1842 - 1890 (48 years)
||Frederick John Skerman |
||19 Jan 1842
||Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
||20 Feb 1842
||St Andrews, Hertford, Hertfordshire England
||10 Jul 1865
||Coulsdon, Surrey, England
|THE LOSS OF THE NETHERBY.|
A good deal of excitement was caused in town on Monday by the receipt of d telegram announcing the total loss of the immigrant ship Netherby. She was one of the Black Ball
liners, of 941 tons register, under the command of Captain Evans. She is from London, but embarked most of her passengers at Plymouth, from which port she sailed on April 13. The telegram states that the ship was wrecked on Sunday, July 15, on King's Island, just at the entrance of Bass' Straits, but no details are given beyond the fact that there had been no lives lost. Later in the afternoon we learned that H.M.C.S.S. Victoria had been despatched from Melbourne to the assistance of the passengers on Sunday last, the second officer of the Netherby having arrived at that place with in telligence of the disaster. The Netherby had 413 passengers on board when she left Ply- mouth. We have been courteously furnished with the list of passengers by Mr. Smythe, of the Immi gration Office. It is as follows ;?Saloon Pas sengers: Mr. W. Townsend, Miss E. Thomas, Miss Isabella and Mary Townsend, Miss B. Stuckbury, Mr. Erwart Cowell, Mr. Alexander Webster, and Mr. H. D. Vincent. Second Cabin Passengers: Thomas Dupreny, dwin George and Victor Townsend, G. F. Springett, George Evans, W. M. Young, H. P. Bluett, Edwin and Selina Gill, Thomas Grimes, Carry Grimes, Isaac Grimes, Maria Grimes, J. C. Vicary, W.. H. Atteread, Walter Crawford, Herman Hartenstien, John Wall, Mr. and Mrs. Hall. Intermediate Passengers: James and Eliza Spencer, 8. P. Browne, John G. Dickson, Mr. and Mrs. Starke, Ann Starke. Steerage passengers: John Le Monier, A. E. Bonner, Alfred and Eliza Seymour, Charles and Marion Dunning, James Dunning, Henry E. Baily, William Smith, Thomas Has lett, George Massingham, Edwin Bellgrove, Mr. and Mrs. James Drake, James B. Thompson, Arthur Short, Robert Stanley, Mr. and Mrs. John Austin, William Edwin John and James Austin, Elizabeth Helena and Mary Austin, Sophia Laurence, William Laurence, John Rogers, J. Goldsworthy, Samuel Meager, Mishe Kelly, G. H. Bulpet, Ann Bulpet, George Scand, Alexander Forbes, James Aplin, Mary Aplin, Ann F. and Lucy J. Aplin, Thomas Arkle, Henry Manning, James Yoriton, Rebecca Yoriton, Henry and Alfred Yoriton, Amelia and Harriett Yoriton, Edward F. Dealty, Charles Parsons, Eliza Parsons, Thomas Parsons, Elizabeth and Lupina Par sons, Patrick Burns, Robert Hall, W. W. Arnold, George and Eliza Snook and infant, R. Sydney, James Reekie, George and Rosina Exton and infant, Thomas Bridges, Edwin Morris, Fanny Morris, Albert B. and Charles Morris, Joseph and Ann Grindall and infant, Mary E. Patmore, James Patmore, Richard Grindall, Sarah Grindall, William, Maria, and Tancar Grindall, Samuel Morris, Sephen New land, John Pryor, Thomas Martin, Charles Ferris, Richard Drake, Emily Drake, Richard J. and Henry G. Drake, James Rerden, Ellena Rerden, James Phillip and Charles Rerden, Ed mund Hogan, Ellen Hogan, Michael and Margaret Hogan, Amelia Smith, Robert Nally. Mary Nally, Ellen Reardon, Thomas Lanfer, Louis Nicolas, Richard Brooke, George Huggins, Eliza Huggins, Barry Carley, Charles Barkins, Fre dericka Barkins, Augusta Dora and Win Bar kins, James Sinclair, Isabella Moffatt, Lake and Mary Moffatt, John Hanna, Ann Hanna, Edward and Sarah Hanna, Joseph Frost, Jane Roult, Pierce Demois, Selina Condon, B. A. New, Richard Bodle, Ellen Bodle, Joseph Southerwell, A. W. Darlington, Edward Killham, Thomas Pope, William Sherman, David Pinnick, Elizabeth Pinnick, Albert and David Pinnick, Arthur Lea, Elizabeth Lea, William and Alfred Lea, John Adams, Eliza Adasns, Mary A. and John B. Adams, William Lingard, Emma Lingard, Thomas Bradshaw, Charles W. Aldis, John