Long Lost Relatives

1st April 2017

Once relatives left the docks at Southampton, or Hamburg, for instance, news of their fate rarely reached home, the following is an excerpt showing so many pleas for information:

(From Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper, January 31, 1897.)
ALLEN (William) went to Australia in the s.s. Perthshire as fireman in August, 1895; left the ship at Gippsland, and has not been heard of since. Mother asks.
BAKON (Robert), late of Langham, Norfolk, was last heard of from Invercargill, New Zealand, August, 1891. Mother is very anxious.
BALDWIN (George and Elizabeth) went to New Zealand in November, 1894; last heard of at Palmerston North. Sister Alice asks. Father is dead.
BENNETT (Charles) left Birmingham for Melbourne in 1870. Sister (B. Loxley) asks.
BRIDGETT (Francis and George) Francis was last heard of at Gilmarra, Clarence River, New South Wales, in August, 1869. George’s son, accountant, last heard of in Newcastle, N.S.W., in 1869. Daughter asks.
BRYANT (M.A.) seeks her brother (name omitted) who went to Australia 10 or 12 years ago.
BRYANT (Ernest) left London in 1890, for Melbourne. Brother Harry would like to hear from him.
CAMPBELL (Frank), in New Zealand about three years ago, is sought by his father, of Swansea.
CAMPBELL (John), of New-cut, Lambeth, about thirty years ago, is supposed to be in Australia. Niece (Lizzie Bradley) asks.
COLLINS (William) left the Grotto Passage School, Marylebone, about 1849 for the Bendigo Diggings, Australia, and has not been heard of since. Niece (Mrs. Walsh) enquires.
COX (Montague), who was brought up by his grandmother near Thrapston, Northampton, is supposed to have sailed for Australia twenty years ago. Sister Louisa seeks tidings.
CROSS (Edward) left Battersea Park-road for Auckland about thirteen years ago, and has not been heard of since. Joseph Walker enquires.
DOWNEY (George), of Burton-in-Holme, Westmoreland, went to Ploughman’s Creek, Orange, Sydney, in 1859. Half-sister Jane enquires.
DRAKE (Thomas) went to Australia in 1884. Widowed mother, brother, and sister ask.
EASOM (A.) who went to Australia in October, 1894, is earnestly requested to write to his parents.
FARLEY (Lawrence) was in North Shields five years ago; supposed to be in Hull or on a fishing boat. Brother William asks.
FUNNELL (William) left Gravesend for Brisbane about thirty-two years ago; last heard of at Rockhampton about twenty years ago. Brother Fred asks.
GIRARD (Frank) went to Sydney in 1889; spoke of returning last year, but mother, who enquires, can gain no tidings.
GOULDING (John and Mary) went to Brisbane in 1871; heard of in 1880. Sister enquires.
GREEN (William) went to Vancouver; last heard of at Yokohama, Japan, in June, 1895. Brother George asks.
GRIFFITHS (Thomas R.) was last heard of in 1865; then at Oladdie, South Australia. Sister (Annie Roberts) asks.
HEARD (William), cabinetmaker, of Hoxton, went to New Zealand twenty years ago; not been heard of since. Brother asks.
HONEYMAN (Walter Richard) was heard on in August, 1890, from Yass-road, Australia. Mother asks.
NEAL (Thomas) was last heard of in Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, in July, 1888. Mother asks.
SKERRITT (Robert William) was last heard of from South Adelaide about two years ago. Mrs. MacMillan asks.
WALTERS, FLANIGAN. Mother and brother seeks tidings of Harry Waters, or Charles Alvin Flanigan, who was last heard of in Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, thirteen years since. 
WILLIAMS (Mrs. J. P. “Mary Ann Robinson”) went to Australia in 1853; and her brother John ROBINSON, went in 1867. Their brother James is anxious for news of both.
WYATT (William Edward), of Portsmouth, lived in Millen-street, off Boundary, Spring Hill, Brisbane, in 1883. Parents enquire.

