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Mr Sim, in Oct 1839 employed James Lawrie aged 38, Bricklayer, who came on the David Clarke
Mr Sim, in Oct 1839 employed Archibald Mcmillan aged 46 and Mrs Mcmillan aged 42, who came on the David Clarke
Alexander Sim, Port Phillip Herald 13 Dec 1842 Page 2 standing for office of Town Surveyor
Alexander Sim house off Bourke Lane Bourke Ward 212 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Alexander Sim, List No 7, 31 July 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 6 Aug 1844
Alexander Sim, letter at Geelong Post Office. Source - Geelong Advertiser 29 Aug 1844
Alexander Sim, Western Port District depasturing license for 1-30 Sept 1844. Source - Port Phillip Herald 15 Nov 1844
Alexander Sim, had a bag of sugar stolen by James Blake found Guilty by second jury for Supreme Court Mon 18 Nov 1844. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 23 Nov 1844
Alexander Sim, builder purchased from Thomas Jennings, Archibald McLachlan as Trustee has the Title Deeds for collection. Source - Melbourne Courier 25 July 1845
Alexander Sim, No 7, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 5 Aug 1845
Alexander Sim Correspondence sold Western Port Restdown Plains to Rowe, John P
A. Sims & E Sims in a partnership settlers Tooagalla Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
Ann Sim, female wed Ebenezer Brown 1842 #4597 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Charles Simms aged 18 came May 1847 with 338 on the Sir Thomas Arbuthnot
Daniel Simms departed 23 Feb 1841 from Melbourne for Hobart town arrived 5 March on the Flying Squirrel
E Sims see Sims A. & E in a partnership settlers Tooagalla Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr G Sims arrived 3-Mar 1840 from Launceston on 1 Mar, on the Tamar. Source - Port Phillip Herald 6 Mar 1840
Joseph Sims and Amelia Maitland christened Amelia 1846
Mr Sims Arrived at Sydney on 28 Dec 1839 from Greenock, South Aust and Port Phillip 21 Dec on the Superb
Mr Simms arrived 1 June 1841 at Hobart from Port Phillip on 28 May, on the Flying Squirrel
Mr Simms Cleared out from Port Phillip 1 March 1843 to Launceston arrived 3 March and departed 4 March, arrived 9 March at Sydney, Sea Horse
Mr Simms Arrived at Port Phillip 11 June 1843 from Launceston Tamar
Margaret Sim 18 (single woman 33) House servant Prot both Edinburgh, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Grindlay
Margaret Simms arrived 1 Nov 1841 at Launceston from Port Phillip on the Corsair - source Launceston Courier 8 Nov 1841
Messrs Sim Letter at Post-office unclaimed 7 April 1847
Rm P Sims Letter at Post-office unclaimed 7 April 1847
Mr R Sims Cleared out from Port Phillip 1 March 1843 to Launceston arrived 3 March and departed 4 March, arrived 9 March at Sydney, Sea Horse
Thomas Sims died 1845 Male aged 59 at Belfast
W P Sims Page 197 Letters at Office 30th June 1847
William Sims Page 197 Letters at Office 30th June 1847
William Simes plasterer Richmond, Source - 1847 Directory
David Simeon, 21 single man Carpenter Prot both London arrived 13 Jan 1842 from London and Cork on the Samuel Boddington
Mrs E Simeon in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843
James Simeon News - Insolvents source PPH 17 Mar 1843
Mr and Mrs Simeon Arrived at Port Phillip 22 March 1843 from Hobart, Lillias
Mr and Mrs Simeon arrived at Port Phillip 6 Sept 1843 Reward
Mrs Simeon and son cleared out from Port Phillip 12 Oct 1843 for Hobart arrived 21 Oct Flying Squirrel
John Simkins in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843
Mrs Simmerson and child Sailed 1 Jan 1843 from Port Philip for Hobart arrived 6 Jan, Agenora

See Symmonds for other Simons variations

David Simmons Letter at Post-office unclaimed 7 April 1847
