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John Blencowe

John Blencowe 1820 - 1870 #6459 aged 50 son of Elizabeth Clements and Francis Blencowe, one of 320 convicts transported on the Lord Lyndoch, 07 September 1840 from London, Convicted at Northampton Assizes for a term of 14 years. Arrived at Hobart 05 Feb 1841. Description on Page 15, John Benclowe, servant, 5' 4" tall, 19 years, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, no whiskers, low forehead, brown eyes, long nose, small mouth and chin, scar on his forehead. Native place Middleton Cheney, Northampton. Offence stealing from dwelling place of his master Mr William Maldings. 11 Aug 1842 probation ended, Ticket of Leave dated 2 March 1847.
John Benclowe/Blencowe wed 20 JUL 1846 to Elizabeth Horner from Pontefract, Yorkshire, who came free to Tasmania arrived 9 Feb 1843 on the Elizabeth and Jane. Elizabeth aged 16 was with her sisters Jane aged 25 (wed 1844 to William Johnson, 3 chn listed) and Sarah aged 23 (wed 1849 to Henry Monklaw Ashworth and had 14 chn, 8 in Victoria


From on Saturday, 7 August, 2010

Dear Elizabeth,
I found with interest your website on Pioneer families of Australia. My particular interest is on the family of John Blencowe and Emma Scown. John is the younger brother of my great great grandfather George Blencowe. They were both born in Brackley, Northamptonshire, England and came to Australia with their parents John Blencowe and Mary Drinkwater and sister Thomasine Loveday Blencowe in 1830 to Tasmania where John Senior worked as a wheelwright for the Van Diemenís Land Company at Circular Head (near the Nut near Stanley). In 1838 along with 3 more kids born in Tassie (Celinda, Thomas and Robert ) they move to Adelaide in South Australia. Francis and Mary Anne were born in S.A.
If you are interested I can give you all the relevant dates. Emma was also from England. They were married in the Trinity Church in Adelaide. They moved to Victoria during the gold rushes.
Johnís ancestry goes back to Adam de Blencow of Blencow in Cumbria. In June this year I attended a family reunion held at Blencow hall (a quaint little castle owned by the family until 1802). It is now a self catering place. Have a search on Google images for Blencow Hall.
I am happy to provide you with some more detail on John and some on Emma. I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards, Anne Burton nee Blencowe

I see in SA records, at the new site Colonial SA to 1853 Arrivals to 1853
BLENCOWE John, Mary nee DRINKWATER, John, Rbt (ex Tas) arrived by 1838-12-31
BLENCOWE Mrs John nee Mary DRINKWATER, Geo, Thomasine Loveday, John, (Nathaniel, Selinda?), Rbt arrived 1838-03-16 on Hartley from Launceston - Nathaniel died 1900 aged 67, son of Martha and Wm Blencowe.

SCOWN John Thomas, Susan nee YEO, Eliz, Mary, Charles, (Stephen) Thomas, Jane Yeo, Richard and baby born on voyage named Matilda Catherine Stewart Forbes Scown, arrived 1837-10-17 on Katherine Stewart Forbes from London on 27 July 1837 bringing news of the death of King William on 20 June and the ascession to the throne of the Princess Victoria on the same day.
SCOWN John, Susannah Dinnis nee BRAGINTON, Eliz Jane, My Ann arrived 1840-12-13 on Royal Admiral from London 08-07
SCOWN Thomas, Keziah nee MURCH arrived 1839-03-22 on D'Auvergne from London 1838-11-13


