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Richard Plundell 22 (single man 41) Smith RC both Kings Co, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Lysander
George Plunkett / Plunket 20 hus (family 30) Labourer RC both Cavan, came 21 Jan 1841 on the Sir Charles Forbes
Cathe Plunkett / Plunket 21 wife of George (family 30) Dairymaid RC reads Cavan, came 21 Jan 1841 on the Sir Charles Forbes
George Plunkett and Catherine Slaven christened James 1841, Thomas 1843, John 1845, George 1847
George Plunkett, List 4, 30 Apr 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
George Plunket carter off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Thomas Plunket 17 came Nov 1846 with 334 on the Maitland
Richard Poach 23 hus (family 33) Mason RC neither Cork, came 7 Oct 1841 on the Intrinsic
Catherine Poach 25 wife of Richard (family 33) housemaid RC neither Cork, came 7 Oct 1841 on the Intrinsic
James Poach 2 son of Richard (family 33) RC Cork, came 7 Oct 1841 on the Intrinsic
Mr and Mrs Poblam arrived 20 June 1840 from London on the Eagle
Thomas Podden 29 (single man 52) Shepherd Prot both Devonshire, came 30 July 1841 on the Westminster
George Podmore - Podmore Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847
Mr Pogson arrived 6-May 1840 from Hobart on 25 Apr on the Lord Sidmonth
Mr Pohl, license renewed for 'Melbourne Tavern' Elizabeth St is the landlord. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
Mr Pohlman arrived 20 June 1840 from London on the Eagle
Robert Pohlman New Town Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Robert William Pohlman, freehold, Richmond The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names
Messrs Pohlman, Western Port District depasturing license for 1-31 August 1844. Source - Port Phillip Herald 22 Oct 1844
Robert W Pohlman, donated to the Building Fund for the new hospital - source Port Phillip Herald 1 March 1845
Robert William Pohlman, resigned as Chief Commissioner of Insolvent Estates in Port Phillip. Source - Geelong Advertiser 28 May 1845
Robert William Pohlman, voted in Melbourne for Mr Curr as Member of Council to succeed Mr B Boyd. Source - Port Phillip Herald 30 Sep 1845
Robert Williams Pohlman, one of 469 voters who qualified by Freehold in Richmond Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
R.W Pohlman commr. of Insolvent Court Richmond, Source - 1847 Directory
T Pohlman, to support building of one church in Mount Macedon and supporting it while they live in the area. Source - Port Phillip Herald 3 May 1844
Richmond Owned Property Insolvent Debtors' Court Chief Commissioner Richmond - Freehold Property
David Poiner Correspondence sold Portland Bay Wando Dale to Mc Conochie, William & John
Ann Poland Mrs Page 197 Letters at Office 30th June 1847
Mr Poland, arrived 3 Sep 1842 from Leith on the Duke of Richmond
Richard Poland and Cath christened Cath 1847
Richard Poland, Crew AB arrived 21 July 1844 from London and Cork on the Dale Park
Richard Poland wed Ann Sirett in 1845 at Church of England christened Betsy 1846
Anne Pole - Pole wed James Wilson in 1841 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Thomas Pole - Pole and Susannah Mcnamara christened Thomas 1841
William Polkinhorne, 22 single man Carpenter Prot both London arrived 13 Jan 1842 from London and Cork on the Samuel Boddington
William Polkinhorne Letters unclaimed at Post-Office, Melbourne 30th April,
William Polkinghorne clerk Bourke street, Source - 1847 Directory
Frederic Pollard wed Agnes Evans in 1847 at Church of England Christ Church, Geelong
Convict assigned to J Pollard is John Morse came 1837 on the Charles Kerr is Thomas Gion came 1835 on the England
JA Pollard, 2nd Officer arrived 16 Apr 1844 on the Sea Queen
John Pollard, Shop and house Swanson St The Port Phillip Herald Fri 8 Sep 1843 Burgess in La Trobe Ward
John Pollard, Burgess for La Trobe Ward. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 Nov 1844
John Pollock, letter at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 2 Jan 1844
John Pollard Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847
John Pollard died 1847 Male aged 78 at Melbourne
John Pollard jeweller Elizabeth street, Source - 1847 Directory
Joseph Pollard / Pollard 27 (single man 35) Farm servant, Prot both, Cornwall, came 22 Jan 1840 on the John Bull
Joseph Pollard wed Catherine Peachy in 1846 at Independent Congregational Melbourne
Joseph Pollard settler Bullawerg Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
Joseph Pollard labourer Collins street, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr Pollard arrived 26-Jan 1840 from Hobart 14 Jan on the Blossom
Mr Pollard arrived 8-Apr Charlotte 1840 from Lauceston on 2 April via Geelong on the Charlotte
Mr and Mrs Pollard and 2 chn, (Cabin 11) Departing 1841 on the Frankfield
Theopilus Pollard general dealer Little Bourke-street Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Joseph Pollock Colac Geelong, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Mr Pollard, Steerage passenger will sail Monday 14 July 1844 for Liverpool on the Sea Queen
unknown Pollock witness to wedding 6 Jul 1839 Alexander Smart Martin to Eliza Pannell at St James Cathedral, Melbourne
John Pollock 26 (single man 38) Labourer Prot both Argyle, came 2 Oct 1841 on the Thomas Arbuthnot
John Pollock wed Mary Heard in 1844 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong christened Margaret 1845
John Pollock shoemaker off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
JS Pollock, Tue 27 Jun 1843 Geelong resident signed supporting William Lonsdale
Joseph Pollman, stealing money before the Supreme Court Fri 15 Mar 1844 from dwelling house of James Elijah Crook a publican Guilty. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 16 Mar 1844
Mr Polson Cabin (Cabin), came 29 Aug 1840 on the East London
Charles Pember / Pomber 29 hus (family 39) Labourer Prot Both Middlesex, came 24 Dec 1841 on the Alexander
Catherine Pember / Pomber 20 wife of Charles (family 39) Prot neither, came 24 Dec 1841 on the Alexander
Henry Pouchard, one of 320 convicts transported on the John Barry, 07 September 1835. Convicted at Bristol Quarter Session for a term of 7 years.
