Ida Harriet A Gover

F, b. June 1871
  • Ida Harriet A Gover's birth was registered in the an unknown place , an unknown place Registration District in the June 1871 Quarter.
  • She was the daughter of George H Gover and Harriet Biddick Chivell.
  • At the time of the 3 April 1881 census, Ida Harriet A Gover was living in the household of Harriet Biddick Chivell and George H Gover in London. George is shown as a 33 year old carpenter and joiner born Hayling Island, Hampshire living with his wife Harriet B 31 born St Austell and their children:- Ida H A 10 born Holborn, Edwin T A 8 born St Pancreas and George H 5 born St Pancreas.

Abby Bertha Gowlett

F, b. 1881, d. 26 August 1896
  • Abby Bertha Gowlett was born in 1881 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of William Gowlett and Sarah Ann Unwin.
  • Abby Bertha Gowlett died on 26 August 1896 in Queensland.
  • Abby was buried in Cabarlah Cemetery.

Adell Gowlett

F, b. 1915
  • Adell Gowlett was born in 1915 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Reuben Gowlett and Jane Neller.
  • In 1936 Adell Gowlett lived in North Street, Toowoomba. She lived with her father, Reuben.

Alan Stanley Gowlett

M, b. 21 January 1921, d. 1998
  • Alan Stanley Gowlett was born on 21 January 1921 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Stanley Thomas Gowlett and Olive Harper.
  • Alan Stanley Gowlett enlisted in the Australian Army (VX141110 (V508968) on 26 May 1943 in Ingleburn, New South Wales, He was living at Harlaxton Toowoomba at the time he enlisted and gave his next of kin as Stanley Gowlett. He was discharged on 5 December 1946 with the rank of Craftsman in the 2nd Armd Workshops.
  • Alan Stanley Gowlett died in 1998.

Alma Murial Gowlett

F, b. 23 December 1907, d. 1989

Aubrey Dunlop Gowlett

F, b. 17 May 1919, d. 18 September 2005

Benjamin Gowlett

M, b. 21 December 1876, d. 26 December 1961

Children of Benjamin Gowlett and Annie Margaretha Reimers

Beryl Lillian Gowlett

F, b. 3 April 1903, d. 26 January 1991
  • Beryl Lillian Gowlett was born on 3 April 1903 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Benjamin Gowlett and Annie Margaretha Reimers.
  • Beryl was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Francis Burton Deeth and Olive May Gowlett, daughter of Benjamin Gowlett and Annie Margaretha Reimers, on 10 June 1925 in Queensland; The details of their wedding were reported in The Queenslander :- "At the Methodist Church, Crow's Nest, on June 10, the marriage was solemnised of Mr. Francis (Frank) Burton Deeth (eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C.B.Deeth, Linville, Pechey) and Miss Olive May Gowlett (fourth daughter of Mr and Mrs. Gowlett, Djuan). Rev. H. Garrett officiated, and Mr J. White presided at the organ". Whilst the register was being signed Mrs. McNairn rendered a vocal solo. The church had been decorated by friends, under the supervision of Mr. J. White. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a frock of white voile, finished with pin tucks and guipure.
    Her tulle veil was finished with orange blossom. She carried a sheaf of lilies with white streamer. Miss Beryl Gowlett,  who attended her sister as bridesmaid, wore a frock of shell-pink Marocain and a pink tulle cap. Her bouquet was of pale pink carnations and white streamers. Mr. Percy McLean carried out the duties of best man. After the ceremony the guests were entertained by the bride groom's parents at their residence, Linville. Subsequently Mr. and Mrs. Deeth left for Coolangatta and Tweed Heads. The bride wore a trailing costume of nigger brown gabardine with fur trimmings and a felt hat to harmonise"
    Olive had been a teacher at Perseverance School. After their marriage the couple lived at their dairy farm "Wyalla" at Hampton.
  • Beryl Lillian Gowlett appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1926 and 1930 living at Djuan. She carried out home duties and most likely lived with her parents Ben and Annie.
  • She appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Haden.
  • Beryl Lillian Gowlett died on 26 January 1991 at age 87.
  • Beryl was buried on 29 January 1991 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery.

