Alice Grace Hill1,2

#1296, (circa 1864-28 October 1950)
FatherHenry Hugh Hill1 (c 1827-27 Jul 1878)
MotherMaria Holmes1 (c 1825-13 Apr 1916)
ChartsHill family - descendents
Descendents of Henry H. Hill
Descendents of Robert Holmes
Last Edited27 Jun 2021
     (For a brief history and context on the Hill family see this page)

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Alice was born circa 1864.1 She was the daughter of Henry Hugh Hill and Maria Holmes.1 Alice Grace Hill was found on a passenger list with Maria Holmes on 15 December 1866 at Brisbane.3

Her father died 26 July 1878.

An article in the paper mentioned an Alice Hill on 2 March 1887:

"YESTERDAY a young woman named Alice Hill, who has been an inmate of the Hospital for two days was admitted the Reception House under an emergency Order from the Police Magistrate. She was recently a domestic servant at Mount Hedlow"

Mount Hedlow is 14 miles north of Rockhampton.4

Maria and Alice left Rockhampton on Friday, 10 February 1888:
An Escort - Per s.s. Ranelagh in charge Constable Cafferty, and a nurse, there left for Goodna yesterday two lunatics, Alice Hill, and Maria Hill, from the Rockhampton Reception House.5



On 13 February 1888 Maria was admitted as insane. Within 2 months Maria was at Goodna Insane Asylum, in Brisbane.6 Alice was employed a saleswoman at Messers James Stewart Drapery Establishment earning £1.10.0 per week at the corner of East and Denham streets, in Rockhampton, Queensland, in April 1888.1 She wrote a letter to H. Newmann describing her situation and her how she was unable to contribute to the upkeep of her mother on 2 April 1888 at Rockhampton, Queensland.1

Alice was seemingly a witness in a court case on 4 November 1894:

"OBSCENE LANGUAGE.
Mary Watson, an unfortunate, was charged with having made use of obscene language at ten minutes to eleven on Sunday night in Kent-lane. She pleaded not guilty.

David Walsh, constable of police, Rockhampton, said he knew accused and had known her for twelve months ; the previous night witness was on duty in Kent-lane, and about ten minutes to eleven he heard accused make use of obscene language ; witness arrested her.

Accused was very noisy, and frequently interrupted Constable Walsh. On being asked if she had any witnesses, she called Alice Hill.

Alice Hill, an unfortunate, living with accused, said she was at her house on Sunday night, and never heard " Polly " (accused) make use of obscene language ; if she had used obscene language witness would have heard it

The Police Magistrate (to witness) : Were you sober ? Witness : Yes. The Police Magistrate: Was Polly sober? Witness: Yes. Polly was sober. She was not drunk. Accused interrupted, and said that witness had not had a drink in her (accused's) house since she came there. She was silenced by Constable Dwyer.

By Constable Walsh, who asked the questions in the absence of Sub-inspector Carr: Witness was not in the habit of getting drunk ; she did not take intoxicating liquors ; she went out of the house before nine, and came in again at a quarter-past nine, and never went out till she went to bail accused out.

This concluded the case.

Mary Watson was also charged with using obscene language within the hearing of people ia Kent-lane about half-past twelve on Sunday morning. She pleaded not guilty.

David Walsh, constable of police. Rockhampton, said he knew accused, about half past twelve on Sunday witness heard accused make use of obscene language ; she was in her own premises at the time : there were several drunken men on the premises ; the language was repeated ; be saw her in the reflection of the light from the room ; he knew her voice ; witness was in the lane at the time.

By accused : It was on Sunday morning.

Stephen Lang, residing in Kent-lane, near accused, said he had known accused ever since he lived there ; at between one and two o'clock on Sunday morning his wife called him, and he went out on to the verandah, and heard accused making usee of obscene language; he knew her voice ; it was at ten minutes to two o'clock that the row stopped ; he was sure it was accused's voice he heard.

Accused (to witness) : You heard me make use of obscene language ? Witness : Yes. Accused : You wait till I get you, and I will show you what I said if I get six. months in gaol for it. The Police Magistrate : You are unfit to be at large. You are drunk now. You will be remanded till to-morrow morning for sentence."7

Alice lived in 1912 at Railway Street, in Dalby, Queensland.8 She was a laundress in 1912.8 Alice lived in 1913 at Charleville, Queensland.9 She was a draper's assistant in 1913 at Charleville, Queensland.9

Her mother died 13 April 1916 at the approximate age of 91. She was aged approximately 52; her mother had been in a Sydney mental institution for a number of years and died there.10 Alice lived in 1917 at at Wellington Street in the Brisbane suburb of Wooloowin.11 She was a saleswoman in 1917.11 She was a saleswoman in 1919 at Eumundi, Queensland.12 Alice lived in 1919 at small town of Eumundi, Queensland. At that time, Eumundi was a small collection of shops built up around the timber industry. A Miss Hill is recorded as selling fruit, icecream, tea and lollies near the Railway Gates, but it isn't clear from the context if the dates match Alice's time in the town.13,12 She was a shop assistant in 1922.14 Alice lived in 1922 at Woodford, Queensland.14 Alice lived in 1925 at Meron St., in Southport, Queensland.15 She was recorded as being engaged in home duties at Southport, Queensland.15 Alice lived at 'Alroy', Lather Street, in Southport, Queensland. from the late 1920's until just before her death. 'Alroy' appears to have been a guesthouse.16,17,18,19,20

On 25 February 1933 her younger brother Joseph died in Sydney at the approximate age of 65.

