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William Nairn 1791-1870

William NAIRN was born on 1 December 1791 in Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland. The son of William NAIRN 1766-1863 and Sarah Jane, nee BARBER.
On the 21 August 1814. in Colman, London, William or Billy as he was usually known, married Mary Ann RAWLINSON, she had been born on the 21 August 1796, at St Katherine, Colman, London, England and died on the 16 December 1870 in Perth Western Australia.
The couple arrived in "Marquis of Anglesea" his occupation was listed as Master Whitesmith. The couple settled in Perth and Billy died in Perth on the 28 November 1855 He's buried at East Perth, Cemetery.

The children of Billy and Mary Ann were:-

1. James NAIRN, b: 18 May 1816, Stepney, Middlesex, England , d: 10 December 1897, Dongara, Western Australia, Australia James Nairn was Chairman of the Irwin Road Board in 1874, 1878 and 1879
he married Sarah PETTIT 1821-1893 the daughter of Samuel Baukham PETTIT 1786-1845 and Rebecca LONG 1783-1839, who had arrived on the 'Gilmore' with husband and 7 children in 1829.
James and wife Sarah married on the 16 March 1840.
Both are buried at Dongara.

The children of this marriage were:-

1. William John NAIRN b: 22 Jan 1842 Perth, d: 29 December 1918, Popanyinning, Western Australia
m. Sarah Ann PELL 1852-1924 in 1873
2. Amelia NAIRN, b. 28 July 1843, Victoria Plains, Western Australia, m. Alexander FRANCISCO 25 April 1867 at St.George's Cathedral Perth.
3. Francis Edward NAIRN, b. 1845, Perth, Western Australia d: 1 August 1910, Dongara, m. Harriet Emma LONG in 1877
4. Clementine NAIRN, b. 1847, Perth, Western Australia, Australia , d: 6 August 1934, West Leederville, Western Australia, Australia
5. Sarah NAIRN, b. 1849,
6. Charlotte NAIRN b. 1851, Perth, Western Australia, d: 1942 m. Edward ROBERTS in 1871
7. Emma NAIRN, b. 1854, Perth, Western Australia, d: 2 May 1918
8. Walter James NAIRN, b. 1856, Perth, Western Australia, d: 1903 Byro Station, Upper Murchison
9. Charles Joseph NAIRN b: 1859, Perth, Western Australia,
d: 17 Jul 1935, Claremont, Western Australia, Australia
10. Jane NAIRN, b. 1860, Perth, Western Australia d: 1945
11. Mary NAIRN, b: Abt 1862, Perth, Western Australia, Australia ,
12. Henry Robert Rawlinson NAIRN, b: 7 July 1866, Irwin, Western Australia, Australia d: 18 Jun 1939, Geraldton, Western Australia

2. Margaret NAIRN, b: 1823, in England and died 27 October 1897 at York, m. Thomas GRIGSON 1823-1890 in 1842. The children of this marriage were:-
1. John GRIGSON, b: 1 June 1846,
2. Elizabeth GRIGSON, b: 7 November 1847

3. Charlotte NAIRN, born 1826 in London, died 1895 she married Walter PADBURY 1820-1907 in 1844 in Perth

4. William NAIRN, b. 22 April 1829 in London, died 1898 in Linwood, South Australia. m. Jane GRAVES 1830-1910 in Perth in 1854.
William went to South Australia as a young man to work on the new railway being built between Adelaide and Port Adelaide

The children of this marriage were:-
1. Charles Thomas NAIRN, b: 23 Jan 1855, Perth d: 24 Jan 1862 at Light Scrub, South Australia
2. Ellen NAIRN, b: 10 October 1856,
3. Ann NAIRN, b: 14 April 1858, d: 8 February 1860
4. William NAIRN, b: 5 April 1860, d: 6 Jan 1926
5. Alice NAIRN, b: 5 January 1862,
6. Esther NAIRN, b: 30 September 1863, d: 11 July 1934, Guildford, Western Australia, Australia
7. Charlotte NAIRN, b: 16 May 1865,
8. Anne NAIRN, b: 22 July 1867,
9. James NAIRN, b: 19 April 1869, Grace Plains, South Australia, Australia, d: 1934
10. Albert Victor NAIRN, b: 22 March 1871, Linwood, South Australia ,
11. Sydney NAIRN, b: 1 May 1874,
12. Margaret Daisy NAIRN, b: 8 Jul 1876, d: 17 April 1877

5. Walter James Nairn b: 1830 died in November 1903 at Byro Station, Upper Murchison, leaving to his brother William John Nairn, a total of 2,133-16s.
6. Jane NAIRN, b. 1832, m. Thomas ROACH in 1850
The children of this marriage were:-
1. W. H. ROACH,
2. W. J. ROACH,
3. Thomas William ROACH,

7. Charles NAIRN, b. 1834, d. 1867 Drowned off N.W. coast when the schooner "Emma" owned by Walter PADBURY was lost at sea.

8. Emma NAIRN, b. 22 January 1837, Swan River Colony died 19 October Perth,Western Australia, married James John OUGDEN 1835-1871 in Perth on the 4 March 1858

9. Ellen NAIRN, b. 1838, m. (1) James GRIEVES 1827-1866 at Fremantle in in 1865. This union produced 2 children;
William Charles Grieves 1865 1866
Clara Ellen Grieves 1866 1866
(2)Richard George William MEARES 1848-1882 at Perth in 1874
1 child from thia marriage was Seymour Grant Meares 1875 1947

Swan River Colony, History of Fremantle
Western Australia

Dongara - Irwin Lonely Graves Western Australia

There are some graves in the Dongara/Irwin area, which are not in the Public Cemetery at Dongara but by the area where they died.


BEANDIS FC or likely to be BRANDIS FC at Frione/Leonue Vale
T BISHOP on Mass' farm
JINTARRA J and SINGH P at Big Hill

BUTLER T at upper Irwin
CAIN A between Dongara and Minginew
Johnston J on the property of H&J Broad
ROWLAND F and ROWLAND L in private cemetery
SINGH baby at Fipphord Farm
SINGH T cremated remains at Back Beach



BRADY - 3 babies


BRADY baby (162 Mile Camp)



ASHWORTH W on the coast about 4 miles south of Wedge Island

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William Criddle 1804-1875

William Criddle was born 18 November 1804 in in Ightham, Kent. The son of William CRITTAL 1777-1815 and Sarah, nee BRATTON.
William arrived from Tunbridge Wells, Kent on 12th October 1829 at the age of twenty-five, at the time and for many years afterwards he was known as "Crittal ";
The name on his marriage certificate is CRIDDLE and the family were
forever after known as CRIDDLE (see note)
He arrived on the 12 October 1829 in Perth, as an indentured servant, Agriculturalist, with Thomas THOMASETT (this name showing as Thom(p)sett on the passenger list), and their employer was, Alfred STONE, a solicitor and prospective farmer. The three men had shipped in the "Caroline" , which had been chartered by James HENTY to bring his many employees and stock to the Colony.

On the journey CRIDDLE and THOMASETT lived with the other steerage passengers on the lower deck, and amongst them John CHIPPER, Charles GEE and George REWELL, together with their wives and families. Their diet of salt meat and ship biscuits was not varied during the long journey as was that of the passengers in the Cuddy who had the money to pay for extra, and more tasty food.
The latter had Hams, Tongues, Cheeses and salt fish, Soups and Eggs and various Pickles and Spices for disguising the unpalatable Salt Meat.

Three weeks after their arrival in the Colony, Stone was granted a villa site of seven acres on the Canning River and a further 5,230 acres 'in the interior', which he ultimately took up on the Avon.

On this villa grant CRIDDLE and THOMASETT worked at erecting a
primitive stone cottage which was named "Speldhurst "after the parish in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, together with accommodation for themselves.

THOMASETT made himself busy about the cottage while Criddle set about
preparing the ground for the vineyards and orchards that he was to
supervise. The two men barely settled when Thomasett drowned in the
river while shooting ducks.

Within a year of his arrival Stone realized that money was not made easily in the colony and he accepted a position under Governor Stirling as the Sheriff of the colony, or Clerk of the Peace, as he was sometimes referred to. It may have been at this time that Stone released CRIDDLE from his indentures.

By August 1834 he was working as a carpenter for J. PHILLIPS, who had
subleased James Henty's property, Stoke Farm, near Bassendean.
Phillips, like so many others, was feeling the pinch of bad times and he applied to the Commissariat for food for CRIDDLE. To-wards the end of the thirties, and as the Avon settlement began to expand, CRIDDLE found his way over the hills to Toodyay where either as an agricultural labourer or as a carpenter he would have found plenty of employment.

By 1840 CRIDDLE was working at Grassdale, and in that year at Deepdale Farm he married the daughter of William THOMAS and Keziah, nee SAUNDERS, Elizabeth THOMAS, she had been born in 1820 and was known to her family as "Betsy"
Within a few years William's financial position had improved considerably and he was then able to lease a farm of 200 acres on the old Jimperdine Road to Toodyay.

