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Francis Beckham, 32 both was Labourer, trained as mat maker married Felony 10 years convicted 28 June 1843 at Norwich received 20 July 1843 Norwich became an Exile and received a Royal Pardon 10 Oct 1844, arrived at Geelong 18 March 1845 on the Sir George Seymour, and was employed by Horne & Gibb Portland Bay district - List a009 and b73,
ln England, Francis was an agricultural labourer renting a cottage, garden and pasture of less than half an acre. Francis Beckham was married in 1830 he could not write his name but on arrival in Australia it was said that he could read and write. He was also taught the trade of rug and mat making whilst in Pentonville prison. By 1849 he had done well enough for himself to warrant having his wife and family join him from England. It appears that he probably added to his fortunes by gold-prospecting and in 1853 he was in a position to purchase over 149 acres of land. See Beckham Francis Beckham, aged 34, and Henry Beckham, aged 32, were charged with stealing, on the 4th April, one lamb, the property of James Mack, the elder, of North Tuddenham, farmer. Henry Beckham was employed at the same time and on the same terms as his brother Francis. Henry also bought land and prospered. Their wives and families travelled together on the “Panama” from London on assisted passages to join their menfolk. They arrived in Port Phillip on 25th August 1849.
Henry Beckham, 32 both was Labourer, trained as Shoemaker married Felony 10 years convicted 25 June 1843 at Newark received 30 July 1843 Newark became an Exile and received a Royal Pardon 10 Oct 1844, arrived at Geelong 18 March 1845 on the Sir George Seymour, and was employed by Mr Were Portland Bay district - List a010 and b74,
In 1833 Henry Beckham was married to Mary Ann Sheldrake and they produced three children. econway50 at btinternet.com Thanks for Mattishall Convicts? THE BECKHAM FAMILY by Iris Coe
Catherine Beckley, female wed John Egan 1842 #3d Methodist / Wesleyan Melbourne
Charles Beckley wed Maria Chouns in 1845 at Presbyterian
Mary Ann Beckley wed Henry Jordan in 1843 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Joseph Biddle - Beddle and Ellen Maddigan christened William 1842, Elizabeth 1843, Mary Anne 1846
Charles Bedford wed Mary Mccracken in 1847 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
James Bedford came Sep 1847 with 306 on the Joseph Somes adult
Edward Parker Bedwell wed Thirza Knight in 1845 at Presbyterian
Mary Elizabeth Bee wed George Arden in 1846 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
John Beebe and Charlotta Mary christened Mary Charlotta 1843, Samuel 1847,
John Beebe wed Elizabeth Charlotte Jones in 1843 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
John Beech wed Margaret Purvis in 1846 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Thomas Beech 21 hus (1 family) Labourer RC both Wiltshire, came 28 Mar 1841 on the Neptune
Amelia Beech / Beech 20 wife of Thomas (1 family) Dairymaid RC both Wiltshire, came 28 Mar 1841 on the Neptune
Thomas Beech, and Emelia baptised Henry Edward at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Collwood 1842 #12868
Henry Edward Beech, died male Collingwood 1842 #3815 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Thomas Beech, List 5, 31 May 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 4 June 1844
Thomas Beech - Beech Directory 1847 painter & c, Little Collins street
Thomas Beechy Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
William Beecroft came Sep 1847 with 306 on the Joseph Somes adult
Thomas Beek Letter at Post-office unclaimed 7 April 1847
Philip Groves Beers, died 40 male Melbourne 1842 #3701 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
"Geelong Advertiser" 7 Mar 1842 reports that Captain Beers of the 80th Regiment, military commandant at Port Philip, died suddenly of apoplexy on Monday last.
Peter Begby, letter at Geelong Post Office 6 Mar 1844. Source - Geelong Advertiser 6 Mar 1844
Peter Begg 21 (5 single man) Carpenter Prot both Dundee, came 3 Oct 1841 on the Agricola
Peter Begg, List 4, 30 Apr 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
Peter Begg Page 32 letters at Post Office 3 Feb 1847
William Beggs, No 9, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 13 Oct 1845
William Beggs Page 197 Letters at Office 30th June 1847
Hannah Begley, came on the Margaret Certificate of Freedom at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 28 Feb 1845
Margaret Beglin Correspondence Portland Bay To keep a Town Herd 13 282
Bridget Begly wed William Smith in 1844 at Roman Catholic St Francis Melbourne
Mr TW Behan departed 8 Mar 1841 from Launceston and arrived at Port Phillip late last night 11 March 1841 on the William Hughes
John Wood Beilby - paid own fare (9 on list) Intermediate, came 27 July 1841 on the William Abrams
John Wood Beilby was born on 25 May 1818. He arrived on the vessel "William Abrams" in Melbourne Victoria on the 28th July 1841

JW Beilbey, List 5, 31 May 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 4 June 1844
John married Cathrine Ogilvy on 17 Jul 1850 in Melbourne Vic Australia. Cathrine was born on 7 Mar 1811 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland, dau of David Ogilvy and Catherine Spence .
