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Mrs. Ann Gilbert ladies' seminary Collins street, Source - 1847 Directory
Edward Gilbert, Steerage arrived 12 Dec 1843 on the Glentanner
Francis Gilbert farmer Fire Glen River Plenty, Source - 1847 Directory
George Alexander Gilbert, settler The Port Phillip Herald Fri 10 Nov 1843 New Insolvents list liabilities 483 pounds, Assets 474, deficiency near 35 pounds
Gilbert, The Port Phillip Herald Fri 17 Nov 1843 Insolvents Court first meeting
George Alexander Gilbert, The Port Phillip Herald Tue 21 Nov 1843 Insolvents Court Debts proved
GA Gilbert, curator Fine Arts and Commerce for 1844 and secretary Committee for 1844 officeholder, Mechanic's Institute. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 27 Jan 1844
GA Gilbert, Drawing Master newly formed 'Port Phillip Academical Institution'. Source - Port Phillip Herald 6 Aug 1844
George Alexander Gilbert, Insolvent Artist Melbourne applying for Certificate. Source - Port Phillip Herald 13 Sept 1844
George Alexander Gilbert, Insolvency Certificate granted. Source - Port Phillip Herald 1 Nov 1844
GA Gilbert, donated to the Building Fund for the new hospital - source Port Phillip Herald 1 March 1845
GA Gilbert, on Board of Managers and Secretary of the Port Phillip Academical Institution for year starting 1 Aug 1845. Source - Port Phillip Herald 12 Aug 1845
George A Gilbert Mechanics' Institution Honorary Secretary
George A. Gilbert artist Collins street, Source - 1847 Directory
James Gilbert arrived 27 Jul 1835 blacksmith and his wife Mary, employee of John Pascoe Fawkner
On 19 Dec 1838 Mrs Gilbert 'supplied herself with a companion, under the acceptable semblance of a baby, the first white child born here.
Actually the first white child born in what we now call Victoria, was the son of Sergeant Thorn on Mr Collin's expedition, born at what is now called Sorrento on 25 Nov 1803
James Elliot/ Gilbert smith, wife Mary son John Melbourne Elliot/Gilbert baptised 30 Apr 1837 at St James Cathedral, Melbourne

He is the first child in the Church of England Register of Baptisms

, followed by John and Eliza Batman's son John Charles Batman both dated 30 April 1837
James Gilbert, No 9, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 13 Oct 1845

From on Monday, 13 April, 2009

John Melbourne Gilbert married Harriet Elizer (sp?) Heath on 12 April 1858. He is listed as 22 years old and born in Melbourne. Under this it is written a note "December 29, 1835. The first white person born in Port Phillip". His status is bachelor and his occupation is Bullock driver. His parents are James Gilbert - blacksmith - and Mary Duff. Place of residence is Connewarre. Place of marriage is Christ Church, which I think is in Geelong.

Charles Phillip Gilbert, who signed with his Mark, wed Amelia Rebecca Quick on May 24, 1858. Charles Phillip is listed as 20 years old. His status is also bachelor and his occupation is also bullock driver. His parents are also James Gilbert - blacksmith - and Mary Duff who each could write their names. His usual place of residence is also down as Connewarre although he also had a 'present' place of residence listed as Brim Creek (I have searched this and I think that the spelling might be Bream Creek) and place of marriage is also Christ Church. Amelia Rebecca Quick could write her name, was aged 20, born in Halworth, Surrey dau of Eliza Priddle and George Quick, a Publican, who are also parents of Eliza Quick died 1866 aged 48 and James Quick died 1888 aged 46.
Interestingly, witnesses to John Melbourne Gilbert's marriage are James Gilbert and Mary Gelley and witness to Charles Phillip's marriage appear to be James Gilbert and Mary Duff. I am yet to find death information on James and Mary Gilbert but do know that John Melbourne Gilbert issued no children from this marriage and remarried later in life, once again issuing no children. Charles Phillip Gilbert and Amelia Rebecca Quick had 9 children (details from Amelia's death certificate), one of whom was my great, great grandmother. See Web page on their first 2 daughters.