In the census of 1849 CRIDDLE declared that his household, besides his
wife and himself, consisted of two males under twelve years (William
the younger and Tom) two females (Anne and Susan) also under
twelve. He also declared that he possessed 2 horses, 3 horned cattle,
11 swine and six acres of wheat. Another son, Henry was born at
Toodyay in late 1850 and by this time, Criddle's lease on the
Jimperdine Road had expired. When the first winter rains fell in 1852
and Lockier Burges returned to the Avon Valley looking for men and
their families who would be willing to migrate northwards to the Irwin

William CRIDDLE went with him taking his wife and 5 children. The
Criddle family remained at the Irwin River until the end of 1859 when
William purchased two sections, totaling 80 acres, on the north front
flats and roughly a mile south-east from the Bootenall Springs. Portion of one section faced Gregory Road, quite near the road William built a three roomed mud brick house. In the garden he planted a Palm Tree.

In the floods of 1862 the house was destroyed. William built another
home, which met a similar fate in 1872. For the third time he built a home from limestone carted from a quarry at Rudd Gully some two
miles to the North, on slightly higher ground to with stand the floods.

Meantime the Palm Tree continued to grow and a hundred years later it
was still thrusting its fonds into the air some forty feet from the ground.

William CRIDDLE died on The 12 May 1875 aged seventy-one. Betsy or 'Granny CRIDDLE' as she was more affectionately known lived until 1909 when she died at the ripe old age of eighty-seven. She had married at 18 and given birth to thirteen children. Mary the first child to be born in the Victoria District died in 1870.

The children of William CRIDDLE and Betsy were:-

1. Anne CRIDDLE Born: 2 May 1842 , Toodyay, and died: 13 Dec 1897, Greenough,
She married (1) John PATIENCE at Lynton (born 1819 in England died 24 September 1870 at Greenough. Arrived in Western Australia 1850 as a convict on the "Scindian'. Lived in Greenough as a Farmer & Shoemaker) on 14 November 1857, at Pt Gregory, WA
She married (2) Thomas HARRISON, son of Stephen and Margaret Harrison. Born in England in 1843. Died at Greenough 15 May 1931. Farmer, Greenough, Western Australia. Arrived WA 1863. On the 19 April 1877 at Greenough.

2. William CRIDDLE Born in Toodyay Western Australia in 1843 and died in Guilford Western Australia on 1 November 1912. He is buried in the Dongara Anglican Cemetery.
He was a Farmer & Grazier in Dongara, Murchison & Gascoyne Districts of Western Australia. He was also an Hotelier at the Dongara Hotel (later the Dominican Convent).
William CRIDDLE was married (1) at Greenough, Western Australia on 19 December 1864 to Mary Anne BUFTON, born 1844 in London, England. Died 1 September 1901 in Dongara, Western Australia. Mary Anne BUFTON was the daughter of William BUFTON 1814-1869 and Hannah, nee WILTSHIRE 1818-1880 who arrived in Western Australia in 1854. They had 13 Children.
William CRIDDLE married (2) Martha REYNOLDS on 25 July 1904. Martha was born at Greenough, Western Australia in 1863. She was the daughter of Peter REYNOLDS and Harriet, nee KENWORTHY, who arrived on the "Berkshire" in 1855. They were farmers and Innkeepers at Greenough, Western Australia. 1 Child

3.Thomas CRIDDLE
born in Toodyay, Western Australia in 1845. He died in Greenough, Western Australia on 21 May 1914, and is buried at the Greenough Central Cemetery. He was a farmer and innkeeper at one time owned the Black Flats Hotel near Bradley's Siding Greenough. Married Mary CONNOLLY 1849-1925 at Greenough on the 24 May 1869.

The children of this marriage were:-
Selena Helena Criddle 1870 ? 1940
John Thomas Criddle 1872 ? 1938
Joseph Alfred CRIDDLE 1874 ? 1937
Robert Criddle 1876 ? 1947
William Ernest Criddle 1878 ? 1949
James Frederick CRIDDLE 1880 ? 1956
Sidney Criddle 1882 ? 1953

4.Susan CRIDDLE 1848-1909. m. David BRAND 1840-1912
married at Greenough, on the 15 September 1869.
David and Susan are both buried at the Dominican Cemetery in Dongara

The children of this marriage were:-

Elizabeth Jane BRAND 1870 ? 1932 m. Horace FAULL
George David BRAND 1871 ? 1952 m Elizabeth Sarah CLARKSON 1875-1952
Isabella BRAND 1873 ? 1947 m. Charles JAMES
William Henry BRAND 1875 ? 1947 m. Annie ROWLAND
Andrew James BRAND 1877 ? 1949 m. Octavia Rosa ROWLAND
Selina BRAND 1879 ? 1955 m. Robert CLARKSON
Fletcher Alderwan BRAND 1881 ? 1947 m. Lola BAYLISS
Albert John BRAND 1883?1952 m. Hilda MITCHELL on 21 Jan. 1911. The parents of Sir David BRAND 1912-1979
Eugenia Maud BRAND 1886 ? 1933 m. Forest Edwin MORRELL
Frederick Thomas BRAND 1888 ? 1953 m. Sarah May HUGHES

5. Henry CRIDDLE born August 1850 at Toodyay and died 1 August 1903 at Greenough. married Frances Maxton DORAN 1855-1934 on the 13 December 1877.
The children of this marriage were:-
Francis Louisa Criddle 1878 ? 1879
Mary Jane Criddle 1880 ? 1882
Agnes Criddle 1882 ? 1885
Elsie Dora Criddle 1883 ?
Arthur Charles Criddle 1886 ? 1952
Elizabeth May Criddle 1888 ?
James Reginald Criddle 1893 ? 1961
Evelyn Maud Criddle 1897 ?

born 1 August 1852 at Toodyay and died on the 12 November 1873 at Greenough, Western Australia

born 20 February 1855 Irwin River and died 14 May 1934 Midland Junction, Murchison, Western Australia m. Esther Jane PELL 1853-1936 at Dongara on the 28 August 1878.

The Children of this marriage were:-
Grace Mary CRIDDLE b: 30 March 1880 Irwin River, d: 8 Dec. 1969 Perth. m. William Albert KENWORTHY 1876-1948 at Minginew on 27 February 1903
Irwin John CRIDDLE b: 4 May 1883 Irwin River. d:20 October 1959 Rivervale, m. Fanny Oliver HERBERT 1889-1926 in Irwin, 31 May 1911
Charles Glynn CRIDDLE b: 24 June 1884 Irwin River d: 7 June 1966 Victoria Park, Perth m. Emily Jane BRANDIS 1882-1953 at Irwin in 1912
Violet Mary May CRIDDLE b: 31 May 1890 Irwin River d: 14 June 1976. m. Arthur Lewis OLIVER 1884-xxxx at Irwin on 19 May 1908
Jack Farris CRIDDLE b: 24 May 1893 Irwin River, d: 26 August 1972 Perth. m. Eileen Rose MIFFLIN 1901-1989 at Perth in 1925.
Ivy Myrtle CRIDDLE b: 25 June 1897 Irwin River d: 20 December 1980. m. Wellman Edward TURNER 1893-1953 at Fremantle in 1937

8. James CRIDDLE
born 19 August 1857 at Bootenall and died 11 March 1927 Nabawa. married Emma PELL, b: 21 January 1859 Toodyay, d: 9 November 1944 Nabawa, Western Australia. at Dongara on the 21 March 1881.

The children of this marriage were:-
Alfred CRIDDLE b: 8 September 1882 Dongara d: 18 February 1957
Sydney James CRIDDLE b: 13 July 1884 Dongara, d: 1 Oct. 1963 Geraldton
Ethel Margaret CRIDDLE b:1884 Dongara, d: 1885 Dongara
stillborn female CRIDDLE b:1885 Dongara d: 1885 Dongara
Herbert Melbourne CRIDDLE b: 29 September 1886 Dongara,
ANZAC killed in Action 27 October 1917 Flanders, Belgium
Beatrice Adelaide CRIDDLE b: 2 October 1888 Dongara d: 16 June 1966 Geraldton.
Horace John CRIDDLE b: 20 February 1890 Dongara d: 18 March 1928 Nabawa,
David CRIDDLE b:1892 Dongara d: 29 December 1974 Geraldton
Arthur George CRIDDLE b: 18 June 1894 Dongara, d:23 February 1958 Perth
Harold CRIDDLE b: 7 March 1896 Dongara, d: 18 March 1976 Narrogin
Edith Mary CRIDDLE b: 14 July 1898 Greenough d: 26 May 1968 Perth
Ina Phyllis CRIDDLE 1900 Dongara d: 8 January 1975 Geraldton
Ivo Philip CRIDDLE 1900 Dongara d: 2 January 1953 Geraldton

9. Sarah CRIDDLE
born 18 June 1859 Greenough and died 31 July 1937 in Perth.m. Robert Francis HOPE 1856-1942 at Dongara on 21 January 1881.

10. Eliza CRIDDLE
born 11 April 1861 Greenough died on the 23 January 1949 buried at Karrakatta Cemetery, Karrakatta. m. Edward Joseph Miles O'CONNOR 1856-1890 at Dongara on 6 November 1889.
One son was born before Edward was killed on 21 May 1890 by the accidental falling of a tree, at the Water Works, at Canning:-
Edward Francis O'CONNOR 1890 ? 1961

11.Emily CRIDDLE
born 21 December 1862 Greenough, died 23 September 1905 Dongara, m. William DOWNES 1859-1936 the son of Edward Bethel DOWNES 1819-1891 and Amelia, nee WILLIAMS 1831-1877 at Dongara in 1882.

