Family History
Obituaries H
HARRIS, Samuel Alfred (1841-1923)
Parents: Unknown

The Register (Adelaide), 18 Aug 1923
HARRIS, Mr Samuel Alfred Harris, who died at Allendale North (near Kapunda) on Thursday from the after-effects of influenza, was a well known identity in the north, where he was highly esteemed. He was 83 years of age, having been born at Clare, Suffolk, England, on January 26, 1941. He came to South Australia in 1851 in the ship Asia, the voyage out taking 16 weeks. He landed at Port Adelaide, and for a few years was engaged with Mr Austin, of Lashbrook, and Mr Robert Davenport, of Battunga Estate. Afterwards he was employed as a stock buyer for several leading stock and station agents, and in the discharge of these duties his travels took him practically over Australia. In 1872 he married Miss McGeorge, of Wilcannia, being at that time manager of Mount Murchinson Station. Later he took over the management of the Nor' West Bend Station, near Morgan. In 1890 he removed to Macclesfield and visited the Coolgardie (W.A.) goldfields. In 1895 he went to Allendale North, and resided there until his death, carrying on farming operations. He was recognised as a very competent judge of stock and wool, in which he had had a large and varied experience. Mrs Harris died in 1913. A family of two sons and four daughters survive. They are:- Mrs W.A. Murray, Goondoobluie Station, Queensland, Misses E.M., A.M. and M.B. Harris, Allendale North; Mr Edward A., of Henley Beach, and Guy McG., of Hawthorn. There are also 20 grandchildren.

HARRIS, Selina Margaret (1852-1913)
Parents: Thomas McGEORGE & Jemima Lydia Hockridge GEAKE

The Register (Adelaide) 26 July 1913
Mrs.Selina Harris, who died this week at her residence, Allandale North, near Kapunda, was a native of Australia. She was born on the Lachlan, New South Wales, 61 years ago, and her father, Mr. Thomas McGeorge, was one of the first settlers at Wentworth, where he acquired considerable property. Her husband, Mr. S. A. Harris, was well known years ago in pastoral circles, particularly as manager of the Nor'-West Bend Station, on the River Murray. For 18 years Mr. and Mrs. Harris resided at Allandale North. In addition to the widower there survive three sons and four daughters - Messrs. Edward, (Cooke's Plains), S. H. (Hamilton), and Guy (Allandale North), Mrs, Murray (Gundabini, New South Wales), and the Misses Ethel, Maud, and Muriel Harris.

HORSINGTON, Bertram James (1891-1979)
Parents: James LUFF & Lily Harriet COOMBS

Source Unknown
The death occurred at the Pioneer Home on Tuesday November 6 of Bertram James Horsington. He was born in Birdsville and spent his school days in Port Augusta. He then went on to work in the Quilpie-Eromanga area until he joined the Australian Imperial Forces in 1916, serving in France ranking as a private. He was gassed and awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal after being discharged in 1919.

After returning from overseas he worked in the Longreach district in many fields but mainly on stations for fencers and tank sinkers. At one time he worked for the late Joe Bielenberg who conducted a carting and wood depot. Bert also worked for a town carrier and eventually retired while working at Meacham and Leyland as a labourer in their timber yard. He spent the last three years of his life at the Pioneer home.

HORSINGTON, Edward Matthew (1878-1947)
Parents: John Waygood HORSINGTON & Julia FARRELL

Barrier Daily Truth, 24 July 1947
Mr Edward Matthew Horsington died in Sydney at Waverley War Memorial hospital yesterday after a short illness at the age of 69 years. The information was received by Barrier Daily Truth from Mr M.A. Davidson MLA by telegram yesterday. Mr Horsington's health had not been good for some time but on his last visit to Broken Hill did not seem so near to collapse. Mr Horsington suffered a severe blow by the death of his wife one year ago. He is survived by a married daughter with whom he lived.

Mr Horsington has a long career in the Labor movement. For over 24 years he was the representative of Sturt in the Legislative Assembly vacating a few months ago. Mr Horsington was the son of the late Mr JW and Mrs Horsington of Victoria. He was educated at Maryborough, Victoria and for many years was a pastoral and mine worker in Qld, N.S.W. and W.A. before entering parliament. He was secretary of the local branch of FED & FA - popular with unionists - always worked for the good of Broken Hill and the Darling River Scheme. His death will be regretted by those who knew him. The Premier and MPs expressed their deep regret on his passing. He was highly respected by all.

Also See Rantings ...

HORSINGTON, Henry Herbert Horatio (1863-1948)
Parents: John Waygood HORSINGTON & Hannah RATTLE

Barrier Miner 15 July 1948
The death occurred at Footscray, Victoria, yesterday of Mr. Henry (Harry) Horsington, formerly a well-known resident of Broken Hill. Mr. Horsington left here about 10 years ago to reside with a brother at Footscray. Before coming to Broken Hill, Mr. Horsington worked at Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie, and when he left here he was employed by the City Council. He was a brother of the late Mr. E. M. Horsington, formerly M.L..A. for Sturt.

