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William Dowsett, Alfred Dowsing, Bernard Doyle, Patrick Richard Conaly Doyle, Thomas Drake,
Edward Drayton, Phillip Drewitt, Patrick Drill, William Dring, James Dripps, Edward Driscoll,


William Dowsett

William Dowsett 1820 - 1888 #3915 aged 68 died at St Arnaud,came Nov 1859 on the Suffolk with Margt Dowsett 36 and children Jessie Dowsett 16, David Dowsett 14, Mary A Dowsett 10, William Dowsett 7, Joseph Dowsett 5
6 Children 1. Jessie Dowsett 16
2. David Dowsett 14 - Dec 1846 at the district Chelmsford is in the county of Essex
3. Mary A Dowsett 10 - Dec 1849
4. William Dowsett 7 - Dec 1852 The district Croydon is in the county of Surrey
5. Joseph Dowsett 5 - Jun 1855 The district Lambeth spans the counties of Greater London, London and Surrey
6. Priscilla Dowsett 1860 #20755
1. Jesse Dowsett wed 1869 #1895 to Sarah Gusthart Slack and lived at Melbourne then Benalla
6 Children 1. William Joseph Dowsett 1871 #3842
2. Frances Margaret Dowsett 1876 #4088 - 1876 #2683 lived 1 day
3. Nellie Beatrice Dowsett 1877 #13300
4. Minnie Maude Dowsett 1880 #6608
5. George Richard Dowsett 1881 #25905
6. Jesse Francis Dowsett 1885 #16201X1907
2. David Dowsett wed 1868 #1837 to Annie Mcclure and lived at Ararat then Richamond
8 Children 1. David William Dowsett 1870 #6293 - 1870 #3205 lived 6 weeks
2. Mary Ellen Dowsett 1871 #11328
3. Emily Margaret Dowsett 1873 #13809
4. Priscilla Frances Dowsett 1869 - 1874 #7680 lived 5 years
5. David Michael Dowsett 1875 #22685
6. William John Dowsett 1878 #8257
7. Eliza Alice Dowsett 1884 #19917 - 1886 #5055 lived 1 year
8. Minnie Maud Dowsett 1886 #25318
3. Mary Ann Dowsett wed 1864 #1159 to William Robert Bishop and lived at Ballarat then Stawell
6 Children 1. Emily Bishop 1864 #13220
2. Alice Amelia Bishop 1867 #423
3. William Robert Bishop 1870 #25322
4. Mary Ada Bishop 1873 #26095
5. John Archer Bishop 1876 #11299
6. Joseph Ernest Bishop 1878 #18047
4. William Dowsett wed 1876 #863 to Rebecca King and lived at Benalla, then Hotham
6 Children 1. Frederick Jesse Dowsett 1876 #21098 - 1876 #11097 lived 3 weeks
2. Mary Anne Dowsett 1877 #13309 - 1877 #7243 lived 1 week
3. Wm George King Dowsett 1881 #10286
4. Priscilla May Dowsett 1883 #18180
5. Rebecca Maud Dowsett 1886 #12186
6. Matilda Mary Dowsett 1888 #3909
5. Joseph Dowsett wed 1885 #4740 to Isabella Gregor and lived at Hotham
1 Child 1. Robert William Dowsett 1886 #27040

Alfred Dowsing

Alfred Dowsing christened 01 MAY 1824 son of Hannah and Samuel Dowsing at Orford, Suffolk, England Marriages Mar 1849 - Alfred Dowsing and Matilda Holmes at St Geo Han Sq. Vol 1 page 49. The district St George Hanover Square spans the boundaries of the counties of London and Surrey
Alfred Dowsing 1826 - 1858 #2398 aged 32 came Jul 1853 on the Helen Lindsay with Matilda Holmes 26, John Dowsing 7 and Caroline Dowsing 3
3 Children 1. John Dowsing 7
2. Caroline Dowsing 3 - c1849
3. Alice Matilda Dowsing 1854 #3774
2. Caroline Dowsing c1849 wed 1870 #2652 to Richard Bassett
3. Alice Dowsing 1854 #3774 wed 1875 #2182 to Philip Baker
2 Children 1. Florence Matilda Baker 1876 #7796 - 1877 #747 lived 1 year
2. May Baker 1878 #1316

