|George Tune and Lina Mary Watkinson
- a Brewer from Lincolnshire and his Family -
My Great Great Grandparents
George Tune was born about March 1840 to parents Peter Tune and Mabel Smith in Crowle
Lincolnshire and baptised on 6th September 1840. George was a brewer by trade.
Lina Mary Watkinson was born on 18th April, 1849 at Market Place, Spalding, Lincolnshire
daughter of Henry Watkinson and Jane Hewitt. Lina may have been known by her middle
name Mary [eg Sands Directory]
Census: At the time of the 1841 census, George is 3 months old living in Crowle with his
The 1851 census shows shows George aged 10 a scholar living with his parents in Crowle.
Lina, aged 1, is living in Market Place, Spalding with her parents.
By 1861, George aged 21, no occupation given, is living with his parents in Crowle. Lina, a
scholar aged 11 is living in Hall Street, Spalding with her family.
Marriage: George and Lina married by License at St Mary and St Nicholas Church, Spalding,
Lincolnshire on 12th May 1869. At the time of their marriage George is living in London
Road and Lina with her parents in Hall Street. George's occupation is listed as Brewer and
Farmer. The witnesses were Henry Watkinson [Lina's father] Thomas Tune [George's brother]
John F Sherman, [husband of George's sister Sarah] and Catherine Mary Watkinson [Lina's
sister]. Of interest if the fact that George's age states 26 when in fact it is closer to thirty.
Stamford Mercury dated 14th May 1869 reported:
At Spalding on the 14th Inst. at the church of SS Mary and Nicholas [by Rev E Moore MA,
Vicar] George Tune of the Exchange Brewery, London Road, Spalding [younger son of Peter
Tune esq of the Isle of Axholme and Marshland Brewery, Crowle] to Lina Mary, eldest
daughter of Henry Watkinson esq, proprietor, editor and publisher of Lincolnshire Free Press
and eastern Counties Advertiser, Spalding. No cards.
Their children were:
TUNE: Mabel Jane, baptised 11th June, 1870 Spalding; [birth reg Spalding, Sept Q 1870
Vol 7a pg 332] Father a brewer. Buried 15th June, 1870, St Mary and St Nicholas, Spalding.
Mabel Jane was named after her two grandmothers; Mabel Tune nee Smith and Jane
Watkinson nee Hewitt
TUNE: Thomas George, baptised 16th January, 1872, St Mary and St Nicholas, Spalding
[birth reg Spalding March Q 1872 vol 7a pg 364]
TUNE: Henry Albert born Greater Grimsby, December Q, 1873 [birth reg Caistor Dec Q
1873 Vol 7a pg 625]
TUNE: Sarah Jane, born Greater Grimsby, December Q 1874 [birth reg Caistor Dec q 1874
vol 7a pg 640 ] Married George HICKSON My Great Grandparents.
TUNE: John Peter 'Jack', born Crowle, December Q, 1876 [birth reg Thorne Dec Q vol 9c pg
753] Married Jane Sarah [Sarah Jane] JUDD, 1900. John [possibly also known by his
middle name of Peter] was a labourer.
Their children include:
TUNE: Violet M, 1909 Married Thomas J SAMPSON, 1931, Newtown.
TUNE: Mabel E[va?], 1915.
The 1904 PO Directory gives John's address as 11 Stephen Street, Camperdown. The 1943
Electoral Roll shows John and Sarah residing at 43 Briggs Street, Camperdown. John is a
labourer. In 1943 they are residing at 14 Emma Street, Leichhardt East. John died 2nd July
1953. [ref 18386]
TUNE: Catherine Mabel, [also known as Mabel and Kitsy] born Crowle, Lincolnshire 1879
[birth reg Thorne March Q 1879 vol 9c pg 742] Married Arthur Ernest Henry Love.
Male Child: There is mention of a male child deceased on the death certificate of George
Tune. No birth or death details have been found for this child and it may in fact refer to
deceased daughter Mabel Jane.
SPROULE William Alfred/Alfred William: Alfred William Sproule was born on 6th January
1890 at the Benevolent society in Sydney. His mother was Sarah Jane Sproule, aged 25,
from Ireland. She was unmarried at the time. 'Willie' as he was known was informally
adopted by Lina [and presumably George] shortly after his birth. According to oral tradition,
Willie's father was an Irish Catholic man who was 'run off' by Sarah's two brothers James and
William who were staunch Presbyterians. Sarah later married Hugh Henry White and
although Willie did not live with them, they kept in touch throughout his life. 'Willie' is
mentioned in a letter from Kitsy to nephew Ernest in 1916. From what she writes it would
appear that Willie is a close member of the family. His WW1 enlistment papers show M Love
as his next of kin and he gives his address as Killeaton Street St Ives. Willie married
Wilhelmina Adriana [Min] DORSMAN in 1920. Wilhelmina was probably born in the
Netherlands and arrived here as a child. William and Mina had seven children. William
served again in WW2. At the time he gives his address as 'Kawana' Killeaton Street,
Turramurra. William served at the Cowra PW Unit. William was a Methodist. William died
1953 at Chatswood. His parents names are given as Sarah Jane and William. Wilhelmina
died on 3rd September 1983.
The Empire Bottle Exchange:
On 30th June 1903 brothers Henry and John registered the firm of The Empire Bottle
Exchange, a business involved in the buying and selling of bottles. The address of the
business was 47 Enmore Road Newtown.[Ref Page 435 Packet No.08069 item2/8532
Census: The 1871 Census shows George and Lina living in London Street, Spalding. His
occupation is Brewer. They have one servant and accountant Thomas E Johnson is also in
residence. In Whites 1872 Directory for Spalding, the following listing appears; George Tune,
Brewer, Exchange Brewery, 43 London Road, Spalding. There is also a George Tune listed in
Whites 1872 Directory for Crowle as follows; George Tune, Farmer, High Street. George was
listed as an Asssitant Brewer on the 1881 British Census. He is living at Crowle, a few houses
from his brother Thomas who owned a brewery.
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Above: Stamford Mercury dated 14th May 1869
Below: Stamford Mercury dated 15th April 1870