[[12043]] TITMARSH, Florence Reta, parents James TITMARSH and Frances TUCKETT

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Richard HUNT
John TITMARSH

30 - Aug - 2004


[[12044]] TITMARSH, John Aaron, parents James TITMARSH and Frances TUCKETT

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Richard HUNT
John TITMARSH

25 - Jan - 2009


[[12045]] TITMARSH, Thomas Henry, parents James TITMARSH and Frances TUCKETT

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Richard HUNT
John TITMARSH

30 - Aug - 2004


[[12046]] TITMARSH, William, parents James TITMARSH and Frances TUCKETT

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Richard HUNT
John TITMARSH

30 - Aug - 2004


[[12047]] ABRAHAMS, Mark Henry

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Solomon HEISER

30 - Aug - 2004


[[12048]] ROGERS, Esther

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30 - Aug - 2004


[[12049]] HEISER, Dorothy Ivy Struck Oil, parents Samuel HEISER and Rosetta ABRAHAMS
OPAL DISCOVERY

In Western Queensland.
Mr. Percy Marks, of Sydney, states that an opal find of rare magnificence and value, has been located in Queensland, at a place called "The Hayricks," about 75 miles from Quilpie, in the Charleville district of Western Queensland. The field was discovered by Mr. D. McCracken, and a mate, who unearthed a collection of the finest examples of boulder opal, which was famous as a product of Queensland some 40 years ago. Mr. Marks has purchased the collection, and has undertaken to place it on public exhibition before despatching it to Europe.

Mr. Marks states that there is a good demand abroad for black opal, which is produced almost exclusively in Australia.
The opal was discovered in an ironstone formation.

The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday, 11 November 1930

THE GOOD OLD DAYS. (1974, August 21). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 43. Link to TROVE

THE GOOD OLD DAYS
Opals were $40 a carat - now they're $200 Brisbane woman gem merchant remembers...
"MY GARDEN was bordered with opal potch," said gem merchant Dorothy Halpin describing life at her opal mine Hayricks. beyond Quilpie in south-west Queensland.
Potch is opal without fire, usually grey, brown, or white. She held up a 4lb. piece with a heavy band of pale grey-blue opal running through the centre. "That was my door stopper at the mine." she said, "the only piece I have by me now."
Now semi-retired, Mrs. Halpin still has some fine pieces of opal which she keeps in a bank. If anyone wants to see them they view them there, a big difference from the old days.
We were talking in Brisbane, where Mrs. Halpin is still registered as a gem merchant. An active 78 years old, she dresses conservatively and her wavy silver-grey hair still shows some natural color. Her capable hands have held precious stones worth hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years and she has cut and polished many herself.
One of a mining family, Dorothy Ivy Struckoil Halpin was cutting and polishing opal at the age of 12. "My brothers taught me," she said. "The whole of my family is associated with mining - gold, sapphires, and opal. Opal became my specialty."
Nickname
She got the name Struckoil from the old goldmining town where she was born, 16 miles from Rockhampton. Because she was the first white child born there townspeople thought she should carry its name. "Father opened a case of champagne for the occasion. He had a couple of goldmines and a hotel in Struckoil," she said. "In general use I didn't get the town's full name, but was known as Strucky until I went to England on a visit with my father and mother. "My English aunts were horrified and insisted I should be called by my first name, Dorothy."
Dorothy Halpin was in her teens when she married in Rockhampton and at 24 was left to bring up two children, Samuel and Rosetta.
She had never given up her interest in gems and a few years later started dealing in gemstones in Brisbane. "As a gem merchant I made regular trips to the fields, mostly Rubyvale outside Rockhampton, renowned for sapphires," she said. After trading on her own for some years, she formed a partnership with Ivan McCracken, a New Zealand businessman then living in Brisbane. "We traded as Halpin and McCracken, gem merchants, and I still carry on under that name although Mr. McCracken died five years ago."
About 1932 she became part-owner of the opal mine Hayricks. "A prospector, Joe Knehr, prospected the mine and Ivan McCracken and I financed it. We gave Joe a third share to manage it," Mrs. Halpin said. The mine is in rugged mulga and gidgee scrub country, 125 kilometres (72 miles) outside Quilpie in south-west Queensland.
"Joe was our mine man. You could stake your life on him. He was one of God's whitest men - a better man never lived than Joe Knehr. The three of us were a wonderful combina- tion. One friend used to say I was the mortar between the bricks. "We had a written agreement, and we also had a gentleman's agreement that when a partner died he would leave his share to the surviving partners. "Joe, when he died about ten years ago, was the youngest of us. We always thought he would finish up with the opal mine. Poor Joe. He left it to Mac and me."
Since Mrs. Halpin lost her partners the mine has been under exemption by the Mines Department. There are two leases and rent is still paid on them. "Exemption means you don't have to work it, but no one else can jump it," she said.
"Hayricks was a wonderful place to live," Mrs. Halpin added, smiling at the recollection. "I had everything, even a mixmaster. We had our own electricity plant and water. "The living quarters were like a log cabin built into the face of the hill, in front of an old tunnel, so that we got the same effect as air-conditioning. "In- summer, the day temperature outside could be well over a hundred (F.), but the living quarters, summer or winter, stayed at 70 and it was 60 degrees in the pantry. "Running water was piped 500ft. from a tank. We had a shower room and a lovely garden where we grew all our own vegetables in the winter (too hot in the summer). There were two navel orange trees, a grapefruit, and a prolific lemon.
"Life at the mine was never dull. I didn't do any digging but I was busy cutting gems, cooking, washing, entertaining. We had as many as 33 visitors in one day ... it was a lovely life. "We have come across seven or eight opal boulders in one day, but might go for as long as two or three months without finding even one. "All the boulders didn't turn out good. Some would be 'potch.'
Huge boulders
"The mine produced good quality boulder opal, brilliant colors. Some would be as big as a table. "We used to send the opal to Sydney to be cut but we weren't satisfied with the returns, so decided to cut it ourselves. I used to do it, and sometimes Joe did. We had a cutting plant at the mine. I spent most of my time at the mine, eight or nine months of the year. "Some of the opal we mined was very good - faces of pure opal as big as 1ft. by 6in. "If I had the opal now that we got out of the mine! "Opal we sold for 20 pounds a carat, you get $200 for now.
"When I started as a gem merchant you couldn't sell opal in Brisbane. It was sold mostly in Sydney, Mel- bourne, and Adelaide. "Once upon a time everyone wanted red in opal. "Nowadays the Japa- nese have come into the market and it seems to be green. The Japanese love the green opal."

