Genealogical Data


June 23, 1937
SEA STORIES. By Harry Wann

NINGPO, ship from Hongkong to Melbourne, was wrecked on d'Entrecasteaux Reefs, Northern New Caledonia, July 28, 1854. A month later four men seized the ship's boat and sailed 800 miles to Queensland. They were nearly killed by natives but managed to reach Brisbane in September. Survivors were rescued from the sand islets by Lieutenant Chimmo in H.M.S. Torch, October 26, 1854.

PERUVIAN, 304 tons, barque, Sydney to China, was wrecked on Belona Reefs, Coral Sea, in 1846. Of the 21 aboard, one was saved - James MURRELLS. James Murrells, usually known as Jimmy Murrells, was born in Essex, went to sea at 16, and in 1846 was an able seaman in the Peruvian, which sailed from Sydney on February 24, bound for China, and was wrecked off the coast of Queensland. Of the 21 aboard, only seven reached land, after 42 grim days on a raft; three died within a few days and the other four were captured by natives. The natives carried a sick sailor gently and treated the other members well; a boy died, then the captain, later, his widow. Murrells had been transferred to another tribe near Port Denison; later he found a sheep-yard on the Burdekin River. He bailed the occupants and was told the date was January 25, 1863. He had been with the natives 17 years. His teeth were worn to the gums, owing to hard food, roots, etc. Later he was made a Customs House official and died October 30, 1865.

MARY, barque, of Sydney, was wrecked near Laughlin Islands, south-east of New Guinea, in a very bad gale, December 1, 1840; six were drowned; four killed by natives; 15 survivors reached Woodlark Island, where 14 more were killed by natives; one escaped.

GUIDING STAR, 2012 tons, wooden clipper ship, chartered by Golden Line; left Liverpool, January 9, 1855, and was lost with all hands, about February or March, 1855. While bound for Melbourne, she is supposed to have been enbayed by sailing into a huge ice island about 44 deg. S., 25 deg. W.; 480 passengers were lost.

  REF: email to by Alison on 9 August 1998


June 23, 1937

What is certainly the smallest school in Queensland, and probably in all Australia, is the one at Henrietta, on the road between Millaa Millaa and Innisfail. Measuring 12ft. by 8ft., and about 10ft. high, the school is a small frame shack with galvanised iron roof and cloth walls, which are rolled up to allow the air to circulate. There is no door, but a flap is used to exclude the sunlight when necessary. The attendance has never exceeded six pupils.

On August 28, 1811, Ralph Malkins led his wife into the streets of Windsor (N.S.W.) with a rope around her neck and publicly offered her for sale. A passer-by, Thomas Quire, thought he recognised a bargain and, after some haggling, agreed to pay 16 pound and a few yards of cloth for the woman. After payment was made, she went willingly with him saying: "No doubt, my new owner will make a better husband than the wretch I just parted from." For his part in the affair Malkins received 50 lashes and was sentenced to three month's hard labour in irons, while the woman was imprisoned at Newcastle.

  REF: email to by Alison on 12 August 1998

World News


July 11, 1928,

GEOFF - Everything settled. Don't fear. Come home or write at once. Wife or Dad.

July 8, 1931.

Re. M. A. E. HOLMAN - Deceased
Will anyone knowing the whereabouts of Alfred Fuller HOLMAN (son of Samuel Bellamy HOLMAN and Hannah Jemima FULLER), who left home about fifty (50) years ago and now aged about eight-five (85), please communicate with the Public Trustee, Hobart?

Henry STUMBLES, saddler, last heard of 48 years ago, communicate with S. A. Jones. 38 Lowlands, Pontnewydd. Wales.

June 24, 1931.

If this should meet the eye of anyone seeking the whereabouts of Mary WINSLOW, of New England, N.S.W., kindly communicate with present address - Madame Chaniel Route de l'Anse Vata, Noumea, New Caledonia. American papers please copy.

  REF: email to by on 1998


June 23, 1937
In 1840 lots 1 and 2 at the Prahran land sales were sold for 24 pound and 30 pound respectively. In 1854 their purchaser resold for 17,000 pound. The lots mentioned totalled 12 acres. George Street, Sydney, between King and Market Streets, was the first roadway in Australia to be block-paved, 1880.

The land boom of the 'eighties, burst in 1893, commenced in Bruce Street Prahran. C. H. James purchased ground there, cut it into small blocks, and sold at a great advance. Everybody did it; thereby locking up their money. James died in Sydney in abject poverty.

Melbourne Botanic Gardens commenced their history as a Missionary Reserve of 875 acres. Their Gardens history commenced in 1846. The original acreage remains.

REF: email to by Alison on 27 August 1998



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