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2nd October, 1942 - Northern Star.

Mr. Samuel Blanch

CASINO. Thursday - Mr. Samuel Blanch, whose body was found on Lismore Road yesterday, was born on the Clarence 74 years ago. The family moved to North Arm, Richmond River, above Coraki, when he was ten years of age and remained there for five years and then shifted to South Casino. Deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Blanch and had been living round Casino all his life. Until about 25 years ago he was dairying and for a time lived at Deep Creek. He and his father did the ploughing with bullocks when the streets were being formed in Casino. Deceased married Miss Grace McLean a daughter of Mr. Neil McLean of Greenridge (one time of the Lismore district). She died about 25 years ago. He is survived by a son Eric <Sydney>, and two daughters Mrs. Col. McCowan <Bryon Bay> and Mrs K. Gilmour <South Casino>. Another son fought in the Great War and was killed in an accident in Sydney about three years ago. There are also five borthers: H. T. Blanch <Eudlo, Q>, Stephen < Auburn>, Robert, John and Abraham <Kygole>, and three sisters: Mesdames W. Cowan <Casino>, and E. Chaseling and ? A. Phelps <Kyogle>.

The funeral left the Presbyterian Church this afternoon. Trevor D. Bevan had charge of the arrangements.

July 10, 1916 - "Northern Star"

Private Roy Vincent BLANCH 8304

A message was received in Rous yesterday stating that Mr Roy Blanch, son of Mr Edgar George Blanch and Mrs Hannah Blanch (nee Starr), of Meerschaum Vale, had died on Saturday July 8 from measles and pneumonia at the Australian Infantry Base Depot, Enoggera, Queensland. Mr Blanch was born at Broadwater on 4 November 1895. The funeral of the late Private Roy Blanch, beloved son of Edgar Blanch, of Rous, will leave from Thomas Riley's funeral parlour on Wednesday July 12 at 9am for the Rous Cemetery.

1913 - "Northern Star"

Mr William Joseph BLANCH

The death occurred on July 29 of Mr William "Billie" Joseph Blanch of Dalwood, aged 22 years, the son of Mr William George Blanch and Mrs Jane Blanch (nee Clark). Mr Blanch was born at Broadwater on December 21 1891 and came to Dalwood with his parents in 1897. He was buried in the Methodist portion of the Rous Cemetery.


Northern Star - 12th May, 1993.

Mr. Harold Leslie Cawley

The death occurred in Lismore on April 20, of Harold Leslie (Had) Cawley, aged 85 years. He was one of the nine children of the late Gwen and Agnes Cawley. He was a true son of Alstonville born 18th July, 1907 at the homestead Jesswoolgen, his fathers property at Wardell Road Alstonville and lived all his life there. Initally he was educated at the Alstonville State School. He was one of the first pupils to attend St. Joseph`s Catholic School at Alstonville when it opened in 1919. He completed his secondary education at St. Joseph`s College, Nudgee in Brisbane. In 1932 he married local girl Ivy Kenny and they spent their entire married life at Jesswoolgen. Mr Cawley and his brother Charles purchased Jesswoolgen from their father Owen in 1948 and were in partnership for 40 years. They also owened properties at Marom Creek and Pearces Creek. He was a keen member of the Alstonville Agricultural Society and Patron of the Pony Club. As a young man he was a member of the premiership-winning Seagulls football team.On June 9, 1928, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith at the end of his Pacific crossing in the Southern Cross passed over Jesswoolgen on his arrival in Australia. Co-piolet Charles Ulm`s sister lived at Wooloongbar and they were thus able to ascertain their exact position. Mr Cawley erected a memorial stone and plaque on his property to mark this occasion. Mr Cawley is survived by daughters, Miriam and Lois, son Peter, brothers Bob an Bern sister Agnes and seven grandchildren, Karen and David Davis, Michelle and Paul Smith and Leanne, Mellissa and Matthew Cawley. He was predeceased by his wife Ivy and brothers Herb, Len, Charles, Jack and sister Alma. Requim Mass was conducted by father P Mulcahy assisted by Fr T Maloney at our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Alstonvillie, before burial in the Alstonvillie Lawn cemertery. Pall-bearers were, Peter, Matthew, Bern and Frank Cawley, Jack and Paul Smith, Greg and David Davis.


The Northern Star July 15th, 1926

CUPITT Anne Jane - The funeral of the late Mrs Anne Jane CUPITT, beloved wife or Mr. Jack CUPITT, will move from the Church of England Ballina, this day July 15th at 11am for the Church of England Cemetery, Ballina.
The death took place at West Ballina yesterday of Mrs Ann Jane Cupitt, wife o fMr. Jack Cupitt, a well-known businessman of Ballina. The late MRs Cupitt was 60 years of age and had been ailing for a number of years. She had resided the last 30 years in Ballina, where the family was well known and highly respected. Deceased leaves a husband and two sons William (Sydney) and Lance (Ballina) and a daughter Elsie (Ballina). The funeral will take place today, the cortege leaving the Church of England for the Ballina Cemetery at 11 o'clock.

The Northern Star Monday January 18 1988:

CUPPIT Eunice May - January 15 1988 at Lismore Based Hospital, Late of 36 Grant Street Ballina, beloved widow of the late Leslie Jack Cuppit and dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Fae (deceased) and Alex LAYTON, David ad Ruth CUPITT and former mother-in-law of Karolyn, dear grandmother of Craig LAYTON, Micheal, Jason and Janeene CUPITT, dear sister and sister-in-law of Ivy & Reg ARNOTT, Jim & O11 EATON (Tamworth) Aged 75 years. Relatives and friends are are invited to attend her funeral to leave St Mary`s Anglican Church Ballina tomorrow (Tuesday) after a service commencing at 3pm for the East Ballina Cemetery.

The Northern Star Monday April 11, 1932:

Mr. J. W. CUPITT (67) died in a Ballina based hospital yesterday afternoon. He conducted a jeweller's business at Ballina for a number of years, and retired to live at Tamworth. On returning to the Richmond to stay with his daughter at Meerschaum Vale, he became ill. His wife predeceased him some years ago, and a daughter and two sons survive. Mr James Cupitt of Ballina is a brother.

