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Joseph Hugill's Monument,
St Lawrence, Darlaston.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.



Joseph Hugill's Children - Henry Walker Hugill

Joseph Hugill D.D. was the Rector of St Lawrence, Darlaston from 1840 to 1842.

Mary Steatham was baptised at St. Lawrence, Darlaston, Staffs, on Sunday the 14th February 1841, by the Rector Joseph Hugill D.D.

Mary Statham/Steatham (1840-), was the mother of Charles Steatham, the founder of this unique branch of the Steatham Family tree.

I have been contacted by Leanne Emmett who is a 3rd Great Grand Daughter of Joseph Hugill.

What follows is a fascinating glimpse into the life of his son Henry Walker.

I am grateful to Leanne for the information she has provided on Joseph Hugill, this has enabled me to create this page.

Note - I have recently undertaken a Steatham Visit to Grantham to research the churches that Joseph Hugill was Curate at before he came to St Lawrence, Darlaston.

I would read this page first and then Click here to read about the visit.

The visit unearthed lots more information about Joseph Hugill, some of it has been reproduced here but not all of it, so to see the whole story of Joseph Hugill the visit page must be read in conjunction with this one.



Henry Walker Hugill (1839-1909).


Detailed Research

Photo of Henry Walker Hugill's baptism

Henry Walker Hugill's baptism.


Their next child.

Henry Walker Hugill, was baptised 17th March 1839, at Rotherham.

Photo of Henry Walker Hugill's marriage

Henry Walker Hugill's marriage.


Henry Walker Hugill, went to Tasmania, and married Susan Elizabeth Grove, of Sunnybanks, Middleton, in 1877.
A brief summary of his clerical career is as follows;-

Henry Walker Hugill was ordained at St David's Cathedral, Hobart, in 1878, where he officiated until 1881. He went from there to St Luke's, Richmond, where he was rector for 16 years, leaving in 1897.


Newspaper reports reveal the following:-

The first we find of Henry Walker Hugill is that on the 21st the Right Rev. Bishop Bromby ordained the Rev. E. Thompson priest and Mr. Hugill was admitted to deacon's orders, so The Mercury - Hobart - Tuesday the 1st October 1878, page 1, reported.

Early in the following year we see that The Mercury - Hobart - Wednesday the 22nd January 1879 Page 2, reported that Henry Walker Hugill had been appointed assistant curate in the Huon District.



Henry Walker Hugill's newspaper report.


This is a report in The Mercury - Hobart - Saturday the 7th March 1979, page 3, of the welcome of meeting of Henry and his fellow vicar, Rev. E.H. Thompson, arriving to take up their positions at churches in the Huon district.

This report is long, but I have included it as there is a tremendous amount of detail about Henry.



The Bishop of Tasmania admitted the Rev. H.W. Hugill to Priest's orders, at St David's Cathedral, on Saturday the September 20th, 1879, being within the Ember season.


Mr. Hugill was ordained Deacon last year, and after working for some time in St David's parish, was appointed to the Assistant Curacy of the United Huon Parish. so The Mercury - Hobart - Wednesday the 1st October 1879, reported.

A tea meeting and concert were also held at Host Dance's assembly Room, the proceeds to go Rev. W [sic].W. Hugill, the Church of England minister, on his leaving the district [see next article below]. About 90 people sat down to tea, and, as usual, the good things provided were given by some of the ladies of the district. There were about 100 present at the concert, so The Mercury - Hobart - Wednesday the 20th October 1881, page 3, reported.

Mr. Hugill was ordained Deacon last year, and after working for some time in St David's parish, was appointed to the Assistant Curacy of the United Huon Parish. so The Mercury - Hobart - Wednesday the 1st October 1879, reported.

On the 13th March 1884, St James' church, Colebrook, was opened by the Bishop Sandford, assisted by the Rev. H.W. Hugill and the Rev. S.B. Fookes, Henry Walker Hugill performing the first service there.

The first couple married at St James' [then known as Jerusalem] church, Colebrook, on, 24th April 1884, was by the Rev. Henry Walker Hugill.

Henry Walker Hugill remained rector there until 20th February 1898.

On the 13th March 1878?, Henry Walker Hugill, resigned from the "Board of Education".

On 29th November 1894, St George's church, Campania, was consecrated by the Bishop Montgomery, assisted by the Rev. Henry Walker Hugill, then rector of Richmond Parish.

It is recorded that Colebrook, originally named 'Jerusalem', developed around a substantial convict probation station in the 1840s.

To view the church in GoogleEarth, open GoogleEarth and click the following link:-

GoogleEarth - St James' Church, Colebrook, Tasmania.


Susan Hugill's newspaper report.

Henry Walker Hugill's wife, Susan Hugill (nee Groves), was also in the newspapers, and there are numerous reports of Susan, say presenting end of year prizes to school children, attending charity functions, and helping raise funds for the Red Cross and so on.

Here are a few noteworthy newspaper reports:-


Mrs. Susan Hugill passed the St John Ambulance Association, examinations, in first aid to the Injured, so The Mercury - Hobart - Monday the 2nd October 1915, page 3, reported.


