William Mingis FRENCH was born to Mr & Nrs ..................................FRENCH in ..................


In ..... WILLIAM Mingis FRENCH married Miss EMMA Hayden in TUMUT


1. 1857 - William Wallace FRENCH - 11475/1857

2. 1859 - Robert D FRENCH - 12968/1859

3. 1860 - Rebecca J FRENCH - 12876/1860

4. 1863 - Mary A FRENCE - 14173/1863

5. 1865 - Henry R FRENCH - 15807/1865 - Marriage - Henry married Miss Joanne KILEY

6. 1867 - ?



Daniel FRENCH and Isabella WHITTON

ON 1.11.1840....................COPY

Daniel 2nd FRENCH Married

TUMUT, Thursday. - The death occurred at his residence in Tumut of Mr. Stephen French, 86, one of the district pioneers. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel French of Brungle, and spent all his life in the district. His parents came from Scotland in 1840. As a boy he was employed as a shepherd at £60 a year and two rations, after which he purchased grazing property at Brungle. He disposed of it a few years ago. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Friday 17 May 1935 Next issue Previous page Page 12)

Thomas born oz died as a baby -- Brungle on Nimbo Rd. 1st on R

FRENCH, William Mingis farmer --- Brungle - DESTRUCTION OF PESTS. TUMUT,

Tuesday..1938 - At a drive at Brungle on Saturday organised by W. French, 332 hares were killed by 30 shooters. Mr A. Last was top scorer with 45. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 28 August 1901).

BRUNGLE NEWS. [From our corrssponesnt.]


The death of Mr. W. W. French has removed from our midst one who for nearly half a century has been a prominent figure in the everyday life of Brungle. He was a son of the soil and had been known to the writer for upwards of 50 vears, who bad seen him crow from boyhood to manhood and thence to a mature age, surrounded by a large family of stalwart sons and daughters who, by their exemplary life, did him credit.

The deceased was a splendid specimen of the earlier Australian native, a type, that in the hustle and burly burly of our latter day life is be coming all too rare. In the full strength of his manhood he was one of the strongest and most robust men of our district, but declining health during the last year or two brought about a noticeable change in him.

He followed the occupation of a teamster for many years, and being the possessor of a good turn out, few could excel him in that line of business.

Of late years he had given his attention to agricultural pursuits. His untimely death will come as a severe blow to those nearest and dearest to him, and to his large circle of relatives. The greatest measure of sympathy is expressed for them by all those who bad the privilege of his acquaintance, and who never failed to recognise his sterling worth. I know thaou hast gone where thy fore head is ptarred, With the beauty that dwelt in thy soul, Where the light of thy Iovolinos3 cannot Nor the heart 'be thrown back from its goal. I know them hast drunk of the Let he that flows, Through a land where thy do not forget, That Bhods over memory only repose, And takes from it only regret. - (Ref- 1916

BRUNGLE. The Tumut Advocate and Farmers and Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925) Tuesday 27 September 1904 p 3 Article Abstract: ON Wednesday last Miss M. McKenzie, daughter of Mr. Donald McKenzie, was married to Mr. Geo. Frost, a resident also of Brungle.

BRUNGLE. - (From Our Own Correspondent). - The Rev. H. Stewart Anderson, of Tumut, performed the ceremony.

The bride was given away by her father, and the best man was Mr. Col McKenzie. At the church the choir, very ably conducted by Miss. Emily French, rendered sweet and appropriate music.

At the conclusion of the ceremony an adjournment was made to the residence of the bride's parents, where a very sumptuous breakfast was provided.

After the company assembled had partaken freely of the good things provided, the Rev. H. S. Anderson proposed the health of the newly-wedded couple, which toast was very ably responded to by the bridegroom, who proposed "The Bridesmaids," Mr. Col McKenzie replying. "

The parents of the bride and bridegroom " was then proposed by Mr. Gallagher, who dwelt at length on the excellent characteristics of Mr. and Mrs. McKenzie.

The toast of " The King " was proposed by Mr. G. Murray, in a very neat speech.

