JOHN HORT 1851-1923
of Samuel & Caroline Hort
Mary "Jane" nee Knight
England to Gippsland & Upper Yarra Valley
My Great Grandparents
Birth: John Hort was the first child of Samuel and
Caroline Hort’s eleven children. He was baptised on the 29th
June 1851 in the Sopworth Parish Church in Wiltshire
England, four months after his parent’s marriage in the
Arrival in Australia: John was a one year old child when he and his
parents boarded the ship ‘Time & Truth” bound for a new
life in Australia. This young boy was being taken on a
journey to the other side of the world leaving behind his
grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, and it is
doubtful if he ever had the opportunity to see them again
during his lifetime. He gained a sibling while on the
voyage, when his mother gave birth to a sister Jane on
board the ship while they were somewhere on the Atlantic
Ocean. It is not known
if this young family
were in any way affected by illness aboard the ship, but
it is known that infectious diseases ran rife causing the
deaths of six young children during the voyage.
Life wouldn’t have been
easy for an eldest son, all those siblings would indicate
John would have had to work hard from an early age. His
employment in his early life is not known but at the time
of his marriage he gave his occupation as a Whip Maker.
Wife's Birth: Mary ‘Jane’ Hort nee Knight was
born in the Spitalfields area of London about 1855 the second eldest of ten
children of Isaac Knight a Labourer and Mary Ann Bolter (sometimes spelt
Boulter). No birth or baptism was found for Jane, but she indicated she was born
in Spitalfields/Chapel Street when she filled in her son Isaac’s birth
John & Jane Hort
Wife's Arrival in Australia 1870:
Jane's father Isaac then aged 35years and his pregnant wife
Mary Ann aged 36years, along with 15year old Jane and her siblings Susanna 11,
Dinah 8, Harriet 7, Emma 4, and 2year old infant Charles, sailed from Plymouth
as unassisted passengers on the 31st of July 1870 aboard the ship the
“Alumbagh”. Mary Ann gave birth to twin girls on the voyage naming them Winifred
Alumbagh and Minnie Alumbagh. The birth registrations for these two children
differ. Winifred’s birth is registered in the Marine Register Book and states
born 14th October 1870 41° 10" South 95° 20" East, At Sea. Minnie’s
birth is registered in the district of South Melbourne and states born 14th
October 1870, At Sea. The reason for this is Minnie arrived when the ship was in
Australian waters and had to be registered at the first port of call.
The “Alumbagh” docked in Melbourne on the 30th
of October 1870 after a journey of three months. When Isaac registered the birth
of his daughter Minnie he gave his place of residence as 212 Little Collins
Isaac and Mary Ann added a ninth child to
their brood with the birth of Henry Richard in 1872.
Link to Jane Hort's Knight Family
Marriage: On the
4th September 1875 John married a young lass Mary Jane
Knight (known as Jane) the daughter of Isaac Knight
and Mary Ann Bolter/Boulter. The wedding took place at the
Registrar Generals Office Melbourne. John was aged 24years
and Jane 20years. Because Jane was a minor she had to have
the consent of her father Isaac. Witnesses to the marriage
were John’s parents Samuel and Caroline. Jane’s father
Isaac Knight gave his occupation as a Carman (a carrier of
goods) and Samuel Hort at this time was employed as a
John and Jane
Hort's married life saw them living in the areas of
Dandenong, Gippsland and the Yarra Valley. In the years
between 1875 and 1898 they had a large family of eleven.
(John himself was one of eleven).
Over many years John is
listed in the Buln Buln rate books. He had purchased
11acres, Lots 11&12 of 169 in the Parish of Drouin West.
He seems to have had this 11acres up until at least 1919,
along with another 7acres he owned at lot 1 of 9 Longwarry.
John’s address changes to Warburton in 1911 but he still
had land at Longwarry until 1919. It is thought John and
Jane moved permanently to the Yarra Valley about 1911
following the timber industry to the Warburton area.