Edward Simmons arrived at Port Phillip 27 Nov 1843 from Sydney on 16 Nov and Launceston on 22 Nov Corsair
Edward Simmons and Sarah christened Sarah Ann 1847
George Simmons and Sarah christened George William 1841, Emma Eliza 1843, Sarah Amelia 1843
George Simmons 30 hus of Elizabeth (family 38) Labourer Prot reads Co Mayo Served as Schoolmaster during voyage Received into Depot arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
Elizabeth Simmons 20 wife of George (family 38) Prot reads Co Mayo arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
George Simmons 3 and John Simmons 0 1 month son of George (family 38) Prot Co Mayo arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
George Simmons and Elizabeth christened John Waring 1844
George Symons Correspondence Western Port View Hill 11 Transferred from William Ryrie
George Simmonds aged 19 came Nov 1846 with 334 on the Maitland
George Simmonds milkman Merri Creek, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr Simon cleared 10 Feb 1844 and sailed 11 Feb from Melbourne for Launceston and Circular Head, on the Tobago, source local newspapers
Mr I Simmons owner and Agent Arrived at Sydney on 28 Oct 1839 from Port Phillip 23 Oct on the Jewess
James Simon / Simon 27 (single man 44) Labourer, RC both, Elgin Morayshire, came 22 Jan 1840 on the John Bull
Mr Simon sailed 31 Jul 1840 for Launceston, on the Elizabeth
James Symon wed Margaret Thomson in 1840 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
James Simeon, of Melbourne, Linen Draper, from Insolvencies, dated 19-Dec and 19-Dec 1842
James Simeon, The Port Phillip Herald Tue 8 Aug 1843 was Insolvent, case discharged.
James Simeon, Insolvent Draper Melbourne applying for Certificate. Source - Port Phillip Herald 13 Sept 1844
James Simeon, left the country after being declared insolvent, his goods were seized on board-a-ship. Source - Port Phillip Herald 22 Oct 1844
James Simeon, granted Insolvency Certificate 23 Apr 1845 - source Port Phillip Herald 24 Apr 1845
James Simeon, a Burgess in Lonsdale Ward voted for John Joseph Fawkner who won the seat. Source - Port Phillip Herald 12 Aug 1845
James Simeon - gave notice of intention to apply to the Commissioner for the allowance of the certificates Insolvency Certificates 25 June 1844 , source local newspapers
James Simeon could not get signatures for his certificate to be granted Certificates of Insolvency granted for News 15 Oct 1844 , source local newspapers
James Simeon slopseller Collins street, Source - 1847 Directory
John Simmons Shop Bourke Lane Burgess in Bourke Ward source PPH 8 Sep 1843
John Symons Seaman (crew 30) arrived 16 Apr 1844 on the Sea Queen
John Symons List No 8, 31 Aug 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
John Simmons List No 11, 30 Nov 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
John Simmonds tailor Pentridge, Source - 1847 Directory
John Simmons shoemaker Brunswick, Source - 1847 Directory
Joseph Simeon clothier Collins-street Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Mr J Simmons left Portland and arrived 18 June 1844 at Launceston Hero, source local newspapers
Mary Timmins / Simmons 18 (single woman 55) Housemaid Prot both Wicklow, came 23 Jul 1841 on the George Fyfe
ME Simonds 12 Feb 1844 unclaimed letter at Geelong post office
Mr Simmons owner and Agent Arrived at Sydney 25 June 1839 from Port Phillip on 15 June on the Susannah Ann
Mr and Mrs Simmons and 3 chn arrived at Port Phillip 2 Jan 1841 from Hobart on the Agnes and Elizabeth
Miss Simmons Cleared out from Port Phillip 1 March 1843 to Launceston arrived 3 March and departed 4 March, arrived 9 March at Sydney, Sea Horse
Mr and Mrs Simmonds Sailed from Port Phillip 9 April 1843 for Launceston on 13 Apr and arrived Sydney 17 April Sea Horse
