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Jane Simpson 18, 27 Paid own Steerage, came May 1840 on the China may be sister to John, Anna and Robert
Jane CC Simson Western District Monthly list of Depasturing Licenses for 1 to 30 Sep 1843
Jane C Simson, Western Port District depasturing license for 1-30 Sept 1844. Source - Port Phillip Herald 15 Nov 1844
Jane CC Simson, Licensed to depasture stock at Western Port District August 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 29 Sep 1845
John Simpson Departed from Hobart 30 July 1837 for Port Phillip on the Lady Franklin
John Simons / Simons 21 (single man 40) Joiner, Prot both, Nottingham, came 22 Jan 1840 on the John Bull
John Simpson arrived 1-May 1840 from Hobart on 23 April on the Lillias - source Port Phillip Herald 5 May 1840
John Simpson 24, 26 Paid own Steerage, came May 1840 on the China may be brother to Anna, Jane and Robert
J Simpson, on 10 June 1840 purchased suburban allotment in Prahan of 108 acres - source Port Phillip Herald 12 June 1840
John Simson 18 (single man 28) Farm servant Prot both Fifeshire, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Grindlay
John Esq Simpson, Bounty? arrived 13 Apr 1843 on the Winscales

John Simpson List No 6, 30 June 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
John Simson and Elizabeth christened William Petrie 1845, Donald Campbell 1847
John Simson farmer Pentridge, Source - 1847 Directory

From on Monday, 2 May, 2011

Dear Elizabeth,
can you possibly cite your source for John and Elizabeth Simson's christening of their sons William Petrie (1845) and Donald Campbell (1847)?
I'm working on the Simson brothers and need to have details for footnotes. I have not found this info myself and am glad of it bit need to cite a source!
Many thanks, Tony Anderson

Tony, your bigpond email address bounced, they do not know "tonjonandy + "@" + bigpond.com"

My source is The CD of Vic Births, Marriages and Deaths to 1888, available in Genealogy sections of Libraries, or by private purchase for about $250


Mr J Simson Arrived at Port Phillip 1 April 1843 from Sydney on 19 March Perseverance
Mr J Simson Cleared out from Port Phillip 11 July 1843 for Sydney arrived 20 July Amiga
J. and J. ; Simson To Depasture Stock.Portland Bay Page 67 31 Jan 1847
J Simpson J.P. landed proprietor Grange Yarra River, Source - 1847 Directory
John Simpson Cleared out from Port Phillip 2 May 1843 for Sydney arrived 10 May Winscales
John Simson, Insolvent granted certificate of discharge. Source - Geelong Advertiser 1 Apr 1844
John Simpson, Crew survived when the Cataraqui was shipwrecked 4 Aug 1845, see Account of disaster
John Simpson came Jan 1846 with 59 on the Stratheden wed Jane Neill in 1847 at Independent Congregational Melbourne
Jonas Simpson aged 18 came Nov 1846 with 334 on the Maitland
Joseph Simpson / Simson 21 hus (family 70) Farm Servant Prot neither Barnsley, came 17 July on the England
Ann Simpson / Simson 20 wife of Joseph (family 70) Farm Servant Prot neither Barnsley, came 17 July on the England
Joseph Simpson in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 June 1843
J & R Simson Correspondence Portland Bay Trawalla 10 Transferred from A Goldsmith
Major Simpson Page 153 letters at Post Office 31st May 1847
Mary Simpson, died 22 female Melbourne 1842 #437 Methodist/Wesleyan Melbourne
Mr and Mrs Simpson and 2 chn departed from Launceston Mon 9 May 1836 for Port Phillip, on the Champion
Mrs Simpson Arrived at Sydney 29 Jan from Launceston and Port Phillip the steamer on the James Watt
Mr Simpson Departed from Launceston on 8 Aug 1838 for Port Phillip on the Henry
Mr Simson sailed 5-Aug 1840 for Sydney on the Bright Planet
Mr Simpson arrived 14-Dec 1840 from Sydney on the Clonmel
Mrs Simpson and child arrived 20 Dec 1840 from Sydney. on the Eagle
Mrs Simpson and child arrived 25 May 1841 at Melbourne from Sydney, on the Anne
Mr Simpson (Intermediate) came 8 Jun 1841 and Departing on the Frankfield
