Cpt. Giovanni Battista MANSO DI VILLA
(Abt 1816-1860)
Ellen Mary TUFNELL
Martin LAWLESS of Wexford & Brighton
(Abt 1820-1870)
Sarah Ann GOWER
(Abt 1838-1893)
Elizabeth LAWLESS
(Abt 1850-1913)
(1888-Abt 1944)


Family Links

1. Hazel Isabella LYTLE

  • Robert DI VILLA
2. Kathleen Mary "Doris" STUBBS
  • Edward John DE VILLA+


  • Born: 18 Jul 1888, Linden, Belgium
  • Married (1): 14 Feb 1917, Vancouver, British Columbia 1
  • Married (2): 14 Nov 1926, All Soul's Church, Leichhart, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 2
  • Died: Abt 1944, Manila, Philippines

  Also known as Edward M. or E. M. DE VILLA.

  Research Notes:

In 1901 Edward di Villa, age 12, born in Belgium, was at boarding school in Mayfield Sussex.

On 20 Jan 1913 Edward di Villa, age 24 years 6 months, single, engineer, nationality Italian, last residing in China, sailed from Shanghai China and arrived in San Francisco CA USA on 11 Feb 1913, heading for Winnipeg Manitoba. Nearest relative is Mrs di Villa of 27 Benson Road Forest Hill London England. 3

On 25 Mar 1914 Eduardo Manso di Villa, age [about] 20, born in Limaing? Belgium, civil engineer, nationality Italian, last residing in Pekin, China, arrived as a visitor in Vancouver, B.C. 4


In 1920 Eduardo Manso di Villa, aged 32 years 3 months, resident of Tsinan, China, and his wife Hazel, aged 21 years 4 months, sailed for the USA from Southampton England arrives in Ellis Island, New York.


Edward Manso di Villa, age 35, civil engineer, arrived in Fremantle W.A. from Singapore on 29 Dec 1923 per the ship Gorgon. 5



The "Register" states that Mr. E. M. de Villa, the well known petroleum geologist, was to leave Adelaide to the South-Eastern border on Friday, June 19, to make investigations in connection with the search for petroleum decided upon at the recent conference in Melbourne of interstate geologists. He will be joined later by Victorian Government officials. At the conference it was resolved that certain areas in the Common wealth should be investigated with a view to ascertaining whether it would be worth while for the Governments concerned to test them for petroleum or to encourage companies to drill there in that regard. The first locality to be so examined is that situated between the Glenelg River and Casterton (Vic.) and Narracoorte (S.A.) It was also decided that Dr. A. Wade (Federal Geologist), Messrs. W. Baragwanaith (Director of Geological Survey in Victoria), Binney (Drilling Superintendent for the Victoria Geological Department), and de Villa (as superintending advisor) should examine that portion, and also other areas. In subsequent examinations it was proposed that the State Geologist directly concerned should take part, the idea being that political boundaries should not limit the activities of the various Government Geologists in their search for oil. Owing to the fact that Dr. Wade will shortly leave for England, and pressure of work, there has been a slight delay in the starting of the first examination, and Mr. de Villa will proceed alone immediately to make investigations in that area, and will be joined later by Mr. Baragwanath and his assistant (Mr. Binney). If the Victorian Government should find that there is satisfactory evidence regarding the possibility of petroleum occurring in that neighbor hood, detailed' investigations, survey B, and geological mapping of it will be put in hand forthwith.

The Narracoorte Herald (SA), Fri 26 Jun 1925, p. 4




Mutooroo Copper Corporation, N.L., on Tuesday received the following cablegram from Mr. A. J. Roberts (chairman of directors) at Sourabaya, Java :-'Just returned from Grantil oil concession and received three cabibs. Old bore abandoned. New plant begins boring from surface next Friday. Mr. De Villa (geologist) states that at least £5000 required to purchase casing and drill 2400 ft. Considers chances striking oil fairly reasonable. Under existing circumstances object make further Payments. Cable if concur. Shall proceed to Singapore on Thursday and try to get on tin or rubber concession."

The secretary advises that the vendor company of the Grantil Oil Concession has been notified that the Mutooroo Corporation does not intend to exercise the option of purchase of the concession contaia ed in the agreement of June 26.

Western Argus (Kalgoorlie), Thu 21 Sep 1926, p. 30



Geologist Recommends Boring — Expects to Find Oil In Considerable Quantity

After a preliminary survey of oil possibilities in Tayabas region, Dr. E. M. de Villa, well known French geologist, employed by the Tayabas Oil Development Company. Inc., in a geological report furnished the firm, recommended boring the area with proper oil well boring plant, believing that oil will be brought in, in payable quantities providing this is completely done. Dr. De Villas report covers the geological formation of the Tayabas region, with particular detail on the portion under lease by the company. One of the interesting features of his report, it is said, is his theory as to the origin of petroleum in the islands, which is quite different from those advanced so far by previous explorers. Definite surface indications of oil in the region studied has been found by Dr. De Villa, who was more particularly impressed with the nature of the geological structure. Interesting also is the comment on the work done by the Richmond Petroleum Co. many years ago. Stockholders of the' Tayabas Oil Development Co., are holding a meeting tomorrow for the purpose of hearing Dr. De Villa's report and determing what course of action shall be taken for further development.

The Tribune (Philippines), Fri 10 Jul 1936, p. 3

  Marriage Information:

Eduardo married Hazel Isabella LYTLE, daughter of Thomas James LYTLE and Isabella Josephine MORRISON, on 14 Feb 1917 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Hazel Isabella LYTLE was born about 1895 in Revelstroke, British Columbia.)

  Marriage Notes:

Eduardo Manso De Villa, 28, bachelor, born in Linden Belgium, civil engineer, resident of Victoria, BC, son of Felice Manso De Villa and Elizabeth Manso, and
Hazel Isabella Lytle, 22, spinster, born in Revelstoke British Columbia, resident of Vancouver, BC, daughter of Thomas James Lytle, engineer, and Isabella Josephine Mollison.

Married by Licence

Witnesses: Gretta Carmichael, Jas. L. Carmichael

  Marriage Information:

Edward also married Kathleen Mary "Doris" STUBBS, daughter of Roland John STUBBS and Mary Louisa WEATHERHEAD, on 14 Nov 1926 in All Soul's Church, Leichhart, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia. (Kathleen Mary Doris STUBBS was born on 25 Dec 1896 in Tarnagulla, Victoria, Australia and died on 23 Aug 1994 in Parramatta, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia.)

  Marriage Notes:

Edward Manso de Villa, geologist, resident of Java, bachelor [sic], born in Louvain Belgium, age 38, son of Felix Manso de Villa (deceased), gentleman, and Elizabeth Lawless, and
Kathleen Mary Doris Stubbs, domestic duties, of Dulwich Hill Sydney N.S. Wales, spinster, born in Llanelly Victoria, age 30, daughter of Roland John Stubbs (deceased), engineer, and Mary Louisa Weatherhead


1 British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938, Reg. # 17-09-086152.

2 NSW BDM (Marriages) Petersham district, Reg. # 16327, entry 602.

3 California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953.

4 Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954.

5 Fremantle, Western Australia, Passenger Lists, 1897-1963.

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