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John Robins Rundle and Elisha Rundle

 

“Five bodies were interred in the family plot. Only four names ever appeared on the headstone.”

From the book: Deaths at Josephine’s Gasworks Hotel (see below).

 

John Robins Rundle, was a butcher and one of the founders of the Bowden Bible Christian (Methodist) Church with, among others, Samuel Coombe and P.P. Dungey. John Robins Rundle migrated to Adelaide on 6 Feb 1840 on the Java.

 

The intriguing gap in the family story was what happened to young son, Elisha Rundle. Adelaide may have thought ill of him, but you can discover the full story in the book: Deaths at Josephine’s Gasworks Hotel (see below).

 

Can You Help?

My book features Elisha Rundle and in particular, his wife Josephine. I am seeking any information that may be in family papers on Elisha, particularly any letters or photographs. If suitable material can be found, I hope to use it in a future edition of my book. Elisha was known to be close to his siblings John Rundle, Alfred Rundle and Alice Coombe. Descendants of these siblings in particular may have helpful family sources.

 

DEATHS. RUNDLE.- On the 8th June, at Adelaide, Elisha, dearly loved brother of Alice Coombe and the late Alfred Rundle, aged 76 years. Chronicle (Adelaide, SA) Saturday 16 June 1928.

 

Deaths at Josephine’s Gasworks Hotel

A Victorian Investigation

 

Immerse yourself in Victorian intrigue and the world of publican Josephine. A story never before told. A suspicious death, a coroner’s inquest, a Supreme Court verdict of fraud and a family cut out of a last minute will. Did Josephine kill him and another three men? Climb aboard the investigative journey. Includes a readers’ guide for book groups.

 

The author brings together, for the first time, the case that Josephine may have murdered four men at her Victorian era Gasworks Hotel – two of them husbands.

 

This is a story highly evocative of the times – the language; the social norms. It is mostly a story about ordinary people, although some of the characters rose to great heights in South Australia as premier, police commissioner and city coroner. The conclusion, however, is anything but ordinary.

 

This is the true story of Josephine. From 1863 to 1874 she was the publican at the Gasworks Hotel in Brompton, an inner suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. Was she also a serial killer?

 

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John Robins Rundle’s Paternal Ancestry

 

John Robins Rundle, born 24 Jul 1816, Lostwithiel CON, son of:

   William Rundle (butcher) and Mary Robinson, m. 16 Apr 1815, Lostwithiel CON

   William Rundle, b. 19 Jul 1789 Lostwithiel CON, son of:

     William Rundle and Elizabeth ???, m. ?.

 

Descendants Chart

 

Below is a partial chart of descendants for this family for three generations.  The following abbreviations are used: ? = uncertain, NI = no issue, ... indicates known descendants, CON = Cornwall.  All locations are in Adelaide, South Australia, unless otherwise noted.

 

John Robins RUNDLE, b. 24 Jul 1816 at Lostwithiel, CON, d. 10 Oct 1875

+ Mary MARTIN, m. 31 Mar 1841, d. 29 Nov 1890

├── William Thomas RUNDLE, b.c. 1842 SA, d. 17 Feb 1883

   + Wilhelmine DOHSE, m. 15 Sep 1875

   ├── Mildred Louisa RUNDLE, b. 1878, m. John LAST 1902, d. 1968

   └── Arthur William RUNDLE, b. 1881, m.1. Florence Maria May LINQUEST 1911 (d. 1916), m.2. Alison Sylvia WILLIAMS 1919, d. 1970

