Ellen Besnard was born 17 October 1839 in "Kangiara", Yass, New South Wales, Australia to Nicholas Richard Besnard (c1802-1882) and Frances Burdell Keefe (c1820-1880) and died 13 May 1917 Young, New South Wales, Australia of double pneumonia. She married Edward Augustus Phillips (1833-1904) 7 June 1860 in Yass, New South Wales, Australia.


Offspring of Ellen Besnard and Edward Augustus Phillips (1833-1904)
Name Birth Death Joined with
James Phillips (1861-1862)
Frances Lydia Florence Phillips (1862-1944)
Walter Ballard Phillips (1864-1885)
Ellen Isobel Phillips (1866-1944)
Sarah Louise Phillips (1867-1916)
Nicholas Richard Phillips (1869-1950)
John Henry Phillips (c1872-1918)
Julius Besnard Phillips (1875-1919)
Mary Adelene Phillips (1876-1959)



Mrs. Ellen Phillips, aged 77, an old identity of Young, succumbed to an attack of double pneumonia early yesterday morning. The deceased lady, who was born at Kangiara Station, Yass (which estate had been in the possession of the Besnard family for many years), was a popular figurehead in the town. Her late husband predeceased her by some years. A family of three sons and three daughters survive, namely, Messrs. N. R., J. H., and J. B. Phillips (Young), Mrs. Roberts (Sydney), Mrs. G. Regan (Young) and Mrs. K. L. Barnett (Ipswich, Queensland). Mrs. Poplin, Mrs. Beaumont, and Mrs. James Hayes are sisters of the deceased. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon. The remains were first conveyed to St. John's Church and later laid to rest in the Church of England portion of the Young cemetery, the Rev. S. A. T. Champion officiating at the graveside.

Young Witness, 15 May 1917, page 2

Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
Ω Birth
  • BDM Index ref for birth: V18391528 26A/1839
† Baptism
₪ Wedding
  • BDM Index ref for marriage: 2919/1860
¶ Death
  • BDM Index ref for death: 8976/1917