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Albert, Charles, Eli, and Joseph Summers, sons of George Summers
Edna Arnold's book, 'Tarnagulla the way it was' has page 237 with write ups of Albert, Charles and Eli


George Summers 1797 - 29 Dec 1879 #11961 aged 82, son of Benjamin Summers and Diana Hucker) was born in Montecute Somerset England, and died in Newbridge Victoria
wed 29 May 1822, Tintinhull Somerset England, to
Ruth Bool was born 1801 in Somerset England, and died 1849 in Weston-supa-mare England.
Children born at at Charlton Mackrell, Somerset,
The Hope came 17 Jan 1854 bringing Unassisted Immigrants - George Summers aged 54, Augustine 28, Eliza 28, Charles 27, and Albert 16. The Hope was a ship, 819 tons, David Dewar master, from London on 10 Oct 1853 with Cabin passengers Mrs Clifford, Captain H Varian, Messrs Newman and HH Inverarity, and seventy in the Second Cabin. The Imports list is in Argus paper for 18 Jan.

George Summers

The Summers family have a rich and interesting history. George Summers came to Australia with his two sons Albert and Charles and wife Augustine, and daughter Eliza on the ship Hope arriving in January 1854. It is possible that Eli and Joseph had come to Victoria first on the ship Coromandel arriving in August 1852.

Apart from Albert and Charles the other two brothers Eli and Joseph had interesting lives.

Joseph for example was Director of Music at St Peters church in Eastern Hill where he used to run organ classes. Nellie Melba attended these classes, and she is on record as saying she used to go swimming in the nude with local boys after the classes! Joseph had a Bachelor of Music from Oxford, and at the church, he played a sophisticated repertoire, much to the annoyance of Bishop Perry who issued injunctions in 1857 and again in 1867 against the playing of this sort of music in the liturgy which the Bishop regarded as theatrical and too closely identified with Roman Catholicism.

6 Children 1. Eliza Summers, Christening: 12 Jan 1823
2. Charles Summers 27 Jul 1825 - 30 Nov 1878, in Somersetshire UK.
3. Eli Summers 1827 - 14 Jan 1907 - another says born 24 Mar 1833
4. Sarah Summers b. 23 Feb 1830, Chr 21 Mar 1830 at Charlton Mackrell, Somerset, England d. 20 May 1888, Newbridge Victoria
5. Albert Summers 1836 - 24 Jun 1899 died in WA
6. Joseph Summers 1839 - 17 Oct 1917 died in Perth, WA
1. Eliza Summers Christening: 12 Jan 1823 - 01 Dec 1871 #9615 aged 40, wed 1860 #4351 to Thomas Henderson 1827 - 1872 #2864 aged 45, parents not listed, from Somerset, and are both buried at Newbridge.
2. Charles Summers 27 Jul 1825 - 30 Nov 1878, born in Somersetshire UK. Died in 'Ile-de-France, Paris, wed May-June 1851 to Augustine Amoit in Chelsea District of London,
1 Child 1. Charles Francis Summers 1858 #1351 born at Richmond, Vic, aged 21.

Eli Summers

3. Eli Summers 27 Jul 1825 - 30 Nov 1878, born in Somersetshire UK. Died in 1878, Rome Italy - another web page says 'Ile-de-France, Paris,
Eli Summers returned in February 1869 on the ship 'Somersetshire'. He was involved in a number of mining ventures in the Tarnagulla area, and at times was a busines partner of John Beynon. The Tarnagulla Courier of 29 April 1865 in a notice establishing a new company known as the 'Sandy Creek Poverty Reef Mining, Quartz Crushing and Washing Company' lists the company as having 14567 two pound shares spread between 66 named shareholders. John Beynon is listed as having 1885 shares i.e. 13% of the company. The shares were issued at two pounds each and the nominal capital of the company is given as 29,134 pounds. Eli Summers had 1275 shares, and with Thomas King (1941 shares) were the only shareholders to hold more than 1000 shares in the company. Other shareholders listed include people associated with the discovery of Poverty Reef or its early mining such as Hatt, William Hawkins, Hammond, King, Williams, and Davies.