The children of this marriage were:-
Emily Elizabeth DOWNES 1883 ? 1883
Edward Alderwin Downes 1885 ? 1958
Daisy Elizabeth DOWNES 1887 ? 1979
Alma Downes 1889 ?
Charles Downes 1891 ? 1947
Arthur DOWNES 1893 ? 1970
William Downes 1896 ? 1896
Herbert Downes 1897 ?
Victor DOWNES 1899 ? 1901
Louis Roy DOWNES 1900 ? 1901
Vida Charlotte DOWNES 1903 ?
Pearl Clyde DOWNES 1904 ?

12.George CRIDDLE
10 October 1864 Greenough, died 25 July 1952 Perth. Western Australia. married Ada DOWNES 1867-1962 Daughter of Edward Bethel Downes 1819-1891 and Amelia, nee WILLIAMS 1831-1877 at Dongara in 1897.

The children of this marriage were:-
Irene Holly CRIDDLE 1898 ?
Daphne Georgine Criddle 1900 ? 1968
Leila Marian CRIDDLE 1902 ? 1924
Frederick Lionel CRIDDLE 1903 ? 1942
Alan George Criddle 1906 ?
Trixie Rita Criddle 1908 ?
Cora Criddle 1910 ?

13.Charles CRIDDLE
born 22 December 1867 Greenough, died 25 April 1886 at Greenough, Western Australia.

14 Phoebe Elisabeth CRIDDLE
born 15 January 1870 Greenough and died 17 February 1960 Subiaco m George CARTER at Dongara in 1893

[NOTE: It was not until 1926 that a person could only change his name by Deed Poll. Before that he could call himself any name he wanted. janilye ]

The photograph below courtesy of the Geraldton Historical Society is William Criddle 1804-1875 and Elizabeth Criddle nee Thomas 1822-1909
Early Pioneers of Greenough, Western Australia

Dominican Priory, Dongara, Western Australia

Eight hundred years separates the foundation of the original Dominican Convent, Our Lady of Prouille, in the south of France and the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Western Australia as we know it today.

From that first ancient convent founded by Domingo de Guzman (later St Dominic) in 1206 has grown a religious Order with many thousands of members, both male and female, across the world. Down the eight centuries the Church has canonized many of these members, notably St Dominic, St Thomas Aquinas, St Catherine of Siena, St Rose of Lima. More recently St Catherine of Siena has been named Doctor of the Church and Patron Saint of Europe.

Domingo de Guzman, the son of Felix Guzman and his wife Jane of Aza (later Blessed Jane of Aza), was born in 1170 in Caleruega in north-eastern Spain. Dominic developed into a young man of great integrity with a caring and charitable nature and, after completing his studies for the priesthood, committed himself to a life of prayer and contemplation of God?s Word in the Scriptures and to preaching the Truth of the Gospel. Dominic had a talent for adapting himself to circumstances and people and especially to the needs of his contemporaries and many young men were drawn to his way of life.

In 1206, a group of noblewomen who had embraced the ascetic lifestyle of an heretical group, the Albigensians, was converted to Christianity by Dominic who founded a convent of Sisters within Albigensian territory at Prouille in Southern France. Their mission was to study God?s Word in the Scriptures and following Dominic?s lead, spread the Truth through teaching, to all who came to them and their strength lay in their ability to communicate their knowledge and faith with great personal conviction. They supported Dominic and the other friars in the work of preaching Truth thereby establishing the female/male aspect of the Dominican Order and Veritas - Truth - became an accepted motto of the Order.

From this original group of women, foundations spread throughout Europe including England and Ireland. The first known foundation of Dominican nuns in Ireland was established in Galway in 1644.
Two other foundations were eventually formed in Ireland, in Drogheda and at Sion Hill in Dublin. It was from Sion Hill that Mother Mary Gabriel GILL led a mission to Dunedin in New Zealand in 1870 and 29 years later to the Goldfields of Western Australia after Bishop William KELLY, newly appointed Bishop of Geraldton, invited the Dominican Sisters from Dunedin to form a foundation in the recently formed Geraldton Diocese.

On 5th January 1899, Bishop KELLY provided a detailed description of their new mission and added:
?I can put before you no inducement to come here, but for the love of God. If you can work for God?s sake and endure hard things and wait for better times, come along. Should you think the prospects too uninviting, I will not blame you?.
The Sisters were not discouraged by the Bishop?s remarks: in March of the same year, Mother Gabriel together with Sisters di Ricci KIRBY, Gonzales WALL, Dominica MURPHY, Di Pazzi Miscall, Bonaventure McENTIRE and a postulant Kate MURPHY, were named as the Western Australian founding members who arrived in Greenough, a tiny hamlet a few miles south of Geraldton on 7th June 1899 to form the first foundation of Dominican Sisters in Western Australia.

It was in July 1901 that the Sisters opened a convent at Dongara and established it as the head house and novitiate in the hope that they would be able to develop there a significant school and college that would offer a wider range of academic and cultural subjects than had previously been possible.

For the next 70 years the Dominican Priory with its boarding and day school for girls became well-known for the high standard of education it provided, first on a small scale, but, after 1928, for its well-equipped and attractive building, the Dominican Ladies College, set in lovely surroundings and for the quality teaching of the Sisters who served Catholic and non-Catholic families of the inland farming and goldmining areas of the Geraldton Diocese and beyond.
As early as 1917, the Sisters experienced the traumas and difficulties associated with living close to a river that periodically burst its banks.

Although there were other floods from time to time, it was the more damaging one caused by Cyclone Mavis in 1971 that was the catalyst that finally saw the closure of the Dominican Priory at Dongara and the termination of the Dominican Ladies? College at the end of that year, after serving the area for 70 years.

By that time, a number of the convents and schools founded in the goldmining towns of Yalgoo, Meekatharra, Leonora, Gwalia, Cue, Day Dawn and Reedy were suffering from the decline in the mining activities of their districts and accompanying loss of population. This was gradually reflected in the number of students enrolled. There was no choice for the Sisters in these circumstances but to close the schools and withdraw.

Source: The Dominican Sisters of Western Australia.

Their Motto:-

?To contemplate and give to others the fruits of our contemplation

George Brand 1820-1872

George BRAND 1820-1872 had been sent out as a convict aboard the ship "Stag" on the 23 May 1855. Sentenced to fourteen years and was working as a labourer in the Greenough area. His wife Isabella, nee Duncan and four children arrived aboard the ship "Hamilla Mitchell" on the 6 April 1859.
George BRAND and Isabella DUNCAN 1820-1883 had married in the parish of Denny on the 10 January 1840 and had had 4 children there before George was arrested namely ; David , Isabella , Andrew and George, in 1861 son John was born in Dongara, followed by baby Irene in 1867 who did not live past infancy.
In 1867 George Brand bought 90 acres of land at Bootenal Reserve near Dongara.

The children of George BRAND and Isabella, nee DUNCAN were:-

1. David BRAND b: 1 July 1840 Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland and died on the 9 December 1912 at Dongara, Western Australia, Australia.
David BRAND married Susan CRIDDLE 1848-1909 the daughter of William CRIDDLE 1804-1875 and Elizabeth, nee THOMAS 1822-1909 at Greenough, on the 15 September 1869.
David and Susan are both buried at the Dominican Cemetery in Dongara

The children of this marriage were:-

Elizabeth Jane BRAND 1870 ? 1932 m. Horace FAULL
George David BRAND 1871 ? 1952 m Elizabeth Sarah CLARKSON
Isabella BRAND 1873 ? 1947 m. Charles JAMES
William Henry BRAND 1875 ? 1947 m. Annie ROWLAND
Andrew James BRAND 1877 ? 1949 m. Octavia Rosa ROWLAND
Selina BRAND 1879 ? 1955 m. Robert CLARKSON
Fletcher Alderwan BRAND 1881 ? 1947 m. Lola BAYLISS
Albert John BRAND 1883?1952 m. Hilda MITCHELL on 21 Jan. 1911. The parents of Sir David BRAND 1912-1979
Eugenia Maud BRAND 1886 ? 1933 m. Forest Edwin MORRELL
Frederick Thomas BRAND 1888 ? 1953 m. Sarah May HUGHES

2. Isabella BRAND b: 13 January 1842 Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland and died 15 July 1905 in Fremantle, at the home of her son-in-law, Arthur Randolph UREN. Isabella BRAND married Henry Fletcher WALDECK 1843-1883 the son of Frederick WALDECK 1807-1895 and Frederica Wilhelimina Louise, nee KNEIST 1811-1905 on the 5 December 1867 at Mechanics Institute, Greenough Flats, Western Australia.

