Cr. Jonathan Stephens, Mayor of Footscray

Male 1844 - 1914  (70 years)


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  1. 1.  Cr. Jonathan Stephens, Mayor of Footscray was born 1844, Cornwall, England (son of William Stephens and Rebecca Couch); died 1914, Footscray, Victoria; was buried 1914, Footscray Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria.

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    • Life Story: 19 May 1906, Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria; THE MAYOR AND MAYORESS OF THE CITY CR STEPHENS AND MRS STEPHENS The Mayor and Mayoress of Footscray, Cr Jonathan and Mrs Stephens have re ceived numerous congratulations during the week upon their succession to the Mayoralty of the City. Herewith we reproduce photos of the new Mayor and Mayoress and some interesting particulars of their careers, and as Cr Stephens is a colonist of 60 years standing his experi ences are specially noteworthy. Cr Stephens' father was a miner in Corunall, England, and was killed at his work when the subject of this sketch was but two years old. In 1848 the mother and family embarked as emigrants bound for South Australia. The sons of the family turned to copper mining at Burra Burrs in that State where they remained till the gold fever caught them up in 1852 and swept them along with others to the Ballarat fields. Cr Stephens was a boy of eight when the most stirring incidents in the gold field's history transpired. He had reason to vividly remember some of those days. When the police rode out on one occasion on their daily hunts to round up miners who had not paid their license money of 2 10s a month; Cr Stephens brother, a boy of twelve, fell into their hands whilst fossicking. Young?? It was then 12 The boy was taken prisoner because he hadn't a license. The handcuffs were put on him and in this ignominious plight the boy was led round the gold fields for the miners to take warning, until seven o'clock at night. It might have gone badly wilth those troopers had they crossed the path of his stalwart brothers at the time. Cr Stephens well re members the Eureka Stockade and the oratory of its noted leader before that episode occurred when Peter Lalor used to harangue his followers on the stump. At seventeen, Cr Stephens migrated to Bendigo where he was one of the first employees of'the late George Lansell, the Quartz King. Returning.to Ballarat four years later, where he was married, Cr Stephens shifted again to Clunes, remain ing on the mines there for 15 years. In 1885 he came to Yarraville and twelve mouths later started the business which he carries on now in the same premises in Ballarat-street. He has grown with the district. It was about ten years ago when he was induced to enter public life, his first position of the kind being a seat on the School Board of Advice. Municipal honors were not long in claiming him. Six years ago he won his seat at the Footscray Council as one of the represen tatives of the South Ward, defeating the retiring councillor, Mr J. W. Fraser, and he has since retained his seat without opposition. Last Week Cr Stephens was unanimously elected by his colleagues as Mayor of the city, a dignity most worthily conferred on a worthy subject. The term will expire in August when Cr. Stephen's office as councillor also ends and when he has definitely decided to retire, so that his public career will terminate with the highest honors he can win in that sphere on his shoulders which is a most fitting end. The Mayoresse, Mrs Stephens, to whom the Mayor owes a greiat part of his suc cess, was born in Scotland and like her husband came in early years to this state. Her father, Mr John Thom, is one of the old survivinug pioneers of Ballarat, where his family was brought up. Independent (Footscray, Vic. : 1883 - 1922) Saturday 19 May 1906

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    Died:
    Name: Jonathan Stephens
    Death Place: Footscray, Victoria
    Age: 70
    Father's Name: Stephens Wm
    Mother's Name: Rebecca Couch
    Registration Year: 1914
    Registration Place: Victoria
    Registration number: 9716
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1844

    Jonathan — Isabella Morris. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. George William Stephens was born 1870, Brunswick, Victoria.
    2. Jonathan Stephens was born 1871, Clunes, Victoria.
    3. John Stephens
    4. James Henry Stephens was born 1876, Clunes, Victoria; died 1948, Yarraville, Victoria.
    5. Rebecca Stephens was born 1879, Clunes, Victoria.
    6. Albert Pollux Stephens was born 1881, Clunes, Victoria; died 1947, Brunswick, Victoria.
    7. Edward Castor Stephens was born 1881, Clunes, Victoria; died 1949, Parkville, Victoria.
    8. Rebecca Stephens was born 1884, Victoria.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  William Stephens was born circa 1800; died 1846, St. Austell, Cornwall, England.

    William married Rebecca Couch 9 Nov 1822, St. Austell, Cornwall, England. Rebecca was born circa 1799, Cornwall, England; died 1857, Vctoria, Australia. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Rebecca Couch was born circa 1799, Cornwall, England; died 1857, Vctoria, Australia.

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    Died:
    Name: Rebecca Stephens
    Death Place: Victoria
    Age: 58
    Father's Name: Couch Richard
    Registration Year: 1857
    Registration Place: Victoria
    Registration number: 3210
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1799

    Children:
    1. Thomas Stephens was born 1823, St. Austell, Cornwall, England; was christened 2 Mar 1823, St. Austell, Cornwall, England; died 17 May 1888, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
    2. William Couch Stephens was born Circa 1825, St. Austell, Cornwall, England; died 1868, Victoria, Australia.
    3. Elizabeth Stephens was born 1827, St. Austell, Cornwall, England; was christened 3 Jun 1827, St. Austell, Cornwall, England; died 1910, Coburg, Victoria, Australia.
    4. John Stephens was born 1830, St. Austell, Cornwall, England; was christened 7 Feb 1830, St. Austell, Cornwall, England; died 1892, Clunes, Victoria, Australia.
    5. Jonathan Stephens was born 1832, St. Austell, Cornwall, England; was christened 17 Jun 1832, St. Austell, Cornwall, England; died circa 1832, St. Austell, Cornwall, England.
    6. Rebecca Stephens was born 1833, St. Austell, Cornwall, England; was christened 1 Jan 1834, St. Austell, Cornwall, England.
    7. Jonathan Stephens was born 1836, St. Austell, Cornwall, England; was christened 29 May 1836, St. Austell, Cornwall, England; died circa 1836, St Austell, Cornwall, England.
    8. Henry Stephens was born circa 1838, St. Austell, Cornwall, England.
    9. George Stephens was born circa 1840, St. Austell, Cornwall, England; died 1905, Clunes, Victoria, Australia.
    10. Martha Stephens
    11. 1. Cr. Jonathan Stephens, Mayor of Footscray was born 1844, Cornwall, England; died 1914, Footscray, Victoria; was buried 1914, Footscray Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria.


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