Australian Deaths

February 6, 2014

The Ryerson Index is a free index to death notices appearing in Australian newspapers at:

The date range covered extends from the Sydney Gazette of 1803 up to newspapers published within the last week or so. The Index also includes many funeral notices, and some probate notices and obituaries.

A quick search on B__ good names found:

Bidgood 87

Bedggood 4

Bedggood 60


Who was Helen BEDGGOOD?

April 24, 2012

Jenny Kerrsays:

Hi Don
I am hoping you can put up the following post. Perhaps one of your readers may be able to enlighten me.
Kind regards
Jenny Kerr
from a soggy Australia

Mystery Mrs. Helen Bedggood, Zeehan, Tasmania 1902/4
While following up clues (various family stories which may or may not contain a kernel of truth) as to what happened to my great grandmother Elizabeth MARSHALL (nee THORNBURY) after she separated from her husband James MARSHALL who was in the Zeehan / Queenstown district in the early 1890s I came upon the following article from The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 – 1954) Monday 22 September 1902.

[By Electric Telegraph.]
ZEEHAN, September 21.
A four-roomed house, weatherboard, owned by Mrs. Bedggood, and occupied by Mr. Henry Marshall and family, in King street, was destroyed by fire last night about 11 o’clock. A small portion of the furniture was saved. The property is insured in the Phoenix Office. It is believed the fire was caused by clothes drying in front of the fire catching.”

I do not know if the Marshall in the story is related (Elizabeth’s eldest son was named Henry born 1875) but what also caught my attention was the reference to Mrs BEDGGOOD.

I am also descended from Joseph BEDGGOOD through my grandmother Edith Marshall (nee Gillies, granddaughter of Joseph Bedggood). Edith moved from the East Coast to the West Coast in the early 1890’s with her sisters and cousin Ellen THORNBURY (nee BEDGGOOD ). All other BEDGGOOD s descended from Joseph were living on the East Coast at this time. The only other Mrs. BEDGGOOD I am aware of in Tasmania at the time was Mary BEDGGOOD, widow of Edward Lovey BEDGGOOD (of the Bedggood Shoe Company died 1875) who lived in Hobart.

With the help of a correspondent I was able to ascertain that Mrs. Helen BEDGGOOD was the only BEDGGOOD in Zeehan at the time. Mrs Bedggood was also featured in ads in1904 selling a property “Queen Tram” in Zeehan.
I am hoping someone may have some idea who this mystery Mrs. Helen BEDGGOOD was.

  • Jenny,

    It may just be a coincidence but James Brown GILLIES (1835? – 1925) married Martha BEDGGOOD (1844? – 1902).
    They had daughters:
    Helen Margaret (1870 – 1944) married James Arthur WILLS (1867 – 1944)
    Edith Mary Ann (1882 – 1911) married Clarence Wilmot MARSHALL (1882 – 1911).

    I have no record of Helen Margaret marrying a BEDGGOOD but it is just possible that she did before the fire date of 1902.

    The above are all part of T003.

Bedggoods and much more

March 2, 2012

For an attractive and well organized website with a major BEDGGOOD Tree and much more, view:

Especially notable are the numerous links to other sites of Family History interest.

Jenny Kerr lived in Tasmania for many years, but has now moved to New South Wales, Australia.

BEDGGOOD additions

October 13, 2011

From Wendy Naylor.

Eric Leslie Bedggood was born Cambrian Hill in 1913 and died ( aged 89) on 25th January 2002 and was buried on 29th January at Cambrian Hill in the Buninyong cemetery near Ballarat.( There are 22 Bedggood’s buried in the Bunionyong Cemetery, which makes it the cemetery that is most populated by Bedggood’s anywhere in Australia., I think)
I just met his son, Terry Bedggood last Saturday for the first time, I didn’t know he even existed! Eric Leslie’s father Ernest George, who was also from Cambrian Hill, was born in 1887 and was buried on the 3rd February 1971 ( I don’t know exact date of death)

Edith Maud Bedggood’s maiden name was Falls (and her parents names were John and Sarah Falls )and her husband’s name was Robert Thomas Edward Bedgood. I see he is down on your list twice, once as “Robert Thomas Edward Bedggood 1891 to 1967 Stratford ” and also as “Thomas Edward Bedggood 1891 to 1967 Perry Bridge”
These are one and the same person, you see Bobby ( my grandfather, Robert Thomas Edward Bedggood) dad didn’t want him to be called Robert, but his mother DID, so because Charles Henry bedggood, the father was the one who went to register the birth, he put Thomas Edward, but his mother , Rhoda Dorothy Bedggood, wanted the name “Robert”, Robert he WAS all his life! This caused my parents no end of trouble when they were doing all the family history. (My mother was Lillian Betty Bedggood.)
So, Robert Thomas Edward Bedggood, ( aka “Bobby”) Bedggood was born on the 3rd March 1891 in Perry Bridge, and died on the 12th February 1967 at Point Lonsdale, Victoria.

We have two roads in Victoria that are named for the Bedggoods , one in Point Lonsdale and one in Cambrian Hill , both in Victoria.

Australia searchable records

August 16, 2011

Adelaide Cemetery Records at

Tasmania Archives Office  record at