THE VOYAGE OF THE FIRST FLEET 1787 - 1788
First Fleet at Botony Bay
MAY 1787 DEPARTURE
AT 4 AM FIRED GUN AND MADE THE SIGNAL TO WEIGH, WEIGH'D AND MADE SAIL, IN COMPANY WITH THE HYAENA FRIGATE, SUPPLY ARMED TENDER, SIX TRANSPORTS AND THREE STORE SHIPS, AT 9 FIRED A GUN AND MADE THE SIGN'L FOR THE CONVOY TO MAKE MORE SAIL."
With these words the logbook of HMS Sirius recorded the departure of what we know today as "The First Fleet". The eleven ships of the fleet under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip RN took their leave from Portsmouth, England early on Sunday 13 May 1787 bound for a virtually unknown shore eight long months and half a world away. The escort vessel, HMS Hyaena stayed with the fleet until it was clear of the English channel and into open waters. Aboard were some 750 convicts from Britian's overcrowded prison system. They were bound for Botany Bay, there to establish the first European settlement on Australian soil.
JUNE 1787 : TENERIFFE
The first port of call was to be the town of Santa Cruz on Teneriffe in the Canary Islands, there to take on fresh water and vegetables. The fleet arrived at Teneriffe on 3 June 1787, three weeks after leaving England.
One of Phillip's officers, Marine Captain Watkin Tench recorded:
"During our short stay we had every day some fresh proof of his Excellency's esteem and attention, and had the honour of dining with him, in a style of equal elegance and splendor".
AUGUST 1787 : RIO de JANEIRO
It took eight weeks for the Fleet to cross the Atlantic, from the Canary Islands to the South American coast. This seemingly circuitous crossing was to take maximum advantage of the prevailing winds. The Fleet Commander, Captain Arthur Phillip explained in his official account:
"Stormy seas were succeeded by warm weather and favourable winds. Land was sighted on 2 August 1787, and by 6 August the even ships in the Fleet were anchored in the harbour at Rio de Janeiro".
OCTOBER 1787 : CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
The eleven ships of the fleet sailed from Rio de Janeiro on 5 September 1787. Ahead was their third and final civilised port of call en route. It took more than five weeks for the fleet to complete the crossing from Rio to the Cape. Land was sighted early on the morning of 13 October, and by dark all eleven ships were anchored in Table Bay.
Whilst in port, provisions were loaded. Corn was in short supply, but cattle and other supplies were found to be plentiful. Even the convicts enjoyed the luxury of fresh meat and vegetables. On 12 November 1787 the Fleet set sail once more. Ahead was Botany Bay, visited previously only by Cook and the crew of the Endeavour'.
JANUARY 1788: ARRIVAL
The voyage from Cape Town to Botany Bay took about eight weeks. It was an uncomfortable passage as the ships were buffeted by rough seas. There was no let-up, even on Christmas Day.
It was Captain Phillip's plan to go on ahead and seek out the best possible site for the proposed settlement before the main fleet arrived. He therefore transferred to Supply' and split the convoy into three. Supply' would proceed alone; the three fastest transports, Alexander', Scarborough' and Friendship would follow at full speed; and Sirius' would escort the remainder of the Fleet at the best rate they could muster. As it happened, 'Supply' arrived at Botany Bay on 18 January.
The second part of the Fleet followed within twenty-four hours, and the remainder of the Fleet made its appearance on the following day. Phillip was not taken with Botany Bay as the site for his settlement, so he headed north to Port Jackson where (in his own words) he discovered one of the finest harbours in the world, in which a thousand sail of the line might ride in perfect security.
By nightfall on 26 JANUARY 1788 Phillip's convoy was safely at anchor in Sydney Cove, named in honour of Lord Sydney.
NORFOLK ISLAND: MARCH 1788
When Captain Arthur Phillip arrived with the First Fleet at New South Wales, one of his acts was to send a small party to Norfolk Island, there to found a secondary settlement with Philip Gidley King as Lieutenant Governor. Seven free men,, nine convict men and six convict women were to accompany King to the island. The journey was made aboard HM Supply'.
Norfolk Island lies 1368 km east of Australia and was named by Captain Cook after his patron, the Duke of Norfolk.
THE BRANSON FAMILY IN ENGLAND
The Branson branch of the family can be traced back as far as 11th October 1792, with the marriage of William Branson to Susannah Day at the Parish Church Leighton Bromswold, Huntingdonshire. William was born at Leighton Bromswold. It is not known where Susannah was born, but she was probably born there also.
Nothing is known of the lives of William and Susannah, except that some time after their wedding they moved to Titchmarsh in Northamptonshire. Probably because William was a farm labourer and they moved there him to find work. William and Susannah had five children, all born at Titchmarsh.
1. Thomas born, 18th August 1793. Died 30th September 1793
2. William born, 25th January 1795. Died 18th July 1881.
3. James born, 12th February 1797. Died 5th April 1872
4. Mary born, 1st December 1799.
5. Jane born, 3rd October 1802.
Of these five children it has been possible to trace the movements of two of them and their families.
JAMES BRANSON 1797 - 1872
James was born at Titchmarsh on 12th February 1797. He married Sarah Hankins in the Parish Church at Old Weston, Huntingdonshire on 7th January 1822. Sarah was born at Old Weston on 10th February 1800, the daughter of Charles and Rebecca Hankins.
James was a farm labourer, he moved about a fair bit getting work wherever it was available. He and Sarah were living at Leighton Bromswold when their first child, William was born in 1823. They later moved to Titchmarsh where the rest of their eight children were born, two of which died in infancy. These two were Jeremiah (1) born 1835, died 1835 and John Hankins born 1841, died on 3rd September 1856.
The rest of their children are covered more fully later in this history.
In 1858, James aged 60 and his wife Sarah aged 57, together with their youngest surviving son Jeremiah, age 20 migrated to South Australia, aboard the “Frenchman”. They departed from Liverpool on 1st June 1858, arrived at Adelaide on 20th September 1858.
According to family legend, the reason James and Sarah were the last of the family to immigrate, was that they could not do so until after the death of John. As he was a mute this meant he was ineligible to migrate due to his affliction. Also according to family tradition, he was an epileptic.
This meant that in a matter of ten years the whole family had migrated to South Australia, as all their other children had migrated before them.
James and Sarah settled in a home in Greenock Township. James grew vegetables in the back of house and Sarah made butter from the cows they milked. James would take his produce into Tanunda to sell it.
James died at Greenock on 5th April 1872. Sarah lived on until the ripe old age of 92 dying of senile decay at the home of her daughter Rebecca Webb, at Greenock on 14th March 1892. Both James and Sarah are buried in the Greenock cemetery.