A son (Mr. Frank Horsington) and daughter (Miss Gertie Horsington) survive. Mr. Frank Horsington was assistant C.P.S. at the Courthouse and was recently transferred to Muswellbrook.

HORSINGTON, John Waygood (1868-1965)
Parents: John Waygood HORSINGTON & Hannah RATTLE

Queensland Country Life, 18 May 1965
A man who only two years ago spent several days camping out while gouging in an opal field has died at the age of 97. He was Mr John Waygood Horsington. Opal prospecting was second only to woodwork in his hobbies. Mr Horsington produced fine examples of wood carving right up to his death. Only death prevented him from taking a lively interest in all sports. A Victorian, Mr Horsington came to Queensland in 1886, travelling overland through the far west of New South Wales. He worked as a contractor, bore sinker and opal miner. When he died on March 4, Mr Horsington was residing with his daughter, Mrs McGeorge, at Kalinga, Brisbane. Before this, he had lived in retirement at Regleigh, Quilpie. It is believed that at the time of his departure from Quilpie, about six months ago, Mr Horsington was the oldest man in Quilpie Shire.

Source Unknown, 8 March 1965
Quilpie - The oldest man in south-west Queensland died last Thursday in Brisbane. He was John Waygood Horsington, 97, who had lived and worked in the Quilpie and Eromanga district since the late 1880's. Coming from Victoria, where he was born, he became in turn contractor, bore sinker, opal miner, and grazier. In the 1920's he drew a block in the Eromanga district but because of bad seasons, was forced to sell out. After he retired, he spent much of his time at his favourite hobby, woodwook, using timbers locally grown.

Source Unknown
A link with the very early days of the far south west was severed with the death in Brisbane on 4th March of pioneer Mr. John Waygood Horsington of Regleigh. "Pop Horsington", as he was affectionately known, was 97 years of age and shared with Mrs. Liz. (Granny) Nunn, who it is thought will be 100 this year, the privilege of being the oldest residents of the area. In the late 1880's the late Mr. Horsington came from Victoria, where his brother Ted was a Member of Parliament. He worked as a contractor, well sinker and bore sinker on Thylungra, and was also interested in opals as a sideline. He drew Honolulu block near Eromanga in the 20's but eventually, owing to bad seasons and the then inadequate areas of blocks, was forced to sell out. Portion was bought by Mr. Colin Butler and the remainder by Mr. W.G. Mott of Old Kyra.

Mr. Horsington was famous for his handmade walking sticks and pipes which he made out of timber indigenous to the area. After he retired he spent a lot of his time at his favourite hobby and gave a hand-made walking stick to the Queensland Governor. He also presented the late Hon. Ernie Evans, Minister for Mines, with one of his sticks, after Mr. Evans was instrumental in sending out a Department of Mines representative to investigate minerals in the area. Owners of his pipes said they drew smoke as cool as the most expensive imported English briar.

Mr. Horsington has been blessed with extremely good eyesight and good health until the last few months of his life. He leaves a family of four daughters, Mrs L. Horsington of Warrabin, Mrs Robertson of Brisbane, formerly of Quilpie, Mrs R. McGeorge of Regleigh, Mrs J. Baxter of Canberra; and three sons, Bert of Longreach, Jack of Mitchell and Jim of Maryborough. One son and one daughter predeceased him. His wife predeceased him many years ago. Sympathy is expressed to the sorrowing relatives.

Also See Bush Characters ...

HUGHES, Sarah Ann (1840-1929)
Parents: Richard BARTLETT & Lydia QUESTED

Northern Star 21 June, 1929
Another of the old pioneers of the Alstonville district died yesterday morning in the person of Mrs. Sarah Ann Hughes, relict of the late Mr. Edward Hughes. Deceased, who was born In England 89 years ago, came to Australia while a child, and settled with her parents at Shoalhaven, on the South Coast. Here she married, and came to the Richmond about 58 years ago, the late Mr. Hughes taking a farm at Rous. Many are the tales told, by old hands of the splendid work Mrs. Hughes did in the early days, for she had a great knowledge of nursing work. Her popularity among the pioneers was wonderful, and it was richly deserved. About twelve years ago the couple shifted to Alstonville, and two years ago the husband died. Mrs. Hughes then returned to the farm for some years, but finally settled with her daughter, Mrs. Kennedy, in Alstonville. The late Mrs. Hughes had been bed-ridden for the past ten years, and passed peacefully away at 10 o'clock yesterday morning.

Five sons and, four daughters survive—Messrs. Edward (Tuncester), Alfred (Inverell), Richard (Queensland), Henry (Liverpool), and William (Lismore), and Mesdames Kennedy (Alstonville), Walker (Queensland), Gold.en (Numulgi), and Miss Martha Hughes (Sydney). One son and one daughter predeceased her. The funeral will leave for the Methodist portion of the Alstonville cemetery to-day at noon.
2013 Copyright Ruzsicska