Robert Daniel Parsons, 18891927 (aged 38 years)

Name
Robert Daniel /Parsons/
Given names
Robert Daniel
Surname
Parsons
Birth 1889 35 23
MarriageFlorence May BaxterView this family
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Death of a maternal grandfatherWilliam Brooker
June 8, 1892 (aged 3 years)
Note: BROOKER — On the 9th Inst., at his late residence, Howlong-road, William Brooker, aged 65 years and…

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 sisterElizabeth Parsons
1893 (aged 4 years)

Death of a maternal grandmotherElizabeth Henrietta Fowler
November 9, 1895 (aged 6 years)
Source:

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

Birth of a brotherJames Parsons
1896 (aged 7 years)

Birth of a sisterEliza Ann Parsons
1897 (aged 8 years)
Birth of a brotherEdward Dargo Parsons
1901 (aged 12 years)
Birth of a sisterMay Parsons
1903 (aged 14 years)

Birth of a brotherJulius Arthur Parsons
July 14, 1905 (aged 16 years)
Birth of a sisterCharlotte Parsons
1908 (aged 19 years)

Death of a sisterCharlotte Parsons
1912 (aged 23 years)
Death of a brotherJames Parsons
January 7, 1919 (aged 30 years)
Cause: Broncho Pneumonia
Birth of a daughterViolet Eliza Ann Parsons
1921 (aged 32 years)
Birth of a sonRobert James Parsons
1923 (aged 34 years)
Birth of a daughterJoyce Vera Parsons
1926 (aged 37 years)
Death of a wifeFlorence May Baxter
August 18, 1927 (aged 38 years)
Cause: Murder by husband
Death of a daughterViolet Eliza Ann Parsons
August 18, 1927 (aged 38 years) Age: 6
Cause: Father murdered her
Death of a sonRobert James Parsons
August 18, 1927 (aged 38 years) Age: 4
Cause: Father murdered him
Death of a daughterJoyce Vera Parsons
August 18, 1927 (aged 38 years) Age: 1
Cause: Murdered by her father
Death of a fatherGeorge Pope Parsons

Death of a motherEliza Anne Brooker

Death August 18, 1927 (aged 38 years)
Cause of death: Suicide
Note: The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Friday 19 August 1927

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

FIVE DEAD.

NOBLE PARK TRAGEDY.

FAMILY WIPED OUT.

SUPPOSED MURDER AND SUICIDE..

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.

Family with parents
father
mother
Marriage MarriageFebruary 11, 1888Albury, New South Wales, Australia
brother
elder brother
1888
Birth: 1888 34 22Albury, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
himself
18891927
Birth: 1889 35 23Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 18, 1927Heatheron Street, Noble Park, Victoria, Australia
5 years
younger sister
4 years
younger brother
18961919
Birth: 1896 42 30
Death: January 7, 191955th Casualty Clearing Station, Charleroi, Belgium
2 years
younger sister
5 years
younger brother
19011966
Birth: 1901 47 35Dargo, Victoria, Australia
Death: 1966Maidstone, Victoria, Australia
3 years
younger sister
3 years
younger brother
19051961
Birth: July 14, 1905 51 39Bright, Victoria, Australia
Death: June 2, 1961Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
4 years
younger sister
19081912
Birth: 1908 54 42
Death: 1912Harrietville, Victoria, Australia
Family with Florence May Baxter
himself
18891927
Birth: 1889 35 23Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 18, 1927Heatheron Street, Noble Park, Victoria, Australia
wife
Marriage Marriage
daughter
19211927
Birth: 1921 32 29Victoria, Australia
Death: August 18, 1927Heatherton Street, Nobel Park, Victoria, Australia
3 years
son
19231927
Birth: 1923 34 31Victoria, Australia
Death: August 18, 1927Heatherton Street, Noble Park, Victoria, Australia
4 years
daughter
19261927
Birth: 1926 37 34Victoria, Australia
Death: August 18, 1927Heatherton Street, Noble Park, Victoria, Australia
Death

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

FIVE DEAD.

NOBLE PARK TRAGEDY.

FAMILY WIPED OUT.

SUPPOSED MURDER AND SUICIDE..

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.