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The Ganges to Swan River Colony 1841

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  • Names in bold indicate passengers aboard the "Ganges".
  • Dates stated may be approximate.

ABBEY, Thomas

Born 1804, Ireland died 1869, Newtown Vasse, WA; married about 1840, UK, Mary Ann MINION [possibly sister of William MINION], b. 1821 d. 1893, Newtown Vasse, WA. Thomas was a labourer, farmer and pastoralist at Wonnerup and later at Coomidup. He owned 250 acres in 1853 and bought several other lots totalling 100 acres in the 1850s and 1860s.


  • A child born 1838

  • Christopher b. 15 October 1841 at sea, died age 4 hours

  • David b. 1842 , Busselton (Reg 119) d. 1900, Bunbury (Reg. 2128); m. 10 Dec 1863, Busselton (Reg. 2054) Johanna SCANLON b. 1844, Ireland, d. 16 Feb 1887, Busselton (Reg 189 aged 43 years); 7 children

  • John b. 30 Aug 1844, Wonnerup (Reg. 430) d. 15 Sep 1933; m. 27 Jul 1870, Busselton (Reg. 3125) Ellen WEETMAN; 7 children

  • Nathaniel (twin of John), b. 30 Aug 1844, Wonnerup, d. 1930, Busselton; m. 21 Jun 1871, Busselton (Reg. 3282) Adela Elizabeth GUERRIER (No issue)

  • Thomas b. 28 Dec 1847, Cooradup (Reg. 1056) d. 1 May 1912, Newtown; m. 29 Mar 1876, Bunbury (Reg. 4087) Emma BASKERVILLE; 3 children


Born about 1821; married (1) May 1842, John Edward COLLINS b. 1811, d. 1846, John arr. 24 Aug 1830 per Edward Lambe; married (2) 2 Apr 1850, Thomas HOKIN b. 1821, Thomas arr. 1 Jun 1829 per Parmelia with his parents William & Mary Ann.


Child of John & Jane COLLINS:

  • Emma b. 1845 d. 1847

Children of Thomas & Jane HOKIN:

  • William b. 1848

  • David b. 1850

  • Emma Jane b. 1852

BIRMINGHAM, William (George?)

[Brother of Mary Ann]

Born 1826, son of William (a schoolmaster). Left the Colony per Joseph Albino for SA in Dec 1846. [Note: Anne LAWSON also left for SA in 1846 per Joseph Albino]



[Sister of William]

Born England about 1826, daughter of William (a schoolmaster); d. 13 June 1858 WA (Reg.1154); m. (1) 1845, Perth (Reg.156) Frederick George DEVENISH b. about 1822, d. WA 1848; m. (2) 1850, Ellenbrook (Reg. 339B) Robert SPICE b.1829 d.1868 WA aged 39 (Reg. 3913).


Children born in WA to Frederick and Mary Ann DEVENISH:

  • Elizabeth Mary Ann b. 1846, Guildford (Reg. 741), d. 1847 aged 1 yr (Reg. 268)

  • Frederick Baldwin b. 1847, Perth (Reg. 965) d. 1848 aged 1 yr (Reg.349 )

Children born in WA to Robert and Mary Ann SPICE:

  • Mary Jane baptised1851, Brock Hill (Reg.1737); m. 1880 Thomas JARDINE

  • John William b. 11 February 1854, m. 9 October 1884 Sarah MARTIN, 4 children to 1892

  • Charles Robert b. 1856, Brock Hill (Reg. 3322), d. 1 July 1895


[Sister of Michael]

Born 1816, married Dec 1842 Timothy KEHELY (KEILLY) . (See notes on Timothy).

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[Brother of Mary]

Married Mary prior to departure.



  • Catherine b. 1842, Perth (Reg. 184)


Born 1811, d. 11 April 1887, Toodyay or Perth; m. Mary Ann SMITH b. abt 1820, d. Dec 1848 (in childbirth), daughter of John (Col. Sgt. of 21st) and Elizabeth. A Sawyer & carpenter, wheelwright & small farmer. At Toodyay "Katrine" in the 1870's. To "Salt Valley Farm" in the 1880's & "John's Well". His property was inherited and managed by his daughter Elizabeth. He was admitted to Mt. Eliza Invalid Depot in the 1880's.



  • Elizabeth b. 1838 d. 1906 [Note: Not listed as a passenger]

  • Jeremiah b 1845. ? Missing in bush 1875

  • Isaac b.1847, Toodyay, d. 1897, WA (Reg. 2570)

  • Mary b. 1848 d. 1850

DINELEY, Dr. William Pike

Born 1815/1816 Pershore, Worcesterhsire, ENG; m. 31 Aug 1844 Western Australia Ann (Okey) DAVIS b. 14 Jan 1820 daughter of John and Frances Harriet, Ann arrived with parents per Lotus on 6 October 1829. During 1842-1848 William was the District Medical Officer and Surgeon to Fremantle Prison. He went to South Africa in January 1849 per Emperor of China. Administered smallpox vaccinations for children.  By 1851 he had returned to England and was living with his family and mother Harriett in Great Malvern, Worcestershire.



