The following are buried in the same isolated section of the Paynesville Cemetery but are not know to be related to our James family although they may have been friends or neighbours
(click on a name to see its monumental inscription)
In loving remembrance of
my dear husband & daughter
Born 5th Nov 1860 Died 24th Nov 1905
LILLIAN M NEILL nee JAMES
Born 29th Jun 1889 Died 31st Oct 1909
Safe in their Father's home
(Note: Although the name George James appears on two other stones in this section of the Paynesville Cemetery, there is no evidence that the people buried in this grave were in any way related to members of the other James family buried nearby.
It has been suggested that these people had some family retationship with C C Neill, Shipwright and Boatbuilder of Paynesville.
Some recent research has revealed the following information, although no attempt has been made to prove the data by obtaining certificates :-
George James 1860-
Lillian Mary James was daughter of George James 1860-
Lillian, born England, married in 1909 (Ref:4433) to Walter Thomas Waverley Neill who was born "at sea off Austn. Coast".Lillian died at Carlton in 1909, at the age 20 (Ref 4689 or 11689 ?).
JOHN BLAKEMORE PHIPPS MD
died at Mitcham
12th March 1906
also his wife
LAVINIA MARY PHIPPS
died at Paynesville
6 Jun 1902 aged 77
ELIZA RUTH HAMILTON
Born Werrongurt 19 Dec 1875
Lived Ensay Station 1884-
Ilfracombe, Paynesville 1912-
Died 6th Nov 1942
In thy presence is fullness of joy Psxvi
Also her brothers
WILLIAM RUTLEDGE HAMILTON
Born Drysdale Ballangeich 8.7.1874
Died Bairnsdale 12.10.1948
ROBERT IAN HAMILTON
Born Warrnambool 15.7.1878
Died Bairnsdale 8.7.1962
(It is understood that her sister, the fourth daughter, Madeline Isabella Ethel JAMES is also buried in the above grave)
second daughter of
Charles and Catherine James
Born 20th Sept 1877
Died 6th Oct 1935
And ye are the children of God
JOHN STANLEY JAMES
Died 25th Oct 1928
aged 39 years
In loving memory
of |GEORGE JAMES
of Ridgeway, Southampton, England
late Capt HM 34th Regiment
Born 20th June 1844
Died 9th May 1902
He is not dead but sleepeth
also the sixth son
In loving memory
THOMAS MacKNIGHT HAMILTON
Born in Argyleshire, Scotland 4th May 1843
Died at Bells Point, Metung 26 Dec 1907 aged 64 years
and his wife
Born in Sydney 30th March 1844
Died at Paynesville 5th May 1928
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since & lost awhile
Also their grand-
EDITH MABELLE HAMILTON
Born 7th June 1923
Died 4th Dec 1930 aged 7 years
loving memory of
CHARLES YOUNG JAMES
eldest son of Charles and Catherene James
Born 24th Jan 1882
Died 31st Mar 1949
(Note: The mother's name is spelt incorrectly on this stone -
(It is understood that her sister, the third daughter, Helen Maude JAMES 1880-
eldest daughter of
Charles and Catherine James
Born 14th Dec 1875
Died 12th July 1936
And underneath are the everlasting arms
1. The George James mentioned above as the late husband of Elizabeth Maria (nee Beale) died at his home "Ridgeway" near Southampton, England on 18 Jan 1877 and is buried at Jesus Chapel, Parish of St Mary Extra, Hampshire UK.
Several of their sons, namely George jnr.(d.9 May 1902), Charles (d.8 Nov 1918), Edwin (d.26 Sep 1938) and Robert Young James (d.2 Apr 1943) are buried here at Paynesville near their mother.
2. James Ian James was lost without trace in the Mt Lamington eruption and consequently has no specific burial location.
In Loving Remembrance
widow of the late
|| Ridgeway -
Born 2nd Oct 1823
Died 17th June 1899
"The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want"
"I will live in the house of the Lord forever"
also ISABELLA JAMES
second daughter of the above
Born 14th Dec 1842 Died 8th August 1911
A & G Ballantine Melbourne
(The following is on a small tablet on the horizontal surface of the grave of Elizabeth Maria, in memory of much later burials of her eleventh and last child Robert and his wife Rose who are also buried in her grave).
(The following is on another small tablet on the horizontal surface of the grave of Elizabeth Maria in memory her great grandson Ian James)
ROSE H JAMES
Died 22nd July 1942 Aged 82 years
ROBERT Y JAMES
Died 2nd April 1943 Aged 84 years
In loving memory of
dearly loved son of
B & R James
loved brother of
Bryan, Molly and Margaret
who perished at Higaturu, Papua
in the Mt Lamington eruption
Jan 21st 1951 aged 20 years
Paynesville is a township on the Gippsland Lakes some 16 km south of Bairnsdale in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.
The cemetery is located on the Bairnsdale-
This page briefly describes a group of graves in a remote corner of the cemetery that is, or used to be, known to local people as "the James corner" although there are a few members of other pioneer families also buried there).
This group of graves is so remote from the main burial area that many people do not realise it exists and, of those who do know, many have thought it is on neighbouring private farmland rather than in the particular corner of the cemetery reserve which was closest (as the crow flies) to the home of Elizabeth Maria James (the sixth person to be buried at Paynesville Cemetery and the first to be buried in this corner).
The last burial in this corner was in 1962. The area is marked by a small oak tree.
You may wonder why these burials were in such a remote corner which, although always part of the cemetery reserve, is still quite a distance from the main burial area.
The following may help explain how this came about.
Early burials in this district were at the Bairnsdale Cemetery before the Paynesville Cemetery Reserve was gazetted in 1897.
When Elizabeth Maria James died in 1899 there had been only five previous burials at Paynesville Cemetery and it seems reasonable to think that no pattern such as "religious denomination" or "family group" areas had been established.
She died at her home, known as "Eaglehurst", which was located near what is now the junction of Grandview Road and Newlands Drive.
Members of her family visiting their mother's grave would have gone on foot or on horseback across country and selection of that particular site for her burial was no doubt because it is in the part of the cemetery closest to "Eaglehurst" (whose location is marked by a massive oak tree still standing in property just to the west of the above-
Subsequent burials of a number of the next two generations of this James family took place in that same area.
Some members of the Hamilton family and the Phipps family are also buried in that corner, probably because they were friends of the James family.
If you click on any name in the following list of burials you will be taken to the wording on that person’s monument (which monument shape is computer-
This cemetery page is only one of a number of pages on the author’s family history website which contains pages covering some individual members of the James and Beale families (and certain other connected families).
the memory of
dearly beloved wife of
who died 4th Octr 1910
aged 58 years
Until the day break
Also our beloved father
of Ridgeway, Lake Victoria
Born May 6th 1846 Died Nov 8th 1918
and our dearly loved brother
Gunner, 2nd Section, 4th Divisional
Ammunition Column died of wounds in
France Sept 29th 1918 aged 26 years
Love is stronger than death
Thou will keep in perfect peace