The Hannam Family

Douglas Philip Hannam

Birth: 15 May 1896, at Holland Road, Kensington, London, England
The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania) 18 May 1896 p1
    Births.
HANNAM.—On May 15, at her mother's residence, Holland-road, Kensington, London, the wife of Philip J. Hannam, of Hobart : a son.


Father: Philip James Hannam

Mother: Charlotte Backhouse (Hulke) Hannam

Married: Dorothy Lillian (Geary) Clive

Dorothy was born on 12 August 1895, in Brisbane, Queensland, the daughter of Harry Vincent Geary and Lillian Gertrude Buchanan. She was married firstly to Norman Blackdown Clive on 14 July 1921, in Brisbane. Dorothy died in 1974 in Queensland, Australia.
Addresses:
1958: Griffith district, Queensland, Australia   (Australia Electoral Rolls)
1963: McPherson district, Queensland, Australia   (Australia Electoral Rolls)
1968: Griffith district, Queensland, Australia   (Australia Electoral Rolls)
1972: Brisbane district, Queensland, Australia   (Australia Electoral Rolls)

Occupation: Douglas had an unsuccessful career as an army officer in the Wiltshire Regiment ending when he was cashiered by court martial in 1921. After emigrating to Australia, Douglas was an entrepreneur. He was proprietor of the Florida Cafe in Torquay, and involved in a scheme to establish a passenger service from Torquay to Fraser Island and the Barrier Reef on a launch Dorothy named for his wife.

Douglas was commissioned a temporary second lieutenant in the Infantry on 19 September 1914 (London Gazette 22 September 1914 p7482) but in February 1917, he is gazetted to take rank and precedence in the regiment and army as if his appointment as second lieutenant bore the date of 25 January 1917 (London Gazette 23 February 1917 p1883), which was likely the result of some disciplinary action, and relatively severe - loss of three years seniority. Nonetheless, Douglas was promoted to lieutenant on 25 July 1918 (London Gazette 6 September 1918 p10623) but on 20 October 1921 he was cashiered by sentence of a General Court-Martial (London Gazette 11 November 1921 p9008).

Maryborough Chronicle (Queensland) 3 August 1949 p5
    WAGES ARREARS
  The proprietor of the Florida Cafe, Torquay, was ordered by Mr. J. Ward, S.M., in the Court of Petty Sessions, yesterday to pay to his erstwhile cafe cook the sum of £52/19/4 arrears in wages. The defendant did not appear in court.
  In the absence of defendant, Douglas P. Hannam, Mr. J. T. McGuirk, industrial inspector who laid a complaint that defendant had failed to pay the rate of wages prescribed by the award for the week ended May 3, asked that the case be heard ex-parte.
  Mr. McGuirk said that on May 4, 1949, he told defendant that Desmond I. Godfrey had informed him that he had finished his employment with defendant and that he had received only £35/10/- in wages for the period of his employment. Defendant's wife stated witness, said: "Des will be allright. We will pay him his money as soon as Doug's money comes through from England."
  Asked when the money was expected, said witness, defendant's wife replied: "We are expecting it some time next month." When told that the time and wages book indicated that God- frey had been employed as a cook at £8 a week, but that a payment had apparently not been made to him since the week ended January 19, Mrs. Hannam replied: "Des has no need to worry. He knows he will get his money. He has really been managing the place while we were away in Brisbane.
  On May 5, said witness, he saw defendant and his wife in Maryborough. He told them that Godfrey had placed the matter of the wages owing to him in witness's hands. Mrs . Hannam asked for a few weeks, when they would "fix every thing up."
  On June 27 defendant paid £30 in to his office, said witness, as part payment of the arrears of wages and holiday pay owing to Godfrey. Defendant told him that he did not intend to defend the action.
  Desmond I. Godfrey, of Torquay gave evidence of his employment by the defendant as cafe cook from November to May 3. Mrs. Hannam had engaged him. He was to be paid £8 a week, but had received only £35/10/- up to Januarv 19, and £30 since through the industrial inspector's office.
  Mr. McGuirk said that he would not ask for more than the minimum penalty. The matter of time to pay was a matter for the employee concerned. Defendant was convicted and fined £1, and was ordered to pay 6/- costs of court, with £2 witness's expenses. He was also ordered to pay £52/19/4 arrears of wages.
 
