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Richard Shirley
Ireland & Hobart Tasmania


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This lineage was constructed by persons working with vital information held at the Tasmanian Archives; and from Hobart newspaper marriage and death records

Mr. Richard Shirley of Kilkenny House, Hobart Tasmania; born about 1817 in Kilkenny Ireland. Died 14 April 1898 at Hobart Tasmania. This family was Roman Catholic. He was the son of John Shirley of Burnchurch, Kilkenny, Ireland

SHIRLEY, RICHARD; Sex: M; Age: 30; Trial place: Co. Kilkenny; Trial date: 25/07/1850; Crime desc: Unlawfully assembling and injuring property; Sentence: Transportation 10 yrs; Ship: LORD DALHOUSIE 00/04/1852; Document ref1: TR 10, p 126; Document ref2: CRF 1852 S 4

The Mercury (Hobart), 16 Mar 1876. Advertisement: "Notice to customers. Tomorrow being St Patricks Day, our respective places of business will be closed. Thos Shirley, draper; Richard Shirley, grocer and corn dealer; John Shirley, baker; Henry Shirley, city tea warehouses."

The Mercury (Hobart) 16 April 1898. Deaths: "On April 14, at his residence, " Kilkenny House," Macquarie - street, Richard Shirley, aged 81 years. The Funeral will leave his late residence on Sunday Afternoon, 2.30. Rest in peace."

Original Kilkenny House, Macquarie Street, Hobart Tasmania (2013)
Thanks to Julie for sending these photos

married Honoria Corr in co Kilkenny Ireland; She died 15 April 1912 at Hobart Tasmania; buried at Cornelian Bay Cem.

The Mercury (Hobart) DEATHS. SHIRLEY.- "On April 15, 1912, at her son-in-law's residence, No. 53 Anglesea-street, S. H. Honoria, relict of the late Richard Shirley, in the 85th year of her age. R.I.P. Funeral will leave the above address for Cornelian Bay Cemetery, at 2.30 Tomorrow"


1(i). Henry Shirley baptised June 1847 at Danesfort Catholic Church, co Kilkenny Ireland, son of Richard Shirley and Onny Corr; He was a civil servant; identified as "an Irish father"; He signed as bailiff in the Court of Requests in Hobart; He lived at 22 (or 26 or 28) Byron Street in Hobart in 1903 and 1917. He died 25 March 1924, age 76

1847 June (obliterated, betw 6th-16th) Danesfort Catholic Church - Baptism of Henry Shirley, son of Richard Shirley and Onny Corr, Sponsors: Henry Sherly, Mary Corr; Residence: Burnchurch

9 Oct 1876 Documents in cases of bankruptcy: Description: Henry Shirley Item Number: SC84/1/40 Archives and Manuscripts

13 May 1903. The Mercury (Hobart) FOR SALE BY TENDER.-Lot 1. That old-established business premises known as Kilkenny House, Macquarie-street, consisting of Shop and 7 rooms, Bakehouse, Stable, Workshop, Sheds, and largo piece of land extending to rivulet, about 386ft. S.W., about 333ft. NE; house and shop lately roofed with iron. Lot 2.-Two Cottages adjoining Lot 1, Nos. 249 and 251, always let to good tenants. Present rent, 7s. and 9s. per week. Depth of land, about 331ft. S.W., 299ft. N.E. A splendid position for woollen or other large factory. The two lots, 102ft. frontage on Macquarie-street. Title, Correct. Reference-Messrs. Walker, Woifhagen and Walch. Tenders will be received up to May 21st, 1903, by Henry Shirley, 22 Byron-street, Hobart. The highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. If required, a portion of purchase money may remain, at 4 per cent.

26 Sep 1906 The Mercury (Hobart). HOUSE BREAKING. The residence of Mr. Henry Shirley, Byron-street, was entered by thieves on Monday night during the absence of tho inmates, and a small quantity of cash and some jewellery were stolen. Entrance was gained by unlatching a window.

