John Lawrence Medd Wright  Sleight

John Lawrence Medd Wright Sleight

Male 1812 - 1871  (59 years)

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  • Name John Lawrence Medd Wright Sleight 
    Born 1812  Rotherhithe, Surrey, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John Lawrence Medd Wright Sleight, parents, John Sleight and Elizabeth.
      England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

      Blacksmiths, Wheelrights and Undertakers

      There is nothing about the ordinary funeral that absolutely requires that it be conducted by a funeral director. Undertakers did not invent funerals. Nor should funerals be preserved merely to keep what one writer has described as the dismal trader in business.

      We do not know who was Australia's or even Melbourne's first undertaker and it would be many years after colonisation before any individual operated a funeral exclusive business. Other trades people such as blacksmiths, wheelwrights, carpenters and furniture makers often fulfilled the functions of the undertaker. One such person was James Rooke, cabinet and chair maker of London, who had established a furniture manufacturing business in Pitt Street, Sydney and also advertised to his clientele that his services included performing funerals.

      Robert Frost advertised as a ?carpenter, joiner and undertaker in Melbourne in 1839. Frost assured the public that funerals will be attended on the shortest notice, while his competitor Samuel Crook opened a cabinet and upholstery warehouse in William Street Melbourne and also advised that funerals would be furnished punctually and conducted in the neatest manner possible. Crook was later to establish a coffin making plant in Collins Street. Crook took an employee John Sleight into partnership and in due course the A.A.Sleight firm evolved and was to handle the funerals of many of Melbourne's more prominent citizens.

      Reflecting on the names of some of the first undertakers, it can be observed that few callings can claim both a Rooke and a Crook among its pioneers even in a country largely settled by convicts.

      The funeral industry of the twenty-first century is professionally operated and fulfils its tasks and responsibilities with care, empathy and understanding. Properly managed the funeral can play and important role in the process of grief resolution and help families come to terms with death and at the same time celebrate life.

      Graeme Griffin's and my book In the Midst of Life. The Australian Response to Death asserts that how we deal with death can significantly impact on how we live and how we might better deal with death as a part of life.
      (Blacksmiths, Wheelrights and Undertakers)

      Funeral directors or undertakers are given on Victorian death certificates. In the early days the person who dug the grave may be listed; this could be a relative or a friend of the family. See Death Records.

      Funeral directors or undertakers are also given on death notices in newspapers. See Newspapers, Magazines and Journals.
      Funeral Director and Undertaker Records

      Name: John Sleight
      Place: Melbourne, St Kilda, Windsor, Richmond, Brighton and Elsternwick
      Records: Daybooks
      Time Period: 1847-1880

      Death: After 1880?

      A Death
      Record information
      Event: deaths
      Registration number 6841 / 1871
      Family name:
      SLEIGHT Given name(s) Jno Laur Mead Wright
      Personal detail
      Mother's name
      Mother's family name at birth
      Father's Name: , John
      (VictoriaDeath Index)

      The Providence was built in Lynn in 1812. Convicts were transported to Australia on the Providence in 1822 (VDL and NSW) and 1826 (VDL)

      Name: Sleight, John
      Record Type: Departures
      Departure date: 8 Mar 1837
      Departure port: Launceston
      Ship: Enterprize
      Bound to: Port Phillip
      Record ID: NAME_INDEXES:608080
      Resource: POL459/1/1 p4
      (Tasmania Names Index Online)

      Sleight John, Castlereagh-street, an upholsterer's boy.
      Government Gazette Notices-New South Wales Government Gazette, Sydney, NSW, Wednesday, 15 Jan 1834

      Sleight, York-street, at twelve o'clock, Household Furniture.
      The Sydney Herald, New South Wales, Thursday, 25 Sep 1834

      On TUESDAY, the 10th Instant, on the Premises of Mr. Sleight, Cabinetmaker, York street, the Proprietor retiring from the Business,
      FOUR-POST BEDSTEADS AND HANGINGS, Mattresses, Couches,
      Chair-Lounges, elegant Loo, Card, and Dining Tables, Sideboards, Chairs, Chests of Drawers, Wardrobes, Bedroom Chairs, Commodes, Wash stands, and a great variety of other articles of Furniture, which will be sold without any resci ve.
      Terms of Sale-Cash.
      The Sydney Herald, New South Wales, Monday, 8 Sep 1834


      The Chronicle, Launceston, Tasmania, Saturday, 26 Sep 1840

      Samuel Crook was listed in directories at William Street in 1841, Collins Street in 1842 to I85O, and 71 Collins Street in 1851. Samuel owned the properties at 69 to 71 Collins Street in 1851. The Melbourne City Council rate books for that year showed the rates for those properties was the substantial amount of £130. In 1854 the properties had been sold by Samuel, and John Sleight was listed as the owner of the property at 71 Collins Street. Sleight was probably an old acquaintance from Sydney, who was listed in the New South Wales census of 1828 as an apprentice with Edward Hunt, a cabinetmaker in George Street, Sydney. John Sleight held an auction at his premises in York Street, Sydney in 1834, when he closed his business there and went to Tasmania, where in 1840 he was manager at the workshop of Robert Bell in Launceston, while Bell was overseas. By 1841 John Sleight was employed by Samuel Crook in Melbourne and soon after joined him in partner-ship. John Sleight was listed in directories in Melbourne as a cabinetmaker at McKillop Street in 1847 and 174 Latrobe Street in 1851 - After the purchase of the property at 71 Collins Street, Sleight continued there as an undertaker until 1868, when he was listed in directories at 83 Collins Street.
      (THE AUSTRALIANA SOCIETY NEWSLETTER )