Births and Marriages
BLENCOWE George married GREEN Ellen on 1846-12-30
BLENCOWE George Alfred born 1847-07-24 at A, father BLENCOWE George, mother GREEN Ellen
BLENCOWE Mary Ann born 1847-03-23 at A, father BLENCOWE John, mother DRINKWATER Mary
BLENCOWE Maria born 1849-01-17 at Para River, father BLENCOWE George, mother GREEN Ellen
THOMPSON Edward married BLENCOWE Thomasina Loveday on 1847-08-24
WESTERLAND John married BLENCOWE Selia on 1850-12-24
CHIGWIDDEN Josiah, 28, married THOMPSON nee BLENCOWE Thomasina Loveday (w), 24, on 1853-02-10 at Trinity Church, Adelaide
BLENCOWE John, 24, married SCOWN Emma, 17, on 1854-09-13 at Trinity Church, Adelaide


John Blencowe was born 1798 in Brackley, Northamptonshire, England, and died 4 June 1887 in One Tree Hill, South Australia. He wed Mary Drinkwater 28 January 1821 in Brackley, Northamptonshire, England. She was born Abt. 1802 in Brackley, Northamptonshire, England, and died 28 August 1875 in Near Riverton, South Australia
10 children 1. Thomasine Blencowe 1822 lived 10 months
2. George Blencowe 1824
3. Benjamin James Blencowe 3 Dec 1825 - 29 Dec 1828 lived 3 years
4. Thomasine Loveday Blencowe 10 Oct 1827
5. John Blencowe 24 May 1830 - 1896 aged 66
6. Celinda Blencowe 31 July 1833 at Launceston, Tasmania
7. Thomas Blencowe 2 July 1835 - 5 Oct 1846 lived 11 years
8. Robert Blencowe 28 Sep 1837 - 31 July 1913
9. Francis Blencowe 12 Dec 1841 - 25 May 1864 aged 23
10. Mary Ann Blencowe born 23 Mar 1847 - 1931

Parish Registers for Launceston not in IGI for the Church of England, 1779 to 1837, for marriage of William Scown and Elizabeth Hawk.
William Scown, Elizabeth nee HAWK, James, Edwin, dau arrived 1839-09-19 on Recovery from London 1839-05-19