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22 - Jun - 2013


[[12050]] HEISER, Elias Abraham, parents Samuel HEISER and Rosetta ABRAHAMS

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Solomon HEISER

16 - Jun - 2013


[[12051]] HEISER, Hannah, parents Samuel HEISER and Rosetta ABRAHAMS

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Solomon HEISER
William IVES

25 - May - 2010


[[12052]] HEISER, Julia, parents Samuel HEISER and Rosetta ABRAHAMS

Julia married John GARDNER in 1918

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Solomon HEISER

13 - Dec - 2010


[[12053]] HEISER, Katherine May, parents Samuel HEISER and Rosetta ABRAHAMS

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Solomon HEISER

25 - May - 2010


[[12054]] HALPIN, Claude Victor Vincent, parents Thomas HALPIN and Ada DUCKETT

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08 - Jul - 2015


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[[12055]] HALPIN, Samuel Thomas, parents Claude HALPIN and Dorothy HEISER

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Solomon HEISER

25 - May - 2010


[[12056]] MARTIN, Marjory, parents George MARTIN and Emily RIDGWAY

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George RIDGWAY

31 - Aug - 2004


[[12057]] MARTIN, Alexander Vernon, parents George MARTIN and Emily RIDGWAY

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George RIDGWAY

31 - Aug - 2004


[[12058]] MARTIN, David , parents George MARTIN and Emily RIDGWAY

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George RIDGWAY

31 - Aug - 2004


[[12059]] MARTIN, George, parents George MARTIN and Emily RIDGWAY

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George RIDGWAY

31 - Aug - 2004


[[12060]] MARXSEN, Anna Matilda Alice, parents Honoratus MARXSEN and Wilhelmine SEELENBINDER

01 - Sep - 2014


[[12061]] MARTIN, Charles Frederick, parents George MARTIN and Anna MARXSEN

31 - Aug - 2004


[[12062]] MARTIN, George, parents George MARTIN and Anna MARXSEN

31 - Aug - 2004


[[12063]] KEEGAN, Donald Edward, parents Edward KEEGAN and Mabel McMULLEN

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William FREESTONE
William McMULLEN
Joseph FREESTONE

01 - Sep - 2004


[[12064]] KEEGAN, Leonard William, parents Edward KEEGAN and Mabel McMULLEN

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William FREESTONE
William McMULLEN
Joseph FREESTONE

