Arthur Ernest Cato

#288, b. 7 July 1862, d. 21 January 1907

Individual's Timeline

Birth7 July 1862Arthur Ernest Cato1,2
Christening14 September 1862Arthur Ernest Cato3
Death of Father7 October 1894William Cato4
Death21 January 1907Arthur Ernest Cato5,6
Probate2 March 1935William Sidebottom7

Primary events

  • Birth: Arthur Ernest Cato was born on 7 July 1862 in New Town, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.1,2
  • Christening: He was christened on 14 September 1862 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.3
  • Death of Father: His father William Cato died on 7 October 1894 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.4
  • Death: Arthur died on 21 January 1907 in Mackay District Hospital, Mackay, Queensland, Australia, This death on the 21st was in the papers as Mr Archibald G CATO who was admitted to the hospital on the 18th. Definitely registered as Arthur Ernest. (Aged 44 years, 6 months and 14 days, worked back from recorded birth date).5,6
  • (beneficiary) Probate: He was listed as a beneficiary in William Sidebottom's will on 2 March 1935; There was a court case relating to the Will. In court were representatives of James Roy SIDEBOTTOM, Maria Jane ROBSON, William Lemnal SIDEBOTTOM, Ronald Lavington CATO, Leith CATO and Victoria CATO and her infant children.7

Secondary circumstances

  • Anecdote: Stan Cato said in a letter that has been put onto the net, "I remember Arthur quite well. He was a great boy. Grandmother had bought him a hat to which he took a violent dislike. I think he kicked it to school but explained to his mother that it was damaged by raising it to the ladies. We had a bonfire on Queens Birthday and Arthur filled the hat with crackers and blew it to pieces.
    Of his wanderings from gold rush to gold rush of his visiting Gran, after he had struck it at the Dee and of his sad end I think you will be familiar".8
Some aspects of Arthur Ernest Cato's life. Brisbane Sunday At the Dee gold rush on Friday Nalder and Party found a nugget weightin 20 ounces in the bed of the river. CATO and TOWNSEND unearthed a slug weighing 40 ounces.

ON 24th - As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald - CATO and TOWNSEND have brought to Rockhampton from the Dee field a nugget weighting 66 ounces. Already 140 ounces have been taken out of this claim, which was formerly held by a publican named O'Dwyer who abandoned it as worthless.9

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: should look up papers about 21/1/1907, as this death may have been noteworthy. No Will registered in Queensland or Hobart.


  1. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD, Surname: CATO
    Given Names: ARTHUR ERNEST
    Event: Birth
    Father/Spouse Surname: WILLIAM
    Mother/Spouse Given Names: COGGIN ROSETTA
    Day: 07
    Month: 7
    Year: 1862
    Sex: M
    Spouse Age:
    Spouse Sex:
    Registration Place: HOBART
    Registration Number: 5378/1862
    Reference: RGD 33.
  2. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1862/5378.
  3. Find my past web sites, online or, First name(s)     Arthur Ernest
    Last name     Cato
    Gender     Male
    Residence     Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
    Birth year     1862
    Baptism year     1862
    Baptism date     14 Sep 1862
    Baptism place     Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
    State     Tasmania
    Country     Australia
    Father's first name(s)     William
    Father's last name     Cato
    Father's name notes     Gardener
    Mother's first name(s)     Rosetta
    Mother's last name     Cato
    Record set     Australia, Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981
    Category     Life Events (BDMs)
    Subcategory     Births & baptisms
    Collections from     Australia & New Zealand.
  4. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD, Surname: CATO
    Given Names: WILLIAM
    Event: Death
    Father/Spouse Surname:
    Mother/Spouse Given Names:
    Day: 07
    Month: 10
    Year: 1894
    Age: 75
    Sex: M
    Spouse Age:
    Spouse Sex:
    Registration Place: HOBART
    Registration Number: 1376/1894
    Reference: RGD 35.
  5. Unknown name of person, DB - Qld BDM on line, 1907/2445     Arthur Ernest     Cato     F - William Cato     M - Rosetta Coggin.
  6. Trove Digitised Newspapers, Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 - 1954) Wed 13 Feb 1907 Page 4.
  7. Trove Digitised Newspapers, Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954) Saturday 2 March 1935 p 7 Article.
  8. Letter, W S (Stan) CATO to Oscar Herbert Cato GREEN, 15/7/1948.
  9. Trove - Australian Newspapers on line, online