Herbert Benjamin Cheeseman
(1871-1938)

(last updated: 3 March 20017)

Alfred John's family

Herbert Benjamin Cheeseman, second from the right in the rear row,
and parents and siblings at Carngham around 1898

Herbert Benjamin Cheeseman (1871-1938) was the oldest son of Alfred John and Jane Elizabeth Cheeseman. Born at Carngham in Victoria, he worked as a labourer, miner and carpenter and was married twice. His first wife was Elizabeth Haggis (1864-1901), the daughter of John Haggis and Mary Donelly, who he married at Smythesdale in 1891. Elizabeth died ten years later from hydatids of the liver and acute peritonitis and was buried in the Roman Catholic section of the Carngham Cemetery on 29 October 1901. She and Herbert had no children.

Herbert's second wife was Adelaide ('Addie') Lowe (1876-1960), the daughter of Tan Lowe (or Loo) and Jessie Bruce Buchanan (1852-1927). According to Iain Cork's 'Our Family Tree' on Ancestry, Jessie was born at Dundee in Scotand, married Tan Loo in Victoria in 1875 and died at Beaufort in 1927. She and Tan had four children in addition to Addie: Amelia Bruce (1876-1958), Colin Whey Wan (1877-1944), Rose Jane (1880-81) and Jessie Bruce Loo/Lowe (1881-1908). Adelaide was born at Beaufort on 13 March 1876 and married Herbert there in 1903. The 1914 electoral roll shows Herbert, a timber yard employee, and Adelaide Cheeseman living in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond (Herbert's brother John Thomas Cheeseman, was also living in Richmond at the time). By the time of the 1919 election Herbert and Addie were farming land at Big Pat's Creek near Warburton in Victoria. They were back in Melbourne in 1924, at 67 Rossmoyne Street Northcote, where Herbert was working as a foreman. They were still registered there in 1927 together with their youngest daughter, Eva May Cheeseman, who was described in the roll as a leather worker. The 1931 roll has Herbert, an orchardist, living at Plenty in the Corio registration district of Victoria (Adelaide was still registered at 67 Rossmoyne Street together with their son Harry, a polisher). In 1936 Herbert, described as a miner, was back at Rossmoyne Street with Adelaide and Eric Ronald Cheeseman, a salesman.

Herbert died at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne on 23 December 1938 from the effects of tuberculosis and bronchopneumonia. His death certificate tells us he was 67 years old, worked as a labourer and normally lived at 67 Rossmoyne Street Thornbury. He was cremated at The Necropolis at Spring Vale on 26 December. The certificate, which was informed by Robert R. Rosan, an authorised agent, adds that he was born at Snake Valley and had spent 65 years in Victoria and two years in Western Australia. He was married twice, first to Elizabeth Ann Haggis at Smythesdale when he was 20 years old, and then to Adelaide Lowe at Beaufort when he was 32 years old. Herbert had no children with Elizabeth and five with Adelaide: Elsie (who was 35 years old at the time of her father's death), Jessie Adelaide (32), Harry (29), Eric Ronald (26) and Eva May (23). Herbert's eldest daughter placed the following 'In Memorium' notice in the Melbourne Age on 23 December 1939: 'CHEESEMAN - in loving memory of my dear father, Herbert Benjamin Cheeseman, who died on December 23, 1938. Inserted by his loving daughter, Elsie, son-in-law, Reg and grandchildren, Heather and Neil Hinchcliffe'.

rose and herbert cheeseman and families

Sent to us by Jenny Tapungao, this photo shows (from L/R): Eva May Cheeseman, Lexie Lowe (holding what seems to be a doll)
Herbert Benjamin Cheeseman (nursing John Tulloch), Jean Tulloch (sitting on the ground), Jessie Lowe, Herbert's younger sister
Rosina Olive ('Rose') Tulloch nee Cheeseman and Adelaide ('Addie') Cheeseman nee Lowe.

Herbert and Addie had five children between 1904 and 1915. These provided them, in turn, with 10 grandchildren, some 21 great grandchildren and at least 7 great great grandchildren we know of.

