Arthur David Syder

M, b. 1884, d. 1930
  • Arthur David Syder was born in 1884 in New Zealand. He was the son of Sarah Adam and Walter George SYDER.
  • At the age of 29 years, Arthur David Syder married Florence Eva Jane Budden, daughter of Benjamin Budden and Phoebe Marinda Holdaway, on 16 April 1913 in New Zealand. They had three children.
  • Arthur David Syder died in 1930 in New Zealand.

Child of Arthur David Syder and Florence Eva Jane Budden

Walter Benjamin Syder

M, b. 5 July 1914, d. 1 March 1986

Ann Sydie

F, b. 24 October 1819

David Sydie

M, b. circa 1785, d. before 1841
  • David Sydie was born circa 1785.
  • David Sydie married Elizabeth Stephens on 21 December 1807 in Middlesex, England. David was a widower and Elizabeth a widow.
  • He was tide waiter. "The tide waiter's task was to board incoming vessels arriving on the high tide and check that they tied up at the appointed place on the quay. The tide waiter joined London-bound boats, for example, at Greenwich, and made sure that the cargo was not unloaded on an isolated jetty out of sight of the waiting triumvirate of controller, collector and surveyor (all eyeing each other suspiciously, no doubt). To ensure the honesty of the tide waiter there was another official, the tide surveyor" in Thames River, London.
  • David Sydie died before 1841. When his daughter Eliza immigrated to Australia her records showed that her father was dead.

Children of David Sydie and Elizabeth Stephens

Eliza Sydie

F, b. 20 July 1810, d. 18 January 1856
  • Eliza Sydie was born on 20 July 1810 in Stepney, England.
  • She was the daughter of David Sydie and Elizabeth Stephens.
  • Eliza Sydie was christened on 7 May 1815 in Stepney. She was christened the same day as her brother James and sister Jane.
  • She immigrated to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on 26 July 1841. She travelled on the Queen Victoria. The Ship's Return gave the following report on the immigrants, by the Ship Queen Victoria, Captain John Connor Master, which arrived at Sydney on 26th July 1841, Surgeon Robert Stone
    UNMARRIED FEMALE IMMIGRANTS included Eliza Sydie, arrived by the ship Queen Victoria, brought out - Alexander Campbell, Esquire, a native - London, Mother: - Stevens (Stephens), Elizabeth (Dead), Father - David (Tide Waiter) (Dead), Calling: - Cook, Age: - 28, Religion: - Protestant
    Certified by TCM O'Hanson and WM Bryden. State of Bodily Health, strength and probable usefulness: Heath Good and useful Remarks: No complaints
    Stated in application to be under the care of Mrs Plummer
    Shipping Details
    Tonnage - 630, Date of Sailing - 20 March, 1841, No of Days Voyage - 130 days, Numbers embarked (F)- 141 females, Deaths on voyage - 1, Numbers Embarked (M) - 137 Males, Deaths on Voyage - 2, Total - 283, Principle disease - Diarrhoea.
  • In 1842 Eliza Sydie lived in New South Wales, Australia.
  • At the age of 32 years and 3 months, Eliza Sydie married Samuel Staines, son of Thomas Staines and Sarah Davis, on 20 October 1842 in New South Wales, Australia. They were married by Bans. The minister was Thomas W Bodenham, Curate of St James. Samuel signed the certificate with a cross, Eliza signed her name. The transcription shows 20 October, but other researchers have transcripts showing October 26 - Samuel's shipping records showed he could both read and write, but he signed the register with a cross. Witnesses to the ceremony were Isaac Clyde of George Street South and Elisha Hayes of Castlereagh Street. The service was conducted by Thomas W. Bodenahm, curate.
  • In 1851 Eliza Sydie lived in Brougham Place, Sydney. By now Samuel and Eliza had four children: Frances, Samuel Jnr, William Thomas and baby Joseph. Samuel snr worked as a ferrier.
  • On 3 August 1851,Eliza Sydie's son, Joseph Staines was baptised in New South Wales, Australia. His parents were living at Brougham Place at the time and his father Samuel was a blacksmith. The ceremony was performed by Chas F D Priddle.
  • On 5 October 1853,her husband, Samuel Staines died in Parish of Camperdown, Sydney, at age 34. The cause of Samuel's death was a bit of a mystery. Betty Staines notes make reference to "Great grandma lived with the Judge who was very nice to her when workmen met with accident". Even though Betty lists the reason for Eliza's death, she only hinted at Samuel being involved in some sort of accident. Samuel's tombstone shows his death date as 7 October, his Death Certificate shows 5 October. The cause of death is not given on the certificate

