Happy Birthday Catherine Willett, my grandson’s 3rd great grandmother. 1st generation born Glengallen Station nr Warwick, Queensland, Australia – 1867.
I’ve discovered ‘the in-laws’ ancestry comes from a long line of labouring, farming stock at the beginning of Queensland’s white history. When Catherine was born on Glengallen Station the big house was being built.
ENGLISH ROOTS: BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. GEORGE WILLETT was 8 YEARS of age when his family boarded the St. Vincent at Deptford dock, London in 1867.
They were called Bounty immigrants for their subsidised fees. Children were charged 9shillings one way and adults 12shillings. Agricultural labourers were the desired types to develop the black soil of SE Queensland, then part of the colony of New South Wales.
Opportunity to Learn & Grow & Prosper free from England’s class system.
CATHERINE’S mother MARGARET DOBBINS came to the Darling Downs via County Armagh, Northern Ireland(Protestant). Survivor of the Potato Famine, and the Voyage to New South Wales.
Famous Tea Clipper. Among the earliest of the Black Ball liners to come to Moreton Bay was the ” Cairngorm”—a very famous ship in her day. She was built at Aberdeen in 1853, expressly for the purpose of wresting from the American tea clippers the supremacy which had been theirs for a number of years. The highest hopes of the builders were realised, and the “Cairngorm” made a succession of passages between the Chinese tea ports and London, which put all the performances of the Americans into the shade. In 1860, however, James Baines was able to purchase the “Cairngorm” for the Black Ball line, and she was put into the Australian trade under Captain Robert Cairncross, a shipmaster who already had made a name for himself in Australian waters; and who, in his later years, settled permanently in Queensland. The first two outward voyages of the ” Cairn- gorm” under the Black Ball flag were made from London to Sydney. In 1860 Captain Cairncross took the ship out in 88 days, a creditable performance. The “Cairngorm,” however, demonstrated her sail- ing qualities better on the return passage to Lon- don with wool, which was accomplished in 72 days, and on her next outward trip she dropped anchor in Sydney Harbour ,77 days after leaving the Thames