The Northern Star Monday August 26 1968:

CUPITT Lancelot George - The funeral of Mr Lancelot George Cupitt Snr of 103 Kyogle St South Lismore and formerly of Rous and Ballina, beloved husband of Mrs Mary Cupitt and loving father of Thalia (Lismore and Ballina) Lance (Ballina) and Irene (deceased) and loving brother of Mr Bill Cupitt (Sydney) will leave from St Mary`s Church of England Ballina today (Monday) after a service commencing at 2pm for the Ballina Cemetery.  Burton BARTLETT Funeral Director.

The Northern Star Wednesday August 22 1990:

CUPITT Lancelot James (Lance) - August 21 1990. Peacefully at St Vincent's Hospital Lismore, late of 75 Kerr Street Ballina. Beloved husband of Nancy, dearly loved father and father-in-law of Ray & Del (Nerang) Noel & Margaret (Alstonville) Pam (Southport) and special friend of Valli Eggins. Devoted Pop of Daniel, Kim and Lance, Brent and Dane. Dear brother of Irene Leadbeatter, Marm and Les Cupitt (all deceased) and of Thalia Cupitt. Aged 66 years. Requiem Mass for the repose of his soul will be celebrated at St. Francis Xaviers Catholic Church Ballina tomorrow (Thurdsday) at 10a.m. The funeral will leave the church after the Mass for the East Ballina Cemetery.

Members of the Ballina District Cricket Association are requested to attend the funeral of their late Patron and Life Member Lance Cupitt. S. Weller Sec.

Members of the Ballina Golf club Inc., the Ballina RSL Sub-Branch and the 2/33 infantry Battalion were requested to attend the funeral of Lance Cupitt also.

The Northern Star Thursday March 31 1983:

CUPITT, Leslie Jack - March 30 1983 at Ballina District Hospital, late of 36 Grant street Ballina, beloved husband of Eunice and dearly loved father and father-in-law of Fae and Alex LAYTON, David and Pam Cupitt, devoted grandfather of Michael, Craig, Jason and Janeene, dear brother of Irene (deceased) Thalia, Marm ad Lance. Aged 69 years. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service to leave St Mary`s Anglican Church Ballina this day (Thursday) after a service commencing at 3pm for the East Ballina Cemetery.

Obiturary Notice - Northern Star 5th May 1979:

CUPITT, Mary Ellen (nee POTHIER) - 4/5/78 at St Anne`s Nursing Home, late of Ballina, beloved wife of the late Lancelot George CUPITT, dearly loved & mother-in-law of rene & Harold LEADBEATHER (both deceased), Marmion & Ruby (Sydney) Thalia (Ballina), Les & Eunice (Ballina), Lance & Nancy (Ballina), devoted grandmother, great-grandmother, and great great Grandmother of their children, aged 92 years. Rest In Peace.

CUPITT- Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of the late Ellen CUPITT will be celebrated at St Francis Xavier`s Church, Ballina, on Monday at 1p.m. The funeral will leave the church after the mass for the East Ballina Cemetery.  Kevin GEAGHAN Funeral Director, AFDA.

SMH - Tuesday, February 16, 1988:

CUPITT, Marmion Lancelot - February 14 1988 at Woden Valley Hospital in Canberra, loved husband of Ruby, loving father & father-in-law of Darryl & Valma and Warren & Myra, Grandfather of Cheryl & Peter, Wayne (deceased) Lenore, Michelle, Carolyn, Julianne, Matthew & Janelle and Great Grandfather of Michael. Always in our hearts.

SMH - Tuesday 6 April, 1976

CUPITT, Richard John - 2nd April, 1976 of Thomas St Croydon, dearly loved husband of Pat, loved father of Rosemary, loved step-father of Donald, Bill, Pat & Pam, loved Grandfather of their families. Aged 59yrs. May he Rest in Peace. Privately cremated April 5th, 1976.

SMH - Wednesday October 4 1978:

CUPITT, Rosina (Pat) - 3rd October 1978, late of Croydon, loved wife of the late Richard Cupitt, loved mother of Donald, William, Patricia, Pamela and Rosemary - Fond mother-in-law of Margaret, Joan and Kevin, dearest Grandmother & G Grandmother of their children, and dearly loved sister and sister-in-law of Ollie & Chris Jansen, and great Aunt of their families. Aged 73 years. Requisite in Peace.

A requiem mass for the repose of the soul of the late Rosina (Pat) Cupitt of Croydon, will be celebrated at the church of St Vincent at Ashfiled tomorrow (Thursday) at 9.30 am. The funeral will leave the church after prayers following the mass for the Catholic Lawn Cemetery at Rookwood.

The Northern Star Tuesday November 6 1990:

CUPITT Thalia Metis - Cupitt Thalia (Tot) November 5 1990 peacfully at Ballina Hospital, late of Crawley Village Hostel Ballina dear sister of Irene, Marm, Les and Lance (all deceased) and devoted aunt of their families. 81 years. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her fueral service to leave St Francis Xavier`s Church Ballina today (Wednesday) after prayers commencing at 11am for the east Ballina Cemetery

SMH - Saturday 26 August, 1972:

CUPITT - Wayne Bryson - August 24 1972 at hospital at Fisher ACT, dearly loved son of Daryl & Valma Cupitt, loved brother of Cheryl, Lenore & Michelle, loved grandson of Marmionn & Ruby Cupitt (Rydalmere) and Perc & Hilda Pickering (Smithfield).

CUPITT - The relatives and friends of the late Wayne Byson Cupitt are invited to attend his funeral to leave St. Barnabas church of England Fairfield on Monday next, after service commencing at 9.30 am for Pine Grove Cremetorium Eastern Creek.

SMH - 21 April 1972

CUPIIT - William John - April 20 1972, died at 6p.m. Waratah St. Leichardt, dearly loved husband of Norma Cupitt, loved father of Richard and loved father-in-law of Rosina, dear grandfather of Rosemary, aged 82yrs. So Mote it be.

