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Peach family in Victoria, Australia

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I'm looking for as much info as I can get on the descendants of John Robert PEACH & Bridget LOFTUS. They were marry in Melbourne 1851, they then made their way to Western Victoria around the Belfast ( now Port Fairy),Horsham,Hamilton & Macarthur areas . Most of their children were born in one or other of the towns.
John R & Bridget are my gggrandparents.
I've got already over 200 people in my Peach tree but lots of gaps for some of the 2nd generation. Very happy yo share what I have.

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by janilye on 2013-04-09 14:50:23

by michaelStJohn on 2013-04-12 22:03:32

Thank you for this info janilye.

by michaelStJohn on 2013-05-30 18:39:44

Hello Tonkin & janilye.

Do you happen to have any further info on John Robert PEACH's brother, Thomas? I can't find any ref to him in the Western area of Vic.

by tonkin on 2013-05-31 20:21:36

I don't remember coming across this Thomas PEACH.
Did Thomas marry?

by michaelStJohn on 2013-06-02 17:41:34

I don't know if he was married sorry.He does not appear to be any of the "Thomas's" on the Peach marriages list you put up. This Thomas was not on the same ship that John Robert ( JR) was on when he came to Australia. It may be that the newspaper got it wrong. One of JR'sons was also a Thomas and was names a butcher on his marriage cert in 1903. I may have to go to the State Library to check out the old records of the "Horsham Times". Thank you anyway!

by myraconstance on 2015-01-02 02:22:30

Hi there,
Jane Peach born in Horsham and married Othel Sloss in 1888 and came over to Western Australia during the Gold rushes in 1890's. She was known as Eliza Jane Sloss. She died 14th Jan 1952. She was my Great Grandmother.

by janilye on 2015-01-02 04:34:55

The Argus Thursday 25 March 1880
Thomas Peach of Granya ,butcher Causes
of insolvency—Unable to collect the debts
due to him, and the mines in which he was
interested paying no dividends.

The Horsham Times, Tuesday 17 February 1903
At the Warrnambool assizes on
Tuesday Albert Peach was charged with
carnally knowing his cousin, Adelaide
Victoria Peach, under the age of 16.
Adelaide Victoria Peach deposed that
she was 15 years of age last March.
She resided near Horsham, with her
parents. Knew accused, who was a
cousin of hers. She went to Macarthur
abut the first week in September last
year, and went to live with her uncle,
Th0s. Peach, who had a butcher's shop.
The accused was working there at the
time, and was living on the premises.
Accused and she were on friendly
terms, and went to church together
about the last of October or beginning
of November. After church she saw
accused and they went for a walk after
tiey had taken his sister home to her
mother's place. They went to a pad
dock behind the sale yards where they
sat down. Met accused again the night
of Mr. Hunt's banquet and went to a
paddock opposite Dr. Haydon's redi
dence, where impropriety took place
again. Mr. Hunt's banquet was on
the 26tlh February. Impropriety took
place on several occasions. Her cousin
left her uncle's place the last day of
November. Nearly the whole of the
m-wetings took place after the accused
h-d left her uncle's place. They never
h1d any quarrel. She discovered she
was in a certain condition the first week
in July, when her uncle and grand
mother told her about it. She went to
her father's place near Horsham, where
she had a baby on the 31st October
last. Albert Peach, the accused, was
the father of the child. When she
came down first she used to receive
letters from a man at Horsham. She
stopped delivery of the letters at her
uncle's place, so as she could get them
herself. There was a man named
Douglas living at her uncle's place and
she use to speak to him. She knew a
man named George Sheehan, who was
at the house on the 1st January. She
was on friendly terms with him. She
did not go 'for walks with anyone
else. She used to receive letters
from Jack Bell from Horsham. Sheehan
was at the house on New Year's day,
but had nothing to do with her. She
told it to her mother, and she told
a policeman at Horsham. At the
conversation between her grandmother,
herself, and her aunt, her grandmother
said "It was a good job she mentioned
Bert, as it was better to have one of
the family than anybody else, and she
had better stick to it."
Bridget Peach, widow, deposed:
Last September I went from Horsham
to Macarthur, bringing Adelaide with
me. I went to live with my son
Thomas. The accused is my grandson.
I never saw Albert Peach go out with
my Adelaide. I never noticed any
thing wrong with her till just before I
took her home. I have seen other
young fellows just as friendly with my
granddaughter as Albert. Others
were there just as much as the accused
and just as friendly.
Mounted Constable John Akeroyd
deposed that he had arrested accused
on warrant on the 20th September in
Thomson street, Hamilton. Accused
said that he had had nothing to do
with her. It was somebody else. he
said that he would have been at his
uncle's yet only for the girl; that his
mother had made him leave on account
of her. He had often been walking
with her since, but his sister had
always been with them.
Elizabeth Peach, mother of the
accused, deposed that she had had an
interview with her mother in-law.
Adelaide was present. Her mother in
law said that Adelaide was in the
family way, and that she stated the
child was Bert's. Her mother in-law
said Adelaide said it happened
somewhere about the end of March.
She said she thought it was better that
it was Bert's, as it was a respectable
family, and as she said it was Bert's
she would have to stick to it, and not
go saying it was this one's and that
one's. I saw Bert, and he denied it,
and she told me then that Adelade
had made a mistake, and that it was
the month before that it happened,
about the end of February.
Albert Peach, the accused, stated on
oath that he never at any time had any
connection with her, and never tried
to. Had never taken her to any of the
paddocks mentioned in her evidence.
Thos. Peach, uncle of the girl, said
he thought his niece had put it on to
Bert as he was one of the family ; he
had found her very untruthful ; he had
discharged Sheehan on her account, as
he did not like him so much in the
kitchen with her ; never saw Bert
about the p!ace after the lad left his
employ ; the girl's father wrote to him
(witness) to get Bert or his father to
pay a lump sum to square it.
John Forsythe Grigg, paid monitor
at the Macarthur State school, gave
evidence for the defence. He said
that it was impossible for the event to
have happened on the night of Hunt's
banquet, as the accused and he were
together till after 10 o'clock.
Mr. Westacott made a stirring speech
to the jury for the defence, and the
Chief Justice was (says the "Indepen
dent") some what adverse to accused in
summing up.
The jury, after a quarter of an hour's
retirement, brought in a verdict of not
guilty, and accused was discharged.

by janilye on 2015-01-02 04:58:50

The Horsham Times, Tuesday 16 May 1899
PEACH—On 11th May, at his residence,
Pynsent-street, Horsham, John Robert
Peach, native of Lincolnshire, England,in
his 76th year. A district resident for 25
years, and leaves a widow and grown up
family to mourn their loss.

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