Henry Edmund Wheeler 1845-1918

Henry Wheeler
Rose Morton

Henry Edmund Wheeler  was born in Sydney on 24th July. His father was working as a stonemason in the County of Cumberland at the time of his birth2. Henry had a twin named Jane who died at six weeks. Henry came to Dubbo in 1860. He worked as a carrier, dairyman, well sinker and builder. In the journal "Western Connections' (No 50, page 5 published by the Dubbo & District Family History Society Inc.) is a reference to Henry Edmund Wheeler having been granted the property 'Nashleigh' on 1st December 1874. In journal No. 4 on page 14, H E Wheeler is listed as a carrier in Dubbo for 1879. He is summoned to Court in a newspaper article in February 1900 as an expert in windmill erection during a dispute over labour.

Henry married Rosanna Morton in Dubbo on 31 May 1869. They had seven children.

On 7th September 1918 Henry died from diabetes at his residence Fitzroy Creek, South Dubbo "esteemed and respected". He was aged 73.

Henry and Rose’s eldest son, Harry, married Susan Lawson in 1897. Sadly the couple lost both their eldest babies through tragedy, their eldest son choking to death at the age of 14 months and their newborn daughter dying a week later through their mothers stress. Harry and Susan went on to have a further fifteen children together, ten surviving infancy.


Henry Edmond Wheeler 1918
Another of the grand old men of Dubbo and district, in the person of Henry Edmund Wheeler, went over to the Great Majority on Sunday morning. Deceased, who had been a resident of Dubbo for over 59 years, had attained the ripe old age of 73. The late Mr. Wheeler was born in Sydney in the early forties, and came to Dubbo when about 14 years of age with his late mother and step-father, Mr and Mrs A. Margieson, his father having died at Molong. Mr Joseph Wheeler, of Bultje Street, is a full brother of deceased, and the brothers have been intimately associated with the growth and development of Dubbo and its district. Deceased was never a man who loomed large in the public eye, but his was the life which assisted in the founding and maintaining of this great centre. His mother predeceased him some years ago, and was buried in Church of England portion of local cemetery, and here it was that the remains of her beloved son were laid to rest. His was a great and useful career, and he was among the sturdy young men of long ago, who did so much in their lives to make the Dubbo of today. A thorough citizen and an honest, straightforward man, he was esteemed and respected by all with whom he came in contact. The family of Wheeler is amongst the best known in this State. The death occurred at his residence, Fitzroy-street, Newtown. Deceased leaves a sorrowing widow, four sons and three daughters to mourn the loss of a faithful husband and loving parent. The sons are Alderman George A. Wheeler (Mayor of Dubbo) and Mssrs. Henry, Arthur and Alfred, all residents of Dubbo. The daughters are Mesdames Joseph Murray and Bremner (New Zealand) and Hinch (Dubbo). These have the sympathy of a very large circle of friends and acquaintances. The remains were laid to rest in the Church of England portion of the general cemetery on Monday morning, and showing the respect in which deceased was held the funeral cortege was one of the largest seen in Dubbo for some time. Rev. C. W. Leavers (Rector) officiated at the graveside, and paid a graceful tribute to the memory of a good man.
The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr J. R. Tighe.

Rose Wheeler 1933
Another pioneer of Dubbo, Rose Wheeler, died at her home in Fitzroy Street on Sunday aged 85 ½ years. The deceased, who had been in ill-health for about six months, was the widow of the late Harry Wheeler, who pre-deceased her about ten years ago. The Wheeler family is one of the oldest in the district, the late Harry and Joe Wheeler being among the earliest to settle in this part of the West. The late Rose Wheeler was married in Dubbo, and lived practically the whole of her life in the town of her adoption. Her home in Fitzroy Street, where she resided, was well-known to the hungry and destitute, for unselfish charity and unstinted hospitality were her marked characteristics. An unassuming woman, she lived her life quietly, making many lifelong friends as the years passed by. She lived in Dubbo about 70 years at the time of her death.

Mourning the loss of a loving mother are four sons, Harry, George, Arthur, Alfred (Dubbo), and two daughters, Mrs J Murray (Sydney), Mrs Bremner (NZ). To them deep sympathy is extended. A large and representative crowd attended the funeral, which took place to the Church of England portion of the cemetery yesterday afternoon, when Rev C W Leavers conducted the last rites.

Obituary arrangements were carried out by W Larcombe & Son.