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George Thomas LENEY

George Thomas LENEY was born 30th December 1840 in Lewes, Sussex, ENGLAND to George LENEY and Elizabeth LIPSCOMB(E). In 1855 George jnr. enlisted in the English Navy for service in the Crimea War and was subsequently awarded the Baltic Medal, the Turkish Crimean Medal and most treasured of all the Sebastian Medal which was presented to George by Queen Victoria while he was in hospital after being wounded in battle.

After marrying on the 7th August 1864, Ellen Elizabeth ROWDEN born 23rd June 1842 in Islington, London they journeyed to Queensland, Australia on the Commodore Perry in 1865.

Elizabeth's parents were William John ROWDEN and Elizabeth Hannah TUCKER.

At the time of his marriage to Elizabeth George was a Railway Fitter.

The couple travelled on the first train which ran on trial from Ipswich to Biggs's Camp and as the line moved on they moved with it. Ellen, their first child was born in Laidley in 1866.

George was overseer at Headington Hill before moving to the Goomburra Valley south of Toowoomba and later moving to Allora. George and Elizabeth had a family of twelve children, four of whom died young.

Finally they moved to Graceville in Brisbane where on the 25th November 1922 George passed away and later on the 26th November 1930 Elizabeth joined him.