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Henry Comport, Michael Comport, Thomas Comrie, Thomas Conboy,
Edward Conder, Matthew Condie, Henry Conduit,


Henry Comport

Henry Comforts aged 23 came Dec 1852 on the Queen Of England with Michael Comforts
Henry Comport wed 1854 #1877 to Rebecca Schooling 1834 and lived at Cheltenham
Two sisters are believed to marry two brothers, note the shared children's names Walter and Everist
9 Children 1. Mary Anne Comport 1856 #4129
2. Florence Comport 1858 #14945
3. Grace Comport 1861 #17902
4. Celia Isabelle Comport 1864 #14020
5. Henry Oliver Comport 1868 #8091
6. Walter Everist Comport 1870 #22007
7. Constance Estelle Comport 1874 #1213
8. Eugene Schooling Comport 1876 #8106 lived 20 months
9. Ruby Eileen Comport 1879 #1443

Michael Comport

Michael Comforts aged 19 came Dec 1852 on the Queen Of England with Henry Comforts
Michael Comport wed 1863 #3425 to Rosetta Schooling 1847 and lived at Richmond
10 Children 1. Alfred William Comport 1865 #4667
2. Alice Amy Comport 1867 #3516
3. Ernest Walter Comport 1869 #18022
4. Percival Everist Comport 1871 #19986
5. Edwin Arthur Comport 1874 #25283
6. Sydney Leonard Comport 1876 #25331
7. Rose May Comport 1879 #11514
8. Elsie Caroline Comport 1881 #25613
9. Hector Schooling Comport 1884 #5005
10. Maria Comport 1888 #24024 lived 13 days
1. Alfred William Comport 1865 #4667 born in Richmond, wed 1888 #276 to Bertha Constance Burton 1865 #11006