9 children 1. James Scown c1834
2. Edward Scown c1836
3. Emma Scown 1838 dau of Elizabeth Hawk and William Scown, born in Launceston, Cornwall
4. Possible child c1841
5. Charles Henry Scown born 1843-07-28 at A, father SCOWN William, mother HAWK Elizabeth
6. Melinda Ann Scown born 1845-04-09 at A, father SCOWN William, mother HAWK Elizabet
7. Harry Scown born 1846-12-15 at Twickenham, father SCOWN William, mother HAWK Elizabeth
8. Fred Scown born 1850-04-26 at Twickenham, father SCOWN William, mother HAWK Elizabeth
9. Albert Scown born 1851-09-18 at One Tree Hill, father SCOWN William, mother HAWK Elizabeth
John Blencowe 1830 wed 19 Sep 1854 to Emma Scown at Holy Trinity, Adelaide, when Emma was aged 17, so born about 1837. They lived at Ararat then Terang
12 Children 1. Mary Ann Blencowe 1856 #2679 - 1941 born at Ararat
2. Rose Blencowe 1858 - 24 Aug 1946
3. John Blencowe 3 Mar 1860 #3837 - 1932
4. Matilda Blencowe 1862 #117 - 1942 born at Terang
5. Alice Emma Blencowe 1864 - 1908 #15386 aged 44, born at One Tree Hill, SA
6. William Henry Blencowe 14 Mar 1865 born at Thebarton, SA
7. Alfred George Blencowe 1867 born at Terang
8. Sarah Ellen Blencowe 1869 #25455 - 1963
9. Edith Ann Blencowe 1872 #12584 - 1876 #10522 lived 4 years
10. Thomas Blencowe 1874 #2194 - 1874 #1216 lived 7 days born at Darlington
11. Lillian Victoria Blencowe 1876 #19726 - 1961 born at Terang 12. Albert Francis Blencowe 1880 - 1958
1. Mary Ann Blencowe 1856 #2679 - 1941 aged 86, wed 1874 #1593A to Samuel Bright c1848 - 1926 aged about 78, born in Bristol UK, and lived at Terang, Avon etc. Also at Carcoar NSW is Samuel Bright who wed 1876 #2300 to Mary A E Guest this appears to be one of their chn Alfred Joseph Bright 1879 #11565 registered at Carcoar, NSW to Samuel and Mary Ann Bright
11 children 1. Rose Adelaide Bright 1875 #12827 - 1928 #17469 aged 53, wed White
2. Louisa Avon Bright 1876 #26086 - 1930 #9532 aged 52, wed Engel
3. Evelyn Victoria Bright 1878 #13024 - 1879 #3518 lived 1 year
4. Wm Jno Bright 1880 #19215 - 1951 #6357 aged 70
5. Maude Alice Bright 1882 #19695
6. Richard Bright 20 January 1884 born in Nairne, SA, died in Fitzroy, Vic in 1941 #4063 age 56
7. Alfred Samuel Bright 1886 #14335
8. Albert Victor Bright 1888 #1522 - 1972 #9774 aged 84
9. Percy Maldon Bright 1890 #14710 - 1953 #23516 aged 63
10. Eliza Ollis Bright 1892 #11069 - 1970 #19458 aged 78 wed McLean
Gertrude Emma Bright 1894 - 1980 #16651 aged 86, wed Gray
11. Hurtle Murry Bright 1895 #22219 - 1971 #29758 aged 76
3. John Blencowe 1860 #3837 wed 1887 #6042 to Mary Jane Bull and lived at Donald
5 children 1. Ada May Blencowe 1889 #2768 - 22 May 1980
2. Hilda Blencowe 1891 #2623 - 1970
3. Sydney George Blencowe 1893 #8639 - 1954
4. Jno Stewart Blencowe 1903 #4261 - 1917
5. Raymond Charles Blencowe 1907 #24006 - 22 Aug 2002
4. Matilda Blencowe 1862 #117 wed 1886 #340 to Ebenezer Swanson 1859 #14253 born at Tallangatta and lived at Terang
1 child 1. Irene Constance Swanson 1887 #15516
4. Alice Emma Blencowe 1864 - 1908 #15386 aged 44 born in Adelaide, wed 1888 #2451 to William Thomas Axtill 1864 #20476 born at Carngham, and lived at Wirrimbirchip, Ballarat, Lake Boga, 3 children
5. Alfred George Blencowe 1867 #25036 wed 1888 #7600 to Anastasia Breen and lived at Wirrimbirchip
8 children 1. Alice Emma Blencowe 1889 - 1890 #9973 lived 13 months
2. Walt Jno Blencowe 1891 #28835
3. Elsie May Blencowe 1893 #18113
4. Ethel Blencowe 1896 #32027
5. Myra Doreen Blencowe 1903 #7178
6. Emma Blencowe 1905 #14445
7. Anastasia Blencowe 1907 #23195
8. Alfred George Blencowe 1911 #24852
6. Sarah Ellen Blencowe 1869 #25455 wed 1891 #2350 to John Steward and lived at Geelong
1 child 1. Jno Bentley Steward 1891 #23291 - 1892 #6412 lived 10 months
9. Lillian Victoria Blencowe 1876 #19726 wed 1896 #5694 to Michael Hickhan/Skehan and lived at Wirrimbirchip then Bendigo
8 children 1. Pat Hardiman Skehan 1894 #17757
2. John Skehan 1896 #21746R
3. Cath Emma Skehan 1898 #23184
4. Eva Mary Skehan 1901 #15455 - 1902 #8418 lived 1 year
5. Mary Skehan 1905 #787
6. Lillian May Skehan 1907 #16311
7. Thos Skehan 1909 #16468 - 1909 #11313 lived 1 month
8. Gerte Phyllis Skehan 1912 #705