This concluded the proceedings of the breakfast.

During the afternoon all kinds of games were indulged in by the guests, and in the evening the whole company adjourned to Mr Anderson's Hall, where they tripped the light fantastic until early morning.

The music for the dance was supplied by Messrs Freeman Bros' string band.

The presents received were both numerous and costly and among them were several cheques. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers and Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925) Tue 27 Sep 1904 on Page 3.


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Mr E. D. French lost a valuable mare at Brungle on Wednesday afternoon. In company with his brother, Mr W. W. French, he was riding up to where axemen were falling a tree, and as he reached the tree he dismounted and tied the animal up. The tree in falling came fair down on top of the mare, killing her instantaneously. She was valued at £25 and was in foal to the trotting sire.


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The marriage of Mr. Jas. V. Atkinson, son of Mrs. Atkinson, of Tumut Plains with Miss Edith French, second eldest daughter of Mr. Stephen French of Brungle, was solemnised by the Rev. T. E. Owens-Mell at All Saints' Church, Tumut, on Wednesday last.


BRUNGLE, ORANGE BLOSSOMS. The Tumut and Adelong Times (NSW : 1864 - 1867; 1899 - 1949) Friday 9 March 1906 p 2 Article Abstract:

A quiet but interesting wedding took place at the Brungle Presbyterian Church, on Wednesday last when Miss Ada Levinia French, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. French, was joined in the happy bonds of wedlock with Mr John Alfitan Evans, of Victoria.


The Tumut Advocate and Farmers and Settlers' Adviser, Tuesday 10 April 1906, p2

The funeral of the late Mr. William Smith took place on Friday evening last, his remains being interred in the Church of England portion of the new cemetery. A large number of relatives and friends attended.

The officiating clergyman, Rev. H. E. Cootes (temporarily in charge of the Anglican parish) only arrived two hours previous to the time named for the funeral and being given to understand the burying ground was only half a mile distant essayed the journey on foot. The cortege, arriving at the ground, found no minister present, and Mr. G. Withers, proceeding to discover the cause, met Mr. Cootes in the somewhat primitive wilderness beyond Mr. McKay's residence, and conducted him to the ground, much to the relief of the sorrowing relatives and friends.

The matter is regrettable, but the circumstances were evidently not anticipated, and there fore not prepared for Mr. H. W. Hoad was the undertaker. As we said in the previous issue,

Mrs. Smith had been previously married, and the result of the first union was:

Mrs. John Morris (Tumut),

Mrs. W. W. French (Brungle);

Mrs. S. Kershaw (deceased),

Messrs Edwin and John Packett (Tumut).

By the second marriage, there were Mrs. P. McGruer (Tenterfield),

Mrs. M. Mulvihill (Tumut),

Mrs. J. Tod (Sydney),

Mr. W. Smith (Sydney), and the youngest,

Mr. Henry Smith (Botany).

In saying good-bye to our old pioneer, we but echo the sentiments of the public of Tumut when we say he was "a man."


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James Henry French, formerly an employee on the Gundagai to Tumut railway during its construction, was arrested at Byron Bay, and charged at the Goulburn Police Court, on April 21, with abducting a girl of about 18 years, Clara Coady, from her mother, at Tarago.

Accused pleaded there was no offence in law, and reserved his defence. He was then committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions at Goulburn on July 8. Bail was allowed self in £40, with two sureties in £20 each, or one in £40.


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The Tumut and Adelong Times, Friday 22 June 1906, p2

Married,— The Rev Father Cahill united in the bonds of wedlock on Wednesday last, Mr Jas Keefe of Wyangle, and Miss Clara McDonnell, of Bombowlee. Miss M French, of Brungle, was bridesmaid, aud Mr W McDonnell was best man.


