Obituaries & Death Notices

SYMES, Adelaide

Miss Adelaide (“Dolly”) Symes, 19 years of age, daughter of Mrs. Charles Symes, died in the hospital on Saturday, from consumption. Source: “Hamilton,” The Horsham Times, Horsham, Victoria, Australia, 9 December 1898, database with images, Trove ( : accessed 14 April 2020).

SYMES, Colmer Boaz

London, July, 6. The death is announced of the Rev. Colmer Boaz Symes, B. A., formerly pastor of Stow Memorial Church, Adelaide. [The Rev. Colmer B. Symes arrived in the colony in April, 1872, and at once took up his duties at Stow Memorial Church, to the pastorate of which he had been appointed. His ministry was characterized by a flowing and fervent evangelicism, which had great charms for many of his flock. After only three and a half years’ labour here he returned to England, and accepted the oversight of the Kensington Congregational Church, London. He afterwards he removed to Forest Gate, at the east end of London. While at Stow Church he laid the foundation-stone of the new Lecture Hall which was erected at a cost of $1,889. He was accompanied to South Australia by Mrs. Symes, who died shortly after their return to England. Mr. Symes afterwards married again. He received his training for the ministry at Cheshurst College, at which so many distinguished Congregational ministers have been prepared for their work. The President of the College at the time was the Rev. H. R. Reynolds, B. A., D. D., who was Professor of Theology, Exegesis, and Ecclesiastical History, as well as Principal of the College. Dr. Reynolds, who is still alive although he has retired from his position at Cheshurst, was an eminent theologian and Biblical critic. Mr. Symes’s ministry was acceptable and profitable to many of his hearers, and his memory is cherished by those who recollect his teachings. During his stay in Adelaide he occupied the manse next to the Church, which is now the residence of Dr. Hynes. He also built for himself a country house at Belair, which was used as a summer residence. Source: “Death of the Rev. C. B. Symes,” South Australian Register, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 7 July 1896, database with images, Trove ( : accessed 14 April 2020).

SYMES, George G.

The course of silver has lost an erudite champion in the death of George G. Symes, the state of Colorado a leading, thinking citizen and the American nation one of the ablest statesmen. Mr. Symes career in congress was one of the most successful that has been vouched to few men. He died from the effects of wounds received in the war, the painful nature of their reoccurrence bereft him of reason and he sought the presence of his maker for relief. Peace to his soul. Source: Aspen Daily Chronicle, Aspen, Colorado, United States, 6 November 1893, database with images, Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection ( : accessed 14 April 2020).

SYMES, Harold E.

Pte. HAROLD E. SYMES, brother of Mrs. Joseph Blitz, of Maturin road, Glenelg, who was attached to the 32nd Battalion, died of wounds on November 20, at the 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, Belgium. Source: “Late Pte. H. E. Symes,” The Register, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 4 December 1917, database with images, Trove ( : accessed 13 April 2020).

SYMES, Henry J.

The funeral of Mr. Henry J. Symes, one of the oldest identities of Toowoomba and the Downs, who died yesterday at the residence of his son, Mr. Thomas Symes, Chinchilla, took place in Toowoomba this morning, and was largely attended (our Toowoomba representative advised on February 3). The late Mr. Henry J. Symes, who was 85 years of age, was born in London, England, and arrived in Sydney in 1850. He came to Queensland in 1852, and to Drayton in 1856. He later took a keen interest in political affairs, and was one of the first secretaries of the late Hon. W. H. Groom. The late Mr. Symes was also a journalist, and was at various times attached to the staffs of Toowoomba and Brisbane papers. He wrote prose and poetry, and contributed to papers under the pen name of “Signia.” For 16 years he was secretary of the old Drayton and Toowoomba Agricultural and Horticultural Society, and was also an officer of a farmers’ co-operative organization of the early days. In later years he was secretary of the Crow’s Nest School of Arts. His wife predeceased him 16 years ago. The surviving members of his family are: – Messrs. Alfred Symes (Toowoomba), James Symes (Toowoomba), Thomas Symes (Chinchilla), Percy Symes (Brisbane), and Leonard Symes (Warra), Mrs. Jones (Brisbane), Mrs. Peel (Brisbane), and Miss Minnie Symes. Source: “Passing of the Pioneers,” The Queenslander, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 12 February 1916, database with images, Trove ( : accessed 14 April 2020).

SYMES, Isabella

SYMES. – On the 18th December, 1912, at her residence, “Millington,” 5 Waterloo Place, Isabella, relict of Thomas J. Symes and dearly-loved mother of Hilda Leggo, aged 54 years. Private interment. Source: “Death,” Bendigo Advertiser, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 19 December 1912, database with images, Trove ( : accessed 14 April 2020).

SYMES, James

July 5. – General regret was expressed on Saturday morning when it became known that Mr. James Symes, son of Mr. R. Symes, the landlord of the Narracoorte Hotel, had died that morning. The deceased had been unwell for some time, but did not take to his bed till a week ago. He was then suffering from a severe cold and heart affection. He assisted his father in the hotel business, and was unmarried. Source: “Narracoorte,” The Adelaide Chronicle, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 11 July 1903, database with images, Trove ( : accessed 14 April 2020).


SYMES. – July 12, at the Burra, S. A., as the result of an accident at Broken Hill, John, third son of the late John Symes, late of Burra, aged 21 years. Source: “Death,” Barrier Miner, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, 8 August 1895, database with images, Trove ( : accessed 14 April 2020).

SYMES, Joseph Dyke

SYMES. – At his residence, Drayton, on the 5th instant, Mr. Joseph Dyke Symes, Wool Sorter, after a lingering illness, aged 42 years. Source: “Died,” The Darling Downs Gazette, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, 7 April 1868, database with images, Trove ( : accessed 13 April 2020).

SYMES, Maria

Mrs. Maria Symes, widow of Jacob Symes, died at the home of Posy Bottoms, on Chauga creek, Wednesday, 22d instant, aged eighty-years. Her body was buried at Double Springs church on Friday. Source: “Local and Personal,” Keowee Courier, Pickens Court House, South Carolina, United States, 30 March 1899, digital images, Chronicling America ( : accessed 5 April 2020).

SYMES, Phoebe

Mrs. Phoebe Symes, the oldest person in town, died Monday the 11th, at the great age of 94 years, 2 months and 20 days. Of her four children who were at the funeral the oldest was 72 and the youngest 60 years of age. She was cared for in her last days by her son, Jacob of Boston, Mrs. Whitehill, with whom she lived, and her oldest son, William, who resides in this place. Rev. D. C. Farris of Barnet preached the funeral sermon. Source: “Ryegate,” St. Johnsbury Caledonian, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, United States, 20 April 1898, digital images, Chronicling America ( : accessed 5 April 2020).

The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.

Thornton Wilder