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HC Gorman - Second Commissioner FCC died January 1927

In 1927 Hotel Ainslie (now Olims) was opened.  The former Hotel Ainslie, built in 1925 was renamed Gorman House after the second commissioner.

Monsignor Patrick Haydon.  As Father Haydon he was well known to me.  He was a much loved man and his early death from cancer [I have been told] left many to mourn his loss. A good friend of his was Archdeacon Robertson of St John the Baptist [Anglican] Church at Reid.

Obituaries of a number of Westlake people - Noel Leech, Clarrie Robertson,  Colin White, JJ Byrne, Henry Chapman, Mrs H Johnson, Samuel Champ, Robyn Lynette Jackson.

John Kirkwood

Michael J Cavanagh

George Rottenberry

Mrs Miller, wife of Colonel First Administrator

AW Moriarty

HC Gorman


Interviewed by a representative of the ‘Canberra Times,’ the Chief Commissioner, Mr JH Butters, said:- I am dumfounded at the terrible news which has reached us with regard to my fellow Commissioner, Mr CH Gorman and I find it quite impossible to believe that Mr Gorman who was here only a few days ago and apparently in the best of health has gone beyond.

It is now just a little over two years ago since Mr Gorman was appointed a member of the Federal Capital Commission and became closely interested in Canberra, since which time Mr Gorman has, I know, thought far more of Canberra than even his home city. He believed in Canberra by conviction and I am certain he was happier in his Canberra work than in any of the other work which he had to do. He had looked forward to being at Canberra almost continuously during the next two or three months to help with the heavy pressure, and had made arrangements accordingly.

My college Sir John Harrison ….. good counsels in Commission, but we…. Deeply the loss of what is more valuable to us personally namely, a close friend.

Mr Gorman has his full share in all work which has been thought out and done during the last two years, and it is so terribly sad that just as the first stage is approaching completion he should have died.

His memory will be with us in May next, and I am quite certain that he will not be forgotten by the many friends he has made on the staff of the Commission and in the Federal Capital Territory generally.

The deepest sympathy of the Commission, its staff and Mr Gorman’s many friends in Canberra go to his bereaved widow and son.

Canberra has sustained a heavy loss through the death, which occurred in Sydney on Monday of Mr Clarence Hardie Gorman after a short illness. Last week Mr Gorman was in Canberra, but on returning to Sydney he underwent an operation for appendicitis and during the week-end peritonitis supervened.

Thus was cut off in its prime a career which has been singularly devoted to the development of this country, and which, latterly, had been busily employed consummating the national ideal of the Federal Capital City. The late Mr Gorman was born at Sydney in 1873 and was educated at Dr Sly’s Hurstville College, Goulburn and afterwards at Sydney Grammar School.

At the age of 26 the interest in agricultural development which he evinced up till the time of his death, found practical expression in joining Chaffey brothers in Mildura irrigation colony in 1899.   There he remained for five and half years before entering another stage of his life work in the development of the agricultural industry.  For six years he acted as assistant to the manager of the New South Wales Department of Agriculture’s Wagga Experiment Farm and then became manager of the experimental farm at Pera Bore. After five and half years there he went as manager to the experimental farm at Wollonbar on the Richmond River where he remained for six years. The experience of many years’ study of land matters in these localities representing fruit growing, wool and wheat stock and dairying districts rendered his knowledge of the unique value in his later task of formulating the land and agricultural policy for the development of the Federal Capital Territory.

The third phase of his career which was shaped towards his part in the development of Canberra was his association with real estate matters. In 1906 he joined Hardie and Gorman Proprietary Limited of Sydney and on the death of his father in 1923 he became chairman of directors. It was only natural that he displayed considerable interest in the Royal Agricultural Society of Sydney and since 1913 has been a councilor of the society. He was a member of the Board of Management of the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales and in this capacity his upright character was of public benefit.

