Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Australian Army Crest

Sydney Kingston BIGNELLAge: 25 years18931918

Sydney Kingston BIGNELL
Given names
Sydney Kingston
Birth about 1893 54 51
Citation details: 1893/6925 Sydney Kingston Bignell Samuel Mary Ann Levey
Marriage of a siblingAlfred Thomas BIGNELLAmy Alice GRAYView this family
about 1894 (Age 12 months)
Citation details: 4522/1894 BIGNELL ALFRED J GRAY ALICE A LISMORE
Marriage of a siblingSamuel Stanley BIGNELLRebecca Annie GRAYView this family
about 1896 (Age 3 years)
Marriage of a siblingGeorge BIGNELLJanet Laurie BELLView this family
about 1898 (Age 5 years)
Death of a fatherSamuel BIGNELL
September 14, 1898 (Age 5 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Citation details: 12 May 2010

Dear Mr Gregory,

One of my computer searches picked up (...) recently.

I would like to pass on some corrections. These errors have unfortunately been repeated across several genealogy websites, resulting from some sloppy work by a non-Bignall a few years ago.

James Bignall (sometimes Bignell, but never Bignold) was not born at Alverstoke. That particular Bignell never left the UK and is buried in Hampshire.

James' children were:

Phyllis b 1833 Middlehope (Paterson) d 1908 bur Campbell's Hill James b 1834 Middlehope (Paterson d 1917 bur Upper Coomera, Qld Richard b 1836 d 1905 bur Sutherland Henry b 1837 Allyn River d 1919 bur Manilla Samuel Stanley b 1838 d 1898 bur Upper Coomera, Qld Edward Thomas b 1840 Allyn River d 1901 bur Dungog William b 1842 Allyn River d 1921 bur Dawson River George Septimus b 1843 d 1899 bur Taree Estate Emily Victoria b 1846 Allyn River d 1908 bur East Maitland Joseph (I) b 1846 Bandon Grove d 1847 bur Bandon Grove Robert b 1848 Bandon Grove d 1925 bur Dawson River Isabella Jane b 1852 Bandon Grove d 1926 bur Coopernook Ellen b 1852 Bandon Grove d 1942 bur N Subs, North Ryde Joseph (II) b 1853 Bandon Grove d 1911 bur Lochinvar Alfred Stanley b 1855 Bandon Grove d 1944 bur Sandgate

Some children spelled their name Bignall, others Bignell, and a couple wavered between the two spellings. Bignall is believed to be the original spelling. Bignold has never been used.

There are some deliberately obscure features of James' life, but is probable that he was the ex-convict freed at Paterson in 1824, recorded in the handwritten Newcastle lists as James Bagnall. He was said to have been born in Oxfordshire.

His wife Amelia Kingston was not from Bandon. She came from Rosscarbery on the coast in County Cork. Her father had previously been convicted of forging some commercial paper and was transported. He acquired the Bandon Grove estate on the Williams River, which passed to his descendents.

Regards, G Taylor.


Death registration: Samuel Bignell Death date:14/09/1898 Mother's name:Amelia Kingston Father/parent's name:James Bignell Registration details:1898/C/2809

Marriage of a siblingClarence James BIGNELLEdith May BIGNELLView this family
May 28, 1913 (Age 20 years)
Citation details: 1913/C2008 Bignell Clarence James Edith May
Citation details: 21 January 2013

In part:

"A common error in family trees is not connecting these first cousins as married. They married in Qld in 1913 (Qld BDM 1913/C2008)."

Publication: A well researched and sourced document kindly provided by Donna Bignell
No. 3526
Type: Enlisted
January 4, 1916 (Age 23 years)
Agency: Australian Imperial Force
Death April 10, 1918 (Age 25 years)
Cause of death: Killed in action
Note: Killed in action in France whilst serving in the 25th Australian Machine Gun Company.
Memorial after 1918 ( after death)
Bignell - Samuel and Mary Ann and Sydney Kingston
Bignell - Samuel and Mary Ann and Sydney Kingston

Note: Image kindly made available by the volunteers at Australian Cemeteries Index.

Address: Plot 3, Row 8, Grave 17.
Note: There is a Memorial Headstone at the Upper Coomera General Cemetery, Upper Coomera, Queensland.
Bignell - Sydney Kingston - Memorial Certificate
Bignell - Sydney Kingston - Memorial Certificate

Note: Downloaded from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: April 23, 1861Dungog, New South Wales, Australia
elder brother
Birth: about 1861 22 19Dungog, New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1861Dungog, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder sister
7 years
elder brother
4 years
elder brother
Birth: about 1871 32 29Tweed River, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 4, 1947Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
elder sister
10 years
elder brother
3 years
elder sister
6 years
elder brother
3 years
Australian Army CrestSydney Kingston BIGNELL
Birth: about 1893 54 51Queensland, Australia
Death: April 10, 1918Bouzencourt, Somme, France

BirthBirths Registered in Queensland
Citation details: 1893/6925 Sydney Kingston Bignell Samuel Mary Ann Levey
MilitaryMilitary Record - Bignell - Sydney Kingston
DeathWeb Site - Australian Cemeteries Index
DeathMilitary Record - Bignell - Sydney Kingston
MemorialWeb Site - Australian Cemeteries Index
BurialMilitary Record - Bignell - Sydney Kingston