Mrs Simpson and child arrived 6 August at Port Phillip from Sydney, in 1841 Anne
Mr Simson, Steerage arrived 30 Sep 1842 from London 7 June on the Aden
Mrs Simpson and child arrived at Port Phillip 25 Feb 1843 from Launceston on 22 Feb Sea Horse
Mrs Simpson cleared out from Port Phillip 26 August 1843 for Launceston arrived 29 Aug Shamrock
Mr Simpson News - St James Church meeting chaired by Bishop of Australia source PPH 17 Oct 1843
Mr Simpson arrived 3 Jan 1844 at Port Phillip from Sydney on the Shamrock, source local newspapers
Mr and Mrs Simpson and 2 chn arrived 28 Apr 1844 at Melbourne from Sydney on the Shamrock, source local newspapers
Nathaniel Simpson, hus of Dorothy 28, Labourer, Prot both Lownpatrick, arrived 26 Jan 1842 from Greenock on the Robert Benn
Dorothy Simpson, wife of Nathaniel 27, Housekeeper, Prot both Lownpatrick, arrived 26 Jan 1842 from Greenock on the Robert Benn
Anne Simpson, 5, and William Simpson, 21 months 1, Prot both Lownpatrick, arrived 26 Jan 1842 from Greenock on the Robert Benn
Nathaniel Simpson and Dorothy christened Mary Jane 1845, Henry Moor 1847
Nathaniel Simpson List No 4, 30 Apr 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Nathaniel Simpson, List 5, 31 May 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 4 June 1844
Nathaniel Simpson gardener Collins lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Norman Simpson flockholder Pyrenees subscribed in advance to Arden'sColonial Magazine source PPH 12 Sep 1843
Mr O Simpson arrived at Port Phillip 17 Sept 1843 from Sydney Dublin
Mr P Simpson, left 10 Oct 1843 barque clearing for London on the Dublin
Robert Simpson 18, 28 Paid own Steerage, came May 1840 on the China may be brother to Anna, Jane and John
Mr R Simson arrived at Port Phillip 22 Feb 1843 from Launceston on 18 Feb Tamar - source Launceston Courier 27 Feb 1843
R Simson Correspondence Portland Bay Langi Kal Kal 640 acres 15 2
Saml Simson / Simpson 28 hus (family 34) Carpenter Prot both Tipperary, came 21 Jan 1841 on the Sir Charles Forbes
Jane Simson / Simpson 35 wife of Samuel (family 34) House servant Prot both Tipperary, came 21 Jan 1841 on the Sir Charles Forbes
William Simson / Simpson 4 son of Samuel (family 34) Prot Tipperary, came 21 Jan 1841 on the Sir Charles Forbes
S Simpson, admitted as a member of Mechanics Institution. Source - Port Phillip Herald 11 Nov 1845
Samuel Simpson carpenter Plas Neroyd Merri Creek, Source - 1847 Directory
Thomas Simson Departed from Launceston 6 Sep 1837 for Port Philipon the Enterprise
Captain Thomas Simpson came 15 Dec 1840 from Leith on the Ann
Thomas Simpson, male wed Mary Griffith 1842 #4562 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Thomas Simpson, found murdered on 5 Dec, last seen alive at Mr Steele's public House. Source - Melbourne Courier 24 Dec 1845
Thomas Simpson, murdered by Thomas Were from Geelong, who was received into her Majesty's gaol at Melbourne. Source - Port Phillip Herald 6 Jan 1846
Rev W Simpson Wesleyan Missionary sailed 30-Dec 1840 for Launceston on the Wallaby
Simson see Dutton, Simson and Darlot Partnership, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Simpson and Powlett Western District Monthly list of Depasturing Licenses for 1 to 30 Sep 1843
Simpson and Carey Western District Monthly list of Depasturing Licenses for 1 to 30 Sep 1843
Simpson see Russell & Simpson in a partnership settlers Carngham Portland, Source - 1847 Directory
Allan Sinclair upholsterer off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
H M Sinclair Page 197 Letters at Office 30th June 1847
Captain Sinclair master Departed from Hobart on 29 Nov 1838 for Port Phillip on the Maria
Captain Sinclair master Arrived at Hobart on 14 Jan 1839 from Portland Bay on 1st Jan on the Maria
Captain G Sinclair master with Mrs Sinclair and child Arrived at Hobart on 23 Mar 1839 from Port Phillip on 13 Mar, on the Maria
Captain Sinclair master Arrived at Hobart 30 July 1839 from Portland Bay on the Maria
Captain Sinclair master arrived at Port Phillip 16 August 1843 from Hobart, Swan River Packet
