James Henry Walpole

#1187, b. 1839, d. 23 June 1917

Henry in uniform

Individual's Timeline

Birth1839James Henry Walpole
Death of FatherMarch 1856Joseph Walpole1
Marriage29 March 1869James Henry Walpole2,3
Death8 July 1874Sarah Ann Walpole4
Marriage19 August 1875James Henry Walpole5
Marriage of Son24 February 1895Robert Walpole6,7,8
Death18 December 1908Margaret Walpole9,10
Death23 June 1917James Henry Walpole11

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: James was a soldier who fought in the Taranaki Wars and then served in Melbourne, then a brewer when in 99 Brisbane Street, and later a labourer.3
  • Residence: In 2 January 1872 James Henry Walpole and Sarah Ann Worthington lived 99 Brisbane Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. At this date the house was owned by Mrs Walpole (the previous wife of Frederick Gough now deceased) and was lived in by James Walople. The value was 17 pounds. The entry for 2/1/1874 was exactly the same, as was The Hobart Town Gazette for 1870, so they lived there for at least 6 years.12
  • Owner: In from 2 January 1877 to 2 January 1878 James Henry Walpole was the owner of 99 Brisbane Street which was being lived in by Michael Donovan, and was valued at 16 pounds. By 1885 the house was no longer owned by James. It was owned by Joseph OMANT of Barrack Street, and was being lived in by Earnest A Maddox. It was valued at 28 pounds. By 1894 the numbers had changed. 99 no longer existed but Joseph OMANT now lived in and owned 109 Brisbane Street West. This was the case until at least until 2nd Nov 1903., situated in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.13
  • Residence: In between 1892 and 1914 James Henry lived in Murray Road, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. In 1892 James was living in Murray Road, possibly in the Highfield Hall Hotel. This was located between Liverpool and Bathurst Streets. In 1914 James was the only person in 317 Murray Road with the name of WALPOLE.

Census details

Some aspects of James Henry Walpole's life. TRAM ACCIDENT PROVES FATAL.

The death occurned iu the General Hos-
pital, Hobart on Saturday of James
Henry Walpole, aged 76 years, who fell
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off a tramcar on Thursday at the inter-
section of Elizabeth and Liverpool streets.
An inquest was opened at the hospital at
noon on Sunday by Mr. W. 0. Wise,
Coroner, for the purpose of identification,
and an order for burial was given to de-
ceased's son. The inquest was adjourned
until to-morrow.



An inquest was held yesterday by the Coronor (Mr W O Wise) on the body of Mr James Henry Walpole (76), who died at the hospital on Saturday morning as the result of a fall from a tram on Thursday afternoon while alighting near Watch's corner.

Mr Russell Young and Major Parker appeared for the Corporation and Tramways Department, and Mr R Walpole, sen., represented the Relatives.

Alfred Crooks, tram driver, said that he was driving the double-decker car from New Town to the G.P.O. He stopped the car at Liverpool-street, and, after the passengers had alighted, he got the signal to start. The car had gone its own length when he got the signal to stop, and he pulled up in about a yard.

James Moran, tram inspector, said that he was on the conductors platform and after the car had started and the other passengers had alighted, deceased got up from his seat, and when he got to the door he halted, and said he wanted to get off. Before he could give the signal to stop, deceased got on to the step, put his stick on the ground, and swung round until he lost his balance, and fell. It was not correct that deceased was on the platform when the other passengers were getting off.

George Henry Hallam, tram conductor said that he got off the platform to assist some children down. He saw deceased on the platform when the bell was rung He attempted to stop him, but was too late,

Mrs Kerr wife of George Kerr sen., and Mrs Pinfold, said that deceased was following the other passengers out,
but was somewhat slow. He was on the
step when the bell was rung.

Robert William Samuels, gardener, Battery Point, said that he had known deceaced over 40 years, and was with him on the tram. Deceased was the last to get off at Liverpool-street He was very feeble, and always walked with a stick.

Dr Ratten, Surgeon-superintendent at the General Hospital, said that deceased was admitted at 5 15 p m on June 21 and died at 11 55 a m on June 23. He made a post-mortem examination and found that there was an extensive fracture of the skull, and extensive blood clots on both sides of the brain The other organs were normal.

Death was due to fracture of the skull and hemmorrhage of the brain. Deceased never recovered consciousness.

In view of the conflicting evidence of the witnesses Inspector Moran was recalled, and repeated that deceased was not on the step when he gave the signal to start the car.

A verdict was returned that death was due to fractured skull, caused by accidentally falling from a moving tram,
and the Coroner added that no one was
to blame for the accident.14

Some aspects of James Henry Walpole's life. In Australian terms - James won the trifector. He married a widow who was older than himself, she owned a pub, and after she died he married a younger woman.


His death was commemorated by an obituary in the Hobart newspapers on 25 June 1917 in The Mercury, Tasmania, Australia, James Henry WAPOLE at Hobart suddenly - aged 76. Interred at Queenborough Cemetery Sunday afternoon.10

Military Career

Records show that James Henry Walpole served in the armed forces. His name appears on a web page as being one of the soldiers who served in the 2nd Battalion of the 14th regiment when it was stationed in Australia and New Zealand.

Voter Enrolements


Family of James Henry Walpole and Sarah Ann Worthington

Child of James Henry Walpole and Margaret Martin


  1. Conclusion of, Shirley.
  2. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1869/202 37/202.
  3. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD.
  4. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1874/2125.
  5. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1875/314 37/314.
  6. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD, Folio 37/446.
  7. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1895/446.
  8. International Genealogical Index (IGI), M310492 1894-1895 1368313 Film NONE.
  9. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD, Surname: WALPOLE
    Given Names: Margaret
    Event: D
    Father/Spouse Surname:
    Mother/Spouse Given Names:
    Date: 1908-12-18
    Sex: F
    Place: King St DYNNYRNE
    Registration Year: 1908
    Registration Number: 1373.
  10. Trove - Australian Newspapers on line, online http://trove.nla.gov.au
  11. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD, Surname: WALPOLE
    Given Names: James Henry
    Event: D
    Father/Spouse Surname:
    Mother/Spouse Given Names:
    Date: 1917-06-23
    Sex: M
    Place: General Hospital HOBART
    Registration Year: 1917
    Registration Number: 1504.
  12. Conclusion of, Tasmanian Field Trip, April 2000, rate roll seen in the Tasmanian archives.
  13. Conclusion of, Tasmanian Field Trip, April 2000, rate roll seen at Tasmania Arichives.
  14. Trove - Australian Newspapers on line, online http://trove.nla.gov.au, on the web - http://ndpbeta.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/1078303
  15. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "Australian Electoral Rolls, 1901-1936
    Name:      James Henry Walpole
    Gender:      Male
    Electoral Year:      1914
    State:      Tasmania
    District:      Denison
    Subdistrict:      Hobart North."
  16. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, 1861 Worldwide Army Index
    First Name(s)     James
    Last Name     Walpole
    Number     1044
    Rank     Corporal
    Unit     2nd Btn 14th Foot (Buckinghamshire)
    Regiment Stationed at:     Aukland & Otahuhu
    National Archives reference:     WO12 / 3207.