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Ann Rourke 17 (single woman 62) House servant RC both Co Longford, came 30 July 1841 on the Westminster
Edmund Rourke 22 (single man 41) Labourer RC both Galway, came 4 Nov 1841 on the Diamond
Hugh Rourke 24 (young man 52) Carpenter RC both Limerick, came 15 Jan 1841 on the Fergusson
Hugh Rourke, owed 13 pounds for goods by Alexander Sutherland. Source - Port Phillip Herald 26 Jan 1844
Hugh and Henry Rourke brothers from Ireland, woodcutters at Bushy Park took over the Dandenong Creek Run which included Bayswater, parts of The Basin, Studfield and Wantirna. They built their home on Mountain Highway near the intersection with Malvern Road, Bayswater. Cattle on these runs roamed the bush. The properties were not fenced.
H. Rourke & H Rourke in a partnership settlers River Richardson Pyrenees, Source - 1847 Directory

From on Friday, 4 September, 2009

Dear Ms Janson
I visited your web site today and was surprised and fascinated with your research and information. My Great-Great Grandfather was Hugh Rourke. He was a bounty immigrant on the John Bull (1840). Also aboard the ship was his new wife Elizabeth and his 17 year old brother Henry.
Probably due to transcription errors - or Irish accents - Henry and Elizabeth's names are listed as Bourke, and Henry is listed as Burke.
Both did exceedingly well in Victoria. Hugh had 12 children and finished up owning Sheep Stations in northern Victiria and the Riverina.
Henry became a hotelier, construction contractor and pastoralist.
Kind regards, Michael Byrne


And I found their first child
Patrick Rourke baptised 1841 #36043, at St Francis, Roman Catholic church, Melbourne, son of Elizabeth Kearney and Hugh Rourke living at Shingy Bar

They are listed on the John Bull arrived 22 Jan 1840, as Henry Bourke 17, and Hugh Burke family

Ellen Rorke wed Michael Fennelly in 1846 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Ellen Rorke wed Robert Fennelly in 1846 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
James Rourke 28 (single man 56) Farm Servant RC reads Co Longford, came 30 July 1841 on the Westminster
James Rourke and Anne Moriarty christened Salina 1843, Mary 1847 died, Michael 1847
James Rourke, died 1m male Melbourne 1842 #38383 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
James Rourke 30 hus Labourer Prot neither Tyrone Forwarded to Geelong, Forwarded to Geelong, arrived 16 Feb 1844 on the Wallace
Jane Rourke 32 wife Prot neither Tyrone arrived 16 Feb 1844 on the Wallace
John Rourke 10, Andrew Rourke 8, Mary Rourke 6, Jane Rourke 3 and Letitia Rourke 1 Prot Tyrone arrived 16 Feb 1844 on the Wallace
James Rooke - Rorke and Jane Rorke born James 1844
John Rourke 24 (single man 40) Labourer RC both Galway, came 4 Nov 1841 on the Diamond
John Rorke, letter at Geelong Post Office 30 Dec 1843. Source - Geelong Advertiser 1 Jan 1844
John Rourke, Geelong Post Office has an unclaimed letter. Source - Geelong Advertiser 28 May 1845
Mary Rourke 16 (single woman 63) House servant RC both Co Longford, came 30 July 1841 on the Westminster
Mary Rorke wed William Dowling in 1847 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Michael Rourke, List No 9, 30 Sep letter to be collected from Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 1 Oct 1844
Philip Roorke / Rourke 38 hus (family 19) Sawyer, RC, both, Ireland, Intermediate passenger, arrived 18 Jul 1840 on the Theresa and on Aug 8 departed for SydneyTheresa
Catharine Roorke / Rourke 36 wife of Philip (family 19) Housemaid RC, both,, came 18 July 1840 on theTheresa
Philip Rourke, House Spring St The Port Phillip Herald Fri 8 Sep 1843 Burgess in La Trobe Ward
Phillip Rourke, Burgess for La Trobe Ward. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 Nov 1844
Phillip Rourke sawyer Spring street, Source - 1847 Directory
Thomas Rourke, 27 hus of Anne Labourer Co Carlow RC both arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
Anne Rourke, 28 wife of Thomas Co Carlow RC both arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
Eliza Rourke, 1 arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
Thomas Rourke and Anne Hickey christened Thomas 1845 died Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
Timothy Bourke 24 single man (m 4) Labourer Co Cork RC both, listed on the Andromache arrived 24 June 1840
Timothy Rourke wed Julia Donoughoe in 1840 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Timothy Rourke, List 5, 31 May 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 4 June 1844
