Stephen Melville Bird

(31 July 1946 - 17 July 2011)
     Stephen Melville Bird was born on 31 July 1946 in Canada. He was the son of Philip Harold Bird and Ruby Rose Walling.
     Stephen died on 17 July 2011 in Canada aged 64. He was buried on 22 July 2011.

stillborn child Bird

(1926 - )
     Stillborn child Bird was stillborn in 1926. He was the son of James George Bird and Lily Florence Mackenzie.

Susanna Bird

(circa 1805 - before 24 April 1858)
     Susanna Bird was born circa 1805 in Onehouse, Suffolk.
Susanna Bird married Samuel Dykes on 25 December 1827 in Buxhall, Suffolk.
     Susanna Bird and Samuel Dykes were recorded on the 1841 census in Churn Milk Hall?, Buxhall. Samuel Dykes 30, ag lab, Susan Dykes 30, John Dykes 10, Maurice Dykes 8, Henry Dykes 6, William Dykes 2, Maria Dykes 3 weeks, all born in the county.
     Susanna Bird and Samuel Dykes were recorded on the 1851 census in Churnmilk Hall (near Pyhatch?), Buxhall. Samual Dykes 44, farmer of 60 acres emplying 3 labourers, born Buxhall; his wife Susanner Dykes 45, born Onehouse, children Morris Dykes 20, works on farm, Henrey Dykes 19, ditto, Mary Ann Dykes 16, William Dykes 11, on the farm, Jane Dykes 9, Maria Dykes 7, Fredrick Dykes 5, Sarah Dykes 3, all born at Buxhall.
     Susanna died before 24 April 1858 in Buxhall, Stow RD, Suffolk. She was buried on 24 April 1858 in Buxhall.

Children of Susanna Bird and Samuel Dykes

Susannah Bird

(circa 1783 - )
     Susannah Bird was born circa 1783 in Suffolk.
Susannah Bird married William Cocksedge, son of William Cocksedge and Abigail Gould, on 2 May 1803 in Bradfield St Clare, Suffolk.

Children of Susannah Bird and William Cocksedge

Sydney Clarence Bird

(16 April 1896 - 30 July 1986)
     Sydney Clarence Bird was born on 16 April 1896 in South Melbourne, Victoria. He was the son of Edward George Bird and Mary Ann Bailey.
Sydney Clarence Bird married Stella Ada Brine on 12 June 1915 in Fitzroy, Victoria.
Sydney Clarence Bird married Dorothy May Lawson in 1934 in Victoria. Sydney was a bank manager. He was buried in Springvale.
     Sydney died on 30 July 1986 in 10 Hillcrest Avenue, Caulfield South, Victoria, aged 90.

Child of Sydney Clarence Bird and Stella Ada Brine

Thomas Leo Bird

(1899 - 1974)
     Thomas Leo Bird was born in 1899 in Leongatha, Victoria. He was the son of James Bird and Ada Jane Cotterell.
     Thomas was registered as a butcher at Commercial Rd, Yarram, on the 1949 electoral roll.
     Thomas died in 1974 in Yarram.

Victor Harold Bird

(11 August 1932 - 24 March 2007)
     Victor Harold Bird was born on 11 August 1932 in Canada. He was the son of Philip Harold Bird and Ruby Rose Walling.
     Victor died on 24 March 2007 in Canada aged 74.

William Bird

(circa 1828 - )
     William Bird was born circa 1828 in Suffolk. There were 2 William Birds baptised in Woolpit, 1827 & 1829.
William Bird married Harriet Bullett, daughter of John Bullett and Elizabeth Stiff, on 21 February 1851 in Woolpit, Suffolk.
William Bird and Harriet Bullett witnessed William Button and Elizabeth Bullett's wedding on 1 December 1856 in Rougham, Suffolk.

Children of William Bird and Harriet Bullett

William Bird

(23 December 1855 - )
     William Bird was christened on 23 December 1855 in Woolpit, Suffolk. He was the son of William Bird and Harriet Bullett.

