Henry Hugh Hill

#917, (22 June 1853-10 July 1938)
FatherHenry Hugh Hill1 (c 1827-26 Jul 1878)
MotherBridget Holmes2 (1826-7 May 1862)
ChartsHill family - descendents
Descendents of Henry H. Hill
Descendents of Robert Holmes
     (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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Henry was born on Wednesday, 22 June 1853 at Sydney.3,4 He was the son of Henry Hugh Hill and Bridget Holmes.1,2 He was baptised at St. James' Church of England on Sunday, 24 July 1853 at Sydney.4 He presumably moved with his parents to Melbourne in 1854 when he was about twelve months old.5 He presumably lived with his parents at Great Bourke Street, in Melbourne, in 1856.6

His mother died 7 May 1862. Henry was aged 8 when this happened.7

The children of Henry travelled with him to Bowen, but it seems that when he departed for Rockhampton they did not go with him, perhaps remaining in Bowen in unknown care, or returning to Sydney to by cared for by their aunts, uncles and grandparents.8 He was found on a passenger list with Maria Holmes on 15 December 1866 at Brisbane.9 It is supposed that in his early life Henry made a living as a carpenter.10 He or his father appear to have bought a horse, a bay gelding, for £47 5s on 17 September 1875 at Rockhampton, Queensland.11

His father died 26 July 1878. Henry was aged 25 when this happened. He donated 2s to a famine relief fund. This was collected by the Locomotive Carriage Department, Central Railway on 3 February 1880 at Rockhampton, Queensland.12 He was on a passenger list for the 'Derwent' from Sydney to on 14 August 1880 at Rockhampton, Queensland.13 In his adulthood Henry made a living as an ironmonger.3 Henry lived circa October 1882 at Rockhampton, Queensland.

He married Jane Ellen Holt, daughter of Robert Holt and Jane Rothwell, at St. Paul's Church of England on Wednesday, 25 October 1882 at Rockhampton, Queensland.3 Henry Hugh Hill came second in a quits throwing competition to J. Rutherford, who won 10 shillings at an Easter carnival.


IT is so essential the weather should be considered in connection with a holiday excursion that no apology is required in referring to the subject. The weather then was all that could be desired for travellers bent upon visiting the Park. There was a clear sky, and Old Sol had his rays tempered by the south-east wind which has steadily blown for some days past. Better weather could not have been desired, and it is therefore certain that all and sundry who were enjoying the freedom of an outing were assisted in their endeavours to promote health and pleasure by the prime desiderata of excellent weather they had the privilege of being partakers of.

The road to to the Park is in the main good, but it is noticeable that the so-called " improvements " on the Lake's Creek Road from abreast of the bridge to Kalka Creek are at present a misnomer. Thence to the bridge
beyond Dan Hawk's there is not much to complain of, but beyond that into the Park there are very many bad spots, and some dis graceful ones that, considering the traffic, should not exist a day longer than possible. The Divisional Board might very appro- priately for the public good place a gang of men to improve the had spots referred to.

I don't suppose there was anyone be he or she old or young, old hand or new chum, who did not rejoice at the pleasant and invigorating prospect presented to them when topping the hill at the Park. To the old travellers thither- wards, there is the charm of meeting an old and ever welcome friend, one who on former occasions had instilled new life and vigor into the system; one who had ministered comfort and cheerfulness in days gone by. The new arrival saw there a sight that lent to his gaze wonder and admiration. There was stretched far far away to the eastward the noble pacific but withal often very turbulent ocean dotted here and there with islands-the home, in one case, of a few aboriginals, and in the others sea birds only ; but lending to the scene beauty and picturesqueness, At the spot indicated, the vital forces received a full measure of pure ozone. The system drank in greedily a plethora of it, until, on reaching host Fulton's, the tired traveller met a haven of rest.

Those who had not taken the precaution beforehand to ensure accommodation had to put up with ." a camp," but nevertheless there was room and to spare, although the hotel had to house a large gather- ing. There were many old identities present, who never tired in acquainting the new- comers of the benefits to be derived from an acquaintance with the Park. All being on pleasure bent, trifles of discomfort were over looked, and each and all aided in one common degree to make the time pass pleasantly. A committee very soon issued a programme of athletic sports for Saturday, when the follow- ing events were duly discussed with an amount of spirit only obtainable at the Park. The first event of the day was the

HANDICAP HURDLE RACE of 200 yards, over 3 hurdles each 3 feet high, for a prize of a Gold Scarf Pin, valued at £2 2s. (the gift of Messrs Said and Co. ) and 10s; 2nd Prize, 5s.
There were three competitors for this race which proved a good one, well contested. Mr. Brooks (starter) got the youths away on fair terms. Shaw topped the first hurdle primus closely followed by Part, Scully being well up. A great race then ensued to the second hurdle Shaw and Part mounting it together. It was by this time evident that one or other intended to become the victor ; for their rush to the last hurdle was desperate. Shaw however wisely steadied himself 'for the leap and took it well, but at this point Part came to mother earth, he however with great pluck tried to regain a position but again came to grief. Shaw assuming the premier position amid the applause of the spectators. The members were :-Goff Shaw, 15 yards 1 ; J. Part, 10 yards 2 ; J. Scully, scratch 3.

