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  • Born: 27 Oct 1827, Dublin, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
  • Marriage: Sarah DENDY on 5 Mar 1851 in Brynmawr, Brecon, Wales.
  • Died: 19 May 1903, Granville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia at age 75

bullet  General Notes:

John lived in York and Hay, Breconshire with his family and then in Brynmawr, Breconshire. In the 1851 census, John occupation is 'grocer' and Sarah's 'dressmaker'. They Lived at 12 Bailey Street, Brynmawr at that time.

They sailed from Liverpool, England, as unassisted immigrants, on the barque 'Lord Stanley' in 1851, arriving in Melbourne in January 1852. Their first child and only daughter, Sarah Jane, was born and died on the voyage to Australia. Also listed as passengers are Jane Cunliffe, widow, (John's mother) Mary Cunliffe, Jane Cunliffe, Elizabeth Cunliffe, William Cunliffe, Joseph Cunliffe, Samuel Cunliffe and James Cunliffe.

They lived in various parts of Melbourne and John's occupation is listed as 'upholster' on his son John's birth certificate, at which time they were living at Russell Street, Melbourne. On the other childrens' birth registrations Collingwood, East Collingwood, Richmond and Emerald Hill appear as addresses.

Sarah Cunliffe died the day following the birth of her tenth baby, the event recorded by her husband as '10 minutes past 9 pm on Monday August 12 1867 - Rest in peace thou loving one'.

After Sarah's death, John reputedly abandoned his young family, the eldest child, John Robert, being 11 years old, and sailed for America to become a lay preacher. It is uncertain who cared for the children but if other members of the family did accompany John and Sarah on the voyage to Australia, they could well have taken on this responsibility. At some time after John's disappearance the family moved to New South Wales and John must have returned to Australia and his family before 1882 as he made notations on the record of births he had made of his family at that time.

I think the above story is mere fabrication as John fetched up in Darlinghurst gaol in Sydney. charged with four offences; 16 August 1873 - False Pretences - acquitted; 27 August 1873 - Assault - 1 month imprisonment;

13 October 1873 - Assault - 2 months labour; 17 October 1873 - Stealing - 2 months labour.

I would imagine his mother and/or his sisters would have cared for his family as they were still quite young.

He may have made his way to Sydney on board 'Hero' a steerage passenger, arriving in Sydney on 1 August 1871. I haven't been able to find him leaving Australia for America.

Sarah and John had ten children, five of whom died in infancy They were Sarah Jane, James, John Robert, Arthur Henry, Frederick William, Edwin Erasmus Dendy, Alfred James, Charles Albert, Samuel Richard and Thomas.

Occupations: :Grocer, Upholsterer

Arrival in Australia: :January 1852 in Melbourne on 'Lord Stanley' from Liverpool

Death cerificate no in register 6117/1903


John married Sarah DENDY, daughter of Robert Gregory DENDY and Jane PROSSER, on 5 Mar 1851 in Brynmawr, Brecon, Wales. (Sarah DENDY was born on 25 Nov 1825 in Hampton Wick, Middlesex, England and died on 12 Aug 1867 in Victoria, Australia.)

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