Captain Sinclair master arrived at Port Phillip 20 Sept 1843 from Hobart Swan River Packet
Captain Sinclair master arrived at Geelong 11 Oct 1843 from Hobart Swan River Packet
Captain Sinclair master arrived Hobart 9 Feb 1841 from Port Phillip on the Lord Hobart
George Sinclair Cleared out from Port Phillip 9 June 1843 for Hobart arrived 23 June Lillias
Guthrie Sinclair arrived at Port Phillip 12 Sept 1843 from Greenock 1 June Wilson
Hector Sinclair, 18, Labourer, Prot both Glasgow, arrived 26 Jan 1842 from Greenock on the Robert Benn
Hector Sinclair in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 29 April 1843
Hector Sinclair 26 Mar 1844 unclaimed letter at Geelong post office
HM Sinclair in list of landholders asking Mayor to hold a meeting dated 29 Sep 1843
Mr HM Sinclair News - signed letter 29 Sep 1843 supporting H Condell, Mayor of Melbourne
Hector N Sinclair Correspondence Wimmera Dunolly 10 Transferred from Archibald C Mc Dougal
Hugh Sinclair 8 Aug 1844 unclaimed letter at Geelong post office
Hugh Sinclair 1847 occupied Argyle (west of Casterton, 32,000 acres),
Hugh Sinclair farmer Myatora Merri Creek, Source - 1847 Directory
James Sinclair Departed from Hobart on 18 Aug 1838 for Port Phillip on the Yarra Yarra
James Sinclair witness to wedding 31 Dec 1839 of Lawrence Ormond Butler by Rev James Forbes Presbyterian
James Sinclair sailed from Launceston 26 Aug 1843 for Portland Minerva
James Sinclair arrived 5 Sep 1844 at Melbourne from Portland and Port Fairy Domain, source local newspapers
James Sinclair cleared on 11 Oct 1844 from Melbourne and sailed on 15 Oct for Port Fairy and Portland Domain, source local newspapers
James Sinclair came to Port Phillip from Portland Bay 1 Jan 1846 on the 'Ellen and Elizabeth' schooner.
Mr J Sinclair sailed on 16 Nov 1844 from Launceston for Portland Timbo, source local newspapers
John Sinclair 27 May 1835 overseer of Convicts Launceston; Members of the Port Phillip Association
John Sinclair Presbyterian resident Subscriber to build school 1 Mar 1839
John Sinclair 6 bales Departed Launceston 14 March 1837 for London on the Boadicea
John Sinclair 2 ditto Arrived Launceston on 25 March 1837 from Port Phillip on the Domain
Mr John Sinclair sailed 12 Mar from Launceston, and arrived 24 Mar 1844 at Melbourne, on the Scout, source local newspapers
John Sinclair arrived 23 Oct 1844 at Melbourne from Portland on 19 Oct Sally Ann, source local newspapers
John Sinclair and wife cleared on 31 Oct 1844 from Melbourne and sailed on 1 Nov for Port Fairy and Portland Sally Ann, source local newspapers
John Sinclair a butcher by trade jumped overboard off Cape Otway when in a fit of delirium tremens and was drowned weather too boisterous for him to be rescued by the 'Sally Ann' which was going to Port Fairy and Portland Bay. Source - Port Phillip Herald 8 Nov 1844
reported 4 Nov 1844 when Alpha arrived at Launceston from Port Albert, source local newspapers
John Sinclair, No 7, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 5 Aug 1845
John Sinclair, Licensed to depasture stock at Western Port District Sept 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 3 Nov 1845
John Sinclair and Margaret Glushien christened Thomas 1843, George Alex Robert 1846
John Sinclair Correspondence sold Wimmera Allan Vale to Armstrong, John
John Sinclair settler Allan Vale Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr Sinclair Arrived at Launceston on 23 Oct 1838 from South Australia and Portland Bay on the Africaine
Mr Sinclair Departed from Launceston on 1 Dec 1838 for Port Phillip on the Henry
Mr and Mrs Sinclair and son Peter, Intermediate arrived 10 Dec 1842 from Leith on the Britannia
servant Sinclair, Intermediate arrived 10 Dec 1842 from Leith on the Britannia
Mr Sinclair cleared 9 Apr 1844 and sailed 10 Apr from Melbourne for Launceston on 11 Apr and Sydney on the Shamrock, source local newspapers
Peter Sinclair 19 (single man 25) Labourer Prot both Abedeen , employed by John Cronim Merri Creek arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
