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ELIZA MCNALLY

In the last month, 2 descendants of ELIZA have contacted us. Louise, who is related through EMELIA BOLLARD has forwarded this baptismal certificate and has give me permission to place her musings on the site. She is happy that it might help someone else researching as we are.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WITH THANKS.

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FROM LOUISE

Bollard Family

Thomas Bollard (sometimes spelt Ballard) lived at Hardwick Yass in 1850 when he married Emma Whitehouse who also lived at Hardwick. Hardwick was one of three early historic properties established in the early 1800’s, Cooma Cottage, Douro and Hardwicke, by Henry and Cornelius O’Brien.

Henry O’Brien had Hardwick between 1837 and 1852 and during that time helped to save the Australian wool industry from bankruptcy. English demand for wool had dropped so prices plummeted, Henry developed melt down works on Hardwick designed to boil down sheep for tallow, which was sold to England and use for making gunpowder. It is believed that Hardwick is the original route that Hume and Hovell took through that area.

Emma and Thomas both appeared to be working there at the time of their marriage in 1850.

They were married in the Presbyterian Church.

Ellen…1851, John…1854, Thomas …1856, Mary…1859, William…1862, James (Joseph James)…1869, Patrick…1873, 2 other males.

Not much known about Thomas except he was born in Ireland and was about 55 in 1862 when William was born. He went to the Araluen goldfields early in their marriage. After which he worked as a manager of Middlingbank Station near Cooma. After this they moved to Molonglo Station where Thomas worked. It was during this time that the family encountered the Clarke Brothers Bushranger gang, Emma several times by herself with the children.

Their son Jack (probably John)  was speared and boomeranged at Coopers Creek, when he was about 24. He went to Northern Queensland as a stockman and the family were never able to discover what had happened to him, but presumed he had been killed by aborigines.

Emma was 30 when William Albert was born in 1862. At the time of her death on the 31st July 1912, she was living with her son James, at 61 Buckland St Chippendale Sydney.

James indicated that her parents names were James Whitehouse and Bridget McNally, but on tracing records it seems feasible that he didn’t know their Christian names , or there was a mix-up on the form , as his name was James and his wife’s was Bridget. It appears more than likely that Emma (he spelt it Amelia) was actually Elizabeth Emelia Whitehouse born at The Sand Hills (later Surrey Hills) in Sydney and baptised on 25th July 1833 at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.

Her parents were recorded as Albert Whitehouse (printer) and Elizabeth McNally.

Emma is easily adapted from Emelia.

Family vocal history has always indicated that there was a connection with Henry Kendall, it is most likely that Emma’s mother , Elizabeth was a sister of Melinda McNally who married Basil Kendall and subsequently had a son Henry Kendall, the poet. This made Emma his first cousin.

There was no ‘Bridget’ McNally in that family and all other sisters have been accounted for, so this adds weight to the family vocal history and the evidence pointing to Emma’s parents being Albert and Elizabeth (known as Eliza). The ship she came to Australia with the Mcnally Family in 1814 was the Broxbornebury, but on the Baptism cert for Emma it says ship’ 5 Islands’, this is a mystery, but no record of a ship of that name appears to have existed. It could have been the journey they came on as the Broxenbornbury did pass islands and pick up some stranded people, and it is not unlikely that a child of ten would mix up the name of a ship later on. Her parents were Patrick McNally and Judith Kilfroy McDermott, he was convicted for desertion from the 100thregiment whilst serving in Canada and sent out for life.

Albert was a convict, convicted and sentenced for life at Worcester on the 8/3/1828 and sent on the ship Eliza. Records in the Sydney gazette of mid 1833 show an Albert Whitehouse, printer up on charges of forgery. He got off, due to lack of evidence, but others where charged, at the time he worked for a lithographer ( Henry Allen) in Pitt St as a printer. He was described as an artist on Emma’s death certificate, and a printer on her baptism certificate.

A comment was made in the court of being sent out for inappropriate use of printing skills.

Records show that an Albert Whitehouse died in 1833, it hasn’t been confirmed that that was him, but it seems a strange coincidence that Emma was baptised in July 1833 after having been born in 1831. Maybe he died and Elizabeth then baptised her a catholic. There is no record of any other children born to them.

There is a record of an Elizabeth Whitehouse death in 1857 at age 68 in Sydney, and also an Elizabeth Whitehouse appears on the 1841 census living at Surrey hills. Not yet proven that this was Emma’s mother but, Emma was born at the Sand Hills which later became part of Surrey Hills. To date no marriage record for Albert and Elizabeth has been found.

