Archer Rayner

Archer Rayner was born on 9 March 1833, the last of William Rayner and Susannah Chapman's seven children, with five older sisters and one older brother.1 Where the other children were spaced reguarly two to three years apart, Archer did seem as one researcher put it, an afterthought, arriving eight years after his next oldest sibling Susannah. Archer, as a young man of just 17, was the informant for the death of his father William Rainer (sic), a Miller, who died in Barrack Street, Hobart, Tasmania on 14 December 1850 at the reported age of 84. The cause of death was recorded as decay of nature and Archer was recorded as also living in Barrack street.2 On 21 October 1852 Archer Rayner was recording as gold seeking, aged 19, when he left the state from Hobart Town aboard the Melbourne for the city of the same name.3 According to Louis Daniels Archer was involved in a law case with his brother Robert in 1857 and a judgement of 100 pounds was given against him in favour of Sarah Ann Hunt, who brought the other half share of the land on the corner of Collins and Barrack Street by auction two years before. Archer conveyed to her his half share in the land.4 In November 1891 Archer filed for bankruptcy:

Archer Rayner of St. Arnaud, miner. Liabilities, £132 8s 9d , assets, £16, deficiencv, £116 8s 9d. Filed at St Arnaud5

Archer did not marry or have any children that have been traced to date. Archer Rayner died on 17 June 1917 in Elysian Flat, Bendigo, Victoria, according to Lou Daniels with his brother Robert's family.6 He was buried on 21 June 1917 in Raywood, Victoria. Archer was the last of William Rayner's children to die.

The funeral of the late Mr. Archer Rayner, of Neilborough, who died in the Bendigo Hospital on 20th inst., at the age of 84 years, took place to the Raywood Cemetery on Thursday, and was well attended. The Rev. J. Lancaster conducted the burial service in the Methodist section. The coffin was covered with choice flowers, and was borne to the grave by four of deceased's nephews, namely, Messrs. A., W., J., and S. Rayner. Mr. A. Joy supervised the funeral arrangements.7

Archer was remembered the following year by his nephew and family

RAYNER.--- In loving memory of Archer C. Rayner, who passed to a higher life at Neilborough, on 20th June, 1917. "Ever remembered." --- Inserted by W. Rayner and family.8

  • 1. Minutes of Hobart Town Monthly Meeting of Friends: University Special Collections; University of Tasmania; Sandy Bay, Tasmania [S.1. A.1. 1833-1857]
  • 2. AOT Death Registration RGD 1850/417
  • 3. AOT Shipping Departures CUS36/1/378
  • 4. Registry of Deeds, Lands Building 4/4921
  • 5. The Argus Thursday 26 November 1891
  • 6. BDM VIC Death Registration 1917/3823
  • 7. "LATE MR. A. RAYNER." Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918) 25 Jun 1917: 3. Web. 10 Mar 2013; and "OBITUARY." Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 28 Jun 1917: 22. Web. 10 Mar 2013;
  • 8. "Family Notices." Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 27 Jun 1918: 7. Web. 10 Mar 2013;