26 Mar 1924 The Mercury (Hobart) DEATHS: SHIRLEY. - On March 25, 1924, at his residence, Kincora, 28 Byron-street, Hobart, Henry, relict of the late Sarah Shirley, in the 76th year of his age. Requiescat in Pace.

married Sarah Ann Morton on 23 April 1873, only daughter of William Morton of Liverpool Street, Hobart; She died prior to her husband's death in 1924.

17 May 1873 The Mercury (Hobart) "On Wednesday 23rd April at St Mary's Cathedral by the Rev D.F.X. Beechinor, Henry, the second son of Mr Richard Shirley, Kilkenny House, to Sarah Ann, only daughter of Mr William Morton of Liverpool Street."


2(i). Richard Henry Shirley b. 18 Jan 1874 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; he was buried at Cornelian Bay Cem. on 29 March 1886, age 12.

2(ii). Mary Frances Shirley b. 20 Dec 1875 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

2(iii). Kathleen Theresa Shirley b 6 Sep 1877 at Hobart Tasmania; She died 29 April 1918, age 41

1 May 1918, The Mercury (Hobart) DEATHS: SHIRLEY.-On 29th April, 1918 (suddenly). Kathleen Teresia, the second dearly loved daughter of Henry and Sarah Shirley, of Kincora, Byron-street, Hobart. RIP.

2(iv). William Morton Shirley born 15 Oct 1879 at Hobart Tasmania

2(v). Bernard Ambrose Shirley born about 1882; He was a private in the 3rd Pioneer Batallion in WWI, embarked Melbourne on 21 Nov 1917 on HMAT Nestor; He enlisted 3 Sept 1917; His embarkation papers name his wife Annie Hope Shirley. He was age 32, a Roman Catholic, a clerk by occupation, and home address was 83 Charles St, Prahran, Victoria. He was buried on 13 Nov 1976 at Cornelian Bay Cem., age 85

8 Jan 1908 Bernard A Shirley to Annie H Mulrennan - Index to Marriage Notices in The Mercury, 1854-1962

22 January 1919. The Mercury (Hobart) TASMANIA. Mr Henry Shirley of 26 Byron Street has received official advice from the Base Records Office, Melbourne that his two sons, Corporal Cyril C Shirley of the 12th battalion and Private Bernard Shirley of the 60th battalion will probably arrive next week. One embarked from England by the troopship [ ] and the other by the transport [ ]. The former has been three years and six months on active service. Corporal Shirley has been wounded three times and the other once.

2(vi). Agatha Shirley born about 1882, died an infant in 1882

2(vii). Gerald Ignatius Shirley born about 1884 buried 30 Oct 1885, age 1

2(viii). Henry Raymond Shirley born on 31 August 1886 in Hobart - christened as Arthur Shirley; He died 24 Nov 1967 at Rose Bay. Buried at Waverley Cem..

4 Sept 1937. The Western Australian (Perth) MAN WITH TWO WIVES. Petition to Divorce the First. SYDNEY, Sept. 3.--In the Divorce Court today, Mr. Justice Boyce granted a decree nisi to Arthur Raymond Shirley, actor and motion picture producer, for a divorce from Ellen Newcomb Shirley (formerly Hall) -on the ground of desertion. The petitioner stated that in 1924, in Hollywood. believing that his wife whom he had not seen for many years was dead, he went through the form of marriage with a woman named Frances Clayton, who was now in America and who desired to come to sydney to live with him. After his marriage to Miss Clayton he returned to Sydney and then discovered that his wife was still alive. After his first marriage in 1913, petitioner continued, he and his, wife went to Hollywood. They returned to Australia in 1920 and his wife, who had a very good voice and wanted to be a professional singer, went to New Zealand against his wishes and conducted a studio there under the name of Madame Eleanor Hall. In 1925 he produced in Sydney the film "The Mystery of a Hansom Cab." Subsequently he went to Hollywood, where he met Miss Clayton, whose earlier marriage had been annulled because her husband was found to have a wife who was still living. When detailing the steps he took before his marriage to Miss Clayton, petitioner stated that in Los Angeles it was necessary to be a resident for 12 months before marriage and three months' notice of intention to marry had to be given. Persons desiring a speedier marriage went to Mexico for the ceremony. His Honour said that he found disertion proved but referred the papers to the Crown Solicitor because the solicitor for the respondent, who resides in Victoria, stated that his client was not defending the suit on the ground of ex pense. His Honour added that the legal proceedings in California also deserved further investigation.

