Frances Gertrude Emily SPILLER

Female 1909 - 1995  (85 years)


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  • Name Frances Gertrude Emily SPILLER 
    Born 31 Dec 1909  Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Education Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • She went to the Chatsworth School 8 Feb 1915 aged 5 years 1 month, then the Two Mile School May 1919 aged 9 years 5 months.
    Died 21 Dec 1995  Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried 27 Dec 1995  Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • She was buried with her mother Fanny Spiller at the Gympie Cemetery.
    Person ID I7036  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2018 

    Father Samuel SPILLER,   b. 11 Dec 1871, Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1956, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Fanny STAMP,   b. 6 Aug 1873, Bouldercombe, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1916, Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 24 Apr 1903  Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5022  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 (Divorced) Donald Ewen MACLENNAN,   b. 6 Feb 1883, Monar, Ross-Shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1946, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 3 Nov 1930  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6, 7
    Divorced 15 Feb 1944  Townsville, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 8, 9

    • SUPREME COURT
      Matrimonial Actions

      At the Supreme Court on Friday [29 Oct 1943] before His Honour Mr. Justice R. J. Douglas, the following matrimonial actions were heard:

      MACLENNAN v. MACLENNAN AND MATTHEWS
      Donald Even MacLennan of Tully, mill worker, sought a dissolution of his marriage with Frances Gertrude Emily MacLennan, on the grounds of adultery with William George Matthews.
      Mr. J. P. Quinn, instructed by Mr. I. H. Roberts (Roberts, Leu and North) appeared for the plaintiff. Irene Marjorie Crowder, law clerk, gave evidence as to service of the necessary documents.
      Donald Ewen Maclennan, plaintiff, stated that he was married on November 3, 1930, at Maryborough to Frances Gertrude Emily Spiller. After their marriage they lived in Maryborough for 4 years and then left for Tully, where they resided until February 3, 1937, when his wife left him. There were three children of the marriage. He was born in Scotland, but came to Australia in 1921. His wife was a very religious woman, but fell out with the church people at Tully. She got in with other people and went to dances at night. That was about 1936. The children were very young, and he remonstrated with her. In February, 1937, his wife packed up her clothes, and when he came home from the mill he found she had gone. He had to work on some nights, but his wife would not stay at home to mind the children. He got the police to find out where she was, and they told him she was in Townsville. He wrote her a letter and enclosed money to come home, but had never received any reply. In August, 1942, his wife came to Tully and stopped at a hotel for a fortnight. She had two children with her and she admitted to him they were the children of a Mr. Matthews.
      Neil Joseph Elms gave evidence as to visiting a house at Acaciavale and serving the writs. He also showed them two birth certificates and asked them if they were the persons mentioned as the parents, and they replied, "Yes."
      His Honour found the facts as alleged, and gave judgment, nisi for dissolution of the marriage, to be made absolute at the expiration of three months, with costs against the co-defendant.

      1943 'SUPREME COURT.', Townsville Daily Bulletin , 30 October, p. 3

      Sitting in chambers in matrimonial jurisdiction on Tuesday morning, Mr. Justice R. J. Douglas granted judgment absolute in the case in which Donald Ewen MacLennan, of Tully, was seeking the dissolution of his marriage with Frances Gertrude Emily MacLennan, on the grounds of adultery, William George Matthews being joined as co-defendant. The decree nisi was granted on October 29, 1943.

      1944 'The Townsville Daily Bulletin WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1944.' p. 2
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F5178  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 William George MATTHEWS,   b. 9 Nov 1898, Mirani, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    This couple did not marry: N means not married
    Children 
     1. William Macartney MATTHEWS,   b. 5 Aug 1938, Townsville, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 2003, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Living
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2011 
    Family ID F5473  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 (Divorced) William Thomas MELVIN,   b. 14 Jul 1911, Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1974, Coopers Plains, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 15 May 1944  Ayr, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 10, 11
    Divorced 23 Jan 1952  [2
    Children 
    +1. Karen Lorraine MELVIN,   b. 6 Feb 1945, Ayr, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 2006, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     2. Living
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F5474  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 John Buchanan MILNE,   b. 18 Dec 1898, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1975, Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2011 
    Family ID F5477  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Dec 1909 - Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - - Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Nov 1930 - Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDivorced - 15 Feb 1944 - Townsville, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 May 1944 - Ayr, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Dec 1995 - Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 27 Dec 1995 - Gympie, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    SPILLER, Samuel with daughters Rebecca and Frances
    SPILLER, Samuel with daughters Rebecca and Frances

  • Sources 
    1. [S16] Queensland Federation Index 1890-1914, (Brisbane, The Registrar-General, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 2004), 1910/ 009421.

    2. [S541] Kevin Matthews, "RE: Frances Spiller" e-mail message to Jennifer Crockett, 28 Jan 2011.

    3. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Birth registration: Frances Gertrude Emily Spiller, Birth date: 31/12/1909, Mother's name: Fanny Stamp, Father/parent's name: Samuel Spiller, Registration details: 1910/C/9421.

    4. [S540] Kevin Matthews, "Comments" e-mail message to Jennifer Crockett, 27 Jan 2011.

    5. [S463] Gympie Burial & Cremation Register Index 1995-1999, (Gympie Family History Inc, 2000), Gympie Two Mile Cemetery Register, page 8.

    6. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Marriage registration: Frances Gertrude Emily Spiller, Marriage date: 03/11/1930, Spouse's name: Donald Ewen MacLennan, Registration details: 1930/C/3468.

    7. [S542] Kevin Matthews, "RE: Frances Spiller" e-mail message to Jennifer Crockett, 30 Jan 2011, MacLennan Mar.jpg.

    8. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1943 'SUPREME COURT.', Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1885 - 1954), 30 October, p. 3, viewed 21 July, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63156986.

    9. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1944 'The Townsville Daily Bulletin WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1944.', Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1885 - 1954), 16 February, p. 2, viewed 21 July, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63146906.

    10. [S849] May Hampton, "William Thomas Melvin 1911", email message to Jennifer Crockett 10 Oct 2016.

    11. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Marriage registration: William Thomas Melvin, Marriage date: 15/05/1944, Spouse's name: Frances Gertrude Emily McLennan, Registration details: 1944/C/2534.