Bernard Doyle

Bernard Wright Doyle wed 1849 #30462 to Mary Pagan and lived at Belfast (Now Port Fairy), Warrnambool
Bernard Wright Doyle wed 1864 #792 to Mary Brown and lived at Hexham
6 Children 1. John Benjamin Doyle 1849 #30131
2. Bernard Wright Doyle 1854 #6973
3. Ellen Jane Doyle 1855 #31861
4. William Harvey Doyle 1857 #2820 - 1863 #6518 lived 7 years
5. Henry Doyle 1858 #17989
6. Sarah Alice Doyle 1860 #20431 - 1863 #6519 lived 3 years
5 Children
of Brown
7. Elizabeth Doyle 1863 - 1863 #3869 lived 8 weeks
8. William Harvey Doyle 1865 #9026
9. Alfred Doyle 1867 #15488
10. Sarah Alice Doyle 1869 #9130
11. Hewetson Pagan Doyle 1871 #23822
1. John Benjamin Doyle 1849 #30131 wed 1875 #850 to Isabella Dickison from Scotland
1st Child 1. John Pagan Doyle 1878 #10530
10. Alice Mary Doyle 1869 #9130 wed 1886 #3122 to Albert John Brookman, and lived at Mortlake

Patrick Richard Conaly Doyle



From on Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Patrick Richard Conly Doyle and Ellen Mcaloone were the parents of my husband’s great grandmother Ellen Patrick Richard Connely --Connly --Conley that married George Anderson in Swan Hill
Ellen Mcaloone arr in Australia in 1852 aboard the Marco Polo with her 2 sister’s and Patrick Richard Conly—connely—connly Doyle arr in South Australia in 1847 age 21
Now the info that I have is that Patrick Richard Conley and Ellen Mcaloone got married 5 Dec 1854 in Fryers Creek Victoria


Catherine Mcaloone aged 28, Ellen Mcaloone aged 25 and Ann Mcaloone aged 21 came 20 Sept 1852 on the Marco Polo. The passenger list of this voyage has 942 names on 34 pages,
Page 166 to 182 a list of mixed ages, surnames in order, 640 souls as 'Families'
Page 183 to 185 - 751-641 = 110 males aged 30 to 14, 'Single Men'
Page 186 to 189 - 887-752 = 65 females aged 50 to 14, 'Single Females'
Pages 189 and 190, 942 - 888, 55 names - died during voyage, Catherine McPhee 26 and infant, Mary McClymont 28, Ranald McDonald aged 10, John McDonald aged 7, Alexander Nicol aged 5, rest are aged under 5
September 20 - Marco Polo ship, 1625 tons, J.N. Forbes, commander from Liverpool 4th July with [illegible] Government emigrants. D North, Esq., and G.Graham, Esq., Surgeons. Mr G Scott Bough
The Marco Polo was the first clipper-style vessel constructed for bringing immigrants to Australia. The ship was built in Canada in 1851 and had a hull made of the best softwood. Captained by James Nicol Forbes, the Marco Polo made its first voyage from Liverpool to Port Phillip Heads in 1852 in the record time of 68 days. Forbes pioneered the 'Great Circle Route', sailing far south in the Southern Ocean, where he could catch the strong, icy Antarctic winds.
Captain J.N. 'Bully' Forbes became renowned in shipping circles for record sailing times and for compromising passenger well-being. On this first voyage an outbreak of measles and influenza in icy conditions led to the deaths of 51 children and two adults.
The Marco Polo offered luxury for first-class passengers, whilst below deck the majority were squeezed into cramped and uncomfortable steerage berths where food and hygiene were of poor quality.