    The following notice appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on 5th October 1853 "FUNERAL.—The friends of the late Mr. Samuel Staines, Farrier, are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, to move from his late residence, Flood's Buildings, Elizabeth-street, tomorrow (Friday) morning, at a quarter to 8 o'clock. JAMES CURTIS. Hunter-street, October 6. N.B.—No circulars will be issued."
  • Eliza Sydie was widowed on 5 October 1853 when died Samuel was killed in an accident. He had been fighting in a public house and had fallen and hit his head. An autopsy showed he had suffered concussion and brain contusions. A coroner’s inquest was held with the verdict of accidental death due to intemperance. Eliza was left with four small children aged from two to nine.
  • An inqueste was held into the death of Eliza Sydie's husband Samuel Staines on 6 October 1853. The following report appeared in the Maitland Mercury on 15 October 1853 - "Yesterday, an inquest, which on the 6th inst. Was opened by the Coroner and adjourned, was resumed at the Central Police Office, on view of the body of Samuel Staines, then lying dead; William Henry Cave, Benjamin Cooper Lancaster, and C Doyle being in custody. Mr. Nichols and Mr. Shuttleworth watched the proceedings on the part of the persons in charge. From the evidence it appeared that all those parties, with others, were in a public house, kept by Mr. James Teare, on Monday evening, and were playing dominoes, on friendly terms. Some jocular altercation taking place between Cave and a man named Prevost, Staines, who was very tipsy, got up and said he would take Prevost's part. Staines and Cave then fought a little, but not in earnest; and Staines twice afterwards began fighting again with Cave, Cave evincing nor desire himself to fight. In the third fight, in which Lancaster and Doyle voluntarily acted as seconds, Staines fell from over reaching himself, and struck his head against the leg of the table. At the request of Mr. Teare, Cave then left the house. Staines said he was not hurt, and would fight Cave for £10 next day. Staines went home some time after, and his manner appeared strange to his wife, but thinking he was only very tipsy, she let him lie on the sofa until he fell off, when she tried to get him upstairs to bed, but failed; Staines was again laid on the sofa, but awoke his wife some time after by falling off again, and when she came to him he appeared hurt. She then sent for a doctor, who found him suffering from concussion o the brain. Staines continued to get worse, and died on Wednesday morning. The post mortem examination showed bruises and contusions o the head and other parts of the body, and effusion on the brain had followed one of the contusions. The jury returned a verdict of death by violence, but without evidence to show who inflicted it. The prisoners were then all discharged. - Abridged from the Herald, Oct 12."
  • In 1856 Eliza Sydie lived in Elizabeth Street, Sydney. After Samuel's death, Eliza found work as a washerwoman. According to family hearsay she was "living with judge , very nice to her when workmen met with accident". In any case the family had moved from Brougham Place.
  • Eliza Sydie died on 18 January 1856 in Parish of Camperdown, Sydney, at age 45. Family hearsay has it that Eliza accidentally swallowed a pin, and knew she was going to die. She arranged for the children to be looked after by friends and acquaintances. The following notice appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday 19 January 1856.
    " FUNERAL.-The Friends of the deceased, Mrs. ELIZA STAINES, are invited to attend her funeral; to move from her late residence, Elizabeth street, THIS (Saturday.)"
  • Eliza was buried on 19 January 1856 in Camperdown. The following inscription on her headstone was copied by Auntie Bess. (Sarah Elizabeth Woods (nee Staines))
    WHO DIED 18 JANUARY 1856
    15 AUGUST 1860
    NOTE:- Samuel died on 5th October 1853, not 7th. Frances died in 1866, not in 1860 as inscribed on the headstone. All three may not have been buried in this cemetery. The headstone was most likely placed on the grave/s by descendants, some time after their deaths.
  • The children were left orphans after Eliza's death, but knowing she was going to die, she had made arrangements for each of them.
    These rough notes were made by Betty Staines (daughter of Will and Ethel). Notes in brackets added by the complier:-
    (Great) Grandfather’s sister Frances lost in a sailing accident in Sydney harbour. Grandmother swallowed a pin, arranged for all family to live with someone except Joseph (who was 6 or 7). William Staines with station people near Richmond, merged into AA Company. Aunt Fanny with Mrs Fairfax and Mrs Miller.
    Jenkins's to have Sam and he begged for Joe to go with him. They lived near Manly and taught him (assume him is Joe - was only 6 when mother died, Sam at 9 or 10 would be able to read and write to some extent) to read but hadn't taught him to write. When Census taken of those able to read and write then they helped him to learn to write but not well - hard life but good to them - oldest Miss J eccentric, didn't like anyone in love, whole of Jenkins estate left in her name - brother University man, hard old bachelor, family entertained Sydney society, niece Miss Martha , Miss Elizabeth got strange and crazed about end of world and prophecies at Dee Why. Big law suit about Jenkins's property. Will disputed , 2 sisters living at Balmain.
    (Great) Grandmother Staines living with judge , very nice to her when workmen met with accident. Miss Jenkins sent grandfather to milk cows etc.
    Grandfather(perhaps Joe) friendly with the Pontons of Manly used to go fishing and shooting with them.
    Millars three sons friends of Great Uncle Sam when 14 years old apprenticed to blacksmith and then went on to engineering. Grandfather (Joseph) apprenticed to plumber. Not much good. So went home again. Very small for age. Joined Volunteer Rifles 19 years. Regular meals and exercises - he began to grow, not much pay but saving money to buy himself out. Twenty pound to buy out - when rifles disbanded each man received twenty pounds. Grandma (Sarah Crawford) had saved some money too and instead of Grandfather going to Sandwich Islands to his brother Sam, they married in 1873. Grandma older than Grandfather when married she was 25 and he was 22. Uncle William Crawford went to Sydney to Give Grandma away."