Charles Osborne Burnell Gowlett

M, b. 1894, d. 1894
  • Charles Osborne Burnell Gowlett died in 1894 in Queensland. He was six weeks old.
  • He was born in 1894 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Louisa Gowlett.

Clifford Rodney Gowlett

M, b. 1940, d. 12 February 1964
  • Clifford Rodney Gowlett was born in 1940.
  • He was the son of John William Gowlett and Eva Ottlie Sperling.
  • Clifford Rodney Gowlett died on 12 February 1964.
  • Clifford was buried in Caloundra Cemetery.

Cyril Douglas Gowlett

M, b. 9 April 1905, d. 15 October 1929
  • Cyril Douglas Gowlett was born on 9 April 1905 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of William Alfred Gowlett and Davidenia Ward.
  • Cyril Douglas Gowlett died on 15 October 1929 in Queensland at age 24. Cyril, a school teacher, was found dead in a room in the Australian Hotel. His friend, a married woman named Emily Bertha Taylor (nee Harth, wife of Ambrose Taylor) was found in another room in the hotel suffering from the effects of poisoning. She claimed they had a suicide pact (they ate chocolates laced with strychnine) because she could not get a divorce from her husband Ambrose Taylor and Cyril's family were against the marriage. She was charged with murder but later this charge was dropped and she was charged with attempted suicide. However this charge was also later dismissed.
  • On 13 November 1929 The Brisbane Courier reported on the murder of Cyril Gowlett " Emily Bertha Taylor (aged 31 years), on remand, appeared in the Police Court to-day, before Mr. F. C. M. Burne, P.M., to answer a charge that on October 15, at the Australian Hotel, she murdered Cyril Douglas Gowlett, a school teacher. Inspector Loch prosecuted and Mr. E. W. Cleary appeared for the defendant.
    Detective Sergeant Kiernan stated that at about 3.10 a.m. on October 15, he went to the Australian Hotel, and saw Donald Carey (licensee) and his partner, Mildred Deacon Taylor. He went with them to a bedroom upstairs. In a bed he saw the body of a young man, fully dressed. There was no indication of a struggle having taken place on the bed or in the room, and there was nothing to indicate the cause of death. Later he went to a bedroom on the western side of the building, and noticed that a bed in that room had been disturbed, as if some person had been occupying it. He saw on the chair near the side of the bed a tumbler about half full of a liquid, which he took to be water. On a dressing table in the room he saw a lady's handbag, in which he found a sealed letter with the words: "To be opened by the police when I die." The letter gave directions as to the burial of the writer. The letter was signed "Emily." On the floor, near the head of the bed, he found two pieces of tinfoil, with what appeared to be chocolate adhering to it. In a corner of the room, behind the dressing table, he found another piece of tinfoil, and a bottle containing water. Witness saw defendant at the General Hospital, and spoke to her, but she did not reply. He left that institution and returned to the Australian Hotel, where he made a search of the grounds, and found a flask, which appeared to have contained water, on the footpath In Neil-street. He found a piece of white paper wrapped around some tinfoil.
    A letter written by defendant to her sister was read, extracts being: "I am parting from this world, misjudged and misunderstood. I want you all to agree, and use every penny worth I possess. Wearing my things should remind you I am happy and better off, resting at last. There is an envelope with some money in it addressed to mum. Please give it to her for a Christmas present. Do not allow the Taylor family to claim one penny worth of my things. God bless you one and all. Love and good bye all. (Signed) Brokenhearted Em. P.S.-I want my watch buried with me please."
    Detective Kiernan added that in a drawer in a duchess he found a sealed letter, addressed, "Mum," which he opened, and found that it contained £6 in notes.
    At the hospital he saw defendant, and told her he was making inquiries concerning the death of Gowlett. She replied: "Yes; I understand he is dead. I wish I had gone with him, too." Witness said: "I understand you were lovers. Was there a pact between you to die together?" Defendant replied: "No; but I knew he would take his life and mine sooner or later." Witness asked: "Why did you arrive at that conclusion?" Defendant replied: "From remarks he made to me and my finding a letter in his brief bag addressed to another girl. When he returned to where I am staying, at my brother-in-law's, I accused him of writing the letter. I posted the letter I found in his brief bag after I had endorsed on the back of it that she had no right to come between me and Cyril Gowlett. Cyril was very upset when I accused him of writing to the girl, and he remarked that there was now nothing left only that they should die together. We went to Groom Park, and remained until about 11 o'clock. Cyril asked me whether I would go and stay with him at the Australian Hotel. I agreed. I left the park with Cyril, and I went back to Woods' house, where Cyril went inside. He got his suitcase, brief bag, and umbrella, and brought them with him. I remained on the footpath outside. We went to the Australian Hotel, where Cyril engaged separate rooms. After Cyril was shown his room he came to mine, and remained talking to me until about 1 o'clock. Cyril had some chocolates in a white paper packet, and he gave me some, which I ate. He also gave me some from the same packet in Groom Park earlier that night, and I felt a bitter taste from them. Cyril left the room at about 1 o'clock, and when he was leaving he had a packet containing about two or three chocolates in his hand. He also said that he would return again, but I cannot remember if he did or otherwise. Shortly after he left the room I became sick and cold, and my body and limbs began to twitch. After that I do not remember anything further until I was in hospital."
