David Sydney Wanliss

David Sydney Wanliss

Male 1864 - 1943  (79 years)

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  • Name David Sydney Wanliss 
    Newspaper 5 Mar 193  Morobe, New Guinea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld) 
    • CLASH IN NEW GUINEA
      Judge Among Injured
      CANBERRA. March 4. -- Calm has been restored in the Morobe district of New Guinea, where there was a severe clash between natives and a police party last week. An official report received by the Minister for Health (Mr. C. W. Marr) states that most of the recalcitrant natives have returned to their villages and have submitted themselves to authority. In the meantime the police are searching for the ringleaders, and a patrol officer and 10 police have been stationed in the area. As a result of the clash 19 natives were killed and 17 wounded. Judge Wanliss, one of the patrol party, and three administration natives received slight arrow wounds.
    Born 20 Feb 1864  Perth, Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1888-1901  Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    lawyer 
    • "Called to the Bar at the Inner Temple, London, on 19 November 1888, he returned to Victoria in 1890 and practised at Ballarat and in Melbourne. "
    Military Service 1901-1919 
    • See his biography. Served in Victorian Scottish Regiment, which became the 52nd Battalion. Served in 5th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force; fought at Anzac and Krithia. Intermitten commanding officer of 2nd Brigade. In 1916 commanded 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot at Etaples, France, then the 65th Battalion of the proposed 6th Division. Nov 1918: commandant of the 6th Military District (Tasmania) for 13 months.
    Residence Nov 1918-Dec 1919  Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Served as Tasmanian Commandant.

      Cairns Post, 3 October 1918
      Lieut.-Colonel D. S. Wanliss, CM., has been appointed State Commandant of Tasmania, vice Colonel Clark. Colonel Wanliss, who has seen service in Gallipoli and France during the present war, is a brother-in law of the Chief Justice of Victoria, Sir Wm. Irvine.

      Electoral roll of 1919 shows:
      David Sidney Wanliss, Male, Anglesea Barracks, military officer, Tasmania, Denison district Hobart South subdistrict
      Jessie Wanliss, Female, home duties, Anglesea Barracks, Tasmania, Denison district Hobart South subdistrict

