Captain John Hardman Lister (1803-1850)
The Listers left again for London on 4 February 1836 aboard the Fortune, arriving in June 1836. Henry (Harry) Lister (their fourth child) was born at sea ("near the Westward Islands" [= Isles of Scilly?], according to Mr Fowles) on 9 June just before their arrival and was baptized 10 July 1836 at St Mary's Whitechapel, Stepney. (He also died at sea two years later, as recounted by Fowles.)
John Hardman Lister (JHL, the author's great-great-grandfather) was born in or near Scarborough, Yorkshire, on 21 August 1803.
On 30 June 1827, in St. Mary's, Whitechapel, in London, he married Susanna (or Susannah or Susan) Pymble of Hentland (near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire). How or where they met, we do not know, though there seems to have been an ongoing friendship between the two families.
(The preceding day, JHL had applied for a marriage permit, declaring that they were both "aged twenty-one years and upwards" - see image below. In fact, this was just two months after Susanna's 21st birthday; the groom was not yet 24. His signature does not yet have quite the flourish of the one he appended to a mortgage document a decade later in Australia - see below.)
JHL died in a road accident in the vicinity of Bathurst, New South Wales, on 12 July 1850, a few weeks short of his 47th birthday (though his headstone claims he was 48).
GenealogyJHL was the son of John Hardman Lister (20 Aug 1781-1810), ship owner of Scarborough, Yorks. and Elizabeth Waterworth who m. 27 July 1802 at Whitby. His mother died when he was about four years of age and his father and grandfather when he was six. In the meantime, his father had remarried, so he was brought up by his stepmother and/or his widowed grandmother, Rebecca Hardman Lister.
John Hardman Lister Senior, who died at the age of 28, was the son of Richard Humpton Lister (1751-c. 1811), lawyer of Scarborough, and Rebecca Hardman.
Richard Humpton Lister was the son of James Lister (1732-1814), lawyer of Snainton (about 15 km W of Scarborough) and East Ayton, and Dorothy Humpton.
James Lister was the son of Mathew Lister of Malton, York and Heigholme Hall, Leven (about 11 km NE of Beverley), grocer, merchant, admitted to Freedom of the City of York by patrimony, 1732/33, alderman in 1749 and Lord Mayor in 1750, m. Frances Mannel.
Mathew Lister was the son of William Lister of York, grocer and merchant, admitted to the Freedom of the City of York by patrimony in 1697/98 and elected Sheriff (the second most important civic post) in 1711.
William Lister was the son of Christopher Lister of York, mercer, admitted to the Freedom of the City of York, 1652/53, during Cromwell's interregnum (York had been largely spared the ill effects of the Civil War in which 10% of Englishmen had died and was at that time the second city in England - and certainly the most important in the north of the country).
These forebears are treated in greater detail on a specific Lister/Humpton/Hardman page.
The Seafaring LifeAccording to one story, JHL was said to have "sailed as a midshipman on his father's convict transport Fortune to Newcastle, NSW, in 1819/20": if this is so, it was not the same Fortune he later sailed in as captain, since that ship was not built until 1825, and anyway his father had died in 1810. [Have not yet found any documentation to support this story: JHL does not appear in the "ships' musters" 1816-25. JHL was only six when his father died. JCC 12/05]
In any case, JHL subsequently became a very competent Master Mariner himself.
JHL's and Susan's first child was born in Hentland, Herefordshire, on 12 May 1828. He was christened John Hardman Australia Lister Junior. The name "Australia" is reputed to have been added as a mark of Captain Lister's respect for the maritime achievements of Matthew Flinders, who in 1801-1803 had circumnavigated Australia in an open boat and had popularised the name "Australia" (formerly "Terra Australis" or even "New Holland").
During February 1830, Lister took command of the 340-ton barque Wave.
The Wave was a single-decked vessel built in 1826 of blackbirch, hatchmatack and pine, and sheathed with copper; she carried four guns. She was owned by a Mr Johnson and this was her third London-Sydney run. On her first voyage, she left London on 6th May 1828 and arrived in Sydney via Hobart Town on 2 December 1828. Her second voyage was in 1829, to deliver a detachment of troops of the 63rd Regiment to Van Diemen's Land (as Tasmania was called until 1856), under Captain Hide.
The First Voyage Together: 1830-31The Wave, carrying "general merchandise", left London on 17 February 1830 for Hobart and Sydney via Table Bay (whence they departed on 14 May). Lister's wife and young son travelled on board as cabin passengers. Susan Lister was expecting her second child. According to an oft-repeated story, a 14-year-old cabin boy named Edward Hammond Hargraves assisted in entertaining young John Lister Junior, this acquaintance having dramatic consequences 21 years later at Guyong during the search for payable gold in New South Wales. The Wave arrived in Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land (called Tasmania from 1856), on 25 June 1830 (Susan's first visit to Australia). Here her second child, Sarah Susannah, was born on 15 July.
The Hobart Town Courier of Saturday 26 June 1830 reports:When the baby was two weeks old, the Listers departed Hobart (1 August) for Sydney, where they arrived on 7 August 1830. According to the Arrivals Report in Sydney, in addition to the Lister family there were eight passengers and one child in cabin class and five passengers in steerage. The cargo on this stretch, including "part of the original cargo", consisted of "Goods/Potatoes, oil, Colonial beer, apples, 1 case of charts, 1 case of pictures etc." There were 17 passengers and an agent, and the crew was made up of 18 men. The Arrivals Report shows Mrs Lister with one son over 12 years of age [sic!] and one daughter under 12 years of age. [Except where the captain himself made a declaration, the manifests do not seem to be very reliable.] Susannah Sarah was baptised twice: the first time at St Philip's Sydney and the second time at St Mary's Whitechapel, London where her parents had been married.
Arrived yesterday, the 25th instant, the bark Wave, Captain Lister, with goods, from London 16th Feb. Passengers per Wave, - Captain Watson, Mr Robt. Watson, Mr. Thomas Watson and Dr. Spence, on his return from Madras. Mr. Menzies, Mr. Kerk, Mr. Haywood, Mr. Shelvesson, Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan and child, Mr. and Mrs. Lazarus and child, Mr. Roberts.
The Hobart Town Courier of Saturday 17 July 1830 reports:
Among the goods brought out by the Wave for the Van Diemen's Land Company, we have much pleasure in observing a very excellent assorment [sic] of fruit trees of all kinds. Capt. Lister must have taken unwearied pains in attending to them during the voyage, as almost every one is alive with the exception of the strawberry and raspberry bushes which have entirely perished. We regret however to see that the whole of the apple trees are covered with American blight, the insect being already matured and prepared to fly the moment the box is opened. Though this proves that the insect must have been in the ground or round the roots in the first instance, it evidently shews that the close atmosphere which it enjoyed in the pent up boxes, is peculiarly favourable to its propagation. And thus we see that those gardens which are in the lowest and most confined situations, and but little exposed to winds are most attacked by it.
