Migrants to Australia                



A summary of all our ancestors who migrated to Australia.     



William Spalding together with Ann MacDonald his wife and young family including Peter McDonald Spalding migrated from Lanarkshire to Sydney, Australia in 1883.



The Whittons are my mother's line and they came from Bedale, Yorkshire where the family spent more than 300 years.  William Edwin Whitton migrated from Yorkshire to country New South Wales in 1907 in search of a dry climate to give his chronic chest condition a chance to improve.



Grace Ethel Bailey was a children's nurse who before she was married made a number of trips from England to Australia looking after the children of wealthy families.  She first arrived in New South Wales from Suffolk in 1919.  It is most likely that Grace met William Whitton in northern New South Wales while she was at Goodooga.  She married William Whitton in December 1924.



It is not known why Stephen Goddard left England for the South Pacific, but Stephen almost 18 years old, departed London in 1859 and arrived in Sydney in 1860 via Auckland, New Zealand.  It was this young Stephen, my great great grandfather, whose own life came to a tragic seafaring end.  His tragedy was not long followed by the mysterious death of his young second son.



The first Storey to settle in Australia was William who was born at Sunderland, England in 1838. His parents were John Storey and Jane Bainbridge, his father being a shipwright, the family trade which the son also followed.  William Storey married Elizabeth Gahan in London, her hometown. Their first three children were born in England. In about 1863 William, and then in 1865 Elizabeth, with two surviving children, arrived in Australia. It had been said that William's passage was paid by a local shipbuilder. 



Catherine McGovern arrived in Sydney on Saturday 13 February 1841 with her two older sisters, Alice and Margaret on board the ship, Jane Gifford.  The Jane Gifford, a barque of 555 tons, left Plymouth on 2 October 1840 with general cargo, one cabin passenger, 250 bounty immigrants and 26 crew. 

Catherine could not read or write. She was also described as being in a very good state of bodily health, strength and probable usefulness.  The three McGovern girls were sent to the Colony of New South Wales under the Bounty Immigration Scheme.   Catherine was described as a housemaid, a Roman Catholic from Tipperary and was 20 years old. Her mother, Norah McGovern, was a widow.  Catherine's surname somehow changed to McGoveran and she married Lindsay Nimo on 6 July 1842.


There are at least seven convicts transported to New South Wales that link into the Spalding line.  Lindsay Nimo, Daniel Driscoll, and Henry Fullam are all my 3rd great grandfathers. Johanna Murphy and Mary Reid are my 3rd great grandmothers.  John Nimo and Timothy Driscoll are my 4th great grandfathers.


Lindsay Nimo is important to the Spalding line as he is the very first ancestor to have arrived in Australia. He arrived in Sydney on 6 May 1814.  Lindsay aged about 24 was convicted in August 1812 in County Armagh in Northern Ireland and sentenced for a term of seven years transportation to New South Wales. His native place was Dungannon Tyrone and he was a weaver by trade. After living in the colony for 50 years Lindsay died aged about 82.   I also believe that John Nimmons (Nimo) who was transported in 1820 was Lindsay's father.


Daniel Driscoll and his father Timothy Driscoll were convicts who arrived together in Sydney on 21 December 1822. They were convicted in Cork County, Ireland, in Spring 1822 for sheep stealing and received a sentence of seven years transportation to New South Wales. Daniel's calling or trade is listed as Reaper and Thresher and his father's calling was sheep shearer. Daniel then got himself into more trouble in New South Wales as in 1824 he was sentenced for 50 leather lashes and to be transported to Port Macquarie for stealing NSW Government wedges.


Before receiving his last certificate of freedom Daniel obtained permission to marry Johanna Murphy in 1832  They had at least six children from 1833 through to 1843.  Johanna Murphy was also a convict arriving in Sydney in 1831 from Cork Co Ireland. Her original offence was stealing clothes and she was tried in Kerry, Ireland in March 1830 receiving a sentence of seven years transportation.


James Connolly, alias Henry Fulham,  aged 14 was listed as a Roman Catholic from Dublin. His trade or calling was errand boy - shoemaker and he was tried in the city of Dublin on 20 October 1829 for being a pickpocket.  For that he received a sentence of seven years transportation.  Henry Fulham married Mary Reid. Mary arrived in Sydney on 14 December 1836 when she was 17 years old.  She was recorded as a Protestant who could read and write.  Her native place was Down, Belfast and she was able to do "all work". She was tried in Antrim, Ireland for stealing a tub, and received a sentence of seven years.



William Watson Scott took an interest in the sea becoming a master mariner. He met Margaret Baxendell on board the "New Australia".  They married in 1953 and migrated to Sydney, Australia with their family of three girls in 1970.