William Burton Mitchell and Margaret
Mitchell Margaret (Peggy) Burton
Hawton and Jane Dingle
William Burton Mitchell (b 1825 Tregorrick St Austel Cornwall , m
Margaret Hawton 1846 Stoke Climsland Cornwall, d 1913 Ascot Vale,
Margaret Hawton (b 1828 Stoke Climsland, 1922 Essendon Vic)
Jane Hawton Mitchell (b 1847
Stoke Climsland, d 1862 Osborns Flat Vic)
Mitchell (b 1850 Stoke Climsland Cornwall, m Ellen Adelaide Cubit 1880 Sandridge
Melb, d 1889 Bethanga, Vic )
Ernest Harold Mitchell
(b 1887 Whiteford,
m Liela Muriel Roach 1914 Kew, d
Selina Mitchell (b abt 1852
Climsland, m Matthais Oats 1877, d 1940)
Braddon (Brad) Mitchell (b
Stoke Climsland, m Annie Parnaby 1896, d 1918 Sunbury Vic)
Margaret Ann (Dinah) Mitchell
1858, m Arthur Welshman)
Fred Mitchell (b 1863 Osbornes
Flat, m Lottie Barnes)
Clara Jane (Minnie) Mitchell
1865 Osbornes Flat, m Jack Flenjte)
Link for photos of Fred and Lottie,
Two of Brad's sons died in WWI. Link to service records Hawton
1825 William Mitchell born Tregorrick St Austel
1828 Margaret Hawton born Stoke Climsland
William and Margaret marry in Tregorrick (?)
1850 William Mitchell and brother
arrived in Victoria on the Samuel
We have not yet found their return to England
James in in England for the census in April, living with his
1851 James marries in Stoke Climsland,
1851 Aug is about the latest date for
Selina's conception, if her age of 9 in the 1861 census is
Wliiiam was in Stoke Climsland by mid 1851
and probably William had left Australia for England by January
1858 William Mitchell
James is a draper and grocer in Stoke Climsland in the census
1861 Prince of Wales
arrived December with rest of family. James
England and prospered. One would like to have sat in on the
as they weighed up the merits of moving families to the other side
1863 William is listed as a butcher when Fred
1868 William is in the Victorian Directory as a
farmer at Osbornes Flat
1913 William dies in Melbourne
1928 Margaret dies in Melbourne
and Fred Mitchell
Where does this leave us?
Alma Dillon says that William and James came
Australia in the early 1850s, found gold at Ballarat, then
England. This tallies with the chronology above, except for a
discrepancy, understandable 120 years later. But gold was not
officially discovered in Australia till 1851. However gold was
found earlier than that. See the website ~ Gold
The Early Discoveries section starts with the quote
"Put it away Mr Clarke, or we shall
have our throats cut". - Sir George Phillips, 1844 after
Clarke presented his gold discovery.
perhaps they did find gold as Alma says, kept it very quiet,
back immediately to England. They were able to set up
business, William as a butcher, James as a grocer.
But all this raises further questions
prompted them to make the journey to Australia? Particularly
who was married with two young children.
come they were so lucky as to find substantial gold so quickly
prompted William to uproot his family ten years later and come
Update after responses
from Di Gibbs,
Stoke Climsland OPC
(1) William Mitchell was
14 Oct 1849. As his father arrives in Melbourne 22
April 1850, he
could not have stayed long with his new (2nd) child.
(2) On the baptisms of
William and Brad, the parents abode is referred to as
Tailors Shop, and Stoke. In each case William's profession
is given as
miner. This is news, as on the ship out he said
labourer". But it does add some credibility to the
found gold. (Di Gibbs : Thes bapts were Church of England)
Di comments that the missing baptisms
accounted for by William B's family being
Certainly William's son was a staunch Methodist later in
There was a William Mitchell on the committee that was
formed to build
the Wesleyan church in Bethanga in 1878, but while it is
likely on age
grounds (53 vs 28) to have been William senior, it is hard
to tell from
the minutes. And Di's baptism list has Jane and William
by Rector and Curate respectively, which sounds like C of E?