The same Hobart Town Courier of Saturday 17 July 1830 carries this advertisement:
July 1, 1830.
JUST landed ex Wave, and on sale at the Cellars of the undersigned -
300 doz. double brown Stout in tierces of 3 doz. each.
20 pipes Cape Madeira.
Elizabeth street, July 1, 1830.
The Hobart Town Courier of Saturday 24 July 1830 advises:
JUST imported per Wave, 100 casks very superior bottled ALE, and 50 hogsheads of Taylors Double BROWN STOUT.
Rock House, July 10th.
FOR LONDON DIRECT.
The fast-sailing first-class Ship, Wave, J. H. Lister, Commander, Burthen per Register, 340 tons, is now on the point of sailing for Sydney, and will return immediately to load for the above Port. This Vessel having already taken on Board Sixty Tons of Oil, for dead weight, will be despatched, on her return from Sydney, with the least possible delay.
The Wave possesses very superior accommodation for Passengers.
Liberal advances will be made to shippers of produce, and wool intended for the Wave, will be warehoused free of expense.
For Freight or Passage apply to
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Tuesday 10 August 1830:So after spending a month in Sydney, they set out again for Hobart on 19 September, carrying "general goods for London and Hobart Town, 8 passengers, Williams family etc." They arrived in Hobart on 30 September.
FOR LONDON, VIA HOBART TOWN.
TO SAIL, next Month, the principal part of her Cargo engaged at Hobart Town, the fast-sailing Barque WAVE, 320 Tons Register, LISTER, Master.
For Freight or Passage, apply to the Master, on board ; or, to CAMPBELL & CO.
August 9, 1830.
[Identical advertisements continued to appear in the Gazette until 2 September.]
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Tuesday 21 September 1830:
Vessels cleared from the 13th to the 20th September, inclusive. WAVE (barque), Lister, master, for Hobart Town and London - shipped at Hobart Town for London, 4 cases pipe lead, 1 cask pump heads, 1 cask nails, 46 casks black oil, 8 casks tan, 4 casks pitch. Shipped at Sydney for London - 2 casks cocoa nut oil, 102 bales wool, 2 boxes shells, 2 cases, 2 boxes specimens of natural history, 1 box haberdashery, 1 case charts. Shipped at Sydney for Hobart Town - 222 pieces cedar, 6 pieces mountain ash, 2 cases containing a pulpit, 1 cask 2 cases, and 15cwt. cheese, 1 cask fishing lines, 2 bundles clothes lines, 1 box containing 1 bottle oil of peppermint, 16 coils cordage, 9 cases, 1 box oranges, 1 case haberdashery, 2 coils spun yarn, 1 tool chest, 150 bushels corn, 15cwt. bacon.
The Hobart Town Courier of Saturday 2 October 1830:In their fast-sailing vessel, they arrived in London in June 1831.
Arrived on Thursday the 30th ultimo, the bark Wave, 340 tons, J. H. Lister commander, from Sydney 19th Sept. with a general cargo of goods: Passengers, Mr. and Mrs. Williams and 3 children, Mr. White, Mr. Kayll, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Tulloch, Mr. Compton, and Mrs. Williams's servant.
FOR LONDON DIRECT.
THE fast-sailing first class ship Wave, burthen per register 350 tons, J. H. Lister, Esq. commander, will sail for the above port in five weeks from this date. [It actually sailed after more than three months.]
This vessel posesses the most excellent accommodation for pas[s]engers, and having already on board above 100 bales wool, and 200 tons oil engaged, her stay in the Derwent will not exceed the above named period.
For freight or passage apply to the commander on board or to the undersigned, who will make libera[l] advances on wool intended for shipment in the Wave, and warehouse the same free of expense.
W. M. ORR, Agent.
[Exactly the same advertisement appeared in the Courier most weeks until 11 December.]
The Hobart Town Courier of Saturday 27 November 1830:
GENERAL POST OFFICE.
Hobart town, Nov. 28, 1830.
THE Mail for England, per Wave, Capt. Lister, will be closed on Saturday the 11th Dec. next, at 8 o'clock precisely.
The Hobart Town Courier of Saturday 18 December 1830:
GENERAL POST OFFICE.
Hobart town, Dec. 16, 1830.
THE Mail for England, per Wave, Capt. Lister will be closed on Tuesday the 28th inst, at 8 o'clock precisely.
The Hobart Town Courier of Saturday 8 January 1831:
Sailed on Tuesday the 4th instant [at last!], the barque Wave, Capt. J Lister, with a cargo of colonial produce for London, viz. - bales wool, 449 bundles whalebone, 439 casks oil, and 7 cases curiosities. Passengers - Stewart, Mrs. Beamont, Mrs. Lister and two children, and Mr. J. Williams, Mr. B. Goodman.
But on the other hand...
Vessels remaining in the harbour, January 8, 1831...
Barks. -Wave, for London.
Cargo of the Wave.
113 bales Wool, by H. Hopkins. 44 do. do. and 69 bundles whalebone, W. M. Orr. 59 do. do. and 1 case curiosities S. Adey. 5 bales wool, F. Harrison. 287 casks whale oil, and 321 bundles whalebone, W. Mawle. 8 bales wool, W. Bunster. 105 casks oil, and 1 case curiosities, J. Lightfoot. 1 case books, H. Melville. 1 do. veils, J. Haskell.
Shipped for [= on behalf of?] Sydney - 102 bales wool by Mr. Thompson. 90 casks oil and 4 cases sundries Capt. J. Lister.
The Second Voyage: 1831-32On 13 October 1831, the Wave with JHL as Captain, set off again carrying "merchandise", arriving in Hobart 20 February 1832. This time there is no mention of Mrs Lister and indeed it seems likely that Susannah was not present on this journey: Mr Fowles says she had "been round the world three times" before his voyage, and this would have made a fourth.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Saturday 18 February 1832:It is interesting to note that the captain did a certain amount of trading on his own account as well as offering transport services. On the return journey, the ship left Sydney on 20 April 1832 for Hobart and London, with the usual delays for the assembling of cargo.
The Wave, Lister master, may be daily looked for, having left London with merchandise, for Sydney direct, on the 13th October last.
[News of the London departure must have been brought by an even faster sailer! And the route was hardly "direct", given the layover of more than a month in Hobart...]
The Hobart Town Courier of Saturday 25 February 1832:
Arrived on Monday the 20th instant, the bark Wave, Capt. Lister, from the Downs, 16th October, with a general cargo of goods. Passengers, - Mr. Chapman, Mr. Lightfoot, Mr. Cenlis, Messrs. P. Johnson, Edward Sinnot, Mutton, Davies, Atkinson, Mr. & Mrs. Webb, Mr. & Mrs. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Tutton, Mr. and Mrs. Speed ; and for Sydney, Mr. and Mrs. Maycock, Mr. Armstrong and child, Mr. Brewer and 2 New Zealanders.
