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I first began this site 16 July 2007, and this revision began 18 Dec 2013 as my 76th birthday present given to you.
The Site is being rebuilt, with two indexes - ships listed per year, and people in alpha order, combining details.

John Askew 24 hus (family 1) Carpenter, Prot both, London, came 13 Dec 1840 on the Orient
Eliza Askew 20 wife of John (family 1) Housemaid, Prot both, London, came 13 Dec 1840 on the Orient
John Askew, and Eliza baptised Eliza at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #12838, then John 1843,
J Askew The Port Phillip Herald Tuesday, 3 Jan 1843 signed public notice supporting John Stephen to be a Councillor for the La Trobe Ward
John Askew house off Bourke St LaTrobe Ward 225 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
John Askew House Off Collins Lane Burgess in LaTrobe Ward source PPH 8 Sep 1843
John Askins / Atkins 38, hus, (family 1) Prot, arrived 23 Jul 1841 on the George Fyfe,
Susan Askins / Atkins 30, wife of John, (family 1) Prot, Co Waford, arrived 23 Jul 1841 on the George Fyfe,
Jane Askins 7, Rachel Askins 5, and George Askins 2 chn of John (1 family) Labourer Prot both Co Waford, came 23 July 1841 on the George Fyffe
Mrs Askin sailed from Port Phillip 4 Oct 1843 for Launceston Thompsons
Mr TS Askin sailed from Port Phillip 4 Oct 1843 for Launceston Thompsons
John Askley, and his wife were engaged by John McKillop on 9 May 1844 and they were dismissed, McKillop ordered to pay 3 months wages. Source - Port Phillip Herald 20 Aug 1844
George Askins and Susan christened Edward 1845 died ;
George Asking butcher Bourke street, Source - 1847 Directory
Miss Askum sailed 4 Apr 1844 from Melbourne for London on the Platina, source local newspapers
Edward Aslan / Asslun 28 (single man 1) Farm Servant Prot both Nottingham, came 17 July 1841 on the England
Edward Asling, male wed Hannah Godkin 1842 #4480 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Edward Asling in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 June 1843
Mrs Edwin Aslin, List 5, 31 May 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 4 June 1844
Edward Asling and Hannah Godkin christened Elizabeth Maria 1844, George Edward 1846,
Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
James Asmen, Geelong Post Office has an unclaimed letter. Source - Geelong Advertiser 28 May 1845
Mrs Harriet Aspey List No 9, 30 Sep 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
David Aspinall cleared on 10 Dec 1844 from Melbourne and sailed on 11 Dec for Portland and Adelaide on the Hawk, source local newspapers
Mr Aspinal departed Sydney 23 Feb 1841 for Port Phillip, on the Australasian Packet
Mr Aspinall 10 March 1841 arrived Melbourne from Sydney, on the Australasian Packet
Mr Aspinall arrived Sydney 27 March from Port Phillip on 21 Mar on the Australasian Packet
Mr Aspinoll departed from Port Phillip for London on the Persian 12 Mar 1845 - source Port Phillip Herald 20 March 1845
Thomas Aspinall 22 (single man 1) Painter Prot both Dublin, came 2 Jan 1841 on the Salsette
Thomas Aspinall Cleared out from Port Phillip 21 March 1843 for Launceston arrived 27 March, Tamar
William Aspinall wed Margaret Patten in 1840 at Church Of England St James, Melbourne christened Titus William 1845
William Aspinall 22 hus (family 1) Painter Prot both Dublin, came 2 Jan 1841 on the Salsette
Mary Ann Aspinall 22 wife of William (family 1) Seamstress Prot both Liverpool, came 2 Jan 1841 on the Salsette
John Aspinall 4 and William Aspinall 1 son of William (family 1) Prot Dublin, came 2 Jan 1841 on the Salsette
William Aspinall and Mary Ann Handcock christened Joseph 1841
Mrs Aspinell and 2 chn arrived 29 Nov 1841 at Launceston from Port Phillip on the Corsair - source Launceston Courier 6 Dec 1841
Robert Aspsey house Bourke St Gipps Ward 183 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843

From on Monday, 8 September, 2008

I am writing to you from Tauranga, New Zealand.
I was looking at your very informative web pages 'Victoria Before 1848' and all the lovely reference material therein and I would like to peruse some of the material available.
I am a descendant of 2 transported convicts - Christian Asquith and Susan Smith who arrived in Hobart 1820 and 1824 respectively. One of their daughters Susannah married Henry Moses Mutch in 1852 and settled in Merino. Now it is Henry whom I would like to track down, in particular how he came to Australia around 1847/1848.
I am sure he was not a convict but one of my aunts once told me that she thought he may have been a 'Keeper of the Keys' - presumably on a convict ship. I feel Ian Hughes' books might be helpful in solving the mystery. My wife and I are coming to Melbourne in October and would like to check these books out. I am not exactly clear as to where they are located - in the State Library, PRO or the GSV. From the information on your web site I suspect it is the PRO. I would greatly appreciate your comment re their location.
Kindest regards, Michael Howell

