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Detailed report of 4BN's suicide

TRAGIC DEATH OF POSTAL OFFICIAL. Mr. E. R. Cooling, Of Toowoomba TOOWOOMBA, Thursday. The third senior official in the Toowoomba Post Office — Mr. Ernest Richard Cooling — died in tragic circumstances this morning from a bullet wound in the side of his head. He was 51 years of age, and for 39 years had been associated with the Postal Department. He was entrusted with handling large sums of moneys for the department, and officially his affairs were found to be in order. The late Mr. Cooling had been attached to the Toowoomba Post Office for 25 years, and prior to that was a telegraphist at Bowen and Mackay. About 10 a.m. today Mr. Cooling was missed from his table, and one of the employees in the mail room on going to a building at the rear, saw him lying in a crumpled heap, with a revolver near him. He was unconscious when taken to the General Hospital, and died about 11 a.m. For some time Mr. Cooling had not enjoyed good health, and had been granted sick leave. The death of his mother-in-law (Mrs. Currey). a very old resident of Toowoomba, some months ago, caused him worry. That was followed by an accident, in which he fractured his wrist, and later he underwent an operation for appendicitis. Mrs. Cooling collapsed on hearing the news of his death. The postmaster stated that Mr. Cooling was a very conscientious and obliging officer, as well as a very competent man at his work, and his affairs officially were in order. He was due for four months' longservice leave, to commence in November. The revolver which was found alongside the deceased is the property of the Postal Department, and, as he took substantial sums of money to and from the bank, he had access to the weapon. The deceased, who resided in Donation Lane, off Neil Street, leaves his widow and four children. One of his brothers-in-law is Mr. J. Currey, the representative Toowoomba cricketer.[1]

Inquest into death of 4BN

Inquest on Postal Clerk. TOOWOOMBA, September 24. In the Coroner's Court this morning before Mr. P. G. Knyvett, Police Magistrate, inquired further into the manner and cause of the death of Ernest Richard Cooling, who died in the Toowoomba General Hospital on September 17. Ethel Dorothy Cooling, the widow, said that during the last 13 years her husband had suffered from bad health. On September 16 he acted strangely. Next day he seemed all right before going to work to which he went as usual. She was satisfied that he was from time to time temporarily out of his mind. He had no financial or domestic troubles. He was 51 years of age and was born in Toowoomba. There were four children. When returning from the witness box Mrs. Cooling saw a revolver on the table and cried out and wept bitterly. Michael Edward CuIIen, postmaster, of Toowoomba, said that Cooling was his clerk. The inquiry was closed.[2]

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Plaque commemorating early Toowoomba "Wireless" Experimenters

EARLY TOOWOOMBA "WIRELESS" EXPERIMENTERS

  • THIS PLAQUE. ERECTED IN 1965, COMMEMORATES AS A PART OF THIS CITY'S HISTORY. THE NAMES OF EARLY "WIRELESS" EXPERIMENTERS OF TOOWOOMBA WHOSE PIONEERING ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE PERIODS 1913 TO 1914, & 1920 TO 1923, ASSISTED IN LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS OF EXPERIMENTAL "WIRELESS" COMMUNICATIONS IN AUSTRALIA.
  • "SPARK" TRANSMISSION ERA (1913-14), (1920-22): W. H. H. BRIGHT, F. J. CAREY A.M.I.R.E.E., J. FULCHER, V. HOLMES
  • "VALVE" TRANSMISSION ERA (1922-23): E. COOLING, C. FORTESCUE, E. GOLD, J. GROOM, L. GIBSON, E. NORRIS[3]

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Death notice for 4BN's paternal grandmother in Melbourne

DEATHS. COOLING.— On the 20th inst, at 45 Bourke-street east, Sarah Georgiana Cooling, aged sixty-one years, widow of the late Mr. Richard Cooling, Jermyn-street, London, and mother of Messrs. Richard Henry Cooling and William Cooling, of this city.[4]

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Vic marriage registration for 4BN's father (first marriage)

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  • Event: Marriage
  • Family name: COOLING
  • Given name(s)ː William
  • Spouse's nameː KELLY, Elizabeth Agnes
  • Registration yearː 1869
  • Registration numberː 4129/1869[5]
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Vic death registration for 4BN's half-brother Frederick Cooling

  • Vic BDM
  • Event: Death
  • Family name: COOLING
  • Given name(s)ː Frederick
  • Mother's given nameː Elizabeth Agnes
  • Mother's family name at birthː KELLY
  • Father's Given Names: William
  • Father's Family Name: COOLING
  • Place of birth: Carlton
  • Place of death: blank
  • Age at death: 9
  • Registration yearː 1874
  • Registration numberː 10434/1874[6]
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Vic birth registration for 4BN's sister Maude Carroll nee Cooling

