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Oliver Harold COLLITS

Male 1904 - 1970  (66 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Oliver Harold COLLITS was born 11 Jan 1904, Peak Hill, New South Wales, Australia (son of Edwin Harold COLLITS and Mary Florence ADAMS); died 24 Sep 1970, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Eastern Suburbs Crematorium, Botany, New South Wales, Australia, No location specified.

    Other Events:

    • Birth:

    Oliver married Lillian A MALING Mar 1928, Glebe, New South Wales, Australia. Lillian was born 19 Jun 1910, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia; died 1977, New South Wales, Australia. [Group Sheet]


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Edwin Harold COLLITS was born 16 Sep 1877, Merriganowry, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia (son of John COLLITS and Honora HENNESSY); died 11 Mar 1948, Roma Hospital, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Point Clare, New South Wales, Australia, Roman Catholic Section 1, Row 9.

    Other Events:

    • Birth:
    • Photos?: Grave (D0005-0A), Grave (DCF2731)

    Edwin married Mary Florence ADAMS 06 Apr 1898, Parkes, New South Wales, Australia. Mary (daughter of William ADAMS and Mary BARNETT) was born 08 Jul 1878, Burrowa, New South Wales, Australia; died 17 Jan 1904, Peak Hill, New South Wales, Australia. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Mary Florence ADAMS was born 08 Jul 1878, Burrowa, New South Wales, Australia (daughter of William ADAMS and Mary BARNETT); died 17 Jan 1904, Peak Hill, New South Wales, Australia.
    Children:
    1. Florence Elva COLLITS was born 19 Dec 1899, Eugowra, New South Wales, Australia.
    2. Harold COLLITS was born 27 Jun 1900, Peak Hill, New South Wales, Australia; died 1900, Peak Hill, New South Wales, Australia.
    3. Allen COLLITS was born 27 Jun 1900, Peak Hill, New South Wales, Australia; died 1900.
    4. Stanley G COLLITS was born 1901.
    5. 1. Oliver Harold COLLITS was born 11 Jan 1904, Peak Hill, New South Wales, Australia; died 24 Sep 1970, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Eastern Suburbs Crematorium, Botany, New South Wales, Australia, No location specified.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  John COLLITS was born 25 May 1842, Mt York, New South Wales, Australia; was christened 09 Oct 1842, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia (son of John Pilmore COLLITS and Hannah LEES); died 09 Aug 1881, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Forbes Cemetery, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia.

    Notes:

    John dissapeared crossing the Blue Mountains about 1879-1880

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    From Field Family Newsletter Edition 29

    Extracts taken from Forbes Advocate by Elizabeth Mc Rae.. 1968

    John Collits had two sons Pierce and John, and one daughter Esther, who married James Young and they had a hotel at Bandon in the days when Sir Frederick Potting and Inspector Stephenson had charge of the police force in this part of the State. The Young´s employed Ben hall as a stable boy long before he took to the roads, and Mrs. Young´s brother Pierce Collits, as recounted in the Sydney Morning Herald at the time of his death had cause to bless the day he came in friendly contact with Ben.

    There were two Pierce Collits residing in the Forbes District for many years, the one who is now buried on his old property at the Sand Hills, near Forbes, and Pierce Collits, a cousin who managed Bundabura Station for the Stricklands, and who had his home in Lachlan Street , Forbes, in an old house which stood for many years near Dr. Vout´s surgery and home is now located.

    Contrary to general belief, the bushrangers were not always on the best of terms with the big cattle station owners and managers, and it was not always possible for them to take or exchange a horse when in dire need of one. That sort of thing was generally winked at, but when a thoroughbred race horse was taken from Bundaburra on one occasion Pierce Collits´s manager, reported the loss to the police. That fact in time came to the knowledge of the bushrangers, and Pierce Collits, then living with his sister at Bandon Hotel, nearly paid with his life for having the same name as the Bundaburra Station manager. He was riding a horse belonging to Mrs. Young and had been below Forbes. There was no Fitzgerald´s Bridge in existence then, and the river crossing was at Finn´s about 4 miles below town, where the stream mostly consisted of pools.
    Saying His Last Prayers
    Pierce Collits had ridden to near the spot where the South Condobolin Road is bisected by the road leading to Salisbury. he encountered some of the bushrangers , and then Dan Morgan, a somewhat bloodthirsty member of the gang, learnt the name of the lone rider, he put him down on his knees saying his last prayers, while he menaced him with a large colt revolver. The timely arrival of Ben Hall, who explained the delusion Morgan was under undoubtedly spared Collits, for it was an unforgivable crime in the eyes of the bushrangers for anyone to assist the police in hunting them down. Morgan then wanted to take the horse, but Hall knew it was Mrs. Young´s and again stepped in and prevented Collits being left stranded on the roadside.

