Frederick Charles Gouldthorp
- Born: 6 Aug 1879, Phillip St, Waterloo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Marriage (1): Annie Eliza Anstiss on 20 Sep 1905 in Granville, New South Wales, Australia
- Marriage (2): Violet Elizabeth Scattergood on 13 Jan 1959 in The Registrar General's Office, Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
- Died: 5 May 1960, Lidcombe State Hospital, Lidcombe, , New South Wales, Australia at age 80
- Buried: 7 May 1960, Cremated, Northern Suburbs Crematorium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Cause of his death was Uraemia 2 days/ Hydro Nephrosis months / Enlarged Prostate Gland years.
Frederick was a Fireman attached to the Granville Fire Brigade. According to his Fire Service record he was a Fitter before joining the Fire Service. He commenced as a Second Class Coachman on 31 Jan 1913, becoming a First Class Coachman on 31 Jan 1915. He was also designated an "Engine Keeper". Engine Keeper is a standard position in the Brigade and they were paid an extra allowance to maintain the equipment. His daughter Winifred had fond memories of helping to groom the horses that were then used to pull the fire pumps. The family is believed to have lived at the Fire Station.
Frederick's career with the Metropolitan Fire Brigades and the NSW Fire Brigades came to an end when he refused a transfer to another station in June 1933. His Record states that his offence was "Wilful disobedience (refusing to transfer to No.5 Station)." An Appeal was heard and dismissed on 27 Jun 1933, and his record concludes with "Services dispensed with 16th June 1933". This must have been an extremely harsh blow coming, as it did, in the midst of the Great Depression.
The Sands Street Index for 1910 records that he was living on the northern side of Cowper St, Granville, apparently on the corner of Good St. According to the 1930 Electoral Roll, Frederick was living at 59 Cowper St, Granville. His Occupation was recorded as Fireman. Living here also were his wife Annie Eliza, Occupation home duties and daughter Doris May, Occupation, Cutter. He was still living here according to the 1933 Electoral Roll, and still a Fireman. But he was not living with his wife Annie who was living with her son, Frederick, in Station St, West Ryde.
By 1936, and again in 1937, he was living at 60 Cowper St and his wife, Annie, was still living with their son Frederick in West Ryde, although now at a different address in Station St. He was still recorded as a Fireman, although he was dismissed in 1933 for refusing a transfer. 60 Cowper Street was the home of Lillian Lauret who had been living there since at least 1930 according to the Electoral Rolls. She was a widower with two sons, whose husband had died suddenly in Paris in 1927.
In 1943 he was still living at 60 Cowper Street, as was Lillian, and he was still recorded as a Fireman. In 1943 his wife, Annie was living with their daughter, Doris, at 16 Station St, West Ryde (son, Frederick was now married and living with his wife at 57 Bennett St, West Ryde)
By 1954 things had changed. Frederick was now a Labourer, living at 24 Hermitage Road, West Ryde.
He was not living with his wife Annie in 1933, so it appears that some event precipitated the split by that time. This may well have been his dismissal from the Fire Brigade in 1933, but this on it's own would seem unlikely. Other factors must have come into play. Certainly, in October and November of 1930 Frederick was appealing an Apprehended Violence Order in court, and he and Annie were going through divorce proceedings (which had been in train since at least June of 1930). However, a Divorce Court report in the Sydney Morning Herald on 29th October 1930 reported that they had "composed their differences" and the petition - a decree by Frederick seeking the "restitution of conjugal rights" - was struck out. Clearly it had not been a happy marriage.
One of Frederick's daughters had recalled an episode where Frederick was waving a pistol around the house and threatening his wife, Annie, who hid behind a fire screen. The daughter was just a young child at the time. This may have been the event that resulted in the Apprehended Violence Order and the instigation of divorce proceedings. She also recalled that Frederick was a Driving Instructor and had said that the "problems" started after he began teaching women how to drive! He probably took up this occupation sometime after leaving the Fire Brigade in 1933.
Family rumour had it that Frederick went to prison for shooting a woman. Frederick did indeed shoot a woman in Granville on Friday 7th February 1947. The victim was Lillian Lauret, aged 45, with whom he had been living since at least 1936, despite being still married to Annie. She was shot in the chest, but, fortunately, escaped serious injury. Mrs Lauret was reported to be a widow living with one of her two sons. This would have been Eugene William Lauret who was recorded as living at 60 Cowper Street in the 1949 Electoral Roll, as was Lillian (Eugene died in 2009). According to newspaper reports a quarrel preceded the shooting, there was a scream and then two shots. Mrs Lauret ran out her back door clutching her side and said that a man had shot her and run away.
The Sydney Morning Herald enthusiastically reported that Sergeant "Scotty" Denholm and the Police Dog "Souri", who had been specially brought in from far away Penrith, tracked Frederick's escape along a laneway off Cowper Street which led to the Granville train station, where they lost the scent. The ensuing manhunt involved more than 40 Police who combed the area, wading through mangrove swamps and dense bushland looking for him. By the Tuesday morning the Police had concluded that Frederick was dead.