    Further Notes:-
    "Uncle Sam apprenticed wheelwright, went on to engineering, went to Fiji??, returned to Australia, Uncle Sam …. Reef to live with til 12 apprenticed to trade.
    Uncle Billie lived with Magwick's, one Church of England Clergyman, worked for Wills Allen and Co Grazier, managed one Property, married Rosanne Magwick. Uncle Billie and Aunty Rosanne came to Rous and lived with Grandmother and father.'

Children of Eliza Sydie and Samuel Staines

Elizabeth Sydie

F, b. 25 July 1816
  • Elizabeth Sydie was born in 1816 in Stepney, England.
  • She was christened on 25 July 1816 in Country.
  • She was the daughter of David Sydie and Elizabeth Stephens.
  • At the age of 21 years, Elizabeth Sydie married an unknown person in 1838 in Stepney. Possible marriages
    Marriages Jun 1838

    Baker Johann Andreas Stepney 2 403
    JOHNSTONE Henry Douglas Stepney 2 403
    KAINES George Francis Stepney 2 403
    MUMMERY Thomas Stepney 2 403
    SYDIE Elizabeth Stepney 2 403.

James Sydie

M, b. 16 August 1812
  • James Sydie was born on 16 August 1812 in Stepney, England.
  • He was the son of David Sydie and Elizabeth Stephens.
  • James Sydie was christened on 7 May 1815 in Country.

Jane Sydie

F, b. 7 May 1815
  • Jane Sydie was born before 1815 in Stepney, England.
  • She was christened on 7 May 1815 in Country.
  • She was the daughter of David Sydie and Elizabeth Stephens.
  • Jane most likely married about June 1841 as there is a record of a marriage of a Jane Sydie at that time. However, the record does not specify who her husband was and there are a number of choices:- Charles FENTON, Francis KERVIN, Archibald PATTERSON or Edward WHEATLAND.

Joseph Sydie

M, b. 31 May 1818

Sophia Sarah Sydie

F, b. 23 January 1822
  • Sophia Sarah Sydie was born in 1822 in Stepney, England.
  • She was christened on 23 January 1822 in Country.
  • She was the daughter of David Sydie and Elizabeth Stephens.

Doris Symonds

F, b. 1909

Eliza Symonds

F, b. circa 1850

Child of Eliza Symonds and John Freeman Symonds

Ethel May Symonds

F, b. 1913

Florence Myrtle Symonds

F, b. 1910

Hannah Symonds

F, b. 1839, d. 1899
  • Hannah Symonds was born in 1839 in England. She was the daughter of Eliza Marsh and Stephen Symonds.
  • Her marriage, at 20 years, to Charles Unwin, son of Thomas Unwin and Frances Lennard, was registered in the December 1859 Quarter in Saffron Walden, Essex Registration District.
  • Hannah Symonds died in 1899 in Queensland.

