Augusta Mary Curr was born 1829 in Tasmania, Australia to Edward Curr (c1798-1850) and Elizabeth Micklethwait (1798-1866) and died 28 June 1917 Princes street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia of unspecified causes. She married Henry Field Gurner (1819-1883) 23 August 1851 in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia.


Offspring of Henry Field Gurner and Augusta Mary Curr (1829-1917)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Henry Edward Gurner (1854-1915)
John Augustus Gurner (c1855-1937)
Evelyn Percy Gurner (1856-1857)
Sydney Hubert Gurner (1857-)
Augusta Mary Leila Gurner (1859-1941)
Adeline Florence Gurner (1863-)
Laura Shirley De Courcy Gurner (1864-1864)
Kathleen Gilmore Gurner (1866-1948)
Victor Gallifant Gurner (1869-)
Shirley Annie Gurner (1871-1877)



Mrs Augusta Mary Gurner who died at her residence, Prince's street St Kilda, on Thursday was one of the oldest of Ausralian born women. She was born at Circular Head Tasmania, in 1830, and was consequently 87 years of age

Mrs Gurner was the daughter of Mr Edward Curr, first manger of the Van Diemen's Land Company. Mr Currr induced his company to spend £30,000 on the importation from Europe of prime sheep, chiefly merinos, and further sums on pure cattle and high bred horses. About 1841 Mr Curr removed with his family to Victoria, then known as the Port Phillip district, where he engaged in pastoral pursuits. He represented the district in the New South Wales Parliament and took a leading part in the movement for separation from New South Wales.

When a little girl, Mrs Gurner went with her parents lo England having an adventurous voyage in a small schooner. She married Mt Henry Field Gurner in 1851.

Mr Gurner was from 1842 to 1883 Crown solicitor, first for the district of Port Phillip and afterwards for the colony of Victoria. In the sixties and seventies when hunting was very popular Mrs Gurner was an enthusiastic follower of the hounds. From the colour of her habit she was known as "the lady in grey". She took considerable interest in public affairs, and was for many years a vice president of the Women's Hospital. Until the last two or three months she was physically and mentally active. She leaves three sons and four daughters. One of the sons is Mr. John A Gurner, the senior Crown prosecutor of Victoria.

The eldest son, Mr. Sydney Gurner, is engaged in pastoral pursuits in the north east of New South Wales, while the youngest son is Captain Victor G. Gurner, of the Royal Navy.

The Argus, 30 June 1917, page 18

Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
₪ Wedding
  • On the 23rd August, at St. Kilda, near Melbourne, by special license, by the Very Rev. P. B. Grohegan, Vicar-General, and also by the Rev. W. Brickwood, Henry Field Gurner, Esq., Crown Solicitor, Victoria, to Augusta Mary, second daughter of the late Edward Curr, Esq., of St. Heliers.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 September 1851, page 3
The Argus, 25 August 1851, page 2
¶ Death
  • GURNER.—On the 28th June, at her residence, Princes street, St. Kilda, Augusta Mary Gurner, in the 88th year, widow of the late Henry Field Gurner, Crown solicitor of the District of Port Phillip and Colony of Victoria 1842-1883 R.I.P. (Private interment.)
The Argus, 30 June 1917, page 13