THE BRANSON FAMILY IN AUSTRALIA
The later part of the 19th Century was a time of great hardship in England, particularly among the farming community, caused by high taxes imposed to try to recoup some of the massive amount of money spent during the Napoleonic war and the potato blight, which started in Ireland and swiftly moved across England and parts of the Continent. Because of this a great number of people were receptive to the idea of emigrating to a new country for a fresh start.
In 1936 the “South Australian Company”, a private joint-stock venture, was formed to encourage investment in the new British colony of South Australia. Land was purchased, sight-unseen, by wealthy Englishman, some who planned to move to South Australia, but most who planned to sell or lease their land to others at a profit.
The records show that William Branson and his brother James, both sons of James and Sarah Branson of Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire, arranged Leases of land with the right to purchase from Mr. Robert Bevan Esq.
Having done this James and his only sister Rebecca married in a double wedding at Titchmarsh on 27th March 1848.
James married Eliza Goss. Eliza was born at Titchmarsh on 14th September 1824, parent's names unknown.
Rebecca married John Webb. John was born at Titchmarsh on 28th June 1828, his parent's names are unknown.
James and William Branson and John Webb then applied to come to South Australia as immigrants. They were all accepted and sailed for Australia aboard the “Poictiers”, arriving at Adelaide on 13th November 1848.
All the members of the Branson Family that migrated to South Australia, were all involved in farming in England and all of that generation involved themselves in farming in varying degrees on arrival, and all their working lives.
Their descendants who now live in many parts of Australia and overseas, are engaged in all walks of life.
WILLIAM BRANSON 1823 - 1881
William was born at Leighton Bromswold in 1823. He gave his occupation as farm labourer when he applied to immigrate to South Australia in 1848.
Soon after his arrival, William took up his lease. His land was partly at Greenock Creek in the County of light and some in the County of Nuriootpa. William worked hard and eventually purchased his land and expanded his property.
It is not known where or when he married Lois Walker, as no record of their marriage has been found. Lois died at Greenock, South Australia on 29th October 1857. There were no children from this marriage. Ten months after Lois's death William married Jerusha Tonkin at the home of Mr. John Batten, Kapunda, South Australia on 17th July 1858, Jerusha was almost ten years older than William, being born at St. Agnes, Cornwall, England in 1814. There were no children from this marriage.
William was active in the founding of the first Methodist Church built at Greenock in 1855, he was also a trustee of the Church.
William died at his residence, Greenock on Saturday 5th February 1881, after an illness of about four months. He was buried at Greenock two days later on 7th February 1881. Jerusha died at her home at George Street, Moonta, South Australia on 17th December 1899.
THOMAS BRANSON 1825 - 1854
Thomas was born at Titchmarsh on 13th February 1825. He married Mary Smithers at Titchmarsh in 1848. Mary was born at Titchmarsh on 27th May 1829, the daughter of John and Charlotte Smithers.
In 1853 Thomas, his wife Mary and two children migrated to South Australia aboard the “William Stewart”, departing Southampton on 17th April 1853. After a very bad and stormy passage, they arrived at Adelaide on 14th July 1853.
Mary gave birth to her 3rd child in September 1853, two months after their arrival in South Australia.
Thomas died at Greenock on 24th May 1854, only ten months after their arrival in South Australia.
Mary died at Port Elliot, South Australia on 29th April 1915.
CHILDREN OF THOMAS & MARY BRANSON
Charles 1849 - 1943
Charles was born at Titchmarsh on 6th March 1849. He immigrated to Australia with his parents in 1853. As a young man Charles worked as a farm labourer around the Greenock and Nuriootpa area. Later he was a Mail driver in the North Rhine, Truro area.
Charles married Emma Jacobs at North Rhine, South Australia on 3rd November 1868. Emma was born in Dorchester, England on 11th January 1840, the daughter of Joseph Francis and Sarah Jacobs. Emma died at Clare South Australia on 20th February 1930. Charles died at Clare on 1st December 1943.
Charles and Emma had seven children.
1. Anne Elizabeth, born at Flaxman's Valley, South Australia on 19th May 1869. She married Thomas William Coward about 1891. Thomas was born at Truro, South Australia on 23rd December 1870, he died at Clare South Australia on 17th April 1952. Anne died at Mount Gambia, South Australia on 23rd January 1955. They had five children.
2. Thomas Francis, born at Greenock on 21st April 1871. He married Emma Maud Fegan about 1896. Emma died at Brunswick, Victoria in 1928. Thomas died at Brighton, Victoria on 30th June 1942. They had three children.
3. Albert James, born at Greenock on 23rd April 1873. He married Mary Ann Kelly at Kapunda, South Australia on 21st October 1902. Albert died at Myrtle bank, South Australia on 10th October 1963. Mary died three months later at Myrtle bank on 25th December 1963. They had two children.
4. Alice Mary, born at Greenock on 8th July 1875. She married Bernard Anton Wiltshire. They had three children.
5. Gertrude Emily, born at Penrice, South Australia on 24th March 1878. She married Walter Charles Philps in 1902.
6. Horace Charles, born at Truro on 5th April 1880. He married Ellen Beatrice Craigie at Truro on 14th October 1908. Horace died at Bendigo, Victoria in 1964. They had four children.
7. Archibald Edward, born at Truro on 8th April 1883. Died at Dalby Queensland on 7th February 1915.
Sarah Ann 1851 -?
Sarah Ann was born at Titchmarsh in 1851. Nothing further is known.
John James 1853 - 1913
John James was born at Greenock, South Australia on 12th September 1853. John was a Cartage contractor working as far afield as the Flinders Range.
John married Johanne Eleonore (Ellen Jane) Munchenberg at Stone Hut Flat, near Angerston, South Australia on 5th April 1874. Johanne was born at Langmeil, Germany on 28th November 1854 the daughter of Johan Friedrich Wilhelm Munchenberg and Dorothea nee Maruschke.
Johanne died at Greenock on 11th October 1888, two weeks after the birth of their eighth child.
Shortly after the death of his wife John went to West Australia, it is not known if he took his family or if he left them in the care of relatives, as all his children married and had families in South Australia.
Apparently John never returned to South Australia. He died at Leonora, West Australia on 20th June 1913.
John and Johanne had eight children.
1. Emily Jane, born at Greenock on 15th October 1874. She married Spencer William Wray at Swandale, South Australia on 9th February 1898. Emily died at Meadows, South Australia on 18th December 1933. Spencer died at Meadows on 9th July 1938. They had four children.
2. Ellen May, born at Greenock on 11th May 1876. She died at Kapunda on 26th January 1906. She never married.
3. Walter Charles, born at Penrice on 9th February 1879. He married Mary Ellen Locking in 1901. Walter did at Willunga, South Australia on16th March 1944. Mary died on 19th September 1959. They had eight children.
4. Arthur Norman, born at the Flinders Ranges on 19th August 1880. He married Violet Priscilla Jane Matthews about 1906. Arthur died Guildford, West Australia on 25th January 1961. Violet died at Guildford on 21st September 1968. They had five children.
