Person: Sydney (Joseph Anthony; Sidi Joseph Tannous) Andrews

Sydney Andrews

Sydney Andrews



Ban, Mount Lebanon

Arrival In Australia:

Years Lived In Brisbane:
Three years in Queensland

Year Of Birth:

Place Of Death:
Pine River near Brisbane

Date Of Death:

Residential Address

  • Type of Location: Family residence
    Address: 18 Manning Street South Brisbane


  • Marriage Date: 1915
    Birthplace of spouse: Syria/Lebanon
    Heritage of spouse: Syrian/Lebanese
    Place of marriage: Syria/Lebanon


Sydney Joseph Anthony Andrews drowned at Leitch’s Crossing, Pine River, 1 April 1937. He was 42 years old. At the time he was leasing land from David Leitch, a farmer at Albany Creek and was planning to grow vegetables. Sydney had previously worked as a labourer and also selling drapery and fruit. He was camping on the land and washed in the river. Sydney could not swim and it was suggested he was washing in the river when a piece of the bank he was standing on gave way.

George Sardie was a witness at the inquest. Sydney had been living with him at 18 Manning Street South Brisbane until 30 March 1937 when he moved out to Leitch’s crossing. He knew him as Sydney Joseph. Although he had been in Australia since 1925, Sydney’s wife and children were still in Lebanon. George, who was a sand and gravel carter, had seen Sydney the day he drowned as he was working nearby with Joseph Stevens carting sand to the city..

He had only one relative in Australia, Michael Joseph Anthony Andrews who lived at Clark street Toowoomba and worked as a shop assistant.


Courier-Mail (Brisbane), 2 April 1937, p. 13, viewed 10 September 2021,

Queensland State Archives, Item ID ITM349622, Inquest file 367 of 1937.