Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke

#19, (10 February 1877-2 June 1941)
FatherMichael Bourke (23 Jun 1847-27 Nov 1883)
MotherSusannah Alletta Nicholson (16 May 1850-31 Aug 1907)

Short Biography

     Donald, by all accounts lived an interesting life that included life as a seaman and a painter, as well as working for National Cash Register as a salesman and later as general manager, a directorship with Mark Foys Ltd. and as life govenor of St. Margaret's Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and the foundation president of the NSW Community Hospital. Some of his years were spent overseas, including travel to London (after winning a trip from his employer) and to South Africa where he was aquainted with Oom Paul Kruger, the Boer leader. He was also employed by the "Daily Guardian", the "Sun" (as an advertising representative) and "Smith's Weekly" newspapers at various times.

He was a competant golfer, with memberships at Concord, Manly, Australian and Elanora. He was also a member of the Australian Jockey Club.
Don Bourke
(source: Malcolm Cocks)
     (For a brief history and context on the Bourke family see this page)

NOTE: The information on this page is my research to date and is subject to change as I become better informed. I very much welcome any corrections or additional info you might have - my email address is at the bottom of this page - Tim Hill.
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His common name was Don. Don was born at Parkes District Hospital on Saturday, 10 February 1877 at Parkes, New South Wales.1 He was the son of Michael Bourke and Susannah Alletta Nicholson.

At some point, the family moved north some seven hundred kilometres to the tin-mining district near Stannifer and Michael took on the publican's licence for the Royal Hotel at the tin mining town of Tingha, New South Wales - perhaps this was connected with his brother James' licence for this same hotel a few years earlier. For the early years of his childhood, Donald lived with his family in the tin mining town of Stannifer, near Inverell.

His father died 27 November 1883 at the age of 36. Don was aged 6 when this happened. Michael, a publican, died of alcohol poisoning in Sydney in the care of his brother.2 He presumably lived with his mother at the Sydney suburb of Macdonaldtown in May 1888.3

After five years of widow-hood, their mother remarried a John Thomson on 17 May 1888 when Don was eleven. Mr Thomson was an engineer, and was eight years younger than their mother.

Although their mother's new husband called himself an engineer on his marriage certificate, he was apparently working as a publican within a year. This may have been Susannah's influence, given her family's involvement in the hotel trade. However, the situation is clouded due to how common his name was; in any event, it would seem they spent the next six years moving from pub to pub in Sydney. Nearly three years later on Thursday, 10 December 1891 a John Thomson relinquished the licence to at the Captain Cook Hotel Clyde Street in the Sydney suburb of Millers Point.4 On 23 December 1891 a John Thomson relinquished a colonial wine licence associated with at 341 Oxford Street in the Sydney suburb of Paddington.5

In 1893 a John Thomson was the publican of the Blue Anchor at 176 George Street, in Sydney. It is very likely that this is the John Thomson of our interest.6 John acquired the publican's licence to Trafalgar Hotel in Castelreagh Street, in Sydney on Thursday, 29 June 1893 on the same day that he relinquished the licence to the Blue Anchor.7 John acquired the publican's licence to the Glasgow Arms at 312 George Street, in Sydney on Wednesday, 30 August 1893 on the same day that he relinquished the licence to the Trafalgar Hotel.8

The Thompson family were the managers of the Como Hotel, in Como, Sutherland, New South Wales for at least a year or so circa 1895.

Donald had a silver watch valued at £3 stolen from him at Como, Sutherland, New South Wales an establishment that he apparently ran in conjunction with his mother an step-father; a Fanny Parker also lost a gold watch, a gold chain, a gold brooch and a pair of opera glasses all valued at £5. A man of 25, Coleman Connor was found guilty and sentanced to 3 months hard labour.9

On Monday, 28 October 1895 Susannah Alletta Nicholson and her son Donald were charged with having sold English Ale at Como, New South Wales from an unlicensed hotel. Three police officers observed them serving drinks where there were some 2,000 people at the hotel. They were assisted by John Dalgety Thomson but he wasn't charged though he acted to see the policemen off the premises. However, despite anything that may have happened, the police work was sloppy and the case was dismissed.10
The Como Hotel (photographed 1883-1910?)
(source: National Library of Australia - William Robert Easdown collection - nla.pic-vn3297758)


Remarkably, a Donald H. Bourke claims to have witnessed in Johannesburg, Transvaal one of the key events that lead to the Boer War, The Edgar Case, and five years later related his experiences in a letter to the paper. Whether this is the same Donald H. Bourke is open to conjecture, but 'our' Don certainly claims to have gone to South Africa at this time.11,12

His step-father died 16 March 1898 at the aproximate age of 39. Donald was aged 21 when this happened.