5. Howard Henry, born at Kanyaka, South Australia on 10th December 1881. He married Ethel May Garrett about 1908. Howard died on 9th November 1960. Ethel died on 25th October 1963. They had six children.
6. Olive Edith, born at Gordon, South Australia on 25th February 1884. She married Frederick Osborne. Olive died on 16th April 1914. Nothing further is known.
7. Hubert Clair, born at Greenock on 25th May 1886. He married Ida Matilda Linke in 1904. Ida died 6th December 1961. Hubert died at Kapunda on 17th December 1967. They had four children.
8. Laura Blanche, born at Greenock on 28th September 1888. She married James Campbell. Nothing further is known.
JAMES BRANSON 1827 - 1906
James was born at Titchmarsh on 10th November 1827. He married Eliza Goss at Titchmarsh on 27th March 1848. Eliza was born at Titchmarsh on 14th September 1824, parent's names unknown.
Shortly after their marriage, James applied to emigrate to South Australia, his application was accepted and he and Eliza sailed from London aboard the “Poictiers” along with his brother William and sister Rebecca (Webb).
They arrived at Port Adelaide on 13th November 1848. James and Eliza lived not far out of the City for almost a year, before James could take up the prearranged lease of his land, part of this land was at Greenock Creek in the County of light and some was in the District of Nuriootpa.
James worked hard clearing and fencing his land and getting in successful crops. His hard worked paid of as he soon had this property paid off. He named the Farm “Pilton” On 18th December 1879 James bought more land in the Greenock Township.
He is known to have gone twice to the Victorian goldfields. It is (according to family legend) said that the first time, he walked all the way.
James along with his brother William was active in the founding and building of the first Wesleyan, Methodist Church built at Greenock in 1855, he and William being the only resident trustees of the Church. James was also a Justice of the Peace and for many years he was a member of the Nuriootpa District Council, both as a Councillor the Greenock Ward. In 1883 he was elected Chairman of the Council. He was also a trustee of the Greenock Cemetery.
Eliza died at Greenock on 27th December 1897. James died at Greenock on 30th November 1906. They are both buried at Greenock.
An obituary for James was printed in The Adelaide Chronicle on 8th December 1906: -
GREENOCK, December 1. Last night Mr. James Branson, another old colonist, passed to his rest at the age of 79 years. He is the only male survivor of a family of eight sons and one daughter. The daughter (Mrs. Webb) is still alive, and resides here. Mr. Branson came out to South Australia from Northamptonshire in 1848, a year after his marriage, in the ship Poictiers, and after a year near the city took up land here and farmed very successfully until 19 years ago, when his son, Mr. George Branson, took up the property and the deceased came to live in the township, accompanied by his wife (now deceased) and daughter. Mr. Branson was a J. P., and his name was associated with every local public movement of importance. One of his latest gifts was a donation to the funds of the new institute. For many years he sat as Chairman and Councillor for Greenock ward in the Nuriootpa District Council. His family was prime movers in erecting the Methodist Chapel, and the old gentleman remained a member of the church to his death. Of his family of six children, three survive, viz., Mr. G. Branson of “Pilton” farm, Miss Ellen Branson, and Mrs, James Miller, all of Greenock.
James and Eliza had six children.
CHILDREN OF JAMES & ELIZA BRANSON
William 1850 - 1887
William was born at Greenock on 13th August 1850. He married Sarah Ann Stribling at Stockport, South Australia on 19th September 1877. Sarah was born at Morphett Vale, South Australia on 26th November 1851, the daughter of George and Ann Stribling.
William died of inflammation of the lungs at Stockport on 3rd June 1887, at the young age of 36. Sarah died at Brighton, South Australia on 14th August 1929. They had four children.
1. Edward James, born at Stockport on 2nd July 1878. He married Ida Eveline Roberts in 1914. Edward died at Hamley Bridge, South Australia on 12th October 1936. Ida died at Hamley Bridge on 28th April 1974. They had three children.
2. Florence Elizabeth Jane, born at Tarlee, South Australia on 3rd July 1883. Nothing further is known.
3. Amy Isabel Maude, born at Tarlee on 20th August 1884. Died on 10th August 1965. Nothing further is known.
4. William George, born at Tarlee on 18th May 1886. He married Maude Elizabeth Windsor at Tarlee on 12th march 1912. Maude died at Adelaide on 21st June 1970. William died at Adelaide on 6th September 1970. They had six children.
Alfred Thomas 1853 - 1899
Alfred Thomas was born at Greenock on 10th May 1853. Died at Greenock on 16th July 1866. Nothing further is known.
Ellen 1856 - 1937
Ellen was born at Greenock on 3rd April 1856. Died at Payneham, South Australia on 2nd November 1937. She never married.
Sarah Eliza 1861 - 1861
4. Sarah Eliza born at Greenock on 4th May 1861. Died at Greenock on 23rd July 1861, aged two months
George 1863 - 1936
George was born at Greenock on 11th September 1863. He received his education at Whinham College. When he left College, George took up farming. In 1887 he took over “Pilton” when his father retired and moved into Greenock Township. He was so successful that it was soon one of the biggest operations in the district.
George married Anna Maria Webb at the Wesleyan Church, Greenock on 28th February 1888. Anna was born at Gawler, South Australia on 20th February 1863, the daughter of William Laurence Webb and Anna Maria nee Brown.
In 1902, George, in partnership with Mr. J. Kleinig, established the Emu Chaff Mill at Freeling, later opening a branch at Roseworthy. The mill was the most up to date in the State, employing over fifty people. The bulk of the output being for export, some 15,000 tons of chaff being exported in 1906.
For five years George occupied a seat on the Nuriootpa District Council and in 1899 was appointed a Justice of the Peace.
In November 1907 George retired and he and Anna moved to Adelaide. George died at Dartford Private Hospital, Adelaide on 6th October 1936. He is buried at Mitcham cemetery, South Australia. Anna died at Adelaide on 28th September 1944.
They had four children.
1. Ruby Olivia, born at Greenock on 27th December 1888. She married Cord Henry Joseph Udy at Rose Park, South Australia on 24th December 1921. Cord died at Adelaide on 28th April 1950. Ruby died at Adelaide on 8th November 1972. They had three children.
2. Harrold Randolph, born at Greenock on 13th December 1893. He married Ivy Inez Clark at Kent Town, South Australia on 21st March 1923. Ivy died at Adelaide on 7th August 1874. Harrold died at Adelaide on 14th July 1979. They had two children.
3. Laurence James, born at Greenock on 6th May 1896. Killed in action in France on 5th nove1916.
4. Vernon Mostyn, born at Adelaide on 5th April 1908. Married Mary Bath at Rose Park on 15th March 1933. They had one child.