William Henry Bird

(27 June 1829 - 19 January 1916)
     William Henry Bird was born on 27 June 1829 in Little James St, London, Camden. He was the son of Isaac Bird and Isabella Tempest Paul. William Henry Bird was christened on 15 April 1830 in St Pancras Church.
     William Henry Bird and Isabella Tempest Bird, John Fairburn Isaac Bird, Rosalie Bird and Alfred Paul Bird arrived with Isaac Bird and Isabella Tempest Paul on 21 March 1833 at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
William Henry Bird married Emily Cole, daughter of Edward Cole and Mary Harrison, on 8 September 1856 in St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, Victoria.
William Henry Bird and Emily Cole witnessed Alfred Paul Bird and Alethea Cole's wedding on 25 January 1858 in Christ Church, St Kilda, Victoria. William was an estate agent.
William Henry Bird was listed in a directory dated 1884 as estate agent at 245 Chapel Street, Prahran, Victoria.
     William resided at 32 Hanover Street, Windsor, 1884.
     William Henry Bird was mentioned in the will of John Fairburn Isaac Bird dated October 1888. William Henry Bird was the informant at the death of John Fairburn Isaac Bird, on 11 August 1889.
     William Henry Bird made a will dated 5 February 1907 in 48 Chapel St, Windsor, Victoria. He left everything to his son Henry Edward Bird.
William Henry Bird and Henry Edward Bird were listed in a directory dated 1909 at 48 Chapel Street, Prahran. William H Bird and his brother Henry E Bird valuator, estate & financial agent were listed at 48 Chapel St Windsor, opposite station.
     William died of senile decay & cerebral haemorrhage on 19 January 1916 in 54 Vine Street, Windsor, Victoria, aged 86. He was buried on 21 January 1916 in the Methodist section of St Kilda cemetery, St Kilda.
     His will was proved on 14 December 1916 at Victoria.

Children of William Henry Bird and Emily Cole

Albreda or Isabel Biseth

( - after 1284)
      She was mentioned as Albreda Biseth in 1216.
Albreda or Isabel Biseth married William D'Aubigne Brito IV, son of William D'Aubigne (de Belvoir) and Margery or Margaret de Umfraville.
     Albreda died after 1284.

Child of Albreda or Isabel Biseth and William D'Aubigne Brito IV

Maria Bishop or Brewer or Brodie

(circa 1823 - 1890)
     Maria Bishop or Brewer or Brodie was born circa 1823 in St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK.
Maria Bishop or Brewer or Brodie married (?) Brodie? before 1851.
     Maria Bishop or Brewer or Brodie and Frederica Maria Emma Murray Brewer were recorded on the 1851 census in St Helier, Jersey Channel Islands. Maria Brodie, 27, married, annuitant, born St Heliers, Jersey; daughter Frederica, 7, born England.
     Maria Bishop or Brewer or Brodie was recorded on the 1861 census in St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. Maria Brodie, 39, head, married, fundholder, born St Helier, her daughter Frederica Brodie, 17, Ann Brishop, grandmother, 77, born Jersey, St Helier.
     Maria Bishop or Brewer or Brodie and Frederica Maria Emma Murray Brewer were recorded on the 1871 census in Titchfield, Hampshire. Maria Brodie,49, widow, lodger, born St Helier, Jersey and her daughter Frederica M Brodie, 25, born Plymouth in the Silby household.
     Maria Bishop or Brewer or Brodie and Frederica Maria Emma Murray Brewer were recorded on the 1881 census in Priory Leasor?, Titley, Kington, Herefordshire. Maria Brodie, 59, gentleman's widow (crossed out) born Jersey, Channel Islands, daughter Frederica M. Brodie 30, governess, born Devonshire; Amy L Ward, 13, visitor, scholar & Martha Carter, 21, servant.
     Maria died in 1890. She is probably the Maria Brodie whose death was registered in the June quarter of 1890 at Kington, Herefordshire aged 68.

