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George Brandon, Charles Bray, William Bray, Joseph Brearley,
John Bremer, Joseph Bremmer, Peter Bremner, William Brereton,


George Brandon

The Baltimore came May 1853 with Unassisted passengers, including the Brandon family, Mrs Brandon aged 54, George B Brandon aged 28, George B Mrs Brandon aged 22, and William Brandon aged 8

VICTORIA GOVERNMENT GAZETTE. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28. 1854.
Page 19
In the Supreme Court of the LAW Colony of Victoria.
Between George Beydon Brandon, Plaintif, and B, W Cameron, Defendant.
WHEREAS an Action at Law has been commenced in this Honorable Conrt by the abovenamed George Brydon Brandon, against the abovenamed R W Cameron, to recover the sum of Two hundred and twenty-five pounds eighteen shillings and threepence, for money had and received by the said defendant for the use of the plaintiff, and for money found to be due on an account stated between them; and it having been alleged that the said B W Cameron does not reside within this Colony, a Writ of Foreign Attachment has been issued, returnable on the fourteenth day of December, in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty-four, wherein Frederick A Hüssey, James Birckhead Bond, Henry M Hale, John Henry Fisher, and John Robert Richards, the younger, trading under the firm or style of " Hussey, Bond and Hale," are garnishees :
Notice thereof is hereby given, and if at any time before final judgment in this Action the said R W Cameron, or any person on his behalf, will give the security and notice, and file the appearance and plea required by law, the Attachment may be dissolved. Dated this twenty-seventh day of November, A.D. 1854.
DUERDIN AND BRONCKHORST, Plaintiff's Attorneys Melbourne

George Brydon Brandon 1834 (aged 28) came May 1852 with his mother aged 54, wife Elizabeth Walsh aged 22 and brother William aged 8
Elizabeth Walsh died 1856 #4923 aged 26 daughter of William Walsh, and her daughter Emily 1855 - 1856 #4919 died aged 9 months. Emily appears to be twin of Charles died 1855 #299 aged 6 weeks
George Brydon Brandon wed 1857 #4350 to Fanny Bremelon Florance, and lived at Melbourne suburbs

10 children 1. Charles Brandon died 1855 #299 aged 6 weeks
2. Emily Brandon 1855 - 1856 #4919 died aged 9 months
8 children
of Fanny
3. Emma Florance Brandon 1858 #15017
4. Rachael Fanny Brandon 1860 #12655 - 1861 #170 lived 7 months
5. John Brandon 1862 #1688
6. Mary Brandon 1864 #7749 - 1877 #7985 lived 13 years
7. Eliza Florance Brandon 1866 #14133
8. Ada Florence Brandon 1868 #22698
9. George Leonard Moses Brandon 1871 #1842 -1873 #3670 lived 2 years
10. Floretta Jane Brandon 1873 #22907
3. Emma Florance Brandon 1858 #15017 wed 1881 #5884 to Charles Frederick Thorp and lived in Fitzroy. In 1888 Dudley's mother is called Amy Fletcher Brandon, appears to be a misunderstanding.
4 children 1. Silvanus Claude George Thorp 1882 #16165
2. Elsie Fanny Thorp 1884 #9416
3. Norman Mortimer Thorp 1886 #18273
4. Dudley St Elmo Thorp 1888 #29303
5. John Brandon 1862 #1688 wed 1887 #1913 to Jessie Swan 1866 $22484 born in Melbourne
1 child 1. Adelaide Brandon 1888 #6820
7. Eliza Florance Brandon 1866 #14133 wed 1885 #176 to Frederick Duncan born in Liverpool, no chn to 1888
10. Floritta Jane Malda Wylie nee Brandon 1873 #22907 - 1958 #22434 aged 85, wed 1907 #8882 to Albt Ernt Court Grutzner 1883 - 1957 #7362 aged 74, 1 child

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Charles Bray

Did he change his mind? Chas Bray adult is listed Oct 1854 on the Gertrude, and aged 28 in Feb 1855 on the Indian Queen
Cornwall Census 1851 Folio 11 Page 14, of Kea Cornwall
54,Poldain,Thos. Skewes,Head,M,42,,Lead Miner, Jane Skewes,Wife,M,,41,
Elizth Jane Skewes,Dau,U,,18,Dresser Of Lead Ore,Kea Cornwall,, Thos. Skewes,Son,U,16,,Lead Miner, Samuel Skewes,Son,U,12,,Dresser Of Lead Ore, Mary Skewes,Dau,,,11,Dresser Of Lead Ore, Emily Skewes,Dau,,,7,Scholar, and Richard Skewes,Son,,3

The David G Fleming came Nov 1857 with two families surnamed Skewes, possibly
1. Jane Skewes 46 with Thomas Skewes 23 (1834 Christening: 06 APR 1834 Kea, Cornwall, England son of Jane and Thomas), Samuel Skewes 19 (1838), Elizabeth J Skewes 15, Emiley Skewes 11 and Richard Skewes 9