(From Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper, February 7, 1897.)
BENNING (William and George Henry), William is supposed to be at Buenos Ayres; George, formerly Stationmaster at Deepwater Railway Station, near Newcastle, New South Wales. Sister (Helen Murray) asks.
BLAKE (Ellen) nee Bacon, who married a James Blake in 1878, and went to Australia, is earnestly sought by her mother.
BULBY (John S.), formerly of Dartmouth, was 10 years ago in the Colonial Navy, and living at Williamstown, Melbourne. Brother would be glad to hear of him or his children.
CLAYBOURN (Thomas George), 38, wrote to Scarborough from Australia about six years ago. Father’s sister’s daughter enquires.
COLLINGWOOD (Fred) went to Western Australia in May, 1887; thence to Melbourne; last heard of at Auckland in October, 1893. Sister Alice asks.
DUGGAN. William Duggan, formerly of Liverpool, was in Paradise Goldfields, Australia, about 1892; John was last heard of in 1895 then in Coolgardie Goldfields, Western Australia. Mother asks.
DUKESONS (Bella and Phoebe) were in Dr. Barnardo’s Home about 20 years ago. Brother Alfred enquires.
GIBSON (Walter), painter, of Bollington, near Macclesfield, was leaving Brisbane for Melbourne four years ago. Sister Annie asks.
GOOCH (John), of Fritton, Norfolk, was last heard of in 1856-7; then in Albany, New York State. Sisters Sarah and Polly enquire.
GREENHER (Ann) was last heard of in 1891, when residing at Rookwood, Sydney, N.S.W.  Mother asks.
HALES (Robert) left England in 1859-60; supposed to be in Melbourne. Brother James asks.
HARRIS (Thomas) left Swansea about October, 1861, for Glasgow, thence to Australia. Brother John asks.
HOOPER (John James) of Landport, Portsmouth, went to Australia 22-3 years ago. Last heard of seven years ago from Melbourne. Brother Charley asks. (Mother is dead.)
HOWARTH (Edmund), of Wardle, Rochdale, was in Charters Towers, Queensland, in Feb., 1888. Brother John enquires.
JENKINS (Alfred), of Dartford, sailed for New Zealand in March 12 years ago. Sister Agnes enquires.
JONES (Francis) of the Wolds, Gloucestershire, sailed in the Hopley for Port Adelaide or Melbourne in 1853. Sister (Mrs. Mary Davis) asks.
JONES (William and Thomas) of Merthyr, S. Wales, and Pontlottyn, in 1886, were in Queensland. Sister Catherine asks.
KITCHEN (George) left England in May, 1892, by the s.s. Aberdeen, White Star Line. Last heard of at Wellington, N.S. Wales, in April, 1894. Brother enquires.
LADSON (Mrs. Emma) went to Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, in 1861, and has not been heard of since. Sister (A. T. Harris) asks.
LINFOOT (Edwin) left London about 11 years since. Last heard of in Australia. Brother William Charles asks.
MALLAM (Robert) was on H.M.S. Severn, at Brisbane, seven years ago. Brother Benjamin asks.
MAXON (John Robert) went to Auckland, N.Z., in 1859-60; supposed to be in Sydney. Sister’s son enquires.
MINES (John) of Dunkinfield, went to Adelaide, Australia, in June, 1864. Wm. T. Hope asks.
PARSONS (Hannah), of Australia 16 years ago, is now in New Zealand. Son of her sister Julia asks.
PERKS. Harry Manley Perks, carpenter, late of Hobart Town, Tasmania, is supposed to be working in London since last June. His parents seek him.
PRESTON (Samuel and Mary) went to Brisbane about 35 years ago; last heard of in 1881 in Sydney, N.S.W. Brother (Mark Dixon) enquires.
PRICE (John) went to New South Wales 1849-50. Brother (J. Price) asks.
REEVES (Mrs. Sarah) was living at Peacock’s Buildings, Rundle-street, East-terrace, Adelaide, S. Australia, in Oct., 1885. Sister (Mrs. Mary Philpotts) enquires.
ROBERTS. Thomas Roberts, of Hendra, Conway, left for Melbourne, October 4, 40 years ago, in the Donald McKay; seen in Melbourne 10 years ago; sister Hannah enquires.
SHAN (Thomas), of Briston, Norfolk, left Durham for Australia 24 years ago. Sister Maria asks.
SHEPHERD (Mary Ann and Charlotte) are sought by their brother William. Mary married Sergeant John Lynch, of the 18th Royal Irish Regiment. Charlotte was in London 35 years ago.
SMITH (Louisa) is sought by her friend (Milly Ireland Seymour) from Richmond, Victoria.
SPEED (Samuel) left Liverpool for Australia in 1853. Last heard of in 1854 in Melbourne. Daughter Eliza asks.
TAINTON (Mrs.) lived in Cook-road, Marrickville, N.S.W., in 1883-4. Sister E. asks.
TOMS. Alfred Adams Toms, of Torquay. Last heard of near Melbourne. His sisters and brothers would be glad of tidings.
WADE (Richard) left London for Melbourne in June, 1860, and Melbourne for New Zealand in 1882; no news since. Brother Thomas asks.
WALTERS, FLANAGAN. Mother and brother seek tidings of Harry Waters, or Charles Alvin-Flanigan, who was last heard of in Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, 13 years since.
WAUGH (Thomas), joiner and builder, of Victoria or New South Wales, is sought by J. H. Settle.
WELBORN (John) went to Wellington, N.Z., in 1890. Last heard of in Auckland in 1896. Daughter Alice asks.
WHEELER (John) seeks his brother William and sister Mrs. Brooks (Wheeler), who left East Horsley, Surrey, for South Australia 40 or 50 years ago. Last heard of in Adelaide, S. Australia, 20 years ago.
WOOD (Charles Edward), of Lambeth, was in March, 1889, at Melbourne, Victoria. Sister and brothers enquire.

