Richard Threlfall

of Hollowforth, Preston, Lancs, a wine

merchant, small landowner and mayor of Preston

1855-1856 (click here).



George Threlfall (M.I.C.E., M.I.M.E.) was a consulting civil and mining engineer.

George first came to Sydney to visit his older surviving brother* Richard (Professor of Physics at Sydney University) (b. 1861) then returned temporarily to England. The actual location of his marriage, 1893, to Rosalie is thought to be Sydney with the two returning soon after to England via Switzerland (click here for Schweppes connection). Children Martyn and Reginald were born London.

Click here to link to George's 1895 discovery and work on "The Lost London Tunnel".

It appears the above project subsequently collapsed through lack of financial backing and c. 1904 sees George, his wife and children in Bogota, Colombia (this info. courtesy of Mr. Michael Threlfall).

At some stage, George returned to Australia although it seems George continued with his mining projects. George died, 1921, Pachuca Mexico, where considerable silver and gold deposits had previously been found.


*William Threlfall, George's second brother b. Hollowforth, 1862 was a botanist drowned in the River Diyala whilst on a plant collecting expedition investigating oriental flora in a part of Persia (now Kurdistan), March 1888 (click here).

William: B.A. Oxon, 1885, F.L.S. 1887.

William buried Baghdad.



George Threlfall


b. Hollowforth, Woodplumpton, Lancashire, 1869.

m. Rosalie (Rosie) Paul,

Sydney, 1893.


George d. 1921, Pachuca, Mexico (see panel left).



Martyn Monson Threlfall

b. London, 25/6/1894.

(University of Sydney, 1915-1917 inc.).

Reginald Hope Threlfall

b. London 1895.

Killed in action, aged 19, at Gallipoli, 8th August 1915 (Lance Sergeant, Light Horse Australian Army Medical Corps). Laid to Rest :

Embarkation Pier, Chailak Dere, Gallipoli.


Sarah Jane Mason






Much information courtesy of

Dr. Frances Walsh

Frances is the grand - daughter of Sophie

Threlfall, cousin of George.




There is a memorial to George and brother William in the family corner of the churchyard at Woodplumpton.

George is buried in the English Cemetery in Pachuca, Mexico.




1901 census in Richmond, Surrey.
George Threlfall, age 32, Preston, Lancashire, Head, Richmond, Surrey.
Rosalie C Threlfall, age 28, Sydney, Australia, wife, Richmond, Surrey.
Martyn M. Threlfall, age 6, London, son, Richmond, Surrey.
Reginald H. Threlfall, age 5, London, son, Richmond, Surrey.
Edith M Chatten, age 21, Litcham, Norfolk, Governess, Richmond, Surrey.
Annie B Conat, age 21, South Norwood, Servant, Richmond, Surrey.
Mary E Griffin, age 24, Kingston, Surrey, Servant, Richmond, Surrey.


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