Di Gibbs :Occupations of
emigrants often reflected the needs of the new country, ie they
probably had more need of agricultural labourers than miners, at
I am intending to
have another look at the parish church baptisms for MITCHELL
Climsland as I may have missed Selina. There seems to be a
gap for her bap between William and Braddon.
Update Post Visit to
Climsland April 2008
productive day with Caroline Vulliamy in the Stoke Climsland
She found lots of material for us. We spent a couple of hours
the Mitchells in the 1844 Tithe records and the 1841 census.
probably worked at the Winsor copper mine, one of the earliest
area. It was first from the road towards Kit Hill .Most
product of that visit is on a special page - Link to it.
William Burton Mitchell
in Tregorrick in 1825. We visited the small village in April
had the good fortune to meet Michael Flemen, who lives in what
Tregorrick Farm. Michael identified the various original
us. I suspect the farm was all that there was in 1825 - the
rest of the
small village looked more modern. Some research on census
clear this up. The farm has now been converted to about four
attractive homes. At one
stage I had William and Margartet married in Tregorrick but
wrong (see above). Tregorrick is 18 miles east of St Agnes
William's father was born, and 25 miles SW of Stoke Climsland
family was living in 1841.
General Comment from Les Rowley
The first thing that strikes you on reading the
pages for the two William Mitchells, is that these guys enjoyed
themselves. Travelling widely round NE Victoria, and
further, prospecting for gold and finding it and literally building
prosperous farming properties. But it must have been very hard work.
Brad mentions 644 tons of dirt processed from the Welcome mine in a
year. And later William B took a contract to raise 100 tons quartz
the Bon Accord mine, starting July and finished in Nov 72. I suspect
they did the work themselves, or Brad's bookkeeping would have
the cost of wages. Can do people - if you need a school or church in
the community, organise a committee and build it. If you need
house - build it yourself.
I suspect the women enjoyed the northeast less.
Margaret (nee Hawton) seems to have had long term ill health. She
have missed Cornwall and her family support, particularly in
those long periods in summer when the temperature reached 35
centigrade day after day. And Ellen must have felt much the same
growing up in Tasmania, ant then living in the city from her late
teens. The isolation on the farm in the Mitta valley must have been
shock. And Leila grew up in suburban Melbourne - again country life
must have been a shock,
There is a whole lot of stuff about Hillsborough
the Australian Locations page (follow
links). This includes an account of the school committee (which
included William Burton Mitchell) trying unsuccessfully to remove
school teacher Emma Anderson. Arthur Welshman - William B's future
in law was an applicant for the position.
Maybe there is enough material here to get a feel
for some of the characters - William senior brought his family to
other sude of the world, not because of poverty, but because he saw
opportunity. His brother James was more cautious, as I suspect I
have been. William junior who cemented the family fortunes with a
serious gold find. Who wrote poetry because he was missing home on
their horseback ride to Queensland. Who was meticulous in recording
desparate attempts to control his diabetes. Churchgoers and
One interesting character is the brother Fred. We
know little of him, because there are no surviving descendants. But
was the person Wlilliam turned to for executor, for what he knew
be a long and difficult job. And what do we make of Brad? The
in diaries with his brother's is interesting, as is Alma Dillon's
strory of the falling out with his father.
|William Burton Mitchell
Notes Supplied by Fred Mitchell
It is believed
original of this is a Daguerreotype of William Burton Mitchell
some time in the 1850's. For a better image (500KB), click here.
In 1850 the Samuel Boddington
in Melbourne with brothers William Mitchell and J. Mitchell on
They went to the goldfields (which one is not known) and found
The date of this is not known nor is the date both returned to
but the time elapsed could not be great as the Mitchell's next
was Selina (b about 1852). The
of Wales in September 1861 and arrived in
December. Fred has produced a map of the ship's voyage
England. It is interesting to see how they went right acros to
and how far south they went. See the
Comments from Hawton Clarnette (Descendant of Brad)
Hawton has produced an extensive history of Brad's family - I have
edited it to remove information covered elsewhere in these pages.
information about living or recently living people has been removed
. Link to edited document. The following
are of more general family interest
for some time. Brad and family moved to
Sunbury 1917, and Hannah was left with the property when he died
named the house Bailabbe (in Wodonga) after the place
two sons died in WWI (Baileau and Abbeville)
Welcome mine. It was above the Methodist church, old location up
hill - rubbish on hill above church to the left. (Les
om mu computer - search the Bethanga photos directory for Welcome
married Matthias Oates of Stanley (which is about 10 kms.
