Historical information

James Jones was the son of Philip Jones, a Chairmaker, and Ann Jones who settled in East Brighton after the sale of land c1852 in the area of the Henry Dendy Special Survey of 1841. Mary Ann Moore was the daughter of Thomas Moore, a Gardener, and Sarah Harris who also settled in Brighton c1852. James and Mary Ann Jones settled and raised their family in East Brighton now Bentleigh. Mr John Herron resided at 4 Vickery St Bentleigh until 1989. Sadly Martha Jones born 1888 died in 1890 and James Jones had to purchase a plot at Brighton General Cemetery for her burial. Baby Ethel May was interred in 1893 and then Mary Ann in 1903 and finally James in 1940. Their stillborn baby was buried in the Wesleyan public grave in 1900


James Jones and Mary Ann Moore were born in Brighton c1857 and c 1859 into pioneer market gardener families in the area of the Dendy Special Survey of 1841. They married in 1883 and raised their family in East Brighton, now Bentleigh. Sadly infectious diseases took the lives of many infants throughout the Colony of Victoria due to the poor state of water supply and sewerage disposal and locally the swamps of the Elster Creek were a constant breeding ground. Martha Jones born 1888 died 1890 and was interred in the Brighton General Cemetery in a family plot, in the Wesleyan Section, purchased by her father James Jones. In 1893 another daughter Ethel May died and was buried in the family plot. A stillborn baby was interred in the public grave of Brighton General Cemetery in May1900. Mary Ann Jones died, at age 43years, and was interred in January 1903. Finally in November 1940 Mr James Jones was buried in the family grave.

Physical description

1 original paper account and 1 paper receipt from Nelson Bros. Funeral Directors re the funeral of James Jones in November 1940

Inscriptions & markings

1) M..J.P Jones Esq./ 5 Vickery Street/ Bentleigh / WILLIAMSTOWN/ 27/11/1940 Dr to / NELSON BROS.,/UNDERTAKERS AND FUNERAL DIRECTORS, / 43 Douglas Parade & 51 Stevedore St., Williamstown W16 / Motor Funerals Conducted Anywhere / In reply please quote 7/563/ Re The Funeral of The Late MR. JAMES JONES/ £28:10:0 -1 Glass Hearse & 2 Limousines, Cemetery Fees and Newspaper notices
2) As above / 27/111940 / A Memo. from NELSON BROS.,/ Dear Sir, /Herewith ...our official receipt... / signed A Nelson / Manager