Thomas Comrie


Thomas Comrie 1834 - 4 Aug 1910 aged 76, son of Janet McEwan and Jonathan Comrie of Braco, Perthshire, Scotland, trained as a Grocer then on 15 Nov 1856 boarded the Instanboul at Grenock, Renfrewshire, to arrive at Port Phillip Bay on 28 Jan 1857 with his elder brother James 1828. He went into business as Thomson&Comrie with General Stores around the towns of the Goldfields including Tarnagulla. He wed 14 Jan 1863 to Elizabeth Weir 24 Jul 1841 - 29 Mar 1914, daughter of Eliza Bell and Joseph Weir at Aughadowey, County Derry, Northern Ireland. All but daughter Catherine are buried in a vault at Tarnagulla. John played sport, and went to New Zealand to try to improve his health, but to continued to decline so he returned to the family in Tarnagulla.
James Comrie came with Thomas on the 'Istanboul, Jan 1857 and did not stay.
9 children 1. John McEwan Comrie 24 Jul 1863 - 21 Oct 1891 aged 28
2. Catherine Elizabeth Comrie 20 May 1865 - 1935 aged 70, wed 1904 #3477 to Hamilton McLeod Stobie
3. Thomas Joseph Comrie 4 Oct 1867 - 13 Sep 1886 aged 18
4. Robert Alexander Comrie 17 Aug 1869 - 16 Sep 1874 aged 5
5. George James Thomson Comrie 11 Jul 1871 - 12 Oct 1884 aged 13
6. Margaret Sarah Comrie 21 Aug 1873 - 24 Aug 1874 lived 1 year
7. Margaret Annie Comrie 27 Jun 1875 - 26 May 1933 aged 58
8. Mary Edith Desiree Comrie 28 Jul 1878 - 28 Oct 1944 aged 68
9. Elsie Melita Comrie 6 Jan 1884 - 5 Apr 1960 aged 76
Thomas Comrie and Christina Dingwall had 2 children come to Victoria.
1. Jane Comrie 1840 - 1927 aged 87, daughter of Christina Dingwall and John Comrie, wed 1864 #1142 to Richard Heighway lived at Ballarat
2. John Comrie 1842 - 1921 aged 79, son of Christina Dingwall and Thomas Comrie born at Dumbartonshire, wed 1870 #1221 to Ellen Jane Mitchell 1846 - 1924 #12787 aged 78, daughter of Elizabeth Biddle and James Mitchell born at Ballarat.
5 children 1. Angus Malcolm Comrie 1874 #24600 - 1947 #16133 aged 72
2. Archbald Valentine Comrie 1876 #10901 - 1943 #681 aged 66
3. Allan Ranald Comrie 1878 #4078 - 1919 #4600 aged 40
4. Ellen Maud Comrie 1879 #24607 - 1961 #3090 aged 81
5. Robert Duncan Comrie 1881 #24920 - 1947 #19765 aged 66
1. Angus Malcolm Comrie 1874 #24600 - 1947 #16133 aged 72 wed 1900 #5034 to Mary Ellen Murray 1879 - 1937 #15639 aged 58, and their last 4 children were born at Tarnagulla
10 children 1. Mary Ellen Comrie 1901 #12047
2. John Comrie 1903 #11352
3. Hilda Comrie 1904 #11165 - 1978 #28047 aged 74 wed Clarke
4. Lillian Comrie 1906 #11501
5. Mavis Murray Comrie 1908 #8275 - 1978 #9078 wed Stewart
6. Angus Malcolm Comrie 1909 #7712 - 1950 #16092 aged 40
7. Keith Comrie 1911 #7308
8. Murray Comrie 1912 #35150 - 1983 #17659 aged 71
9. Thomas Dingwall Comrie 1914 #17288 - 1984 #4244 aged 70
10. Enid Comrie 1917 #16228 lived 1 year
2. Archbald Valentine Comrie 1876 #10901 - 1943 #681 aged 66 wed 1900 #1179 to Edith Margaret Warne 1875 - 1911 #2061 aged 36,
and 2. wed 1913 #7594 to Myvanwy Jones 1892 - 1974 #23284 aged 82, no issue
2 children 1. Isobel Edith Comrie 1900 #28253
2. Helen Christina Comrie 1904 #11646
3. Allan Ranald Comrie 1878 #4078 - 1919 #4600 aged 40 wed 1908 #3397 to Nora Teresa Magarth 1880 - 1955 #8687 aged 75, daughter of Ellen Ahern and John
2 children 1. Christina Dingwall Comrie 1909 #29418
2. Allan Randald Comrie 1912 #32602 - 1983 #948 aged 71
4. Ellen Maud Comrie 1879 #24607 - 1961 #3090 aged 81 wed 1904 #6727 to Robert Tait Rogers 1872 #20999, and lived first at Ballarat, 4 children