  • William Gifford b. 1845 d. 1845

  • William  J. H. b. 1846

  • Frances L. b. 1848

  • Harriett A. b. 1850 (ENG)

DOAK, William

Born 1815. William WADE refers to him as a "Derryman". A labourer for Samuel Moore at "Oakover", Middle Swan. He accepted cattle in lieu of £800 for 9 years wages after his master died in 1849. Left the Colony on 8 July 1852 per Louisa for SA. Possibly visited WA in August 1878 per Tanjore from the Eastern Colonies.



Born 1821/22, Ireland, d. 22 June 1896; m. prior to departure Mary Ann McCORMICK b. 1819 d. 4 Mar 1877, York. At Perth and then to York. Listed in the 1859 census as farming at "Marling" or "Marley" and employing a labourer. He employed 5 Ticket-of Leave men on occasions between 1863 and 1878 and applied for a tillage lease in 1864. Literate.



  • William b. 1842

  • Edward Saul b. 1845 d. 1900, York

  • Elizabeth Catherine b. 1847; m. 1871 James Keenan KENNEDY

  • John b. 1849 d. 1859, York

  • Richard (Alf) b. 1851; m. 12 April 1877 Mary Ann ASHBY; 1 daughter who died age 3

  • Mary Ann b. 1853; m. 14 Nov 1883 William Amos BRADSHAW (expiree), William arr. 11 Sep 1856 per Runnymede; 5 children

  • Sarah Jane b. 1856


Born 1815; m. prior to departure Jane b. 1821. A labourer at Busselton. He left the Colony with his family on 26 March 1846 per Venus  for South Australia.



  • Mary b. 1840.

  • Hannah b. Jan 1843, WA.

  • A son b. Sep 1844.

DREW, Margaret (Mary)

Born 1814; m. Nov 1842, WA Richard GALLOP b. 9 September 1808, Richard arrived 6 October 1829 per Lotus with his brothers Edward & James.



  • Richard GALLOP b. 1843 d. 1899; m. 3 August 1865 Mary WATERS. [Note: A Richard & Anne GALLOP were witnesses to the marriage of Rose McKENNA daughter of Phillip & Mary Rose to Isaac MASON in Perth - date unknown]

  • Mary GALLOP b. 16 Mar 1846 d. 8 Sep 1877, York; m. 12 Jul 1865 John Saunders JOHNSTON; 6 children

  • Anne GALLOP b. 1848; m. 1867 Henry WILLIAMS; 18 children

  • Thomas GALLOP b. 1851, baptised 27 Apr 1851 Perth, St. Mary's RC, [Note: Witnesses to the baptism were Wm STONE & Frances RONAYNE]; m. (1) Ann ADAMSON; m. (2) Elizabeth CARMODY; 2 sons. [Note: A Thomas GALLOP was witness to the marriage of John McKENNA and Mary GEE nee PURTELL in Fremantle in 1867.]

  • John GALLOP b. 1854, baptised 1 Oct 1854, Perth, St Mary's RC, d. 1890; m. 1883 Annie Susan Ethelreda ROE; 6 children

  • Joseph GALLOP (Walter Edward Joseph) b. 1857, baptised 27 Jan 1857, Perth, St. Mary's RC, [Note: Witnesses to the baptism were Constance? DREW and Anna GALLOP (sister)]; m. (1) Frances LINDSAY; m. (2) Eunice TAPPING; 4 children.


Born 1814, d. 4 June 1866, Perth; m. prior to departure and before 1838 Mary Anne HORIST b. 1815 d. 31 May 1885, Gingin. A labourer and market gardener. He owned Perth Town Lots including land in Stirling Street. He qualified as a juror in 1860 with £150 personal estate. Thomas died as a result of an accident at a party celebrating his daughter's return from South Australia.



  • Anne Mary b. 1838, Liverpool, England, d. 16 September 1908; m. 1 Mar 1859 Edward Joseph McCOMISH, a Private, 12th Regiment of Foot & Enrolled Pensioner Guard; 9 children

  • Nathaniel Ganges b. 1841, at sea

  • Mary Catherine b. 1843 (Reg. 302) d. 1920; m. 1865 Thomas HOGAN; 7 children

  • Catherine b. 1845, Perth (Reg. 673); m. J. McDONALD

  • Margaret Ann (Bridget?) b. 1849, Perth (Reg. 1268), d. 1919; m. 28 Jul 1872 David Eugene HACKETT son of Owen; 8 children


Born 1811/1817; m. 15 Jul 1846, Australind Celia EGAN b. 1812. An agricultural labourer employed by Clifton at Australind during the 1840's. Lessee of "Rosamel" between 1847 and 1856. A farmer in the Murray District in the 1860's. Wife illiterate.



Born 1820; m. August 1842 Thomas SMITH, Thomas arrived January 1841 per Napoleon.


