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Christian Bethune died 1846 Male aged 30 at Melbourne
Kenneth Bethune and Christina christened Alexander 1840, Murdoch Campbell 1843, Anne 1845
Kenneth Bethune 'Horse and Jockey' Little Bourke St, Applications Rejected source Port Phillip Herald Fri 29th April 1842
Kenneth Bethune House and shop Corner Swanston and Little Bourke St Burgess in Gipps Ward source PPH 8 Sep 1843
Kenneth Bethune The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 28 Apr 1843 New Licences granted for Star Inn Swanston St
Kenneth Bethune, license renewed for 'Star Inn' Swanson St. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
Kenneth Bethune 106 signed in support of Rev Peter Gunn published in The Melbourne Weekly Courier on Saturday 10th August 1844
Kenneth Bethune, of Gipps Ward, signed letter to Henry Moore. Source - Port Phillip Herald 27 Sept 1844
Kenneth Bethune, Burgess for Gipps Ward. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 Nov 1844
Kenneth Bethune Little Bourke St Star Inn' granted annual Publican's license - source Port Phillip Herald 17 Apr 1845
Kenneth Bethune on the jury inquiring into death of Ellen Quirk. Source - Port Phillip Herald 1 Jul 1845
Kenneth Bethune publican Swanston street, Source - 1847 Directory
Captain Betley master Departed from Launceston on 14 Apr 1838 for Port Phillip on the Aquilla
William Betridge Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847
William Betson wed Mary Fallan in 1841 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
John Betton came Nov 1846 with 334 on the Maitland aged 24
Mr Thomas H Bettrey arrived 15-Jan 1840 from Launceston 11 Jan on the Wallaby - source Port Phillip Herald 17 Jan 1840
Abner Bett, Licensed to cut timber at Western Port District July 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 18 Aug 1845
Alfred Betts arrived at Prt Phillip from Hobart on the schooner 'Lillias' 2 June 1845 - source Port Phillip Herald 3 June 1845
Henry Bett List No 2, 29 feb 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Henry Betts and Eliza christened Edward 1847 died
John Bett in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 Aug 1843
John Bett, List 4, 30 Apr 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
Joseph Betts 27 hus (family 2) Dairy Woman Prot reads, came 23 Jul 1841 on the George Fyfe
Sarah Betts 25 wife of Joseph (family 2) Shepherd Prot both Co Wicklow, came 23 Jul 1841 on the George Fyfe
Joseph Betts and Sarah christened Ann Jane 1843, John 1845, Marks 1847
Joseph Betts The Port Phillip Herald Fri 4 Aug 1843 indicted for murder of an aboriginal woman
Joseph Betts Owned Property Belfast - House & Land
Miss Betts Melbourne arrived 6 Jun 1841, from Hobart town on the Agenoria
Mr Betts imports 6 rams source Port Phillip Herald Tue 15th Feb 1842
Miss Betts cleared out 11 May 1842 for Timor and Port Louis on the Agenoria source Port Phillip Herald Fri 13th May 1842
Miss Betts Sailed 1 Jan 1843 from Port Philip for Hobart arrived 6 Jan, Agenora
shared Betts and Mathers Depasturing Licence for Western Port, from 1 to 30 Sept 1843
Robert Betts departed 13 Sep 1841 from Launceston for Portland Bay on the Minerva - source Launceston Courier 20 Sep 1841
Thomas Betts 32 hus of Comfort (family 07) Labourer Prot neither Buckinghamshire arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
Comfort Betts 32 wife of Thomas (family 07) Prot reads Buckinghamshire arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
Mary Betts 13 dau of Thomas (family 07) Prot neither Buckinghamshire arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
Mary Ann Betts wed John Powell in 1846 at Methodist / Wesleyan Melbourne
Thomas Betts, Licensed to cut timber at County of Bourke July 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 18 Aug 1845
Thomas Bett Page 197 Letters at Office 30th June 1847
Betts see Matthew & Betts in a partnership settlers Charon Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
