Sarah Hay and George Humphrey Gladman

Sarah Hay was born about 1822 or 1823, the third child and second daughter of James Hay and Ann Barclay. Sarah's birth or baptism registration has not been located, but both siblings either side of Sarah were baptised in Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland. Sarah's birth year has been calculated from the age stated when she arrived with her family as a passenger on the Forth on 10 June 1833.1 Sarah (20) married George Humphrey Gladman (31) on 2 June 1843 in the Independent Chapel, Tamar Street, Launceston, Van Diemen's Land. George was recorded as a storekeeper, and the witnesses were N. Goldsmith and Charlotte Healy. Charles Price performed the ceremony.2

Marriage Registration of George Gladman and Sarah Hay

Marriage Registration of George Gladman and Sarah Hay
Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office

George Gladman was born on 11 April 1812 and baptized on 24 April 1812 to Charles and Elizabeth Gladman in Epsom, Surrey, England.3 Charles Gladman and Elizabeth Humphrey were married on 3 February 1802 in St. George Hanover Square, Westminster, London, England.4

George Humphrey Gladman emigrated from England to West Australia, arriving in January 1833:

SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. Arrival the 27 Ultimo. The Cygnet, Captain John Rolls from London, left Portsmouth the 10th Sept., Cabin Passengers, Mr. and Mrs. Harris, and six children ;-Messrs Barnard Clarkson, Lenox Bussell, two Miss Bussell's, Mrs. Luke Leake, Miss Kingham, Mr. Shenton, Mr. Robert Souper. Steerage-Messrs. John Hardey, Charles Clarkson, Edward Sears, Mr. and Mrs. Kingsford, and daughter, Messrs. George Coldstock, Edward Hodgson, H. C. Harris, George Gladman, William Walker, Edward Bowel, George Lagenby, E. Mc Noe, and two children. Servants to Mr Harris, Meloy, Swine, Ann Hunt, Servants to Mr. Bussell, Phobe Bower, Emma Mould.5

In short order it was announced that George Gladman had been appointed School Master at Guildford:

We are informed a public School similar to those at Perth, and Fremantle, is upon the point of being established at Guildford, and one of the Passengers by the Cygnet, George Gladman has been appointed Master. A portion of land prudently reserved for the purpose of a public school, will supply a portion of the necessary funds, and the benevolent contrebution of the inhabitants of the neighbourhood, will it is to be hoped, make it vie with the more populous towns of Perth and Fremantle.6

The environment was obviously not to George's liking, and in February 1835 he announced he was leaving West Australia:

THE UNDERSIGNED shortly intends leaving the Colony

February 37

It was reported in April 1841 that the allotment for George Gladman in West Australia was no longer reserved due to non-compliance with the conditions of assignment so he never returned there.8 The only other mention of George was in May 1843, the month before his marriage to Sarah Hay in June, when George is mentioned as the victim of a robbery but the accused was discharged:

James Donaker, charged with stealing £10, the property of Mr. Gladman, discharged.9

Sarah and George's first registered child was Sarah Gladman, born on 11 July 1844 in the district of Launceston. George registered the birth on 26 July 1844, he was recorded as an Accountant and the family were living in Cameron Street.10

Birth Registration of Sarah Gladman

Birth Registration of Sarah Gladman
Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office

A son was born sometime in the following year 1845, Thomas Henry Gladman, but the birth does not appear to have been registered.11 Their third child and second son George Humphrey Gladman (Jnr.) was born on 30 October 1846 in the Launceston district. George Snr. was recorded as a Merchant’s Clerk. The family were still in Cameron street and the birth was registered on 21 April 1847.12

The census record for 1848 has G. H. Gladman living in a complete brick residence in Cameron Street, Launceston. While George was head of the house the proprietor was Mr. H[enr]y Reading. Seven individuals normally inhabited the house, comprised of four adults (all arrived free) and three children (all born in the colony). Using the stated religion there are two obvious groups, with a couple and their daughter being Church of Scotland, and another couple and their two sons being Other Protestant Dissenters. The latter group being the Gladmans, and the other couple potentially servants, we are left with the absence of Sarah Gladman, George and Sarah's oldest child and daughter.13 This lends further weight to later evidence that suggests Sarah didn’t survive infancy and so died before 1848.