They became early pioneers in Upper Ferntree Gully.
James Bein 38 hus (5 family) Farm servant Prot reads Caitness, came 27 July 1841 on the William Abrams
Betty Bein 39 wife of James (5 family) Farm servant, came 27 July 1841 on the William Abrams
Benjn Bein 15 son of James (5 family) Farm servant, came 27 July 1841 on the William Abrams
John Beith 42 with wife and 5chn, Tailor Argyle, in lodging, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
Mrs Mary Beith 36 wife of John, with John 11, Christina 8, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
John Beith died 1868 #3282 aged 71, son of Mary Conley and John Beith of Argyle, wed 19 Dec 1815 to Mary Conley 1794 - 1869 aged 75, parents not known, from Scotland.
John Beith Directory 1847 farmer Brunswick 30th June 1847
Alexander Beith 21 son of John, Baker in Argyle, employed by Mr Overton, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
Alexander Beith wed Amelia Mary Anne Sindin in 1843 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Alexander Beith, List 4, 30 Apr 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
christened Theophilus Snider 1844
To cut timber Bourke Page 67 31 Jan 1847
Christiana Beith dau of Mary and John Beith, born 26 Apr 1831 wed 1849 to John Noble
Daniel Beith 18 son of John, Tailor in Argyle, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
Daniel Conolly Beith born 08 Dec 1820 Christening: 10 Dec 1820 Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland, wed Mary Stephens in 1845 at Methodist / Wesleyan christened Elizabeth 1846
Daniel Beith, Geelong Post Office has an unclaimed letter. Source - Geelong Advertiser 28 May 1845
Page 153 letters at Post Office 31st May 1847 Letters at Post Office Jan 1847.
Daniel Beith died 17 May 1869 and buried at General Cemetery Melbourne
Elizabeth Beith 17 dau of John Needlewoman Argyle, employed by Mr Howard, came Oct 1839 on the David Clark
Elizabeth Beith born 8 Feb 1823 at Campbelltown Argyle Scotland wed Irwin Byrne in 1847 at Methodist / Wesleyan Melbourne
Gilbert Beith, late of Melbourne, formerly of Lochgilphead, Argyleshire late Town Treasurer of Melbourne, died about 5 July 1843 deceased intestate, estate placed in charge of Deputy Registrar James Denham Pinnock, for collection. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 21 March 1845
John Beith freehold, Brunswick near Pentridge The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names voted in election 20 June 1843, during third hour, 11-noon
John Beith, son of Mary and John Beith, born 11 Oct 1828 wed 1861 to Christina Noble, possibly is John died 1871 aged 45, son of Mary Connolly and John Beith of Scotland.
John Beith, voted 11-noon Melbourne to elect two members to sit in Legislative Council. Source - Port Phillip Herald 26 Apr 1844
John Beith, teacher Wesleyan School, Brunswick 38 pupils. Source - Port Phillip Herald 8 Jan 1846
Josiah Beith Directory 1847 farm Labourer
William Beith Directory 1847 schoolmaster
Isaac Belamy came Nov 1846 with 334 on the Maitland aged 21
Charles Belcher died 22 Oct 1839 19 years Gentleman at St James Cathedral, Melbourne
G. F Belcher Directory 1847 treasury clerk
George Frederick Belcher (1823-1909), pioneer, was born on 10 January 1823 at 5 Old Dominick Street, Dublin, the sixth son of 13 chn of Joseph William Belcher (1784-1865), an Irish solicitor of English descent, and his equally Protestant wife, Elizabeth Austin (d.1861), of Waterfall, County Cork.
On 20 February 1839 he reached Melbourne via Launceston in the barque Louisa Campbell, with his elder sister Anna, following two of their brothers and her husband, Charles Williams, auctioneer.
