James Swinbourn

Male, (circa 1816 - 1895)
FatherWilliam Swinbourn
BirthJames Swinbourn was born circa 1816. 
INFO KENT COUNCIL BMD INDEX. James Swinbourn. 1840 marriage, entry 19, register D/D/1 Thanet and Dover; date 1840-04-05. (KenCounBMD). 
MarriageHe married Elizabeth Weston Farmar, daughter of Broadley Farmar and Hannah Bishop, 5 April 1840 in Dover, Kent, England. 
INFO MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE. Dover Reg. District. 1840. Marriage solemnized at the Baptist Chapel, Pent Side, District of the Dover Union in the County of Kent. #19, married 5 April 1840. James Swinbourn and Elizabeth Farmar. He age 24, bachelor, millwright, residence at 45 York Street, Dover. Father William Swinbourn a clerk. She 24 years old, spinster, residence at 45 York Street, Dover, father Broadley Farmar, mariner, deceased. Married in the Baptist Chapel Pent side according to the rites and ceremonies of the Particular Baptists. S. Lillicrop, minister. Witnesses: Richard Farmar and Ann Catherine Gravener. (GBCertMarDov). 
INFO CIV REG INDEX Marriage. James Swinbourn. JunQ,1840. Dover, v,177. (FreeBMD). 
INFO CENSUS 1841 (6 June 1841). Guernsey. St. Peter Port (part of). New Paris Road. James Swinbourn, 25, wheelwright, born England. Elizabeth, 25, born England. (GBCens1841 H.O.107/1460 40:29 E.D.8). 
Note NOTE: Marriage of William Fiddick and Mary Ann Swinbourn in Tasmania in 1848. Mary Ann could be a sister to James Swinbourn and would explain dtr Clara's middle name of Fiddick. 
INFO SHIP Mary Sheppard. In Port Melbourne Apr 4 to May 2. Bque 500/625t. Master McDonald. from London Dec 23 with 253 bnty emigs, merch. To Guam no pass. Note codes give sources incl PRO: Ships Reports Inwards & Outwards, Reg of Assist Pass from Brit Ports (ShipArrVic, 2:40). 
INFO SHIP Mary Shepherd. 550 Tons build Sndrld 1848, owner Shepherd. Port London. (LloydsReg LDS6025001 1849 #581). 
INFO PASSENGER LIST. Ship Mary Shepherd, April 1849. #41. Swinbourne, James, 34, farm laborer, b. London Middlesex, Baptist, can read and write. Wife Elizabeth, 33; daughter Hannah Maria 7; son James 5; son William 3. Eliz and children all b. Dover Kent; all Baptist. Eliz & Hannah can read and write. James can read. (NSWAsstImmig CGS5318 #2144, book 4a, p.54). 
INFO IMMIGRATION. Disposal list of the immigrants per the Ship Mary Shepherd which arrived at Port Phillip on the 4th April 1849. #156-160 James Swinbourne, Agl. laborer 34, "went to Melbourne (disengaged)" [note: for some, the employer and wage rate are listed in this space]. Wife Elizabeth age 33, children: Hannah M. 7, James 5, William 3-1/2. (PassVicBrit, LDS209196, Mary Shepherd, p.58). 
INFO ADVERTISEMENT in Melbourne City directory 1869 for Swinbourn's "Architrave -- moulding and saw mills. 163 Bourke Street West Melbourne. Architraves, mouldings, cornices, straight, circular, or elliptic, of all sizes and patterns, by steam machinery. First-Class medallist at the Exhibition, 1862, London and Melbourne.". Medal in center of ad: "1862 Londini -- Honoris causa" (SandsMelbDir 1869 ads, p.48). 
INFO PATENT 1492. Victoria. 24 Apr 1871. Michael James Cummins, contractor, and James Swinbourn, engineer, both of Melbourne. "A new method of supporing and working steam saw mills." Application paperwork is available on the website for the National Archives of Australia. The report from the Clerk of Patents for Inventions states that the "novelty in this case is adapting the machinery of steam saw mills to boats or floating foundations and in the method of working the saws." (NatArchAustr series A14150:1492 barcode 9039282). 