Ivy Symonds

F, b. 1903

John Symonds

M, b. 1906

John Freeman Symonds

M, b. September 1870, d. 14 February 1947
  • John Freeman Symonds's birth was registered in the an unknown place , an unknown place Registration District in the September 1870 Quarter.
  • He was the son of John Freeman Symonds and Eliza Symonds.
  • At the age of 30 years, John Freeman Symonds married Jemima Crosby, daughter of George Crosby and Ann Robinson, in 1901 in Queensland.
  • John Freeman Symonds died on 14 February 1947 in Queensland at age 76.
  • John was buried in Gayndah Cemetery.

Children of John Freeman Symonds and Jemima Crosby

John Freeman Symonds

M, b. circa 1850
  • John Freeman Symonds was born circa 1850.
  • John Freeman Symonds married Eliza Symonds circa 1870.

Child of John Freeman Symonds and Eliza Symonds

Sidney Symonds

M, b. 1904

Walter Symonds

M, b. circa 1916, d. 1916

Augustine John (Austin) Synnott

M, b. 1899, d. 1962
  • Augustine John (Austin) Synnott was born in 1899 in Queensland. He was the son of Patrick Synnott and Mary Ann Connor.
  • At the age of 35 years, Augustine John (Austin) Synnott married Mabel Gertrude Graving, daughter of August Graving and Alice Parton, on 15 December 1934 in Newfarm, Queensland. The matron of honour was Mrs Vaughan Cole (Betty Lewis, sister of Lillie Lewis Graving). The reception was held at the home of Mr Albert Lewis at Kangaroo Point and hosted by Mrs Guss Graving.
  • On 13 November 1947 Mabel and Austin were living in Brisbane according to August Graving's Funeral notice.
  • Augustine John (Austin) Synnott died in 1962 in Queensland.

Alice Ellen Szepanowski

F, b. 25 October 1910, d. 21 October 1964

Cecil Szepanowski

M, b. 25 November 1922, d. 22 October 1992
  • Cecil Szepanowski was born on 25 November 1922.
  • He was the son of Rudolph Szepanowski and Ottilia Emilia Gesler.
  • Cecil Szepanowski died on 22 October 1992 at age 69.
  • Cecil was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Charles Szepanowski

M, b. 22 May 1907, d. 18 August 1983
  • Charles Szepanowski was born on 22 May 1907 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Rudolph Szepanowski and Ottilia Emilia Gesler.
  • Charles Szepanowski died on 18 August 1983 in Queensland at age 76.
  • Charles was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Christian Szepanowski

M, b. 1839, d. 16 December 1918

Grave of Christian Szepanowski (1839-1918) Meringandan Cemetery. Photo thanks to
  • Christian Szepanowski was born in 1839 in Germany. He was the son of Christian Szepanowski and Louisa.
  • Christian Szepanowski married Wilhelmine Gesler circa 1870.
  • Christian Szepanowski and Wilhelmine Gesler immigrated on 19 February 1874. Christian aged 34 and Wilhelmine 25 sailed from London on 28 Nov 1884 on the Lammershagen with their son Hermann aged 1. The surname was spelt SCHIPANOWSKI on the immigration index.
  • Christian Szepanowski died on 16 December 1918 in Queensland.
  • Christian was buried in Meringandan Cemetery.

Children of Christian Szepanowski and Wilhelmine Gesler

Emelia Bertha Louise Szepanowski

F, b. 1901, d. 1974

Eric Szepanowski

M, b. 27 September 1917, d. 1 October 1991
  • Eric Szepanowski was born on 27 September 1917.
  • He was the son of Rudolph Szepanowski and Ottilia Emilia Gesler.
  • Eric Szepanowski died on 1 October 1991 at age 74.
  • Eric was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

George Christian Szepanowski

M, b. 1905, d. 15 August 1981
  • George Christian Szepanowski was born in 1905 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Rudolph Szepanowski and Ottilia Emilia Gesler.
  • George Christian Szepanowski died on 15 August 1981 in Queensland.
  • George was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Helena Elsie Szepanowski

F, b. 1914, d. 12 May 2003