NEWMAN, George Kenneth (1889-1917) a private in the 4th Pioneer Battalion, died in World War I. He was the son of Job and Wilhelmina Newman, of Annerley Road, and worked as a picture framer before the war started. His memorial in South Brisbane Cemetery reads:
“Accidentally killed in France while sleeping in his tent with others at 12-5 A.M. on the 28th August 1917 by the falling of a large elm tree that was blown down by an awful gale raging at the time.”
His remains lie in the Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France. Read more about George here.
NOONAN, Mary Elizabeth (1875-1936), From the Courier-Mail, September 1936: ‘The death of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Noonan, wife of Mr. Michael Patrick Noonan, of Cliveden Avenue, Oxley, occurred at her home on August 29, after a short illness. The late Mrs. Noonan was born at Oxley in 1875, and was the younger daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Clancy, who were among the first to settle on the land at Oxley. In 1889 she entered the Department of Public Instruction as a pupil teacher at the Oxley State School, under the late Mr. Frank McDonnell, the third head master of the school. She became a classified assistant teacher, and resigned in 1901, when she was married. She was a devoted member of the Roman Catholic Church, and at Goodna and Corinda took an active part in the work of the parishes. During the Great War she was also an active member of the Corinda branch of the Queensland Red Cross Society. She is survived by her husband and three sons, Messrs. Emmet (postal department), William (railway department), and Barry (Oxley). The funeral took place to the South Brisbane Cemetery, the Rev. Father P. J. Murphy officiating at the graveside.’