George Bevan came Jan 1846 with 59 on the Stratheden
Joseph Bevan convict came on the Georgina Nominal List of Ticket of Leave page 39 - 1 granted ticket-of-leave 2 Dec 1837 labourer
Mary Bevan witness at wedding of James Murphy wed 15 May 1842 to Mary Prendergast at Melb and Geelong Roman Catholic Church
Thomas Bevan came Sep 1847 with 306 on the Joseph Somes aged 20
William Bevan came Nov 1846 with 334 on the Maitland aged 17
Andrew Beverage arrived 10 Dec 1842 from Leith - on the Britannia source Port Phillip Herald Tue 13th December 1842
Andrew Beveridge 'Hunters Rest' Mercers Vale, Country Licenses Granted source Port Phillip Herald Fri 29th April 1842
Andrew Beveridge, Melbourne Times 23 Apr 1842 granted Publicans Licence Mercers Vale Hunters Rest
Andrew beveridge Jury for 16 July source Melbourne Times - Sat 16 July 1842, page 3
Andrew Beveridge jury appointed after prisoner challenged 3 jurors source Port Phillip Herald Tue 19th July 1842
Andrew Beveridge The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 21 Apr 1843 Publicans Licence renewed for Hunters Tryste Sydney Rd
Andrew Beveridge in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843
Andrew Beveridge Hunters Tryste' Sydney Rd granted Country License source PPH, 21 Apr 1843
Andrew Beveridge Western District Monthly list of Depasturing Licenses for 1 to 30 Sep 1843
Andrew Beveridge List No 1, 31 Jan 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Andrew Beveridge, Mercers Vale 'Huntrs Rest' granted general license. Source - Port Phillip Herald 27 Apr 1844
Andrew Beveridge, Merces Vale beyond the Goulburn, signed letter supporting ministry by Rev Peter Gunn. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 28 Sept 1844
Andrew Beveridge Mercer's Vale; signed an encouraging letter printed 28 Sep 1844 for Rev Peter Gunn News 28 Sep 1844, source local newspapers
Andrew Beveridge, Western Port District depasturing license for 1-30 Sept 1844. Source - Port Phillip Herald 15 Nov 1844
Andrew Beveridge granted Mercers Vale 'Hunters Rest' annual Publican's license - source Port Phillip Herald 17 Apr 1845
Andrew Beveridge, No 9, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 13 Oct 1845
Andrew Beveridge, Licensed to depasture stock at County of Bourke Sept 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 3 Nov 1845
Andrew Beveridge settler Lower Murray, Source - 1847 Directory
Beveridge see Anderson & Beveridge in a partnership settler Murray River, Source - 1847 Directory
Miss Beverage, Intermediate arrived 10 Dec 1842 from Leith on the Britannia
Barbara Beveridge wed Thomas Kuffle in 1843 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
James Beveridge arrived 24 July 1841 at Launceston from Port Phillip on the Will Watch
Mr James Beveridge departed 7 Sep 1841 from Launceston for Port Phillip and arrived 14 Sep at Melbourne from Launceston on the Lowestoft
Mr James Beveridge arrived 13 Sept at Port Phillip from Launceston on 7 Sep, in 1841 Lowestoft
James Beveridge and Catherine christened James Erskine 1841
James Beveridge general store Little Bourke-street Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
James Beveridge (foreman) Jury for 20 May source Melbourne Times - Sat 18 June 1842, page 3
James Beveridge transfers 'The Travellers Rest', Collingwood, from Alfred Lingham by Petty Sessions source Port Phillip Herald Fri 9th September 1842
James Beveridge in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 29 April 1843
James Beveridge house Collingwood Gipps Ward 183 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
James Beveridge House Collingwood Burgess in Gipps Ward source PPH 8 Sep 1843
James Beveridge Travellers Rest New Town Publican's License granted till June 1845 listed on 7 May 1844
James Beveridge List No 12, 31 Dec 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
James Beveridge, Burgess for Gipps Ward. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 Nov 1844