Elsie May Cheeseman (1904-83) who married Reginald Percival Hinchcliffe (1902-76) in 1927. Born at Hobart in 1903, Reg's parents were James Edward Hinchcliffe and May Sarah Pilkington (1879-1950) who, according to 'The Pilkington Family Tree' on Ancestry, had at least two further boys both of whom were born in the inner Melbourne suburb of Collingwood: Algernon Edward (born in 1905) and Belrand Lawrence Hinchcliffe (1907). The Australian Electoral Rolls show that Elsie and Reg, who worked as a carpenter and builder, lived all their married lives in Melbourne, he dying at Watsonia in 1976 and she at Fitzroy in 1983. They had two children: 1) Heather May Hinchcliff who married Donald Wilson, a carpenter, and had twin daughters; and 2) Neill Reginald Hinchcliffe who also worked as a carpenter, married Marilyn Emily Day and had three children we are aware of.

Jessie Adelaide Cheeseman (1907-75) who married John ('Jack') Painting (1905-72) in Melbourne in 1932. Jack was born at Jerilderie in NSW, the eldest son of James Granville Painting and Charlotte Bassett. In her Rootsweb site on the family, Jenni Bell tells us that: 'James (or Jim) and Charlotte Painting and their son John ('Jack') came to the Sandigo area from Jerilderie in 1907. James became a boundary rider on Brewarrina Station. Their son Patrick, was born soon after their arrival in the area. In 1913 they acquired the property 'Glengarry' when the area was cut up for closer settlement. Charlotte passed away one week after her daughter Claire was born in January 1917. In 1920 James married Victoria Buchanan in Victoria and they lived at 'Glengarry' until 1952 when the property was sold. They moved to Narrandera where they lived in retirement until James passed away in 1969 aged 84. Twelve months later Victoria passed away aged 95'.

Jenni continues that 'Jack Painting was born at Jerilderie in 1905 and worked for his father until he purchased 'Sunny Brae' in 1923. [The property] had previously been owned by Mr Lou Gamon, a Returned Service man who had drawn the block in a Ballot. In 1932 Jack married Jessie Cheeseman in Melbourne and in 1934 their daughter Elsie was born and in 1939 their son John was born. Jack's life was his farm and nothing pleased him more than to drive around his sheep. In 1955 he helped John purchase R. R. McNaughton's 'Glenmoira' property. After several years of ill health, Jack passed away in 1972 and Jessie in 1975. In 1978 both 'Sunny Brae' and 'Glenmoira' were sold. Jack's brother, Patrick Painting, moved from the Sandigo district when he purchased land at Matong, later selling that and moving to Corobimilla. He joined the Army during World War 11 and went to Melbourne after the war and remained there until just before his death. Claire Painting married Russell Chitts on 3rd September 1940 and they spent some time in Sydney then returned to Wagga for several years before moving to the Gold Coast, Queensland. Claire is now a widow and is the mother of five, grandmother of fourteen and great-grandmother of one'.

Jack and Jessie's wedding was written up in the Narrandera Argus on 2 December 1932 as follows:

At 4.30 p.m. at the Presbyterian, Church, Thornbury, on 22nd October, the wedding was celebrated of Miss Jessie Adelaide Cheeseman, second daughter of Mr and Mrs. H. B. Cheeseman, of Thornbury, Melbourne, to John Painting, eldest son. of Mr. and the late Mrs. J. G. Painting of Glengary, Sandigo. The bride, who entered the church on the arm of her father, who gave her away, looked charming in a frock of ivory georgette and lace, with satin shoes to match and spray of lilies of the valley. She carried a sheaf of white flowers, from which fell streamers of white satin ribbon. The brussels set veil, which formed a train, was held in place with a coronet of orange blossom, and was kindly lent by the bride's sister, Mrs. R. P. Hinchcliffe. Miss Eva Cheeseman, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid was charmingly dressed in a pale green ankle length frock of georgette, with coatoe and velvet shoes to tone. She wore a wreath of pink flowers on her head and carried a sheaf of pink flowers, from which fell pink satin ribbon streamers. Little Miss Heather Hinchcliffe, niece of the bride, was trainbearer, and looked sweet in an ankle length frock of pink goregette and tulle, trimmed with ribbon and flowers. She also wore a coronet of pearls. Mr. P. T, ('Pat') Painting, brother of the bridegroom, was best man. Mr. A. Tullock, a friend of the bride, played the bridal march as the bride entered the church and also played Mendelssohn's wedding march as the bride left the church three beautiful horse shoes were placed uponher arm. The reception was held at the home of the bride's parents, the bride's mother, wearing a navy-blue satin frock, with hat to tone, and carrying a sheaf of red roses, received the guests. After the wedding, the happy couple journeyed by car to 'Sunny Brae,' Sandigo, their future home. The bride's travelling frock being of nigger brown morocaln, relieved with beige, and coat, hat and shoe to match.

