the son of William (a blacksmith) and Jessie (née
McMullen) Sutherland, was born in Renfew, Scotland.
He married Mary Thompson (b. Greasby,
Cheshire), the daughter of Alexander and Susannah
(née Briscoe) Thompson. Their marriage was
registered in Birkenhead, Cheshire, in the December
quarter of 1871.
At the time of the 1881 census the family residence
was at 300 Laird St, Birkenhead. Those mentioned in
the records are: George (36, iron moulder), Mary
(31), William (8), George H (6) and Mary Thompson
(15, domestic servant) who may have been a niece of
George and Mary. For whatever reason, there is no
mention of their then two youngest children—Jessie
and Mary—who were probably resident elsewhere on 3
April, the census day.
The Sutherlands emigrated about 1887 on a ship yet
to be identified
[Try land grants. 120/141; 122/76; 122/51? Try NSW].
Two more children were added to the family before
their departure for Australia—Edith (b. 25 April
1881) and Agnes (bap. 27 April 1884).
Sadly, Mary Sutherland died tragically on 2 February
1892 after enduring a spinal fracture caused by
being thrown out of a dogcart. According to her
death certificate, the children at the time of the
fatal accident were as follows: William (19), George
Henry (17), Jessie (14), Mary (12), Edith (10), and
[A Mary S m. James Warren 31/12/1909; a Mary S m.
Ernest Francis Edward Summers 1.12.1914. Nil for her
d. 1935-1965. Check again under those names]
Mary was laid to rest in ‘Grenier’s Cemetery’ on the
following day in a service at which the following
gentlemen had official roles: the Reverend James
Samuel Hassall of the Church of England, William
Francis Lyon (undertaker), W Kinghorn and Samuel
Bradshaw (witnesses). Details of her accident appear
in the following newspaper report:
In our issue of yesterday appeared a paragraph under
the heading “A Broken Neck,” giving information as
to a fatal accident which occurred to a Mrs.
Sutton[sic] on Tuesday night. The particulars then
to hand were extremely meagre, and have since proved
to be incorrect in character. The following are the
facts of the case with the correct names of the
parties: About 5 o’clock Mrs. Bradshaw, wife of the
State school teacher at Cooper’s Plains [Samuel
Bradshaw], accompanied by Mrs. Sutherland, wife of
Mr. G. Sutherland, foreman moulder in the employ of
Messrs. Evans, Anderson, and Phelan, was driving a
dogcart towards home from town. They were
approaching the railway gates, Salisbury, and a
little beyond the Beaudesert road bridge, when a
dray was seen approaching in an opposite direction.
Mrs. Bradshaw drew off the road to the side to avoid
the dray. The horse in the dogcart shied at some
object and in the bolt it made it is supposed that
the wheel struck on some obstacle causing the
vehicle to be completely turned over and both ladies
thrown out. Mrs. Sutherland was instantly killed,
and when subsequently examined by Dr. Webb it was
ascertained her neck was broken. Mrs. Bradshaw was
stunned, and her face scratched, and these in
addition to the great shock to her nerves caused by
Mrs. Sutherland’s death, have prostrated her,
although she is now recovering as well as can be
expected. Mr. Woods, of the Rose and Crown Hotel,
Cooper’s Plains, was following behind, and hastened
to their assistance when he saw the accident take
place. Constable Fagg, of Rocklea, was at once
informed, and subsequently a son of Mrs. Sutherland,
who works at Rocklea, was communicated with. Dr.
Webb was telegraphed for, and later on the son met
the father at Rocklea, when he was returning home
from work, and told him the sad news. The remains of
deceased were removed to her home, and were
yesterday interred at the local cemetery. Mrs.
Sutherland, who was highly respected in the
district, leaves a family of six children, the
eldest of whom is 20 years old, and the youngest
On 22 February 1893, a little over a year after his
first wife’s death, George Sutherland married Mary
Mayne Amelia Boyland (b. 18 September 1858 South
Brisbane), the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (née
Orr) Boyland. They became the parents of two boys:
Ernest (b. 26 November 1893) and Norman (b. 2
January 1899; d. 19 September 1900).
[and Walter (22 April 1908?). [check Walter’s death,
before George. Mystery. Not on George’s death cert.,
nor Mary’s. Definitely in BDM b. 22/4/1908
1920/000298. May be an adoption.] There is a Geo.
Sutherland who married Alice Johnson on 2/7/1899.
George Sutherland passed away at Lota, a Brisbane
bayside suburb, on 9 July 1926 and was buried in the
Cooper's Plains Cemetery on the following day.
Present in an official capacity were: John W Hislop
(undertaker), the Reverend Allan MacDonald MacKillop
of the Presbyterian Church, and Tom William Spring
and M Gallein (witnesses).
Mary Mayne Amelia Sutherland,
George’s second wife, outlived her husband by many
years and celebrated her 105th birthday
on 18 September 1963. She was living at 49 Carville
St, Annerley, when she passed away on 6 February
1964. Two days later her remains were cremated at
the Mount Thompson Crematorium.
the younger son of George (an iron moulder) and Mary
Mayne Amelia (née Boyland) Sutherland, was born on 2
January 1899 and passed away at Tillot Street,
Dutton Park on 19 September 1900. Norman’s funeral
took place at the Cooper’s Plains Cemetery on the
following afternoon. Present in an official capacity
were: Joseph Miller (undertaker), the Reverend John
Stewart Pollock of the Presbyterian Church, and
George Boyland and William Sutherland (witnesses).