  • Elizabeth b. 1842

  • Margaret b. 1843

  • Owen b. 1846

  • John b. 1846

  • James b. 1849

  • Mary Ann b. 1850

HICKS, Richard

[Brother of Robert & Benjamin]

Born 1810 son of Thomas and Susan nee DALTON; m. 1 July 1869, Fremantle RC Margaret BARRON widow of Charles and daughter of Thomas and Ellen EGAN. He came to the Colony to join his uncle John HICKS who arrived per Medina on 6 July 1830. Richard worked as a shepherd at first, and bought 15 acres in the Cockburn district in 1855 and a Town Lot at Fremantle in 1861. Possibly employed 6 Ticket-of Leave men at Irwin, including a hut-keeper, during 1868.


HICKS, Robert

[Brother of Richard & Benjamin]

Born 1822/23, Ireland, d. 19 Aug 1894, Fremantle son of Thomas and Susan nee DALTON; m. 8 March 1851, Fremantle CE Mary WHITE b. 1 Jan 1832, England, d. 19 Jan 1910, Fremantle daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (nee WATSON). Mary arrived per Simon Taylor  20 Aug 1842. A farm labourer, Robert soon became a farmer, later a hotel-keeper and Sergeant of Police in Fremantle. He qualified as a juror in 1860 with £150 personal estate and served as a City Councillor. He employed 3 Ticket-of-Leave men on occasions between 1852 and 1870 and was a wharfinger in later years. Residence Suffolk Street, Fremantle.



  • Susan b. 1852 d. 1930.

  • Thomas b. 13 September 1854, d. 13 April 1912; m. Sarah COOPER; 5 children.

  • Robert b. 13 July 1856, d. 9 November 1915; m. Catherine HERRICKS; 12 children.

  • Richard b. 5 September 1858; m. 2 July 1882, Fremantle CE Sarah JOHN; 7 children.

  • William b. 8 April 1860, d. 4 June 1936; m. Elizabeth GRAHAM; 7 children.

  • Philip Gregory b. 1863, d. 13 June 1895.

  • George b. 22 March 1865, d. 11 May 1944; m. Jane (Mary Jane) KNAPP; 3 children.

  • Mary Ellen b. 25 September 1866, d. 7 March 1935; m. George JOHN; 3 children.

  • Leonard Dalton b. 21 June 1869, d. 15 January 1948; m. Rose BRANBURY; 2 children.

  • Jabez Francis b. 21 January 1871, Perth, d. 27 February 1900, Fremantle as a result of an accident; m. 11 July 1896, Fremantle Presb. Barbara MILLER who arrived with her parents William and Barbara in 1889 per Oratava; 2 children.

  • Henry Dalton b. 22 July 1872, Fremantle, d. 10 June 1950.

HICKS, Benjamin

[Brother of Richard & Robert]

Born 1817. Left the Colony per Trusty  for London in January 1843 (Perth Gazette 22/10/1842).

KEEGAN, Thomas

Born 1814, d. 20 November 1888, York; m. (1) prior to departure Eliza (Elizabeth) b. 1816 d. November 1842, Guildford (Reg. 50); m. (2) Mary b. 1834, d. 14 May 1857 in childbirth. A carpenter, gardener and labourer. His first wife was a cook. In 1846 he was Perth Hospital Assistant. Employed by Thomas Tomkinson for many years at York.



  • Richard b. 1840/41; m. 29 April 1862, Perth RC Ann Victoria LANGOULANT baptised 12 Sept 1842, d. 21 Sep 1867, Waneranooka, daughter of Louis & Mary Ann (nee KING) [Note: Ann's mother was the half sister of Catherine Bridget STANTON who married James McKENNA]. Richard deserted his motherless children who went to Freshwater Bay (Butler's Swamp) to their Aunt (?) Mary Ann LANGOULANT who reared them. Richard and Ann had children - Thomas Aloysius b 1862; Mary Ann Eliza b. 1863; Emily Frances b. 1865 d. 1919. A blacksmith and farmer at Greenough in the 1860's. He employed 2 or 3 Ticket-of-Leave men Between 1863 and 1869 (the last was a cook)

  • John b. 1842 d. 1843

KEHELY, (KEILLY) Timothy (possibly John)

Born 1818, Timothy is most probably from Parish Ballymoney in Co Cork.; m. December 1842, Perth Mary BOLGER b. 1816. Timothy left the Colony per Victoria for Adelaide on 3 Apr 1845 (Inquirer). Mary left with one child for Adelaide on 17 Dec 1845 per Rosanna (Inquirer).



  • Mary KEHELY (KEILLY?), b. 4 Oct 1843 Oct, WA. [No death details can be found in WA and no mention of her was made when mother Mary travelled to SA.]

  • Daniel KEHELY (KEILLY?), b. 9 Mar 1845, WA

  • Ellen KEHELY (KEILLY?), b. 9 Sep 1848, Mt Barker, SA

  • Catherine KEHELY (KEILLY?), b. 1 Jan 1850, SA

The family were not heard of again until Ellen applied to marry in Dunedin NZ aged 15.  Contact Vicki Smith for more information on this family.


