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George William Cumpston Australia

Whitehorse Women who signed 1891 Woman's Petition


Cumpston, Elizabeth Address: Surrey Hills Page Line in Petition: 640, 1

(See her photograph opposite.)

Elizabeth, daughter of John Garrard & Elizabeth Newman, was born in 1851 in Essex, England. In 1876 she married George William Cumpston, a commercial traveller. He was involved with the Wesley Ministry Trust and was treasurer of the Sunday School at the Wesley Methodist Church in Box Hill.


Elizabeth was listed as a kindergarten teacher.

Address in 1890 - Huddersfield Road (Zetland) Box Hill.

Address in S&M 1892 was Elgar Road.


Their son, Dr John Howard Lidgett Cumpston, was the first Director General of the Department of Health 1921 - 1945.   He was my 2 x cousin.


Elizabeth's brother-law was Samuel B Cumpston who launched the newspaper, The Box Hill Reporter, in mid 1889. The management of the newspaper supported 'one man one vote' but did not support woman suffrage. Elizabeth died on 7 September 1932.

Bib ID 2278092  Format Journal/Newspaper ,  Microform  

Uniform Title Reporter (Box Hill, Vic.)  Description Box Hill [Vic.] : Cumpston and Bright, 1889-1925.  


Reproduction Microfilm. 26.6.1889-24.12.1920. Melbourne : Australian Microfilm Services for State Library of Victoria, 1998? microfilm reels ; 35 mm.  

Life Dates No. 1 (June 26, 1889)-v. 38, no. 12 (Mar. 27, 1925)  

Later Title Box Hill reporter  

Subjects Australian newspapers - Victoria - Box Hill.  |  Box Hill (Vic.) - Newspapers.

Place Australia Victoria Box Hill.


You can see more about George and his family on the family tree

Photo of George William and family. George Lidgett died in 1897. He was 75 years old.


Those in the attached photo from the left are Elizabeth (nee Newman)

Cumpston, John Howard Lidgett Cumpston, George William Cumpston, Amy, and Annie Cumpston.


I am grateful to Margaret and Maeva for sharing this family photograph.

I am grateful to Margaret [Cumpston] Spencer for this piece about her great grand father


George William Cumpston, born 28 May 1852 in the Great Australian Bight, was only a few days old when his parents, who had emigrated from England, landed in Melbourne. When he was almost sixteen years old he left the Wesleyan School at Emerald Hill to become a clerk in a Melbourne establishment.


Active in the Wesleyan Church, he met there and married on 29 May 1876 another active member, Elizabeth Newman. They had six children, three of whom died, not an uncommon occurrence in those days when children died from diseases which are curable or preventable today. The three who survived were Amy, Howard (Dr. J.H.L.Cumpston) and Annie (Mrs Percy Wilson). At the time of Howard's birth city streets were lit by gas, doctors rode on horseback to see their patients and even on occasion wore top hats and frock coats into the operating theatre.


In 1882 the family moved to Box Hill, and some happy years ensued. George was then a commercial traveller for Sargood's in Melbourne. He travelled continuously all over Victoria and into the Riverina, as far away as Hay and Deniliquin, mostly in various types of horse-drawn vehicles.


Then the happy years came to an end. A land boom in Victoria which had encouraged George to mortgage his house and buy three others was followed by a crash. Banks closed and George lost his position with Sargood's when they discharged almost all their staff. Hard times followed and the family moved several times, to Toorak, Brighton and Kew, but eventually George most honourably managed to pay his creditors in full.


When he was almost eighty years of age he left home to cross the street and post a letter in a mailbox which stood nearby, but failed to see or hear a motor cycle passing a stationary tram. The collision inflicted fatal injuries and George died the following day, 16 November 1931.


See: Spencer M, John Howard Lidgett Cumpston, 1880-1954, a Biography, self¬published in a limited edition of 100 copies. I think the Wellcome Museum, London has a copy of this.