Tuesday, 5 June 2012

The Green family in Australia

Ann Green married John Plaisted in London in 1825.  In April 1850 John, Ann, six children and Ann's sister Abigail Green arrived in South Australia on board the "Rajah".  John was suffering from consumption.  Ann's sister Sarah was already living in Adelaide.

Sarah Green married Alfred Bessell Bock about 1831 in Buckinghamshire.  The Bocks arrived in South Australia on board the "Lloyds" in December 1838.  Alfred was a jeweller and commenced business in South Australia shortly after arrival.

Also on board the "Lloyds" was William Green.  He is probably the brother of Ann, Abigail and Sarah.

The Plaisteds together with Abigail Green shifted to Melbourne in the 1850s.  John Plaisted finally succumbed to consumption in 1858.  His widow Ann remarried to William Cowper.  Ann died in 1882 in Essendon.  Abigail died in 1880 in Richmond.

Alfred and Sarah Bock moved to Victoria about 1861 and Sarah died in Ballarat in 1883.

In 1859 William married Tabitha Plaisted, the sister of John,  and emigrated to Australia dying in Preston in 1881.  At the time of his death he had been 13 years in South Australia and 27 years in Victoria.  It seems he returned to England in 1859 accompanying the grand daughters of Tabitha to their paternal grandfather after the death of Tabitha's daughter Eliza Torrey, nee Ewer.  A shipping record shows William and Eliza Green accompanying two small girls surnamed Torrey to Boston from Melbourne arriving September 1859.  William's first wife Eliza must have died after this. (update it seems Eliza was Tabitha my later post ).

Benjamin Green died in Melbourne in 1866.  He had been there only two months and was at the house of his sister Ann and her husband William Cowper. He was a professor of music.  On the English censuses of 1851 and 1861 he was in lodgings with the occupation of musician.  In 1851 he was accompanied by his brother Charles.  I have not found what happened to Charles.

sources: Australian death certificates, shipping records and parish records from ancestry.com, newspaper articles from Trove.nla.gov.au

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

George Kinnaird Dana and Augustus Pulteney Dana

George Kinnaird Dana was born in the Dandenong district of Victoria and christened George Jamieson Dana in 1849.  He was the son of Henry Dana, the commandant of the Native Police and Sophia Cole Hamilton nee Walsh. (Australian birth index)  Augustus Pulteney Dana was born on 1 March 1851 also at Dandenong.

Apart from these two boys, the other children of the marriage were  
  • Cecile Sophia (1845-1908), who married James Colles in 1866 and had children (with present day descendants), 
  • William Henry Pulteney (1845-died before 1852), 
  • Harry (1843-1854), and 
  • Charlotte Elizabeth Kinnaird (1848-1848).

Their father Henry Dana died in 1852 leaving a young family.  His widow Sophia married his brother William Dana; they had one child who died as an infant.  Sophia died in 1860.  William Dana died in 1866 having been recently married to a widow, Antoinette Besserat nee Weber.

In November 1867 Augustus, the youngest of Henry Dana's sons, was admitted as a ward of the state.  The cause of commitment was that he was uncontrollable.  Both his parents were dead and his guardian was Mr Sturt P.M. who paid 10 shillings a week towards his keep.  He absconded in January 1868 but was brought back a day later.  In February he was stationed aboard the ship Nelson.  He died on 30 May 1868 on board the Nelson of Scarletina after an illness of 3 days.  His occupation was ordinary seaman.  The death certificate gave his father as George Dana, inspector of police with mother not known - in other words they knew little of his family.  He is buried at Williamstown cemetry. (information from state ward records and death certificate).

George Dana had settled at Port Resolution on Tanna Island Vanuatu (map link).  He was a trader , the occupants of the trading establishments apparently being principally involved in the manufacture of copra from coconuts and the collection of sulphur.  Two of his colleagues had been killed by natives.  Dana however shot himself in the leg on a walk one Sunday and died of tetanus (lockjaw) shortly afterwards on 20 December 1872. He was only 23. (information from death notice in The Argus on 1 April 1873 and from the book A year in the New Hebrides, Loyalty Islands, and New Caledonia. By F.A. Campbell. With an account of the early history of the New Hebrides missions, by A.J. Campbell ... a narrative of the voyages of the "Dayspring," by D. M'Donald, D.D.; and an appendix, containing a contribution to the phytography of the New Hebrides, by Baron von Mueller ... Published 1873 by G. Mercer; [etc., etc. in Geelong .  retrieved from http://archive.org/details/cu31924013973304 23 April 2012 pages 172-3). 

The young men were my 1st cousins four times removed.

I am still curious to know what happened to Antoinette, the widow of  their uncle.  I also wonder who Mr Sturt was.

Mr Sturt  was almost certainly Evelyn Pitfield Shirley Sturt (1816-1885), brother of the explorer Charles Sturt and police magistrate.  He is the subject of a biography in the Australian Dictionary of Biography (http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/sturt-evelyn-pitfield-shirley-4663 ). Sturt Street in Ballarat runs parallel to Dana Street and is West Ballarat's main street.  It is named after him. (http://www.ballarat.com/walkheritage.htm ).

Just starting out

A blog to share the stories I discover while researching my family history.  I store my family history on an online tree at ancestry.com but will write about the stories I discover during my researches pulling together relationships and events.