Henry Panchard, from a page now archived, from his death certificate, was born in Bristol, England, some time around 1817 to John PONCHARD and Mary Ann JONES. He was 15 in 1833 when he was charged with stealing 30 fancy pigeons. He appeared in the Bristol Quarter Sessions Court on the 5th of January, 1835, on a charge of Larceny. Sentenced to 7 years transportation and arrived in the Colony on the 17th of January, 1836 aboard the Convict Transport "John Barry (3)" .
Once in the colony of New South Wales, it appears that Henry was assigned to the employ of James McArthur (Jr.), the son of Hannibal McArthur. Permission was sought, and given, in 1840 for James McArthur to bring four convict servants with him to the new colony of Port Phillip. Henry Ponchard was listed by name as one of these. In early 1840, James McArthur accompanied Count Strzelecki on his exploration of Gippsland on which he scaled and named Mt. Kosciusko.
Henry Ponchard applied for his Certificate of Freedom at the expiration of his 7 year sentence and it was granted and issued to him on the 4th of May, 1842. He would have had to carry this document with him and produce it on demand to prove that he had completed his sentence and was no longer an attached convict, but a free man.
Henry was married at St. James Church of England, Melbourne, on the 7th of December, 1847. His bride was an Irish girl named Elizabeth (Betsey) Reilly/Riley who would have been about 23 years old at this time. They had 9 children - dates are not all registered.
From an account of Early Wangaratta - "The pioneers in the butchering trade were Mr. Harry Ponchard and Mr. M Cusack in 1848"
After gold was discovered in 1851, Wangaratta people joined in - in the book "Through Women's Pioneering Eyes" by Brenda Leach, which states on page 42 - "Mrs Vincent often spoke of being one of only six women left in Wangaratta when the gold rush broke out in 1852. The other five women were Mrs. Mary Meldrum, Mrs. Annie Millard, Mrs. Ponchard, Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Catherine Dillon."
Henry and Elizabeth had their first child in 1849 in Kilmore, Victoria, and named him John Ponchard. The Victorian Pioneer Index has unfortunately misspelled the surname in this entry to read "John Pounchart" but it is not uncommon for their spelling to vary as it appears neither Henry or Elizabeth could read or write. It may have been that Elizabeth was visiting her mother, Mary Reilly, in Kilmore to aid her through her time of pregnancy. Mary Reilly, was still living at Kilmore at this time and continued to live there until her death on the 17th of November 1866.
The second child for Henry and Elizabeth, Mary Jane Ponchard, was born early in 1851, probably in January, but there does not appear to be any official birth certificate to show the exact date. She died at either the end of April or the 1st of May and was buried, according to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church, Parish of St. Francis, on the 2nd of May, 1852, at the reported age of 16 months.
The 3rd child to Henry and Elizabeth, Catherine Sarah Ponchard, was born in Wangaratta on the 18th of January 1854,
Henry Cecil Ponchard, appears to have been born about 1855 although there is no reference to the birth on the Victorian index. According to one branch of the family he was born in Greta (near Wangaratta) on October 27 of that year.