William Rouse, male wed Sophia Priscilla Par Speight 1842 #4486 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Mr Route arrived 7-Sep 1840 from Launceston on 1 Sep on the Rapid
Charles Rout wed Catrine Ford in 1844 at Presbyterian Geelong
Charles Rout christened Charlotte Ann 1846, Henry Charles 1846-7 died, Charles 1847
Henry C Rout died 1847 Male infant 4M at Saltwater
J Row settler Mount Macedon, Source - 1847 Directory
William Row, departed from Launceston to Port Phillip on the brig 'Charlotte' 18 Jan 1841 - source Launceston Courier 25 Jan 1841
Edward Rowan 21 (single man 26) Labourer RC Both Galway, came 24 Dec 1841 on the Alexander
Honora Rowan wed John Nailon in 1845 at Roman Catholic
James H Rowan, Licensed to depasture stock at Western Port District Sept 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 3 Nov 1845
James Hutton Rowan settler Mount Macedon, Source - 1847 Directory
Lee Rowan 24 hus (family 20) Baker, Prot both, Armagh, came 1 May 1840 on theChina
Eliza Rowan 21 wife of Lee (family 20) Laundress, Prot both, Armagh, came 1 May 1840 on theChina
Lee Rowan and Eliza 21 christened John 1841, Alexander 1843, Thomas 1845, Lee 1847
Mary Rowan 26 (single woman 44) House servant RC Both Co Galway, came 24 Dec 1841 on the Alexander
Rowan Messrs. in a partnership settlers Peechebba Murray, Source - 1847 Directory
Rowand McArthur see McArthur Peter jun. & Rowand in a partnership stockholders Arthurton, Source - 1847 Directory
William Rowbottom, Mary and Family drowned when the Cataraqui was shipwrecked 4 Aug 1845, see Account of disaster
Dr Rowe arrived 24-Aug 1840 from Launceston on 19 Aug on the Black Swan - source Port Phillip Herald 25 Aug 1840
Dr Rowe sailed 4-Sep 1840 for Launceston on the Tamar
Edmund Rowe and Elizabeth Stafford christened James 1847
George Rowe, Shop Collins St The Port Phillip Herald Fri 8 Sep 1843 Burgess in Lonsdale Ward
George Rowe, one of 469 voters who qualified by Household in Corio Terrace Geelong Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
Mr J Rowe Projected departure 9 Dec 1841 but not yet left on 30 Dec, from Sydney for Guam, William Hughes
John Rowe wed Elizabeth Lambard in 1847 at Methodist / Wesleyan Melbourne
Mr Rowe sailed 29 Feb 1840 1840 for Sydney on the Jewess
Mr Rowe arrived 6-May 1840 from Hobart on 25 Apr on the Lord Sidmonth
Mr Rowe sailed 15-May 1840 for Hobart on the Agnes and Elizabeth
Mr Rowe sailed 31-Aug 1840 for Hobart on the Lillias
Mr and Mrs Rowe, Cabin arrived 11 Apr 1843 and 25 Apr 1853 cleared for Sydney on the Enmore
Terence Rowe, arrived at Port Phillip from Launceston on the brig 'Swan' 14 Jan 1845 - source Port Phillip Herald 16 Jan 1845
Thomas Koive / Rowe 21 (single man 29) Labourer, Prot, both, Cornwall,, came 18 July 1840 on theTheresa
Thomas Roe/Rowe 30 hus, (29 family), Labourer Prot reads Sheffield, came 23 Feb 1841 on the Georgiana
Hannah Roe/Rowe 37 wife of Thomas, (29 family), Prot reads Sheffield, came 23 Feb 1841 on the Georgiana
Thomas Roe / Rowe 28 hus (family 134) Carpenter RC Both Dublin, came 3 Oct 1841 on the Agricola
Margaret Roe / Rowe 38 wife of Thomas (family 135) came 3 Oct 1841 on the Agricola
William Rowe departed 18 Jan 1841 from Launceston for Port Phillip, on the Charlotte
William Rowe, The Port Phillip Herald Tuesday, 3 Jan 1843 signed public notice supporting John Stephen to be a Councillor for the La Trobe Ward
William Rowe wed Mary Anne Howson in 1843 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
William Rowe, letter at Geelong Post Office 6 Mar 1844. Source - Geelong Advertiser 6 Mar 1844
William Rowe, Portland Bay District depasturing license for 1-31 August 1844. Source - Port Phillip Herald 22 Oct 1844
William Rowe, Licensed to cut timber at County Grant August 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 29 Sep 1845
William Rowe Page 197 Letters at Office 30th June 1847 Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847
Williams Rowe and Mary Gibbins christened Alfred William 1846 died, Henry 1847
William Rowe settler Emu Hills Portland, Source - 1847 Directory
Edmond Rowen wed Elizabeth Stafford in 1844 at Roman Catholic St Marys Geelong
Edward Rowen and Elizabeth Stafford christened John 1845
James H Rowen, said the money order was one he gave to JC Hill and which was later stolen. - source Port Phillip Herald 3 Apr 1845
Christopher Rowland wed Margaret Barnall in 1843 at Methodist / Wesleyan Melbourne christened Catherine 1845
