Cornelius SPILLER

Male 1852 - 1936  (~ 84 years)


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  • Name Cornelius SPILLER 
    Born Jun Q 1852  Axminster, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 17 Dec 1881  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • Arrived on the "Durham" which had left Plymouth, England 23 Oct 1881.
      SPILLER Cornelius 30, Mary 26, Bessie 4, John 3, Percy 1
      SPILLER Jane 61 [mother of Cornelius]
      SPILLER Silina 31 [sister of Cornelius]
    Died 30 Apr 1936  Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7
    • SPILLER._ On 30th April, at his residence, Barter St., Gympie, Mr. Cornelius Spiller, aged 83 years.
    Buried 1 May 1936  Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Gympie Two Mile Cemetery
      Section CEPB, #305
    Obituary 2 May 1936  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    The Telegraph 

    • Death of Mr. Cornelius  Spiller     

      GYMPIE, May 2.

      Mr. Cornelius Spiller, who recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of his wedding, died at his residence, Barter Street, on Thursday at the age of 83 years. Deceased was a native of Devonshire, where as a youth he worked as a lime-burner, bootmaker, and stone digger.

      He married Miss Mary Seager at Axminster in 1876 and migrated to Queensland in 1881, coming immediately to the Gympie diggings. He selected a 40-acre block at Chatsworth, then thickly forested country on the outskirts of Gympie, and collected a few head of cattle with money he obtained from fencing contracts and carrying mining material. His land holdings later increased considerably and for many years he was the principal milk vendor on the goldfield.

      In 1912-1915 he was a member of the Widgee Shire Council and contributed largely towards the construction of the Chatsworth hall and school. About 10 years ago he injured his spine as the result of a fall from a horse and was a cripple throughout the remainder of his life. Death followed a brief illness.

      He is survived by his widow (aged 79 years), eight of 11 children, also 38 grandchildren and 11 great-grand-children. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon.
    Person ID I7062  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2018 

    Father John SPILLER,   b. 1819, Membury, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1863, Membury, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Mother Jane RICHARDS,   b. 1820, Membury, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1900, Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 23 Jul 1839  Membury, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5008  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Millicent SEAGER,   b. 1857, Membury, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1938, Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 30 Jan 1876  Axminster, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Golden Wedding 30 Jan 1926  Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10

    • Mr and Mrs C Spiller entertained a number of residents of Chatsworth and district at the Chatsworth hall on Saturday night [30 Jan 1926] to celebrate the golden wedding of Mr and Mrs Con Spiller. The hall had been decorated with gold bunting, and the chief feature of the decorations was a gold wedding bell, which was suspended above the guests of honour. The table was adorned with a three-tier wedding cake, made by Miss Gertie Edwards Woolooga, granddaughter of Mr and Mrs Spiller. Mr A Mulcahy presided. About 80 guests were present. Numerous presentations and speeches, congratulatory of the host and hostess attaining the jubilee of their wedding day, and wishing a continuance of their happiness, were made. Mr and Mrs Spiller received many testimonials from their family and relations, the guests, and the teachers of Chatsworth School. A pair of lounge chairs upholstered in leather were presented by Mr A C Payne on behalf of the residents of Chatsworth, and Mr J J Goodwin made a presentation on behalf of the school staff of xylonite clock. A toast list was honoured, and the proposals were made and seconded by Messrs. Frank Spiller, Robert Spiller, John Russel, Walter Allan, D Caulley, and Councillor H Percival. Mr Con Spiller expressed his pleasure on behalf of Mrs Spiller and himself at seeing so large an assembly and his sincere thanks for the many presents. He related his reminiscences of the fluctuations in Gympie's prosperity. On his arrival in Australia in 1881 he first resided in Maryborough whence soon after he travelled to Gympie by train. He had then three children. His present descendants included eight children and twenty-five grandchildren. During the evening an orchestra which comprised Miss D Weise (piano) Messrs G Edwards (violin) and J Butts (cornet) rendered musical selections. Songs and recitations were contributed by Messrs A C Payne, J J Goodwin, and Claude Smith. Extras supplied by Misses O'Neill (2) and Miss Granzin. At the conclusion of the principal ceremony, the children were entertained and dancing took place.
    Diamond Wedding 30 Jan 1936  Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12

    • Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Spiller, of Gympie, celebrated their diamond wedding on January 30 [1936] when about 150 guests were entertained in the Chatsworth Hall in their honour. Mr. Spiller spent four years in service with the 40th Somersetshire Regiment, and his marriage to Miss Mary Millicent Seager, of Devonshire, took place in 1876. In 1881 they sailed for Queensland in the steamer Durham with their three small children, and settled at Chatsworth, Gympie. They had a family of 11 children, eight of whom are still living. There are 29 grandchildren and 14 great-grand children.

