Gerald Michael Page-Hanify

Gerald Michael Page-Hanify[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1861 - 1922  (60 years)

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  • Name Gerald Michael Page-Hanify 
    Born 24 Jul 1861  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Octavia Street, St. Kilda 
    Gender Male 
    _FSFTID K8C9-4RF 
    _UID 9540657E1D7443659E6F019D6515366EBA3C 
    Died 11 Feb 1922  Miles, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 10, 11
    Cause: of a heart attack 
    Buried 13 Feb 1922  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Portion 9, Allot 293, Balmoral Cemetery, Morningside 
    Person ID I1760  Treefive
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2015 

    Father Michael John Page Hanify,   b. 29 Sep 1832, Clifden, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1871, Ararat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother Annie Maria Josepha Lane,   b. 22 Dec 1836, Newcastle-On-Tyne, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1900, Brighton, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1857  Beechworth, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 13, 14
    St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 
    Family ID F510  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Katherine Salisbury,   b. 27 Feb 1864, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1939, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 15 Sep 1886  South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 15, 16, 17
    All Saints Church 
     1. Cecil Page-Hanify,   b. 1 Aug 1887, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1964, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. Gerald Herbert Page-Hanify,   b. 1888, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1979, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     3. Kathleen Page Hanify,   b. 1891, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1891, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F546  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    00048 Gerald Hanify  1 Nov 1911
    00048 Gerald Hanify 1 Nov 1911

  • Notes 

    • Gerald's surname was Page-Hanify while he was in Parliament and is the name recorded in his death entry. When he married in 1886, he was a Hanify. At some stage in his adult life, he must have moved "Page" from forename to surname. His 3 children were born as Hanifys, and the Hanify name was still in use for Kathleen's death index entry in 1891, Cecil's marriage in 1918 and Gerald's marriage in 1929. However the death index entries for Cecil and Gerald, and their wives, was Page-Hanify, and the name survives through their descendants. Christine Page-Hanify (great granddaughter) has confirmed that the Page-Hanify name started with Gerald. The family legend is that Catherine Page (and her sister Bridget and/or Mary) were the last of the Pages and all of their children had Page as their last given name. This tradition was then carried onto their children. Bridget or Mary, who married William Keogh, passed the same tradition on to some, but not all, of her descendants.

      It seems the families were in constant contact and shipping records reveal the frequency with which they travelled between Brisbane and Melbourne (and Wellington).
      Gerald was a Masonic regalia manufacturer from at least 1905, according to awards, advertisements and a court case recorded in newspapers. His wife Kittie also made regalia - in August 1896, at the Exhibition at Bowen Park, a Mrs Page-Hanify won orders of merit for Oddfellows' regalia in silver and silk and gold.

      He was an Australian Labour Party representative in the Legislative Council from 10 Oct 1917 until his death.

      In 1921, the Queensland Labour Government went from being a bicameral government (having two legislative houses) to a unicameral government (having one legislative house) by abolishing its Upper House putting it out of step with the other State Governments. This was Australian Labour policy.

      A newspaper article noted that the Queensland Labour Government, which had passed a Bill for the abolition of the Legislative Council through both houses of the State Legislature, had been subjected to sharper criticism than the measure itself involved, because this action entailed open defiance of the will of the people as expressed in a referendum instituted by the Royal Labour Government in 1917. On that occasion 179,106 votes were cast against abolition an 116,196 in favour- a majority of 66, 901 against. No fewer than 61 out of the 72 electorates in the State cast an adverse vote. Since then the Legislative Council had been swamped by Labour nominees and there were no legal means of compelling the Government to refer the matter to the people again.
      Gerald was one of the oldest Labour members of the Legislative Council, and he attracted considerable attention during the last Parliamentary session during the debate in the upper house on the second reading of the Bill to abolish the Legislative Council. His dramatic statement, "We are doing wrong in passing this Bill!" uttered during the course of debate, was much quoted at the time as an example of the conviction which was borne home in the minds of many members on both sides of the House that Mr Theodore's Government had gone too far in proposing such a drastic revision of the Constitution. Mr Page-Hanify declared that the proposal was entirely opposed to democratic government. He held that if the people voted yes or no on any question submitted to them, until they were given an opportunity to reverse their decision it was a violation of anything they knew or dreamed of in democracy for any legislature to attempt to force it through by direct legislation. The Queensland people, he reminded the House, had voted emphatically against the abolition of the Upper House.
      The Legislative Council passed the Bill by 28 votes to 10, Gerald Page-Hanify was the only one of the recent Labour nominees to raise his voice in protest against the measure. It was a lone voice speaking in the wilderness.

      Gerald died of a heart attack while in Dalby, Queensland in connection with Masonic matters. At his funeral at his late residence at Wongolea, Lytton Road, Norman Park, Brisbane there was a large and representative attendance. There were members of both the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly, and also a large party representing the Order of Good Templars. Flags were flown at half mast on Government buildings on the day of the funeral.

      Mr Arthur Coombes, State superintendent of the Queensland Prohibition League said that the loss of Mr Page-Hanify to the temperance cause in Queensland was the heaviest for years. Mr Coombes had been closely associated with Mr Hanify in the temperance cause in the state for over 13 years, and was always impressed by his intense earnestness and passionate sincerity for the cause. To him, he said, more than any other man, belonged the credit for the temperance legislation obtained two years previously. At the last annual meeting of the League Mr Page-Hanify was elected a vice-president to represent the labour section of political life, and his unique work for temperance in the Labour Party, Mr Coombes added, made his loss a calamity to the League.