The relatives & friends of the late William John Cupitt are invited to attend his funeral to leave our funeral home at 15 Norton Street Leichardt this afternoon after the service commencing at 12.15 o'clock, for the Woronora Crematorium. Labour Funeral Notice also for Leighardt Lodge No 379, the Leichardt Bowling club and the Monash Royal Arch Chapter Encryptic Council.


Northern Star - 4th May, 1960.

Mrs. E. M. Forbes.
The death occurred in the Ballina Hospital of Mrs. Esther Maria Forbes. Mrs. Forbes was born at Ballina and was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Monk Stone. Until her marriage to the late Robert Forbes in 1917, she resided at Ballina. Mr. and Mrs. Forbes then moved to Billinudgel where Mr. Forbes had a banana plantation. Later they went to Lennox Head where they were engaged in dairy farming and Mrs. Forbes conducted a business for many years. After the death of her husband, she resided at Norton Street, Ballina. She was an active member of the Church of England Women's Guild the Red Cross, C.W.A. and the Ex-servicemen's Home Auxiliary. Five brothers and three sister predeaced her. She is survived by one brother George, of Brisbane and Three sisters, Mrs. M. Maliard <Sydney>, Mrs. Uden <Belmont> and MRs. ? Bailey <Moree>. A large congregation attended at the Church of England, Ballina, where the service was conducted by Rev. R. Hancock, who referred to Mrs. Forbes loyalty to her church. Members of the Women's Guild and other organisations formed a guard of honour at the church. Pallbearers were cousins G. McCurdy <Coffs Harbour>, J. McCurdy <Ballina>, W. Rayward <Ballina>, Nephews, J. Simple <Byron Bay>, N. Parry <Ballina>, and H. Gould <Ballina>.


Northern Star - 24th October, 1932.

Mr. G. Killion.
Following a long period of long ill-health, Mr. George Killion died at his residence, McKenzie Street, Lismore, yesterday afternoon aged 46 years. For many the late Mr. Killion was employed in Messers Davis. Bros. and Burgess Ironmongery department, but since the closure of that business had followed other avocations. He also was a prominent member of the G.U.O.O.F. He is survived by a widow and three children. The funeral takes place this afternoon, leaving the residence at 4.30 for the church of England portion of the cemetery.


Northern Star - 1st May, 1964

Mrs Harold Leadbeatter

The Death occurred at the Base Hospital Lismore, of Irene May, wife of Harold Leadbeatter of 60 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah. The late Mrs Leadbeatter was born at Ballina in 1907 and was the eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Lance Cupitt. In 1930 she married Harold Leadbeatter and lived in the Alstonville district for 26yrs. They later moved to Bundaberg, Qld for six years , and spent the last two years in Lismore.

The late Mrs Leadbeatter is survived by her husband and three daughters Shirley (Mrs T. Buggy, Tullera), Elaine (Mrs B. Frederickson, Rous Mill), Margaret (Mrs. B. Perkins, Maron Creek), one son Richards (Goonellabah) and 11 grandchildren. Other surviving members of the family are mother and father, Alstonville, one sister, Thalia, (Lismore), three brothers, Marmiom (Sydney), Les (Woodburn), and Lance (Ballina).
Mrs Leadbeatter was a noted singer. At a very early age, she competed at many Lismore festivals very successfully and was an original member of the Whirligig Costume Comedy Company. She also sang at many concerts and weddings throughout the district.

A large assembly of relatives and friends attended the funeral service conducted by Rev. T. E. Williams at St. Andrews Church of England, Lismore, before burial in the Lismore Cemetery. Pallbearers at the church and graveside were L. Cupitt & Les Cupitt (brothers), T. Buggy, B. Fredericksen, B. Perkins (sons-in-law) and F. Fredericksen.

Northern Star - 28th July, 1976

Mr. Harold Leadbeatter

The funeral service of Mr Harold James Sperry Leadbeatter, beloved husband of Mrs. Edna Leadbeatter of 15 Gardener Avenue of Lismore, loved father of Shirley (Mrs. T. Buggy, Modanville), Elaine (Mrs B. Fredericksen, Evans Head), Margaret (Mrs. B. Perkins, Tintenbar), Dick (Bundaberg), Perry (Sydney) and Lee (Kirra, Qld) and loved grandfather of their children will leave St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Lismore, Today (Wednesday) after a service commencing at 2.30p.m. for the city of Lismore Lawn Cemetery, Goonellabah.

William Riley & Son Pty Ltd Funeral Directors AFDA.

Members of the above club are invited to attend the funeral of their late member, Mr Harold James Sperry Leadbeatter as per the above family notice. Members please wear blazers.


7th August, 1934 - Northern Star.

Mr. C. J. Lovett.
Mr. Charles James Lovett died at the residence of his son, G. Lovett, Casino Street, South Lismore yesterday morning after ? illness. Mr. Lovett was born in Vacey on the Patterson River, and resided for many years at Wardell, where he followed farming pursuits. Mrs. Mary Ann Lovett and a family of two sons and one daughter survive, the members being Messrs. Thomas Lovett, cordial manufacturers of South Lismore, Mr. Angus Lovett of Sydney and Mrs. R. E. Phipps, Ballina. The deceased's two brothers Messrs. T. G. and J. F. Lovett reside at Meerschaum Vale and his siters Mrs. James Hawkins, Miss Margaret Ann Lovett of Patterson River. The Funeral will take place today, interment will be made in the Presbyterian portion Wardell Cemetery after a service at St. David's Church, South Lismore.

