Geoffrey John Hill

#9, (20 December 1905-1978)
FatherJoseph William Hill (c Mar 1868-25 Feb 1933)
MotherMary Alberta MacCallum Bourke (14 Mar 1879-28 Nov 1931)
John Hill c1935
     (For a brief history and context on the Hill 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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Geoffrey was born at 'Thalaba' Muston St. on Wednesday, 20 December 1905 at the Sydney suburb of Mosman.1,2 He was the son of Joseph William Hill and Mary Alberta MacCallum Bourke. His common name was John.

He lived with his parents at at 'Woniora' Addison Road in the Sydney suburb of Manly in 1908. They only stayed there a short time before moving to 51 Wood Street, about 650 metres away. For the rest of their time in Manly they gave their houses the name 'Woniora'.3,4 He was baptised circa 1910.5 He lived with his parents at at 'Woniora', 78 Osbourne Road in the Sydney suburb of Manly, in 1912. This extended family, which at that time included Mary's sister Susie until she moved to London, were to live in this house until about 1917, when they moved to 58 (now 30) Addison Road, next door to Mary's older brother Don on one side, and their friends the Gahan's on the other. Joe and Mary were to stay in this house for the rest of their lives.6 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)
John was active as a child, being in the Scouts and in the school rowing team. He was also reputed to be a strong swimmer, eventually becoming a member of the Manly Surf Life Saving Club.5

On Saturday, 5 May 1923 Geoffrey John Hill was one of the Shore school eight who competed in the Regatta on the Parramatta river. Although the Shore team came last of four teams, it was seen as a significant acheivement. Eleven days later Mary Alberta MacCallum Bourke gave a tea party which Geoffrey acted as host.7,8



On Thursday, 14 February 1924 Jack attended a party hosted by his parents at The Ambassadors, in Sydney for his uncle Don and friend of the family Val Boyle. It was attended by many friends and family.9

His early working life was quite varied; he was a trainee cattle auctioneer and he contributed to a radio show on cars.10 He lived with his parents at at 'Woniora' 58 (now 30) Addison Road in the Sydney suburb of Manly in 1925. They also had the telephone connected (Manly 1013), as had the Bourke's next door.11,12 John was employed with General Motors Holden in 1926. Within two years he was an assistant service manager, and a year later he was a technical section head.13,14

Geoffrey and Margery (along with John's mother Mary) attended the 'Shore' Old Boys dinner dance at Sydney on Monday, 5 July 1926. John was likely on the organising committee.15

Geoffrey and Margery (along with John's mother Mary) attended a dinner dance organised by the School Clubs Ltd. the Wentworth Cafe, in Sydney on Wednesday, 4 May 1927. Also attending was 'Val' Boyle.16



He married Margery Jean Smith, daughter of James Smith and Elsie Florence Darby, at Sydney Church of England Grammar Chapel on Saturday, 2 November 1929 at North Sydney. He was 23 and his wife Margery was 22. Witnesses to the wedding were James Smith, Mary Alberta MacCallum Bourke, Donald Nicholson Hill and Joseph William Hill.14 John Hill and Margery Jean Smith moved to Melbourne circa 1930 so he could take up a job at General Motors Holden; family legend says it was a job as a cleaner but a year later other sources have him as a clerk but either way, work was precious in the depression. A photograph was taken of them early in their life together.
John and Margery Hill early in their life together
(source: Tim Hill collection)
John and Margery lived in 1931 at Chequers in Gisbourne Street, in East Melbourne, Victoria.17

His mother died 27 November 1931 at the age of 52. John was aged 25 when this happened. She had been admitted to Mount St. Margaret's hospital in Ryde in August, four months previously.18 John provided information on the death of his father Joseph William Hill, on 25 February 1933, at Manly at age 27. The cause of death was two-fold. Enlargement of the prostate gland was the main reason, but also there was a heart problem associated with the mitral valve. Interestingly, his son John had the name of his grandfather wrong and knew no other details of him..19 John lived in 1936 at 22 Powlett Street, in East Melbourne, Victoria. For some reason, his address was different from his wife's.17

John was employed by General Motors Holden as a Departmental Manager (Automobile Parts Wholesaling). He was to remain with GMH for the rest of his working life, attaining a senior management position at Port Melbourne.20 John and Margery lived in December 1938 at at Flat 3 in 3 Meredith Street in the Melbourne suburb of Elwood.20 John Hill and Margery Jean Smith were found on a passenger list on 16 May 1939 at San Franscisco, California, on the 'Monterey' from Melbourne. They had left their 6 month old child Michael at home with a family friend, Kay Reid.21 Geoffrey John Hill and Margery Jean Smith were found on a passenger list on 4 July 1939 at Southampton from New York on the R.M.S. Aquitania. This was evidently a business trip as their proposed address was Vauxhall Ltd. of Linton, Bedfordshire.22 Geoffrey and Margery were in Wiesbaden, Germany just a month before England and Australia delcared war. They were asked to leave Germany just before the war began.23
John and Marge Hill, Wiesbaden July 1939
(source: Tim Hill collection)
Geoffrey and Margery moved to at 3 Were Street in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton in 1939.24

