Priscilla Edith DAVIS

Female 1882 - 1958  (75 years)


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  • Name Priscilla Edith DAVIS 
    Born 7 Aug 1882  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 21 May 1958  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I10578  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2018 

    Family 1 Arthur Gould REAL,   b. 15 Aug 1870, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 10 Aug 1904  Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954), Tuesday 10 July 1917, page 8

      POLICE COURT.

      Wife Desertion.

      Priscilla Edith Real proceeded against her husband, Arthur Real, a miner, for having left her and her two children without support.

      Mr. E. R. Larcombe, instructed by Mr. D. P. Carey, appeared for the plaintiff and Mr. J. Pattison for the defendant, who pleaded not guilty.

      Priscilla Edith Real, wife of the defendant, stated that she was married to the defendant on the 10th of August, 1904, in Rockhampton. She lived at Mount Usher, but later removed to Gavial. There were two children of the marriage-one twelve years of age, the other two years of age. The defendant was a miner. He was not at present living with witness. He had been away from her for nine years on September next. She was residing at Gavial when he left her. He did not tell her why he was leaving, but said that he was going to work at Mount Morgan and promised to send her some money. He had not given her or sent her any money ; but when she was in the Hospital in 1910, he gave her 5. She was still in bad health. The defendant had not given anything towards the support of his children. Witness had lived in the defendant's house at Mount Usher ; but the house was transferred to Gavial. The defendant gave witness the house. Witness's father and mother had been supporting her. It was nine years since she received the house and furniture from the defendant. The defendant was able to follow his occupation as a miner and was able to support her. Witness saw the defendant at Usher's Hotel and asked him what he intended to do. He said that he had offered witness a home. Witness replied that was nine years ago. She also said that she had one friend in Rockhampton who would advise her. When witness was in the hospital the defendant said that in three months' time he would provide a home for her at Mount Chalmers.

      By Mr. Pattison : The defendant was working at the Victor mine at Mount Usher for some time. She had a brother who had some farming land at Midgee. The defendant rented twenty acres of that land. The defendant did not say that he would have the house removed to Rockhampton. Witness did not say to the defendant "I will not go away from my mother so long as she is alive." Witness had had to call the police in on several occasions on account of the defendant's conduct.

      This was the case for the complainant.

      Arthur Real, husband of the last witness, deposed that the complainant said that she would not leave her mother while she was alive and that she would come to witness after her mother died. In reply to this, witness said that he would go and look for work. He wrote several letters to the complainant, but did not receive replies to him. The complainant said that she did not want to go to Mount Morgan or Mount Chalmers. When he left the complainant she had 30 in bank and 20 in hand. When witness went to the Women's Hospital he gave the complainant 10. He had never ill-treated her.

      By Mr. Larcombe : He did not send the complainant any money.

      By Mr. Pattison : He would be prepared to provide a home for the complainant if she would live with him.

      This was the case for the defendant.

      Mr. Pattison asked that the case be dismissed.

      The Police Magistrate : Do you think I am going to believe that offer of the defendant. Do you expert me to sympathise with this man on account of the way that he has treated his children ?

      Mr. Pattison : I am not asking you to sympathise with my client. I am asking you to do justice.

      The Police Magistrate : And that is all that you are going to get.

      The Police Magistrate said that he would accept the evidence of the complainant and also that part where it came in conflict with that of the evidence of the defendant. He would find that there had been desertion and that the defendant had left his wife and children without means of support. He did not regard the defendant's offer of a home as bona fide. He would order the defendant to pay 1 per week for the support of his wife and 5s. per week in respect of each of his children, the first payment to be made forthwith, and the subsequent amounts to be paid every fortnight. He would also allow 2 2s. professional costs and 7s. costs of Court against the defendant.

      1917 'POLICE COURT.', Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954), 10 July, p. 8. , viewed 17 Sep 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article53817672 [3]
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F6388  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Henry FERGUSON,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 16 Apr 1923  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F6499  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Aug 1882 - Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Aug 1904 - Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Apr 1923 - Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 May 1958 - Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Birth registration: Priscilla Edith Davis, Birth date: Mother's name: Laura Bates, Father/parent's name: Thomas Davis, Registration details: 1882/C/6986.

    2. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Death registration: Priscilla Edith Ferguson, Death date: 21/05/1958, Mother's name: Laura Bates, Father/parent's name: Thomas Davis, Registration details: 1958/C/2253.

    3. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1917 'POLICE COURT.', Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954), 10 July, p. 8. , viewed 17 Sep 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article53817672.

    4. [S16] Queensland Federation Index 1890-1914, (Brisbane, The Registrar-General, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 2004), 1904/002021.

    5. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Marriage registration: Arthur Real, Marriage date: 10/08/1904, Spouse's name: Priscilla Edith Davis, Registration details: 1904/C/2021.

    6. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Marriage registration: Priscilla Edith Real, Marriage date: 16/04/1923, Spouse's name: Henry Ferguson, Registration details: 1923/C/1550.