KERSLEY, Richard

Born 1820, d. 27 January 1888, York, son of George. He visited England departing 3 January 1861 per Tartar. Indentured to Burges at York. He entered into a partnership with Joseph Hunter and George Oliver which was dissolved in 1847 and was a sheep farmer at Beverley for a period from 1870. Richard's brother George KERSLEY is stated as having arrived per the Ganges but is not listed.


KING, Rev. George

Married prior to departure Jane widow nee MATHEWSON. An Anglican clergyman sent out by the Society for Propagation of the Gospel in foreign parts. His cause was poorly supported in WA. He was employed for a time as a clerk at Fremantle. Rev. King was instrumental in the building of St John's Church at Fremantle in 1843. He was appointed as Secretary to the Gospel Society in 1844 and organised a lending library in 1847. He left the Colony with his family in December 1848 per Ranee in ill health. [Note: In his Reminiscences, William Wade describes Rev. King as "… very tall, six feet I should say, very fair and young, under thirty by appearance; his face was red and white and clear, just like a young woman's; very healthy and strong in expression; altogether a handsome young man."].


  • Emma.

  • William b. 1843, WA.

  • Georgiana b. 1845, WA.

  • Martha b. 1847, WA.


Born 1821. Left the Colony for South Australia in October 1846 per Joseph Albino. Possibly a child born 1843/44 WA. [Note: William BIRMINGHAM also left for SA in 1846 per Albino.]

MARMION, Patrick

Born 1815, d. 22 Jun 1856 Fremantle (from County Down Ireland); m. 1844 and again on 25 Jun 1855, WA Charlotte STONE b. 1821 d. 28 Jun 1869. Their first marriage was performed by Rev. Joostens and the legality was questioned, therefore the second ceremony took place. A hotel keeper in Fremantle - the "Emerald Isle Inn". His Widow continued the licence. He was a leading "Bradyite" in the Serra dispute. A Member of the Fremantle Whaling Co. and Director of the Geraldton Mining Co. Patrick bought Fremantle Town Lots in 1851. His widow employed 5 Ticket-of-Leave men between 1857 and 1866.



  • William Edward b. 22 Oct 1845, Fremantle, d. 4 July 1896, Fremantle (died at sea); m. 28 December 1870 Annie Mary GIBBONS; 8 children. Appointed Consul for the Netherlands. MLC Fremantle December 1872 - December 1890. MLA Fremantle December 1890 - July 1896. Commissioner of Crown Land December 1890 - December 1894. Member of the Federal Convention 1879. Minister for Lands & Mines in the Forrest Administration


Born 1812, Scotland, d. 4 June 1881, Toodyay; m. 20 Apr 1849, Toodyay Euphemia DRUMMOND b. 1826, d. 4 January 1921, Toodyay. daughter of James. Euphemia arrived 8 June 1829 per Parmelia. Ewen was a cousin to Donald Macpherson. He was a pastoralist and agriculturalist in the Toodyay district. His homestead was at "Glendearg". He bought Avon Locations of 10 acres in 1858 and 80 acres in 1868 to secure pastoral leases in the vicinity and also at Dandaragan and Champion Bay. He also employed 60 Ticket-of-Leave men between 1857 and 1878 including 2 tutors, cooks and shepherds Presbyterian.



  • Sarah b. 26 June 1850, d. 3 January 1946

  • Grace b. 19 September 1852, d. 28 December 1940

  • James Drummond, b. 22 November 1855, Toodyay, d. 27 January 1899

  • Jane b. March 1858, d. 15 January 1930

  • Donald Johnson b. 1859, Toodyay, d. 26 April 1908, Toodyay

  • Euphemia b. 1860, d. 1947; m. C. SHARP

  • Mary Isabella b. 10 September 1862, d. 1948; m. 3 Dec 1890, Carnarvon Alfred Ernest DUGDALE; 5 children

  • Rose Ann b. 4 January 1865, d. 20 October 1939

  • Christina Margaret (Madge) b. 29 August 1866, d. 30 June 1940

  • Mabel (twin) b. 20 October 1868, d. 1870, Toodyay

  • Robert Ewen (twin) b. 20 October 1868, Toodyay, d. 16 December 1945; m. 10 October 1910 Mary Ann LAHIFF; 6 children

McKENNA, James

[Brother of John]

Born 1822 Howth Co. Dublin Ireland, d. 1873, Perth, son of John & Elizabeth nee GRIFFEN; m. 31 Dec 1849, Perth Catherine Bridget STANTON b. 10 Oct 1832, Perth, d. 2 Jun 1911, Perth daughter of John STANTON, who arrived per Sulphur on 8 June 1829 and Harriet nee NEWMAN (widow KING), who arrived 5 Aug 1829 per Calista. Catherine remarried James LOONEY in 1874. [Note: Catherine was the half sister of Sophia KING (who married James McNAMARA) and of Mary Ann KING, mother of Ann LANGOULANT (who married Richard KEEGAN)]

See Biography of James McKENNA


[Brother of James]

Born 1820 Howth Co. Dublin Ireland son of John & Elizabeth nee GRIFFEN; m. 19 December 1867 Mary PURTELL (widow GEE). John ran a business at Fremantle. He had a number of drays and horses, and had the contract for supplying the limestone for the first Canning Road, amongst others. John and Mary lived on the corner of South Street and Mary Street (now Solomon Street) in Fremantle. A small stone shop at the bottom of Essex Street, which was then very close to Long Jetty, was where Mary sold the goods that she brought down from her farm in Perth.