James Blick

I have now been told his ancestor is Matthew Blick, on Thu, 15 Jan 2004 and his material is on a new Blick page. Ask if you want a copy of this work, I have 'archived it'.
There is a James Blick baptised 20 OCT 1827 Broad Chalk, Wiltshire, England son of Ann and Thomas Blick also listed for 20 OCT 1828 Broad Chalk, Wiltshire, England son of Thomas Blick wed 27 SEP 1826 Broad Chalk, Wiltshire, England to Mary Thick

James Blick 1826 - 1889 #12823 aged 63, son of Mary and Thomas Blick, wed 1850 #23505 to Catherine Curry 1830 - 1910 #2309 aged 80, daughter of Thomas Currie, at Church of England, Christ Church, Geelong, and lived at Amherst and both died at Maryborough

7 Children 1. Mary Anne Blick 1854 #4710
2. Thomas Frederick Blick 1855 born at Amherst, drowned and buried 26 Oct 1901
3. Caroline Blick 1858 #8129
4. James Albert Blick 1860 #15776 - 1942 #6619 aged 81,
5. William Aaron Blick 1863 #11692
6. Emily Blick 1866 #22394
7. Samuel Blick 1871 #10215 - 1926 #969 aged 55

From Graham Blick on Fri, 24 Sep 2004, email bounced 19 May 2009

Dear Elizabeth,

I have just been looking at the Blick Family Tree site and note that my grandfather's name has been omitted.

He is a son of James Blick 1826-1889 who married Catherine Currie at Geelong He was Thomas Frederick Blick b.1855 at Amherst. and was drowned in the bay at Geelong and was buried on 26 October 1901 in Geelong, his body not having been identified. After identification his body was exhumed and reburied on 26 October 1901 in Maryborough. (Grave # 2640, Church of England Section.)

He was the second child of James and Catherine.
Thomas Frederick Blick m. Sarah Dean 11 January 1881, in Maryborough. Sarah was born 1 August 1861 in Adelaide Leed and was the daughter of William and Lucy Ellen Dean.
After the fathers death the older boys in the family moved across to New Zealand and eventually Sarah and the girls followed arriving in Bluff and most of the family initially settled in Southland ,N.Z.

When in Australia Sarah and the girls ran a Coffee House or maybe a hotel (my father always called it a Coffee House.)in Havelock or White Hills. Thomas Frederick was I believe a carpenter and was employed erecting pit props in the gold mines in the area.

I have a photograph of a sketch made by one of my uncles back in 1966, from memory, of the old home/hotel . This was the second home on trhe site.the original having been burnt down The train in the foreground apparently ran between Havelock and Maryborough. I will endeavour to send a copy of the photo with this but am not too hopeful as it is all new to me at 82 years of age. Please let me know if there is anything further you require.

Good luck and thanks for the great job you are doing.