On 10 July 1938 her half brother Henry died at the age of 85.

She made a will on 7 August 1947. It isn't known how the people named as beneficiaries, Thomas and Ellen Hinch, were connected to Alice.21,22 Alice lived in October 1950 at Southport, Queensland.21

Alice died on 28 October 1950 at Brisbane.23,24 She was unmarried.24 Her body was interred at South Brisbane Cemetery at Brisbane. The grave is unmarked but she is buried in plot 2E.25,26

Her will was probated in May 1952. Mary left to her beneficiaries a property described as "Resub. 26. sub. 14. sec 2, por. 12, parish Nerang".27,22

Citations

  1. [S352] Queensland State Archives Insanity File, Maria Hill,Insanity File, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (ID443998 Insanity No. 262) Letter from Alice Hill 2nd April 1888.
  2. [S290] Queensland, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages 1878 No.C2759.
  3. [S332] The Queenslander, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1866 'Shipping Intelligence.', The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866-1939), 22 December, p. 4, viewed 23 March, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article20310975
  4. [S330] The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton), Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 1887 'The Morning Bulletin, ROCKHAMPTON.', Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878-1954), 3 March, p. 4, viewed 16 March, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article52067530
  5. [S1255] The Daily Northern Argus, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 1888 'No title', The Daily Northern Argus (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1875 - 1896), 11 February, p. 2. , viewed 26 Jun 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article213452361
  6. [S352] Queensland State Archives Insanity File, Maria Hill,Insanity File, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (ID443998 Insanity No. 262) File notes.
  7. [S330] The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton), Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 1894 'ROCKHAMPTON POLICE COURT.', Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878-1954), 6 November, p. 6, viewed 16 March, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article52489231
  8. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Maranoa, Subdivision of Charleville 1912 p.22.
  9. [S376] Queensland Electoral Rolls, Division of Charleville, Electorate of Maranoa, 1913 p.22.
  10. [S2] New South Wales, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1916 No. 05758.
  11. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Lilley, Subdivision of Windsor 1917 p.57 ().
  12. [S375] Queensland Electoral Rolls, Division of Nambour, Electorate of Lilley, 1919 p.29.
  13. [S1252] Hessie Lindsell Eumundi Story p.16-17.
  14. [S945] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - FindMyPast.com, Electorate of Wide Bay, Subdivision of Woodford 1922.
  15. [S374] Queensland Electoral Rolls, Division of Moreton, Electorate of Southport, 1925 p.30.
  16. [S945] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - FindMyPast.com, Electorate of Moreton, Subdivision of Southport 1928.
  17. [S374] Queensland Electoral Rolls, Division of Moreton, Electorate of Southport, 1936 p.46.
  18. [S373] Queensland Electoral Rolls, Division of McPherson, Electorate of Southport, 1937 p.47.
  19. [S374] Queensland Electoral Rolls, Division of Moreton, Electorate of Southport, 1943 p.51.
  20. [S373] Queensland Electoral Rolls, Division of McPherson, Electorate of Southport, 1949 p.71.
  21. [S379] The Courier Mail, Brisbane, Queensland, 3rd May 1952 p.7.
  22. [S1263] The South Coast Bulletin, Southport, Queensland, Australia, 1952 'Advertising', South Coast Bulletin (Southport, Qld. : 1929 - 1954), 14 May, p. 10. , viewed 27 Jun 2021, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article225643261
  23. [S290] Queensland, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages 1950/B29676 Index only (Certificate says she as 88 years, although person would have only been about 86).
  24. [S379] The Courier Mail, Brisbane, Queensland, 3 May 1952 p.7.
  25. [S466] Find a Grave (http://www.findagrave.com) Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 03 October 2020), memorial page for Alice Grace Hill (unknown–1950), Find a Grave Memorial no. 48759294, citing South Brisbane Cemetery, Brisbane, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia ; Maintained by Find a Grave (contributor 8) .
  26. [S477] Australia Cemetery Index, 1808-2007 Ancestry.com, http://austcemindex.com/inscription.php?id=8280959
  27. [S379] The Courier Mail, Brisbane, Queensland, 1952 'Advertising.', The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), 3 May, p. 7, viewed 21 November, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50295665
  28. [S376] Queensland Electoral Rolls, Division of Charleville, Electorate of Maranoa, 1915 p.20.
  29. [S945] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - FindMyPast.com, Electorate of Moreton, Subdivision of Southport 1934.