23rd November, 1936 - Northern Star.
Doris Agnes Lovett.
Doris Agnes Lovett, infant daughter of Mr and Mrs Charles Lovett, of South Lismore, died of Pneumonia in the Lismore Base Hospital early on Saturday morning. The Rev.T. McDougall conducted a service in St. David`s Presbyterian Church, South Lismore, on Saturday afternoon, and made reference to the sadness of the death and extended the (Sympathy) of the friends to the Lovett family. Deceased was buried in the Presbyterian portion of the Wardell cemetery where Mr. Mcdougall officiated.Mr T. G. Lovett, Far North Coast Councillor of the R.S.S.I.L.A., and Mrs Lovett are grandparents of the deceased. Messr.W.Riley and Son conducted the funeral arrangements.

8th October, 1935 - Northern Star.
Doris Ellen Lovett.
Miss Doris Ellen Lovett. Only daughter of Mr and Mrs T.G. Lovett of 92 Casino Street, South Lismore, died at her parent`s residence late yesterday afternoon. Deceased was 15 years of age and had been in ill health for the last four years. Her Father is a well known Cordial Manufacturer of Lismore and formerly of Wardell, and is the Far Northern Councillor of the N.S.W. P.S.S.I.L.A. and members of all sub-branches are asked to attened the funeral,which leaves St. David`s Presbyterian Church, South Lismore.

Lovett, Isabella May.
Died peacefully at Lismore Base Hospital, 30th January, 1989, late of 24 Zambelli Drive, Lismore, widow of theh late Charles Lovett, loved mother and mother-in-law of Cathy and Peter <Sydney>, and Doris and Faye <both deceased>, much loved Grandma of Jody, Bindi and Daniel, Loved sister-in-law of Arthur Ray and Zel <all of Lismore>. Rest in Peace.
Relatives and friend are invited to attend her funeral to leave St. Paul's Presbyterian Church Lismore, Tomorrow <Friday>, after a service commencing at 2.30pm for the East Lismore Cemetery.

2/2/1989 A.F.D.A.NS.
Mr. James Lovett.
The death occurred at the Lismore Base Hospital of Mr. James Lovett and old resident of Meerschaum Vale at the age of 79yrs. Deceased was born at Patterson on the Hunter River and came to the Richmond 35yrs ago. He purchased property at Meerschaum Vale where he resided until his death. A widow and seven children survive. The sons are James <Rous>, Raymond <Meerschaum Vale> and the daughters are Mrs. F. Barley <Keith Hall>, Mrs. G. Essery <Tuckurimba>, Mrs H. Green <Lismore> and Messrs. Amy and Elsie Lovett <Meerschaum Vale>. After a service at St. Barnaba's Church of England the remains were interred in the Church of England portion of the Wardell Cemetery. Pall-bearers were James and Raymond Lovett <Sons>, W. Lovett, T. Johnson <Nephew> G. Essery and H. Green <Sons-inlaw>?. Wreath carriers were T. G. Lovett and O. Lumley. Rev. Hancock conducted the service and also at the gravesite. Chas. Henderson had charge of the Funeral arrangements. D. 12/6/1943.

Late Mr. J. C. Lovett.
The death occurred at East Wardell on Sunday evening of John Charles Lovett son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lovett, Ballina, formerly of East Wardell. The deceased who was 49 years of age, was a native of Woodburn and had been ill for some years. A widow and six children survive him, also an aged father and mother. Messrs. G. Lovett <East Wardell> and A. Lovett <Sydney> are brothers and Mrs. R. Phipps <Ballina> a sister. Mr. J. Palmer <Ballina> is a step-brother, and Mrs. Bartrim <Ballina> and Mrs. Deveney <late of Woodburn> are step-sisters. The funeral took place in the Presbyterian portion of the Wardell cemetery. Rev. Mr. Holme <Ballina> officiating. The Masonic Brothers were present in ? The Masonic service was read by Mr. E. J. ? ::::: Mr. Lovett was well known in the district, and very well thought of by a large number of friends.
Mrs. Mary Ann Lovett.

Ballina - Monday at the age of 92 years. Mrs. Mary Ann Lovett died at Ballina tonight after an illness of a few days. She was a native of the Manning River. She had lived in the Richmond River district for 60years. Deceased was married twice and surviving members of her family of the first marriage are J. Palmer <Evans Head>, Mesdames Bartrim <Ballina> and J. Cameron <Sydney>. Two sons, Messrs.? <Sydney> and T. George Lovett <Lismore> and one daughter Mrs. R. Phipps <Ballina>, are surviving members of the second family.
Roy Hamilton Lovett.

R.S.L. Supporter 1995 - 1999.
Zelinda Pezzutti Lovett.
Community Worker.
Roy was born at East Wardell on August 28, 1915, third son of George <T. G.> and Dolly Lovett. He attended Wardell Primary and Ballina Intermediate High School before leaving school at age 14 after gaining his Intermediate Certificate. He worked in Bundaberg for a year, then returned to Lismore to work in his father's cordial factory. At the outbreak of war, he was one of the first to enlist in Lismoreon Octover 13, 1939. He served in the 2/2 Infantry Battalion and was on the first troopship (Otranto) to leave Australia on January 9, 1940. Roy served in Palestine and Egypt, then the Battles of Bardia and Tobruk <Libya>. At Bardia his younger brother, Cyril, was killed in action. Roy went on to Greece and the famous Battle of Pineo's Gorge where another brother, Arthur, was severly wounded. After a lucky escape from Greece on the last troopship to leave Kalimata, Roy spent more time in the Middle East, then India before he returned to Australia. After five days leave he was recalled and sent to New Guinea emplyed by Ted Fischer and Alex Roberts in the building trade, then set up his own business as a floor sander and polisher and retired in 1977. He married Zelinda Pezzutti in 1951. Roy was heavily involved in the R.S.L. movement seving as Vice-President, committe man and trustee of the Lismore Sub Branch. For many years he was a director of the Lismore R.S.L. club and was one of the driving forces and fundraisers for theh Ex-Servicemen's Home at Ballina. He also served as a member, local president and country Vice-President of the 2/2 Bn. Assoc. <North East Corner Group> and over many years, officiated at a large number of the R.S.L. Funeral Services with his mate, Keith Worboys. Roy was awarded life membership of the R.S.L., 2/2 Bn. Assoc. and the Norther Rivers District Bowls Assoc. He worked with meals on wheels for many years. Among numerous honours for his years of community work, he recieved the Meritorious Medal <R.S.L.> in 1998 a rare and singular honour.