A meeting of the executive committee of the Victoria League was held in the Town Hall yesterday. A vote of sympathy was passed with Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Hugill in the loss of their nephew, Lieut. Grove, killed in action in France, so The Mercury - Hobart - Tuesday the 7th November 1916, page 3, reported.


Susan Hugill was a Godmother to a Barbara Mary Baxter, who was christened at St John's rectory, Hobart. Susan gave Barbara a gift of a Gold-mounted Ivory prayer book, which she carried when was she married in Sydney on Wednesday the 11th October 1939.


Henry Walker Hugill's newspaper report.


In The Mercury - Hobart - Tuesday the 13th March 1934, page 10, here is an interesting report of the church of St James, it is long, but again quite worth reading.


Photo of Henry Walker Hugill,
that still hangs in St James Church.


At the end of the previous article it says "A framed photograph of the late Rev. Hugill, who died on September 9, 1909, is displayed on the wall of the church".

Those words were printed in the "The Mercury - Hobart - Tuesday the 13th March 1934, page 10".

The photo is still there, and this copy was kindly sent to us by Gail Hughes-Gage, at the Colebrook progress Association.

There is an inscription at the bottom of the photograph that says,

1881 - 1898,
Rev. Henry W Hugill
Died Sept. 9th 1909
Rector of Richmond
Also Rural Drau [Dean]


Photo of Henry Walker Hugill,
that still hangs in St James Church.


This a further photograph of Henry Walker Hugill.

This further copy was kindly sent to us by Gail Hughes-Gage, at the Colebrook progress Association.


Henry Walker Hugill's newspaper report.


We can next see Henry assisting at the wedding of his Brother-in-law, so The Mercury - Hobart - Monday the 16th October 1878, page 1, reported.
Photo of Henry Walker Hugill's newspaper report
Henry Walker Hugill's newspaper report.


In The Mercury - Hobart - Tuesday the 13th March 1894, page 3, here is an interesting report of the annual Harvest Thanksgiving held at St Luke's, involving Henry, as the incumbent.

It is quite long, but due to the vivid detail, is well worth reading.


Click this link to see the original newspaper records

Australian Newspapers


Photo of Henry Walker Hugill's Death notice - Newspaper
Henry Walker Hugill's Death notice - Newspaper.


Henry Walker Hugill, as the newspaper report states was found dead on the 21st September 1909.

Henry's death certificate, says he died "On or about 9th September at Rupertswood, Mount Druitt, his occupation was stated as a retired clergyman.

Verdict of an inquest held at St Mary’s on 20th September 1909, is that cause of death was Heart failure resulting from exhaustion of an enfeebled body, A .Judges - the coroner, Penrith.

His father was stated as Joseph Hugill, Doctor of Divinity, mother - unknown.

Other information gleamed - is that he was buried on 2? September 1901, at Rookwell cemetery, and the undertaker was Harold A.C. Rowsell & G. Tidy.

Interestingly it is stated he was married in Tasmania, at 38 years of age, to a Susan Elizabeth Grove. We also find they had no issue.



To view the church in GoogleEarth, open GoogleEarth and click the following link:-

GoogleEarth - Rookwell cemetery, New South Wales.



Research has uncovered numerous newspaper reports on his disappearance and the subsequent discovery of his body.

Please follow this link to read the reports

Henry Walker Hugill's disappearance.


Click this link to see the original newspaper records

Australian Newspapers


Photo of Henry Walker Hugill's Funeral Service - Newspaper
Henry Walker Hugill's Funeral Service - Newspaper.


Henry Walker Hugill's, funeral, he was buried at Rookwood, Sydney, as reported in The Sydney Morning Herald, 28th September, 1909, page 5.

Rookwood Cemetery has been operating since 1867, and is one of the largest cemeteries in the Southern Hemisphere, with close to a million burials since the cemetery’s establishment.
Photo of Henry Walker Hugill's Thanks Notice - Newspaper
Henry Walker Hugill's Thanks Notice - Newspaper.


Henry Walker Hugill's, wife Susan gave thanks, as reported in The Sydney Morning Herald, 28th September, 1909, page 14.
Photo of Susan Elizabeth Hugill's Death Funeral - Newspaper
Susan Elizabeth Hugill's Death Funeral - Newspaper.


Henry Walker Hugill's, wife Susan died on Friday the 29th October 1920, at St John's rectory, Upper Goulburn street, and was buried the next day at the Cornelian cemetery, Hobart, as reported in The Mercury - Hobart - Saturday 30th October 1920, page 1.

Burial records indicate that Susan Elizabeth Hugill, aged 77, is buried in Section BB, plot number 24, on the Church of England area of the Cornelian cemetery, Hobart.

To view the church in GoogleEarth, open GoogleEarth and click the following link:-

GoogleEarth - Cornelian cemetery, Hobart, Tasmania.


Photo of St. James church in the snow, 25th July 1986
St. James church in the snow, 25th July 1986.


As Susan and Henry had no children, their story ends here.

Reflecting on their lives it is easy to focus solely on the circumstances of Henry's demise, and the many years that Susan lived alone after him.

But when one reads the vivid newspapers reports about Henry and his wife's times performing their good works, it clear to see that their lives were well spent, and fulfilling.

Here we have a photo of St. James church in the snow, 25th July 1986, kindled sent to us by Gail Hughes-Gage, at the Colebrook progress Association.
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