Marcus Edward Tilbury (1874-1920)


1874. Marcus was born 24 May at the home of James and Esther in Balmain, Sydney.

A photo was taken of Marcus and George in Newcastle when he was about 8 years old.

1886. The family moved to Rockhampton and Marcus (11) entered the Rockhampton Grammar School (RGS) with George.
1888. Marcus left the RGS at about 15 years of age.

1889. Marcus, of Cooerwull Academe, Bowenfyils, was a successful candidate for Junior Public Examinations, held in connection with the Sydney University.

[source Ettie] Marcus owned a stock and station agency in western Queensland, then moved to Rockhampton.

1894. Was playing cricket with the Lakes Creek team of Rockhampton.

1900. Marcus, still living at ‘Grantham’, was elected Secretary of the Rockhampton Club. Situated on Quay St., the club still exists (as of the 1990s) and has been maintained as it was built.

Marcus and Maria nee McLaughlin

Marcus Edward Tilbury (1874-1920)

Maria Theresa (Yonnie) McLaughlin (1875-1964)

  • Father: Thomas McLaughlin
  • Mother: Ellen nee Ryan
  • Born: 1875, Rockhampton
  • Married: 16 Apr 1901, Marcus Edward Tilbury, Rockhampton
  • Died: 1964, Sydney NSW
Alexandria Cemetery
Alexandria Cemetery

1901. Marcus Edward (26) married Maria (Yonnie) McLaughlin (25) on 16 Apr 1901 in Rockhampton and they set up residence at ‘Dagmar’, Athelstane Range.

1902. Marcus, trained as an accountant, followed in father James’ footsteps, setting up business as an auctioneer at 173 East St, Rockhampton, next to the Bank of Australasia. In the same year daughter Marie Claire Tilbury was born.

1904. Son Marcus Geoffrey Tilbury was born and Marcus moved the auctioneer business to 170 Denison St.

1908. Marcus and Maria attended the Carnival Ball on 10 Jun 1908, organised by the Rockhampton Ambulance Brigade. Maria was noted wearing "blue glace silk with silver trimming".

1912. A bridge party was held by Mrs T. McLaughlin at Rockhampton as a farewell to Maria, who was returning to Sydney.

Marcus and family moved to Sydney and were living at 8 Karori Flats, Elizabeth Bay Rd, Sydney NSW. Marcus was the wool manager for John Bridge and Co. Ltd and Secretary of the Fox Terriers Club of NSW.

1915. Marcus left his wife Maria (Yonnie) and young children, Marie Claire (Claire), 13 and Marcus Geoffrey (Geoff), 11 to enlist with the Imperial Forces for World War I. The Commorative Roll records Marcus as a sergeant of the Royal Army Service Corps (Canteens). He served in German East Africa and France, and was with the army of occupation in Germany, from where he went to Palestine.

1920. Marcus Edward (45) was killed in action. He was buried in Egypt at the Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, grave G93.

Service Number: A/454980
Rank: Sergeant
Unit: Royal Army Service Corps (Canteens)
Service: British Army
Conflict / Operation: First World War, 1914-1918
Conflict eligibility date:  First World War, 1914-1921
Date of death: 12 October 1920
Place of death: Egypt
Age at death: 45
Cemetery or memorial details: Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt

The Commemorative Roll records the names of those Australians who died during or as a result of wars in which Australians served, but who were not serving in the Australian Armed Forces and therefore not eligible for inclusion on the Roll of Honour. It includes those Australians who died while members of Allied Forces, the Merchant Navy, philanthropic organisations attached to the forces, or as war correspondents or photographers[1].

In Nov 1920 Marcus' parents and wife Maria received cable advice of Marcus' death in Egypt, caused by hemorrhage of the brain. At the time of his death Maria was residing at 'Pomeroy', Macleay St.

1923. Maria spent a couple of weeks at Rockhampton with her aunt, a Miss McLaughlin of Tyndrum, Dawson Rd.

1964. Maria died in Sydney, NSW.


[1] Commemorative Roll Records

The McLaughlins

Maria Theresa (Yonnie) was born in in 1875 at Rockhampton, the daughter of Thomas and Ellen nee Ryan.

