Letitia Allwright1

#11674, b. 17 December 1833
  • Father: Thomas William Allwright1 b. 22 Mar 1806, d. 24 Jun 1853
  • Mother: Susannah Elizabeth Martin1 b. 1814, d. 9 Jan 1876

Individual's Timeline

Birth17 December 1833Letitia Allwright2,3
Christening4 October 1836Letitia Allwright4
Marriage28 April 1853Letitia Allwright5
Deathbetween 1869 and 1880John McLean Armstrong
ProbateDecember 1880William Fox Allwright6
Marriage7 December 1880Letitia Allwright7

Primary events

  • Birth: Letitia Allwright was born on 17 December 1833 in New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia.2,3
  • Christening: She was christened on 4 October 1836 in Tasmania, Australia.4
  • Marriage: She married John McLean Armstrong on Thursday, 28 April 1853 in New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia.5
  • (Widow) Death: In 1869-1880 Letitia was left a widow by the death of John McLean Armstrong.
  • (executor) Probate: Letitia Allwright was (one of) the executor(s) of William Fox Allwright's estate in December 1880; His administrators were Rufus HORE, of Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, publican of the Leviathan Hotel and Letitia ARMSTRONG. Rufus HORE resigned and appointed Samuel LYONS, of 32 Collins Street, Solicitor, in his place. Letitia married after the Will was written but before it was proven (later confirmed as 7th december 1880), as she was 'the wife of William GREENOUGH' in 30th Dec 1880. She was the the publican of the Swan Hotel, Gertrude Street.The estate was valued at £304, and the only person entitled to the estate was his son, William Arthur ALLWRIGHT. The estate consisted of a piece of land in Napier Street 40 feet by 120 feet.6
  • Marriage: Letitia Allwright married Willliam Greenough on Tuesday, 7 December 1880 in Albury, New South Wales, Australia, when they were 26 years ~&~ 46 years, 11 months and 20 days old.7

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Letitia was The publican of the Leviathan Hotel in North Fitzroy.
  • Married Name: Her married name was Greenough.
  • Married Name: Her married name was Armstrong.5
Brushes with the LAW

THE GREENOUGHS AG4IN. The much-married member of society, Mr. William Greenough, accompanied by the lady he calls the misses, in other words Mrs. Greenough No. 2, appeared in the Fitzroy court on Monday last, to prosecute Mrs. Greenough. No. 1, otherwise Mrs Keeling, on two charges making use of insulting language towards Mrs. Greenough No. 2, and assaulting Mr. Greenough himself, pulling his hirsute appendages, breaking his pipe, and trampling upon his belltopper. Mr. Lyons appeared for Mr. Greenough and the missus, and Mr. Daly appeared for Mrs. Greenough No. 1, otherwise Mrs. Keeling. -

Please your Worships," said Mr. Daly, - there is a cross summons for assault, but the police have not been able to serve it as they could not find Mr. Greenogh."

To this Mr. Lyons replied-" I'll accept service now." The document was handed to the learned gentleman, who then proceeded to open the case of Letitia Greenough versus Margaret Keeling, otherwise Margaret Greenough.

" I'll ask your Worships to reserve your decision in this case, until you have heard the evidence in the other cases," said Mr. Daly. "I'll most decidedly object to that course," said Mr. Lyons. After a lengthy argument the case proceeded. The complainant went into the witness-box, and deposed that upon the date named in the summons, witness, Mr. Greenough, and some young friends were in Gertrude-street, and seeing the defendant approaching crossed to the other side of the street to avoid meeting the defendant. That defendant then crossed over and wheeled a perambulator against witness, and then made use of very offensive language towards witness. Mr. Greenough gave corroborative evidence. He was with the missus at the time, and in the place mentioned. When the missus saw the defendant she said--"Come across, dear, to the other side." Witness went across with the missus, the defendant followed, and wheeled the perambulator right between witness and the missus, and then called the missus bad names. Mr. Daly called three witnesses for the defence, but although their evidence was very clear as to what took place immediately after the time at which it was alleged the offence was committed, none of them could say that the language was or was not used, as they did not see the commencement of the altercation. The Bench held the case to be proved. Mr. Daly again asked that the magistrates reserve their decision. Mr. Lyons objected, and intimated that he would withdraw from the cases if Mr. Daly's request was complied with. Eventually the defendant was fined 40s. with 26s. costs.

