Albert Cornelius Fathers
|First name||Albert Cornelius|
|Country of Origin||England|
|Date of Birth||1835|
|Year of Arrival in Australia||8Feb1877|
|Submitted by||Thelma Whitehurst|
My Great Grandfather- Alfred Cornelius Fathers
Son of John & Sarah Jane (Nee Williams).
Born- 11-11-1835 Henstridge Somerset UK.
Died Ð 12-10-1918 Auburn New South Wales Australia.
Worked Ð HS Agricultural Laborer UK (still at school till 13 years of aged).
Left U.K. – From Plymouth, 21-11-1876, on ‘Kapunda’
Arrived Australia- Sydney, on 8-2-1877, travelled with wife Mary Ann & 8 children. (Born in the UK.)
Married .UK. – On 24-11-1861 Charlton Hawthorne Somerset.(At aged 24 years) Mary Ann Ryall,- born 1845 Corton Denham Somerset, England.- died 3-4-1882 at Chatswood, New South Wales Australia. Daughter of Enoch & Sophie Ryall (Nee Lamb). Mary Ann worked as a domestic, boarding in the house of A.C. Fathers in England, where they met, and she married at the age of 16 years.
Child number 9 arrived on 11-2-1879 – born in St. Leonard\’s New South Wales Australia.
2 other children of the 8 born in England, travelled on the ship as adults. George & Sarah, he 15 years old, she 13 years old. (Sarah had worked as a nurse in England).
Family lived initially mainly in Petersham Sydney 1879,
A.C. Fathers worked as a labourer, – 1884, a gardener (still 1891), – 1897/9 a labourer again. 1931 shows him as a baker, (on son\’s death 1931 certificate). Was also a sexton at Rookwood Cemetery.
A.C. Fathers was sponsored to Australia by his 2 brothers William John & Samuel George Fathers who arrived 1857 together.
W.J. Fathers was manager for independents. (or Congregation Lists), at Rookwood Cemetery.
AC and MA Fathers\’ family were
George- Born 1862 England, died 1934 Geraldton West Australia. (Somerset to Melbourne Port), married Louisa Biss from NSW (2 children, both died). Second marriage to Ada Haigh in Victoria (9 Children , one died).
George lived- 1882 North Shore Sydney, – 1883 Chatswood, – 1885 Petersham Sydney, – 1890 Melbourne Victoria. 1895/96 Geraldton WA, – 1900/01 Fremantle WA Ð 1901-1934 Geraldton, West Australia.
Sarah Ann – 1864 England – died 1905 Burwood NSW, married Alexander Malcolm Smith, (lived 1882 Lane Cove Sydney then Granville, Sydney. They had 9 children).
Martha Jane – Born 1866 England, died 1917 Burwood NSW, married Edward A. Checkley, (lived 1884 Chatswood, Lane Cove & Burwood & had 8 children).
John – Born 1868 England, died 1943 Newtown NSW Ð married Emily Elizabeth Bovis, (lived 1891 Chatswood, North Shore Sydney & Granville NSW had 11 children).
Kate – Born 1870 England, died 1958 Auburn NSW – married Frederick Moss, (lived 1897 Rookwood Sydney & Granville had 1 child).
Elizabeth Melina- Born 1872 England, died 1971 Kogarah NSW, married William Henry Mail who lived 1897 Rookwood & Granville NSW. They had 6 children).
Walter – Born 1874 England, died 1954 Chatswood NSW, married Ethel Ann Jones, (lived 1898 Wahroonga, Ryde, Chatswood, St. Leonard\’s NSW) They had 10 children).
William Thomas – Born 1876 UK, died 1931 Drummoyne NSW, married Eliza Maud Stanton, (lived 1899 Thornleigh, St. Leonard\’s, Ryde, Richmond, NSW) They had 6 children).
Lily Sabina- Born 1879 St. George NSW, died 1959 Auburn NSW , married Joseph Collins, (lived 1899 Rookwood, Granville, Parramatta NSW) They had 4 children).
The writer of this history is the granddaughter of AC Father\’s eldest son George (above) and his wife Ada Haigh, who moved to WA in 1896.
From Thelma Whitehurst of Lathlain WA.