"Goodbye everybody; I forgive everybody from the bottom of my heart for anything they have wronged me in this world. I never shot my husband, and I am dying like an angel. Oh, my poor children; take care of my children will you, Father?”Thornton, William (1817-84): Thornton was born 18 June 1817 in Greenville Co. Cavan, Ireland. He was the first collector of customs in Queensland, and also served as Member of the Legislative Council, a Water Police Magistrate, and a member of the Marine Board.
“When asked what other duties the water police were required to carry out Thornton replied, ‘... keeping order amongst the shipping in the bay, they act as Customs House Officers and search vessels going up and down the river, the Sub-Inspector is a health officer and boards vessels in his capacity as such, and assists the Tide Surveyor in his duty by lending him men in bad weather to go to vessels in the bay as the Tide Surveyor's crew has been reduced to two.’” (History of the Queensland Water Police)Thornton died at his Kangaroo Point residence in June 1884. Sadly, his grave now lies unmarked as it was a victim of the ‘beautification scheme’.
Tullipan, Ronald William (1917-75) was born in Murwillumbah, NSW. His schooling was disrupted by his parent’s 1929 divorce that left him a State ward in St Vincent’s Orphanage, Brisbane. He married 14-year-old Katherine Power in 1937 at St Ita’s Church, Dutton Park, Brisbane. Two of their four daughters died in infancy. Ron enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in July 1941, but proved to be rebellious and was frequently in trouble. He was posted to Bougainville in 1944 and returned after being wounded in action in May 1945.
Ron taught himself to write, and after divorcing Katherine in 1947 he moved to Sydney and then Cairns, where he worked on the wharves and became involved in union affairs. He had some short stories published and also earned money as a commercial artist. During the 1950s he travelled overseas with his partner, Vi Murray. His first novel, Follow the Sun, based on his waterfront experiences, was published in 1960, and was followed by his autobiographical novels Rear Vision (1961) and March into Morning (1962).
He became president of the Sydney Realist Writers’ Group, and completed his last novel, Daylight Robbery in 1970. Ron returned to Brisbane in 1973, where he where he became vice-president of the Queensland branch of the Artists’ Guild of Australia. He died of a cerebral haemorrhage on 24 November 1975 in Brisbane. A self-portrait (1951) is held by the University of Queensland. He was buried in the cemetery with his two deceased daughters, Patricia (died 1940, age two years) and Helena (died 1943, aged 17 months).