Henry Charles HOBBS:
Henry Charles Hobbs was born in Gloucestershire and emigrated to South Australia with his parents on the ship 'Sultana' in 1852.
After an apprenticeship as a bootmaker, Henry travelled with his family around the Murray Plains area (Palmer to Morgan) before settling in Auburn in the late 1880s. From there they moved back to the Murray Plains and Adelaide, moving in about 1903 to Mildura in Victoria, where Susan's parents lived. Henry generally worked as a bootmaker and labourer.
It's evident that Henry stayed in touch with his family. For example, when son Willie Allen required hospital treatment in 1901, his address was given as Cherry Gardens, where his uncles Thomas and Benjamin lived.
- Enoch Edward b.1876 Eden Valley (NE of Mt. Pleasant); d.1966 Mildura
- Charles Henry b.1877 Moculta (NE of Angaston); m. May Russell 1916; d.1971 Melbourne. 2 children.
- Jane Elizabeth b.1879 Government Well (SW of Blanchetown?); m. William Winslow Woods 1904; d.1932 Wentworth NSW. 10 children.
- George Thomas b.1882 Chowilla (N of Renmark); d.1884 Parkside.
- Hilda Adelaide b.1884Parkside; m. Alfred Thomas William Bayley 1907; d.1943 Ballarat Vic. 9children.
- Florence Ethel b.1886Parkside; m. Joel Moses Gabb 1912; d.1976 Felixstow. 4 children.
- Willie Allen b.1888Auburn; m. Myrtle Evangeline Smith 1912, d.1962 Berri.
- May b.1891 Auburn; d.1891 Auburn.
- Ivy Olive May b.1892Auburn; m. Frederick Charles Smith 1911; d.1983 MIldura. 8 children.
- Mary Susan b.1900 Aldinga; m. Henry Edward Long 1923; d.1939 Mildura. 7 children.
Barque Sultana, 588 tons, Captain David Mainland, from London / Plymouth 21st June 1852, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 7th October 1852
South Australian Register Friday 8 October 1852
Thursday, October 7th, 1852:-The barque Sultana, 588 tons, Mainland master, from Plymouth 21st June 1852.
Passengers:— Mr. & Mrs. Blyth, Mr. & Mrs. Grace, Mr. & Mrs. Farmer and Mr. & Mrs. Frazer in the cabin and the remaining in the intermediate and steerage. —15th ship from England to S.A. with government passengers for 1852 ; no births and four deaths on the passage, Doctor J. Baird, surgeon-superintendent.
The Sultana left Plymouth on the 21st June, at which time several large ships at Plymouth and at the port of London were laid on, or about to sail for this colony. No vessel was spoken on the voyage, but the steamer Australian was see at about 4 o'clock on Wednesday morning 50 miles west of Kangaroo Island. The only deaths were four infants, the passengers and crew all in good health, spoke highly of the kind attention and great care manifested by Dr. Baird, the surgeon-superintendent and medical inspector appointed by the Government.
The South Australian Government Gazette 1866 p. 80
Name Age Date of Death Cause of Death Where buried
Hobs, Joseph (Hobbs) inf no record no record at sea
SULTANA - 1854
Master: Captain Mainland
Rigging: Barque; sheathed in yellow metal in 1851
Tonnage: 496 tons using old measurements and 588 tons using new measurements
Construction: 1849 in Sunderland
Port of registry: London
Port of survey: London
Voyage: sailed for Adelaide
bbs Enoch 35 Farmer 749/1 Gloucesters.
Jane (Barnfield) 34
Josh. inf died at sea
*** Advertiser Wednesday 16 May 1866
LARCENY. Henry Charles Hobbs, a lad apparently not more than 14 years of age, pleaded guilty of stealing a cheque for £1 6s - the property of Alfred Davey, at Milang.
*** Advertiser Friday 18 May 1866
In the Supreme Court yesterday Henry Charles Hobbs, a lad, who had pleaded guilty to an indictment for stealing moneys from his employer, was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment with hard labor.
*** Chronicle Saturday 19 May 1866
LARCENY BY A SERVANT. Henry Charles Hobbs, who had pleaded guilty to an indictment for stealing monies the property of his employer, Alexander Pavey [sic], was sentenced by His Honor to imprisonment with hard labor for 12 calendar months,
*** Police Gazette 1 Apr !867 - Names of Prisoners discharged from the Dry Creek labor prison.
Henry Charles Hobbs, convicted of larceny, 8 May 1866.
*** Register Thursday 2 December 1875
HOBBS —SMITH. —On the 29th November, at the residence of the bride's father, by special licence, by the Rev. R. L. Coward, Henry Charles Hobbs, third son of Mr. Enoch Hobbs, of Kangarilla, to Mary Susan, second daughter of Mr. Edward Smith of the Murray Flats.
*** Mildura Cultivator Wednesday 4 August 1920
HOBBS. —On 30th July, at Mildura, Mary Susan, beloved wife of Henry Charles Hobbs, and mother of Enoch, Charles, Willey, Jane, Hilda, Florence, Ivy and Susie, and grand mother of 28 children and great grandmother of one child. Aged 62 years. Sadly missed. "Safe in the arms of Jesus."
Suggestions, questions, comments, errors to Andrew Gabb. Revised 24 July 2017.