Email 2012 - Hi my name is Peter xxxxx and I am the grandson of Arthur Shirley the Austalian actor who was born in Hobart and went on to act in Hollywood. I would be interested in joining the association. I am trying to find information on my grandfathers films in Hollywood sadly none seem to have survived in Australia. It was a great find to know that the assosciation existed. Look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Peter xxxxxx ps my father Arthur junior took his mothers name when Arthur Shirley divorced- he never remarried but I have always considered myself to be a Shirley

2(ix). Julien Vincent Shirley born about 1888; he was buied on 10 Aug 1972 at Cornelian Bay Cem., age 84.

2(x). Cyril Corr Shirley born about 1890; He was buried on 18 Jan 1963 at Cornelian Bay Cem. age 72

19 August 1916 The Mercury (Hobart) TASMANIAN CASUALTIES. Mr. Henry Shirley, of Byron-street, Hobart, has received information that his son, Cyril C. Shirley, has been wounded in France.

21 Feb 1917 The Mercury (Hobart) Mr. Harry Shirley, of Byron Street, has received information from the Base Records Office that his son, Private C. C. Shirley, has been wounded, second occasion, and is now in the Third Australian General Hospital.

22 January 1919. The Mercury (Hobart) TASMANIA. Mr Henry Shirley of 26 Byron Street has received official advice from the Base Records Office, Melbourne that his two sons, Corporal Cyril C Shirley of the 12th battalion and Private Bernard Shirley of the 60th battalion will probably arrive next week. One embarked from England by the troopship [ ] and the other by the transport [ ]. The former has been three years and six months on active service. Corporal Shirley has been wounded three times and the other once.

2(xi). Mary Mildren Shirley born about 1892

2(xii). Cecelia Mary Shirley born about 1894; never married?

Burial: Shirley, Cecilia Mary 79 Burial 16-Sep-1974 at Sandy Bay

2(xiii). Nora Madeline Shirley born about 1898

1(ii). Thomas Shirley he was baptised on 31 ?October 1849 at Danefort Catholic Parish, Kilkenny Ireland to Richard Shirley and Onny Corr

1849 ?Oct 31 Danesfort Catholic Church - Baptism of Thomas Shirley, son of Richard Shirley and Onny Corr; Sponsors: Thomas Murphy, Maria Shirley; Residence Burnchurch

The Mercury (Hobart) 25 Feb 1873 "At St. Mary's Cathedral, on the 20th February, by the Rev. D. F. X. Beechinor, Thomas, third son of Mr. Richard Shirley of Macquarie-street, to Eliza, youngest daughter ot Mr. Thomas Weare, Liverpool Street"

28-29 Aug 1877 Description: Booklets c1857-1899 Mr Thomas Shirley, Leinster House, Liverpool Street, Hobart-Stock-in-Trade-Clothing, Haberdashery etc (2 copies). Item Number: NS1885/1/13 Archives and Manuscripts

married Eliza Weare, daughter of Thomas Weare

children: (source online pedigree)

2(i). Herbert Joseph Shirley born 2 March 1876 at Hobart Tasmania

1 Jan 1924 Documents in cases of bankruptcy: Description: Herbert Joseph Shirley 18/1924 tem Number: SC84/1/911 Archives and Manuscripts

2(ii). Mary Ida Shirley born 25 Jan 1878 at Hobart Tasmania; she was buried at Cornelian Bay Cem. on 29 Oct 1896, age 18.