2. Richard Skewes 42, Johanna Wasley 38, Mary Skewes 15, Johanna Skewes 11, Richard Skewes 10, Emelia Skewes 6, Sarah Skewes 4 and Emiley Skewes infant who appears to be registered in 1855 in Victoria

Charles Bray wed 1862 #1091 to Mary Skewes and lived at Ballarat

8 Children 1. Thomas Bray 1862 #18797
2. Catherine Jane Bray 1864 #19791
3. John Samuel Bray 1867 #6394 - 1868 #7948 lived 1 year
4. Samuel John Skewes Bray 1869 #20128
5. Elizabeth Bray 1875 #6740
6. James Richard Skewes Bray 1877 #19931
7. Dorothy Ellison Bray 1880 #5703
8. George Phillip Bray 1880 #6204
6. Jams Richd Skewes Bray wed 1900 to Rebecca Jane Bazeley
4 Children 1. Reta Pretoria Bray 1900 - 1901 #1406 lived 1 month
2. James Richd Bray 1901 #26390
3. Chas Percival Skewes Bray 1905 #10147
4. Keith Cromwell Bray 1915 #3043

William Bray

William Bray came c1867 with Sarah Shueard/Shuard and lived at Lexton and then St Arnaud
9 Children 1. George Bray 1868 #17358
2. Charles Henry Bray 1868 #17359
3. John Bray 1870 #24044
4. Thomas Bray 1873 #3410
5. Francis Bray 1875 #5716
6. Ada Catherine Bray 1877 #11824
7. James Bray 1878 #25849
8. Herbert Victor Bray 1881 #19731
9. Stanley Bray 1885 #29077
2. Charles Bray 1868 17359 wed 1893 #453 to Elizabeth Ellen Quine and lived at Lexton
6 Children 1. Charles Bray 1893 #35362 - 1893 #16078 lived 14 days
2. Lilian Bray 1894 #33118 - 1915 #15440 aged 20
3. Ida Bray 1897 #6606 - 1949 #13065 wed Shepherd
4. Percy Bray 1898 #22315 - 1960 #22199 aged 61
5. Elvie Bray 1900 #29848
6. Alice Constance Bray 2 May 1907 - 16 June 1987


Joseph Brearley

The Anna Maria came June 1848 with brothers Joseph Brearley 25 and Sharp Brearley 20, sons of Hannah Hemingway and John Brearley. There was a joint wedding in 1852 with sisters Margaret Hillard wed John, and Jane Hillard wed Sharp, at St James Church of England, Melbourne, daughters of Ann Sommerville and Robert Hillande died at Richmond

Joseph Brearley 20 Jan 1823 - 24 May 1911 wed 25 Mar 1852 #5910 to Margaret Hillard 1832 - 7 Jun 1885 aged 53 and lived in Geelong. David Alan Booth has this family on FamilySearch

6 children 1. Rebecca Elizabeth Brearley 1857 #10733
2. Josephine Louisa Brearley 1858 #17574 wed 1882 #1685 to Robert Imray born in England, no chn listed
3. Victoria Brearley 1862 #20886
4. Robert George Hillard Brearley 1864 #15284
5. Margaret Brearley 1866 #15111
6. John Fredk William Brearley 1868 #17061
1. Rebecca Elizabeth Brearley 1857 #10733 wed 1883 #2567 to William James Joseph Gallagher and lived at St Kilda
2 Children 1. Gladys Myrtle Gallagher 1884 #28113
2. Maggie Gallagher 1886 #29993
4. Robert George Hillard Brearley 1864 #15284 wed 1885 #3675 to Mary Karen Peterson and lived at Bairnsdale
2 Children 1. Alfred Charles Sharp Brearley 1886 #192
2. Francis Robert Brearley 1887 #25578
2. Sharp Brearley 29 Mar 1827 - 26 Apr 1905 wed 25 Mar 1852 #5909 to Jane Hillard 1834 born at Innis Killeu, County Fermanagh
8 children 1. Alfred Hillard Brearley 1856 - 1862 #4413 lived 6 years
2. George Carver Brearley 1858 #17573
3. John Albert Brearley 1862 #14612 - 1863 #1408 lived 1 year
4. Arthur Edward Brearley 1864 #2377
5. Alice Jane Brearley 1867 #2182
6. Adelaide Mabel Brearley 1868 #16331 - 1868 #6375 lived 19 days
7. Herbert Ernest Brearley 1869 #15710
8. Blanche Victoria Brearley 1872 #16448
2. Geo Carter/Carver Ramsden Brearley wed 1880 #2662 to Blanche Saunders and lived at Geelong
Blanche Clairville Stoneman wed 1878 #1531 to Henry Saunders, and seems to have then changed her mind (no death of Henry between 1878 -1880).
3 Children 1. Gladys Emily Brearley 1881 #16816
2. Nancy Bennett Brearley 1883 #2843
3. Irene Beatrice Brearley 1884 #2712

