Alfred Henry Betts
Sarah Jane Campton
The following information and photos are kindly supplied by Norma Rainey, Great Grandaughter of Alfred and Sarah
Alfred Henry Betts was born in Brentwood, Essex, England, 28 March 1849, son of Benjamin Henry Betts and Mary
Ann Adams. Alfred died April 1928 in Eaglehawk, Victoria, at 79 years of age. His body was interred April 1928 in Eaglehawk
Cemetery, Eaglehawk. To read his obituary see below.
He married Sarah Jane Campton in Raglan Street, Emerald Hill (South Melbourne), 15th September 1870. Sarah was
born 9 October 1850. Sarah was the daughter of James Campton and Elizabeth Jackson. Sarah died 14 August 1939 in
Eaglehawk Victoria, at 88 years of age. Her body was interred August 1939 in Eaglehawk, Victoria, Eaglehawk.
Alfred Henry Betts and Sarah Jane Campton had the following family:
Emily Ada Elizabeth Anne Betts born, 26 June 1871. Married John Bodilly, 1889, South Melbourne.
Harriet Maud Mary Betts born, 7 November 1873. Married Richard Edyvean Sampson, 1893, California Gully.
Florance Gertrude Ethel Betts born, 8 May 1876. Married William John Bone, California Gully, 1898
Mabel Ernestine Betts born, 1878; died Bendigo 1898. Her death may have been related to the birth of her daughter, also named
Mabel, who was born and died in 1898.
Edith Jane, born 1881. There is some confusion in the records for Edith Jane. One records shows Edith Jane, died 1882, aged
18 months, Eaglehawk daughter of Joseph Betts and Sarah Jane Campton. There is also a marriage entry for her in 1899; Edith
Jane Betts married William Francis Webb. As her father's obituary mentions a daughter 'Mrs W Webb' it would appear that Edith
Jane was alive and well. It is possible that Alfred and Sarah had two daughters named Edith Jane, and I have only been able to
find the birth registration for one.
Alfred Edward Betts born 3 September 1883. See below for more information
Henry Hector Betts born, 14 April 1886. Married (1) Alice Edwards, 1906. She died 1907. Married (2) Catherine Perry, 1909
Jessie Betts, [female] born 1889; died 1889.
Ernest George Betts, born 1890; died 1897, Eaglehawk
Olgar Benjamin Betts, born 1894, married Ivy May Bonython, 1914
ALFRED HENRY BETTS
Obituary (probably published in Bendigo Advertiser) found pasted in workbook belonging to his son, Alfred Edward Betts. No
date attached, but presumably shortly after his death in 1928. Courtesy of Norma Rainey
BETTS - Another of Bendigo's oldest residents passed away on Sunday afternoon last in the person of Mr Alfred Henry Betts,
builder and contractor, of California Gully, at the age of 81 years, 56 of which were spent in the Bendigo district, where he was
esteemed and respected by a wide circle of friends. Deceased left a widow and large family of sons and daughters. He was born
at Brentwood, Sussex (note: Brentwood is in Essex, as indicated on marriage certificate), and leaving Liverpool with his parents
in the ship Whirlwind, at the latter end of the year 1854, arrived at Launceston, Tasmania, in April of the following year. He left
that state for Victoria in 1862. The deceased, a short time after arrival in Victoria, married Sarah Jane Campton, whose parents
for many years resided in Launceston, Tasmania ( Marriage was on 15 September, 1870).
Mr E A Betts, who is well known in trade union and friendly society circles in the metropolis, is a younger brother of deceased;
another brother is Mr George Betts, of Latrobe, Tasmania. Mrs Robt Clark, also of Latrobe, is his only surviving sister. His
surviving sons are Messrs Alfred, Henry and Olgar Betts, who are well-known residents of this district. His eldest daughter is
Mrs John Bodilly, who was well-known to Bendigo residents. The widow of Mr R, Sampson, an Eaglehawk businessman, is
another daughter of deceased and Mrs W. Bone of Bendigo and Mrs W. Webb, of Fitzroy, are surviving daughters. There are 37
grand-children and 18 great grandchildren. Deceased was a regular attendant of the Upper Road Methodist Church, California
Gully, and was up to a short time prior to his death, a teacher and trustee of the Sunday school connected with that church. A
number of the principal edifices and chimney stacks for the various mines bear testimony to his skill and handicraft. The funeral
took place yesterday afternoon, from his late residence, Tailings Street, California Gully, for interment in the Eaglehawk cemetery.
The casket, which was covered with choicest flowers, was carried to the grave by his six grandsons - Messrs B Bodilly, R
Sampson, H Sampson, L Webb, H Sampson, F. Betts. The service at the home was conducted by the Rev W. F. Betts, who also
officiated at the grave, assisted by Mr R.R. Gill. Mr W Farmer had charge.
Left: Alfred Henry Betts and wife Sarah
Jane [nee Campton] with six of their
Below: Alfred Edward Betts and wife
Elizabeth Martha nee Tippett
Alfred Edward Betts was born, 3rd September
1883. Alfred died 1960 in Bendigo, Victoria, at 76
years of age. His body was interred in Eaglehawk,
He married Elizabeth Martha Tippett in
Eaglehawk. Lizzie was born in Eaglehawk, Victoria
5th September 1886. Lizzie was the daughter of
William Moyses Tippett and Ann Rule Dower.
Alfred and Lizzie had seven children.