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Ernest Alfred Paulin(e)

107 Whitehead Road, Aston

107 Whitehead Road Aston - home of family 1897

I have started a new blog – dedicated specifically to the Paulin(e) family.  This picture is of 107 Whitehead Road in Aston where my family lived in 1896-7.  I have been transcribing a series of letters written by my great-grandfather Ernest Alfred Paulin to his brother Frederick Arthur Pauline, who lived in Victoria.  The letters have been lent to me by the Cormack family, Frederick’s descendants.  What a gift of information.

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Paulin family notices in the papers

Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette 15 April 1865, page 8


Died – on the 6th inst, aged 58 years, Harriett, wife of Wm Orme, of Orton-on-the-Hill, Leicestershire and third daughter of the late Mr. Richard Paulin of Henley-on-Thames, Oxon.


Victoria Colonist, 5 July 1887, pg. 1

…. Russel acting as starter in his usual impartial and acceptable style.  Following is the list of the games with the names of the winners:

Running High Jump – 1st A Bell 4 ft 10 ½ in; 2nd CH Tite and EA Pauline, tie.

Running Long Jump – 1st A Shaw, 17 ft 9 in; 2nd W Duck, 17 ft 6 in.


Victoria Colonist, 14 Nov 1888, pg 1


George Pauline

(Late Pupil of WT Belcher, Mus. Doc., Oxon, FCO)

Prof. Pianoforte and Organ.

Lessons given at own residence or 73 Kings Road, Victoria BC.


Victoria Colonist, 23 October 1886, page 3

We are happy to congratulate Mr. Ernest Pauline of the Standard, as an addition to his home circle.  That genial young gentleman was receiving congratulations of his many friends last evening and is justly proud of being “the father of a bouncing baby” – girl.


Oxford Journal, 30 June 1866, page 4


Married – June 19 at Cheltenham by the Rev WH Ramsay, Mr WT Lambourn of Henley, grocer, to Maria, daughter of the late Mr. G Paulin of the same place.


Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette, 14 January 1860, page 5


Married – on the fifth instant, at Trinity Church, by the Rev WP Pinchney, Mr. John Paulin, to Mary, daughter of the late Mr. Walters, both of Henley.


Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette, 23 May 1857, page 8


Married – On the 12th inst at Binfield Church, Berks, by the Rev J Leslie Randall, MA, Mr. George Bennett, of Derby, to Sarah Anne, only daughter of Mr. G Paulin of Henley-on Thames.

Henley Advertiser, 19 Oct 1895, page 5


Paulin – on October 10th, at 5 Queen’s Villas, Sarah, widow of George Paulin, in her 88th


Berkshire Chronicle, 7 April 1877 page 8


Easter Meeting – On Tuesday the annual meeting was held in the Council Chamber at ten o’clock am; when the churchwardens’ accounts for the past year were examined and passed. C Simmons and George Paulin were re-elected churchwardens.

Reading Mercury, 28 July 1888, page 5

RUTHERFORD-PAULIN – on the 21st inst, by the Rev Dr Swinburne, Rector of the Parish of Acock’s Green, Robert, eldest son of Andrew Rutherford, of Alnwick, Northumberland, to Louise Mary, eldest daughter of Frederick Paulin, Henley Lodge, Acock’s Green, near Birmingham.

Reading Mercury, 28 March 1874 page 4

Tresspass – Thomas Ballard, an old man, was charged with having on the 13th, trespassed on Curridge Common in search of conies. Frederick Paulin, keeper, in the service of Mr. S Hemsted (who rents the shooting on the Common from Miss Wasey), proved that defendant set a wire, and when he spoke to him, he saw three other wires in his hand. The Bench imposed a fine of 1s 6d, and reduced the costs from 9s to 3s 6d.

Shipping and Mercantile Gazette 23 July 1874, page 3

At the Bankruptcy Court, yesterday, an order was made by Mr. Register Murray for the appointment of a receiver under a petition for liquidation filed by Frederick Paulin, of the Anchor Brewery, St George’s-road, Peckham, whose liabilities are estimated at 2,500 l, the value of the assets not yet being ascertained.

Gloucestershire Echo, 20 April 1914 page 5

Births, Marriages and Deaths


Churchill-Longman – Kavanagh – April 14 at St Jude’s Church, Kensington, Walter Valentine, 3rd Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, to Sarah Talbot, only daughter of W Kerr Kavanagh of St Louis, USA

Dictionary of Family Biography – Ernest Alfred Paulin

EA Paulin c1890
Ernest Alfred Paulin, circa 1890, c. G Leitch

Dictionary of Family Biography

Ernest Alfred Paulin

Ernest Alfred Paulin (1864-1912) was born the 22nd of July 1864 in Henley-on-Thames, England.  He was the son of Frederick Paulin, brewer, and his wife Mary Cutler.  He was one of thirteen children, their fourth eldest, and their third son.  He would go by the name Pauline between 1886 and 1897.

As far as can be determined, Ernest received a decent education.  His eldest brother Frederick stated in an interview that he had attended Grammar school in Henley, and St Mary’s College in London.  It is assumed that the boys who were raised in Henley received similar educational opportunities.