On 11 April 1900 the licence for the Osbourne Hotel was passed from a C. F. Cullen to Donald and began a period of being a publican that never seemed to make it into Don's biographies. Soon after it was renamed to the New Nation Hotel.13

A D. H. Bourke was the owner of a racehorse named Milly in 1901.14 A Mr. D. R. Sullivan addressed the electors at at the New Nation Hotel at 2 Bourke Street in the Sydney suburb of Wooloomooloo on 1 July 1901.15 The licence for the New Nation Hotel Bourke Street, in Sydney was transferred from Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke to Ernest Field Peacock (Ernest was Don's wife's first cousin) on Wednesday, 30 October 1901.1617
An advertisment for Don's Hotel during his period as licencee
(source: 1902 'Advertising.', Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907), 26 November, p. 20, viewed 21 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71495822)
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On Wednesday, 12 November 1902 the licence from at the Sydney Coffee Palace Hotel Sir John Young's Cresent in the Sydney suburb of Domain was transferred to Donald. Coffee palaces were temperence hotels but their popularity was relatively short-lived. He was only to hold the licence for 3 months but during that time he had the telephone connected and advertised widely in the coutry papers. Interestingly, advertising continued to state he was the proprietor until mid 1905.19,20,21

Sydney Coffee Palace Hotel, Wooloomooloo (unknown date)
(State Library of New South Wales, Government Printing Office 1 - 08155
http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx? itemID=170745#)
Don lived in 1904 at Mandurama, New South Wales.22,23

Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke wrote a letter in the paper with a devestating criticism of another correspondent on 18 July 1904 at Mandurama, New South Wales.24

On Friday, 16 September 1904 he had published a poem he wrote about Mandurama, New South Wales.25 On Monday, 19 September 1904 an unknown person published a poem in the Carcoar Chronicle about the departure of Donald.26 In response, another poem was written, perhaps by another resident, perhaps by Donald.27 He was honarary secretary of the cricket club, helping organise the Mandurama Cricket Clubs's Concert and Dance in November 1904, and being a strong bowler and captain from December 1904 to March 1905. They scored a record 293 in a single innings in March 1905 in November 1904 at Mandurama, New South Wales.28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36 Donald was a member of the Mandurama tennis team in 1904 and the following year.37,38,39,40
Mandurama c1900
(Source: Collection: Carcoar, Burraga and Mandurama, New South Wales, ca. 1900 http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an24507990)
Photograph by Lumme


Donald was one of a mining sydnicate had some bad luck in January 1905:
"Messrs D. H-. Bourke and party, who bottomed a duffer at 'Jennies Revenge ' last week, have every excuse to feel wrath with themselves. They were offered a fair price for their mine about a month ago by Mr P. K. Mont Morgan, who is in the district looking out for likely ' shows.' and although' advised by Mr Ivan Forbes, of Burnt Yards, to take it, they held off for more. Now they wish they hadn't. Mr P. R. Morgan returns to Surry Hills next week."41

He and Owen William Owens were in the same billiard team in January 1905 at Mandurama, New South Wales.41

Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke was secretary and piano player for the Carcoar Jockey Club Ball in May 1905.42 Donald 'provided excellent music' when he played the piano in a concert in aid of the Church of England Building Fund at the Mandurama School of Arts, in Mandurama, New South Wales in July 1905; the dancing continued until 4:30am.43,44 He also apparently played for the football team in Mandurama, New South Wales and was perhaps mentioned in a poem on 21 July 1905 at Mandurama, New South Wales.45,46

Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke was perhaps being referred to when the paper talked about a mining operation, stating that "Ivey and Bourke are hard at it at the reef known as Brown's Woodcutters Paddock" on 28 July 1905.47 On 17 August 1905 Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke was secretary of a group who organised a benefit concert for the widow of a local who died when a tree fell on him. Donald also played the piano at the event at Mandurama, New South Wales.48,49

Donald had indicated 4 October 1905 he was going to depart Mandurama, New South Wales but was there on a number of occasions in the following years.50,51

His mother died 31 August 1907 at the age of 57. Donald was aged 30 when this happened. She died of cancer after a 10 week illness.. He was the honorary secretary of the Mandurama Brass Band in April 1908 at Mandurama, New South Wales.51 He was a salesman on 20 April 1910 at 355 Pitt Street, in Sydney.52

He married Ivy Pearl Owens, daughter of Eleazar Owens and Alice Harrison, in a Presbyterian ceremony at the house of Eleazar Owens on Tuesday, 11 April 1911 at Mandurama, New South Wales. He was 34 and his wife Ivy was 21. Eleazar was a successful Mandrama publican. Witnesses to the wedding were Eleazar Owens.53,54 Don lived in April 1911 at Sydney.55 He was a self-proclaimed 'business missionary.56'

Don, aged 35 and Ivy Pearl Owens, aged 22 became the parents of Bessie Patricia Bourke on Friday, 5 April 1912 at at 'Walden'', Pacific Street in the Sydney suburb of Manly.57,56

Don and Ivy lived in 1913 at at 18 Pacific Street in the Sydney suburb of Manly. However, shortly after they seem to have moved to Brisbane.58,59 Donald and Ivy lived in 1913 at Flinders Parade, in Sandgate, Queensland.60 Don and Ivy lived in November 1913 at 256 Bowen Terrace, in Brisbane.61 Donald, aged 36 and Ivy Pearl Owens, aged 23 became the parents of Donald Owen Nicholson Bourke on Monday, 17 November 1913 at Brisbane.62,61