Sarah 1868 - 1952
Sarah was born at Greenock on 2nd April 1868. She married James Miller at the Wesleyan Church, Greenock on her 23rd birthday, 2nd April 1891. James was born at Willaston, South Australia on 2nd July 1867, the eldest son of Caleb Miller and Anne nee Gwynne. James died at Adelaide on 30th October 1944, Sarah died at Adelaide on 21st February 1952. They had seven children.
1. Ellen Annie Bernice, born at Freeling, South Australia on 23rd January 1893. She married Gustav Adolph Pfeiffer at Adelaide on 27th June 1923. Ellen died at Adelaide on 20th February 1968. They had two children.
2. Gladys Effie, born at Freeling on 30th June 1895. Died at Adelaide on 26th May 1983. Nothing further is known.
3. Doreen Eliza, born at Freeling on 10th April 1898. Died at Adelaide on 16th September 1979. Nothing further is known.
4. Marjorie Beatrice Grace, born at Freeling on 23rd December 1900. Died at Adelaide on 18th December 1977. Nothing further is known.
5. Gwendolen Merle, born at Greenock on 10th December 1903. Died at Adelaide on 24th February 1958. Nothing further is known.
6. Archibald Hilary James, born at Greenock on 12th October 1906. Nothing further is known.
7. Edgar Lloyd, born at Adelaide on 6th September 1908. He married Marjorie Pickering. Edgar died at Adelaide on 14th November 1977. Nothing further is known.
REBECCA BRANSON 1830 - 1922
Rebecca was born at Titchmarsh on 28th February 1830, the only daughter of James and Sarah. She married John Webb at St. Mary's the Virgin, Titchmarsh on 27th March 1848 in a double ceremony with her brother James. John was born at Titchmarsh on 28th June 1828, the son of Henry and Hannah Webb.
Soon after their marriage, John and Rebecca applied to emigrate to South Australia, they were accepted and in July, along with two of Rebecca's newly married brothers and their wives, sailed from London aboard the “Poictiers”. They arrived at Port Adelaide on 13th November 1848.
After a short stay in the City, John and Rebecca took up land at Norton Summit, they farmed this land for about two years. In 1851 they moved to Greenock. In 1854 John went to the Victorian goldfields. After he returned they went to Burton near Salisbury. They returned to Greenock in 1858.
As a young girl Rebecca learned both lace making and knitting, and until her sight failed she did very fine work. In her old age she treasured some of the appliances she used as well as a piece of unfinished work she had begun in the days before her eyesight got bad.
John died at Greenock on 17th March 1883. Rebecca died at Greenock on 15th September 1922. John and Rebecca had six children.
CHILDREN OF JOHN & REBECCA WEBB
Charles 1849 - 1930
Charles was born at Norton Summit, South Australia on 28th January 1849. He married Isabella Jane Henderson at Stone Hut, South Australia on 25th December 1874. Isabella was born at Magill, South Australia on 5th September 1855. Charles died at Wagin, West Australia on 8th November 1930. Isabella died at Wagin on 17th August 1931. They had twelve children.
1. John Albert, born at Stone Hut on 28th September 1875. He married May Elizabeth Nourse Brinkworth at Appila, South Australia on 14th August 1900. May died at Norton Summit on 20th August 1942. John died at Stone hut on 25th February 1961. They had six children.
2. William Peter , born at Stone Hut on 24th October 1876. He died at Stone Hut on 10th October 1891, two weeks before his fifteenth birthday.
3. Charles James, born at Stone Hut on 21st February 1878. He married Ada May Gates at Glenelg, South Australia in 1921. Charles died at Stone Hut on 1st October 1942. Ada died on 10th August 1968. They had two children.
4. Allan Peter, born at Stone Hut in 1879. Died before 1897, as another male child was born and named Allan in that year.
5. Robert Henry, born at Stone Hut on 18th December 1880. He married Emma Louise Brown. He died on 6th November 1946. They had three children.
6. Alexander Gilbert, born at Stone Hut on 28th November 1882. Died in 1958. Nothing further is known.
7. Ivy Rebecca Hettie, born at Stone Hut on 24th September 1884. She married John Sturges in 1905. Ivy died on 10th February 1962. They had six children.
8. David George Harold, born at Stone Hut on 26th November 1886. He married Alice King. They had thirteen children.
9. Daisy Hannah, born at Stone Hut on 13th July 1889. She married William John Kays. They had two children.
10. Arthur Franklin, born at Stone Hut on 16th February 1892. He married Elizabeth Johnstone on 21st July 1913. Arthur died on 23rd March 1951. They had nine children.
11. Wilfred Peter, born at Stone Hut on 24th March 1893. Killed in action in France on 3rd May 1917.
12. Allan George Henderson, born at Stone Hut on 27th May 1897. He married Alice McCauley. They had seven children.
Henry James 1850 - 1931
Henry was born at Norton Summit on 13th May 1850. He married Sarah Chappel Bailey Pullin at Mons Hill, South Australia on 19th March 1870. Sarah was born at Salisbury, South Australia on 11th September 1850. Sarah died at Brighton, South Australia on 22dn December 1927. Henry died at Brighton on 19th June 1931. They had thirteen children.
1. James Thomas, born in South Australia on 18th December 1870. Died at Greenock on 25th April 1971. Nothing further is known.
2. Arthur John, born at Templars, South Australia on 25th March 1872. He married Elizabeth Alice Harding on 26th September 1900. Elizabeth died on 9th October 1956. Arthur died on 1st December 1956. They had two children.
3. Mary Edith, born at Templars on 16th May 1874. She married John Thomas Jamieson on 29th March 1898. Mary died at Barunga, South Australia on 12th March 1900. John died on 4th January 1945. They had one child.
4. Lois Rebecca, born at Parnaroo, South Australia on 2nd June 1876. She married William James Harding on 1st September 1897. William died on 24th May 1950. Lois died at Adelaide in 1970. They had five children.
5. Sarah Serena, born at Templars on 30th May 1878. She married Dougal Sargent on 15th February 1906. Sarah died at Glenelg on 13th December 1941. Dougal died at Glenelg on 5th April 1945. They had five children.
6. Walter George, born at Gawler, South Australia on 3rd September 1880. He married Esther Clara Fielding on 28th February 1924. Walter died on 30th September 1959. Esther died on 18th December 1959. Nothing further is known.
7. Ernest Henry, born 13th May 1882. Died 14th September 1883.
8. Annie May, born 24th May 1884. Died 17th June 1884.
9. Clarence Percival, born 4th June 1885. Died 2nd January 1886.
10. Bertram Oliver, born 23rd November 1886. He married Jessie cook on 27th July 1915. Jessie died on 4th July 1942. Bertram died on 27 February 1965. They had ten children.