(From Lloyd’s List, February 27, 1897.)
BAKER (Eliza) left Liverpool in 1887; supposed to have gone to the Colonies. Mother seeks news.
BLAKE (Emma, Graven) went to Australia twelve years ago; supposed to be in Sydney. Parents and brothers ask.
CARTER (George and Fanny) left Deepdale, Lines., about twenty-two years ago for New Zealand; not heard of since. Nephew Richard Burton asks.
COOPER (Joseph) was last seen in Guildford in 1884, but is since supposed to have gone to America or Australia. Sister Selina asks.
DRAIN (Edward James) went to Brisbane in the Olive Branch in March 1870. His sister-in-law asks.
LOVELL (George John) left Wootton, Northampton in 1885; last heard of from Victoria. Mother and sisters seek news.
MAY (Jane) left Birr, King’s County, Ireland, some years back for Sydney, N.S.W. Sister Eliza would be glad of any information.
MORROW (George), baker, of Old Kent-road, went to New Zealand in 1873; lived in Brook-street Nelson, N.Z., when last heard. Brother William asks.
MUDGE (Thomas) in 1831 was in South Australia. Sister asks.
NUTT (James) was in Wellington, N.Z., in 1882.  Brother John seeks news.
O’CONNELL. Jeremiah O’Connell left Cork, Ireland, about 1871. Was last heard of in Victoria or New Zealand. A nephew seeks him, and also news of his aunts, Julia Kellaher and Margaret O’Connell, who went to America about eight years ago.
ONIONS (Frank John) sailed in the s.s. Potosi in May, 1887, for Sydney, N.S.W. He is requested to write to his brothers Edward and Herbert. (Mother is dead.)
OSMER (George) is supposed to have sailed from Port Said for Australia in 1885. Brother Thomas asks.
POOLEY (Harry) went to Australia in February, 1892, but when last heard of thought of going to New Zealand. Brother William seeks news.
POWELL (Edward) was last heard from in 1887 when working in the Fish Market in Sydney, Australia. Sister is anxious.
PRICE (Mr. William), of Hyde, Otago, New Zealand, is sought by his sister (Mrs. Ann Walker).
REYNOLDS (Matthew), of Welton, was last seen by his sister in 1846-7, when thinking of sailing for Australia. His only sister Eliza anxiously enquires.
RICHARDS (George William), son of Captain Richards, of Weymouth, was in New Zealand eight years ago. Aunt (A. Shales) asks.
RIVETT (Joseph Birchell), went to Australia from Northampton fifteen years ago; last letter from West Brunswick, near Melbourne, in 1894. He was then a fore-cabin steward in the employ of the A.S.N. Co.  His mother longs for tidings.
ROBERTSON (Amelia), formerly of Peckham, went to Christchurch, New Zealand, about twelve years ago; last heard of in 1888. Her brother (William Feltham) asks.
ROBINSON (Francis), of Walgrave, Northamptonshire, was heard of in Victoria, Australia, about twenty years ago. Nephew (John M. Robinson) enquires.
ROGERSON (Herbert), last addressed “W. Sergeant, Express-avenue, Wellington, New Zealand,” whose mother has written him several times without any response reaching her, anxiously enquires.
SAMPSON (Henry Thomas) was in Sydney six years ago. Brother Ben asks.
STURGESS (Archer) twelve years ago was driving the Mystery tug at Sydney, New South Wales. Sister Emily asks.
SYKES (Edward Arthur) sailed for Melbourne in November, 1889, and was last known to be at Parkes, New South Wales, in March, 1895. Father and sisters seek him.
TURNER (Thomas), born in Broad-street, Ratcliff, or Shadwell, about 1820, left London for Adelaide, South Australia, in 1857. Any tidings would be gladly received by nephew, Harry Turner.
WHITE (Thomas) was in New Zealand eight years ago. Sister, of Gloucester, enquires.

Adelaide Observer, Saturday, 3 April, 1897.