Donald was lauded in 'Australian National Cash Register Monthly' as head of Queenslands state selling force in January 1914:
"The "Australian National Cash Register Monthly" for January pays a compliment to its head of its state selling force (Mr. D. H. Bourke), who, following other successes, has achieved the distinction of winning the president's prize with [obscured] points for the sale of the most class 500's. ... This has indeed been a year of great advancement, and to all who have made these records posslble we extend our hearty thanks. Once more it is Mr. D. H. Bourke who stands at the head of the selling force in our banner month, and by securing the highest individual month's record ever scored by any agent in Australia he made a fitting close to a splendid year. Mr. Bourke's score in December included ten class 500's, and this enabled him to win the prize offered by the Sydney office, to the agent selling the most class 500's during 1913. Mr. Bourke not only maintained his lead in the contest for the president's prize, but increased it considerably, and won by the handsome margin of 428 points from his nearest competitor-Mr. E. Burns. Besides being president of tho Quota Club, Mr. Bourke is vice-president of our Get a Receipt Club, and his December score enabled him to close the year with the highest number of Get a Receipt points, viz., 201. Mr. Bourke also won the only first prize coming to Australia, and also a third prize, as a result of the three months' contest, he securing 806 points, an average of 268 points a month."

It was perhaps Don himself who made the newspaper aware of this achievement.63

Donald was lavishly rewarded by his employer for his sales efforts in July 1914:
"Mr. Donald H. Bourke (sales agent for Queensland for the National Cash Register Co.), whoso efforts resulted in the largest sales for National Cash Registers in any State of Australia, received by the last mail an unexpected recognition of his work from the headquarters of the company at Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A. The gift consisted of a table service of solid silver, suitably inscribed, silver tea service, diamond ring, diamond pin, gold watch and chain, with gold pencil and knife attached, and a case of cutlery. The management also informed Mr. Bourke that all the other agents for the company throughout the world would be supplied with a summary of Mr. Bourke's methods of salesmanship for their information."

It is open to speculation who provided this information to the paper - perhaps it was Don himself.64

Don, aged 38 and Ivy Pearl Owens, aged 25 became the parents of Rowland Hugh Argyle Bourke on Wednesday, 5 May 1915 at Brisbane.62 Donald was promoted to the post of district supervisor for NCR, based in Sydney, and perhaps travelled to Perth, Western Australia on company business shortly afterwards.65 Don and Ivy lived in 1917 at at 'Amaroo' 60 (now 34) Addison Road in the Sydney suburb of Manly. Just next door to them was Don's sister Mary and her family; they apparently both moved in to these houses in the same year. The Bourkes were to have this as their home base for at least the next twenty years.66

On 24 July 1917 Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke delivered the inaugural address to the Business Efficiency Club at The A.B.C. Cafe Pitt Street, in Sydney.67 He and Ivy Pearl Owens moved to Melbourne in October 1917.68 A photograph was taken of the Bourke and Hill houses in at 32 and 30 Addison Street, Manly c.1918.
The Bourke and Hill houses in Addison Street, Manly c.1918
(source: Tim Hill collection)
Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke was the Assistant Manager with National Cash Register in 1918.69

In 1918 G.J. Hale & Co published a 72 page book of his titled "Sales Talk", with an appendix by H. Tasman Lovell.70,71 Don and Ivy lived in 1918 at Melbourne. By all accounts this was only a short term posting away from his Sydney base by his employer. Apparently there was some acrimony in the way it was done by a Mr. Bennett. NCR was a company that was undergoing increased sales throughout the early years of the century. Just seven years before NCR had sold their millionth cash register.72,73,74

Donald and Miss Dorothy Wall as honorary secretaries organised a euchre party in support of St. Margaret's, attended by Don and Ivy with Joseph William Hill and Mary Alberta MacCallum Bourke and many others attending.75,76 Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke was found on a passenger list on the 'Sonoma' departing on 4 April 1919 from Sydney to San Franscisco, California. He was apparently travelling alone, and listed a Mrs. Nottell (who has not been identified) of Addison Road Manly as his close contact in Australia.77

Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke and Ivy Pearl Owens and his sister Mary and their neighbour Frank Gahan were involved in organising the Blossom dance and euchre party at at Paddington Town Hall in the Sydney suburb of Paddington on Tuesday, 14 October 1919 in aid of St. Margaret's. It seems Mary's husband Joe was not involved in the organising but attended.78,79

Don and Ivy hosted his sister Mary and husband Joseph (and others) at the the Wentworth Cafe, in Sydney on Monday, 17 May 1920, and again on Friday of the same week.80

Donald was appointed president of St. Margaret's Hospital for Women in 1921, and soon after launched their first public appeal for funds in 25 years. Prior to this he had been secretary for a number of years.81,82,83

Ivy and Donald attended at Brighton Hotel in the Sydney suburb of Brighton-Le-Sands in February 1921 along with Don's sister Mary and her husband Joe, Ivy's parents and her brother Owen and his wife.84 On Tuesday, 2 August 1921 Mary Alberta MacCallum Bourke and Ivy Pearl Owens organised a dinner-dance at Sydney in aid of St. Margaret's; it's likely their husbands also attended.85 On [D Donald and Ivy attended a fundraising for the Sydney Hospital Nurses Home at Sydney.86 Two weeks later they organised a tea party in the Winter Garden annex of the Hotel Australia, in Sydney.87