11. Eunice Gertrude, born 5th October 1889. Died 20th August 1913.
12. Myrtle Venetta, born at Parnaroo on 6th October 1891. She married Percy Harold Metcalf on 25th February 1914. Percy died on 29th December 1953. Myrtle died on 24th February 1965. They had two children.
13. Alfred Herbert Branson, born at Parnaroo on 29th October 1895. He married Hazel May Mitchell on 13th November 1915. Alfred died at Nhill, Victoria on 20th May 1968. Hazel died at Portland, Victoria on 10th September 1976. They had eleven children.
Sarah Hannah 1855 - 1856
Sarah was born at Adelaide on 24th May 1855. She lived less than a year dying at Adelaide on 2nd February 1856.
Mary Ann 1857 - 1923
Mary was born at Gawler on 24th July 1857. She married Daniel Fielding about 1878. She died at Black Hill, South Australia on 25th September 1933. They had three children.
1. Sarah Rebecca, born 16th March 1879. She married Henry Batten at Black Hill in 1898. Henry died at Black hill on 7th July 1943. Sarah died at Black hill on 20th August 1968. They had six children.
2. William Charles Daniel, born at Black Hill on 27th October 1880. Died at Black Hill on 10th December 1895, aged fifteen years.
3. Esther Clara, born at Greenock on 29th July 1882. She married her 1st cousin, Walter George Webb on 28th February 1924. Walter died 30th September 1959. Esther died on 18th December 1959.
Rebecca Jane 1861 - 1899
Rebecca was born at Greenock on 6th October 1861. She married Thomas Nelson at Greenock on 7th October 1880. Thomas was born at Glenelg on 6th May 1858. Rebecca died at Broken Hill, New South Wales on 13th January 1899. Thomas died at Gladstone, South Australia on 21st May 1936. They had eight children.
1. William Henry, born on 30th August 1881. He married Rosetta Warburton. He died in 1949. They had four children.
2. Olive Elisa Rebecca, born 24th March 1883. She married Samuel Townsend at Broken Hill on 7th January 1903. Samuel died at Sydney on 4th October 1952. Olive died at Sydney on 15th September 1964. They had six children.
3. Mabel Hilda, born 30th August 1885. She married Malcolm Roderick McLeod at Broken Hill on 4th March 1908. Malcolm died at Broken Hill on 12th April 1964. Mabel died at Broken Hill on 14th May 1982. They had three children.
4. Horatio John, born at Greenock on 3rd September 1889. He married Eveline Moore Black Rock, South Australia on 5th October 1911. Horatio died at Broken Hill on 12th February 1941. Eveline died at Adelaide on 10th April 1959. They had six children.
5. Florence, born in 1892. She married John Buscombe. They had three children. Nothing further is known.
6. David Norman, born in 1894. Nothing further is known.
7. Emily Victoria, born on 24th May 1896. Nothing further is known.
8. Annie Ruby, born at Broken Hill on 22nd November 1898. She married Norman James Haire about 1920. Norman died in 1955. Annie died at Daw Park, South Australia on 17th November 1980. They had four children
William 1865 - 1951
William was born at Greenock on 2nd March 1865. He died at Linden Park, South Australia on 24th November 1951. Nothing further is known.
CHARLES BRANSON 1832 - 1887
Charles was born at Titchmarsh on 22nd May 1832. He gave his occupation as agricultural labourer when he applied to emigrate to South Australia in 1851. He was accepted and sailed from Plymouth on 26th November 1851 aboard the “Amazon” arriving at Adelaide on Thursday 19th February 1852.
On 19th May 1854, Charles leased 90 acres of land at Greenock from Mr. Robert Bevan, for £17-2-6, payable half yearly, on 10th November and 10th May.
On 29th September 1854, Charles leased 80 acres of land at Nuriootpa from Thomas Margary for seven years, payable half yearly at £20-3-0, on 5th March and 5th September.
Charles married Frances Phoebe (Fanny) Donelly at Greenock at the home of his brother William, on 31st August 1855. Frances was born at Brampton, Huntingdonshire, England on 9th August 1837, the daughter of James Donelly and Ann nee Ray.
On 4th November 1862 Charles bought the 80 acres he had been leasing from Thomas Margary.
In 1873 Charles left Greenock and moved to Stockport, where he farmed until 1883.
Sometime in 1883 Charles and his family went to Melbourne, Victoria, where on 26th July 1883 he applied for a grant of 229 acres of land at Warburton in the Parish of Yuonga, County of Evelyn. He and Fanny commenced making improvements to the block, by clearing about two acres and putting in some crops and putting a fence around it. They lived on an adjoining block of nine acres, which was separated from the larger block by the river Yarra, across which they built a bridge.
The application was granted on 1st July 1884. By this time Charles had built a house on the smaller block, which they named “Brampton Park”, after Fanny's birthplace. Family legend has it that this house was the original Warburton Chalet that burnt down in the 1939 bushfires but there is no official proof of this.
Charles died at “Brampton Park”, Warburton on 1st April 1887, although his death is not officially recorded. He was buried in the Lilydale cemetery three days later on 3rd April 1887.
For quite a few years after the death of Charles, Fanny had to battle bureaucracy for the right to live on the smaller block.
Fanny died at “Brampton Park”, Warburton in October 1913, she is buried with Charles at Lilydale cemetery.
Charles and Fanny had twelve children.
CHILDREN OF CHARLES & FANNY BRANSON
Frederick 1856 - 1884
Frederick was born at Greenock in 1856. Died at Warburton on 14th October1884. Nothing further is known.
John 1858 - 1938
John was born at Greenock on 13th March 1858. He married Caroline English at Dalkey, South Australia on 5th November 1885. John died at Gawler on 31st August 1938. Caroline died on 8th June 1950. They had seven children.
1. Lily May, born at Dalkey, South Australia on 23rd August 1886. She married Shadrack Alfred Ash. Lily died at Gawler on 27th January 1949. They had three children.
2. Charles Henry, born at Warburton, Victoria on 4th April 1888. He married Margaret Elizabeth Sheridan at Clarence Park, South Australia on 13th July 1917. Margaret died on 17th September 1954. Charles died on 18th October 1960. They had three children.
3. Olive Ada, born at Warburton in 1890. She married Leslie James Hall at Adelaide on 29th November 1923. Olive died at Adelaide on 19th November 1955. They had two children.
4. Percival Warburton, born at Warburton in 1892. He married Dorothy Irene Harriet Trembath in 1914. Dorothy died at Oodnadatta, South Australia in 1923. Percival died at Alice Springs on 17th December 1963. They had four children.
5. Annie Beatrice, born at Riverton, South Australia on 7th September 1898. She married Ernest Reid. Nothing further is known.
6. Stanley Gilbert, born at Riverton on 21st November 1900. Died at Riverton on 20th July 1902, aged eighteen months.
7. Gertrude Ursula Doreen, born at Riverton on 29th January 1904. She married Julius Conrad Reschke in 1920. Gertrude died on 31st August 1968. They had two children.
