Hordern family

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Shubra Hall in PLC grounds in 1892, home of Anthony Hordern III
Plans for Retford Hall, Darling Point
The stone balustrade from the demolished Retford Hall, Darling Point, is now in the garden of Retford Park, Bowral
The Highlands, Wahroonga
Jenner House, Potts Point

The Hordern family is an Australian retailing dynasty.

Outline[edit]

The Hordern family first came to prominence in Sydney as merchants and retailers with the establishment of Anthony Hordern & Sons,[1] and then gained notability in rural pursuits, stockbreeding, stockbroking, fashion, cricket and parliament. The Hordern name is still seen in Sydney through the naming of the Hordern Pavilion, Hordern Towers within World Square and the Hordern Fountain in memory of Samuel Hordern, in the Sydney suburb of Pyrmont.

Biographies[edit]

The Australian Dictionary of Biography has articles on the following members of the Hordern family:

Hordern family houses[edit]

As wealthy merchants and graziers, members of the extended Hordern family owned and built many important, and now heritage-listed, homes in Sydney and the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Family homes often carried names such as "Retford" celebrating the Hordern family links to Retford in Nottinghamshire, England, and "Stramshall", the birthplace of Anthony Hordern.

Family members[edit]

Anthony Hordern senior (1788 – 9 June 1869) married Ann Woodhead (ca.1791 – 18 January 1871)[1] in 1817, migrated to Sydney in 1823, moved to Melbourne in 1839.

