THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS – A SKETCHPAD – AS I BEGIN TO GATHER INFORMATION, ASK QUESTIONS AND MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
References: Monaroo Pioneers
John Dunn, son of John Dunn and Jane, was born in 1813 in Ireland and died on July 22, 1894 in Bombala, NSW1 at age 81. NSW BDM Index, 3090/1894.
John married Elizabeth Davis. Elizabeth was born in 1821 in Ireland and died on August 25, 1883 in Nelbothery near Bombala, NSW2 at age 62. SW BDM Index, 9403/1883.
Fact – they were living in Australia in 1843.
Question – did they come to Australia separately or were they immmigrants?
As Monaroo Pioneers lists only children born in Australia, can we take it they came separately and married here. In which case, where’s the marriage record? There’s no marriage record for them in NSW. So were they not married? Or were they married overseas? Did they come to Australia with young children?
On the Assisted Immigrants register, there’s a bunch of people who might fit the bill.
DUNN John – William Abrams 1841 Port Phillip and Hanna and family Reel 2144, [4/4814] Page 2
DUNN John – Robert Benn 1842 Port Phillip Reel 2144, [4/4814] Page 203
DUNN John – Middlesex 1841 Port Phillip Reel 2144, [4/4814] Page 42
DUNN John – Enmore 1841 Port Phillip Reel 2144, [4/4814] Page 93
Was John a convict? There’s a convict pardon which needs exploration.
DUNN John – Susan 1834 47/552 CP 30 Jul 1847 [4/4452] 784 – 103-104
John Dunn, one of 300 convicts transported on the Susan, 07 March 1834
Known aliases: none
Convicted at: Convicted at Chester Assizes for a term of life on 03 August 1833.
Sentence term: Life
Ship name: Susan
Departure date: 7th March, 1834
Place of arrival: New South Wales
|DUNN||John||800||Mill Bight, Parish Frederick, County Cumberland, District Windsor||[X951]||79||2223|
|DUNN||John||306||Surry Hills, Parish Alexandria, County Cumberland, District Sydney||[X950]||57||2223|
They lived in the Queanbeyan District, probably near Woden according to the birth records of their children between at least 1843 and 1853.
Reference: Monaroo Pioneers
James DUNN b: 20 Jan 1843 in Queanbeyan, NSW
John DUNN b: 13 Mar 1847 in Queanbeyan, NSW
Bernard DUNN b: 1848 in Queanbeyan, NSW
Elizabeth DUNN b: 1851 in Queanbeyan, NSW
Esther A. DUNN b: 6 Oct 1853 in Queanbeyan, NSW
The name “Woden” was given to the 2500 acres of land bought by Dr James Murray in 1837. He named his property “Woden” after the Norse God of War who was also the patron of learning.
RELEVANT/POSSIBLE DEATHS IN THE
QUEANBEYAN RIVERSIDE CEMETERY
Dunn, David, d. 28 May 1857, age: 1 day, RC Sec, Unmarked
Dunn, Ferdinand James, d. 26 Mar 1868, age: 76yr, RC Sec, Unmarked
Dunn, Johanna Gorman, b. Ireland, d. 28 Jun 1893 Woden, RC Sec, Unmarked
Dunn, John, b. Ireland, d. 8 Oct 1890, age: 71yr, h/o Johanna (Gorman), RC Sec, Unmarked
Dunn, Patrick Newell Blanchard, d. 22 Oct 1894, age: 5wks, RC Sec, Unmarked
Dunn, Thomas, b. 13 Nov 1855 Yarralumla, d. 13 Aug 1856, age: 9 mths, RC Sec, Unmarked
1870 GREVILLES Lists a farmer, John living in Queanbeyan. Was that him? Or his son?
(have checked and it wasn’t him, as this john dunn farmer, is listed in the insolvency court and died a few weeks later.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954)
By 1883, they were living in the Bombala District.
Elizabeth Davis died at Nelbothery in 1883-
BOMBALA.-The Eureka Water and Sluicing Company has been organized, and commenced operations by turning the first soil on the 17th instant. From Commissioner Scott’s report there can be little doubt as to the richness of the locality, and, if a sufficient supply of water can be obtained, theris reason to believe that the Nelbothery will become a large and payable gold-field. During the past week the weather has been very boisterous, and an immense quantity of rain has fallen. – Twofold Bay Observer. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: 1842-1954) Thursday 24 January 1861
1894 – John died at Bombala