Mr. A. Brooks, that indefatigable wielder of the tocsin-or in other words, the bell called together the Athletes for the second event

HOP, STEP, AND JUMP, for a first prize of 10s.,and second of 2s. Cd. Each Competitor was allowed three tries ; the result proved places to be George Thompson, 35 feet, 1 ; John Part, 2.

The third event was an attractive one for the lads, it being
THE BOYS' RACE, for all lads under 14 years of age; handicap; 1st prize 10s., 2nd 6s., 3rd 2s. 6d; distance, 100 yards.

After an exciting struggle the following secured places : A. O'Neill, 1 ; M. Christian, 2 ; J. Irwin, 3.

Mr. Brooks lost no time in ringing up for the fourth contest

GIRLS' RACE, for a distanoe of 50 yards.

Prizes being 1st, 5s; 2nd, 2s. 6d; 3rd, Is.

The girls contested this race with great spirit, and the winners showed determination in arriving at the post. Eliza Fulton (scratch), 1 ; Mary Guyder (5 yards), 2,

Great fun followed in the BLACKFELLOWS' RACE.

Mr. G. M. Leigh was at the fore in marshalling forces for this struggle. He managed to secure five sons of the soil, who were fully equipped in the odours peculiar to their surroundings. To get on the the side of that quintette was to secure a flavour-not of the spices of Arabia-never to be forgotten. Two of them had about as much idea of jumping as a whale is supposed to have, but three managed splendidly, one being a veritable bounding antelope. The merriment this race, or rather series of three races, produced was quite exhilarating, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who witnessed the events. I must leave your readers to imagine the scene ; to describe it would be tedious. The result was comical, however, and created roars of laughter. Not content that the race should be contested once, Mr. Leigh had it over again and again, but each time the the bounding antelope-" Will'm Book'm Trowser" came to the fore amidst the plaudits of the crowd. His reward was well earned in a form very acceptable to our, natives since they became accustomed to our ways, said ways leading many times to undue excitement and not always to paths of peace.

An event followed of some importance, the preliminaries of which gave the handicappers some trouble. I refer to the sixth event.

THE HANDICAP FLAT RACE over a distance of

100 yards, for the following prizes :-1st, 20s; 2nd, 7s. 6d; 3rd, 2s. Cd.

Eight young men faced the starter, each of whom displayed a determination to do or be done. There was young Australia in proper form fully bent on a struggle as if for bare existence. The onlooker could detect that. After several feints a good start was effected. Four from scratch, aud four having yards given them. Those who secured places were all from scratch as follows -.-J. Part, 1 ; J. Scully, 2 ; G. Shaw, 3. This race was an exciting one throughout, and was well con-tested.

The seventh event was

THREE-LEGGED HACK; over a distance of 100 yards. Prize being-1st, 10»; 2nd, 5s.

Six pairs started. The following secured the places assigned to them :-W. Part and J. Scully, 1 .1. 1'art aud G. Thompson, 2.

The eighth event was- THE RUNNING HIGH JUMP. The first prize being 10s., and second 5s.

Four entered for this contest, the winners being-J. Part, 4 ft. 6 in., 1 ; G. Thompson, 4 ft. 5 in., 2.

QUOITS followed. The prize, 10s., being allotted to-J. Rutherford and H. Hill; and in throwing off J. Rutherford won. ...." on 24 March 1883 at Emu Park, in Rockhampton, Queensland.14 It was intended by R. Thomas would he transfer his interest in No.2 East Block and Pillar, a gold lease, to Henry. However, he and his fellow claim-holders (T. ODonough, E. Davis and R. Thomas) applied for a three month exemption "owing to a want of machinery" 6 weeks later. In June he transferred a sixteenth interest in this to W. Macdonald. In December, they applied for a further 6 months exemption "owing to there being too much water in the shaft and the non-arrival of winding gear."15,16,17,18