Another coincidence is that Emma and Thomas’s son James was also involved in the printing business, being a compositor. Moya Britten (William Bollard’s granddaughter, James’s grand niece) remembers James coming to visit her grandparents, at the Captains Flat Store, with all his newspaper friends.  William would take them to the river on fishing trips, leaving Bedelia to mind the store.  She also has vivid memories of visiting James when she was a child when they lived in Stanmore, after they moved from Chippendale. She can recall the smell of gas from cooking and perhaps lights etc of that area. She was terrified of a lady in the street who would go out into her front yard in her night dress.

James served in the 1st Pioneer Battalion, 5th Reinforcement, from Oct 1915 to July 1917 at the Western Front from August 1916 to July 1917.

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MENTION OF THE TERM 5 ISLANDS

http://www.walkabout.com.au/locations/NSWWollongong.shtml

 

The Five Islands was the name given to the Illawarra region by the explorers of the late 1700’s and early 1800’s.The earliest reference to this has been traced to Bass (of Bass and Flinders fame) Journal in the Whaleboat.

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THE CONVICTS WHO DIED ON THE SURRY I

FROM SYDNEY GAZETTE AND NEW SOUTH WALES ADVERTISER SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 1814 PAGE 2.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article628980

FROM THE SECRETARY’S OFFICE SYDNEY SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 1814

The contagious and diabolical disease which prevailed on board the Male Convict Ship SURRY, on her late passage hither from England having been fatal to thirty-six of the Convicts destined for this Place, His Excellency The Governor, deems it expedient that the Names of the unfortunate Sufferers shall be published in order that their Friends shall be officially apprised of their Decease.

List of thirty six convicts who died at sea on board the Ship Surry on her voyage from England to New South Wales with the names of the Hulks from whence they had been embarked and the dates at which they died

NAME FROM WHAT HULK WHEN DIED
ANTON JACKSON RETRIBUTION 9 JUNE 1814
SAMUEL SMITH 13 “
CHARLES GAMES 15 “
JOHN EADES 2O”
JOHN OLIVER 22″
WILLIAM HASEL 27
WILLIAM BROWN 27″
JOHN PARSONS 28″
WILLIAM BOURNE 30″
THOS WHEELER 6 JULY 1814
Wm EDWARDS 11″
JAMES PHILLIPS 19″
JOHN PE?S 19″
     
CARTER TUCK ZEALAND 10 JUNE 1814
JOHN MOTT 21″
TIMOTHY REAGAN 23″
WILLIAM BATTY 13 JULY 1814
     
JOHN RANSOM LAUREL 12 MARCH 1814
HENRY PAGE 21 JUNE 1814
JAS GLADDING 22″
JAMES CLARKE 1 JULY 1814
CHRIS. RAPPS 2″
WILLIAM DAVEY 3″
SAM ABRAHAMS 5″
THOMAS HADLEY 7″
WILLIAM BAKER 22″
     
ISAAC GILES CAPTIVITY 22 MAY 1814
JOHN JOTCHAM 25 JUNE 1814
WILLIAM BROWN 27″
THOMAS MOTT 28″
JOHN COOPER 29″
JOHN  LACEY 1 JULY 1814
RD. WILKINSON 4″
JOHN JONES 5″
CHARLES BALL 19″
RD ALIARTON 25″

 

BY COMMAND OF HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR

J T CAMPBELL SECRETARY. 

HENRY’S AFFAIRS OF THE 1880s

The Maitland Mercury… Thursday 12 May 1881, page 5

INSPECTOR OF STATE FORESTS.-The Herald says:-Mr. Henry Kendall, the well-known Australian poet, has been appointed by the Government Inspector of State forests. The appointment is a new one, and the duties appertaining to the position will be those of a head forest ranger, or of an officer who is required to examine the condition of the natural forests of the colony, and to report upon their present state and the facilities at hand for their preservation, land for planting out forest trees in suitable places. For some five or six years past Mr. Kendall has been residing at Camden Haven, and during that time he has devoted himself in a singular manner the study of this question, forming the acquaintance of timber-getters, and acquiring a thorough knowledge of forestry.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article817215

( Interesting way to describe Henry’s life. Knew quite a few hard drinking men did the Henry . Very noble of him. )

 