2(iii). Thomas Reginald Shirley born about 1881; he was buried at Cornelian Bay Cem. on 23 Apr 1959, age 78

26 Jul 1905 Thomas Reginald Shirley to Catherine Mary (Kate) Cook - Index to Marriage Notices in The Mercury, 1854-1962

1(iii). Emma Shirley

The Mercury (Hobart) 30 Nov 1883. "On November 21, at St. Joseph's Church by the Rev Dean Woods, William Moore, eldest, son of Samuel Moore, Waterworks, to Emma Shirley, eldest daughter of Richard Shirley, Macqnarie street, Hobart. Both of this city"

1(iv). Maria Shirley baptised 9 March 1851 at Danesfort Catholic Parish, Kilkenny Ireland to Richard Shirley and Onny Corr

1851 March 9 Danesfort Catholic Church - Baptism of Maria Shirley, daughter of Richard Shirley and Onny Corr; Sponsors: Bridget Corr; Residence B[illeg]

1(iv). Mary Ann Shirley born 12 Nov 1860 at Hobart Tasmania (twin)

1(v). James William Shirley born 12 Nov 1860 at Hobart Tasmania (twin)

The Mercury (Hobart) 20 Mar 1886. Marriages SHIRLEY-SHIRLEY.--"On Wednesday, March 3, at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Hobart, by the Rev. M. W. Gilloran, James, fourth son of R. Shirley, Kilkenny House, Hobart, to Jennie, third daughter of James Shirley, Esq., Garnaman House, County Kikenny, Ireland."

married Jennie (Jane) Shirley, third daughter of James Shirley, esq of Garnaman House in Kilkenny Ireland


2(i). Henry Joseph Shirley born about 1889

2(ii). Richard Francis Shirley born about 1887

2(iii). James Thomas Shirley born about 1887

2(iv). Mary Elizabeth Shirley born about 1890

1(vi). Anna Shirley born 14 July 1862 at Hobart; She was buried on 12 Oct 1936 at Cornelian Bay Cem., age 73.

The Mercury (Hobart) 22 March 1899. Marriages. SHIRLEY - SHIRLEY.- "On February 13. at St. Joseph's Church (Nuptial Mass), by the Rev. T. Kelsh, Harry, third son of the late James Shirley, Garnaman, Kilkenny, Ireland, to Anna, youngest daughter of the late Richard Shirley, Hobart."

SHIRLEY Anna Maria 73 Burial 12-Oct-1936 SOUTH HOBART

married Henry Patrick Shirley, third son of James Shirley of Garnaman House, Kilkenny Ireland. He was a grocer, then later a builder; He died in 1921 when his estate began to be mentioned in the Mercury newspaper.

Email (date?): "My grandfather's father [Henry Patrick Shirley] was a shop owner (Killkenny House) and later became a builder and was self taught and very talented. He had a friendship with a man named Haughton Forrest. Haughton was an artist and today his works are in the tens of thousands dollars. Both Haughton and my grandfather's father fell on hard times, I know that my grandfather's father had financial troubles due to people not paying for his building services and worried so much so that his death was put down to stress. Haughton taught my grandfather's father to paint, my grandfather had several of Haughton's paintings at the time of his death in 1982."

Email from a different grandchild in 2014: "I am the son of Cecil Shirley and the grandson of Henry Patrick Shirley of Garrynaman House [also known as Garnaman House] Kells, Kilkenny. I visited Garnaman House in 1992 and had a long talk with Mrs. Mary Shirley [ widow of James Shirley] and confirmed data about my grandfather Henry Patrick born at Garnaman. Henry Patrick Shirley emigrated from Ireland to Tasmania and on his arrival in Hobart stayed with his uncle Richard Shirley late of Burnchurch. Henry fell in love with Richard's daughter Ann [his cousin]. I knew Ann [my grandmother] rather as Anna Maria than Ann. They married I believe at St Joseph's Church Hobart ,1899?"


2(i). Terence Henry Shirley born 29 Sept 1899 at Macquarie St, father was a grocer; he was buried at Cornelian Bay Cem. on 20 May 1984, age 84

married Molly Cox


3(i). John Esmond Shirley

3(ii). Anne Shirley

2(ii). Esmond Henry Shirley (Harry) born on 24 June 1901; He was a carpenter and was killed in an accident while working on the Sidney Harbor Bridge on 12 August 1928, age 27.

