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I am looking for information about the Jamaican lamplighter, Mr. Lewis, who was described as a ‘familiar figure’ in Glebe in Max Solling’s Grandeaur & Grit, on page 90.
I am currently doing my family history. My great grandfather was Bertie Edgar Grundy Lewis. He lived in Flood St Leichhardt with his family during his childhood. He was vice president of the Glebe Rowing Club and executive of Haymarket Central Broadway Association. He was a member of the Grace Bros gym in Broadway. He was a self employed inner city printer firstly at 69 Shepherd St Chippendale and then later at 87 Arundel St Glebe. In 1920 he was elected an alderman in the Glebe Council. But in 1925 Bertie wasn’t endorsed by the labor party, as he wasn’t catholic. So he stood as an independent but lost. In 1928 Bertie was part Glebe Municipal Reform Association but didn’t get back in. In 1935 labor went back to Bertie and he stood as an independent and won. We also have a family pew at St Johns Anglican Church which was funded by Bertie. My aunt and cousin were both married in that church. If anyone has any further information on the Lewis family I would appreciate it greatly.
I am doing some family research, my grandmothers family had the name Chowne. They were boatbuilders with a facility in Johnsons Bay Pyrmont. They lived in Glebe, Around 1840. Any comments greatly appreciated.
My husband’s ancestors were a family called Crispin.
William Crispin was born in 1828 in Paris, France, to father Richard who was an English engineer.
William became a millwright and a milling engineer. Sands Directory has him living at 15 Francis St Glebe and working as a milling engineer.
Father Richard also came to Australia and Sands Directory has him living at George St Waterloo and employed as a milling engineer. Richard died at Glebe in 1874-75.
William’s first wife Sarah Pippin (father a soldier) delivered nine children in Glebe, 3 males and 3 females were dead by William’s death at Glebe in 1904. The remaining children: Sarah, Emily and Harriet all married in Glebe. Sarah to Alexander Weir in 1889. Emily to William Pearson in 1887 and Harriet to Charles J Hamilton in 1883.
After wife Sarah’s death in 1867, William remarried to Anne Jane Fleming at Oberon and had another 5 children with her. Three were still living at his death in 1904. Jane died in Glebe in 1891.
William then remarried in 1894 to a widow Charlotte Smith. They had no issue.
William passed away on Feb 29 1904 at 54 Derwent St Glebe (Forest Lodge) at age 76 and is buried at Rookwood Cemetery.
I would be delighted to hear more of this family.
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