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Most of these obituaries have been transcribed by Bob Bolitho.

The Press, 19th January 1903 (New Zealand)

GRENFELL – On January 17th, at her late residence, 12 Beaumont Street, Sydenham,  Annie Maria, relict of the late Peter Wallace Grenfell, late of St Just, Cornwall; aged sixty-seven years. At Rest.

Transcriber’s note: daughter of Isreal VINGOE and Jenifer CLEMENS

The Denver Post (Colorado) Saturday 13 August 1921


GRENFELL.—Amelia Grenfell at the residence, 2671 Douglas place. Services will be held from the Olinger chapel today at 3:30 pm. Interment at Crown Hill.

Transcriber’s note: Born St Just in Penwith, daughter of Richard CHIRGWIN and Elizbeth WALLS.

The Cornishman, Thursday 17th, 1914


GRENFELL – August 9th, at 10th Avenue, May Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa, Evangeline, wife of Mr Thomas James Grenfell, 58 years.

Transcriber’s note: Born Marazion, daughter of  John Andrewartha and Elizabeth Jane Lanyon

The Oregonian, 30 March 1939 (Portland, Oregon)

Chief’s Loss Regretted
Sympathy was expressed by the city council Wednesday to Fire Chief Edward Grenfell and his family in the loss of his father, Edward Reed Grenfell at McMinnville, March 22, after a residence of 54 years in Yamhill county. The father was born in Penzance, Cornwall, England in 1850, and came to American in 1869 and 62 years ago in  Portland married Anna Shank, a native of New Zealand, who also came to Oregon to make her home. Battalion Chief William A. Grenfell and Captain Ernest R. Grenfell of the Portland fire bureau also are sons, besides other children in other parts of the state.

The Kalgoorlie Miner, Wednesday 19th August 1925 (Western Australia)

GRENFELL – The friends of Mrs M.E. Grenfell, Florrie and Muriel are respectfully informed that the remains of their late dearly beloved husband and father respectively, George Henry, will be removed from his late residence, no 27 York Street, at 3.45 o’clock this day (Wednesday), for interment in the Methodist portion of the Boulder Cemetery. – I.W. Goss and Co., Undertakers, Boulder.

GRENFELL – The friends of Mr. and Mrs. L Hughes (Perth), Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Batten (Melbourne), and Milton George (Melbourne), are respectfully invited to follow the remains of their late beloved father and father-in-law respectively, George Henry Grenfell. Cortege to leave his late residence, no 27 York Street, at 3.45 o’clock this day (Wednesday), for interment in Boulder Cemetery.

GRENFELL – The friends of Mr. Thos. Grenfell (Broken Hill), Mr. Edward Grenfell (Kembla Heights N.S.W.), Mrs. Janet Hopkins, Mrs. C. O’Brien (Gosnells), Mr. J. Sampson (Maddington), Mr. and Mrs. G. McKennay, Mrs. L. Sampson (P. Pirie), Mr. and Mrs. G. Forward,  Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hopkins, Mrs. Reid (Perth), Mr. Harry Sampson, are are respectfully invited to follow the remains of their late beloved brother, brother-in-law and uncle respectively, George Henry Grenfell. Cortege to leave his late residence, no 27 York Street, at 3.45 o’clock this day, for interment in Boulder Cemetery.

GRENFELL – A.W.U., Mining Industry Branch. – Members of the above are requested to attend the funeral of their late comrade, George Grenfell. Cortege to leave his late residence, York-st., at 3.45 o’clock this day, the Boulder Cemetery – G. McKennay, Secretary.

Transcriber’s note:  Born in St Just in Penwith, son of Henry GRENFELL and Selina LEGGO.

The Cornishman 14 April 1887


All Penzance heard with much concern on Saturday afternoon that Mr H Grenfell, surgeon, Morrab-road was so seriously ill that his recovery would be little short of miraculous; with true sorrow, on Sunday morning, that he was no more. Born at St Just – the son and grandson of mine agents of good repute, who had been identified with St Just’s great industry for many a year – Mr Grenfell had no sooner creditably passed his examinations in surgery and medicine in 1861, than he commenced practice in Penzance. Thenceforward his plodding work, his close attention to professional duties, and his house-surgeonship of the West Cornwall infirmary gradually increased his connection, and as surely, his fame spread as a cool, reliable and skilful operator. Possessed apparently of robust health and not yet at his meridian of life many years of useful labour, for the alleviation of suffering and his own advancement seeded before him; but an apparently trivial ailment suddenly assumed a severe character and in a few hours Mr Grenfell was no more.

