Burial register ID: 14709
Surname: GOLLAR
First name: ANNE
Middle names:
Gender: Female
Age: 91 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 24-Jan-1929
Date of burial: 26-Jan-1929

Block: 162
Plot: 8A

Of your charity pray for the

Repose of the soul of


Beloved husband of


Died 1st December 1905

Aged 83 years

Also ANN

Beloved wife of above

Died 24th Jan. 1929

Aged 90 Years.


A good life on Earth did he live;

A peaceful death was given;

God called him from his toil on Earth

To his reward in Heaven.

To us Death shall never be anything else

But the gateway to our Father’s house.

And on the side of the monument:

In memory of


Beloved husband of


And son-in-law of


Born Jan 14th 1862

Died June 25th 1917.

Bio contributor: Deniece Gresham

Anne Gollar (née Yates) 1839 – 1929

Anne (Yates) Gollar was born on the 27th January 1839 at Bolton Le Moors, Lancashire, England, and christened at St Peters, Bolton, on 10th February 1839. Anne was probably just a young girl when she ended up in Tasmania. There is a Mrs Yates and child listed as being aboard the Shamrock from England to Launceston in 1846, but it has not yet been confirmed whether this is the same Anne Yates and her mother. Before marriage, Anne Yates was a maid to the Anglican bishop of Hobart. She married John Gollar in Hobart town at the United Church of Scotland when she was nineteen years old. Witnesses at their wedding were Benjamin Hall Brown and Ellen Flitcroft. Ellen could be related, as Ann Unsworth’s sister, Elizabeth, married an Isaac Flitcroft on 1st January 1818 in St Peter, Bolton Le Moors, Lancashire, England.

“Granny” Anne Gollar had much sadness in her life, beginning with the death of her first-born twin son in 1858, followed by the death of her father (date yet to be confirmed), and then her mother in 1873, grandson William in 1887, three stillborn grandchildren in the years 1894, 1896 and 1899, her daughter Margaret in 1899, Margaret’s husband John Smith in 1902, her husband in 1905 followed by her son in 1916. After 1902 she raised the four Smith children.

The great-granddaughter of Anne Gollar often used to talk about visiting “Granny Gollar” at 412 High Street, Dunedin. She described her as “living like a queen” in a house full of beautiful furniture and ornaments.

Portraits of Anne and John are now in the family’s possession, and some hang in the Otago Early Settler’s Museum in Dunedin, apparently donated in 1944, but most “treasures” went back to Australia when Anne’s daughter Elizabeth returned to Australia to live with her niece Girlie following Anne’s death.

Anne and John had five children:

 – John Peter (twin)

 – William James (twin)

 – Maryanne Josephine

 – Elizabeth (“Great-Aunt Lizzie”)

 – Margaret

Others buried here: Anne’s husband John and her son-in-law Ebenezer Gibson.

See also:

1. Anne’s son William and his family (at Block 172 Plot 16).

2. Anne’s daughter Margaret and her husband John Smith (at Block 172 Plot 11A).

3. Anne’s mother Ann Yates and others of her family (at Block 111 Plot 2).

Anne Gollar
Source: Deniece Gresham

Elizabeth, Ann Yates, Anne Gollar and Madge Yates, Taieri Mouth, 1926.
Source: Deniece Gresham

There are 3 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
GIBSON EBENEZER 55 Years 18-Jun-1917 27-Jun-1917
GOLLAR ANNE 91 Years 24-Jan-1929 26-Jan-1929
GOLLAR JOHN PETER 82 Years 02-Dec-1905 04-Dec-1905