George Luke Atherden,
the son of Leonard Henry and Clara (née Luke) Atherden,
was born in the Brisbane suburb of Nundah, on 4 January
1923. On 20 May 1944 he married Daphne May Florence
Boyland (b. 3 October 1922), the youngest of the
three children of Francis Orr Leichhardt and Emily
Louise (née Ansell) Boyland. Daphne’s siblings were
Alfred Francis (b. 2 May 1910) and Ellen Jessie (b. 24
The wedding took place in the City Congregational Church
in the presence of the Reverend James Forsyth Dickinson
(presiding minister and an AIF chaplain 1941-44) and
Jean Mary and Roland Leonard Atherden (witnesses).
At that time George himself was a soldier. He joined the
Australian Military Forces on 5 January 1942 and served
in the AIF from the day of his wedding until, having
spent 328 days on active service overseas, he was
discharged from the army on 4 February 1946. In civilian
life he worked as a motor mechanic.
We may note in passing that George’s father had also
been a soldier who, having left Australia on the
Demosthenes on 23 December 1916, had seen active
service during World War One.
At the age of 74 George (‘Gadge’) Atherden was admitted
to the Greenslopes Private Hospital where he died on 14
June 1997, leaving three daughters and two sons to mourn
his passing. His remains were cremated at the Albany
Creek Crematorium three days later in a service
conducted by the Reverend
R Hannah of the Uniting Church.
was a resident of the Sinnamon Village Retirement Home,
Sinnamon Park, when she passed away on 11 July 2005 aged
82 years. Her cremation service, conducted by the
Reverend Ian Drummond of the Uniting Church,
took place at the Centenary Memorial Gardens
Crematorium, Sumner, on 20 July 2005.
Given Daphne’s Boyland and Ansell connection, the family
thought it appropriate to deposit the ashes of their
parents at God’s Acre.