The appointment in 1924 of the Federal Capital Commission saw Mr Gorman entering on what was unfortunately the last stage of his life. The beginning of the Commission and the personal relationships of the three members of the Commission which have played no small part in the development of the city are so unique that they form an inseparable part of the biography of each of the members. Here were three men who had never met before but each chosen on account of peculiar aptitude brought together to carry out a monumental task. It is no secret that one of the features of the success of the Federal Capital Commission has been due to the personal friendship which has sprung up between each of them, and to the brotherly fashion in which they have faced their task.  In September last the Chief Commissioner, Mr JH Butters, stated publicly that there had never been a decision of the Commission which had been unanimous. This is a tribute no less to the gentleman who has passed away than to his remaining colleges.

As a member of the Federal Capital Commission the late Mr Gorman paid special attention to the land policy and the development of the territory outside the city area. Under his direction a department of agriculture has been formed which is embarking on a scheme of pasturage improvement and of fostering increased production. Mr Gorman cherished the idea of placing the agricultural industry within the territory on a sufficiently sound basis for it to supply as far as possible the food requirements of the Federal Capital. In land matters affecting both the city and rural areas of the territory his advice was of great value to the commission. During recent months Mr Gorman had assumed the administration of the commission hotels.

Beyond his official duties as a commissioner, however, Mr Gorman had taken a personal interest in every movement. He had a particular place in his heart for youth and in this connection he had generally supported sporting and educational bodies. His presence at the school speech day and Christmas tree functions in December is well remembered. For the temporary difficulties in Canberra of its residents and particularly to any who helped themselves, Mr Gorman’s helpful sympathy in itself appeared a solution of all troubles. He had more than entered into the social life of Canberra, for he was indeed part of it, and the word, ‘friend’ in its true and highest sense described the relationship which existed between him and many of Canberra’s citizens.

During the next few months Mr Gorman had planned to be almost continuously in Canberra. One of the functions with which he was looking forward with special pleasure was the opening of the new Presbyterian Church Hall at Ainslie at which he was to have played the organ, itself to have been a gift due to his generous mind.

Mr Gorman married the youngest daughter of the late Mr TK Bennett of Melbourne and leaves a widow and one son, Mr Rowan Gorman of Tutling’s Station Moree. To Mrs Gorman who gained for herself a warm place in the hearts of Canberra people their heartfelt sympathy goes out.




To pay their last respect to the late Mr Gorman a large gathering of citizens were present at the funeral which left his late residence, Strathfield for south Head Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon.  The large number of interests which were represented and the hundreds of floral tributes testified to the high esteem in which the late commissioner was held.

Prior to the cortege leaving for South Head Cemetery a short service was held at Warella, Homebush Road, Homebush by the Rev A Torrens who was assisted by the Rev E Davies. They also conducted the service at the graveside. In a short address, Mr Davies referred to the kindly disposition of the late Mr Gorman to his success in life, and to the fine example he had set others by his clean living and uprightness. He had lived a godly life and was generous to all.

The principal mourners were:- Messrs Rowan Gorman (son) Alywyn Gorman (brother), Harold Gorman (brother), Harry Gorman (nephew), EC Colyer (brother-in –law), EC Spooner (brother-in-law) and Col Moseley.

Mr CWC Marr, Acting Minister for Defence and Secretary to the Federal Cabinet, represented the Federal Government, Mr JH Butters (Chief Commissioner) and Sir John Harrison represented the Federal Capital Commission.


Synchronizing with the funeral service in Sydney a service was held in the Acton Hall on Tuesday afternoon at which a large number of Canberra residents were present. The offices of the Federal Capital Commission were closed from two till three o’clock.

The service was conducted by Revs WA Fletcher, EL Vercoe and H Carroll and Mrs Macdonald was at the organ.  The Rev H Carroll paid a high tribute to the late commissioner. He expressed regret of everyone who knew the late Mr Gorman and at the passing of a man possessed of his kindly genial nature which endeavoured to spread happiness wherever it went.  The late commissioner would be remembered for this, he said, but the city…when he had helped to create would be his monument.  He likened this memorial to that of the architect of St Paul’s Cathedral of London wherein there was a mural tablet with the inscription ‘ Si momentum …circumspect’.