The Gilbert family lived at Bream Creek. It was the place where the clipper "Victoria Tower" was on its maiden voyage to Melbourne when it met gales and contrary tides on October 17, 1869. The Captain ordered the crew to maintain the ship on a starboard tack towards Cape Schanck lighthouse which was only just visible in the distance, but was wrecked on rocks at Bream Creek, near Barwon Heads. When news reached the residents, the road to Bream Creek was apparently lined with vehicles of all descriptions and there was “not a horse or any vehicle to be obtained in town”. The Geelong Advertiser remarked at the generosity of the local people towards the shipwreck survivors. “Nearly everybody carried something for the relief of the sufferers; whisky, brandy, tins of preserved meat and loaves of bread”. The sailors were also greeted with a tonic of gin, whiskey and rum!

Both boys seemed to have moved to New South Wales. I don't know whether that was due to their occupation as bullock drivers or for some other reason. Gold rush perhaps?? John Melbourne eventually ended up settling in a place called Ravine as a grazier where he died in 1916 and was buried in Ravine Cemetery. Ravine, however, was reclaimed at some point and now no longer exists as a town. The NSW dept lists a Ravine Cemetery still although I haven't been able to get any more information. Ravine was apparently south west of Canberra, in the Tumut area.
Ravine Cemetery is listed as part of the NSW National Trust. Would love to drive there for a visit some day although have no idea if a headstone exists....probably not....most of my ancestors didn't seem to believe in headstones!

It is a pity to think that a person who appears to be of such historical importance to Melbourne has ended up buried and forgotten about in such an isolated place.

And on Sunday, 29 August, 2010
Since I posted that information, we have had further success with this family, including finding Mary Gilbert's death record. Her demise was unfortunately a very sad one and it notes on her death certificate that she was of Scottish origin. It confirms her sons as John Melbourne, James (who we don't know what happened to), Charles (my ancestor) and William (who I always suspected was connected as his daughter married into the Carter family, but can now confirm).

And from John M Glibert died in 1916 #2396 (NSW records) he was a resident at Ravine in NSW. It was earlier called Lobbs Hole where cooper was mined from about 1865 until about 1918. The village of Ravine was proclaimed about 1910. It is a little past Kiandra on a side road and is now abandoned but the location is accessible by 4WD in summer. The area is part of the Kosciusko National Park.