Then came the case and cross summons between William and Margaret. Mr. Lyons led off--" It's an excruciating torture, your Worships, to have one's whiskers pulled by an infuriated woman," said the learned gentleman. "Is that your experience," interrupted Mr. Daly. .' Your Worships can scarcely have an idea of how excruciating it is," continued Mr. Lyons, for he added" with the exception of His Worship, Mr. Robb, none of your Worships have got whiskers." At this point Mr. Robb stroked his chin a la Dr. Palsy, and signified by a little bit of pantomime that he had had no experience in the line of whiskers being pulled by an infuriated female. Mr. Greenough went into the witness-box, repeated the greater portion of the evidence he gave in the last case, and added that after that woman, as he called Mrs. Greenough No. 1, ran the perambulator against the missus, and called the missus bad names, she let go the perambulator and fastened upon his whiskers, pulling a handful of hair out of them. Further, that she knocked the pipe out of his mouth and broke it, and then danced upon his hat in the gutter. Witness struck No. 1. but not till No. 1 pulled his whiskers. Wouldn't strike a woman under any other circumstances. In cross examination this witness denied in the most positive terms that he struck the woman before she pulled his whiskers.

He also denied in the most positive terms that he had at any time within the last few weeks paid a visit to a house at the corner of Gertrude and Nicholson streets, kept by No. 1. Any person who would swear that he had been there would swear falsely. A publican and a cabman were called. The publican saw nothing of the assault, and the cabman, apparently with great reluctance, admitted that he saw Greenough striking the woman and continuing to strike her until a strange man run across the street and struck him a blow on the face leaving a mark that was still visible. . No. 1 now entered the witness-box, and deposed that without the least provocation Greenough struck her a violent blow and endeavoured to upset her perambulator. That she then caught him by the whiskers, and that he continued to strike her until a man run over and struck him. She also swore most positively that Greenough went to her house Fitzroy Lodge some weeks ago, and made a great row, assaulted witness, and broke one of her earrings.

A stout female, named Mary Egan, corroborated the evidence of the last witness as to Greenough having paid a visit to Fitzroy Lodge, within the last few weeks. He gave a thundering knock at the door. Witness opened the door, and Greenongh asked-" where's the (adjective)-old cow '" and that he added-" I'll never stop till I put a ball through her." Two very intelligent little girls, named respectively, Mary Cummins and Kate Rositer, and a very intelligent young man, named Julius Copeland, were then called, and all three deposed that Greenough struck the lady first before she caught his whiskers, and that he continued to strike her until a man struck him and separated them. The Police Magistrate said that the Bench now had the evidence of three disinterested witnesses and would give full credence to it.

The case against Margaret Keeling, otherwise Margaret Greenough, was then dismissed, and in the cross case William Greenough was fined 40s. with 36s. costs. "I'll ask your Worship to bind this man, Greenough, to keep the peace," said Mr. Daly. "And I'll ask your Worship to bind Mrs. Keeling to keep the peace," said Mr. Lyons. "What? bind a woman to keep the peace towards a big man like that," sail MIr. Daly. "Yes, a man with such whiskers," replied Mr. Lyons.

"Well, yes, we'll bind them both over," said His Worship, Mr. Alley. "The bonds will be ready in a few minutes," said the clerk of petty sessions, and in three minutes the documents were ready. "You acknowledge yourself to be bound in the sum of one hundred pounds to keep the peace for six months ?" "Yes," said William, and "Yes," said Margaret. "I want five shillings from each of you."

The money was paid, and it is to be hoped that the public will have no more of Greenough v. Greenough, at least for some time to come.8

Locus Operandi

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: There must surely be a connection between these 2 ladies, or their descendents. Both families involved in pubs and the names are remarkably similar.

Children of Letitia Allwright and John McLean Armstrong

Family of Letitia Allwright and Willliam Greenough


  1. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 7335.
  2. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 7335 and 5829.
  3. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "Name:      Letitia Allwright
    Birth Date:      17 Dec 1833
    Father's name:      Thomas Allwright
    Mother's name:      Susanna Elizabeth Allwright
    Birth Place:      Tasmania
    Registration Year:      1836
    Registration Place:      New Norfolk, Tasmania
    Registration Number:      7335

    Source Information

    Ancestry.com. Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

    Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources."
  4. International Genealogical Index (IGI), C310431 1803-1837 1368234 Film NONE.
  5. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 618.
  6. Will, Will copies saved to home computer, , From Pro Vic Archives.
  7. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 about William Greenough
    Name:      William Greenough
    Spouse Name:      Letitia Armstrong
    Marriage Date:      1880
    Marriage Place:      New South Wales
    Registration Place:      Albury, New South Wales
    Registration Year:      1880
    Registration number:      2440."
  8. Trove Digitised Newspapers, Mercury and Weekly Courier (Vic. : 1878 - 1903) Saturday 19 August 1882 p 3.
  9. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1857/124.
  10. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1869/2826.