Mr and Mrs Simeon, Cabin arrived 6 Sep 1843 on the Reward
Mr Simmons arrived at Port Phillip 7 Oct 1843 from Sydney on 3 Oct Shamrock
Mr Simmons cleared out from Port Phillip 1 Dec 1843 for Launceston and Sydney Corsair
Mr Simons, Geelong employed Elizabeth/Elspeth Johnston 19 (single woman 30) arrived 16 Feb 1844 on the Wallace
Mr Simmonds cleared 15 May 1844 and sailed 16 May from Melbourne for Portland on the Domain, source local newspapers
Simmons see Manly & Simmons in a partnership settlers County Bourke, Source - 1847 Directory
Phillip Simmons in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843
Rebecca Simmonds 18 (single woman 50) Servant Prot both Fermanagh arrived 16 Feb 1844 on the Wallace
Thomas Simmons Portland Bay Monthly list of Depasturing Licenses for 1 to 30 Sep 1843
Thomas Simmons County of Grant License to depasture stock, for month of Sept 1844
William Simmons house Bourke St Bourke Ward 212 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Lieut Simpkinson Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847
Charlotte Simple wed William Mouet in 1846 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Agnes Simpson, caught stealing. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 Nov 1844
Alexander Simpson 29 hus (family 35) Farm servant Prot both Elgin, came 26 Jul 1841 on the William Abrams
Catherine Simpson 25 wife of Alexander (family 35) Farm servant Prot both Elgin, came 26 Jul 1841 on the William Abrams
Catherine Simpson 5, Alexander Simpson 4 and Jane Simpson 1 dau of Alexander (family 35) Elgin, came 26 Jul 1841 on the William Abrams
Alexander Simpson, and Catherine baptised female Jane 1842 #854 and male William at Presbyterian Portland born at Portland 1842 #855
Alexander Simpson and Catherine christened Mary Ann 1845
Anna Simpson 28 (Steerage 25) came 1 May 1840 on the China
Mr Sinclair / Simpson died 8 Dec 1839 (Steerage 37) on the China
Mrs Simpson widow with 2 sons and a daus (Steerage 38) on the China
Jane Simpson 18 (Steerage 27) came 1 May 1840 on the China
John Simpson 24 (Steerage 26) came 1 May 1840 on the China
Robert Simpson 18 (Steerage 28) came 1 May 1840 on the China
Anna Simpson may be sister to John, Jane and Robert
Arthur Simpson cleared 14 Feb 1844 and sailed 15 Feb from Melbourne for London, on the Lord Keane, source local newspapers
Captain Simpson master, arrived 20 Jan 1841 at Sydney from Port Phillip 9 Jan, on the Anne
Captain Simpson master arrived 29 Dec at Port Phillip from London 5 Aug, in 1841 Salus
Captain Simpson master Arrived at Port Phillip 19 April 1843 Victoria
Rev Charles Simpson arrived 13 Dec 1840 from Leith on the Midlothian and on 28 Dec 1840 cleared for Hobart town on the Midlothian
Rev C Simpson arrived in Hobart 7 Jan from Leith via Port Phillip, 1 Jan, in 1841 Midlothian
David Simpson Cabin passenger arrived 18 Sep 1839 from Leith on the Caledonia
Doctor Simpson / Simpson (Staff 2) came 17 July 1841 on the England
Mr H Simms cleared 11 Apr from Melbourne for Launceston arrived 15 Apr on the Tamar, source local newspapers
William Sims aged 27 adult male emigrants - arrived 15 Nov 1844 at Melbourne from London on 27 July and Falmouth on 6 Aug Royal George, source local newspapers
DC Simson has Convicts assigned to him - William Bryan came 1838 on the Elphinstone, William Bell came 1839 on the Parkfield, William Barlow came 1838 on the Elphinstone, John Atkins came 1839 on the Theresa, Charles Haxkins came 1835 on the Margaret Huntly (s)
DC Simpson, with 147 men, was presented to Sir George Gipps at a Levee, Mon 25 Oct 1841 in his honour. Source - Port Phillip Herald, 26 Oct 1841
DC Simson, as advertised in PPH on 4 Jan 1842, has the cart stallion 'Tom Thumb' to stand at his station on the Merri Creek, 3 miles from Melbourne.