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 5 August 1882, page 4

Henry Kendall the poet, was buried yesterday at Waverley Cemetery, in the presence of a large
number of friends

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article855626

 

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 9 September 1882 Supplement

Extraordinary meeting was held at the School of Arts yesterday, for the purpose of assisting to supplement the Kendall fund. Subscriptions were received, and arrangements made for a public meeting next Saturday. Among others present were Dr. J. G. Smith, Mr. T. Bawden, and Mr. J. Hewitt, old friends of the deceased poet. Dr. Smith suggested that Henry Kendall having identified himself with the Clarence for so many years, and where, together with the late James Lionel Michael, also a poet, Kendall is said to have first courted the muses, that steps be taken, with the aid of the central committee, to found a scholarship in the Grafton public school, to be called the Kendall prize. No doubt a considerable amount of money will be raised in Grafton and the surrounding district.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article857422

 

The Maitland Mercury… Tuesday

30 January 1883, page 5

Mr John Duffy, overseer of the Botanic Gardens, has been appointed Inspector of Forests, in the room of the late Henry Kendall

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article864096

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 10 February 1883, page 4.

The subscription lists for the Kendall fund were called in yesterday, forty of them contained the gross amount of £4 15s. More than half this sum was collected by Chinese. The majority of the lists were blank.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article866841

(What are the implications of this one ?)

 

ONE MORE HENRY ARTICLE : THE REST YOU CAN FIND ON NLA

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article855937

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article855679

LILY FROM BDMs

At last, a person who seems genuinely interested in our research problems. Lily from NSW BDMs called to explain that the transcription of Melinda and Basil’s  marriage certificate is all they have. The  original might be found through the Presbyterian Church Records Office 02 9690 9374. We will ring to see whether or not a copy of the original alternate record exists. ( there are 2 BDM record numbers)

Thanks Lily. Very refreshing to have personal and astute assistance on a cold wet winter’s day. One could almost be in Canada for the service and polite attitude. Bravo NSW BDMs.

OBITUARY FOR EMILY KENDALL EVANS

FROM THE DAILY EXAMINER ( GRAFTON) 24/12/1935

EDITH EMILY BEING THE YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF MELINDA AND BASIL.

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OBIT FROM DAILY EXAMINER CLARENCE 24/12/1935
THE DEATH OCCURRED IN SYDNEY LAST WEEK OF MRS EVANS WIFE OF THE LATE MR HENRY EVANS WHO WAS CPS AT BALLINA FROM 1904 TO 1909 . THE DECEASED LADY WAS A SISTER OF THE POET HENRY KENDALL WHOSE PARENTS LIVED ON THE UPPER CLARENCE RIVER. SHE LEAVES A SON MY HENRY EVANS A BANK MANAGER AT COROWA AND A DAUGHTER WHO IS EOMPLOYED IN THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S OFFICE . 

 

CPS = CLERK PETTY SESSIONS

MELINDA KENDALL : HER LIFE AND WRITINGS

1844 – BAPTISM OF MELINDA AND BASIL’S CHILDREN AT ST JAMES CHURCH SYDNEY

BAPTISMS M AND BS KIDS ST JAMES 1844 001 IN 1844 Basil and Melinda have the children baptised at St James Church in Sydney. The former minister of St James was the Rev Richard Hill in whose household Melinda spent most of the 1820s and where she is twice listed in census figures as SERVANT. Family legend has her as a beloved foster daughter turning fine hems and writing pleasant verse but that doesn’t appear to be the case at this time. Family legend also says she took the children to Sydney to be baptised by the said Hill – but he was long dead by 1844  from apoplexy in the vestibule of St James in 1836 and if some of the letters we have copies of and which were written by him are as true as they appear to be – then apoplexy would not be a surprising termination for him. It seems that Basil and Melinda had left their farming life at Kirmington on the Illawarra by 1844 and were living in Sydney. This is how this record reads as well as I am able to transcribe :

when baptised when born child’s christian name parents’

CHRISTIAN

names

SURNAME

abode quality or profession by whom the ceremony was performed
oct 19 or 29( writing unclear) august/april 1839 18th(appears to read august but the twins were born in April) BASIL EDWARD BASIL AND MELINDA KENDALL SOUTH HEAD ROAD WRITING CLERK CHAS. C KEMP
THOMAS HENRY
JANUARY 29 1843 JANE CHRISTINA
JUNE 11 1844 MARY JOSEPHINE