JOSEPH ARMSTRONG ANGUS
JOSEPH ARMSTRONG ANGUS (http://sites.google.com/site/josephaangustrektovictoriaau/)
was born in Winlaton, Durham, a small village five miles upstream from Newcastle- On- Tyne in Northumberland, England.
He married SARAH ANN SCOTT in Newcastle Upon Tyne on the 25 December 1840.
SARAH was born in Gateshead, Durham on the 15 January 1822.
Joseph and his brother Henry were the first members of this line of the Angus family to arrive in Australia. They arrived in South Australia, aboard the 'Navarino; in Adelaide on the 10th of November 1848. Joseph's wife and two sons, one born on the way to Australia, accompanied them.
Sadly Henry died a scant five days after arriving in Australia from tuberculosis.
Joseph and Sarah stayed with Joseph's cousin John Howard Angas at Lindsay Park, near Angaston and stayed in one of the cottages on the property. They stayed for three years, Joe working in a lime quarry for a time but with news of gold filtering up from Victoria, the family decided to leave South Australia in January 1852.
They loaded three covered bullock wagons and accompanied by two other couples, set off through virgin bush land along the Murray River, bound for Victoria. They did not meet another white man until they reached the Darling River junction. They left the Murray near where Nyah now stands and headed for Sandhurst (Bendigo), arriving in mid 1852 when gold fever was nearing its peak.
Joseph found that he earned more money contracting work with his bullock teams than fossicking for gold.
In 1855, Joe and Sarah decided to leave the ;roguery and harshness' of the goldfields, intending to take up land and the farm life they much preferred. They moved to FreshwaterCreek, 15 km south-west of Geelong and bought 76 acres of land on the NSW corner of Dickens and Ghazepore Roads which included a hill known to this day as Angus' Hill.
It was here that Joseph Armstrong Angus jnr was born in 1860.
In 1874, the Angus' moved to Mincha West, selecting land close to that of Daniel Thorpe (Emma's brother).
Joseph died whilst living at this property on the 25th of February 1879 from inflammation of the kidneys. An inquest was held into his death (Ref no.214).
He was buried at the Kerang cemetery on the 25th of February 1879. Aged 61.
Probate on the will of Joseph was granted on the 24th of November 1881 to Sarah and Thomas Angus, Sarah being his wife and Thomas his son.
Sarah died at Fitzroy, Victoria on the 18th of October 1909. Aged 87 She was buried at the Booroondara Cemetery in Kew, Victoria
Children of JOSEPH ARMSTRONG ANGUS & SARAH ANN SCOTT
i. ELIZABETH ANGUS b1841
ii. THOMAS ANGUS b 24 July 1843
iii.JAMES SCOTT ANGUS b 14 October 1848
iv.SARAH ANN ANGUS b 12 June 1853
v. ELIZABETH ANGUS b 22 March 1856
vi.MARGARET ANGUS b 16 July 1859
vii. JOSEPH ARMSTRONG ANGUS b 7 October 1860
viii. DOROTHY ANGUS b 27 May 1862
ix. HENRY ANGUS b 16 February 1865