  • Vic BDM
  • Event: Births
  • Family name: Cooling
  • Given name(s)ː Maude
  • Mother's given nameː Honorah (sic, Honora)
  • Mother's family name at birthː Ryan
  • Father's Given Names: William
  • Place of event: Emerald Hill
  • Registration yearː 1875
  • Registration numberː 22777/1875[7]
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Vic marriage registration for 4BN's father (second marriage)

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  • Event: Marriage
  • Family name: COOLING
  • Given name(s)ː William
  • Spouse's nameː RYAN, Hanoria (sic, Honora)
  • Registration yearː 1875
  • Registration numberː 608/1875[8]
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Vic birth registration for 4BN's brother William John Cooling

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  • Event: Births
  • Family name: COOLING
  • Given name(s)ː William John
  • Mother's given nameː Hannah (sic)
  • Mother's family name at birthː RYAN
  • Father's Given Names: William
  • Place of event: FITZROY
  • Registration yearː 1877
  • Registration numberː 8911/1877[9]
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Qld birth registration for 4BN's sister Amy Cooling

  • Qld BDM
  • Birth registration: Amy Cooling
  • Birth date: 27/02/1883
  • Mother's name: Honorah Ryan
  • Father/parent's name: William Cooling
  • Registration details: 1883/C/2318[10]
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Vic marriage registration for 4BN's half-sister Marion Agnes Cooling (first registration)

  • Vic BDM
  • Event: Marriage
  • Family name: Cooling
  • Given name(s)ː Marion (note, no second given name Agnes)
  • Spouse's nameː CAMPBELL, Alexander
  • Registration yearː 1883
  • Registration numberː 4110/1883[11]

Vic marriage registration for 4BN's half-sister Marion Agnes Cooling (a second registration)

  • Vic BDM
  • Event: Marriage
  • Family name: Cooling
  • Given name(s)ː Marion Agnes (now with second given name)
  • Spouse's nameː CAMPBELL, Alexander
  • Registration yearː 1883
  • Registration numberː 4438/1883[12]
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  • Qld BDM
  • Birth registration: Ernest Richard Cooling
  • Birth date: 06/04/1885
  • Mother's name: Honorah Ryan
  • Father/parent's name: William Cooling
  • Registration details: 1885/C/2764[13]
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Qld birth registration for 4BN's wife Ethel Dorothy Cooling nee Curry

  • Qld BDM
  • Birth registration: Ethel Dorothy Curry
  • Birth date: 21/09/1890
  • Mother's name: Sarah Farrow
  • Father/parent's name: John Robert Curry
  • Registration details: 1890/C/4004[14]
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  • Qld BDM
  • Death registration: John Robert Curry
  • Death date: 27/05/1895
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  • Father/parent's name: Ralph Curry
  • Registration details: 1895/C/932[15]
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Ex. Min. 162. Commonwealth of Australia. Postmaster-General's Department, 9th May, 1904. HIS Excellency the Governor-General, by and with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, has been pleased to approve of the following promotions, confirmation of appointments, &c., in the Postmaster-General's Department, namely:— . . . QUEENSLAND. Ernest Richard Cooling, Switch Board Attendant, Toowoomba, to be Junior Letter Carrier, Toowoomba, vice Hogan, resigned; . . .[16]