INFO MACHINE DESIGN. Newspaper report. Riverine Herald (Echuca, Vic.) 8 Jun 1878, p.3. "New Adzing Machine." Describes a successful test of an adzing machine "manufactured by Messrs. Wright and Edwards, from the designs of Mr. Swinbourn, of the Melbourne Steam Sawmills," to cut railway sleepers to exact specifications at the rate of 500 per hour with a machine that will travel along the rail line being constructed. (RiverHerTro). 
MarriageJames Swinbourn married Margaret Ann Miller, daughter of John Francis Alexander Cunningham Miller, 13 November 1879 in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. 
INFO MARRIAGE NOTICE. The Argus [Melbourne, Victoria, Australia]. 18 Nov 1879, p.1. Marriages. Swinbourn-Elliott - On the 13th inst. at St. Mark's Church, Fitzroy, by the Rev. Robert B. Barlow, James Swinbourn, Esq., of Melbourne, to Margaret Ann Elliott, of Clifton-hill, widow of the late Samuel Elliott, daughter of the late John Francis Alexander Cunningham Miller, Esq., M.D. R.N., and granddaughter of the late George Francis Alexander Miller, captain in the Hon. E.I.C.'s Service. (ArgusTro 18Nov1879, p.1). 
Note NOTE: name of 2nd wife on James' death certificate is Margaret Elliott (not Mary Ann). 
INFO CIV REG INDEX AUST Marriage. James Swinbourn. Spouse: Mary Ann Elliott. Birthplace: London Registered 1879 Victoria #3858. (VicBDMPio). 
INFO CIV REG INDEX AUST Marriage. Swinbourn, James. Spouse: Elliott, Mary Ann. Marriage place: Sea [error in index - label should be Birth place]. Reg. Victoria, 1879 #3858. (AVRI). 
INFO NEWSPAPER ARTICLE. Large Fire in Bourke-street. The Argus [Melbourne, Victoria, Australia] 20 March 1883. "At half-past 2 o'clock this morning an extensive fire broke out on the premises of Messrs. Crispe and Swinbourn, saw and moulding mills, Bourke-street, near to Messrs. R. Goldsbrough and Co.'s lower stores. Owing to the inflammable nature of the materials, the fire spread with great rapidity, and soon had such a firm hold on the building that it was impossible to do more than prevent the flames from spreading to the adjoining presises. The fire brigades were on the spot within a few mnutes after the alarm was given, and worked with energy. The building in which the fire originated was entirely destroyed; but the conflagration was then got under control. It is believed that the place was insured. The heavy rain falling assisted to extinguish the fire. The premises of Messrs. Crispe and Swinbourn extended from Bourke-street to Little Bourke-street. They consisted chiefly of sheds covering timber and of a wooden building for an office. The fire broke out at the northern end of the yard, in a room used for the manufacture of walking sticks and umbrella handles. The fire extended almost throughout the yard, and the whole of the shedding and a very large quantity of the timber were destroyed. When the fire was at its height it made an immense blaze, and it was at first believed that the large wool warehouses of R. Goldsbrough and Co. were on fire. During the progress of the fire one of the employees of the firm fell from the top a a shed on to the edge of some timber, and sustained such serious injuries that it was found necessary to remove him to the hospital." (ArgusTro 20Mar1883, p.5) NOTE: Other newspapers in Australia and in New Zealand carried this story. 
