Cudgegong Valley History Project

Arthur Harris KeechAge: 7618651941

Arthur Harris Keech
Given names
Arthur Harris
Birth 1865 29

Birth of a brotherThomas Herbert Keech
1867 (Age 2)

Birth of a sisterDasey Keech
1869 (Age 4)

Birth of a brotherErnest Wesley Keech
1871 (Age 6)

Birth of a brotherPercy Kenison Keech
1874 (Age 9)

Birth of a sisterStella Grace Keech
1875 (Age 10)

Birth of a sisterAmy Olive Keech
1878 (Age 13)

Death of a maternal grandfatherThomas Harris
January 18, 1879 (Age 14)
Birth of a sisterRuby Hilda Keech
1881 (Age 16)

Death of a maternal grandmotherPatience White
June 6, 1882 (Age 17)
MarriageMary Ann Louisa SmedeView this family
1897 (Age 32)

Birth of a son
Harris Deveney Keech
1897 (Age 32)

Birth of a daughter
Hazel Keech
1899 (Age 34)

Birth of a daughter
Esmee Keech
1903 (Age 38)

Death of a motherMartha Harris
January 12, 1911 (Age 46)
Death of a fatherWilliam Keech
April 14, 1914 (Age 49)

DEATH OE A PIONEER. Mr. William Keech, aged 86, passed away at his residence, Camboon, on Tuesday evening, 14th instant. Deceased was one of the pioneer settlers of Rylstone district, and was one of the most successful. He came from the Motherland. He was not afraid of hard work and long hours, and did things thoroughly. These qualities were the medium of his success. His motto might have been "Waste not, want not." Few, if any men, were more respected, and he leaves a family of sons and daughters who will honorably sustain and preserve the reputation of their parents. Mrs. Keech predeceased her husband by several years. To record all that might be written of the late Mr. Keech's life and connection with this district would run into columns. Suffice it to say that he was a moral, exemplary unit of this locality during the fifty odd years of his residence, and as he lived so he died. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, and was well attended, though the news of the passing had not reached far into the surrounding district. The remains were interred in the Methodist portion of the cemetery, the Rev. Mr. Drummond carrying out the service at the grave most impressively (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 23 April 1914, page 7).

Shared note: The late William Keech came out to this country with the father of the well-known Dewey family, now deceased. Both were hardy pioneers, and knew how to hold money when they earned it. A coincidence was that both men, though they parted, when landing, eventually drifted to this district. (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 23 April 1914, page 7).
Death of a brotherEdwin Keech
May 18, 1921 (Age 56)


Sudden Death. MR EDWIN KEECH. The news was received in Mudgee last week of the death of Mr. Edwin Keech, formerly of Mudgee, and "Lilydale," Rylstone, and now of Sydney. The deceased, who was 67 of years of age, had been living in retirement for some years past, and had been in very indifferent health. Last week he paid a visit to Wiseman's Ferry, where his son-in-law and daughter, Mr and Mrs. J. Olde reside. The deceased went to Wisemans Ferry with the intention of enjoying some fishing, and after walking some little distance he succumbed into a faint, and died shortly after. The deceased was born at Broombee and lived at Camboon, "Lilydale," Rylstone and Mudgee, and was one of the best known and most highly esteemed residents of the Mudgee and Rylstone districts. For many years he successfully carried on farming operations in the Rylstone district, and was considered an efficient farmer and grazier. The deceased was married to Miss Charlotte Mogg, daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Mogg of Mudgee. Besides his widow he is survived by the following children: - Stanley (West Maitland), Vincent (Butta Bucca, Mudgee), James ("Gorn") (Tamworth), Mrs. J. Olde (Wiseman's Ferry), Leslie (Orange), Alice (Sydney). Mrs. Williams (Sydney), Ethel (Sydney), Maurice ("Lilydale," Rylstone, Percy ("Lilydale," Rylstone), Marion and Gladys (Sydney). Two other sons Corporal Kenneth and Private Aubrey Keech, were killed in action. The deceased is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: - Mrs. Cameron (Mudgee), Alfred (Lithgow), Mrs. Charles Mogg (Mudgee), William (Drayton, near Rylstone), Mrs. George White (Queensland), Arthur (Camboon), Alice (California), Thomas (Camboon), Mrs. George Brown (Mt. Brace, near Rylstone), Wesley (Lismore), Percy ("Loma," near Rylstone), Mrs. West (Sydney), Mrs. Allan Rose (Mittagong). The remains were interred in the Wiseman's Ferry cemetery on Thursday last (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Monday 23 May 1921, p. 8).

Marriage of a childArthur Henry BowlesHazel KeechView this family
1922 (Age 57)

Death of a brotherAlfred Keech
March 3, 1926 (Age 61)

Death of a sisterEliza Keech
1934 (Age 69)

Death of a brotherPercy Kenison Keech
October 14, 1939 (Age 74)

Death November 15, 1941 (Age 76)

Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: 1853
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Family with Mary Ann Louisa Smede - View this family
Marriage: 1897
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  1. Generation 1
    1. Arthur Harris Keech, son of William Keech and Martha Harris, was born in 1865 and died on November 15, 1941 at the age of 76. He married Mary Ann Louisa Smede, daughter of Frederick John Smede and Mary Ann , in 1897. She was born in 1873 and died on May 12, 1947 at the age of 74.

      Children of Arthur Harris Keech and Mary Ann Louisa Smede:

      1. Harris Deveney Keech (18971964)
      2. Hazel Keech (18991953)
      3. Esmee Keech (19031996)
  2. Generation 2
    1. Harris Deveney Keech, son of Arthur Harris Keech and Mary Ann Louisa Smede, was born in 1897 and died on January 2, 1964 in Mudgee District Hospital, Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia at the age of 67. He married Ruby Merla Riches.

      Children of Harris Deveney Keech and Ruby Merla Riches:

      1. Evelyn Ruby Keech (19292006)
      2. Private
    2. Hazel Keech, daughter of Arthur Harris Keech and Mary Ann Louisa Smede, was born in 1899 and died on June 30, 1953 at the age of 54. She married Arthur Henry Bowles, son of Patrick Henry Bowles and Elizabeth Owen, in 1922. He was born in 1886 and died on April 15, 1951 at the age of 65.

      Children of Hazel Keech and Arthur Henry Bowles:

      1. Joan Kathleen Bowles (19261995)
  3. Generation 3
    1. Evelyn Ruby Keech, daughter of Harris Deveney Keech and Ruby Merla Riches, was born about 1929 and died on October 3, 2006 in Rylstone District Hospital, Rylstone, New South Wales, Australia. She married Alan Andrew “Mort” Morton.

      Evelyn Ruby Keech and Alan Andrew “Mort” Morton had 3 children.

    2. The details of this family are private.
    3. Joan Kathleen Bowles, daughter of Arthur Henry Bowles and Hazel Keech, was born in 1926 and died on May 2, 1995 at the age of 69. She married Mieczyslavy Ratuszko on May 15, 1954 in St Dominic's Roman Catholic, Kandos, New South Wales, Australia. He died on March 18, 2002.