The year after that census George may be the J. H. Gladman that signed an open letter published in the Cornwall Chronicle on 17 February 1849:

WE THE UNDERSIGNED, hereby engage, that we will not knowingly, directly, or indirectly, hire or employ any Convict, MALE or FEMALE after this date, whether such convicts be styled Exiles, Probationers, Pass-holders, Ticket of-leave Holders, or otherwise, except such Ticket-of-leave Holders as have received their Tickets in this colony, under the old Government Regulations, previous to the 1st day of January last, and also such as are now in our employ.14

Another child and a third son, Henry James Gladman, was born on 10 May 1849 in the Launceston district. George once again registered the birth, significantly later than the event on 26 September 1849, recorded as a Merchant’s Clerk in Cameron Street.15

In May 1850 a Mr. Gladman is recorded as a contributor to the Benevolent Society.16 In December 1850 G. H. Gladman signed an open letter to Richard Dry Esq. requesting him to seek re-election to the Legislative Assembly.17 Dry was a native to Launceston and a critic of the convict system as being a drain on the economy of the relatively new colony.18

The 1851 census entry confirms the absence of Sarah Gladman (Jnr.) and leaves us with just the core family (sans servants). George and Sarah are in the "21 and under 45" group, "arrived free", while the children, all boys, are all under 7 and "born in the colony". They are all in the "Other Protestant Dissenters" group, with George's occupation classed as "Land Proprietor, Merchants, Bankers & Professional Persons".19

Three months later, Sarah and George's fifth child and second daughter Emily Gladman was born on 23 April 1851 in the Launceston district. As before, George was described as a Merchant’s Clerk living in Cameron Street. He registered the birth on 31 May 1851.20

In November 1851 George Humphrey Gladman appeared on the list of voters at the “late election”. George was described as a “clerk”.21 The following year, on 9 September 1852, Mr. G. H. Gladman was a cabin passenger on the Peri from Launceston to Geelong.22 The purpose of the voyage, or when he returned, is not known at this point.

September 7 - Peri. Brig. 145 tons, Tregurtha, for Geelong. Passengers - Mr. and Mrs. Marshall, Mrs. Tregurtha, Miss Abrahams, Mr. G. H. Gladman and four steerage.23

In October 1853 the first advertisements started appearing for George’s reinvention of himself as a merchant, partnering up with one David Williams:

Ship Chandlers, Ship and General Agents

THE SUBSCRIBERS having long colonial experience, intending to carry on business as above, are prepared to supply ships stores of every description. Shipping and general commissions promptly fulfilled.

Temporary store and office, Market Buildings, opposite Messrs. DuCroz, Jackson & Co.'s stores. D. Williams, late commander T. and J. Crisp; G. H. Gladman.

October 26.24

Seventeen advertisements appeared in November 1853, and as many if not more in December, with goods ranging from pine boards, palings, hay, coal to potatoes. Also in December, George advertised that he was removing his dealings from the Bank of Tasmania, “in consequence of the irregularity of the proceedings at the meeting held on 26th instant and from other matters … regarding the appointment of Directors and Managers…25

George’s mercantile pursuits continued in 1854, with the following numbers of advertisements placed: January (12), February (7), March (10), April (19), May (13), June (5), July (13), August (16), September (14), October (12), November (10), December (14).

