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John Askew family 24 hus (f 1) Carpenter London Prot both, listed on the Orient arrived 13 Dec 1840
Eliza Askew 20 wife of John (f 1) Housemaid London Prot both, listed on the Orient arrived 13 Dec 1840
John Askew, and Eliza baptised Eliza at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #12838, then John 1843,
J Askew The Port Phillip Herald Tuesday, 3 Jan 1843 signed public notice supporting John Stephen to be a Councillor for the La Trobe Ward
John Askins 38 hus (1 family) Prot, came 23 July 1841 on the George Fyffe
Susan Askins 30 wife of John (1 family) Prot Co Waford, came 23 July 1841 on the George Fyffe
Jane Askins 7, Rachel Askins 5, and George Askins 2 chn of John (1 family) Labourer Prot both Co Waford, came 23 July 1841 on the George Fyffe
John Askley, and his wife were engaged by John McKillop on 9 May 1844 and they were dismissed, McKillop ordered to pay 3 months wages. Source - Port Phillip Herald 20 Aug 1844
George Askins and Susan christened Edward 1845 died ;
Directory 1847 butcher, Bourke street,
Miss Askum, steerage Cleared for London 4 April 1844 on the Platina
Edward Aslan 28 (1 single man) Farm Servant Prot both Nottingham, came 17 July 1841 on the England
Edward Asling, male wed Hannah Godkin 1842 #4480 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Mrs Edwin Aslin, List 5, 31 May 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 4 June 1844
Edward Asling and Hannah Godkin christened Elizabeth Maria 1844, George Edward 1846,
Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
James Asmen, Geelong Post Office has an unclaimed letter. Source - Geelong Advertiser 28 May 1845
Mrs Aspinell and 2 chn arrived at Launceston from Port Phillip on the steamer 'Corsair' 29 Nov 1841 - source Launceston Courier 6 Dec 1841
Mr Aspinoll departed from Port Phillip for London on the Persian 12 Mar 1845 - source Port Phillip Herald 20 March 1845
Thos Aspinall 22 (1 single man) Painter Prot both Dublin, came 2 Jan 1841 on the Salsette
William Aspinall wed Margaret Patten in 1840 at Church Of England St James, Melbourne christened Titus William 1845
William Aspinall 22 hus (1 family) Painter Prot both Dublin, came 2 Jan 1841 on the Salsette
Mary Ann Aspinall / Aspinall 22 wife of William (1 family) Seamstress Prot both Liverpool, came 2 Jan 1841 on the Salsette
John Aspinall / Aspinall 4 and William Aspinall 1 sons of William (1 family) Prot Dublin, came 2 Jan 1841 on the Salsette
William Aspinall and Mary Ann Handcock christened Joseph 1841

vic1847 From on Monday, 8 September, 2008

I am writing to you from Tauranga, New Zealand.
I was looking at your very informative web pages 'Victoria Before 1848' and all the lovely reference material therein and I would like to peruse some of the material available.
I am a descendant of 2 transported convicts - Christian Asquith and Susan Smith who arrived in Hobart 1820 and 1824 respectively. One of their daughters Susannah married Henry Moses Mutch in 1852 and settled in Merino. Now it is Henry whom I would like to track down, in particular how he came to Australia around 1847/1848.
I am sure he was not a convict but one of my aunts once told me that she thought he may have been a 'Keeper of the Keys' - presumably on a convict ship. I feel Ian Hughes' books might be helpful in solving the mystery. My wife and I are coming to Melbourne in October and would like to check these books out. I am not exactly clear as to where they are located - in the State Library, PRO or the GSV. From the information on your web site I suspect it is the PRO. I would greatly appreciate your comment re their location.
Kindest regards, Michael Howell

I replied
On the front page of my Pioneers site I have some links.
Try Tasmanian Departures
Asquith came to Vic in 1846 - Mrs and 4 chn left Hobart 31 Aug 1846 for Port Phillip, on the Julia, as Immigrants.
From the Hobart Courier, the brig Julia, 135 tons, arrived 26 Aug from Port Phillip with sheep, and Cabin passeners Mr Chales Hall and Mr Merrick. The paper dated Sat 5 Sep 1846 records the Julia sailed 1 Sep for Port Phillip with emigrants. The list of cargo includes 20,000 feet timber, 50,000 shingles, 5000 lathes and other items for D McPherson, 3000 staves for FA Downing

Also for the early days may be the Launceston Courier which starts in 1840 and includes shipping to Portland Bay.

Looking for marriage in Vic
As we are in 1852, that was before registration, so purchasing a birth certificate of a child born after 1855 may give details of birthplaces and marriage, I have scrolled and found more, different spellings, will get a list for you
Found wedding 1852 #31630 at Richmond Cof E, Susannah to Mueth, another spelling problem.
You can be lucky at this time, depends on what sort of church records the minister had to fill out. Vic certificates can be bought online at Vic bmd
After you have the details of the marriage, you can hope to find names of parents, age and birthplace - children's births have some details of parents.