On June 24, 1901, at "Kilkenny House," Macquarie Street, the wife of Harry P. Shirley: a son." - The Mercury (Hobart)

The Advertiser (Adelaide newspaper) Thursday 9 August 1928. HARBOR BRIDGE ACCIDENT. TIMBER STRUCTURE COLLAPSED. FIVE MEN INJURED. Sydney, August 8. With a crash a 100-ton timber structure of giant timber beams collapsed at the northern approach to the harbor bridge this morning. injuring five men, two of of them seriously. The injured men were on top of the structure, which was portion of that supporting a mammoth concrete arch, and crashed 45 feet amid the falling beams. One man was pinned by a 15 by 15 inch plank 30 feet long. The breaking oi a guy rope during the removal of a structure caused the accident, which occurred before traffic through the arch way became heavy. There were many narrow escapes. The injured men were: — Mr. Harry Shirley (27), carpenter: probable fracture of the skull and internal injuries; condition serious. Mr. Herbert Marson (48), rigger; probable fracture of both ankles. Mr. Harry Madsen (38), carpenter; fractured right leg and concussion. Mr. Frederick Agnew (21), laborer: injuries to his neck and slight concussion. Mr. Albert Colman (26). laborer; severe wound over the right eye and concussion- 1 The accident will have no effect on the safeness of the arch, for it no longer needed the supporting structure.

2(iii). Gerald Wilfred Shirley born 28 July 1902; He died at Hobart. Buried at Cornelian Bay Cem on 5 June 1989, age 86.

SHIRLEY Gerald Wilfred 86 Burial 5-Jun-1989 TAROONA

married Una Sargent. She died prior to 1987 (no children)

2(iv). Cecil Casimir Shirley born on 2 February 1904 at Hobart. He died 7 February 1971 at Hobart.

married Valmai Annie Nicholson on 5 October 1928.. She was born in 1908 and died at Hobart in March 1981.

5 Oct 1928 Cecil C Shirley to Valma Nicholson - Index to Marriage Notices in The Mercury, 1854-1962


3(i). Desmond Brian Shirley

3(ii). Paul Wayne Shirley

2(v). Eustace Raymond Shirley born 10 April 1906; He was buried at Cornelian Bay Cem on 2 August 1982, age 76 (see emails at bottom of page for more information)

SHIRLEY Eustace Raymond 76 Cremation 2-Aug-1982 SOUTH HOBART

married Jean Hamilton. She died in January 1986 (No children)


Who is this?

A John Shirley placed an advertisement in The Mercury (Hobart) on 2 Aug 1872 announding "New Bakery, John Shirley; Fancy Bread and Biscuit Baker; Kilkenny House; 205 Macquarie Street"

John Shirley

married Mary Ann White


Richard Julian Shirley born 18 Jan 1874 at Hobart Tasmania

Emma Shirley
birth: 30 Aug 1852
parents: Thomas Shirley, Charlotte Ashwood

Anna Maria Shirley
birth: 14 Jul 1862
parents: Richard Shirley, Honoria Carr

Mary Ann Shirley
birth: 12 Nov 1860
parents: Richard Shirley, Honora Corr

James Shirley
birth: 12 Nov 1860
parents: Richard Shirley, Honora Corr

Frances Mary Shirley
birth: 20 Dec 1875
parents: Henry Shirley, Sarah Ann Morton

Herbert Joseph Shirley
birth: 02 Mar 1876
parents: Thomas Shirley, Eliza Weare

Richard Henry Shirley
birth: 18 Jan 1874
parents: Henry Shirley, Sarah Ann Morton

Richard Julian Shirley
birth: 03 Aug 1875
parents: John Shirley, Mary Ann White

Mary Ida Shirley
birth: 25 Jan 1878
parents: Thomas Shirley, Eliza Weare

Theresa Kathleen Shirley
birth: 06 Sep 1877
parents: Henry Shirley, Sarah Ann Morton

William Morton Shirley
birth: 15 Oct 1879
parents: Henry Shirley, Sarah Ann Morton

2019 - Thanks to Felicity for the much improved transcription of this newspaper article (Note: numerous hyphenated words are from the original and indicate where sentences broke across the very narrow page column)