John Beynon built built a fine brick house on the banks of the Loddon at Newbridge which he named 'Cardigan Villa' after Cardiganshire in Wales from were he came from. The house which still stands today, was bought by Eli Summers in about 1874 when John Beynon moved to Melbourne. At some point Eli and his wife Hannah Hawkins (who was the sister of William Hawkins) and children had returned to England and then back to Australia on the ship 'Somersetshire' arriving in Februrary 1869.

Eli Summers 1827 in Somerset England, and died 14 Jan 1907 in Somerset England, came to Victoria, wed 1858 #3755 to Hannah Hawkins and lived at Tarnagulla

9 Children 1. Harriet Ruth Summers 1860 #4703 - 27 Dec 1949
2. Frances Florence Summers 1861 #22759 - 1957
3. Unnamed Male Summers 1863 #9892 - 1947 called George Eli Summers
In April 1865 The Royal Standad departed to London with Eli Summers 36, Mrs Summers 30, Harriet 5, Florence 3 and Charles aged 2 and 3 children were born in UK -
3 Children 4. Albert W Summers 1865
5. Annie Summers 1866
6. Mary F Summers 1868
Eli Summers aged 34 came Feb 1869 on the Somersetshire, with Hannah 34, Harriet R 9, Florence F 7, George E 5, Albert W Summers 3, Annie Summers 2, Mary F infant, then stayed at St Kilda till about 1874 when they went to Tarnagulla
3 Children 7. Lilly Summers 1869 #18988 - 1869 #7973 lived 7 weeks
8. Charles James Summers 1871 #12602 - 1939
9. Josephine Blanch Summers 1875 #12797 - 1963
4. Sarah Summers b. 23 Feb 1830, Chr 21 Mar 1830 at Charlton Mackrell, Somerset, England d. 20 May 1888 #7896 aged 56, at Newbridge Victoria
Robert Thorne wed Jul-Sep 1855 to Sarah Summers in UK district Upton upon Severn in the county of Worcestershire;
Robert Thorne aged 43, c1821, came Apr 1864 on the Winefred with Sarah Thorne aged 34, c1830, Clara Thorne aged 7, 1857, Ellinor Thorne aged 5, 1859, Charles Thorne aged 3, 1861 and Sophia Thorne aged 2, 1862,
6 Children 1. Clara Thorne aged 7, Clara Harriett Thorne Jul-Sep 1857 - 1939 #11314 aged 83, wed Machin, born at Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire
2. Ellinor Thorne aged 5, Eleanor Anne Thorne Oct-Dec 1858 - 1949 #2402 aged 90, wed Draffin
3. Charles Thorne aged 3, Charles George Thorne Jan-Mar 1860 - 1938 #12993 aged 78
4. Sophia Thorne aged 2, Sophia Emily Thorne Apr-June 1862 - 1946 #10830 aged 85
5. Albert Eli Thorne 1865 #4250 - 1947 #18066 aged 82, born at Newbridge
6. Joseph Samuel Thorne 1868 #5441 - 1964 #7909 aged 96
1. Clara Harriet Thorne Jul-Sep 1857, wed 1880 #675 to Thomas Carr Machin 1855 #9950 - 1936 #7402 aged 80, son of Caroline Urquhart wed 1854 #2935 to Charles Machin
Caroline Urquhart came aged 23 in Apr 1853 on the Monteagle
Charles Machin came aged 23 in Apr 1853 on the Strathfieldsaye
6 Children 1. Ernest Albert Machin 1881 #4929
2. Daisy Una Caroline Machin 1885 - 1964 #238 aged 79, wed Sherlock
3. May Chrystal Machin 1887 #18107 - 1959 #28157 aged 72,
4. Ivy Constance Ruth Machin 1890 #11169 - 1975 #23098 aged 85, wed Hatcher
5. Thos Chas Machin 1892 #24993
6. Lilian Sarah Machin 1895 #5120 - 1939 #8942 aged 44,
7. Violet Sophie Machin 1896 #13141 - 1979 #28997 aged 83,
8. Chas Machin 1898 #4697
3. May Chrystal Machin 1887 #18107 - 1959 #28157 aged 72, wed John Waldemar Hansen 1887 #22342 - 1966 #9799 aged 78, son of Ellen Goard and Hans Jeppe Hansen, lived at Numurkah
1 Child 1. Chrystal Marie Hansen 1921 - 1945 #17187 aged 24
2. Eleanor Anne Thorne Oct-Dec 1858, wed 1895 #3651 to James William Draffin 1866 #328 born Windermere, son of Sophia Charles wed 1865 #742 to Joseph Draffin who came aged 14 in Jun 1850 on the Bussorah Merchant with his family - John Draffin aged 39 came Jun 1850 on the Bussorah Merchant with Sarah Draffin aged 38, Eliza Draffin 18, Joseph Draffin 14, Margaret Draffin 13, William Draffin 12, David Draffin 8, John Draffin 6, Sarah Draffin 5,
4 Children 1. Ernest Edwin Draffin 1896 #13181 - 1896 #6670 lived 1 month
2. Arthur Robert Draffin 1898 #6708 - 1974 #23876 aged 76
3. Edgar Philip Draffin 1899 #20275 - 1974 #16764 aged 75
4. Sophia Eleanor Draffin 1902 - 1964 #24988 aged 62, wed Heap
5. Albert Eli Thorne 1865 #4250 wed 1891 #6596 to Ellen Cath Leroux - Helen Katharine 1862 #10278 dau of Eleanor Martin and Mitford Arthur Leroux
1 Child 1. Albt Robt Thorne 1892 #35281 - 1968 #13371 aged 75
6. Joseph Samuel Thorne 1868 #5441 wed 1891 #2223 to Sara Lawson 1866 #21943 - 1951 #10453 aged 84, dau of Agnes Henderson Wilson and Charles Lawson
5 Children 1. Robert Charles Thorne 1893 #29723 - 1959 #1919 aged 66,
2. Agnes Gerte May Thorne 1896 #1715
3. Joseph Alfred Thorne 1897 #17554 - 1976 #28525 aged 79
4. Elizth Sara Eva Thorne 1901 #25492 - 1975 #7447 aged 73, wed Mcarthur
5. Eleanor Ruth Thorne 1903 - 1962 #8670 aged 59, wed Wood