Donald Campbel Simson, and Charlotte Jane baptised male Hector Campbell at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong born at Merr 1842 #720
Mr DC Simson and Hon Mr Murray on the beach at Western Port beside a large fire which they had as a signal to the Warlock, to send a boat to the shore to collect them. They were armed with several sorts of guns, and had gone by horse from Melbourne on Thursday last, Jan 1843 Abeona
Mrs DC Simson and child arrived at Port Phillip 25 Feb 1843 from Launceston on 22 Feb Sea Horse
Donald Campbell Simson, dwelling house, Merri Merri Creek The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names
Donald C Simpson Merri Merru Creek subscribed in advance to Arden'sColonial Magazine source PPH 12 Sep 1843
Charlotte Simson, List No 7, 31 July 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 6 Aug 1844
Donald Campbell Simson Merri Merri Creek dwelling house List 10 Sep 1844 of Elector in Port Phillip 1 June 1844 to 31 May 1845
Donald Campbell Simson gentleman of Loddon River deficiency 6290 plus bad debts 4605 pounds New Insolvent 6 Dec 1844 , source local newspapers
Donald C Simpson settler Loddon river Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory Donald Simson was drowned trying to rescue a workman, see The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954) Saturday 24 March 1934 which has an account of the family, on Page 4, column 4, eaded 'A Great Pioneering Family'
E. N. Simson Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847
George Simpson sailed from Hobart on 16 July 1836 for Port Phillip, on the Hetty
George Simpson 24 (single man 26) Labourer Prot both Durham Left the ship on his own resources arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
George Simpson cleared on 11 Oct 1844 from Melbourne and sailed on 15 Oct for Port Fairy and Portland Domain, source local newspapers
Henry Simpson adult came Nov 1846 with 334 on the Maitland
Hector M Simpson Western District Monthly list of Depasturing Licenses for 1 to 30 Sep 1843
HN Simson Depasturing Licence for Portland Bay, from 1 to 30 Sept 1843
HM Simson Portland Bay District License to depasture stock, for month of Sept 1844
HN Simson, Licensed to depasture stock at Portland Bay District August 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 29 Sep 1845
H.C. Simson &Co in a partnership settlers river Glenelg, Source - 1847 Directory
James Simpson 27 May 1835 Commissioner Caveat Board Hobart Town, Members of the Port Phillip Association
James Simpson 20 April 1836 arrived with John Batman
James Simpson 2 May 1836 one of 3 arbitrators in dispute between Fawkner and Henry Batman
James Simpson 1 June 1836 being Chairman of the first public meeting was held
James Simpson Esq. and servant arrived at Launceston on 29 July 1836 from Port Phillip, on the Gem
James Simpson 4 February 1837 subscribers for the erection of a wooden church in William Street
James Simpson 12 April 1837 appointed a Magistrate.
Mr James Simpson Cabin passenger arrived 18 Sep 1839 from Leith on the Caledonia
Mrs Agnes Simpson Cabin passenger arrived 18 Sep 1839 from Leith on the Caledonia ,
James Simpson, 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
James Simpson, on 10 June 1840 purchased a town allotment - source Port Phillip Herald 12 June 1840
James Simson arrived 18 Jan 1841 at Hobart from Port Phillip on the Truganina schooner 62 tons
J Simpson, with 147 men, was presented to Sir George Gipps at a Levee, Mon 25 Oct 1841 in his honour. Source - Port Phillip Herald, 26 Oct 1841
James Simpson, JP, Vice President, appointed a Trustee of the Savings Bank of Port Phillip. Source - Port Phillip Herald, 2 Nov 1841
James Simpson 23 hus (family 38) Smith Prot both Birmingham, came 4 Nov 1841 on the Diamond
Elizabeth Simpson 23 wife of James (family 38) Housekeeper Prot both Birmingham, came 4 Nov 1841 on the Diamond
James Simpson and Elizabeth christened Emilia Jennings 1843, Cornelius James 1845,
The only James Simpson who wed Elizabeth in the district of Birmingham, before July 1841, wed Elizabeth Evans in the quarter ending June 1841.

From on Monday, 26 January, 2009

Hi Elizabeth,
Yes indeed, Elizabeth was Evans and we descend from their son Cornelius James Simpson wed 1872 #1972 to Mary Olislaeger. We have the marriage certificate which states the parents and have just purchased a death certificate of Catherine Olislaeger (mother of Mary) in 1859 which provided vital clues to other family members. There is a very sad story that after Catherine died the 2 brothers of Mary were placed in a convent. What ever happened to them ?? She is most interested in sending you a letter regarding both families. As the Olislaeger family arrived circa 1852 would it be appropriate to add this to your site? Or should she just put the Simpson family?
