THE ROOMS OF THE PRESTON WING

MARIANNE
Marianne, Maryanne, Mary Anne are all recorded versions of the Christian Name of Captain Heath’s mother, Marianne Poynter. It is clear where George Poynter acquired his middle name.
Marianne was born in Dorset, England (1790). She married the Rev. Charles Heath (1789 – 1864) on 17 December 1822 and had 5 children, 2 sons and 3 daughters: 1.Georgina Susan, 2.Frances Maria, 3. Reverend Charles Harboard, 4 Captain George Poynter, 5. Louisa Sophia.
Captain Heath’s children’s names are strongly reminiscent of his own brother’s and sisters’ names.

 

CECELIA
Cecelia, Cecila, Celia are all recorded versions of the Christian Name of Captain Heath’s eldest Daughter, Cecelia Georgina Heath.
Cecelia was born at Eskgrove in East Brisbane (1861) where her parents rented while building Hanworth. She married Admiral John Locke Marx (1852 – 1939) at St Mary’s Kangaroo Pt. in 1886. They had at least one child, Captain George Francis Locke Marx (1890 – 1965) who married Augusta Susan Fergusson in 1932. George Francis and Augusta Susan had two boys who both married and most of their children are still alive at time of writing.

 

ELIZABETH
Elizabeth Jane Long Innes was born in Sydney in 1830. She is the wife of Captain George Poynter Heath who together, built Hanworth. They married in 1860 and had nine children (and an un-named child presumed to have died). The rooms of the PRESTON WING are named for their girls but the complete family was: 1. Cecelia Georgina, 2. Ethyl May, 3. Isabelle Clara, 4. Charles Edward, twin, 5. George Reginald, twin, 6. Beatrice Gertrude, 7. Herbert Charles Selwyn, 8. Evelyn Elizabeth, 9. Vivien Alice Marie.
Elizabeth Jane’s mother was Elizabeth Anne Reibey (1810 – 1870) who married Major Joseph Long Innes (1806 – 1885). The seven children of this reportedly unhappy marriage were: 1. Elizabeth Jane herself, 2. Celia, 3. Joseph George, 4. Herbert Munro, 5. Mary Susannah, 6. Reginald Gipps and 7. Clara.
Elizabeth’s grandmother (Elizabeth Ann Reibey’s mother) was famous Australian Mary (Molly) Reibey (1777 – 1811).
Most Australian’s don’t know the name Mary Reibey, but would in fact see her almost every day as she adorns the $20 note. Mary was an important person in the establishment of the Colony of New South Wales, who went from being a convict to one of the most powerful business people in her time. Read more about Mary’s colourful life in her tribute in the foyer of Hanworth House or here in the Biographies of important Hanworth Heroes and Heroines.

 

ISABEL
Isabel Clara (1864 – 1922) is the third child of Captain and Elizabeth Heath, original owners of Hanworth. Isabel was born while the Heaths were renting Eskgrove in East Brisbane, while Hanworth was being built. Nothing is known of her life except that she likely remained a spinster and was named a joint trustee of the Hanworth Estate in 1909 by Captain Heath, her father, along with two other spinster sisters Beatrice Gertrude and the youngest Vivien Alice Marie. Isabel died in East Sussex, England.

 

ETHEL
Ethel Mary (1863 – 1923) is the second child of Captain and Elizabeth Heath, original owners of Hanworth. Ethel was born while the Heaths were renting Eskgrove in East Brisbane, while Hanworth was being built. Ethel married Rear Admiral John Garnet Armstrong RN (1871 – 1949), second son of the late Deputy Surgeon-General Armstrong, in 1893. They had three children: 1. Brigadier Sereld John Armstrong OBE, MC (who married Mary Lacy Lust), 2. William Richard and Colonel John Francis (Jack) Armstrong MBE (who married Mabel Guenneth Violet Palmer).

BEATRICE
Beatrice Gertrude (1867 – 1959) is the sixth child of Captain and Elizabeth Heath, original owners of Hanworth. Beatrice was born at Hanworth. Nothing is known of her life except that she likely remained a spinster and was named a joint trustee of the Hanworth Estate in 1909 by Captain Heath, along with two other spinster sisters Isabel Clara and the youngest Vivien Alice Marie. Beatrice died in Kent, England.

 

EVELYN
Evelyn Elizabeth (1871 – 1957) is the eighth child of Captain and Elizabeth Heath, original owners of Hanworth. Ethel was born at Hanworth. Evelyn married Sydney Drummond Worgan (1872 – 1950) on Valentines’ Day 1899 in London and died in Shropshire, England. They had two children: 1. Kenneth Eustace (1901 – 1953) and 2. Joan (1905 – 1973) who married Charles G Collis in 1938. Joan’s descendants bear the name Rollason by marriage.

 

VIVIEN
Vivien Alice Marie (1874 – 1957) is the ninth child of Captain and Elizabeth Heath, original owners of Hanworth. Vivien was born at Hanworth. Nothing is known of her life except that she likely remained a spinster and was named a joint trustee of the Hanworth Estate in 1909 by Captain Heath, along with two other spinster sisters Isabel Clara and the youngest Vivien Alice Marie. Beatrice died in Kent, England.

 

MOWBRAYTOWN
MOWBRAYTOWN is the hub of the PRESTON WING – kitchen and breakout lounge/dining area. It is named MOWBRAYTOWN after the early settlement area of that name in connection to Thomas Mowbray (1812 – 1867). The district name of Mowbraytown originated in 1884, when well after her husband’s passing, Williamina Mowbray sold the land between Lytton Rd and Mowbray Terrace. The purchaser, Josiah Young, subdivided this area into 336 residential allotments which then became known as the Mowbraytown Estate. During the late 1800’s, Brisbane Town was expanding and a number of satellite districts were being developed. Mowbraytown was ultimately absorbed into the comprehensive name of East Brisbane.
Originally, Thomas Mowbray purchased land on the southern side of the Brisbane River, opposite New Farm where he built a stone house called Riversdale (c.1850) and conducted a school there. This area is still named Mowbray Park. Later again, Mrs Mowbray donated land in Mowbray Terrace for the building of the Mowbraytown Church and Hall.

 

OLIVA’S CHASE
One of the most heartfelt namings of a room or space at Hanworth House is the outdoor area off the PRESTON WING known as OLIVA’S CHASE. It is named for Marisa’s Grandmother (who is Romana’s Mother), Oliva Radford.
Oliva is as remarkable a woman as her daughter Romana, Granddaughter Marisa and Great-Granddaughter, Isabella. At the end of 2014, Oliva celebrated her 100th birthday with a trilogy of official acknowledgement: a letter from the Prime Minister (Tony Abbott), a letter from the Queen (Elizabeth II) and most officially, a letter from the Pope (Pope Francis) and at time of writing, still mows her own lawn and rides her pushbike into Cleveland almost daily. Until quite recently she ironed for family (Phillip Vecchio upholds that no one can iron a shirt like Oliva) and for many years, Oliva was the proud Launderer for the National Hotel, washing, starching and ironing all of their linen.

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