However, on the Wednesday, accompanied by his Solicitor, Frederick handed himself in at the Burwood Police Station. It was reported that "dishevelled and with his clothing torn and covered in mud he staggered to the home of his son-in-law at Ryde". There, relatives borrowed a suit for him and persuaded him to to give himself up to the Police. He had apparently not eaten for four days and "was so haggard that he only slightly resembled the description police had circulated of him." He claimed that the Police had come within a few yards of finding him in the swamp two days earlier.
Later, Frederick was charged at the Burwood Court facing a charge of having shot Mrs Louret with intent to murder her, and with being in possession of an unlicensed pistol. He was remanded without bail until February 21 and taken to Long Bay Gaol. The incident was reported as far afield as Canberra in the Canberra Times. The latter also reported that his occupation was a motor driver.
On the 24 April 1947 the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Frederick had appeared in the Central Criminal Court before Mr Justice Owen charged with wounding with intent to murder, and malicious wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm. Frederick pleaded not guilty, but was found guilty of malicious wounding, but not wounding with intent to murder. His conviction came with a recommendation for mercy. He was sentenced to 18 months gaol, but if his conduct in gaol was good the Judge told him that an application for early release would be considered after six months. I have not yet determined exactly when he was released from Prison. Following his release from Prison, Frederick was taken in by one of his daughters, but was largely estranged from the rest of his family.
Frederick's Police record correctly records his birth date as 6th August 1879 and his birthplace as Redfern. His height was recorded as 5 feet, 8 1/2 inches, weight 172 lbs, and he had brown hair and blue eyes. His occupation was listed as Motor Driver and his religion as Presbyterian. He had a scar on the back of his left hand. The "Criminal History" section records that he had been convicted in Parramatta for having an unlicensed pistol on the 18th June 1946 and fined £3 or 6 days Hard labour, and his conviction for Maliciously Wounding in the Central Criminal Court on 23rd April 1947 and his sentence of 18 months Hard Labour. The record does not record what date he was actually released from Prison.
Frederick married Violet Scattergood in January 1959, just less than 18 months before he died. A correspondent on Violet's side of the family has said that Frederick had misled Violet about his age and that he was much older than she was led to believe. This would seem to be supported by the fact that his age on his marriage certificate is "68 years" a full 10 years less than it really was! Violet was aged 53 years (about the same age as Fredericks eldest daughter, Doris) and a Spinster. They appear to have been already living together as they had the same address when they married.
Noted events in his life were:
• He worked as a Fire Station Keeper at the time of his marriage on 20 Sep 1905 in Granville, New South Wales, Australia.
• He worked as a Fireman (NSWFB) at the time of daughter Winifred's marriage on 30 Mar 1929 in Granville, New South Wales, Australia.
• He worked as a Fireman in 1936.
• He worked as a Retired Fire Brigade Employee at the time of his second marriage on 13 Jan 1959 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
• He worked as a Fireman according to his death certificate.
• He resided at the time of his marriage on 20 Sep 1905 in Cowper St, Granville, New South Wales, Australia.
• He resided at the time of his mother-in-law's death on 30 Jun 1920 in Cowper St (prob #59), Granville, , New South Wales, Australia.
• He resided at the time of his mother's death on 6 Jul 1927 in 59 Cowper St, Granville, , New South Wales, Australia.
• He had a residence in 1930 in 59 Cowper St, Granville, , New South Wales, Australia.
• He had a residence in 1936 in 60 Cowper St, Granville, New South Wales, Australia.
• He resided at the time of his second marriage on 13 Jan 1959 in 5 Fonti St, Eastwood, , New South Wales, Australia.
• He resided at the time of his death on 5 May 1960 in 5 Fonti St, Eastwood, , New South Wales, Australia.
Frederick married Annie Eliza Anstiss, daughter of William John Anstiss ** and Emily Morisset McGeorge **, on 20 Sep 1905 in Granville, New South Wales, Australia. (Annie Eliza Anstiss was born on 23 Jul 1884 in Granville, New South Wales, Australia, died on 25 Oct 1948 in 28 Church Street, Ryde, , New South Wales, Australia and was buried in ?? Suburbs Crematorium.). The cause of her death was Cerebral ??, Hypertension, Angina Pectoris.
Witnesses at the wedding were Frederick's father George and Amy Gertrude Hill, Annie's sister.
Frederick next married Violet Elizabeth Scattergood, daughter of Albert Scattergood and Elizabeth Jane Bruce, on 20 Sep 1905 in Granville, New South Wales, Australia. (Violet Elizabeth Scattergood was born in 1905 in Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia and died in 1966 in Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia.). The cause of her death was Drowned.
Witnesses at the wedding were Frederick's father George and Amy Gertrude Hill, Annie's sister.