Their daughter Elizabeth, told her children in later years that she could distinctly remember as a child of six years being taken to the opening of the Perth Town Hall. She and her father came home to Fremantle and when they did, they stayed at "The Halfway House" (the Albion Hotel) near the Railway at Cottesloe. After Mary's death, at the age of 48 years, John took their son John Matthew back to Ireland with him. The boy unfortunately developed tuberculosis and died in Ireland. Both are buried in St Mary's (RC) Cemetery in Howth, Co. Dublin.



  • Elizabeth b. 1868, Fremantle; married Eyre Waller D'ARCY-EVANS (8 children)

  • John Matthew b. 1870, Fremantle, died 20 September 1893, Howth Co. Dublin, Ireland

  • Ellen (Nellie) b. 1872, Fremantle; married Julian Alfred SMITH (one known child)

  • [John's wife Mary had five children from her first marriage]


Born 1815, d. 13 Nov 1899, Perth; m. prior to departure Rose (Rosa) HACKETT b. 1814, d. 24 May 1889, Perth, sister of Thomas HACKETT.



  • Rose b. 1841, at sea

  • Mary b. 1843, Fremantle (Reg.156). [Note: A Mary McKinley was witness to the marriage of John McKENNA and Mary GEE nee PURTELL in Fremantle in 1867.]

  • Rosa b. 1845, Perth (Reg.533), died in infancy

  • Sarah Jane b. 1848, Perth (Reg.1142)

  • Elizabeth b. 1850

  • Rose (Rosa); m. 1874 Robert John Wilkinson DEARDON; 7 children

  • John b. 1853

  • Patrick b. 1863, d. 1863


Born 1812 (possibly 1817); m. November 1849, Perth Sophia Harriet KING b. 1829, Perth, daughter of David and Harriet nee NEWMAN (later STANTON). [Note: Sophia was the half sister of Catherine STANTON (who married James McKENNA) and sister of Mary KING, mother of Ann LANGOULANT (who married Richard KEEGAN)]. James was first employed by Samuel Moore at "Oakover" in Middle Swan.



  • Henry James b. 1850, Perth; m. 24 April 1876 Mary Ann (Polly) LIDDELOW (LUDLOW) b. 1854 whose parents Walter & Mary arrived 27 July 1850 per Sophia; 12 children.

  • Mary Ellen baptised 1851 or 1852, Perth; m. 1872 Alfred Kirk CHOPPING (CHOPIN); 7 children.

  • Mary Emily b. 1854.

  • Mary Ann b. 1857; m. 1896 Edward PEOPLE.

  • Thomas b. 1859.

  • William b. 23 June 1861; m. 29 Aug 1894 Ellen BAYLISS b. 19 Jul 1871, Moore River; 7 Children.

  • Lewis (Louis) Charles b. 1863; m. 1901 Jemima FRASER b. abt 1870; 3 children.

  • Henrica Sophia b. 1866.

Contact David McNamara for more information concerning this family.



Born about 1813. Left the Colony for Adelaide on 9 January 1845 (Inquirer).


Born 1810/1811, d. 1885 aged 75, WA (Reg. 13402); m. Martha ROACH b. 1811 d. December 1848. A labourer at Vasse and farmer in the 1840's at "Woodside". He bought Sussex Locations 28, 36, & 55, and 20 acres more in 1856, then another 40 acres in 1866.



  • Mary Ann b. 1840, UK; m. 28 February 1860, Busselton (Reg. 142) George Wakeham DAWSON whose parents Elijah and Ann arrived 12 March 1830 per Warrior; 9 children

  • Elizabeth b. 1842; m. 8 March 1871 Thomas Albert THURKLE; 7 children

  • Martha b. 1844, Tilbarrup (Reg. 459), d. 16 June 1887; m. 1870, Busselton (Reg. 3131) George William BARNARD; children Charles Minion born 1871 George William b.1873, both Busselton

  • Jane b. 1846, Busselton (Reg. 846)

MOORE, Thomas

Born 1806/1811, d. June 1846, Perth.


[Brother of Michael ?]

Born about 1811, son of John and Mary of Ireland. A pastoralist in the Champion Bay district with his brother Michael. He employed 2 Ticket-of-Leave men between 1863 and 1864, one a hutkeeper.



  • Possibly a daughter Mary


[Brother of William?]

Stated as having arrived per Ganges but not listed.

OLIVER, George

Born 1819 possibly Witley, near Godalming, Surrey, ENG, d. Sep 1847 whilst attempting to cross the Avon River (Inquirer). A blacksmith and farmer. He entered into a partnership with Joseph HUNTER and Richard KERSLEY which was dissolved in 1847, with George stating he would carry on farming the land belonging to Mangles on his own - "Down Farm"? On August 30th 1847 George was seen riding into "Logue's crossing" on "Jangelin" and the horse emerged riderless. Matthew Oliver, George's brother, registered George's death on September 14, 1847 and stated his age as 28.