      In a notice in The Brisbane Courier on 27 Nov 1922, Gerald's wife Katherine (Kittie) applied for transmission under his will, dated 15 Aug 1888, of the fee simple estate in a property in South Brisbane. The notice also states that Gerald was a regalia manufacturer, late of East Brisbane.

      Obituary in The Church Chronicle 1 Mar 1922

      With a suddenness most distressing to his friends, the death of the Hon. G. Page-Hanify, MLC., occurred at Miles on Saturday, February 11th. He was on tour on Masonic business, and soon after his arrival in Miles was taken ill and quickly lapsed into unconsciousness and passed away. He was born at Aramac, Victoria, in 1860. During a long life in Brisbane he was an active and enthusiastic worker in various civic and philanthropic fields. He was for many years Grand Chief Templar of the I.O.G.T.; and the present success of the Temperance and the Prohibition Movement in Queensland owes much to him. He held high Masonic office. He was a member of the Legislative Council, and some months ago made a speech which created some stir and gave evidence of his strong and sincere character As a Churchman, he was steadfast. For years, when he lived at Arthur Street, Ipswich Road, he was a regular attendant as St Philip's, Thompson Estate, and never missed the morning service. Similarly, when he went to live at East Brisbane and became a member of the Cathedral congregation, he was regularly present at the Holy Eucharist at 9:45. He was a Synodsman, and represented us on Provincial Synod.
      In private life he was kindly, sociable, and generous. He was an excellent public speaker, and also a most interesting talker in the home circle. His reading was wide, his imagination powerful but restrained; and his insight into social and political movements was one of the most arresting things in his personality. His family life was most happy, and doubtless to that we may attribute his energy in public work and his unfailing patience under opposition or distraction. Natuurally of a fiery disposition, his innate sense of humour, and a religious conviction - deepening as the days went by into a real sacramental life - kept him unsullied in the midst of strife. May he rest in peace.
      We would add that, some years ago, he told us that the desirable end to a keen man was the death in harness.

      Obituary: The Brisbane Courier Monday 13 Feb 1922 page 6

      Death of Mr Page-Hanify, M.L.C.
      Mr G. Page-Hanify, M.L.C., a well-known personality in Masonic circles, and a prominent worker in the cause of temperance, died suddenly from heart failure at Miles early on Saturday evening. The deceased gentleman, who was apparently in good health when he left Brisbane on Friday, was making a tour in connection with Masonic affairs. The late Mr. Page-Hanify was 64 years of age, and was born at Aramac, Victoria. He devoted a large portion of his time in the furtherance of the temperance cause, and was one of the most prominent workers in Queensland.
      He was appointed to the Legislative Council about 4 1/2 years ago, and came into prominence last year by reason of his outspoken opposition to the Bill for the abolition of the Upper House. Notwithstanding that he was a nominee of the Caucus Party, he denounced that destructive measure with all the vigour and fluency at his command, and his speeches evoked many tributes to his strength of character.
      The Minister for Mines (Mr. A. J. Jones) last night paid testimony to the deceased gentleman's qualities as a man and a Parliamentarian, and on behalf of the Government expressed the deepest sympathy with the relatives. The body was brought to Brisbane last night, and the funeral will take place today at 10:30 a. m. moving from the deceased's late residence to Balimba Cemetery. The Clerk of the Legislative Council last night advised that conveyances for members of the Legislative Council to attend the funeral will be at Parliament House at 10 o'clock this morning.

  • Sources 
    1. [S827] New Zealand, National Library, Papers Past, "Queensland Politics," 8 Nov 1921, p. 8; digital images, Papers Past ( : accessed 14 Sep 2011), Evening Post, Volume CII, Issue 112. (Reliability: 3).

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    3. [S821] TRE103 Family Tree (gedcom) - Hanify Sinnott connection 4 Aug 2013 [LIVING PERSON], TRE103.

    4. [S846] TRE006 Family tree - Hanify, John and Page, Catherine 7 Nov 1994, TRE006.

    5. [S824] TRE Family tree - Hanify-Aldridge, New Zealand 1994.

    6. [S826] Australia, Queensland Government records, accessed 14 Sep 2011), Name change Page-Hanify; Alphabetical Register of Members of the Legislative Assembly, 1860-2009. (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S1036] BIR075 Birth Hanify (son for Mrs M. J. Page Hanify), BIR075.

    8. [S1498] BIR Birth Index Victoria, Australia, Gerald Michael Hanify; 3574; St Kilda; 1862.

    9. [S2014] BIR274 Birth Hanify, Gerald Michael, BIR274., Gerald Michael Hanify; no. 190; 9 July 1861.

    10. [S874] DTH364 Death Page Hanify, Gerald, DTH364.

    11. [S1937] TRE135 Family trees - Hanify: John, Michael John Page, TRE135.

    12. [S825] Australia, National Library of Australia, ELE039., "Funeral Notices," 13 Feb 1922, p. 6; digital images, National library of Australia : ), The Brisbane COurier. (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S11] MAR005 Marriage Page Hanify Michael, Lane Annie, MAR005.

    14. [S1988] BIO082 Bio - Michael Lane and Maria McSweeney by [LIVING PERSON], BIO082.

    15. [S825] Australia, National Library of Australia, ELE039.

    16. [S845] Australia, Queensland, Government BMDs, Marriage Registration number 1886/B10903: Salisbury, Katherine and Hanify, Gerald Page.

    17. [S1864] MAR Marriage Hanify, Gerald Page and Salisbury, Kittie, Marriage notice - Hanify, Gerald Page and Salisbury, Kittie; 20 September 1886; page 4.