Category Archives: SYDNEY

SHOTS OF SUSSEX STREET WHERE THE READYS HAD A SHOP – COURTESY JON SANDERS

SUSSEX STREET

 

This builtding is at the other end of the block on the corner w King Street

I have been doing a bit of research on city buildings and I remembered that I have a note somewhere (from info you sent me) that Peter Ready had a shop at 165 Sussex Street.
I went down this morning not expecting much and unsurprisingly 165 is no longer there. However the block it was in is largely still 19th C because the Sheraton 4 Points Hotel occupies the whole site and apart from what I calculate to be about 161-169 (which have been demolished for the main entrance ) the rest of the Western side of the street is intact and incorporated into thehotel.

2.02.14 171 Sussex Street

 

This pre 1860s pub is at 171 and is directly to the left of the Entrance Drive way.
The yellow building to the left of it is the Corn Exchange (originally a fruit market and the oldest existing market building in the city) from 1887.

SUSSEX STREET

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NEWSPAPER SNIPPETS. NLA NEWSPAPERS.

My grandmother, JESSIE SARAH READY ( BELL) and her family  were resident in LITTLE YOUNG STREET REDFERN. i shall confirm the dates later but we were told the house was under where the Greek Orthodox Church now stands. The time in Redfern was late 1800s to early 1900s. I have found a few snippets as background for the times.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13716158 Sewage comes to Redfern. 

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954)  Saturday 2 March 1889

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13715023 SOME REDFERN FUNERALS. 

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) Thursday 21 February 1889

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14621972 Lily and Sidney Sullivan , aged 7 and 9 years swallowed some liniment by mistake.
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13710482

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) Wednesday 16 January 1889. More poisonous liniment.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11005632

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954) Monday 7 January 1935

FIERCE STREET BRAWL

MAN EXPECTED TO DIE

 

http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/AboutSydney/HistoryAndArchives/Default.asp

THOMAS SANDERS

THOMAS SANDERS WHO CAME AS CONVICT ON THE MATILDA IN THE 3RD FLEET IN 1791 IS SAID TO BE CONNECTED TO OUR SANDERS’ WHO CAME AS ASSISTED EMIGRANTS ON THE VICTORIA IN 1849. HERE ARE SOME RANDOM THOMAS SANDERS ENTRIES IN NLA NEWSPAPERS. MIGHT BE OUR THOMAS. MIGHT NOT.

 

 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article627860

A GRANT TO THOMAS SANDERS 1809

 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article627956

The Public are hereby cautioned against buying or purchasing from George Barnett, a Farm, at the Hawkesbury, known by the name of Bofton’s Farm, at Mulgrave Place, or any thing on the said Farm ; together with a Mare, Cart, and Harness, they being my Property.,

(signed) Thomas Sanders

The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 24 March 1810, page 2

JOHANNAH READY

Johannah was my great-great-great-great grandmother on my mother’s side as they say. That is – she was my GGGGGrandmother if in fact it was her son who fathered Peter Mark. It could have been one THOMAS HOGAN. For the time being we will stay with the legal records and claim Johannah as kinfolk.

This is her story as Phil Ready recorded it for READY OR NOT.

JOHANNAH READY 1765-183?

” The ARCHDUKE CHARLES , a one class two decked vessel of five hundred and twenty five tons burthen was built in Newcastle England in 1809.  With J.P.  JEFFRIES as master and JOHN PAWSON as surgeon the ship sailed from Cork, Ireland on Friday 15th May 1812 with 147 male and 54 female convicts for the Penal Colony of NSW. Travelling via Rio de Janeiro she arrived at Sydney two hundred and seven days later on 16th February 1813. ( The Convict Ships by Charles Bateson)

Among the prisoners was 47 years old Johannah Ready sentenced by the court during 1811 in County Tipperary, Ireland to fourteen years transportation to the Colony.

On disembarking at Sydney Cove, Johannah was taken to the women’s barracks and then allocated to work at Government House Windsor. This necessitated a journey that was long and dangerous at that time for there were many thieves and bushrangers about so the party travelled with an armed guard. Johannah is listed in the Windsor Ration Book as receiving rations during 1813 and 1815 ( loc A 803 pp 59,90,122 ML) and during this time became Housekeeper at Government House.