James Beveridge, No 6, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 4 July 1845
James Beveridge Collingwood Travellers Rest' repairs needed for renewal of annual Publican's license - source Port Phillip Herald 17 Apr 1845
Page 197 Letters at Office 30th June 1847
James Beveridge Collingwood, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr Beveridge arrived 19 Feb 1840 at Port Phillip on the Elizabeth Lloyd from Hobart 7 Feb,
Mr John Beverdale sailed 26 Feb 1840 for Launceston on the Elizabeth
Mr Beveridge arrived 19 Feb 1840 from Hobart 7 Feb, on the Elizabeth Lloyd
Mr and Mrs Beveridge and child arrived 7-Ap 1840 from Hobart on 31 March on the Mary Hay
Miss Beverage arrived 10 Dec 1842 from Leith - on the Britannia source Port Phillip Herald Tue 13th December 1842
Miss Beveridge Sailed 31 Dec 1842 from Port Phillip for Sydney and arrived 9 Jan 1843 Britannia
Miss Beveridge Arrived at Port Phillip 8 July 1843 from Sydney on 26 June Christina
Richard Bevin and Sarah christened James 1846
Joseph Bevis 36 hus of Mary (family 08) Labourer Prot neither Essex died 1870 #5855 aged 65 arrived 13 Jan 1842 from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Samuel Boddington source Bounty Immigrants
Mary or Ruby Bevis 34 wife of Joseph (family 08) Farm servant Prot reads Essex died at River Plenty 1842 #3739 aged 25 arrived 13 Jan 1842 from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Samuel Boddington source Bounty Immigrants
William Bevis 6 1/2 son of Joseph (family 08) Prot Essex wed 1860 #419 to Mary Catherine Howard arrived 13 Jan 1842 from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Samuel Boddington source Bounty Immigrants
Jeremiah Bevis 4 son of Joseph (family 08) Prot Essex wed 1864 5 #1836 to Elizabeth Topp arrived 13 Jan 1842 from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Samuel Boddington source Bounty Immigrants
Susan Bevis 0 dau of Joseph (family 08) Prot Essex arrived 13 Jan 1842 from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Samuel Boddington source Bounty Immigrants
Susan Bevis, died J 14m female Melbourne 1842 #3725 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Mary Bevis, died 25 female Riv Plenty 1842 #3739 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Mr Bewse Cleared out from Port Phillip 9 March 1843 for Portland, Sally Ann
TW Bhan departed from Launceston for Port Phillip on the brig 'William Hughes' with cargo from London, 8 Mar 1841 - source Launceston Courier 15 March 1841
John Bibby, male wed Ruth Robinson 1842 #34125 Presbyterian Portland
John Bibby, List 4, 30 Apr 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
Ann Bible 15 (single woman 03) House servant Prot both Cork arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Martin Luther source Bounty Immigrants
Margaret Bible, female wed John Carpenter 1842 #4584 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Mr Bible Arrived at Port Phillip 18 May 1843 from Sydney on 30 April Ellen and Elizabeth
Susan Maria Bible wed Josiah Morris Holloway in 1847 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Mr Bickenstaff Market Square Hotel employed Elizabeth Birnie / Burney 20 (single woman 07) arrived 16 Feb 1844 on the Wallace
David Bicketts 31, hus, (family 5) Smith, Prot, both, Gloucestershire, arrived 16 Dec 1841 on the Ward Chapman,
Daniel Bickett in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 Aug 1843
See Ricketts
MT.J. Bickford & N. M Bickford in a partnership farmers Sea Coast Western Pt., Source - 1847 Directory
Nicholas Bickford List No 10, 31 Oct 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Nicholas Bickford, No 9, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 13 Oct 1845
N.M. Bickford see Bickford MT. J. & N. M in a partnership farmers Sea Coast Western Pt., Source - 1847 Directory
Nicholas Mysey Bickford see Mysey James Bickford & Nicholas Mysey Bickford in a partnership farmers Sea Coast Western Port , Source - 1847 Directory
AJ Bicknell, List 4, 30 Apr 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