He stated in a newspaper article that St. Margaret's had the lowest death rate in the world, and that a special effort was being made to raise £5,000. An effort was being made to endow each basinette; basinettes were promised in the name of his wife and his sister Mary.88,89 On Monday, 1 May 1922 Ivy organised a card party at her house 'Amaroo' 60 (now 34) Addison Road in aid of St. Margaret's.90

On Tuesday, 16 May 1922 Donald and Ivy departed for Europe and America on the R.M.S. Ormuz for a six-month leave of absence. This trip was given to him as a reward for his efforts at NCR.82,91 They stayed at The Waldorf Hotel in The Strand, London on their visit to the UK in August 1922.92 They arrived in New York on 22 August 1922.93 Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke and Ivy Pearl Owens were found on a passenger list on the 'Empress of France' departing on 24 August 1922 from Southampton to Quebec.92 Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke was described as On the American immigration documentation he was described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall in September 1922.94 He and Ivy Pearl Owens were found on a passenger list on the SS 'Maui' departing on 20 September 1922 from San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii.94 Donald and Ivy were on the SS 'Niagara' departing on 3 October 1922 from Honolulu to Suva, Aukland and Sydney.93

In October 1923 he was one of a number of men who became directors of Imperial Films Limited, a £25,000 company.95 He was a golfer and recorded a respectable 79 in January 1924. It was commented that "it is difficult to see why he does not do better scores more often. His methods are very sound, and he is a trier all the time". He set up a trophy in his own name in 1921 at the Sydney suburb of Manly.96,97,98,99,100,101,102,103,104

Donald and Ivy as well as Joe and Mary Hill (and a number of others) were entertained at a 'gay dinner dance' at Sydney hosted by Sister Kerven on Tuesday, 5 February 1924.105 A week or so later Don and family friend Val Boyle had a joint birthday party hosted for them by his sister Mary and her husband Joe on Thursday, 14 February 1924 at The Ambassadors, in Sydney. His younger brother Argyle and his wife attended, as did neighbors and close family friends.106 Don and Ivy, his sister Mary and her husband Joe, and their brother Gyle and his wife Daisy attended a Fools' Cap Ball at Sydney on 3 April 1924.107 Ivy and Donald attended the opening night of 'Lucia' at Her Majesty's Theatre, in Sydney on June 1924.108

On Saturday, 7 June 1924 his youngest sister Susan died of cancer, no doubt a blow for this tight-knit family.109

Donald was mentioned in quite a self-important way in a newspaper article promoting his hospital's art union on 4 October 1924:
"Prime Minister's Salary
EARNED BY NEWSBOY.
Mr. Donald H. Bourke, Chairman of the Board of Management of St. Margaret's Hospital was formerly a newsboy in Sydney. He is now one of the highost salaried salesmen in Australia and receives a greater income each year than that paid to the Prime Minister.

Mr. Bourke, ever anxious to help the younger generation, has secured the approval of tho Attorney General for a clever combination of Christmas Card and Art Union ticket..."110

Donald and Ivy (and his sister Mary) attended a function at Sydney in aid of the Police Hospital Fund.111 By this time they had also had the telephone connected at home (Manly 327), as had the Hill's next door.112 On Monday, 27 July 1925 Donald and Ivy attended the Lord Mayor's Ball at the Town Hall, in Sydney.113

Donald Donald was lauded for his fundraising efforts for St. Margaret's at an afternoon tea at Sydney on 12 July 1926:
"'It was when things looked at their worst that Mr. D. H: Bourke, the president of the hospital, thought out a scheme for the raising of revenue in order that the activities of the hospital should not come to an end. He planned a scheme that would put the hospital on its feet, express in cogent terms the gratitude of all charitable workers towards the matron for her struggles, and allow the good work of the institution to go on. Mr Bourke is a business man with a businessmans way of looking at things. He inaugurated a campaign that has gone ahead steadily — a campaign that has kept the institution alive, that has made it bigger than ever, and a campaign that has forced those with the interests of babies at heart to realize that a bigger and a better hospital must be secured."114

He and Ivy Pearl Owens were found on a passenger list on the 'Aquitania' departing on 18 January 1928 from Southampton to New York.115 They travelled further on the 'Berengaria' departing on 1 February 1928 from Southhampton to New York.116 Six weeks later they departed America on the SS 'Aorangi' departing on 14 March 1928 from Honolulu to Suva, Aukland and Sydney.117

On 15 September 1928 he had some golfing apparel stolen from a car at the Royal Automobile Club. The thief, Herbert Robinson, was charged with 'stealing articles' and was sentenced to three months hard labour for his actions.118,119

On 11 November 1928 Donald was again praised for his efforts at fund-raising at St. Margaret's by Dr. W. D. Langton, president of the Board of Management, and was credited with preventing "the institution from closing after nearly 30 years' of splendid service, helped to put it on a sound financial footing, and enabled it to set aside £25,000 out of current revenue."120

Don was employed at Associated Newspapers Ltd. in the advertising department at Sydney circa 1929.53

