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John Harker and Margaret Shade Updated June 2008

John Harker was the second child of Leonard and Mary Harker and was 8 years old when he accompanied his family to Australia in 1852.

In the June of 1852, his dad Leonard (44) his mum Mary (35) his four siblings Margaret 10,Elizabeth 6,Mary 4 and 11 month old Thomas sailed to Australia on the ship Merlin. They departed from Liverpool and arrived 3 months later in September 1852 at Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia. Leonard was the 4th child of Simon and Margaret Harker (nee Mudd)

I have obtained details of a Thomas Harker son of Leonard and Mary Harker being born in 1854 and dying in 1862. This means that this is a second Thomas. The first Thomas was 11 months old on the voyage to Australia in 1852. See above paragraph.

John Harker married Margaret Shade in 1871. MRN 259. They had twelve children.

Mary Jane Harker born 1875 in Gaffney's Creek, in Victoria. BRN 22997.

William Harker born 1873 in Gaffney's Creek, Victoria. BRN 2545.

Margaret Harker who married Albert Feldtmann they had a son Leonard who married Thelma Burrows.

Mary Jane Harker

Thomas Leonard Harker who married Eleanor Charlotte Ludeman and they had five children.

John Henry Harker

Alfred Harker born 1882 at Dookie, Victoria. BRN 2017. He married Florence Hall and they had four children.

George Harker

Emily Harker who married James Ratcliffe and had four children.

Louisa Harker who married William Hall and had three children.

Charles Harker born 1888 in St James, Victoria. BRN 15879


As was a usual practice in the old days, if a child died at a young age, sometimes when the next child of the same gender was born the parents would call it the same name as the one they lost.

In this family there are two girls who have been called Mary Jane, I have just found details of one of the girls.

I have a large family tree chart showing the descendants of Leonard and Mary Harker nee Sharp. If anyone wants any information from me then just drop me a line. Unfortunately the big chart has no dates on it apart from the first generation. I have a smaller chart of the Harker/Corboy clan which is our side of the family (Simon and Margaret nee Beattie). This shows dates and locations.

Contact me if I can be of any assistance with your research on any of these families.



John Robert Tolliday and Mary Jane Finch

John Robert Tolliday is the third child of John Curtis and Sarah Elizabeth Tolliday (nee Miles).

He is one of eleven children and the first son of 7 boys.
He was also their first child born in Australia.

He was born in Ashby which must be near Geelong, Victoria. Birth Registration Number 12932.
The two eldest children Fanny and Eva were born in England.

His mum and dad travelled to Australia in October 1854 on the ship the British Empire taking three months to land at Port Henry Victoria Australia in January 1855.

The Tolliday family consisting of grandmother Jane Curtis Tolliday his aunts, Christiana and Elizabeth and her husband Charles Jonas Clark along with uncle William all immigrated to Australia.

John was a Blacksmith. He married Mary Jane Finch who was also known as Polly in Geelong. They had six children.

Mary Jane passed away in 1928 at Ballarat aged 59. The Death Registration Number 13182.

John passed away aged 81 in 1938 at Ballarat East. Death Registration Number 12199

John Tolliday. Victoria, Australia

John Tolliday was one of six sons and 4 daughters born to Priscilla Martha and William Tolliday.

John was born on April 18th 1872 and was the 3rd son and the 5th child.

His siblings were-
Alice, Sarah Elizabeth, Alfred Barton, Frederick Numa, George, Priscilla Martha, William, Christiana and Nathaniel John.

He died on April 13th 1890. He was only 18.

No records of a marriage or children.

Leonard Mudd Harker and Mary Sharp of Australia updated June 2008

Leonard Mudd Harker was born in York.
His father was Simon Harker and his mother was Margaret Mudd.

You will see the name Mudd repeated in many generations linking children to the past.

Leonard and Mary Harker had 8 children.