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CLASSIFICATION OF THE COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. C.6977. TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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  • Explanation of the principles governing the Classification ... ... ... — iii — xiv
  • Postmaster-General's Department ... ... ... .. ... ... ... v
  • Department of Trade and Customs ... ... ... ... ... ... ix
  • All Departments ... ... ... ... . ... ... ... ... x
  • Schedule I., showing rates of Annual Salary to Clerical Division Office's ... ... ... xv
  • Schedule II., showing rates of Annual Salary to Professional Division Officers ... ... ... xv
  • Schedule III., showing rates of Annual Salary to General Division Officers ... ... .. xv
  • Schedule IV., showing the Classification of Post Offices in each State —
    • New South Wales ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... xviii
    • Victoria ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... xx
    • Queensland ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... xxi
    • South Australia .... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... xxii
    • Western Australia ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... xxiii
    • Tasmania ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... xxiv
  • Schedule V., showing Scales of District Allowances ... ... ... ... ... xxv
  • Schedule VI., Diagram showing Lines of Promotion in the General Division (Postmaster-General's Department) ... ... ... ... ... ... ... follows page xxvi
  • Schedule VII., Classification of Officers —
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  • Department of External Affairs ... ... ... ... ... ... 1
  • " Attorney-General ... ... ... ... ... 2
  • " Home Affairs ... ... ... ... ... 3
    • (Public Service Commissioner) ... ... ... ... 4
  • " Treasury ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 5
  • " Trade and Customs —
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    • New South Wales ... ... ... ... ... ... 10
    • Victoria ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 18
    • Queensland ... ... ... ... ... ... 24
    • South Australia ... ... ... ... ... ... 29
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    • Tasmania ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 35
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    • South Australia ... ... ... ... ... ... 40
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    • Tasmania ... ... ... ... ... . . ... 42
  • Department of Postmaster-General —
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    • New South Wales ... ... ... ... ... ... 43
    • Victoria ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 122
    • Queensland... ... ... ... ... ... ... 166
    • South Australia ... .. ... ... ... ... 190
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  • Supplementary List. Department cf Trade and Customs —
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    • South Australia ... ... ... ... ... ... 256
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    • Tasmania ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 259
  • Index to Names of Officers —
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    • New South Wales ... ... ... ... ... ... 262
    • Victoria ... ... ... ... ... ... 271
    • Queensland ... ... ... ... ... ... 278
    • South Australia ... ... ... ... ... ... 281
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To His Excellency The Right Honorable Henry Stafford, Baron Northcote, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Knight Commander of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, Companion of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth of Australia, &c., &c., &c.: May it Please Your Excellency : In conformity with the provisions of the Commonwealth Public Service Act 1902, I beg to submit, for Your Excellency's consideration, the Classification of the permanent officers of the Commonwealth Public Service, showing the disposition of offices and officers, and their arrangement in Classes and Sub-divisions of Classes, in the case of the Professional and the Clerical Divisions, and in Grades or Positions, in the case of the General Division, as on the 31st March, 1904. The Service has been divided into the four Divisions provided for by Section 15 of the Act, viz.:— The Administrative Division, the Professional Division, the Clerical Division, and the General Division.

  • The Administrative Division includes all Permanent Heads and Chief Officers of Departments.
  • The Professional Division includes all officers whose duties require in the persons performing them some special skill or technical knowledge usually acquired only in some profession or occupation different from the ordinary routine of the Public Service.
  • The Clerical Division includes all officers whose duties are wholly of clerical nature.
  • The General Division includes all persons not included in the other Divisions of the Service.
  • In the Administrative Division the salaries received by officers are those approved by Parliament each year, and provided in the Appropriation Act. The Third Schedule of the Commonwealth Public Service Act 1902 (a copy of which appears as Schedule I. hereto), fixes the rate of annual salary of officers of the Clerical Division, and the officers have been placed in the Classes and Subdivisions of Classes shown therein.
  • The arranging of the Professional Division into Classes, as provided for by Section 80(a), has been carried out, and the limits of salaries to be paid to persons in such Classes have been fixed by regulation, a copy of which appears as Schedule II.
  • The arrangement of the General Division into Grades, also provided for by Section 80(a), has been completed, and the limits of salaries fixed by regulation are contained in Schedule III. hereto.