Beechworth or 8 kms west of Hillsborough) and it is most likely
they set up home at Stanley. They had one son
Desmond , who
unfortunately died a few weeks before his wedding day.
took Selina to England about 1913-1914 where she was able to
her parents’relatives. However World War 1 broke out and they
catch the first ship home. They settled in Beechworth on return,
Matthais died soon after. Selina then spent the winter months
brother Brad and Annie.
Ann) married Art Welshman of Hurdle Flat (about 5km north of
the Beechworth road). They had two sons Arthur and Morton,
two daughters Ilma and Miriam. Arthur, Morton and Miriam went to
first World War. Dinah and family eventually moved to Melbourne
youngest, married Jack Flentje and had two daughters Alma and
can’t find the date of their marriage, but the nearest time
say between 1888 and 1892, i.e.24 to 28 yrs.
married twice , the second time to a Mr. Dillon . She had two
, Perl and Bert.
Hawton lived with the family at Osborne Flat and
until Jan. 1872 when he left and went to Hill End. Robert
married on 3
May 1873 and had four children - Robert, Emma, William, and
William stayed with him on trip Nth
Hawton lived with the family at Osborne Flat and
possibly also at the property owned by the family on the Mitta
near Bethanga. He did not marry."
Alma Dillon's Recollections
Alma Dillon was Clara's daughter and William Burton's grandaughter.
died about 1988. The notes of a meeting with
Mitchell in 1975 are interesting reading. Extracts follow
about early fifties, William (Burton) and his brother James
Australia and went mining at Ballarat. They made money and
England. James then had a grocery shop and William a Butcher
Stokeclimsland (border of Cornwall and Devon). After two
years William returned to Australia alone and went to
Flat (Yackandandah). His wife and children plus two of her
Sam and Bob - followed. They sailed from Plymouth Sound on 11
William met them at Port Melbourne and with two drays they
Osmonds Flat. Selina's assessment was Grandmother drove,
walked. (Grandmother was Margaret; Selina was talking to Alma,
Margaret's grand-daughter). The house at Osmonds Flat had a
with bags on it.. William had a butcher's shop for 8 or 9
years — the
mines were no longer working at Osmonds Flat. Jane died the
family came out, aged 15. She was buried in Yackandandah
William (son) used to tend her grave till he died. One day he
some red roses growing by it. He took cuttings which were
Climsland. The plant finally died a few years ago in Essendon
Minnie and Jack Flentji).
Osmonds Flat the Mitchells moved to Hillsborough where the
operative. William built a house (in those days people shifted
mining booms). Bethanga had opened up between c1868 to early
(Minnie was only a little girl). William built a hut in
the men used to camp up there and work. Sometimes Margaret
up there and do the cooking. William (son) found a mine that
called "Welcome," which was situated at the top of the hill
old Methodist Church. The mine was said to have more copper
in it. William (son) was interested in buying land and in 1879
Brad rode on horseback as far north as Queensland, checking
country (see diaries). On the trip they stayed with Bob Hawton
(Margaret's brother) who had gone mining at Hill End - top of
Wales. But in 1879, after his return, William's diary revealed
in land outside of Bethanga.
finance the landbuying, the mine "Welcome" was sold. William
half the money and his father William and brother Brad who
shares in it each got one quarter of the money. .... The land
by William (father) and Brad was called Woodlands. This
changed to Climsland by Brad's wife. Brad later bought
in the Woodlands property.