Ellen's death is indexed as
Ellen Anderson, dau of Patrick Doyle and Ellen Mcaloon died at Brunswick aged 74, recorded in 1931 #8258, so born c 1857
Birth is indexed as Ellen Richards Conolly Doyle, birth registered as 1857 #12027 dau of Ellen McAloon and Patrick Rich Co Doyle at Fryers Creek.
and her marriage - is not in Vic Index, can not find details for George Anderson
I did find the children registered for George Anderson and Hellen/Ellen Doyle
6 Children
1. Mary Ellen Anderson 1880 #13387 - 1942 #13235 aged 62, wed William Ernest Gair, her birth registered at Bass
2. Margaret Ethel Anderson 1882 #26294 - 1926 #7836 aged 43, wed William John Richards, her birth registered at Traf
3. Grace Anderson 1885 #7052, birth registered at Yarr
4. Rubena Anderson 1887 #16157
5. Edward James Anderson 1889 #33531 - 1965 #14482 aged 75, birth registered at Morwell
6. Violet Anderson 1892 #36989, birth registered at Thorpdale


Patrick Richard Conaly Doyle 1826 - 1886 #776 aged 60 son of Judith Richards and Wm Ricard Conly Doyle died at Castlemaine, wed 5 dec 1854 to helen mcaloone (Ellen Mcloon) and lived at Fryers Crk, and in 1869 at Strangways
5 Children 1. Annie Doyle 1844 - 1868 #4074 aged 24
2. Patrick Richard Doyle 1853 #350 - 1855 #1960 aged 1 year
3. Patrick Richd Conaly Doyle 1856 #9914
4. Ellen Richards Conolly Doyle 1857 #12027
5. Anne Doyle 1869 #12010

Annie Doyle 1844 - 1868 #4074 aged 24, daughter of Ellen and Patrick Doyle, wed 1860 #2715 to Gilbert Currie from Edinburgh and lived at Inglewood, 2 children

Thomas Drake

Susanna Avery wed Mar 1852 quarter, to John Drake in St Thomas district, in Devon, Vol 5b, page 79
John Drake aged 28 came Apr 1857 on the Mount Stuart Elphinstone
Susannah Every died 1887 #9175 aged 60, dau of Ann and John Every/Avery. A submitted IGI entry gives her date of birth as Feb 1827 in Devon, and death as 11 Jul 1887 at Drysdale, Vic
Thomas Drake 28 (possibly a brother of John) and Susannah Avery 30, came July 1857 on the Persia with Ann aged 3 and lived at Geelong,
7 Children 1. Ann Drake 1853 - 1880 #334 aged 26
2. George Drake 1857 #15638 - 1879 #7048 aged 21
3. Mary Ellen Drake 1862 #3438
4. John Humphrey Drake 1862 #4514
5. William Francis Drake 1863 #22437
6. Susan Jane Drake 1865 #17932
7. Tomazin Eliz Drake 1867 #24037
4. John Humphrey Drake 1862 #4514 wed 1883 #5470 to Sarah Emma Trethowan 1867 #715 dau of Sarah Pocher Oliver and Nicholas Trethowan
Nicholas Trethowan wed 1858 #1097 to Sarah Poacher Oliver, who had a late baptism - Sarah Porcher Oliver dau of John and Mary Oliver, was baptised 1848 #10514 in the Methodist / Wesleyan Church (Not Stated) Sarah Porcher Trethowan 1839 - 1901 #478 aged 62, dau of Mary Ann James and John Oliver at Bellarine From the SA page OLIVER John Duncalf, Mary Ann nee JAMES, Francis Hy, Sarah Porcher (b@sea?) arrived 1838-07-01 on Henry Porcher from London [Source:2,7]
1st 2 children 1. Ruby Christable Drake 1886 #22801
2. Norman Avery Drake 1888 #8724 wed 1911 #3036 to Ada Blanche Trinnick 1881 #23357 - 1976 #9175 aged 95