Thomas Sinclair Convict, came on Waterloo, TofL 8 Oct 1840, #2254
Thomas Sinclair Arrived at Port Phillip 12 July 1843 from Hobart on 6 July Lillias
Thomas Sinclair wed Ellen Quinlan in 1844 at Church of England St James Melbourne christened James 1845
Thomas Sinclair constable off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
William Sinclair, arrived at Launceston from Portland Bay on the schooner 'Minerva' 16 Dec 1840 - source Launceston Courier 21 Dec 1840
shared Sinclair and McKay Depasturing Licence for Western Port, from 1 to 30 Sept 1843
Sinclair see McIntyre & Sinclair in a partnership settlers Irrewarra Portland, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr Finden / Sinden and child Departed from Hobart on 20 Dec 1838 for Port Phillip on the Adelaide
Amelia Mary Anne Sindin wed Alexander Beith in 1843 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Mr Singleton, arrived 2 Dec 1842 second journey, left Plymouth Sarah Two
Mr Singleton arrived at Port Phillip 6 Sept 1843 Reward
Mr Singleton cleared 2 Jan 1844 and sailed 4 Jan 1844 for London on the Reward, source local newspapers
Ralph/Joseph Singleton 27 hus (family 48) Carpenter Prot Reads Cheshire, came 8 Jun 1841 on the Frankfield
Jane Singleton 25 wife of Ralph (family 48) House Maid Prot Reads Cheshire, came 8 Jun 1841 on the Frankfield
Thomas Singleton 7 son of Ralph (family 48) Prot Cheshire, came 8 Jun 1841 on the Frankfield
Samuel Singleton 3 son of Ralph (family 48) Prot Cheshire, came 8 Jun 1841 on the Frankfield
Ralph Singleton and Jane christened George 1841, Sarah Jane 1843, Betsy 1847, Ellen 1847
Sarah Jane Singleton born 11 December 1841, christened aged 12 months, wed 11 Oct 1858 to James Douglas Landalls, died 1900 aged 58, mother of 12 chn (only infant death was her first child, who lived 10 days,) see Sarah Jane Singleton family page.
Ralph Singleton, at Pentridge, knew family of baby found dead in bed, after parents were heard quarrelling. Source - Melbourne Courier 29 Dec 1845
Ralph Singleton carpenter Pentridge, Source - 1847 Directory
Robert Singleton 25 husband of Martha (family 45) Labourer Prot both Armagh Left the depot on his own resources arrived 16 Feb 1844 on the Wallace
Martha Singleton 22 wife of Robert (family 45) Prot both Armagh arrived 16 Feb 1844 on the Wallace
William John Singleton 3, Ann Singleton 1 and Mary Ann Singleton 0 dau of Robert (family 45) Prot Armagh arrived 16 Feb 1844 on the Wallace
Robert Singleton and Martha christened Elizabeth Ann 1846, George 1847
Robert Singleton farm labourer Gallic Hill Darabin, Source - 1847 Directory
Mrs Sinkley from Port Phillip 12 Feb 1841 arrived Hobart 17 Feb on the Adelaide
Thomas Sinnott, and Jane Roach baptised male Michael at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 #48
Thomas Sinnott in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 Aug 1843
Thomas Sinnott and Jane Roach christened William 1844
M D Sintern Correspondence sold Portland Bay Emu Hill to Jackson & Rae
Ali Sirda Convict came 1838 on the Symetry assigned to W Verner Esq. Not confirmed
James Siorrel List No 11, 30 Nov 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Thomas B Sirering - gave notice of their intention to apply to the Commissioner for the allowance of their certificates Insolvency Certificates 25 June 1844 , source local newspapers
Ann Sirett wed Richard Poland in 1845 at Church of England
Henry Sisson departing 24 Dec 1841 from Launceston for Portland Bay, on the Dusty Miller - source Launceston Courier 3 Jan 1842
Mr G Skardon Departed from Launceston on 27 Oct 1838 for Port Phillip on the Francis
George Skaseby wed Jane Lepper in 1843 at Methodist / Wesleyan Melbourne
John Skate aged 17 came Sep 1847 with 306 on the Joseph Somes
Miss Mary Skelly arrived 19 Oct 1844 at Melbourne from Liverpool 21 May 1844 via Sydney 9 Oct Mary White, source local newspapers
Miss M Skelly sailed 29 Oct 1844 for Adelaide on the Mary White , source local newspapers
