Martin & Nailer



George Martin  &   Mary Ann Angelina Nailer

Married:1888 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Campbell Town, Tasmania

Born: 13 May 1866 in Forth Tasmania Born: 20 December 1869 in Seymour Tasmania.
Died: 17 November 1955 in Cheltenham, Victoria. Died: 11 May 1945 in Cheltenham, Victoria.
Father: George Martin [Convict] Father: Henry joseph Nailer [Convict]
Mother: Lucy Braine Mother: Emma Elizabeth Barker
My mother's family [Martin] originated in Tasmania in 1852, when the first of these hard working people was transported to Tasmania from Plymouth aboard the ship "Prestongee Bomangee" as a convict, ie. George Martin. He was convicted of felony [theft of a suit of clothing]. This George Martin, after serving his sentence was free and married Lucy Braine in 1862. Lucy had travelled to Tasmania as a "Bounty Immigrant" in 1860 at the age of 16 years. The daughter of a Cab Proprietor in Clerkenwell, London.

They had 9 children and there are many individual stories to be told amongst all these, but here we concentrate on just one. That of my maternal Grandfather, also George Martin, born on 13 May 1866 in  Forth, Tasmania. George, my grandfather, was the second child of George and Lucy.

After working from a very young age as farmer, trapper, wood cutter, etc., he courted and married into a very large local family called Nailer [sometimes spelled Naylor or Nailor]. He married Mary Ann Angelina Nailer in 1888 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Campbell Town, Tasmania. Mind you, his elder brother William, had, just the year before also married into the Nailer family to a Eliza Nailer and after her death married another Nailer daughter in 1922, Elizabeth Nailer. These were the children of Henry Joseph Nailer [also transported to VDL as a convict in 1844] and Emma Elizabeth Barker. But back to our George.

George and Mary had their first child [the first of 12 and 6 of these pre 1900] Henry George in 1889 at Campbell Town and in 1890, Albert Charles was born. As you can see from the photo, which dates from about 1893, where we see George, Mary along with the young Henry and Alby in front of the house that George built near Ross, Tasmania. This house was the first of a number he built. A later one was in St.Helens, where my mother was born in 1911. George grew his own food and sold the excess to pay for other goods that they could not produce. Not in a large farm producing way but as we these days [over  a hundred years later] call "Self-Sufficiency".

Life would not of been easy for these pioneering families of our history, but then hard work and life style did not kill them. George lived to be 89 years, Mary 75, Henry 75 and Alby 92. Even Henry Joseph Nailer [our second convict mentioned above] lived to be 90 years. Other children of George and Mary lived well into their 80's and 90's also. With most of them healthy right to the end. Sure they had their worries eg. a son being killed at Gallipoli, just 19 years of age, after George signed a paper to allow him to enlist at a young age and a daughter dieing at 6 years because of a heart problem that today would be a minor operation. But survive they did.

So we today, should learn from our ancestors about work ethics, life styles and what we eat and maybe we too can survive and live active lives until we reach our 90th birthdays.

1- Henry George Martin b:1889 married Florence Nichols. 7- Elsie Muriel Martin b:1902 married Thomas Sexton.
2- Albert Charles Martin b:1890 married Julia Casey. 8- Ivy Ada Martin b:1904 married William [Clif] Edwards.
3- Clarence James Martin b:1893 married Minnie Warring. 9- Stanley Sidney Martin b:1906 married Doroth Campbell.
4- George Alfred [AKA: Joe] Martin killed Lone Pine Gallipoli. 10- Roy Allen [AKA: Jim] Martin b:1909 married Mary Lees
5- Charle Bert Martin b:1897 married Dorris Emmett. 11- Vera Myrtle Martin b:1911 married Stanley Cunliffe.
6- Mary Louisa [AKA: May] b:1899 married William Warring.  12- Amy Georgina Martin born 1916 / died 1922.

Submitted by Ian S. Cunliffe