I replied
On the front page of my Pioneers site, I have some links.
Try Tasmanian Departures
Asquith came to Vic in 1846 - Mrs and 4 chn left Hobart 31 Aug 1846 for Port Phillip, on the Julia, as Immigrants.
From the Hobart Courier, the brig Julia, 135 tons, arrived 26 Aug from Port Phillip with sheep, and Cabin passeners Mr Chales Hall and Mr Merrick. The paper dated Sat 5 Sep 1846 records the Julia sailed 1 Sep for Port Phillip with emigrants. The list of cargo includes 20,000 feet timber, 50,000 shingles, 5000 lathes and other items for D McPherson, 3000 staves for FA Downing

Also for the early days may be the Launceston Courier which starts in 1840 and includes shipping to Portland Bay.

Looking for marriage in Vic
As we are in 1852, that was before registration, so purchasing a birth certificate of a child born after 1855 may give details of birthplaces and marriage, I have scrolled and found more, different spellings, will get a list for you
Found wedding 1852 #31630 at Richmond Cof E, Susannah to Mueth, another spelling problem.
You can be lucky at this time, depends on what sort of church records the minister had to fill out. Vic certificates can be bought online at Vic bmd
After you have the details of the marriage, you can hope to find names of parents, age and birthplace - children's births have some details of parents.