Zelinda Lovett was born at Coraki, the sixth of 12 children of Marco and Lucia <Scarabelotti>. Her parents were part of the infamous Marquis de Reys expedition, which eventually settled at New Italy. Zel, as she was known, attended Bangalow Convent School, leaving after 6th class to help her sick mother raise her large family. She worked for Woolworths in Lismore until her marriage. She devoted her time to the Legacy Lady's Auxillary, St. Vincent de Paul Society, <she was one of the original> who the Catholic Carnival, as part of the originating team. She seved as a Catechist at state Schools for many years. Zel served with Meals on Wheels for more than 20 years and visited many old clients when they moved to Hostels or Nursing Homes.
Roy and Zelinda Lovett were killed in a tragic car accident on May 30. They are survived by their daughter Margeret <Smith>, Zelind's sisters Mary and Monica, and her brothers John and Rot's brother Arthur.
Dr. Brian Pezzutti, MLC.

Northern Star - 28th April, 1936.
Thomas Geo. Lovett.
Thomas George Lovett, who died in Lismore Base Hospital last friday, after an illness extending over two weeks , was born at Vacy Patterson, in 1855 and came to the Richmond district at the age of 28. He engaged in timber-getting but later turned his attention to farming. Prior to his illness, deceased resided at Meerschaum Vale, where he was held in high esteem by all who knew him. The late Mr. Lovett was one of a family of nine, whom Charles, Joseph, John, Susan, Jane, and Catherine predeceased him. A brother James resides at Meerschaum Vale, and a sister Annie at Vacy Patterson. Deceased is survived by a son, William Lovett , and Thomas Johnson (step son). Rev. W. J. Rankin (Ballina) officiated at the graveside at Wardell, on Saturday afternoon when the remains were interred in the Presbyterian portion of the cemetry. The pall bearers were Messrs. George Lovett, Arthur Lovett, Thomas Johnson, Raymond Lovett, James Lovett and W. Lovett. Mr C. Henderson Ballina was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

23rd November, 1935 - Northern Star.
Mrs. T. Lovett.
Mrs. Mary Jane Lovett aged 68 years, wife of Mr Thomas Lovett, of Meerschaum Vale, died in Ballina District Hospital at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. She had been in indifferent health for some time. The late Mrs. Lovett was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kidd and was a native of the Clarence River. A widower survives her, also sister, Mesdames J. McKinnon and H. Purdie (Ballina), C. McKinnon (Wynnum) and Miss Lily Kidd (Ballina). The brothers are messrs, A.and R. Kidd (Ballina) and Mr J. Kidd. The funeral yesterday left the home at Wardell Road for the Presbyterian portion of the Wardell Cemetery. The pall bearers were Messrs T.G. Lovett, R. Lovett, W. Lovett, T.G.Johnson, R. Kidd and D. Purdie, Mr A.Kidd officiated at the graveside. Many floral tributes were received and Mr C. Henderson had charge of the funeral arrangements.

25th July 1933.
Mr. William Lovett.
The death occured at Lismore District Hospital on Sunday afternoon of Mr. William Lovett, at the age of 77. Deceased, who was an old age pensioner, had been in ill health in Ballina for some time and had only been an inmate of Lismore Hospital for a few days. The funeral left Messrs. William Riley and Son's Funeral Parlours at 11.00a.m. yesterday for the Church of England portion of Lismore Cemetery.


The Nothern Star - Wednesday March 27 1968
LUMLEY, Cecil Everitt - The funeral of the late Mr Cecil Everitt Lumley of Park Avenue Alstonville, loving father of Jack and Anne, will leave St. Bartholomew's Church of England Alstonville tomorrow (Thursday) after a service commencing at 11 am for the Alstonville Cemetery.

The Nothern Star - Thursday April 30 1964
LUMLEY, Elsie May - The funeral of Mrs Elsie May Lumley, beloved wife of Mr Cec Lumley of Park Avenue, Alstonville, and loving mother of Jack (Grafton) will leave St Bartholomew's Church of England Alstonville tomorrow (Friday) after a service commencing at 11 am for the Alstonville Cemetery.

4th May, 1960 - Northern Star.
Mrs. H. E. Purnell.
Mrs. Hannah Eliza Purnell, a well known resident of Tullera who died suddenly at her home early on Tuesday morning, was buried yesterday afternnon beside the remains of her husband, the late John Henry Purnell, who died in 1924, in the Church of England portion of the Lismore cemetery. The remains were conveyed to St. Andrews's Church of England, Lismore, where the Rev. J. W. Carr, of Dunoon, conducted the service. There was a large attendance of Tullera residents at the funeral. The service at the graveside was also conducted by Mr Carr. The pall bearers were H. Keevers <brother>, E. Parnell <son>, J. Marchant <brother-in-law>, Cecil, Trevor and V. Keevers <nephews>. Among the many wreaths carried by J. Crawford was one from the Management and staff S. McLeans. The funeral arrangements were carried our by Messrs. Will Riley and Son.


