Rev Arthur Cowper JULIUS 
- Born: 11 Nov 1852, Myland Parish Mile End Rd Colchester ESS
- Marriage (1): Alice (Garvie) BROWN  on 7 Jun 1875 in St Mary The Virgin Southery
- Partnership (2): Marianne Emily MATCHETT  on 28 Oct 1887 in Queensland Aust.
- Died: 12 Nov 1918, NSW Aust aged 66
- Buried: St Thomas Enfield NSW
Arthur set sail with his brothers in steerage on the "Young Australia" for Brisbane Queensland on the 12 April 1869 arriving on the 13 July 1869. He was 16yrs old. It is not known when Arthur returned to England and took up Holy Orders.
April 2, 1869
Mr Arthur Cowper Julius was educated in their school from June 1867 to March 1869. I have much pleasure in stating that during the whole of this time he was remarkably steady and well conducted.
For a considerable portion of the time he was under my own immediate tuition and always gave me perfect satisfaction in respect of his application to and progress in his studies. I entertain a great regard for him as a singularly well principled young man.
J.H. Backhouse M.A.
Second Master at Felsted Grammer School, Essex. Formerly Scholar of Brasenose College, Oxford.
(Felsted is a Public School dating from the 16thC)
Marriage 7 June 1875.
Arthur Cowper Julius of full age bachelor gentlemen of Southery father Archibald E. Julius Clerk in Holy Orders to Alice Brown of full age spinster of Southery father Thomas Brown gentleman. Signed by both in the presence of Ellen Amie Skilton, Joseph John Brown, Florence Brown, Blanche E. Julius, Fanny M. Julius. By licence by Archibald E. Julius.
Ref: marriage register St Mary the Virgin Southery
25 Aug 1878 - Arthur baptised his daughter Frances Eleanor as Curate of Barton Turf NFK.
Julius Arthur Cowper.
1879 Clergy Directory.
A. C. Julius Lit Pr 1879 curate Coddenham, Needham, Suffolk.
THE FAREWELL OF THE REV. A. C. JULIUS,
On Sunday afternoon the Rev. A. C. Julius, curate of Crowfield, preached his farewell sermon. The rev. gentleman has been preferred by the Bishop of Tasmania, (the Right Rev. C. H. Broomby D.D.) to the parish and district of Brighton, in Tasmania.
Mr Julius has suffered considerably from ill health while he has been at Crowfield, and it is hoped that he will be better under another climate. The rev. gentleman's loss is deeply felt in Crowfield and the neighbourhood.
Besides being a good preacher he has made himself generally esteemed by his genial manner and the kind interest he has manifested in his parishioners.
Every worthy object has had his hearty support, and especially has his sympathy been extended to the Village Club, which, under his inspiriting influence, has passed the best period of its history.
And Mr Julius will not go away without proofs of the admiration and respect in which he has been held, for the people of Crowfield have presented him with a beautiful silver tea and coffee service and salver, while Coddenham, with a spontaneity of generosity which enhances the value of the gift, has contributed towards getting a handsome private communion service.
On Sunday afternoon, therefore, when Mr. Julius preached his last sermon, the little church at Crowfield was crowded, and even filled long before the hour for commencing service, and many hearers were affected by the solemn farewell which their beloved pastor bade them.
Mr Julius took for his text Hebrews xii., 27, " And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain".
Sunday 15th May 1881.
Arthur arrived in Hobart, Tasmania in 1881 on the sailing ship "ETHEL" with wife and four children. The passage took 6mths because ship blown off course in The Roaring Forties. Arthur was a bad asthmatic.
Arthur Cowper Julius. Allora Queensland Australia.
Deacon 1877; Priest 1879 Norwich. Incumbent of Allora, diocese of Brisbane 1885; formerly curate of Barton Turf Norfolk 1877-79; Crowfield, Suffolk 1879-80, Coddenham, Suffolk 1880-81; incumbent of Gayndah, Queensland 1883-85.
Ref: Crockford 1886.
The following information is from the Queensland Police Gazette dated:
1887. Arthur Cowper Julius, Church of England is recorded as Registered to Celebrate marriage, he is resident in Allora Queensland in the Registry District of Darling Downs Central.
1888. Arthur Cowper Julius, Church of England is recorded as Registered to Celebrate marriage, he is resident in Allora Queensland in the Registry District of Darling Downs Centra
CLERGY DIRECTORY 1879 & BRISBANE DIOCESAN ARCHIVE :
JULIUS Arthur Cowper :
Lit Pr. 1879.
Deaconed 23 Sept. 1877 Norwich.
Priested 8 June 1879 Norwich.
Curate of Barton Turf Norfolk 1877-79.
Priest Norwich 1879.
Curate of Crowfield Suffolk 1879-80.
Curate of Coddenham Suffolk 1880-8.
Vicar of Green Ponds.
Vicar of Gayndah Queensland 1885.
Vicar of Allora Diocese of Brisbane 1885-87.
Vicar of Harrisville 1888-89
Arthur then left his wife and family in mysterious circumstances.
The following letter from his father to his brother Percy indicates why he wished to remain untraced.
October 27, 1894.
My very dear Percy,
It is only quite recently that I have been told of Arthur's most disgraceful conduct poor Alice was a good and most excellent wife to him, so that he has not a shadow of excuse for his disgusting conduct.