Edward Drayton

Edward Drayton 1828 - 1897 #15120 aged 69, son of Ann Houten and Edward Drayton, and Louisa Scott lived at Geelong, Pleasant Creek, Winchelsea,
16 children 1. Ann Drayton 1854 #6876 - 1935 #17091 aged 82, wed Genter
2. Henry Drayton 1856 #8081 - 1924 #5540 aged 67
3. Mary Drayton 1857 #11067
4. Unnamed Female Drayton 1858 #17939 - 1859 #1863 lived few days
5. Unnamed Male Drayton 1859 #14209
6. Unnamed Male Drayton 1861 #3180
7. John Drayton 1862 #24212 - 1863 #3134 lived few months
8. Elizabeth Drayton 1864 #5937
9. John Drayton 1865 #25745 - 1938 #13428 aged 72
10. Edward Drayton 1867 #19139 - 1953 #23950 aged 86
11. Louisa Drayton 1870 #27126
12. Charles Drayton 1872 #13026 - 1950 #16836 aged 77
13. William Drayton 1874 #6230
14. Walter Drayton 1876 #20176 - 1959 #25006 aged 82
15. Sarah Ann Drayton 1878 #6056 - 1964 #17667 aged 86 wed Lemin 16. Ellen Drayton 1880 #19665 - 1882 #3926 lived 22 months
1. Ann Drayton 1854 #6876 - 1935 #17091 aged 82, wed 1885 #1267 to George Charles August Geenter/Genter from Prussia, and lived at Tungamah
6 children 1. Charles August Genter 1887 #15615
2. Annie Louis Genter 1888 #34020
3. Fred Jno Genter 1890 #8311
4. Wm Hy Genter 1891 #28298
5. Mary Elizabeth Genter 1893 #27147
6. Fredk Jno Genter 1897 #23325 - 1898 #5146 lived 1 month
2. Henry Drayton 1856 #8081 wed 1886 #5973 to Elizabeth Warfe aged 2, Jan-Mar 1867 lived at Tungamah
6 children 1. William Henry Drayton 1887 #24566 - 1888 #7943 lived 11 months
2. Arthur Hedley Drayton 1889 #26979 - 1964 #21451 aged 75
3. Jno Thos Drayton 1891 #18407 - 1891 #8607 lived 11 weeks
4. Albert Edwd Drayton 1894 #16254
5. Jessie May Drayton 1897 #15054
6. Ada Emily Drayton 1900 #7063
3. Mary Drayton 1857 #11067 wed 1887 #2189 to William Joplin 1857 #1870 son of Jane Jones and Richard William Joplin, born at Magpie, and lived at Yourang
4 children 1. Louisa Jane Joplin 1888 #25996 - 1896 #6006 lived 13 years
2. William Joplin 1890 #18890
3. Thomas Joplin 1893 #17555
4. Ethel May Joplin 1897 #7052
13. Wm Drayton wed 1908 to Ada Parish 1889 - 1966 #20390 aged 76

Phillip Drewitt

Phillip Drewitt came c1878 with Mary Ellen Read and lived at Hotham
3 Children 1. Lilley Drewitt 1878 #23654
2. Florence Drewitt 1880 #9559 - 1880 #4524 lived 21 days
3. Phillip Charles Drewitt 1882 #3329
1. Lily Drewitt 1878 #23654 wed 1902 #3981 to James Graydon 1867 #2961 - 1944 #21775 aged 78,

Patrick Drill

Patrick Drill 1834 - 1888 #2504 aged 54, parents unknown, and Catherine Kane (Keane) came from Nase Ireland, who came 1867 to Victoria with 4 children (Phillip plus Cath Jean died 1923 aged 60, Mary Ellen died 1941 aged 76 and Alb Patrick died 1952 aged 83), lived at Richmond
6 Children 1. Alb Patrick Drill 1869 - 1952 aged 83 must have been older, if born in Ireland
2. Cath Jean Drill 1863 - 1923 aged 60,
3. Mary Ellen Drill 1865 - 1941 aged 76
4. Phillip John Drill 1866
5. Alfred Arthur Drill 1868 #16128 lived 16 years
6. George William Drill 1872 #7968 lived 6 months
Phillip John Drill 1866 - 11939 aged 73, born in Ireland, wed 1887 #7251 to Ann Elizabeth Ladd
2 children 1. Frederick John Drill 1889 lived 24 days
2. Edwin Albert Drill 1890

