After the death of Montagu, Mary Annie was left to care for four young children.
Mary moved to Mackay and there she ran a shop, as in the Queensland Gazette she held a licence to sell tobacco from a shop in Mackay during the year 1896.
Between 1895 and 1896 she met Arthur Ernest Pacey.
They married in the Holy Trinity Church, Mackay, on 2nd October 1896,she was 30 years old. She was recorded as living in Mirani.
The children most likely attended the
Mirani State primary School
Arthur and Mary Ann proceeded then, to have quite a number of children over the next 18 years.
Arthur Ernest Pacey.
He was born 11 October 1867 in Sydney. His parents were William Pacey and Mary Ann Maplesden. They arrived in Australia from England in 1857.
Arthur was the youngest of the children, and was born in New South Wales.
In 1876, when Arthur was 9 his mother died. There was not a lot known about him in the years between his birth and his mother's death. The family though were painters. It poses another question, who looked after the children?
Perhaps he went to live with one of his elder brothers, Charles, his eldest had was married and has a son born the same year as Arthur's mother's death. His brother William lived in Victoria.
What he did though was became a member of a travelling circus, as a magician, under the name "The Great Dalmore". That has been confirmed with his family and also from a performance he gave in 1907 at Kuranda.
Arthur was also a member of a band. He may have been in the NSW Military Band, but he was in a similar band in Queensland, where he was placed third in a competition.
Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931) Friday 13 June 1890 p 6 Article
He appears to be the band master, and the audience loved that performance, but not all the choices of what was presented.
Then 1892, he wins a prize in a Military Band Tournament.
A photo of him in a band uniform, indicates it could be similar style to one of the bands of the day.
Mandarin collars and cap sleeves would not be that common.
In 1897 he is listed as living in Wood St Mackay. Perhaps that is where the family lived after the marriage. A cyclone damaged the street, and now it is one of the main streets in the town.
At the time of the marriage Mary had 3 surviving children to care for. However step parenting is not easy and life often become challenging, with differences of opinion, and the rules of newly introduced people, whom the children may or may not like. Nothing seems to have changed in that regard no matter how many centuries nor generations have passed.
That became quite evident in this family as well. Maud left home and went to Cairns, before 1909. Her sister Ada also left home and joined her in 1909. Her step father's reaction to this led to some extremely violent events.
Maud Miriam b 1888 d 1966. She was the partner of Norman Buchanan an engineer at thePioneer Mill in Ayr in 1913.
He had married May Coates in Sydney in 1906. No death can be found for May Coates. She sometimes went as Agnes Coates, and there is one record in the census 1906 of a Agnes Coates living in Brisbane. She may have returned to England. They had three children. Norman later married Alice Gilbert.
Montagu John b 1890 He died at the landing at Galliopoli and the last story will be devoted to those brave men and women, who fought in this the Centenary of Anzacs.
Ada May b 1892 She married Frederick Orth in 1912.. Fred had been in WW1 but returned. They had 2 children. Ada's marriage was not happy and she later lived in Ipswich.
In 1907 they were back up in North Queensland, and Roma Dalmore Pacey was born there. Arthur was entertaining the audience at the Prize Giving of the Kuranda School, with his show Magic from Japan!
What would they be doing in Kuranda? There was the railway, but it had been built in 1891.
Also in 1907, Miss Pacey wore a lovely dress to the Ball, the image of her name is blackened.
The town of Kuranda in 1907
Then in 1909 they were living in Bowen. A beautiful part of the Queensland Coast.
In 1909 they were living in Bowen. Arthur did an unforgivable thing, he took to the family and his daughter Roma with a gun. He shot his neighbour threatened Mary and the children and managed to get off the charge. His excuse was he had been drinking.
Mrs Pacey ran into a corner of the room and the children got under the bed. Directly afterwards Pacey came over and stood opposite the bedroom door. Pacey was carrying a gun, and said "My wife is here," and asked witness to order her out. Witness told Mrs Pacey that Pacey wanted her. She did not answer.
|Ingham School 1909|
Pacey then stepped backwards towards the front door, and when he had reached the door, witness's mother came out of the room Mrs. Pacey was in. She spoke to Pacey, who replied "I will shoot you," and put the gun to his shoulder.