Mr A Bicknell Cleared out from Port Phillip 23 May 1843 for Launceston arrived 29 May Tamar
Mr Charles Bicknell Cabin arrived 15 May 1843 from London and Plymouth 19 Jan Parkfield
Charles Bicknell in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 June 1843
Charles Bicknell List No 2, 29 feb 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
F Bicknell Letter at the Post Office unclaimed 30 Oct 1843
Mr Robert Bicknell Arrived at Port Phillip 15 May 1843 from London and Plymouth 19 Jan Parkfield
Mr R Bicknell Cleared out from Port Phillip 23 May 1843 for Launceston arrived 29 May Tamar
Adams Bichnell Correspondence sold Western Port Sunday Creek to Manley, John
John Whitehead Biddle came Jan 1846 with 59 on the Stratheden
Joseph Biddle, and Ellen Maddigan baptised male William at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 #45
Joseph Biddle - Beddle and Ellen Maddigan christened Elizabeth 1843, Mary Anne 1846
Joseph Biddle List No 8, 31 Aug 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
From Royal Sovereigh web site, Joseph Biddle was convicted at Berkshire Assizes on 28 February 1835 for highway robbery. and came on the Royal Sovereign in 1835 Also tried on this day for highway robbery were 20-year-old William Smith and 20 year old Peter Plummer. Joseph was 18 when he was sentenced to 7 years transportation. Like many of his fellow convicts he had several tattoos on his arms and body. SB, SB, JB being some of them perhaps initials of relatives. Joseph received his Ticket of Leave in 1840 for the Port Phillip district and applied for permission to marry Ellen Maddigan who had arrived on the Aliquiss and was free in 1841. Permission was granted in the district of Melbourne. By 1842 Joseph had received his Certificate of Freedom.
Mrs Jane Bidrip departed Launceston 21 Nov 1840 for Port Phillip on the Eagle
Peter Biece - crew 05 arrived 22 Aug 1844 on the Lord William Bentinck
John Biegar shoemaker Doctor's Creek Pyrenees, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr Bigaby and wife arrived 30 Dec 1844 at Launceston from Portland on the Minerva, source local newspapers
Mr G Biggam Steerage arrived 13 Apr 1843 on the Winscales
Mr W Biggam Steerage arrived 13 Apr 1843 on the Winscales
William Biggam in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 Aug 1843
William Biggam 3 Jun 1844 unclaimed letter at Geelong post office
W G Biggam Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
James Biggar, and Margaret baptised John Smith at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #12996
James Biggar and Margaret christened Janet 1843, James 1845
James Biggats Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847
George Biggery Crew 11 arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
John Biggs 22 (5 single man) Mason Prot both Bath, came 15 Jan 1841 on the Fergusson
John Biggs in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 29 April 1843
John Biggs freehold Collingwood Gipps Ward 183 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
John Biggs house Flinders Lane claim to be added to Burgess list source PPH 22 Sep 1843
John Biggs, List 4, 30 Apr 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
Sarah Ann Biggs wed Henry Watts in 1846 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
William Biggs wed Sarah Booth in 1840 at Church Of England St James, Melbourne
William Bigges, and Sarah baptised Sarah 1841, Elizabeth at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #12732
Sarah Biggs, died 29 female Melbourne 1842 #3674 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Elizabeth Biggs, died W 2m female Melbourne 1842 #3706 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
William Biggs wed Margaret Mccaw in 1843 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
William Biggs Tue 27 Jun 1843 Melbourne resident signed supporting William Lonsdale
William Biggs freehold Flinders Lane Lonsdale Ward 239 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
