Eliza Anne Brooker, 1865

Eliza Anne /Brooker/
Given names
Eliza Anne
Source: 'Mary Wade to Us' p.65
Birth December 7, 1865 40 38
Birth of a sisterChristina M. Brooker
1870 (aged 4 years)
Death of a sisterChristina M. Brooker
1883 (aged 17 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherWilliam Brooker
October 9, 1885 (aged 19 years)
Cause: William died from old age and natural decay
Note: He was sick for 8 days before death and was attended by Dr Eras Wren. The death information was his son James Brooker who was living at Lake Albert. The death was registered at Wagga Wagga on the 2nd of November 1885. Source: Death Certificate.
Burial of a paternal grandfatherWilliam Brooker
October 10, 1885 (aged 19 years)
Cemetery: Wagga Wagga Cemetery, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
MarriageGeorge Pope ParsonsView this family
February 11, 1888 (aged 22 years)
Birth of a sonThomas Charles Parsons
1888 (aged 22 years)
Birth of a sonRobert Daniel Parsons
1889 (aged 23 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherSophia Mary Mitton
January 17, 1892 (aged 26 years)
Burial of a paternal grandmotherSophia Mary Mitton
January 18, 1892 (aged 26 years)
Death of a fatherWilliam Brooker
June 8, 1892 (aged 26 years)
Note: BROOKER — On the 9th Inst., at his late residence,…

BROOKER — On the 9th Inst., at his late residence, Howlong-road, William Brooker, aged 65 years and 6 month. Deeply regretted by a large circle of friends.

Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1881 - 1938) Friday 17 June 1892 p 40 Family Notices

Birth of a daughterElizabeth Parsons
1893 (aged 27 years)

Death of a motherElizabeth Henrietta Fowler
November 9, 1895 (aged 29 years)

Footnote: New South Wales, Australia BD&M Number 11317/1895

Birth of a sonJames Parsons
1896 (aged 30 years)

Birth of a daughterEliza Ann Parsons
1897 (aged 31 years)
Birth of a sonEdward Dargo Parsons
1901 (aged 35 years)
Birth of a daughterMay Parsons
1903 (aged 37 years)

Birth of a sonJulius Arthur Parsons
July 14, 1905 (aged 39 years)
Birth of a daughterCharlotte Parsons
1908 (aged 42 years)

Death of a daughterCharlotte Parsons
1912 (aged 46 years)
Death of a brotherCharles Edward Brooker
December 7, 1913 (aged 48 years)
Death of a sonJames Parsons
January 7, 1919 (aged 53 years)
Cause: Broncho Pneumonia
Marriage of a childThomas Charles ParsonsBeatrice Eva SwainView this family
June 21, 1919 (aged 53 years)
Note: According to his military records, Beatrice and their child travelled back to Australia with Thomas on the Berrima
Death of a sisterEleanor Emily Mary Brooker
July 13, 1923 (aged 57 years)
Note: I cannot locate the death registration in the New South Wales BDM records
Death of a sisterMary Ann Maria Brooker
July 16, 1923 (aged 57 years)
Death of a sonRobert Daniel Parsons
August 18, 1927 (aged 61 years)
Cause: Suicide
Note: The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Friday…

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Friday 19 August 1927





Cries attracted attention to the home of Robert Daniel Parsons, a cottage in Heatherton road, Noble Park, near Dandenong yesterday afternoon, and soon afterwards the police found parsons, his wife and their three young children dead in one of the bedrooms. Circumstances, the police say point to the case being one of murder and suicide.

The police theory is the Parsons, becoming unbalanced as a result of war injuries, attacked his wife and children with a razor, and then took his own life by the same means. The victims were:-

PARSONS, ROBERT DANIEL, aged 38 years ganger, employed by the Electricity Commission

PARSONS, FLORENCE M aged 35 years, wife of Daniel Parsons

PARSONS, VIOLET, aged six years

PARSONS, ROBERT, aged four years

PARSONS, JOYCE VERA, aged 12 month

About half-past 2 o'clock, Mr. L .Collins contractor, of 158 Summerville road, Yarraville, who was engaged upon road work in French street, Noble Park, heard a woman call out excitedly to him from a house near by. He gathered from the cries that a tragedy had been witnessed, and hurried to the Dandenong police station.

