Eliza Holmes Hill1

#1251, (5 January 1857-after July 1876)
FatherHenry Hugh Hill1 (c 1827-27 Jul 1878)
MotherBridget Holmes1 (c 1823-7 May 1862)
ChartsHill family - descendents
Descendents of Henry H. Hill
Descendents of Robert Holmes
Last Edited12 Jun 2021
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(For a brief history and context on the Hill family see this page)

Eliza was born on Monday, 5 January 1857 at Melbourne.2 She was the daughter of Henry Hugh Hill and Bridget Holmes.1 Eliza Holmes Hill was baptized at St. James' Old Cathedral on Wednesday, 21 January 1857 at Melbourne.2 She presumably lived with her parents at Latrobe Street, in Melbourne, in 1858.3

Her mother died 7 May 1862. Eliza was aged 5 when this happened.4 At the age of 6, Eliza left Sydney on Friday, 21 August 1863. She was travelling with her father and her two older siblings on the James Patterson to Rockhampton, where her father was to marry his second wife, her Aunt Maria.5,6

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.7

Eliza died after July 1876.1,8

Henry reluctantly reported that his daughter Eliza was of unsound mind and gave her up into custody. Henry said he was "greatly afraid she will do herself some serious harm" and reported that she had made at least two suicide attempts and that he had placed her under restraints, but sometimes she had got away. She was sent to Rockhampton Reception House for a month.9

Elizal was transferred from Mackay to Rockhamption on 20 October 1876:
"The following prisoners arrived from Mackay and Broadsound yesterday by the Yaralla : Eliza Hill, unsound mind, sentenced to one month's medical care and treatment in the Rockhampton Lunatic Reception House ..."

The Yaralla left Mackay on 18th October.10

Her father died 26 July 1878. Eliza was aged 21 when this happened.


1857BaptismSt. James' Old Cathedral, in Melbourne2
1876Note memo only CR CR9
1876Quotation type 210


  1. [S265] Victoria, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1862 No.3526.
  2. [S348] Parish Registers - Parish of St. James, 1857, No. 8377.
  3. [S349] Sands and Kenny Directories,Victoria, Australia (various dates), 1858 p.42-43.
  4. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Married - 25 Jan 1851, p.5.
  5. [S1153] The Sydney Mail, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1863 'Shipping Gazette', Sydney Mail (NSW : 1860 - 1871), 29 August, p. 9. , viewed 26 Jun 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article166651873
  6. [S331] The Rockhampton Bulletin and Central Queensland Advertiser, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 1863 'Shipping Intelligence.', Rockhampton Bulletin and Central Queensland Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1871), 27 August, p. 2. , viewed 26 Jun 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51559103
  7. [S330] The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton), Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 1913 'PERSONAL NEWS.', Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954), 18 June, p. 8, viewed 11 May, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article53302839
  8. [S332] The Queenslander, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1876 'Family Notices.', The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866-1939), 8 July, p. 1, viewed 21 January, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article19767512 (the use of the term 'oldest daughter' implies that the youngest daughter is still alive at this point).
  9. [S1254] The Mackay Mercury and South Kennedy Advertiser, Mackay, Queensland, Australia, 1876 'Police Court — Mackay.', Mackay Mercury and South Kennedy Advertiser (Qld. : 1867 - 1887), 21 October, p. 2. , viewed 05 Jun 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169858401 (Police Court—Mackay.
    BEFORE the Police Magistrate.
    Eliza Hill was brought up on suspicion of being of unsound mind. Dr. McBurney gave evidence as to her insanity. Henry Hill, deposed : I am a clerk residing in Mackay ; the girl before the Court is my daughter ; her name is Eliza Hill, and she is 19 years of age ; I gave her into custody on a charge of being of unsound mind ; she has been living under my roof and care since she was born; during
    the last 9 years she has suffered very much from epileptic fits, which come on her about once a month, when she falls down and becomes perfectly rigid and helpless ; the fits last for 5 or 6 days, when she appears imbecile ; Dr. Robertson, of Rockhampton, attended her from 1869 to 1872, occasionally; I have been obliged to place her under restraint; she sometimes got away from my care, and knocks about a great deal, threatening to destroy herself; on one I occasion she scored her throat with a knife; her throat was marked very much ; I have found her in the act of tying strings round her neck, endeavouring to choke herself ; I am greatly afraid she will do herself some serious harm. The Bench ordered her to be forwarded to the Rockhampton Reception House, for one month, for medical treatment.).
  10. [S333] The Rockhampton Bulletin, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 1876 'PARLIAMENTARY.', Rockhampton Bulletin (Qld. : 1871 - 1878), 21 October, p. 2, viewed 24 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51906250