    This Pierce Collits married Elizabeth Jones and they has 13 children most of whom grew up in the district.
    (Mrs. Elizabeth Mc Rae (nee Collits) was one of the daughters. She lived most of her life at ``WyWorrie´´ Ferry Street, Forbes.


    Buried:
    (Unmarked)

    John married Honora HENNESSY 10 Feb 1868, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia. Honora (daughter of Andrew HENNESSY and Catherine RYAN) was born 24 Oct 1852, Camden, New South Wales, Australia; died 02 Jul 1879, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Forbes Cemetery, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Honora HENNESSY was born 24 Oct 1852, Camden, New South Wales, Australia (daughter of Andrew HENNESSY and Catherine RYAN); died 02 Jul 1879, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Forbes Cemetery, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia.

    Notes:

    Buried:
    Roman Catholic Section (Unmarked)

    Notes:

    Witness: John Collits, Betsy Carpenter

    Children:
    1. Arthur John COLLITS was born 13 Apr 1869, Marragvirnah, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia; died 14 Sep 1938, District Hospital, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Forbes Cemetery, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia.
    2. James Pierce COLLITS was born 25 Feb 1871, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia; died 03 Nov 1928, Orange, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Orange, New South Wales, Australia, Old Roman Catholic Section C1, Row 9, Grave 8.
    3. Charles Frederick COLLITS was born 06 May 1873, Merriganowry, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia; died 1932, Young, New South Wales, Australia.
    4. Ernest Albert COLLITS was born 18 May 1875, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia; died 15 Aug 1944, Tooraweenah, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Gilgandra, New South Wales, Australia, Roman Catholic Section, Row F.
    5. 2. Edwin Harold COLLITS was born 16 Sep 1877, Merriganowry, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia; died 11 Mar 1948, Roma Hospital, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Point Clare, New South Wales, Australia, Roman Catholic Section 1, Row 9.

  3. 6.  William ADAMS

    William — Mary BARNETT. [Group Sheet]


  4. 7.  Mary BARNETT
    Children:
    1. 3. Mary Florence ADAMS was born 08 Jul 1878, Burrowa, New South Wales, Australia; died 17 Jan 1904, Peak Hill, New South Wales, Australia.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  John Pilmore COLLITS was born 08 Feb 1803, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia; was christened 11 Aug 1805, Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia (son of Pierce COLLITS and Mary HARDWICK); died 02 Jun 1886, Myall Park, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia; was buried 05 Jun 1886, Forbes Cemetery, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia.

    Notes:

    Took up land in Canowindra, on the Bangaroo station, the original settlers in this area..

    NOTES FROM "OUR FAMILY ROOTS" by Lorna Hawkins & Gai Rimmer

    John Pilmore spent his early years in the Castlereagh area where Pierce and Mary lived at Birds Eye Corner. In 1824 he was still at Castlereagh working his father's farm, whilst his mother and father had moved to the Hartley District.
    In 1839 John was granted 150 acres at the Vale of Clwydd (Hartley). John and Hannah later moved further afield to the Canowindra area.
    Hannah is said to be the first white woman at Canowindra. They were the first to hold Bangaroo Station, however, they were driven off Bangaroo by natives, and the following was made up about them -

    "With spears and womeras, and boomerangs too,
    They hunted poor Johnny from Bangaroo,
    And Hannah and Bridget and children, too,
    Were forced to flee from Bangaroo"

    It would appear that John and his family returned to Hartley, no doubt due to their trouble on Bangaroo and also his mother Mary, passed away in 1841 followed by Pierce in 1848.
    Pierce, in his will dated 1st August 1841, left to John "two farms of 150 acres, each situated in the County of Cook...these farms adjoin and are bounded on the North by Mt. York Farm on the East and South by Mountain range and on the West by James Morris' farm and are now in the occupation of my son John Collits". Mt. York farm was left to his brother James.
    They eventually settled at Back Creek near Cowra and John died at Myall Park near Forbes in 1886 at the age of 83 years from Senile Decay 10 days. In his will he left everything to his daughter Esther Young, who was a widow at the time.

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    From Field Family Newsletter Edition 29

    Extracts taken from Forbes Advocate by Elizabeth Mc Rae.. 1968

    John Collits had two sons Pierce and John, and one daughter Esther, who married James Young and they had a hotel at Bandon in the days when Sir Frederick Potting and Inspector Stephenson had charge of the police force in this part of the State. The Young’s employed Ben hall as a stable boy long before he took to the roads, and Mrs. Young’s brother Pierce Collits, as recounted in the Sydney Morning Herald at the time of his death had cause to bless the day he came in friendly contact with Ben.