Additions to salary are only granted on the recommendation of the Commissioner after full inquiry, and report by the Permanent Head of the Department to which the officer is attached. The number of officers in each Division and Class or Grade necessary for the efficient working of each Department and Branch, has likewise been apportioned. In forwarding this recommendation, I deem it right to explain the principles by which I have been guided in making my classification and the means which have been adopted in arriving at the result. The end steadily borne in view has been the adoption of a scheme which, while being fair to the officers and allowing full value for the work performed, yet will not press unduly upon the finances of the Commonwealth. The Inspectors for the various States have inspected the Departments under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth, and, so far as possible, have examined as minutely as practicable the work performed by each officer or group of officers; they have likewise visited many of the country offices, and have thus been enabled to recommend alterations and changes in the staffs which have already resulted in reduced expenditure, and will lead in the future to still further savings. The classification of the Public Service has been an undertaking that has involved arduous and painstaking labour and the most anxious consideration. It was found that the State Classifications, the conditions of employment, the rates of pay, and the special emoluments and concessions granted, were so diversified that an immense amount of time was absorbed in ascertaining and critically analyzing the many questions which necessarily arose in the preparation of a properly related scheme of classification. The designations of officers which had been adopted in the several States prior to federation afforded, in many instances, little or no indication of the duties performed, and even where it sometimes happened that a par-ticular designation was common to two or more States, it was found that the duties sought to be described were entirely dissimilar. No less than 470 different designations existed in the permanent staffs of the transferred Departments:— Posts, Telegraphs, and Telephones, 302; Customs and Excise, 122; Naval and Military Defence, 46. Before any sound basis could be laid down for a Commonwealth classification, the whole of these titles demanded critical examination, with a view to introducing some measure of uniformity of designation of the positions in those Departments. To have classified the Service on the assumption that an officer's existing designation could be accepted as an indication of the nature of his duties and responsibilities would have created serious anomalies and injustice, and have made confusion worse confounded. Before the actual work of classification could be entered upon, a large amount of information bearing upon the diverse conditions existent in the States had to be collated, and some semblance of order evolved out of what was practically a chaotic condition of affairs. In formulating the scheme of classification, an endeavour has been made to provide that every officer in the employ of the Commonwealth who gives efficient and willing service shall have a fair chance of advancement, and, at the same time, the organization of the Service has been effected on such clearly defined lines as will, it is believed, materially assist in the economical and sound business administration of the Departments. To arrive at a proper estimate of the value of the services performed by officers, information had to be obtained as to the volume of business at every Post Office and Customs House throughout Australia. In assessing the value of the work at, say, a Post Office, I have had before me for comparison with other offices, the number of letters posted and received; mails despatched and received; telegrams despatched, received, and repeated; money orders issued and paid; Savings Bank deposits and withdrawals; Old-age Pensions paid; Telephone Bureau calls; Treasury transactions; Trunk Line calls; &c. It has also been nccessary to take into consideration the strength of staffs, the amount of telephone business, and the extent of night work. Similarly, in dealing with the Customs offices, consideration has been given to the number of entries passed and checked on goods for home consumption, and in connexion with excise, warehouse entries, entries passed for transhipments, drawback work, entries at fixed and ad valorem rates, pilotage, harbour and tonnage dues, inter-State debit and credit certificates, foreign, inter-State, and coastwise shipping, &c. In determining the value of the work performed by an officer, I have acted on the assumption that in cases where the rates fixed are lower than the amounts now paid, the reduced rates shall only apply to officers appointed, promoted, or transferred after such reduced rates have come into force. POSTMASTER-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT. Classification of Post and Telegraph Offices. As far as it has been practicable these offices have been valued, as regards the salary of the officer in charge, on a uniform basis. As previously mentioned, returns for a definite period were obtained from all States, giving statistics of the more important classes of work performed at Post and Telegraph Offices, and the information thus obtained has largely formed the basis of the valuation. In addition, local features peculiar to any office, which appeared to increase or decrease its importance, received full consideration. The Post and Telegraph officers of South Australia will no longer receive allowances for conducting Savings Bank business; nor be paid a rebate on the sale of stamps, the Savings Bank work having been taken into consideration in assessing the classification of each office, and the provisions of the Post Office Act of that State as to rebates on the sale of stamps having been repealed by the Commonwealth Post and Telegraph Act 1901. In addition to the regular Post Offices, there are, in Queensland, a large number of stations which, though fulfilling the local requirements of a Post and Telegraph Office, are mainly established for line-repairing purposes. The value of these positions could not be determined by an analysis of the volume of work passing through the offices in question, as such, in almost all cases, is small, as compared with the officers' emoluments. The line-repairing work, therefore, has, in such cases, been the principal consideration, and the offices have been classified in the senior grades of Line Repairer, with allowances ranging from £12 to £36 per annum (commensurate with the value of the work) for the performance of the postal and telegraphic duties. These allowances, however, will not be made to any of the present occupants of the offices who are found to be overpaid. The existing allowances paid by the Department to the officers' wives for carrying on the office work during their husbands' absences from their stations on line work have not been disturbed. The Post Offices have been classified in accordance with the following table:— . . .

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  • Cooling, E. R., 185, 42[17]
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Index to Return of Officers — continued. STATE OF QUEENSLAND. Name. Page. No. on Page. . . . Cooling, Ernest Richard ... 221 35 [18]

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BI-MONTHLY ELECTORAL LISTS. BI-MONTHLY (JUNE) LISTS OF Persons appearing to be Qualified to Vote at the Election of Members of the Legislative Assembly in the year 1906, for the Electoral District of DRAYTON AND TOOWOOMBA, and for the Electoral District of AUBIGNY (within the Toowoomba Division). Objections to Manes on these Lists must be sent to the Electoral Registrar at Toowoomba and to the persons objected to not later than the Twenty-fourth day of July, 1906. Dated this ?? day of June, 1906. REGINALD S.HURD, State Electoral Registrar.

