Monday, October 24, 2011

Henry Morton (abt 1834 - 1889)

Sex: M
Birth Date: Abt 1834       Place: Sheffield, England
Death Date: 17 Feb 1889 Place: Maryborough, Queensland, Australia

Father:   Robert MORTON
Mother: Catherine

Spouse: Matilda CHAPMAN (28 Feb 1841 - 4 Nov 1907) 
Marriage Date: 1881 Place: Glebe reg. district, New South Wales, Australia 

Children: Ruby MORTON (1882-1966)

ARRIVAL:  Henry Morton's arrival in Australia has not been definitely located.

A Henry Morton travelled from Maryborough to Sydney on the following ships as a steerage passenger, no further details.
1875: Port of Departure: Brisbane & Maryborough, Port of Arrival: Sydney, New South Wales, Voyage Arrival Date: 4 Nov 1875 Vessel Name: You Yangs - steerage passenger, no further details.
1876: Port of Departure: Brisbane and Maryborough Port of Arrival: Sydney, New South Wales, Voyage Arrival Date: 23 Aug 1876, Vessel Name: Edina

No confirmation that it is the same Henry Morton, but considering that he returned to Maryborough in later years, he may have had connections there.
1881 MARRIAGE registered at Glebe, an inner suburb of Sydney, New South Wales. 
Newspapers on Trove have been searched for a marriage announcement but nothing found.
Extract from book 'Cootamundra - Foundation to Federation'
Burton's Brewery, location about the corner of the present day Richards and Lawrence Streets, was opened at the beginning of November (1881?)
Standing on four acres of land and owned by Mary Jane Rochester, Henry Morton and Frederick Henry Jackson, the brewery was erected on four levels or storeys, with a flat roof holding tank reservoirs of water pumped from a nearby well. The official opening was conducted by Mrs. John Barnes. A bullock was roasted and the town band played for the crowd of between three and four hundred which attended, despite the counter attraction of a horse stealing trial at the Court House.
note the brewery is no longer standing.
Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 11 November 1882, p.3 Cite:
Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 18 November 1882, p.4 Cite:

The BURTON BREWERY at Cootamundra, New South Wales, newly and substantially built of brick, with tower fifty (50) feet high (24 x 20, four stories), together with large rooms for gyles, cooling, warehousing, and other purposes.
Ten (10) horse power engine, with boilers and appurtenances complete, cooper's shop, bottling sheds, cottages and offices.
The land comprises three and a half (3 1/2) acres in the rising town of Cootamundra, the district of which this town is the centre being famous for its splendid farming land, and in the immediate neighbourhood of the rich mineral land of Barmedman and Temora. The land is substantially fenced in, and no expense has been spared to render this brewery one of the most perfect and easily worked in the colony. For further particulars, apply to Alfred Sandeman, Temple Court, Sydney; or to Edward Strongitharm, Cootamundra.
1882 insolvency index: NSW state archives:
MORTON, Henry: locality Cootamundra, Brewer, sequestration 22/08/1882, file no.17400

Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 23 August 1882, p.9 
INSOLVENCY COURT - Tuesday, (Before the Chief Commissioners)
Henry Morton, Frederick H. Jackson, trading with Mary June Rochester, at Cootamundra, as brewers, on petition and affidavit. Schedule and statement to be filed on or before 1st September. Mr. Sandeman, official assignee.  

Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 12 September 1882, p.5 
INSOLVENCY COURT, Schedules filed.
Henry Morton, Frederick H. Jackson, and Mary J. Rochester, of Cootamundra. Liabilities. £5206 13s. 10d., of which £8562 11s. 1d. is secured. Assets, £4597 11s. 1d.

Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 29 November 1882, p.14 
Wednesday - Mary John (sp.) Rochester, Henry Morton and Frederick Henry Jackson, third meetings. 

Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 17 March 1884, p.5 
Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 11 June 1885, p.5  
Insolvency Business: ditto as above
1889 DEATH:
It is likely that he died on 17 February 1889 at March Street, Maryborough Queensland. 
The death notice placed in the Brisbane Courier newspaper states the fact that he was late inspector of breweries, Gympie. 
This occupation could fit with the previous ownership of the Cootamundra Brewery in NSW.  

The following year an 'In Memoriam' notice was placed in the same newspaper in the name of his 'little daughter' Ruby, who would then have been about 7 years old.
The cause of death given in the newspaper notice was paralysis of the brain and gave his age at 54 years.
A search of the Queensland BDM indexes found his death registered as Harry Morton, born in England and aged 55 years, father's name Robert Morton and mother Catherine (no maiden name).

1902 DAUGHTERS MARRIAGE: Henry was deceased by 1902 at the time of his daughter Ruby's marriage, the marriage notice in the Sydney Morning Herald stated that the late Henry Morton was from Sheffield England.
Source Citations
NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Marriage index online database, 2141/1881 district Glebe. MORTON, Henry & CHAPMAN, Matilda.

1889 'Family Notices.', The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tuesday 26 February 1889, p. 4, viewed 17 August, 2011,
also in
1889 'Family Notices.', The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), Saturday 2 March 1889, p. 385, viewed 17 August, 2011,

MORTON - On the 17th February, at March-street, Maryborough, of paralysis of the brain, Henry Morton, late inspector of breweries, Gympie, aged 54 years.