The 5th child was Sarah Anne Ponchard who was born in Wangaratta on September 9, 1857. She was baptised at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on November 1, 1857. It should be noted that the Godparents listed in this entry are "Robert Punchart and Margaret Flanagan". Robert Ponchard appears as though he may have been Henry's cousin who had been transported from Bristol to Tasmania in 1832. This relationship between Henry and Robert is supported by an earlier document in which more information about Robert Ponchard was detailed in respect of a Larceny conviction in the Blackwood Court on September 3, 1855. The section on the prisoner's previous history reads :-
"Per the "England" in 1832. Bond for life; Brother Francis Henry at the Ovens. Name: Robert Pounchard to VDL, Conditional Pardon 1844."
Sarah unfortunately died at the age of 17 years after falling victim to a sickness called "Diptheric Croup", the sad passing of her and another young girl was noted in the "Wangaratta Dispatch" dated Wednesday, May 10, 1875.
Their 6th child, William Edward Ponchard, appears to have been born around this time. William Edward Ponchard was Baptised at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church on April 7, 1861 and this entry also gives his date of birth as March 1859? The Godparents in this entry are "John and Catherine Ponchard" who were the two oldest surviving children of Henry and Elizabeth.
The 7th child, Mary Jane Ponchard, was born on the 13th of April 1863, in Wangaratta. She was followed by the 8th, Patrick Ponchard, on the 7th of April 1865. He was Baptised at St Patrick's on May 13, 1865 and it is interesting to note that the Godparents listed in this reference were "Frank and Mary Anne Ponchard" who were the eldest children of Henry's brother Francis Ponchard. Unfortunately Patrick did not live very long and died in January 1866, with his burial taking place on the 22nd of January 1866, in the Catholic Section of Wangaratta Cemetery.
The 9th, and final, child of Henry and Elizabeth was also named Patrick. He was born in Wangaratta on the 20th of December 1866 and was baptised at St. Patrick's on April 24, 1867. The Godparents this time were "Michael Reilly and Kate Ponchard", Michael Reilly was the elder brother of Henry's wife and Kate Ponchard was the 3rd child of Henry and Elizabeth.
Henry Ponchard died on the 11th of June 1872, at his farm at Three Mile Creek, Wangaratta, after an illness that had lasted 7 months. The official cause of death recorded on his certificate is "Paralysis". He was buried at the Wangaratta Cemetery on the 13 of June, 1872
Elizabeth Ponchard next appears as the witness to the birth of John Ponchard's (her eldest son) second child, John, in Jerilderie on the 19th of January 1888, as Mrs E. Ponchard. She also may have been the witness on his first child's birth as the witness is listed as Mrs Reilly. John was working as a track ganger or "fettler" with the railways in New South Wales. In fact, the place of birth of the second child is given as "Railway line, Jerilderie".
Elizabeth died in Junee, New South Wales, on the 16th of August 1888. She was still living with her eldest son, John, and he is the informant on her death certificate. Her eventual cause of death was Pneumonia which she had been suffering from for a period of 5 days. She was buried on the 17th of August 1888 at the Roman Catholic Cemetery at Junee Junction.

From on Sunday, 17 October, 2010

Elizabeth,
yes that is the same Henry....he had a few brothers who ended up out here as convicts. Francis, James, Robert and I actually found another one the other day, but need to prove he is from the same family. They often have the name spelt incorrectly. Panceett, Punchard etc.....
We have also had connections with the ancestors of the sister who was left behind in England.....
I am in the process of putting two books together, one on the Ponchard family in Australia and another on the convicts on the John Barry 1836...... Once again, you have done a great job with your website...keep up the good work.
Kind regards, Kaye Vernon


Mary Anne Ponsonby wed 1845 #199 to Henry Fishborne at St Francis, Roman Catholic
Jacob Ponton wed 16 Feb 1846 to Isabella Grogan at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Page 153 letters at Post Office 31st May 1847
Jacob christened Henry Pontin 1847, William Ponton (mother called Ann) 1848, Joseph Punton 1849 and Jacob Pontin 1852 at St Francis, Melbourne and Mary Jane 1853 at Roman Catholic church, Alexander & Bendigo
Isabella buried 1847 Female aged 29 at Melbourne (looks like a daughter aged 29 days, or weeks)
Mary Jane Pontin buried 1854 aged 1 year
Jacob Bernard Ponton born at Avoca, wed 1876 #848 to Margaret Sophia Brennan and daughters Mary Jane 1877 and Isabella Sarah 1878 were born at Kerang.