Selina's wedding day  she was sitting on the front
Hillsborough. It was pouring rain. Minnie said "You going to
ready?". "Thinking about it"' she did. The man she wanted had
his cousin at the end of a shotgun." William (son) used to
collection. He got really sick of threepences and he wouldn't
in the church funds but took them home and locked them up.
got married William told Art I've got five pounds worth
threepences. You can have them to pay the minister if you want
to? So he did. William gave Minnie three pounds worth of
threepences to buy herself a locket; she bought a nice pearl
and Fred met Ellen and sister Alice at the Victoria in
Melbourne (This must be Ellis?, but she was 14 when Ellen
married?) Fred was engaged to
but she returned his ring and went to Sydney. Fred went to
Welshman taught at Rutherglen <1910, West Wodonga,
G??? school, Dederang 1888 teaching there when married. ie mostly
primary. Longfellow book - presented to him by school kids
used to kill horses and cattle
in her old age couldn't stand music - "didn't want anybody to
themselves". She said it made her head bad. A fella who had a
to pick up Alma's sister and he started playing the piano while
waited to take her back to his folks place. Grandma came down
to him "go home and bang your own hurdy-gurdy and don't bang on
had money and "things" all better than anyone else. She had a
teapot which she put on the sideboard, and she said to Alma's
"Now you can use this when you get some visitors" One day it was
and Minnie said "Where is it?" Selina answered "I've given
Lottie. They have lots of visitors down there". Alma bought her
silver teapot, so Selina went down to Lottie's to get hers. But
said she'd given it to them and the wouldn't give it back.
very put out).
Auntie, never happy, jealous of everybody. Selina kept her stuff in an
safe in her room. he made a lot of fuss about her will and was
going to "cross people off" - "Your not going to get anything".
Selina and Matt went on a trip to England. War broke out and
home they were chased by the Emden. Tthey were off course and
a terriffic storm.
Hurdle Flat (just near Stanley - other side of lake). When Des
bought house in Beechworth and lived there
Oates - mine manager +owned mine
finished. Just left +closed down before died.
1926 Selina came to Melb, married
in Croxford, lived there 2nd Husband died
Desmond making preparations for
wedding, felt crook, went to Drs + died while getting ready to
Fred and Lottie
and Brad bought Woodlands. Parents + Brad still at Woodlands. twins
born and Annie did not like living with inlaws, so Brad found
made bricks - straw and clay, made a kiln. built v nice brick house
next door. Annie (nee Parnaby) changed name to Climsland. Brad and
Grandfathewr bought some other land, old man Cole said hey Bill you
know of the land in Brad's name. Big row also Annie always selling
cattle. Grandfather said "Whose?". Brad said her father gave
a cow. Grandf - all those cattle out off one cow . (5 calves a
year! Told Brad he'd been cheating him (granf) for years. Brad gave
Grandfather £3,000 for his share in farm (lot of money but
Brad got thousands).
Minnie 33 and Jack Flentje (writing unclear) 22 both sang
church choir, + he took her home. girls after him because good
and a singer. He was a shift boss in the Bethanga mines.
Grandfather gave mother (Minnie) money to pay deposit on house
(Ascot Vale) then he got money on fixed deposit + she paid
off. Grandfather died there, buried in Footscray, also Grandma
1902 they built the house in Bethanga - last one in street down to
Mitchell's paddock, street near mine (Alma 4 yrs)
Brad Mitchell's Diary
Hawton Clarnette kindly provided a typed version of Brad Mitchell's
diary, which he has in his possession. Extracts follow
At the start of the Diary the family were living
Hillsborough which was a small village about 10 km.south of
1871 . 7 Jan.
William (brother) went to Eldorado (gold mine west of Beechworth)
got work on 17 Jan. came home to Hillsborough on 1 May
1872 .Robt. Hawton left
Hill End ( today a suburb in south Brisbane) on 15 Jan. 1872. He got
married 3rd April 1873.
22 July William and Sam ( Samuel Hawton)
to Running Creek to work. Started for
rush ( gold or tin rush ) at Koetong on Sept 16, ‘72.
10 July William Burton Mitchell took a
to raise 100 tons quartz at the Bon Accord mine ( near Hillsborough)
6s8d per ton. finished on Nov 6,
72. 154 tons. made wages.
11 Oct William applied applied for 30 acre
lease at Dinna Creek, Koetong.
