A note from Vera Lowe in 1910 prompted some discussion in 2010 on the name
After finding the note in the archives, I received the following note from
Don HOWELL. I am forwarding to the list with his permission. (Thank you,
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Subject: George Baillieu
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:00:07 +1000
From: Don Howell <howell.donald(a)ozemail.com.au>
I came across a message string in Rootsweb about Frederick George Baillieu.
I have been researching my wife’s family (Rooney) and and one of her
relatives (Eileen Mary Rooney) married Frederick George Baillieu. They were
married in Maryborough Queensland Australia on 5/11/1917. They had 3
children Redmond Joseph Baillieu born 1919 in NSW Australia (the Redmond
comes from Eileen's stepfather William Archer Redmond –related to the
Redmonds of the Irish parliament) George Baillieu born 1/8/1920 in
Milwaukee Wisconsin USA and Dawn born about 1923 where?
As a bit of background the Baillieu families were and still are very
influential families in Australia and were very powerful during the late
1800s and early 1900s. They were heavily involved in the mining industry
especially the Broken Hill Mines which were at that time the richest silver,
lead and zinc mines in the world. Frederick George was related to these
families. He was born in Wales. He made a name for himself in Australia as
a very successful boxing promoter.
Below is his obituary from the New South Wales (NSW) paper.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)
Monday 9 August 1926
MR. GEORGE BAILLIEU.
Mr. George Baillieu, well-known throughout Australia as a boxing promoter
and sportsman, died in a private hospital at Randwick early yesterday
morning. Although his health had been falling for some time Mr. Baillieu,
who was 60 years of age, seconded in the principle bout at the Stadium on
Saturday night one of his men, Joe Gonsalves. Immediately after he left the
Stadium he collapsed. Friends took him to his home, whence Dr. Solomon had
him conveyed to hospital. He did not regain consciousness.
In his youth Mr. Baillieu, who was a member of the Baillieu family of
Melbourne, and like them came from Wales, achieved considerable fame as an
amateur sportsman. He was associated in boxing at the National Sporting
Club, London, and professionally handled Jim Driscoll, Jimmy Wilde, and Llew
champion lightweight. He made several trips from Australia to America and
the Philippines in search of boxers for the Stadium.
He married a stepdaughter of Mr. W. A. Redmond, of the "Daily Telegraph."
She survives him with a family of three children, the eldest of which is not
The funeral will leave the Church of the Holy Cross, Bondi, Bondi Junction,
at 10.30 . o'clock this morning.
George Baillieu jnr. (born 1920) was killed in action in WWII in Malaya.
As you no doubt can guess with my surname I have Welsh connections. My
grandfather came from Loughor, Glamorganshire.
Hope this is of some help.