One of the many Williams and Gladman advertisements

One of the many Williams and Gladman advertisements
Cornwall Chronicle, 29 March 1854

Significantly during the year in March 1854, the enterprise was reported as applying for a license to be a wholesale dealer in wines and spirits:

LICENCES. - The under-mentioned merchants and traders having applied for licences as wholesale dealers in wines and spirituous liquors for the period ending the 31st December, 1854, licences have been issued to them accordingly: -Osmond Horne Gilles and Louis Brigges Gilles, trading under the firm of Gilles Brothers, Hobart Town; David Williams and George Humphrey Gladman, trading under the firm of Williams and Gladman, Launceston; Charles Livingston Gunn, Spar Gully ; George Mills, Birch's Bay, D'Entrecasteaux Channel.26

Also in 1854, George and Sarah had a sixth child with the birth of Frances Sarah Gladman, although her birth was unregistered.27 The business appeared to continue apace in 1855 with the following advertisements placed: January (7), February (18), March (16), April (26), May (17), but in April the premises occupied by the business was sold,28 and in May the following advertisement appeared:

NOTICE. — The shipping and commission agency, heretofore transacted by the late firm of Williams and Gladman, will be continued by the undersigned, who will give prompt attention to all business entrusted to his care.

W. H. Gladman.
Wharf, March 24.29

In June 15 advertisements were placed but the frequency progressively slowed to the close of the year. Williams and Gladman continued advertising some items, and George aligned himself with another trader with the surname of O’Keefe, but by 1856 George appears in the news a total of 8 times for the whole year and his mercantile career is effectively over. Instead, in 1856, we find George Gladman being reported in other types of news. In January he was carrying out his duties as a registered juror:


The following jury was sworn!-Messrs. W. Gibson (foreman), W. Griffiths, W. Harrison, W. Gilbert (Brisbane-street), James Gould, J. Griffiths, J. Goodier, Ernest S. Gough, J. Goodman, W. Gilbert (King's Meadows), David Harris, G. H. Gladman.30

A son, Arthur Matthew Gladman, was born on 21 January 1856 in the Launceston district. George was described as a “shipping agent” living in Launceston. He registered the birth on 30 April 1856.31

In April 1856 George was included on a “LIST of Persons entitled to be placed on the Electoral Roll for the Return of Members of the House of Assembly for the Electoral District of Launceston.” George Humphrey Gladman was recorded as living in High Street, a Householder in the district of Launceston and a Ratepayer.32

Another two children completed the Gladman family. Annie Elizabeth Gladman was born on 31 May 1858 but her birth does not appear to be registered. The birth date is recorded in the Launceston Family Album but the original source is unknown.33 Inbetween the two births, an unexpected and unexplained death:

At his residence, Salisbury street, Strand, London, on 13th July last, M. T. Humphrey, Esq., aged 47 years. (A near relative of Mr. G. H. Gladman, of this town.)34

The exact nature of that relation is unknown. Six years after the last child's birth, a considerable gap, Alice Mary Gladman was born in 1864, again, another unregistered birth.35

Just as the family was completed, their numbers were depleted when Henry James Gladman died on 22 November 1866 at the reported age of 17 in the Launceston district. Henry was recorded as Sallow Chandler, and the cause of death recorded as inflammation of the lungs, probably consumption or tuberculosis.36

Life moved on however and just under three years later Sarah and George's eldest son Thomas Henry Gladman, 25, married Sarah Ann Gould, 20, on 9 September 1869 in the Launceston district.37 Sarah Ann Gould was born on 4 September 1850 in Launceston, the daughter of Thomas Gould and Mary Ann McDonaugh.38

GLADMAN - GOULD. - On the 9th instant by the Rev. W. Law, Thomas Gladman, eldest son of Mr G. H. Gladman, to Sarah A., third daughter of Mr T. Gould, both of Launceston.39

The following year, George Humphrey Gladman Snr died on 24 February 1870 in Launceston at the reported age of 58. The cause of death was recorded as apoplexy, or a stroke. George's occupation was recorded as "Treasurer to Town Council".40