Thomas Conboy

Thomas Coboy aged 21 came Oct 1855 on the Balnaguith
Shipping records show; Mary Plumb from Norfolk sailed from Plymouth on the "Atalanta" on 5 March 1860 and arrived in Melbourne on the 30 June 1860. She was 24 years old, could read and write was of the Church of England religion and was a cook and launderer. She was engaged by Robert Plumb (her brother of Geelong) for 4 pound per annum
Thomas Francis Conboy and Mary Plumb married at the Manse of Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church Ararat in 1864 by the Reverend James Megaw. At the time they were both working on "Gorrin" station just east of Ararat. Thomas was a tiler and Mary a domestic maid A wedding certificate No.96 in register, schedule D -22 Vic.No.70.18/2/1864. which gives a lot of information. Thomas Francis's place of abode," Gorrin", this was a sheep station, east of Ararat, occupation, slater, age 35(Shipping records show birth year 1834 and age 30 ). Married at the manse, of St Andrews Presbyterian Church. Ararat by the minister James Megew who was the minister for over 30 years. Thomas'. Birth place, was given as Lambert, London, England. Mother, Elizabeth Light. His father Thomas Francis Conboy. Mason. The bride, Mary Plumb, age 26, current residence, "Gorrin" station , birth place Norfolk ,England, born, 10/12/1840, servant
Thomas Francis Conboy c1826 - 20 Aug 1878 #9537 aged 51, son of Thomas Conboy born at Lambert UK, wed 1864 #699 to Mary Plumb, sister of Robert Plumb and lived at Collingwood, then after 1872 at Wangaratta.
An entry in GenesReunited lists him as born about 1827 in Lambeth, London, and his parents as Elizabeth Light and Thomas Francis Conboy
5 children 1. Elizabeth Conboy 1866 #7409 wed 1893 #108 to Sam Bellingham
2. Thomas Conboy 1868 #15395 - 1868 #6099 lived 10 days
3. George Conboy 1869 #14898 wed 1894 #918 to Rose Templeton
4. Mary Ann Conboy 1872 #1641 - 1967 #4863 aged 95, wed 1900 #7555 to Wm Thompson
5. Thomas Francis Conboy 1877 #5873 wed 1896 #4184R to Emily Charl Dye
1. Elizabeth Conboy 1866 #7409 - 1921 #4409 aged 41, wed 1893 #108 to Sam Bellingham and lived at Avenel
54 children 1. Minnie Bellingham 1894 #296
2. Samuel Bellingham 1895 #8782 1937 #13038 aged 42
3. Wm Bellingham 1897 #288
4. James Bellingham 1899 #7410 - 1978 #21529 aged 79
3. George Conboy 1869 #14898 - 1933 #16155 aged 63, wed 1894 #918 to Rose Templeton 1874 #15315 - 1960 #31413 dau of Elizabeth Rogers and John Templeton aged 86, and lived at Glen Thompson (John Templeton 1846 son of Jacobina Murdock and Andrew Templeton, wed 1870 #925 to Elizabeth Rogers from Southampton) and lived at Glen Thompson
6 children 1. Geo Fredk Conboy 1895 #3960
2. May Nellie Conboy 1896 - 1975 #8673 aged 79
3. Ernest Rupert Conboy 1897 #11411
4. Elsie Margt Elizth aged 1899 #26950
5. Jessie May Conboy 1902 - 1985 #25470 aged 83, wed Mccallum
6. John Hamilton Conboy 1915 - 1977 #26915 aged 62
5. Thomas Francis Conboy 1877 #5873 wed 1896 #4184R to Emily Charl Dye 1873 #9861 dau of Ann Osborn and William Dye, born at Heywood, and lived at Glen Thompson (William Dye 1845 #14517 son of Mary Ann Wood and Thomas Dye, born in Melbourne, wed 1872 #1302 to Ann Rebecca Osborn born in UK)
5 children 1. Herbert Reginald Conboy 1897 #11412 - 1941 #15590 aged 43 2. Emily Violetta Conboy 1898 #19155 3. Ada Victoria Conboy 1900 #11389 - 1979 #16012 aged 79, wed Gatehouse

from on Tuesday, 5 July, 2011
Elizabeth I believe my great great grandmother Mary Plumb wife of Thomas Conboy is the sister of Robert Plumb . She arrived in Melbourne in May 1860 on the Atalanta and was indentured to her brother Robert in Geelong . She later married Thomas Francis Conboy in Ararat 1864 I knew Robert's wife was Maria and that children Jessie and Eleanor died young and are buried at Geelong as is Robert who died in 1874 and Maria
Thank you Bruce Conboy

Edward Conder

Edward Conder Christening: 18 Nov 1821 at Steeple Morden, Cambridge, England son of Martha and Thomas Conder
The Marshall Bemnnett came Aug 1854 with Assisted British Immigrants including Edward Conder 32, Hannah 31, Emma 11 Thomas 9 and Samuel aged 1
Edward Conder c1822 son of Thomas Conder wed 15 Oct 1842 to Hannah (Ann) Banks c1824 dau of Charles Banks, at Ashwell, Hertford, England and came Aug 1854 to Australia, lived at Ashby then at Ballarat
9 Children 1. Emma Conder c1843
2. Thomas Conder c1845
3. Samuel Conder c1852
4. Charles Conder 1854 - 1867 #6394 lived 13 years
5. Arthur James Conder 1856 #12750
6. Matilda Maria Conder 1859 #19663 died
7. William Conder 1862 #264 - 1863 #203 lived 1 year
8. Matilda Conder 1863 #12099 - 1884 #7839 aged 21 years
9. Edward Conder 1866 #433
2. Thomas Conder c1845 from Cambridge wed 1873 #14 to Mary Binder, and lived at Barrys Reef then at Ballarat
triplets died 1881
10 Children 1. Thomas Conder 1873 #7438 - 1875 #310 lived 1 year
2. Florence Emily Conder 1875 #330
3. Sarah Ann Conder 1876 #13625
4. Robert Edward Conder 1877 #20179
5. Alice Mary Conder 1879 #20632
6. Triplet Thomas Blakeville Conder 1881 #6741 - 1881 #3350 lived 14 days
7. Triplet Laura Gertrude Conder 1881 #6742 - 1881 #3349 lived 13 days
8. Triplet Matilda Conder 1881 #6743 - 1881 #3348 lived 10 days
9. Henry William Martin Conder 1885 #23213
10. Frederick George Conder 1888 #17574
3. Sarah Ann Condor 1876 #13625 wed John Edwin Skinner 1871 #6760

