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At age 13, Mary Ann Hamence arrived in Port Adelaide, South Australia (SA) with her father, Edward Hamence, and siblings on the Osceola on 5th April 1851. Her mother had died in 1849. Her family came from Cambridgeshire, England. A few years later, William Morrish, age 19, arrived in Port Adelaide. He arrived on the David Malcolm on 4th January 1854, coming from Devonshire, England. They married in 1858 and raised a family in Prospect Village, Adelaide and in Crystal Brook in the Clare.
See a little more on William Morrish and Edward and Mary Ann Hamence.
Photo of Mother and Daughter
This ambrotype photo of half a family is in a gilt frame and set in a leather case that could be stood open. The photo is thought to be Mary Ann MORRISH (nee HAMENCE) and her baby daughter Eva in about 1863. There were two children in the family in 1863 - Walter (aged 2) and Eva (aged 1). The left half of the photo case is mother and daughter, the right half would have had velvet padding. This photo came down the family through Eva (and her daughter Nina).
William Morrish Obituary
Source: Adelaide Chronicle, 25 Aug 1928, p20. Note: includes photo of suited gentleman in about his eighties with gray hair and beard and something like a wattle sprig in his lapel.
Mr William Morrish, who died on August 2 at Crystal Brook, was an old and respected resident. He lived in the district for more than half a century. He was born in Devonshire in 1834 and had reached an age of 94. He arrived in South Australia in 1853 in the David Malcolm. He went to the Victorian diggings and on returning settled in the Prospect district, where he was engaged in farming and contracting for close on twenty years. He helped in ballasting the railway line from Adelaide to the Port and later on from Adelaide to Gawler. He was also carting goods to the Burra copper mines and northern stations. When the northern areas were opened up for selection, he went to Crystal Brook in 1874. He took up land, combining farming and grazing with moderate success, experiencing the difficulties that usually go with pioneering and the settlement of new lands. In 1858, he married Miss Mary Ann Hamence, a native of Ely, Cambridge. Their family consisted of ten children. Those surviving are Messrs Walter Morrish, Clarence Park; William Edward Morrish, Port Pirie; and Harrold Morrish, Grange; Mrs J Johnstone, Orbost, Victoria; Miss Morrish, Crystal Brook and Mrs H.T. Forrester, Perth. There are twenty grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren. Mr Morrish was a member of Prospect Council from its inception until he left the district and was the last surviving member of the first council.
Note: the barque David Malcolm, 538 tons left Plymouth on 21 September 1853 and arrived in Adelaide on 4 January 1854. Passengers included the Morrish family: William Morrish, 51, Farm Servant, Devon single parent; William 18 Labourer; Grace 14 Servant; and Betsy 11.
William Morrish's Devon Origins
William senior was born about 1802. It is thought that he married Elizabeth LEE at Buckland Brewer, Devon in 1823. In the 1851 Census, William senior was an agricultural labourer, living with daughters Betsy MORRISH and Grace MORRISH in Common Moor, Putford East, Devon. William junior was also an agricultural labourer and living nearby. (In the previous census, 1841, William senior's wife Elizabeth was still alive.) William senior, widower, migrated with his three children William, Grace and Betsy in 1853-4. He died in 1888 in Crystal Brook, SA.
Morrish was born in 1834 in
Devonshire, ENGLAND. He married Mary Ann HAMENCE, daughter of Edward HAMENCE
and Mary CLARKE, on 25 Nov 1858 at BC Chapel, Bowden, Adelaide, South
Australia (SA). He died on 2 Aug 1928 at Crystal Brook, SA.
Genevieve adds the following notes. "There were other connections between the Ferguson and Morrish family, as Walter's sister Laura married Henry Lorimer Forrester, nephew of Jane Forrester, who married Gilbert Ferguson. Marion died on 5 Jul 1895, aged 32, in Napperby, shortly after the birth of her third child. She was buried with her father at Crystal Brook. Her children went to live with their grandfather, William Morrish on his farm, where they were brought up by their spinster aunt Bertha. Walter was given part of his fathers farm and after he moved to Glenelg to live with his son Edmund, his youngest son Albert took over the farm. His grandson Russell remembers Walter as a stern man."
Morrish was born on 7 Feb 1861
at Prospect Village, SA.
Genevieve also has information on the descendants of Albert Richard Murdock MORRISH and Alice Sarah JOHNS, including the following other surnames: ZANKER, PEARCE and CHAPMAN.
Morrish was born on 18 Sep 1862
at Prospect Village, SA.
Research and Contact
Did you find your grandparent or other ancestor in the descendancy chart above? Is there anything you can add to help build the family history? The author - David Coombe - is the great-great-grandson of William Morrish and Mary Ann Hamence. To add, contribute, comment, contact David Coombe
Genevieve Kang is researching the FERGUSON and MORRISH families, including the descendants of Walter MORRISH (William and Mary MORRISH's eldest surviving son) and Marion Elizabeth FERGUSON. Some of Genevieve's research is included above. To add, contribute, comment on that line, contact: David Coombe and Genevieve Kang.
Last updated: 11 Jan 2016