble family the following information has been provided:

In your writings about the Causeway and the Labourer's Camps I stumbled upon information about my Great Grandparents, Harold and Florence (nee Matheson) Beadman. They lived, at number 26, The Causeway.

The information surrounding them in the 1928 Electoral Roll at the Causeway needs a little correction however:

Florence Veronica Beadman was the daugter of Alexander Graham and Annie Rosina (nee Anisworth) Matheson and was buried at Woden Cemetery on 28 February 1982. She was buried with Baby Beadman (child of her youngest boy, William (Bill) James Beadman and his wife Gloria Beadman (nee Cameron) who was tragically stillborn on 25 January 1948. Harold died in 1952 and was buried on 22 February 1952 (not 1949 as mentioned in the Electoral Roll information). It is his brother Ernest Albert who is buried along side them. Harold and Florrie were both born and married in the Braidwood area.

Florrie and Harold's son Bill was a champion Snooker and Billiards player and is mentioned in the ACT Sporting Hall of Fame: http://www.actsport.com.au/index.php?id=19
and the attached story of his bravery may be of some interest  - http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/beadman-william-james-bill-91.

Florence (Florrie) and Harold (Nobby) eldest son, Harold Alexander Beadman (who married Sheila Patricia Pritzler whose parents Pearl and Kiernan lived at number 114 The Causeway). Their only child, Robert (Bob) Beadman is a well respected ex-Public Servant who spent 5 decades working in Aboriginal affairs. An brief biography is at - http://www.nt.gov.au/d/iedforum/index.cfm?header=Keynote%20Speaker%20Profiles%20and%20Presentations.

Florrie and Nobby's middle child Matilda Annie married Harold Francis O'Brien in 1940. Harold (Mick) was the son of Francis Daniel O'Brien and Evelyn Harriet Ruth (nee Gribble). They held the lease of the St Joh's Schoolhouse for several years until 1928 and my grandfather Mick was employed by the church to pump the organ on Sundays. They moved to the Causeway in 1828 and lived next to the Beadmans at number 27.  Evelyn was the great-granddaughter of Canberra pioneer Thomas Southwell and her parents were William Henry and Mary Ann (nee Southwell).

Mick O'Brien's parents were Matthew and Catherine (nee McIntosh) both from Canberra Pioneer families.

Mick and (Matilda) Mattie ran O'Brien's Hairdresser and Sports Store in Manuka for many decades. Mick began trading as a hairdresser on The Lawns in Manuka in 1934 and the shop closed in 1998. My father William (Bill) O'Brien barbered there also, starting in the 1960s when he left school. There is a photo of the three of them in the ACT Heritage Library's online collection: http://www.images.act.gov.au/duslibrary/imagesact.nsf/0/DE65FA12F53ECB1C4A256E140080D7BD?OpenDocument