Witness kept walking towards Pacey, and the latter walked sideways along the verandah. At the end of the verandah Pacey stepped off on to the ground, and said "I'll put a hole through you." Witness went to the front door as quickly as he could. Pacey then put the rifle to his shoulder and shot witness just as he got to the door, several shots struck him on the face. Witness was much dazed, and thought his eye had been knocked out.
Witness was taken to Dr. Macdonald's surgery, where he was attended to. Since the shooting witness had suffered from headaches and his eyesight was affected. There were a number of shot marks on the door, and shot marks through a straw hat he was wearing.
About 2.30 that afternoon one of witness's younger daughters came to him and asked where was Ada, as her mother was in a great state. Witness went over to town to look for Ada, and found that she had gone away by the train that day. Witness went to Sergeant Connolly's office and asked him could he stop the girl at Lucinda and bring her back home. Witness did not then know where his daughter had gone. For the next two or three days he could not work. He wired to his eldest daughter at Cairns telling her that Ada had run away and to be on the look out for her. During this time he was drinking heavily, and on the 30th could recollect nothing until mid- day, until he found himself in the lock-up. The first day he was in the lock-up they would not allow him a knife and fork for his meals, but afterwards be got them.
Arthur was a painter, as was Montague. It was a more lively town in 1913.
Their role was to look after the horses after the troops had won Gallipoli. Well that didn't eventuate, so he had a bit of a holiday, enjoyed the sights of Egypt and returned home.
Children with Arthur Pacey. At the time of Mary's death he would have had several children in his care. However they were living in Southport and it is very likely that Mary Annie took care of them.
Mary Annie known as Pansy, was born 19 November 1897.
In 1922 she was listed as living in Nerang occupation, home duties.
In 1925 she was listed as living in Kitchener Road, Ascot
In 1925 Robert was living in Store Street Albion no employment noted.
In 1926 she married Robert Gorron Rapkins. She was 28
Robert died in 1933, and she in 1936 is living at 15 Windsor Road Red Hill. She never remarried.
Robert's family also came from Armagh in Ireland. His grandmother was Mary Gorron, or Gorrian and his grandfather Samuel Thomas Walker. Due to the transcription, her arrival into Victoria is also not able to be traced.
Robert was born in 1884 in Terranora, Northern New South Wales, and the family lived in Nerang.
Her died in 14th July 1933 and is buried in Lutwyche Cemetery in Brisbane.
Mary died 2nd December 1973, in Ryde New South Wales, she must have been visiting one of her sisters at the time.
She is also buried at Lutwyche Cemetery. Buried 7th January 1974.
Known as Aunty Pansy. Lived at 15 Windsor Road Red Hill. The house is on the high corner opposite the post office, and had huge agaves planted all along the slope. It is now a block of units.
Robert was a music teacher, he lived at Nerang, and there is a good chance he taught at The Southport School.
Lily Norien Pacey
Lily was born 27th October, 1899 in Queensland. She married Eric Charles Kersley in Manly NSW in 1920 when she was aged 21.
In 1919 Eric Charles Kersley was living in Mudgeeraba.
In 1919 Lily is not recorded on the census, as she would have been under 21, but it is likely she was living in Southport with her sister or her parents.
Eric was the son of William Kersley and Ellen Parr. He was born in Reading in Berkshire in September 1899.
The family arrived in Queensland in 1911 and they lived at Mudgeeraba, and were involved in dairying.
Eric joined the Army in he First World War in the Reinforcements, when he was of age. His brother was also in the service.
Service Number: 3670
Roll title: 49 Infantry Battalion - 2 to 10 Reinforcements (April 1916 - August 1917)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 01 August 1917
Place of embarkation: Sydney
Ship embarked on: HMAT Medic A7
Eric died in 17th September 1961. The coroner's inquest learnt that he had died of heart failure under anaesthetic administered for an operation.
And they had a daughter, Norine who married John Stevens.
In 1936 they were living in 118 Darly Road Manly
Norine died before 1968, when Lily died.
Lily was cremated at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium Manly. They lived the whole of their lives in the Manly area.
Died tragically at age 16. (As children our Aunty Roma told us that he was in WW1 and that he died around the same time as Monty) However, he died as the result of an accident 1916.
From the newspaper report: Brisbane Courier 28th August 1916.
Claude Maplesden Pacey
Claude was born in 1903 in Murwillumbah. However by 1931 he was living in Fremantle in West Australia.
He worked in the hospitality industry, and then painting industry.
He was living at 76 Dalgety Street.
He married Winifred May and they had four children.