Child of Maria Bishop or Brewer or Brodie and Rev Henry Murray

Elizabeth Bishop

(12 October 1823 - circa 1900)
     Elizabeth Bishop was born on 12 October 1823.
Elizabeth Bishop married John Dempster, son of George Dempster, on 29 August 1861 in Flowers Cove, Newfoundland. Robert Adam wrote: (From my Grandmother Catherine Dempster).
In the Diocese of Newfoundland in the year 1861, John Dempster of Flowers Cove, Newfoundland, bachelor, and Elizabeth Bishop, spinster, of the same place, were married at Flowers Cove aforesaid, this twenty ninth day of August in the year of the Lord, One thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty One. The said John Dempster and Elizabeth Bishop were united by a layman according to a custom of the Shore, there being no Clergyman to be found on the 1st. March 1847. Marriage solemnized in Mission Forteau.
The above marriage was solemnized between John Dempster and Elizabeth Bishop, in the presence of us (signed ) John Wells, Mary Ann Spencer, Grace Noseworthy.
I do hereby certify that the above is true and correct copy of the marriage Register of the said Mission as relating to the said marriage. (signed) Edward Botwood, S.J.G.
     Elizabeth died circa 1900 in Quebec, Quebec, Canada.

Children of Elizabeth Bishop and John Dempster

Alexander Arthur Hume Black

(before September 1877 - 2 September 1877)
     Alexander Arthur Hume Black was born before September 1877. He was the son of Maurice Hume Black and Maria Frederica Hunn Davies.
     Alexander died on 2 September 1877 in Brisbane, Queensland.

Alfred Joseph Black

(8 December 1891 - 4 March 1969)
     Alfred Joseph Black was born on 8 December 1891 in New Zealand. He was the son of Richard Black and Jane Eliza Sargeant.
Alfred Joseph Black married Vera Greacen in 1924 in New Zealand.
     Alfred died on 4 March 1969 in New Zealand aged 77.

Child of Alfred Joseph Black and Vera Greacen

Alice Black

(27 July 1885 - 9 September 1967)
     Alice Black was born on 27 July 1885 in New Zealand. She was the daughter of Richard Black and Jane Eliza Sargeant.
Alice Black married George John Harris on 9 April 1912 in Holy Trinity church, Dargaville, New Zealand.
     Alice died on 9 September 1967 in New Zealand aged 82.

Children of Alice Black and George John Harris

Alice Josephine Black

(8 May 1873 - 3 October 1873)
     Alice Josephine Black was born on 8 May 1873 in Brisbane, Queensland. She was the daughter of Maurice Hume Black and Maria Frederica Hunn Davies.
     Alice died on 3 October 1873 in Williamstown, Victoria. BLACK -On the 3rd inst, at The English, Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank, Williamstown, Alice Josephine daughter of Maurice Hume Black, the Cedars, Mackay, Queensland, aged five months.

Anne Black

(12 June 1889 - 19 October 1965)
     Anne Black was born on 12 June 1889 in New Zealand. She was the daughter of Richard Black and Jane Eliza Sargeant.
Anne Black married Robert Dodd on 21 June 1922 in All Saints, Wanganui East, New Zealand.
     Anne died on 19 October 1965 in New Zealand aged 76.

Arthur Alexander Black

(18 April 1863 - 2 September 1877)
     Arthur Alexander Black was born on 18 April 1863 in Williamstown, Victoria. The Argus announced: BIRTHS. BLACK.—On the 18th inst., at Aubrey-cottage, North Williamstown, the wife of M. Hume Black, Esq., of Meilman, of a son.. He was the son of Maurice Hume Black and Maria Frederica Hunn Davies.
     Arthur died on 2 September 1877 in 'The Cedars', Mackay, Queensland, aged 14. BLACK. On the 2nd inst., at The Cedars, Port Mackay, Queensland, Arthur Alexander Hume, eldest and dearly loved son of Maurice Hume and Maria Frederica Hume Black, aged 14.