Margaret Ann Harker who married John William Boyd in 1858.MRN 1557
John Harker who married Margaret Shade
Elizabeth Harker who married Henry Casey
Mary Harker who married Richard Wright
Thomas Harker born 1854 BRN 3744. Died 1862.
Thomas Harker
Simon Harker who married Margaret Beattie
Leonard Hird Harker born 1860 BRN 16864

Families sometimes gave the same name to a new baby after losing a previous one. Hence there are two Thomas boys in this family.
I am not sure what age the first one died. And it looks like the second Thomas didn't marry or have any children.

Leonard Mudd Harker died aged 58 in 1865. DRN 6070.

Simon Harker and Margaret Beattie were the parents of Hilda Elizabeth Harker who married Tim Corboy. These are my husband's grandparents.
We live in Victoria, Australia.

More dates and details to follow.


Lillian Grace Porter NSW

Lillian lived in and around Stockton or Newcastle NSW around 1950-51

She was 24 years old in 1951, when she had a baby boy on 20/12/1952. at Bethesda Hospital Marrickville NSW. His name was Dave Bruce PORTER.

Does anyone have information on this family please.



1 comment(s), latest 4 years, 11 months ago

Look for family through National Archives and Military Service Records

I have found that I can search for my family through the Australia War Memorial website

There are a variety of ways to use the site.
You may find that your family member was enlisted in the AIF- in the RAAF or RAN and there may be details of them on Nominal Rolls. These print outs show their age, their occupation, where they enlisted and what company they were assigned to.

There is a search part for Missing In Action that has been sorted by the Red Cross and AMF Prisoners of War and Missing in the Far East and South West Pacific Islands can be found on

The Roll of Honour at Canberra is replicated here. So if you know your family member died in the War then you should be able to find their detials here-

Sometimes you can find out information like date of birth and old addresses from these military records.Birth records aren't as accessible as in previous times due to Privacy Laws.

There are a few other links so just surf around see what comes up with your surname.


The National Archives website is
You should join as a member as it is free. Go to Record Search at top of the first page. It will take you to where you log in and off you go
Here you will see Service Records of individuals, their service number and details where their records are kept.

If the records have been examined then they will have been scanned and available as digital copies for you to view, download and print off. If they haven't been examined then they haven't been scanned and not available yet. But it will tell you the Barcode and series number and if you wished you could go to the location and view on site I presume.

You only need to put in a Surname and not detail dates or conflicts. If you want to narrow your search then put in the full name as you know it.

I have found this a most enlightening and rewarding way to research those men and women that served our country in either World War One or Two. But for younger family members there is also a search area for Vietnam War, Korean etc.

I have even been able to obtain an Army photo of one of the men in my family. So that was wonderful.

Hope this helps some of you with your research.

Drop me a line if I can help you further.



2 comment(s), latest 10 years, 3 months ago

Louis Agnon Numa and Charlotte Anne Lagarde and the Australian Connection updated June 8th 2008

Louis Agnon Numa married Charlotte Ann Lagarde and they had one son Agnon Louis Numa who was born in 1830 in Bordeaux.

Agnon met Christiana Tolliday in Australia and they were married on 9th August 1856 in Ballarat, Victoria.

Christiana was born in 1835 in Cambridge, England. She immigrated with her two brothers, John and William and her sister Elizabeth, her husband Charles Clark and mother Jane Curtis on the sailing ship the British Empire arriving at Port Henry, Victoria in January 1855. William is the ancestor of my line here in Australia.

Christiana and Agnon had one son and called him Charles Louis Numa he was born in 1857.

Charles married his cousin Jane Martha Clark. Jane was the infant daughter of Charles Jonas and Elizabeth Clark (nee Tolliday)(see above) and she had travelled with her parents on the ship to Australia in 1855.

This means Charles married his mum's niece. He and Jane had two sons Herbert Numa born 14/7/1883 in Carlton and Charles Louis Numa (the 2nd)born 1889 in Carlton North.

Charles and Jane lived in Shakespeare Street North Carlton and then in 1933, Albion Street West Brunswick.

Charles (the 1st) was a water inspector for the MMBW he passed away in 1899 at Footscray. Burial date May 3rd 1899. His wife Jane Martha Numa passed away at Brunswick in 1933 aged 79 DRN 7419. Burial date September 1st 1933 interred at the Melbourne General Cemetery.

