Horace Bambrick (b1881)
- Youngest son of Robert Bambrick (b1827)
- Youngest brother of Robert Prince Bambrick and of (my paternal great grand-father)John Bambrick (born 1866)
When Horace Bambrick was born on February 19, 1881, in Orroroo, South Australia, his father, Robert, was 53 and his mother, Jane, was 40. He married Ivy Maud Herold on December 15, 1913, in Rockhampton, Queensland. They had 12 children in 26 years. He died on September 19, 1949, in Ogmore, Queensland, at the age of 68.
Horace Bambrick (1881-1949) - Find A Grave Memorial via Judy Schramm
Read about the time he saved his father's life here: Injury of Robert Bambrick (age 71) in Broken Hill, saved by son Mr H Bambrick
And here's a lengthy newspaper article from 1905, when Horace was ~24, and witness to a crime... (click to expand)
A FATHER'S VENGEANCE (click to expand)
A FATHER'S VENGEANCE. Shocking Story from White Cliffs Two cases revealing some strange fea- tures were heard before Mr Harcourt Holcombe, P.M. at the White Cliffs Police Court on Tuesday 19th instant. The facts leading up to the more seri- ous charge are, briefly: Early in the present month a mature aged man named John Henry Hall, an old resi- dent of the district, returned to the field after an absence of six months in Broken Hill. Prior to leaving White Cliffs, Hall had been working mates, opal digging, with Walter Smee and Horace Bambrick. On his return Hall took possession a of two-roomed house he owned at the foot of Turley's Hill, which he removed some 60 yards away from where it had been standing. This took place on the 6th instant, and on the 7th (next morning), between 6 and 7 o'clock, Walter Smee, who resides in the same vicinity, with his wife and family, went to the hut occupied by Hall and chopped it down with an axe. Hall gave information to the police, who arrested Smee on a charge of ma- liciously damaging Hall's property. Smee then swore an information against Hall, charging him with an in- decent assault on his daughter, a child aged 8 years and 10 months. Hall was arrested on this serious oharge, and re- manded for the magistrate's court. The first case heard was that against John H. Hall, of indecent assault, on a girl under the age of 14 years. Mr. C. J. Clarke, appeared for the prosecu- tion. Simon Fraser, senior constable of police, deposed: I had a conversation with accused, saying, "I intend to put several questions to you, which you need not answer if you do not wish ; " I said, "Did Smee accuse you of inter- fering with his daughter six months ago?" accused replied " Yes, he did;" I asked, "What did you say?" Hall said "You surely don't believe it? Smee said, 'It is only a school children's tale, I don't believe it; we will go on to work as before;'" I asked, "Did you go on to work again with Smee?" accused replied, "Yes;" I asked him if he had interfered with Smee's daughter, and he replied, "I did not;' I said, " Shortly after Smee accused you did you go to Broken Hill?" He said, "Yes;" I said "Why did you leave White Cliffs?" he said, " They humbug- ged me out on the open country, and I would not put up with it;" when ar- rested, accused said, " I am very glad he has done it; I wanted him to do it six months ago." Bertha Smee, when led to the table to be sworn, appeared nervous, and soon broke into sobs. She, however, gave her evidence with intelligence, and told a most revolting story - a story to shock anyone. She was assaulted, first, she said, in Hall's bedroom, in his house, around which she used to play. She was assaulted more than once. Hall gave her lollies and biscuits and money. Hall never told her not to say anything. She could not remember the dates of the assaults. Her father had not told her what to say. Walter Watkyn Smee, father of the child, deposed : I am a miner and reside at White Cliffs; I have known accused for seven or eight years; I was working mates with him before the assault hap- pened; Horace Bambrick was also mates with us; Hall lived close to my place on Turley's Hill ; from something was told in February last I went and saw accused ; previous to going I asked my daughter some questions; before I spoke to Hall I spoke to my daughter, And she told me something; when I got Hall in the kitchen I locked the door; I said, '"You ~~~ dog, what did you do that to my child for?" Hall said, "I did her no harm ; I said, " If you had gone further I would have shot you;' Hall said, "I did wrong, I know; but I did her no harm;" I said, " You can get five years for this, but it is better to keep it quiet and hush it up." The P.M. : Why did you make it known now? Witness: Because he came back and I cut his house down ; when i told him we would hush it up Hall said, "You have treated me very fair; I am glad I have got you to deal with; if this thing got about, people would not believe it if they saw us working together;" he also said he would go away ; I said, " If you do, people will think there is something in it;" I suggested we should continue working for a week, and then he could leave; next day Bambrick and I walked over to Hall's place; I said to Hall, " Bambrick knows all; I have told him everything;' Bambrick said to Hall, " You cow- ardly dog, you deserve hang- ing;" Hall said, "I have done no harm;" some strong words passed, and I made a hit at him, but Bambrick stopped me, saying,, " This is not the way to keep It quiet;." Hall came to my place after that; while I was dress- ing he said. "I am sorry for what I have done; you have treated me very fairly in this matter; if it had gone to court I could not Have got out of it, and sending mo to gaol would do no good ;' I said, "You and Bambrick can have the claim, I can't work with you;" Hall said, "I will go away;" I said, "No, if you do people will think there is some- thing wrong;" we all discussed it, and agreed to work on for a week till it blew over; Hall went to work on the open country; we agreed to pull mul- lock for him, and he was to pull for Samuelson; we arranged to meet and all walk home together for a few days; so far as people knew, we were still mates; Samuelson came to me and asked why Hall was not hauling for him, as agreed; I saw Hall after Sam- uelson spoke to me, and said to Hall, "Samuelson asked me why you are not hauling for him, and I did not know what to tell him; you are making things as bad as ever;" Hall was sit- ting down; I said, "Get up on your feet and I will fight you;" Bambrick got hold of me, saying it was better not to fight; Hall said ho would go away; two or three days after fhat he left for Broken Hill ; that was on February 25 or 26 last; I next saw him on Septem- ber 5; a fortnight ago he walked past where I was working; next day I saw him making preparations to shift his house; when I came home from work I saw he had shifted his house about 60 yards from where it stood; the house was on a frame; he moved it close to the track where my children go to school. To accused: The day I called you into the kitchen was February 13 or 14; I am sure it was later that Feb- ruary 6; I did not tell you I had ques- tioned Bertha closely, and that I was satisfied there was nothing wrong, and that I was sorry I had interfered; you were not the party I objected to work with on Block 9; I did say in discussing this affair I would got a mate for you I did not ever say I was sorry I accused you ; I said I was sorry you so forgot yourself as to do such a thing; I did not say it was a terrible thing to take a man's character away. Dr. E. De Marco stated that he had examined the child, but without any very definite result. Horace Bambrick said that about the middle of February he was working mates with Smee and Hall; he went with Smee to Hall's hut and heard Smee say, "Bambrick knows all about it"; witness said to Hall "You cow- ardly dog. you want hanging;" some strong language followed, and Smee said, "We must keep this thing quiet." The P.M. pointed out at this stage that there was a striking similarity be- tween the two statements made by Smee and Bambrick. To witness: "You are repeating word for word the evidence just given by Smee. This seems peculiar, when the affair happened nearly nine months ago." Continuing, witness said; Smee said, "You and Hall can work the claim. I can't work it any longer!" I said to Hall, " Jack, I had a friendship for you once, but we are friends no more; gold or silver won't repair the wrong you have done Smee; it is your place now to do what you can to save Smee from shame and the wrong you have done him;" Hall said, "I know I have done wrong." Accused, who reserved his defence, was committed to take his trial at the Wilcannia Quarter Sessions on Novem- ber 14, the charge against him be- ing