Charles Howard Black

(17 April 1917 - 11 April 1975)
     Charles Howard Black was born on 17 April 1917 in Kaikohopu, Wanganui, New Zealand. He was the son of Richard Black and Robina Marian Lynch.
Charles Howard Black married Patricia Houghton on 12 April 1941 in New Zealand.
     Charles died on 11 April 1975 in Hamilton, New Zealand, aged 57.

Egbert John Black

(21 October 1899 - 21 April 1980)
     Egbert John Black was born on 21 October 1899 in New Zealand. He was the son of Richard Black and Jane Eliza Sargeant.
Egbert John Black married Jean Melville Galbraith on 8 February 1928 in St Paul's, Wanganui, New Zealand.
     Egbert died on 21 April 1980 in New Zealand aged 80.

Child of Egbert John Black and Jean Melville Galbraith

Evelyn Agnes Black

(12 November 1876 - 1961)
     Evelyn Agnes Black was born on 12 November 1876 in 'The Cedars', Mackay, Queensland. BLACK. -On the 12th ult., at The Cedars, Queensland, the wife of Maurlce Hume Black of a daughter. She was the daughter of Maurice Hume Black and Maria Frederica Hunn Davies.
Evelyn Agnes Black married Frederick Robert Wright Jackson in 1901 in Coolgardie, Western Australia.
     Evelyn resided at Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, 1906.
     Evelyn died in 1961 in Maylands, Western Australia.

Children of Evelyn Agnes Black and Frederick Robert Wright Jackson

Frederick Walter Black

(18 October 1864 - 1926)
     Frederick Walter Black was born on 18 October 1864 in Burnetville, North Rockhampton, Queensland. He was the son of Maurice Hume Black and Maria Frederica Hunn Davies.
     Frederick died in 1926.

Gordon Thomas Black

(12 November 1897 - 1957)
     Gordon Thomas Black was born on 12 November 1897 in New Zealand. He was the son of Richard Black and Jane Eliza Sargeant.
     Gordon died in 1957 in New Zealand.

Helena Margaret Black

(28 May 1867 - 1963)
     Helena Margaret Black was born on 28 May 1867 in Eaglefield, Mackay, Queensland. She was the daughter of Maurice Hume Black and Maria Frederica Hunn Davies.
     Helena resided at .... House, 543 Victoria Pde, East Melbourne, Victoria, 1922. She would appear to be the musician Miss Hume Black, who resided in Melbourne at the time of her mother's death.
     Helena died in 1963 in Melbourne, Victoria.

Isabel Black

(17 January 1871 - 1959)
     Isabel Black was also known as Isabel Hume in records. She was born on 17 January 1871 in Brisbane, Queensland. She was described as the fourth daughter at her wedding. She was the daughter of Maurice Hume Black and Maria Frederica Hunn Davies.
Isabel Black married Lewis Jesse Cowley, son of Jesse Cowley and Ann Clara Fisher, on 24 January 1893 in St John's, Brisbane, Queensland. COWLEY-HUME BLACK - On the 21th January, at St John's Pro Cathedral, Brisbane, by the Rev. A E David, Chaplain to the Bishop, Lewis Jesse, eldest son of Jesse Cowley, of Fairford, Sydney, to Isabel, fourth daughter of the Hon M Hume Black, MLA, of Mackay No cards. Her sister married on the same day.
     Isabel resided at Ingham, Queensland, 1906.
     Isabel died in 1959 in Sydney, New South Wales.