Graham Blick


2. Thomas Frederick Blick 1855 - 1901 #13743 aged 46 born at Amherst, drowned at Geelong and buried 26 Oct 1901 wed 1881 to Sarah Dean 1 August 1861 #15953. Widowed Sarah and children moved to New Zealand
8 children 1. William Henry Blick 1881
2. Lucy Ellen Blick 1882
3. Carol Edith Blick 1884
4. Thomas Frederick Blick 1887
5. Adolphus Richd Ernest Blick 1891 #25059
6. John Blick 1893 #33298
7. Joseph Rupert Winter Blick 1898 #20376
8. Harold James Blick 1899 #28157
3. Caroline Blick 10 Jun 1858 #8129 - 20 July 1918 wed 4 Sep 1878 #3469 to Hugh Hopkins 24 June 1854 - 24 Sep 1937 son of Agnes and Alexander Hopkins from Ballylumford Co Antrim, Ireland and lived at Carisbrook
11 children 1. James Alexander Hopkins 1879 #14283 - 1953
2. Hugh Hopkins 1880
3. William Albert Hopkins 1882 #21329 - 1953
4. Agnes Carol Hopkins 1884 #15107
5. Percy Edward Hopkins 1886 #16403 - 1938
6. Elsie Maud Hopkins 1888 #18305
7. Ada Emily Hopkins 1890 #20595
8. Mabel Elizabeth Hopkins 1893 #1782
9. Edith Susan Hopkins 1895 #10218
10. Hy Walt Hopkins 1897 #9271 lived 1 year
11. David Martin Hopkins 1900 #9269
4. James Albert Blick 1860 #15776 - 1942 #6619 aged 81, wed 1883 #4281 to Carol Brent 1866 - 1940 #1031 aged 74, parents unknown, not born in Victoria
8 children 1. Ann Brent Blick 1883 #17922
2. Hughie Blick 1887 #21322 - 1972 #4953 aged 84
3. Albert James Blick 1885 #11395
4. Herbt Blick 1889 #14133 - 1967 #25211 aged 78
5. Leslie Colin Blick 23 May 1891 #28207 - 25 Apr 1915 KIA Gallipoli
6. Cyril William Blick 1893 #24165 lived 7 weeks
7. Beryl Isabel Blick 1895 #5046 lived 5 years
8. Jessie Blick 1901 #24350 lived 5 years

From on Wed, 14 Jan 2004

Dear Elizabeth,
I see the name Blick and Aaron amongst the Blick's. I am researching the Blick's of Broad Chalke a Village in Wiltshire near Salisbury (8 miles) I am in contact with one of the descendants of James Blick who arrived in Australia on the ship Larpent in 1847/49. Are your Blick's the ones from this village or as you have visited Gloucestershire the Blick' s of Michinhampton Gloucestershire. The name Arron features in my family tree he was born in Broad Chalke 16.9.1803 son of Lucy Foyle wed 29 JAN 1788 Broad Chalk, Wiltshire, England to Matthew Blick, but I do not have any further trace of him at this time.

Leslie Colin Blick is in my family tree born 23 May 1891 died 25 April 1915 Gallipoli married a Jeanette Harris born 1893 died 1945 in Melbourne Australia.
Best wishes from a wet snowy and windy Birmingham UK
David E. Blick
PS a very good web site

Blick, Leslie Colin Lieutenant 25/04/1915 - 30/04/1915 aged 23, Australian Infantry, A.I.F, 7th Btn, Australian Grave reference number 27. Lone Pine Memorial Cemetery has 4931 identified casualties. See the War Memorial web site for more details.
Husband of Jeanette Brown (formerly Blick), of 58, Droop St., Footscray, Victoria, Australia. Native of Ballarat.


5. William Aaron Blick 1863 #11692 wed 1884 #1879 to Ellen Rogan and lived at Maryborough
9 children 1. Edward George Blick 1884 #25827
2. Mary Blick 1884 #25828
3. James Albert Blick 1887 #4651
4. William Blick 1887 #4652
5. Saml Blick 1889 #32910
6. Ellen Blick 1892 #27905
7. Katharine Blick 1892 #27904
8. Emily Blick 1898 #20374 lived 5 years
9. Aaron Blick 1906 #26264
6. Emily Blick 1866 #22394 wed 1887 #2988 to James Warwick Hopkins from Ireland, and lived at Carisbrook
3 children 1. Agnes Emily Hopkins 1888 #27375
2. Lily Carol Hopkins 1891 #1348
3. Victor Warwick Hopkins 1895 #27512
8. Jno Saml Blick 1871 #10215 - 1926 #969 aged 55, wed 1901 #215 to Harriet Elizabeth Hardisty 1879 #13816, lived at Wandiligong, died at Cheltenham
3 children 1. Ernest John Blick 1903 #14253 - 1955 #18677 aged 53
2. Lilian Maude Blick 1905 #22246
3. Maurice Hubert Blick 1907 #30880 - 1974 #30194 aged 67



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