Mr. G. H. GLADMAN— The Union Jack at the Town Hall was hoisted half-mast on Thursday, as a consequence of the sudden death of Mr. G. H. Gladman, town treasurer, who died at his residence about 1 o'clock, after a brief illness. Mr Gladman was at his office, performing his usual duties at the Town Hall, on Tuesday last, though suffering from an attack of diarrhoea. The immediate cause of death, we understand, was apoplexy. Mr. Gladman was formerly, some sixteen years ago, in business In the firm of Williams and Gladman, ship chandlers and commission agents, on the Esplanade, he has held the position of town treasurer for about six or seven years, with credit to himself and advantage to the Corporation. Mr. Gladman was highly and deservedly respected, as a man of sterling worth, though of retiring and unassuming habits. His premature death, when apparently In the frame of life, and, a few days ago, in the enjoyment of excellent health, is deeply regretted by a wide circle of friends.41

The funeral was widely attended, as reported in the Cornwall Chronicle on Saturday 5 March 1870:

The late Mr. George Humphrey Gladman, Town Treasurer.— In consequence of the death of Mr. Gladman, treasurer and accountant to the Corporation, referred to in our Friday's issue, a special meeting of the Municipal Council was held at 4 o'clock on Friday, to make arrangements for attending the funeral next day. The Mayor and aldermen agreed to meet at the Independent Chapel, Prince's Square, at half-past 3 o'clock on Saturday, and join the funeral procession from thence to the cemetery. Mr. Henry, town clerk, was appointed to act as Town Treasurer until a successor to Mr. Gladman be appointed. A brief but affecting funeral sermon was preached in Prince's Square Chapel, on Saturday after noon ; after which, the funeral procession was formed, prominent in which were the members and officers of the Municipal Council. Most of the members of the congregation and numerous other citizens, by whom the deceased was highly respected, followed his remains to their last resting place, which was crowded by hundreds of mourners, while the Rev. W. Law read the burial service. On Sunday, at morning service, the Rev. W. Law preached a sermon on the sudden death of Mr. Gladman, taking his text from the Book of Job xxxviii. 17—' Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?' The chapel was filled with an attentive congregation, many of them visitors. The sermon was deeply impressive, and the language and treatment of the solemn subject most appropriate to so serious an occasion.42

More detail was provided about George's early life in another report of the funeral and later sermons.

Mr. Gladman's Funeral - The funeral of the late Town Treasurer, who died so suddenly on Thursday afternoon last, took place on Saturday. A short funeral service was conducted by the Rev. W. Law in the Prince's Square Chapel, after which the cortege, attended by the Municipal Council and officers of the Corporation, together with a large body of citizens, moved towards the cemetery. Before committing the remains of Mr. Gladman to their final resting place, Mr. Law read the impressive burial service, which was was listened to by a large concourse of people, many of whom exhibited signs of considerable emotion. On Sunday evening the Rev. W. Law preached a very impressive funeral sermon from Job, xxxviii. 17 - Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? At the conclusion of his discourse the rev. gentleman give a brief memoir of the deceased, and mentioned a few of the more prominent incidents in his life.

When a chid he narrowly escaped being killed in one of the streets of London, having been knocked down by a coach and trampled under the feet of the horses, and the scars of the injuries then received he bore to his dying day. He arrived in this colony in 1836, having previously spent between five and six years in the Swan River settlement. Mr. Gladman had filled several responsible positions in this town, in every one of which he had gained the high esteem, both for his skill and integrity, and he had discharged the onerous duties of town treasurer for the last ten years in a manner that commended itself to all. In his social relations he was most exemplary: a better husband and father could not be. Mr. Law concluded with a solemn appeal to his hearers to be prepared for passing through the gates of death.43

On the same day the Council meetings record that there was a unanimous decision to acknowledge the fine work of George Gladman as Council Treasurer:

The Acting-Mayor said there was another matter he had to bring before the Council, viz., the appointment of Town Treasurer in the room of the late Mr Gladman. Alderman Douglas said prior to that something should be placed on the records in testimony of the high estimation in which Mr Gladman was held by the Council, for the efficient manner in which he performed his duties. The Acting-Mayor said it had been his intention to make similar remarks on the subicct. and he was very glad to find them coming from Mr Douglas. Alderman Douglas said he believed the Council would be unanimous in the opinion that no man had ever done his duty more correctly, efficiently and faithfully, in a highly responsible position than the late Mr Gladman. He would move : — 'That this Council desires to record its opinion of the faithful manner in which the late Mr Gladman performed his duties as Treasurer of the Corporation of Launceston, and deeply sympathises with the loss sustained by his wife and family, consequent on his sudden and unexpected death.' Alderman Hart seconded, as he fully concurred in the opinions expressed by Mr Douglas. Mr Gladman discharged the duties of his office most efficiently. The motion was put and carried unanimously.44