10 Oct 1906 The Mercury (Hobart) Breaking and Entering. - Henry Bradley, who said his name was Brown, and Thomas Dawson were charged with breaking and entering tho dwelling- house of Henry Shirley, Byron-street, on Septembet 24, and stealing there- from a quantity of jewellery, two medals, a cash-box, and papers, of the total value of £5. The accused were
not represented by counsel. Kathleen Theresa Shirley, daughter of Henry Shirley, deposed that on September 24 she left her home at 7.30 p.m., being the last to do so. Before leaving she secured the windows and doors. Be- tween that hour and about 11.20 p.m. the house was broken into. Cross-ex- amined: Had not seen the accused about there. Vincent Shirley deposed that he left home on September 24 at 7p.m., and returned shortly after 11 o'clock. Found the back door had been unbolted from the inside, the gas, burn- ing in the kitchen, the rooms ransack- ed, and the front window broken near the catch, sufficient to admit a man’s
hand. The window was Raised. Cross- examined: Saw no one about the house that night. Henry Shirley de- posed that he resided at 22 Byron- street. On September 24 left home at 6.40 p.m., and returned at 11.30. Found the house in confusion, and the Sandy Bay police in charge. The contents of drawers in two bedrooms were on the bed and floor. Some of the drawers had been forced open. The front bedroom window was broken above the catch, and the window open, and there was blood on the curtain. A cash-box, two Forester medals, a watch, about 46s. in cash, greenstone brooch, studs, gold cross, American gold coin, and other articles were stolen; the value of the articles stolen, exclusive of the cash, was about £4 or £5. The witness identified cer- tain of the articles produced as his property, but would not swear positive- ly as to certain others, though they were similar. Cross-examined: Had not seen Dawson before, but saw Brown at the Exhibition Building on the after- noon of September 24. He was seek- ing Mrs. Shirley to sell some paper flowers. Miss Shirley, re-called, identi- field certain of the property produced as stolen from her father’s house. Cross- examined: Could swear to the pencil- case, even though it were placed amongst similar ones, but there was
no particular mark on it. John Levy, second-hand dealer, deposed that on September 25 a young man, whom he believed to be the accused Dawson, sold him a broken gold watch-case. The man said be was hard up, and asked for 15s. Witness gave him 5s., with the promise of more when he ascertain- ed its value. The case produced was the same. The man, who said he was a stranger, gave the name of C. Shir- ley, and his address as the Carlton Club Hotel. Witness did not have the case 15 minutes before Detective Gun-ner called, and he handed it to him. Cross-examined: Would not swear positively that Dawson was the man who sold him the watch-case. To the Bench: The man did not call for the promised balance. Roy William Kirk, 14, residing in Quayle-street, gave evi-dence as to finding the stolen cash-box in Mr. Chesterman’s paddock on the morning of September 25. Jonathan Walton, residing at 25 Patrick-Street, stated that he let a room to the accus- ed, and they had been staying at his house for four months up to Septem- ber 25. He knew thoem by the names of Henry Brown and Thomas Dawson. They used to make and sell artificial flowers. Dawson left his house finally at 7.20 p.m. on September 25, and Brown 20 minutes later. The accus-
ed used to occupy the same bed. Brown when leaving was carrying a dress bas- ket. The accused used it for carry- ing artificial flowers. They did not tell him where they were going, and had not settled up with him. Believed Brown told witness’s wife they would be back. The detectives visited the house on the norning of September 26, and demanded entrance to the room which had been occupied by the accused. Between the time the ac- cused left and the visit of the detectives the room had been locked
up, and no one had had access to it. The detectives removed several articles, also a blood-stained handkerchief. The witness identified the articles produced as the same found by the detectives in the accuseds’ room. The accused had two clocks in their room. To the Bench: The room occupied by the ac- cused was locked at Brown’s request im- mediately he left, and was not opened until the detectives came. To Sub-In- spector Weston: The accused were out on the evening of September 24. Brown
returned at 10 o’clock, and Dawson a quarter of an hour after midnight. Sarah Walton, wife of the previous witness, corroborated his evidence in certain particulars. Brown, on leav- ing on September 25, said he was going to Ross, and might be back in a few
days. He asked her to lock the room to keep Dawson out. She did so at once, and it was not reopened until Detectives Gunner and Oakes called on the following morning. On Septem- ber 24 the accused went out after tea. Brown returned it 10 o’clock, and Daw- son shortly after midnight. After the detectives’ search on September 26, witness found the two medals produced secreted in the accuseds’ bed. Cross- examined: Did not hear Brown in his room about 8 o’clock that evening; did not tell him she did. Isabella Allen, re siding with her husband at Ross, de- posed that the accused Brown was known to her as John Bradley-that
was his proper name. He was a con- nection of hers. He came to her at Ross on the morning of September 26. He said he had been making paper flowers in Hobart for a living, not be- ing able to get any other kind of work. He said he came from Victoria about four months previously. Bradley gave her a gold cross for a birthday present, and she handed it to her husband. The cross produced was the same. Dawson arrived later in the day, and asked for Bradley. The accused were arrested at her house the same day by Trooper Butler. The cross was handed to the police. Bradley said he was staying at the hotel at Ross, and Dawson said
he had a friend there. She saw in Dawson’s possession an American gold coin similar to the one produced. Brad- ley told her he had a hand-bag, and had hurt his leg carrying it. To the Bench: Had not seen Bradley for 16 or 17 years previously. He came to
her last month and introduced himself as her uncle. She told him it was her birthday, and it was then that he gave her the gold cross. William Allen, hus- band of the previous witness, corrobo- rated his wife in certain particulars. Trooper Butler stationed at Ross, de- posed to arresting the accused on Sep- tember 26 on the charge of robbery from Mr. Shirley’s. Both denied know- ledge of the occurrence. Brown said his name was Bradley. Took the ac- cused to the hotel at Ross to got their property. They claimed several arti- cles, which witness enumerated. He asked them whose was the dress basket (produced). They both denied owning
it. The hotelkeeper’s son, in the ac- cuseds' presence and hearing, said, as far as he knew, the basket was theirs. Witness then took possession of the basket, and took the acoused to the lock-up. In the basket witness found a handkerchief full of jewellery;
amongst it was an American gold coin, a brooch, a silver pencil-case, and other articles produced. William Allen handed the witness the gold cross pro- ducked. Amongst the linen in the bas- ket wero some collars with "H. Brown" and “Dawson" stamped on them. Those produced were the same. Detective Gunner deposed that, in consequence of a report made to him, he visited Mr.
Shirley's residence at 1 a.m. on the 25th inst., and found evidence of the house having been broken into. The glass above the catch on the front win- dow was broken; there were blood- stains on the window curtain and floor. In company with Detective Oakes,
searched the accuseds' room at a house in Patrick-street on the 26th, and re- covered two blood-stained handker- chiefs with the name "H. Brown" on them. On the 27th ult., in company with Detective Oakes, examined the accuseds' fingers, and found that both of them had cuts on them. Produced a gold watch-case which he obtained from John Levy, second-hand dealer, and certain articles handed him by the witness Jonathan Walton. On Septem- ber 28 both of the accused asked to be supplied with a shirt and collar from the dress basket which Trooper Butler took possession of at Ross. De- tective Oakes deposed that Dawson made a voluntary statement that he purchased the jewellery which was found in the dress basket from a man in Hobart. Witness asked him if he could produce the man, and he said "No." Cross-examined : Brown said he got his fingers cut with the wire in making flowers. That was the case for the prosecution. The accused re- served their defence. The magistrate said he would reserve decision until he
heard the two other charges which were pending. The accused were then charged with breaking and entering the dwelling-house of George Pollard at Hobart on September 23, and stealing therefrom a quantity of jewellery valu- ed at £10. On the application of Sub- Inspector Weston, the accused were remanded until next day.

