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Collecting information about Absalom Tonkin (1827 - 1892), of Wentworth and Callington

Article by anne_tonkin54

Went travelling down the River Murray by small boat, from Yarrawonga Weir downstream to Boundary Bend (so far), with plans to continue at a later time. Saw a lot of evidence of the old loggers along the riverbank, and started wondering about my great grandfather, Absalom Tonkin, who spent part of his life on a paddle steamer.

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by TonkinFamily on 2013-01-13 00:50:37

Hi Anne,
I don't often check back here so it was a nice surprise to spot your post. Do you have an ancestry account? I have some information about Absalom on my tree. It is set to private, at the request of other family members, but am always willing to share. Absaloms son, Cecil Wentworth Tonkin, is my great grandfather.
Cheers TonkinFamily

by anne_tonkin54 on 2013-01-13 07:06:47

Hi TonkinFamily,

I have only just got started on this, and don't have an ancestry account. How do they work? My late father, David Tonkin, who was reasonably well known in the late 1970s-early 80s as a politician, compiled quite a lot of info in terms of names and dates, and family links. It is all written in ink on a very large piece of thin cardboard. I have your great grandfather Cecil Wentworth on it, with his children listed as Archie Graham (1913), Madge May (1915), Leslie (?date) and Colin Prisk (1917). Is that correct? Cecil's brother, Oliver Athelstone Prisk Tonkin, was my grandfather - the generations got a bit long here, as Oliver was 50 when David was born. I can give you more about Oliver's family if you'd like. What I mainly want to find out is a bit more about what Absalom did, particularly in relation to the river trade. If you have anything more on that, I'd be very interested.

Cheers, anne_tonkin54

by janilye on 2013-01-13 07:48:13

by janilye on 2013-01-13 07:58:59

I assume the child born on the 16th June was William Norman Wellington TONKIN to Absalom's second wife Sarah PRISK 1841-1925.

by janilye on 2013-01-13 08:27:48
by anne_tonkin54 on 2013-01-13 08:47:28

Hi janilye,

Thank you very much for the info - I have seen the photo in a book of South Australian History published in 1890, but I wasn't aware that Norman was born on the same day his father died. That is intriguing indeed!

Poor Sarah was left with 8 children aged 14 and under.

How did you find so much information so quickly?

THanks again, Anne

by TonkinFamily on 2013-01-13 18:18:59

Hi Anne,
You can go to and join and start a tree for free. It guides you through and is very easy to use. It is a convenient way to store information and see your tree laid out as a diagram (printable)
My fathers name is also David Tonkin. Yes I know of your father, I remember asking if we were related to him when he was on the news when I was very young!
I have the same details as you for Cecils' children. (Leslie William b.1919) Colin is my Grandfather.

You are right Sarah (and her family) certainly faced some tough challenges. Sarah's mother Mary Prisk (nee.Rowe) gave birth to triplets on the 5th of April 1857.

BIRTHS-On the 5th inst, at Strathalbyn Mines, the wife of Captain Prisk, of two sons and a daughter. Mother and infants doing well.

Sadly the babies died over the next two weeks, followed by Mary on the 19th of April 1857. She was 39 years old. The babies names were Nathaniel,Josiah and Alma. Sarah was only 6 years old.

Her children, as far as I have researched were;
Mary 1839-1895
Elizabeth Jane 1841-1929
Constance 1842
Stephen David 1844
Thomas Tungkillo 1846-1927
Emma and Sophia (twins) 1849
Sarah 1851-1925
Ellen 1853
Alma,Josiah and Nathaniel 1857

PRISK Thomas,Mary nee ROWE,John,My,Eliz Jane,Constance,Stephen David arrived 1846-01-18 on Kingston from London 1845-09-20 v Falmouth 1845-10-05

by TonkinFamily on 2013-01-13 19:29:04

by TonkinFamily on 2013-01-13 19:52:27

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