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FRATER Margaret Isabella (Mary Alice)

Female 1868 - 1910


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  • Name  FRATER Margaret Isabella (Mary Alice) 
    Born  9 Apr 1868  Scotchman's Lead, Bunningyong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Electorall Roll  1903  Kiama, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Division of Illawarra, Subdivision of Kiama - Mary Bullenthorpe - domestic duties. (She is visiting her brother Robert Frater) 
    Electorall Roll  1903  37 Wellington Street, Waterloo, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Division of South Sydney, Subdivision of Waterloo - Mary Harris - Domestic Duties 
    Electorall Roll  1906  22 Brisbane Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    East Sydney (King Polling Place) - Mary Harris - Domestic Duties 
    Electorall Roll  1908  24 Brisbane Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Division of East Sydney; Subdivision of Campbell Street - Mary Harris - Domestic Duties 
    Electorall Roll  1909  24 Brisbane Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Division of East Sydney - Mary Harris - Domestic Duties 
    _UID  581E54ED3E5948299B7DE44C4D76F0CC8638 
    Died  18 Mar 1910  Hospice, Victoria Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  19 Mar 1910  Rookwood, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Church of England, zone C, section T, grave 9426.
    Person ID  I28863  Frater Genealogy
    Last Modified  26 Jun 2018 

    Father  FRATER Robert,   b. 1834, Wooler, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1900, Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  SMALL Agnes Isabella,   b. 1835, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1884, 27 Dick Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  22 Feb 1866  Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F9422  Group Sheet

    Family  BULLENTHORPE Harry,   b. 2 Nov 1859, St Clement, Ipswich, Suffork, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1933, Narrabeen, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 
    • No marriage to be found.
    _MARRIED 
    Children 
     1. HARRIS Agnes Emily (Dolly),   b. Abt 1887, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1943, Redfern, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. HARRIS Harriet Elizabeth Phyllis,   b. 17 Sep 1889, 59 Mary Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1889, 59 Mary Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. HARRIS Mary,   b. Oct 1890, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1890, Benevolent Asylum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. HARRIS Robert Henry,   b. 1 Aug 1891, 54 Brisbane Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1892, 54 Brisbane Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. HARRIS George,   b. 1 Jun 1893, 222 Clarence Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1918, Coast Hospital, Little Bay, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. HARRIS William Henry,   b. 19 Sep 1895, 279 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1967, Concord Hospital, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. HARRIS Irene Phyllis,   b. 29 Oct 1897, 279 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1932, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. HARRIS Robert Thomas,   b. 1900,   d. 1900
     9. HARRIS Harriet Vera,   b. 27 Dec 1902, 24 Dangar Place, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1907, 54 Brisbane Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  3 Apr 2018 
    Family ID  F4244  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • «b»Riotous in Redfern
      «/b»POLICE - At the Redfern Police Court on Friday before Mr Whittingdale Johnson SM ... Alice Frater, 16, Louisa Solomon, 15, were each fined 20s., in default 7 days in gaol, for riotous conduct in Bullanaming (now Renwick) Street.



      What a confusing family, I wonder if Harry Bullenthorpe and Henry Harris is one in the same person? (now confirmed by email from, Tony Smith (2 Apr 2018) that Harris and Bullenthorpe as being the same person) Most of the children that survived had used the name Harris and also Bullenthope at some point. Harry Bullenthorpe seems to of only had the one daughter "Maria Frances Bullenthorpe" 1885-1885 with his wife Fanny Howard, and all these illegitimate children with Margaret/Mary/Alice.
      (Christine 29 March 2018)

      9 June 1884, Harry Bullenthorpe arrived back in Sydney on board the ship "Prosper" from Torquay, Tasmania. "Hy Bullenthorp, AB (Able Bodied), age 23, British, Crew" (From "Ships in Australian Waters" website).

      Torquay is now part of Devonport in Tasmania. As Maria Bullenthorpe was born 19 March 1885, she would have been conceived around mid-June 1884, about a week after Harry arrived.

      So looks like Harry is "right in the frame" as Maria's father.

      Have also finally worked out a DNA connection for Harry, courtesy of a 4th cousin once removed from my wife Carol. His name is Fred Allnutt, who lives in Canada. Attached is how the DNA was passed down through the generations through both families. This gives DNA evidence that Harry Harris and Hary Bullenthorpe are the same person.

      There are additional proofs in the records of his children.

      Mary Harris (Margaret Isabella Frater) had nine children according to NSW BDM Records. In each record she calls herself Mary Harris and does not name the father. Going through each child :-

      1. Agnes Emily (Dolly) Harris (1887-1943). No record found of her birth or baptism. There was a girl of the same name born in Leichhardt, but with different parents. Where she mentions her father in BDM records he is alway given the last name Harris. When she married in 1908, she described him as "Henry Harris (deceased), occupation Cabman. Agnes certainly existed, as I found her grave in Botany Cemetery. Photo of grave memorial is attached.

