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John ENEMARK bc 1843 Denmark and Grace Smedmore PHIPPARD born London 1852 married in St Pauls Sandhurst 11 August 1875. Their sons John Henry 1876 and Frederick 1878 were born in Garsed St a sister Annie was born in Melbourne in 1880 and the family moved to Randwick in Sydney. Henry PHIPPARD Grace's father was in Sandhurst 1872 to c 1876 having previously been in Ballarat Victoria.
John GORDON married Christina CAMERON at St Francis Melbourne in 1850. Their son Robert John GORDON was b.1852 possibly in Richmond Plains NSW. Robert John GORDON married Agnes Teresa Veronica POWELL in 1877, they sailed to London the same year, a son Alexander Henry Meldrum GORDON was born in Islington London 1878. They returned to Sandhurst 1879, Alexander died aged 28 in Bendigo 1906. John GORDON died c1855 and his widow Christina married in Sandhurst 16 Feb 1860 to Thomas OBRIEN and they had 6 children in Eaglehawk daughter Annie b.1873 married in 1894 George RIMES.
Rhoda Jane ROY b 1865 was one of several children of William ROY and Mary HARRISON of Eaglehawk. Rhoda married in 1888 to Wm Grenfell COCK he died 1889 she then married Thomas Albert BROWN. Associated names - WILLS, PABST, ROBINSON, AITKEN, LEE, KNIGHT, KEENE, DOXFORD, CRAIG.
HANS FREDERICK HANSEN aged 26 married in Inglewood 1864 to LOUISA LEACH.. Where did he come from ? His marriage certificate provided a great clue with a birthplace as GISLEV, Denmark. Denmark has census in 1840,1845 and 1850 and because we know his birthplace and age we found him in Gislev.
We have not yet found him between Gislev in 1850 and Inglewood in 1864 but after that we have him for 40 years in Tarnagulla and then WA with his family.
WILLIAM WILKES from Devon arrived in Australia C 1853 and married CAROLINE EMMA SLOCOMBE in 1856 They had children around Clunes. They left Clunes c 1882 and moved to Drouin where William died in 1891.
His wife and children then moved to Prahran and in 1919 they moved to Clover Lea, Kilsyth as land around the Lower Dandenongs were being opened up.
ESTHER PILGRIM bc 1850 around Albury NSW and married in 1878 a Chinese miner JOHN MAHNEY SUN .Their children born around Wehla are RICHARD MAI HEN SANG PILGRIM, MAR GIM AK RICHARD and DAVID GIM HO SUN. We have lost the father but Esther lived in Bendigo till 1939 and a small obit says she was loving mother of three sons. We know 2 of them... DAVID KINGSTON died Daylesford 1945 and RICHARD JOHN JAMIESON died Ballarat 1957. The other son is missing.
When Esther died her funeral to White Hills took place from the home of HENRY SALES in Bendigo.
A HARRIET PILGRIM married in 1875 to Chinese WILLIAM JAN They had 5 children born at Wehla 1876 to 1886 surnamed JANE. We have lost them after this and don't know if the PILGRIM girls are sisters.
JOHN BLANDFORD died aged 73 at Raywood in 1898. His wife was MATILDA BENNETT and they married in Cowley, Gloucester, England 1847 and migrated 1852 They lived in Ballarat and John worked for the Lands Dept. We are trying to find out what he was doing in Raywood in 1898. Matilda died in Hawthorn in 1915.
HENRY and AMY TREGANOWAN (nee WALFORD) lived in Smith St Bendigo. Their son Rupert sent his mother a postcard from Moore Park Military Camp Sydney in 1917 before going overseas. We are tracing the family back to Cornwall. Henry is the son of HENRY TREGANO WAN and EMMA JEFFREY(s) who married UK 1862 and came to Victoria in May 1863 .. .their name on ship Duisberg is TREGANAN
Family members linked to surnames HORSEY,RANSOM and CULMSEE in Bendigo 1865 onwards are trying to find where they lived. A mix of rates, old maps, directories, funeral notices, school records and hospital records all go towards finding close proximities.
ABRAHAM LAWRENCE born in Canada married Sandhurst 1860 to MARY ANN WALL. She was said to have been born in Maitland NSW. They had 13 children around Harrietville/Bright area. Abraham died in Forest St Sandhurst and was buried in White Hills 18 June 1883.
The question was what he was doing in Forest St. We discovered he died in the house of GEORGE PHILLIPS and the ratepayer was WILLIAM P WALL who turns out to be father of Mary Ann Wall. George Phillips was married to MARTHA WALL another daughter of William P Wall. In 1878 Mr. Phillips is listed as a publican at The Unicorn Hotel Forest St. He died 1884 and his widow married SAMUEL HONEYCOMBE.
They ran The Unicorn till 1898 and Samuel died in 1902.
Martha lived on till 1923. The name of her house in funeral notice is “Maitland”
So Abraham died visiting his wife’s family in Sandhurst.
JOHN HOVENDEN died Sandhurst hospital 16 Feb 1886, buried White Hills 19 Feb 1886. Death certificate has no information on it re family, occupation, and birthplace.
His death and age date fit in with a belief that he could be the father of a CATHERINE ANN HOVENDEN who it is said was born Myers Flat c 1869 and married WILLIAM ANSON in 1895. She died in Richmond Vic 1934 age 65.
This Catherine could be 7 year old Kate Hovenden of Yarraberb in hospital with typhoid on 7 June 1875. Her mother, who could be the wife of John Hovenden is unknown.