  • Surname and Christian Name. Age. Place of Abode. Occupation. Particulars of Qualification. Date when Claim received by Electoral Registrar.
  • Cooling, Ernest Richard, M, Donation Lane, Letter carrier, 7 May 1906
  • Cooling, Maud, F, Donation Lane, Household duties, 7 May 1906[19]
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Postal Officials. Telegraphists and Telephonists. The following staff changes in connection with the Postmaster-General's Department in Queensland have been gazetted:— Walter Hamilton Hume, telegraph messenger, mail branch, to be assistant (letter carrier), Cooktown, vice Patching, transferred; as from 8th March, 1907. Frederick Armstrong, telegraph messenger, Townsville, to be telephone attendant, Townsville, vice McAlpine, promoted; as from 9th March, 1907. Henry Page, telephone attendant, Thursday Island, to be assistant, Blackall; as from 9th March, 1907. Frederick Rosenskjar,. telegraph messenger, Richmond, to be telephone attendant, Thursday Island, vice Page, promoted; as from 9th March, 1907. Herbert Kenneth Roylance, telegraph messenger, telegraph branch, to be assistant, telegraph branch; as from 5th March, 1907. William Henry Whitehead, telephone attendant, Bundaberg, to be assistant, Cairns, vice Jennings, resigned; as from 1st April, 1907. Albert Gayton, telegraph messenger, Bundaberg, to be telephone attendant, Bundaberg, vice Whitehead, promoted; as from 1st April, 1907. W. Lloyd, assistant, No. 6 line party, to be assistant, Irvinebank. J. Fitzgerald, assistant, No. 8 line party, to be assistant, No. 6 line party, vice Lloyd, transferred. C. H. Corkran, clerical assistant, Cairns, to be clerical assistant, Fortitude Valley, vice Dearnaley, transferred. R. H. Dearnaley, clerical assistant, Fortitude Valley, to be clerical assistant, Cairns, vice Corkran, transferred. J. R. Chapman, lineman, grade II., Isisford, to be lineman, grade II., Inglewood, vice Cheshire, resigned. J. Farrell, lineman, grade II., Urandangie, to be lineman, grade II., Isisford, vice Chapman, transferred. J. E. Lacey, letter carrier, grade I., Brisbane, to be letter carrier, grade I., Albion vice Lowe, dismissed. G. H. Dawson, assistant (letter carrier), Brisbane, to be letter carrier, grade I., Brisbane, to fill the grade vacancy vice Lacey, transferred, as from 25th March. T. Skelly, assistant, No. 7, maintenance party, to be assistant, Chillagoe. S. Sinnamon, postmaster, grade X., Clermont, to be postmaster, grade X., Junction Creek, vice Woodland, transferred. A. Haly, postmaster, grade X., Cunnamulla, to be postmaster, grade X., Clermont, vice Sinnamon, transferred. W. J. Stevens, Postmaster, grade VII., Barcaldine, to be postmaster, grade X., Cunnamulla, vice Haly, transferred. H. T. Clark, senior assistant, with clerical qualifications, telegraph branch, to be postmaster, Goondiwindi, vice Bishop, promoted. T. Little, senior assistant, Dalby, to be senior assistant, telegraph branch, vice Clark, transferred. R. J. Harris, lineman, grade II., Gladstone, to be senior assistant, Dalby, vice Little, transferred. H. W. McLennan, lineman, grade II., Dalby, to be lineman, grade II., Gladstone, vice Harris, transferred. T. J. Ford, lineman, grade I., Ipswich, to be lineman, grade I., Dalby, vice McLennan, transferred. E. A. Kluge, senior lineman, Townsville, to be senior lineman, Ipswich, vice Ford, transferred. L. J. Burnham, telegraphist, Charters Towers, to be telegraphist, Brisbane, vice Connolly, transferred. R. J. Connolly, telegraphist, Brisbane, to be telegraphist, Charters Towers, vice Burnham, transferred. E. R. Cooling, assistant (L.C.), Toowoomba, to be assistant, Toowoomba, vice Crawford, transferred. C. J. Kennett, assistant (L.C.), Ipswich, to be assistant (L.C.), Toowoomba, vice Cooling, transferred. FORFEITED OFFICE. Miss A. Hibbert, telephone attendant, Central Telephone Exchange, Brisbane, forfeited office on her marriage, under regulation 140, as from 5th February, 1907. RESIGNATION ACCEPTED. The resignation of D. W. Henry, telegraph messenger, Irvinebank, has been accepted as from 28th February, 1907. NEW OFFICE. A new office, that of assistant (general division), has been created at Blackall. LEAVE OF ABSENCE. Leave of absence, on full pay, for six months, has been granted to Alfred Billet, letter carrier, at Mackay, and Charles Bain, letter carrier in the mail branch.[20]

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Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Ernest Richard Cooling
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1908
  • Subdistrict: Toowoomba
  • State: Queensland
  • District: Darling Downs
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 1316, Cooling, Amy, Donation lane, tailoress, female (sister)
  • Entry: 1317, Cooling, Annie, Healy st, off Ruthven st, home duties, female (sister-in-law)
  • Entry: 1318, Cooling, Ernest Richard, Donation lane, letter carrier, male (self)
  • Entry: 1319, Cooling, Honora, Donation lane, home duties, female (mother)
  • Entry: 1320, Cooling, Maud, Donation lane, home duties, female (sister)
  • Entry: 1321, Cooling, William, Donation lane, coach builder, male (father)
  • Entry: 1322, Cooling, William John, Healy st, off Ruthven st, painter, male (brother)[21]
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Post and Telegraph. The following orders, relating to the staff of the Postmaster-General s Department in Queensland, have been approved:— Robert Francis Hutchison, telephone attendant, grade II., Williamstown, Victoria, salary £110 per annum, to be telegraphist, fifth class, Townsville, Queensland, with same salary, as from 16th January, 1909, vice Dillane, transferred. E. R. Cooling, postal assistant, Toowoomba, to be postal assistant, Clifton, with present salary, vice Stewart, transferred. H. H. Booth, postmaster, Normanton, salary £270 per annum, to be postmaster, Cloncurry, with salary of £285 per annum, as from 1st February, 1909, vice Lewis, resigned. A. Barker, lineman (in charge of office), Donor's Hill, to be lineman (in charge of office), Clarke River, with present salary, vice Griffin, transferred. J. M. Adamson, telegraph messenger, Townsville, to be telephone attendant, Townsville, with present salary. The resignations have been accepted of George Henry Warren, telegraph messenger, Kingaroy, and C. E. Eames, tele-graphist, on probation Brisbane.[22]