Official intimation of the death of Mr CH Gorman was conveyed to the Commonwealth Government on Monday afternoon in a message from Mr JH Butters to the Minister for Home and Territories (Sir William Glasgow). The following reply by telegram was received by the Chief Commissioner from Sir William Glasgow:


I desire to express my profound regret at the receipt of the sad news of the death of your colleague Mr Gorman and to record my deep appreciation of the valuable service rendered by him as a member of the Federal Capital Commission.



The general meeting on Monday evening of the Women’s and Children’s Health Society of the Federal Capital Territory was adjourned as a mark of respect to the late Mr Gorman and a message of sympathy was dispatched to Mrs Gorman by the president Mrs Shelton on behalf of the members of the Society



Father Patrick Haydon


Poignant scenes were witnessed at the largest funeral in the history of Canberra, when the remains of the late Monsignor Haydon were interred in the Canberra Cemetery yesterday after a Requiem Mass had been offered at St Christopher’s Church.  Three thousand mourners and friends attended St Christopher’s and joined in the two-mile funeral line.


Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Rev Father B O’Donnell who was formerly assistant pries to Monsignor Haydon in Canberra. The Deacon, the Rev Father L Reynolds and Sub-Deacon, Rev Father G Hagemann SVD, the Rev Father S Wellington was Master of Ceremonies.


His Grace, the Archbishop TB McGuire delivered the panegyric and gave the final absolution and blessing. The Most Rev Dr G Young, Bishop of Canberra-Goulburn and the Most Rev Dr Toohey, Co-Adjutor Bishop of Maitland were present in the sanctuary during the Mass. Other prelates in the sanctuary were the RT Rev Monsignors: WF Cahill, JJ McKenna, T Lynch and H Devine.


More than 90 priests from the parishes in the surrounding districts attended the Mass. Many travelled during the night by rail and car to be present.


Representatives of Diplomatic missions in Canberra, practically every Canberra organization and 1,000 parishioners and friends of the late Monsignor Haydon filled the church. Representatives of the Army, Navy and Air Force were also present.


The principal mourners were the Misses M and E Haydon, sisters of the deceased, Mr Gerald Burton and Mr W Burton nephews and Miss Patricia Tansey representing the family of a life long friend of Monsignor Haydon.


The Rev Father E Kelly MSC represented His Excellency the Apostolic Delegate, the Most Rev Paul Marella. The Very Rev Dean Flanagan represented His Eminence Cardinal Gilroy.


The pall bearers were Messrs G O’Neill, LD Lyons, GA Mahoney, J Brophy, G Kilmartin, E Byrnes, F Meere and W McDonald.  In his panegyric Archbishop McGuire took as his text, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, although he be dead, shall live’ – John 1/25


Archbishop McGuire said, ‘The death of Monsignor Patrick Haydon is a source of great sorrow to his relatives, to his Archbishop and other priests, to the religious, to the laity and the children of his flock.  It pleased God, in His wisdom to take him after an illness of only one day. He was fortified with the sacraments of the Church. [Another article I read about his treating doctor – Finlay – is that Monsignor Haydon who was only in his fifties, had cancer.]


We thank his medical attendants, the matron and nurses of the Canberra Community Hospital for their skill and devoted kindness. We thank the Press and broadcasters for their beautiful tributes. I thank also the Queanbeyan Municipal Band for its attendance this morning.’


Archbishop McGuire continued, ‘We mourn the death of a great priest of God. Patrick Maurice Haydon was born in Sydney and ordained for the Archdiocese of Sydney. He was stationed in Queanbeyan when a large part was cut off and added Goulburn. He remained in this diocese ever since. 


When in 1928 a separate parish of Canberra was established he was appointed its first pastor. He was appointed Diocesan Examiner in theology by Bishop Barry in 1924.  He was appointed Victor General of the dioceses by myself in 1940 and invested by the Apostolic Delegate as Prothonatory Apostolic as a special appointment by the Pope.  In his work he built the presbytery, the convent, St Christopher’s Church and many schools here in Canberra.


He was man of impressive stature of body and more so of mind. He possessed a library of thousands of books and had mastered their contents to a remarkable degree. But keen reader of books as he was, he also read widely the world of human nature. People were always interesting to him, because he truly loved all men. So they brought their troubles to him with trust and hope and departed comforted.