The Hobart Town Courier of Saturday 19 March 1832:
THE fine fast sailing ship Wave, J. H. Lister, Commander, burthen per register, 350 tons, will sail for the above Port in 21 days from this date. Has very excellent accommodation for passengers. For freight or passage apply to the Commander on board, or to
W. M. ORR, Agent.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Thursday 5 April 1832:
From London, via Hobart Town, on Tuesday last, the barque Wave, Captain Lister. Lading, merchandise. Passengers, Mr. M'Kenzie, Mr. Stephenson, Mr. and Mrs. Haylock, Mr. Brewer, Mr. Lazarus, Mrs. Boyce and child, Mr. and Mrs. Ryley, Mr. James Lloyd, Mr. John Gofton, Mr. and Mrs. Parker, Mr. Sinnott, Mr. John Monday, Alphonso Alkali, Harry Hayti, Thomas Hagan, and William Wade, a prisoner from India.
FOR HOBART TOWN,
TO SAIL IN FOURTEEN DAYS,
The barque WAVE, 400 tons, Captain Lister. For Freight or Passage, apply to the Master on board ; or to CAMPBELL AND CO.
April 4, 1832.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Tuesday 10 April 1832:
Sydney General Trade List.
COMPILED FOR THE SYDNEY GAZETTE, AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE CUSTOMS.
Reports from the 2d to the 9th Instant, inclusive...
----- 3. ---WAVE (barque), 340 tons. Lister master, from London via Hobart Town ; Campbell & Co. agents ; 50 hhds. beer, Richard Jones & Co. ; 6 cans tanners waste, George Bunn ; 19 puncheons rum, Campbell & Co.; 11 casks glassware, A. B. Spark ; 30 casks corks, C. & F. Wilson ; 1 case books and apparel, 4 bales cottons, 6 bales slops, 1 case whips, 1 case leather, 3 casks beer, J. B. Montefiore & Co. ; 42 casks beer, 5 casks cider, 10 casks wine, 1 hhd. gin, 1 hhd. brandy, 11 cases mustard and pickles, 12 casks glass, 1 case shoes, 6 casks, 2 cases earthenware, 1 case stationery, 1 case haberdashery, 5 cases lamp cotton, 22 barrels painters colours, 10 casks oilmans' stores, 17 casks blacking, 15 casks Bath bricks, 34 barrels whitning, J. H. Lister; 1 case apparel, P. M. Hosking ; 1 case apparel, 1 case hats, 1 case candlewick, 14 tons iron, 6 barrels rosin, 20 bundles oakum, 21 cases Tobacco pipes, 18 barrels currants, Order ; shipped at Hobart Town ; 1 cask, 1 case apothecary, J. Macnaughtan ; 2 bales carpeting, 2 tons potatoes, Lamb & Co. ; 1 cask apples, F. Watkin ; 1 bale slops, 1 case haberdashery, J. B. Montefiore & Co. ; 1 cask copperas, 6 cans oil of vitriol, Smith Brothers ; 5 bundles kangaroo skins, T. Brett ; 2 bales slops, 1 case books, 1 case looking-glass, 4 cases ironmongery, 2 cases household furniture, 1 filterer, 1 case jewellery, 8 bundles kangaroo skins, 47 bags wheat, Order.
The Hobart Town Courier of Saturday 21 April 1832:The Wave stayed in Hobart, then, from 27 April till 2 August 1832, arriving back in London 21 Jan 1833 via Rio de Janeiro.
THE fine fast sailing bark Wave, 340 tons, J. H. Lister, commander, having 200 tons of bark engaged, will, on her return from Sydney, load with all possible dispatch for the above port.
This vessel is expected to arrive within 14 days from this date, and possesses very excellent accommodation for passengers.
For freight or passage apply to WILLIAM M. ORR,
April 20, 1832.
and every week all through May and on into July...
The Hobart Town Courier of Friday 6 July 1832:
FOR LONDON DIRECT.
THE fine first class bark Wave, J. H. Lister, Commander, burthen per register 360 tons, will positively sail on the 20th instant.
For passage only apply to
W. M. ORR, Agent.
July 5, 1832.
The Hobart Town Courier of Friday 6 July 1832:
GENERAL POST OFFICE, Hobart town. July 5, 1832.
THE Mail for England per Wave, Capt. Lister, will be closed on Saturday 28th inst.
J. T. Collicott, Principal Postmaster.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Thursday 16 August 1832:
We have just received by the Funchal, the Colonist of the 27th July and 3d of August, our space admits of no more than the following extracts at present...
AUGUST 2. -- Sailed, the barque Wave, Captain J. W. Lister, for London, with 428 bales wool, 110 tons bark, 102 bales New Zealand flax, 80 planks blue gum, sundry packages, whalebone, curiosities, skins, British and Foreign goods, shipped by Messrs. Kemp & Co., Hewitt & Co., George Watson, Montefiore & Co., Henry Hopkins, Wm. Bunster, S. Adey, Murdoch Brothers, C. Seal, J. T. Gellibrand, W. M. Orr, A. & T. Betts, G. C. Clark, P. Harrison, E. Hodgson, G. Garehouse, Captain Lister, J. Makepeace, J. Sprent, J. Reed, J. Brown, J. Clark, J. Brown, W. Hall, J. Gow, and J. Backhouse. -- Passengers, F. Arthur, Esq. and servant ; Mr. and Mrs. Betts, and three servants ; Mr. Smith ; Dr. Stephenson ; Mr. and Mrs. Earle, and child ; Mr. J. Carter; Mr. Skilverston, and Mr. Lightfoot.
The Times, Saturday, Jan 26, 1833:Family lore has it that upon his return from one such long absence, a maid attempted to reintroduce JHL to one of his children. He is said to have brushed the maid aside, saying: "Never mind the child. Where is my beloved Susannah?"
VESSELS SPOKEN WITH: ... The Wave, from Van Dieman's Land to London, the 4th instant lat. 42 [or it could be 12] long 25, by the Elizabeth arrived at Plymouth.
[42°W 25°N is about 260 miles NW of the Azores, just over 1000 miles short of Lands End.]
The Times, Monday, Jan 28, 1833:
PENZANCE, Jan 21. Arrived the Wave from Van Dieman's Land, sailed the 11th of August and from Rio de Janeiro the 29th of October.
The Listers spent 1833-34 in the UK (or if they were travelling, we have not yet discovered where). Elizabeth Lister (their third child) was born in 1833. Elizabeth always told her family she was born in Hoarwithy [51°57'40"N, 2°39'43"W] and that is entered on her daughter Nell's birth certificate.
The Wave sailed again in 1834 for Australia but the Captain was Goldsmith. [By chance, Captain Lister came across the Wave again in Hobart and Sydney in January 1837 and again in Hobart in August 1838 - small world! The Wave - presumably the same vessel - was en route from Adelaide to Albany WA on 4 July 1848 when she was "blown on shore" at Cheynes Beach and wrecked.]
The Third Voyage: 1834-36From 1834, the Captain commenced a regular run between England and the colony as Master of the barque Fortune, "311 86/94" tons, built by Sam Finch in 1825 in the Port of Quebec (her home port was Glasgow). She was 99 feet long, 27 feet wide and 18 feet deep to the underside of the deck (30.2m x 8.2m x 5.5m) and carried two guns.