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Index to List of Officers — Queensland — continued. Name. Page. No. on Page. . . . Cooling, Ernest Richard ... 259 9[23]

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WARWICK AND DISTRICT. WARWICK. . . . July 6. CLIFTON, July 6. There was a large attendance at the skating carnival last night. The competitions resulted:— Musical chairs, F. Devonport; race for Clifton lads, F. Devonport; best fancy dressed lady, little Miss H. Clark; best fancy dressed gentleman, Mr. E. A. Slaughter; best gentleman skater (this year's learner), Mr. E. R. Cooling; best lady skater (this year's learner), Miss Sharp; boxing on skates, J. Logan 1, F. Devonport 2.[24]

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Commonwealth of Australia. Examination No. 171. FOR APPOINTMENT AS TELEGRAPHIST, POSTMASTER-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT, QUEENSLAND, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, AND TASMANIA. (Practical Tests held 14th August, 1909. Educational Examination held 4th October, 1909.) THE following are the marks obtained by the candidates who were successful in the Educational Section of the above Examination, and who, having also passed the prescribed Practical Tests in Telegraphy, are eligible for appointment to vacancies arising in the position of Telegraphist in the States under which their names appear:—

  • Name. Cooling, Ernest Richard
  • Position. Postal Assistant, Clifton
  • Subjects. Maximum Marks, Pass Marks, Actual Marks
    • Handwriting. 400, 240, 320
    • Dictation. 400, 240, 283
    • English. 400, 240, 306
    • Arithmetic. 400, 240, 400
    • Geography. 300, 150, 231
  • Total. 1,900, 1,110, 1,540

D. C. McLACHLAN, Commissioner. W. J. SKEWES, Secretary. Office of the Commonwealth Public Service Commissioner, Melbourne, 29th October, 1909.[25]

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4BN included in list of federal public servants as at 1 January 1910

INDEX TO LIST OF PERMANENT OFFICERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE ON THE 1st OF JANUARY, 1910. . . . Name. Page. No. on Page. . . . Cooling, Ernest Richard 254 7 [26]

4BN promoted from postal assistant Clifton to telegraphist Bowen

POSTS AND TELEGRAPHS. Transfers, Promotions, &c. The following transfers, promotions, &c., of officers of the Postmaster-General's Department in Queensland are gazetted:— L. J. Burnham, relieving officer, 5th class, salary £170, to be relieving officer, 4th class, with salary of £185. T. J. D'Arcy, lineman, grade III., Augathella, salary £128, to be lineman in charge, grade V., Bauhinia Downs, with salary of £144. William Gillan, telegraphist, 4th class, telegraph branch, Brisbane, salary £185, to be clerk, 5th class, correspondence branch, with salary of £180, he having agreed to accept such transfer at the salary stated. A. I. C. Aked, postal assistant, grade III., Bourke, New South Wales, salary £126, who is qualified for transfer to the clerical division, to be telegraphist, 5th class, Cloncurry, with salary of £140. O. H. Nielson, postal assistant, grade II., Ingham, salary £110, who is qualified for transfer to the clerical division, to be telegraphist, 5th class, Townsville, with same salary. J. M. Sainsbury, postal assistant, grade III., Temora, New South Wales, salary £126, who is qualified for transfer to the clerical division, to be telegraphist, 5th class, Bowen, with salary of £140. James Corcoran, postal assistant, grade III., St. George, salary £126, to be telegraphist, 5th class, subdivision 5, Tambo, with salary of £140. E. R. Cooling, postal assistant, grade II., Clifton, salary £110, to be telegraphist, 5th class, subdivision 4, Bowen, with salary of £120. J. V. O'Donnell, postal assistant, grade II., Herberton, salary £72, to be telegraphist, 5th class, subdivision W, Cairns with salary of £80. G. J. Rice, telephone attendant, grade I., Bundaberg, salary £39, to be postal assistant, grade II., Nanango, with salary of £60. F. T. Vautin, telephone attendant, grade I., Charters Towers, salary £52, to be letter carrier (relieving), grade II., Charters Towers, with salary of £60. N. R. Schmidt, telephone attendant, grade I., Longreach, salary £52, to be letter carrier, grade II., Longreach, with salary of £60. John Egan, lineman, grade III., No. 4 party, salary £126, to be line foreman, grade VI., No. 3 party, with salary of £162. Services Terminated.— Alexander Jeffers, postal assistant, Cairns, from 11th January, 1910, resigned. J. S. Grealy, telegraph messenger, Gympie, from 31st December, 1909, resigned. W. H. Hoskin, junior instrument fitter, electrical engineer's branch. Brisbane, from 31st January, 1910, resigned. Thomas Ernest Bennett, instrument fitter, Warwick, from 31st January, 1910, resigned. James Watson, lineman, No. 5 party, electrical engineer's branch (maintenance and construction), dismissed. John R. Bradford, electrical engineer, to retire on expiration of furlough.[27]