The children of this marriage were:-

Frederick WALDECK 1869 ? 1939 m. Gertrude CHAPPLE
George WALDECK 1871 ? 1953 m. Annie LANE
Edwin Lowe WALDECK 1872 ? 1899 Never married.
Isabella 'Reca' Fredericka WALDECK b:1875 d: 15 May 1917 Perth. m. Methodist Minister Reverend John Robert THRUM
Henry David WALDECK 1878 ? 1918 m. Eliza Jane SMITH
Elizabeth Kniest WALDECK 1880 ? 1970 m. Arthur Randolph UREN
Clarke Laurance WALDECK 1881 ? 1884 Never married
Fletcherina WALDECK 1883 ? 1924 Never married

3.Andrew BRAND b: 20 January 1844 Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland and died 12 September 1907 at Dongara, Western Australia. Andrew married Marion EATON nee KANE 1843-1935 an Irish immigrant arrived per "Mary Harrison" on the 24 June 1862 with sisters, Margaret KANE, Sarah KANE, Teresa KANE. the daughters of William KANE and Margaret FRIEND. The marriage Between Andrew and Marion was at Northampton in Western Australia on the 9 December 1863.

The children of this marriage were:-

Sarah BRAND 1864 ? 1866 never married
Isabella BRAND 1867 ? 1952 m. Hugh Sidney SMITH
George BRAND 1868 ? 1919 m. Ellen Elizabeth QUINLAN
Margaret Jane BRAND 1872 ? 1938 m. John George Wallis WILCOX
Marian BRAND 1874-1874 stillborn
Josephine BRAND 1874 ? d:1885 buried at Church Street Cemetery, Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia
Harriett BRAND 1878 ? 1936 m. Robert Henry WORTHINGTON
Brunette BRAND 1879 ? unknown
Andrew Duncan BRAND 1881 ? m. Muriel M DRAGE

4.George BRAND b: 2 November 1848 Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland and died 16 June 1926 at Greenough, Western Australia. George BRAND married perth born Harriett PATTERN 1856-1938 the daughter of John PATTERN and Harriett, nee ENSOR.

The children were :-

George BRAND 1872 ? xxxx m. Angelina MORGAN
Esther Daisy BRAND 1876 ? 1949 m. George Ernest MORRELL
Duncan Graham BRAND 1883 ? 1961 m. Catherine TEAHAN
Alfred John BRAND 1884 ? 1972 unknown
Fletcher Harold BRAND 1886 ? 1986 M. Ethel TIMMS
Allan BRAND 1888 ? 1889 never married

John BRAND b: 2 September 1861Dongara, Western Australia, Australia and died 22 July 1934 at Geraldton, Western Australia. John married Geraldton born Sarah Jane GOULD 1862-1930 the daughter of Edward James GOULD and Mary Jane, nee TERZWELL. John Brand and Sarah were married at Geraldton on the 15 September 1882. The children of this marriage were:-

Edward George BRAND 1883 ? 1953
Edith BRAND 1884 ? 1939 m. Reginald William FREMLIN
Maud BRAND 1886 ? 1974 m. Julius Adolph LOEPER
John Alfred BRAND 1888 ? 1956 m. Adelaide Mary ANNAKIN
Albert David BRAND 1892 ? 1966 m. Winifred Catherine MCLEAN
Forrest BRAND 1894 ? 1968 m. Jessie MCLEAN
Winifred Alice BRAND 1901 ? m. John C BUSHELL

Irene BRAND 1867 ? 1867 Stillborn

A Case of Criminal Libel 6 August 1849
Against George BRAND and Charles FORRESTER,

both lately Porters at the Larbert Station for the Scottish Central Railway Company, at Larbert, parish of Larbert, Stirlingshire.

Night of 15th and morning of 16th June 1849. Stole whiskey or spirits, property of John Henderson, spirit-merchant, Saint John Street, Perth, Scotland, or of George Dunlop & Co. distillers at Kilbagie, shire of Clackmannan, in the lawful possession of the Scottish Central railway Company, delivered to the charge of George BRAND and Charles FORRESTER.

George BRAND declares he is about 28 years of age, a Porter, now residing at Larbert, Shire of Stirling, employed at the Larbert Station of the Scottish Central Railway Company, I was there on the night of Friday, 15th when 4 puncheons of spirit were brought from Alloa and put on a truck to be sent to Perth by the goods train next morning. Charles FORRESTER and Duncan PRIMROSE were at the station that night. Shown clasp knives and half a dozen breakfast knives and forks. The Interrogated declares the cutlery was bought by my wife and me in our own house at Parkfort near Falkirk about 4 months ago. They were bought from a Hawker. The smaller clasp knives got at a wheel of fortune at Falkirk F.... Thurs.... in May last. Also shown a book, entitled: "Elizabeth and the Exiles of Siberia".

Notes on the "STAG"

Stag - arrived in WA in 1855

This 678 ton barque was built at Sunderland in 1842. It was employed as a convict transport for Western Australia and left London, England on February 5, 1855 bound for the Swan River Colony.
She carried the
fourteenth of 37 shipments of male convicts destined for Western Australia. The voyage took 107 days and the Stag arrived in Fremantle on May 23, 1855 with 89 passengers and 255 convicts [Erickson]. H.N. Clarke and Jos. Caldwell were the captain and surgeon respectively.
There were no deaths recorded on the convict shipping and description
lists and 225 convict numbers were assigned for the voyage ranging from (3220 to 3444). The [Erickson] figure of 255 convicts would seem to be a typographical error and the [Bateson] account also varies with a claimed that 225 convicts embarked and only 224 arrived. Of the 89 passengers mentioned above, all 89 were pensioner guards and
their families, the number being made up of 30 pensioner guards, 24 wives, 17 sons and 18 daughters.
A copy of H.N. Clarke's captain's log for the voyage is preserved in the Battye Library in Perth, Western Australia. Researchers can only view it in Perth.

Recommended reading "New Horizons". In Erickson, Rica (ed). The Brand on His Coat. Nedlands, Western Australia: University of Western Australia Press

Edward Winteringham Clarkson 1845-1927

The son of Charles Foster CLARKSON 1812-1853 and Hannah Eliza LEEDER 1818-1901

Edward Winteringham CLARKSON was born at Perth on the 11 August 1845 and died at 'Twyford', Dongara, Western Australia on the 7 November 1927.

A self-educated man, who at an early age was apprenticed to the blacksmith trade under Solomon COOK of Perth. He then joined the firm of John Summers and Co., coach builders, where he remained until 1868 when he went to Dongara at the age of 23.

He immediately set himself up as a blacksmith, wheelwright and coach builder, all very important trades in the middle of last century, just as garages and filling stations are today. He also assembled furniture, which was brought out from England in large crates and sold it to the nearby settlers.

Edward W. CLARKSON had prospered so well after eight years that he was able to make arrangements to buy from Mr Joseph CHIVERS 700 acre property "Spring Farm" on the west side of the Irwin River and slightly east of Dongara township.

He successfully conducted farming there until 1894 when he bought from Sir George SHENTON a fine estate known as "Tyford" which consisted of 705 acres.
From then on he gradually increased the property to 1,070 acres and by 1912 it embraced approximately 2,000 acres. Wheat growing was the chief industry at "Tyford" but both "Spring Farm" and "Tyford" were stocked with sheep, cattle and horses with Merino and Leicester the chief sheep breeds. The Irwin River flows through "Tyford" farm. A bull which experts considered to be one of the finest Herefords in Western Australia, was imported from England and was used to breed a good class of Hereford cattle at "Tyford". There were, and still are, some pigs kept on the farm.

The 14-roomed homestead was on "Tyford" farm when it was purchased and about 100 yards from the building there was a three acre orchard. One of the biggest improvements on the farm was the installation of a 23,400 gallon underground tank to conserve water for the homestead.
Edward CLARKSON, on the 27 July 1875 at Irwin married Sarah Ann GRANT, 1850-1927 the daughter of William GRANT 1829-1895 and Mary Ann DANIEL 1828-1895 of "Nhargo", Dongara, and who had come to the swan Colony in the early 1850's.

The couple had four daughters and four sons, the sons all going into partnership with their father.

1. Elizabeth Sarah Clarkson born 26 January 1875 Dongara, Western Australia, died 11 June 1952 at Kelmscott Western Australia and married George David BRAND 1871?1952 at Dongara on the 26 August 1903.

The children of this marriage were:-

Deborah Myrtle BRAND b:1905, Cookerup died 31 March 1981 Bentley m. Victor W BROUN at Beverley WA in 1933.
David Roy (Roy) BRAND b: 28 March 1908 at Cookerup and died 9 March 1970 Katanning, m. Lilian Rose CORBY 1910-1996 at Pingelly in 1936.
Edward Rex BRAND b: 10 December 1910 Cookerup died 7 November 1992 at Beverley. m. Sylvia May LANGE 1915-1988 at Beverley in 1935.
Mina Bessie BRAND b: 27 February 1915 Cookerup died 8 June 1989 Pingelly m. Frank Joseph POWELL 1913-1992 at Beverley in 1937

2. Deborah Mary Clarkson born 1877 Dongara and died 23 May 1965 at Claremont. married James HYDE at Dongara in 1912

3. Robert Wilberforce Clarkson born 26 May 1879 at Dongara died 22 May 1951 at Dongara. married Selina BRAND 1879-1955 at Irwin in 1906

4. Edward Foster Clarkson born 11 October 1882 at Dongara and died 7 October 1956 at Geraldton. married Kate Muriel DOIG 1889-1984 at Wagin on the 15 September 1915

5. Joyce Ella Clarkson born 1884 at Dongara and died 1964 in Perth, Western Australia

6. Joseph William Clarkson born 16 May 1886 in Dongara and died 12 December 1963 in Geraldton. married Myra May DOWNES 1885-1938 at Subiaco in 1910.

