Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Hilda Torrens DOYLEAge: 81 years18691950

Name
Hilda Torrens DOYLE
Given names
Hilda Torrens
Surname
DOYLE
Married name
Hilda Torrens GROGAN
Birth about 1869 47 29
Citation details: DOYLE HILDA T 17292/1869 CYRUS E EMILY R RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a sisterLydia Elizabeth “Bessie” DOYLE
about 1873 (Age 4 years)
Citation details: DOYLE LYDIA ELIZABETH 17686/1873 CYRUS EDWARD EMILY ROSSALIE RAYMOND TERRACE
Death of a fatherCyrus Edward DOYLE
May 23, 1877 (Age 8 years)
Citation details: DOYLE CYRUS E 7214/1877 AGE 65 YEARS DIED NEWCASTLE NEWCASTLE
Quality of data: primary evidence
Publication: Newspaper NSW : 1843 - 1893
Citation details: Saturday 26 May 1877, page 1
Doyle - Cyrus Edward - Death Notice
Doyle - Cyrus Edward - Death Notice

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Marriage of a siblingWilliam J DAVISIsabella R DOYLEView this family
about 1882 (Age 13 years)
Citation details: 1842/1882 DAVIS WILLIAM J DOYLE ISABELLA R SYDNEY
Marriage of a siblingStuart A DOYLEFlorence L DOYLEView this family
about 1888 (Age 19 years)
Citation details: 417/1888 DOYLE STUART A DOYLE FLORENCE L SYDNEY
MarriageHenry GROGANView this family
about 1889 (Age 20 years)
Citation details: 236/1889 GROGAN HENRY DOYLE HILDA T SYDNEY
Marriage of a siblingLouis Reginald NORTHEYLydia Elizabeth “Bessie” DOYLEView this family
about 1894 (Age 25 years)
Address: Registrar's Office
Citation details: 1894/999 Lydia Elizabeth d'Oyle Louis Reginald Northey
Marriage of a siblingRobert MITCHELLLydia Elizabeth “Bessie” DOYLEView this family
October 12, 1899 (Age 30 years)
Publication: Daily newspaper centred in Sydney
Citation details: Saturday 16 March 1935, page 16
Text:

BESSIE DOYLE.

Former Famous Violinist.

APPLICATION TO COURT. MAINTENANCE FROM DECEASED

HUSBAND'S ESTATE.

Old concert-goers of Sydney will recall the name of Bessie Doyle, one of the great-est violinists of Australia. She toured Europe, America, and Africa, and established herself as one of the most popular artists of the day. It was revealed in the Equity Court yesterday, that she is now at the age of 61 years, in destitute circumstances.

As Lydia Elizabeth Northey she applied to the Chief Judge, Mr. Justice Long Innes, for an order under the Testator's Family Maintenance Act in respect of the estate of Louis Reginald Northey, late of Macleay-street, Potts Point. The testator, who died in August, 1933, left an estate of £23,000. By his will, he gave £1000 to a sister living in England and the remainder of his estate to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution ofGreat Britain.

The applicant when she was famous as a player of the violin, it was stated, was first known as Bessie Doyle, and later as Eilleen O'Moore.

By her affidavit she stated that she married Northey at the office of the Registrar at Auckland, New Zealand, in April, 1894, she being a spinster and he a divorcee. The marriage was kept secret, but he accompanied her on a concert tour of the dominion acting as assistant manager. He deserted her and informed her a little later that he wanted a divorce. Shortly afterwards she left for Europe, where she gave concerts until 1897, receiving in the meantime letters from her husband urging her to divorce him. While returning to Australia in 1897 she saw him at Auckland, where she was advised by his solicitors that a divorce could be obtained in America which would be valid everywhere. Acting on her husband's suggestion she went to Fargo (North Dakota) and the Court there, on her petition, at the hearing of which her husband was represented, granted a decree of divorce. She then went on a concert tour of Germany, Austria, and Russia, and was in England in 1899, when believing herself to be legally divorced, she married one Robert Mitchell on October 12 of that year. In 1900, while in South Africa, she saw a letter which Northey had written to Sir George Bullogh, stating that her marriage with Mitchell was bigamous. While living in Paris during the following year Northey wrote to her saying that he had consulted counsel, and was bringing proof that the American divorce was not valid, and that she was still his wife. Subsequently he called on her at Paris, showed her the legal opinions he had obtained, and convinced her that she was still his legal wife. He extracted a promise that she would not again live with Mitchell, and this promise she had kept. Since then she had always regarded Northey as her husband. He had never supported her, as until two years ago she maintained herself by con-cert work and teaching. She was now 61, and practically destitute.

Letters which had been sent to the appli-cant by Northey many years ago were read, and letters more recently addressed by her to him were tendered by respondents.

The hearing was interrupted by the adjournment.

Death of a motherEmily Rosalie MACKIE
December 20, 1904 (Age 35 years)
Publication: Daily newspaper centred in Sydney
Citation details: Saturday 18 February 1905, page 10
Death of a sisterFlorence L DOYLE
about 1934 (Age 65 years)
Citation details: DOYLE FLORENCE L 12625/1934 CYRUS EMILY ASHFIELD
Death of a sisterLydia Elizabeth “Bessie” DOYLE
before August 14, 1937 (Age 68 years)
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Saturday 14 August 1937, page 12
Death about 1950 (Age 81 years)
Citation details: GROGAN HILDA TORRENS 536/1950 EDMOND SIRUS EMILY SYDNEY
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: August 1, 1855Hunter Valley, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder brother
Clarence H DOYLE
Birth: about 1857 35 17Wee Waa, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1857Wee Waa, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder sister
brother
elder brother
2 years
elder brother
John DOYLE
Birth: about 1864 42 24Wee Waa, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1864Wee Waa, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder sister
Florence L DOYLE
Birth: about 1865 43 25Wee Waa, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1934Ashfield, , New South Wales, Australia
5 years
herself
Hilda Torrens DOYLE
Birth: about 1869 47 29Raymond Terrace, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1950Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
5 years
younger sister
Family with Henry GROGAN - View this family
husband
herself
Hilda Torrens DOYLE
Birth: about 1869 47 29Raymond Terrace, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1950Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Marriage: about 1889Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia

BirthD - Births Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: DOYLE HILDA T 17292/1869 CYRUS E EMILY R RAYMOND TERRACE
MarriageG - Marriages Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 236/1889 GROGAN HENRY DOYLE HILDA T SYDNEY
DeathG - Deaths Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: GROGAN HILDA TORRENS 536/1950 EDMOND SIRUS EMILY SYDNEY