The Times, Monday, Nov 24, 1834:The Listers left London on 22 November 1834 and arrived in Sydney on 28 March 1835: Mrs Lister is recorded as a cabin passenger but there is no mention of her children. It is interesting that JHL completed a questionnaire on arrival which may be viewed in the Record of Vessels Arrived at the Archives Office of NSW, Globe St., The Rocks. He states that he had 2 officers, 15 mariners and 15 passengers and had had no illness aboard. They had touched at no intermediate ports [!] and had "spoken" only one ship, the Drummore of Leith from Marseille bound to the Isle of France [Mauritius] - out 94 days - all well. [This means that 33 people travelled non-stop for over four months on a ship measuring 30m x 8m and managed to communicate with only one ship during the entire voyage. One supposes they managed to catch rainwater.] The barque "Surry" [sic] of 363 tons left the UK on the same day and arrived in Sydney on the same day - this was sufficiently unusual for an annotation to have been made.
VESSELS CLEARED OUTWARD WITH CARGO ... the Fortune, to Sidney.
[Fortune had arrived back on 15 August from Bombay, where she had arrived from Glasgow on 9 February.]
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Tuesday 7 April 1835:JHL then made a round trip, apparently without his wife but with 212 sheep, to Calcutta, returning via Singapore (whence he dep. 8 August) and Batavia [Jakarta] (dep. 4 September), arriving Sydney on 17 October 1835 with no passengers but with "General merchandise, Flour etc".
March 31 - FORTUNE (barque), 311 tons, Lister master, from London, Hughes and Hosking, agents ; 120 casks rum, 6 casks brandy, 6 casks gin, 2 casks 2 bottles apothecaries, 20 cans oil and turpentine, 6 mill stones, 2 steam-engine boilers, 7 cast wheels, 167 pieces cast and wrought iron 50 iron pots, 52 pieces iron pipe, 6 casks 2 cases 75 bundles 224 bags ironmongery, 20 barrels vinegar, 68 casks beer, 26 jars herrings 16 casks blacking, 50 casks pork. 42 casks and 50 tons salt, 60 pockets hops, 70 boxes window glass, 11 casks 2 crates earthenware, 20 bundles sacks, 2 bales canvas, 5 bales woollens, 2 cases saddlery, 6 bales blankets 30 cases glassware, 15 cases 3 casks sundries Hughes and Hosking ; 6 cases 1 cask Epsom salts, 2 casks cream tartar, 4 casks brimstone, 1 cask soda, 5 cases magnesia, 4 casks yellow ochre, 5 casks glue, 26 casks painters' colours, 4 casks pipeclay, 8 casks Bath bricks, 20 casks whiting, 5 casks rotten stone, 1 carriage, 2 gigs, 1 case hats, 3 cases millinery, 19 casks earthenware 5 cases glass, 1 case stationery, 1 cask signals, 1 cask paints, 20 hogsheads porter, 6 casks ale, 20 barrels porks. 20 cases oil-man's stores, 18 sheets milled lead, 411 bars 56 56[sic] bolts 5 bundles iron, 4 bags coffee 2 carotels currants, 4 casks figs, 6 bags pimento, 310 deals, Captain Lister ; 12 cases felt, A. Fotheringham ; 4 cases oil, 20 jugs oil and turpentine, 1 cask colours, 1 cask varnish 2 casks salt, 39 cases 19 casks 2 bales 3 crates 3 pockets 1 bundle British goods, Campbell and Co.; 7 bales slops, 6 cases stuffs, 4 bales cottons, 4 barrels rice, Marsden and Co. ; 1 case apparel, Captain Westmacott ; 1 case apparel, Major England ; 5 bags carroway seeds, 60 bags 5 casks ginger, 10 cas[e]s raisins, 1 cask sugar, 12 baskets oil, 6 casks colours, 1 cask salts. 1 sack seeds, 30 bags pepper, 8 bags pimento, 34 bags coffee, 2 casks currants, 31 bundles sarsaparilla, H. Mace; 1 case millinery, E. Manning; 4 bales blankets, 12 bales slops, 3 bales canvass; R. Campbell, jun. and Co. ; 4 cases clocks, 4 cases paper, 13 cases printing press, 1 cask ashes, 1 case printers' stone, Rev. J. Orton; 17 casks rum, 1 cask brandy, 1 cask gin, 10 casks wine. F. B. Moncur; 1 cask books, Rev. R Hill ; 10 serons barrilla, 18 kegs paints. 2 pairs smiths' bellows, 3 bundles hardware, 1 bale British goods, Order.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Tuesday 2 June 1835:Fortune was still discharging in the harbour on 10 November 1835.
FORTUNE, 311 tons, Lister master, for Calcutta ; 212 sheep. 10 casks wine, 10 cases salad oil, 5 cases Epsom salts, and stores.
Vessels entered outwards since last publication...
-- FORTUNE, 311 tons, Hughes and Co. agents, Calcutta.
For Calcutta, on Sunday last, the ship Fortune Captain Lister with sheep, &c.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Tuesday 20 October 1835:
From Singapore and Batavia, on Saturday last, having left the former port the 8th of April [= August? they had only arrived in Sydney from London at the end of March], and the latter the 4th September, the ship Fortune, Captain Lister, with merchandize.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Thursday 12 November 1835:
FOR LONDON DIRECT,
THE fine fast sailing Barque
312 Tons Burthen, J. H. Lister Esq. Commander, will have early despatch, for the above port.
For Freight or Passage, apply to the Captain, on board ; or, to
HUGHES & HOSKING,
Sydney, October 23.
N. B. - Advances will be made on Wools, &c shipped in the above Vessel.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Tuesday 5 January 1836:
The ship Fortune, Captain Lister, is fast loading for London, and is announced to sail on the first proximo.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Thursday 4 February 1836:
For London, this morning, the barque Fortune, Captain Lister, with a cargo of Colonial produce. Passengers, Lieutenant Ben[s]on, Mrs Benson and two children, Mr. Owen Mrs. Leach, Mrs. Lister, child, and servant. Mrs. Wright and four children, Mr. and Mrs. Cornish, and four children, Mr. O'Byrne, Mr. Barnes, Mr Jones, Mr. Bullock, and Mr. Callaghan.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Tuesday 9 February 1836:
Vessels cleared from the 30th Ultimo, to the 6th Instant, inclusive...
FORTUNE, 311 tons, Lister, master, for London; 293 bales wool, 20 casks and 117 ox and cow hides, 2 tons hoofs, 2 tons bark, 62 pieces cedar, 225 casks black oil, 718 bundles 5 baskets whalebone. 1 cask seal skins, 4 cases curiosities, 3 catties tea 26 casks wine, and stores.
The Times, Monday, Jun 27, 1836:
VESSELS ENTERED INWARD AT THE CUSTOMS HOUSE, June 25. ... the Fortune, from Sydney.