    Detective Kiernan said to defend- ant: "I am inclined to believe that you are misleading me, and I want to tell you that I do not believe what you say as regards Gowlett’s death. It was either agreed between you that you should die together, or that you knew how he came by his death." Defendant replied: "I know that my story is hard to believe, but, nevertheless, it is true." Witness said: "Do you not think that if Gowlett contemplated death he would leave a letter behind him for his mother or some other person?" Defendant re- plied: "No; he had no affection for his mother, and he would not make an explanation to anybody." Witness said: "I ascertained from your mother today that she found strychnine poison in your possession about a week ago, which you had for the purpose of poisoning yourself." Defendant said: "Yes; that is true. My mother found, and destroyed it. I promised her faithfully I would not think of taking my life in any other way; when I got that poison, Cyril and I drove to the quarry, and we were going to take it there, but we decided not to do so." He showed her a letter, the envelope of which was I addressed to the police. She looked at it, and said: "Yes; I wrote that letter yesterday afternoon, as I had a presentiment Cyril was going to kill me, and it was for that reason I wrote it."
    Defendant on another occasion said to witness: "Cyril and I agreed to die together on Monday night. For that purpose he placed strychnine in two chocolates, which he showed to mc on Monday, October 14. in the evening when he came to Woods' place. He had them inside his coat, and he returned them there again. Later that night, at about 9 o'clock, we went together to Groom Park for the purpose of taking the poisoned chocolates. After we had been talking there for some time Cyril decided if we took them in the park it might take some time to die, and we might be picked up by some person, and would not succeed in our object. He then asked me to go to the Australian Hotel, where he would book separate rooms, and that we could take poison there. I consented, and Cyril came to my room, where he remained until about 1 o'clock in the morning. He took from his pocket one of the poisoned chocolates. Cyril left the room, and I took the poisoned chocolate. Shortly afterwards I became sick and cold. Witness asked: "Where did Cyril get the poison, and what kind of poison was it?" Defendant replied: "I do not know; he did not tell me." Witness said: "From what you told me yesterday there is a lot to clear up." Defendant replied: "I want to assist you in the matter, Sergeant, and to tell you the whole truth."
    Detective O'Driscoll said to witness that Mrs. Taylor had told him that she purchased strychnine and chocolates, and gave one of them to Gowlett. Witness asked defendant if that were so, and she replied: "Yes, sergeant. I am now telling the truth. I am sorry for not telling the truth previously, but I was thinking of my mother. At the time my mother took the strychnine from me she did not get it all, as I had previously taken some of it from the packet and hid it in a tin box. It was that strychnine that I used to poison the chocolates with." On October 20, with Detective O'Driscoll, witness went to the hospital, where he saw defendant. O'Driscoll said: "We have now received information from the Government Analyst at Brisbane that Gowlett died from the effects of strychnine poison, and that you had taken strychnine poison. Do you wish to add anything further to your statement as regards that poison?" Defendant replied: "No. What I told you is correct."
    Mr. Cleary cross-examined witness at some length. He said he saw nothing to indicate that deceased had been carried and placed on the bed. When the first statement was taken from the defendant she appeared as if she had gone through an ordeal. Defendant had told him that deceased was worried, because she could not get a divorce so that they could be married. He had told her while teaching at Kingsthorpe that he threatened to take his life on two occasions. She told him that deceased frequently wrote to her from the country, and said that he could not live without her. He heard defendant say she put strychnine into the centre of a ball of chocolate, and that deceased had taken some of that strychnine and put it into a ball of chocolate he had.
    Detective Sergeant O'Driscoll save evidence of statements made to him by the defendant, and the court adjourned till tomorrow morning"