Matthew Condie

Matthew Condie 33, came came Aug 1854 on the Bloomer with Margaret Wilkie 37, Margaret 08, Janet 06, James 01
4 children 1. Margaret Condie 08, c1846 from Fifeshire wed 1879 #2637 to Hugh Oborne
2. Janet Condie 06, c1848
3. James Condie 01, c1853
4. Andrew Condie 1857 #2469

Henry Conduit

This family has been researched by Diane, and her web page is Fenton & Essex-Clark family inludes pages on Conduit and Alford. Thankyou for this link

Henry John Conduit Christening: 2 Nov 1835 at Fisherton Anger, Wiltshire, son of Emma Fruen and John Conduit, wed 1 Sep 1856 to Sarah Alford at Woodford, Wiltshire, and the family moved back from Fisherton Anger to Woodford where 10 children were christened
Sarah Alford 1831 - 14 Jul 1926, Christening: 16 Oct 1831 at Upton Lovell, Wiltshire, England daughter of Sarah Dyer and Abel Alford
Henry John Conduit 1835 - 18 May 1902 #3948 aged 68, wed Sep 1856 to Sarah Alford 1832 - 14 Jul 1926 #8048 aged 94, Henry Conduit 20 and Sarah Conduit aged 25, came Jan 1857 on the Balnaguith with 221 Assisted Immigrant British passengers and lived at Belfast, Moyston and then at Ararat
10 children 1. Sarah Emma Conduit 13 Sep 1858 #18057 - 7 Sep 1900
2. Henry John Conduit 29 Apr 1860 #8901 - 23 Nov 1950
3. Selina Jane Conduit 26 Apr 1862 #6631 - 27 Mar 1950 #17831 aged 89
4. Tom Conduit 31 Mar 1864 #10815 - 1 Mar 1931 #30 aged 67
5. Mary Ann Conduit 17 Dec 1866 #3957 - 22 Jan 1929 #3629 aged 63
6. Martha Conduit 8 Jul 1868 #18422 - 28 Sep 1933 #7996 aged 66 died as Mrs Hill
7. William Conduit 8 Dec 1870 #4263 - 2 Feb 1937 #899 aged 67
8. Richard Conduit 3 Sep 1872 #4444 - 18 Jun 1953 #17985 aged 81 did not marry
9. Abel Alfred Conduit 9 May 1873 #18783 - 8 Jun 1955 #17814 aged 82
10. James Conduit 1877 #4185 - 1940 #19538 aged 63
1. Sarah Emma Conduit 1858 #18057 wed 20 Jan 1879 #1 to Thomas Smart 1858 #13186, 12 Children
2. Henry John Conduit (John Henry) 1860 #8901 wed 24 May 1883 #2111 to Jane Sarah Miller/Millar 1863 #106 - 1903 #11708 aged 40, born at Ararat
9 Children 1. Ethel May Conduit 1884 #14051
2. William Henry Conduit 1886 #7493
3. Selina Jane Conduit 1887 #16332
4. Flor Conduit 1889 #8904
5. Minnie Conduit 1889 #8903
6. Annie Eveline Conduit 1892 #19073
7. Arth Conduit 1896 #16422
8. Fanny Conduit 1896 #16423
9. Jno Hy Conduit 1899 #15061
3. Selina Jane Conduit 1862 #6631 - 1950 #17831 aged 89, wed 20 Jan 1891 #437 to Edward Timms c1860 and lived at Ararat
9 Children