Skennan, Maria Skennan, Ann E. and Walter G. Skerman, James Yeates, John Evans, Edward Pinnick, William Ellis, Jane Ellis, Henry Fox, Sarah Fox, Henry J. and Charles H. Fox, Walter Yeates, Elizabeth Yeates and infant, George Drayton, Gerrge Hart, James Murdoch, A. Huggins, John Bobins, John Lobb, Alfred Reay, H. Tink, Wil liam Packer, Thos. Turner, James Thornton, Mary Thornton, Emily A. Thornton, William Clemp son, Ed. W. Shelford, Michael Henry, Mary Henry, George Fisher, William Ward, Henry Hughes, James Budge, Frederick Skerman, Alice Skerman and infant, William Skerman, Caroline Skerman and child, John Edwards, Emma Edwards, George Dart, Wm. Cox, Thos. Northfield, Hope Martin, Maria Martin, James Crocker, Michael Hinigan, Mary Hini gan, Elizabeth Michael and John Hinigan, Thomas Cornell, Charles Kerney, Ernest Barry, John Nash, James Pearse, Henry Dawiton, John Jsevon, Charles Cook, Charles Tweansville, William Hussey, George Faul, Joseph Taylor. John Allan, George Wiffley, Miriam Wiffley, Walter and Miriam Wiffley, Barry Groom, Lucy Groom, William Barry Lucy and Rose Groom, Thomas H. Robinson, Henry Hard wick, Stephen Creswell, William Thompson, Francis Brown, John Dotson, Edwin Berry, George Cole, Thomas Jones, Denis O'Connor, Michael O'Connor, John O'Connor, George Evans, Emcline Evans, Wiffiam Thomas, Alfred S. Barry, A. P. Watkinj, Martha Watkins and infant, John Watkins, William Smith, Barry Brans, William Barnett, Ellen Barnett, Mary A. and Wior H. Barnett, Michael Williams, James Burden, Ann Burden, Charles Williams, Julia Williams, Hannah j Ellen John and Charles Williams, Henry Copping, Mary Copping, Henry Copping, John Moore, Laundors Copping, Edwin lagan, Alfred Lee, Robert Jones, Martha Jones, John Shaw, William Schardon, Mary Schardon, Mary and Margaret Schardon, John Thon, Martha Thon, Thomas and Catherine Thon, Alfred J. Austin, George Pope, Thomas Bowler, William Sher wood, Berry Hirst, James Murphy, Ann Murphy and infant, John Coward, Thomas Ford, Andrew Lea, Mary Lea, Darid Margaret and Isabella Lea, John Clark, Elizabeth CUrk, Annie Eliza beth and Dorata Clark, Patrick Clark, John Gill, Mary Gill, Thomas Patrick and Ellen Gill, John Keys, Martha Fagan, Mary Fagan, James Malona, Margaret Malona, Bernard Clark, Catherine Clark, William Lennon, Daniel M'Carthy, Peter Mar shall, William Parker, Thomas Johnson, James Armstrong, John Harris, John M'Farlane, James Kelly, George Hackney, Thomas New brook, Mary Newbrook, Samuel Deakin, Ellen Deakin, Ellen and Elizabeth Deakin, William M'Kenna, Elizabeth M'Kenna, Malcolm M'Kenna, Morris Condon, Mary Condon, Al fred Caroline and Adelaide Condon, Robert Condon, Samuel Harris, William Camming, Ellen Camming, William Alfred and Elizabeth Camming, John Williams, Daniel Nolan, John Nolan, Edward Ganty, Robert Bailey, Thomas Corkill, Thomas Daris, Ann Daris, William Beckworth, Elizabeth Beckworth, Hannah Eliza and William Beckworth, James Coulden, Charles Archdeacon, Elizabeth Archdeacon, Charles Archdeacon, making in all 413 souls, equal to 356 statute adults. We append an abstract, showing the pro portion of free and assisted passengers, together with their ages:?Adults, 54 full payers, 6 assisted, 251; children from Ito 12 years, 10 full payers, 74 free; infants, 15 free: total 413 ?equal to 356 adults. Occupations of the free and assisted passen gers: ?Female domestic servants, 2; farm labores, 91; navvies, 6; groom, 1; fitter, 1; Blockmaker, 1; miners, 3; blacksmiths, 24; bricklayer, 1; mason, 1; sawyer, 1; carpen ters, 8 ; wheelwright, 1; millwright, 1. The following gives the ages, sexes, &c n of the
passengers, and whether they are married or single:?Adults, married?males, 67; females, 70. Single, males, 162; females, 15. Children between 1 and 12 yean?males, 46; females, 38. Infants?male, 11; females, 4. Total, 886 males, 127 females. Grand total, 413. For farther particulars of the lass of the Netherby, see telegraphic columns.