The children of this marriage were:-

Norbert Joseph CLARKSON b: 13 June 1910 d: 12 February 1973
Fleta May CLARKSON b: 4 August 1911 Dongara, died 12 April 1995 Myaree WA m. Keith Clement RUSS 1909-1989 at Dongara in 1933
Beryl Edith CLARKSON b: 18 October 1919 d: 23 April 2006 m. Sydney Allan MONEY 1912-1974 at Dongara on 19 March 1940.
Reginald Thomas CLARKSON b: 28 Oct,1921 died 17 January 1971 m. CRIDDLE

7. Thomas Henry Clarkson born 12 February 1888 in Dongara and died 16 June 1962 South Perth, buried at Karrakatta Cemetery

8. Amy Theophila Clarkson born 1891 in Dongara and died 7 August 1980 at Como, Perth. Spinster . Lived with sister Deborah Mary HYDE at Claremont until moved to Nursing Home In Como

Edward Winteringham CLARKSON received his commission of Justice of the Peace in 1901. He was also an active member of both the local Road Board and Irwin Agricultural Society. When the Methodist Church was built in Dongara in 1884 he occupied the office of steward in the church.

Following Edward's death both "Tyford" and "Spring Farm" were taken over by his four sons under the name of the Clarkson Brothers. Both farms were run successfully by them all being married. The youngest of the four, Thomas Henry, lived in the original homestead, with the others living on other parts of the property.

In 1964, only two of the four sisters were living. They are Miss Amy Clarkson and Mrs Debra Hyde and they lived in Claremont. Joseph William the remaining surviving brother at the time was living at "Tyford". "Spring Farm," which was later changed to "Spring-field" was sold. "Tyford" then being worked by one of Joseph's sons, Winston, the elder son of his second marriage.

Background Source taken from : "Clarkson Family State Link Is Back To 1830", article from Geraldton Guardian.

The photograph below is a portrait of the 4 sons of Edward Winteringham Clarkson Robert, Edward, Joseph and Thomas.

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Clarkson from Yorkshire to Western Australia.

Warning: This resource may contain references to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may have passed away

Michael and James Smith CLARKSON arrived on the brig "Tranby", in Swan River Colony in 1830 from Yorkshire, England. They were two of the six children born to Barnard CLARKSON 1748-1826 and Elizabeth, nee SMITH 1779-1833.
A third brother Charles Foster CLARKSON arrived on the CYGNET on 27 January 1833 with Charles in Steerage and his widowed father Barnard Clarkson in Cabin refer Shipping Intelligence
The three brothers were of a well known family of yeoman descent. Namely;
Michael Clarkson b: 7 June 1804 in Bubwith, Yorkshire, England and died 2 March 1871 in Toodyay, Western Australia. he married Jane DRUMMOND 1813-1905 in the Swan Colony on the 6 November 1833. Michael and brother James, were given land on the Swan River where Maylands now is and later in the year they disposed of this grant and took up another of 18,261 acres in the newly - surveyed Avon district on November 25th 1830.

The children of the marriage between Michael and Jane were:-
1.Deborah Wilberforce CLARKSON 1834?1918 m. Alfred DURLACHER 1822-1869 in Geraldton on 1 October 1864.
2.Barnard Drummond CLARKSON b: 11 Dec.1836 York d: 23 Mar. 1909 Mt.Anderson m. Isabella Jane Lukin in 1867
3.James Smith CLARKSON b:1837 d: 7 December 1910 Toodyay, m. Eliza Selina GREEN at Newcastle WA in 1872
4.Thomas Michael CLARKSON 1841 ? 1845
5.Edward Ellis CLARKSON b:1844 Toodyay d:1865 WA See notes
6.Sarah CLARKSON b: 1 Sept 1847 'Nunyle, Toodyay d: 27 July 1912 Northam. m.(1)Frederick Mackie ROE 1843-1877 in 1871 (2) Andrew DEMPSTER 1844-1909 on 21 January 1891 at Northam WA. See Notes 3
7.William Bell CLARKSON 1848 ? 1877

James Smith Clarkson b:1806 in Yorkshire, England and died in 1872 in Western Australia.

Charles Foster Clarkson b: 12 May 1812 in Holme Upon Spalding Moor, Yorkshire and died on the 16 December 1863 on the Ballarat Goldfields
It is not known what occupation Charles Foster followed but he did build himself a fine two-storeyed home on the then waterfront, on portion of the land now occupied by the Temple Court buildings.
On the 2 March 1837 Charles Foster married Hannah Eliza LEEDER 1818-1901 (the suburb of Leederville was named after her father, who was the first settler there), who had arrived from England as a small child in the ship "Rockingham" in 1830. They reared a family of seven children, five boys and two girls.

1.Elizabeth Smith CLARKSON 1838 ? 1891 m. Robert Thomas READHEAD 1829-1878 at Geraldton on 10 January 1865.
2.Hannah Eliza CLARKSON 1840 d:1915 Perth. m Edward KEY 1839-1879 at Pinjarra, in 1869
3.William Wilberforce CLARKSON b: 1843 Swan River Colony d: 1874 Hooley's Well, North West of WA, Australia (see notes)
4.Edward Winteringham CLARKSON b:1845 Swan d: 9 Nov. 1927 Dongara. m. Sarah Ann GRANT 1850-1927 in 1875
5.*Henry James CLARKSON b:1847 Swan River Colony d: 1874 Hooley's Well, North West of WA, Australia see notes1
6.Joseph Charles CLARKSON b:1849 Swan River Colony d: 1890 Perth, Western Australia, Australia see notes 2
7.Robert Leeder CLARKSON b:1851 d: 5 Dec.1907 Dongara. m. Margaret Placida MCCOURT 1847-1940 in 1889 at Karratha Station, Roebourne

At the time of the gold rush in Victoria, Charles Foster went to Ballarat and was not heard of again.

His wife Hannah next married John Enoch HAMMOND 1827-1892 and they had four children, two boys and two girls. One of the boys Jesse Elijah HAMMOND 1855 ? 1940 wrote a book called "Western Pioneers." Telling his life in the Swan Colony as well as the story of the Clarkson disaster which occurred in 1874 when William Wilberforce Clarkson and Henry James Clarkson were killed by the natives while they were searching for water whilst taking 800 cattle and 70 horses to the Murchison for stud purposes. When their bodies were found they were brought south and buried in the Greenough Flats cemetery.

Death of Edward Ellis CLARKSON 1844-1865
The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times (WA : 1864-1874) Friday 18 August 1865

Since our last issue we have been enabled to obtain but few particulars relative to the death of Mr. Edward Clarkson, whose murder by a party of natives at his station, somewhere about 80 miles to the Eastward of Newcastle, was then adverted to. It seems that Mr. Clarkson' s station was visited by a party of aborigines on the evening of the 31st ultimo, one of whom discharged a spear which entered just under the last rib on the right side and penetrated nine inches upwards towards the left shoulder. The lad who was hut-keeper to Mr. Clarkson was present on the occasion, and immediately seized a gun to defend themselves with but the natives took to their heels and ran away. On the next day, the 1st instant, this lad went out to look for the sheep, returning in about an hour afterwards. On his return to the station he found that the natives had paid Mr. Clarkson another visit and were in the act of torturing him, by jabbing in the arms, hands, and legs with spears, but on seeing the boy they ran away. Poor Clarkson lingered in great agony until the night of the 5th instant, when he expired, and the lad then left and made his way to an out-station belonging to Mr. Dempster, from whence information was immediately forwarded to Newcastle. Mr. Clarkson' s remains were taken to Newcastle on Tuesday evening, and we understand the Police have succeeded in obtaining the names of the murderers, and have gone to the eastward in search of them, but it is feared without much chance of success as the country is totally devoid of water.

The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times (WA : 1864-1874) Friday 1 September 1865

WE learn that the police who went in search of the murderers of Mr. Clarkson have returned unsucessful in capturing them. They ascertained that the murder was committed for the sole purpose of enabling them to appropriate the stock of flour, and that six natives only were concerned in it. The police succeeded in surprising a camp where the murderers were, but they managed to make their escape into a neighboring thicket, and their pursuers were obliged to content themselves with three poor fellows who confessed to having eaten some of the flour. They also found the gun and other articles which had been taken from the station.

The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times (WA : 1864-1874) Friday 3 November 1865

To the Editor of the Perth Gazette & W. A. Times.
SIR,-In your issue of the 21st ult., it was said that the capture of one of the natives for the murder of the late Mr. Clarkson was made by police-constable Edwards, and no mention was made of any other officer. Without opposing Mr. Edwards, but injustice to a zealous and enterprising officer, I beg to say that the capture in question was made by police-constable Charles Wisbey, who on this as on other occasions, has proved himself to be an officer of superior merit, and it is to be hoped will meet with due reward.
I am Sir, Your obedient servant, NORTHAM.

The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times (WA : 1864-1874) Friday 12 January 1866

The Trial

Ngowee, an aboriginal native charged with the
murder of Edward Ellis Clarkson.