Benjamin Skelton Customs' boatman Williams Towns, Source - 1847 Directory
Edward Skelton and Harriet christened Mary Ann 1841, Henry William 1844, Jane 1847
Edward Skelton, Licensed to depasture stock at Western Port District Sept 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 3 Nov 1845
Edward Skelton settler Half Moon Bay Mount Nepean, Source - 1847 Directory
Francis Skelton, applied to practise as solicitor, etc, p3 - 23 April 1842 Melbourne Times
Henry Skelton storekeeper off Flinders lane, Source - 1847 Directory
William Skelton farmer Sea View Farm County Grant, Source - 1847 Directory
Alexander John Skene surveyor and architect Geelong, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Alexander Skene, wed Catherine Williamson 1842 #690 Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Alexander Skene dwelling-house Suburbs near Geelong Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
AJ Skene, letter at Geelong Post Office 26 Feb 1844. Source - Geelong Advertiser 26 Feb 1844
Alexander John Skene Suburbs 1 mile from Geelong freehold List 10 Sep 1844 of Elector in Port Phillip 1 June 1844 to 31 May 1845
Mr Skene, the District Surveyor, has completed laying off the road from Geelong to Lake Colac, a distance of 47 miles 57 chains. Source - Geelong Advertiser 11 Nov 1844
Alexander John Skene, one of 469 voters who qualified by Freehold in Suburb 1 mile from Geelong Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
Alexander John Skene and Catherine Williamson christened Isabella Bathgate 1844, Alexander 1846
Owned Property district of Geelong - Freehold Property
Skeene see Robertson & Skeene in a partnership settlers Mount Mitchell Pyrenees, Source - 1847 Directory
There is also an Alexander Skene born 02 Jul 1820 Christening: 16 Jul 1820 son of Jean Wallace and Alexander Skene at Dunnottar, Kincardine, Scotland
See web page Skene Family begun on 14 Jan 2009 by Robyn Fulton, for a wider study of the family
Version from cached Rootsweb dated 2003, by "Alec Glover" alecjanglover at ezysurf.co.nz
Alexander John Skene was born on 31 Mar 1820 christened 05 Apr 1820 son of Catherine Anderson and Alexander Skene at Peterhead, Aberdeen, Scotland - wed 05 Apr 1817 at Slains, Aberdeen, Scotland, (extracted entries in IGI) and died on 22 Aug 1894 in "Ellesmere", St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia, at age 74.
Noted events in his life were:
. Arrival in Australia: on the Ship "Superb" in 1839. He was employed. Surveyor General Victoria
Alexander married Catherine Margaret WILLIAMSON, daughter of James WILLIAMSON and Isobella BATHGATE, on 31 Aug 1842 in Victoria, Australia. Catherine was christened on 2 Dec 1821 and died in 1879 in "Ellesmere", St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia, at age 58.
Children from this marriage were:
F i. Isabella Bathgate SKENE was christened in 1844 and died in 1887, at age 43.
M ii. Alexander SKENE was christened 1846
M iii. James Williamson SKENE was christened on 19 Jun 1848 in St.Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and died in 1916, at age 68.
M iv. Archibald Bathgate SKENE was christened on 9 Jun 1855 in St.Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
F v. Catherine Margaret Auldjo SKENE was christened on 27 Mar 1859 in St.Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and died in 1932, at age 73.
JA E Skine, DACG Tue 27 Jun 1843 Melbourne resident signed supporting William Lonsdale
Walter Glass Skiene Owned Property Merri 14 miles from Belfast - House & Land Top
William Skene wed Jean Robertson in 1843 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong christened Ann 1844
William Skene, No 8, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 10 Sep 1845
Mr and Mrs Skevington arrived 1-May 1840 from Hobart on 23 April on the Lillias
Mr and Mrs Skerington arrived 11 Dec 1841 at Sydney from Port Phillip on 7 Dec on the Sea Horse steamer
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