Two entries in Victorian records,
Emmanuel Olislager born 1858 #5402 in Melbourne, son of Catherine Taite and Prosper Olislager
Catherine Olislaeger died 1859 #289 aged 35, dau of Catherine and Michaud Tarte of Belguim
How exciting, the Emmanuel is definitely hers as on the death certificate of mother Catherine in 1859, 2 sons were noted Edward age 5 and Emmanuel age 2. Mary was age 9 born c 1850 in France. According to family stories Mary was adopted by a Wesleylan minister in charge of Brunswick stockade. The two boys were placed in a convent. The father Jacob Prosper Olislaeger b c 1824 in Belgium came to New Zealand to the West Coast gold rush and then remarried in 1875 and had at least six more children. I will keep you posted. Many thanks Pam Codlin


James Simpson a householder or proprietor of south-eastern Ward of Melbourne in list dated 12 Oct 1841, requesting meeting to elect representatives for Melbourne Market .
James Simpson North-east Ward, Melbourne Market elected Commissioner announced 5 Nov 1841
James Simpson, Port Phillip Herald 22 Apr 1842 Page 1 JP advertisement - pleased Queen had a son
James Simpson, Port Phillip Herald 3 Jun 1842 Page 1 Market Commission member
James Simpson, Port Phillip Herald 10 Jun 1842 Page 2 President Mechanics Institution Annual Report
James Simpson, Foreman The Port Phillip Herald Tue, 16 May 1843 in jury to hear civil case for 13 May
James Simpson, freehold, Yarra Yarra 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 Tue 27 Jun 1843 Melbourne resident signed supporting William Lonsdale
James Simpson freehold Bourke St Gipps Ward 183 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
James Simpson freehold Yarra Yarra and Williamstown Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
James Simpson JP on list of supporters of William Lonsdale, Sub-Treasurer source PPH 27 June 1843
James Simpson Warden MD Council Melbourne subscribed in advance to Arden'sColonial Magazine source PPH 12 Sep 1843
James Simpson Portland Bay Monthly list of Depasturing Licenses for 1 to 30 Sep 1843
James Simpson, President for 1844 officeholder, Mechanic's Institute. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 27 Jan 1844
James Simpson, sworn in as a magistrate for territory. Source - Port Phillip Herald 15 March 1844
James Simpson, JP proposed Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell for election to Legislative Council. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 20 April 1844
James Simpson Melbourne District 23 Apr 1844 voted 10-11 am election of Representatives for Legislative Council
James Simpson Yarra Yarra freehold List 10 Sep 1844 of Elector in Port Phillip 1 June 1844 to 31 May 1845
James Simpson Western Port District License to depasture stock, for month of Sept 1844
James Simpson, donated to the Building Fund for the new hospital - source Port Phillip Herald 1 March 1845
James Simpson Esq. to be a Steward at a Ball in honour of Her Majesty's birthday - source Port Phillip Herald 20 May 1845
James Simpson, one of 469 voters who qualified by Freehold in Yarra Yarra Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
James Simpson, South Yarra gentleman fined 40/- for being absent from jury duty. Source - Port Phillip Herald 19 Aug 1845
James Simpson, fine of 5 pounds for being absent when called for Jury Duty remitted Medical certificates from 3 medical men. Source - Melbourne Courier 22 Oct 1845
James Simpson, fine of 40s for being absent when called for Jury Duty remitted. Source - Melbourne Courier 22 Oct 1845
James Simpson wed Caroline Sarah Bowles in 1845 at Church of England
James Simpson aged 21 came Nov 1846 with 334 on the Maitland
James Simpson wed Sarah Ellis in 1847 at Methodist / Wesleyan Melbourne
James Simpson President Mechanics' Institution County Bourke Warden. Banks Melbourne Branch. Savings' Bank Vice President J.P. Chairman Petty Sessions. Jan 1847
James Simpson Owned Property Yarra Yarra Grange - Freehold Property
J Simpson Subscriber for the Organ at the Episcopal Church source PPH 28 Mar 1843
J Simpson Directory 1847 J.P. landed proprietor Grange Yarra River
James Simpson brass founder off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
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