William Biggs on list of supporters of William Lonsdale, Sub-Treasurer source PPH 27 June 1843
William Biggs in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 Aug 1843
William Biggs List No 2, 29 feb 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
William Biggs wed Mary Ann Fletcher in 1845 at Church of England
William Biggs wreelwright & c Collins lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr G Bigham Arrived at Port Phillip 13 April 1843 from Liverpool 16 Dec Winscales
Bridget Bigly wed William Smitt in 1844 at Roman Catholic St Francis Melbourne
Anne Brazell/Bignall, 20 single female House servant RC both Limerick arrived 17 Feb 1842 from London and Cork on the Thetis
Henry Begnell/Bignell, 24 single man Shepherd Prot both London arrived 13 Jan 1842 from London and Cork on the Samuel Boddington
Henry Bignell 24 (single male 10) Shepherd Prot both London arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Samuel Boddington source Bounty Immigrants
Henry Bignell in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 June 1843
Henry Bignal taxidermist Bourke street, Source - 1847 Directory
John Begnell / Bignell 27 hus (family 1) Shepherd RC both Meith, came 3 Oct 1841 on the Agricola
Margaret Begnell / Bignell 26 wife of John (family 2) Housekeeper Meith, came 3 Oct 1841 on the Agricola
John Bignell in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 29 May 1843
John Bignal house Collingwood Gipps Ward 183 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
John Bignell House Collingwood Burgess in Gipps Ward source PPH 8 Sep 1843
John Bignell Fined 40s for failing to appear for Jury duty on 16 Mar 1844 Officers 15 Mar 1844, source local newspapers
J Bignell, jury for Supreme Court Mon 18 Nov 1844. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 23 Nov 1844
John Bignell, fined 40 shillings, failed to attend for jury duty. Source - Port Phillip Herald 19 March 1844
John Bignell, of Gipps Ward, signed letter to Henry Moore. Source - Port Phillip Herald 27 Sept 1844
John Bignell, Burgess for Gipps Ward. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 Nov 1844
Joseph Bignell House Collingwood Burgess in Gipps Ward source PPH 8 Sep 1843
Joseph Bignell, Burgess for Gipps Ward. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 Nov 1844
Joseph Bignell died 1847 Male aged 17 at Melbourne
Mr and Mrs Bignell and child Cabin passenger arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Samuel Boddington source - Port Phillip Herald
Samuel Begnell/Bignell, 22 single man Wheelwright Prot both London arrived 13 Jan 1842 from London and Cork on the Samuel Boddington
Thomas Bignell in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843
John Bigsbey and Ann Bigsbey departed 9 Dec from Launceston for Portland on the Minerva source Launceston Examiner 10 Dec 1842
John Bilbey - Trooper, Mounted Police reward for capture of, John Williams. Source:- Portland Police Magistrate Book, Page 75, 12 Aug 1843
Mr J Bilefeard Cleared out from Port Phillip 9 June 1843 for Hobart arrived 23 June Lillias
John Biles carpenter Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
James Biley Correspondence sold Portland Bay to Powell, Thomas
Alice Bill 18 (single woman 6) Nursery maid, Prot reads, Cavan , came 24 June 1840 on the Andromache
John Billett 44 Father (Steerage 1), came 3 Jun 1841 on the Duchess Of Northumberland
Mary A Billett 17, Eliza Billett 16, Maria Billett 9, James Billett 6, John Billett 3 and Elizabeth Billett 2 dau of John (Steerage 7), came 3 Jun 1841 on the Duchess Of Northumberland
Rosamund Billet died 1847 aged 40 at Melbourne
William Billett Letter at Post-office unclaimed 7 April 1847
James Billing (Cabin) came 7 Sep 1841 in Hobart from Port Phillip on the Tasmania,
John Billings came Sep 1847 with 306 on the Joseph Somes aged 19
Charles Bolston 24 (single man 4) Labourer Prot both Somersetshire, came 30 Aug 1841 on the Strathfieldsaye