    During Emily Taylor's trial, Cyril's mother showed her animosity toward Emily a number of times stating - "She is absolutely to blame, the she devil....I do not know what to call that thing over there. She is not human.." she had told the defendant "That ends things between you and Cyril right here. God's book forbids divorced people getting married."
  • Cyril was buried in Highfields Baptist Church.
    Grave of Cyril Gowlett 1905-1929 - Highfields Baptist Cemetery Photo- Copyright 2006.

Edward Gowlett

M, b. 12 December 1913, d. 21 February 1981

Child of Edward Gowlett and Florence Alice Gillies

Eileen Maud Gowlett

F, b. 16 January 1902, d. 29 April 1979

Francis Sydney Gowlett

M, b. 1907, d. 12 March 1925
  • Francis Sydney Gowlett was born in 1907.
  • He was the son of Reuben Gowlett and Catherine Sheridan.
  • Francis Sydney Gowlett died on 12 March 1925 in Queensland.
  • Francis was buried on 13 April 1925 in Cabarlah Cemetery.

George Henry Gowlett

M, b. June 1859, d. 29 August 1861
  • George Henry Gowlett's birth was registered in the an unknown place , Essex Registration District in the June 1859 Quarter.
  • He was the son of William Gowlett and Sarah Ann Unwin.
  • George Henry Gowlett died on 29 August 1861 at age 2. A notice appeared in The Courier Mail on 14 November 1861, advising of George's death - "GOWLETT.-August 29, George Gowlett, aged 2 years, on board the Wansfell, at sea.'
  • He immigrated in 1862 with William Gowlett and Sarah Ann Unwin. William 24, and Sarah Ann 20, travelled on the Wansfell with their two children George H aged 2 and Reuben, an infant. George died on the journey. Sarah's brothers William and Charles and Charles' family made the journey with them.

Glyn Edward Gowlett

M, b. 17 October 1943, d. 22 December 2005
  • Glyn Edward Gowlett was born on 17 October 1943.
  • He was the son of Edward Gowlett and Florence Alice Gillies.
  • Glyn Edward Gowlett died on 22 December 2005 at age 62.
  • Glyn was buried in Jandowae Lawn Cemetery. 15 1010.

Grace Maud Gowlett

F, b. 1879, d. 1956
  • Grace Maud Gowlett was born in 1879 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of William Gowlett and Sarah Ann Unwin.
  • Grace Maud Gowlett appeared on the Electoral Roll with William Gowlett and Sarah Ann Unwin in 1905 in Koorjarewon (Highfields). William was a farmer. Daughter Grace carried out home duties.
  • At the age of 27 years, Grace Maud Gowlett married Percy Shaw in 1906 in Queensland.
  • Grace Maud Gowlett died in 1956 in Queensland.

Grace Sarah Gowlett

F, b. 2 October 1905, d. 1981

Harlie Basil Gowlett

M, b. 9 January 1910, d. 11 August 1990
  • Harlie Basil Gowlett was born on 9 January 1910 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of William Alfred Gowlett and Davidenia Ward.
  • Harlie Basil Gowlett enlisted in the Australian Army on 15 May 1941 in Annerley He gave his next of kin as his mother Davidenia Gowlett and he lived at Annerley in Brisbane. At the time of his discharge he was a Sergeant in the 112 General Transport Company.
  • Harlie Basil Gowlett died on 11 August 1990 at age 80.

Harriet Gowlett

F, b. 1868, d. February 1928
  • Harriet Gowlett was born in 1868 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of William Gowlett and Sarah Ann Unwin.
  • At the age of 21 years, Harriet Gowlett married William George French in 1889 in Queensland. The family moved to Brisbane in the 1900's.
  • Harriet Gowlett died in February 1928 in Queensland.
  • Harriet was buried on 29 February 1928 in Balmoral Cemetery.

