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Looking for Duke of Dittisham, Devon, England

Query by miffy1932

As I am new to this site I thought I would start with a family that I do have some knowledge of.
My great grandfather was Christopher Terry Duke and I know that he was born in Dittisham. However I do not know how he was able to travel to Australia in possibly about 1840-1850.

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on 2012-10-20 23:25:09

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by Andrew37 on 2012-10-23 14:38:18

Hello. There is much material on the internet, especially at: mepnab.netau.net/d/duke John Terry Duke married Frances Lock in 1793, and Agnes Smith in 1815. Christopher Terry Duke was born on 21st December 1824. They seem to have sailed on a ship called the "Earl Grey" in 1856. Andrew Wilson

by miffy1932 on 2012-10-24 06:07:28

Hi Andrew,
Thanks for your reply. However I tried the site you mentioned but I could not get any sense out of it. I will check the shipping lists for the "Earl Grey" and see if I can find out some more.

Are you related to the Dukes?

Thank you once again.

by Andrew37 on 2012-10-24 14:20:37

Hello. No, I am not related to the Dukes, but some of my Scots ancestors went to Australia.

by adsmith on 2019-02-03 06:23:58

Hi there,

I am a descendant of William Smith Duke, Christopher’s brother. They travelled out from Dittisham together in around 1851. (From memory, I have this somewhere).

I have been doing a bit of research on the Duke family over the years and even travelled back to Dittisham to see the family graves in the churchyard. An amazing little village that feels like my spiritual home.

by miffy1932 on 2019-02-13 05:55:47

Hi adsmith
I am a descendant of Christopher Terry Duke.
I do not have any information on how he arrived in Australia. Do you know whether William and Christopher arrived here together or did they separate at some time.
Lots of ships came out via Rio and I wondered whether at some stage they may have stopped off to visit their families who had moved to America.
If you have any information that you would like to share with me I would certainly appreciated having contact with you.

by adsmith on 2019-04-28 12:49:48

Hi Miffy1932,

It is correct that they came out on the Earl Grey together, and I have some information that indicates my great great great grandfather was a gold miner in Ballarat and would have been around the time of the eureka rebellion.

I am not sure why the 2 brothers separated but would love to know why.

Happy to chat more via email.

[email protected]


by miffy1932 on 2019-04-29 02:59:09

Hi Andrew,

I will contact you via email to continue this discussion.


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