The family lived in Henley-on-Thames until 1873.  Frederick Paulin, who had owned a brewery in Henley, sold it that year and used the profits to purchase the Union Brewery in Peckham, London. Frederick declared bankruptcy in 1874, and the family moved to the West Midlands.  The family moved around the area for a few years, settling in Acock’s Green by 1880.

It was in Birmingham that Ernest began his working life.  In the 1881 census he was listed as a clerk.  It was here too that his love for sports becomes apparent.  He was the captain of the Acock’s Green Star Football (soccer) club.  His brother Frederick played forward.

On the 9th of March 1886 Ernest married Emma Jane Jennings at St Edburgha’s Church in Yardley.  She was the daughter of Thomas Jennings, butcher who also ran the Swan Pub in Yardley, and his wife Emma Newberry.

Not long after, the newlyweds were boarding the SS Adriatic in Liverpool.  With his brother Herbert Paulin and her sister Amy Jennings, they set off for North America.  They left the 12th of April.

On the 25th of October that year Ernest and Emma welcomed their first child, a daughter, Dorothy Mary.  Her birth was announced in the Victoria Colonist; her father was working as a reporter in the rival paper, The Standard.  He later became an accountant/bookkeeper for the firm of Matthew, Richards and Tye.

Victoria’s newspapers are full of Ernest’s activities.  He continued to be active in sports, competing in the city’s Caledonian games in the running high jump in 1887.  He was also the skipper of the Albion Cricket Club in 1892.  The whole family was musical, and Ernest was active in the Victoria Opera Company and was often noted in musical productions or performances.

In August 1887 Dorothy died of Cholera.  The following year, on March 5th, they welcomed their first son, Harold Ernest.  He was joined by a sister Irene Belle on the 17th September 1889, another sister Gladys Mary the 12th February 1891, and sister Grace Melona on the 8th of April 1893.  Sadly Gladys died March 13th 1892 from whooping cough.

From interviews with his grandchildren, it was felt that Emma was not very happy living in Victoria.  She packed up the children and moved back to Birmingham, England.  Ernest followed.  This was after 1894.  He found work as an accountant.

In Birmingham they had three more children: Norman Frederick born 11 August 11897 (or 21 October – the date his mother insisted he was really born); Hilda Louise 25 January 1899 and Eric Cutler the 27 November 1900.  Eric died in September 1901.

The family moved to Ilford, in London around 1905-6, where Ernest worked as a salesman for the Oliver Typewriter Company.  The family then moved to Leigh-on-Sea.  The move was precipitated by Ernest’s diagnosis of tuberculosis.  It was believed that sea air would help.

In August 1912 Ernest travelled back to visit his family in Victoria, alone.  The trip was in hopes that the change would improve his health. It did not.  After several weeks in Victoria, he died on the 20th of November.  He was buried at Ross Bay Cemetery.


Birth, marriage and death certificates

Scottish Field, December 1930

Oxon Brews: The Story of Commercial Brewing in Oxfordshire by Mike Brown, Longfield, Brewing History Society, 2004.

UK Census 1871-1881, 1901-1911

Canadian Census 1891

Daily Colonist, British Colonist, Birmingham Post

Shipping Records – manifest of passengers to the US; Canadian arrivals list; US Arrivals

Probate registry – England

Ross Bay Cemetery


Ernest Pauline arrives, 1886

Colonist, 25 April 1886, page 3

San Francisco, April 23- Following are the Victoria passengers by the steamer Geo W Elder, which sailed from this port for Victoria and the Sound ports this morning: J Brealey, A Lewis, JS Antonellli, Mrs H Good, Mrs J Brown, Miss AE Jennings, Mrs HJ Foyle, Mr Cavendish, wife and child, JN March, T Sydney Dobbin, C Gardner, EA Ball, Mrs Bushby and daughter, Mrs Witzer, EA Pauline, Chas B Soff and wife, Leu Fun Sing, S Pettit, W Dufour, HH Hill, BF Ault, JAT Caton and wife, Mrs H O Teideman, Miss J Purkins, WH Pauline, W Dickenson and wife, HA Foyle, H Randall, CA Gould, AE Hill, J Hendry, T Higginson, Mrs EC Neufelder, Mrs EB Pauline [EA], Wm Lukey, Mr Manchester and wife, E Linchey, A Sproule.

Calling all Paulin(e)s and Paulin(e) descendants! Reunion 2019

Mary and Frederick Pauline at Tod House, circa 1892, c. BC Archives.


I have decided to do it!  I am putting out a call for all descendants of Frederick and Mary Paulin(e) to assembly in July 2019 in Victoria, BC.

Exact details are yet to be worked out, including specific dates in July, but I am hoping that many will be interested in coming to BC, and seeing the place where the family lived for so many years, and meeting up with all of the various cousins.  I am asking that all who are interested in attending to please contact me so I can go about organising some events, notably a gathering at the Tod House to recreate the family photo from 1892 of the gang on the porch, also a dinner or BBQ depending on numbers, and tours of the Oak Bay area, and maybe the legislature.