He had friends in every walk of life and among all denominations. He deeply loved Canberra as the capital of his own country. He had a rare sympathy with all men of political life. He was the particular friend to all children. To his own flock he was the personal pastor of each individual. He never ceased to visit them, to inspire the good, to urge the careless to nobler efforts. 


He was at home with all, because he loved and understood all. He comforted all in joy or sorrow by the wise words, the kind counsel, or firm tact in moderating perhaps just anger.


I thank the religious who have co-operated so faithfully with him all his life. I thank those many non-Catholic friends whose goodwill meant so much to his ever appreciative soul. I thank his brother priests for their real love of him. I thank the little children who were always in his heart as he was in theirs.  I thank in a particular way, you Catholic people of Canberra. You had a shepherd of singular virtue of life and nobility of soul and you never failed him. You were always loyal.


Our Apostolic Delegate, who visited Canberra after his arrival in Australia, and came to know our late pastor, writes to me – ‘ We have lost a precious servant of Christ in Australia, but we are sure he has already heard from God the words, ‘Good and faithful servant, enter though into the joy of thy Lord.’


He believed in Christ, he loved Christ, and now that he has been called to eternity, he meets the King of Heaven, who has simply said, ‘If you love Me, I also will love you.’


May Our Lady who was the shepherd of the Lamb while he was on earth lead Patrick Haydon to His Feet. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.


Mourners began to gather at the Church at 8.30am. By 9.30 am there was not even standing room. Special police took charge of the hundreds of cars.  It was estimated that 2,000 could not gain admission to the church.


The coffin was placed outside the sanctuary in the church. Draped in black it supported a silver crucifix, a chalice, a biretta and a stole. Nearly 100 priests occupied the first five rows of seats in the church and more than 50 nuns took their place behind the representatives of the diplomatic missions.


Father O’Donnell commenced the Mass for the Dead as the choir sang as the Holy Sacrifice was offered for the repose of the beloved parish priest. Then came the final absolution and blessing by Archbishop McGuire.


The clergy moved from the church followed by the congregation, Catholic and Protestant alike. Slowly the pallbearers took the coffin down the aisle. The remains of Father Haydon were leaving for the last time the church which in life he had built. Women sobbed and men dried their eyes.


Flanked by the guard of honour from men of the Royal Australian Air Force and members of the Holy Name Society the hearse slowly moved on its way. More than 200 small children lined the route of the hearse for 400 years fingering their rosary as the cortege passed.


Fifty cars preceded it and ahead of them was a police motor cycle escort.  Fifteen hundred gathered around the graveside.  Prayers were said and the coffin was lowered to its final resting place.  Among those present were Wing Commander Douglas representing the Governor-General, the acting Attorney-General and Minister for Health (Senator McKenna), representing the Commonwealth Government.


The Attorney General, Dr Evatt was represented by Mr GA Watson, acting Solicitor General. Mr Kevin Murphy, Director General of Information and Mr THE Heyes represented the Minister for Immigration and Information, Mr Calwell.


Members of the Diplomatic corps were present including the Minister for Fance (M Pierre Auge), the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom (Mr JE Williams), the High Commissioner for Canada (Mr K Greene), the High Commissioner for India (Colonel Bed..), the Representative for Ireland (Dr TH Kiernan) and Mr Hunter Wade representing the Commissioner for New Zealand (Mr JG Barclay).


The Marist Brothers were represented by Bro Arcadia and Bro Paul of Sydney and the Christian Brothers, Bro McCarthy of Goulburn.  The Passionists, Franciscan and Dominican Orders were also represented.  Representatives of almost every organization and public activity in Canberra were present at the church or the funeral.


Obituaries of a number of Westlake people - Noel Leech, Clarrie Robertson,  Colin White, JJ Byrne, Henry Chapman, Mrs H Johnson, Samuel Champ, Robyn Lynette Jackson.

The Canberra Times 17 March 1930




Diving off a sandy ridge at the Acton swimming pool [in Molonglo River] on Saturday Noel Leach [sic Leech] 14 of Westlake, struck his head on the bed of the river and dislocated his neck. He died shortly afterwards.