A pain at the back of the head was accompanied by slight discharges from the ear. The last ceased, and for three weeks Mr Grenfell suffered much. He said little about this, however, from an unwillingness to alarm his wife, family and friends, until his son came from London to spend Easter, and to him he imparted, on the morning of Good Friday, how great occasionally had been the pain in the head. On the evening of that day he retired to rest, unwell, but to all appearances, not seriously so. On Saturday morning he rose and dressed but was now suffering so severely that he again lay down for a short space. With an effort he got downstairs, and it was only then that Mrs Grenfell and his sons and daughters saw how great was his suffering and that he was only half conscious of what was going on. He rested in an armchair and seemed sleepy. It was thought that the quietude was best and he was, for a little while, left undisturbed. That was the beginning of our esteemed neighbour’s , tranquil last sleep. A small piece of the inside of his skull had become detached and for days had been putting deadly pressure on the brain. That pressure had produced insensibility, and, even now, all pain was over. Medical aid was sought when it was found that Mr Grenfell could not be roused. Mr Quick and Dr Montgomery were soon with their colleague; other brother professionals joined them; but consciousness was never regained, and, early on the bright morning of Easter Sunday, the spirit returned to God, who gave it.

The Denver Post (Colorado) Monday 24 May 1909


GRENFELL.—Henry Grenfell, of 2439 West Twenty-eighth avenue. Remains at Olinger’s undertaking parlors. Funeral services will be held from Asbury M. E. church Tuesday at 2 p.m. Interment Crown Hill.

Transcriber’s note: Born St Just in Penwith, son of Nicholas GRENFELL and Amelia CHIRGWIN.

The Telegraph, Thursday 9 October 1905
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Death of Mr. H. S. Grenfell.

Mr. Henry Serle Grenfell, an old resident of Brisbane died on Tuesday evening, at the age of 92 years. The deceased gentleman, who is a member of the well known English family of Grenfell, had been 40 years in Queensland, and in the early
days he was manager of a station in New South Wales for Governor Denison. He later on carried on business as a merchant in Brisbane. The funeral, which took place yesterday afternoon from the residence of his son. Mr. Howard Grenfell, was attended by many of his friends. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. R. Stewart at Toowong cemetery.

The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria – Saturday, 27 1918

DIED ON SERVICE GRENFELL. – Killed in action, 4th July, 1918, No. 4793, Private James Henry Grenfell, 59th Battalion, second son of Eliza and the late William Henry Grenfell, Chyrose, Tourello, and loving brother of Mrs. G. Giles, Jun., Jack, Mrs. Chris. Campbell, Millie, William and Richard, after being twice wounded, cousin of Private Richard Grenfell, No. 4794, 59th Battalion, who died of wounds received in France on October 30, 1916. They were fighting for their country; They answered duty’s call, Their friends, their homes, their comforts, They sacrificed them all. Not now, but in the coming years, It may be in the better land, We’ll read the meaning of our tears, And there, sometime, we’ll understand. So sadly missed.
(Inserted by his loving mother, sisters, and brothers).

Courtesy of Tony Kemys Find A Grave member 49412066

Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 14th September 1875

Death by drowning
We (Deniliquin Chronicle of the 9th instant) regret to report that a fatal accident occurred to a carrier named John Grenfell, or Glesson, on Monday last on the road to Moama. Grenfell passed through Deniliquin on Saturday with his brother, having waggons loaded with wool, we hear, from Moonbria. They camped at Gulpa Creek, and in putting their bullocks across, the deceased went into the water on his horse, and when a short distance in his horse commenced to plunge, throwing the unfortunate man into the water; he tried to swim to the bank, but when within a few feet of it he sank. The body was recovered yesterday.

The Morning Bulletin, Friday 14th October 1941
(Rockhampton, Queensland)

A highly respected citizen, Mr John Grenfell, passed away suddenly, after a short illness at Gladstone district Hospital at the age of 81. Born at St Just, Cornwall, England he arrived in New South Wales about 60 years ago. Later he came to Gympie and resided there in the prosperous mining days. He married Miss Louisa Bice, of Gympie, in 1891, and they afterwards resided at Many Peaks and Mt. Morgan, where he followed his occupation as mining engine driver. For the last 20 years he lived at Glenlyon street, Gladstone. He was a keen cricket enthusiast and acted as umpire at Many Peaks and Mt. Morgan in many intercity matches. He was a member of the Masonic Order of the Scottish Constitution and an Oddfellow. He is survived by his widow, two sons, Cecil (Pomona) and Roy (Wollongong, New South Wales), and three daughters, Mesdames W. Goldsworthy (Sandgate), D. Norris and L.C. Breslin (Gladstone). Mr Roy Grenfell arrived in Gladstone in response to an urgent call. The body was taken to Gympie for interment in the family burial ground.