20 Nov Father and I reached Koetong .
19 August 1873
Father and I went to work at Hawke’s View , driving 10 feet
Cure for drunkards; Sulphate of Iron 5 grains;
Magnesia 10grains; Peppermint 11drachms; spirit of Nutmeg
1drachm; twice a day.
Claim registered at Bethanga for four men on 13th
March 1876 by William
Mitchell. (This was on the North Gift Line. The four men were
Mitchell, his father William Burton Mitchell, his brother Braddon,
the fourth could have been either Sam Hawton or the youngest
brother Fred, who would have been 14 at that time)
Obtained 644 tons of dirt; which yeilded
923ounces13dwt5grains of gold worth £2860:6:1
Sold the claim on 1st March 1878 to Harris and Hollow for
1 April 1878 William and I left Bethanga for
Gippsland; reached Drouin on10th, Brandy on 11th, Little Moe 12th at
noon. Started for the Sarwick on 17th, pegged out 3 blocks on the
Arrived at Little Moe second time on
April, got back to Bethanga 4th May.
9 Jan 1879 Left
Bethanga for good. 18
Jan. Went to
sailed for Sydney in the Cheviot on 21 Jan. Arrived Sydney on Friday
24Jan. and put up at James Temperance Hotel in Kent st.
10 Dec. 1879 Will Father and I went to Bethanga to examine
Finlay’s land. 11Dec.---went all over the land and
bad opinion of some of it. 12Dec.---went to the
William bought Section I containing 324 acres at £4:12:6 per
acre. We bought Section B containing 412 acres , between at
£4:12:6 per acre. I bought 200 acres, Will 90 and Father 128
acres. 13Dec.---I pegged out about 60 acres
river frontage, being the frontage of Section B, at 10.54am; and
applied for it at Beechworth under the 19th Section of the Lands Act
1869, on Mon. 15th Dec 1879.
17Dec.---pegged out 20acres at 1.40pm, and applied for it under the
49th Section on
Called on Fred Brown, the lawyer, on Mon.15 Dec. and instructed him
ascertain the correctness of Title of the land that we bought.
19 Dec. Father and Will bought 134 head of cattle at
Will bought a filly by young barbarian for £5, 36 bullocks at
£2:17:0, 78 steers at £1:19:0, and 20 cows at£1:15:0;
total £294:14:0. Discount taken off for cash £7:7:0, net
cost £282:9:6. Lost two of the cattle on the road
coming home. 22Dec----took the cattle
Bethanga, made the trip from paddock to paddock in 12.5 hours.
14 May 1880 at
Tallangatta land board, my application for 60 acres in Parish of
Berringa, which had been recomended on 2 April, was refused, and
recomended to be put up at auction at an upset price of £3:0:0
per acre. Will got his long toe in front of the pre-emptive
recomended; McNick objecting to both; I appealed.
15 June 1880, Tue. Went to Melbourne.
16June---attended at the Boardroom at the Land’s Office; Duffy
presided. When my case was called on he looked at the map for a
and then said he would postpone the matter for a report from Skeane
Surveyor General; he would not hear what I had to say; said if I was
not satisfied he would decide it at once and give against me; Finlay
did not appear; came home on 17th.
13 Feb. 1882.
to a bush fire up Spring creek, took all the week to put it out.
6 Jan. 1886 went
Bethanga , lent Will £400
24July----home again, been away about 21 weeks, cost about £23
--Josephson’s Australian ointment for
---To cure Queensland Fever, get a lot of cobwebs
from a dwelling or old house (those from the bush will not do being
poisonous), roll them up in the hand in a roll ball (hard) like a
marble, then cut the ball in four pieces, put them in a cup of warm
or water and drink the lot; after the emetic has worked take a dose
2 August 1887
9Sept------bought 40 head of store bullocks in Wodonga from Gibson
£6/10/- a head.
12 Oct. Mother and Min(sister Minnie)
to the Paddock to live( that from their long time home in
28 Nov.1890 Went
Dart River,registered 2 Claims 19Dec; came back 22Dec.
18 Jan.1891 went
to Dart. Crushed 5.5
tons quartz for 20oz18dwt of gold (16Feb.’91)
15 June 1896
first samples of water from Bethanga Creek.
