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Willow 1850 -1883

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Astra Report 5 Feb 2013 18:00

Just found this

John Willow abt 1832 25 Dec 1863 Melbourne, Australia Plymouth Lincolnshire English

Clara Willow abt 1838 25 Dec 1863 Melbourne, Australia Plymouth Lincolnshire English

No children of the same name listed with them


Choccy Report 5 Feb 2013 18:07

Emily, on her death certificate, was born in Brighton (OP).

Could this be her?


RG number: RG11
Piece: 822
Folio: 100
Page: 42
Reg. District: Croydon
Sub District: Croydon
Parish: Penge
Enum. District:
Ecclesiastical District:
City/Municipal Borough:
Address: Hill Lodge, Centra Park, Penge
County: Surrey

BOAST, Clarissa Head Widow F 70 1811 Income From Land
Bristol, Somerset
TOXON, Maria Daughter Single F 46 1835
London, Middlesex
>>>>>WILLOW, Emily Servant Single F 24 1857 Domestic Servt
>>>>> Horsham, Sussex


SylviaInCanada Report 5 Feb 2013 23:56


I saw that one last night, but then couldn't make sense of the fact that the OP says Emily travelled First Class to Australia in 1883

Unless, of course, someone died and left her a pile of money ....... eg, Mrs Boast :-)



SylviaInCanada Report 5 Feb 2013 23:59

no ..

Clarissa Boast is still alive in 1891, with a new servant Harriet Payson. Clarissa died in 1893 (probate record)


Pamela Report 6 Feb 2013 00:40

Wow! Thank you so much everyone.
I started this search many many moons ago armed only with a very sketchy family story and my grandmothers date of birth.

I will attempt to answer your questions:
No I don't have a copy of Thomas Lucas's will - thanks Sylvia - I will follow that up.

No Marie I don't have any idea as to where or when Thomas and Fanny married or met for that matter. Early Australian BMD records varied considerably from state to state. South Australian one are more notable for what they don't tell than what they do.

Gins, This is something I have wondered too but the cousin mentioned above was adamant that the girls were all Willows. I have a letter my g. aunt wrote to a member of the Lucas family who had requested information on Thomas and Fanny's family. She was of the belief that they didn't have any family. Although saying that, I did happen upon a death of an Blanche Fanny Lucas in the BMD in 1879 (born (1878) and died in Holborn). Whether this is of any significance or not I don't know but Henry George and Evelyn had a daughter named Blanche Emily who also died in infancy.

Stuart, This is interesting, I have been clutching at straws for a long time. Not having a maiden name is certainly an issue here.

Yes, Henry George did marry Louise after Evelyn died - this story can get very complicated very easily.

Gins, The New Zealand story could be a Willow one. I always wondered why a man with a very badly injured leg and apparent poor health from the deprivation experienced in South Africa would choose to attempt to go farming in New Zealand.

I have a photocopy of a photo said to be of John Willow. The photographer is Adams & Co., 63 Westbourne Grove, W. (Westminster?) In it he is holding a top hat and gloves. He is wearing a dark closely fitted double breasted buttoned up shirt coat possibly with velvet trim and a narrow neck tie held by a ring rather than knotted. The shirt collar covers the tie. He has short hair and a full but short bushy beard. Am I correct in assuming this is an 1860's fashion statement?

Thank you all once again


Pamela Report 6 Feb 2013 01:02

Emily had a teaching career in the South Australian government school system before transferring to the private sector. It would appear that she had that position to come to or she acquired immediately on arrival. Perhaps her passage was paid for by the government as an inducement to get the teachers the state needed. I hadn't considered how she got here. But then some one had had to pay for her sisters passages too - I had assumed this was Thomas Lucas.

Henry George Parker was a tailor although I think he was still a tailors cutter in 1883. Louise was working as a governess at the time. Fanny gave her occupation as "nanny" on Evelyn's marriage certificate but she later pursued a career in nursing in Sydney. She was to become the matron of the Royal North Shore Hospital I believe.

I am thinking there is something to this story that hasn't been told :-S


SylviaInCanada Report 6 Feb 2013 03:34

This then could be Fanny making another trip to the UK .............. a little earlier than the others that I found!

UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960

Name: Miss Willow
Port of Departure: Brisbane, Australia
Arrival Date: 25 May 1912
Port of Arrival: London, England
Ports of Voyage: Sydney
Ship Name: Osterley
Search Ship Database: View the 'Osterley' in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
Shipping Line: Orient Steam Navigation Company Ltd
Official Number: 128287

from image:-

Hospital Matron
Permanent Residence:- Australia

and could this be her returning to Australia??????

UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 a

Name: Miss Willow
Gender: Female
Departure Date: 8 Nov 1912
Port of Departure: London, England
Destination Port: Sydney, Australia
Ship Name: Orontes
Search Ship Database: Search the 'Orontes' in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
Shipping Line: Orient Line
Official Number: 115707
Master: T Cox Walter

from image:-

travelling 2nd class, and going to Sydney.
Permanent Residence:- Australia

No occupation given.


Pamela Report 6 Feb 2013 04:51

Yes it would seem so .
Thank you