His two companions, James Brinkman and Tom Wylie, 15, both of Westlake, noticed that Leach was in difficulties and pulled him out. They then ran to the police station and within ten minutes efforts at resuscitation were begun by Sergeant Shepherd and Constable Hughes and continued for an hour and ten minutes. In the meantime Dr Nott arrived and everything possible was done for the boy who was conveyed to the Canberra Hospital.

[The Leech family lived in 20 Westlake].


The Canberra Times 16 July 1930



Youth Killed Instantly


Clarence Robinson, a publishing hand aged 18 years was killed instantly at 6.15 am yesterday morning when the delivery van which he was driving left the road in Canberra Avenue after a collision with another car.

The accident occurred about three quarter of a mile from the Eastlake Service Station [Brodie’s Garage in Wentworth Avenue – now derelict] . Robinson who was an employee of ‘The Canberra Times’ was accompanied by his cousin, Harry Chapman, was on his way home from Queanbeyan to Westlake where he resided with his parents when a dense fog was encountered. Suddenly another car loomed out of the fog and although the two vehicles only struck a glancing blow in passing, the impact apparently caught the hub of one of the front wheels of the ‘Time’s’ van, locking the steering gear.

The vehicle swung across the road and plunged over an embankment about eight feet in height where it was overturned with both occupants pinned beneath it.  The occupants of the other car which was driven by Edgar Arthur Gardiner of ...(?) Street Queanbeyan came to the assistance and Dr Finlay was summonsed. It was found that Robinson was beyond medical aid, death having been apparently instantaneous ...(?) Chapman although stunned by the impact escaped injury.

The late Clarence Robinson was a very popular member of the publishing staff of the newspaper and had onl returned to duty after a holiday in Sydney on the eve of the fatality.


The Canberra Times 17 July 1930



The funeral of the late Clarence Robinson of Westlake, who was killed in a motor accident early on Tuesday morning was held yesterday afternoon and was attended by a large number of relatives and friends.

The remains were interred in St John’s graveyard after a service had been conducted in the church by Canon Robertson, who in the course of a fine address made reference to the sterling character of the deceased. He said that the deceased had possessed a remarkable aptitude for his work, always willing and cheerful and a close friend to everyone of his fellow workmen and employees.

The pall-bearers were Messrs R Pummer, CA Burns, CJ Shakespeare, EL McColl, F Dooley and C Claney, members of the staff of the ‘Canberra Times’.

The chief mourners were: Mr H Chapman senr (grandfather), Mr and Mrs A Robinson (mother and father), Jack, Ray, Frances, Phyllis, Daphne, Vivian, Leo and Katherine Robinson and Mrs G Sercombe (brothers and sisters), Messrs G and J Chapman (Bega), Miss EM Chapman (Bega) and Mrs C Reynolds (Westlake).

Wreaths were sent from Mr and Mrs Davis (Russell Hill), Miss Daphne Davis (Russell Hill), Mrs Clancy and son, Mrs Bateson, Mrs Thompson, Mr and Mrs Miles, Mr and Mrs Corey, Mr and Mrs Brinkman, Mr and Mrs Phillips, the management of the ‘Canberra Times’, the staff of the ‘Canberra Times’, members of the Westlake Tennis Club and residents of Westlake.


The Canberra Times 31 October 1934



The death occurred in Canberra Hospital on Monday night of Mr Colin White, a well known resident of Westlake and a prominent district figure in union circles for many years.  The late Mr White was one of the oldest members of the Australian Workers’ Union in the district and was secretary of the Federal Capital Territory branch of the Australian labour Party at the time of his death.  It is stated that Mr White had been engaged in flood work last week when he contracted pneumonia. He leaves a widow and one son.


The Canberra Times 18 July 1935



The death occurred yesterday of Mr JJ Byrne of Westlake at the age of 77 years.  Born at Dalgety, the late Mr Byrne followed several rural pursuits and for several years was a teamster in the days when the cartage of supplies to the outlying stations was done by bullock waggon. He was closely associated with the development of the district, and worked on the Kosciusko road. After living in the South Coast districts of New South Wales for some years, he came to Canberra in 1927, since when he had been living in retirement.