Children of Isabel Black and Lewis Jesse Cowley

Margaret Lillian Black

     Margaret Lillian Black married George Warren Hannaford, son of Arthur Ruby Hannaford and Ann Briggs, on 4 June 1941 in St George's, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Marion Grace Black

(3 March 1869 - 2 September 1947)
Miss Hume Black
     Marion Grace Black was born on 3 March 1869 in Williamstown, Victoria, Australia. She was described as the third daughter at her wedding.BLACK.-On the 3rd inst., at Williamstown, Mrs. M. Hume Black of a daughter. She was the daughter of Maurice Hume Black and Maria Frederica Hunn Davies.
Marion Grace Black married Edward Monro Hart on 24 January 1893 in St John's, Brisbane, Queensland. HART-HUME BLACK - On the 24th January, at St John's Pro Cathedral, Brisbane, by the Rev A J David, Ohaplain to the Bishop, Edward Monro, eldest son of the late Edward Frederlck Hart, C.E., to Marion Grace, third daughter of tho Hon M Hume Black, MLA, of Mackay No cards. It was a double wedding with her sister Isabel.
The Anglican pro-Cathedral was, on Tuesday, January 24, the scene of the marriage of the third and fourth daughters of the Hon. M. Hume Black, M.L.A., the newly-appointed, special, agent in England-Miss Marion Black wedding Mr. Edward Hart, of H.M. Customs, and Miss Isabel Black Mr. Louis Cowley, nephew of the Hon. A. S. Cowley, Minister for Lands. The wedding was intended to be a quiet one (Mr.. and Mrs. Black being engaged in active preparations for de- parture to England), but the popularity of the young brides and the men of their choice quite frustrated the attempt, so far as the ceremony was concerned, and the church, the decoration of which was confined to the dressing of the altar with white flowers, presented a very gay appear- ance, and was crowded with the friends of the two young couples.
Both brides were similarly attired in gowns of white brocaded Indian silk, th«? chief charm of which lay in their simplicity. They wore wreaths of orange blossoms and long tulle veils, and car- ried exquisite bouquets of white flowers. Each bride was followed by one maid-Miss Thallon attending Miss Marion Black, and Miss Evelyn Black her sister Isabel. The bridesmaids were attired in Empire gowns of pink crepe adorned with pink and brown ribbons, and wore brown straw picture hats trimmed with pink roses. Mrs. Black, mother of the brides, was gowned in royal'blue voile-delaine, with floral design in cream ; bonnet to harmonise. Subsequent to the ceremony Mrs. Black received a number of friends at her residence, Harris-terrace, George-street, Brisbane. Mr. and Mrs. Hart spend their honey- moon at Redland Bay, and Mr. and Mrs. Cowley are spending theirs in Sydney.
     Marion resided at Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, 1906.
     Marion and Edward resided at Merton St, Brisbane South, Queensland, 1908.
     Marion and Edward resided at Cnr Merton Rd & St George St, Brisbane South, Queensland, 1925.
     Marion resided at 59 Merton Rd, Brisbane South, 1937. Also at that address were Leslie Walter, buyer & Mina Marion, typiste. By 1943 she was alone at Eight Ave, St Lucia. In 1949 she was at The Entrance, NSW.
     Marion died on 2 September 1947 in St Lucia, Queensland, aged 78. HART.—On September 22nd, 1947, Marion Grace Hart, of Eighth Avenue, St. Lucia, beloved Mother of Eugene, Cedric, Leslie, & Mina (Mrs Campbell). Privately cremated.

