1798 - 1869 (71 years)
||William Medwin |
||Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom [1, 2, 3]
||Launceston, Tasmania, Australia 
||26 Apr 1869
||Horton, Tasmania, Australia [1, 4]
||Stanley, Tasmania, Australia 
- Came to Launceston 1841 on the 'Ullswater' with their 8 children (mentioned in Launceston Advertiser (5/8/1841) and Cornwall Chronicle (7/8/1841)). William Medwin and his family were the first independent settlers in the Black River area.
From http://home.cogeco.ca/~jcosgrave/wycombe_barton.htm - Richard Barton married Sarah Medwin on 01 Dec, 1787, at High Wycombe
NOTE: Van Diemans Land - Part of NSW until 14 Jun 1825 renamed Tasmania 1 Jan 1856
BIOGRAPHY: From http://www.thecorys.com/sayer/d11052.htm - William (1798-1869) his wife Elizabeth Sarah (Cock) (1793-1868) and his eight children arrived at Wellington NZ from Wycombe, England on the Slains Castle in 1841. Conditions were not what they expected, so the Medwins boarded the Ullswater and arrived in Launceston later that year. The family settled on the east bank at Black River, where they farmed for many years. Their five sons, Edwin, John, Mathias, William and Thomas were all farmers as well, though Thomas later became a storekeeper in Church St. Stanley, in 1871. Thomas was born in 1837 in London and died in 1904. He had seventeen children; George, Mary, David, Charlotte, Rachel, Rachel, Herbert, Alice, Annie, Minnie, Lemuel, Arthur, Eliza, Thomas, Andrew, Philip and Leslie. Elizabeth Medwin must have been a resourceful woman: once when bushrangers Bradley and Connor called, planning revenge on William for having replaced Bradley services with the more reliable ones of a ticket-of-leave man, Elizabeth calmly tied up 60 pounds in her skirts, keeping 2 pounds visible. Since William was not at home, the bushrangers took food and the two pounds and went away, leaving the bulk of the family savings safe in Elizabeth's skirts. William, Elizabeth, their grandson Mathias and one of their daughters are buried at Stanley. This Mathias bought 310 acres of land from his grandfather, William, and settled with his Irish wife, Mary, and their ten children. One of their sons was named Luke. His property at Black River was called "Mayura" His wife Annie was well known for her bonnet and boots: on one occasion she walked from Flowerdale to Black River with a goose under one arm and a cow and a calf behind her. Luke andAnnie's son Allan had property at Mawbanna where he lived with his wife Mary Ellen "Mollie" and nine children. Mollie was born in Cork and after serving with the Womenï's Army in France during WWI, she came to Tasmania with her husband to take up farming at Mawbanna, where she helped the local bush nurse. During her lifetime she built no fewer than five houses. During the 1940's the family moved to Black River, where the property had been left to Allan by Luke. Mayura is now known as Gateforth. 150 people turned up to the Medwin Reunion held at Wynyard in 1987.
BIOGRAPHY: FROM: http://www.fairbrassfamily.com/new_zealand.htm - The family came to New Zealand aboard the "Slains Castle" ship. This was the 11th Immigration ship sent out by the New Zealand Company, and the first to arrive at Port Nicholson in 1841. It had left Gravesend on 14 September 1840, and reached port on 25 January 1841. It weighed 500 tons and carried 6 cabin and 218 steerage passengers. The captain reported the journey as follows: 'I am happy to inform you of the safe arrival here on the 25th inst. of the Slains Castle - all well - having only lost four infants under 12 months old and having 5 births.'
BIOGRAPHY: FROM: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ourstuff/SlainsCastle.htm -
Slains CastleShip:Captain: James PetrieSurgeon Superintendent: J SheridanSailed Deal 18th September 1840 - arrived Port Nicholson 25th January 1841
Medwin William 37 Agricultural Labourer Elizabeth 45 Edwin 15 Agricultural Labourer John 13 Eliza 12 Mathias 9 Elizabeth 7 Sarah 5 Thomas 4 William 1
||King/Mills Family History
||17 Feb 2010 |
||Elizabeth Sarah Cook, b. 1793, d. 30 Nov 1868, Horton, Tasmania, Australia (Age 75 years) |
|+||1. Edwin Medwin, b. 1824, d. 20 Dec 1895, Stanley, Tasmania, Australia (Age 71 years)|
|+||2. John Cock Medwin, b. 1832, d. 20 Aug 1911, Montumana, Tasmania, Australia (Age 79 years)|
| ||3. Eliza Medwin, b. 1828, d. 1882 (Age 54 years)|
|+||4. Matthias Medwin, b. Abt 1831, d. 15 Apr 1898, Emu Bay, Tasmania, Australia (Age ~ 67 years)|
|+||5. Elizabeth Medwin, b. 1831, d. 1851, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Age 20 years)|
|+||6. Sarah Medwin, b. Abt 1833|
|+||7. Thomas Medwin, b. 1837, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom , d. 14 Oct 1904, "Ninevah", Esplanade, West Devonport, Tasmania, Australia (Age 67 years)|
| ||8. William Medwin, b. 1840|
- [S3] William and Elizabeth Medwin Family History, Elizabeth Janson.
- [S4] The Cory's Family History, Earl S. Cory.
- [S10] Tasmania Pioneers Index, 209.
- [S38] Tasmanian Pioneer Index, Digger, (#210/1869).