Records show that she received payments for this position during 1814 and 1815 from the Police Fund. (Wentworth Papers loc. D1 M4 pp 121 137 ML)  Her salary was published in the following editions of the SYDNEY GAZETTE.

5 AUGUST 1815 12 MONTHS WINDSOR 20 pds
11 MAY 1816 6  MONTHS PARRAMATTA 10 pds
8 FEB 1817 12 MONTHS WINDSOR 20 pds

 

As housekeeper at Government House Johannah would have come in contact with some of the most influential people in the Colony including the Rev Samuel Marsden and William Cox , Magistrate.

Johannah’s son John Ready, arrived as a prisoner aboard the convict ship THE THREE BEES in June of 1814 and by the end of the year had become overseer of the Government Dairy at Windsor.

In July of 1814 there was great excitement in the Colony for Governor Macquarie had accepted the generous offer of William Cox to build a road over the mountains along with the route discovered by Blaxland,  Lawson and  Wentworth. So well did the team work that by 21 Jan 1815 the road had been completed and by May the Governor with his wife and a well equipped party was able to travel along the new road from Parramatta. Crossing the mountains Macquarie was able , with the help of Cox to lay out the proposed town of Bathurst on the banks of the Macquarie River which had been discovered by George Evans the previous year.

Two years later John and Johannah both still  at Windsor, testified at an inquest held on Wednesday 16th December 1817 into the accidental drowning of a dairy stockman. In their testimony they stated that the stockmen John Holland  and Edward Knight were good friends at the time of the accident.

Holland and Knight had gone to a nearby creek to bathe at a spot that John Holland considered safe but unfortunately neither could swim and when Holland got out of his depth Knight was unable to help him. He ran to a nearby Mill but being unsuccessful there went on to Government House where he asked the Gardener for help. As only one of those who came to help could swim ( very few people at that time could) it was two hours before John Holland’s body was recovered.

The Coroner being absent the Rev Samuel Marsden swore in the Chief Constable Francis Oates to act in his stead and Johannah unable to write put her mark on her testimony whilst her son John signed his name ( INQUESTS AONSW)

On 31 August 1819 both Johannah and John Ready received their pardons from the Governor and just over 6 months later on 7 Feb 1820 John married Elizabeth Curtis, daughter of John Curtis and Ann Moran . Elizabeth born in 1803 was now 17 years of age and John 30.

Although of the Catholic faith the wedding took place in St Johns Church of England Parramatta for at that time Catholicism was discouraged with no Catholic Priest being allowed to officiate.

In 1822 Johannah applied to the new Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane, to have her sone Phillip and his family brought out as assisted immigrants from Ireland stating that Phillip was known to Mr Walsh the gaoler at City Cork where both she and John had been held for some time before embarkation but there is no record of the family ever having migrated to the Colony ( Governors Despatches 1822 loc 1193 p 230 ML)

Finally restrictions on the Roman Catholic Faith were relaxed with a move made to build a RC Chapel at Parramatta. Johannah is listed in the SYDNEY GAZETTE EDITIONS

17 MAY 1822
11 OCTOBER 1822
13 MARCH 1823
17 MARCH 1824

as making a subscription towards this aim. However as the Chapel had not been built by the 9th June 1824 Johannah was obliged to use St John’s Church, this time for her own wedding , for at the age of 59 she married 46 year old FRANCIS PRENDERGAST.

Buried Alive: Sydney 1788-1792

Buried Alive: Sydney 1788-1792

”Tis now about two years and three months since we first arrived at this distant country all this while, we have been as it were buried alive, never having the opportunity of hearing from our friends…’ Reverend Richard

Eyewitness Accounts of the Making of a Nation 

CHECK  PAGE 374 FOR ‘MATILDA’ ON WHICH THOMAS SANDERS SAILED

By Jack Egan

EMIGRATION IN THE 1850s

Ancestors Known to have arrived as EMIGRANTS are

YEAR

SHIP EMIGRANTS
1839 JAMES MORGAN WILHEMINA MCLEOD WITH HER MOTHER JANET MACKAY AND HER SIBLINGS
1849 VICTORIA WILLIAM AND MARY ANN SANDERS
1853 WILLIAM BROWN WILLIAM JACKSON AND ELIZABETH JOHNSON (HIS WIFE) WITH ONE DAUGHTER.
1853 BEEJAPORE THOMAS CRAIG WITH HIS PARENTS AND SIBLINGS

 

 

The Sanders are marked on their disembarkation papers as “assisted emigrants”. The 19th century newspapers fill in a good deal of my lack of understanding of emigration in the 19th century. I have images of William Sanders and of Mary Ann Skivings Sanders but none of the other ” emigrants”.