Report on analysis of a sample water
by Mr C. Ellen The results obtained were as follows--
Total solid residue , in grains per gallon at
Loss on ignition water of
constituents------------138.00 , consisting of Silica,
Alumina, Calcium Carbonate 10.5;
Magnesium 15.10, Sodium
Chloride 20.76, Sulphate of
This water contains too much Sulphate of Lime to
fit for either human or animal consumption. I would advise its
1 Sept 1897
Annie and the boys home. (This is the first and only time that Brad
mentions his wife or family. In 1896 Brad visited the Parnaby family
Wodonga and met Hannah ElizabethParnaby, who he subsequently married
and brought to his propertyon the Mitta Mitta. Their first children
were twin boys, namd Matthew and Hawton)
14 March 1907
surveyed frontage pegs.
This is the last entry in the Diary of a chronological
nature. Below are shown other entries which
to various costs and income which Braddon recorded, and these show
he was a very good record keeper, probably more so than his Father
The following information sets out the costs and income from working
the Paddock, as Braddon refers to it throughout theDiary. The
Paddock was the land that William B., William, and Braddon bought
Finlay in Dec.1879 about a year after they had sold their gold mine
3860.14.11 9061. 9.
1n 1887 I received about £70/ rent from Father and Will.
For 18 years the Paddock has paid me £171:17:0 per year; plus the
rent from Father and Will.
Father has made £85:12:0 per year.
16Aug 1901 345. 6.
Will died in July 1889, hence the cessation of distributions in his
name after Nov of that year.
Braddon also entered some costs in his diary of building a separate
dwelling on their land in preparation for his marriage in 1896. It
interesting to read of the various items that he needed and I have
shown these below.
Murray pine J Bulmer 1.8.6; Foy and
2.6.2 white lead
,washstand , chest, bedding and linoleum
1.10.3; freight -lime and tar
12/10; staying town 1.9.0; railways
fares 1.12.0; Richards and Co.-drapery
3.0.11; Mates-lime and tar 5.17.0;
Ackman-furniture 26.12.5; Cobb and Co-
ironmongery 18.18.9; ditto 8.1.3;
advertising for bricks 3/-; freight for
ironmongery,Cobb and Co 4.2.2; Ackman-perambulator and
sundries 2.9.6; Wolf-making bricks--36.7.9;
glass 5/3; iron for arches 6/6; ironmongery,
sundries 11/0; Stone-pine timber
Turnbull-pine timber 21.17.8; Foy and
and other furniture 13.7.6; Nisbet-sawn
timber 15.3.0; freight-Bulmers pine
Stratton-chopping wood 2.5.0; White-bricklaying
5.8.0; Darmody-carpenter 3.10.0; P.O.Callaghan 3.0.0;
Armstrong-pine cupboard 17/10; sewing machine 2.0.0;
stove 3.0.0; chest o
Notes by Jenny Mitchell
Welcome MineRoyal Comission, Peter Wright's Evidence. Says 3 years
earlier the Mitchells had applied and been rejected because it was a
red gum reserve. Not mining before 1876
Ovens and Murray times: 13/3/77 - Principle mines are New Years
Excelsior and Mitchells and the welcome
Mitchells getting up to two ounces a ton - very high yeild
Written somewhere Welcome 29 June 1876
Venterden was the family home of Margaret Hawton
had been in the family for many generations. I saw it when I visited
StokeClimsland village. Venterdon was also the name of the hamlet in
which the house is located. These days it is part of StokeClimsland
i think in the days of margaret hawton it was probably almost like a
kind of manor/farm holding. I met the guy who owned it in
1999, He was very friendly and had recently done
renovations but the building itself was quite old ie. like a
couple of hundred years anyway.
While at Stoke Climsland I also saw the school
William jnr attended. It is now run by the local historical
society but wasn't open the day I was there. goddamit. I'm sure
would be stuff about Hawtons and Mitchells there. Interestingly
Burton's parents were buried in the SC graveyard. Yet William
seemingly married at Tregorrick, which we also visited. It is close
an old tin mine which has a very big mullock heap. Seeing how young
William and Margaret were when they married I wondered whether they
made themselves scarce for a while before Jane was born, with
returning to her family home while William went out to Australia.
have been quite big things to deal with.