      2. Harriett Elizabeth Harris (1889-1889). Harry Bullenthorpe has a sister named Harriett Elizabeth. Very sad, but as this baby was found dead in bed beside her mother, there was a Coroner's Inquest.On 5 October 1889, the Morgue Register of Bodies states "Female infant Harriett Elizabeth Phillis Harris alias Bullington. Mother Mary Alice Harris identified her body". The name Bullington is clearly meant to be Bullenthorpe. On 7 October 1889, the Sydney Morning Herald reports "A female child, aged 17 days, was found in bed beside its mother, Mary Harris, at 59 Mary Street, Surrey Hills, yesterday. An inquest will be held this morning."

      3. Mary Harris (1890-1890). Poor baby only lived six weeks.

      4. Robert Henry Harris (1891-1892). H Bullenthorp is recorded as a witness at the burial on Robert's death certificate. There is a memorial headstone for Robert : "Bertie Harris, born 1 Aug 1891, died 22 May 1892, "Rest Happy Babe". His grave photo is attached as "Grave of Three Children". Also in the grave is his sister Harriett Vera Harris (1902-1907) and their cousin Alice Frater (1894-1895). Alice was the daughter of Phyllis Frater, who was Mary Harris sister. The grave is in Waverley Cemetery.

      5. George Harris (1893-1918). George was a naughty boy. He was convicted of stealing in 1904 when he was 11 years old and sent to "Ardill's Home". Admission record says his father was Harry Bullenthorpe. He enlisted for WW1, served at Gallipoli. Was wounded in the head in 1917 in France and survived long enough to return to Australia in 1918, where he died. Must have been buried in an unmarked grave, but as an ANZAC, he now has a new one. See George Harris ANZAC attached. In his Military Records, there are letters from his father signed as Harry Harris requesting information about him. Lest We Forget.

      6. William Henry Bullenthorpe Harris (1895-1967). Here we have Bullenthorpe included in his name. Henry (he preferred that name) was also a naughty boy. In 1905 he ran away from home and refused to return. He was arrested by police and Henry requested that he go onto training ship "Sobraon" instead of going back home. On the Entrance Book for the "Sobraon" his father is named by police as Henry Bullenthorpe. He enlisted for WW1 on 30 December 1914 as George Harris, using his older brother's identity. On 2 December 1915, he was wounded at Gallipoli. Later in France, on 7 August 1916, he was captured by Germans near Contalmaison and spent the rest of the war in prison camps in Germany. After his return to Australia, he continued to use his brother's name (probably because his brother George was dead), and later started calling himself Harry Harris. On 8 June 1935, he signed a Statutory Declaration (My Real Name, attached) that his real name was Harry Bullenthorpe, which name he used for the rest of his life. He had two daughters, both of whom married using the surname Bullenthorpe.

      7. Irene Phyllis Bullenthorpe Harris (1897-1932). Here we again have Bullenthorpe included in her name. The only one of the children with a baptism record that has been found. She was baptised as Irene Phillis Harris at St Michael's Church, Flinders Street, Surrey Hills. The home address on the baptism record is the same as that on the birth registration. On the baptism record the parents are named as Henry and Alice Harris. Mary Harris is named as Alice on some records. Irene had five children, of which four made it adulthood. All are now deceased, however two of them married and had issue.

      8. Robert Thomas Harris (1900-1900). Died the day he was born.

      9. Harriett Vera Harris (1902-1907).Only lived less than five years. Buried in same grave as her brother Robert Henry Harris and cousin Alice Frater. Of interest is that the informant for her death is named as Margaret Flany, cousin, of 5 Albert Street, Waverley. Margaret Flany's real name was Margaret Flanagan, born Margaret Shield. Her mother was Jane Frater, sister of Robert Frater, who was Margaret Isabella Frater's father. So they really were cousins. Margaret Shield married Francis Lott Flanagan in 1882 in Sydney. Francis occupation was a monumental mason. Maybe he built the "Grave of Three Children" in Waverley Cemetery.

      So there ends the story of Harry Bullenthorpe. What of Fanny Howard. If you have not researched her, please let me know and I will send what I have.

      The Bullenthorpe surname still survives in England. They are all descendants of Harry's brother George, who moved to London and has seven children, four of which survived to adulthood. (Email from Tony Smith on May 12, 2018)
      [2, 3, 4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2063] Australian Electoral Roll.

    2. [S2061] The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 1 November 1884 p 10 Article.

    3. [S2099] Email from Tony Smith o 2 April 2018.

    4. [S3405] Tony Smith Email on 12 May 2018.