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4BN included in list of federal public servants as at 1 January 1911

INDEX TO LIST OF PERMANENT OFFICERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE ON THE 1ST OF JANUARY, 1911. . . . Name. Page. No. on Page. . . . Cooling, Ernest Richard ... 275 25 [28]

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4BN's Electoral Roll registration 1912 Bowen

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Ernest Richard Cooling
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1912
  • Subdistrict: Bowen
  • State: Queensland
  • District: Herbert
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 471, Cooling, Ernest Richard, Powell st, telegraphist, male[29]
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4BN transferred at level as telegraphist from Bowen to Barcaldine

TRANSFERS. Mr C. Oaten, telegraphist, has been transferred to Bundaberg as Clerical Assistant and Mr W. A. Martin, telegraphist, to Maryborough, in the same capacity; E. R. Cooling, telegraphist from Bowen to Barcaldine. Mr J. Franklin, Brisbane, is transferred to Bowen, and also Mr Dwan from Brisbane to Bowen. Mr Moore comes from Bundaberg to Bowen.[30]

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The reason for 4BN's transfer is explained

BOWEN NOTES. . . . The new classification of telegraphists throughout the Commonwealth has necessitated several changes being made at the local office. Those already announced as leaving here are Mr E. Cooling to Barcaldine, Mr Tom Little to Brisbane, Mr H. E. Jones to Brisbane, Mr W. A. Martin to Maryborough, and Mr C. G. Oaten to Bundaberg. These vacancies will be filled by officers from south and will, it is said, include Messrs A. J. Franklin and F. J. Haines, who were formerly stationed here. Further it is said that Mr E. W. Smith, late of Townsville, who has been relieving Postmaster for some months, will re-main here as officer in charge.[31]

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4BN included in list of federal public servants as at 30 September 1912

Index to List of Officers — continued. STATE OF QUEENSLAND. Name. Page. No. on Page. . . . Cooling, Ernest Richard ... 343 23 [32]

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4BN's Electoral Roll registration 1913 Toowoomba

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Ernest Richard Cooling
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1913
  • Subdistrict: Toowoomba
  • State: Queensland
  • District: Darling Downs
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 1814, Cooling, Amy, Donation lane, tailoress, female (sister)
  • Entry: 1815, Cooling, Annie, Healy st, off Ruthven st, home duties, female (sister-in-law)
  • Entry: 1816, Cooling, Ernest Richard, Donation lane, postal assistant, male (self)
  • Entry: 1817, Cooling, Ethel May, Burston st, home duties, female (???)
  • Entry: 1818, Cooling, Honora, Donation lane, home duties, female (mother)
  • Entry: 1819, Cooling, Maud, Donation lane, home duties, female (sister)
  • Entry: 1820, Cooling, William, Donation lane, coach painter, male (father)
  • Entry: 1821, Cooling, William John, Healy st, off Ruthven st, painter, male (brother)[33]
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4BN as unattached officer accepts a small reduction in salary to transfer from Clerical Assistant Fifth Class to be Assistant, Grade IV

COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. Melbourne, 7th February, 1913. THE following notification respecting staff changes, &c., is made in accordance with the Commonwealth Public Service Act and Regulations:— . . . Ernest Richard Cooling, Clerical Assistant, Fifth Class, Unattached, salary £156, to be Assistant, Grade IV., Toowoomba, with salary of £150, from 1st February, 1913, he having consented to accept such transfer.[34]

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4BN included in list of federal public servants as at 30 June 1913

INDEX TO LIST OF PERMANENT OFFICERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE ON THE 30TH JUNE, 1913. . . . Name. Page. No. on Page. . . . Cooling, Ernest Richard 376 50[35]

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4BN appointed as Electoral Registrar for Toowoomba

Department of Home Affairs, Melbourne, 18th February, 1914. APPOINTMENT OF ELECTORAL REGISTRARS. THE persons specified in the first column of the following Schedule have been appointed during the pleasure of the Minister for Home Affairs to be Electoral Registrars under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1902-1911, to keep the Rolls for the Subdivision set opposite to the names of the said persons in the second column of the said Schedule, the appointment in each case to take effect on and from the date of entry on duty.