ALL ABOUT PEOPLE. The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural and Mining Advocate (NSW : 1898 - 1928) Saturday 2 March 1907 p 2 Article Abstract: At Nowra last month Miss M. O'Dwyer, for a time resident in Cootamundra and Tumut, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. O'Dwyer,


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The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural and Mining Advocate, Saturday 2 March 1907, p2

The Tumut Times reports the marriage of Mr Frank Morris, Bombowlee, to Mr Malinda French, second daughter of Mr W. French, Brungle.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Stewart Anderson. The bride was dressed in white crystaline voile over glace silk richly trimmed with silk yak lace and insertion and silk ruching, her veil draped over her head with a coronet of orange blossoms. She carried a white shower boquet, and wore a gold broach set with amethysts and pearls, gift of bridegroom. The bridesmaids were Misses Mabel and Ruby French (sisters), who wore dresses of pale blue voile trimmed with Valenciennes lace and insertion, blue straw hats trimmed with blue tulle and white acacia. They carried a boquet of marguerites with white streamers, and wore gold muff chains, gift of the bridegroom. The bride was given away by Mr C. Morris, and the bridegroom was attended to by Mr J. Morris. The bride's travelling dress was of holiday crepe cloth, with royal purple silk and cream lace trimmings, hat of heliotrope tulle, with rosettes and large white osprey.


ALL ABOUT PEOPLE. The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural and Mining Advocate (NSW : 1898 - 1928) Saturday 30 November 1907 p 2 Article Abstract:

THE friends of Mr. and Mrs. P. M'Mullan, of Muttama, who shortly leave for Ireland, intend testimonialising them.


ON THE LAND. The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural and Mining Advocate (NSW : 1898 - 1928) Saturday 28 November 1908 p 2 ArticleAbstract: Rabbits are commencing to thicken. Nominations wanted for the Pastures Board vacancy. Big consignments of binder twine


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The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural and Mining Advocate, Saturday 28 November 1908, p2

The following special lease applications have been approved: —

William Wallace French, Brungle, 21 acres, portion 159, parish Brungle, county Buccleuch, shire Gadara, for agriculture and grazing, from 1st Nov., 1908, to 31st Doc, 1922, annual rent £5 6s 3d.


ALL ABOUT PEOPLE. The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural and Mining Advocate (NSW : 1898 - 1928) Wednesday 13 January 1909 p 2 Article Abstract:

Mr Jim Ryan, of Jones' Creek, met with an accident a few days ago, his spine being injured. It is feared the injury may be permanent. 1067 words


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The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural and Mining Advocate, Wednesday 13 January 1909, p2

Mr Fred. Hargreaves has leased his Brungle property to Mr S. French. Fred, intends to go off the land, and will try his hand as a boniface. He is on the look out for a suitable hotel in another town.


Cootamundra Herald, Tuesday 16 March 1909, p3 -

Wedding Bells.

The people of the village of Coolac were on Wednesday in a delightfully happy frame of mind, for one of the, most popular of its fair daughters was married to one of the most intelligent and promising young men from the neighbouring township. The arcadian innocence and simplicity of the village make the carrying out of all functions pleasureable to a degree seldom known in other places.

The day was beautifully fine, and everything without a picture of loveliness. 'Happy is the bride that the sun shines on ' has become a proverb. If true, then the bride of Wednesday will be happy indeed. St Jude's Church, Coolac, was very tastefully decorated by the young lady friends of the bride. An arch over the aisle and festoons of greenery relieved with arum lillies and white roses, looked very pretty. A wedding bell was suspended in an appropriate position. The choir rendered the hymn, 'The voice that breathed o'er Eden,'- and after the ceremony the ' Wedding March,' by Mendelssohn, was played.

The little church was unable to hold the large number of persons who assembled to witness marriage ceremony, conducted by the Rev, J. M. Deyenish, when Miss Isabella Laura French, eldest daughter of Mr H. French, of Coolac, was joined in the holy bonds of matrimony to Mr. George Frederick Briggs, son of Mr. W. Briggs, of Muttama.

The bride was given away by her father, and was becomingly attired in a pretty white book-muslin, semi-empire. The bodice was tastefully trimmed with lace and bebe ribbon. She also wore the customary veil and wreath of orange blossoms, and carried, a beautiful bouquet of choice white flowers, maiden-hair and asparagus ferns. She was attended by her two sisters as bridesmaids.