August 1958 - "Northern Star"
Mrs Annie Mary PERKINS
Mrs Annie Mary Perkins, 76, widow of the late Owen James Perkins, died in Gympie, Queensland on Friday 8 August 1958. Mrs Perkins was born in Nowra on 26 December 1882 and came to Rous Mill as a small child with her parents, Mr and Mrs James Hitchcock (nee Janet Campbell Thorburn). She has resided in the Rous Mill and Marom Creek district ever since. Mrs Perkins married in 1903 and her family are: Vida Lexie Sneath b. 13 May 1904 d. 1 August 1962, Freda Zoe Lancaster b. 8 March 1906 d. 16 April 1947, Doreen Merle Webber b. 4 March 1908 d. 30 Sep 1994, Iris Hazel Lane b. 15 February 1910 d. 6. October 1993, Owen Errol Perkins b. 4 July 1912 d. 11 July 1977, Annie Enid Blanch b. 15 January 1915 and Lloyd Neville Perkins b. 20 May 1920 d. 10 October 1995. The funeral of the late Mrs Annie Mary Perkins moved from St Paul's Presbyterian Church, Lismore on Monday 11 August 1958 at 1pm for the Rous Cemetery.
{Annie Enid Blanch is currently (October 03) living in Caboolture, Queensland}

June 1918 - "Northern Star"
Mr Joseph Perkins was born on 14 November 1845 on the Macdonald River, on the family farm just downstream of the town of St Albans, son of Samuel and Alice Perkins (nee Wright). He came to the Richmond River district about 1870. He soon took up land at Rous Mill (Portions 40 and 41) and named the property "St Albans", where he lived for the rest of his life. He walked from Alstonville to Rous Mill, a distance of some 12 kilometres, daily to clear the land and erect a home. A land grant had to be built on and lived on within three months. He married Miss Elizabeth Towner (b. 4 September 1850 d. 6 June 1927) on 9 May 1872 at the home of William James Towner, brother of the bride. He was involved in timber, then he grew sugar cane and supplied "Staines Sugar Mill". Upon the closure of the mill, he turned his efforts to dairying. Then, in conjunction with his wife, he conducted a boarding house. He had strong religious beliefs and assisted in the building of the first Methodist Church in Alstonville. He preached here in the early days and as he grew older, the children of the district nicknamed him "Holy Joe". In later years Joseph was often seen driving a beautiful black horse and buggy, which was not only his means of transport, but also his pride and joy. Joseph died on 12 June 1918. A memorial service to the memory of the late Mr Joseph Perkins was conducted by the Rev. W.C. Fullerton in the Methodist Church. During the service, Mr Fullerton spoke of the sterling, Christian, upright qualities of the deceased. The text was chosen from Psalm 90 verse 1 and several appropriate hymns were sung: "Rock of Ages"; "Thou knowest Lord"; "The weariness and sorrow"; "I am but a stranger here"; and "Abide with me". Mr Perkins was interned (interred?) in the Rous Methodist Cemetery.

November 1995 - "Northern Star"
Mr Lloyd Neville PERKINS
Mr Lloyd Neville Perkins, b. 20 May 1920, died suddenly at Lismore Base Hospital on 10 October 1995, late of Teven, loved husband of the late Vera May Perkins (nee Lane, b. 1 April 1933 d. 16 August 1982) and dearly loved father and father-in-law of Denis Mark and Gayle Helen (nee Kennedy), Narelle Anne and John Charles Barnes, Brian Wayne, Sharon May and Grant Andrew Dewberry and loved grandfather of Lisa and Mark Perkins, Phoebe, Glen, Andrew and Anna Barnes and dear brother and brother-in-law of Annie Enid (b. 15 January 1915) and Allan Duncan "Digger" Blanch (b. 14 April 1917), Marie Perkins (nee Clifford, b. 25 May 1918 d. 26 July 2002) and Walter Horace Lane (b. 7 July 1909). Four sisters and a brother predeceased Neville: Vida Lexie Sneath (b 13 May 1904, d. 1 August 1962); Freda Zoe Lancaster (b. 8 March 1906, d. 16 April 1947); Doreen Merle Webber (b. 4 March 1908 d. 30 September 1994); Iris Hazel Lane (b. 15 February 1910 d. 6 October 1993); and Owen Errol (b. 4 July 1912, d. 11 July 1977). The service left St Bartholomew's Anglican Church, Alstonville, at 12 noon for the Rous Cemetery.

August 1973 - "Northern Star"
Mr Spencer Arnold PERKINS
The death occurred on 2 August 1973, of Mr Spencer Arnold Perkins, of Marom Creek, beloved husband of Eunice Adell Perkins (b. 16 April 1915). Mr Perkins was born in Lismore on 29 June 1907, the son of Mr and Mrs Albert Joseph Perkins (nee Lila Margaret Ferris) of Marom Creek, educated at Marom Creek School. Mr Perkins married Miss Eunice Adell Robinson on 29 April 1937 and had a family of 5 children: Gillian Adell b. 21 November 1937 d. 1 April 1951; Clyde James b. 10 February 1942; Noel Kenneth b. 6 April 1944; Jennifer Lila Ann (Swift) b. 2 August 1947; and Robert Arnold b. 7 July 1953. He lived and worked as a farmer all his life at Marom Creek. The funeral service was held at 2pm in the Methodist Church, Rous Mill and was buried in the Rous Cemetery.

August 1982 - "Northern Star"
Mrs Vera May PERKINS
The death occurred in Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, of Mrs Vera May Perkins (b. 1 April 1933, d. 16 August 1982), after a very long illness, late of Teven, beloved wife of Lloyd Neville Perkins and loved daughter of Mrs Elizabeth and the late Mervyn Lane and sister to Heather Law. Vera was the dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Denis Mark and Gayle Helen (nee Kennedy), Narelle Anne and John Charles Barnes, Brian Wayne, Sharon May and Grant Andrew Dewberry. In her early years, Mrs Perkins had been a schoolteacher in the Rous and Teven districts. Aged 49 years, Mrs Perkins' funeral moved from St Bartholomew's Church of England, Alstonville, to the Rous Cemetery.


Mrs. Joseph Sneesby. 1913. 
The funeral of the late Mrs. Joseph Sneesby, Snr., one of Ulmarra's oldest residents, took place on Sunday October 26th, the interment being in the Methodist Cemetery Ballina. Born in Huntingdonshire <England> on March 1938, she passed the age of seventy eight years.
When a young woman of nineteen she was married in England, and then came to Australia in the sailing vessel "Asiatic" with her husband, who survives her. Mr. and Mrs. Sneesby settled on the Hunter River. After leaving the Hunter in 1860 they acquired a property of 153 acres at Ulmarra, where they resided until four years ago. Since then they haved lived a retired life at Ballina. Mrs Sneesby's recollections of fifty-nine and a half years' residence in New South Wales were good to the last. She leaves a husband and family of twelve to mourn her loss - John William <Broadwater>, James <Ballina>, Henry <Brooklet>, Ephraim <Cooroy - Queensland>, Robert <Maroochy River - Queensland>, Sidney <Ulmarra> being sons. Mrs. R. Watt <Coaki>, Mrs. W. Ellem <Clarence River>, Mrs. J. Bailey <Ballina>, Mrs. Geo Blanch, <Ballina>, Mrs W. Preston <Brooklet>, Mrs. G. Goster <Grafton> being daughters. Ther funeral, which was largely attended was a fitting tribute to a lady who had died full of years and esteem by all who know her.