Transcribed from 'The Queenslander' Saturday 28th July 1866
ALTHOUGH so much sympathy has been shown by the people of Brisbane in respect to the relatives of those who perished by the wreck of the steamer Cawarra, but little interest has been
exhibited as regards those unfortunate immigrants who, whilst on their voyage to this colony, lost their all by the wreck of the ship Netherby. Our Victorian neighbors, there is no doubt, behaved most handsomely towards the unfortunate passengers. How is it that we are behind them in our display of liberality? A portion of the immigrants have arrived here, but as yet no friendly demonstration has been made. We pride ourselves upon the support we give to local benevolent institutions. Why should we be backward in our endeavors to assist those who left England with the intention of making for themselves homes in Queensland, and who, through no fault of theirs, have arrived almost penniless. In connection with the above wreck, we publish the following account (written by one of the party, who is now in Brisbane) of the adventures of the boat's crew who so gallantly volunteered to go from King's Island to Melbourne. The writer says:? "As is well known, we were wrecked on King's Island on July 14, and all the passengers got safe off on the 15th. On Monday morning Mr. Parry was ordered to go and seek relief. Volunteers were called for, and the following persons gave their services:? Messrs. Attwood, Bluett, Springett, Belgrore, Stanley, and Evans. We started from the camp with only 1 1/2 lbs. of biscuit, a bottle of gin, and some coffee. After having travelled over a very rough and rugged shore, we encamped about 4 p.m., and had a small allowance of biscuit each, and then had a rest, which we much needed. Next morning, the 17th, we started off not very refreshed, as it was piercingly cold, although we kept up a good fire all night; we also felt exceedingly hungry, having had nothing but a small quantity of biscuit since the night of the wreck. After proceeding some distance, we found a native cat, which had half a wallaby in its lair. This we washed well, and eat it with great relish, although it tasted rather strong of pussy. We encamped that night where the crew of the Flying Arrow had. We started early on the 18th. On our rough walk two or three of the party showed signs of being wearied, and it was with muoh difficulty they managed to creep along. About 10 a.m. we came across a cart track, which we followed, and found it much easier walking. On our road we passed a grave, with a tombstone at its head, on which was cut:?' Sacred to the memory of Captain M'Eschern, late of the ship Brahmin, who was drowned 21st May, 1854; aged 39.' About 12 noon, we sighted the lighthouse, a good distance off. This raised the spirits of the party greatly, and we trudged on quite merrily. We came across a river, which retarded us a good deal, as we had to make for the coast again, not finding a place to cross inland, and all were very tired. We crossed the river, went a few miles further, and then encamped. Up next morning at daybreak, and two of the party reached the lighthouse at 10 a.m., the others straggling in about an hour afterwards. Here we were treated most hospitably by Mr. Spong, the superintendent, and all his party. We found that the only chance of relief was to go across to Melbourne in a small whaleboat, consequently, Mr. Parry, second mate, Messrs. Attwood, Bluett, and Springett started off, at 2 p.m., having pulled safely out of the surf about nine or ten miles. We then hoisted a small spritsail, and got on capitally till night, when it began to rain hard, as well as blow, and to make it worse we found we had no lamp, consequently every now and then we lighted a match to see how we were steering by a small pocket compass. We spent a most miserable night, all of us being nearly worn out, and it was with great delight we hailed daylight, which brought to our view land, which we mode for, but could see no place where we could land, till we come to a small bay, where we thought there was a river. Here we went, and, to our delight, saw a small sheltered spot, where we hauled the boat up. We had something to eat (we took plenty from the lighthouse), and then turned in for the night. Next morning we come across Mr. Allan's surveying comp, where we were treated most hospitably both by Mr. Allan and Mr. Irwin, another of the party. They provided Mr. Parry with a horse and money, and sent a man to show him the road. The rest of our adventures is already known; as also, how splendidly and nobly the Victorians treated, not only us, but the rest of the unfortunate passengers by the Netherby."
