Ellen Mary Hill

#931, (11 December 1851-10 June 1913)
FatherHenry Hugh Hill1 (c 1827-27 Jul 1878)
MotherBridget Holmes2 (c 1823-7 May 1862)
ChartsHill family - descendents
Descendents of Henry H. Hill
Descendents of Robert Holmes
Last Edited4 Jul 2021
     (For a brief history and context on the Hill family see this page)

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Ellen was born on Thursday, 11 December 1851 at Sydney.3 She was the daughter of Henry Hugh Hill and Bridget Holmes.1,2 She presumably lived with her parents at Woolloomooloo street, in Sydney, in December 1851. This was a stone house with a shingle roof, valued at £26. Also living in the house was their daughter Ellen.4,5 She was baptised at St. James' Church of England on Sunday, 28 December 1851 at Sydney . Church of England.3 She presumably lived with her parents at 123 Princes Street, in Sydney, in 1855. This house was an eight room, two storey stone house with a shingle roof with a gross annual value £150.6,7 The Hill family was found on a passenger list on the the Wonga Wonga on Saturday, 29 December 1855 from Sydney to Melbourne. . Ellen was 4 when she made the journey.8,9 She presumably lived with her parents at Great Bourke Street, in Melbourne, in 1856.10 She presumably lived with her parents at Latrobe Street, in Melbourne, in 1858.11

Her mother died 7 May 1862. Ellen was aged 10 when this happened.12 At the age of 11, Ellen left Sydney on Friday, 21 August 1863. She was travelling with her father and her two younger siblings on the James Patterson to Rockhampton, where her father was to marry his second wife, her Aunt Maria.13,14

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.1516
Marriage Notice for Charles Keys and Ellen Hill
The Brisbane Courier, 01 Jul 1876


She married Charles William Alexander Keys, son of Charles Keys and Ann Jane Rodgers, at St. John's Church on Wednesday, 21 June 1876 at Brisbane. She was 24 and her husband Charles was 24.17,18,19

Her father died 26 July 1878. Ellen was aged 26 when this happened. She was was described as doing domestic duties in 1905.20 Ellen and Charles lived in 1905 at 35 George Street, in Brisbane.20 Ellen and Charles lived in 1908 at Brisbane.21 Ellen Mary Hill was was described as doing home duties in 1913.22 Ellen and Charles lived in 1913 at at 68 Little Edward Street in the Brisbane suburb of Spring Hill.22

Ellen died on 10 June 1913 at Queensland at age 61.23,15 Her body was interred at Toowong cemetery on 12 June 1913 at Brisbane. Plot 2A-5-2.24

Ellen and her father were remembered in an obituary on 18 June 1913:
" On the evening of the 10th instant, says the Brisbane "Telegraph " of Saturday last, there passed peacefully away the beloved wife of Mr. C. W. A. Keys. of 68 Little Edward-street. Spring Hill. The deceased lady was identified with the early settlement of Bowen, soon after the separation of Queensland from New South Wales. Her widowed father, Mr. Henry Hill, arrived there with three little children, of which she was the eldest. Mr. Hill landed there when the present Bowen was nothing else but a camp of canvas huts. As he was a very progressive man, he set about to build the foundation of the present Bowen. His family tent was the first tent that had a boarded floor and wooden partitions for his family, but it was not long before he had a presentable house erected. He set about to establish schools and a church. He remained for several years in Bowen, and saw it a town of note in those days. Mr. Hill married a second time. His second wife was his deceased wife's sister. Of this union there are two survivors. Miss Alice Hill and Mr. Joseph Hill, of the Monte de Piete Bank, Castlereagh-street, Sydney. Mr. Hill subsequently left Bowen, and came further south, settling in Rockhampton. There he started in business for himself in the ironmongery and hardware line, and was very successful, but like other pioneers, when the crisis came, he had to go with the rest. He was one of the foundation members of St. Paul's Church of England, Rockhampton, and churchwarden almost up till the time of his death. Mrs. Keys, was a pianist of no mean order. She was trained by Mrs. Blaxland, of Sydney. At the age of fourteen years, when on a holiday visit to her father in Rockhampton for six weeks she appeared at a concert by the Philharmonic Society. Her performance was of such an order that she was presented by the late Mr.Ellis Read with the first published copy of the opera "Maritana," and which is held by her sorrowing family as an heir-loom. Mrs. Keys was a devoted wife and mother, and her genial disposition and quiet, unostentatious character will cause her to he missed by a large circle. A short service was held at her late residence by tbe Rev. Minor Canon Simmonds, who subsequently officiated at the grave- side. Great sympathy has been extended to the bereaved husband and family.15

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
Family
1851BirthSydney3
1,2
1851BaptismSt. James' Church of England, in Sydney3
Note memo only CR CR15
1876MarriageSt. John's Church, in Brisbane17,18,19
1905Occupation20
1905Residence35 George Street, in Brisbane20
1908Occupation-hide25
1908Residence-hideBrisbane25
1908ResidenceBrisbane21
1913Occupation22
1913Residence at 68 Little Edward Street in the Brisbane suburb of Spring Hill22
1913DeathQueensland23,15
1913BurialToowong cemetery, in Brisbane24
1913Quotation type 115

Family

Charles William Alexander Keys (6 Nov 1851-29 Aug 1917)
Children

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