Christian Asquith (see image 28, Convict Conduct register), was tried 12 Apr 1830 at Middlesex arrived in Tasmania 1 Dec 1820 on the Maria, which left Portsmouth 10 Aug 1820
Susan Smith married Christian Asquith on 8/9/1828. She was transported on Brothers, in 1824 and I believe she met Christian in gaol in Hobart . They had a child out of wedlock and before their release (1828?) His name was James. Susan was often called Susannah by Christian and it seemed to stick. Christian Asquith died in 1857 aged 57 and Susannah (Susan b. 1800) at 101 in NZ.
Christian Asquith 1800 - 1857 wed at Hobart, Tasmania on 8 Sep 1828 to Susan Smith 1800 - 1901 aged 101 years and moved to Victoria 1846
1. James Asquith 1828
2. Caroline Asquith 1829 - 1832 lived 3 years
3. Mary Ann Asquith 1830
4. Susannah Asquith 10 Nov 1837 - 22 May 1922   
born in Hobart
space 5. Christian Asquith 1839
6. George Asquith 1840
7. Sarah Jane Asquith 1841 - 1843 lived 2 years
8. M Asquith 1843 stillborn
9. Robert Asquith 1844
It was their daughter Susannah who married Henry Mutch in 1852 at St Stephens, Richmond and they moved to Merino a few years later. There has also been some debate about S's DOB. I estimated it as 1837 based on the date (1922) and age (85) when she died. I have her DC. She was very young when she married as you also noted. And she had 14 children, her first 2 dying in infancy. Their son George came to NZ and my mother was his eldest daughter.
Susannah Asquith wed at Church of England, St Stephens, Richmond on 15 June 1852 #31630 to Henry Mueth 5 Jan 1829 - 1899 born in Liverpool England,
1. Harriett Mutch 1854 #4069
2. Henry Mutch 1856 #2899
3. Margaret Mutch 1859 #8499 born at Casterton
4. Joseph Mutch 1861 #15035
space 5. Susanna Mutch 1863 #13389
6. James Mutch 1866 #3841 born at Merino
7. Sarah Mutch 1868 #18280
8. George Mutch 1870 #24974
space 9. Mary Mutch 1873 #18648 - 1882 #2721 lived 9 years
10. David Mutch 1875 #10989
11. John Mutch 1877 #17223
12. Robert Mutch 1880 #10343 - 1881 #11404 lived 19 months
Mary Ann Asquith wed Samuel Cartland in 1847 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Deborah Astew, died 2 female Melbourne 1842 #3705 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Mrs Martha Asquith in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 29 April 1843
Richard Astion, and Catherine baptised Rebecca at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #12832
Richard Aston, No 6, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 4 July 1845
Sally Ashton / Aston 18 (young woman 1) Housemaid Prot reads Kings Co, came 15 Jan 1841 on the Fergusson
Thomas Aston 23 came on the Sir Thomas Arbuthnot in May 1847 with 338
Catherine Atcheson wed Daniel Farrell in 1847 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
David Atcheson settler St. Kilda, Source - 1847 Directory
John Atchison wed Margery Moore in 1843 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong christened James 1844, Martha Ann 1846,
John Atcheson soap boiler Batman's Swamp, Source - 1847 Directory
Mathew Atcheson carpenter William street Collingwood, Source - 1847 Directory
Robert Atchinson wed Bridget Scannell in 1847 at Roman Catholic St Marys, Geelong
Samuel Atchison/Achison, 30 hus, 2 y, Farmer Co Tyrone Prot came Jul 1840 on the Coromandel and went to Sydney on 11 August,
Rebecca Atchison/Achison, 28 wife of Samuel, 3 y, House keeper do came Jul 1840 on the Coromandel and went to Sydney on 11 August,
Catherine Atchison/Achison, 6 and Isabella Atchison/Achison, 4 daus of Samuel, came Jul 1840 on the Coromandel and went to Sydney on 11 August,
Samuel Atchison List No 11, 30 Nov 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
William Atherly 28 (single man 2) Brick layer Prot both Warwickshire, came 30 July 1841 on the Westminster
William Atherly wed Mary Ann Baker in 1845 at Church of England
William Atherby dealer Little Bourke street, Source - 1847 Directory
William Atherby died 1847 Male aged 37 at Melbourne
Miss H Atherton, Cabin passenger arrived 18 Sep 1839 from Leith on the Caledonia,
Henrietta Atherton wed 25 Sep 1839 to Thomas Brown by Rev James Forbes Presbyterian
Page 3 of Web page identifies her as the sister of Elizabeth wife of Peter Peter Fairly/ Ferrie
Mr Atherton sailed 13-Jan 1840 for Sydney on the Bright Planet
Mrs Atherton arrival at Launceston on 23 Apr from Port Phillip on the Corsair source Launceston Examiner 30 Apr 1842
Mr Atherton cleared out 16 Sep 1842 for Launceston on the Dusty Miller source Port Phillip Herald Tue 20th September 1842
Mrs Atherton cleared out 20 Oct 1842 for Launceston on the Dusty Miller source Port Phillip Herald Fri 21st October 1842
Thomas Atherton in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 29 April 1843
Carol Athorn wed John Clinch in 1847 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Daniel Ahern / Athorn 24 (single man 01) Carpenter RC reads Cork Gone on shore to relatives Employers not indexed arrived 16 Apr 1844 on the Sea Queen
Emma Athorn wed William Henry Cope in 1847 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
George Athorn Letter at the Post Office unclaimed 30 Oct 1843
Miss H Athorne, List No 9, 30 Sep letter to be collected from Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 1 Oct 1844
Mr Athorne departed 19 Mar 1841 from Launceston for Port Phillip on the Tamar
Miss Athorn departing 29 July 1841 from Launceston for Port Phillip on the Paul Pry - source Launceston Courier 2 Aug 1841
Mr Athorne with 1 chest of apparel departed 29 Dec 1841 from Launceston for Port Phillip on the Sir John Franklin
Mr Athorne arrived at Port Phillip 2 Jan 1842 from Launceston on 29 Dec on the Sir John Franklin source Port Phillip Herald - Tue 4th Jan 1842
Mrs Athorne departed from Launceston for Port Phillip on the schooner 'Sir John Franklin' 25 Jan 1842 - source Launceston Courier 31 Jan 1842
Harriet Athorn wed James Elijah Crook in 1846 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Henry Athorn, brother of Robert who drowned, went for help when Robert Athorn and their stock keeper were swept away News 14 Jan 1844
Mary Ann Athorn wed Francis Laidman in 1843 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Mr Athorne arrived at Port Phillip 2 Jan 1842 from Launceston on 29 Dec on the Sir John Franklin source Port Phillip Herald - Tue 4th Jan 1842
Mrs Athorne and child cleared 27 May 1844 and sailed 28 May from Melbourne for Launceston and arrived 31 May 1844 at Launceston on the Tamar, source local newspapers
Mrs Athene and child cleared 27 June 1844 and sailed 28 June from Melbourne for Launceston arrived 2 July Tamar, source local newspapers
Robert Athorn, and Margery baptised William Henry at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #12831
Robert Athorn house Bourke Lane Bourke Ward 212 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Robert Athorne, drowned with his stockman, trying to cross the flooded Merri Creek son of Mr Athorne of the 'Governor Arthur' Little Bourke St. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 20 Jan 1844
Robert Athorn and their stock keeper were lost in the Merri Creek on Sunday News 14 Jan 1844
Henry Athorn brother of Robert, went for help when his brother was swept away trying to cross the Merri Creek News 16 Jan 1844, source local newspapers
Mr Robert Athorn with their stockman, swept away trying to cross the Merri Creek News 16 Jan 1844, source local newspapers
Robert Athorn found Weds after being lost Sunday, accidentally drowned Inquests held News 18 Jan 1844
William Athorne 'Governor Arthur' Little Bourke St, Publicans License granted source Port Phillip Herald Fri 29th April 1842
William Athorn News - Jury for Feb 15 - available but not called
William Athorn house Bourke Lane Bourke Ward 212 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
William Athorn Licensed House Bourke Lane Burgess in Bourke Ward source PPH 8 Sep 1843
William Athorn Advertisement - men of Bourke Ward signed letter supporting Mr Henry Moore, asking him to stand for upcoming election source PPH 24 Oct 1843
W Athorne, in jury for Supreme Court Fri 15 Mar 1844. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 16 Mar 1844
William Athorne Governor Arthur Little Bourke St Publican's License granted till June 1845 listed on 7 May 1844
William Athorn Page 197 List of Letters lying in this Office, 30th June 1847,
William Athorn farmer Merri Creek, Source - 1847 Directory
George Athrop List No 3, 31 Mar 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office

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