Job Gilbert and Eliza baptised Maria 1841, Jane 1843, George 1847, William 1847
Mr Gilbert arrived 18-Apr 1840 and sailed 22-Apr 1840 for Sydney on the Caledonia
Mr Gilbert with wife and 3 chn, is departing for London on the Abberton - source Port Phillip Herald 11 Jan 1845
Saml Gilbert 27 (single man 6) Labourer RC both Cumberland, came 29 Nov 1841 on the Frances
Samuel Gilbert wed Mary Maloy in 1841 at Church of England St James, Melbourne baptised Samuel 1843, Sarah Anne 1843, Eliza 1845, Elizabeth 1847, Mary Anne 1847
Mrs Sophia Gilbert, Intermediate arrived 17 Aug 1843 on the Francis
TE Gilbert, owed wages by GA Gilbert The Port Phillip Herald Tue 21 Nov 1843
William Gibert, and Harriet baptised female Betsy at Independent Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 # 1075
William Gilbert, died 2m male Melbourne 1842 #38357 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
William Gilbert and Harriet baptised William Thomas 1844
William Gilbert, of Gipps Ward, signed letter to Henry Moore. Source - Port Phillip Herald 27 Sept 1844
William Gilbert, County of Grant to strip bark for 1-30 Sept 1844. Source - Port Phillip Herald 15 Nov 1844
W Gilbert, The Port Phillip Herald Tuesday, 3 Jan 1843 signed public notice supporting John Stephen to be a Councillor for the La Trobe Ward
Samuel Gilbertson and Jane baptised Elizabeth 1844, Isabella 1846
James Gilbon, owed wages by Alexander McKinlay The Port Phillip Herald Tue 12 Dec 1843
James Gilby wed Alice Smith in 1843 at Roman Catholic Melbourne & Geelong
James Gilbey and Alice Smith parents of William Gilbey born 27 Nov 1844 and christened aged 26 days, on 23 Dec 1844 by Rev PB Geoghegan, Sponsors are Phillip Smith and Bridget Bourke - see my Chapman page for this event
William Gilby, and May Collins baptised male William at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 # 36493
William Gibby/Gilby, died 3m male Melbourne 1842 #38390 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Catherine Gilbraith, Sponsor of Elizabeth dau of John McRudden Baptised on 2 Nov 1846 by Rev John Joseph Thiery at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne - see my Chapman page for details of this event
Dr Gilchrist sailed 5 Mar 1840 for London on the Magnet
Mr and Mrs Gilchrist, and 2 servants Cabin arrived 18 Oct 1842 from Greenock Benares
Margaret Gilder / Gildea 23 (single woman 14) House Maid RC Both Donegal, came 8 Jun 1841 on the Frankfield
William Gildea and Ann Mary baptised William Edmond 1842, Lavinia Ann 1844, George Joseph 1847 died
William Gildea and his wife Mary Ann Sutton, were accompanied by Ann's sister Rebecca Sutton who wed William Hartley Budd
William Gildie, and Ann Mary baptised William Edmond at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 # 12973
William Gildhead, sworn in as a Special Constable before His Worship the Mayor 21 Oct 1845 72 enrolled, all publicans exempted.. Source - Port Phillip Herald 23 Oct 1845
John Patterson Gildwood, a ploughman employed by Phillip Anderson was fined 5 pounds for hitting Mr Powlett with a whip. Source - Port Phillip Herald 1 Jul 1845
Lewis Gilers, No 7, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 5 Aug 1845
Catherine Gyles 20 (single woman 21) Housemaid RC neither Waterford, came 1 Mar 1841 on the Argyle
George Giles, departed from Launceston for Portland on the schooner 'Minerva' 7 Mar 1843 - source Launceston Courier 13 Mar 1843
Henry Giles aged 16 came Nov 1846 with 334 on the Maitland
James Giles departed 25 Feb 1841 from Launceston for Portland Bay on the Minerva - source Launceston Courier 29 March 1841
John Giles 18 (single man 24) Labourer Prot neither Somersetshire, came 1 Mar 1841 on the Argyle
from 'Somerset Years', as John George Stiles he wed 1855 #2956 to Sarah Esther Stiles and 7 chn were born at Ararat.
John Geo Stiles died 1887 #1315 aged 69, son of Sarah Frith and John Giles
Joseph George Giles, wed Morgiana St John 1842 #599 Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Giles, The Port Phillip Herald Tue 27 Jun 1843 voted in election 20 June 1843, resident of Geelong
JG Giles, Steerage arrived 12 Dec 1843 on the Glentanner
Henry Gilham, got into trouble near Portland. Source - Port Phillip Herald 16 July 1844