Herbert (1st) married Edith Evalina Drew on 16/12/1916 MRN 11007. Edith was born 15/4/1887 to Herbert A and Annie Victoria Drew. Herbert and Edith had three daughters Edith, Dorothy and Elsie and one son Herbert Leslie.

Herbert (1st) passed away at Parkville in 1958 aged 74 DRN 7358. Edith died 9/4/1982 at Templestowe DRN 08467.

The details I have on their children -

Edith Nancy born 1/10/1917 BRN 27477 in Carlton North and died July 1918 DRN 8014.

Dorothy Edna born 23/11/1918 BRN 26045 died December 1991 . She was married to John Holroyd they had three children James, Richard and Jean who are all married.

Elsie Norma born 22/3/1921 married Thomas Fricker. They had three daughters, Judy, Lorraine and Susan all married.

Herbert Leslie (2nd)known as Bert was born 22/6/1925 and died 17/4/1984 DRN 08961. He married Elaine Frances Ruck on 25/11/1952. Elaine was born 26/4/1927. They had two sons Michael David born 29/4/1956 in Box Hill and Andrew Herbert born 11/8/1959 also born at Box Hill. Andrew married Amanda Swift 23/11/1991 they have one son Remy Samuel Herbert born 1/11/1984 in Los Angeles, USA.

Charles Louis (the 2nd) married Violet Irene Cole, daughter of William and Jane Elizabeth Cole(nee Newell). Violet was born in South Melbourne in 1890. BRN 25056.

Charles passed away in Footscray aged 78 in 1966. DRN 16265. Violet passed away in 1977 aged 87 DRN 23488.

Charles (2nd) and Violet had three sons and two daughters, I think.
Phyllis Violet May born in 1908 at Ken Hill? (abbreviation)BRN 12359.
Beryl Martha born in 1911 at Brunswick BRN 9166 and died aged 3 in 1915 DRN 974.
Horace Charles Reginald born in Brunswick in 1914 BRN 10162.
Herbert Keith born in 1920 BRN 18801 and married Francis Nellie Lamont in 1942 MRN 14256.
Jack died in 1934 in Carlton DRN 2702. No birth details or age at death but it is 24 years after Beryl was born. So the details must be somewhere.

Other names of interest to be linked.
Baby Steven died in 1971 DRN 12206. He was the son of Graeme Keith and Merilyn Joy Numa(nee Rampling).
Frances Nellie Numa (nee Lamont)died in 1981 in Melbourne. DRN 09155

4 comment(s), latest 9 years, 11 months ago

Nathaniel and Jane Tolliday (nee Curtis) Updated February 2008

Nathaniel and Jane had eight children. But only four immigrated to Australia with Jane in 1854. Nathaniel drowned in 1853.

John was born on 24th July 1824 and Baptized on August 15th 1824.

Susannah was born September 14th 1825 and Baptized 4th October 1825.

John Curtis was born March 14th 1827 and Baptized 22nd March 1827. He married Sarah Elizabeth Miles in England. They had 2 little daughters with them when they travelled to Australia Fanny and Eva. They had another nine children born in Australia.

Elizabeth was born 20/9/1828 and Baptized 17/4/1829.

Elizabeth (2nd) was born September 3rd 1932 and Baptized 23rd September 1832. She married Charles Jonas Clark in England. They had their infant daughter Jane with them when they travelled to Australia. They had ten children. Jane Martha 1854, Charles Benjamin 1856, William born 1858, William born 1860, Edward Joseph 1862, Elizabeth Numa 1862, Benjamin Thomas 1864, John 1866, Harry 1868, Louis 1871......

Clark children and spouses-
Jane married Charles Numa, Charles married Isabella Aisbett, Elizabeth married Alfred Tolliday. Benjamin married Josephine Lissant, John married Gertie May ZAITH Leith not sure?, Herbert married Mary Arkle.

Christina Baptized 8/3/1835. She married Agnon Charles Louis Numa in Australia. They had one son Charles Louis Numa who married Jane Martha Clark his cousin as listed above.

William Baptized 8/10/1837. William married Priscilla Martha Barton in Australia in 1862. They had ten children.