The late Mr Byrne leaves a widow, four sons (Ray, Jack, William and Dick) and three daughters, Nora (Mrs Ryce), Mary (Mrs Thompson) and Vera (Mrs Symonds).


The Canberra Times 9 January 1939



The death occurred at Canberra Hospital on Saturday of Mr Henry Chapman 86 of Westlake, a native of Bega.  The late Mr Chapman who had been an inmate of the hospital for the past six months, leaves a large family; his wife predeceased him 10 years ago.  The funeral was conducted yesterday afternoon at St John’s Canberra.


The Canberra Times 21 September 1939

Mrs H Johnson

The death occurred at the Canberra Hospital on Tuesday evening of Mrs H Johnson, late of 55 Westlake, who with her husband and family had been residents of this city for 17 years.

The late Mrs Johnson (nee Pickering) was born at Gulgong (near Mudgee NSW) in 1880 and was married at Sydney 40 years ago.  She had been in indifferent health for a number of years and was admitted to hospital last week.  She is survived by her husband, three sons and two daughters. The sons are Henry Herbert, Frederick (Canberra), and Wilfred (Sydney). The daughters are Mary (Mrs AJ Duffus) and Lucy (Mrs N Rogan) of Canberra. The funeral will leave 55 Westlake at 2.30 this afternoon for St John’s Church where a service will be held after which the internment will take place at the St John’s Churchyard. [Mrs Duffus also lived at Westlake.]


The Canberra Times 5 November 1946



The death occurred in Hobart Tasmania of Mr Samuel Champ aged 74 who for many years a resident of Canberra.  The late Mr Champ came to Canberra in 1925 to work on parliament House and was for 20 years a resident of Westlake. He was the first President of the Progress League of Westlake and also played a prominent part in political and industrial affairs in both Tasmania and Canberra. The deceased was an admirer of Henry Lawson and won many elocution prises reciting his works.  He was predeceased by his wife about three years ago.

The Canberra Times 8 September 1950


Private transport was required to take a baby to hospital after efforts to secure a doctor or other transport had failed, said Beryl Lorraine Box of 25 Westlake, giving evidence yesterday before the Coroner (Mr FCP Keane) who was inquiring into the death of Robyn Lynette Jackson, 12 months, of Westlake on August 22.

She said that the ambulance station had been notified but it had been stated that the vehicle could only go out on a doctor’s orders.

The witness said she had been asked by Westlake residents to drive the child to hospital as she was seriously ill.

Immediately on arrival, the baby was examined by the assistant superintendent (Dr W Hillier) but was found to be dead.  Dr Hillier said the child showed no signs of violence, and appeared to have died two hours earlier.  The inquest was adjourned until October 12, after Sergeant Grangel told the coroner that the mother of the deceased was seriously ill.




Mr John Kirkwood

The Canberra Times 7 September 1949



The death occurred at the Canberra Hospital on Saturday after a short illness of John Kirkwood at the age of 67.  The late Mr Kirkwood spent the last 50 years of his life in Canberra. He arrived in the future capital in 1909 (1900?) from Hay and resided near Scott’s Crossing.  The remains of the house can still be seen from the roadway.

The deceased took an active interest in union affairs in the early days of Canberra. On his arrival he obtained a position as official driver to the Commonwealth surveyors then making a survey of the Territory.

In the early 1920s the late Mr Kirkwood worked at the power house where he was in charge of the wagons. Later he transferred his occupation to Beauchamp House.

The late Mr Kirkwood is survived by his daughter, Mrs J Sells of Causeway. The funeral took place at the Church of England portion of the Canberra Cemetery on Monday.

Burial Register Woden Cemetery: 5th September 1949 Mrs Doris Sells 3 Causeway paid for the grave of John KIRKWOOD Mulwala House died 3rd September 1949 aged 67 years.  C/E.

Michael J Cavanagh

Canberra Times Tuesday 9 March 1937 page 2



'He was a man of few words, but a man of honour, a good Catholic and a true child of God,' said the Very Rev Dean PM Haydon in his oration at the graveside yesterday when Michael Joseph Cavanagh was buried in the presence of a very large number of district residents representative of all walks of life.