OTWAY, Thomas

Born 1819/1821, Ireland, d. 26 Jun 1875, son of Thomas a labourer; m. 11 March 1854, York Mary MURPHY b. 1829, Ireland daughter of John a farmer. Mary arrived per Travancore on 13 January 1853. Thomas applied for land in 1853, bought 10 acres in 1855 and held pastoral leases. He was listed in the York census of 1859 as an established farmer and grazier with 2 servants at Dale, Beverley. His wife carried on the property 1879-1889. CE.



  • Ellen Maude b. 1855, d. January 1884 (of measles); m. 1882 Luke TONKIN, 1 son. Luke TONKIN remarried. [Note: Luke is connected to the UPHILL family.]

  • Mary Anne b. 8 June 1857, d. 1893; m. 1883 William STOKES whose parents John and Jane arrived per Brittania on 6 May 1830

  • Margaret baptised 1864, d. 12 February 1899, York; m. 1882 Andrew HORN; 7 children

  • William Thomas; m. 22 September 1891 Susannah WILLEY baptised 10 May 1872, Beverley; 8 children. [Note: Susanna was the grand-daughter of Thomas and Susannah WILLEY who arrived 12 Mar 1830 per Warrior.]

  • John b. 1865, York, d. 1870

  • Patrick b. 1872; m. 16 September 1914 Jane WOODS widow of Reuben Joseph JONES

  • Annie Maria b. 1874, d. 3 June 1935; m. 11 February 1891 Louis James MOULTON; 11 children


Born 1813, Ireland, son of James, d. 27 January 1884, Perth; m. 7 October 1858, York Maria BROWNE b. 1837, Ireland, Maria arrived per Emma Eugenia on 25 May 1858. Dennis was listed in the York Census of 1859 as a labourer employed by William Long. He was also employed in Perth as a labourer at the poor house and depot at Mt. Eliza in 1878.


  • Henry W. b. 1859.

  • William b. 1860, baptised 1874, Perth RC.

  • Richard & Dominic b. 1861.

  • Thomas baptised 1865, Beverley RC.

  • Rebecca Mary Agnes b. 1874.

  • Mary Agnes baptised 1875.

  • Sarah Jane b. 1878.


Born about 1783, d. January 1848, Pinjarra; m. prior to departure Jane COLLINS b. 1792/1803 d. 3 May 1868, Pinjarra. Jane married (2) 10 August 1850, Perth William LEWIS.



  • Mary Ann b. 1818, d. 17 October 1896. Mary and her husband John McLARTY arrived per Hindoo on 20 Apr 1839; 11 children

  • William b. 1820, d. 20 February 1891, Pinjarra. William arrived per Hindoo on 20 Apr 1839 with his sister Mary Ann McLARTY and her husband John. William married February 1845 Eliza WILLIAMS; 7 children

  • John b. 1822, d. August 1878 (drowned in flooded Williams River); m. 6 March 1851 Anne CONNOR. Children of John and Ann: Mary Ann b. 1851; Jane b. 1851/1852 d. 1853; child b. 1853; Jane Isabella b. 1856, Coolup, d. 1900; m. George WATTS; 9 children

  • George b. 1826, d. 21 Feb 1844, murdered by a Parkhurst boy named John GAVIN who was hung for the crime .

  • Jane b. 1829, d. Jan 1844 (burnt to death)

  • Thomas Henry b. 1834, d. 2 May 1885, Bannister; m. 1854 Mary Jane CLARK. Thomas bought 10 acres on the Murray River in 1854 and held pastoral leases. He went into partnership with his brother-in-law James HERRON. He applied for a publican's licence in 1856 and was a Police Constable in Fremantle, transferred to Bannister in 1867. He resigned from the Police Force in 1872 to open the "Bannister Inn". He owned 40 Acres at Avon Location 42, was a Member of the Wandering Road Board and was listed as Police Constable at Wandering from 1874-1879. Children: Jane; Elizabeth Anne b. 1858; Rachel Isabella b. 1860; Matilda b. 1862; Thomas Henry b. 1864, d. 1949; Margaret b. 1866, d. 1948; John Alexander d. 1933

  • Michael b. 1836/37, d. 1929, Pinjarra (buried at Marradong); m. 1857 Mary KEENAN. A farmer in the Murray district, Michael bought 10 acres in 1860 and held a 2,000 pastoral lease in 1866. He was a road and bridge contractor in 1861 and a Police Constable in the Murray district between 1869 and 1873. He moved to Bannister when an attempt to poison him resulted in the death of his child. His wife Mary was post-mistress at Bannister in 1884. He moved to Collie in 1877, and then to Marradong. He was a Member of the Wandering Road Board 1874-1892, then the Marradong Road Board and employed a Ticket-of-Leave man at Bannister in 1869 and 3 at Dandalup in 1863 and 1887. Children: Selena b. 1860, d. age 4 months; Jane Adeline; Walter; Agnes Matilda b. 1868, Perth RC; Frederick b. 1870, Perth RC; Valerie; Clarence; Alice Maud b. 1875

  • Charles b. Aug 1843, d. May 1844

REA, (RAE) John

[Brother of Sarah]

Born 1825, Ballymena Co. Antrim, Ireland, d. January 1869 (thrown from a horse); m. Jane and had 4 or 5 children. His widow remarried John NOBLE on 29 July 1879. He was a farmer at Toodyay, "Nunyle" on Avon Locations 900 and 901 and employed 10 Ticket-of-Leave men on occasions between 1858 and 1868.