Miss Jane French wore a pretty costume of pale pink silk muslin, trimmed with cream lace, a Merry-Widow hat, also a gold, broach the gift of the bridegroom,

Miss Jessie French wore a white silk dress, blue sash, white silk hat, and gold brooch, the gift of the bridegroom.

Mr Thomas Briggs, brother of the bridegroom, acted as best man.

The bride's travelling dress was grey cloth, trimmed with grey silk, pale green hat, with pink roses and cherry blussoms. The happy couple left by train for Moss Vale, where the honeymoon is to be spent. A large number of persons were on the Coolac station to wish the happy couple bon voyage. They were showered with confetti and rice, and the send off was of the heartiest and most pleasant kind.

After the honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. Briggs will take up their residence at Batlow. They were the recipients of many valuable and useful presents, as the following list will show : —


WILSON-HIBBENS. The Tumut Advocate and Farmers and Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925) Tuesday 22 June 1909 p 3 Article Abstract: - The marriage of Mr. Andrew Wilson, youngest son of Mr. David Wison, of " Killarney," Gilmore, and Miss Rebecca Annie Hibbens, of Tumut, was celebrated by the Rev. W. D. Kennedy at All Saints' Church, Tumut, on Wednesday last. Miss Amy Hibbens (sister of the bride) was bridesmaid and W. T. Hoad best man. The bride was given away by her uncle, Mr. R. D. French, of Brungle. Full particulars of the happy event are promised us for next issue Hide note GENERAL. LOCAL LAND BOARD. The Tumut Advocate and Farmers and Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925) Tuesday 12 July 1910 p 2 ArticleAbstract: The Land Board concluded its sittings on Wednesday. Full report on back page. ROLLER-SKATING. 1527 words Text last corrected on 18 June 2013 by JohnWarren Digitised article icon -

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The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural and Mining Advocate, Saturday 16 July 1910, p2

Mr W. M. French, an old pioneer, died at Brungle on Monday, and was buried at Tumut on Tuesday. Deceased was a land holder at Brungle 70 years ago, and he had lived in that locality all his life. He was the father of Messrs R. D. and Henry French, the latter being born on his father's farm at Brnngle in 1841.

DEATH OF MR. WILLIAM MINGIS FRENCH. A TUMUT PIONEER OF THE FIFTIES. The Tumut Advocate and Farmers and Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925) - Tuesday 19 July 1910 p 2 Article Abstract: On Monday, 11th inst at 7 p.m., after an illness of short duration (in which he had been attended by Drs Mason and Browne), there passed.

On Monday, 11th inst., at 7 p.m., after an illness of short duration (in which he had been attended by Drs Mason and Browne), there passed away to join the vast majority one of our oldest pioneers, at the ripe old age of 77 years, the cause of death being senile decay. The son of Mr and Mrs Daniel French, he embarked with his parents from his native heath, Scotland, in 1840, for Sydney, and thence migrated to Brungle, when he was 7 years of age.The late Mr W. M. French, who died at Brungle a few days ago, was a native of Scotland, and left for Australin when a lnH nf Rovon roam to learnt the trade of wheelwright and blacksmith, and worked there at for several years. The gold discoveries attracted him to those parts, and he followed the occupation of a minor for several years. Then he settled on the land at Brungle. When he was 19 years of ago he married Miss Emma Hayden, and she predeceased him by 43 years.- (Ref- National Library of Australia)

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Tumut Advecate = Since the attempt was made to break into the Gundagai gaol last week the Police have been very vigilant in guarding the cattle which the would be gaol breakers intended to place on one cow, a very quiet animal, but after the hole boring in the gaol door the Police placed the bell on the most intractable animal of the herd. This animal is on the alert if anything unusual occurs, and the Police say she is very handy to give them the alarm. One of the cows dropped a heifer calf in the gaol yard on Sunday night. This is the first calf that has over been born in Gundagai gaol.