The funeral which took place to the Roman Catholic Portion of the Queanbeyan Cemetery, was one of the largest seen at Queanbeyan for a considerable time and bore fitting testimony to the respect in which the deceased and his family was held by all classes of the community. 

The service at St Gregory's Church and at the graveside was conducted by Dean PM Haydon assisted by Frs E Barry and J Twomey. Dean Haydon said that he had known Michael Cavanagh for 24 years, and had found him a man of honour, who was always ready and willing to help those in need.  When his last illness came upon him he met it with the spirit and soul of a courageous man and died as he had lived.  He had been in all things honourable.

The pall bearers at the Church and graveside were drawn from pioneering families, all members having been associated with the deceased for the greater part of their lives.  They were Edward Ryan (Canberra), William

Darmody (Majura), Edward O'Rourke (Majura), Edward Scott (Canberra), John Corkhill (Westlake), Timothy Ryan (Canberra).

Chief mourners were the widow (Mrs MJ Cavanagh), Ernest Cavanagh, June Cavanagh, jun, Mrs C Cavanagh, John Cavanagh (nephew), Patricia Cavanagh (Niece), Mrs D Kenneth (niece), Clarice Cavanagh and Mrs E Maloney.  Relatives attending the funeral were Mr and Mrs Corkhill, Mr and Mrs Ed Morrison, Mr and Mrs Jack Maloney, Mr and Mrs Philip Corkhill, Mr and Mrs Brendan Corkhill, Edward Ryan (Acton), Timothy Ryan (Acton),  Mr and Mrs EJ Scott, Mr and Mrs Frank Scott, Mrs Ab De-Smet, Mr Edward Scott and Gordon Scott.

Beautiful floral tributes were forwarded by sporting bodies with which the deceased was associated and included those from His wife Jane, Ernest and Ernest jun’, Mrs C Cavanagh and family, Mr and Mrs Edward Scott and son, Mrs Jordan and Bob Jordan, Rural Lesees' Association, members of St Patrick's Race Club, members Canberra Racing Club, Hall Cricket Club, FCT Cricket Association, Mr and Mrs WJ Darmody, Mr and Mrs Foster Smith and family, Mr and Mrs Boreham, the Hardy family, the Darmody children, F Munday and family, Col JTH Goodwin, Mr and Mrs W Moore, Mr and Mrs A McKeahnie, Mrs J Reid and family, Mr At Ryan and family, Mrs Gillespie and family, Mrs and Mrs E O'Rourke and family (Majura), Mr and Mrs Scattergood, Mr and Mrs Theo Cooper, Mr and Mrs Jim Colgan, Dr Fredk Watson, JV Hibberson and family, Mr & Mrs E Cameron and family, Mr and Mrs J Ryan, Mrs P Curley and Family, Mr and Mrs JC Moore and family, Woodgers and Calthorpe (1931) Ltd, Mr and Mrs Amos Bush and family, Mr and Mrs Curran and family, Mr and Mrs PJ Sheedy and family, Mrs and Master Arnold McIntosh (Majura), Chris Lynch and family, Mr and Mrs W Munday, Mr & Mrs SJ Southwell and family, Mrs  Lindsay Southwell and family, Mrs E Coulton and family, Mr and Mrs Brown, Mr and Mrs EJ Monk (Tuggeranong), Mr and Mrs CW Southwell, Miss Brown, Mr and Mrs JC Tickner and family, EJ Ryan (Ginninderra), Mr and Mrs Clyde Kilby, Mr and Mrs H Shepherd, Mr and Mrs Horace Southwell and family, Mr and Mrs J Hollingsworth, Mr and Mrs SW Edlington and family.


George Rottenberry

The Canberra Times Saturday 24 January 1948 page 3


The death occurred yesterday of one of Canberra's oldest inhabitants, Mr George Rottenberry, aged 94 at the Canberra Community Hospital after indifferent health. Mr Rottenberry represented one of the last links with early Canberra having been born of Devonshire parents at Duntroon in 1853.  Portion of the old cottage is still standing.