01 - Sep - 2004


[[12065]] KEEGAN, Maurice Loftus, parents Edward KEEGAN and Mabel McMULLEN

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William FREESTONE
William McMULLEN
Joseph FREESTONE

09 - Mar - 2011


[[12066]] KEEGAN, Owen Thomas, parents Edward KEEGAN and Mabel McMULLEN

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William FREESTONE
William McMULLEN
Joseph FREESTONE

09 - Mar - 2011


[[12067]] KELLY, Richard, parents James KELLY and Mary LANGEN

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08 - Nov - 2008


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[[12068]] GREEN, Elizabeth

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Michael FOGARTY

01 - Sep - 2004


[[12069]] MURDOCH, Lilian, parents James MURDOCH and Hannah ROBINSON

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John CLAY
William FREESTONE
Michael FOGARTY

25 - Nov - 2008


[[12070]] FOGARTY, Edna May, parents Edmond FOGARTY and Lilian MURDOCH

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John CLAY
William FREESTONE
Michael FOGARTY

01 - Sep - 2004


[[12071]] FOGARTY, Allan Stanley, parents Edmond FOGARTY and Lilian MURDOCH

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John CLAY
William FREESTONE
Michael FOGARTY

23 - Nov - 2008


[[12072]] LAW, Cedric William Bowen Toft, parents William LAW and Martha DAVIES

01 - Sep - 2004


[[12073]] LAW, Ceres, parents William LAW and Martha DAVIES

01 - Sep - 2004


[[12074]] LAW, Dorothy Madeline Beryl Toft, parents William LAW and Martha DAVIES

01 - Sep - 2004


[[12075]] LAW, Frank Douglas Toft, parents William LAW and Martha DAVIES

01 - Sep - 2004


[[12076]] ROLES, Henry

01 - Sep - 2004


[[12077]] ROLES, Alice Evelyn, parents Henry ROLES and Murrie LAW

01 - Sep - 2004


[[12078]] ROLES, Leonard Henry, parents Henry ROLES and Murrie LAW

09 - Mar - 2011


[[12079]] ROLES, Martha Elizabeth Amy, parents Henry ROLES and Murrie LAW

01 - Sep - 2004


[[12080]] BUNBURY, Lilian Rose, parents William BUNBURY and Rose McNAMARA

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Thomas MADDOCK

01 - Sep - 2004


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[[12081]] BUNBURY, Ivy May, parents William BUNBURY and Rose McNAMARA

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Thomas MADDOCK

01 - Sep - 2004


[[12082]] BUNBURY, Myrtle Ethel, parents William BUNBURY and Rose McNAMARA

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Thomas MADDOCK

01 - Sep - 2004


[[12083]] GRIFFITHS, Valmai Elsie Atherton, parents Arthur GRIFFITHS and Leila HALLORAN

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George GRIFFITHS
James ATHERTON
Alpin CAMERON

02 - Sep - 2004


[[12084]] GILL, Burnage, parents Ernest GILL and Isabella GRIFFITHS

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George GRIFFITHS
James ATHERTON

26 - Feb - 2006


[[12085]] GILL, Ivor Atherton, parents Ernest GILL and Isabella GRIFFITHS

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George GRIFFITHS
James ATHERTON

26 - Feb - 2006


[[12086]] GRIFFITHS, Evely Betty, parents Alfred GRIFFITHS and Evelyn HAMILTON

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George GRIFFITHS
James ATHERTON

02 - Sep - 2004


[[12087]] GRIFFITHS, Margaret Isobel, parents Alfred GRIFFITHS and Evelyn HAMILTON

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George GRIFFITHS
James ATHERTON

02 - Sep - 2004


[[12088]] HOBSON, Esme Park, parents Stanley HOBSON and Jessie GRIFFITHS

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James ATHERTON

02 - Sep - 2004


[[12089]] HOBSON, Yulie Atherton, parents Stanley HOBSON and Jessie GRIFFITHS

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James ATHERTON

02 - Sep - 2004


[[12090]] DAVIS, Bertie, parents George DAVIS and Mary SMITH

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George DAVIS

14 - Apr - 2006


[[12091]] DAVIS, Charley James, parents George DAVIS and Mary SMITH

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George DAVIS

14 - Apr - 2006


[[12092]] PECHEY, William Wilmot, parents Edward PECHEY and Helen BOND

Williams birth is listed in the index with the surname of PECKEY.

Death Notice
PECHEY. On November 26th, at his residence, "Cottesloe," Toowoomba, William Wilmot   Pechey, in his 42nd year.

The Queenslander  Saturday, 11 December 1915

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James ATHERTON

16 - Jul - 2011


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