Last Will and Testament of George Humphrey Gladman

Last Will and Testament of George Humphrey Gladman
Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office

AOT Last Will and Testament: Gladman, George Humphrey; 1870.45

In the same month as George's death his son Thomas was appointed to succeed him in the role of Council Treasurer:

THE NEW MUNICIPAL TREASURER. At the meeting of the Municipal Council on Tuesday afternoon four applications for the office of Treasurer, vacant by the lamented death of Mr. Gladman, were received. On balloting for the candidates, Mr. Thomas Gladman, son of the late Treasurer, received eight votes, and was declared duly elected. Ald. Ranson declined to vote. The other candidates were, Messrs. John Sinclair, Bruce R. Harvey, and Joe Firth.46

In October 1870 it was reported that Mrs Gladman was making property purchases:

Mrs. Gladman bought the six-roomed brick house and ground, with stables, &e., in George. street, occupied by Mr. Savage, for 420l.47

In September 1874 George Gladman Jnr. was reported to have moved to Queensland:

Scarcely a week goes past but what some of our native born depart for one or other of the neighboring colonies, and we have now to notice the departure by the brig Wolverine for Queensland, of Mr George H. Gladman, a son of the late Mr G.H. Gladman, who was for so long a period treasurer to the Launceston municipality. Mr George Gladman has been a resident In town, and was widely known and respected amongst our mercantile community, and his departure will be greatly regretted. The employes of the Cornwall Chronicle Office, with which Mr Gladman was last connected, met together on the evening previous to his departure and presented him with an address expressing their regret at his leaving them, and begged his acceptance of a handsome gold pencil case as a slight token of their regard. A large number of Tasmanians are already settled in Queensland and doing well, and we hope Mr Gladman will add another to the list of successful Tasmanians abroad.48

Further research is required into George Jnr's history in Queensland, but unfortunately we next find George Humphrey Gladman Jnr reported in The Mercury as drowned in June 1885:

This morning the men working Priestman's dredge, at the end of the Queen's Wharf, were horrified to see the bucket hauled up to the crane with the body of a dead man in a sitting posture in it. When lowered it was found that the teeth of the bucket had closed on one of the man's legs and broken it, thus holding him in the position in which he came up. The body was removed to an adjoining inn, where it awaits an inquest, and subsequently it was identified as that of Mr. George Gladman, a man of about 40 years of age, who was formerly a sharebroker in Launceston, of which town he is a native. The deceased has recently been of intemperate habits, and it is supposed that on the preceeding evening he wandered over that end of the wharf which is being extended, and fell through the incomplete planking, From the state of the body it could not have been many hours in the water, and as the dredge was at work in the same position yesterday, it is almost certain that the unfortunate man fell in on the preceding evening.49

The Examiner, which must have had a later print run, included the details of the inquest:

FOUND DROWNED. Early on Saturday morning a gloom was thrown over the town by the news that Mr. George Humphrey Gladman's dead body had been found in the dock near the Market Wharf. Shortly after 11 o'clock that morning the steamn dredge, which was at work in that locality, brought to the surface the body, which was shortly after wards identified as that of Mr. Gladman. This gentleman had lately been employed as a shipping clerk, since when he has been in the habit of strolling about the wharf, and as he had been engaged to act in the same capacity for the bark Countess of Flint, it is surmised that he went to the wharf on Friday evening to discover her whereabouts, she being expected to reach the wharf, and there met his death. Mr. Gladman had spent the greater portion of his life in Launceston, being a universal favourite with a large circle of friends, and his melancholy death has caused a very general feeling of regret throughout the town.