MARY ANN SKIVINGS SANDERS MEN BLACKBERRY , FRED J, FRED W , ESSEL REECE

Mary Ann Skivings Sanders and the elderly gentleman seated is BlackBerry Bill Sanders:

NSW STATE ARCHIVES REEL 58.

ASSISTED IMMIGRANTS INWARDS TO SYDNEY PER SHIP ” VICTORIA” ARRIVED 2nd SEPT 1849.

SAUNDERS, William. 26 years. Butcher. Born Kenton Devonshire. Son of William and Elizabeth SAUNDERS- still living in Kenton. C of E  – reads and writes. No relations living in Colony. in good health. Complained of short issue of rations during early part of voyage.

SAUNDERS, Mary Ann. 19 years – farm servant – born Silverton Devonshire – daughter of George and Grace Skivings. Still living in Silverton. C of E – Reads and Writes – no relations living in Colony – in Good health.

The Researcher (whom I think may have been Dick Sanders) has added – ( SAUNDERS should read SANDERS )

THE JACKSONS. from READY OR NOT – compiled by PHIL READY.

On 17th May 1853 a sixty ton ketch, WILLIAM BROWN, had arrived in Sydney from Honolulu. Aboard were immigrants WILLIAM JACKSON and his wife ELIZABETH and one daughter. William who had been born in Nottinghamshire in England was a Coppersmith by trade. On 26th November 1849 , in London he had married EIZABETH JOHNSON who had been born in Norfolk England.

In 1853 William whose trade was very much in demand set up in business in Steven Street, Ultimo. The following year his address appeared in SANDS directory as BAY STREET GLEBE. Julia from whom I descend  was born on 5th June 1860 – listed as Newtown.

THE OTHER 2 FAMILIES OF EMIGRANTS SO FAR TRACKED ARE :

  • WILHELMINA MCLEOD who came from SUTHERLAND SHIRE with her mother and siblings : JANET MACKAY.
  • THOMAS CRAIG a lad of 8 and his family.

 

DAILY NEWS OCTOBER 7th 1850 LONDON ENGLAND

 

 

Daily News (London, England), Monday, October 7, 1850; Issue 1363

 

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MORE ABOUT HANNAH

Two descendants have now made contact – Marilyn and Penny. See their comments on previous entries.

 

Hannah then is landed in Sydney. Two years later on 15 march 1826 she is listed with these names HANNAH (HITCHINGS, HITCHINS, HITCHERS OR HUTCHINS ) as a spinster of Parramatta when she has the permission of Governor Darling to marry THOMAS BENSON, Batchelor at St Johns Church, Parramatta. The ceremony was carried out by the assistant chaplain , Thomas Hassell and was witnessed by John Baker and Christabella Ferguson.

On 4 may 1827, at lower Minto, a daughter was born. MARY A BENTON ( SIC)

(Phil Ready cites vol1 no 7991, vol2 no25 RGI)

Hannah was granted a ticket of leave in 1829 ( 29/1007 reel 913 AONSW) and two years later on 3 August 1831 gave birth to a second daughter  SARAH ANN BENSON who was baptised in St Phillips Church Sydney on the 5 November 1831. ( vol 15 no 308 RGI)

Nine months later, Thomas Benson died in the Lunatic Asylum at Liverpool leaving Hannah with five year old Mary Ann and one year old Sarah Ann to rear. On 23 August after a simple ceremony , Thomas was buried. ( Vol 16 1562 RGI) 

The same year Hannah gave birth to another daughter whom she named Hannah, this time the father was Henry Samuels whose surname the child bore.