The Times, Saturday, Sep 03, 1836:So, after a stormy start, the Fortune departed England on 11 September 1836 and arrived in Sydney on 19 January 1837. (The Wave under Captain Goldsmith arrived within one day of the Fortune in both Hobart Town and Sydney.) Susanna is noted as being on board, but the (certainly unreliable) record does not show any children upon arrival. The Arrival report shows only Mrs Lister and a Mr Wm Bacon as cabin passengers and three steerage passengers. Certainly Harry must have been aboard (and there is a "child" upon departure), because Mr Fowles says he had "crossed the line" (i.e. the equator) three times before his death. There is a note to the effect that the Fortune and another ship which arrived from Boston the same day carried "20,000 gallons of rum between them".
CLEARED OUTWARD WITH CARGO. The Fortune, for Sydney.
The Times, Thursday, Sep 08, 1836:
DEAL, Sept 6. -The Fortune, for Sydney, lost an anchor and has been again supplied. It has blown strong throughout the day from S.W. to W.S.W.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Saturday 21 January 1837:On 24 Feb 1837, the Fortune is one of 48 ocean-going vessels in Sydney Harbour and is lying at the Hughes & Co. wharf, "loading for London". On the return voyage, they departed Sydney on 27 May 1837 carrying "colonial produce", arriving in London on 9 October 1837, apparently after making a stop at Ascension Island in the middle of the Atlantic.
From London via Hobart Town, on Thursday last the barque Wave, Captain Goldsmith, with merchandize. Passengers, John Meabourne, Esq., Mr. Geo Hay, Mr. James Dalgli[s]h, Mrs Dalglish, Mr. Alexander M'Kenzie, Mr. John M'Kenzie, Mr. William Arnold, Robert David, James and Mary Lennox, James and Mary Dalziel, and William Birch.
From London same day, whence she sailed 11th September, the barque Fortune, Captain Lister, with merchandize. Passengers, Mrs. Lister, Mr. William Bacon, Mr. Robert Walker, Mr. John O'Bourne, and Mr. Joseph Clarke.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Saturday 28 January 1837:
THREE DISHLEY RAMS,
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
By James & Co.,
The same day as Mr. Fale's Sheep, next WEDNESDAY, February, 1,
3 RAMS of the pure new Leicester or Dishley Breed, just landed from the Ship Fortune, Captain Lister, from London. To be seen at Messrs. Hughes & Hosking's stables, Albion Mills till the day of sale, when they will be exhibited at the Auction Mart.
These animals are quite a curiosity in New South Wales, and are the foundation of fortune, to any person who may purchase them. The Dishley Rams have been exhibited, weighing the extraordinary weight of 230 lbs. each (live weight) ; and at the present high price of mutton (6d per lb.), it would be as well for Breeders to try a separate Flock with these large carcased Sheep, especially as they yield a fleece of seven or eight pounds of Wool.
TERMS - Cash. They belong to the Captain, who is returning to England, and who will produce the most satisfactory certificates as to the purity of blood, &c. &c. &c.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Saturday 15 April 1837:
For London Direct
THE Fast Sailing well known barque FORTUNE Captain Lister, She will have immediate despatch, a large portion of her cargo being ready for shipment For Freight or Passage, apply to Captain Lister, on board , or to
HUGHES & HOSKING,
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Tuesday 23 May 1837:
PASSENGERS BY THE FOLLOWING VESSELS. - Fortune, for London – Cabin, Mrs. Lister and child, and Mrs. Boatright. Steerage, Mr. Forrister, wife, and two children, Mr. John Staunton, Mr. Connolly, Mr. T. Peagle, Mr. Conrad Knowles, Mrs. Jones and child, Mrs. Ashton, Mrs. Baker and Child, Mr. M. O'Brien, Mr. P. O'Brian, Mr. M. Murphy, Mr. Peters and wife.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Tuesday 30 May 1837
- For London, on Saturday last, the ship Fortune, Captain Lister, with Colonial produce.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Saturday 3 February 1838
The British Sovereign arrived in England the 5th October, the Kilmaurs, Thompson, master ; the Bolina, Ewing, master, on the 8th, and the Fortune, Lister, on the 9th.
The Times, Tuesday, Oct 10, 1837
EAST INDIA SHIPPING. The Fortune, from New South Wales, has arrived off Portsmouth, sailed the 28th of May; and from Ascension the 29th of August.
The Times, Friday, Oct 13, 1837
ENTERED INWARDS AT THE CUSTOMS HOUSE, Oct 12. ...the Fortune, from Sydney.....
The Times, Saturday, Oct 14, 1837
Gravesend, Oct 12. - Arrived the Fortune, from Sydney....
The Times, Monday, Apr 09, 1838:On the Listers' last intercontinental trip in 1838, a passenger, Joseph Fowles, wrote a detailed diary entitled Journal of a Voyage from London to Sydney, 1838, which gives us fascinating insights into shipboard life. Two-year-old Harry Lister died of a fever near Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic Ocean and was buried at sea. The voyage began on 5 April 1838 in London, and ended in Sydney on 31 August of the same year - over four-and-a-half months in all, with only one stop, in the Cape Verde Islands. See the Arrivals Report for Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) - which is not exactly an exhaustive list of those on board.
Gravesend, April 6. Sailed ... the Fortune, for Sydney, New South Wales...
The Hobart Town Courier of Friday 31 August 1838:
Vessels reported inwards from the 21st August to the 27th August 1838, inclusive.
August 22.- Fortune, (bark,) 311 tons, J. H. Lister, master, from London, bound to Sydney. Put in to land passengers.
Vessels cleared outwards from the 21st August to the 27th August 1838, inclusive.
August 22. - Fortune, (bark,) 312 tons, J. H. Lister, master, for Sydney, with the whole of her import cargo.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Saturday 29 September 1838:His initial stock in trade would have been the goods he had brought with him from London on his last voyage.
FOR SALE, FREIGHT, OR CHARTER,
THE well known fast-sailing Barque "FORTUNE", 311 Tons Register.
For particulars, apply on board to CAPT. JOHN H. LISTER.