      The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania) - 17 December 1919
      Notice of auction of the sale of various furnishings of The Barracks, residence of Colonel Wanliss [contains list of household goods, including pianoforte, carpets, lots of expensive-sounding furniture].
      -- this must have been just before he returned to mainland Australia
    Occupation From 1921 to 1938  New Guinea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Chief Judge of New Guinea 
    Newspaper 16 Jun 1925  Rabaul, New Guinea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Brisbane Courier, 16 June 1925
      Rabaul has lost one of its arboreal landmarks. According to the local "Times" on a recent Saturday afternoon, the huge breadfruit tree which stood at the entrance to Judge Wanliss's bungalow, suddenly came crashing down durin a fresh westerly breeze. the old tree, which was over 200 feet high and covered a big expanse of ground, was laden with fruit, but the big butt and roots had been weakened by the ravages of borers and could not stand the strain of its load of fruit and the breeze. The road to Judge Wanliss's ground was completely blocked and the topmost branches were over Namanula road, and the whole of the telephone wires were broken. Mrs. Phibbs and motor party had a narrow escape; a trifling incident delaying the car probably saved the party from being crushed to death.
    Newspaper 31 May 1937  Rabaul, New Guinea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay & Burnett Advertiser (Queensland), 31 May 1937
      Rabaul Residents Evacuate Town
      SYDNEY, Sunday.- Two volcanoes in active eruption to-day compelled the inhabitants of Rabaul to evacuate the town. Though 20 remained to safeguard and organise the transport of food supplies, most of the remainder were taken by the ships, Golden Bear and Montoro, to Kopopo, on the coast about 50 miles from Rabaul. No casualties so far have been reported. Judge Phillips of Rabual, sent an urgent radio appeal to-night to the Federal Government for a food supply ship. The Acting-Minister for Defence (Mr. H. V. Thorby), who intercepted the message in Sydney, immediately began arrangements to send food in the quickest way possible. It had not been decided to-night whether this would be done by ship from Thursday Island or some other point, or by plane from some other part of New Guinea. There have been two active eruptions from Vulcan Island in Blance Bay. Vulcan Island was thrown up out of the sea in one night about 60 years ago by a subterranean volcanic disturbance. Beginning with earth tremors and landslides, the present disturbance assumed alarming intensity early on Saturday morning. Vulcan Island began to smoke about 4 a.m. About 4 p.m. the island burst forth in flaming eruptions and threw smoke and ashes which turned day into night.
      MOST SEVERE IN HISTORY
      CANBERRA, Sunday. - The Rabaul disturbance is officially regarded as one of the most severe in the history of New Guinea. A message from Rabaul stated that fears of a tidal wave which might wipe out Rabual caused the administration to remove the white and Asiastic population to Kopopo and Namanula, a township on a hill two and a half miles above Rabaul. Chief Judge Wanless has been cut off from the capital by a landslide. An official communication reports there is no panic, and the population is facing the situation with admirable calm.
    Obituary 27 Sep 1943  Melbourne, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Scotsman 
    • Former Chief Judge of New Guinea
      Melbourne, Sunday: Colonel David Sydney Wanliss, Chief Judge of New Guinea from 1921 to 1938, died today at the age of 79. He was born at Perth, Scotland, was a barrister of the Inner Temple, and served with the Australian Imperial Forces during the last war, being mentioned in dispatches and receiving the C.M.G. He was Military Commandant of Tasmania after the war.
    Died 27 Sep 1943  Brighton, Melbourne, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Buried Eltham Cemetery, Melbourne, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • WANLISS, DAVID SYDNEY (1864-1943), army officer and judge, was born on 20 February 1864 at Perth, Scotland, second son of Thomas Drummond Wanliss, a newspaper proprietor at Ballarat, Victoria, and his wife Eliza, née Henderson, both Scottish born. David attended Ballarat College and Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A., LL.B., 1887). Called to the Bar at the Inner Temple, London, on 19 November 1888, he returned to Victoria in 1890 and practised at Ballarat and in Melbourne. On 25 April 1895 at Scots Church, Melbourne, he married with Presbyterian forms Jessie Guthrie (d.1922). He helped to write a second edition of his brother-in-law «u»(Sir) William Irvine «/u»'s «i»Justices of the Peace«/i» (1899).
      On 12 January 1901 Wanliss joined the militia as a lieutenant in the Victorian Scottish Regiment; he became its commanding officer in February 1911 and was promoted lieutenant-colonel in February 1913. By then the regiment had been reorganized as the 52nd Battalion, yet Wanliss continued to call it the Victorian Scottish. Like his father he was proud of having been born in Scotland, and when on 18 August 1914 he was appointed commanding officer of the 5th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, he tried to fill it with men of Scottish ancestry. He succeeded in recruiting about a quarter of the battalion from Victorian Scottish veterans and men with Scottish surnames. In addition, he filled one of the battalion's eight companies with former pupils from private schools. Battle was to obliterate these distinctions, but in 1921 Wanliss's photograph, as the frontispiece of the 5th Battalion's history, showed him in the tartan of the Victorian Scottish.
      Wanliss led his battalion at the landing on Anzac and through the hectic days that followed, and in the terrible battle of Krithia, on Helles, on 8 May 1915. From that month he acted intermittently as commanding officer of the 2nd Brigade, but in late July was evacuated with typhoid, and after time in a hospital on Malta was repatriated in January 1916. He had proved a competent but not outstanding leader: aged 51 in 1915, he was a little old for the trials of Gallipoli, yet the 5th Battalion remembered him as 'the father of the regiment', and he was appointed C.M.G. and mentioned in dispatches in November 1916. Wanliss Gully on Anzac was named after him.
      In mid-1916 Wanliss returned to A.I.F. service as officer commanding the 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot at Etaples, France, and then various A.I.F. depots in England. In March 1917 he was appointed officer commanding the 65th Battalion of the proposed 6th Division; when the division was disbanded, he returned to depot service. His A.I.F. appointment was terminated in July 1918. From November he served for thirteen months as commandant of the 6th Military District (Tasmania).
      In April 1921 Wanliss was appointed chief judge of the Mandated Territory of New Guinea where he served with several old comrades from the 5th Battalion until August 1937. He was considered a humane judge who showed concern for the welfare of New Guineans. Retiring to Brighton, Melbourne, Wanliss died there on 25 September 1943 and was buried in Eltham cemetery. He was remembered as a warm-hearted and generous man. On 22 May 1923 at Christ Church, South Yarra, he had married with Anglican rites Evelyn Muriel Bryant. She survived him, as did the only son of his first marriage, John Guthrie, who had served with him in the A.I.F.
      [Source: Australian Dictionary of Biography online; http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A120730b.htm ]