William Dring

William Dring 1826 - 1871 #2680 aged 45 parents not known, came Dec 1855 on the Red Jacket with Sarah Williams and Sarah Dring aged 10, and Elizabeth Dring was born at Taradale two years later.
Elizabeth Dring 1857 #16720 - 14 Dec 1937 wed 1877 #2675 to Henry Maltby 1856 - 23 Oct 1935 aged 79 from Sydney

James Dripps

From the FirstFamilies2001 entry for more details, thanks to which was to close 31 Dec 2004 and the link is to the Archived Site
Family Stories
Life in Australia:
James Dripps, son of Samuel Dripps & Margaret Little, arrived in Victoria about 1855, and was farming on 70 acres he purchased at Barfold in parish Emberton when he married Martha Jane Elliott on 28 February 1867 at Fryerstown Presbyterian Church. On 1 Feb 1870 James selected an adjoining 198 acres ( lot16F, sec 4, parish Emberton) and received his crown grant for this block in July 1880. For some years he was a Councillor for Metcalfe Shire.
Around 1887 they bought a 557 acre farm at Terrick Terrick West (lots 26 & 27a), just south of Timms Lake, near Pyramid Hill about 1887. They called this farm Sylvaterre, meaning wooded earth. They had cattle, sheep & planted crops. James bred Clydesdale horses and advertised his stallion Pride of the North in 1893 for a 2 pounds stud fee. He was active in the A & P Society. They later moved to Albert St, Pyramid Hill.
children -
Mary Margaret Jane - b 25 Nov 1867
Samuel James - b 22 Aug 1869 m Jane Johnston Reddie
Joseph Elliott - b 1 Apr 1871 - m Fanny Newton
John Little - b 25 May 1873
William Gregory - b c1875 m Martha Vivien Twigg
Ellen Anne - b 25 Feb 1877 m W E Clark
Thomas Little - b 1879 m Julia Clarke
# Robert John -b c1881. m. Mary Ethel Champion
Margaret Jane - b 5 Oct 1883 m William McLaren

Joseph Elliott Dripps (b 1 april 1871 Emberton) married Fanny Agnes Newton (born 6 March 1867 at Moolap, dau of Robert Newton & Sarah Cavill) on 25 April 1895 at the Christ Church of England, Echuca. The family lived in Pyramid Hill where Joe operated Livery Stables in Barber St ( the site of Colin Hill Motors garage) and they also ran a mixed farm about a mile east of Bald Rock school. A big flood hit the town in 1909, swamping the house & stables along with most of the town. Families evacuated their homes to camp at the railway station & showgrounds.
In better times the family enjoyed picnics at Mt Hope, Kow Swamp, Gunbower Island. Joe tried other enterprises. In july 1910, he tendered to supply gravel for the Pyramid Hill schoolyard. When the livery stable business slowed down, Joe bought a T-model Ford for hire. He sold the farm and business in 1921, and moved to St Kilda. Joe died on 30 June 1934 at East Melbourne. Fanny died on 29 May 1955 at Eltham
children -
Mabel Sarah b 7 April 1898 at Pyramid Hill m John (Jack) Skene Fletcher Blow.
Jack and Mabel had a cafe & tearoom selling confectionery, fruit and vegetables in Victoria St, Pyramid Hill. They had a confectionery shop in Orrong Rd, Caulfield from 1921, and then bought a hotel in Clifton Hill in the mid-1920s which they ran for 21 years, then bought another hotel in Eltham.

Life Before Australia:
Martha Jane Elliott, dau of Joseph Elliott & Mary Matthews, sailed with a brother to Victoria on the Donald Mackay at the age of 17 arriving in 1863.