Charles Bilston in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 Aug 1843
Charles Bilston List No 11, 30 Nov 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Charles Bilston wed Mary Chivers in 1845 at Church of England
Charles Bilston and Mercy christened William Charles 1846
Charles Bilstone baker Collins lane, Source - 1847 Directory There is another long chance. The 1841 Census was taken was taken on the night of 6 June 1841, and the Strathfieldsaye sailed from London 1 May. People would have been boarding for about the week before - say 20 of April. Another good idea has hit the dust. The only other idea - did he leave family behind? Looking at the 1841 Census for Somersetshire for other occurances of Bolston and Bilston, also Balston to see if any instances of his family can be found This has sent me back to check the names of their children, wondering if there is a family name that may be a clue I see the last born is Samuel Bilston 1866 #14124 and that the family lived in Collingwood from 1853, with at least 2 children not listed, those born 1848 and 1850 (one could be Lucy, wed 1861) William seems the repeated name that - long stretch - could be father of Charles
Joseph Bilson wed Eliza Jane Craig in 1847 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Thomas Bilston and Ann arrived in Port Phillip on 6 July 1838 and went to Heidelberg to work for Henry Arthur
Thomas Bilston and Ann christened George Yarra 1841, Mary Ann 1841, Thomas Edward 1843, Marie Elizabeth 1845
Thomas Edwd Bilston 1841 - 1928 #11985 aged 87, son of Ann Wheeler and Thomas Bilston, died at Portland, he was christened 1843, in Portland

From on Friday, 20 July 2012
Hi Elizabeth, great work. You have Thomas and Ann Bilston listed as early arrivals. I know they were here by 1836, as there was a child who died and George Yarra was born in 1838. They soon went to the Western District. I will try to find out more, regards, Lowen Clarke
Thankyou for your letter, it brings the family alive. I also found
Ann Bilston 1818 - 1877 #11261 aged 59, dau of William Wheeler, born 1819 in George Town, Tasmania, daughter of Elizabeth Guy 1802, and William Wheeler 1796, wed 1835 at New Norfolk, Tasmania, to Thomas Bilston 1808 - 1899, born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, and died at Portland, Victoria.
Thomas Bilston, 29 July 1823 left Portsmouth on 28 Aug 1823 one of 150 convicts transported on the Asia, arrived 19 Jan 1824, was given permission to marry 24 Feb 1835 to Ann Wheeler came free See No 710, Conduct record - Sentenced to Life, 23 Oct 1832, for neglecting to attend the Quarterly Muster on the 7th inst.
Conditional Pardon No 872, on 27 June 1836
CON23-1-1-1 Description, 5/5in tall, l brown hair, hazel eyes, aged 17, shoemaker, Warwick, Apr 1823, Life, Blayby, Blind Rt eye, large scar back left hand, little fr left hand crippled
The son you mention, was a very lucky young man - in a time when there was a surplus of men wanting wives.
George Yarra Bilston wed 1856 #3429 to Ellen Augustine McElligath
Ellen Augustine Bilston 1833 - 1893 #13631 aged 60, dau of John Mcelligott, died at Chetwynd
Added on Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Hi Elizabeth, I found that my aunt sent me a copy of recollections Thomas Bilston and his wife made : they say they arrived on 6 July 1838. Spent time in Heidleberg for Henry Arthur and then went to Casterton area and settled there.

Thomas Bilston offered the "Bush Inn" and his pastoral run for sale in "The Argus" of Tuesday, 28th May 1850.
See Bushfires of 6 February 1851,
The Bush Tavern, run by Thomas Bilston at the Fitzroy River, 18 miles from Portland, was reduced to a heap of ashes. The fire reached the buildings without warning; and the few articles which were saved from the wreck ignited afterwards with the excessive heat which the burning houses created. The bridge across the Fitzroy also shared a similar fate.

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