Chambers & Smith

JOSEPH CHAMBERS 

SUSANNA SMITH  

Married:25th December 1834, Minchinhampton Gloucester

Born:7th May 1812

Born:13th August 1815

Died:24th August 1862

Died:19th May 1910

Father:James Chambers

Father:Henry Smith

Mother:Lydia Hilliar

Mother:Priscilla ?

Place Story here:

Joseph and Susanna were married Christmas day 1834.Joseph applied for a free passage for himself, Susanna, one son twelve months old and one daughter 22 months old, on the 18th August 1837.He applied under the Wakefield Scheme, (devised by Edward Wakefield to settle South Australia). Joseph's application indicates the family was living in Littleworth, which is a division in the parish of Minchinhampton, Gloucester.The family sailed on the ship Navarino, leaving Gravesend and arriving Port Adelaide on the 6th December 1837.

There is no record of the two children of Joseph and Susanna arriving in Adelaide. It is assumed from this that they perished at sea.A third child was born on the journey over but died within six weeks of arriving in Australia. I can only imagine the heartache of a parent to lose not one, but three babies. Then to arrive in a foriegn country, knowing no-one and not knowing what to expect. I honestly don't know if I could have managed.

Joseph and Susanna stayed in South Australia for 19 years. Joseph was a bricklayer and Susanna may have been a midwife. Only six of their eleven children grew to adulthood.The family lived in two places. One in Adelaide and one at 54 Orsmond St, Hindmarsh, in 1847 were my great grandfather was born.

In June 1856 Joseph, Susanna and family sailed to Victoria on the steamer Havilah. They joined a family friend Edmund (Ned) Ferris on his farm at Newington on the Bellarine Peninsula.In 1862 Joseph died and is buried in the cemetry on the Ferris farm overlooking Barwon Heads. Susanna was known as a midwife at this time and she married Ned Ferris after Joseph's death.Susanna passed away in 1910 aged 94 years of age and is buried at Port Lonsdale cemetry.

Amidst all the heartache of leaving family and friends behind in England to sail to an unknown perhaps hostile country, losing five babies, this couple made a life for themselves and for their children. Isn't that what Australia is made of ?.

 

Children

Name:Lydia Chambers
Born:21st June 1835, England
Died 1837 (at sea)
Married:       
Name: Leonard Chambers
Born: 17th July 1836, England
Died 1837 (at sea)
Married:       
Name:Leonard Chambers
Born: 1837 (at sea)
Died 17th January 1838, Adelaide ( 2 months old )
Married:       
Name:Henry Chambers
Born:1839, South Australia
Died 21st August 1915
Married: Emily Fox, 1863     
Name: Martha Chambers
Born:1841, South Australia
Died 14th July 1914
Married: Edmund Matcham, 1858    
Name:Susannah Chambers
Born:1843, South Australia
Died 2nd April 1924
Married: John Butler, 17th September 1860     
Name:Joseph Chambers
Born:12th August 1846, Hindmarsh
Died 1st April 1918
Married: Eliza jane Reynolds, 1871    
Name:Priscilla Chambers
Born:30th June 1848
Died 20th July 1848 ( 1 month old )
Married:       
Name:Selina Chambers
Born:10th August 1852
Died 24th October 1853 ( 2 months old)
Married:                   
Name:Charles Chambers
Born:1853, South Australia
Died  23rd October 1927
Married: Ellen Olive, 1893    
Name:Priscilla Chambers
Born:1855, South Australia
Died 1887 ( committed suicide )
Married: Theodore Luckow, 1879     
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SUBMITTED BY:Yvonne Zylstra (great great grand-daughter)

Connected with: Hindmarsh (Adelaide ) and Bellarine Peninsular (Victoria)