His father was one of the stone masons who later established a lime kiln in the vicinity of Acton Guest House.

The deceased was educated in the stone school house adjoining St John's Church, being a pupil of Mr James Abernathy, who prior to his appointment in 1863 was superintendent at Yarralumla Station.

Mr Rottenberry was married at the age of 34 to Miss Eliza Jane Kaye, daughter of another district pioneer whose home was near the site of the Royal Canberra Golf clubhouse. (Site behind the Hotel Canberra under the waters of Lake Burley Griffin.  The entrance to the property marked by a plaque and two pines – one of which was planted in 1919 when one of the Kaye boys returned home from the Great War and the other at the time of unveiling of the plaque.  The latter replaced one that was also planted in 1919 that died.)  They had six children.

The deceased leased a number of blocks in the district, particularly at Barton and took up mixed farming.  In the early years he supplied milk to the construction camps, and the permanent site of the Anglican Cathedral near the Riverside Camp, became known as Rottenberry Hill. (Riverside Hostel was built on the hill below St Mark's Cross - it is on the southern side of the Lake between the area of the Power House and Kings Avenue Bridge.  Below the site of Riverside was the original site of Eastlake Tenements - ex-Molonglo Internment buildings moved to the site.)

Following the example of his father who assisted in building St John's Church, Mr Rottenberry quarried stone from Black Mountain to erect later additions to the church. (Stone was also quarried from the Quarry now known as Attunga Point. The old road probably used to move this stone to St John's in the early 1860s crosses the hill opposite Lotus Bay in Stirling Park - Block 3, Section 128 Yarralumla).

An extremely active man, the deceased was a good horseman and was greatly interested in rough riding contests.  He also maintained a keen interest in cricket in his later years.

He retired from farming at the advent of the Federal Commission and until his death lived with relatives in Sydney and Canberra.

Following a recent flight to Sydney he said the 'plane had run over a couple of logs' when referring to the bumpy passage.

The deceased will have the unusual record of having been baptised, confirmed, married and buried at St John's Church where the funeral service takes place on Sunday.  He is survived by three daughters and two sons.

Further information about the family is published in St John's Churchyard by Jean Salisbury.  Following are details of the family: ROTTENBERRY, ELIZA JANE - Eighth child of Joseph John & Eliza Kaye born at Canberra and baptised in 1857.  She died 22nd January 1922 aged 64 years and is buried next to her husband GEORGE ROTTENBERRY who died 23rd January 1948 aged 94 years.  Nearby are the graves of his parents, George Rottenberry son of George & Dinah Rottenberry nee Everley.  He married in Devonshire Mary Ann Glasworthy and the couple came to Australia with their two daughters around 1849.  His wife died 1897 and he died 14th August 1910 aged 91 years.

Mrs Miller, wife of Colonel Miller, Administrator

The Advertiser 24 February 1913



Sydney February 23

The Minister of Home Affairs (Mr O’Malley) arrived from the federal capital site yesterday morning. ‘Is the secret out?’ he was asked. ‘No, brother, not yet,’ he replied.(continues on to refer to Lady Denman...)

Mr O’Malley, accompanied by Mr McDonald, MHR, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs and Miss McDonald, visited the Federal capital on Thursday and during the afternoon performed the ceremony of driving in the first peg in connection with the recently approved departmental design for the layout of the city.  The peg driven by the Minister defines the central feature of Parliament House.. Minister invited the Speaker to drive in the second peg... The Minister then asked Mrs Miller, the wife of the administrator of the Federal capital territory to give a name to the ground where the ceremony took place, which she christened Canberra Hill.

The Canberra Times 16 February 1932



The death occurred in Sydney last week of Mrs David Miller wife of Brigadier-General David Miller of Wallangrove Station, New South Wales, formerly secretary of the Department of Home Affairs and Administrator at Canberra.

The late Mrs Miller was well known to many of the old residents of Canberra.  Brigadier-General Miller was the first occupant of the Residency now known as Canberra House.  Mrs Miller resided at Canberra for about three years from 1913 until the retirement of her husband from the Public Service.

Arthur William Moriarty