He was found on a passenger list on 5 January 1886 from Sydney to Brisbane.19 He was on a shipping list from Brisbane to Sydney and Melbourne on the LY-EE-MOON on 9 January 1886.20 He was found on a passenger list on 11 February 1886 from Brisbane to Noosa, Queensland.21 He was found on a passenger list on 28 January 1888 from Rockhampton to Brisbane.22 He was on a passenger list from Brisbane to on 31 August 1888 at Rockhampton, Queensland.23 Henry lived in 1889 at Denham Street, in Rockhampton, Queensland.24 He made a donation towards the Rockhampton Childrens Hospital on 20 May 1892 at Rockhampton, Queensland.25 Henry Hill was charged that he did un-lawfull, cut sixty-four trees. He pleaded guilty, and was fined £3 4s., with £1 ls, professional costs and 3s. 6d. costs of Court.
"From the cases that were heard in the Police Court on Tuesday it is evident that a good deal of the growing timber on the agricultural farms about Rockhampton, which the State has enacted should be preserved unless it be needed by the settler for his own purposes, has of late been cut down and sold to enrich the bolder. Six residents within an easy distance of the town were brought before tile Acting Police Magistrate on the day named, charged with this breach of the law, and in the course of the proceedings it trans- pired that between them they had felled thus illegally 462 trees. Each tree cost them ls. 4d. apiece ; but this sum no doubt falls very far short of the profits they reaped from the business. The chief offender was Mr. J. O'Shanesy, Kabra, who had made away with no less then 140 fine trees, which, be admitted, were, cut up for railway sleepers. For this Mr. O'Shanesy had to pay £8 4s. Od. The other offenders, and the were :-Mr, Henry Hill, 64 trees, £4 8s. Od; Mr. Joseph Little, 123 trees, £8 f4s. 5d; Mr. James Dinsdale, 39 trees, £3 3s. Cd; Mr. Edward Hill, 29 trees, £213s. Od; Mr. Henry Goodman, 67 trees, £4 11s. ld. It was stated in Mr. O'Shanesy's case that the matter would be referred to the Minister for Lands, who might remit the fine. It would be well if the Minister were informed that Mr. O'Shanesy is not an ignorant selector who broke the law unwittingly ; but a justice of the peace, a member and an ex-Chairman of the Divisional Board, the Returning Officer for Fitzroy Electorate, and the President of a society with the high-sounding title of the Central Queensland Farmers' and Selectors' Association ; in a word, Mr. O'Shanesy is one of the district, and if he did not know he was breaking the law when he sold that timber, he is very much out of place in the offices just named.26,27

He was found on a passenger list on 12 April 1893 from Cooktown to Rockhampton, Queensland.28 He was one of a large number of people who signed a request for George Silas Curtis to run for election in the Legislative Assembly on 18 April 1893 at Rockhampton, Queensland.29 He was the defendant in a lawsuit on 27 August 1895 at Rockhampton, Queensland. He was subject to a 'summary ejectment case' but since neither party appeared it was struck out..30

A man of his name was mentioned in a newspaper article on 20 November 1895:

"A man named Henry Hill was charged with being drunk in East-street. He pleaded guilty. Sub-inspector Dillon : This man is known to the police. He gives a great deal of trouble here, and several complaints have been received of his conduct. He camps at North Rockhampton. He is one of the scrub men there. Accused was fined '2s. 0d-, and was also ordered to pay 2s. 6d. cab fare, in default twenty-four hours."31

He was on a passenger list to Brisbane from on 13 January 1896 at Rockhampton, Queensland.32 He was a cricketer of note in the last years of the 19th century in 1898 at Stanwell near Rockhampton, Queensland.33 He was a member of the Stanwell Progress Association in September 1898 at Stanwell near Rockhampton, Queensland.33

Allotment 5 of section 10 and allotment 3 of section 18, township of Stanwell, were offered for sale at auction at the Rockhampton Lands Office on Tuesday; but the latter only was sold. lt was purchased by Mr. H. Hill, of Stanwell, at the upset price (6 pounds 8 shillings).34

Henry lived in 1903 at 20 Denison street, in Rockhampton, Queensland.35 He was a labourer in 1905.36 Henry lived in 1908 at 17 Alma street, in Rockhampton, Queensland.37 He was a labourer in 1908.37

He was seemingly again mentioned in a newspaper article on 26 April 1911:


John Houlihan, Charles Johnston, Patrick Joseph.McKeenan. Patrick Miles, Henry Hugh Hill, on bail, first offenders, and Michael Connors, with twenty-four convictions, pleaded guilty to charges of drunkenness. Hill said he had had only one drink, but he had had no lunch. The Police Magistrate : You are not charged with having no lunch. (laughter.) You are charged with being drunk -Hill : I was half and half. -The Police Magistrate: I think that is quite enough for us. -All the defendants were discharged ; but Houlihan, Johnston, and Connors were ordered to pay 2s. cab fare. -The Police Magistrate, (to Senior-sergeant Harlan): What was on yesterday that there are so many here to-day? Senior-sergeant Harlan: I do not think there was anything on. I think they have come in for the referenda."38

He was a labourer in 1913.39 Henry lived in 1913 at Oxford street, in Rockhampton, Queensland.39 Henry (and presumably his spouse Jane) lived in 1922 at Port Curtis, in Rockhampton, Queensland.40 Henry lived in 1925 at 290 Murray Street, in Rockhampton, Queensland. Also living in the house was his son and his daughter-in-law.41 Henry lived in 1937 at corner Ward and Henry Streets, in Rockhampton, Queensland.42 He was an ironmonger, like his father in 1937 at Rockhampton, Queensland.42

Henry died on 10 July 1938 at Queensland at age 85.43 His body was interred at Rockhampton cemetery on 11 July 1938 at Rockhampton, Queensland. He was buried in the Church of England Section.44


Jane Ellen Holt (c Jun 1859-22 Aug 1900)


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