Transcriber’s note: John Grenfell was baptised on the 3rd June 1860 in St Just in Penwith, son of Peter Wallis GRENFELL and Mary CASLEY. He died on 14 October 1941.


The Argus, Friday 17th September (Melbourne)

The Riverine Advertiser reports that a fatal accident happened to a carrier named Johnson Grenfell, of Clunes (Victoria) on Monday, 6th Inst. Grenfell in company with his brother and some other teamsters, were camped on the Gulpa Creek, and were endeavouring to cross their cattle over the Culpa. The deceased, who was an excellent swimmer, had occasion to go into the water, and when a few yards from the land the horse commenced to plunge precipitating deceased into the water. He struck out to the shore, but within five or six feet of the bank, he suddenly sank. The unfortunate deceased had, in company with his brother, only passed through Deniliquin on Saturday 4th Inst., with two waggons loaded with wool from Moombria station. The body has since been recovered.

CORNISH WEST BRITON 14th March 1856 – Local News

On the 12th instant, at St Just in Penwith, on the body of Mary GRENFELL, aged 19 years. The deceased being apparently quite well, went from her house on Sunday morning last, to a Methodist meeting very near it, but was obliged shortly after to leave from pain in her side or stomach. She was taken to a neighbour’s home, where she got some distilled peppermint, which greatly relieved her, and she was afterwards put home, and there went to bed and remained during the whole of the day. At night an aunt slept in the same room as her in a different bed, but on the following morning another aunt, having occasion to go into the room, found the deceased out of the bed, seemingly kneeling by the side of that in which she slept, and upon being taken up was found to be dead – A post mortem examination of the body was made by Mr. John PERMEWAN, of St Just, assisted by Mr. Arthur BERRYMAN, of Penzance, both of which attributed her death to an ulcerated disease of the stomach. Verdict, natural death.

The Denver Post (Colorado) Friday 5 December 1902
NICHOLAS GRENFELL DEAD Aspen, Colo., Dec. 5.—Nicholas Grenfell, a miner, aged 59, died today from miners consumption. He came from Central City three years ago. He resided at Central City for nineteen years and for fifteen years was leader of the Nevada Silver and Cornet band of that place. The funeral will be held tomorrow. Transcriber’s note: Born St Just in Penwith, son of Henry GRENFELL and Jenifer HOCKING.
The Cornishman, Thursday 16th November 1893

SAD NEWS FROM ABROAD. – We are sorry to hear of the sad news of the death of Mr. W. N. Grenfell, formerly of Pendeen, North St. Just, late of Johannesburg. Mr Grenfell was a well-known inhabitant of St. Just, for he was a member of the Pendeen Church choir for many years and a teacher in the Sunday school. In both capacities  he was always willing to assist at concerts for benevolent purposes; and both at Johannesburg as well as at home, had always borne such an irreproachable character that he gained the respect from all that knew him. He, like many others, sought a fortune abroad and enjoyed good health there for over two years until late September last, until he suddenly seized with pneumonia and was only in hospital eight days when he died. He was 22 years of age. Great sympathy is felt for the parents and relatives of the deceased.

Transcriber’s note: William Nicholas GRENFELL, born in St Just in Penwith, son of Richard GRENFELL and Nanny NICHOLLS

The Cornishman Thursday 11 December 1879

News has been received here during the last few days from Nevadaville, Gilpin County, Colorado, of the death of William Grenfell, (known among his associates as “Copper”) of Carnyorth. It appears that Grenfell was attacked by typhoid fever, and, notwithstanding that he was attended by three doctors, he died in a few days. The saddest part of the story, however, is that his wife sold off her goods only a short time since to join him, and rumour says that he was dead before she arrived. Be that as it may, she is now a widow—in quite a strange land, though let us hope amidst true Cornish sympathy and aid.

Transcriber’s note: Born St Just in Penzance, son of Thomas GRENFELL and Elizabeth HOLLA.

The Bendigo Advertiser, Wednesday 9th May 1917


The funeral of the late Mr. William Grenfell took place yesterday, and was attended by a large number of friends and family. The place of interment was in the Methodist portion of the Bendigo Cemetery. A large collection of floral tokens of sympathy was received. The coffin bearers were Mr. J.H. Davey, G. Stansbridge, A. Sanderson, and M. Downey. The hymn “Nearer My God to Thee” was sung at the grave. Adjutant Samuel Woods (Salvation Army) held a brief service at the home prior to the funeral. He also officiated at the grave and delivered an impressive address. The deceased gentleman, who was 52 years of age, was  born in St. Just, Cornwall, and was acolonist for 45 years. He was of a kind and genial disposition, and was held in high esteem by a large number of friends. Mr W.H. Oakley carried out the funeral arrangements.

Transcriber’s note: born in St Just in Penwith

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