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Mostly CoombeMigrants - Charles Walter Coombe and Ann Banks


Charles Walter COOMBE and Ann BANKS migrated from Wiltshire, England. It is speculated that they may be the “Mr and Mrs Coombe” who arrived in Sydney on 10 Dec 1849 on the Aztec. What do you think?


COOMBE.-October 5, at his residence, Llangwa, Conder-street Burwood, Charles Walter Coombe, aged 63 years, native of Melksham, England, formerly of Raymond Terrace, Hunter River. Home papers please copy.  Sydney Morning Herald 6 Oct 1888. (Note: parents were Joseph and Ruth (NSW BDM), but age does not agree with baptism.)


COOMBE. - September 20, at her residence, Melksham, Conder-street, Burwood, Ann, relict of the late Charles Walter Coombe, native of Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England. Sydney Morning Herald 22 Sep 1906. (Note: parents were John and Elizabeth Banks. Ann’s brothers Enoch Banks died in Ashfield NSW in 1860 after being accidentally thrown from his cart, John Jones Banks died at Port Stephens NSW in 1874, Silas Banks died of cholera at Castle Hill NSW 1875. The Banks arrived on the bounty immigrant ship Amelia Thompson in 1839.)


Charles and Ann were buried at Rookwood Cemetery, Old Church of England area, Section CC, Row 15, Graves 667 and 668.


The family is listed below. The following abbreviations are used: ? = uncertain, NI = no issue, ... indicates known descendants, WILTS = Wiltshire, RT = Raymond Terrace NSW, NSW = New South Wales.


Charles Walter COOMBE, bap 25 Jun 1815 Melksham WILTS, d. Burwood NSW 5 Nov 1888

+ Ann BANKS, b. 16 Jun 1826 Castle Combe WILTS, m. 1848 Bath, d. Burwood NSW 20 Sep 1906

  ├── Frances Elizabeth Ruth COOMBE, b. 1852 NSW, school teacher, d. 1931 Burwood NSW. NI.

  ├── Ann Eliza COOMBE, b. 1854, d. 1859 RT “second daughter”, aged 4y 8m. NI.

  ├── Charles Walter COOMBE, b. 1861 RT, school teacher, m. Sarah Jane SWAIN 1890 Tamworth NSW, d. 1921 Burwood NSW ...

  └── Joseph John COOMBE, b. 1865 RT, locomotive works manager, m. Agnes RIGG 1900 Windsor NSW, d. 1939 Normanhurst NSW ...


The younger Charles Walter Coombe (1861-1921) married Sarah Jane Swain, daughter of George Swain who is an ancestor of the author.


Ancestry: Charles Walter Coombe was born in Melksham, Wiltshire, the son of Joseph Coombe and Ruth Jeaks. For more on this see Anthony Coombe’s web site - he would like to hear from descendants of this Melksham Coombe family.


Updated: 18 Apr 2013


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