On the subject of time to pay, applicant Godfrey said that he had no objection to a week's time. This was allowed.

Maryborough Chronicle (Queensland) 18 June 1949 p4
   DECISION RESERVED IN WAGES CLAIM
DECISION was reserved to a date to be fixed by Mr. J. Ward, S.M., in the Magistrate's Court yesterday in a claim which contained an alleged proposal to establish a passenger service with the launch Dorothy from Torquay to Fraser Island and the Barrier Reef.
  The hearing had been adjourned from May 31. A witness from Brisbane—a clerk in the employ of a firm of solicitors, whose evidence concerned a conference between the plaintiff and the defendant, was heard yesterday.
  The witness said that he could not recall the word "wages" having been used during the conference. The plaintiff, Alfred Henry Benjamin Fereday, claimed £152/7/2 as balance of £406/- 19/9 alleged to be due as wages and expenses due from and incurred on behalf of Douglas Phillip Hannam. The defendant Hannam counter-claimed for £200 for money alleged to be lent, rent collected and not paid over, and for other items alleged to be due from plaintiff in the original action.
  Mr. D. T. Noone appeared for plaintiff, and Mr. J. G. Comans appeared for the defendant.
  In the hearing on May 31 plaintiff said that he was approached by Mr. and Mrs Hannam to go to Brisbane to inspect a launch fit to carry passengers from Fraser Island to the Barrier Reef. He was to be paid £10 a week while in Brisbane. The launch was eventually bought and plaintiff said he was given permission to buy all gear and equipment. He also alleged a certain agreement in respect to the running of the launch.
  The plaintiff, recalled by Mr. Noone yesterday, said that he and defendant went to the Vacuum Oil Co. at Bulimba after the boat was purchased. Petrol, kerosene and Vacolite were purchased in witness' name. Hannam produced his cheque book, wrote a cheque for the amount and was given a receipt. The goods were delivered to Hawthorne, where the boat was moored.
    CHEQUE REJECTED
  About three days after, said the witness, he got a telephone call from the Vacuum Oil Co. to say that the cheque was rejected at the bank.
  Witness said he got in touch with Mr. Hannam by phone, and Mr. Hannam wired him £30. This he paid to the Vacuum Oil Co.
  Witness stated that at a conference in Morris, Fletcher and Cross' office in Brisbane, a document was drawn up which made him skipper of the Dorothy, with the right to hire and fire.
  Mrs. Dorothy Hannam, recalled, said that she had found a receipt for £30, which had been forwarded to Brisbane to pay the plaintiff's expenses while he was there.
  Mr. Comans, at this juncture, requested permission to amend the counter-claim by the addition of £30, making the total £254 15/9.
  Mrs. Hannam denied that a cheque made out in favour of thc Vacuum Oil Co. was "knocked back" because it could not be honoured. It was returned on account of the signature. The sum was later paid by another cheque, she claimed.
  Leslie G. Harrop, who said that he was a member of the crew of the Dorothy gave evidence that the terms under which he was engaged were a share for each member of the crew of five. Two shares were to go to Fereday and the owners.
  A fishing venture was not a success, said the witness
    LAW CLERK'S EVIDENCE
  Kenneth G. Wacker, a clerk in the employ of Morris Fletcher and Cross, solicitors, Brisbane, said that plaintiff came to the office twice. On the first occasion he was alone, and on the second he was accompanied by the defendant, Hannam.
  Fereday, said witness, asked him to draw up an agreement as he intended to engage a boat, and would be servicing lighthouses.
  When Mr. Hannam came with Mr. Fereday, said witness, Mr Hannam seemed undecided about remuneration and witness asked him to think it over, and to come back later with instructions.
  Witness could not recall if the word "wages" was mentioned during the discussion Mr. Hannam had very little to say, and Mr. Fereday did most of the talking, said witness.
  The solicitors briefly addressed, and decision was reserved.

Notes: Douglas travelled to Brisbane on the Ulysses, departing Glasgow, Scotland on 10 June 1922.

Death: 1974, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Census & Addresses:
1901: Ballards Lane, Finchley, Middlesex
1911: St Berkhamstead Urban, Hertfordshire: Douglas Philip Hannam is aged 14, born in Kensington London W
1925: Kennedy district, Queensland, Australia   (Australia Electoral Rolls)
1936: Kennedy district, Queensland, Australia   (Australia Electoral Rolls)
1937: Kennedy district, Queensland, Australia   (Australia Electoral Rolls)
1958: Griffith district, Queensland, Australia   (Australia Electoral Rolls)
1963: McPherson district, Queensland, Australia   (Australia Electoral Rolls)
1968: Griffith district, Queensland, Australia   (Australia Electoral Rolls)
1972: Brisbane district, Queensland, Australia   (Australia Electoral Rolls)


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Philip James Hannam

Philip James Hannam
Philip James Hannam
The description supplied with the photograph is that Phillip Hannam was born in England. Came to Queensland and worked with the Railways ca. 1870s to 1890s. Returned to England.
photo from John Oxley Library held in the State Library of Queensland
Philip James Hannam as a boy
Philip James Hannam as a boy circa 1860
The description supplied with the photograph is that Phillip Hannam (1854-1944) was born in Bircot, Oxon, in England. He was an employee of Queensland Railways between 1870 and 1890s.
photo from John Oxley Library held in the State Library of Queensland
Birth: 24 April 1854, in Burcot, Oxfordshire, England

Father: Henry Jessard Hannam

Education: Haileybury College
Haileybury register, 1862-1887 p61
Hannam, Philip James, b. April 24, 1843, son of H. J. Hannam, Esq., late of Burcote House, Oxon, and Northbourne Court, Kent.
   Colvin, 1868.3. R–1872.2 V.2 1 p. Farming in England till July, 1886, then to Queensland.
      M. April, 1886, Charlotte Backhouse, eldest d. of the late F. Hulke, Esq., M.D., of Deal, Kent.


Married: Charlotte Backhouse Hulke on 28 April 1886, in St Andrew, Deal, Kent, England
Philip James Hannam is recorded as a bachelor, aged 32, the son of Henry Jessard Hannam, esquire. He is living in Burcot, Dorchester and his occupation is listed as esquire. Charlotte Backhouse Hulke is recorded as a spinster, of Deal, aged 23, the daughter of Frederick Thomas Hulke, Bachelor of Medicine. The marriage was witnessed by Charlotte Hulke, E. B. Hulke, Frederick Backhouse Hulke and F. D. Hodgson.

Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette 8 May 1886
HANNAM—HULKE.—On the 28th April, at St. Andrew’s, Deal, Philip J, youngest son of the late H. J. Hannam, of Burcots House, Oxon, to Charlotte Backhouse, eldest daughter of the late Fred. Thos. Hulke, M.B. Lond., of Admiralty House, Deal.

Occupation: Philip was a farmer in England before moving to Queensland in 1886. Philip was in Tasmania by 1892, where he is recorded as a railway surveyor, and at his death he is listed as a retired chartered accountant.

Children: Death: 5 January 1944, in Watford district, Hertfordshire, England, aged 89

Census & Addresses:
1861: Burcot, Oxfordshire
1871: Haileybury School, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire
1892: Service Street, Glebe, Hobart, Tasmania   (The Mercury 9 February 1892 p1)
1901: Ballards Lane, Finchley, Middlesex
1911: Watford Urban, Hertfordshire: Philip James Hannam is aged 56, born in Biscote, Oxfordshire
1916: "Norborne", 37 Church Road, Watford, Hertfordshire   (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
1944: "Norborne", 37 Church Road, Watford, Hertfordshire   (London Gazette 31 March 1944 p1526)

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Philip Hannam

Birth: 16 April 1888, in Queensland

Father: Philip James Hannam

Mother: Charlotte Backhouse (Hulke) Hannam

Death: 17 January 1892, at Service Street, The Glebe, Hobart, Tasmania
The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania) 19 January 1892 p1
    Deaths.
HANNAM. On January 17, at Service-street, The Glebe, Philip, only son of Philip James and Charlotte Backhouse Hannam, aged 3 years and 9 months.