EMAIL APRIL 2013 - Hi Ken, thank you so much for the reply. As I said I don't know much about the family of Raymond Eustace Shirley (or could have been Eustace Raymond) except he married my grandmother Jean Hamilton. He was my father's step father when dad was only young (maybe around 10 or so)......He asked me a couple of weeks ago to drive him around the south Hobart area and showed me several houses that were built by Raymonds father. I then passed Kilkenny house and that is when dad told me it was the home of Raymond's father, apparently he was born there. I know Raymond is not the actor you speak about. All I know for certain is that Raymond had a brother Gerald and I knew him well, Gerald married Una (who died quite young I believe and I did not know her). He died in 1986 (I think) and lived in Taroona. There were 2 other brothers I know of, one Terence (has a son Paul Shirley, who had a band in the 1960's and later managed TVT channel 6 in Hobart [Editor: Paul was the son of another brother Cecil C Shirley - see lineage above]) Raymond told me that he was Paul's uncle. The other brother I don't know the name of but he fell to his death while working on the Sydney Harbour bridge. I have his tool box that was sent back to Hobart and ended up with Raymond. It is rather large and made from birds eye Huon pine. I use it for blanket storage. Although not blood related, fate has connected me to the family and I loved my step grandfather as much as if he were my biological grandfather and I have often wondered about his life and his family. The photo I found has Raymond and Terence with Gerald and his wife Una at their wedding and is a large studio print. I believe the actor you speak about may have been Raymond's uncle or great uncle?..... Raymonds father built several houses in South Hobart. I have a vague memory as a child of meeting Raymond's brother Terence and I also think I remember the name Richard somewhere.....Best wishes, Julie


