Henry Olliver

#340, (11 March 1851-11 April 1938)
FatherWilliam Olliver1 (c 1815-)
MotherAnn Grubb1 (c 1820-)
Henry Olliver
Olliver family headstone
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Henry was born on Tuesday, 11 March 1851 at Gunning, New South Wales.2,3,4 He was the son of William Olliver and Ann Grubb.1

At 19 years of age Henry travelled around the country as a shearer. His travels took him west as far as Hillston. He also worked in a store at Euablong in New South Wales. In the winter of 1870 he took up droving and travelled from the Lachlan to Bendigo and Melbourne. Later than year he was back in Forbes working as a blacksmith for Charles Ray, where he met his future wife.5,6 He arrived in Bushman's Lead, New South Wales circa 1871 after not liking the seperation from Mary.7,3

He married Mary Jane Nicholson, daughter of Donald Nicholson and Margaret Brown, in a Presbyterian ceremony at her father's house on Sunday, 8 September 1872 at Bushman's Lead, New South Wales. He was 21 and his wife Mary was 20. Witnesses to the wedding were Susannah Alletta Nicholson, Donald Nicholson and Margaret Brown.8 At this time his occupation was given as Blacksmith.8 Later he bought a blacksmith's shop from a Mr. Sutherland (most likely his wife's sister's husband) and he made sulkies, carts, wheels and drays in Parkes. He later moved his business to Dalton Street. For 9 years he also acted as a contractor for the Bogan Gate Mail.5 Henry Olliver witnessed his wife's nephew James John Bourke's burial on 19 May 1876 Goobang Creek cemetery at Parkes, New South Wales. No Minister attended the burial..9 Henry (and presumably his spouse Mary) lived circa 1889 at Victoria Street, in Parkes, New South Wales. Henry and Mary were to remain there for another 45 years (after having lived in three other houses in town).7,3 Henry sold his blacksmith business to his son William and his brother Arthur. the partnership was not a favourable one so William sold his share to his Uncle Arthur and started his own blacksmith business in Trundle, New South Wales.10 A family photograph circa 1920.
Photograph by User
Henry Olliver and Mary Jane Nicholson celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on 8 September 1932.
Henry Olliver and Mary Nicholson - Diamond wedding anniversay


Mary was memorialised in an obituary on 8 October 1934:
" ...Of a deeply religious nature Mrs. Olliver attended the Presbyterian Church regularly until recently, and brought her family, to whom she was devoted, up in a way which made, them honored throughout the district.
The family, of whom two are deceased, is as follows: William (Dundas), Margaret (Mrs. F. P. Goudge, of Parkes), Alexandria (Mrs. A. McDougall, Sans Souci), Hughie (New Zealand), Arthur (Sans Souci), James (Bondi), Hilton (New Zealand) and Jack (Young). There are also 30 grandchildren and 17 great, grand children.11

Henry lived in 1938 at at 848 Rocky Point Road in the Sydney suburb of Kogarah.4

Henry died on 11 April 1938 at the Sydney suburb of Kogarah at age 87 of pneumonia.2,4 He was buried on 12 April 1938 at Church of England cemetery, in Parkes, New South Wales.4

Children of Henry Olliver and Mary Jane Nicholson

Children
Last Edited7 Jun 2014
ChartsBrown family - descendants
Miller Family (Scotland) - descendants
Nicholson Family 1 - descendants
Four generations

Citations

  1. [S452] Private Nicholson Source, Genealogical Notes, unknown date NIC001 p.18.
  2. [S2] NSW Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1938 No. 10386 (index only).
  3. [S645] The Western Champion, 'Diamond Wedding' September 1932.
  4. [S452] Private Nicholson Source, Genealogical Notes, unknown date NIC001 p.18 --exact date.
  5. [S586] Private Nicholson Source, Genealogical Notes, January 2013 p.25.
  6. [S645] The Western Champion, 'Diamond Wedding' September 1932 (on meeting his future wife).
  7. [S644] The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser, 1934 'GENERAL NEWS.', The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser (NSW : 1876 - 1948), 8 October, p. 3, viewed 3 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112820901
  8. [S3] NSW Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1872 No.2094.
  9. [S2] NSW Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1876 No. 6115.
  10. [S586] Private Nicholson Source, Genealogical Notes, January 2013 p.44.
  11. [S644] The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser, 1934 'GENERAL NEWS.', The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser (NSW : 1876 - 1948), 8 October, p. 3, viewed 3 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112820901 ("GENERAL NEWS
    OBITUARY.
    MRS. MARY OLLIVER.
    One of Parkes' pioneer ladies, Mrs. Mary Olliver, wife of Mr. Harry Olliver, of Victoria-street, passed away in her home early on Tuesday morning, following a short illness, at the age of 82 years.
    Born in Yass, Mrs. Olliver came to Parkes in 1871, just after gold had been discovered, and the town, then known as. 'The Bushman's Lead,' consisted of a butcher's shop, a bakery and a few houses which the hardy pioneers had constructed from the timber around them. In 1872 she was married to Mr. Olliver who had also recently arrived in the town, and together they set about making a living following farming pursuits in the district. Mr. Olliver was able to build a comfortable home in Victoria-street in 1889, and they, have resided there ever since.
    Of a deeply religious nature Mrs. Olliver attended the Presbyterian Church regularly until recently, and brought her family, to whom she was devoted, up in a way which made, them honored throughout the district. The family, of whom two are deceased, is as follows: William (Dundas), Margaret (Mrs. F. P. Goudge, of Parkes), Alexandria (Mrs. A. McDougall, Sans Souci), Hughie (New Zealand), Arthur (Sans Souci), James (Bondi), Hilton (New Zealand) and Jack (Young). There are also 30 grandchildren and 17 great, grand children.
    There was a special service at the Presbyterian Church, on Tuesday afternoon, when the Rev. H. S. Bunn gave a brief, but very fine address. At 3 o'clock the funeral cortege moved off to the cemetery where the Rev. Bunn again officiated.
    Deep sympathy is felt for the family and the aged widower in their loss of one of whom it could truly be said, 'She was one of God's good women.' — 'Champion-Post.'
    Many friends in this district extend their sympathy to Mrs. McDougall and Mr. J. Olliver.").
  12. [S3] NSW Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1894 No.5836.