David HACKETT :- On the 10th July last was at Mr. Clarkson' s sheep-station with Edward Clarkson; on that day I was reading at the tent about 15 yards from the hut, when I saw four natives in the act of rushing upon me, prisoner was one of them, I took up my gun and it snapped. I knew only one of the four, his name is Jack Barlem. I clubbed my gun and struck one of them, but they broke one bone of my arm and two held me down, and the others went into the hut and took flour, tea, and sugar, my gun, powder, and caps. On Monday, 31st July I saw the same four natives creeping about 200 years off, they had my gun, some spears, and dowaks. They called out to me to give them all that was in the hut or they would shoot me. I had a loaded gun, and told them they had better come and take it, and they went away in a great rage. On the evening of the same day Mr. Clarkson and myself were eating our suppers at the tent just after dark, sitting about a yard apart, when six spears came all at once, one of which struck Mr. Clarkson on the right side just under the ribs, and one grazed my right arm. I could not see the natives, but they kept about all night. I assisted Mr. Clarkson into the tent; the shirt produced is that worn by him; next morning he told me to go out with the sheep, but I did not go more than a quarter of a mile away and returned, as I thought the natives would come back, and when I got in sight I saw four natives outside the tent, one drinking some tea I had left at Mr. Clarkson' s head, the other three were jabbing their spears at him through the tent, the prisoner was the foremost of the three. I was then about 200 yards off and I fired at them. One of the natives gave a scream and they all ran away. On going in to Mr. Clarkson I found he had been speared in both hands and his thigh; there were three fresh wounds, I pulled the spears out and also cut off close to the body the spear that was in his side; I did it with a saw. The piece of spear produced is that which remained in the body and was taken out after death.
I remained with Mr. Clarkson until he died in my hut five days afterwards, and the next morning after I had covered the body up I started off to report what had taken place.
Police Serjt. Kelly :- I went to Mr. Clarkson' s station on the 11th August, found the body of Mr. E. Clarkson lying in a hut, and from the right side there protruded about one inch of the spear head produced. The body was so much decomposed that no marks of wounds remained.
Police constable Edwards :- deposed that on the 9th October, in company with P.C. Wisbey, arrested the prisoner about 100 miles from York, and told him I did so for killing Mr.Clarkson. He said he did not want to do so but Ejup made him " windang" and said that he must do so.
Jyugyuth, a native, deposed ;_ that the prisoner told him he was threatened to be shot and he speared Mr. Clarkson. He only knows what the prisoner told him, and that it was in consequence of the natives having taken the flour the gun was fired.
The deposition of this witness before the magistrate was read, and in that he is stated to have said that he was present when Mr. Clark- son was speared through the tent, but he now refused to acknowledge so much.
Jedjeeput, a native interpreter, stated that he was present in the Newcastle Police Court when the prisoner stated there that he was persuaded by other natives to spear.
The prisoner now being asked if he wished to say anything said that the natives bothered him to spear Mr. Clarkson until he agreed to it.
The Jury found the prisoner Guilty and sentence of Death was passed.
The foreman of the Jury then informed His Honor that to mark their approbation of the conduct of the young lad HACKET (14 years of age), a subscription had been entered into among them, the proceeds of which he begged to place in His Honor's hands, to apply for the boy's use in the manner he considered most ad-
visable.His Honor expressed his concurrence with the sentiments entertained by the Jury, and ob- serving that he should deposit the money in the Post Office Saving's Bank, with an addition of ?1, from himself, said that he should be happy to receive any amount which other persons might like to contribute.
His Honor then directed Hacket to be brought before him, when he addressed the lad, express- ing his own and the Jury's approbation of his conduct, and expressing a hope that his future life might be equally worthy of the approbation of his fellow men. His Honor also told him that when at anytime he wanted money for any particular purpose of which he should approve, he would let him have it from the fund.
[Since the above we understand the Government have added ?12 to the amount in His Honor's charge.]

William Wilberforce 1843-1874 and Henry James CLARKSON 1847-1874

[Extract from Cemeteries of Geraldton-Greenough, Mid West Heritage Series Western Australia by Gary Martin Held in the Geraldton-Greenough Regional Library The first newspaper account of a funeral held at this cemetery appeared in The Herald of 20 March 1875. The reporter wrote that a large crowd came to witness the burial of the remains of William and Henry CLARKSON. Prior to the funeral an inquest had been held at the Greenough Court House to ascertain the deaths of the brothers. The bones of the deceased (their bodies having been ravaged by wild dogs) had been found at a place called Hooley's Well on the road to Nichol Bay, and returned to Greenough where it was judged that Henry had been murdered by persons unknown and William had died of exhaustion. What is now the largest gravestone in the cemetery was erected as their memorial.]

Joseph Charles CLARKSON 1849 ? 1890 Joseph went north and entered the pearling industry at which he made a considerable amount of money and following this he settled in Perth, where he either built or bought a fashionable home.

[[Notes 2.
b] Joseph Charles Clarkson 1849-1890

Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) Saturday 15 November 1890
(Beforethe Acting Chief Justice.)
Mr. S. H. Parker, Q.C., who was for the petitioner, Robert Leeder Clarkson, moved the Court to confirm the report of the Master of the Court.
The Master had, in accordance with a commission, inquired into the person and property of Mr. Clarkson, and found he was incapable of managing himself or his affairs.
He had also found as to the heir-at-law and the next-of-kin, and suggested that , Mr. George Randell was a fit and proper person to be a committee of the estate and person of the lunatic, and other matters. His Honour had, the learned counsel said, confirmed the report, but the notice of motion was given at His Honour's request, in order that it might be considered in open Court. The solicitor who instructed, him was the solicitor for the other parties who had consented to the terms of the motion. .
His Honour confirmed the report as, to the appointment of a committee and as to the general scheme for the management of the property of the lunatic. The sales of the property to be subject to the approval of the Court, with liberty to apply.]

Notes 3.

Sarah Clarkson Obituary

The West Australian Tuesday 30 July 1912

Relatives, old colonists, and friends in all parts of Western Australia will learn with deep regret of the death of Mrs. Andrew Dempster. The deceased lady was 64 years of age, and of recent years had been in ill health. Her death, which took place at her residence, Chidlow street, Northam, on the morning of Saturday last, was the result of a long and painful illness, borne with great fortitude. The deceased was a native of Western Australia. She was the second daughter (Sarah), of the late Michael And Jane Clarkson, and was born at "Nunyle," Toodyay, on September 1, 1847. She had one sister (Deborah), now Mrs. Durlacher, of Toodyay, and five brothers Barnard (one time M.L.A. for Toodyay), James, Tom, Willie, and Edward, all of whom have pre deceased her. Her mother before her mar- riage was Miss Jane Drummond, and came to Western Australia in the now historic Parmelia in 1829, the Parmelia being convoyed by the sloop of war Sulphur, with Governor Stirling on board. Michael Clarkson, the father of the deceased, came to Western Australia two years later, and acquired the property now owned by the Hamersley family, and known as "Wilberforce."
In view of present land values, it is inter esting to record the fact that the price at which Mr. Clarkson sold "Wilberforce" was 1s, 6d. per acre. The Clarkson family par ticipated in much of the pioneering work of Western Australia, and like many other of the old families paid its contribution to the heavy tax of human life extorted by the young colony. The youngest son (Edward) was treacherously speared by the blacks at "Dalbercutting," near Doodlakine, in 1865, and died five days afterwards, attended only by David Hackett- a boy only 12 years old who bravely stayed with him until his death, and then made the journey through the bush alone to Buckland, near Northam. Mrs.Dempster, then a girl of 18, was staying with some friends at Geraldton, and on learning of her brother's death she took the first available ship for home. This chanced to be a whaler, and she was the only passenger. The voyage to Fremantle occupied over three weeks, and Mrs. Dempster always referred to it as one of the most trying incidents of her life.
The subject of this notice was first married on June 1, 1871, to Frederick Mackie Roe, fifth son of the late Captain Roe, R.N., (also a Parmelia passenger, and the first Surveyor-General of Western Australia, which office he held for 42 years). There were two sons of the marriage - Gus, now of the North-West, and formerly of Northam, and Willie, of Grass Valley-and one daughter, who died in infancy. Mr. F. M. Roe died in 1877 at the age of 33, as the result of an accident at his station, "Dumbo,' Wongan Hills, leaving his widow, aged 30, with three young children. She resided in Toodyay until 1891, when she was married to the late Mr. Andrew Dempster, of Muresk. Since his death in 1909 she has resided in Northam. Closely associated with the early history of Western Australia. Mrs. Dempster was related to or connected with most of the famnilies whose names are written on the records of the pioneering days of the colony-notably, the Clarksons, Roes, Drummonds, Durlachers, and Dempsters. She was best known to the present generation as the hospitable and charming hostess of "Muresk," where a warm welcome always awaited visitors and travellers. Gentle, kindly and generous of disposition, it was always her aim to make those about her happy and comfortable. She was loved by all who were privileged to know her, and will be deeply mourned by a very large circle of relatives and friends in all parts of the State. The funeral, which took place at Northam on Sunday afternoon, was very largely attended, the company that assembled round the grave in the Anglican cemetery including many visitors from Toodyay, Wilberforce, Muresk, and other districts, as well as a very large and representative gathering of Northam residents."