      There was a rare chance here yesterday, it was neither more nor less than an invitation to tender for the trust estate of John Sleight, undertaker, for his good-will, stock-in-trade, consisting of coffins, plumes, and other fixings,
      besides the rolling-stock, being a well-assorted mournful-looking lot of hearses, coaches, carriages, horses, harness, and I suppose the driver goes with the lot. This was a good opportunity for enterprising men from the West, who like
      this line of business.
      Hamilton Spectator, Victoria, Wednesday, 31 May 1871



    Christened 2 Sep 1812  Saint Mary, Ealing, London, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Sep 1871  No. 83 Collins-Street East, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John Lawrence Medd Wright Sleight
      Birth 1812
      Rotherhithe, London Borough of Southwark, Greater London, England
      Death 2 Sep 1871 (aged 58?59)
      Melbourne, Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia
      Burial
      Melbourne General Cemetery
      Carlton North, Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia
      Memorial ID 195246589
      Created by: Val Sullivan
      Added: 9 Dec 2018
      Find a Grave Memorial 195246589

      SLEIGHT-September 2 at his residence, No. 83 Collins-street east, Mr. John Sleight, (only son of the Late Captian John Sleight of Sydney), aged 59 years.
      The Sydney Morning Herald, New South Wales, Friday, 6 Oct 1871

      Eliza Ann Aitkinson Sleight
      Birth 1815
      Death 28 Oct 1866 (aged 50?51)
      Burial
      Melbourne General Cemetery
      Carlton North, Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia
      Plot MGC-PRE-Comp-H-No-03
      Memorial ID 198925181
      Created by: Tony M.
      Added: 7 May 2019
      Find a Grave Memorial 198925181
    Buried 6 Sep 1871  Melbourne General Cemetery, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • THE remains of Mr. JOHN SLEIGHT will be interred in the Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral leaving his late residence, No. 83 Collins-street east, at half-past 2 o;clock on Wednesday, the 6th instant.
      The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria, Wednesday, 6 Sep 1871
    Person ID I17003  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2020 

    Father John Sleight,   b. Abt 1784, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1833, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth,   d. 13 Mar 1852, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6089  Group Sheet

    Family Eliza Jane Atkinson,   b. London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1866, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 2 Sep 1836  Scots Church, Launceston, Tasmania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Marriage
      Sleight, John
      Record Type: Marriages
      Gender: Male
      Spouse: Atkinson, Eliza
      Gender: Female
      Date of marriage: 02 Sep 1836
      Registered: Launceston
      Registration year: 1836
      Record ID: NAME_INDEXES:822997
      Resource: RGD36/1/3 no 3488
      (Tasmania Names Index Online)

      John Sleight per ship Providence snd Eliza Atkinson per ship Layton, married by Banns, Scots Church.
    Children 
    +1. Alfred Augustus Sleight,   b. 4 Feb 1839, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1896, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F6084  Group Sheet

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    John Sleight
    John Sleight
    1812–1871
    BIRTH 1812 • St Mary, Rotherhithe, Surrey, England,
    DEATH 1871 • Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    SLEIGHT.—On the 2nd inst., at his residence, No. 83 Collins-street east, Mr. John Sleight, aged 59 years
    John Sleight was listed as the owner of the property at 71 Collins Street. Sleight was probably an old acquaintance from Sydney, who was listed in the New South Wales census of 1828 as an apprentice with Edward Hunt, a
    cabinetmaker in George Street, Sydney. John Sleight held an auction at his premises in York Street, Sydney in 1834, when he closed his business there and went to Tasmania, where in 1840 he was manager at the workshop of Robert
    Bell in Launceston, while Bell was overseas. By 1841 John Sleight was employed by Samuel Crook in Melbourne and soon after joined him in partnership. John Sleight was listed in directories in Melbourne as a cabinet maker at McKillop Street in 1847 and 174 Latrobe Street in 1851 - After the purchase of the property at 71 Collins Street, Sleight continued there as an undertaker until 1868, when he was listed in directories at 83 Collins Street.
    Created by: Val Sullivan
    Added: 9 Dec 2018
    Find a Grave Memorial 195246589

    John Lawrence Medd Wright Sleight
    Birth 1812
    Rotherhithe, London Borough of Southwark, Greater London, England
    Death 2 Sep 1871 (aged 58–59)
    Melbourne, Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia
    Burial
    Melbourne General Cemetery
    Carlton North, Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia
    Memorial ID 195246589
    Created by: Val Sullivan
    Added: 9 Dec 2018
    Find a Grave Memorial 195246589



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