Sydney, Sept. 25, 1838
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Thursday 13 September 1838:Within a couple of months, he had new stock for sale:
September 3 - FORTUNE (barque,) 311 tons, Lister, master, from London, J. H. Lister, agent; 1 carriage, 2 cases apparel, 4 pianoforte, 6 casks shoemakers' lasts, 2 casks cloogs and pattens, 10 bales shirts, 2 cases liquorice, 2 cases annatto, 1 bale wool[l]en cloths, 1 bale fustians, 1 bale cotton tick, 2 bales shirtings, 1 case cottons, 1 case counterpanes, 2 cases twine, 1 case books, 24 bales woolbagging, 1 billiard table, 42 cases pickles and sauces, 2 bales sacking, 3 bales sacks, 1 cask trees, 20 casks bottled beer, 14 casks bottled ale, Montefiores, Breillat and Co. ; 30 hogsheads 3[?] barrels ale, 8 trunks boots and shoes, Lamb and Parbury ; 2 bales woollens, 2 cases cotton hosiery, 1 bale woollen cloths, 4 cases assorted stuffs, 1 case lace, 1 bale shirts, 1 case printed muslins, 1 case shawls, 2 cases bandannes, 1 case velvets, 1 case blonds and silks, 5 cases millinery and haberdashery, 12 bales cottons, A. Oliver; 20 casks corks, A. B. Spark; 1 case table covers, 2 cases lamps, 11 cases plaster figures, 1 case shoes, 1 case cabinetware, 1 case engravings, 3 cases pedestals, 5 packages furniture, W. H. Tyrer ; 1 case sealing-wax, G. Evans ; 1 box, L. Barnett ; 1 box, Miss Douglass ; 1 case O. Ottley ; 1 carriage, G. Weller ; 2 cases books, W. Trusted ; 1 box books, Right Reverend Lord Bishop of Australia ; 1 box apparel, T. Lister ; 2 casks turpentine, 2 casks putty, 2 casks Flanders brick, 1 cask boiled oil, 2 cans copal varnish, 2 hogsheads linseed oil, 1 cask basket salt, 1 cask soda, 1 cask chalk, 1 cask bees' wax, 1 cask soft soap, 3 cases mustard, 2 cans varnish, 4 trunks shoes, 1 sack seeds, 1 case window glass, 4 cases clocks, 1 case playing cards, 1 case jewellery, 5 sheets lead, 15 casks ironmongery, Marlyn and Combes ; 10 cases plate-glass, 1 case cutlery, W. Walker and Co. ; 5 cases 1 cask saddlery, J. Jones ; 2 cases books, J. M'Kenny ; 5[?] hogsheads stout, S. A. Donaldson; 4 cases clocks, 1 case combs, 1 case glass, 6 casks toys, T. Smith; 5[?] barrels pork, 7[?] firkins butter, 40 hogsheads 40 barrels ale, 3 casks glassware, 5 cases lace, Willis, Sandeman and Co.; 75 hogsheads porter, 25 boxes soap, 130 packages oilmans' stores, 8 hogsheads beer, 2 bales sailcloth, 4 quarter-casks 33 cases wine, 50 casks bottled beer, 19 casks earthenware, 3 cases glass, 1 case jewellery, 8 casks blacking, 40 oars, 21 cases mustard, 1 gig, 3 cases apothecary, J. H. Lister ; 4 hogsheads beer, 2 bales, 1 cask, 1 bottle, Sir J. Jamison ; 20 casks varnish, 30 barrels tar and rosin, 20 bottles oil, 10 tins turpentine, 30 kegs lead, 16 casks blacking, 1 case plate, 24 hogsheads brandy, 10 puncheons 1[?] hogsheads rum, 1 cask plants, 20 barrels anchovies, 20 half-chests olive oil, 2 cases liquorice, Order.
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Thursday 29 November 1838:At this stage, he bought at least one other vessel:
BY THE UNDERSIGNED,
TAYLOR'S BROWN STOUT
Brandy in hogsheads
Cider in bottle
Port a[n]d Sherry, in cask and bottle
Malmsey in quarter pipes
Old Madeira in 3 dozen cases and quarter casks, has been one voyage to the West Indies, and ten years in the West India Docks
Vinegar in 25 gallon casks (22)
Preserved Meats, Salmon and Soups
London Soap and Glue
Irish and Colonial [B]eef and Pork
Muskets, Pistols, and Cutlasses
One Iron Derrick block
One Derrick Chain ½ inch 15 fathoms
Cabin Biscuit in tin cases, 56 lbs. each
Canvas and Twine
Seidlitz in bottles and powders
Ash and Fir Oars, from 16 to 22 feet
Glass and Cement
White and Green Paints
Turpentine and Linseed Oil
Sauces and French Olives
Blacking in bottle
Two cases Jewellery
Pine and Black Varnish (in 30 gallon casks)
Florence Oil, Split Peas
Tar, Pitch, Rosin, and Old Canvass
One New (London-made) Whale boat
One Ships' Hearth and Cabin Stove.
J. H. LISTER
Nov. 28 1838. )
The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Saturday 10 August 1839:To supplement the income provided by his small maritime agency in Sydney, Lister repaired and refitted ships returning from extended whaling expeditions in the southern seas. Although business was plentiful with either occupation, prompt cash payments for accounts rendered became an increasingly rare thing. Most of the colony was living on extended credit and promissory notes. To see his family survive, Captain Lister soon found himself unwillingly forced into a similar situation.
The brig Speculator has come round to the Dock Yard to take in her water preparatory to her sailing for India via Port Phillip and South Australia. She has lately exchanged owner, Captain Lister having purchased her from Mr. F. Girrard.
Margaret Hardwick points out that on one of his numerous trips to Hobart (probably during the long layover between the end of September 1830 and early January 1831), John Hardman Lister had applied for and was granted one thousand acres and twenty-eight acres on the northern part of South Bruny Island [43°15'30"S, 147°17'40"E], not far from Captain Cook's landing place in Adventure Bay. The grant was made "to John Hardman Lister (then Captain of the ship or vessel called the Wave of Sullivan's Cove in the name of William Lister" [JHAL Application, 1862] and seems to have escaped notice during JHL's bankruptcy proceedings. The papers for the land grant were found in the captain's effects after his accidental death on 12th July 1850. JHL died intestate but the courts in 1862 recognised John Hardman Australia Lister as his eldest son and heir. One presumes it took twelve years for the family to gather all the papers for a decision on the grant as the Hobart State Archives hold depositions from both Susannah Lister, the captain's widow, and John Hardman Australia Lister, the eldest son and heir, a surveyor's report, a marriage certificate of John and Susannah Lister, a death certificate of John Lister. In a ruling dated 13 June 1862, the land board granted JHAL the still vacant one thousand acres of land situated on Bruny in the county of Buckingham in Tasmania on the South East by eleven thousand one hundred links North Easterly along Crown Land commencing at a point on D'Entrecasteaux Channel and a northerly direction from the North West angle of land selected by William Davis and extending to Isthmus Bay on the Eastern side by that Bay northerly to Thompson's [=Simpson's??] Point and on the western side by D'Entrecasteaux Channel in a southerly direction until it meets the commencement point. The conditions were that John Hardman Australia Lister had to take up the land and improve it within three years and become a resident of Tasmania; the fee was one hundred and fifty pounds a year or the land was forfeited. A Tasmanian newspaper report claims that JHAL sold the Land to a Charles Arthur the following year (1863). [Was this his brother-in-law, Elizabeth's first husband?]Whatever the sequence of events, John H. Lister of Sydney is credited with the construction in 1843 of Rosalind, a single-masted wooden cutter of 9 tons ("& 1639/3500ths"), measuring 29'8" x 8'6" x 5'2", reported "lost at NZ" at some unspecified time after June 1847.
