James GOLDSWORTHY 42
- Born: 1825, Redruth, Cornwall, England 42
- Christened: 20 Mar 1825, Redruth, Cornwall, England
- Marriage: Mary Ann SMITH in Dec 1852 in Redruth, Cornwall, England
- Died: 21 May 1884, Rutherglen, Mallee, Victoria, Australia at age 59
- Buried: 22 May 1884, Carlyle Cemetery, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia
Cause of his death was Emphysema.
Exactly when James came to Australia remains unknown; however by 1856, he and an Edward GOLDSWORTHY were listed as miners at Spring Creek, Beechworth. His relationship to Edward remains a mystery, but the GOLDSWORTHYs from Redruth Cornwall made up around twenty percent of all the GOLDSWORTHYs in England at that time.
His wife Mary came to Australia on board the 'Morning Light', departing Liverpool on the 9th of July 1856 and arriving with other 608 adults and children on the 18th of September of the same year. The GOLDSWORTHYs followed the gold rushes of Victoria's northeast from Spring Creek, Beechworth, to Chiltern in the 1860s and finally Rutherglen around 1871. Both James and Mary could not read or write. Their only children Mary and Elizabeth were both born at Spring Creek in 1857 and 1858. When the family settled in Rutherglen, James and a small group of miners established the Garibaldi Mine, around three kilometres to the north of Rutherglen.
James and Mary wasted no time in marrying off their daughters; Mary was just fifteen years old when she married John WALDRON in 1872 and Elizabeth married Harry NOTT when she was seventeen in January 1876. The two girls gave birth to a total of twenty-three grandchildren, with all but two surviving infancy.
On the 16th of November 1875, James applied for approximately forty-two acres of land (allotments 22-26A) in the vicinity of Garibaldi Hill. In 1877 he built a small cottage on a second selection of some 27 acres (allotments 31, 41 & 42/Section 41) approximately 400 metres to the west, which he formally obtained under a licence in 1879. Like many other aging miners of that time, he turned his hand to farming, planting four acres of vines. Unfortunately for James his farming venture never really took shape. After many years of mining, his health was on the decline and he died of emphysema on the 22nd of May 1884. James GOLDSWORTHY was just fifty-seven.
His selections also attracted intense mining interest and as they were being acquired under licence from the Lands Department, James lost the first selection to a land rezoning just prior to his death. Fortunately for Mary she was able to keep eleven acres, surrounding her modest four-roomed miner's cottage
On her eleven acres and a further eight acres, which she held under a grazing right, Mary ran thirty head of cattle. Mary died at Rutherglen on the 4th of May 1891 and was buried with her husband three days later, in the Carlyle Cemetery.
The GOLDSWORTHY's son in law Henry NOTT built a home just a few hundred metres from the GOLDSWORTHY property, which he named Ampthill Vineyard. Despite continued objections from mining companies, Henry NOTT finalised the eleven-acre purchase on the 26th of July 1918, after an ongoing saga, which spanned forty-one years. The GOLDSWORTHY's great great grandson Allan NOTT now owns the property.
James married Mary Ann SMITH, daughter of Joseph SMITH and Mary, in Dec 1852 in Redruth, Cornwall, England. (Mary Ann SMITH was born in 1826 in Redruth, Cornwall, England, died on 3 Jul 1891 in Rutherglen, Mallee, Victoria, Australia and was buried on 4 Jul 1891 in Carlyle Cemetery, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia.)