1890 'Family Notices.', The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Monday 17 February 1890, p. 4, viewed 17 August, 2011,

IN MEMORIAM: MORTON - In loving remembrance of my dear father, who died at Maryborough on 17th February, 1889. Just one year has passed away Since, my dear father, Henry Morton, was called away. The trial was hard ; but I'll not complain But trust in God to meet again. Inserted by his little daughter Ruby.

Queensland BDM index search online:

Reg #1889/C3333, Given Names: Harry, Surname: Morton, Father's Name: Robert Morton, Mother's Name: Catherine (no surname for mother) born England, aged 55 years
further from
Name: Harry Morton, Death Date: 17 Feb 1889, Death Place: Queensland
Father's Name: Robert Morton, Mother's Name: Catherine
Registration Year: 1889, Registration Place: Queensland, Registration Number: 003333, Page Number: 10545


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Matilda Chapman (1841-1907)

Sex: F
Birth Date: 28 Feb 1841 Place: Ireland 1
Death Date: 4 Nov 1907 Place: Hunters Hill, NSW 2,3
Burial Date: 5 Nov 1907 Place: Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, NSW 4

Matilda's birth was recorded in the Edward Chapman book and register as follows:
 Wm Chapman & Mary Rainey
Sons & Daughters to the above
Matilda Chapman was born the 28th Day of February 1841

Matilda arrived in Australia with her sister Mary Jane Chapman on 15 December 1860 on the ship "Lady McDonald". Both girls entries were marked 'and sister'. 
Her occupation was said to be 'house servant' and her native place was Cork Ireland. 
Her religion was Church of England and she was able to read and write. 
Matilda's age was stated to be 19 which agrees with her stated birth year. 
(source.5,6 )

The Immigration Deposit Journal from the State Records of NSW shows that the sponsor for both Matilda and Mary Jane was their brother Thomas Chapman 

The 'Lady McDonald' apparently had an uneventful voyage, the only newspaper reports located being the departure from Plymouth and the disembarking of immigrants in Sydney:

(newspaper were searched using the National Library of Australia 'Trove' digitised collection.)

1860 'STABLES & CO.'S CIRCULAR.', The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858-1889), 11 October 1860, p. 3,
circular from 6 St. Helen's-place, London, Aug. 15,1860.
.....The Schah Jehan for Adelaide, and the Lady McDonald for Sydney, take no cargo, but are gone round to Plymouth to embark a large number of emigrants.

1860 'Advertising.', Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850-1875), 17 December 1860, p. 3, 
This newspaper contained the list of names of emigrants and who had paid their deposit:
IMMIGRANTS PER LADY McDONALD : Notice is hereby given that the under-mentioned persons for whom passages were provided to this colony in pursuance of deposits made in this Office under the Remittance Regulations, have arrived in the ship Lady McDonald, and that they will be prepared to join their friends - the single females from the Depot, Hyde Park Barracks, at and after 9 o'clock this day, Monday the 17th instant; and the families and single men from the ship, at noon tomorrow, Tuesday the 18th instant.
Chapman, Matilda - Thomas Chapman
Chapman, Mary - Thomas Chapman

Matilda married  HENRY MORTON in 1881, the marriage registered in the Glebe district of Sydney, New South Wales 8
Newspapers have been searched for a marriage announcement, but nothing has been located.  
Marriage certificate has not been obtained at this stage.

The 1883 and 1884 Sands Sydney Directory shows an entry for Matilda Morton at a boarding house, 97 Macquarie Street south, Sydney.   
This is included here for information only and has not been confirmed as referring to our Matilda.  There was no mention of Henry Morton in these directories.

In 1882, at the age of 41, Matilda gave birth to her only child RUBY MORTON (1882 - 1966) 
Matilda died on 4 November 1907 at the Hunters Hill home of her daughter, Ruby Buchan and was buried on 5 November 1907 at the Field of Mars Cemetery, North Ryde, New South Wales 


Source Citations
1. Edward Chapman book and register.

2. National Library of Australia, Historic Australian Newspapers 1803 - 1954 (database online,
1907 'Family Notices.' Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 5 November 1907, p. 6, 
DEATH: MORTON.-November 4, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Harry Buchan, Richmond, Hunter's Hill Matilda Morton, aged 65. By request, no flowers.

3. NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Death index online database (, 13997/1907 district Hunters Hill. Matilda MORTON - parents William & Mary. 

4. National Library of Australia, Historic Australian Newspapers 1803 - 1954 (database online,
1907 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), 5 November, p. 10,
MORTON. -The Funeral of the late Mrs. MATILDA MORTON will leave her daughters residence ****(fold in newspaper made the street name indeciferable) street. Hunter's Hill, this (Tuesday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock, for Field of Mars Cemetery. Coffill and Co. funeral directors

5. State Archives of NSW Immigrant Index 1860-79 (reel 2139) and Ships List of passengers., p.4 4/4796

6. National Library of Australia, Historic Australian Newspapers 1803 - 1954 (database online,
1860 'Advertising.', Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850-1875), 17 December 1860, p. 3, 
This newspaper contained the list of names of emigrants and who had paid their deposit:

8. NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Marriage index online database, 2141/1881 district Glebe. MORTON, Henry & CHAPMAN, Matilda.