Lavinia and William de Lautour
By Jim Mcjannett
I read with interest the article relating to the slaughter and cannibalism of William (Willie) Hope de Lautour, together with the murder of his father, George de Lautour, in the New Hebrides in 1890 (see A father and son massacred in the New Hebrides). Regarding William, I can offer that he was born at Mary Vale Station, North Queensland, Australia (the property of the Hann family) on 7 April 1871. The wife of George, Lavinia de Lautour, née McKinley, was of Pandanus Creek Station, Queensland, but was born in 1852 at Clare, South Australia. At the time of her husband’s death she and George were estranged. She remarried in 1892 to Mr Robert Stewart. Lavinia Stewart died at Townsville, Queensland, in 1924.
Jim McJannett (Cooktown, North Queensland)