George Threlfall


George b. Hollowforth, Woodplumpton, Lancashire, 1869. m. Rosalie (Rosie) Paul abt. 1890. George d. 1921, Pachuca, Mexico.


Martyn, nephew of Professor (Sir) Richard Threlfall (14/8/1861-10/7/1932) who founded the first School of Physics at Sydney University. Martyn was grandson of Richard Threlfall of Hollowforth, Preston, Lancs, a wine merchant, small landowner and mayor of Preston 1855/56 (click here).


Martyn: University of Sydney 1915-1917 inc. (click here for 1915 report, here for 1917).

Martyn first became a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald. Then: Prime Minister Scullin's Publicity Officer 1929-1930. Next: Senior Private Secretary to Prime Minister Joe Lyons from 1931-1934. Then: Martyn headed up the London office of the Sydney Morning Herald before returning to Sydney, 1937 where he continued to write for the S.M.H. during and after the war.


Extract from The Canberra Times March 1931: click here

For History of Hillview, residence of the family from 1937 -> ca. 1970, click here








Martyn Monson Threlfall


b. London, 25/6/1894.


1st marriage

m. Alice Noel Graves, 21 July 1917, Woollahra, Sydney => one daughter, Pamela, b. 28/11/1919. Pamela m. James Edward Mills, 24/1/1947. Pamela d. 18/10/1976, East Malvern, Melbourne.

Martyn-Alice marriage dissolved by divorce 1925.


2nd marriage:

m. Florence Hilda Rimmington,

21/10/1929, Canberra, Australia.


Martyn d. 25th May, 1966, Sydney.

(There is a memorial plaque to Martyn at the National Suburbs Memorial Gardens, North Ryde, Sydney).

In Tom D.C. Roberts' 2015-published book, "Before Rupert: Keith Murdoch and the Birth of a Dynasty", the author writes that, following Joe Lyons becoming P.M. in 1931, newspaper mogul (Sir) Keith Murdoch, father of the now-more-famous Rupert Murdoch, recommended Martyn Threlfall, then a jounalist for the Melbourne Herald, for the position of Lyons' "political" (private) secretary. "Threlfall started immediately".

Michael Threlfall

b. 1932, Canberra.

=> 1 son (Australia), 2 daughters (California) and 5 grandchildren.

Nicholas Threlfall.

b. 14-7-1940, Sydney, Australia.

Nicholas d. Sydney, 2-12-1997.

=> 2 daughters.



1. One of the presents given to E.M. Paul (top) by the Czar was a Faberge cigarette case now at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney (info. kindly provided by Michael Threlfall)

From the Museum's website: "The cigarette case was given by the Russian Tsar Nicholas II to Edmond Monson Paul in about 1908-10 on his retirement from the post of Honorary Russian Consul in Sydney".

2. One of the first Schweppes maufacturing branches was set up in Friar Gate, Derby, operating successfully 1812-1893. The first manufacturing base in Australia was set up in Sydney 1877. Click here for further details.

The engineers associated with Jacob Schweppe's invention for producing artificial mineral water, around 1790, were Jacques Paul and his son Nicolas Paul. The author notes that Martyn's maternal grandfather was Edmund Monson Paul, originally from Norwich.



Rosalie Catherine Threlfall (nee Paul)


b. Sydney 1873.

Rosalie: daughter of Edmund Monson Paul, Australian Consul for Russia 1855-1913. E.M.Paul in charge of Schweppes, Sydney branch, 1879-1900, after which Rosalie's brother E.S.W. Paul, took over.

Edmund Monson Paul b. Norwich, 1825, moved to Australia 1852, died Sydney, November 1914.

Click here for 1914 obituary giving much detail.

Rosalie d. Sydney 1935.




From the National Library of Australia: click



A record of M.M. Threlfall re: Joe Lyons P.M.



Nicholas: Plastic Surgeon in Sydney.

In practice at Westwood Hospital and Hornsby




Canberra Times, Monday 1st. January 1934:

"Martyn Monson Threlfall, Private Secretary to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Officer, Commonwealth of Australia", listed as awarded O.B.E. (Civil Division).




Much information on Martyn Threlfall's first marriage

and daughter Pamela Mills (Threlfall) kindly provided

by Frances Walsh.









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