  • John (1819 – 27 March 1864) married Rebecca Carr (ca. 1827 – 15 July 1875) on 5 July 1845. They lived in Charlotte Place, Sydney then "Kingston", Newtown. He is also mentioned as living at O'Connell Town – this may be the same place. He worked in the family business then on his own account from around 1845. He committed suicide with a razor at the Brickfield Hill home of his brother Lebbeus after an extended period of insanity.[2]
  • John Lebbeus Hordern (ca.1848 – 23 February 1910) married Caroline ( – 9 September 1938). He founded Hordern Brothers in Pitt Street. He died of pneumonia in Auckland, New Zealand after being thrown from a horse.
  • Roy Alfred (ca.1892 – December 21, 1935) died after an accident in Perth, Western Australia
  • Bruce Alexander ( – 24 June 1943) married (1) Winifred Frances Perryman in March 1921, divorced 1931 (2) Ailsa Sylvia Scholer on 22 July 1937. Home "Kalua" at Palm Beach[3]
  • E(dward) Carr Hordern (1853 – 24 July 1940) married Frances Lillie Dryland on 14 October 1885. After a family dispute he founded in 1922, with his three sons, Hordern Brothers Limited, drapers, "Horderns in Pitt Street". Their home was "Chislehurst", Centennial Avenue Chatswood
  • (Cowra) Stewart Hordern (1891 – ca. 10 February 1970) was involved in the family business from 1916.
  • Samuel Carr Hordern (1929–) was alderman for Macquarie Ward 1969 to 1974.[4]
  • Anthony jun. (1819 – 21 August 1876) married Harriett Marsden (ca.1820 – 21 January 1872), daughter of one Samuel Marsden Esq. (not the Rev. Samuel Marsden)[1] on 17 July 1841[5] Homes "Retford Hall" (probably named for his mother's birthplace), Darling Point and 756 George Street. He was an alderman 1868 to 1879.[6]
  • Anthony III "Tertius" (24 July 1842 – 16 September 1886) married Elizabeth Mary Bull (ca.1847 – 21 November 1919)[7] on 12 October 1864[8] Home "Shubra Hall", Croydon later "Drummoyne House", Drummoyne, New South Wales. He left Sydney for Western Australia, where he made his mark as an entrepreneur in association with Sir Julius Vogel[9] and founding the Albany–Beverley "Great Southern" railway and developing much of the surrounding land. He died aboard the steamer R.M.S. Carthage on the Red Sea while returning to Australia after several years conducting his business affairs from London.[10] A memorial to him was erected at the top of York Street, Albany.[11] He was nominated by A. J. H. Saw, the Chancellor of the University of Western Australia, as one of the fifteen greats in the development of the State.[12]
  • Naomi Eveline (9 March 1873 – 1937) married Colonel R. B. Firman of London
  • eldest son Arthur Gilbert (1877–1937) married Henrietta Gordon on 5 July 1899.[13]
  • Frieda Elsa ( – 1956) married lawyer A(rthur) Victor Worthington (ca.1871 – December 1928),[14] of Caversham, England on 28 April 1908, lived at Turramurra, then "Jersey", Potts Point.
  • Anthony Shubra Hordern (1879–1934) married (1) Edith Campbell on 4 September 1901[15] (2) May Brogan
  • second son Hugh Cecil Shubra (1906–1944) was engaged to Marian Seton in May 1936
  • Basil Colin Shubra (1910–1969) was a prominent bank shareholder[16]
  • Miriam Harriet (1878–) married Claude Thirkell of London on 3 November 1892[17]
  • Harriett (ca.1843 – 24 August 1904) married Nathaniel George Bull J.P. (1842 – 7 November 1911) on 9 February 1861. They lived at "Cabramatta Park", Cabramatta then "Lugano", Potts Point. Her will was the subject of legal argument.[18] N. G. Bull was three times Mayor of Liverpool[19] and M.L.A. 1885–1887
  • Anthony Hordern Bull ( – 20 June 1950) was engaged to Brenda Banks of "Tudor", Mosman in September 1936, but married Gertrude (), residence "Merrimba", Beecroft he had a twin, of which no details yet to hand.
  • Harriet "Tinie" Bull (1868 – 22 June 1947) married cousin William Hordern (1862 – 29 June 1911) on 8 June 1887 – see his entry below.
  • Hannah (1846 – 16 September 1884) married Henry Bull on 29 November 1862
  • Samuel (ca.1849 – 13 August 1909) married Jane Maria Booth ( – 19 October 1945) on 11 November 1875 residence Retford Hall, Darling Point
  • eldest son Sir Samuel Hordern (24 September 1876 – 3 June 1956) married Charlotte Isabel "Lottie" See ( – 30 June 1952) on 14 March 1900. Home "Tuxedo", Strathfield, "Babworth House" Darling Point. She was the eldest daughter of Sir John See.
  • Doreen F. (1901 ) married Oscar M. Peall of Marlborough, Wiltshire on 13 March 1935[20] Doreen was noted as a socialite and ornithologist.[21]
  • second daughter (Charlotte) Audrey (1904–) married writer William A. "Bill" Winter-Irving (1900–1990) on 24 May 1933.
  • Major Samuel "Sam" Hordern OBE (16 May 1909–1960) married June Baillieu (11 June 1909 – 1999), youngest daughter of (Richard Percy) Clive Baillieu, of Melbourne on 12 April 1934. Home at Bellevue Hill. Their daughter Sara June (1935–) was, in 1936, described as "Australia's richest baby"[21] On 15 December 1955 she married Sidney Baillieu Myer (11 January 1926 – ), son of Sidney Myer, thus uniting two of Australia's wealthiest families.[22] Her estate, valued at $20 million, was the subject of litigation.[23]