Albert Summers

5. Albert Summers 1836 - 24 Jun 1899 died in WA
Note - A Summers and F Bool are first cousins, both on Tarnagulla Borough Council in 1890s
Albert Summers born 1836 was an Artist came to Victoria 1852 on the Hope and worked with his brother Eli born 1834. He wed 1858 #4489 to Mary Williams 1839 - 1927 #9458 aged 88, born in Launceston, dau of Ann Miller wed 1834 to Wm Henry Williams, who came to Victoria before the birth of Josiah Sidney Williams registered in Prahran 1854 #2077,
Anne Miller 1815 - 1872 #8045 aged 57, dau of Annie and David Miller
Sister of Mary Williams
James Clouston, late of marries 30 Mar 1867 to Kezia Williams.
James Clouston 1832 - 18 May 1895 aged 63, son of Elizabeth Cameron and Wm Clouston from Brighton, West Canada, N America, wed 30 Mar 1867 #109 to Kezia Williams 1844 - 1880 #8634 aged 36, born in Launceston, died with daughter May Clouston 1880 #19165 - 1880 #8633 lived 2 months. 4 sons each died young, only their sister Ada Mary became adult, she died aged 72, did not marry
From: "Peter Matthews" Tarnagulla Group
Albert Summers married Mary Williams in 1858 in Victoria. Albert died in 1899 in Western Australia and Mary in 1927 in Victoria. There is a really interesting court case involving Alberts insolvency that is reported in long articles in the September 1884 editions of the 'Tarnagulla and Lllanelly Courier'. During the long court case Albert seems to have passed the buck to his wife, his sister in law Hannah Hawkins (wife of Eli) and even implicated his nephew by law, the Rev. James Bartley Sharp (husband of Eli Summers oldest child Harriet). Anything to avoid his personal responsibility.
1. Harriet Ruth Summers 1860 #4703 - 27 Dec 1949 registered 1950 #285 aged 90, wed 1880 #3840 to James Barley Sharp 1853 #23290 - 1921 #8657 aged 66, son of Ellen Markham and James Barley Sharp (1815 - 1895 aged 81, son of Rebecca Barley and John Newmarch Sharp) Christened at Christ Church, Church of England, Geelong, lived at Cheltenham
1st Child 1. Leigh Richmond Sharp 1881 #22230 - 1881 #9894 lived 7 weeks
2. Frances Florence Summers wed 1893 #5532 to Daniel Dalziel Gibson 1868 #2879 lived at Tarnagulla, 3 Children
3. George Eli Summers of Tarnagulla, wed 1890 #2679 to Emma Lucy Roch 1867 #25444 dau of Lucy Kneebone and Thomas Roch born at Williamstown, and lived at Armidale
1st Child 1. Ruth Josephine Roche Summers 1891 #8423
4. Albert William Summers, born at Sea, wed 1890 #7061 to Janette Young and lived at Rosedale
6 Children 1. Eli Chas Summers 1891 #27324
2. Janette Ethel Sylvia Summers 1892 #36189
3. Albert Wm Summers 1895 #15661
4. James Francis Summers 1897 #22413
5. Annie Mildred Summers 1900 #6218
6. Cedric Cecil Summers 1900 #6219
5. Ann Summers born in London, wed 1898 #371 to William Walker, no chn to 1901