William Charles 1860 - 1947
William Charles was born at Greenock on 6th December 1860. He married his 2nd cousin, Fanny Eliza Holding at Warburton on 20th February 1890. Fanny was born at North Melbourne in 1873, the daughter of William Holding and Louisa Donelly.
William died at Mooroopna, Victoria in 1947. Fanny died at Sunbury, Victoria in 1930. They had five children.
1. Myrtle May, born at Warburton in 1891. She married Henry Bernard Crowley in 1916. Myrtle died at Fitzroy in 1953. Henry died at Fitzroy in 1970. They had seven children.
2. Pearl, born at Warburton in 1894. She married James Walter Humphries in 1913. Pearl died at Riddells Creek, shortly after their marriage on 12th January 1914. James remarried in 1916 and had five children.
3. Ivy Blanche, born at Warracknabeal, Victoria in 1897. She married Eric Thomas Austin at North Melbourne on 31st March 1925. Ivy died at Fitzroy on 11th June 1973. Eric died at Heidelberg in 1977. They had five children.
4. Ethel Melool, born on 12th February 1901. She married John Edward Millsteed. John died at Tocumwal, New South Wales on 16th August 1967. Ethel died at Yarrawonga, Victoria on 10th October 1982. They had two children.
5. Sylvia Grace, born at Sunbury on 7th April 1904. She married William John Burge on 30th January 1932. William died at Prahran, Victoria on 18th September 1938. Sylvia died at Melbourne on 20th March 1970. They had one known child.
James 1862 - 1940
James was born at Greenock on 1st December 1862. He married Alice Maude Hansen at East Warburton on 2nd July 1891. Alice was born at McMahon's Creek, Victoria on 19th April 1871, the daughter of Frederick Hansen and Maria nee Clark.
Alice died at Nyah, Victoria on 20th April 1935. James died at Swan Hill, Victoria on 17th February 1940. They had thirteen children.
1. Thomas Charles, born at Warburton on 21st July 1891. He married Edith Wilhemina Jasper at Elmore, Victoria on 23rd October 1924. Thomas died at Nyah, Victoria on 15th September 1971. Edith died at Nyah West on 29th April 1986. They had four children.
2. Rose, born at Warburton on 8th October 1892. She married George West in 1920. George died at Bendigo in 1947. Rose died at Bendigo on 6th December 1983. They had five children.
3. Frederick George, born at Warburton on 29th April 1894. Nothing further is known.
4. Claude, born at Warracknabeal on 3rd November 1896. He married Agnes Mary Pierpoint O'bree about 1926. Claude died at Swan Hill, Victoria on 8th September 1979. They had four children.
5. Annie Alice, born on 25th March 1899. She married William Filbey. She died at Bendigo on 20th April 1985. They had one known child.
6. Gertrude Victoria, born at Lake Boga, Victoria on 13th March 1901. Died at Rushworth, Victoria on 9th June 1904.
7. Sarah May, born at Rushworth on 20th December 1904. Nothing further is known.
8. Emmie, born at Rushworth on 15th July 1905. She married George William Guy about 1925. George died at Bendigo on 17th August 1971. They had eight children.
9. James Gordon, born at Rushworth on 9th June 1907. He married Ivy Edna Winepress. They had four children.
10. Daisy Jane, born at Rushworth on 23rd October 1909. She married Leonard George Anderson Daley. They had seven children.
11. John Walter, born at Rushworth on 4th September 1911. He married Jean Elizabeth Darrigan. They had two children.
12. Harold Wilfred, born at Rushworth on 27th July 1913. He married Cynthia Isobel Taylor. Harold died at Bendigo on 12th April 1982. They had three children.'
13. Albert Warburton, born at Rushworth on 8th December 1917. He died as a prisoner of war on the island of Ambon on 7th August 1945.
Fanny Jane 1864 - 1948
Fanny Jane was born at Greenock on 29th August 1864. She married her 1st cousin, William John Donelly at Warburton on 25th August 1886. William John was born at Bolinda Vale, Victoria on 13th January 1861, the son of William Joseph Donelly and Elizabeth nee Clarke. William died of heart failure at Prahran, Victoria on 25th June 1934. Fanny died at Ringwood, Victoria on 28th February 1948. They are both buried in the Box Hill cemetery. They had nine children.
1. Eva Blanche, born at Warburton on 15th January 1887. She married Philip George Bennetts at Riddells Creek on 26th June 1907. Philip died at Box Hill on 4th December 1953. Eva died at Box Hill on 8th September 1963. They had three children.
2. Alice Mary, born at Warburton on 5th December 1888. She married Arthur Henry Mason on 1st February 1919. Alice died at Ringwood on 2nd December 1955. They had three children
3. Nellie Ray, born at Warburton on 8th March 1891. She married James Albert William Fowles in 1911. Nellie died at Warracknabeal, Victoria in 1982. They had ten children.
4. Fanny Elizabeth, born at Bolinda on 3rd June 1894. She married Albert William Crowley in 1915. Albert died at Heidelberg on 4th May 1967. Fanny died at Townsville, Queensland on 7th August 1983. They had two children.
5. William Joseph, born at Warburton on 9th March 1897. He married Beatrice Emily Creek on 28th December 1921. William died at Balwyn on 3rd January 1971. They had one known child.
6. Charles Edward, born at Warburton on 4th December 1899. He married Ruby (surname unknown). Charles died at Wangaratta, Victoria on 17th November 1987. Nothing further is known.
7. John Albert, born at Warburton in 1901. He married Emma Jane Garnet at Cranbourne, Victoria in 1926. They had one known child.
8. Alan Frederick, born at Warburton in 1903. He died at Kew, Victoria in 1978. Nothing further is known.
9. Alexander George, born at Warburton in 1906. He married Hazel Doreen Dobson on 28th May 1932. Alexander was killed in action on 3rd November 1943, during World War 2. Hazel died at Heidelberg on 10th October 1992. They had three children.
Thomas 1866 - 1866
Thomas was born and died at Greenock on 28th November 1866.
Sarah 1868 - 1868
Sarah was born at Greenock on 19th August 1868. She died at Greenock on 3rd September 1868.
Charles Henry 1870 - 1870
Charles Henry was born at Greenock on 4th June 1870. He died at Greenock on 8th June 1870.
Clara Ellen 1872 - 1938
Clara Ellen was born at Greenock on 17th March 1872. She married her 1st cousin, Frederick Henry Donelly at Buttlejork, Victoria on 6th September 1888.Frederick was born at Bolinda Vale, Victoria on 12th June 1866, the son of William Joseph Donelly and Elizabeth nee Clarke and the brother of William John who had married her sister Fanny Jane in 1886. Frederick worked as a farm labourer for W. J. Clarke on his various properties around the Sunbury and Riddells Creek area.