Hello Ken, I had a conversation last night with my father about Raymond. This much I know for certain, he was born on the 10th April 1906. His brother who fell from Sydney Harbour bridge is definitely the one you sent me the info on (he died a few days after falling), his name was Esmond Harry but called Harry and born around 1901,after Terence. Gerald was born about 1903 and then my grandfather the last child. My grandfather's father was named Henry and dad believes the mother's name was Anna, The names Henry and Anna (no surname) are in a small hymn book that belonged to my grandfather. My father never knew Esmond (dad was only a baby at the time) but knew the other 2 brothers, Gerald Wilfred and Terence Henry (Henry after his father). Gerald and Terence both died after my grandfather, (he died on 29th July 1982 and was cremated on the 2nd August). My grandmother had a visit from Terence's wife after the funeral of my grandfather..... I do not remember seeing any of the Shirley family at my grandfathers funeral except for Gerald. Terence was 84 and died in May 1984 and was cremated on the 29th May. He obviously (given his age) was born after May 1899 or in 1900. Gerald died in 1989, dad also went to his funeral on the 5th June 1989. They are both buried at Cornelian Bay cemetery in Hobart...along with many other Shirley's. My grandfather's father was a shop owner (Killkenny House) and later became a builder and was self taught and very talented. He had a friendship with a man named Haughton Forrest (have a look at his website). Haughton was an artist and today his works are in the tens of thousands dollars. Both Haughton and my grandfather's father fell on hard times, I know that my grandfather's father had financial troubles due to people not paying for his building services and worried so much so that his death was put down to stress. Haughton taught my grandfather's father to paint, my grandfather had several of Haughton's paintings at the time of his death in 1982. My father remembers as a child going to Killkenny House (which is now an antique shop) and is adamant that this was where Raymond's father lived and where Raymond was born. Dad also told me that everything (including Killkenny House) belonged to Mrs. Shirley. I have 2 daughters both married with children. I want to be able to tell my grandchildren about Raymond and what a wonderful grandfather he was to me and my siblings, I don't need to delve deep into the family history but just wanted to know enough to let my grandchildren know who he was and where he came from.



This entry has one or two factual errors. I know because Eustace Raymond Shirley was my uncle.

The correct family tree for this branch of the Shirleys is as follows:
Henry Patrick Shirley married Anna Maria Shirley[ his cousin] . They had five sons:
Terence Henry married Molly Cox and had two children John and Anne
Esmond Corr unmarried killed constructing Sydney Harbour Bridge
Gerald Wifred married Una Sargent no issue
Cecil Casimir married Valmai Nicholson[ my father] two sons Desmond and Paul , Desmond two children
Michael and Anne plus three grandchildren. Paul no issue.
Eustace Raymond married Jean Hamilton. No issue.

My brother Paul did have a show band as a sideline. His occupation was as Managing Director of Radio 7HO.
I retired some 25 years ago as the first Tasmanian Director of Local Government. - Desmond Shirley

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