Recollections from Muriel Clarnette (about 1975)
butchers shop in ...... near Stoke Climsland. James ->
Margaret Hawton suffered from headaches. She used to put acetic
her head - her room stank of it - and on walks with MC she would
and put her head under the tap
Selina - when
remembers her - had lovely wispy grey hair. she used to put a
pad on her head; then put her own hair over it; then put a toupe
that; then pin a transformation - lots of little rolls on top. One
MC went with Selina to Albury to buy a hat. The shop lady said
several tries "They won't fit". Selina said " won't have me hair
me hat, I'll have my hat to fit my hair."
Recollections from Gladys Barnes
"You may not
that Grandfather took an
interest in phrenology (reading bumps on heads), and Mum had his
textbook on this, whish we, when children, used to love to get and
and read each other's bumps". The book has been lost.
"... the orange
demonstrations he went to would be Orangemen from the Orange
know mum's two brothers were Orangemen. " (these would be Parnaby
Gladys had Jane Mitchell's Bible,
"When I was in
teens and going to Bible Class, I was very proud of my Bible, and
showed it to one of the chaps, saying it was over seventy years
the time. He said, looking down his nose, and much to my chagrin,
Bible should last more than TWO years". Meaning of course, it
used." Gladys intended to pass it on. Perhaps Jodie now has
not listed. She married a Stratton. Jack Stratton, a son married
Margaret Wray of Tallangatta ......Mum came to NZ to care for Jack
Stratton (her cousin)'s family when Margaret died in
(Dinah). there is an older brother and sister
Aunt Selina I
sure married twice. M Oats firstly, and I think she was a
when I knew her
Recollections from Norm Martin (2004)
Wiliam Burton and son worked on a mine at Running
Creek for Martin in 3/7/1874. Location of Running Creek was
known to Norm.
Note from G.F.Craig 's Book
Brad registered a claim at
Hillsborough in 1873, and William Burton was subscribing to
Ovens Hospital Appeal (Beechworth)
Particularly Fred Mitchell (Ernest Mitchell's son) and Jenny
(Fred's daughter), but also Bob Mitchell (Ernest's son), Norm Martin
(Florence's daughter). and Hawton Clarnette (Brad's descendant).
Many thanks to Caroline
of the Stoke Climsland Archives (held in the Old Svhool). She
best part of a day finding material for us, and trying to work out
where the Mitchells lived in Venterdon from the Tithe and Census
records. She also took a group (including us) on an historical
of Venterdon in the evening.
Doug Nichols has supplied material on the Hawtons.. Thanks in
particular to his wife Jan for retyping the Hawton documents:.
The Hawton Family Tree and History
The Hawtons of Stoke Climsland
This material mentions Venterdon and Whiteford. This material may
come from Tony Reese. He has a webpage,
Public Records Office of Victoia Index to Inward
Passenger Lists Foreign Ports) 1852-1889. supplied shipping
1913 Death William Burton Mitchell
Hillsbourough Area Maps
Genes Reunited checked William and Margaret
No joy on 1851 census, either Ancestry.com or Google but they should
Cannot find anything for Selina's birth. Checked FHO Google
Refer to the Hillsborough page. Further investigation of Arthur
Welshman and Dinah would be interesting. When did they marry?
No record in Victorian Pioneers Index birth of Dinah,
or Minnie (Clara).
Osmonds flat was known to Fred Mitchell
Osborns flat on way to Yackandandah.
William Burton M and Margaret's grave Section 2A/377 Footsgray
cemetery. Brad is in the Methodist section of Sunbury
Brad's will 164-4, 2-12-18, bur 17/3/19 probate. Hannah 195-898, 4
apr24 probate 13jun24 (Hawton Clarnette)
Fred's PRO list if the Mitchell arrivals in 1861 list the port as
Which port was that?
It would be interesting to know the size of Tregorrik in those days.
Can the 1841/51 Census help?
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2007 Dec 2007 Apr 2008