The Australian Electoral Rolls show that Jessie and Jack lived all their married lives at 'Sunny Brae' where Jack died suddenly in 1972. After the farm was sold, Jessie moved to nearby Narrandera where she died in 1975. She and Jack had two children: 1) Elsie June Painting who married Arthur Leonard Horkings and had at least one daughter; and 2) John Allan Painting who married Susan May Frapel and had four children we are aware of.

Harry Cheeseman (1909-89) who married Mabel Gladys Quin (1906-99) in 1934. Mabel's grandniece, Leona Quin, tells us that Mabel was the youngest daughter of Frederick James Quin (1861-1926) and Alice Louisa Saunders (born in Scaresdale in Victoria in 1871) who were married in 1893. Mabel's siblings were: Wilfred Edward James Quin (born in 1894), John Bosworth Quin (1896), Alice Grace Dorothea May Quin (1898), Clare Marguerite Quin (1900), Walter Godfrey Quin (1902, Leona's grandfather) and Olive Rose Quin (1907). Leona adds that her grandfather, Walter Godfrey Quin, married Florence Ellen Conway and had three children: Walter Henry James Quin who had five children, all living, and lives in Albury NSW; Lillian Ellen Quin who has three girls; and Richard Godrey Quinn, Leona's father, who passed away a few years ago.

The Australian Electoral Rolls show that Harry, who worked as a polisher and carpenter, and Mabel lived all their married lives in Melbourne, initially in St Kilda and later Preston. Harry died there in 1989 and Mabel ten years later. They were both cremated at Fawkner Memorial park. They had two children: 1) Lionel Barry Cheeseman who was a carpenter by trade and married Beverley Dawn Kean (1940-2010). They had three children and, at the time of Beverley's death, six grandchildren and one great granddaughter. 2) Sonia Lorraine Cheeseman who married Ronald James Hall and had two children we are aware of.

Born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond in 1912, Eric Ronald Cheeseman married Kathleen Mary Wild (1914-2014) in 1940. The Department of Veterans Affairs World War II Nominal Roll shows that Eric enlisted in the Australian Army at Royal Park in Melbourne on 20 Jul 1942. He was then living at Ivanhoe and gave as his NOK Mary Cheeseman. He was discharged on 23 December 1943 when he was serving as a private soldier in the 'SALV and REC SER'. The Australian Electoral rolls show they lived initially in Melbourne after the War before moving to Tasmania in around 1949. We have not been able to find them in any subsequent rolls. While we have not been able to determine where and when Eric died we do know that Kathleen died at Hobart at the age of 100 years and that she and Eric had three children - John, Peter and Joan - and four grandchildren.

Herbert and Addie's youngest child, Eva May Cheeseman (1915-2005) married Leongatha-born Roy Hansford (1916-97). As the following notice, published in the Herald Sun on 12 March 2005 indicates, at the time she and Roy had one daughter, three grand children and three great grandchildren: 'Eva May, peacefully at Paynesville on Mar. 11, 2005. Loved wife of Roy, much loved mother of Lynette, mother-in-law to Barry. Nan of Carolyn and John and Sue. Grand Nan of Jamie, Lauren and Alex'. Eva and Roy were both cremated at the Fawkner Memorial Park.

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