Sarah Ann baptized 7/7/1839. No details at this stage.

Out of these 8 children John Curtis, William, Elizabeth the 2nd and Christiana made the journey to Australia on the sailing ship the British Empire departing October 1854 and arriving January 1855.

The families often lost children at a young age and when they had a new child they would name it the same as the one they lost. Or slightly Susan to Susannah. Or John to John Curtis.

I don't have the details of these children's history. If they passed away. Or why they did not accompany their mum and siblings to Australia. I will update this when I find out.

Nathaniel and Jane Tolliday descendants

Jane Curtis married Nathaniel Tolliday

They had children-
John Curtis

According to his grand daughter Elizabeth Mann, Nathaniel drowned whilst collecting water cress. No date.

His widow immigrated to Australia on the sailing ship British Empire departing Southampton on 17th October 1854 taking 3 months to arrive on January 15th 1855.
At the time- Jane was 54, son John was 27, daughter Elizabeth 21, daughter Christiana was 19, son William was 17.
John was married to Sarah and they had 2 daughters on the ship 2 year old Fanny and infant Eva.

Jane Tolliday nee Curtis was born in 1799 in England and died in August 10th 1886 and is buried at Smythesdale in 1988 her descendants honoured her with a gravestone commemorating her life as a pioneer in Australia

Elizabeth was married to Charles Clark and they travelled with their infant daughter Jane.

John Curtis Tolliday born 1827 married Sarah and died August 14th 1902 and is buried in the Ballarat New Cemetery.

William married Priscilla Martha Barton at Ballarat on August 21st 1862. He was born 1837 died January 28th 1887 at Allendale and buried at Creswick, Victoria.

Christiana married Agnon Charles Louis Numa in Ballarat on August 9th 1856.

When they came to Australia they settled at Brownes a mining township near Scarsdale.

Jane is the parent of the child who bore Frederick Numa Tolliday.

Children of Fredrick Numa Tolliday and Rose May Tolliday are
Alice (Mrs. Bill Renkin) died 2007
Grace died 2005
Reta known as Jean (Mrs. Cason) died 2007
Eric died 1979
Charles Fredrick

A reunion of the Tolliday family was held at Lima, Victoria in April 2007.

Nathaniel John Tolliday and Mary Jane Richardson UPDATED December 6th 2007

Nathaniel John Tolliday was the 1st child born to Priscilla and William Tolliday of Victoria in 1863.

He is named after his grandfather Nathaniel who never made it to Australia as he drowned in England. But his widow Jane Curtis Tolliday (his grandmother) and her four children (who are his aunts and uncle and father) made the huge journey on the British Empire way back in 1854-55. His father William was the 4th child of Jane and Nathaniel and born in 1837 in England.

Nathaniel John is one of ten children- four sisters Christiana, Priscilla Martha, Sarah Elizabeth and Alice and five brothers William, John, George William, Frederick Numa and Alfred Barton.

He was born on 23/10/1863 and he worked for the SR & WSC (State Rivers and Water Supply Commission of Victoria.

He married Mary Jane Richardson in 1889 and they had five children.
Four sons John Alfred, Frederick Charles, Harold James,and William and one daughter Margaret Ada.

John Alfred born in 1892 married Clara Kerr they had two children Merle Esme born 1918 and Jack Douglas born 1924. Merle married Bertram Armstrong in 1940 and Jack married Lola Missen and they had 3 boys.After Lola died at a young age in 1971 he remarried a lady called Jean West in 1972. John passed away in 1961.

Frederick Charles born in 1897 married Florence and they had 2 sons Neville William and Russell Frederick. Neville married Faye Russell and they had 3 children. Russell married Margaret Leamon and they had 6 children. Frederick passed away in 1969.

Harold James married Frances Jarvie they had 3 children Edna Joyce, Francis Lloyd, Harold Keith. Edna married William Peters, Frank married Mavis Wilson and Harold married Freda Burns. Harold passed away in 1977.

William died at 4 months old in 1887.

Margaret Ada born in 1894 married George Goldsmith.

Nathaniel John died in 1922 at Ballarat. Mary Jane died 15 years later in 1937 also at Ballarat.