Person:Nelson Munday (1)

Nelson Munday
m. 1 Dec 1835
  1. George Hill Munday1836 - 1862
  2. Captain James William Munday1838 - 1875
  3. Mary Elizabeth Munday1840 - 1849
  4. Anna Maria Munday1841 - 1895
  5. Sarah Adeline Munday1843 - 1924
  6. John Hill Munday1844 - 1918
  7. Thomas Hill Munday1846 - 1862
  8. Walter Edward Munday1847 - 1932
  9. Nelson Munday1848 - 1886
  10. Louisa Fry Munday1851 - 1881
m. 4 June 1879
  1. Munday, female infant1880 - 1880
Facts and Events
Name Nelson Munday
Gender Male
Birth[3] 6 December 1848 Warminster, Wiltshire, England
Education[7] 1861 Streatham, Surrey, EnglandRoyal Asylum of the St. Annes Society
Occupation[4] 1871 Holborn, London, EnglandDrapers assistant
Marriage 4 June 1879 Sydney, New South Wales, Australiato Florence Lee
Occupation[2] 1886 Redfern, New South Wales, AustraliaCommercial Traveller
Death[1][2] 20 October 1886 Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaSuicide
Burial? 23 October 1886 Rookwood, New South Wales, AustraliaChurch of England Cemetery

In the 1861 census, he is a scholar at the Royal Asylum of the St.Annes Society, Streatham. The objects of the Society, as stated at its incorporation, were 'to provide education and instruction in religious and useful knowledge agreeably to the formularies of the Church of England, as well as clothing, maintenance and a home for the legitimate children (whether orphans or not, and from every nation) of parents who have seen better days and moved in a superior station in life'. It was funded from the beginning by charitable donation, either through subscriptions by benefactors or through charitable bequests. The Society also enjoyed the support of various livery companies in the city, particularly the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers. In 1859 the establishment consisted of a matron, headmaster, second and third masters, three assistant teachers, a governess and assistant, 155 boys and 82 girls. By the mid 19th century, facilities at the asylum included a reading room, library and museum. During the mid 19th century children were educated according to the Madras System, boys until the age of fourteen and girls until the age of fifteen. In 1859, boys at the Asylum and School were provided with a 'good commercial education' and rudimentary instruction in the classics, mathematics and French, while girls received education in English, French, drawing and domestic duties. Above all, the 'principal care, however, is with the moral training of the children'. It is possible that the Munday family had some financial difficulties with supporting the children

In 1871, Nelson is recorded as being at 35-45 Holborn: there are 101 people in the same entry, all as 'assistant' draper, and thus it is probably a large department store (Gamages?).

Nelson arrived in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from Hong Kong on the Gunga as a saloon passenger, on 26 June 1877.(S8)


Media accounts of Nelson's death:

  • Intercolonial Telegrams. (1886, October 22). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from
    The body of a man named Nelson Munday, aged 32 years, was found in the scrub near Mount Ronnie this evening. It is supposed to be a case of suicide, there being a large gash in his left wrist, and a razor lying by the side of the body, which was in a pool or blood.
  • COLONIAL TELEGRAMS. (1886, October 23). The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889), p. 5. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from
    A verdict of suicide was returned to day at an inquest beld on the body of Nelson Munday, which was found with a deep wound in the wrist in the scrub near Mount Ronnie yesterday morning.
  • TELEGRAPHIC. (1886, October 23). Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton, NSW : 1859 - 1889), p. 5. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from
    The body of a man named Nelson Munday was found in the bush near Moore Park, with his throat cut, self-inflicted.
  • Letters to the Editor. (1886, October 26). Queanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904), p. 2. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from
    A verdict of suicide was returned on Thursday at the inquest on the body of Nelson Munday, who was found dead in the scrub near Mount Ronnie.
  • [From Melbourne Papers.] VICTORIA. (1886, October 27). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from
    The dead body of Mr. Nelson Munday, a commercial traveller, was found in the scrub, near Mount Rennie, to-day. It is supposed to be a case of suicide. There was a large gash in the left wrist, and a razor was found near the body.


  • THE FUNERAL of the late Mr. NELSON MUNDAY will leave the residence of Mr. Alderman Lee, 101, Walker-street, Redfern, at 2 o'clock, THIS (Saturday) AFTERNOON, for the Mortuary, thence to Church of England Cemetery, Rookwood. JOSEPH MEDCALF, Junior, Undertaker, Regent and Redfern streets, Redfern.
    Family Notices. (1886, October 23). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 24. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from
  1. .

    Australia Death Index 1787-1985;

  2. 2.0 2.1 .

    State Archives NSW; Series: 1392; Item: 2/770; Roll: 1783.

    "Nelson Munday 37 England, commercial traveller; South Sydney Morgue autopsy:
    'We find that the said Nelson Munday in Moore Park in the district of Sydney in the Colony of New South Wales, on or about the 20th day of October AD 1886, died from the effects of a wound in his wrist, inflicted by himself on the same day.'" (S2)

  3. .

    England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915; Vol.8, p.487

  4. 1871 England Census.

    Class: RG10; Piece: 423; Folio: 5; Page: 3; GSU roll: 824632.

  5.   "Letters to the Editor.", in Queanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904), 26 Oct 1886.

    : A verdict of suicide was returned on Thursday at the inquest on the body of Nelson Munday, who was found dead in the scrub near Mount Ronnie.

    From the Queanbeyan Age, 26 October 1886.
  6.   Surrey History Centre Archives: THE ROYAL ASYLUM OF ST ANN'S SOCIETY, REDHILL: RECORDS, 1715-1993.

    Retrieved 8 June 2012:

  7. 1861 England Census.

    Class: RG 9; Piece: 376; Folio: 59; Page: 3; GSU roll: 542626.

  8.   NSW Unassisted Immigrant passenger lists, 1826-1922.
  9.   John Hill Munday Family bible.