Henry and Thirza Calvert (née Harrison) arrived in Australia from Derbyshire c.1858 (Ship not known). |
They brought their children (Elizabeth, Martha, Henry, Thirza, Jane, Thomas, James, Patience and Charles) with them.
Their last child (William) was born in Melbourne in 1859.
Jonathan Calvert was born in Stockton, Co Durham, England on 28th February, 1785. He married Isabella Calbreath (Galbraith) on 7th April 1806 at All Saints, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Jonathan and Isabella had seven children, Frances (1810), William Rumley (1815), Henry (1816), James (1818), Thomas (1819), Jane (1821) and Isabella (1822).
Henry Calvert married Thirza Harrison at the Belper Independent Chapel, Derbyshire on 29th May, 1839. Henry and Thirza came to Australia with their family.
Little is known to date about Henry and Thirza Calvert's arrival in Australia from Belper, Derbyshire. It can only be surmised that they arrived after June 1856 (when Charles was born in Derbyshire) and before May 1859 (when William was born in Melbourne). However, there was another child Frederick, born after Charles, but who was already deceased by the time William was born. I have as yet been unable to establish where this child was born and where he died.
I have searched the shipping records for Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia without success. There is a possibiity that the family arrived via New Zealand and I am awaiting information following up that lead.
Charles Calvert (my great-grandfather) married Mary Ann Smethurst on 14th October, 1880 at Yallock, near Cranbourne, Victora. They had eight children, Herbert Harrison (1881), Edith Thirza (1882), Elizabeth Mary (1884), Patience Harrison (1885), Noel Spencer (1886), Millicent Harrison (1889), Lillian Doris (1891) and James Vernon (1894).
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