Mr. Joseph Sneesby.
The wife of the late Mr. Sneesby died on Friday, October 25th. Her death was keenly felt by the old gentleman and he only survived her by a fortnight. His age was 81 years. The late couple leave behind them a family of twelve - six sons, six daughters - seventy-five grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren. The funeral took place last Sunday afternoon, leaving the residence of Mr. James Sneesby, one of the sons, for the Methodist cemetery where the interment took place, the Rev. Yates and Mr. S. Lee conducting the burial service. The late Mr. and Mrs. Sneesby have lived retired since their removal to Ballina and were not well known outside their own family circle, but they were of the early pioneers who built up the country, and were instrumental in advancing the progress of Australia. Their experiences would fill a big book, but like many more of the early settlers, who resided for half a century in one place and saw the gradual building of a town into a city, they sought in big measure and to them a year was a day. They have fulfilled their mission, and have gone to their rest. Now the rising generation will act in unison with motor cars and flying machines, and our progress will be rapid, and fraught with great danger. Fortunately our foundations were laid solidly by the pioneers in the bullock driving days, and their work will protect the rapid architecture of the present. In a very few years time we will realise the untiring energy and patience and toil and determination of the dead pioneers like Mr. and Mrs. Sneesby, who were loyal to the land of their birth, to, the land of their adoption and to their god.


2nd October, 1942 - Northern Star.Mr. Arthur Stone.
BALLINA. Wednesday-The death occured at the Ballina District Hospital today of Mr. Arthur Stone, of Burnett-street, at the age of 59 years. Although in indifferent health for some time he took a keen intrest in bowls and was an active member of the Ballina Club. He was a returned soldier and had been serverly wounded in the last war. For some years after the war he was ingaged in farming, until he retired to live in Ballina. He was a single man and was a son of Mr. S. Stone, Of Ballina, and the late Mr Harry Stone, who was one of the pioneers of the Ballina District. The Funeral will leave church of England, Ballina, after a service commencing at 2. p.m. tommorow for the East Ballina cemetery.

BALLINA, Tuesday,- The funeral of Mr Arthur Stone, who died at the Ballina District Hospital yesterday morning, took place today to the Church of England Portion of East Ballina Cemetery. A service at the church was conducted by the Rev. W. Burvill also officiated at the graveside. A large Number of mourners attended the services, and many wreaths were forwarded. Returned solidiers carried the casket, which was draped with the Union Jack, from the church to the hearse and from the hearse to the graveside. They were Messrs. M .J. McRae, S. C. Wallace, W. Brice, R. S. Shepherd, D. Stone and C. Riordan. Wreath bearers were Messrs G. H. Roberts, J. Riordan, R. Durrington, S. McCombe and Sgt. G. Lovett (returned soldiers) Charles Henderson of Ballina, conducted the funeral.

Mr. Edward J. Stone.
A representative congregation attended the funeral service at St. Mary's Church of England, Ballina for Mr. Edward James Stone, whose death took place at his residence "Euston", 310 River Street, Ballina on Monday. Rev. Williams. Rector of Alstonville who conducted the service at the church and the graveside spoke of the example and loyalty of the late Mr. Stone to his family his untiring effort of which helped to bring about the erection of the Hospital, his work as alderman and deputy mayor at Ballina and his keen interest in all matters which were for the advancement of Ballina, the in which he was born and lived most of his life.
Prior to the service at St. Mary's Church of England a Lodge of Sorrow was held in the Masonic Temple. Members of Lodge Ewen Mackinnon and sister lodges also attended the service at the church and acted as wreath-bearers. The Masonic service at the graveside was conducted by distric Inspector of Lodges Bro. James Ellis. Until his health failed the late Mr. Stone had been an office bearer of Lodge Ewen Mackinnon having been for some time Grand Inspector of Lodges on the North Coast. The pall-bearers, at the church and graveside were the six sons, Messrs. A. H. (Bob) Ballina, Herb <Sydney>, Fred <Brisbane>, Hector <Ballina> Arnold <Melbourne> and Roy <Sydney>. Charles Henderson was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Northern Star - Thursday, May 15th 1930.
Mr. H. M. Stone.
After having suffered two strokes, Mr Henry M. Stone of ballina, died early yesterday morning. The late Mr. Stone was born at Kiama about 77 years ago and as a boy came to the Richmond River with his parents, who entered into the cedar industry. He was one of a family of six boys and one girl, of whom only Mr. R. J. Stone of Ballina , and Mrs. Frederick Hancock (Queensland) survive. Mr. Stone also became interested in the timber industry in the Brunswick district and was a large buyer and shipper to the Sydney markets. Most of the logs where loaded into schooners through the surf at Byron Bay and off Brunswick Heads. Among the buildings erected by Mr. Stone were Tattersalls Hotel, Ballina, and the Court House hotel, Brunswick Heads. The late Mr. Stone was married to Sarah McCurdy, one of a well known family of the district, and a family of 12 children were reared. The family included Ernest (deceased), Arthur (Ballina), William (Sydney), Douglas (Lake Macquarie), Claude ( killed in the war), and Masedames L. Boyd (deceased), R. Forbes (North Creek), Miss E. Stone (Stockton), Mesdames L. J. Mallard (Sydney), A. Semple ( Rosebank). F. Uden (Nimbin) and R. Bailey (Sydney). The late Mr Stone was a keen cricketer and was noted for his strength. After leaving the timber industry, he took to dairying at North Creek until about 10 years ago when he retired. The funeral will take place today from the Roman Catholic church, Ballina, at 2pm, for the East Ballina Cemetery

