George Thomas Betts and Selina Burgess
My Great Grandparents
George Thomas Betts, born Collingwood, Victoria 18th September 1874, son of George
Betts and Bertha Atto. George and Bertha were originally from Tasmania and they returned
there in 1878. George was known as 'Skipper'. He was a farmer.
Selina Burgess was born Dunloran, Tasmania on 12th August 1878, the daughter of George
Burgess and Mary Ann Smith.
Marriage: George and Selina married by Licence on 24th May 1899 at Rubicon, Dunorlan,
Tasmania according to the rights of the Weslyan Methodist Church. George aged 24 was a
carpenter from Latrobe. Selina aged 20 was a spinster living at home at Dunorlan.
Witnesses were ?I? Butler and Alfred ? George Burgess gave permission for Selina to marry
as she was under 21.
Above: George Thomas Betts - date unknown
George and Selina had the following children: [a]
BETTS, Alfred Alexander Thomas, born 17th
September 1899, Latrobe Tasmania. Father George a
butcher of Latrobe. Mother Selina was the informant.
Married Emma Elizabeth Riley on 14th November 1923
at St Barnabas Church, Sheffield, Tasmania. Alfred
served in WWII
BETTS Elsie May, born 22nd April 1901, died 21st July
BETTS, Edward Frank, born 19th July 1902, Latrobe,
Tasmania . Married Mary Magdeline Allford on 20th
June 1925 at St Lukes Church, Latrobe
BETTS, Leonard Augustus, born 21st December, 1903,
James Street, Latrobe. My Grandfather
BETTS, Florence May, born 6th June 1906 Latrobe,
Tas mania. Married Alexander William Aubrey John
Murfet on 8th May 1926 at Railton, Tasmania.
BETTS, Hilda Elizabeth, born 18th December 1909,
James Street, Latrobe, Tas mania. Married William
Hepburn Blenkhorn on 21st March 1932.
BETTS, Edith May, born 21st February 1912, Railton,
Tasmania. Married George Henry Bird on 3rd
September 1931 at Latrobe Tasmania.
BETTS, Allen/Allan George born 13th January 1915,
Railton. Died 8th May 1918 at Latrobe Hospital
BETTS, Phillip Charles, born 28th January 1916,
Railton, Tasmania. Married Kathleen Mary Russell on
30th May 1941 at Adelaide, South Australia. Phillip
served in WWII as a Private, service number SX32000
(S20354) 12/40 AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION
Deaths: Selina died 17th May, 1950at the Devon
Hospital, Latrobe aged 73 and is buried in the Railton
George died at Ulverston, Tasmania, on 25th November,
1972. He was aged 99. [a]
Left: Grave of Selina
Betts nee Burgess
[far left] and
Emma wife of son
[a] The Family of George Burgess and Ann Haines, 160th Anniversary Edition; by Annette Banks
[b] Colonial Tasmanian Families Links Web Site
[c] Tasmanian Pioneers Index 1803-1899 CD Rom
[d] Immigrants Recruited by the Launceston Aid Society; online database, by Kevin Green
Additional information by Hayden Bingham
Advocate [Burnie Tasmania] Dated 26th May 1950
LATE MRS. S. BETTS
The funeral of the late Mrs. Selina Betts, wife of Mr. G. T. Betts, of King street, Railton, was
largely attended last Friday. The cortege left the residence of her elder son, Mr. Alfred Betts,
Cracker's road, proceeding to St. John's cemetery. Carriers were Messrs. L. Field, E. Baldock,
F. Manson, and A. Hayes. Pallbearers were Messrs. W. Aiken, J. G. Blenkhorn, H. Shekleton
and H. -Singleton. Services were conducted at the house, church and graveside by Rev.
Browning. Chief mourners were the widower, sons, Alfred (Railton), Frank (Irish town), Len
(Sydney), Phillip (Railton); daughters, Mrs. A. Murfet (Wynyard), Mrs. W. Blenkhorn (Railton),
and Mrs. G. Bird (Don Junction); and brother, Mr. S. Burrgess (Elizabeth Town).
Mrs. Betts was born in the Dunorlan district 73 years ago, being a daughter of the late
George and Mary Burgess. She lived at Latrobe for a time after her marriage, later
transferring to Railton, where she had lived for 47 years. She was a very active worker for
many charitable functions held in the town until her health failed, a few years ago.
Among the wreaths were those from Railton I.O.O.F. Lodge, Rail ton C.W.A,. the Warden of
the Kentish Municipality, Railton Re creation Ground Committee, Rail ton Town Planning
Committee, brethren of Railton R.A.O.B., Rail ton Homing Society, Goliath Cement Fitters
and Shop Staff, Rail ton Public Hall Committee, loco, staff at Wynyard, staff of Railton Lime
Works, Railton Football Club, Goliath Cement carpenters staff, Goliath Cement Welfare
Association, employees of the Agricuiltural Bank, and Railton sub-branch of the