REA, (RAE) Sarah

[Sister of John]

Born 1823. Left the Colony for Adelaide on 9 Jan 1845 per Victoria (Inquirer).



[Brother of Mary]


Born 1820; m. 1846 Fanny TYRROL (Frances TOMELE - FOWLER?) b. 1827 baptised 8 September 1850. By 1847 David was a store-keeper at Perth and leased the "Commercial Hotel" from G. Embleton. He advertised the "Victoria Hotel" and store in Fremantle in 1854 and was engaged with Captain Sandford in a whaling venture at Port Gregory in 1854.



  • Mary b. Aug 1847

  • David b. 1853

RONAYNE, Mary (Margaret)

[Sister of David]

Born 1823. Mary was listed as RC at Australind by Salvado in 1854.


Born 1810, d. 10 April 1847, Perth, third son of John of Dublin. An Irish Barrister, John arrived first in Aug 1838 per Shepherd. He and his brother in law NASH bought land on the Swan River and built a jetty at the site of a steam mill which they erected. He was appointed Guardian of Parkhurst boys in 1842 and was Secretary of the WA Agricultural Society in 1845. He died of "financial trouble, loss and disappointment" plus alcoholic poisoning. Schoales and Richard West NASH were behind the immigration scheme under which those aboard the Ganges were shipped. The scheme was based on land remissions to the promoters. Schoales left WA for the UK in 1841 to recruit immigrants and returned in charge of the contingent aboard the Ganges.

SMITH, Bridget

Born about 1805; m. W. SPENCE in 1842.

WADE, Thomas Henry

[Brother of William]

Born Mar 1820/1823, Ireland, son of a school teacher, d. 6 February 1876 (?); m. June 1843 at All Saints Church, Upper Swan, Emily Ann MARSHALL b. 1826, England, d. 1916, Emily arrived per Montreal in 1839 [Emily's mother had been one of Queen Victoria's Ladies-in-Waiting, who ran away with an officer of the Guards]. Thomas was first employed by Edward Barrett Lennard at "St. Leonards" in Central Swan. He was in York by 1850 and listed in the 1859 York census as a farmer. He was back in Perth by 1869 and was employed as the Overseer of Government Gardens. Residence in Brisbane Street.



  • James b. 1843

  • Elizabeth b. 1847

  • William b. 1848

  • Mary Amelia b. 1850, York Wesleyan

  • Suzanna b. 1852?

  • Sarah b. 1853, d. 1936

  • Seaton b. 1855 d. 1874

  • Ellenor b. 1858, York

  • Frederick Augustus bap. 1869, Perth CE, married Mary Anne STEWART

  • Thomas baptised 1869, Perth CE

WADE, William

[Brother of Thomas Henry]

Born 1824, Ireland, d. 1912, St. Peter's, South Australia, son of an Irish School Teacher; m. 15 Sep 1851, Fremantle Eliza KIRWAN, eldest daughter of Sgt. Major KIRWAN, an Enrolled Pensioner Guard who arrived per Scindian on 1 June 1850. William was employed by Samuel Moore at Mid Swan from 1841 until about 1850. He worked for a period as a clerk at Fremantle, and was then employed, about 1854, by Messrs Barclay & Watson at York where he was also clerk to the Magistrate. He went to India for one year [1858] then returned to Fremantle where he was employed by J.H. Monger, a merchant. He was the Auditor of the Fremantle Mechanics Institute in 1858 and bought a Town Lot in Busselton in his son's name. William left the Colony for South Australia per Sea Ripple in 1866 and took up a position as an accountant for Cowan's Estate, retiring in 1890.


In 1963, Ray Oldham presented a paper to the Royal Western Australian Historical Society containing the following information: William was born in 1824, the third son of a family of nine (five boys and four girls). His father was Clerk of the Church and Parish Schoolmaster in the Market Town of Moneymoss in the north of Ireland. His father's brothers were all Naval Surgeons. William's Reminiscences were written in 1910 when he was 85 years old. He had suffered partial and then complete blindness until, following an operation at the age of 80, he regained his sight. At the age of 85 he set about writing his memoirs, his object being that his children and his grandchildren might know "something of the stock from which they came."


