The paternal grandparents of Herbert Ernest Marshall,
George (aged 31) and Emma (35), travelled from England
to Australia. on the 1073-ton City of Agra
(Captain Thomas Young). Accompanying them on this long
voyage were their two daughters, Maria (1) and Harriett
(2). The ship set sail from London with 285 adult
immigrants on 14 April 1876 and, ‘after a splendid
passage’, arrived in Hervey’s Bay (near Maryborough) on
14 July 1876. About 30 passengers remained in
Maryborough; but the rest were forwarded to Brisbane by
the steamers Edina and Queensland. Sadly,
Maria Marshall was not among them; for she died en route
on 4 June 1876 within a fortnight of the ship’s passing
the Cape of Good Hope.
After their arrival
in Brisbane, George and Emma Marshall became the parents
of: Roger (b. 29 July 1877; d. 9 February 1945), Ernest
(b. 9 September 1879; m. Mary Williams 13 June 1900; d.
14 April 1961), Enoch (b. 26 January 1881; m. Amelia
Margaret Johansen 7 April 1912; d. 8 January 1914), Eli
(known as Gerry, b. 13 August 1882; d. 18 April 1936),
Charlotte (b. 2 July 1884; m. William Watt 22 February
1905; bur. 20 January 1970).
the daughter of David and Ann (née Cortham) Greaves (or
Gleaves), died on 2 November 1907 and was buried on the
following day in the South Brisbane Cemetery (6 44).
George Marshall, the son of John and Mary (née
Hoyllen?) Marshall, passed away on 31 March 1892.
Of all the children of George and Emma the one of most
interest to us here is Eli Marshall. Born in
Dalby on 14 August 1882, he married Emma May Moffatt,
the daughter of Francis John and Catherine Hinchcliffe
(née Lewis) Moffatt, on 13 February 1904. Their children
were: Herbert Ernest (b. 19 June 1904; d. 26 November
1905), Francis (b. 26 April 1906, known as Frank),
Charles Eli (b. 28 April 1908) and Ronald George (b. 10
Herbert Ernest Marshall,
the eldest of these children, died in Oxley on 26
November 1905. His remains were interred in God’s Acre,
Cooper’s Plains, on the following day. The Reverend John
Stewart Pollock of the Presbyterian Church conducted the
service at the graveside. It was certified by GL Dunlop
and officially witnessed by C Woods and E Morrison.
After the untimely death of Emma May on 23 April 1915
and her burial in the Toowong Cemetery (13 16 16) on the
following day, Eli married Lottie Ottaway on 16
August 1916. Born at 338 Fulham Road, Kensington,
London, on 8 January 1897, she was the daughter of
Arthur John Flack (later Ottaway), the son of John (a
valet) and Eliza Hannah (née Cook) Flack, and Emily
Louisa Lissenden, the daughter of Thomas (a labourer)
and Naomi (née Samson or Sampson) Lissenden. For some
reason unknown to this researcher, Lottie’s father
adopted the surname Ottaway. At the time of his marriage
on 10 January 1887 in St Philip’s Church, Maidstone,
Kent, he was a grocer and his wife was a domestic
Arthur John and Emily Louisa and 9 of their 10 surviving
children travelled to Australia prior to 1914 and took
up residence in Station Road, Oxley.
Their son, John Arthur (a porter, known as Jack), his
wife Blanche Alice (née Gardner; b. 12 May 1885), and
their two children—Blanche Emily (b. reg. June quarter
1906) and Louisa Grace (b. reg. September quarter
1907)—followed them. Leaving their home at 91 Lots Rd,
Chelsea, London, they boarded the Orient Steam
Navigation Company’s 12,129-ton steamship Osterley
(Captain Walter John Jenks RNR) on 8 May 1914 and
arrived in Brisbane on 22 June 1914. Soon after this
voyage the Osterley became a troopship and
hospital ship in World War One.
Arthur John Ottaway Sr died on 15 February 1916. On 6
December 1924 Emily Louisa married again, her new
husband being Charles Lock. She passed away on 20 March
1940 and was laid to rest in the Sherwood Church of
England Cemetery on the following day in the same grave
as her first husband.
The children of Eli and Lottie Marshall were: Blanche
Lillian (b. 28 January 1917; m. James Henry Sheffield 3
October 1936 in St Mary’s Church of England, Kangaroo
Point; d. 4 February 2001), Arthur Eli (known as Bob, b.
15 May 1918; m. Marion Georgia (Marie) Brown 12 December
1942; d. 3 July 1985), Ethel Hilda (known as Hilda, b.
14 September 1922; m. Clyde Lindsay Wesener 22 Mar 1943
in St Mary’s, Kangaroo Point). There was also one
unnamed stillborn child.
Eli Marshall ‘of Ardoyne Road, Oxley’, passed away in
his aunt Harriett’s new house on 18 April 1936 and was
laid to rest two days later in the South Brisbane
Cemetery (8 25C).
Lottie remarried in 1943, this time to William David
(Bill) Coulter (b. 6 January 1892), the son of
Richard and Georgina Sarah Louisa (née Addison) Coulter.
For some years she and Bill lived in Coorparoo; but at
the time of Lottie’s death on Christmas Eve 1971 she and
Bill were resident in Southport. She was survived by her
husband and her three children and their families.
Lottie’s cremation service took place at the Mount
Thompson Crematorium on the morning of Thursday, 30