Joseph Summers

6. Joseph Summers 1839 - 17 Oct 1917 aged 78, died in Perth, WA, Joseph Summers wed July-Sep 1863 in St Giles, London, to Constance Summers Births Mar 1840, in UK district of Camberwell Vol 4 page 62
On 21 July 1863 at the parish church of St George, Bloomsbury, he married Constance, daughter of William Henry Summers, a solicitor.
2 Children 1. Sydney Duncan Summers 1865 - 1924 aged 59,
2. Constance Mary Summers 1871 #15222 - 1955 #16088 aged 80,
On Sunday 19 Feb 1865 Joseph Summers his wife Constance and infant son Sydney arrived on the Royal Standard, in Melbourne where his brother Charles was making his name as a sculptor. He soon won renown both as pianist and as composer.
From the Dictionary of Biography - Joseph Summers (1839-1917), musician, was born at Charlton Mackrell, Somerset, England, youngest son of George Summers, mason. He was a chorister at Wells Cathedral and studied under H. J. Gauntlett and W. Sterndale Bennett; he fulfilled the requirements of the bachelor of music degree at the University of Oxford about 1863, but it was not conferred until April 1887. He composed many hymn tunes and anthems and was organist at St Andrew's College, Bradfield, from 1861; Holy Trinity Church, Weston-super-Mare, in 1864; and St Peter's, Notting Hill, London, in 1865.
The Argus, Melbourne, Vic. Monday 20 February 1865, Page 4
Feb. 19. Arrival of the Royal Standard, auxiliary s.s., 2,500 tons, White Star line, Lieut. G. H. Dowell, R.N.R., commander, from Liverpool, via Cork December 6. Passengers - 25 in saloon :
Mrs Peacock, Mr and Mrs Robinson, Mr and Mrs Inverarity, Rev Mr Linley, Mr. Linley, sen., Mrs Linley, jun., three ohildren, and nurse; Mrs Bogle, sen., Mrs Bogle, jun., and child; Miss Cameron, Rev Father O'Connor, Rev Father Dowling, Rev Mr Anderson, Mr A. Anderson, Mr Kenyon, Mr Jones, Capt. Casement, Mr Horton, Mr Juggard, Dr Fletcher, surgeon ; and 300 in the intermediate and steerage.
Lorimer, Marwood, and Kome, agents.
THE auxiliary screw steamshlp, Royal Standard, of the White Star Line, anchored in Hobson's Bay at about noon yesterday, after a protracted passage of seventy-four days from Queenstown, occasioned by most unfavourable westher throughout the voyage. Sho left on the 6th of December, at four p.m., but owing to strong south-westerly gales the equator was not reached until the 27th, when it was crossed in lon. 24deg. W. She then had very light trades, and passed the meridian of Cape of Good Hope on the 20th ult., in lat. 43deg. 47min. S. Since that period she has experienced calms and light north-easterly winds. She passed Cape Otway on Saturday, and anchored at the Heads at nine o'clock on the same evening.
Summers moved to Perth, Western Australia in 1897.
The Inquirer & Commercial News (Perth, WA : 1855 - 1901) Friday 19 March 1897
A Musical Visitor. Among the passengers who arrived at Albany in the steamer Rockton on Sunday morning was Mr Joseph Summers. Mus. Bac, Oxon., who has served a long connection with musical matters in Melbourne. As he entertains the view of permanently settling in Perth, he will, as a cultured musician, be a great acquisition to the metropolis of the west.
He died of heart failure in Perth on 10 October 1917, survived by a son and a daughter; his wife had died in April 1901
The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950) Monday 12 November 1917