I think that in one of your letters to Lucy you say that you do not think that it would be just that Arthur at my death should have anything left to him but that something should be done for Alice and her children; now in all this I perfectly agree, but there are difficulties in the way, for as I have often told you the whole of my insurances and your dear mothers property are all settled upon her children in what proportion I please so that I cannot in my Will leave anything to Alice or my grandchildren I have consulted my Lawyer about the matter and the only thing that I can do is this [that is if you will agree to it] that you will of course have your share absolutely, i.e. you can do what you like with it; I will leave you an additional sum which I wish you to invest in your own name and to give the interest to Alice and her children, I have such perfect confidence in you that I know you will carry out my wishes.
I fear that Arthur even after all that has occured will persuade Alice to give the money to him he will I know get hold of it if he can, so if you find she does give it, or part of it to Arthur tell her that, in that case you will not pay her the interest and then keep it yourself and if things go well with her and that she has sufficient for herself and the children to live comfortably upon then you may take the money for yourself, I am quite sure you will act justly and honestly towards them.
I shall be glad to hear what you think of this plan as soon as you can; also can you let me know where and what Arthur is doing, and if he is still living with that woman, why does Alice not get a divorce? He will if possible keep a hold upon her I cannot possibly send her any money at present as every thing is very bad in the old country at present my living this year is only L311 and next year L95 it will be still less; dear old Jane sends her fond love to "her boy" and all your party.
I cannot write more now and will only add my fondest love to yourself and your dear wife and all the dear children.
Yours most affectionately,
The above arrangement above was executed in 1895, see letter in: Notes on Percy Julius.
There are presently no known details of his life after 1889, however in 2016 Susan Julius advises
"I know that Arthur worked in a Sydney university library and changed his name to Davis or Davidson".
Family lore has it that Arthur had an affair with servant and had a female child by her, after he left Alice he is said to have opened a home for homeless boys.
An addendum to Muriel Julius's book Family Jottings reads:
Re Arthur Cowper Julius - Beth Dicks (his granddaughter and daughter of John Julius, youngest of Arthur Cowper's family, told me, that Arthur Cowper suffered badly from asthma and took heroin for the complaint, he evidently had a nurse when he was ill, and that he "went off" with the nurse.
Betty Cottam told me Arthur Cowper had a big row with his brothers and went off to Sydney and changed his name to Davidson. He married a Marianne Emily Matchett who had a school in Sydney. There was a son, Jeffrey Villiers who died on his first birthday. A daughter Constance was born 1890 died 1979. Constance married a Fred Beaver of Bank NSW ? And they lived at Murwillumbah when Dad (R.H.J.) went to visit them (about 1927) at the request of his mother in England.
Since then we have known this family, Constance and Fred had 4 daughters Margaret (now Morgan), Betty (now Cottam), Helen and Kathie, so these 4 are the granddaughters of Arthur Cowper Julius.
Death Date: 1918
Death Place: New South Wales
Father's name: Archibald
Mother's name: Charlotte
Registration Year: 1918
Registration Place: Burwood,
New South Wales Registration
A headstone in St Thomas Anglican cemetery, Enfield, Burwood, New South Wales. Row 10. Portion 41. Reads:
Sacred to the Memory
Marianne Emily Davidson
died October 13, 1910
aged 46 years.
Teneo Superiora Alfiora Peto. (Loose translation "Hold Superior Higher Things")
And of John Davidson
died November 12, 1980
aged 66 years.
Hores Non Nisi Serenas Numero (Loose translation "I count only the bright hours")
The above information from Family Jottings, Susan Julius and some research in Ancestry Australia, reveals the fate of Arthur Cowper Julius who left his first wife & family, and as far as is known turned his back on his vocation.
He did in fact marry, it would seem bigamously, Marianne Emily Matchett on 28 Oct 1887 in Queensland under the name of Alfred Withers Davison (Davidson).
Alfred (Arthur) had surviving issue as stated above, Constance Mary Davidson who married Frederick Bathurst Beaver, they had issue 4 daughters.
Tying this deception together through the christian names used, Arthur Cowper, then Alfred Withers, then John by his death in 1918, is his death registration which shows his parents as Archibald & Charlotte, while he shares a grave and headstone with Marianne Emily.
On file a poor copy of a sermon preached by Arthur first in Coddenham SFK 28 Sept 1879 then at several other Parishes in England including Crowfield and Southery, then at St Georges in Hobart at the morning service on 18 Sept 1881 finally in the afternoon at Birkwood Queensland (nr Harrisville) on Sept 23 1888. He delivered the sermon some 26 times.
His text was Psalm 77 Verses 19 & 20.
Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.
Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Church St Southery NFK. Arthur is recorded as a son aged 8 born Myland ESS.
2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Church St Southery NFK. Arthur is recorded as a son aged 18 born Myland Essex
3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Parsonage Crowfield Suffolk. Arthur is described as head of house married aged 28 Curate of Crowfield born Myland Essex. Also in the house was Catherine Sarah Brown a visitor aged 22 single born Denver Norfolk, and two servants
Arthur married Alice (Garvie) BROWN  [MRIN: 287], daughter of Thomas BROWN Gent  and Emily FILLEY , on 7 Jun 1875 in St Mary The Virgin Southery. (Alice (Garvie) BROWN  was born on 8 May 1847 in Denver NFK and died on 4 Aug 1951 in Woody Point Brisbane Qld..)
Arthur had a relationship with Marianne Emily MATCHETT  [MRIN: 9038] on 28 Oct 1887 in Queensland Aust. (Marianne Emily MATCHETT  was born about 1864 in England, died on 13 Oct 1910 in NSW Aust and was buried in St Thomas Enfield NSW.)