John Granville Grenfell

John Granville Grenfell

Male 1826 - 1866  (40 years)    Has 16 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name John Granville Grenfell 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 1826 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1866 
    Person ID I492791  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2004 

    Father Vice Admiral John Pascoe Grenfell,   b. 20 Dec 1800, Battersea Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1869, Liverpool Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Maria Dolores Masini,   d. 1860 
    Siblings 7 siblings 
    Family ID F178112  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susan Ellard,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1861 
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2004 
    Family ID F198210  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    John Granville Grenfell
    John Granville Grenfell

  • Notes 
    • Around 1885 Grenfell went to Australia to take up an appointment with the New South Wales Colonial Service. He had a very distinguished career, firstly, in 1861 when he was based at Forbes, N.S.W., being appointed a Magistrate for the colony and holding the position of Sub Gold Commissioner for the Western gold district. In January 1862 he was appointed to be an officer for the purpose of determining the extent and position of claims, under the new law relating to goldfields. In December 1864 he was appointed Commissioner for Crown lands for the Warrego district and two years later in October 1866, Commissioner for Crown lands for the Gwyder district. Some years earlier gold had been discovered at Emu Creek which had received a great deal of press publicity.
      On December 7th 1866 Grenfell was travelling from Bourke to Dubbo when two masked bushrangers tried to hold up the coach. At the time Grenfell was holding the reins and refused their demands. He drew his pistol and fired at the outlaws, who returned his fire and badly wounded Grenfell in the thigh. Although doctors treated him as soon as help could be obtained, he died twenty four hours after being shot. He was buried at the Church of England Cemetery, Dubbo, where a large headstone is still standing which carries the inscription:
      "SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF JG GRENFELL ESQ. C.C.L. SHOT AT NARROMINE BY BUSHRANGERS ON DECEMBER 8th 1866. AGED 40 YEARS"
      A reward of £400 was offered for the arrest and conviction of the armed men but they were never caught. A public testimonial meeting at the Sydney Stock Exchange, chaired by the Governor, Sir John Young and attended by nearly every notable in the Colony, a few days after his death, quickly raised £350 and much more was to be forthcoming.

      In 1861 Grenfell married Miss Susan Ellard and at the time of his death had two young daughters.
      The township at Emu Creek was subsequently re-named Grenfell to recognise his heroic act. In 1875 in belated recognition of his bravery the New South Wales government sent a gold medal to his widow who at the time was living in the Isle of Man.


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