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John COLLITS

Male 1842 - 1881  (39 years)


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  • Name John COLLITS 
    Born 25 May 1842  Mt York, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Christened 09 Oct 1842  Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 09 Aug 1881  Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Forbes Cemetery, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (Unmarked)
    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.
    Person ID I674  The Rawsthorne Family Tree
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 

    Father John Pilmore COLLITS,   b. 08 Feb 1803, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jun 1886, Myall Park, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Hannah LEES,   b. 25 Jun 1804, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1874, Back Creek, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 28 Jan 1822  Christ Church, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Family ID F280  Group Sheet

    Family Honora HENNESSY,   b. 24 Oct 1852, Camden, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jul 1879, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years) 
    Married 10 Feb 1868  Cowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • Witness: John Collits, Betsy Carpenter
    Children 
     1. Arthur John COLLITS,   b. 13 Apr 1869, Marragvirnah, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1938, District Hospital, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. James Pierce COLLITS,   b. 25 Feb 1871, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Nov 1928, Orange, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     3. Charles Frederick COLLITS,   b. 06 May 1873, Merriganowry, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1932, Young, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     4. Ernest Albert COLLITS,   b. 18 May 1875, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1944, Tooraweenah, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     5. Edwin Harold COLLITS,   b. 16 Sep 1877, Merriganowry, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1948, Roma Hospital, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F295  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S379] John Collits & Hannah Lees Descendents, Gai RIMMER.

    2. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      Windsor, NSW, V1842493 54

    3. [S79] From a Distant Field, Colin Field, Book: Version 3 (Self Published).

    4. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      V18222871 3B

    5. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      2010/1868, Cowra, NSW