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Sydney Philip Hannam

Birth: 6 February 1892, at Service Street, The Glebe, Hobart, Tasmania
The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania) 9 February 1892 p1
    Births.
HANNAM.—On February 6, at Service-street, Glebe, the wife of Philip J. Hannam, railway surveyor: a son.


Father: Philip James Hannam

Mother: Charlotte Backhouse (Hulke) Hannam

Education: Berkhamsted School, then the engineering course at City and Guilds Technical College

Occupation: Engineer. Worked for Sir John Jackson, Limited, in Canada, briefly, before joining the Royal Field Artillery.

Cadet serjeant Sydney Philip Hannam, from the London University contingent, Officer Training Corps, was commissioned a second lieutenant (on probation) in the Royal Field Artillery on 18 June 1913 (London Gazette 17 June 1913 pp4308-9) and confirmed in that rank in April 1914 (London Gazette 14 April 1914 p3170). He was sent to France with a battery of the R.F.A., with which he took part in both battles of Neuve Chapelle. Sydney was awarded the Military Cross for his actions at Moulin Du Pietre:
London Gazette 29 October 1915 p10733
His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to confer the Military Cross on the undermentioned Officers, in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field:—  ...
Second Lieutenant Sidney Philip Hannam, Royal Field Artillery, Special Reserve.
  For conspicuous gallantry and ability on 25th September, 1915, near Moulin Du Pietre, when, acting as Forward Observing Officer with an infantry battalion, he kept up communication with his battery throughout the day under heavy fire, and sent back valuable information.

Sydney was promoted to lieutenant effective 9 June 1915 (London Gazette 26 October 1915 p10635) and appointed adjutant in the Special Reserve on 1 January 1916 (London Gazette 21 January 1916 p983). He was mentioned in despatches (The despatches of Lord French : Mons, the Marne, the Aisne, Flanders, Neuve Chapelle, the second battle of Ypres, Loos, Hohenzollern redoubt, and a complete list of the officers and men mentioned p455). Sydney died in action on 11 July 1916.

Death: 11 July 1916, in France, aged 24, in the Battle of Albert, part of the Battle of the Somme.
University of London Officers Training Corps, roll of war service, 1914-1919 p26
SYDNEY PHILIP HANNAM, M.C.
Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery City and Guilds College  son of Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Hannam of Watford killed in action by a shell while directing the keeping up of important communications at Thiepval on 11th-12th July 1916 buried at Authuille

The Building News and Engineering Journal 26 July 1916 p89
   Lieutenant Sydney P. Hannam, R.F.A., was killed on July 11 by a shell whilst trying to keep up telephonic communication with a post in a newly-captured position. Twenty-four years of age, he was educated at Berkhamsted School, and afterwards went through the engineering course at the City and Guilds Technical College. He was gazetted to the Special Reserve of Officers in 1913. In 1914 he went to Canada on the engineering staff of Sir John Jackson, Limited, but was recalled on the outbreak of war, and was sent to France with a battery of the R.F.A., with which he took part in both battles of Neuve Chapelle, gaining the Military Cross in the second action for conspicuous gallantry whilst acting as a forward observing officer.

Authuile Military Cemetery
Authuile Military cemetery in Authuille, Somme, Picardy, France, where Sydney is buried
Burial: Authuile Military Cemetery, Somme, Picardie, France, grave H. 8
Sydney's name is also commemorated at the Victoria Memorial Hospital in Deal.

Census:
1901: Ballards Lane, Finchley, Middlesex
1911: Watford Urban, Hertfordshire: Sydney Philip Hannam is aged 19, born in Hobart, Tasmania

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