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Decendants of William Stitt Martin

Journal by oldsnow

My grandfather William Stitt Martin migrated from Northern Ireland to Brisbane Queensland at the age of twenty one in 1866, he had just completed his apprenticeship as a master mariner and decided that he would leave the sea and follow his family's tradition, farming. His ancestors for many generations were landowners and gentleman farmers in County Down between Ballynahinch and Belfast.

In 1870 he purchased approximately one thousand acres of land in Burpengary Queensland. On one section he cleared the land, fenced, and built a home and planted a crop. at this stage in 1874 he returned to Ireland to make arrangements to bring his bride to be to Australia and sell his land holdings in County Down. His bride to be Annabella Crichton [my grandmother] arrived in Brisbane August 25 1875 and they were married three days later and took up residence on the farm at Burpengary.

Children born were,William Edmond James 25/7/1877, Catherine 27/3/1880, Victoria 6/9/1882, one male child still born no name registered, buried on farm 1884, Jocelyn Roden 3/6/1886, Mary flavelle 21/2/1888, James 3/9/1890 [my father].

In 1885 my grandfather sold his first farm section of fifty acres to the Webster family of Brisbane, and moved to another section of his holdings on Burpengary Creek, where he built another homestead. later he purchased another section of land at Alfred Street Woody Point Redcliffe [then Humpy Bong] around 1890 and built a guest house "LORNELEIGH' about 1898 to cater for tourists arriving from Brisbane by paddle wheel steamer. William Stitt Martin died 31/8/1907 at the age of 58 and his wife Annabella passed away 5/8/1911 at the age of 61 and both buried in the Redcliffe Cemetery. The family sold the guest house and the remaining properties in Burpengary in 1917.

I am now attempting to trace the families of my aunt's and uncle's children to finish this story of another Australian pioneering family. This is not the end but the beginning I hope, to a never ending story.

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on 2008-08-24 06:01:45

oldsnow , from Queensland Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Aug 2008. is researching the following names: MARTIN, STITT, EDDS and 1 other(s).

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by allycat on 2008-08-26 18:43:59

Welcome. I had a look at the Queensland Historical Indexes online and your late Uncle, William Edmund James MARTIN died in Queensland (death registration no.1921/B34088).

There's a marriage record 1917/C593 between groom Wills, Ena Eppe and bride Martin, Jocelyn Roden.

And marriage 1912/B12645 groom McCalmont, Hector James to bride Martin, Mary Flavelle. It seems there are records for at least two children up to 1914; Hazel Enid McCalmont born 1913 ( Queensland; and Irene Rode McCalmont born 1914 (

Too many marriage search results came up for Catherine and Victoria Martin in Queensland. If you know their middle names it would help to be exact.

Your grandfather's death registration no.1907/B8534 reveals parents names were: James Martin and Catherine Stitt.

Your grandmother's death registration no.1911/B14444 reveals parents names were: James Crickton [note spelling] and Harriet Hooper.

And perhaps the Caboolture Family History Research Group may be able to help with regards to tracing your family history.

Another great site (free) RootsChat register as a new user, then goto their Emigrants to Australia board.

To help you trace the families of your aunt's and uncle's children, think about having your family tree online, say perhaps at a great user friendly website like TribalPages. You can hide details of the living on your website, and password protect the site.

Good luck,
Editor (South East Queensland).

by allycat on 2008-08-26 18:50:04

If you click on this site, Queensland State Archives and type in William Stitt Martin, they have three land selection files about your grandfather in 1868 and 1871.

by oldsnow on 2008-08-27 04:57:20

Thanks allycat, that will give me a start where to look for further land transactions in w2hich my grandfather was involved. The government records have my grandfather listed as a land speculator, I suppose nowadays he may have been called a land developer, it appears that in latter years he broke up the larger sections into smaller five,ten and larger acreages and resold them.

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