Frederick was an ardent angler and a crack shot with a gun, winning many prizes in shooting competition.
Frederick died at Riddells Creek on 3rd September 1929, after a long period of ill health. Clara died at Riddells Creek on 13th September 1938. They had nine children. Their children are covered in the Donelly chapter of this history.
Thomas 1873 - 1873
Thomas was born at Stockport, South Australia on 25th December 1873. He only lived two days, dying at Stockport on 27 December 1873.
Annie Eliza 1875 - 1927
Annie Eliza was born at Stockport on 7th March 1875. She died at East Melbourne, Victoria in 1927. She never married.
Lily May 1876 - 1936
Lily May was born at Stockport on 25th December 1876. She married Thomas Fury at Melbourne in 1901. Thomas was born at Casterton, Victoria on 8th April 1870, the son of Thomas Fury and Bridget nee Byrne.
Thomas died at West Melbourne on 21st September 1908, aged only 39 years. Leaving Lily with a young family to bring up on her own. Lily died at Mildura on 11th July 1936. They had four children.
1. Ellen Frances, born at West Melbourne on 28th January 1902. She married William John Sawyer at Adelaide on 18th July 1930. William died at Mildura, Victoria on 19th July 1972. Ellen died at Dareton, New South Wales on 7th August 1981. They had three children.
2. Thomas Charles, born at West Melbourne on 14th August 1903. He married Clarice Mills at Melbourne on 19th September 1930. Thomas died at Prahran on 23rd August 1973. It is not known if they had any children.
3. Mary Freda, born at West Melbourne on 26th June 1905. Nothing further is known.
4. Eileen May, born at West Melbourne on 16th March 1907. Died at Mildura 28th December 1985. Nothing further is known.
JEREMIAH BRANSON 1837 - 1900
Jeremiah was born at Titchmarsh on 13th August 1837. He was named after his brother who had been born in 1835, but tragically died in 1836.
Jeremiah migrated to South Australia in 1858 with his parents when he was 20 years old. He was almost 30 years old when he married Sarah Lelliott at the Greenock Wesleyan Chapel on 4th December 1866. Sarah was born at Magill, South Australia in 1934, the daughter of Nicholas Peter Lelliott.
Jeremiah and Sarah only had the one child, a daughter Annie, born at Greenock on 3rd April 1868. It must have been a difficult birth, as Sarah died less than a month later on 1st May 1868.
Apparently Jeremiah gave baby Annie to Sarah's mother to look after, but she died at Magill on 12th July 1868.
Three years after Sarah's death Jeremiah married Kezia Williams at Stockport on 4th May 1871. Kezia was born at Gawler, South Australia on 4th February 1845, the daughter of Meyrick Thomas Williams and Anne nee Evans.
Jeremiah farmed all around the Greenock, Stockport and Tarlee areas of South Australia. Sometime in the 1880's he bought a large property at Hamley Bridge, not far from Tarlee. It was on this property, on Thursday, 3rd August 1900, whilst engaged in gathering his hay that Jeremiah was killed in an accident. He was working on the top of the load pulling on the rope operating the hay-lifting frame when the rope broke and he fell from the cart, landing on his head, which resulted in a broken kneck. He was buried at Stockport on Sunday 5th August 1900.
Kezia died at Hamley Bridge, at the home of her daughter Clara Durdin on 2nd January 1916, leaving 6 sons, 2 daughter and 20 grandchildren. She is buried with Jeremiah at Stockport.
CHILDREN OF JEREMIAH & KEZIA BRANSON
George James 1872 - 1938
George was born at Greenock on 6th August 1872. He married Harriet Elizabeth Robbins at the Baptist Church, Kapunda, South Australia on 25th December 1896. Harriet was born at Dry Creek near Stockport on 5th October 1865, the daughter of John Robbins and Naomi nee Buckley. George died at Hamley Bridge, South Australia on 4th August 1938. Nothing further is known.
Sarah Ann 1873 - 1950
Sarah was born at Stockport on 8th September 1873. She married Thomas Osborne Watts at Tarlee, South Australia on 31st December 1931. Thomas was born at Flagstaff, South Australia on 1st February 1868, the son of Thomas Watts and Sarah nee Connolly. Thomas died at Hamley Bridge on 15th June 1950. Sarah died at Hamley Bridge on 27th February 1950. They had three children.
1. Amy Muriel Edna, born at Tarlee on 4th October 1902. She married Thomas Bennett at Hamley Bridge in 1939. Thomas died at Adelaide on 31st March 1978. They had one child.
2. Ernest Branson, born at Tarlee on 27th July 1904. He married Thelma Button. Ernest died 23rd October 1978. They had one known child.
3. Annie Rita Beryl, born at Tarlee on 4th November 1906. She married Angus Manwaring Fyfe at Hamley Bridge on 30th March 1935. Angus died at Hamley Bridge in 1966. They had one child.
Albert William 1875 - 1961
Albert was born at Greenock on 8th May 1875. He married Amy Caroline Hill at Tarlee on 22nd September 1904. Amy was born at Tarlee on 30th June 1881, the daughter of Thomas Henry Hill and Fanny Elizabeth nee Willis. Amy died at Hamley Bridge on 26th January 1961. Albert died at Hamley Bridge on 20th December 1961. They had six children.
1. Amy Vera May, born at Tarlee on 18th March 1907. She married Clarence Stanley Howard at Tarlee on 28th March 1931. Clarence died at Stockport on 7th March 1954. Amy died at Kapunda on 5th March 1973. They had two children.
2. Hilary Ernest Arthur, born at Tarlee on 26th December 1908. He married Beryl Ada Hannaford at Finness Point, South Australia on 9th March 1935. Hilary died in 1984. They had four children.
3. Reginald Hugh Lance, born at Riverton, South Australia on 20th July 1912. He married Lesley Joan Huppatz at Finness Point on 17th March 1937. Reginald died at Gawler on 11th December 1985. They had one child.
4. Malcolm Stanley, born at Hamley Bridge on 25th September 1914. He married Thora Catherine Abbott at Eudunda, South Australia on 18th February 1939. They had four children.
5. Keith Lloyd Albert, born at Hamley Bridge in 1917. Died 4th April 1973. Nothing further is known.
6. Frank Noel, born at Freeling on 21st May 1920. He married Edith Emily Marie Earl. They had two children.
David Arthur 1877 - 1958
David was born at Tarlee on 1st May 1877. He married Alice May Smith at Hamley Bridge on 19th March 1913. Alice was born at Yankalilla, South Australia on 19th March 1892. David died at Hamley Bridge on 13th June 1958. Alice died at Hamley Bridge on 15th October 1962. They had two children.
1. Joyce May, born at Corcondo, South Australia on 27th December 1915. She married Arthur Charles Willis at Hamley Bridge on 5th June 1947. They had three children.