      Mr. Spiller was engaged in dairying and general farming, from which he retired eight years ago, and he was also interested in mining. He found time in his career to take part in public life, and was a councillor of the Widgee Shire for three years. He was one of the founders of the Chatsworth Hall, and chairman of the school committee.

      Mr. and Mrs. Spiller's family comprises Mrs. O. H. Edwards (Woolooga), Mr. Jack Spiller (Woolooga), Mr. P. G. Spiller (Boowoogum), Mrs. O. Mason (Bell's Bridge), Mr. Frank Spiller (Cooroy), Mr. Charles Spiller (Kandanga), Mrs. D. Roberts (Gympie), and Mrs. H. Teitzel (Goomeri).
    Children 
    +1. Bessie Sarah SPILLER,   b. 4 Nov 1876, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1953, Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. John SPILLER,   b. Abt 1878, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Percy George SPILLER,   b. Abt 1880, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1968, Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years)
    +4. Alice Adelaide SPILLER,   b. 15 Apr 1883, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Feb 1960, Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +5. Elizabeth "Lizzie" SPILLER,   b. 14 Sep 1886, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1923, Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     6. Frank SPILLER,   b. 27 Dec 1889, Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1956, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +7. Charles SPILLER,   b. 28 Jun 1891, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1945, Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     8. Gertrude Irene SPILLER,   b. 24 May 1894, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1914, Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     9. Una Margaret SPILLER,   b. 28 Jul 1896, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1969, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     10. Thomas SPILLER,   b. 25 Nov 1898, Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1898, Gympie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     11. Mary Millicent SPILLER,   b. 25 Nov 1898, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1993, Wynnum North, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
    Last Modified 26 Nov 2011 
    Family ID F5079  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Jun Q 1852 - Axminster, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Jan 1876 - Axminster, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 17 Dec 1881 - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGolden Wedding - 30 Jan 1926 - Gympie, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDiamond Wedding - 30 Jan 1936 - Gympie, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Apr 1936 - Gympie, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1 May 1936 - Gympie, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - The Telegraph - 2 May 1936 - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S205] England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index: 1837-1983 [database on-line], (http://www.freebmd.org.uk), entry for Cornelius Spiller, volume 5b, page 9, Jun quarter 1852, Axminster district.

    2. [S423] QSA Assisted Immigration 1848-1912 index [database on-line], (http://www.archives.qld.gov.au), IMM/116 591 Z1959 M1698.

    3. [S218] Perth DPS Passengers Arriving in Australasian Ports, (http://www.perthdps.com), Passenger Ships into Queensland (1876-1885).

    4. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Death registration: Cornelius Spiller, Birth date: 1853, Death date: 30/04/1936, Mother's name: Jane Richards, Father/parent's name: John Spiller, Registration details: 1936/C/1582.

    5. [S427] Gympie Cemetery - Transcription of Headstones, (Gympie, Gympie Ancestral Research Society Inc, 1995), page 90.

    6. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1936 'Family Notices.', The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933-1954), 1 May, p. 1, viewed 4 March, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38467318.

    7. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1936 'Family Notices.', The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), 1 May, p. 1, viewed 26 November, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38467318.

    8. [S420] Gympie Burial Register Index 1867-1994, (Gympie, Gympie Ancestral Research Society Inc, 1995), Gympie Two Mile Burial Register.

    9. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1936 'Death of Mr. Cornelius Spiller.', The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), 2 May, p. 11 Edition: LATE WEEK END FINAL ALL THE NEWS, viewed 24 January, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article182331369.

    10. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1926 'Family Notices.', The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864-1933), 3 February, p. 20, viewed 17 February, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article20999621.

    11. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1936 'A Collar and Cuff Set For Those Who Crochet.', The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), 6 February, p. 17, viewed 1 October, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23381147.

    12. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1936 'DIAMOND WEDDING.', The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), 30 January, p. 19, viewed 26 November, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36783715.