|George Tune and Lina Mary Watkinson
- a Brewer from Lincolnshire and his Family -
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Immigration: George and Lina came to Australia with their five children as unassisted
immigrants aboard the 'Ellora', arriving in Victoria in December 1886. They then boarded the
Ronoowarra and arrived in Sydney on 10th December 1886.
The family settled at 28 Francis Street, Hyde Park [Sands Directory 1888 - 1893] The Rates
Assessment book of 1891 describes the dwelling as being a brick house with a shingle roof. It
had 2 floors with 6 rooms and the gross assessment per annum was 52 pounds. It was owned
by James McKinley and George Tune was the listed as the person who paid the rates.
Oral tradition suggests George worked at the Kent Brewery in Sydney after coming to
Australia, however at the time of his death, his occupation is shown as Watchman. On 1st July
1891 George made a will naming 'my dear wife Lina Mary' as beneficiary. Given the proximity
of this will to George's death less than three weeks later and the fact he had been in hospital
for 18 days prior to his death, we must wonder if George was aware that he did not have long to
Death: George died in the Sydney Hospital, NSW on 17th July 1891. Of interest is the fact that
his age is shown as 48 when in fact he was 50. The cause of death was cirrhosis of the liver and
ascites. He had been hospitalised for 18 days beforehand. George is buried on the Old C of E
section of the Rookwood cemetery section RRR Row 6 Grave 292. See below
The NSW Police Gazette reports that on 16th December 1891, son Thomas reported the theft
of an old fashioned silver English lever watch attached to a steal chain valued at £2 identifiable.
The watched was subsequently pledged at Cohen's Pawn Office,495 Elizabeth St by a man
who gave the name of Lawler. Description of the thief: 23yrs,5ft 7inches high,medium
build,fair complexion and moustache only: dressed in dark sac suit and soft brown felt hat.
Can be identified.
The NSW Police Gazette reports that on 20th January 1892 Mrs Tune reported the theft of a
small gold locket round pattern,blue cross on it photo of a lady inside with a gold chain
attached, lady's long gold chain,very fine link pattern,gold ring set with five opals,gold ring
The 1894 Sands Directory shows Mrs Tune [ie Lina] had moved and was living at 12 Gipps
Second Marriage: After the death of her husband Lina Mary married George Collins
Papworth on 15th February 1897 - see photo below.
The SMH reported the marriage as follows:
Papworth-Tune February 15th 1897, at Sydney by the Rev James Hill. George Collins
Papworth, plumber, second eldest son of the late George Collins Papworth, Esq architect
Brisbane, to Lina Mary Tune the eldest daughter of the late Henry Watkinson Esq,
proprietor of the "Spalding Free Press" Lincolnshire, England. Home papers please copy
The marriage was also recorded in the Marriages column of the Stamford Mercury dated 9th
George Collins Papworth was the second eldest son of George Collins Papworth, Esq
architect of Brisbane and Mary Lawler born in Brisbane in 1862. George junior was a
plumber and appears to have been know by his middle name as evidenced in the Sands
Directories of 1906 - 1920 where he is listed as G Collins Papworth living at 7 Stanley Lane.
Electoral Roll - 1903-4 Lina Mary Papworth, domestic duties residing at 230 Liverpool Street
Darlinghurst. George does not appear at the address.
Home to England: In 1909 Lina took a trip home to England aboard the Ortona, arriving in
London on 7th August. It appears Lina travelled alone. She returned to Australia on the
Otranto which departed London on 9th June 1910. She is described as a housewife in the
Inheritance: The following appeared in the SMH dated 11th May 1920:
LINA MARY PAPWORTH (formerly TUNE) lately residing at 23 Comber street Paddington,
Sydney, New South Wales, or her representatives, entitled to a share under the Will of Miss C.
M. Watkinson, deceased, should communicate without delay with Messrs. Rand LEOPOLD
HARVEY, Solicitors, Spalding England.
Death: George Collins Papworth died in 1921.
The 1930 Electoral Roll records Lina as living at 575 Riley Street, Surrey Hills.
Death: Lina died in Glebe NSW on 26th May, 1933 from Senile decay aged 84. She is buried
with her first husband George Tune in the Church of England section of the Rookwood
cemetery. See below. The SMH dated 27th May 1933 reported her death as follows:
PAPWORTH - May 26 1933 at the residence of her daughter in law (Mrs Ada Tune) 238 Bridge
road Forest Lodge Lina Mary Papworth aged 84 year.s At rest.
An Interesting Note: In 1919/1921 Sarah Jane Tune and her husband George Hickson
resided at 'Linaville'', Glover Street, Leichhardt. I suspect their home was named after Lina
Above: Grave of George and Lina TUNE at
the Old Church of England Section of the
The Inscription reads:
Our Dear Husband and Father George Tune,
died 17th July 1891 aged 48 years
Lina Mary Papworth wife of the above died
26th May 1933 aged 84 years.
Loving Father and Mother of Mabel, Thomas,
Henry, decd, Sarah, Peter, Catherine.
Left: Lina with second husband George
Collins Papworth and adopted son William