DONALD ALLAN CAMERON married 1885 St Andrews Bendigo to ISABELLA FINDLAY MCILWRAITH.. He was a Presbyterian Minister. Descendants have an old photo album in their possession and are trying to put names to pictures. Front of album says”Isabelle Finley..L.A of ST A.C. Sandhurst” and we deduce this is Ladies Auxillary St Andrews Church and was probably a gift obtained from Marinus Bent photographer of Sandhurst when she married 30 June 1885. Rev’d Cameron went on to be Moderator General of the Presbyterian Church.
PATRICK McALLISTER (variations) married 1 Jan 1874 MARY BALLANTYNE
Took up land selection at Leichardt 1875 and stayed till 1882.(Marong Rate book)
In Flemington are till 1900. Family then settled land at Monbulk in Dandenong Ranges.
HANS FREDERICK HANSEN born?...married 1864 in Victoria LOUISA ANN LEACH (variations) and had several children around Rheola/Tarnagulla then moved to Coolgardie area WA about 1900.The main quest is to find where HANS HANSEN came from
Obviously Scandinavia……It’s like SMITH in England….
Patrick HALLORAN or O”HALLORAN married MARY QUIN c 1854 in Clare Ireland.
They had a son Patrick in Tasmania in 1856 and another 9 children in Victoria around Kyneton, Barfold area. Patrick senior took up a block in Dingee area c 1875. He was kicked by a horse and died in Bendigo hospital in 1878 leaving a widow Mary with 10 children. We are trying to link the children to a lady named MARY O’HALLORAN who died in Bendigo Benevolent Home in 1914. Hopefully she is someone’s Great Grandmother.
The children are Patrick, John, Michael, Mary, Andrew, Bridget, Catherine, Jane, Thomas and Ellen. Some associated names are MCKENZIE, MCBETH and PLUNKETT.
Charles Peter COLLINS married Mabel WILLIAMS in Bendigo 1897. They had 4 children Mabel, Charles, Eleanor and Marion.
Charles Peter Collins was an engine driver in a mine but he wanted something more.
His children’s school records show they were at Golden Square, Dingee and Geraldton WA. It appears that dad moved the family to Geraldton c 1908 but that did not work out. About 1914 he took a block at Dingee but drought ruined that about 1920.
His youngest daughter Marion started work at Myers Bendigo in 1922 by which time the family were in Strathfieldsaye.
We are helping the family of Marion sort out the family movements.
Their history does re enforce the point that people did move and one needs to search far and wide.
Footballers John and Charlie JOHNSON played for Melbourne c 1905-1910 and we were asked by AFL historians to try to find their birth date. The suspicion was that they were born in Bendigo either named JOHNSON or JOHNSTON. A clue was that they played for South Bendigo. Local knowledge said that meant they were Protestants and we found them baptized at St Pauls.That’s a bit like Scottish soccer in Glasgow…Rangers or Celtic…and does illustrate the importance of the family history clues that come from knowing their religion in the 19th century.
EDWIN CALLISTER in Bendigo Benevolent Asylum 1878. Found wandering the streets of Dunolly aged about 8 with his brother WILLIAM CALLISTER. Family know what became of William but have lost Edwin….Help please? The boys have half sister MARGARET CAMPBELL DUNLOP who died Ballarat in 1940
Their mother was MARY GUTHRIE/DUNLOP/CAMPBELL who is buried Waanyarra in 1878.
JANE LOCKERBY SCOTT and John Gaspard FEINT in Sandhurst c 1857. Had a child ELIZABETH MARION FEINT in 1858.
Mr. FEINT vanished and Jane has had numerous children with a JOHN WATSON around Tumut and Adelong NSW. They married in NSW 1873.
Friedrich Ludwig Wilhelm Ernst Schleicher in Sandhurst c 1854 may have changed name to Thornton
Moses COMBS b Birmingham UK c 1837 died Bendigo 1917. He married CAROLINE KENT 1858 and they had 5 children in Chewton area. Caroline died Bendigo 1880 and Moses married a widow ELIZABETH DILLON nee MILLS who died 1914 associated names are MAHAFFY, BRABIN, YOUNG and MAWDSLEY.
Moses Coombs was a plasterer in Sandhurst
London Hotel Bull St Bendigo 1890-1900 with connections to Jean BOURCHIER, MATHER and BAILES. Would like to find a photo of London Hotel c 1890
HORONDA ... name of a house in Milroy /Langston-St corner built in Bendigo c 1900.. .maybe named after a horse or a drink.
Thomas ASHFORD died and buried as a pauper at Bendigo Benevolent Asylum in January 1917.aged about 60 Previously In Melbourne Asylum 1909 and moved to Cheltenham c1911 and then to Bendigo c 1914
He was paralysed. We are trying to find out if he was from Scilly Islands Cornwall.
DAVID EVANS b Montgomery Wales c 1840...to Australia?? married Maldon 18 Feb 1871 to HANNAH PREECE who was born Monmouthshire Wales c 1853.
They had two children in Victoria and then went to New Zealand c 1874.
ISAAC PREECE married in Wales to ELIZABETH JAMES in 1846 and came to Vic c 1855 with Richard, Mary and Hannah and then had children in Malden.
Some of the family went to WA c 1890.
Names associated RODERICK, SMEATON, WORTHINGTON, WHALES and MONTAGUE