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Item: 171752
Surname: Carpenter
First Name: James
Ship: Orestes 1839
Date: 28 November 1839
Place: -
Source: State Records Online Shipping List
Details: Farm Labourer from Kings Hood. Age 33. Employed by Messrs Hughes and Isacs at Maitland on arrival..http://tinyurl.com/mz8jzla


 
Item: 162357
Surname: Carpenter
First Name: James Foxwell
Ship: Orestes 1839
Date: 31 May 1930
Place: Black Creek/ Liverpool Plains/ Lower Hunter
Source: SMH
Details: Long-lived Pioneer Family. The Carpenter family came to Australia with a company of 280 persons in a 320-tonboat, away back in 1839. The longevity o f the family is somewhat unusual. James Foxwell Carpenter followed the occupation of a baker near Bristol prior to leaving England for Australia. Arrangements were complete for him, with his family, to migrate to the United States, but just before the time of sailing, his wife met with an accident which prevented their taking the journey - his brother and family going in their stead. In June, 1839, the Carpenter family, father , mother, and four sons, sailed by the Orestes, a sailing ship of 320 tons. There were 280passengers aboard. They arrived in Sydney late in November of the same year. On arrival Carpenter was engaged in Sydney by a squatter at Black Creek, beyond Maitland .To reach their new home they had to travel from Sydney to Morpeth by a small 70-tonsteam boat known as "Billy the Fourth then by bullock team about forty miles. After completing the term of engagement Carpenter started in business on his own account in an hotel in the same district - on the main road to the Liverpool Range. He remained there for about two years During that time his hotel was "stuck up" by the notorious Jew Boy bushrangers. Carpenter had about 100in notes on the premises, which his resourceful wife saved from the raiders bv rolling them up in her abundant hair. A little later he settled as a farmer on the Lower Hunter -wheat at that time being the principal crop raised - continuing so until the late fifties, when the rust and other pests put an end to wheat-growing on the Hunter. James Carpenter continued in general farming until his death in 1874. The accompanying photo is that of Carpenter's sons, who arrived in Sydney in 1839. The youngest was born on the voyage out. (The photograph was taken on the seventieth anniversary of their arrival.) The only remaining and youngest, member of the family is Tristan de Acunha Carpenter - so named by reason of the fact that he first saw the light whilst the Orestes was becalmed in the South Atlantic in sight of the island of Tristan de Acunha. Tristan, now over 91 years of age is standing on the right at the back. The other members are Thomas, who died in 1914, aged 88; Abraham, died 1920, aged 91:Henry, died 1919, aged 82: Edward, died 1923,aged 85. Tristan (father of the present writer) at the present time is living, hale and hearty, and well on towards his ninety-second birth-day. Until over 84 he was in the habit of cycling. Cycling at that age one day in Hunter-street, Newcastle, he was knocked down by a motor cycle, which caused a badly fractured leg. In a few weeks he had recovered from the accident. Then he met with another accident almost immediately. The same leg was again broken, but from this also he recovered after about six weeks hospital treatment. Surely his recovery from the shock of the fractures at his age was remarkable


 
Item: 171753
Surname: Grant
First Name: James
Ship: Orestes 1839
Date: 28 November 1839
Place: -
Source: State Records Online Shipping List
Details: Agriculturalist from Horsley. Age 48. Employed by Dr. Long at Paterson on arrival..http://tinyurl.com/mz8jzla


 
Item: 172679
Surname: Hodges
First Name: John
Ship: Orestes 1839
Date: 11 May 1842
Place: Newcastle gaol
Source: State Archives NSW; Gaol Entrance Book, Item: 2/2020; Roll: 757 (Ancestry)
Details: Came free. Admitted to Newcastle gaol from Muswellbrook. States himself free. Sent to Hyde Park Barracks to be identified.


 
Item: 172680
Surname: Hodges
First Name: John
Ship: Orestes 1839
Date: 28 November 1839
Place: -
Source: State Records Online Shipping List
Details: Free emigrant. Farm labourer from Horsley. Age 17.


 
Item: 171754
Surname: Jones
First Name: Robert
Ship: Orestes 1839
Date: 28 November 1839
Place: -
Source: State Records Online Shipping List
Details: Butcher from London. Age 37. Employed by William Innis at Paterson River on arrival..http://tinyurl.com/mz8jzla


 
Item: 134200
Surname: Sanders (Saunders)
First Name: John Hole
Ship: Orestes 1839
Date: -
Place: Jerrys Plains
Source: Singleton Pioneer Register p. 77
Details: Born 1834, son of John Sanders and Mary Anne Hole. Spouse Anne Redman. See Pioneer Register for details of descendants


 
Item: 134201
Surname: Sanders (Saunders)
First Name: Oliver
Ship: Orestes 1839
Date: -
Place: Jerrys Plains
Source: Singleton Pioneer Register p. 78
Details: Born 1826 in Bristol, England, son of John Sanders and Mary Anne Hole. Spouse Mary Ann Ellis. See Pioneer Register for details of descendants


 
Item: 134198
Surname: Sanders (Saunders) (Dodds)
First Name: Charlotte
Ship: Orestes 1839
Date: -
Place: Raymond Terrace & Singleton
Source: Singleton Pioneer Register p. 77
Details: Born c 1820 Bristol, England, daughter of John Sanders and Mary Anne Hole. Spouse William Clarke Dodds. See Pioneer Register for details of descendants


 
Item: 171756
Surname: Saunders
First Name: Charlotte
Ship: Orestes 1839
Date: 28 November 1839
Place: -
Source: State Records Online Shipping List
Details: Dressmaker from Bristol. Employed by J. Hector at Paterson on arrival..


 
Item: 171758
Surname: Wood
First Name: Eliza
Ship: Orestes 1839
Date: 28 November 1839
Place: -
Source: State Records Online Shipping List
Details: Needlewoman from Minchinhampton. Employed by Hugh McMillan at Newcastle on arrival



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