Children of Marion Grace Black and Edward Monro Hart

Maurice Hume Black

(16 December 1835 - 16 August 1899)
Hon. Maurice Hume Black
     Maurice Hume Black was born on 16 December 1835 in London, England. He was the son of Alexander & Marianne Jane Hume who married 19 August 1833 at St Pancras; Alex was a bookseller at the time of his son Burnley's baptism 9 Feb 1851 at St Pancras. Marianne died on the 29th January, at Hastings, England, Marianne, relict of the late Alexander Black, and niece of Joseph Hume, also mother of M. Hume Black, Coolgardle, West Australia. Her death was reported in The Queenslander 20 February, p. 393. He was christened on 16 March 1836 in St Paul Covent Garden, London.
THere was an unclaimed letter to M Hume Black advertised 16 Dec 1853 in The South Australian register and again in May 1854.
Maurice Hume Black married Maria Frederica Hunn Davies, daughter of Rev Thomas Davies and Mary Reddish, on 4 September 1861 in St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, Victoria. BLACK—DAVIES.—On the 4th inst., at St Paul's Church, Melbourne, by the Rev. S. L. Chase, M. Hume Black, to Maria Frederica Hume, youngest daughter of the late Rev. Thomas Davies, M.A., of Montego Bay, Jamaica.
     Maurice resided at Eaglefield, Nebo, Queensland, 1868.
Encouraged by McIlwraith's attitude to planters, Hume Black formed a syndicate in the belief ... investment for sugar lands.... strong protagonist for separation and the continuance of Kanaka labour ... [re mills at South Johnsotne, etc.
In April 1885, Hume Black MLA, the staunchest of sparationists, had addressed a meeting Geraldton
     Maurice was Secretary of Public Lands in Queensland in 1888.
     Maurice resided at 'The Cedars' Plantation, Mackay, Queensland. His horses were branded with an eagle on the shoulder, the cattle had an O with ---C through the centre.      
Maurice Hume Black was was a politician for Queensland. The Austrlaian Dictionary of Biography online states: Black, Maurice Hume (1835-1899), sugar-planter and politician, was born on 15 December 1835 in London, son of Alexander Black, bookseller, and his wife Marianne, née Hume. Although said to have been educated at St Paul's, he is not mentioned in the school roll which includes his brother. He emigrated to Australia in 1853 and followed pastoral pursuits in South Australia and the Riverina, where he is reputed to have invented a steam-driven machine for washing sheep. Certainly on 4 September 1861 in Melbourne he married Maria Frederica Hunn, youngest daughter of Rev. Thomas Davies of Montego Bay, Jamaica; they had two sons and five daughters.
In 1864 Black was attracted to Queensland, and three years later settled in the newly-opened Mackay district to try his hand at growing sugar. He founded a plantation known as the Cedars, and was soon a leading grower in Mackay, hospitable to his neighbours and generous even towards his Pacific Islanders. Early in 1881 he was elected to represent Mackay in the Queensland Legislative Assembly. From his family background he inherited an unusual variety of political traditions: his father was related to Adam Black, the Edinburgh publisher who was one of Gladstone's mainstays in Scotland; his mother was a niece of Joseph 'Orator' Hume, the radical reformer; and his wife's mother was a half-sister of George Canning. These were not his only claims to political notice. Mackay was prospering under a boom in sugar lands, and Black, like most of his constituents supported Sir Thomas McIlwraith's Conservative administration, with its toleration of non-European labour and its lavish public works policy. He soon established himself as a trenchant advocate of his district's needs and was re-elected in 1883 and 1888.
Black was a firm believer in the necessity for indentured Pacific Island labour in the sugar plantations, and one of his earliest tasks in parliament was the preparation of a statistical table arguing that the industry created jobs for white men as well as brown. When S. W. Griffith's ministry came to power in 1883 on a platform hostile to coloured labour, Black denounced them violently and became a leader of the movement for separating north Queensland into an autonomous colony. He spoke at length in support of J. M. Macrossan's motion for separation in 1886 and with another northern member, Isidor Lissner, went to England to lobby for separation in 1887. This did not prevent him from supporting, against most of his party, Griffith's proposals to establish government-financed central sugar-mills in the Mackay district, or from accepting office in McIlwraith's ministry in 1888. As minister for lands and agriculture he remained in office under McIlwraith's successor, B. D. Morehead. He authorized the important 1889 royal commission on the sugar industry, and sought to promote the diversification of tropical agriculture by founding government nurseries at Mackay and Kamerunga, near Cairns. He also successfully sponsored the establishment of travelling model dairies through which Queensland's numerous small farmers might be taught better husbandry. But his useful term of office ended when McIlwraith changed sides in 1890 and coalesced with Griffith, so bringing down the ministry of his former supporters. From that time Black was an embittered cross-bencher.
'Though he knew the alpha and omega of sugar-planting', wrote C. A. Bernays, 'he had not made a success of it, and this accounted largely for the bitterness, irony and sarcasm which dominated most of his speeches'. Because of his political activities, Black could not give his property the attention it demanded especially when prices were low, and by 1892, despite a fortunate speculation in Mount Morgan mining shares, his difficulties were pressing. The coalition government looked after him by creating a special post in the agent-general's office in London, with a salary of £1000 equal to a cabinet minister's. The duties were those of an immigration agent, concentrating especially on attracting farmers and small capitalists to Queensland. He held this post in 1893-94 before it was abolished. Accompanied by some of his family, the old politician then decided to try his fortunes on the Coolgardie goldfields, where he arrived in 1896 and set up as an attorney for mining companies. There he died on 16 August 1899 of cirrhosis of the liver and cardiac failure. Their symptoms might sufficiently explain the reduced circumstances of his later years; but even as a newcomer to Coolgardie Black apparently made himself well liked in the community, and was considered fit to be a justice of the peace. Inventive, enterprising, often disappointed but always buoyant, he was characteristic of many among his generation of colonial politicians who throve on prosperity but had little foresight for harder times.

