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Re: Looking for Info abt. Frank Weakley b. 1862 or Catherine (Kate) Holmes Weakley
Posted by: Tania Dennis (ID *****8504) Date: May 06, 2012 at 14:29:22
In Reply to: Looking for Info abt. Frank Weakley b. 1862 or Catherine (Kate) Holmes Weakley by Karlene Murray-Toppin of 1995

On the 1871 Census Frank's parents are listed as Charles and Emma. Below is the Death registration in 1933 of John Weakley

1933/C3219 John Weakley
Father: Charles Mother: Emma Woodward

His first wife Ellen died in 1921.

It looks like John & Ellen travelled a bit to goldfields - he mined but seemed to mainly own Pubs and boarding houses.

The Western Champion (Barcaldine, Qld. : 1922 - 1937)(about) Previous issue Saturday 1 July 1933 Next issue
The death has occurred in Rockhampton of Mr. John Weakley, who some years ago conducted the Federal Hotel In Barcaldine. Mr. Charles Weakley, at one time of the Mt. Cornish Hotel, Muttaburra, but now of Mackay, is a son. The funeral took place last Wednesday afternoon, June 28th. The deceased leaves a widow, four daughters (three of whom are married), and his only son. Charlie,to mourn their loss.

When you search the Trove Newspapers - read the article from paper below it is long and is about John Weakley and his story and movements. I have pasted as small extract of the story but you will need to go to Trove to read the rest.

Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 24 November 1926
(By "Seagee.")
(By "Seagee.")
A lucky gold miner, one who under- stands something of the romance of
mining, is Mr. John Weakley, recently of the Lake's Creek Hotel, but now con- tent to live with his second wife the simple life in their neat little home in Yeppoon.
A native of Somersetshire, England. Mr. Weaklcy arrived in Queensland per medium of thc Duke of Buckingham in 1883, landing at Port Mackay. A great many of the 970 passengers who came by that vessel also disembarked in that town of sugar, rum, and molasses. A job at the Royal Hotel there served to help to get thc two new chums some- what used to the ways of a strange country and enabled them to start in business for themselves three month later in a boarding house, known as Sam Woods, which title they speedily altered to that of Thc Duke of Buck- ingham and so secured thc patronage of their shipmates, many of whom had found employment in the town and dis-
At the end of 12 months thc business was disposed of and another one secured. This was also sold at thc end of an- other year and a move was made t0 Gympie, which was then in the heydey of its glory as a goldfield.
There Mr. Weakley commenced his career as a miner, for he secured a job as a trucker in the No. 5 Phoenix, and in his spare time added to his knowledge by striking up a working acquaintance with hammers, gads, and drills and quickly acquired the art of sharpening
the latter.
Wages earned hy truckers at that time only ran to 6s. or 7s. per day, but the purchas- ing power of thc nimble shilling waa about double of what it is in these times of high prices and short hours. A spell of trucking at the No. 2 Phoenix then ensued and was followed by a contract, which Dick Condy and he took, digging the excavation for the Golden Crown battery, after which he figured on the pay-roll as a drill sharpener on a big contract. Condy took sinking the main shaft on Orr' lease. A rush to Mount Shamrocks, about 100 miles away in the Gayndah district, next attracted Mr. Weakley'a attention and away he and his wife went to try their luck on the new field.
There Mrs. Weakley opened a board- ing house, whilst her husband and his two mates, Alick Short and Bob Lar- combe, took up a claim and put a 250 ft. tunnel into a hill to strike the Mt. Shamrock reef. Prospects seemed so
good that a good price was offered to
Mr. Weakley for his interest and he
accepted the offer and shook hands with
himself when the claim turned out a duffer.
A rush at Geebangle, eight miles away, gave Mr. Weakley the opportun- ity to apply for an hotel license there,
so the boarding house was disposed of and the Inspector of Police, supporting the application, a provisional license was granted by Mr. W. R. O. Hill, the Licensing Magistrate at Gayndah. The Geebangle Hotel, a bark building, was soon erected and a supply of beer and spirits sent for to Maryborough, whenceFix this text it had to be conveyed by horse or bullock more online at Trove

Children born to John & Ellen (nee Morris)

1888/C7783 Clara Eliza Weakley
Father: John Mother:Ellen Morris
1891/C1186 Charles John Weakley
Father: John Mother:Ellen Morris
1894/C1144 Mercy Ellen Weakley
Father: John Mother:Ellen Morris
1896/C1361 Emma Mary Weakley
Father: John Mother:Ellen Morris


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