Christian Asquith (see image 28, Convict Conduct register), was tried 12 Apr 1830 at Middlesex arrived in Tasmania 1 Dec 1820 on the Maria, which left Portsmouth 10 Aug 1820
Susan Smith married Christian Asquith on 8/9/1828. She was transported on Brothers, in 1824 and I believe she met Christian in gaol in Hobart . They had a child out of wedlock and before their release (1828?) His name was James. Susan was often called Susannah by Christian and it seemed to stick. C died in 1857 aged 57 and Susannah (Susan b. 1800) at 101 in NZ.
Christian Asquith 1800 - 1857 wed at Hobart, Tasmania on 8 Sep 1828 to Susan Smith 1800 - 1901 aged 101 years and moved to Victoria 1846
1. James Asquith 1828
1. Caroline Asquith 1829 - 1832 lived 3 years
2. Mary Ann Asquith 1830
Susannah Asquith 10 Nov 1837 - 22 May 1922 born in Hobart
Christian Asquith 1839
George Asquith 1840
Sarah Jane Asquith 1841 - 1843 lived 2 years
M Asquith 1843 stillborn
Robert Asquith 1844
It was their daughter Susannah who married Henry Mutch in 1852 at St Stephens, Richmond and they moved to Merino a few years later. There has also been some debate about S's DOB. I estimated it as 1837 based on the date (1922) and age (85) when she died. I have her DC. She was very young when she married as you also noted. And she had 14 children, her first 2 dying in infancy. Their son George came to NZ and my mother was his eldest daughter.
Susannah Asquith wed at Church of England, St Stephens, Richmond on 15 June 1852 #31630 to Henry Mueth 5 Jan 1829 - 1899 born in Liverpool England,
space1. Harriett Mutch 1854 #4069
space2. Henry Mutch 1856 #2899
space3. Margaret Mutch 1859 #8499 born at Casterton
space4. Joseph Mutch 1861 #15035
space5. Susanna Mutch 1863 #13389
space6. James Mutch 1866 #3841 born at Merino
space7. Sarah Mutch 1868 #18280
space8. George Mutch 1870 #24974
space9. Mary Mutch 1873 #18648 - 1882 #2721 lived 9 years
space10. David Mutch 1875 #10989
space11. John Mutch 1877 #17223
space12. Robert Mutch 1880 #10343 - 1881 #11404 lived 19 months
Mary Ann Asquith - Asquith wed Samuel Cartland in 1847 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Deborah Astew, died 2 female Melbourne 1842 #3705 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
Richard Astion, and Catherine baptised Rebecca at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #12832
Richard Aston, No 6, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 4 July 1845
Sally Aston 18 (1 single woman) Housemaid Prot reads Kings Co, came 15 Jan 1841 on the Fergusson
Thomas Aston 23 came on the Sir Thomas Arbuthnot in May 1847 with 338
Catherine Atcheson wed Daniel Farrell in 1847 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
John Atchison wed Margery Moore in 1843 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong christened James 1844, Martha Ann 1846, ; Directory 1847 soap boiler, Batman's Swamp,
David Atcheson Directory 1847 settler, St. Kilda,
Robert Atchinson wed Bridget Scannell in 1847 at Roman Catholic St Marys, Geelong
Samuel Atchison/Achison, 30 hus, 2 y, Farmer Co Tyrone Prot came Jul 1840 on the Coromandel and went to Sydney on 11 August,
Rebecca Atchison/Achison, 28 wife of Samuel, 3 y, House keeper do came Jul 1840 on the Coromandel and went to Sydney on 11 August,
Catherine Atchison/Achison, 6 and Isabella Atchison/Achison, 4 daus of Samuel, came Jul 1840 on the Coromandel and went to Sydney on 11 August,
William Atherly 28 (2 single man) Brick layer Prot both Warwickshire, came 29 July 1841 on the Westminster
William Atherly wed Mary Ann Baker in 1845 at Church of England ; William died 1847 Male aged 37 at Melbourne
William Atherby Directory 1847 dealer, Little Bourke street,
Miss H Atherton, Cabin passenger arrived 18 Sep 1839 from Leith on the Caledonia,
Henrietta Atherton wed 25 Sep 1839 to Thomas Brown by Rev James Forbes Presbyterian
Carol Athorn wed John Clinch in 1847 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Daniel Ahern/Athorn 24 single man Carpenter Cork RC reads Gone on shore to relatives Employers not indexed arrived 16 Apr 1844 on the Sea Queen
Emma Athorn wed William Henry Cope in 1847 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Miss H Athorne, List No 9, 30 Sep letter to be collected from Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 1 Oct 1844
Miss Athorn departed from Launceston for Port Phillip on the schooner 'Paul Pry' 29 July 1841 - source Launceston Courier 2 Aug 1841
Mr Athorne departed from Launceston for Port Phillip on the schooner 'Tamar' 19 Mar 1841 - source Launceston Courier 22 March 1841
Mrs Athorne departed from Launceston for Port Phillip on the schooner 'Sir John Franklin' 25 Jan 1842 - source Launceston Courier 31 Jan 1842
Harriet Athorn wed James Elijah Crook in 1846 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Henry Athorn, brother of Robert who drowned, went for help. Source - Port Phillip Herald 19 Jan 1844
Mary Ann Athorn wed Francis Laidman in 1843 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Robert Athorn, and Margery baptised William Henry at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #12831
Robert Athorne, drowned with his stockman, trying to cross the flooded Merri Creek son of Mr Athorne of the 'Governor Arthur' Little Bourke St. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 20 Jan 1844
Robert Athorn, brother of Henry, tried to cross flooding Merri Creek and drowned. Source - Port Phillip Herald 19 Jan 1844
William Athorne, Melbourne Times 23 Apr 1842 granted Publicans Licence Little Bourke St Governor Arthur
W Athorne, in jury for Supreme Court Fri 15 Mar 1844. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 16 Mar 1844
William Athorne, Little Bourke St 'Governor Arthur' granted Annual License. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 4 May 1844
William Athorn Directory 1847 farmer Merri Creek, Page 197 List of Letters lying in this Office, 30th June 1847,
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