Donald was involved in the decision by the St. Margaret's board to assist the Royal Prince Alfred raise money. They assisted by giving them £6,000 on 12 May 1930. Later in the year, St.Margaret's indicated that they had raised £100,000 in the past 11 years and had a credit balance of £12,505.121

His sister Mary died on Friday, 27 November 1931 at the age of 52.122

Donald was one of a number of politiicians, ministers of religion and hospital managemnt who met to try and set up a hospital insurance scheme.123 He gave a talk (as did Sir Frederick Menzies, chief Medical Officer of the London County Council) at a luncheon by the medical staff of New South Wales Community Hospital on 17 June 1932.124 Donald described himself as a sales superintendent in September 1932.125

At age 55 he made a will on 6 September 1932 at Sydney. His wife Ivy Pearl Owens was named as the sole executor.126

On Tuesday, 17 January 1933 he presided at a Community Hospital luncheon honouring Senator Sir Walter Kingsmill, attended by the Premier of NSW and other dignitaries.127 Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke witnessed his brother-in-law Joseph William Hill's burial on 25 February 1933 Church of England section of the general cemetery at the Sydney suburb of Manly. His wife was buried in the same plot (section J.148).128,129

His brother-in-law Joseph William Hill died on Saturday, 25 February 1933.

Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke was, as president of the committee for St. Margaret's Hospital for Women, made a comment in the paper about how hard it was to solicit donations on 8 November 1933.130 Don and Ivy lived in 1936 at "Amaroo'.131

Donald was mentioned in the paper on 1 April 1937:
"DONALD BOURKE, advertising man, paralysed his confreres at the Australian Club at the week-end with a tie to all appearances fashioned out of a printed sheet of advertisements from a newspaper - his daughter, Betty, had sent it to him from Paris. The one consolation of those who saw it was that the young lady had contented her self with sending him a tie. She might have sent a suit of clothes."132

He was a director of Mark Foy's Ltd on 2 July 1940.133

Don lived in June 1941 at at 'Greenknowe Flats' Greenknowe Avenue in the Sydney suburb of Potts Point.134

Don died on 2 June 1941 at at St. Vincent's private hospital in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst at age 64 iof brochopeunomia, lasting 2 months. Several obituaries were written about Don, the largest one appearing in "Smith's Weekly."135,126 He was a company director at the time of his death on 1 June 1941.126 His body was cremated on 3 June 1941 at at Rookwood Crematorium in the Sydney suburb of Rookwood.134

He had a short obituary published about him on 4 June 1941 on 4 June 1941:
MR. D. H. BOURKE. |
Mr. Donald Hugh Bourke, who was an advertising representative of the "Sun" newspaper and also a director of Mark Foys Ltd, died In St. Vincent's Hospital yesterday, aged 64.
He was a life member of the Prince Alfred Hospital, vice-president of St.Margaret's Hospital, a foundation president of the N.S.W. Community Hospital, and a member of the A.J.C.136



Donald's will was probated on 13 August 1941. At Sydney It was valued at a fairly modest £2,535/4/10d.125

Children of Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke and Ivy Pearl Owens

Children
Last Edited7 Nov 2013

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
Family
Name-Comm
1877BirthParkes District Hospital, in Parkes, New South Wales1
1904ResidenceMandurama, New South Wales22,23
1905Quotation type 141
1908Employment-hide137
1908Residence-hideMandurama, New South Wales137
1910Occupation355 Pitt Street, in Sydney52
1911Marriagethe house of Eleazar Owens, in Mandurama, New South Wales53,54
1911Occupation-hideSydney55
1911ResidenceSydney55
Occupation56
1913Occupation-hide60
1913Occupation-hide58
1913Residence at 18 Pacific Street in the Sydney suburb of Manly58,59
1913ResidenceFlinders Parade, in Sandgate, Queensland60
1913Residence256 Bowen Terrace, in Brisbane61
1913Occupation-hide61
1914Quotation type 2Queensland63
1914Quotation type 1Brisbane64
b 1916Employment-hide138
1917Residence at 'Amaroo' 60 (now 34) Addison Road in the Sydney suburb of Manly66
1917Move-newMelbourne68
1918Occupation69
1918ResidenceMelbourne72,73,74
1919Occupation-hide77
1919Passenger listSan Franscisco, California77
1919Residence-hide"Amaroo'139,140
c 1922Occupation-hide141
1922Residence-hidethe Sydney suburb of Manly142,143
1922Passenger listQuebec92
1922Description94
1922Passenger listHonolulu, Hawaii94
1922Passenger listSuva, Aukland and Sydney93
1924Quotation type 1110
1925Residence-hideManly, NSW144
1926Quotation type 1The Ambassadors, in Sydney114
1928Passenger listNew York115
1928Occupation-hide116
1928Passenger listNew York116
1928Passenger listSuva, Aukland and Sydney117
1928Residence-hideManly, NSW145
c 1929EmploymentSydney53
1930Occupation-hide146
1930Residence-hide"Amaroo'147
1930Residence-hide"Amaroo'146
1932Occupation125
1932Will-newSydney126
1932Employment-hide148
1932Residence-hide"Amaroo'149,126
1933Occupation-hide147
1935Residence-hideManly, NSW
1936Occupation-hide131
1936Residence"Amaroo'131
1937Occupation-hide150
1937Residence-hide"Amaroo'150
1937Quotation type 2132
1941Residence-hidethe Sydney suburb of Potts Point126
1941Residence at 'Greenknowe Flats' Greenknowe Avenue in the Sydney suburb of Potts Point134
Occupation-hide151,134
1941Death at St. Vincent's private hospital in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst135,126
1941Occupation126
1941Cremation at Rookwood Crematorium in the Sydney suburb of Rookwood134
1941Quotation type 2136
ChartsBourke family - descendants
Brown family - descendants
Miller Family (Scotland) - descendants
Nicholson Family 1 - descendants
Descendents of Patrick Bourke
Four generations