├── John RUNDLE, b. 16 Mar 1844, d. 15 Jul 1903

   + Mary STREET, m. 22 Feb 1864, d. 2 Dec 1921 Sydney, NSW

   ├── William Thomas RUNDLE, b. 10 Nov 1864, d. 1959

   ├── Annie Holms RUNDLE, b. 1867

   ├── John Henery RUNDLE, b. 1869

   ├── Annie RUNDLE, b. 1871

   ├── Mary Ellen Florence Edith RUNDLE, b. 1874

   ├── Walter George Robins RUNDLE, b. 1876

   ├── Alfred Ernest RUNDLE, b. 1878, d. 25 Apr 1919

   ├── Emma RUNDLE, b. 1880

   ├── Fredrick Charles RUNDLE, b. 1882, d. 22 Jan 1884

   └── Alice Ada RUNDLE, b. 18 Feb 1885

├── Alfred RUNDLE, b. 4 Jul 1846, d. 23 Oct 1846

├── Henry RUNDLE, b. 14 Feb 1848, d. 7 Dec 1882

   + Mary Rose SHILLABEER, m. 31 Mar 1872

   ├── William Henry RUNDLE, b. 9 Oct 1874

   ├── Henry RUNDLE, b. 29 Aug 1876, d. 29 Aug 1876

   ├── Florence Edith Maud Shillabeer RUNDLE, b. 30 Aug 1878

   └── Mary Olive Myrtle RUNDLE, b. 23 Mar 1883

├── Nathaniel RUNDLE, b. 14 Jun 1850, d. 21 Jan 1851

├── Elisha RUNDLE, b. 15 Feb 1852, d. 8 Jun 1928

   + Bridget Mary Josephine GUILFOYLE, b. circa 1838, m. 13 Dec 1871, d. 10 Sep 1919 Bunbury, WA

   ├── Lily Edith Guilfoyle RUNDLE, b. 17 Nov 1872, d. 23 Dec 1949 Bunbury, WA

   └── Florence Beatrice RUNDLE, b. 14 Jul 1876, d. 1 Jul 1951 Perth, WA

├── Mary Grace RUNDLE, b. 7 Aug 1854, d. 30 Aug 1918 Dublin, SA

   + Joseph FROST, m. 14 Nov 1878

├── Alice RUNDLE, b. 22 Nov 1856, d. 24 Oct 1936

   + William Charles COOMBE, b. 10 Dec 1857, m. 26 Jun 1879, d. 22 Jul 1935

   ├── Percy Howard COOMBE, b. 7 Jan 1880, d. 23 Jul 1948, m. Agnes Claudia SAINT 16 Jan 1907 ...

   ├── Adelaide May Rundle COOMBE, b. 28 May 1881, d. 1906, m. Albert Edward RAY 1902 ...

   ├── Ethelbert Henry Sergeant COOMBE, b. 27 Aug 1883, d. 17 Sep 1935. NI

   ├── Florence Mary Knight COOMBE, b. 3 May 1885, d. 8 Mar 1946, m. Herbert Thomas CANDY 1906 ...

   ├── Bessie Royal COOMBE, b. 26 Nov 1887, d. 13 Feb 1888. NI

   ├── Nellie Martin COOMBE, b. 25 Aug 1889, d. 20 Oct 1889. NI

   ├── Johanna Jane Knight COOMBE, b. 2 Feb 1891, d. 8 Aug 1946

   ├── Edward John Robins COOMBE, b. 4 Mar 1893, d. 1983, m. Alma Edith VANNAN 1920 ...

   └── Bertha Reta COOMBE, b. 8 Jun 1895, d. 8 Jun 1934. NI

├── Alfred Martin RUNDLE, b. 5 May 1861, d. 16 Jun 1927

   + Mary Amelia TIESTE, m. 24 Dec 1881

   ├── Herman Robins RUNDLE, b. 1883, d. 4 Oct 1917 Belgium, m. Mary Jean JAMES 1916

   ├── Sydney Howard RUNDLE, b. 1886, d. 1960, m. Matilda Eileen Jane WISEMAN 1921

   ├── Horace RUNDLE, b. 1888, d. 10 Apr 1941, m. Charlotte Emily DOWERS 1918 London, ENG

   ├── Joseph RUNDLE, b. 1891, d. 1891. NI

   ├── Gertrude May RUNDLE, b. 1892, m. Richard Abraham MOSS 1912

   ├── Theresa RUNDLE, b. 1894, m. William James JEFFERY 1914

   ├── Augusta Linda RUNDLE, b. 1896, m. Norman NASH 1929

   └── John RUNDLE, b. 1898

   + Martha M HOUSTON, m. 29 Oct 1903 Dublin, SA, d. 23 Jun 1944

└── George Joshua RUNDLE, b. 16 Nov 1866, d. 19 Dec 1867

 

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