The recent death in Western Australia of Dr. Joseph Summers, at one time a well-known doctor of music in Melbourne (says "Punch") recalls the fact that his favorite pupil was a young school girl named Ella Spry, who sang under Dr. Summers' direction at the Musical Festival of the Melbourne Exhibition, of 1880. Summers had great confidence in his pupil, but was rather casual in his arrangement of the programme. As a result Ella looked in the morning paper to see what she was to sing at night, sometimes to find that her item was a song unknown to her. The Director would run it through with her that afternoon, and she would sing it in public the same evening. About that time he introduced her to the then Governor of Victoria, the Marquis of Normanby, as 'the most musical child picked out of all the schools in Melbourne.'
His confidence in Ella Spry appears to have been fully justified, for as singer and teacher she is still well known in Melbourne under her married name of Mrs. William Oldfield. Her son, Mr. Roy Oldfield, is a promising baritone with a voice of great range.
Punch (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 1 November 1917
Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Saturday 27 October 1917
SUMMERS.-On the 10th October, at Perth, W.A., Joseph Summers, Mus. Dec., Oxon., formerly inspector of music in Victoria, composer of the Australian National Anthem, "Maker of Earth and Sea." &c. A colonist of over 50 years.
"Westralian Obituary. Joseph Summers, the Musical Professor. Familiar - in- Melbourne as 'Philharmonic Conductor, and Organist at various Anglican Churches. Brother of the great sculptor, Charles Summers who was quite lost during his Melbourne stay - except for the Burke and Wills Statue, which had to be removed from Collins-street.
Punch (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 1 November 1917 - source of item reprinted in Punch (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 8 November 1917
1. Sydney Duncan Summers 1865 - 1924 aged 59,
the Marriage 1 Sep 1894 of Sidney Duncan Summers, Bachelor, to Susan Oates Spinster Born: Sommersetshire.
SUMMERS. On October 9. at Perth Hospital, suddenly, Sydney Duncan, dearly boloved husband of Susan Summers. much loved father of Constance (deceased), Reginald (deceased), Doris, and Miriam.
Probate for Sydney Duncan Summers, late of Perth (died. October 9, 1924) to Susan Summers, of Perth; from Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954) Sunday 14 December 1924
4 Children 1. Constance Benney (born Summers)
2. Reginald Sidney Summers
3. Doris King Richards (born Summers)
4. Miriam Melba Latham (born Summers)
2. Constance Mary Summers dau of Constance and Joseph Summers 1871 #15222 - 1955 #16088 aged 80, born in Collingwood, wed in West Aust and died in Ballarat, Vic
The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950) Monday 16 August 1897
At St. George's Cathedral, Perth, on Saturday, Miss Constance Mary Summers, of Melbourne, tho only daughtor of Dr. J. Summers, tho musical composer, and neice of Mr Charles Summers, sculptor, was married to Mr Harold Barrett, of Coolgardie, lately of Melbourne. Tho ceremony was performed by the Kev. D. J. Garland, diocesan registrar, who was assisted by tho Rev, F. J. Price, of Highgate, The health of the happy couple, and of Dr. and Mrs Summers, was subsequently drunk at Jacoby's Hotel.
3 Children 1. Still-born son in 1900,
2. A son on Monday, 7 July 1902, at Cheetham-strcet, the wife of Harold E. Barrett - Kalgoorlie Miner (WA : 1895 - 1950) Thursday 10 July 1902,
3. A son on the 26th Jan 1904, at Albany, the wife of Harold E. Barrett, Albany Advertiser (WA : 1897 - 1950) Saturday 30 January 1904
Kalgoorlie Western Argus (WA : 1896 - 1916) Tuesday 3 July 1906
Mrs Harold E. Barrett, wife of the prominent sharebroker, who was at one time Mayor of Coolargardie, and who is now on the Bendigo Stock Exchange, has lately opened pretty luncheon and tea rooms, called the Athenaeum, 403 Hay-street, next the arcade. She was very popular both at Coolgardia and. Kalgoorlie, and it is hoped that she will prosper in her new venture.

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