the son of Joseph (a gardener or botanist) and
Georgina (née Lonsdale) Tully, married Sarah
Scott, the daughter of Robert and Sarah (née
Stoddart) Scott, in the March quarter of 1868.
When the English census was taken in 1871, the
following details were recorded for the Tully
household in Low Spennymoor, a town in the civil
parish of Ferry Hill, about seven miles south of
Durham in County Durham: William (23, boiler tender
at the Tudhoe iron works), Sarah (23), Georgina (2).
Two more children were added to the family before
they set sail for Australia.
William (aged 27)
and Sarah Tully (28) and their children—Georgina
(6), Arden (1) and William Ledru (infant)—travelled
to Queensland as free passengers on the 1314-ton
(Captain James Watson). Described as ‘one of the
finest vessels that have ever visited this port’,
the ship sailed from London on 9 December 1875 with
more than 440 immigrants and arrived off Cape
Moreton on 14 March 1876. However, bad weather
caused it to go to sea again; and, when it entered
the Bay on the following day, it was quarantined at
Peel Island because there was a case of fever on
board. The passengers, who were accommodated there
in primitive conditions in tents, were brought up to
Brisbane by the steamer
on 28 March 1876.
The Tully family expanded with the birth of more
children in Australia:
Robert (b. 23 November 1878; d. 13 October 1940),
Catherine (b. 14 June 1880), Reuben (b. 21 April
1882), Daniel Victor (b. 12 September 1883; d. 5
June 1964); Sarah Elizabeth (b. 13 December 1886; d.
1 April 1930) and Joshua Oliver (b. 17 September
1888). Details of the marriages of these children
and their older siblings follow.
Georgina Tully (b. 3 February 1869) married John
Crump on 10 March 1890. She died at Cedar Grove near
Jimboomba on 17 November 1942 and was laid to rest
in the Nambour Cemetery from St John’s Anglican
Arden Tully married Anabella Louise Klumpp (b. 21
November 1879) of Slack’s Creek, the daughter of
Henry William and Martha (née Evans) Klumpp, on 29
November 1900. The wedding took place in the Church
of St Bartholomew, Logan Road, Mount Gravatt,
according to the rites of the Church of England.
Arden died on 29 August 1950 and was buried in the
Balmoral Cemetery two days later (6 492).
William Ledru Tully married Nora Mary Colebrook, the
daughter of William and Emma Maria (née Wyeth)
Colebrook, on 26 December 1906. She died on 14 March
1962, he on 30 January 1962.
Reuben Tully married Margaret Lily Slack on 17
August 1908. He died on 25 September 1961.
Catherine Tully married Alexander Tait on 15
February 1911. She died on 22 November 1964 and was
buried in the Wondai Cemetery.
Daniel Victor Tully married Annie Johanna Mary Mohr
3 March 1909. He died on 5 June 1974, she on 1
October 1936. Both were buried in the Church of
England section of the Toogoolawah Cemetery in the
Joshua Oliver Tully,
the youngest of William and Sarah Tully’s children,
married Harriett Jane Slack (b. 25 April
1893), the daughter of William and Catherine (née
Lane) Slack at Greenbank on 1 November 1911. Their
children were: Edward Oliver (b. 11 May 1912; d.
2000), Olivia Catherine Jane (b. 16 June 1914; d. 16
January 1938), Ernest William (b. 1 November 1918),
Noel Wilfred (b. about 1921; d. 27 September 1927),
and Cecil Robert (b. about 1924).
Joshua Oliver Tully’s parents did not live to see
any of these grandchildren. Sarah passed away on 18
December 1890; and William died at
‘Rockyvale, Greenbank’, on 10 February 1908. He was
laid to rest with Sarah in the South Brisbane
Cemetery (7C 86).
After Sarah’s death William (a dairyman) married the
widowed Martha Matilda Mobbs (a cook) on 19
July 1894 in the Holy Trinity Church of England,
Hawthorne Street, Woolloongabba. The Reverend Hugh
Simmons presided and the witnesses to the wedding
appear to have been (the writing is almost
illegible) Charles Sibley and Ada Adelaide Sibley,
relatives of the bride.
Martha Matilda, the daughter of Frederick (a
plumber) and Elizabeth (née Jelley) Jackson, was
born in Ashton-under-Lyne (London) on 27 November
1848 and christened in the historic Church of All
Hallows-on-the-Wall, London, on 20 April 1856. She
married Joseph (Joe) Mobbs (b. 2 September 1849),
the son of William and Mary Ann (née Willis) Mobbs,
in London in the September quarter of 1870. Shipping
records indicate that Joe (32) and Martha (33)
emigrated to Australia as free passengers on the
BISN Company’s 1714-ton RMS
(Captain Morris). The ship sailed from London on 4
June 1883 and from Plymouth two days later and,
after calling at Queensland’s northern ports,
reached Moreton Bay on 5 August 1883.
Joseph Mobbs passed away on 27 August 1890 and was
buried in the South Brisbane Cemetery after an
interval of three days in a grave (7C 39) that would
later receive the remains of his sister Harriet (d.
31 January 1899) and her husband Charles Sibley (d..
3 September 1915). Joseph’s funeral took place from
the Sibley residence which was located in Stephens
Road, off Boggo Road, Woolloongabba.
Martha Matilda Mobbs outlived her second husband,
William Tully, and married for a third time on 25
November 1913. Her new husband was John Wittmann.
She died on 29 September 1924 and was buried in the
South Brisbane Cemetery (8 177).
Joshua Oliver Tully
(drover and butcher), died in the Mater Hospital,
South Brisbane, on 2 January 1938 and was buried in
the Cooper’s Plains Cemetery on the following day.
He was survived by all of his children except Noel.
Present at his funeral in an official capacity were:
GK O’Neill (undertaker), the Reverend B Arthur
Arnold of the Church of England and J Dibble and J
Noel Wilfrid Tully
was only 6 years old when he died on 27 September
1927. He was buried in the Cooper’s Plains Cemetery
on the following day in the grave that would later
receive his father’s remains. His graveside service
was conducted by the Reverend John Bongers of the
Congregational Church in the presence of JG Gallein
(undertaker) and O Tully and Tom William Spring
Edward Oliver Tully
(known as Tiger), Noel’s brother and the eldest of
the children of James Oliver and Harriet Jane Tully,
died in 2000. His ashes were deposited in God’s