About George Osborn
From: Donna Aitken <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: [OSBORNE-UK] Osborn-Chelsea, London & Heathfield Sussex Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 19:02:49 +1300
Quoted from the "Sussex Express" November 1924:
"HEATHFIELD MAGISTRATE DEATH OF MR G.W. OSBORN HIS WORK FOR THE COUNTY
By the death of Mr George William Osborn, D.L.,J.P., not only Heathfield, but the whole of East Sussex has lost a most valued servant, counselor and friend. The deceased gentleman passed away at his residence 'Uplands', Broad Oak, Heathfield, at a quarter to six on Monday evening, at the age of 80 years, his birthday being in June last. He had been ailing for over two years and it was two years ago last August that through ill-health he severed his long connection with the East Sussex County Council and relinquished the chairmanship of the Heathfield Group of Council School Managers, an office he had held for many years. Deceased was out and about last week Mr Osborn was chairman of the Wallpaper Manufacturers Ltd. He was the eldest son of the late George William Osborn of Gravesend, and was born at Chelsea in June 1844, and on March 9th 1872 he married Miss Isabella Lawrence, daughter of Mr William Lawrence of Chelsea, the marriage taking place in St Jude's Church. In early life at Chelsea he interested himself in local affairs, being chairman of the Chelsea Vestry and chairman of the Chelsea Library Commissioners. Mr Osborn was a member of the first London County Council, and was chairman of the Roads and Bridges Committee. In 1888, or 36 years ago, Mr Osborn came to reside at 'Uplands', Broad Oak, the house being then a large villa. Since hr purchased it and resided there he had two large wings added and enlarged the house in other ways. He also purchased large farms on the northern side of the ridge. On the formation of Parish Councils Mr Osborn was co-opted as the first chairman for Heathfield, a post which he held for seventeen years. Later in 1898, he offered himself as candidate to represent the Heathfield district on the East Sussex County Council and defeated the previous member. On this body his striking personality., assiduity, and devotion to his duty were soon apparent to his colleagues, who recognised his great abilities in matters of finance and appointed him chairman of the Finance Committee. He was also a member of the Roads and Bridges Committee, and later chairman of the visiting Committee at the East Sussex mental Hospital. In 1906 he was made a County alderman. in the following December a still further honour was conferred upon him, when he was elected chairman of the County Council in succession to the late Mr Aubrey Hillman. Mr Osborn also filled the vice-chair and later chairman of the East Sussex Education Committee. He was a deputy Lieutenant of the county and Justice of the Peace, for some years being the senior Magistrate on the Hailsham Bench. For several years he was vice chairman of the Sussex Territorial Force Association and chairman of the local Pensions Committee. On the 9th March 1922, the late Mr Osborn and his wife celebrated their golden wedding, at which their two sons and six daughters were present. At the meeting of the East Sussex County Council on Tuesday sympathetic references were made to the death of Mr Osborn.....It is customary in this Council to pass a vote of Condolence in the case of the death of the chairman or ex-chairman and I thereby beg to move 'That the County Council do express their deep regret at the death of Mr George William Osborn, a former chairman of the County Council, and their condolence with the family and the copy of resolution to Mrs Osborn...etc."
If you have managed to read all this long winded account I am hoping you may have a family interest. George's mother was Charlotte Sophia Maria nee Branen, George snr and Charlotte had 11 children, the oldest son being George William (above) and the youngest son being my ancestor Edward Branen Osborn born Gravesend 29/12/1863, who migrated to New Zealand.
George William junior and Isabella had 8 surviving children, and 10 births:( According to the 1881 census and family records) George William b c 1873, Isabella May b c 1876, Charlotte bc 1878, Margaret Bertha b c1880, all born in Chelsea;William Stanley b c 1892, Ruby b c 1894, Gladys bc 1896, Mary bc 1898,Emilia Grace bc 1900 and Dorothy