An inquest was held at the Marine Hotel on Saturday afternoon touching the death of Mr. Gladman, before Mr. H. T. A. Murray, Coroner, and a jury of seven, of whom Mr. Winm. Gurr was foreman, when the following evidence was elicited:

Constable Robert White deposed he was on duty on the wharf on Saturday morning, and at a few minutes past eleven o'clock saw the body of deceased lifted by the dredge; he took possession of the body.

Samuel Pinnington, Foreman of Works, in the employ of the Marine Board, deposed he was standing on the wharf on Saturday morning observing the operations of the dredge at the extreme end of the wharf ; he saw the body of deceased brought up by the dredge; it was on top of the silt con tained in the dredge, which was working twenty or thirty feet from the edge of the piling of the wharf; the body was handed over to the police.

Dr. Charles J. Pike deposed he had that morning viewed the body examined by the jury; it presented all the appearances of a person who had met his death by drowning, and the rigidity of the muscles showed that it had been but a short time in the water; he was fully satisfied that death had resulted from drowning.

Arthur Matthew Gladman deposed he had viewed the body of the deceased, and identified it as that of his brother, George Humphrey Gladman ; he last saw deceased on Thursday night on the Brisbane-road; he lived in the same house as witness, but did not return home that night or since; deceased had been in the habit of walking round the wharf; he had some little time ago been at work on the wharf, and since then had been in the habit of walking there; he appeared quite sober when witness last saw him.

Bladen P. Hogg deposed he resided at the Enfield Hotel, and knew deceased; he last saw him at 9 o'clock the previous night at the corner of Brisbane and St. John streets; witness spoke to him and passed by ; afterwards saw him at the same place, and stayed with him about ten minutes; witness then wont home, and that was the last he saw of deceased, who was then perfectly sober.

This concluded the evidence, and the jury returned a verdict of "Found drowned, there being no evidence to show how deceased got into the water."50

There is no record of an inquest with the Archives Office of Tasmania. Arthur Gladman, who gave evidence at the inquest, was married two years later to Bertha Julia Kent on 27 October 1887 in Tasmania.51

GLADMAN - KENT. On 27th October, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, by the Ven. Archdeacon Hales, Arthur Gladman, fourth son of the late G. H. Gladman, to Bertha, eldest daughter of Charles Kent, Launceston.52

On 1 January 1895 Frances Sarah Gladman died in the Launceston district at the reported age of 40 with the cause of death recorded as Typhoid Fever.53 The following death notice confirmed her relationship to George Humphrey Gladman:

DEATHS. GLADMAN.-On 1st January. Frances Sarah, second daughter of the late George Humphrey Gladman.54

Sarah Gladman (nee Hay) died on 24 February 1901 in George Street, Launceston.55

DEATHS. GLADMAN.-On the 24th February, at her residence, George-street, Sarah, relict of the late George Humphrey Gladman, in her 78th year.

FUNERAL NOTICES. The funeral of the late Mrs. Gladman will leave 150 George-street this morning at 10 o'clock.-KIDD, Undertaker.56

Emily Gladman died on 2 January 1913 in Launceston.57

DEATHS. GLADMAN.-On the 2nd January, at her residence, 150 George-street, Launceston, Emily, eldest daughter of the late George Humphrey Gladman.58

Thomas Gladman and his wife celebrated their golden anniversary as was the custom by placing their original marriage notice in the paper:

GOLDEN WEDDING. GLADMAN - GOULD. On the 9th September, 1869, by Rev Wm. Law, Thomas, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey Gladman, to Sarah A., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gould, Launceston. Present address: "Elsinore," Calypso Avenue, Mosman, N.S.W.59

Thomas' wife Sarah died 31 September 1923 in Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales.60

ABOUT WOMEN. The death occurred on Sunday at "Duddington," Mosman, Sydney, of Mrs. Thomas Gladman, wife of Mr. Gladman, who was city treasurer at Launceston for many years. Deceased, who had been ill for some little time, was a daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Gould. Mr. and Mrs. Gladman left Launceston on Mr. Gladman's retirement from the corporation, and for some time resided in Melbourne, later removing to Sydney.61

Just over five years later Thomas Gladman himself died on 2 April 1929 in New South Wales.62 His obituary appeared in the Launceston Examiner shortly after.