Mr Gilhan cleared out 25 Jan 1841 from Port Phillip and arrived 5 Feb at Launceston on the Gem
Gilkinson master from Leith arrived 9 May 1841, Benares
Captain James Gilkinton, Master arrived 18 Oct 1842 from Greenock Benares
Alice Gill 16 (single woman 24) Nursery maid, RC, both, Galway, came 18 July 1840 on the Theresa
Alice Gill wed Robert Harrison in 1841 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Captain Gill master during 1841 for the Will Watch
D Gill Letter at Post-office unclaimed, 7 April 1847
George Gill, The Port Phillip Herald Fri 30 June 1843 voted in election 20 June 1843, resident of Portland
George Gill wed Ann Dudden in 1843 at Presbyterian Portland
Directory 1847 poundkeeper, Portland Bay
George Gill, Portland Bay District monthly license for 1-31 August 1844 to strip Bark and cut timber. Source - Port Phillip Herald 22 Oct 1844
George Gill, arrived at Port Phillip from Launceston on the brig 'Swan' 6 Apr 1845 - source Port Phillip Herald 8 Apr 1845
George Gill, Licensed to cut timber at Portland Bay District August 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 29 Sep 1845
George Gill poundkeeper Portland Bay, Source - 1847 Directory
Henry Gill, 22 single man Shepherd Prot both Cumberland arrived 13 Jan 1842 from London and Cork on the Samuel Boddington
Henry Gill, No 11, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 3 Dec 1845
James Gill merchant off Collins lane and Merri Creek, Source - 1847 Directory
John Lee Gill wife Eliza Healy dau Emma Gill born 24 Mar 1839 baptised 26 May 1839 at St Francis Roman Catholic church
Emma Gill baptism sponsors were Robert Hayes and Ellen Healy born 24 Mar 1839 baptised 26 May 1839 at St Francis Roman Catholic church
John Lee Gill and Eliza Healy baptised John 1840,
John Lee Gill compositor Bourke-street Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
John Lee Gill, and Eliza baptised George at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Pentridge 1842 # 12904
John Lee Gill, Melbourne Times 23 Apr 1842 rejected application for Publicans Licence Pentridge
John Lee Gill, of Pentridge, General Dealer , from Insolvencies, dated 16-Mar and 16-Mar 1842
John Lee Gill, Insolvent painter Melbourne applying for Certificate. Source - Port Phillip Herald 13 Sept 1844
John Gill painter off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
John Gill 20 hus (family 15) Tailor, RC neither, Galway, came 13 Dec 1840 on the Orient
Judy Gill 20 wife of John (family 15) Dairy woman, RC both, Tipperary, came 13 Dec 1840 on the Orient
John Gill, and Johanna Flynn baptised female Marian at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 # 77
John Gill and Johanna Flynn/Judy 20, baptised Margaret 1844, Patrick 1846
John Gill, List No 9, 30 Sep letter to be collected from Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 1 Oct 1844
John Gill, Burgess for La Trobe Ward. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 Nov 1844
John Gill, No 7, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 5 Aug 1845
John Gill aged 21 came Nov 1846 with 334 on the Maitland
John Gill architect Flinders street, Source - 1847 Directory
John Gill labourer off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Captain JM Gill arrived 6-Feb 1840 from Hobart 24 Jan on the Sir John Franklin
Mrs Gill boarding-house keeper Bourke-street Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Patrick Gill 18 (single man 5) Groom, RC, neither, Galway, came 18 July 1840 on the Theresa may be brother of Alice
Rose Gill 24 (single woman 23) Housemaid RC neither Galway, came 4 Nov 1841 on the Diamond
Rose Gill wed John Kinelly in 1843 at Roman Catholic Melbourne & Geelong
Sarah Gill 28 (single woman 8) Housemaid Prot both Ireland, came 2 Jan 1841 on the Salsette
Sarah Gill wed William Barnett Collier in 1841 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Susan Hill / Gill 19 gave problem during voyage, Bounty witheld (single woman 27) Housemaid, Prot both, Cork, came 13 Dec 1840 on the Orient may be sister of John
Susan Gill wed Thomas Giddens in 1841 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Susan Gill wed James Anderson in 1843 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
William Gill, and Mary Collins baptised male William at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 # 299
