Meg, enigma of our family history – a strong, determined, resourceful Irish lass, who came to Tasmania as a ‘free’ settler. A random or a planned event? Meg raised three amazing sons despite the adversities of living in the 19th Century. Meg, not Mary or Elizabeth is the name most commonly used by Jimmy Holt’s descendants, one we are all familiar with. Elizabeth and sometimes Mary, used officially.
1830 – born in County Clare – referenced from other family members research.
3 February 1853 Mary Elizabeth Dwyer – arrived in Launceston a 23-year-old on the ‘Northumberland‘ from Liverpool as a ‘free’.
26 December 1853 (Boxing Day) Mary Dwyer and Samuel Robinson are married in the Parish Church, Georgetown. Samuel’s occupation – Constable.
Son’s William 1854 and John 1856, registration of births (with names) in Launceston although the boys were born in Georgetown. Another male child was born to Samuel & Mary Robinson in Sept 1858 however this child was not named by his mother at the time of registering his birth & is not James. I have seen a Christening document that suggests this child was named David but he disappears from our history for some unexplained reason. James Robinson was born in Hobart in 1851.
1859 January – William 4 and John 2 – admitted to the Queen’s school orphanage, application made by Father Hall – Samuel Robinson deserted his family, Mary has not the means to support her young sons. There is no mention of a younger brother.
Samuel Robinson located aboard the Whaling Barque the ‘Sussex’.
6 February 1860 William and John collected by their Mother.
1 May 1862 Elizabeth marries John Holt in Launceston. The certificate states her surname was either Thomas or Brown at that point in time and remains an anomaly. James (Jimmy) was 11 William (Billy) 8 and John (Johnny) 6.
Coincidentally John Holt registration documents; one whaling expedition….Barque ‘Runnymede’ 5/1/1857, employed as a seaman. John Holt’s signature for payment food and wages. REF: MB2/33/1/355 reel, Z267.
Oral history passed down to Dad from Horace, life improved when Meg married John Holt, ‘he was a good man’, kind to the boys, they considered him their father and vice versa.
1875 – James is issued with Master of Home Trade Ticket after passing the examination.
1876 – Meg quick to action here, withdrew the charge a few days later.
August 1877 – Interesting reading about J Moorcroft!!
February 1878 John and Maryanne marry in Launceston – Meg is witness along with another Holt, unable to work out first name.
March 1879 Meg 48 married Thomas Prest/Youl 68. James was 28, William 26 and John 24.
1880 James Thomas born to William and Ellen
February 1881 James and Emily marry, Meg is witness to the marriage at St Johns in Launceston by Cannon Brownrigg. James is 29 and Emily 20.
1882 Edith Elizabeth is born prematurely to James and Emily – registered as Emily Louisa.
1884 Arthur Lee 20th August born to John and Mary ………three days later on August 23rd Twins Henry (King) and James (Tuck) born to James and Emily – Tuck’s birth registration not on same page, having the three on one page would have looked awesome – John registered the birth by letter from (Little) Dog Island and James from North Sisters Island.
1885 Mary born to John and Mary.
3 March 1886 Thomas Prest dies.
1887 Elizabeth hosts two weddings at her home Wellington Street, she is witness to one.
7 December 1888 Meg presses charges against Sarah A Turner
1888 Assessment and Valuation Rolls – Town of Launceston – occupier of property 37 YORK St is ELIZABETH PREST – OWNER of the property is one CATHERINE PREST who also owns 38A & B, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52 York Street and 37 Bathurst St.
26 October 1890 Charles Ernest is born to William and Ellen – 10 days after the death of his Mother.
10 December 1890 Ernest John is born to James and Emily.
3 February 1891 mention of probate, Elizabeth to sons James, William and John.
1898 Assessment and Valuation Rolls – Town of Launceston – OWNERS of Property are as follows: HOLT BROTHERS (inherited from Meg) 156,158,159,160,162,164,166,168,170,172,174,176,178,180,182, 184. Also 110 Bathurst St. Only 4 of the properties registered as occupied.
June 1930 – Meg’s will …..
August 1930 Meg’s will ……
1934 Meg’s will ………continues
Catherine Prest – who is she? is she connected to Thomas Prest/Youl? Catherine the character!!