Robert Hawkes of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
My Great Great Great Grandfather was Robert Hawkes who brought his family to Adelaide in the mid 1830s. He was the secretary (2IC) to the Surveyor General of Adelaide. Robert had been educated at Eaton and had studied Botany at Oxford University. No less importance was his wife Sarah Hawkes (nee Fisher) who's family had been in the Tyneside area since the early 1500s. The first Fisher arrived there as a minister at a Tyneside church where his name is on a notice board as the first minister.
The family had sailed back to Newcastle-upon-Tyne later in the 1830s where Robert had set up a mahogany importing business in Pilgrim Street in Newcastle. The building is no longer there but there are many historical buildings in the street that have similar Georgian character.
According to the 1842 census Robert and his son John Henry Mason (my great great grandfather) were at the place of business on that day. Sarah had the rest of the family with her in a fabulous three storey terrace house by the seaside at Tynemouth a wonderful historic town. The site of the first Viking landing. (I have a photograph of the group of houses). They returned to Adelaide during 1848 and Robert became a Land Agency in the brand new city of Adelaide. The house that Robert built is still in King William Street. It was for sale in 1973 and we had a look through it then. My father thought about buying it but in the end didn't think it was a good idea to return his family to Adelaide when his grandfather James Simons Hawkes had worked so hard to move his family to Sydney where he was a very successful civil engineer.
Robert Hawkes' father was born in London.
Descendants of Robert Hawkes
Robert Hawkes- was born c1802 in Possibly Newcastle-on-Tyne, ENG, was christened in ENG, died on 30
Aug 1866 in Glenelg SA AUS, and was buried in SA AUS.
General Notes: 1. From Passenger Lists, "Bound for South Australia" CD
Mr Robert Hawkes and wife and six children arrived in South Australia, Adelaide, on 15 August 1848 in
Intermediate Class of the Ship GRATITUDE from London, England.
2. From The Register, 31 August 1866
HAWKES - on 30th August at his residence Glenelg in the 64th year of his age, Mr Robert Hawkes, land agent
of this city and late of New Castle on Tyne England.
Noted events in his life were:
• He died on 30 Aug 1866 in Glenelg SA AUS. Register, Adelaide Newspaper 31 August 1866 - Death notice
HAWKES - On 30th August at his residence Glenelg in the 64th year of his age, Mr Robert Hawkes, land
agent of this city and late of Newcastle on Tyne England.
Robert married Sarah Fisher- [MRIN:1] before 1829 in ENG. They had five children: John Henry
Mason, Robert Joseph, Elizabeth Ann, Jonathan, and Charles Flaxman.
John Henry Mason Hawkes- was born about 1829 in ENG, died on 14 Oct 1858 in Glen Osmond SA
AUS, about age 29, and was buried in SA AUS.
General Notes: Death Notice in The Register newspaper of Adelaide SA
On 14th October 1858 at his residence Glen Osmond after a protracted illness, John H.M. Hawkes, eldest
son of Mr Robert Hawkes, Kensington Street Adelaide, aged 31 years.
Robert Joseph Hawkes- was born c1836 in ENG and died on 10 Oct 1861 in Magill Road, Norwood,
General Notes: South Australian Death Registrations
Robert Joseph Hawkes (age 25y, single), residence Norwood, place of death Norwood, died on 10 Oct
1861. Robert Hawkes=Father. GRO Ref=Bk 9, p295 of 1861.
Elizabeth Ann Hawkes- was born about 1830 in ENG.
General Notes: 1. The Register Vol 1, p124, Marriage Notice of 16 Sep 1848
On 14 Sep 1848 by Rev. T.Q. Stow, Mr E.B.W. Glandfield, late of Liverpool, to Miss Elizabeth Ann
Hawkes, only daughter of Mr Robert Hawkes, late of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
2. South Australian Marriage Registration CD
Edward Bootle Wilbraham Glandfield (age 24y,single) married Elizabeth Ann Hawkes (age 19y, single,
and spelt Hawkins on CD) at the Residence of Mr Hawkes, Adelaide on 14 September 1848. Fathers of
Bride and Groom not recorded. GRO Ref Book 12, page 100, in 1848.
Elizabeth married Edward Bootle Wilbraham Glandfield- [MRIN:2] on 14 Sep 1848 in SA AUS.
Jonathan Hawkes- was born c1841 in ENG.
General Notes: 1. The Register, Vol 2, p107, 11 Nov 1863 - Marriage Notice
Hawkes-Cook - Ob 6 Nov, at St Matthew's CHurch, Kensington, by licence, by Rev. Mr Jenkins, Mr J.
Hawkes, Glenelg, fouth son of Mr Robert Hawkes, of Adelaide, to Harriet, third daughter of Mr P. Cook,
2. South Australian Marriage Registrations
Jonathan Hawkes (age 22y, single) married Harriet Cook (age 20y, single) on 6 Nov 1863, at St Matthew
Church, Kensington. Groom's father=Robert Hawkes and Bride's father=Peter Cook. GRO Ref= Bk 56, p16
Jonathan married Harriet Cook- [MRIN:3] on 6 Nov 1863 in St Matthew's Church, Kensington SA
AUS, by licence.
Charles Flaxman Hawkes- was born c1833 in ENG.
General Notes: South Australian Marriages - Registrations
Charles Flaxman Hawkes (age 24y, single) married Frances Ann Johns (age 24y, single) on 18 Aug 1857
at the Registry Office, Adelaide. Groom's father=Robert Hawkes and Bride's father=David Johns. GRO
Ref=Bk 31, p39 of 1857.
Charles married Frances Ann Johns- [MRIN:4] on 18 Aug 1857 in Registry Office, Adeladie SA