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Lillian Agnes Ethel BOHLSEN


  • Born: 1882, Gunnedah district, New South Wales, Australia 2
  • Married: 13 Nov 1907, St. Peter's Church of England, Hornsby, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 1
  • Died: 13 Jul 1916, Dural-road, Hornsby, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 3

  Research Notes:

"CARPENTER.—July 13, at his residence, Dural-road, Hornsby, Charles, beloved husband of Lilian, aged 34 years."


"Business Man's Suicide.

Mr. H. Richardson Clark (district coroner) held an inquest in the Hornsby Courthouse on Thursday, inquiring into the death of Charles Carpenter.

Dr. Exa Morris Humphery stated that on the 13th inst. at 3 p.m. he went to deceased's residence Deceased's wife told him that her husband had hanged himself in an outhouse. Witness found the door jammed by the body, which was huddled upon the floor. With the assistance of two neighbours the door was broken off its hinges and removed. Round the neck was a deep mark in the skin, as if caused by a cord tied very tightly. Witness had known deceased for nearly two years, and knew that his mental balance was not good. He had been recently treated in St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, for mental trouble. Some months before, his wife told witness that he had attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself, but had been prevented. She also said that he was much worried over business affairs, and did not sleep at night. He consulted witness for insomnia in April last. Witness was of opinion that the cause of death was suffocation by hanging, and that he was mentally deranged when he hanged himself.

Charles Carpenter, sen., father of the deceased, stated that deceased was 34 years of age. His life was insured in the Citizens' Mutual Life Association Company for £100. Deceased owned the house he lived in, which was valued at £500. Deceased had been a little wrong in his head for about three months prior to his death. He was worried over business matters, but there was no necessity for the worry. He understood that his son lived happily with his wife. He had two children, one seven years old and the other five years. On the 13th July witness went to his son's residence, to ask him to shift the cow. Deceased's wife called him, but as there was no answer she went to the outhouse. Witness heard her scream and ran to the outhouse and cut deceased down. He was hanging from a beam by a piece of window sash line. Deceased was a hard worker, without a lazy bone in his body. He understood that financial troubles was the cause of this son's mental trouble. The Coroner found that deceased died of suffocation, the result of his own wilful act whilst mentally deranged." 4


CHARLES CARPENTER, late of Hornsby, Carter

11th January 1917. ON THIS DATE LETTERS of Administration in the Estate of the said deceased were granted to Lilian Agnes Ethel Carpenter of Dural Road Hornsby The Widow of the said deceased. Estate sworn at £664-0-0. Surety Charles Carpenter Senr. of Dural Road Hornsby, retired Agent.
Intestate died at Hornsby 13th July 1916. Estate at £639-13-8 Net.

LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION de bonis non of the Estate of the abovenamed deceased were granted to LILLIAN JOYCE FLETCHER and EVELYN MORECE HEMMING the daughters of the said deceased. TESTATOR died 13th July, 1916. Estate under the value of £801.0.0. 10

  Marriage Information:

Charles married Lillian Agnes Ethel BOHLSEN, daughter of Hinrich Gerhard BOHLSEN and Charlotte JOYCE, on 13 Nov 1907 in St. Peter's Church of England, Hornsby, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 1. (Lillian Agnes Ethel BOHLSEN was born on 19 Dec 1879 in Bay View House, Milson's Point, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 5 6, died on 5 Mar 1945 in 5 Dural St., Hornsby, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 7 8 and was buried outside of Riverina, New South Wales, Australia.

  Marriage Notes:

"A wedding, which caused a good doal of interest locally, was celebrated at St. Peter's Church of England, Hornsby, on Wednesday afternoon, the contracting parties, who were well-known, being Charles Carpenter, son of Mr. Charles Carpenter, senior, of Peat's Ferry-road, and Lilian Bohlsen, daughter of Mr. H. G. Bohlsen, of George-street. Tho ceremony was performed by tho Rev. Langford Smith, rector. The church, which was tastefully decorated for tho occasion by friends of the happy couple, was well- filled by interested spectators, several of whom, liberally bospinkled tho newly-made man and wife with confetti and roso-leaves as soon as the ceremony was over, and they were making their way out of the church. The service was choral, the church choir singing appropriate hymns, with Miss Sutton, organist presiding at the organ. As tho bridal party was leaving the sacred precincts, the organist played Mendelssohn's Wedding March. The bride, who was given away by her father, looked particularly well in a costume of white muslin, trimmed with lace and insertion, and wearing the orthodox wreath of orange blossom and bridal veil. She carried a lovely shower bouquet, gift of the bride groom. There were four bridesmaids, namely, Miss Eda Bohlsen, sistor of the bride, and Miss Lucy Jacobson, who. were dressed alike in costumes of white muslin trimmed with lace and insertion, and wearing hats to match ; and Misses Alice and Hectorine Carpenter, sisters of the bridegroom, who were also attired alike in cream silk blouses and cream voile skirts, with hats to match. The whole of the bridesmaids carried handsome bouquets, which were presented by the bride groom. Mr. Christopher Bohlsen, brother of the bride, noted in the capacity of best man. After the ceremony the bridal party drove to the residence of the parents of the bridegroom, where they received the congratulations of a large number of relatives and friends, and where a sumptuous breakfast was partaken of by about fifty guests. The chief toast, "The bride and bridegroom" was entrusted to Rev. L. Smith, who did it every justice. "The bridesmaids" was well responded to by Miss Eda Bohlsen. In the evening a social was held in honor of the event in the School of Arts, which was attended by a numerous gathering of invited guests. Dancing was indulged in till after 10 o'clock, when the happy couple took leave of the company, amid showers of confetti and rose leaves, and good wishes, for thoir new home in Dural-road, Hornsby." 9


1 NSW Registry BDM (marriages), 10358/1907.

2 NSW Registry BDM (births), 17382/1882.

3 The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 15 July 1916.

4 The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, Saturday 22 July 1916.

5 NSW Registry BDM (births), 268/1880.

6 The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 31 December 1879.

7 NSW Registry BDM (deaths), 2597/1945.

8 The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 7 Mar 1945.

9 The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, Saturday 16 Nov 1907.

10 New South Wales Will Books, 1800-1952, numbers 77441 & 322714.

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