Acting upon his information, Sergeant Hill and Constable Goodall went to the home of Parsons, in Heatherton road. They saw blood stains on the pathway and gate, and upon entering a front bedroom they found Parsons on the floor with a razor in his right hand. His wife and the older daughter also lay on the floor, and the two younger children were on the bed.

All had terrible wounds in the throat, and were found by Dr Oldham, of Dandenong, to be dead.

The calls which caused Mr. Collins to summon the police were uttered by Mrs. F. Hannon, from whose home in French street the rear portion of Parson's house in Heatherton road, running parallel, could be seen.

In a statement to the police she said: When I was standing near the front door of my home I heard screams from the direction of Heatherton road. I ran round to the back, and saw Parons come out through the back door, seize his wife, who apparently had just returned from the township, and take her forcibly towards their front door. Both were screaming. I thought that something serious must be happening, and sent for the police.

After the police inspection of the scene, and the removal of the bodies to the morgue, it was stated by the police that apparently the children were first attacked when about to begin their lunch in the kitchen at the rear of the house, The table was in readiness for the meal, and food had been prepared.

Although as far as could be gathered, nobody saw her at the time, Mrs parons is believed to have gone out shortly before noon, possibly to shop. She was in street attire when found. Mrs Hannon believes that she saw bloodstains about Parson's throat when he met his wife upon her return, and the police consider that, having killed the three children, he had commenced to take his own life, but had not inflicted the final and mortal wound when his wife reached home.

Mr. Edward Buchan, who with his wife and family occupy the neighbouring house in Heatherton road, said that the Parsons family had lived there about l8 months. They were aware of no domestic or other trouble in the family.

Charles Parons, of Leonard avenue, Noble Park, brother of the dead man, was able to suggest no possible explanation of the tragedy, unless war injuries had suddenly affected his brother, who, he said, was a man of good habits.

He had been free of domestic unhappiness, and was earning wood wages. Mr.Parsons did not know why his brother had not gone to work that day. In fact, he was unaware that he had not left home as usual to work with the "flying gang" of the Electricity Commission, as a member of which it was his duty to travel about on emergency jobs.

He added that his brother enlisted at Harrietville, and served during the war with the 8th Battalion, B Company. Their mother was a resident of Eilden Weir, near Alexandra.

Death of a sisterEmma Sophia Jane Brooker
June 30, 1929 (aged 63 years)

Death of a brotherWilliam James Brooker
June 30, 1929 (aged 63 years)

Footnote: New South Wales, Australia BD&M Number 17020/1929

Death of a sonJulius Arthur Parsons
June 2, 1961 (aged 95 years)
Death of a sonEdward Dargo Parsons
1966 (aged 100 years)

Family with parents
Birth: December 26, 1824 28 21Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 8, 1892Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Birth: May 21, 1827Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 9, 1895Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage: March 13, 1855Albury, New South Wales, Australia
9 years
elder brother
Birth: 1863 38 35Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 7, 1913Albury, New South Wales, Australia
8 years
younger sister
Birth: 1870 45 42Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1883Albury, New South Wales, Australia
-14 years
elder sister
Birth: 1855 30 27Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 13, 1923Albury, New South Wales, Australia
11 years
-6 years
elder sister
Birth: 1859 34 31Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 30, 1929
-3 years
elder sister
Birth: November 5, 1855 30 28Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 16, 1923Albury, New South Wales, Australia
5 years
elder brother
Birth: 1860 35 32Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 30, 1929Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Family with George Pope Parsons
Marriage: February 11, 1888Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Birth: 1888 34 22Albury, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
Birth: 1889 35 23Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 18, 1927Heatheron Street, Noble Park, Victoria, Australia
5 years
4 years
Birth: 1896 42 30
Death: January 7, 191955th Casualty Clearing Station, Charleroi, Belgium
2 years
5 years
Birth: 1901 47 35Dargo, Victoria, Australia
Death: 1966Maidstone, Victoria, Australia
3 years
3 years
Birth: July 14, 1905 51 39Bright, Victoria, Australia
Death: June 2, 1961Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
4 years
Birth: 1908 54 42
Death: 1912Harrietville, Victoria, Australia
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