The photograph below of William and Henry CLARKSON
appears the book "The journal of the Brockman Droving Expedition of 1874-75 to the North West of Western"

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John C. Pell 1830-1906

John PELL, son of William PELL 1802-1887 and Frances, nee HAGGAR 1804-1881 was born in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire and baptised in 1830 at Arrington, Cambridgeshire, he died 11 August 1906 at Dongara, Western Australia and is buried at the Dongara Cemetery.

On the 17 November 1849 at Whadden, Cambridgeshire, John married Esther Jane BRIGHT 1828-1905 the daughter of William BRIGHT 1792-1862 and Hannah SKINNER 1798-1878

John with Esther and his 19 year old brother George PELL arrived in Fremantle in Western Australia on the ship 'Sophia' on the 27 July 1850 on the passenger list he is a labourer from Cambridgehire, in England.

Together with his pregnant wife Esther John was hired on arrival by Gerald de Courcy LEFROY of 'Walebing' in the Victoria Plains district. The annual wages for the two of them was ?16 plus keep.

On the 15 November 1850, their son was born in the isolated rural area, without a nurse, while John was working away from 'Walebing'. He was possibly the first white child to be born in Victoria Plains district.

The Pells remained in Lefroy's employ until after the birth Sarah Ann in 1852. John then moved to Toodyay and worked for 'Squire' Phillips of "Culham". When John took up land in the Irwin district in late 1880's, he was employed as Phillip's shepherd. The ruins of their first home are close to Cadji Station east of Mullewa.

John and Esther named their farm 'Wimpole' after his birthplace in Cambridgeshire, The farm is by 'Pell Bridge' near Dongara.

John and Esther's Children were:-

1.George PELL, b: 15 November 1850 Victoria Plains, W.A. d: 5 September 1893 Dongara, married Elizabeth BROWN on 28 November 1884 at Dongara. The children of this marriage were:-

William PELL 1884 - 1943 m Mary A FITZGERALD in 1909

Charles John PELL b: 15 November 1885 Victoria Plains Western Australia d: 3 March 1952 Dongara buried at Karrakatta Cemetery

Clarence Ethelbert PELL b: 1888 Dongara died 15 July 1945 at Three Springs buried at the Three Springs Cemetery

Robert PELL b:1888 Dongara

Claudius Clement PELL b:1891 Dongara, ANZAC killed in action on 20 Sept. 1917 Belgium. his name appears on the Dongara War Memorial

Gertrude Amelia PELL 1892 - 1991 m. Silas J. ROWLAND at Irwin in 1912

Ursula PELL 1893 m. Joseph T PAYNE in Perth in 1913

2. Sarah Ann PELL, b: 10 January 1852 Toodyay, died 2 August 1924 at her residence, Myrtle Vale Farm, Popanyinning,in her 73rd year. m. William John NAIRN 1842-1918 at Irwin River on 28 October 1873.
The Western Mail, Friday 24 January 1919, OBITUARY for William John Nairn
POPANYINNING.?The death occurred after a short illness, in Perth on the 29th ult. of Mr. W. J. Nairn, of Popanyinning, formerly of Byro station. Murchison. The eldest son of the late Mr. James Nairn, of Claremont, he was born in Perth on January 22, 1842 and was educated at the High school, Perth. On finishing his education he joined his father, in York; later on taking up land in the Victoria district. From there, he made several trips through the Murchison, sometimes, alone, but mostly accompanied by his brother, the late Mr. Walter Nairn, of the Murchison. Finally they selected an area of country, starting the Mt.Joubert station, afterwards known at Byro station. Here he resided with his family for 31 years. He was very popu- lar on the Murchison, and acted as chairman of the roads board for many years In 1873 he married a daughter of the late Mr. J. Kell,(sic) of Dongarra, who with a family of five sons, five daughters, and 19 grandchildren survive him, one son having been killed on active service in October, 1917. For the last 4? years the deceased resided in Popanyinning.
The children of this marriage were:-

1. James NAIRN b: 11 August 1874 Irwin died 8 Sept. 1950 Narrogin m. May EVANS 1875-1963 at Perth on 6 January 1906.

2. Emma NAIRN b: 22 March 1876 Irwin, d: 29 Dec. 1958 Fremantle. m. George Douglas Graham STEWART 1870-xxxx at Dongara 23 Mar. 1905

3. Christine Clementine NAIRN b: 21 July 1877 Irwin d: 1934 West Leederville. m. Robert TIMMS at Gascoyne in 1908.

4. Mary Ann NAIRN b: 29 July 1879 Irwin, d: 3 September 1959 m. James GORDON at Gascoyne in 1907

5. Walter NAIRN b.1881 Irwin m. Sarah SEWARD 1912 at Geraldton, Western Australia. - This is not Walter Maxwell Nairn. MHR (WA) 1879-1958 the solicitor, who was born in Victoria, the son of William NAIRN of Scotland and Margaret MERRIT. This is Walter Nairn the Farmer. Many family trees have confused the two. janilye

6. William John NAIRN b: 4 June 1883 Irwin, d: 25 May 1958 Palmyra, Western Australia.

7. Charlotte NAIRN b: 13 December 1885 Irwin d:xxxx. m. Alfred PAYNE at Gingin, Western Australia in 1914

8. Arthur Augustus NAIRN 1886 - 1969 m: Hilda A. M. PAYNE at Irwin in 1924

9. Charles Joseph Byro NAIRN b:1889 Byro Station Murchison, m. Winifred Margery HUGHES at Dongara on the 7 April 1914. They had 2 children, Fred and Beulah
ANZAC killed in Action 9 October 1917 Flanders, Belgium
IN MEMORIUM, The West Australian, Tuesday 8 October 1918
NAIRN.?In loving memory of my dear husband Private C. J. Byro Nairn, 11th Battalion, killed in action at Belgium on October 9 1917, daddy of little Fred and Beulah (Dongarra), son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Nairn (Popanyinning) brother to Jim, Walter Will., Alec., Arthur, also to Mesdames Stuart, Gordon, Timms, Payne, and Dew.

10. Alexander Murchison NAIRN b: 29 January 1892 Irwin, d: 8 October 1962 Leederville. m. Florence Lillian Kate BLUNT 1900-1993 at Perth in 1923

11. Nora NAIRN b:1894 Irwin, m: William C DEW in 1916 at Beverley, Western Australia

3.Esther Jane PELL, b: 17 April 1853 Toodyay, and died 7 July 1936 at Darlington. m.John CRIDDLE 1855-1934 at Dongara on the 28 August 1878.

The children of this marriage were:-

Grace Mary CRIDDLE b: 30 March 1880 Irwin River, d: 8 Dec. 1969 Perth. m. William Albert KENWORTHY 1876-1948 at Minginew on 27 February 1903

Irwin John CRIDDLE b: 4 May 1883 Irwin River. d:20 October 1959 Rivervale, m. Fanny Oliver HERBERT 1889-1926 in Irwin, 31 May 1911

Charles Glynn CRIDDLE b: 24 June 1884 Irwin River d: 7 June 1966 Victoria Park, Perth m. Emily Jane BRANDIS 1882-1953 at Irwin in 1912

Violet Mary May CRIDDLE b: 31 May 1890 Irwin River d: 14 June 1976. m. Arthur Lewis OLIVER 1884-xxxx at Irwin on 19 May 1908

Jack Farris CRIDDLE b: 24 May 1893 Irwin River, d: 26 August 1972 Perth. m. Eileen Rose MIFFLIN 1901-1989 at Perth in 1925.

Ivy Myrtle CRIDDLE b: 25 June 1897 Irwin River d: 20 December 1980. m. Wellman Edward TURNER 1893-1953 at Fremantle in 1937

4.Frances Hannah PELL, b: 17 June 1855 Newcastle, WA and died 1 February 1905 at Midland m. George COUSINS 1854-1906 at Greenough on the 29 March 1876.

The children of this marriage were:-

Henry COUSINS b:1876 Irwin, d: 1876 Irwin, Western Australia

Esther Maud COUSINS 11 September 1877 Irwin, d: 21 December 1961 Midland

May COUSINS b: 21 May 1879 Irwin d: 8 March 1973 Midland Junction

Harriet COUSINS b: 22 April 1881 Irwin, d: 15 Sept. 1975 Carlisle.

Frances Hannah COUSINS 10 November 1883 Irwin

Robert John COUSINS b: 10 November 1883 Irwin d: 24 June 1966 Perth. m. Rose May HENDY at Irwin in 1908.

August Albert Cousins 1885 - 1886

Georgina COUSINS 1887 - 1892

Walter Alfred COUSINS 1890 - 1893

George Oriel COUSINS b:1892 Dongara
ANZAC Killed in action 25 April 1918 France

Ada COUSINS 1896 - 1961

5.John PELL, b: 21 November 1856 Toodyay, died 4 June 1884 Dongara, m. Agnes MCMEEKIN 1864-xxxx at Dongara on the 2 January 1883. 1 child of this marriage:-
Florence Mary PELL 1883 ? 1950
NOTE: Agnes re-married Frederick RICHARDS in Fremantle 14 December 1887 and had a daughter Olive Elizabeth RICHARDS b:1888

6. Emma PELL, b: 21 January 1859 Toodyay, d: 9 November 1944 Nabawa, Western Australia. m. James CRIDDLE 1857-1927 at Dongara on the 21 March 1881. The children from this marriage were:-

Alfred CRIDDLE b: 8 September 1882 Dongara d: 18 February 1957

Sydney James CRIDDLE b: 13 July 1884 Dongara, d: 1 Oct. 1963 Geraldton

Ethel Margaret CRIDDLE b:1884 Dongara, d: 1885 Dongara
stillborn female CRIDDLE b:1885 Dongara d: 1885 Dongara

Herbert Melbourne CRIDDLE b: 29 September 1886 Dongara,
ANZAC killed in Action 27 October 1917 Flanders, Belgium

Beatrice Adelaide CRIDDLE b: 2 October 1888 Dongara d: 16 June 1966 Geraldton.