altered to assault, with intent to carnally know. Bail was allowed (and forthcoming), accused in £100 and two sureties of £50 each. William W. Smee and Horace Bam- brick were then charged with malicious- ly damaging property, valued at £6 the property of J. Hall. They were defended by Mr. C. J. Clarke. Smee pleaded guilty and Bambrick not guilty. John H. Hall said: On the 7th in- stant I was living in a house at the foot of Turley's Hill, 18ft. x 8ft. 6in. : the house was composed of hessian and rag sides, and galvanised iron roof; the house was in good order before Smee came; after he had done with it it was a complete wreck; Smee and I built the house; it took us three days; there was 189ft. of studs at 4 1/2d. per foot; I bought it second-hand; I paid £4 10s. for it. The P.M. here reduced the charge, as the property destroyed was under £5. Smee was charged with malicious- ly damaging Hall's house, and Bam- brick was charged with aiding and abet- ting. The latter still pleaded not guilty. Hall (examined by Senior-constable Frazer) continued his evidence. He said : On the 6th instant Bambrick came to my place and said, "You have to shift further away; you can go to the other side of the town or out on the open country ;" I told him I would not shift, and that I was going to stop be- tween 6 and 7 o'olock next morning Smee came to my place and called out-, Smee returned in 10 minutes with Bam- brick ; I was 10 yards from my place on the way to the police station ; Smee had an axe; Bambrick was running; Smee had the axe and commenced to chop; Bambrick ran up to me; he said, "Oh! Well, you can go for the police, if you, like;" I said, "You go back and don't interfere with me;" Bambrick then went back where Smee was chopping. To the P.M.: Bambrick only stood looking on. To Mr. Clarke: Bambrick came to my place and called; he did not say, "Smee can't have you staying here after what you have done; your own commonsense ought to tell you that; he does not want you to leave the field, but to shift to the other end of the town or out on to the blocks; Bambrick said "If you don't go I have a good mind to tear your ~~ out ;" I did not say, " As we have been such friends people will talk;" when Bambrick was running up to me I pick- ed up a stone ; I thought from the pre- vious night he was going to assault me; I did not hear Smee say to Bambrick " You keep out of the way;" I am not sure what I paid Neilson for the place; the place is a complete wreck; the win- dow Is smashed, tho iron is bent, and the timber cut up. A. G. Lucas said he saw Bambrick on the morning of September 7; he and Smee were going in the direction of Hall's house between 6 and 7 o'clock; he saw Bambrick 10 yards from his place; he was going back to Hall's, where Smee was chopping; Bambrick stayed there for a while, and Smee went to his own place; witness's door was open all the time, and he heard the row from the street. Charles Boxall, builder, said he had inspected Hall's place ; the repairs would cost £3 7s. 9d.; there were 13 studs broken, one rafter, and one pane of glass; he was prepared to repair and erect the house for £3 7s. 9d. To Senior constable Frazer. He did not examine the chimney nor the win- dow sash. To Hall : He did not notice the ground plate broken. The P.M. said he was satisfied that, although Bambrick may have known what was going to happen, he took no part in the destruction of the house with Smee, and would dismiss the in- formation against him. Smee, however, was fined 20s. and ordered to pay £3 10s. compensation to Hall. "The Miner's" White Cliffs correspon- dent telegraphs that only the press was admitted to hear the evidence in the above cases.
Horace married Ivy Maud Herold and they had 12 children. A dozen. There are many descendants running around the place today.
Horace worked hard his whole life -- he died while working hard at age 68. Working hard is perhaps an understatement. Loading sleepers is extremely hard work at any age. Here is the newspaper story from when it happened in 1949... (he was definitely 68 not 65... that's the Bully for ya.)
Horace Bambrick, 65, a member
of No. 2 drainage gang, col
lapsed and died while loading
railway sleepers near Bowman
yesterday morning. The body
was brought to Rockhampton
where a post-mortem was car-
ried out. Bambrick resided
in Elphinstone Street, North