  • SCHEDULE. Name. Subdivision. Division. Postal Address.
  • Ernest Richard Cooling. Toowoomba. Darling Downs. Post Office, Toowoomba[36]
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Detailed report of wedding of 4BN's sister Amy Carroll nee Cooling. 4BN the groomsman

WEDDINGS. CARROLL — COOLING. Yesterday morning at St. Patrick's R. C. Church, by Rev. Father O'Connell, a pretty little wedding was celebrated. The bride, Amy, youngest daughter of' Mr. W. Cooling, Toowoomba, and the bridegroom, Thomas, son of Mr. Patrick Carroll, of Westbrook. Mr. Cooling gave his daughter away and she wore a beautiful gown of white satin charmeuse, with tunic of point lace. The draped skirt was slashed in front, showing a touch of pale blue chiffon and the pointed train was lined with pale blue silk. The V-shaped bodice was softly swathed and opened over a vest of point Iace and the elbow sleeves had frills of lace. An embroidered tulle veil was worn over a Juliette cap of lace and tulle and cluster of orange blossom, and the bridal bouquet was composed of white cactus dahlias and nephetos roses, veiled in fine maiden-hair fern and tied with satin ribbon. A pendant of olavines and amethysts which was the bridegroom's present was worn. Miss Alice Carroll (bridegroom's sister) attended as bridesmaid, and wore a frock of champagne and bronze crepe de chine, with sash and Tango ribbon. Her soft hat in the same shade, had a bow of Tango silk and she carried a bouquet of pink . dahlias and chrysanthemums tied with Tango ribbon, and wore the bridegroom's gift, a gold bangle. Misses Greta and Nessie Cooling (the bride's neices), were also little maids of honour and wore white Lingerie frocks of muslin and lace, with pale pink sashes and soft silk hats. They carried silver horseshoes, on pink ribbon decorated with posies of pink flowers and wore brooches set with pink tourmalines, presents from the bridegroom. Mr. Patrick Carroll was best man and Mr. E. R. Cooling groomsman. After the ceremony several photographs were taken at the Bain Studio, and afterwards Mr. Cooling entertained the bridal party at his house, where the floral decorations were carried out in Tango shades. The honeymoon is being spent at the Northern Rivers.[37]

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4BN now listed on the East Toowoomba electoral roll

BI-MONTHLY ELECTORAL LIST. BI-MONTHLY (August) List of Persons appearing to be qualified to vote at the Election of a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the year 1914, for the Electoral District of TOOWOOMBA, EAST TOOWOOMBA, and DRAYTON (within the Division of Toowoomba). Objections to names on this List must be sent to the State Electoral Registrar at Toowoomba, and to the Persons objected to not later than the Twenty-second Day of September, 1914. . . . EAST TOOWOOMBA. Name in Full, Residence, Occupation, Freehold or Leashold (Sec. 6) Date of Claim, Sex. . . . Cooling, Ernest Richard, Donation Lane, Postal Assistant, 7 July 1914, M.[38]

4BN ceases to be Electoral Registrar for Toowoomba, reason unknown

Department of Home Affairs, Melbourne, 12th August, 1914. NOTIFICATION OF NAMES OF ELECTORAL REGISTRARS WHO HAVE CEASED TO HOLD OFFICE. THE persons specified in the following Schedule have ceased to be Electoral Registrars under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1902-1911, to keep the Rolls for the Subdivisions set opposite their respective names in the Schedule. . . .

  • Schedule. Name. Subdivision. Division.
  • Ernest Richard Cooling, Toowoomba, Darling Downs[39]

4BN included in list of federal public servants as at 29 August 1914

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. . . . Name. Page. No. on Page. . . . Cooling, Ernest Richard, 281, 23[40]

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4BN regains his Clerical Assistant, 5th Class position

COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. Melbourne, 23rd October, 1914. THE following notifications of staff changes, &c., are made in accordance with the Commonwealth Public Service Act and Regulations thereunder, viz.:— . . . Queensland. Promotions and Transfer, . . . Ernest Richard Cooling, Assistant, Toowoomba, salary £156, to be Clerical Assistant, 5th Class, Toowoomba", with salary of £168, from 30th September, 1914.[41]

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INDEX TO LIST OF PERMANENT OFFICERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE ON THE 30th OF JUNE, 1915. . . . Name. Page. No. on Page. Cooling, Ernest Richard, 286, 41[42]

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