The 1830's were a time of great hardship and poverty in Ireland. The parents were worried about the future of their sons, for there seemed to be no prospects for them in the country of their birth. In 1841, when William was 17 years old and his brother Thomas 21, " … a gentleman arrived from Swan River Colony, as Western Australia was then known. From Dublin he advertised in all the papers an offer to take out respectable married couples, single young women and young men to that Colony, at moderate rates of passage money, binding himself to provide suitable employment according to fitness, for all, on the condition of giving a bond to pay the passage money at the end of twelve months. This gentleman was Mr. John Schoales, a Barrister of Dublin, who had already been in the colony some years."


John Schoales had written to William's father that, on arrival in Swan River Colony, William would be placed with the Rev. W. Mitchell who in fact had neither the use for nor finances to pay servants or hired employees. After two months William found employment with Samuel Moore at "Oakover" in Middle Swan. His father and remaining brothers and sisters emigrated to Canada following the death of his mother.


The WADE family is said to date back to General WADE, the first Field-Marshall of England - mentioned in "The History of the English People" by Sir Winston Churchill.



  • William John b. 15 November 1852, Fremantle. Did not marry

  • Elizabeth Jane b. 5 September 1854, York; m. John Binfield SMITH, a mine manager at Broken Hill

  • Louis George Francis b. 20 December 1856, Fremantle. Settled in Adelaide. Children: Francis Cooper (became a Manager of Elder's Trustee & Executor Co. Ltd. and a Director of Several South Australian companies); Gertrude Bessie m. Alexander Eric OGILVY; Florence m. THOMAS and held the position of accountant to the Emu Wine Co. at Morphett Vale SA for many years

  • Edward (Edmund?) Kirwan b. 12 September 1862, Fremantle. Did not marry

Extract from William Wade's Reminiscences - The Voyage of the Ganges


[Crew member]

Born 1810?; m. Sep 1843 Mary Ann JOSLYN (widow nee ADAMS).



  • Charles H. b. early 1844.

  • John James b. 1846.

  • William Alfred b. 1848.

  • Frederick A. b. 1850.


Left the Colony for Adelaide on 9 Jan 1845 (Inquirer).



Born 1814; m. prior to departure Jane b. 1816/17. The family left the Colony on 28 May 1844 per Velocity for Adelaide (Inquirer).



  • Allen b. 1840.

  • William b. May 1843, WA.


Born 1799/1803, Ireland, d 18 Aug 1892, Willow Gully, home of his son John, at Northampton; m. prior to departure Eliza b. 1803/1813. Thomas was listed in the York census of 1859 as employed by James Bartram, his son-in-law. He later joined his son John at the "Bowes" in the Champion Bay district.



  • Eliza b. 1823, d. 6 January 1896; m. February 1845 William POLLARD; Children of Eliza and William POLLARD: Jane b. 1846, d. 1921; John b. 1847; Mary Ann b. 1848 d. 1929; George b. 1850; Thomas; Margaret Elizabeth b. 1856, d. 1940; William Henry

  • John B.  b. 1825, d. 30 March 1894; m. 2 September 1856, Geraldton and again by RC rites on 20 February 1857 Honora MORRISSEY, Honora arrived 14 December 1850 per Mary. John was employed as a shepherd during the 1840's by de Burgh at York. In the 1850's he worked for Burges at "Knockbrack", Bowes River. By 1861 he was overseer at a Morrissey out-station. He bought 10 acres in 1859 and 476 acres by 1868 to establish himself as an independent grazier, at "Willow Gully" and in the Murchison district from 1866. He also bought Geraldton Town Lots in 1866-7 and employed 51 Ticket-of-Leave men on occasions between 1864 and 1882 at these places and "Wheal Fortune". Children: Thomas Christopher b. 1857; John b. 1858; a daughter born 1860, d. in infancy; James b.& d. 1861; Michael James b. 1862; Mary Ann (Jane?) b. 1864, d. 1941; Eliza b. 1865, d. ?1886 of burns; Richard b. 1868, d. 1892, gored by a boar; Victoria b. 1876; Henry b. 1878; Patrick b. 1880; Michael John b. 1881, d. 1882; Frederick b. 1882, d. 1910

  • Mary b. 1827; may have married 1845 John MAGUIRE

  • Jane b. 1831, d. 19 Mar 1870, Beverley; m. 18 April 1851, Newcastle James BARTRAM, James arr. 30 Apr 1843 per Janet; 8 children

  • Margaret b. 1834, d. 30 May 1867; m. August 1850 James Martin WHITTINGTON who arrived 30 January 1830 per Wanstead. Children: Elizabeth b. 1851, d. 1942; Julia John b. 1857; Thomas b. 1859, d. 1942; Samuel baptised 1865, d. 1942; Henry William b. 1862; Louise; ?Daniel



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  • Dictionary of Western Australians 1829-1814 (Rica Erickson 1979)

  • Dictionary of Western Australians 1829-1914 Volume 1 Early Settlers (Pamela Statham)

  • WA Pioneer Index, Battye Library, Perth

  • Colonial Secretary's Office Correspondence, State Records Office Perth

  • Index to Baptisms St Mary's RC Church, Perth

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  • The Reminiscences of William Wade [Manuscript, Wade, William - Papers. MN 858. 949A, 1026A, 1075A. Battye Library Perth, WA]