Selected Families and Individuals


Henry Stephen Milbourne

Born around 1804 in Southwark London and baptised on 18th November 1804 in St George the Martyre, Southwark. Died in Cypress St Launceston Tasmania in 1858. He was a Braidmaker, Hairdresser. (from the 'Register Report dated 13th Feb 2002.
Henry appears to have been a bit of a rogue. He was first convicted of larceny on 17th July 1824 and sentenced to 7 years transportation, commuted to penal servitude. He served time on the prision hulk "Dolphin". A full pardon 16th May 1828. Then on 16th January 1829 at the age of 24 he was convicted and sentenced to 7 years transportation to Van Dieman's Land. He sailed on the convict ship "Thames" on the 26th June 1829. The voyage took 142 days.
When wife Mary died, it appears of cancer, on 21st March 1854 her father, James Best and his wife took the four youngest Milbourne children (Harriet, James, Alfred Martin and Albert Arthur) to Portland.
Other records show he died 26 Apr 1858

Mary Ann Best

Mary died on 21st March 1854 of cancer. Her father then took her four youngest children (Harriet, James, Alfred Martin and Aalbert Arthur) to Portland.

Edwin Milbourne

From Marlene.
Whilst helping his brother James clear land in the Mallee they had a big "fall out" and Edwin walked off into the virgin scrub at night. Alan L Milbourne was a young boy then and witnessed the fight. He often told the story of hi Uncle Ned's departure. It seems that it ended all contact between James and Edwin.

Henry Walter Milbourne

Later in his life Henry was a recluse and lived on an old houseboat "Noah's Ark" on the east bank of the River Leven.
From the 'Launceston Examiner' Tuesday 2nd January 1917. "Ulverstone Monday 1st January 1917 - Mr T. Collett J.P. Coroner, this morning held an inquiry into the circumstances attending the death of the old man, Henry Walter Milbourne, whoes body was found floating in the river Leven".
After hearing evidence of Harriet Klemick, Tas A Burgess, S McQueen, Dr F A Ferris, Trooper A R Cooper and sub inspector W Longman which went to show the deceased was last seen alive in an intoxicated condition going down Reibey Street towards his home and also to prove identification and the finding of the body, the coroner returned the following verdict. That the deceased, Henry Walter Milbourne, met his death by drowning in the Leven River on or about the 23rd November 1916, but there was no evidence to show how he got into the water. Sub Inspector W C Longman watched the procedings on behalf of the Police.

John Gibson Proudfoot

The passing of Mr J. G. Proudfoot. "The Tweed" Obituary.
Death claimed c very well known and respected old resident of Murwillumbah yesterday when Mr. John Gibson Proudfoot passed peacefully away. The old gentleman, who had reached the great age of 89, recently contracted bronichia trouble and this, aided by senile decay, was the immediate cause of the death. The late Mr. Proudfoot came to Murwillumbah a quarter of a century ago, when , so to speak, Murwillumbah was only in the making. Establishing himself as a general store keeper, he, by strict attention to business and by the manifestation of those virtues always associated with a christian mind, won the esteem and respect of all who knew him. Broadminded and tolerant in every way, he led his own exemplary life and left others to lead theirs without hinderance or hurt. The late Mr Proudfoot was a native of Scotland, his first home being in a small village outside Edinburgh. He came to Australis over 60 years ago, settling in Geelong (Melbourne). Prior to this he had spent three years in the United States and Canada. Leaving Geelong he went to the western District of Victoria and thence to the Murray River country. He spent some 18 years in the famous Riverina District, principally in Euston, NSW and Mildura Vic. He cane to the Tweed in October 1898 and, as already stated, established a successful business in town, now conducted by his son Mr W.A.Proudfoot. Realising that old age was creeping upon him, Mr Proudfoot retired from active business pursuits. His wife, who was a native of Cornwall, predeceased him four years ago. Of the decendants, four are living, viz: Mrs. Gordon of Mildura (Vic), Mrs J. Poole (Murwillumbah), Mrs Smailes (Murwillumbah) and Mr. W.A.Proudfoot (Murwillumbah). A son of Mr James Proudfoot, died in Adelaide a year ago, whilst a daughter Miss Susan Proudfoot, died here about 16 years ago.

Mary Anna Penrose

Mary Anna Penrose, aged 14, sailed out on the ship "Oithona", 851 tons, Master Taylor. Departed Plymouth UK on 21st October 1854 and arrived Portland Victoria 30 January 1855. On board were her parents and sister, Nancy Penrose aged 21 years. It is noted that she could read and write. I gather that there was also brothers John (12), Alfred (10) and Susanna (8) with them. Thomas Penrose was engaged by Angus Cameron of Hamilton for 12 months from 7th July on a wage of 110 pounds.

Rev James Proudfoot

The late Revd.James Proudfoot of Culter Scotland. A venerable man, well known in the Upper Ward of Lanarkshire and higher district of Peebleshire, has passed away. Mr. James Proudfoot, Senior Pastor fo the Free Church of Culter, owing to the infirmities of old age, and for the sake of his family, removed to Lower Norwood about 2 years ago, where after a long illness, borne with much patience, he died of Wednesday the 15th cuttent. The funeral took place on Tuesday last at Culter, the body having been previously conveyed from the railway station to the Free Church. A religious service took place there, conducted by Mr.Bannatyne, colleague of the deceased: Mr.Welsh (Broughton) Mr. Andeison, parich Minister of Culter, & Mr Logan Abington, in the presence of a large mumber of persons of all demoninations, who had come spontaneously forward to testigy their respect and affection for their depared friend by following his remains to the grave. The females of the congregarion, dressed in mourning, were seated in the gallery. .Mr.Proudfoot was a Peebleshire man, having been born in Skirling about the end of the last century. By his abilities aquirements & character he secured at an early period the respect of the neighbourhood, and in 1827, in circumstances honourable both to patron and presentee, he was appointed minister of Culter, in every respect a most elegible parish. There, highly esteemed by all classed, he labourned as parish minister till the memorable 1843, whe though he had a family of 8 young children, he left the Church and Manse he was so fondly attached to and gave up, for the sake of principle, the living which seemed so necessary to him and his family. He attended the meeting of Convocation which preceded the Disruption, and feeling that in all probability he had signed away all his earthly goods, he returned from Edinburgh on foot, burdened in mind, and anxious about the future. On reaching his home and entering the door he found complete relief from the thought that the Lord, who had bountifully provided for him...
The Memorial (Culter) 14feet high, a plain pointed obelisk reads "Sacred to the memory of the Rev. James Proudfoot, who was minister of the Established Church of Culter for 16 years, and of the Free Church for 33 years. He was born at Skirling, 20th April 1796; ordained 25 April 1827; died at Lower Norwood, London 15th November 1876. The Righteous shall be in everlasting rememberance. Erected by his attached flock in affectionate rememberance fo his great personal worth; of the sacrifices for conscience sake made by him at the disruption in 1843, and of his faithful labours, extending over a period of nearly 50 years"

Janet Gibson

An infant son died on 23 October 1840.