Horace John CRIDDLE b: 20 February 1890 Dongara d: 18 March 1928 Nabawa,

David CRIDDLE b:1892 Dongara d: 29 December 1974 Geraldton

Arthur George CRIDDLE b: 18 June 1894 Dongara, d:23 February 1958 Perth

Harold CRIDDLE b: 7 March 1896 Dongara, d: 18 March 1976 Narrogin

Edith Mary CRIDDLE b: 14 July 1898 Greenough d: 26 May 1968 Perth

Ina Phyllis CRIDDLE 1900 Dongara d: 8 January 1975 Geraldton

Ivo Philip CRIDDLE 1900 Dongara d: 2 January 1953 Geraldton

7. Mary Ann PELL, b: 13 January 1861 Toodyay, died 15 May 1943 Nabawa, m. George DOWNES 1861-1946 the son of Edward Bethel DOWNES 1819-1891 and Amelia Eliza, nee WILLIAMS 1831-1877. at Dongara in 1884. The children of this marriage were:-

Myra May DOWNES 1885?1938 m. Joseph William CLARKSON 1886-1963

Horace George DOWNES b:1887 Dongara d: 1887 Dongara Western Australia

Eunice Amelia DOWNES b: 18 November 1888 Dongara d: 3 June 1961 m. Robert PEARSON

Eugenia Violet DOWNES b: 30 November 1891 Dongara d: 24 September 1969 m. Fred FLOAT

Reginald Harold DOWNES b: 1894 Dongara d: 1961 Geraldton

Horace John DOWNES b: 29 May 1898 Dongara d: 18 July 1979

Victoria Alexandra DOWNES b: 1901 Dongara d: 27 November 1977 m. Arthur RAMSAY

Cyril Frederick George DOWNES b:1902 Dongara d: 1904 Dongara

Gladys Mary 1907 -

8. William PELL, b: 21 April 1862 Toodyay, died 21 October 1940 at Dongara, Western Australia. buried at Dongara on the 22nd.
Did not marry.

9.Louisa PELL, b:11 August 1864 Toodyay, died 11 January 1865 Toodyay, Western Australia

10. Eliza PELL,b: 8 November 1865 Toodyay died 1 April 1959 Geraldton. m. Charles OSBORN 1862-1936 the son of William John OSBORN 1824-1894 and Sarah, nee NEWSON 1825-1909 at Dongara in 1895.

The children of this marriage were:-

Douglas John OSBORN b: 28 Dec. 1896 Dongara, d:9 Feb. 1897 Dongara.

Olive Irene OSBORN b:1899 Dongara d: 1899 Dongara

Arthur Reginald OSBORN b: 11 June 1900 Dongara d: 4 January 1959 at Walkaway. m. Bridget B BAGLEY at Greenough in 1932

Ivy May OSBORN b: 5 January 1903 Dongara d: 9 February 1984 Mt.Lawley. m. Francis Patrick BOND 1896-1939 in 1925

Irene Esther OSBORN b:1905 Dongara d: 1908 Dongara

Dora Sarah OSBORN b: 9 June 1906 Irwin. d: 24 June 1985, Kalgoorlie, m. Joseph Norman George JOHNSON 1905-1949 at Irwin in 1930

11. Louisa PELL b: 16 March 1868 Toodyay, died 5 August 1938 North Perth m. Henry James CRIDDLE 1865-1949 the son of William CRIDDLE 1843-1912 and Mary Ann, nee BUFTON 1843-1901. in Dongara on 23 April 1889
The children of this marriage were:-

Herbert Henry CRIDDLE b: 1890 Dongara. d: 27 August 1944 in Perth. m. Beatrice Mary TERRELL 1885-1963 at Coolgardie in 1930

Mary CRIDDLE b:1891 Dongara d:1891 Dongara, Western Australia

Idahlia Gertrude CRIDDLE b: 12 July 1892 Dongara d: 25 November 1933 Subiaco. m. Eric Henry Raymond LINTHORNE 1891-1935 in 1911

Clarence Ethan CRIDDLE b: 20 September 1894 Dongara d: 17 January 1983 Perth. m. Olive May MCGREGOR 1900-1996 in Swan on 15 April 1922

Athol Douglas CRIDDLE b: 6 April 1897 Irwin. d: 15 November 1971 Perth. m. Sylvia Jane Hempsell KNOWLER 1900-1981 at Irwin in 1930

Francis R CRIDDLE b: 1901 Irwin, d: 7 July 1983 Western Australia. m. Ivy Ethelinda WESTON 1897-1955 at Fremantle in 1941

Doris May CRIDDLE b: 1902 Dongara d: 16 February 1997 Dianella, Perth. m. Henry George PAYNE 1902-1960 at Perth in 1924

Eileen Mabel CRIDDLE b:1904 Dongara d: 11 May 1969 Perth. m. Basil Oscar JOHNSON 1902-1966 in Irwin in 1897

12. Robert PELL, b: 13 September 1869 Dongara, died 1949 in Western Australia. Did not marry.

13. Amelia PELL, b: 30 March 1872 Dongara, died 31 August 1938 South Guildford m. Frederick Charles POLLARD 1864-1948 at Dongara in 1896.
The children of this marriage were:-

Arthur Ephraim POLLARD b: 4 March 1898 Geraldton d: 27 August 1962 Inglewood, Western Australia

Clarence POLLARD b: 26 September 1900 Carnarvon d: 23 August 1970 Como

Gladys Evelyn POLLARD b: 21 February 1903 Dongara

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Titus Russ 1841-1874

Titus RUSS was born in St.George, London on the 20 March 1841, the son of Absolom RUSS 1804-1861 and his wife Clementina 1814-1882 both from England and both died in Western Australia. Titus arrived in the colony in 1853 with his brother Absolom 1849-1927 from Tintinhull, Somerset. They moved to Dongara in the early 1860's to work for pastoralist Edward Hamersley.

On the 27 October 1864 at Greenough, Western Australia Titus married Caroline WINTLE. Caroline had been born in London on the 12 August 1844 and she too was a new arrival in the Colony.
Using a wheel barrow to cart stone from the quarry by the Irwin River, Titus built his house which still stands today and has been occupied by several generations Of the RUSS family.
The cottage today is owned by The Irwin District Historical Society.

Son Robert used the backyard for a market garden and sold the produce in his shop next door, where he also operated the newsagency.
The children of Titus and Caroline were:-

1. Clementina b:6 March 1866 at Lower Irwin, and died 8 April 1942 m. Henry Peach LINTHORNE 1867-1936 in Western Australia on 2 July 1887. The children of this marriage All born in Dongara were :-

Grace Ella LINTHORNE b:18 Dec.1887 Dongara d: 14 Jan. 1888 Dongara

Eric Henry Raymond LINTHORNE b:1890 Midland Junction d: 9 May 1935 Arrino m."Gertrude" Idahlia Gertrude CRIDDLE 1892-1933 at Irwin in 1911

Irwin Montague LINTHORNE b:1893 Dongara d: 1943 m. Elizabeth RUSS in 1916

Stillborn M LINTHORNE 1894 ? 1894

Doris Roberta LINTHORNE b:1902 Dongara d: 20 January 1979

2. Walter b: 10 May 1867 Dongara and died 3 December 1936 in Perth. m. Mary Ann Millicent NORTON 1876-1953 at Mingenew, WA on the on the 26 June 1907. one child of this marriage :-
Keith Clements Russ b: 24 December 1909 Fremantle d:8 October 1989

3. Absolom b: 10 July 1869 and died 17 July 1869 at Dongara, WA

4. Caroline Elizabeth 16 July 1870 Dongara died 15 January 1944 in Perth. m. Ernest Alfred FIELD 1868-1946 at Dongara on the 12 September 1894. The children of this marriage were:-
Veronica Ernestine FIELD 1899 ? 1970
Pearl Elizabeth FIELD 1902 ? 1971
Kelsie Alfreda FIELD 1905 ? 1989
Thelma Jean FIELD 1908 ? 1992

5. Robert b: 12 April 1873 in Dongara and died on the 8 March 1943 in Irwin, Western Australia. m. Sarah Winifred PLESTER 1888-1954 at Dongara on the 19 March 1913. The children of this marriage were:-
Alice Denison Russ 1914 ? 1951
Irene Russ 1916 ? 1964
Laurence Charles Russ 1918 ? 1969
Ivan Robert John Russ 1922 ? 1999

The photograph below shows Robert RUSS standing in the doorway of his fruit and vege shop at Dongara

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