INFO NEWSPAPER ARTICLE. The Fire and Crispe and Swinbourn's. The Argus [Melbourne, Victoria, Australia]. 21 March 1883. The fire which occurred at Messrs. Crispe and Swinbourn's sawmills and timber yard, Bourke-street west, shortly after 2 o'clock yesterday morning destroyed a considerable amount of property. The premises were carefully locked up at 7 o'clock on the previous evening , when Mr. Swinbourn and the foreman of the yard saw all the fires and lights carefully extinguised. On the alarm being given, it was found that the fire had obtained a strong hold of the joinery and moulding shops in the yard, which were of light construction and very inflammable, and before any effectual steps could be taken, the flames extended to the stable and the loose timber lying about the place, and to Mr. Cross's Carron Casting Foundry at the back. The Insurance and suburban brigades were promptly in attendance, and succeeded, after about two hours' hard work, in extinguishing the flames. The whole of Messrs. Crispe and Swinbourne's sawmill machinery and plant was completely destroyed, along with two engines, the joinery and moulding shops, with their contents, and the stable and loft. A horse was fortunately rescued after the stables had been partially consumed. A small building in the centre of the yard occcupied by Mr. J. De Saxe as a walkingstick and umbrella manufactory, was also destroyed, along with the plant and contents. The property destroyed in the Carron Foundry consisted of several sets of mouldings and the amount of the damage is estimated at about £300, which is covered by an insurance for that amount in the Hanseatic Company. The fire is supposed to have started in Mr De Saxe's factory, but the cause of the outbreak cannot be ascertained. Messrs Crisp and Swinbourn extimated their damage at £1600, and they are insured to the extent of £620 in the Phoenix Company. During the fire a young man named Thomas White fell from one of the buildings in the yard and sustained a fracture of the spine. He was admitted at the Melbourne Hospital, where he was progressing favourably last night. (ArgusTro 21Mar1883, p.6). 
INFO DIRECTORY 1891: James Swinbourn, Timber merchant 451-157 Sydney Road, Brunswick. (CorresIANRO e-mail 6Sep2000). 
DeathJames Swinbourn died 8 April 1895 in Prahran, Victoria, Australia. 
INFO DEATH CERTIFICATE. 1895 Deaths Dist of Prahran. #11856 (#6836). James Swinbourn, civil engineer, d. 8th April 1895, Alfred Hospital, City of Melbourne, County of Bourke. Usual res: North Melbourne. male 79 yrs. Cause: Chronic nephritis, Duration: sometime. [doctor info]. Father and Mother unk. Informant: B. Matthew, undertaker, Toorak Rd. South Yarra. Reg . 9 Apr 1895 Prahran. Burial 9th April 1895 Melbourne Cemetery. Minister or witnesses: M. Brennan, James A. Archibald. Born London, Eng, 46 yr in Victoria. Marriage 1st Dover England age 24 to Elizabeth Farmer. 2nd: Fitzroy Victoria age 62 to Margaret Elliott. Issue of 1st marriage: Anna Maria 53 yr. James 51 yr. William dead. Mary Anne dead. Sophia 45 yr. Clara 41 yr. 2nd marr no issue. (VicDeaCert). 
INFO BURIAL at Melbourne General Cemetery. 9 Apr 1895. Ch of England area, Compartment FF, grave 57. Buried in this plot: William B. Swinbourn, Harry H. Swinbourn, Edith L. Swinbourn, Elizabeth W. Swinbourn, James Swinbourn, Hannah M. Robertson. NOTE: Hannah Robertson is not the owner of this burial plot. (CorresMelGC e-mail 12Apr2005). 
INFO BURIAL: Melbourne General Cemetery. Swinbourn James, age 79 bur. 9 April 1895. (CorresIANRO e-mail 6Sep2000). 
INFO GRAVE LOCATION. Melbourne General Cemetery grave Ch of England area, compartment FF, grave 57 -- for grave of Hannah M. Robertson 5 Jul 1927, her parents James and Elizabeth Swinbourn, and three Swinbourn children. (CorresMelGC e-mail 12Apr2005). 
INFO CIV REG INDEX AUST Death. Jas Swinbourn, unknown father & mother, age 79 d. Prahran, reg 1895 #6836. (VicBDMRedJer). 


Elizabeth Weston Farmar (circa 1816 - 1877)