James & Mary Phillips
|First name||James & Mary|
|Country of Origin||England|
|Date of Birth||1823/1833|
|Year of Arrival in Australia||1853|
|Submitted by||Craig Phillips|
James Phillips was born in Herefordshire 1823 to parents James and Ann.
His father was an agricultural labourer,
siblings included Mary Ann 1820,
and Job 1844.
All or most of their baptisms took place at a village called Canon Pyon.
(* denotes immigrated to Australia)
Mary Draper was born in 1833 Chelsea SW London to parents Edmund & Mary.
There were two sisters Ann 1835
and Eleanor 1837, their father’s occupation, coal merchant.
James & Mary married July 1852 at St. Mary’s church in Neasden Lane,
Willesden, the Church is still in use. John Phillips and Ann Draper
signed as witnesses.
As with so many James & Mary took advantage of Assisted Immigration
for a new life.
Aboard the ship Confiance Captained by Joseph Price, they sailed from
Birkenhead (Liverpool) on 8th December 1852. Due to unfavourable
weather conditions the voyage took 125 days reaching Port Phillip
heads near Geelong on 6th April 1853. It was recorded that
twenty-three children and four married women passengers had passed
away during the voyage, 40 passengers where ill with whooping cough
and 26 with scurvy. The ship was placed under quarantine at Sea with
120 of the 400 passengers placed in a quarantine camp at Ticonderoga
Bay, Point Nepean for up to six weeks. At that time a permanent
Government Quarantine Station had not been established, one passenger
commented ‘Most shameful on the part of the Government to send a lot
of sick people on shore on such a wild uncultivated unchristian like
place as this, where beef and damper were the only food for the
living, and where the dead were buried like dogs.’ Without coffins or
James & Mary settled in the Geelong area and raised a family: Mary Ann?
Eliza (Sandford) 1855-1928,
Edwin 1857-1938, Emily 1860-1940,
Alice (Spriggins) 1862-1921,
Annie (Cooper) 1867-1950,
Edith Jane (Wilson/Murray) 1869-1950.
James & Mary were active members of the local Wesleyan Methodist
Church including involvement in the building of a small bluestone
church in the late 1860’s at Germantown now called Grovedale on
Torquay Road, still standing.
Mary passed away at Geelong 4th March 1871 aged 37.
James remarried 18th April 1872 to widow Ellen Jane Walter at the
Wesleyan Methodist church in Yarra street Geelong. At some time after
this event James, Ellen and the youngest of the Phillips children
moved to the Gippsland region. James passed away at Traralgon in
December 1896 aged 73.
James & Mary’s descendants live in Victoria.