Edward Rowland aged 21 came May 1847 with 338 on the Sir Thomas Arbuthnot
Mrs Rowlands and child arrived 26 Mar 1841 at Launceston from Port Phillip, on the Lively - source Launceston Courier 5 Apr 1841
Mr Rowland arrived 26-Jan 1840 from Sydney 12 Jan on the Curlew
Rowland see Hill & Rowland in a partnership sawyers W. Creek County Bourke, Source - 1847 Directory
Pat Rowland / Rowland 22 hus (family 25) Labourer RC neither Limerick, came 26 Jul 1841 on theWilliam Metcalfe
Eliza Rowland / Rowland 21 wife of Patrick (family 25) Housemaid RC neither Limerick, came 26 Jul 1841 on theWilliam Metcalfe
Thomas Rowlandson 33 hus (family 52) Labourer Prot Both Manchester, came 26 Nov 1841 on the Wallace
Ann Rowlandson 23 wife of Thomas (family 52) Labourer Prot Both Manchester, came 26 Nov 1841 on the Wallace
Patrick Rowler and Elizabeth Coney christened Michael 1843, Bridget 1846
Patrick Rowler and Bridget Cooney christened John 1847
Richard Rowland - convict came on the Harwood, absconded from Govt, Apprehension of runaway. Source:- Portland Police Magistrate Book, Page 75, 27 Sep 1841
Thomas Rowlandson 33 hus (52 family) Labourer Prot Both Manchester, came 16 Nov 1841 on the Wallace
Ann Rowlandson 23 wife of Thomas (52 family) Labourer Prot Both Manchester, came 16 Nov 1841 on the Wallace
Samuel Rowles adult came Sep 1847 with 306 on the Joseph Somes
Catherine Rowley 22 (single woman 47) House servant RC reads Co Kilkenny, came 24 Dec 1841 on the Alexander
Robert Rowley, male wed Anna Maria Malone 1842 #4627 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Robert Rowley and Anna Maria Malone christened Robert 1845
John Rowling, and Catherine baptised Hephzeba at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #12907
Thomas Rowlinson, No 6, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 4 July 1845
John Rowman departing 30 Nov 1841 from Launceston for Port Phillip, on the Corsair - source Launceston Courier 6 Dec 1841
Captain Roxby Ship's Master arrived 13 Apr 1840 from New Zealand 23 March. on the Essex
Ellen Roy 16 dau (single woman 22) Housemaid, came 17 April 1840 on theGlen Huntley
Helen Roy wed Robert Brown in 1840 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
James Roy 26 son (single man 29) Farm labourer, came 17 April 1840 on theGlen Huntley
James Roy, arrived at Port Phillip from Launceston on the brig 'Swan' 17 May 1845 - source Port Phillip Herald 20 May 1845
Jane Roy 50 mother (Widow 6) Dairymaid, came 17 April 1840 on theGlen Huntley
Jane Roy wed George Travers in 1847 at Presbyterian Geelong
Jessie Roy, wed Angus Craig 1842 #693 Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Joseph Roy 22 son (single man 28) Shoemaker, came 17 April 1840 on theGlen Huntley
Joseph Roy Owned Property Moorabool Street Geelong - House & Land
Mr Roy sailed 21 Feb 1840 for New Zealand. on the Earl Stanhope
Mr Roy arrived 19-Sep 1840 from Sydney on the Piscator
William Roy 18 son (single man 30) Farm labourer, came 17 April 1840 on theGlen Huntley
Harriet Royall wed William Doull Easy in 1840 at Church Of England St James, Melbourne
William Roycroft, List 4, 30 Apr 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
William Roycraft wed Mary Oconnell in 1844 at Roman Catholic St Francis Melbourne christened Charlotte Elizabeth 1844, John 1846
William Roycroft asst. secretary to Mechanics' Institution Collins street, Source - 1847 Directory
G Royd see Royd John & J. G in a partnership settlers Whalan Whalan Swamp Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
John Royd & J.G Royd in a partnership settlers Whalan Whalan Swamp Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
George Royeal wed Mary Corrigan in 1846 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Edward Hugham Royes and Mary christened Edward Hugham 1844
John Royland, List 4, 30 Apr 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
M Rozenberg, Steerage Departed 7 Nov 1843 for Valparaso with part of original cargo. on the Margaret Connell
Mary Ruane 20 (single woman 45) House servant RC Both Co Galway, came 24 Dec 1841 on the Alexander
Henry J Rucker, 24 Cabin arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
JH Rucker, Melbourne Times 28 May 1842 Page 2 Merchant debt of 6617 pounds, 2.12% of 56 debts listed
WFA Rucker, in Jan 1839 employed David Weir aged 28, Farmer, who came on the Hope
Mr. Rucker's name appears as one of the original purchasers of Crown Land in Northcote in 1839 in what was the first subdivision.