A former Launceston Council officer, who was associated with the civic affairs of the city for a very long period, has died at Mosman, Sydney, in the person of Mr. Thomas Gladman, at the age of 84 years. The death occurred at half-past 10 o'clock on Tuesday night, word of Mr. Gladman's passing being received by relatives in Launceston yesterday morning.


For 42 years Mr. Gladman was municipal treasurer in Launceston, succeeding his father (the late George Humphrey Gladman) to the position in 1870, and retaining it till 1912, when he resigned. The late Mr. Thomas Gladman's successor to the position was Mr. Claude James, the present Chief Secretary of Tasmania. When Mr. Thomas Gladman went into his well-earned retirement from the service of the council the then Town Hall staff made the occasion one for the manifestation of its goodwill and kindly feeling towards him. The staff met the retiring officer in the council chamber at a farewell gathering, over which the town clerk (Mr. C. W. Rocher) presided. Mr. Rocher's statement on that occasion that for over 42 years Mr. Gladman had occupied his difficult and important position with integrity, urbanity, and courtesy as his distiguishing characteristics, was supported by Messrs. McGowan, Tyson, and St. John David, three senior officers. The presentation of a solid leather travelling bag followed. That occasion ended a long and active association by the family with Town Hall affairs, for the father of the deceased, the late G. H. Gladman, had been the first, whole-time city treasurer (or "accountant," as the position is stated to have been called at the time), he having taken over the treasury work from Mr. James Henry, who, as town clerk, had previously carried out those duties in addition to his own. Before entering the service of the council Mr. Gladman was accountant in the office of Messrs. Douglas and Collins, solicitors, Launceston. For some years, too, he was secretary to the Launceston Public Hospital Board. Following his retirement, the late Mr. Gladman left for Melbourne. After living there for some years he went to Mosman, Sydney, finally residing with his daughter, Mrs. A. T. Ellerker, Belmont-road, Mosman. His wife died some years ago. About four years ago Mr. Gladman visited Launceston, when he stayed with his only son, Mr. G. T. Gladman, of the Metropole, Brisbane-street. A brother of the late Mr. Gladman, Mr. Arthur Gladman, lives at Scottsdale, and is well known in banking circles. Two sisters, Misses Annie and Alice Gladman, live in George-street, Launceston. Deceased was of a reserved disposition, devoting most of his time to the work which he for so long and so faithfully carried out. He had been ill for about six weeks prior to his death, the end coming peacefully. The funeral will taste place in Sydney.63

The Mercury Newspaper provided slightly different information.


The death occurred on Tuesday night of Mr. Thomas Gladman, aged 84, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. Ellorker, Mosman, N.S.W.

The late Mr. Gladman was a Tasmanian, born in Launceston in 1844, and spent all but the last few years in the Northern city. He was treasurer for the Launceston Corporation for 42 years, having entered the service when 25 years of age, and retired in 1911. Mr. Gladman had succeeded his father, the late Mr. George Humphrey Gladman, in the important position of city treasurer, he having been In office from 1858 until 1869; so that father and son guarded the finances of the city for more than half a century.

Shortly after his retirement Mr. Gladman and his wife went to the mainland. For a time they lived in Melbourne, and finally settled in Sydney. Mrs. Gladman passed away several years ago.

The late Mr. Thomas Gladman was of kindly, genial nature, and was held in the highest esteem by everyone who was associated with him. His last visit to Launceston was about three years ago, when he spent the summer with his only son, Mr. G. T. Gladman, The Metropole, Launceston, and renewed many old friendships. Mr. Arthur Gladman, formerly well known In banking circles in Launceston, and now resident at Scottsdale, is a brother of the late Mr. Thomas Gladman, and two sisters. Misses Annie and Alice Gladman, are resident in Launceston.