Ted Hockings remembered seeing Maria and her daughter Claire when they visited the Tilburys at ‘Radcliffe’ when Ted was quite little and so shy that he viewed them first from under a bed. He soon discovered that they were "very kind and very beautiful".

The McLaughlin family, associated with the Fitzroy Brewery in Rockhampton almost since its inception, provided the town with some vivid personalities in several generations.

The original Fitzroy Brewery, founded in 1880, occupied the site of the Rockhampton Club in Quay St. In 1884 Thomas McLaughlin moved the brewery to Quay, Wood and Wharf Sts. While on a health trip to New Zealand in 1892. Thomas died 20 Dec in a gale at sea. His eldest son Daniel returned from a promising Law career in Sydney and carried on the business with his brother Thomas. The family company Thomas McLaughlin & Co. was floated and in later years the brew from the old Fitzroy Brewery became famous as Mac’s Beer. The firm was bought by Carlton United in 1961.

The Kent brewery in Bolsover Street was founded in 1889 and bought by the Headricks brothers in 1894. Thomas McLaughlin & Co. purchased the brewery from the Headricks in 1905.

1901. Thomas' will was contested in the Full Court of Brisbane in a friendly suit between the trustees of the will and its beneficiaries and the guardian for the next-of-kin. The matter to be decided was whether Thomas died terstate or interstate, depending on the wording of the will. The will, dated 22 Oct 1892, did not include the words "my estate" after "bequeth" and if the omission meant that he had died intestate then his sister would be excluded and the next-of-kin, not mentioned in the will, would be entitled to 1/3 of the estate under the Statute of Distributions. As there was no doubt Thomas had wished to die terstate and had intended to deal with the whole of his estate in his will, the matter was settled as his will had intended.[1]

Claimants were Daniel McLaughlin (brewer and merchant), Thomas McLaughlin (brewer), Maria McLaughlin (spinster) and Mary McLaughlin (spinster), all of Rockhampton, William McLaughlin (brewer) of Brisbane, Cecilia Walsh nee McLaughlin (wife of John Ambrose Walsh, solicitor of Brisbane), and Maria Tilbury nee McLaughlin (company manager). Thomas' estate included Subdivisions 620 and 637 of portions 78, 57 and 33v, county of Stanley, parish of Tingalpa.

1912. In Sep 1912 Maria returned to Sydney.

1949. The rent to be charged for perpetual town lease, No. 190, allotment 11 of section 5 in Rockhampton, held by Daniel McLaughlin, Thomas McLaughlin, William Patrick McLaughlin, Mary Corser (wife of Charles Hilary Corser), Cecilia Walsh (wife of John Ambrose Walsh) and Maria Tilbury (widow of Marcus), as tenants in common, was fixed at 9/- per annum on an unimproved value of £15.[2]

1990s. Edwina Priddle, daughter of Mimi Priddle nee McLaughlin was teaching at the Rockhampton Girls’ Grammar School (RGGS).


[1] Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton, 16 Dec 1901.
[2] Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton, 17 Mar 1949.

Children of Marcus and Maria

Marie Claire (Claire) Tilbury (1902-)

Marie Claire, known as Claire, was born 15 Apr in Rockhampton.

The story reached Rockhampton that Claire was a “raving beauty” and that the Prince of Wales (Edward) danced with her on a visit to Sydney.

ca1992. Living at 4 Hale Rd, Mosman [source Tilbury Register]

Marcus Geoffrey (Geoff) Tilbury (1904-)

Father of Carol.

1904. Marcus Geoffrey, known as Geoff, was born 31 Mar in Rockhampton.

ca1930 Married Sheila.

1966. Geoff was a partner in the firm Alfred Rofe & Sons, solicitors of 26 O'Connell St, Sydney. Other partners were Alfred Edward Fulton Rofe and Percy Rofe.

ca1992. Sheila living at 8/313a Edgecliff Rd, Woollahra. [source Tilbury Register]

Geoff and Sheila’s daughter Carol married Alan Taylor. In the 1990s they were living in Wellington, NSW with their two sons Geoffrey Taylor and Hugh Taylor.

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