"NEWS FROM THE INTERIOR. (From our various Correspondents.) MORTON BAY. February 22,- No doubt you have ere this, heard of the total loss of the schooner Perseverance Captain Lister, on the bar at the entrance to this place, but you may not have got full particulars of this unfortunate occurrence. I have availed myself of the steamer leaving, to give you a correct account, furnished to me by Mr Powers, who was an eyewitness to the accident, he being at the pilot station at Amity Point at the time. The Perseverance hove in sight of the Flag-staff on Tuesday, the 13th instant, the wind blowing strong from the south east, causing heavy sea upon the bar, particularly as it had been blowing from that quarter for a week previous; as the pilot could not get outside with his boat, she stood out to sea again towards evening. The next morning at 8 am, she was seen standing in for the sand heads on Moreton Island, apparently running for the old channel, which had been some time filled up, so as to make it impossible for a vessel to run over that part of the bar; the flag was hoisted half mast at the pilot station for her to stand off to sea, which she did. Next morning (Thursday), she was again seen standing in toward the shoal water; the pilot, Hexton, then made an attempt to reach her, but was compelled to return to the beach, his boat being nearly swamped with the tremendous sea on the bar. On his bailing out and again putting off, the schooner was seen to strike the ground, and before the pilot reached her, she had knocked away her rudder and parted her best bower cable, and was lying broadside on the beach, the seas making a fair breach over her.The Captain and his crew travelled back to Sydney on another vessel, carrying the yards, masts and rigging from the Perseverance - all that was salvaged from the wreckage. Lister promptly refused a Government offer tending a lighthouse, feeling that such a position was beneath his dignity. Once again he was faced with bankruptcy.
Whilst attempting to get the pilot's boat alongside to get the passengers and crew ashore, she unfortunately struck under the vessel's counter, broke the headfast, and was swept amongst the breakers where, in a few minutes, not a vestige of her was scarcely to be seen. The situation of the crew now became alarming, but as the flood tide made, she forged well up on the spit, and by the praiseworthy exertions of two aborigines, who came off in the pilot's boat, a line was run ashore, by which the crew reached the beach in safety. The conduct of the two blackfellows (Tommy Green and Jack the Lagger) is spoken of beyond all praise. Jack with a child in each hand, one 4 and the other only 8 years [months?] old, was the first to dash through the breakers; the mother of the children (Mrs.________________) watched their progress with intense anxiety. The vessel's masts, yards, sails and rigging have been saved, with a portion of the cargo and are now lying on Moreton Island, but the vessel has gone to pieces. Captain Lister, we are sorry to hear, is not insured; he is described as being heart-broken, his little being all engulfed in the merciless ocean.
In my last communication to you, I mentioned that it was a great pity vessels (particularly sailing craft) did not use the north passage in the blowing weather in preference to the south one; had the Perseverance passed Moreton Island and entered by the former channel, she would have been brought up in safety under the lee of the island in a similar manner as the master of the John&Charlotte did under precisely the same conditions. A few simple signals should also be furnished by the pilots, similar to those in use in Newcastle and Port Macquarie at present. When that officer cannot attempt the bar, he has no means of communicating with a vessel in the offing, although she may be running to certain destruction, unless it is by hoisting a flag half-mast at the signal post, which in most cases is not understood by a stranger. A few sailing directions published by the Government Gazette is all that is wanted to make the north channel at all times accessible for vessels of a draft of water under 16 feet.
It gives me great pleasure to state that a subscription has been set on foot at Brisbane, by the inhabitants, in the aid of the unfortunate Captain Lister. A small cutter has gone down to fetch up the little cargo saved. Mr. George Thorne of Ipswich is the greatest sufferer amongst the consignees, he having a large quantity of goods shipped by her.
Lister H. (Capt.) formerly commander of the barque "Fortune" died 12-7-1850 by the upsetting of his gig at Bathurst leaving a wife and 6 children.
MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.- The townspeople were thrown into a state of consternation on Saturday morning last by the arrival of news that the dead body of Captain Lister was lying on the Wellington Road, on the falling ground towards Evan's Plains Creek. Being one of the jury summoned to attend the inquest, we proceeded to the spot, in the afternoon, where the accident had occurred, to view the body. The track of a wheel was pointed out to us, until it came in contact with a stump about nine or ten inches high, which stood by the road side. Thence to where the body lay, a distance of seven or eight yards, the gig appeared to have run on one wheel, and then upset, in which position it was found, with one shaft broken, and the back part smashed. The deceased lay behind the wheel, with the reins, which were very long, twisted round his left leg, and from the impression made by them on his trowsers, as well as from the appearance of the ground, and the position in which he lay, it was evident that after falling he had been dragged along the road. The Jury being sworn, and appearances carefully noted, the body was removed to Mr. Aarons, White Horse Inn, where the business of the inquest proceeded. Michael Welsh deposed that he was on his way to Bathurst about 8 o'clock in the morning when he came to the point in the road where the body lay; Mr. Samuel Phillips, of Molong, was bent upon the ground as if examining the body at the time; the gig was upside down, and the horse standing cross-wise at the end of the shafts; the reins were entwined around one of his legs; Mr. Phillips informed him that it was the body of Captain Lester (sic), and desired him to ride on to Bathurst as quickly as possible, and give information of the occurrence, as he intended to ride onwards and acquaint his family with it. Mr. Phillips told him that the body was lifeless when he arrived. He did not take sufficient notice to be able to identify the body, as he did not dismount, being anxious to get to town and inform the authorities of the catastrophe. John Rogers deposed that the deceased called at his store between three and four o'clock, when he was quite sober. Deceased requested him to accompany him to De Clooett's and take a glass with him. He (Mr. R.) advised him against it, but he persisted, saying "if you'll accompany me, I won't stop." They went together, and partook a portion of a glass of brandy each, after which deceased proceeded homewards. Frederick Strachan, who had transacted a little business with deceased about one o'clock, deposed as to his sobriety at that time. A post-mortem examination by Dr. Busby, assisted by Dr. Machattie, took place, which resulted in the opinion that deceased died from the joint effects of cold and concussion of the brain; that death was not immediate, but that the intensity of the cold (the night being frosty) so benumbed the vital faculties as to prevent his recovery. Verdict- accidental death. A painful circumstance connected with the sad events, was that his son, who was on his road to Bathurst on Saturday morning, in quest of his father, came upon his dead body without having received any previous notice. His feelings may be better imagined than described. Captain Lester (sic) leaves a widow and seven children to mourn over his loss. It may not be amiss to mention that deceased met with an accident of an extraordinary nature about two years ago, at Hassan's Walls, in the night time, on his way from Sydney, by falling over a precipice, on horseback, upwards of eighty feet high. The horse was killed upon the spot, and he lay at the bottom of the cliff, the rain pouring down the whole live long night. He awoke from his stupor at the break of day, and crawled to the nearest public inn. His escape with life on that occasion was universally accounted miraculous. [Bathurst Free Times, 1850]
Hentland derives from the Welsh hen llan - the "Old Church". Hentland is the parish for Llanfrother, and also includes the village of Hoarwithy. Llanfrother ("Church of the Brothers" - perhaps a mixture of Welsh "llan" and Latin "frater"? - 51°57'17.54"N, 2°40'4.00"W), now a farm, was a mediaeval township and is the most likely site of a 6th century British monastery.Littlebury's Directory and Gazetteer of Herefordshire, 1876-7 cites as a local resident one Thomas Pymble, Esq., farmer and landowner, Llanfrother. This was Susanna Lister's brother (1811-1888) who appears as the farmer in question in censuses from 1851 to 1881. (In 1841 the farmer at Llanfrother had been one Thomas Grey, not Thomas's father Philip. At that time, Thomas was farming at Fownhope with Fawleye where on 6 May that year he married Elizabeth Husbands b. Mordeford c. 1813. They had a number of children. She died 9 April 1883 aged 71. Thomas died 3Q 1888, aged 77.)