The flag at the Launceston Town Hall was flown at half-mast yesterday out of respect to the deceased.64

Alice Mary Gladman died on 20 January 1936 in Launceston:

GLADMAN--On January 20, 1936, at a private hospital, Launceston, Alice Mary, fourth daughter of the late G. H. Gladman. Private Interment at Carr Villa Cemetery.65

A short obituary was also published.

The funeral of Miss Alice Mary Gladman, who died at a private hospital in Launceston on Monday, took place privately yesterday at Carr Villa Cemetery. Rev. J. L. Hurse officiated. Miss Gladman was the fourth daughter of the late Mr. George Humphrey Gladman, who was town treasurer of Launceston many, years ago, and a sister of the late Mr. Thomas Gladman, who also held that position. Miss Gladman was a sister of Mr. Arthur Gladman and Miss Annie Gladman, and an aunt of AMr. George Gladman, of the Metro pole, Launceston. Although Miss Gladman lived a retired life, she was highly esteemed by those who knew her.66

Arthur Gladman died in 6 August 1939 in Launceston:

GLADMAN.-On August 6, 1939 (suddenly), at Launceston, Arthur, relict of the late Bertha Gladman, of West Scottsdale. Aged 83 years.

GLADMAN.-The funeral of the late Mr. Arthur Gladman is appointed to arrive at the Church of England Cemetery, Springfield, This Day (Monday), August 7, at 2.30 o'clock. Friends are invited to attend. 67

Mr. Arthur Gladman

The death occurred at Launceston on Sunday of Mr. Arthur Gladman, of West Scottsdale, at the age of 83 years, Mr. Gladman had resided with his son, Mr. Charles Gladman, at West Scottsdale, since the death of his wife, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kent, of Launceston, in 1927. He was on the staff of the old Bank of Van Diemen's Land, Launceston, which closed on August 3, 1891, and afterwards joined the staff of the Na.. tional Bank of Tasmania Ltd. He re. tired when the National was absorbed by the Commercial Bank of Australia Ltd. He was a brother of the late Mr. Thomas Gladman, for many years City Treasurer, and a son of the late Mr. Humphrey Gladman, who was Town. Clerk for some years. The funeral took place yesterday at the Church of England, Springfield.68

Annie Elizabeth Gladman died on 12 August 1939 in Launceston, Tasmania

GLADMAN. On August 12, 1939, at a private hospital, Launceston, Miss Annie Elisabeth Gladman, of 150 George Street, Launceston, daughter of the late Humphrey Gladman, aged 82 years. Private Interment Carr Villa Cemetery, This Day, Monday.69



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Humphrey Relations

In 1863 George Humphrey Gladman advertised the death of a relative in London:

At his residence, Salisbury street, Strand, London, on 13th July last, M. T. Humphrey, Esq., aged 47 years. (A near relative of Mr. G. H. Gladman, of this town.)1

A match for that death date has been made with Matthew Thomas Humphrey using FreeBDM and the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar.2 Matthew was born on 12 May 1816 and baptised on 9 June 1816 to James Humphrey and Elizabeth Peat.3

James Humphrey and Elizabeth Peat were married on 14 July 1805 in Saint Mary, St. Marylebone Road, St Marylebone, London, England.4 James was probably George's mother's brother, making Matthew Humphrey George Gladman's cousin.

  • 1. "Family Notices." Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899) 26 Sep 1863: 4 Edition: MORNING.. Web. 9 Feb 2016;
  • 2. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
  • 3. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 March 2016), Matthew Thomas Humphrey, 09 Jun 1816; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 580,908, 580,909, 580,910.
  • 4. "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 March 2016), James Humphrey and Elizabeth Peat, 14 Jul 1805; citing Saint Mary-St Marylebone Road,St Marylebone,London,England, reference ; FHL microfilm 942 B4HA V. 51, 942 B4HA V. 52, 942 B4HA V. 54, 942 B4HA V. 55, 942 B4HA V. 56, 942 B4HA V. 57.