Mrs. L. Stone.
BALLINA. Sunday. Mrs. Lucy Stone, of Ballina died early this morning. The late Mrs. Stone had been ill for three weeks prior to entering the Ballina District Hospital late Monday, and up to a day or two ago every hope had been held out for her ultimate recovery. Born at Rosehill 72 years ago, Mrs. Stone came to Keith Hall, with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sonter, when two or three years old, and resided there, with the exception of a three years residence in Ballina for 40 years. At Keith Hall Mrs Stone married the late Mr William Stone in 1879, and he predeceased her 35 years ago. Left with a young family of ten children, Mrs Stone, who was possessed of indomitable courage and perseverance, took up farming, and, owing to her energy and ability, made a great success of her undertaking. Two sons David and Joseph, served throughout the late war. Retiring from active farming pursuits, the late Mrs Stone came to live in Ballina, where she has resided continuously for the past 12 years. Mrs Stone is survived by the following family, one daughter, Mrs F. Fraser (Lismore) predeceasing her three years ago: Mrs J. T. Attewell, Mrs. H. Gould, Mr. D. J. and J. H. Stone (Empire Vale), Mrs W. Kellett (Brunswick Heads) Mrs J. B. Mainey (Williawarram, Macleay River), Messrs W. J. and A. E. Stone (Mullumbimby) There are also 38 grandchildren surviving. The funeral will leave the Roman Catholic Church for the East Ballina cemetery at 12 noon on Monday.

Martha Jane Stone.
The death took place at her home, 60 Moon Street, Ballina, of one of the oldest and most respected pioneers of this district. Mrs. Martha Jane Stone, at the age of 93 years. Relict of the late Richard James Stone, of Ballina and Tintenbar, who predeceased her 20 years ago. Mrs Stone who was the daughter of the late Edward and Sarah Sonter, was born at Rosehill, now known as Bexhill, where her father was engaged in the Ceder trade. The family later moved to Keith Hall, where they had selected a large tract of country and engaged in the sugar industry. After her marriage, she and her husband lived at Ballina for some years. Later moving to Tintenbar. Where they selected land. They returned to Ballina in retirement about 25 years ago, only relinquishing their property at Tintenbar last year. A family of five sons and six daughters survives. One son, Vincent Roy. Was killed in world war I. Three other sons died in childhood. The sons are Messrs. Edward James (Ballina). Clarence Henry (Sydney), Oswald John (Mullumbimby). Roland Richmond (Ballina), Ernest Mervyn (Sydney), and the daughters, Mesdames Sarah Pollack (Ballina), Florence Hadlow (Ballina), Grace Price (Sydney). Elleen Boorman (Newrybar). Blanche Henderson (Melbourne). M. J. ("Dot") Knight (Ballina). The largely attended funeral moved from St. Marys Church of England. Ballina. During the service at the church, Archdeacon Burvill spoke of the sterling christian work of the deaceased. He was assisted in the service at the graveside by Rev. Wyville Thompson Methodist Minister, of Bangalow. Interment took place beside the remains of her husband in the Church of England portion of the East Ballina Cemertery. The pallbeares at the church were Messrs. E. J. Stone, O. J. Stone, R. R. Stone, E. M. Stone (sons), E. J. Pollack and Neville Knight (sons-in-law), and the graveside Messrs. A. H. Stone. Wilbur Boorman, C. H. Stone, Mitchell Hadlow, Gary Knight (grandsons). Ray Chapman (great-grandson). The wreath-bearers were Messrs. A.H Stone, W.S. Boorman, C. H. Stone, A.C. Ellis, A. Reynolds, Peter, Ray and Norman Chapman, W. Hadlow, Peter Stone, G. and N. Knight. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Charles Henderson. Ballina.

Mrs. Sarah Stone
Ballina. Sunday - The funeral of Mrs. Sarah Stone of Burnett Street, Ballina, and relict of the late Mr. Henry Stone, who died at her residence on Thursday night, took place this afternoon from the Church of England Ballina to the Church of England portion of East Ballina cemetery. A huge congregation attended the church service conducted by the Rev. W. Burvill, who also officiated at the Graveside. The late Mrs. Stone who has lived practically all her life at Ballina, where she was born, was 87years of age. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Boyd McCurdy who were among the original settlers on the Richmond. Mrs. Stone has a fund of interesting stories to relate of the hardships and endurance of the men and their womenfolk who felled the "big scrub", and established homes in isolated portions of the district. Mrs. Stone was ever ready to give a helping hand in cases of sickness or distress until advancing age made this impossible and had earned the affection of a large circle of friends. Her husband predeaceased her a number of years ago. Of a family of 13 children nine survive. They are Wilfred <Sydney>, Douglas <Holbrook>, George <Lismore>, Mesdames E. Forbes <Lennox Head>, M. Mallard <Sydney>, A Semple <Rosebank>, F. P. Uden <Ballina>, and R. Bailey <Sydney>, Mrs. E. Stone <Ballina>. Two sons served in the last war one of them being killed in action. Thirty grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren also survive. Messrs. Revd. McCurdy <Casino>, George McCurdy <Mullumembimby>, and G. McCurdy <Sydney> are brothers. Sisters are Mrs. George Lewis, Mrs. L. Cloutier, Mrs. C. Raywood and Miss Margaret McCurdy <Ballina>. A large number of wreaths covered the coffin and hearse. Pall-bearers were Messrs. F. P. Uden and A. Semple, sons-in-laws. H. Stone Grandson and G. Stone (?) the church. At the graveside the bearers were Messrs. J. (?), J. Stone Senr, J. Stone Jnr, V. Hancock, George McCurdy and H. Stone. Wreath bearers were Mrs. E. J. Stone, W. mill(?) and G. Wappett. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Charles Henderson of Ballina.

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