     Maurice died on 16 August 1899 in Coolgardie, Western Australia, aged 63. On the 16th August, at his late residence, Lindsay-street, the Hon. M. Hume Black, late of Queensland, in his 64th year. The Catholic Press reported:
Hume Black. Another of the old school of Queensland politicians has passed away in Hume Black. Mr. Black got into financial difficulties a few years before the downfall of the M'll wraith gang, and he was sent off to England as an immigration lecturer at £1000 a year
and expenses. Whenever a politician gets into trouble in Queensland he is appointed an immigration lecturer. How long Mr. Black held that appointment no one knows or cares. He was forgotten, except at the Treasury, from whioh he drew the salary for a long time. Last week we were sur prised to see a telegram announcing his death at Coolgardie from dropsy, at the age of 64. Mr. Black belonged to a well-known Edinburgh family. His father was a mem ber of the publishing firm of that name, and his mother was a niece of Mr. Joseph Hume, for many years member for Montrose. Mr. Black was married to a niece of the great statesman, George Canning. For the greater part of his life he was engaged in pastoral enterprises throughout Australia. In Queensland he was managing partner of large properties in the South Kennedy and Peak Down districts Ho was ono of M*I1 wraith's strongest captains, and was a reserved, shrewd, and able politician. In two Ministeries he was Minister for Lands. That he passed his last days in Coolgardie is strong, evidonoe of the fact that the old squatting regime in Queensland is utterly broken up. Mr. Hodgkinson, another of M'Ilwraitn's ex-Ministers, is also in the West. Had Hume Black kept out of politics it is probable that he would have died a wealthy man

Children of Maurice Hume Black and Maria Frederica Hunn Davies

Maurice Hume Black

(17 May 1878 - before 6 May 1915)
     Maurice Hume Black was born on 17 May 1878 in Queensland. BLACK - On the 17th ult, at The Cedars, Port Mackay, Queensland, the wife ot Maurice Hume Black of a son. He was the son of Maurice Hume Black and Maria Frederica Hunn Davies.
     Maurice resided at New Zealand, 1906.
     Maurice died before 6 May 1915 in Napier, New Zealand. BLACK. - The result of a motor collision, Napier, NZ, Maurice Hume Black, youngest son of the late Hon. Maurice Hume Black, Legislative Assembly, and beloved brother of Mrs M. Wilson, 543 Victoria parade, East Melbourne, and Miss Hume Black, Scourfield Chambers, Collins street.