James Drippes aged 28 came Jul 1859 on the Red Jacket

James Dripps 1832 - 14 Sep 1912 aged 80, son of Margaret Little and Samuel Dripps of Maghera, Londonderry came c1855, wed 1867 to Martha Jane Elliott 1846 - 22 Dec 1934 #11192 aged 95, daughter of Margaret Matthews and John Elliott of Lisnacloon, Tyrone, Ireland came c1863 when aged 17 on the Donald McKay, lived at Emberton then Kyneton
9 Children 1. Mary Margaret Jane Dripps 25 Nov 1868 #3343 lived 8 years
2. Samuel James Dripps 22 Aug 1869 #22974 - 1950 #22558 aged 81
3. Joseph Elliott Dripps 1871 #9854 - 1934 #5525 aged 64
4. John Little Dripps 1 Apr 1873 #17496 lived 3 years
5. William Gregory Dripps 1875 #8798 - 1948 #12656 aged 73
6. Ellen Anne Dripps 25 Feb 1877 #2335 wed W E Clark
7. Thomas Little Dripps 1878 #23902 - 1958 #6144 aged 79
8. Robert John Dripps 1880 #16860 - 1966 #13812 aged 84, wed 1914 #11530 to Mary Ethel Champion
9. Margaret Jane Dripps 5 Oct 1883 #24450 - 1933 #18437 aged 49
2. Samuel James Dripps 1869 #22974 - 1950 #22558 aged 81, wed 1895 #2060 to Jane Johnston Reddie 1870 #6009 born at Winchelsea
5 Children 1. Margt Martha Dripps 1896 #6200
2. Saml Jas Harold Dripps 1898 #13663 - 1970 #27831 aged 72
3. Wm Gregory Dripps 1900 #29162 - 1985 #03159 aged 85
4. Jeannie Elsie Dripps 1905 #21024
5. Nellie Maud Mary Dripps 1909 #14032
3. Joseph Elliott Dripps 1871 #9854 - 1934 #5525 aged 64, wed 1895 #1910 to Fanny Agnes Newton 1866 - 1955 #18800 aged 89,
1 Child 1. Mabel Sarah Dripps 7 Apr 1898 #13670 wed John Skene Fletcher Blow
5. William Gregory Dripps 1875 #8798 - 1948 #12656 aged 73, wed 1907 #802 to Martha Vivien Twigg 1879 - 1972 #22037 aged 93
2 children 1. Ada Margt Dripps at Port Melbourne in 1909 #22258
2. Frances Vivien Dripps at Bendigo in 1911 #14398X1932
7. Thomas Little Dripps 1878 #23902 - 1958 #6144 aged 79, wed 1906 #5288 to Julia Clark 1879 - 1935 #4125 aged 56
3 Children 1. Gordon Jas Dripps 1908 #6261 - 1980 #16087 aged 72
2. Gladys May Dripps 1909 #13851
3. Edna Flor Dripps 1914 #16118
9. Margaret Jane Dripps 1883 #24450 - 1933 #18437 aged 49, wed 1906 #1680 to William McLaren
2 Children 1. John Wm Jas McLaren 1907 #5611 - 1968 #9831 aged 61
2. Nellie Annie Agnes McLaren 1920 #15849 lived 5 years

Edward Driscoll

Marriages Jun 1855 - Edward Driscoll and Elizabeth Johnson at Bethnal Green Vol 1c page 573. The district spans the boundaries of the counties of Greater London, London and Middlesex
Edward Driscoll aged 20 came Dec 1856 on the Geo Marshall with Eliza Ann Johnson aged 21, infant George and lived at Emerald Hill
7 children 1. George Driscoll 1856
2. Eliza Mary Driscoll 1858 #9723
3. Jane Alice Driscoll 1861 #5759 - 1862 #6523 lived 16 months
4. Edward Driscoll 1863 #20242
5. William Driscoll 1866 #8175 - 1866 #10395 lived 6 months
6. William Alfred Driscoll 1868 #9050
7. Joseph Robert Driscoll 1878 #1800
7. Joseph Robert Driscoll 1878 #1800 wed 1909 to Mary Seater



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