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Nicholas, William Henry married Caroline Munzel in 1862 at Sandhurst (Bendigo). In 1888 William and his family all moved to Broken Hill. We were asked to look for records of the family in Bendigo, and we were able to supply the marriage certificate, baptism certificates, rate book entries, cemetery lists and even the 1851 census. As we had done some work on the Munzel family previously we could forward that on and put the two researchers in touch with each other.
Filbin, Francis married Mary Bourke at Hobart in 1852, and shortly after moved to Sandhurst (Bendigo). They had numerous children and grandchildren, only about half of them being registered at birth. The client also found several references to family members in The Argus online and asked for more detail from the Bendigo newspapers.
Dunn Henry. This query was a false alarm. The enquirer had picked on the name in a Bendigo directory on Ancestry.com, but when asked a few particular questions, and asked to look closer at the family tree, her family were from Daylesford, although there were two unrelated Henry Dunn’s in Bendigo.
Bracegirdle, brothers Frederick and James had been found on Ancestry.com on a Sandhurst electoral roll and the researcher wanted a second source of proof. (You all do that don’t you?). They were found on the 1855 voters roll at Golden Gully. By 1856 they were gone again as ship’s crew.
Hegarty Esther died at Bendigo Hospital in 1874, but why Bendigo?? Her death notice in the Melbourne newspaper says she died at home in Emerald Hill!! The family can find no connection with Bendigo, neither family nor friends.
Anderson, A lady in America wanted proof her gr-grandma was born in Bendigo. She was pleasantly surprised to hear we had baptism and birthdates for two girls and a marriage transcript for the parents at St Andrew’s church. This family had gone to New Zealand before finally settling in America.
Johns/Mackay. This client wanted to find living relatives with whom he had lost contact. Fortunately he found some death dates from the cemetery trust website, so a search for a death notice in the newspaper gave names of a son and grandson. With the help of a phone book client was thrilled to make personal contact with distant cousins.
CAROLINE PENNOCK AND HER HUSBAND WILLIAM GUNST
A baby named Caroline Pennock was born on board the ship “Lloyds” somewhere near the Cape of Good Hope.
Her mother Hannah Pennock aged 30 and children Hannah 7, John 2 and William 1 was en route from England to New Zealand to join William Pennock who had migrated earlier on the “Whitby”.
The Whitby arrived in Wellington 8 September 1841 and then went to Nelson on 5 November. The Lloyds arrived on 16 February 1842. Sadly, baby William aged one died on the journey.
Very helpful timing shows that William Pennock had already left UK before the 1841 census was taken on 6 June. However, we find in Rotherhithe Southwalk London the heart of the London Docks area in the 1841 census Han Pinnock age 30 Han age 7 John 2 and William 1: obviously the family on board the “Lloyds”. Free BDM shows that John was born Dec qtr 1838 and William Sept qtr 1840 both in Rotherhithe Reg Dist.
Hannah aged 7 was baptized on 8 Feb 1835 at Newland St Independent Church Witham Essex with parents listed as William Pennock and Hannah Linnet. We have not yet found their marriage.
The Pennock/Pinnock family made their way to the Victorian goldfields and Caroline married WILLIAM GUNST in 1857. They had children around Maryborough and Inglewood. Caroline died in Inglewood in 1887. Her father William died there in 1882 and her mother Hannah in 1880.
William GUNST and his brother Solomon migrated from Hanover in 1853. They had a butcher’s business in Inglewood. William was living in Port Melbourne when he died in 1893. His body was brought back to Inglewood for interment with his wife.
In keeping with our RAILWAY theme we must quote the Inglewood Advertiser of 3 October 1893; the body will be brought to Inglewood…..those desirous of paying a tribute of respect to one of the fast diminishing number of early residents are advised the funeral cortege will leave the railway station immediately after the arrival of the1pm train from Bendigo.
One has to wonder whether the coffin was in a guard’s van or general freight or were special wagons made available for coffins. Just another aspect of how Railways changed the lifestyle.