From Duncomb History of Herefordshire Vol 6 Part 1 page 128 (a 19th century publication): Llanfrother. At this place 2.5 miles North of the Parish Church (Hentland) was the ancient monastic college of Henllan, founded by Saint Dyfrig or Dubricius. Its foundations were visible in 1633. Traces of extensive building can yet be seen in particular seasons, on the top of a hill on the west bank of the Wye. The name of this place is supposed to be a corruption of Llanfrawdwyr "the church of the friars". The family of Mynde lived here 1670-1770, the James family 1805-1856, the Pymbles 1876-1883. [Since censuses show Pymbles living at Llanfrother in 1861/1871/1881/1891/1901, it was more probably from 1856 until after 1901.]
|John Hardman Australia
|22 May 1828
|Ann Hannah Arthur (sister of Charles Arthur, Elizabeth's husband), in Bathurst
Had six children
|17 Sep 1890
nr. Blayney NSW
|Millthorpe Cemetery, NSW
See photo below.
Co-discoverer of gold
Birthdate appears as 1826 on gravestone: surely a mistake. (His parents were married in June 1827.) Death cert. says he was 63 and in Sep 1890 he would indeed have been in his 63rd year.
|Susannah Sarah ("Sarah")||15 July 1830
En route to NSW
(mother's first visit:
arrived on Wave 7.8.1830)
|William Tom Jr
Had 10 children
|23 Sep 1890 of influenza||Byng Cemetery||Married brother's friend and fellow gold discoverer|
|Elizabeth||1832/33 in Herefordshire||1. Charles Arthur (1831 - Mudgee 28 June 1866), Surveyor, on 8 Jan 1855 at Lister home, Guyong, by special licence. Brother John Lister, mother Susannah Lister, James Arthur (father of Charles) and William Tom were witnesses.
5 children, the eldest of whom, Annie Elizabeth (1856—1926), m. her cousin Arthur Sebastopol Tom, son of Wm Tom Jr and (Susanna) Sarah Lister [see above entry] and had 4 children. 2. John Murray Bate (Hobart 1814-1877) on 3 Dec 1870 at St James, King Street, Sydney. 1 child. A prenuptial agreement stipulates that Charles Arthur's property could not be used to pay John Bate's creditors as it was Charles Arthur's children's inheritance; there was a court case about this in the 1880s.
|1899 in Blayney NSW
Buried C of E Churchyard, Guyong.
|Henry ("Harry")||9 Jun 1836
At sea "nr Westward Is."
|-||23 Jun 1838 At sea in South Atlantic||-||See Fowles diary|
|Anne Caroline||9 Dec 1838
|William Henshaw Rowe
Had 7 children
|8 Aug 1906||-||-|
|Thomas Sydney||24 Sep 1840
Baptized 20 Oct 1840 in Parish of St. Philip, Sydney
|Emily Australia Tom
Had 11 children
|8 May 1920||Methodist Cemetery,
|Farmer near Cargo, NSW
|Frederick J.||26 June 1842||Eliza Roberts
The grave of John Hardman Australia Lister (see photo), "Gold Discoverer", in Millthorpe cemetery, N.S.W.
His birth date probably should read 1828. His death certificate says he was 63 years of age. (If the dates shown in the above table are correct, he would have been in his sixty-third year.)
Thomas Sydney Lister and Emily Australia Tom, who married on 24 Sep 1879 in the Wesleyan Chapel in Guyong NSW (33°23'40.45"S, 149°13'59.03"E), near Byng, had 11 children as shown in the table which follows. They farmed at "Woodstock" near Cargo, which is some 35 km SW of Orange on the Canowindra road, close to Mount Canobolas. [The name of the property is said to have changed to Coffee Hills and to be a vineyard. The homestead has long been a ruin. The area is or was called Paling Yard Creek, on the right side "about 10 miles from Orange".]
In retirement, they lived at 32 Day Street, Marrickville - an old Sydney suburb. This is where they were when their son Sid went off to the Great War. TSL died in May 1920.
Though his circumstances were humble (for most of his life, he was basically a subsistence farmer), it seems T.S. Lister was one of Nature's gentlemen: loveable, kindly, unselfish and unambitious, willing to share his last crust with the next man.
|Annie ("Una")||29 Jun 1880||-||1919||Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney||Died of "Spanish 'flu" post WW I.
|Ida Elder Pymble||16 Aug 1881||Alfred Harold ("Harold") Hogg
Had 1 child
|9 Aug 1955||Methodist section
Woronora cemetery, NSW
|Fanny Ina ("Dot")||6 Sep 1883
Byng nr. Orange, N.S.W.
Had 5 children
|10 Dec 1961||Northern Suburbs Cemetery, Sydney||The author's grandmother
|Emily Olive ("Ollie")||25 Feb 1885||Charles Randolph Hamilton Moulder, in 1907
Had 8 children
|6 Mar 1973||-||-|
|Katie Maud||13 Oct 1886
"Woodstock", on Cargo road near Orange, NSW
|John Henry Glasson
Had 5 children
|2 Jun 1973
|Orange, NSW||Lived at "Stanfield"|
|Pansy Ruperta||20 Nov 1888
|-||1893||-||Died of diphtheria|
|Lucy Lina Amy||29 Jan 1891
|-||1891||-||Died of diphtheria|
|John ("Jack") Hardman Australia||11 Jun 1892
|Catherine Mary Ima ("Ima") Beacroft
Had 5 children
|27 Aug 1958||-||Lived at St. Mary's.
Stationmaster at Blayney;
later at Blacktown
|Sidney Harold T ("Sid")||11 Oct 1895||-||14 May 1918||Dive Copse British Cemetery, Somme, France||Railway porter;
Died in battle in WWI
|Norman Lisle||16 Oct 1899
|Mavis Lilian Holdorf
Had 6 children
|14 Feb 1976||-||Tramway workshop employee|
|Clarice Ethelwyn||7 Feb 1901
|John Paull ("Paull") Glasson
|1982 at "Gresham" nr Newbridge NSW||Canobolas Crematorium, Orange||-|