the son of Lewis (a farmer and general labourer) and
Mercy (née Palmer) Compton, was born in the September
quarter of 1851 in the civil parish of Ashwick,
Somerset. When the 1881 census was taken, he was working
as a labourer and living with his parents and his sister
Emma in Nettlebridge a hamlet between Oakhill and
Stratton-on-the Fosse, Ashwick. He married Ellen Moon,
the daughter of John (a miner) and Elizabeth (née Chard)
Moon, in the September quarter of 1883 in Ashwick which
was also his wife’s birthplace.
Soon after their wedding Edwin (aged 32) and his
pregnant wife Ellen (33) set sail for Australia as
bounty immigrants on the 856-ton barque Scottish Hero
(Captain J Fraser). The ship left London on 28
October 1883 and anchored at Sea Hill on 29 January 1884
before proceeding up the Fitzroy River to Rockhampton on
the following day. At a time yet to be established they
moved to Brisbane and settled in Acacia Ridge, Cooper’s
Plains, where Edwin earned his living as a
Their children were as follows: Elizabeth Palmer (b. 30
April 1884), Ellen (b. 23 July 1885; d. 4 November
1964), John Lewis (b. 21 November 1886; m. Morea Lucas
11 June 1918; d. 26 October 1950), Martha (b. 10 October
1888; d. 12 December 1955), and Henry Richard (b. 8
February 1892; bur. 28 September 1967). Note that
Edwin’s death certificate refers to 2 males and 3
females deceased. As there is no mention of these
details on Ellen’s certificate, one might ask whether
Edwin married twice.
Two of the above children have links with God’s Acre not
only because their parents were interred there but also
because they married into the Calam family. Elizabeth
Palmer Compton, married George Calam on 16 December
1908. She lived at ‘Greenvale’, Acacia Ridge; and after
her death on 19 November 1946 she was buried in the
South Brisbane Cemetery (9A 516B).
Ellen Compton (daughter) married Arthur Calam on
3 April 1915. They were living in Birnam Rd, Beaudesert,
when Ellen died in the local hospital on 4 November 1964
having endured a long illness. After a service in the
local St Thomas’s Church of England on the following
day, her remains were cremated at the Mount Thompson
Crematorium in Brisbane.
Edwin and Ellen’s elder son, John Lewis (known as Jack)
Compton, married Morea Lucas, daughter of Paulo and Mary
(née Hannan?) Lucas on 11 June 1918. Born in the
Northern Rivers district of New South Wales about 1875,
Morea was the widow of Thomas Pennington Lucas Jr (b.
1869; d. 1906), the son of Dr Thomas Pennington and Mary
Francis (née Davies) Lucas. After the death of her first
husband, Morea moved to Brisbane with their two
children—Reginald Thomas (aged 6) and May Morea (aged
4)—and lived with her in-laws.
For many years John Lewis Compton ran the controversial
Dr Thomas Pennington Lucas’s Papaw Ointment factory at
Acacia Ridge, an enterprise which continues to this very
day. Morea died at the age of 66 on 27 March 1941 and
was buried on the following day in the South Brisbane
Cemetery (O 75). Her husband passed away on 26 October
1950 and was laid to rest in the same grave.
died in the Mater Misericordiae Public Hospital on 19
July 1925, aged 74 years and 4 months, and was buried in
the Cooper’s Plains Cemetery two days later. Present in
an official capacity were: T Foley (undertaker), the
Reverend Stephen Larkin (Methodist minister), Tom
William Spring and J Dwyer (witnesses).
died in the Fellnaw Private Hospital, Annerley, on 14
September 1942. His funeral took place on the following
day at the Cooper’s Plains Cemetery in the presence of
HW McDowall (undertaker), the Reverend Father John
Massingberd Teale of the Church of England, G Hughson
and J Dunstan (witnesses). This death notice appeared in
the Courier Mail:
COMPTON.—On September 14th, Edwin Compton of
Acacia Ridge, Cooper’s Plains, Father of Jack, Henry
Richard, Martha, Elizabeth, and Ellen, aged 91 years.
Compton Road, which was gazetted in 1972, recalls the
memory of these doughty pioneers. It services the
Brisbane suburbs of Sunnybank Hills, Runcorn, Kuraby,
Woodridge, Slack’s Creek and Underwood, linking
Beaudesert and Logan Roads.