Peter Gillon / Gillan 18 (single man 18) Labourer RC Both Edinburgh, came 8 Jun 1841 on the Frankfield
Henry Gillam Convict came 1836 on the Moffat assigned to Mess'rs Ryrie
Henry Gillam, Moffatt 2, Certificate of Freedom to be collected from Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 6 Feb 1844
Henry Gillan, and Isaac Cleeves indicted for wounding Samuel Lancaster in Portland Acquitted, stories had discrepancies. Source - Geelong Advertiser 22 July 1844
Henry Gillam son of Henry aged 28 died 1846 at Melbourne
Patrick Gillan 19 (single man 14) Farm Servant RC both Kilkenny, came 23 Jul 1841 on the George Fyfe
John Gillard aged 21 came Sep 1847 with 306 on the Joseph Somes
Mr and Mrs Gillern Passengers Cabin - arrived 8 June 1840 from Liverpool on the Majestic
Betsy Gillis / Gilles 24 (single woman 19) House servant RC Both Manster, came 24 Dec 1841 on the Alexander
Elizabeth Gilles wed James Watts in 1844 at Roman Catholic St Francis Melbourne
James Galepsy 23 hus (family 12) Labourer Prot reads Tyrone, came 29 Mar 1841 on the Neptune
Isabella Galepsy 22 wife of James (family 12) Dairymaid Prot reads Devonshire, came 29 Mar 1841 on the Neptune
James Gillespie, and Isabella baptised female Mary Jane at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong born at Melbourne 1842 # 729
James Galepsy - Gillespie and Isabella christyened James 1844, Margaret 1846
James Gillespie carter off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Dr John Gillespie, Cabin passenger arrived 15 Dec 1840 on the Anne,
Dr Gillespie arrived at Sydney 20 Jan 1841 from Port Phillip 9 Jan, on the Anne
Mr Joseph Gillespie Passengers for Port Phillip and Sydney -- arrived 9 Apr 1840 from Greenock on the India and cleared for Sydney 4 May 1840 the India
Lowther Gillespie - 3rd Mate (Staff 5) came 2 Oct 1841 on the Thomas Arbuthnot
Miss Gilles arrived 28 June 1841 at Launceston from Port Phillip on the Lady Emma
Sarah Gillespie 26 (single woman 13) House Servant Prot both Belfast, came 30 Nov 1841 on the Marquis Of Bute
Selina Gillespie, died 26 female Melbourne 1842 #3763 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
William Gillespie and Ann Mary baptised William 1843
William Gillespie tailor off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Edward Gillett cooper Little Bourke-street Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Edward Gillett and Elizabeth baptised William Edward 1841, Eleanor Sarah 1844, Mary Ann 1846
Edward Gillett, House Lane off Little Collins St The Port Phillip Herald Fri 8 Sep 1843 Burgess in Lonsdale Ward
Edward Gillett, a Burgess in Lonsdale Ward voted for George Annand but John Joseph Fawkner won the seat. Source - Port Phillip Herald 12 Aug 1845
Edward Gillet cooper off Collins lane, Source - 1847 Directory
John Gillett, House Stephen St The Port Phillip Herald Fri 8 Sep 1843 Burgess in Gipps Ward
William Gillett aged 18 came Sep 1847 with 306 on the Joseph Somes
Wm Gilliard Steerage 12 May 1840 Cleared for Sydney, on the Louisa Campbell
John jun. Gillies farmers Moonee Ponds, Source - 1847 Directory
John sen. Gillies farmers Moonee Ponds, Source - 1847 Directory
Mary Gillies wed William Wells in 1847 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Gillies see McLean & Gillies in a partnership settlers Gipps Land, Source - 1847 Directory
John Gillahan - Gilligan and Maria Grace baptised John 1841 died,
James Gilligan, indicted for having unlawfully taken Sophia Lavinia Ellerby being an unmarried girl aged 13 years and 4 months from her mother. Source - Geelong Advertiser 28 June 1845
John Gilligan, and Maria Grace baptised male Patrick at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 # 389
and baptised John 1844, Elizabeth 1846
Mr Giligan, Intermediate arrived 30 Sep 1842 from London 7 June on the Aden
Thomas Gilligan, Licensed to cut timber at County of Bourke July 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 18 Aug 1845
Thomas Gilligan Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
Mr Gillinere departed 19 May 1841 from Launceston for Portland Bay on the Minerva - source Launceston Courier 24 May 1841
Gillion see Rickards & Gillion in a partnership settlers Gipps Land, Source - 1847 Directory
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