2. Hugh George Ross, born at Hamley Bridge on 9th May 1919. He married Dora Jean Willis at Tarlee on 27th March 1947. Nothing further is known.
Alfred Charles 1879 - 1947
Alfred was born at Greenock on 16th January 1879. He married Ethel Mary Lawrence at Stockport on 28th June 1905. Ethel was born at Mallala, South Australia on 2nd February 1878, the daughter of Henry Lawrence and Susannah nee Vawn. Alfred died on 23rd July 1947. Ethel died on 10th October 1972. They had seven children.
1. Reginald Ralph Lawrence, born at Tarlee on 3rd June 1906. He only lived a week, dying at Tarlee on 10th July 1906.
2. Dulcie, Born at Tarlee on 14th July 1907. She died at Hamley Bridge on 10th February 1916 aged only nine years.
3. Daphne, born at Tarlee on 10th September 1909. She died at Hamley Bridge on 21st October 1923.
4. Lorrice Myra, born at Hamley Bridge on 17th March 1911. She died at Hamley Bridge on 21st October 1923.
5. Arthur Charles, born at Hamley Bridge on 8th May 1913. He died at Hamley Bridge on 8th January 1916 aged 2 years.
6. Norman Howard Roy, born at Hamley Bridge on 5th July 1916. He married Kathleen Annie Ricketts at Adelaide on 13th April 1942. They had one child.
7. Trevor, born at Hamley Bridge on 26th September 1919. He married Dorothy Cosgrove nee McLean at Adelaide on 20th February 1954. They have one child from Dorothy's previous marriage.
Walter Herbert Roger 1881 - 1945
Walter was born at Stockport on 19th July 1881. He married Edith Millicent Berling at the Parkside Baptist Church, Adelaide on 2nd September 1911. Edith was born at Blumberg, South Australia on 24th June 1885, the daughter of Frederick Berling and Phoebe nee Reddaway. Walter died at Hamley Bridge on 17th November 1945. Edith died on 17th August 1960. They had four children.
1. Edna Coral May, born at Hamley Bridge on 27th May 1912. She married Arnold Brooks. They had two children
2. Ralph Leonard, born at Hamley Bridge on 9th December 1913. He married Elsie Muriel Gregory on 10th February 1937. They had four children.
3. Sydney Howard, born at Hamley Bridge on 8th March 1916. He married Yvonne Jarmyn at Hamley Bridge on 31st January 1942. Sydney died at Hamley Bridge on 11th November 1980. They had one child.
4. Alan Roger, born at Hamley Bridge on 23rd August 1919. He married Betty Hillard at Gladstone, South Australia on 23September 1940. Betty died at Gladstone on 23rd May 1960. They had five children.
Hervey Joseph Ernest 1883 - 1968
Hervey was born at Alma, South Australia on 12th March 1883. He married Olive Margaret Sanders at Tarlee on 29th September 1909. Olive was born at Wauraltee, South Australia on 16th October 1885, the daughter of John Sanders and Mary Jane nee Bowey. Hervey died at Hamley Bridge on 28th March 1968. Olive died at Hamley Bridge on 3rd March 1978. They had seven children.
1. Archie Edwin, born at Hamley Bridge on 6th February 1911. He married Joyce Rose Battley at Giles Corner, South Australia on 9th October 1937. They had three children.
2. Mavis Dorothy, born at Tarlee on 1st March 1913. She married Maxwell McKenzie at Hamley Bridge in 1935. They had four children.
3. Gladys Joyce, born at Riverton on 5th February 1915. She married Alan Steven Hutton at Hamley Bridge in 1939. Alan died in 1976. They had four children.
4. Cyril Raymond, born at Tarlee on 20th March 1916. He married Grace Cavell Newman at Hamley Bridge on 14th March 1940. Cyril died at Hamilton, Victoria on 18th July 1986. They had five children.
5. Murray John, born at Riverton on 2nd March 1918. He married Gwenyth Evelyn Wake at Woodville, South Australia on 7th February 1942. They had four children.
6. Robert Pax, born at Hamley Bridge on 4th July 1919. He married Ruth Iris Adams at Pinery, South Australia on 18th July 1942. They had three children.
7. Rita Thelma, born at Hamley Bridge on 29th April 1926. She married Samuel Wallace Anderson McLellan at Sydney, New South Wales on 29th April 1965. They had one child.
Clara Kezia Emily Eva 1885 - 1948
Clara was born at Greenock on 7th May 1885. She married William Henry Durdin at Tarlee on 14th April 1910. William was born at Second Valley near Rapid Bay, South Australia on 24th August 1884, the son of Jesse Durdin and Emma nee Cant. Clara died at Hamley Bridge on 5th June 1948. William died at Hamley Bridge on 20th July 1972. They had nine children.
1. Sylvia Coral, born at Hamley Bridge on 20th January 1912. She married Harold Lawrie at Hamley Bridge in 1935. They had three children.
2. Hervey William, born at Hamley Bridge on 6th March 1914. He married Una Sanders at Kent Town, South Australia in 1939. They had two children.
3. Ruby Elva, born at Hamley Bridge on 22nd April 1915. She married Mark Clarence Gregory at Hamley Bridge in 1937. They had three children.
4. Muriel Eva, born at Hamley Bridge on 31st May 1916. She married Jack Mudge at Hamley Bridge in 1957. Nothing further is known.
5. Edgar Walter, born at Hamley Bridge on 7th October 1918. He married Jean Flanigan at Oakleigh, Victoria in 1942. They had three children.
6. Delsie Audrey Maureen, born at Hamley Bridge on 7th November 1920. She married Bruce Youl Freebairn at Hamley Bridge in 1942. Bruce died at Riverton in 1969. They had two children.
7. George James, born at Hamley Bridge on 7th December 1922. He married Blanche Sires at Hamley Bridge in 1945. George died at Gawler in 1981. They had three children.
8. Lorna Bette, born at Hamley Bridge on 23rd July 1924. She married Joseph Hobba at Melbourne, Victoria in 1946. Lorna died at Pascoe Vale, Victoria in 1961. They had two children.
9. John Tennyson, born at Hamley Bridge on 5th December 1925. He married Fay Thorpe at Gawler in 1952. They had seven children.
WILLIAM HENRY BRANSON 1795 - 1881
William was born at Leighton Bromswold, Huntingdonshire on 25th January 1795, the second son of William Branson and Susannah nee Day. He was 56 years of age when he emigrated to South Australia, departing Plymouth on 24th March 1851,aboard the “City of Manchester”. He arrived at Port Adelaide on Wednesday, 16th July 1851.
William never took up land for himself, but spent his life working for his nephews, living on the various farms that they owned.
William remained a bachelor all his life.
He died at Greenock, South Australia on 18th July 1881. He is buried in the Greenock cemetery.