    There were two Pierce Collits residing in the Forbes District for many years, the one who is now buried on his old property at the Sand Hills, near Forbes, and Pierce Collits, a cousin who managed Bundabura Station for the Stricklands, and who had his home in Lachlan Street , Forbes, in an old house which stood for many years near Dr. Vout’s surgery and home is now located.

    Contrary to general belief, the bushrangers were not always on the best of terms with the big cattle station owners and managers, and it was not always possible for them to take or exchange a horse when in dire need of one. That sort of thing was generally winked at, but when a thoroughbred race horse was taken from Bundaburra on one occasion Pierce Collits’s manager, reported the loss to the police. That fact in time came to the knowledge of the bushrangers, and Pierce Collits, then living with his sister at Bandon Hotel, nearly paid with his life for having the same name as the Bundaburra Station manager. He was riding a horse belonging to Mrs. Young and had been below Forbes. There was no Fitzgerald’s Bridge in existence then, and the river crossing was at Finn’s about 4 miles below town, where the stream mostly consisted of pools.
    Saying His Last Prayers
    Pierce Collits had ridden to near the spot where the South Condobolin Road is bisected by the road leading to Salisbury. he encountered some of the bushrangers , and then Dan Morgan, a somewhat bloodthirsty member of the gang, learnt the name of the lone rider, he put him down on his knees saying his last prayers, while he menaced him with a large colt revolver. The timely arrival of Ben Hall, who explained the delusion Morgan was under undoubtedly spared Collits, for it was an unforgivable crime in the eyes of the bushrangers for anyone to assist the police in hunting them down. Morgan then wanted to take the horse, but Hall knew it was Mrs. Young’s and again stepped in and prevented Collits being left stranded on the roadside.

    This Pierce Collits married Elizabeth Jones and they has 13 children most of whom grew up in the district.
    (Mrs. Elizabeth Mc Rae (nee Collits) was one of the daughters. She lived most of her life at “WyWorrie” Ferry Street, Forbes.

    Buried:
    Anglican Section (Unmarked)

    John married Hannah LEES 28 Jan 1822, Christ Church, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia. Hannah (daughter of John LEES and Mary Carter STEVENS) was born 25 Jun 1804, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; died 25 Dec 1874, Back Creek, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia; was buried 27 Dec 1874, Cowra Cemetery, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Hannah LEES was born 25 Jun 1804, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (daughter of John LEES and Mary Carter STEVENS); died 25 Dec 1874, Back Creek, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia; was buried 27 Dec 1874, Cowra Cemetery, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia.

    Other Events:

    • Certificates ?: Death (76)

    Notes:

    First white woman to settle in the area, and was the first settler on the Bangaroo station near Canowindra.

    NOTES FROM "OUR FAMILY ROOTS" by Lorna Hawkins & Gai Rimmer:

    Hannah was the daughter of John Lees and Mary Stevens who arrived in the colony within 3 years of each other - John as a private soldier on the "Ganges" 2nd June 1797 and Mary as a convict on the "Earl Cornwallis" 12th June 1801. John Lees was granted 90 acres at Castlereagh, and appears to have been an alcoholic until one day he decided to change ways and devote his life to God. On 7th October 1817 a small wooden Church was opened for worship - John had given the land and had the first Wesleyan Church built in the Southern Hemisphere. He and Mary are both buried in this Churchyard. (Taken from notes by Lorna Hawkins).

    Children:
    1. Maria COLLITS was born Abt 1824, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia; died 14 Jun 1888, Walgett, New South Wales, Australia.
    2. Mary COLLITS was born 08 Dec 1826, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia; died 05 Mar 1851, Mt York, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Mt York, New South Wales, Australia.
    3. Susannah COLLITS was born 05 May 1829, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia; died 18 May 1856, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia.
    4. Jane COLLITS was born 24 Jun 1831, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia; died 12 Jun 1847, Hartley, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Mt York, New South Wales, Australia.
    5. Esther COLLITS was born 10 Oct 1833, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia; died 18 Jan 1912, Bedgerabong, New South Wales, Australia.
    6. Sarah COLLITS was born 30 Aug 1836, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia; died 1874, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia.
    7. Pierce COLLITS was born 13 Mar 1840, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia; died 07 Aug 1914, Sand Hills, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Sand Hills, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia.
    8. 4. John COLLITS was born 25 May 1842, Mt York, New South Wales, Australia; was christened 09 Oct 1842, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia; died 09 Aug 1881, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Forbes Cemetery, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia.

  3. 10.  Andrew HENNESSY

    Andrew — Catherine RYAN. [Group Sheet]


  4. 11.  Catherine RYAN
    Children:
    1. 5. Honora HENNESSY was born 24 Oct 1852, Camden, New South Wales, Australia; died 02 Jul 1879, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia; was buried Forbes Cemetery, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia.