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Leopold Henry Gielis (abt. 1834 - 1897)

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Leopold Henry Gielis
Born about in Belgiummap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Launceston, Van Diemen's Land, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Thornborough, Queensland, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 10 Feb 2019
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Leopold Henry (also Henry Leopold) Gielis was born about 1833, or 1834 (based on his age as given on marriage), the son of Maria Irvine De Mulinare and Francois Henri Gielis. It is not known for sure where he was born, but the last name "Gielis" seems to have its origins in Belgium.

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Leopold Henry Gielis migrated from an unknown location to England.
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Although not himself born in England, several of his siblings were. Nine in all, three sisters and a brother all born before the family ended up in the Liverpool area; and the other five, three more sisters and two more brothers, all born Lancashire. It was presumably from that part of England that Leopold Henry emigrated to Australia, at some stage ending up in Van Diemen's Land. (A ship has yet to be found.)

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Leopold Henry Gielis migrated from England to New South Wales (Colony of).
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It is not known just how, or where, he met Bridget Corbett (one of several hundred young, single women brought from Ireland to bring a little more balance than had existed between males and females in Van Diemen's Land), but on the 1st February 1855, in St Joseph's, Launceston, Van Diemen's Land, by the Rites and Ceremonies of the Catholic Church, they were married by Thomas Batton (or Button).[1] They were both listed as "Free", and the marriage was by license. Leopold was married as "Henry", and his last name was rendered as "Giles".

The first of their nine children, Matilda Marie, was born in Launceston in 1856, followed a couple of years later by another daughter, Mary Jane, in 1858.
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Leopold Henry Gielis migrated from Tasmania to Victoria.
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Not long after Mary Jane was born the family moved to the mainland, to Victoria.

It was in Victoria where the next three of their children were born: Francis Henry in 1860, Richard Henry in 1861, and Edmond William in 1864.
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Leopold Henry Gielis migrated from Victoria to Queensland.
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Very shortly after Edmond was born, the family packed up and moved all the way north to Queensland, eventually ending up in the Thornborough area inland from Cairns, after a stop or two along the way.

It was in Queensland that the rest of the children (four more) were born, and young Edmond died in 1867:
Maria Eliza (1866)
Charles Achilles (1868)
Leopold (1870)
Josephine Pharilda (1873)

In 1883 Bridget died and was buried in the West End Cemetery, Townsville (son Achille is also buried there).

Leopold himself died on the 3rd September 1897, in Thornborough, Queensland, Australia, aged 63 years,[2] and was buried in the Thornborough Cemetery.[3] A number of the family are buried nearby.


  1. Tasmania Government BDM Marriage
  2. QLD BDM Death Registration details: 1897/C/4549
  3. Australian Cemeteries Index Burial ID# 6788752 Leopold Henry Gielis

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