Citations

  1. [S1] NSW Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1877 No. 11,630.
  2. [S2] NSW Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1833 No. 1973.
  3. [S3] NSW Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1888 No.2731.
  4. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, 1891 'WATER POLICE LICENSING COURT.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 11 December, p. 7, viewed 25 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13845640
  5. [S641] The Evening News, 1891 'Water Licensing Court.', Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), 26 December, p. 6, viewed 25 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article111990802
  6. [S31] Sand's Directory, Sydney & NSW 1893 p.883.
  7. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, 1893 'LICENSING COURT.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 30 June, p. 3, viewed 25 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28262848
  8. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, 1893 'WATER POLICE LICENSING COURT.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 31 August, p. 3, viewed 25 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13937470
  9. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, 1895 'POLICE COURTS.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 19 March, p. 3, viewed 20 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13985437
  10. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, 1895 'THE POLICE AND THE LICENSING ACT.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 29 October, p. 3, viewed 20 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14022859 ("THE POLCE AND LICENSING ACT
    At the Newtown Police Court yesterday, before Mr Addison, S.M. , Sub-inspector Elliott proceeded against Mrs J. Thompson [sic], of Como for having, on the 7th instant at Como, sold English ale without holding a license.
    At the same court Donald Bourke a son of Mrs.Thompson was charged with a similar offence at the same place.
    Mr Bull who appeared for the defence, pointed out that the premises where the alleged offence was committed was the Como Hotel, in which a renewal of the then existing license was refused at the last annual Licensing Court. The alleged offence took place on Eight Hour Day, when there were some 2000 pleasure seekers at Como. Five days after the alleged offence the owner of the
    premises obtained a license, which he afterwards transferred to the present licensee. He pleaded not guilty in each case, and intended to show by evidence the extraordinary conduct of the
    police on the day in question He would admit all formalities and also admit that there was no license attached to the premises at the time of the alleged offence.
    Constable Smith stated he was stationed at Petersham. He, in company with other two police officers, was on duty at Como in plain clothes on Eight-hour Day. At that time there was no license in existence for the premises known as the Como Hotel. Witness was sitting on a verandah of the hotel during the afternoon, and close to him was a window of a room once used as a private bar. The window was partly open, and witness could see into the room from were he was sitting. He saw the defendant Bourke enter the room along with two other men. One of the men said to the other "What is yours? mine is whisky" and received as a reply from his companion, "English ale for me." They were both served with drinks by defendant, and tendered in payment a large silver coin, either a 2s piece or half a crown. Defendant took the money and gave them change in return. Other evidence was given showing that attempts had been made to get liquor from the defendant, and it was admitted that the police took two quart bottles of colonial ale with them from Sydney.
    Donald Bourke stated he was the defendant in this case. He saw the three constables present in court at Como on Eight-hour Day. They were in plain clothes, and were hanging round the hotel all
    day and at last became such a nuisance that his father was sent for and put them out. They were bothering witness's mother all day for drink Witness was informed during the afternoon that they
    were police officers. Two boys resident at Petersham told him. Witness saw the three constables at the lunch table. Constables Meehan and Hazlett were slightly the worse for liquor. Witness denied serving any person with liquor on Eight-hour Day.
    Mrs. Thompson stated she attended to the lunch table on Eight-hourDay at Como. The police officers in court partook of lunch in the afternoon, and that she had to send for her husband, who came down end ordered them off the premises.
    At this stage Mr. Addison said he did not wish to hear any further evidence for the defence. To his mind the conduct of the police in this matter was, to put it m the mildest form, very indiscreet. By their own evidence they admitted trying to force people to break the law. They also admitted - and he thought it a disgrace - having taken with then several bottles of beer from Sydney. He did not consider they were the right men to undertake such work. He had, therefore, not the slightest hesitation in dismissing the case.
    Mr. Elliott said he would withdraw the case against Mrs Thompson.").
  11. [S673] The Arrow, 1901 'PRO-BOERISM IN THE HOUSE.', The Arrow (Sydney, NSW : 1896 - 1912), 24 August, p. 4, viewed 20 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103420378 (PRO-BOERISM IN THE HOUSE.
    (To the Editor.)