Henry Ponton wed c1874 to Sarah Meade and lived at Kerang, registered Henry Ponton 1875, Isabella Ponton 1878, Mary Jane Ponton 1880
Capt Poole and son Poole (Cabin) came to Port Phillip Feb and cleared for Sydney 26 March 1841 on the York
Edward Poole, 20 both was Labourer, trained as Shoemaker single crime - Larceny in a dwelling 10 years convicted 28 Nov 1842, at Co C Court, received 21 Dec 1842, at Newgate, became an Exile and received a Royal Pardon 10 Oct 1844, arrived at Geelong 18 March 1845 on the Sir George Seymour, and was employed by Mr H Murray Portland Bay district (List a117 and a03)
Edward Poole Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
George Poole, 26 both was Sawyer, trained as Carpenter married crime - Felony 7 years convicted 2 Jan 1843, at Worcester, received 30 Jan 1843, at Worcester, became an Exile and received a Royal Pardon 10 Oct 1844, arrived at Geelong 18 March 1845 on the Sir George Seymour, and was employed by Mr Roadknight Geelong (List a118 and a30)
James Poole and Lucy christened James Kenneth 1840
James Poole wed Maria Mahon in 1841 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne christened Eliza 1842, Anna Maria 1844, Francis 1847
James Poole, and Marion Mahon baptised female Eliza at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 #420
James Pool, 29 both was Labourer, trained as Taylor single crime - House breaking 7 years convicted 27 Mar 1843, at Kingston on ?Hilliers, received 24 Apr 1843, at Hemmingway?, became an Exile and received a Royal Pardon 10 Oct 1844, arrived at Geelong 18 March 1845 on the Sir George Seymour, and was employed by Mr Roadknight Geelong (List a116 and b04)
James Poole waterman Williams Town, Source - 1847 Directory
James Poole pastry cook and confectioner Collins-st Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
John Poole wed Winifred Connor in 1841 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
John Pooh, and W Connors baptised male William at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 #100
William Pool, died 10m male Melbourne 1842 #38435 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
John Poole, and Winny Connors christened Thomas 1843, Joseph 1845, Francis died 1847
John Poole shoemaker Bourke street, Source - 1847 Directory
Mary/Margaret Poole, 23 single woman Housemaid Co Kilkenny RC both arrived 21 July 1844 from London and Cork on the Dale Park
Susan Poole Sponsor of Thomas son of Thomas Chapman Baptised on 13 June 1841 by Rev Michael Ryan at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne - see my Chapman page for details of this event
Thomas Poole, arrived at Port Phillip from Hobart on the brig 'Lillias' 20 Aug 1845. Source - Port Phillip Herald 21 Aug 1845
Morgan Poor, No 9, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 13 Oct 1845
Abraham Pope 24 (single man 53) Farm Servant Prot both Devonshire, came 30 July 1841 on the Westminster
Edward Pope 25 (single man 54) Wheelwright Prot both Devonshire, came 30 July 1841 on the Westminster
Edward Pope, male wed Elizabeth Hill 1842 #4485 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Edward Pope, and Elizabeth baptised Elizabeth Jane at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Collwood 1842 #12943
Edward Pope and Elizabeth Hill christened Louisa 1844, Richard 1846-7 died
Edward Pope wheelwright Bourke street, Source - 1847 Directory
Fanny Pope, List No 9, 30 Sep letter to be collected from Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 1 Oct 1844
Frances Pope wed John Andrews in 1844 at Presbyterian Campbellfield
John Richard Pope wed Jane Morgan in 1846 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Rosamond Pope wed Baker Bellett in 1841 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Samuel Pope 22 Labourer Prot both Devon arrived 18 Feb 1844 from London and Cork on the Royal Consort
Samuel Pope, List 4, 30 Apr 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
Seaman Pope, charged with insubordination on the high seas arrived 23 Nov 1844 on the Thomas Hughes
William Pope 38 hus (family 14) Joiner Prot both London, came 3 Dec 1841 on the Branken Moor
Clarah Pope 34 wife of William (family 14) Housekeeper London, came 3 Dec 1841 on the Branken Moor
William Pope 8 son of William (family 14) London, came 3 Dec 1841 on the Branken Moor
Thomas Pope 5 son of William (family 14) London, came 3 Dec 1841 on the Branken Moor
William Pope, dwelling house, Williams Town The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names voted in election 20 June 1843, during third hour, 11-noon
William Pope, voted 3-4pm Melbourne to elect two members to sit in Legislative Council. Source - Port Phillip Herald 26 Apr 1844
William Pope shipwright Williams Town, Source - 1847 Directory
Thomas Pople, 33 hus of Mary arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
Mary Pople, 36 wife of Thomas arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
Betsy Pople, 13, William Pople, 12, John Pople, 11, Mathias Pople, 8, Frederick Pople, 6 and Thomas Pople, 4 arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
Thomas Popple farmer Merri Creek, Source - 1847 Directory
Joseph Popplewell, 35 both was Stone mason, trained as Taylor married crime - horse stealing 10 years convicted 4 Mar 1843, at York, received 25 Apr 1843, at York, became an Exile and received a Royal Pardon 10 Oct 1844, arrived at Geelong 18 March 1845 on the Sir George Seymour, and was Working for himself (List a119 and b13)
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