generation (iii) Thomas
Whitford 1835-1909 of Australia
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Thomas Hedley, born about 1830, the third of 14
children of John Hedley and Margaret
Grierson, left home in 1852, when he was about 22, and went to
Australia where he worked in
mining. Rick King of Perth, Western Australia, a great great grandson,
informs us that Thomas
Hedley arrived in Port Phillip, Australia on April 4, 1853 via the USA
aboard the sailing vessel
Another gentleman, from Whitby, Ontario, Canada by the name of James Kennedy
1903), was on the same ship, Although his occupation was listed as
"architect/builder" he apparently succumbed to Australia's gold rush; his diary of this epic voyage.
Thomas married Catherine Whiteford in Wangaratta in
January 1856. Catherine was born in
Dublin, Ireland, and according to family oral history, arrived in the
Colony onboard an "Irish
Bride Ship." Thomas worked in the Goldfields all his life and became a
engineer and inventor. Thomas and Catherine raised eleven children in
and around Stanley and
Heathcote in central Victoria. (from Rick King's Hedley Family
In a letter from Yackandandah, Victoria, Australia, sent to his
younger sister, Elizabeth Dickson
in Morris, Manitoba, dated October 8th, 1913, Thomas Hedley writes,
". . . me and my wife lived happily together for 54 years.
She will be dead 4 years at Christmas. I miss her very much.
We had eleven of a family, 8 boys, 3 girls, two dead. My
oldest son is 54 years. I will be 83 on the 7th of April"
(Originals of letters dated Oct. 8th, 1913 and Jan. 6th, 1914 were held
Taylor of Morris, Manitoba, now deceased.)
Photograph of Thomas Hedley
of Catherine Whitford
of six sons of Thomas and Catherine Hedley
Catherine (Whiteford) Hedley died in 1909 at age 74. Thomas died seven
years later, in 1916 at
Their graves are in Yackandandah Cemetery.
Thomas and Catherine Hedley had eleven children: (iv).
1 - John Hedley (Jack) was born in Beechworth,
Victoria, Australia in 1856. He died July 4,
in Perth, WA, Australia at age 87.
John's father Thomas states in his letter to sister and brother,
Elizabeth and George Nelson Hedley,
written in 1914,
". . . John was the oldest. He is 57 and had a family of five
children. they are all grown up. Alice the oldest daughter,
is in New Zealand. She is getting 250 lbs a year in the
telephone and telegraph department. The others are all
doing well. Jack was a clever man but him and his wife
did not hit it very well lately. He went to the West some
, Perth, Western Australia, granddaughter of Jack (second
states that her grandfather
identified his profession as "engineer" or
"essayer"(one who analyses samples of
ore to determine the quantity of one or more
of the components.)
m1 Alice Walker,
b. 1858 in Heathcote, Victoria; d. 1925 in Brighton, Victoria; 5
(1) Alice Cameron Hedley b. 1882 in Melbourne; d. 1924 at age 42 of T.B.
(2) Fenton Eric Hedley (1883-1963)
(3) Thomas Wilfred Hedley (1885-1961)
grandfather of Rick King)
(4) George Roland Hedley (1888-1956)
(5) Pearl Clarabelle Hedley b. 1889 in Brighton, Victoria; d. 1960 in
m. James Marshall
m2 of John (Jack) Hedley was to Mary
McKenzie in 1898. Mary was b. in New Zealand in
1868; d. in 1965
WA (7 children):
(1) John McKenzie Hedley, 1900, m. Martha Robinson
(2) Jean McKenzie Hedley, 1902, m. Louise Casas
(3) Jessie McKenzie Hedley, 1904, m. William Wright
(mother of Jenny Fuller)
Clare Fuller, daughter of Jenny & Robert Fuller on her first day as an exchange teacher
in Goderich, Ontario Canada (omg it was cold that week)
(4) Kenneth McKenzie Hedley, 1906, m. Lorna Carvill
(5) Donald McKenzie Hedley, 1909, m. Jean Fullerton, Perth, WA
(6) Mary McKenzie Hedley, b. 1911, m. Alan James Coat
(Mary was living in a nursing home in
Feb. 2013 ~ visited by Jenny Fuller.)
(7) Bruce McKenzie Hedley, b. 1913, m. Phyllis Jefferies
Bruce was managing director of of
Leighton Construction and subsidiaries.
He changed the small business into an international
This second family was unaware of the existance of the first
All the WA (Western Australia)
Hedley sons were involved in mining engineering or mine management and apparently lived
(information from Jenny Fuller).