    Sir,— With much surprise and indignation I read your article on 'Pro-Boerlsm in the House' in your issue of Saturday, August 10. Withoult any unnecessary palaver, I wish to state that Mr. Meagher, M.L.A., was entirely wrong when he stated that Edgar was cruelly murdered. As I am one of the few living witnesses of the Edgar affair, I can speak with no uncertain voice and with all possible authority. The facts, briefly, are as follows: Edgar, returning home late one night, passed two men — Foster and another — near the entrance to a courtyard connected with his house, and heard one of them remark 'vootzae'— which is a proper and suitable remark when applied to a dog (but decidedly offensive when applied to a white man — and thinking the remark addressed to him, he immediately struck Foster to the ground in a very brutal manner. Foster fell, unconscious, apparently dead, and after several unsuccessful attempts to revive him, his mate called loudly for the police. I, living almost next door, rushed out, and saw Foster immovable— in my opinion, dead— the police arriving on the scene, and Edgar sprlnting for his door. When the policeman, Jones, and another asked what was the matter, Foster's companion said: 'That man'— pointing to Edgar's door— 'has killed my mate; arrest him; he ran in there.' Jones, -without waiting to enquire Edgar's nationality, immediately ran to the door to arrest Edgar, and found it locked. He knocked twice, and then turning to the othcr policeman said: 'I'm going to break the door in.' The other policeman, who was looking through a small window into Edgar's room, cried but: 'All right; but, 'pas op.' he's got a big stick in his hand.' Then Jones drew his revolver and kicked
    the door in. As the door gave way Edgar made a hit at Jones with his stick, which had an iron nut on the top of it, and cut his head. Now, after seeing one man that Edgar had— to the best of his belief— killed, and being struck a painful blow on the head, Jones would have been little less than a madman not to have used his revolver to protect himself from another such blow. Anyhow, he fired point blank, and, luckily for Edgar, but unluckily for the Boer nation, Edgar fell a corpse at the door. I say luckily for Edgar, because the bullet saved him from the worse fate of hanging. Foster, whom -Edgar had brutally assaulted, never regained consciousness, and was buried about a week after Edgar. His murderer, Jones, though born in Afilca, was, an his name shows, no Dutchman; his grandfather having been employed in England as coachman by Her Majesty Queen Victoria. 'Fair play is bonnie play.' Feeling sure that the policy of your paper is not one of wilful misrepresentation, I am confident of seeing this in your columns. — I am., &c.,
    DONALD H. BOURKE.
    New Nation Hotel, Bourke-street, Wolloomooloo, Sydney, August 20 1901).
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  22. [S206] The Chronicle, (Response to a poem by Don Bourke, 19th Septmber 1904).
  23. [S206] The Chronicle, Poem by Don Bourke, 19 September 1904.
  24. [S672] The Carcoar Chronicle, 1904 'A REPLY TO "ANTI-GAGGING.".', The Carcoar Chronicle (NSW : 1863 - 1943), 22 July, p. 2, viewed 18 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article102637851 (A REPLY TO 'ANTI-GAGGING'
    TO THE EDITOR.
    Sir, — A letter in your issue of Saturday last, over the non-de-plume of 'Anti-Gagging,' contains one or two assertions that call for an answer. I cannot, in deference to my own self respect, make use of the vituperations and gratuitous insults that flow with such facility from the pen of "Anti-G.," so, must content myself with being as courteous as is possible towards a person who fights under a pen name, and fears the light of publicity. Of course it is possible that it is purely innate modesty that induces your correspondent to bide his light under a bushel ; I, having no such scruples, here with append my name and address, and complacently await the reward of a grateful country. I did ask some questions of
    Mr. Oakes on the occasion mentioned, but unfortanately for " Anti-G." - who admits having no knowledge of the politics of his own country— they were treated with lofty scorn and left unanswered : possibly because they were not to Mr. Oakes' liking, and possibly because of my ' florid complexion '—the latter acquired, by the way, in living a rational life and participating, vigorously if unskilfully, in our manly games, and not by playing ping-pong, sucking lollies, and gorging myself surreptitiously on the boss's biscuits.
    Probably "Anti-G." will be surprised to learn that my questions and interjections were solely for the benefit of men of his mental calibre. They go to meetings and, with ears alert and mouths agape, drink in all the inaccuracies, all the misstatements, all the wild and baseless accusations made by one candidate against another, and accept them as gospel. Such were the circumstances at Mr. Oakes' meeting.
    "While words of learned length and thundering sound,
    "Amazed the gazing rustics ranged around;
    "And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew,
    "That one small head could carry all he knew."
    Like "Anti-G", I believe in hearing both sides, but unlike "Anti-G" I like a dash of the middle in mine and not too much of the sides."' Unlike '"Anti," I
    believe it to be every man's duty to correct any misstatement made by a candidate at a public meeting, and for "Anti's" sake, it were better it were done oftener. Instead of abuse I consider I am entitled to "Anti's" sincere thanks for my endeavour to prevent him being misled by noisy and misguided seekers after office, who— to use a colloquialism — would have ' Buckley's' chance of ever gratifying their ambition were it not for
    the credulity of men like "Anti-G."
    I am, etc.
    DONALD HUGH BOURKE
    Mandurama, 18/7/'04. ').
  25. [S672] The Carcoar Chronicle, 1904 '"MANDURAMA.".', The Carcoar Chronicle (NSW : 1863 - 1943), 16 September, p. 2, viewed 15 October, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article102631933 ('MANDURAMA.'
    The writer of these ten awful spasms hopes that a generous public will pardon him 'Tis his first offence. If pardoned be promises to 'go his way and sin no more.' His chief reason for perpetrating this thing was because he had heard of
    poets from Neville, Lyndhurst, and other places, but (during his very pleasant stay) none from Mandurama. For the sake of the town's prestige he steeled his heart — and did it. ' Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.' May heaven forgive him.

