Hobart Edward Cato

#369, b. 22 February 1881

Individual's Timeline

Birth22 February 1881Hobart Edward Cato
Marriagebefore 1908Hobart Edward Cato

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

Some aspects of Hobart Edward Cato's life. It seems Hobart was a racing cyclist know as Edward CATO. The following newspaper report of an accident he was in when racing - A racing cyclist named Edward Cato lies in the Melbourne Hospital is a very critical condition, owing to his having severely frac- tured his skull in a bicycle race on satur- day afternoon. Cato, who is only 19 years of age, resides in Sydney Road, Moreland, and is regarded as a speedy rider among the wheelmen of the locality. On Saturday afternoon, he made one of a party of Bruns- wick cyclists who attended a sports meet-ing at Richmond City ground and he made Ins first appearance in the Mile Han- dicap race. Cato rode two laps at an easy pace but in moving up for position in the third round he became crowded. In en- deavouring to cut through an opening another rider swerved towards him, and the machines collided. Both fell, and Cato, who was riding at a fast pace, was thrown head foremost along the ground until he struck a post heavily He was picked up un- conscious, but quickly recovered his senses and was quite rational by the time Mr F W HUNTER of Park Street North Carlton had conveyed him to the Melbourne Hospital

He was admitted by Mr Palmor, M B, and is manifestly in a very dangerous condition, though his marvelous vitality and spirit may save his life.

Some aspects of Hobart Edward Cato's life. I believe that Hobart Edward was working in Sopwith Aviation in Kingston-upon-thames at the end of the war. Ralph Northcote stated he had a brother working there in 1918, and there was a notification in the 'flight' magazine dated July 1919 as follows:

Aeronautical Specifications Published
Abbreviations:—cyl.=cylinder; I.C. = internal combustion ; m . = m o t r - .
The numbers in brackets are those under which the Specifications will be
printed and abridged, etc.
Published July 3, 1919
6.153. F. W. LANCHESTER. Mechanism for receiving and launching aeroplanes
at sea. (127,620.)
6,227. LANG PROPELLER, LTD., and G. MILLS. Aerial propellers. (127,627)
6,266. WOLSELEY MOTORS, LTD., and A. A. REMINGTON. I.C. aircraft engines. (127,628.)
6,427 and 6,472. AERONAUTICAL INSTRUMENT CO. and G. BREWER. Ripping panels for balloons, etc. (127,633 and 127,637.)
6,677. Sir A. T. DAWSON and Sir G. T. BUCKHAM. Aircraft gun mountings. (127,648.)
7,124. W. G. TARRANT. Girders, beams, struts, etc., for aircraft.
DERIVES. Control of aerial machines. (127,667.)
7,268. L. BLERIOT. Joints for aerial machines. (127,671.)
7,367. SOPWITH AVIATION Co. and H. E. CATO. Tool for extracting fixing bolts for propellers.

Military Career

Records show that Hobart Edward Cato served in the armed forces. Hobart was listed as serving in the 1st Scottish Horse regiment as a Trooper (#35502) in the Boer War - from http://www.roll-of-honour.com/cgi-bin/boerwardetail.cgi

He was Discharged, Jo'burg, 20/03/02. Medals awarded: The Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal Clasps: Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902.3

Voter Enrolements

Children of Hobart Edward Cato and Mary Elizabeth Biddlestone


  1. Australian Voter Rolls 1901 - 1936, online http://search.ancestry.com.au
  2. Trove Digitised Newspapers, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) View title info Mon 26 Sep 1927 Page 8.
  3. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, First name(s)      Hobart Edward
    Last name      Cato
    Service number(s)      35502
    Rank      Trooper
    Regiment      Scottish Horse
    Literary references      WO126 The National Archives WO127. Nominal rolls colonial units.
    Notes      Discharged, Jo'burg, 20/03/02
    The Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal Clasps: Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902
    Units      Unit: 1 Scottish Horse, Rank: Trooper, Number: 35502
    Casualty details      -
    Casualty notes      -
    Casualty source      -
    Gazzetteer      -
    Country      Great Britain
    Record set      Anglo-Boer War records 1899-1902
    Category      Armed forces & conflict
    Subcategory      Boer Wars
    Collections from      United Kingdom.
  4. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, First name(s)     Helena Adeline
    Last name     Cato
    Marital status     Single/Spinster
    Age     20
    Birth year     1907
    Marriage year     1927
    Marriage date     17 Sep 1927
    Place     [unrecorded] Hawthorn
    District     Adelaide
    State     South Australia
    Country     Australia
    Father's first name(s)     Hobart Edward
    Father's last name     Cato
    Spouse's first name(s)     Thomas Alfred
    Spouse's last name     Ryan
    Spouse's marital status     Single/Spinster
    Spouse's age     23
    Spouse's birth year     1904
    Spouse's father's first name(s)     John Alfred
    Spouse's father's last name     Ryan
    Registration number     312/860
    Notes     Additional information is on the certificate but not recorded in this index
    Record set     South Australia Marriages 1842-1937
    Category     Life Events (BDMs)
    Subcategory     Marriages & divorces
    Collections from     Australia & New Zealand.