John Hill was flown to America on a U.S. Army Transport aircaft as a 'Government Official' via Honolulu and a Pacfic Island refuelling stop. His son recalls that it was a B-24 Liberator, and that he sat in one of the turrets during the trip as he had to fly as a crew member. He is sure that he told him that he was an acting Colonal and wore that uniform for his whole trip. He arrived on 18 January 1943 at Hamilton Field, California.25,26

John and Margery moved to at 3 Highfield Grove in the Melbourne suburb of Kew in 1949.24 John Hill was found on a passenger list on 12 April 1950 at Southampton on the 'Queen Elizabeth' departing New York. This was a business trip for General Motors.27 He was found on a passenger list on 27 April 1955 at New York on a PanAm flight from London.28

John Hill and Margery Jean Smith In May 1955 Michael and his mother departed on a cruise to England on the Orcades. They met John there, then travelled through Europe. They departed to Melbourne from Naples, returning on the Orion in September of the same year. on 9 May 1955.24 John Hill was found on a passenger list on 4 July 1955 at Southampton on the 'Queen Elizabeth' This was a business trip for General Motors. He was intending to stay for 6 weeks and had come from New York.29 John and Margery lived in 1958 at at 11 Crest Avenue in the Melbourne suburb of Balwyn.30 John Hill and Margery Jean Smith were found on a passenger list on 22 September 1958 at Southampton on the 'Queen Mary'. They were intending to stay for 12 days, staying at 23 Buckingham Gate in London, and they had come from New York.31

Geoffrey John Hill was retired in 1966.32

John died in 1978 at at 1/371 Toorak Rd. in the Melbourne suburb of South Yarra due to cardiac arrest. He was a proud Australian, saying he was 'Australian through and through - you can still see the marks of the leg-irons'.33

Family of Geoffrey John Hill and Margery Jean Smith

Last Edited18 Jun 2014

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
Family
1905Birth at 'Thalaba' Muston St. in the Sydney suburb of Mosman1,2
Name-Comm
c 1910Baptism5
1926Employment13,14
1928Employment-hide13
1929Employment-hide34,13
1929Occupation-hide14
1929MarriageSydney Church of England Grammar Chapel, in North Sydney14
c 1930MoveMelbourne
1931Occupation-hide17
1931ResidenceChequers in Gisbourne Street, in East Melbourne, Victoria17
1933Residence-hide at 'Woniora' 58 (now 30) Addison Road in the Sydney suburb of Manly19
1936Residence22 Powlett Street, in East Melbourne, Victoria17
1936Occupation-hide17
1937Occupation-hide35
1937Residence-hideEast Melbourne, Victoria35
EmploymentPort Melbourne20
1938Residence at Flat 3 in 3 Meredith Street in the Melbourne suburb of Elwood20
1939Passenger listSan Franscisco, California21
1939Passenger listSouthampton22
1939Move at 3 Were Street in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton24
1942Occupation-hide36
1942Residence-hideBrighton36
1949Occupation-hide37
1949Residence-hideBrighton38
1949Move at 3 Highfield Grove in the Melbourne suburb of Kew24
1949Residence-hideKew37
1950Passenger listSouthampton27
1955Passenger listNew York28
1955Passenger listSouthampton29
1958Occupation-hide30
1958Residence at 11 Crest Avenue in the Melbourne suburb of Balwyn30
1958Passenger listSouthampton31
1963Occupation-hide30
1963Residence-hideBalwyn30
1966Retirement32
1968Occupation-hide30
1968Residence-hideBalwyn30
1978Death at 1/371 Toorak Rd. in the Melbourne suburb of South Yarra33
ChartsAylott Family - descendants
Bourke family - descendants
Brown family - descendants
Darby Family - descendants
Fairclough Family - descendants
Hill family - descendents
Leonard Family - descendants
Manthorpe Family - descendants
Miller Family (Scotland) - descendants
Nicholson Family 1 - descendants
Read family - descendants
Smith family - descendants
Wayte Family - descendants
Mike Hill - ancestors
Descendents of Patrick Bourke
Descendents of Richard Darby
Descendents of Henry H. Hill
Descendents of Robert Holmes

Citations

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  3. [S380] Commonwealth of Australia - Electoral Rolls - North Sydney - Manly, Division of North Sydney, Electorate of Manly, 1908.
  4. [S31] Sand's Directory, Sydney & NSW 1907 p.422 (This house, now likely demolished, was on the east side of Addison Road somewhere between Reddall Street and Darley Road.).
  5. [S314] Margery Hill.
  6. [S31] Sand's Directory, Sydney & NSW 1912 p.464 (This house is now demolished, but is perhaps located where 60 Addison Road is now.).
  7. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, 1923 'THE GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS' REGATTA.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 7 May, p. 10, viewed 4 October, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16061756 (includes a large photgraph).
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  10. [S488] Mike Hill, recollection, unknown date,.
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  14. [S3] NSW Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1929 No.258114(?).
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  19. [S2] NSW Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1933 No.4594.
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  23. [S486] From photograph details / notation.
  24. [S214] Michael Hill.
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  26. [S492] E-mails from Mike Hill to Tim Hill, 2010- 06 Jan 2012.
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  32. [S485] Tim Hill, personal knowledge, unknown date.
  33. [S492] E-mails from Mike Hill to Tim Hill, 2010- 21 Jan 2011.
  34. [S3] NSW Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1929 No.258114 (?).
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  38. [S210] Sand's Melbourne Directory, Melbourne, Victoria 1949.