Children of Harriet Gowlett and William George French

Huldah Grace Gowlett

F, b. 24 February 1911, d. 17 July 1974

Children of Huldah Grace Gowlett and Julius John Albert Thun

Ivy Olive Gowlett

F, b. 1892
  • Ivy Olive Gowlett was born in 1892 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Louisa Gowlett.

James Thomas Gowlett

M, b. 1866, d. 14 August 1939
  • James Thomas Gowlett was also known as Thomas.
  • He was born in 1866 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of William Gowlett and Sarah Ann Unwin.
  • Conditional approval for James Thomas Gowlett and James Thomas Gowlett's selection of landwas given on 24 November 1888. He selected 80 acres of land at Beauaraba (near Ravensbourne). "For the agricultural township farms adjoining the village of Ravensbourne there was great competition, many of the portions being applied for from four to ten times over. The ballot had to be resorted to in no less than 50 cases; this, with the refunding of the amounts paid by the unsuccessful applicants, necessarily occupied  a deal of time, and it was not till half-past 6 O'clock that the business was concluded, and the court closed. By 7 o'clock the whole of the refundments had been paid over to 115 applicants. The 76 portions adjoining the village of Ravensbourne, granted at the land court, were  apportioned among 62 selectors, so there is every probability of the village settlement of Ravensbourne proving a success. The total area granted at the court was 5025 acres among 68 applicants."
  • At the age of 28 years, James Thomas Gowlett married Mary Ball Littleton, daughter of John Thomas Littleton and Harriet Ball, on 19 September 1894 in Queensland.
  • James Thomas Gowlett and Mary Ball Littleton appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1905 living at Koorjarewon (Highfields). James was a farmer.
  • James Thomas Gowlett was a witness in the inquiry into the death of Ralph Littleton Gowlett in November 1912 in Highfields, Queensland. Ralph died from a bullet wound to the head after a Winchester pea rifle discharged. An inquest was held into his death as reported by The Brisbane Courier on 25 November 1912 - An inquiry was held today into the circumstances of the death of Ralph Littleton Gowlett, of Highfields road, who was, found dead with a bullet wound in his head on November 6 in a dairy at his fathers residence. Evidence was given by Thomas Gowlett (father of the deceased), Mrs. Gowlett (mother), and Constable Scanlon who produced a certifificate from Dr Freshney showing that the immediate cause of death was a bullet wound in the brain with hemorrhage supervening. His evidence indicated that the wound was inflicted by a Winchester pea rifle accidentally exploded. Sergeant MCCarthy conducted the examination of

  • James Thomas Gowlett died on 14 August 1939. His funeral notice appeared in The Courier Mail on 15 August 1939 - GOWLETT— The Relatives and Friends of Mrs. J. T. Gowlett and Winifred, Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Gowlett and Family, Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Gowlett and Family (Cooyar), Mr. and Mrs. H. Woodward and Family, Mr and Mrs. Alex. Horn are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of their late beloved Husband, Father, Father-in-law, and Grandfather, James Thomas Gowlett, which is appointed to move from his late residence, 15 John Street, Toowoomba, This Day (Tuesday, at 2.30 p.m., for the Toowoomba Cemetery. T. B. BURSTOW.
  • James was buried on 15 August 1939 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery.

Children of James Thomas Gowlett and Mary Ball Littleton

Jean Gowlett

F, b. 1919, d. 2001

John William Gowlett

M, b. 29 May 1908, d. 7 February 1979

Child of John William Gowlett and Eva Ottlie Sperling

Kennedy Gowlett

M, b. 31 March 1924, d. 22 February 1945
  • Kennedy Gowlett was born on 31 March 1924 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Benjamin Gowlett and Annie Margaretha Reimers.
  • Kennedy Gowlett enlisted in the Royal Australian Airforce on 22 June 1942 in Brisbane He gave his next of kin as his father Benjamin Gowlett and his service number was 426457.
  • Kennedy Gowlett died on 22 February 1945 at age 20. He was serving as a Pilot Officer in the 464 Squadron at the time of his death.
  • Kennedy was buried in Niedersachsen, Germany.

Louisa Gowlett

F, b. 1872

Children of Louisa Gowlett

Lyle Ernest Gowlett

M, b. 12 March 1911

Martha Gowlett

F, b. 1875, d. 1955

Miba Gowlett

F, b. 1913