Mrs FA Rucker Presbyterian resident Subscriber to build school 1 Mar 1839
Mr WFA Rucker received Imports arrived 20 June 1840 from Greenock on the Duchess of Kent
WFA Rucker, subscribed 5/5/- to the Testomonial to be presented to Captain Lonsdale, raising a total of 325 pounds 17s from 76 men. Source - Port Phillip Herald 31 Jan 1840
Mr Rucher arrived 1 Nov 1841 at Launceston from Port Phillip on the Corsair
Mr HRA Rucker departing 10 Nov 1841 from Launceston for Port Phillip, on the Corsair
William Frederick Augustus Rucker merchant O Melbourne-chambers, Collins-street PR Hermitage Yarra Yarra Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanactranscribed by Lenore Frost
WFA Rucker, List 4, 30 Apr 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
From Rootsweb, William Frederick Augustus Rucker was thrity-four when he bought his land at Northcote. Born in Germany, he was the son of an officer in the French army. In 1835 he had sailed to Tasmania after working for a time in London. He established himself as a wine merchant in Hobart. Two years later he moved to Port Phillip, establishing one of Melbourne's first stores. In February 1838 he also opened Melbourne's first bank, an agency for the Derwent Bank of Hobart. This merged with the Union Bank, of which Rucker became a Director. His enterprises seemed lucrative, and he bought land extensively.
Insolvencies were embarrassingly common in Melbourne in 1842-43. But financial failure did not prevent men like Rucker, Welsh, Fawkner, Were or Patterson from starting in business once again. By the end of the decade Rucker had re-established himself as a wine and spirit dealer in Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, though he was never to scale the same heights of fortune again.
WFA Rucker, The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 21 Apr 1843 Insolvent hearing listed for 22 Apr
Rucker, special meeting The Port Phillip Herald Fri 15 Sep 1843 Insolvency hearing
WFA Rucker, The Port Phillip Herald Tue 19 Dec 1843 in Jury to hear criminal cases of the day
William Frederick Augustus Rucker, Insolvent plan of distribution to be heard. Source - Port Phillip Herald 13 Dec 1844
WFA Rucker, granted Insolvency Certificate 29 Jan 1845 - source Port Phillip Herald 30 Jan 1845
Wm.F.A Rucker merchant Elizabeth & Collins streets, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr Rudd, arrived 13 Dec 1842 from Liverpool and Dublin on the Dublin
William Rudd Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847
J Rudgeford, arrived from Hobart on the schooner 'Lillias' as Steerage Passenger on 12 Feb 1840. Source - Port Phillip Herald 14 Feb 1840
George Ruddle 14 single man son of Ralph, Labourer Co Antrim Prot both Left on his own account arrived 16 Apr 1844 on the Sea Queen
George Ruddell, a boy aged about 14 years in employ of Mr Sawyers, lost a bag of fat. Source - Melbourne Courier 16 July 1845
Ralph Ruddle 38 hus Labourer Antrim Prot both Schoolmaster during voyage, paid 5 pounds arrived 16 Apr 1844 on the Sea Queen
Isabella Ruddle 33 wife of Ralph Prot arrived 16 Apr 1844 on the Sea Queen
Jane Ruddle 12, Joseph Ruddle 6, Margaret Ruddle 4 and Thomas Ruddle 2 Prot arrived 16 Apr 1844 on the Sea Queen
Ralph Ruddle and Isabella christened Isabella 1845, John 1846 died
Directory 1847 shopkeeper Collins lane
Patrick Ruddin died 1846 Male at Melbourne
Patt Ruddin died 1846 Male at Melbourne
Ralph Ruddle shopkeeper Collins lane, Source - 1847 Directory
James Rudge, departed from Launceston to Port Phillip on the brig 'Fox' 14 Oct 1840 - source Launceston Courier 19 Oct 1840
Thomas Rudge, departed from Launceston to Port Phillip on the brig 'Fox' 14 Oct 1840 - source Launceston Courier 19 Oct 1840
Daniel Rudkin, List No 9, 30 Sep letter to be collected from Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 1 Oct 1844