Children of Frederick and Mary Paulin(e)

  • Louise Mary Paulin


  • Frederick Arthur Paulin


  • George Pauline


  • Ernest Alfred Paulin


  • Herbert William Pauline


  • Bessie Pauline


  • Amy Pauline


  • Florence Pauline


  • Violet Pauline


  • Sarah Pauline


  • Marion Pauline


  • John Albert Pauline


  • Nellie Pauline



So please contact me, and tell me if you are interested….






Acock’s Green Star v St George’s Wanderers, Birmingham, 1881

Birmingham Daily Post, 30 December 1881, page 5



Acock’s Green Star v St George’s Wanderers – This match was played on the ground of the former club, at Acock’s Green on Tuesday.  The home team kicked off at 3 pm, uphill.  The Star only played nine men.  After a pleasant match, the Acock’s Green Star were victorious by eight goals to none.  Acock’s Green Star: Goal Taylor; back F Pauline; half-back, Hart; forwards, Adams, Langley, EA Pauline (Captain), Neale, Stevens and Bradburn.  Wanderers: Goal, Tandy; backs, Ashton and Griffiths; half-back Ashton; forwards, Truman (captain), Cook, Dial, Underhill, James, Butler and Bidmer.

Acock’s Green Star v. St George’s Rangers – This match was played at Acock’s Green on Tuesday, and, after a well-contested game, ended in favour of the Rangers by one goal to none.  Acock’s Green Star: Goal, Adams; back, F Pauline; half-backs F Jenkins, Hart and Stephens; forwards Langley, Bradburn, Pauline (Captain), A Jenkins, Taylor and Stevens.

A Joyous Meeting – Victoria, 1888

R_P_Rithet_(sternwheeler)_at_Yale_on_Fraser_River_1882_c_03819 (1)
By Richard Maynard (1832-1907) – British Columbia Archives digital collections, image C-03819, Public Domain,

Victoria Colonist, 11 September 1888, page 3

A Joyous Meeting

At the landing of the steamer Rithet last night the Messrs F and EA Pauline were on the dock to welcome the arrival of their father and mother, brother

Paulin family in Birmingham, c 1890s – collection of K Paulin

and six sisters from Manchester, England. [Actually – Birmingham] The Messrs Pauline have been in Victoria for several years, and occupy honourable positions in a couple of mercantile houses.  Having made a home for themselves, they sent for and are now joined by the remainder of their family, and last night a joyous meeting took place on board the Rithet.

Acock’s Green Star v Birchfield Villa, 1882

Birmingham Daily Post 17 January 1882 page 5


Acock’s Green Star v Birchfield Villa – These clubs met on the ground of the former Acock’s Green on Saturday last.  From the kick off the visitors pressed their opponents back to their own goal, and by half-time had scored three goals. After half-time the Birchfield repeated the same performance, and eventually won by six goals to nil.  The Star were penned in from beginning to end, and the score would have been increased but for their good goal-keeping.  The Birchfield goalkeeper only had to stop the ball once.  Teams: Acock’s Green Star: EJ Adams (goal); F Paulin (back); Jenkins, Parsons, and Preston (half-backs); Langley Stephens, Neal, EA Paulin, Playfair and Bradburn (forwards) – Birchfield Villa: Wigley (goal); Lamsdale (back); Green, Keen and Copley (half-backs); Bartlain, Harrison, Woddhall, Mayes, Horton and Morrison (forwards).

Frederick Pauline Sr – Artist.

While doing research for an article on the Paulin(e) family.  I began searching for examples of paintings done by Frederick Paulin(e) Sr. The main reason was that I had unearthed a newspaper article dated 1901, which spoke of an exhibit he had at the Great Northern Railway Offices [See below].

3col26sep1901 - f pauline artist

I knew that Frederick had been an artist having seen a couple of examples in my travels, but I hadn’t understood the importance that it had for him, which from the fact that he exhibited his work (though humbly) suggests.

So I have decided to launch a search for more examples of his work, to digitally construct an exhibit of his paintings in order to share with his family/descendants and other interested people in his vision of the world, through his art.

Example 1


Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, from the collection of S Bunting.

Example 2

Paulin1 (1)

Possibly English River, dated 1909, from the collection of D Thornton.

If you have any paintings by Frederick and would be willing to share with the blog (and the family) I would be most grateful.

Frederick’s son Ernest Alfred Paulin was also a talented artist.  I have two examples of his decorative painting.

Example 1

EPaulin tin birds

Tin Plate, repurposed Ainsley Ware and decorated with birds.  Was a gift to Sidney and Kate [Smith, his in-laws] and dated Christmas 1899, from the collection of G Leitch.

Example 2

EPaulin mirror cake plate

Decorated mirror, nd, from the collection of S Bunting. Thought to be a cake plate.

Any images of Ernest or Frederick’s art would be gratefully added to this virtual exhibit.  If any other members of the family were visual artists, information and images would also be appreciated.

Work in Progress!

The Gallery can be seen here:

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