John Bremer

John Bremer 1830 - 1902 #189 aged 72, son of Ctina Dibbern and Frederick Bremer, wed 1854 #3718 to Catherine Walseterf/Walsdorf and lived at Ballarat
7 Children 1. Harry Bremer 1855 #7597
2. John Frederick Bremer 1857 #5839 lived 1 year
3. Clara Cath Bremer 1859 #7796
4. Louis Joseph Bremer 1861 #13403 lived 5 months
5. Mary Elizabeth Bremer 1865 #13037 lived 3 years
6. John Lewis Bremer 1868 #21089
7. Catherine Bremer 1871 #624
1. Harry Frederick Bremer 1855 #7597 wed 1883 #2133 to Edith Stewart Gough 1861 #16096 born at Castlemaine, and lived at Ballarat
3 Children 1. Reginald Harry Bremer 1884 #6868
2. Frederick Charles Louis Bremer 1886 #15475
3. Frank Gough Bremer 1888 #17325
6. John Lewis Bremer 1868 #21089 wed 1900 #6887 to Ada May Trevenen 1872 #19551
2 Children 1. Olive May Bremer 1901 #24269 lived 1 month
2. Doris Bremer 1903 #7889
7. Cath Bremer 1871 - 1928 #13323 aged 57, wed 1908 #4312 to George Frederick Furness 1870 #524 and lived at Ballarat, 2 Children


Joseph Bremmer

The South Australian Register contains these details:-
Mrs Elizabeth Bremmer born about 1805 at Aberdeen, Scotland, arrived 1851 on the Reliance, her occupation is Servant. She was the wife of Joseph Bremmer who had preceeded the family to New Zealand.
10 Children 1. Margaret Cook Bremmer 1827 - 55,
2. Helen Bremmer 1829,
3. William Bremmer 1831,
4. Elspeth Cook Bremmer 1833,
5. Joseph Bremmer 1835,
6. John Bremmer 1837,
7. Robert Bremmer 1840,
8. Mary Ann Bremmer 1842,
9. Janet Bremmer 1844
10. Christiana Bremmer 1846.
Mary Ann Bremmer 1842 - 24 June 1907, born at Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, arrived in Adelaide during 1851 with her parents. She moved to Inglewood, Victoria with her brothers, then spent 3 years in New Zealand before returning to wed 1865 to John (Jonathan) Douglas


Peter Bremner

Margaret Ross aged 11 came Sep 1852 on the Bourneup which appears to have 8 people surnamed Ross, blended as Mary Ross aged 45, William Ross aged 38, John 9 and Margaret Ross aged 11, with John Ross aged 34, Betsy Ross 34, James 3 and Margaret Ross infant. (no connection may be John Ross and Betsy Turnbull registered birth of John 1856 #1838)

Peter Bremner wed 1859 #4449 to Margaret Ross 1842 - 1868 #3165 aged 26 daughter of Bella Davidson and John Ross died at Inve

5 Children 1. John Ross Bremner 1860 #15888
2. Alexander Bremner 1862 #7000 - 1863 #1671 lived 8 months
3. Alexander Bremner 1864 #3197
4. Margaret Bremner 1866 #3014 - 1884 #2430 lived 18 years died at Prn Hosp
5. Peter Davison Bremner 1868 #11557
1. John Ross Bremner 1860 #15888 wed 1886 #1202 to Eliza Ovens
8 Children 1. Lilly Bremner 1887 #11649
2. Jessie Bremner 1888 #21133 - 1889 #1469 lived 7 months
3. Ross Bremner 1890 #2370
4. Ethel Bremner 1891 #11369 - 1898 #963 lived 7 years
5. John Bremner 1893 #11685
6. Wm Ross Bremner 1901 #12679 - 1901 #6373 lived 1 day
7. Geo Alex Bremner 1902 #27739
8. Fredk Edwd Bremner 1904 #19590
3. Alexander Bremner 1864 #3197 wed 1888 #6418 to Emily Elizabeth Constable

William Brereton

William Brereton aged 20 came Sep 1860 on the Great Britain
William Brereton wed 1880 #4225 to Elizabeth Ann Hughes lived at Malmsbury
2 Children 1. William John Brereton 1885 #19196 - 1888 #10060 lived 3 years
2. Lottie Louisa Brereton 1889 - 1972 #14260 aged 84
2. Lottie Louisa Brereton 1889 - 1972 #14260 aged 84, wed 1909 #2578 to George Richard Letts 1877 #15000 and lived at Bridgewater and then at Echuca



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