T Rue, jury to hear inquest on death of Ward Cole Verdict - accidental death. Source - Port Phillip Herald 6 Jan 1846
Francis Rufell Crew came Aug 1844 with 233 Crew on the Lord William Bentinck
Charles Ruff wed Anne Birnie in 1840 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong christened Mary Jackson 1841
(Raff?) George Ruff settler Swanston street, Source - 1847 Directory
Micheal Ruffe - see Keefe
Captain Ruffle sailed 24 Feb 1840 for Launceston on the Fox
Captain Ruffle Ship's Master arrived 6 Jan 1840 from Launceston Dec 30 on the Henry
Captain Ruffle is formerly Captain of the Henry arrived 1-Apr 1840 from Lauceston on 26 March via Geelong on the Lowestoft
Mr Ruffle arrived 26-Aug 1840 from Launceston on the Lowestoft
Captain Ruffle master, on the Socrates
Captain Ruffle master on 7 May 1841 arrived 7 May 1841 at Launceston from Port Phillip, on the Lowestoft
Captain Ruffle master arrived 13 Sep 1841 at Launceston from Port Phillip on the Diana
Charles Ruffle opened a Baker and Confectioner busines in Corio, announced in Geelong Advertiser, Sat 19 Dec 1840
Charles Ruffie storekeeper North Corio Geelong, source 1841 Kerr's Almanactranscribed by Lenore Frost
Charles Ruffle, wed Catherine Oneill 1842 #618 Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong Charles Ruffle and Catherine Oneill christened John Frederick 1847, Mary Elizabeth 1847 Owned Property Belfast - House & Land
Francis Ruffey, failed to attend for jury duty failed to attend for jury duty had a doctor's certificate. Source - Port Phillip Herald 22 March 1844
Henry Ruffey, List No 9, 30 Sep letter to be collected from Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 1 Oct 1844
Ruffle, The Port Phillip Herald Tue 27 Jun 1843 voted in election 20 June 1843, resident of Geelong
Thomas Ruffles arrived 26 Mar 1841 at Launceston from Port Phillip, on the Lowestoft - source Launceston Courier 29 March 1841
Thomas Ruffle, letter to be collected from Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 6 Feb 1844
Thomas Ruffle, one of 469 voters who qualified by Freehold in Corio St Geelong Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
Thomas Ruffle Letters at Post Office Jan 1847 Owned Property Corio Street Geelong - Freehold Property
Arthur Ruffy Mayune Western Port Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanactranscribed by Lenore Frost
Arthur Ruffy Letters unclaimed at Post-Office, Melbourne 30th April, 1847
Arthur Ruffy see Ruffy Henry & Arthur in a partnership settler Tomaque Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
Frederick Mayune Ruffy Western Port Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanactranscribed by Lenore Frost
Frederick Ruffy, Western Port District depasturing license for 1-30 Sept 1844. Source - Port Phillip Herald 15 Nov 1844
Frederick Ruffy, Licensed to depasture stock at Western Port District Sept 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 3 Nov 1845
Frederick Ruffy see Ruffy Thomas & Frederick in a partnership settlers Magum Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
Henry Ruffy Mayune Western Port Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanactranscribed by Lenore Frost
H and A Ruffy, Western Port District depasturing license for 1-31 August 1844. Source - Port Phillip Herald 22 Oct 1844
Henry Ruffy died 1847 Male aged 39 at Ruffys Ck
Henry Ruffy & Arthur Ruffy in a partnership settler Tomaque Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
Thomas Ruffy Mayuune Western Port Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanactranscribed by Lenore Frost
Thomas Ruffy, The Port Phillip Herald Tue 19 Dec 1843 in Jury to hear criminal cases of the day
Thomas Ruffy & Frederick Ruffy in a partnership settlers Magum Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
W J Ruffy Page 153 letters at Post Office 31st May 1847
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