He died 5th November 1978 in East Freemantle West Australia
Mercia was born in 1905 in Murwillimbah. She lived in Sydney The first recorded entry ws in 1925 when she was living at 7 Wentworth Street Manly
In 1936 to 1954 she was living with Lily and Eric at 118 Darley Road, Manly
She later lived at 117 Macleay Street Potts Point. She lived for many years at Maloney Street East Lakes and worked in the city. She was always immaculately dressed.
Mercia never married but she had a special person Bill. He came from New Zealand Bay of Islands, and she eventually went to live there with him.
For her, it was a very beautiful place where she was happy. She lived at Mascot in Sydney, As she lived with Lily and Eric, she probably also had a lot time spent with their daughter Norine.
She spent a lot of time with cousin Helen and her family. Mercia died on 22nd July 2000 at Orewa in Auckland. A beautiful part of New Zealand. She was cremated on 26th July 2000 aged 94 years.
At the time of her mother's death she would have been 12 years of age.
She was the child that her father wanted to shoot.
She married Maurice Albert Donald in 1924, at Murwillumbah.
In 1925 their son Maurice Charles Donald was born.
They lived in Queanbeyan in 1930. Then returned to Albion where they lived for many years.
Around 1956 Roma became the partner of Uncle Dick, as we knew him.
However his name was Leonard Jarvis Farrow Neller. How that became Uncle Dick, is a mystery.
He had been married to May Joephine Barker, and they had two sons, Richard and William.
Richard married Violet Florence, and he died in 1991, and both are in Kulangoor Cemetery.
William married Diedrie, and he died in 2007.
Again the family were painters.
Roma had a snack bar in Albion, and lived at the back of the shop with Uncle Dick and her curly haired retriever called “Snappy”. He didn’t Snap so don’t know the reason for the name.
Her shop was open at night, she made simply the best hamburgers for miles around, and had such a good trade.
Who would believe that all these years later another food shop operates just a couple of doors away.
But while researching her shop, the wonderful old photos of Albion show how it was when we were growing up as children.
Roma's son Morrie, (Maurice Charles) he committed suicide in Victoria in 1964. He had been living in Yallorn.
He was a fitter by trade, and he travelled with his job. He did not marry.
She was devastated when that happened, and sought comfort in the great nieces and nephews.
Uncle Dick died some time after 1973, but his death records have not been sourced.
Roma died in her sleep on the night of 15th September 1984. Something I will never forget. I had had my wisdom teeth out that afternoon, she rang at 7.00pm to find out how I was, and sounded so cheery. By 8.00am next morning we received a phone call from the neighbour who always checked on her, hat she had died. As her next of kin, the following days were quite a blur, and at the same time I became quite ill with "dry socket", and we had to handle all the issues that resulted from her death.
She was cremated at the Albany Creek Crematorium in Brisbane Wall 7 Sect 4 Niche 151.
She knitted the most beautiful cardigans for my children, she became a mother to me.
When she died, she left her home to our children to have a private education. We all appreciate her involvement in our lives.
How sad it really was for all these Pacey girls. Some had no children, the others their only child died before they did.
How lucky were we to have them all as our Aunts.
Ernie was born in 1910 in North Queensland, possibly in Ingham. He would have been 9 years old when his mother died. He lived with his father and his second wife in Stanthorpe. In 1925 he was working in Thulimbah as a fruit packer.
Ernest enlisted in World War 2. His records are not yet digitised.
He had married Dorothy May, by the time he enlisted, perhas 1940.
In 1949 they were living in Chataway Street Murgon. He was a salesman.
They lived at Southport for many years.
Ernest died in 1980. Dot died August 2012.
They had one son, Terrence who was born 1941.
Terry married Susanne Valerie Henning and they lived in Honiara for some time, and he was the head teacher of the school.
His wife Sue and two children joined him there.
Sue died December 2012. Terry died in September 2010.
In 1937 he was living with his sister Roma, and was a taxi driver
In 1943 he was married to Ethel Grace and they were living in Station Road Indooroopilly, his employment a librarian.
Charles enlisted in World War 2 in 1940, but only served a few months. and had has his next of kin, his sister Mary.
For quite some time they lived in Lucas Street Toowong and he was a fireman. They later moved to Carseldine.
The family lived at Carseldine on acreage. He worked for a paint company.
His children were John, Desley and Rodney and Mark. Painting remained a family tradition.
Once again who looked after the children after Mary died?