4. Tom Conduit 1864 #10815 wed 18 Nov 1885 #6015 to Hannah Bendal 1863 #7473 (also Bendle, Bendel) and lived at Ararat
8 Children 1. Agnes Sarah Conduit 1886 #23313 - 1963 #17661 aged 76 wed Bryant
2. Charlotte Hannah Conduit 1888 #8051
3. Harry Conduit 1890 #9078
4. Clara Violet Conduit 1892 #9511
5. Janet Ivy Conduit 1894 #17119
6. Thos Conduit 1896 #24854
7. Alford Kirkland Conduit 1899 #23580 - 1967 #19940 aged 67
8. Edith Milly Conduit 1904 #126
5. Mary Ann Conduit 1866 #3957 wed 1902 #1289 to Thomas Edwards and lived at Ararat
1 Child 1. Bertie Nicholas Edwards 1904 #128
6. Martha Conduit 1868 #18422 wed 1888 #3686 to Arthur Hadley Powell 1864 #18269 born at Smythedale, 3 Children
Martha Conduit 1868 #18422 - 1933 #7996 aged 66 died as Mrs Hill, so I found her marriage 17 Jul 1902 to Charles Ernest Hill 1861 #5353 son of Emma Toe and Henry Hill born at B'darra and wed 1886 #6826 to Evangeline Bickerdike 1865 - 23 Dec 1898 who left 6 living and 2 dead children
2 Children 1. Hy Conduit Hill 1907 #8458
2. Martha Thelma Hill 1912 #9387
7. William Conduit 1870 #4263 wed 22 May 1897 #3077 to Emma Millar 1869 #20023 - 1947 #7621 aged 78, born at Ararat
7 Children 1. Twin Bertie Edgar Conduit 1890 #35694 as Emma Millar
2. Twin Fanny Percival/Priscilla Conduit 1890 #35695 - 1924 #8428 aged 33 wed Walter Ray
3. Thelma Ivy Conduit 1897 #30837 - 1973 #20258 aged 75 wed John Merton
4. Wm Jno Conduit 1900 #21761
5. Percy Edwd Conduit 1904 #28488
6. Stella Emily Ctina Conduit 1909 #13991
7. Hazel May Conduit 1911 #31762 as Emily Millar
9. Abel Alfred Conduit 1873 #18783 wed 8 Sep 1898 to Matilda Elizth Payne 1872 #25447 - 1951 #7788 aged 78 daughter of Mary Laing and Samuel Payne born at Stawell
3 Children 1. Stanley Alf Conduit 1899 #26516
2. Henry Saml Conduit 1804 - 1927 #3184 aged 23
3. Dudley Richard Conduit 1908 #22226 - 1982 #27607 aged 76
10. James Conduit 1877 #4185 wed 3 Dec 1900 #7921R to Rosanna Garbett 1880 #10501 - 1956 #18505 aged 75, born at Moyston, lived at Ararat
3 Children 1. Rosanna Ethel Conduit 1901 #24330
2. Kathleen Rita Conduit 1903 #7457
3. Evelyn Rose Conduit 1908 #62

The only other person in Victorian index to 1888 with Conduit surname is
Owen Walter Conduit christened 16 Jan 1854 at Saint Lawrence, Winchester, Hampshire, England son of Adelaide and John Conduit wed 1878 #5116 to Julia Reckless from Sheffield possibly daughter of Julia Saunders and Edward Reckless who came c1865, no children in Victorian records to 1888

Adelaide Drew Christened 24 Aug 1830, dau of Jane and William Drew, at Saint Maurice, Winchester, Hampshire,
John Conduit wed Jan-March 1851 to Adelaide Drew in Winchester District, Hampshire UK
John Conduit aged 50, came as Unassisted Immigrant Jan 1871 on the Queen Of The Thames with Adelaide Conduit aged 35, Owen Conduit aged 16 and Frank Conduit aged 8

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