  • eldest daughter Jane Mabel "Janey" "Dollie" (3 December 1878 – ) married Leslie Nicholl Walford ( – 4 December 1928) on 5 February 1902, divorced in 1913. Leslie Walford, of Botany Gun Club, was a highly competitive marksman.
  • third daughter Minnie Sarah (1882 – 15 August 1931) married (1) (William Walker) Russell Watson ( – 1924) on 7 November 1904 (2) cousin Dr. Herbert Vivian Holdern (10 February 1883 – 17 June 1938) in 1930
  • John Booth Hordern (15 May 1884 – ) had the distinction of being written out of his father's will.[24]
  • Major Anthony Hordern OBE (21 February 1889 – 18 April 1970) married (1) Viola Sydney Bingham ( – 14 February 1929) on 27 February 1911. Viola was a niece of the Chief Justice of Victoria, Sir John Madden[25] (2) (Ursula) Mary Bullmore ( – 1961) on 3 March 1932 Mary was fashion editor of 'The Australian Women's Weekly. Anthony was appointed an OBE in 1918.[26] Their home was Retford Hall, Darling Point.
  • second daughter Dinah Bingham Hordern was engaged to Henry John Marks in April 1935
  • Elizabeth (1821–1906) married James S(tewart) Dismorr (1821–1895) in 1844, lived in Gravesend, Kent.
  • third son Lebbeus (1826 – 1 November 1881) died in Naples en route to Australia
  • Mary Ann (1829 – 19 April 1872) married Robert Clowes. They lived at Lebbeus's home "Stramshall", Potts Point, New South Wales.[27]
  • Mary Ann Rebecca ( – 1926) married John Stewart Dismorr of London on 30 April 1874.[28]
  • fourth son William (1831 – 8? 9? October 1881) married Cecilia Monger (ca.1835 – 8 December 1914)[29] in lived in Melbourne, home in 1873 "Stramshall", Victoria Parade, East Melbourne and in 1887 family lived in "Stramshall" on Burwood Road, later Auburn Road, Hawthorn.
  • William Hordern (1862 – 29 June 1911) married cousin Harriet "Tinie" Bull (1868 – 22 June 1947) on 8 June 1887, lived at "Cabramatta", Riversdale Road, later Princess Street, Kew, Victoria. William, solicitor of 339 Collins Street, was appointed a commissioner of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1903[30]
  • (Harriet) May Hordern MA LLM (11 March 1888 – 5 May 1951) married Rev. Nigel a'Beckett Talworth Backhouse, Major-Chaplain, AIF. (18 April 1888 – 26 December 1966) on 10 December 1919. Nigel was chaplain at the Sydney Church of England Grammar School, (Shore).[31]
  • second son Lebbeus Hordern married Louie Dewson Smith on 25 May 1887, lived at Hawthorn, Victoria then "Pontefract", Balwyn, had daughters 18 September 1889, 7 September 1894, sons 28 February 1908, 4 April 1914
  • Edward (1838 – 14 August 1883) married (1) Emily Jane Grose (ca.1842 – 19 December 1865) on 8 February 1860, (2) Christiana Matilda Stack ( – 24 April 1904) on 17 November 1866. They lived at 676 George Street South, Brickfield Hill, Sydney then "Milton House", Darlinghurst Road, then "Chatsworth", Potts Point. He was an alderman 1879 to 1882.[32]
  • Percy Grose Hordern MLC (1 January 1864 – 1 April 1926) married Annie Wright (1865 – 8 June 1939)[33] on 17 February 1885. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council 1921–1926 for the Australian Labor Party.
  • Cecilia Matilda (1870–1942) married Frank Mallon McElhone (27 June 1866 – 10 July 1925)[34] on 6 November 1886.
  • Florence Amelia Hordern (1873–1912) married Captain Christian Martin Crone Rovsing R.E. K.C.B. (14 November 1858 – 16 January 1930) on 2 April 1897[35] Rovsing was consulting engineer to the King of Siam.[36]
  • Third son Cecil (ca.1868 – 14 September 1931) married Eva Connell Laycock on 26 August 1889, home at "Ripley Lodge", Elamang Avenue, Kirribilli. Cecil was partner with Mr. H. H. McNall in the firm of McNall and Hordern and was a respected member of the Sydney Stock Exchange.[37] In recognition of her work for the Red Cross Society during World War I, Eva was awarded an OBE in 1920[38][39] and the Tip Tree Red Cross Convalescent Home for women at Strathfield was renamed Eva Hordern Home in 1943 in recognition of her work for Red Cross during World War II.[40]
  • Beatrice Maude ( – 16 February 1953) married barrister John Patrick Garvan Sheridan (later Judge Garvan Sheridan) (ca.1869 – 5 September 1938)[41] on 9 January 1901. They divorced in 1918.[42] She remarried, to Baron Henri de Tuyll in 1930.[43][44]
  • Beatrice Garvan Sheridan married Lieutenant-Commander Mortimer Durand R.N.(retired) in 1931.[45]
  • Dr. Herbert Vivian Hordern (10 February 1883 – 17 June 1938) married (1) Norah Ebsworth White (1892 – 6 July 1938) in 1913. They separated in 1923[46] and were divorced in 1929[47] She died as the result of a motor vehicle accident.[48] (2) cousin Minnie Sarah Hordern (1882 – 15 August 1931), (daughter of Samuel and Jane Maria Hordern – see above) in 1930.

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