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George Henry Firth Scott

Male abt 1862 - 1935  (~ 73 years)



  • Name George Henry Firth Scott  [1, 2, 3
    Birth abt 1862  Golspie, Sutherland Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    • son of George Firth Scott, Land Commissioner, and Emma Elizabeth Barnes [1]
    Occupation abt 1885 -  Journalist and Australian Novelist  [1, 2
    Marriage 20 Feb 1920  Mayfair Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 4
    Gladys Edith Tatham,   b. 30 Jun 1885, 5 St Mary's Rd, Oakhill, Reigate Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Aug 1977, Dartford Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence - 1935  Gunyah Poultry Farm, Smallfield, Horley Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Death 03 Jan 1935  Surrey S E Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3
    Probate 22 Feb 1935  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 7 3s. 7d.   [5
    • Scott George Henry Firth of Gunyah Poultry Farm Smallfield Horley Surrey died 3 January 1935 Probate London 22 February to Gladys Firth Scott widow. Effects 7 3s. 7d. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • George Henry Firth Scott, journalist and writer, generally known as G. Firth Scott, was the son of George Firth Scott, land Commissioner and Emma Elizabeth (nee Barnes). He was born about 1862 at Golspie, County Sutherland, Scotland.
      He came to Australia and worked as a journalist for newspapers, including the Hobart Mercury and the Sydney Daily Telegraph and also contributed stories to magazines including Belgravia.
      On 4 October, 1889 he married Ailleen Murphy at St. Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane. [...]
      Ailleen Scott gave birth to two children in Australia after which the Scotts went to Great Britain and settled there permanently, where Ailleen gave birth to four more children. Following Ailleen's death in 1919, in Surrey, England, George married Miss Gladys Tatham in London on 20 February 1920.
      George Firth Scott died on 3 January 1935 at Surrey, England. He was survived by his second wife, Gladys.
      Scott is best known for his novel The Last Lemurian: A Westralian Romance (1898), however he wrote many other novels and non-fiction works including the fiction titles, The Track of Midnight (1897), At Friendly Point (1898), Colonial Born: A Tale of the Queensland Bush (1900), The Twillford Mystery (1903), Possessed (1911), and The Rider of Waroona (1912). His non-fiction titles include The Romance of Australian Exploring (1899), From Franklin to Nansen: Tales of Arctic Adventure (1899), Britain's Austral Empire: Portraits of Statesmen (1901), The Romance of Polar Exploration (1906), Daring Deeds of Polar Explorers (1921), and The Reeling World (1931).
      The Last Lemurian has been described as a "lost race romance" and has been compared with other works by Australian novelists including Ernest Favenc's The Secret of the Australian Desert (1896) and John David Hennessey's An Australian Bush Track (1896). The Last Lemurian includes pygmies, a bunyip-monster, a phosphorescent Yellow Queen (who has lived for thousands of years) and reincarnation. In the novel, the remains of the fabled Lemuria were discovered somewhere in the Australian desert.
      [Choat, Colin, 'Scott, George Henry Firth (1862-1935)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, website, accessed 1 Nov 2011.]
    • First wife Ailleen Godson Jervois Murphy, marr Queensland 04 Oct 1889. Six children. [Australian birth index; Obituaries Australia]
    • There are at least nine "lost race" romances set in Australia and published between 1890 and 1908, perhaps the best known of which are George Firth Scott's The Last Lemurian (1898) ....
      In The Last Lemurian, written in 1898 by historian of Australian exploration and adventure-romance novelist George Firth Scott, the narrator Dick Halwood discovers the remains of legendary Lemuria out in the Australian desert, in a plot involving reincarnation, pygmies, a bunyip-monster, and an occult Yellow Queen.
      The term "Lemurian" is taken from George Firth Scott's novel The Last Lemurian of 1898. It refers to a spate of imperial gothic adventure novels published from the 1880s onward.
      Author also of:
      The Track of Midnight. London : Sampson Low, Marston, 1897.
      Colonial Born : a tale of the Queensland bush. London : Sampson, Low, Marston, 1900.
      The Rider of Waroona. London : John Long, 1912.
    Person ID I1319  Tatham | Morris branch | Spouse
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2012 

    Family Gladys Edith Tatham,   b. 30 Jun 1885, 5 St Mary's Rd, Oakhill, Reigate Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Aug 1977, Dartford Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Marriage 20 Feb 1920  Mayfair Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 4
    Last Modified 31 Oct 2011 
    Family ID F0320  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - abt 1862 - Golspie, Sutherland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 20 Feb 1920 - Mayfair Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 20 Feb 1920 - Mayfair Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 1935 - Gunyah Poultry Farm, Smallfield, Horley Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 03 Jan 1935 - Surrey S E Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 7 3s. 7d. - 22 Feb 1935 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S07] Other Sources, Obituaries Australia.

    2. [S04] Curtis.

    3. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Surrey S E, 1Q1935.
      age 73

    4. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg SGHS, 1Q1920.

    5. [S14] National Probate Calendar.