Anna Theodosia Belcher 1821 - 14 May 1864, wed 2 Feb 1835 to Charles Williams who died 1852 leaving 3 living sons
In December 1852, George Frederick Belcher sailed from Geelong, on leave, with his parents and widowed sister, Anna Williams, who were retiring to Ireland. When he returned to Victoria, in February 1854, he brought a wife, Julia Maria Pepper, sister to one of his former squatting associates.
Elizabeth Josephine Belcher, eldest child, wed 1843 to William Langhorne at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Joseph Henry Belcher The Port Phillip Herald Fri 20 Jan 1843 applies to be admitted as a solicitor,
Joseph Henry Belcher 19 Nov 1820 - 22 Oct 1864 wed 20 May 1851 to Isabella Irvine Armstrong at Christ Church, Geelong.
Joseph Henry Belcher Directory 1847 attorney & c, Richmond Correspondence Portland Bay Glenlyon 14 339 Transferred from R W Steighlitz
Joseph William Belcher, in Melbourne Times 23 Apr 1842, Page 3, announced he intended to apply to be admitted as a Solicitor for Port Phillip district.
Joseph William Belcher was a solicitor in Dublin, Ireland before he emigrated to the District of Port Phillip in 1842. He had received reports of commercial opportunities for betterment from his son-in-law Charles Williams but by the time he arrived there was an economic depression and Williams was bankrupt.
Joseph William Belcher freehold, Yarra Yarra The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names voted in election 20 June 1843, during first hour, 9-10am
Joseph William Belcher, voted 11-noon Melbourne to elect two members to sit in Legislative Council. Source - Port Phillip Herald 26 Apr 1844
Joseph William Belcher, one of 469 voters who qualified by Freehold in Richmond Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
Joseph William Belcher and Attorneys, Solicitors, And Proctors.
Marcella Belcher, dau of Joseph William Belcher, wed Robert William Stieglitz in 1845 at Church of England brother of Charles who wed Sophia.
Mr Belcher arrived 20 June 1840 from London on the Eagle
Mr Belcher departed Melbourne 19 Apr 1841 to Hobart town on 25 Apr on the Maguasha
Mr Belcher, with Halloway and August and 9 others, are taking a herd of 700 cattle to Adelaide. Source - Port Phillip Herald 15 March 1844
Dr Belcher, Doctor cabin arrived 13 Jan 1842 from London and Cork on the Samuel Boddington
Sophia Louisa Belcher, dau of JW Belcher of Sherwood, Solicitor wed in 29 May to Charles Augustus Von Stieglitz of Dordidwarrag at St James Church by Rev AC Thomson. Source - Port Phillip Herald 4 June 1844
Susan Amelia Belcher born 1 May 1827 in Dublin, wed 1849 at Geelong Victoria, to Francis Grey Smith son of unknown and John Jennings Smith and registered 7 children to 1877
William Redmond Belcher 23 Oct 1814 - 3 Aug 1873, male wed Grace Power 1842 #35458 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
William Redmond Belcher, of Melbourne, Auctioneer, from Insolvencies, dated 19-Dec and 19-Dec 1842
WR Belcher, Melbourne Times 10 Sep 1842 Page 3 Collector Lonsdale Ward Melbourne Municipal Corporation
William Redmond Belcher dwelling house, Richmond The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names voted in election 20 June 1843, during second hour, 10-11am
William Redmond Belcher and Grace Power christened William 1844, Joseph 1846,
WR Belcher, Clerk of Petty Sessions, Melbourne Police Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 6 Feb 1844
William Redmond Belcher, voted 1-2pm Melbourne to elect two members to sit in Legislative Council. Source - Port Phillip Herald 26 Apr 1844
WR Belcher, Insolvency debts being checked. Source - Port Phillip Herald 24 Dec 1844
WR Belcher Clerk to the Bench, gave evidence on proceedures jury for Mon 14 April - Supreme Court - source Port Phillip Herald 17 Apr 1845
William Redmond Belcher, one of 469 voters who qualified by Dwelling house in Richmond Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
William R Belcher voted in Melbourne for Mr Curr as Member of Council to succeed Mr B Boyd. Source - Port Phillip Herald 30 Sep 1845
William R Belcher Directory 1847 Town Police, Melbourne Clerk to the Bench Clerk Petty Sessions, Melbourne. 17 March 1847 clk. of bench Hermitage S. Yarra
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