      Admitted pens. at TRINITY college, Cambridge, England, May 23, 1884. [2nd] s. of Thomas Drumond [journalist], of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. B. Feb. 20, 1864, at Perth, W. Australia. School, Ballarat. Matric. Michs. 1884; B.A. and LL.B. 1887, Adm. at the Inner Temple, Oct. 21, 1885. Called to the Bar, Nov. 19, 1888. Served in the Great War, 1914-19 (Lieut.-Col. 5th Infantry Battn. and General List, Australian forces; C.M.G.; mentioned in despatches). Died in Sept., 1943. Brother of the next {John Newton Wellesley Wanliss]. (Law Lists; Inns of Court; Univ. War List.)
    Person ID I5  49: David Wanliss & Janet Moon
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2014 

    Father Thomas Drummond Wanliss,   b. 1830, Abernethy, Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1923, St. Andrew, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Mother Eliza Henderson,   b. Est 1830,   d. 1918, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married 10 or 15 Mar 1859  Melbourne, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Jessie Guthrie,   b. Abt 1861,   d. 19 Feb 1922, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Married 25 Apr 1895  Melbourne, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Children 
     1. John Guthrie Wanliss,   b. 27 May 1896, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1967, Cornelian Bay, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 25 Feb 2010 
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Evelyn Muriel Bryant,   b. Abt 1890,   d. 1961, Melbourne, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married 22 May 1923  Christ Church, South Yarra, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2010 
    Family ID F23  Group Sheet

  • News
    Obituary of David Sydney Wanliss, 1943
    Obituary of David Sydney Wanliss, 1943
    Melbourne, Australia - 26 Sep - Col. David Sydney Wanliss, chief judge of the Mandated Territory of New Guinea from 1921 to 1938, died today. His age was 79.
    Obituary of David Sydney Wanliss (1943)
    Obituary of David Sydney Wanliss (1943)
    Longer version with photo.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Parish record (per Romeril film).
      Birth record: Perth, Co. Perth
      20 Feb. 1864«tab»Wanless, David Sydney, at Croft House, Perth, lawful son of Thomas Drummond Wanless a newspaper proprietor & Eliza Henderson. The father signed. They married 10 Mar 1859 at Melbourne, Australia

    2. [S21] Newspaper or Magazine.
      The Argus 18 April 1864 - Births
      Wanliss - on the 20th of February, at Croft House, Perth, Scotland, Mrs. Thomas D. Wanliss, of Ballarat, of a son.

    3. [S10] Australian Vital Records Index (LDS).
      WANLISS David Sydney s/o Thos Drummond Wanliss & Eliza HENDERSON age 79 at M BTON 1943 #11441

    4. [S21] Newspaper or Magazine.
      The Argus - 27 September 1943- Deaths
      On Sep 25th at Webb street, Brighton, Colonel David Sydney Wanliss, C.M.G., aged 79 years.

      The Argus - 28 September 1943 - Deaths
      Wanliss - A tribute to a soldier and a gentleman, our oldest friend, Col. D.S. Wanliss, C.M.G., who passed away September 25. Lest we forget. (Mr & Mrs Mayes, Caulfield)
      Wanliss - On September 25, our dear friend Col. D.S. Wanliss, C.M.G. (W. & Daisy Barklamb, Caulfield)

    5. [S4] Parish record (per Romeril film), SON DAVID'S BIRTH RECORD (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S10] Australian Vital Records Index (LDS).
      Surname: WANLISS
      Given Names: Thomas Drummond
      Event: M
      Spouse Surname: HENDERSON
      Spouse Gvn Names: Eliza
      Sex: M
      Year: 1859
      Reg Number: 2327

    7. [S21] Newspaper or Magazine, THE ARGUS, MELBOURNE, AUS. FRIDAY 18 MARCH 1859 (Reliability: 3).
      Married on the 15th inst at Roxburgh Cottage by the Rev. Irving Hetherington, Thomas D. Wanliss of Ballarat to Eliza, younger daughter of John Henderson, brewer of Flinders-lane.

    8. [S22] Australian Dictionary of Biography online edition, (http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A120730b.htm).
      On 25 April 1895 at Scots Church, Melbourne, he married with Presbyterian forms Jessie Guthrie (d.1922).

    9. [S21] Newspaper or Magazine.
      The Argus - 4 May 1895 - Marriages
      Wanliss - Guthrie - On the 25th ult., at the Scots Church, Melbourne, by the Rev. Alexander Marshall, D.D., David Sydney Wanliss, barrister-at-law, second son of T.D. Wanliss, Longford-house, Ballarat, to Jessie, younger daughter of the late John Guthrie, Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Melbourne, and of Mrs. Guthrie, Leithen, St. Kilda.

    10. [S22] Australian Dictionary of Biography online edition, (http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A120730b.htm).