    A traveller once in search of rest,
    And a breath of God's pure air,
    Chanced on a town, in the golden west,
    Of a beauty rich and rare.

    His tired eyes gazed with a wild delight
    On the well-grassed fields so fair ;
    And care's dull day, and pain's dark night
    Seemed forever banished there.

    The crops were ripe for the harvesting,
    And the birds, in the blue-gum trees,
    All the livelong day did gaily sing
    Their roundelays and glees.

    He revelled in watching the girls' red cheeks,
    And the sturdy frames of the boys,
    As the playground, in their merry freaks,
    Resounded with their noise.

    But the time draws near when he must leave
    In search of his daily bread ;
    For tho' "birds have nests and the foxes, holes,
    Man-hath nowhere to lay his head."

    And he sighs, for he feels he'll meet no more
    In all his wanderings,
    Friends so kind, that he leaves behind
    In the town of which he sings.

    The butcher, the baker, and the harness-maker,
    The publican, the ' man-in-blue,'
    The genial tailor, the white-haired sailor,
    And the good storekeepers two.

    The fair, and the dark, and the brown haired girls,
    The men. of the ' red and green ' :
    All did their best for their grateful guest,
    And THEIR best was the best he'd seen.

    So he thanks them all in this doggerel rhyme
    For want of a better way ;
    That's if Cummerford — 'may his tribe increase ' —
    In his columns prints this lay.

    Would you know this town in the ' golden west ' ?
    If you wonld, then I haste to say':
    It is spelt with an M and an A-N-D
    And a U-R-A-M-A.
    D.H.B).
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    Mr Editor, I want to
    Tell you a solemn fact,
    And l hope that you'll forgive me
    If my metre's not exact.
    There's a gloom upon our township
    Since we read that po-et-ry
    In the ' Chronicle's ' last issue,
    O'er the letters ' D H B. '

    For it told us of the coming
    Of the parting with our friend ;
    And a choking feeling holds as,
    For we know that then will end
    All those happy hours at tennis,
    Spent with Donald. And, Ah me !
    All the arguments we're argued
    With our guest— with D H B.

    And the tailor and the sailor
    And the genial cove in ' Blue ' ;
    All will miss his well-known figure,
    And his jolly laughter too.
    They will miss his conversations
    And his brilliant repartee ;
    And will often think with pleasure
    Of the days of D H B.

    And the merchant, baker, butcher,
    Publican and all the lot,
    All the children in the township,
    From the ' grown-ups ' to the cot,
    Will, in days that are before them,
    Talk with relish and with glee
    Of the drives and talks and bonfires,
    And the games with DHB

    And when summer zephyrs whisper
    Through the leaves upon the trees.
    And the birds sweet voices mingle
    With the-rippling of the breeze ;
    Then we'll gather ronnd together,
    And I fancy we will see
    Visions of that fleeting visit,
    And the face of DHB.

    In conclusion, Man-dur-am-a —
    Per the medium of my pen —
    Sends its blessing and good wishes
    To this paragon of men.
    And although you wrote those verses,
    We'll endure the agony
    For the sake of lasting friendship;
    And forgive you, DHB.

    'UCKLE"
    Mandurama, 19/09/'04.).
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    Mr Editor, —
    Full of awe and trepidation,
    At my own effrontery
    In requesting publication
    Of these lines — built clumsily,
    Yet I ask your kind permission
    To prolong the agony
    Of Mandurama's submission
    To the lines of ' D. H. B.'

    The gloom that once hung o'er us,
    Through those verses which he wrote,
    Has been changed into a chorus
    Of delight, from every throat;
    For our Arthur's pen has cheered us
    With its charming minstrelsy,
    And from deep despair has cheered us,
    By his ode to ' D. H. B.'

    How we never came to know it ;
    How we ne'er before had found
    That our Arthur was a poet,
    Is a mystery profound.
    But our joy remains unbounded,
    For with poet such as he
    We can nettle that confounded
    Man from Sydney — ' D. H. B.'

    We lent him puns and ammuniton,
    And provided him with weed ;
    Voted for his politician ;
    Lent him all our books to read ;
    Took him home to Sunday dinners
    (What an appetite had be !);
    And neglected church like sinners
    In amusing ' D, H, B.'

    As the train steamed from the station.
    Every eye with tears was damp
    (Thus dissembling our elation),
    And we madly waved our gamp.
    We cheered him when he left us ;
    Filled him with refreshments free;
    Railed at fate when it berefit us
    Of our good old D. H. B.'

    All the pain and all the grieving
    That we once professed to feel
    At the thonght of Donald leaving,
    Has become, alas ! too real.
    For we over-did our clamour,
    Cos, next morning, don't you see ?
    He came bach to Man-du-ram-a!
    Nuff Sed, D.H.B.).
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