James Nicol
Margrat Howie
John Conn Christian
(Cir 1745-)
Walter Nicol
(1771-Abt 1852)
Christian Conn
(1774-After 1841)

George Nicol


Family Links

1. Janet Hay

2. Helen (Ellen) Eleanor Riach

George Nicol

  • Born: 16 Oct 1810, Banff, Banffshire Scotland or Deskford
  • Christened: 21 Oct 1810, Church of Scotland, Banff Scotland
  • Partnership (1): Janet Hay 1st
  • Marriage (2): Helen (Ellen) Eleanor Riach on 26 Aug 1838 in Forgue, Aberdeenshire Scotland
  • Died: 20 Apr 1895, Kildare Cottage Appin Rd Campbelltown, NSW Australia at age 84
  • Buried: 21 Apr 1895, Congregational Cemetery, Campbelltown, Sydney, NSW Australia (now adjacent to the catholic school) 6

   Cause of his death was Brights Disease & Asthma.

  General Notes:

George Nicol and Ellen Riach
Arrived in Australia 16 January, 1839 on the Alfred.
The "Alfred" sailed from Gravesend on 8th September 1838, and called at Plymouth, England on 17th September 1838, where George and Ellen boarded for the trip to Sydney.
The "Alfred" was a full rigged barque of 716 tons, built in India in 1818 of teak, and sheathed with copper against marine borers. A breakdown of the passenger list shows:
- Adult males84
- Adult females80
- Children under 439
- Children 4-830
- Children 8-1521A total of 254
The Captain of the vessel was Captain Flint, and the surgeon in charge, who appears to have occupied a most responsible position, was Samuel Maberly. The trip took 120 days during which time there was little sickness, mainly due to the change of diet, however despite this 20 passengers did die on the trip.
Strict rules were observed on Board. Each person had to be out of bed by 7:00am and all beds rolled and taken on deck for airing. Breakfast was at 8:00 and cleaning commenced shortly after. Men were appointed on rosters for cleaning and could earn $6 on the trip to be paid on arrival in Sydney.
Each week the surgeon would select two men to see the provisions weighed, and daily school was conducted for the children. Spirits were forbidden and smoking allowed only at the discretion of the surgeon.
Passengers were required to attend a church service on Sunday morning, and the behaviour and the morals of the passengers were strictly regulated. Opposite sexes were not allowed to visit each others sleeping apartments unless approved by the surgeon. The penalty for contravening regulations such as these was to have one's wine stopped for the rest of the voyage.
One of the children born on board was Mary Nicol, first child of George and Ellen, who was born at sea on 29th December 1838. Mary was to be the first child baptised at St. Marks Church of England, Appin NSW. At the time of baptism on 10th March 1839 the present church building was at least a year away from being commenced and almost four years from dedication, which took place on 25th April 1843. No doubt there was a temporary church building which was used at that time.
The "Commercial Journal and Advertiser" published Wednesday 16th January 1839 reported "arrived late last night, the ship Alfred, with emigrants".
Family legend has it that they walked all the way to Campbelltown after arriving in Sydney. Some of us might think that would not have been so, and why would they not have caught a coach. This was precisely my own thoughts, until I noticed an advertisement in the earlier mentioned "Commercial Journal and Advertiser".
This was an advertisement by one Mr George Watkins, announcing the commencement of a coach service from Campbelltown to Sydney and return commencing 31st January 1839, "leaving Campbelltown at 5am, arriving Sydney 10am. Leaving Sydney again at 4pm and arriving Campbelltown at 10pm. Campbelltown bookings through Mr Hurley and Mr Fennell". In other words George and Ellen had arrived two weeks before a regular coach run began.
In any event George and Ellen and the baby made their way to Campbelltown where he had arranged employment as a farming overseer on the property "DENFIELD" just south of Campbelltown.
In about 1855-1857 George Nicol purchased subdivided acreage on Macquariedale Road at Appin, part of an original grant on 20th June 1816 from Governor Macquarie to William Broughton, and named "Macquariedale". George's portion was then named NETHERDALE.

  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Farmer. on Mary's birth certificate occupation was listed as "farmer overseer"

Emigration. Arrived in Australia 16 January, 1839 on the Alfred Shipping records for Australian Society of Genealogists, Sydney for 1839 reads:
George Nicol 26 years - Church of Scotland. Reads and writes
Ellen (Riach) 22 years - "in country service". Reads and writes. Church of Scotland
1 child by "Alfred" 1839 (p.37/8 vol 14)
They came to Australia as assisted migrants

Residence. Living at Appin Road when John was born & at "Mt Huon" Netherdale, Campbelltown according to Mac Thomson [thomsonm@bigpond.net.au]

fact. witnesses to baptism were John Conn & James Smart according to Diane this was found in book 1805 pages 109-182

source. & "Bakers, Bishops and Bushrangers" by Robert J Williams

connection. Louise Hooworth 's connection to me is as follows:

She is linked as sister to Walter Hooworth
Walter Hooworth (1903)
His father was James Hooworth (died in 1907) who married Elizabeth Hayward (1870)
Her father was George Hayward (1837) who married Hannah Williams (1845)
Her father was Luke Williams (1802) & he also had James Williams (1836) who married Jane Nicol (1840)
Her father was George Nicol (1810) & he also had John Nicol (1844)
He had Margaret Nicol (1889) who married G. A. Davies (1894)
They had Colin Davies (1925)
He had me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)

connection. The connection between Robert Bray and Robyn Bray (nee Davies)

Robert Bray (1947) who married me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)
His father was Robert Alfred Bray (1920)
His father was Albert Bray (1896)
His father was Arthur Augustus Bray (1869) who married Annie Florence Dawes (1873)
Her father was James Dawes (1843) who married Charlotte Peck (1843)
Her father was James Peck (1821) & he also had Henry Peck (1859)
He had Annie Florence Peck (1888) married Stewart Judd (1887)
His father was Joseph Judd (1861) who married Ellen Secomb (1866)
Her father was John Secomb (1826) & he also had William Secomb (1852)
He had Ortho Secomb (1886) who married Lillian Williams (1885)
Her father was James Williams (1836) who married Jane Nicol (1840)
Her father was George Nicol (1810) & he also had John Nicol (1844)
He had Margaret Nicol (1889) who married G. A. Davies (1894)
They had Colin Davies (1925)
He had me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)

George had a relationship with Janet Hay 1st. (Janet Hay was born circa 1815.)

George next married Helen (Ellen) Eleanor Riach, daughter of James Riach and Mary Chapman, on 26 Aug 1838 in Forgue, Aberdeenshire Scotland. (Helen (Ellen) Eleanor Riach was born on 12 Aug 1816 in Forgue, near Banff, Scotland Parish of Banchory Ternan, christened on 17 Aug 1816 in Church of Scotland, Forgue Parish County, Aberdeen Scotland, died on 15 Jan 1892 in Appin, Campbelltown, Sydney, NSW Australia and was buried on 16 Jan 1892 in Congregational Cemetery, Campbelltown, Sydney, NSW Australia (now adjacent to the catholic school).). The cause of her death was influenza.

  Noted events in their marriage were:

source. & "Bakers, Bishops and Bushrangers" by Robert J Williams


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