Horts move to Warburton
John & Jane Hort
Outside their mill home
the East Warburton Seasoning Works.
Note the timber
tramline running along in front of the house.
The Horts moved to
Warburton in about 1911. The township of Warburton lies
alongside the Yarra River 66kilometres northeast of
Melbourne nestled deep in the valley below towering
timbered slopes. Gold first attracted miners to this
beautiful area in 1859 and many of these miners and new
settlers made the valley their home. During the period
prior to the First World War Warburton was the centre of
Victoria’s premier sawmilling district. At this time there
were sixty-six major sawmills and many smaller mills
employing up to twelve men established in the forests
surrounding the town.
The Grant family who
ran a Melbourne coach building business, setup and
established the East Warburton Seasoning Works in 1914,
creating a new technique for kiln drying Australian
hardwoods. Vern Hort, my uncle, remembers his grandparents
John and Jane Hort living at the East Warburton Seasoning
Works in a mill house supplied by the company for their
employees. This would indicate John being employed at the
seasoning works by the Grants in these early times. (My
parents also lived in one of the seasoning works houses
when I was born in 1946.
With the timber
industry booming, all the mills were linked to the railway
at Warburton through a fascinating and extensive network
of tramways. To transport the sawn timber on bogies to the
railhead and to the seasoning works depended to a large
extent on horsepower on hardwood rails.
Warburton & more details
of John & Jane
Hort passed away aged 66years on the 19th
John Hort died on the 6th
April 1923 aged 71years, both deaths were registered at
Big Pats Creek and they are buried together at Wesburn
Above: Plaque on
the Hort Grave at Wesburn Cemetery
The grave is
located close to the front of the Wesburn cemetery facing
the Warburton Highway in the C/E Section left of the main
of John Hort dated 6/4/1923
of John & Jane Hort
*Click on underlined names
for link to more information on these individuals and
b.1875 Dandenong.d.1937 m Ellen Louisa Noble
b.1874/6? d.1943 Family Doris, Evelyn Louise, Arthur John,
Albert Charles, Vera Nilla Winifred, Ellen 'Nellie'
(Fanny) b.1878 Dandenong
d.1949 m. James Dawson Blackburn b.1946 Family Charles
William, Samuel Dawson, Winifred Jane, Allan James.
b.1880 Dandenong d.1955 m John Edward Chinn b.1890 d.1958
Family Gina, Joshua Abraham Leslie, John Allan, Ian
Hamilton, Colin, Elsie.
"CARRIE" HORT b.1881 Longwarry
d.1961m.David Ignatius Conlon b.? d.1956 Family Eva,
David, Charlie, Elsie, Ronnie, Norma, Caralena (Lena).
HENRY HORT b.1884 Longwarry d.1956
ISAAC HORT b.1887 Longwarry d.1948 m. Jessie Mable Bruton
b.1909 d.1977 Family Hazel Marrion, Arol Charles, Vernon
MATILDA HORT b.1889 Dandenong d.1974 m. Owen James William
Glascott b.c.1883 d.1943 Family Ivy Myrtle, William John, Patrick James, Albert Ernest 'Mick'.
THOMAS HORT b.1889 Dandenong d.1963 m.Vera Victoria Biggs
b.1900 d.1982 Family Jean Allison, Beryl May,Olive 'Fay',
Keith Albert, John.
ANNIE HORT b.1891 Longwarry d.1960 m.Francis 'Frank'
Johnson b.d.? Family Francis Albert C., Helen mavis,
Dudley Ernest 'Douglas', Walter, Kathleen Mary.
WILLIAM HORT b.1893 Korumburra d.1895
ERNEST HORT b.1898 Longwarry d.1997
m. Monica Teresa Keenan b.1898
*Clink on Names 1 - 11 above
for link to more information
Charles Isacc Hort (No.6)
Descendants Chart 1830
Places of Interest
Warburton & more details
© 2006 Barbara Hollis