Rick King of Australia,
who graciously provided much of the Australian information, writes of
family in June, 2000:
"I am descended from the oldest son, John (known as Jack)
who left his wife and five children in Victoria (Australia)
and sailed to the Western Australia goldfields of Kalgoorlie
and Boulder . . . It seems that Jack brought another wife to
WA (Western Australia) and sired another seven children here.
Two of the daugters are still alive. His last child is the same
age as his grandchildren such as my mother".
Richard James (Rick) King born Oct. 17, 1946,
father of two, died of cancer in the early days of this
century. He was a
great grandson of John (Jack)
Hedley and Alice Walker (first marriage) and a
grandson of Thomas
Wilfred (Wilf) Hedley b. Sept. 9, 1885 in Heathcote,
Victoria and Adelaide
(b. Apr. 12, 1910 in Melbourne, Victoria).
Rick was the son of Lucy Rosalie Hedley (b. Feb. 8,
1915 in Brighton, Victoria) and Patrick
(Jim) King. Rosalie and Jim were married July 4, 1942 in Geelong, Victoria.
2 - Margaret Anne (Maggie) Hedley was born in 1858 in
Australia. She died at age 7 of
3 - Thomas Andrew Hedley was born in 1859 in Stanley,
Victoria. He died in 1944 at age 85 in
Thomas's father writes of his son,
"He lives with me. He was manager of a mine 8 or 10 years
ago when he got caught in a flood and got a chill and has
never really recovered yet."
4 - James Albert
was b. 1861 in Stanley, Victoria.
Of this son Thomas Hedley says in his 1914 letter,
"He is a grand little fellow for lighting the world. He was in
the Clondike, he spent 2 or 3 years in South Africa. He is now
in North Queensland, always in mining."
Albert was a participant in the Yukon Gold
Rush in 1898,
when he would have been 37 years old. His
appears in the careful
records kept by the North West Mounted
of Australia, Vol. 9 - NWMP records at Lake Bennett:
people who entered
the Yukon via boats notes,
20, 1898; Hedley, J.A.; Australia; boat 407."
5 - Selina (Victoria?) Hedley born in 1863 in Stanley,
Victoria, Australia. She died at age 76 in
1939 in Ballina, NSW.
Thomas writes in his 1914 letter,
"Victoria is with me. She is 50. She has been always at
home with us, a good girl."
6 - Alexander Hedley, born in Australia in 1865 in
Stanley, Victoria; d. 1933 in Townsville,
Queensland, Australia; m. Jane Elizabeth
Kinchington (1870-1936) in 1909. Two children:
(1) Alexander Thomas Adrian
(2) Jean Alexandra Hedley, b.
1915; m. Archie McHardie
7 - Robert (Bob) Ralph Hedley, born in Stanley,
Victoria, Australia in 1867; d. in 1908 in
Broken Hill, Australia; m. Sarah Beattie Molyneux
in 1900 (1881-1905). Two children:
(1) Anne Hedley b. 1901
(2) Edgar Thomas Hedley
8 - William (Will) Whitford Hedley, born in Stanley,
Victoria Australia in 1869; d. in South
m. Madelaine Annette Ruthoen Campbell in
1910. Five children:
(1) Albert Campbell Hedley
(2) Whiteford Hedley
(3) Norman Hedley b. 1910;
d. 1982 in Melbourne; m. Marnie (-?-)
(4) Victoria Hedley m.
(5) Kathleen Hedley
9 - George Nicholas Hedley, born in Australia in 1871
in Anderson's Creek, Victoria; d. 1936 of
gallstone attack in Sandringham, Victoria; m.
Kathleen Otway Whitley (1872-1959). 3
(1) Alexander (Alec) Francis Gerard
Hedley b. 1898; m. Jean Cameron
(2) Annie Catherine Lieila Hedly b. 1900
(3) Robert Thomas Hedley b. 1909 in
Golden Square, Victoria
10 - Anthony (Tony) Humble Hedley, born in Heathcote,
Victoria, Australia in 1875;
d. 1958 in Ballarat, Victoria; m.
Eleanor Isabella Searle (Nell) in 1909 (b. 1889;
d. 1972 in Port Fairy, Victoria)
11 - Catherine Anne Hedley, born in Heathcote,
Victoria in 1877; Two children:
(1) Franklin Walter Hedley (1910-1998)
(2) Harold Thomas Hedley, b. 1911 in
Melbourne; d. 1988 in Dandenong, Victoria
m. Willam Mangan; Catherine d. in
Balina, NSW, Australia.
page last updated Feb. 7, 2013
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