Harold Aubrey Hall

Harold Aubrey Hall (1871—1963) was a Western Australian pastoral station manager and stockman.

He was born in 18711 to Shakespeare and Sarah Hall.

Mayor of Cossack from 1898—1901.2

In March 1904 (aged about 32) he was the sub-agent at Cossack for the Adelaide Steamship Company.3

Married Helen Rose Lodge on 24 November 1910 in Busselton.45

In 1912 their first daughter, Constance, was born in Roebourne (in Roe's Cottage).6

In April 1912 was also agent for Henry Wills and Co. in Roebourne.7

In 1915 Aubrey took a job as lighthouse keeper at Jarmen Island, the whole family moving there in part to get away from the extreme heat of Croydon.8 Here they shared the accommodation with Mr Langer, a German national who in 1916 was taken from his post and interned.8 After his departure, Aubrey's brother Ernest Hall joined Aubrey on Jarmen Island.

In 1919 their third daughter, Joan Leake Hall was born.

From the Northern Times, Carnarvon, December 1933:9

A BUSH TRAGEDY.

Whilst travelling in from Quobba Station with a thousand sheep for shipment at Carnarvon, Mr. Aubrey Hall, drover, and two natives, Balby and one known as Teddy Edwards, were accidentally poisoned about 24 miles from Carnarvon. Hall had arranged for water to be placed at certain places along the route which is a dry one. About 9 o'clock on Sunday morning whilst travelling along in Colilie paddock on Boolathana they came across a petrol tin alongside the road which appeared to contain water. Though they apparently had water in their water bags they drank from the tin, and watered their dogs and horses. Shortly afterwards they all became sick, the dogs died and also one of the horses, while later on Edwards be came rapidly worse than the other men and died. Messages were conveyed to Carnarvon police from Quobba Station whence the news had been carried by a truck driver, and from Mr. Hall who had ridden in to Boolathana Station, following which Constable Summers, accompanied by Mr. George Munro of Dalgety & Co., left for the scene about 7.30 p.m. and brought the body of Edwards in to Carnarvon morgue. A post mortem was held by Dr. Stewart, but the result is not yet known. What the tin contained or why it was left alongside the road is at present unknown.

He was an adept horseman, and rode well into his 80s. He died in 1963.


  1. H. Margaret Wilson, Hall, William Shakespeare (1825–1895), Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/hall-william-shakespeare-3697/text5789} published first in hardcopy 1972, accessed online 31 July 2019.

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  2. COSSACK. (1900, November 23). The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth, WA: 1855–1901), p. 11. Retrieved July 14, 2020, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article67065667

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  3. SHIPPING. (1904, March 5). The Pilbarra Goldfield News (Marble Bar, WA: 1897–1923), p. 1. Retrieved October 31, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146130997

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  4. Index to Western Australian births, deaths and marriages. Registration #14 in Sussex district. 1910.

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  5. Family Notices (1910, December 8). The West Australian (Perth, WA: 1879–1954), p. 1. https://hmwilson.archives.org.au/items/114.html http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26297910

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  6. Handwritten account of the family history of C.B. Berryman (née Hall). 1966. https://archive.org/details/ConstanceBoydBerrymanFamilyHistory

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  7. Roebourne. (1912, April 27). Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA: 1905–1952), p. 4. Retrieved July 8, 2020, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74893394

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  8. Autobiography by C. B. Berryman, 1983. https://archive.org/details/C.B.Berryman1983

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  9. A BUSH TRAGEDY. (1933, December 20). \emph{Northern Times} (Carnarvon, WA: 1905–1952), p. 5. Retrieved July 13, 2020, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74871116

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Related iems

Item 191 – Aubrey Lamond and Aubrey Hall, Carnarvon (folder2)
Item 6 – Letter from A.S. Roe to H.A. Hall, (unknown)
Item 10 – Aubrey Hall's 'Works of Tennyson', (tw)
Item 145 – Portrait of Aubrey Hall, (folder1-132)
Item 152 – Ernest, Aubrey, and Hannah Hall, (folder1-140)
Item 111 – Ernest Hall, Eric Stanley, Aubrey Hall, and Helen Lodge in Cossack, c. 1909, (folder1-98)
Item 209 – Poems sent to Aubrey Hall from William Byron, (folder2)
Item 112 – Helen and Aubrey's wedding, outside St Mary's, Busselton, (folder1-99)
Item 114 – 1910 Hall-Lodge wedding announcement, (folder1-101)
Item 172 – Aubrey and Helen Hall in Roebourne, (folder1-162)
Item 141 – A ewe, brought home, (folder1-129)
Item 103 – Aubrey Hall in profile, (folder1-90)
Item 49 – Ruskin Studio portrait of Aubrey Hall, (folder1-151)
Item 159 – Aubrey Hall in profile, 1920s, (folder1-147)
Item 171 – Aubrey Hall riding, (folder1-161)
Item 186 – HA Hall and droving plant, Carnarvon, (folder2)
Item 146 – Aubrey Hall and his hat, (folder1-133)
Item 176 – Aubrey Hall in Cossack, Western Australia, (folder2)
Item 94 – Aubrey Hall and droving plant, Carnarvon, (folder1-80)
Item 167 – Letter from Aubrey Hall to Margaret Hall, (folder1-157)
Item 168 – Letter from Aubrey Hall to Margaret in Prospect, (folder1-158)
Item 153 – Aubrey Hall with lambs, (folder1-141)
Item 89 – Colour photo of Aubrey Hall in front of his caravan, (folder1-73)
Item 87 – Set of photos of Aubrey Hall with caravan in Como, (folder1-78)
Item 83 – Aubrey Hall in front of his caravan, (folder1-69)
Item 88 – Aubrey Hall in front of his caravan, (folder1-72)
Item 91 – Aubrey Hall in front of his caravan (2), (folder1-75)
Item 11 – Autobiography by Constance Berryman, 1983, (unknown)