Transcribed from 'The Queenslander' Saturday 25th August 1866
||7 Aug 1890
||Aft 7 Aug 1890
||Maleny Pioneers & Neighbouring Districts
||8 Jun 2013 |
||John Skerman |
||Maria Chesher, b. Hertingfordbury, Hertfordshire , d. 12 May 1868, Queensland, Australia |
||17 Jul 1833
||England and Australia
|Skerman Family Story|
William Skerman was born in Hertford , England, the seventh child of John Skerman (1807-1875) and Maria Chesher (1809-1868). John Skerman's father (James) and brother (William) were well known as James Skerman & Son, clockmakers and bellfounders. They were associated with John Briant, the famous clockmaker of Hertford. Bells cast in Hertfordshire can be found throughout the east and the south of England. Skermans also manufactured gun parts in the Enfield Small Arms Factory and made agricultural implements. Business thrived until the economic recession that followed the end of the Crimean War (1853-1856) hit and the family decided to emigrate to Australia and start up a foundry in Brisbane with the assistance of the colonial government.
On 31st March, 1866, John Skerman and family (including his sons Frederick, William and Walter) sailed from the East India dock for Australia aboard the Black Ball liner, the 'Netherby'. On 14th July 1866, however, the ship ran aground off King Island in Bass Strait. Apparently the voyage to Brisbane was routed to the south of Tasmania but to save time the captain decided to take a short cut via the Bass Strait. While the 'Netherby' was wrecked without loss of life, the Skermans lost their valuable foundry equipment and tools. All passengers were rescued and transported to Melbourne and the Skermans (except William, his sister Caroline and her husband, William) resumed their voyage to Brisbane on the 'City of Melbourne' which arrived in Brisbane on 6th August 1866. Initially times were tough and John and Frederick were employed on building the road to the Toowong cemetery. In 1868 they acquired land in Harrisons Pocket, Samsonvale, north of Brisbane, and in 1901 Frederi ck and his son Jack established a blacksmiths and coach building business. Jack remained there until 1903 when he and his two brothers, Alf and Ernie, moved to Maleny to farm and establish sawmills. In 1904, Jack became the inaugural manager of the Maleny Dairy Cooperative factory.
After the wreck of the 'Netherby' William Skerman decided to stay in Melbourne, as did his sister Caroline and her husband, William. In 1867, renowned as an accomplished cornet player, William joined the band of HMS 'Galatea', which was the yacht commanded by Prince Alfred, the second son of Queen Victoria, who was visiting Australia as part of a world cruise. On the return of the 'Galatea' to Melbourne in 1869, William jumped ship (refer, NSW Police Gazette, 24 March 1869). Before he escaped to the Victorian bush and goldfields, William was hidden from the ship?s officers by his sister Caroline. By 1871 she and her husband were residing in Charlotte-terrace on King Street, West Melbourne. Living in the same terrace was a Miss Thompson, a school teacher. In a letter to his brother Joseph in England (dated Sept 3, 1899) William mentions how he met his future wife while visiting his sister in Melbourne after his return from spending two and half years in the bush learning how to be a farmer.
Miss Thompson was Hannah Grace Thompson (1846-1899). She was born in Dalston, London, and was a member of a well-off family of merchants. Her father was Thomas Thompson and her mother, Hannah Porter. There is some doubt as to when she left England. It may have been on the 'Caduceus' in 1870, but more likely she emigrated with her family on the 'Princess Royal' in 1848, landing in Adelaide.
In 1871, at the request of his father to rejoin his family in Queensland, William left Melbourne for Brisbane. Hannah followed and they were married on 22nd August 1872 in North Pine. Unlike his brothers, William had more of an academic bent and became a school teacher. He was the first teacher of the Samson Creek Provisional School which opened in 1874. He later transferred to the Kobble Creek State School near Samsonvale and taught there until 1898. By 1890 Crown Land Sales records show that William had acquired 161 acres and by 1894 another 99 acres, all in Samsonvale. He registered a cattle brand in 1887. In other words William was not only a teacher but a grazier. He was also an active member of the Presbyterian Church.
The family of William and Hannah Skerman grew steadily over time. In 1873 Edith was born followed by Herbert in 1876, Ethel in 1878, Annie in 1879, Violet in 1882, Ruth in 1883, Maria in 1884, Eva in 1885, William in 1887 and Frederick in 1889. By 1889, however, Hannah was in poor health and the family moved to Springhill in Brisbane where she died in 1899. William resided in 58 Union Street until moving to Maleny where he pioneered banana growing at Bald Knob, Maleny. He died there at his residence the 'The Ledge' in February 1918, leaving behind eight married daughters and one son. He was buried in Toowong cemetery alongside his wife Hannah.
Courtesy of George Whitlam, descendant of William Skerman of Maleny Qld
||Alice Darlington, b. 1847, d. 2 Jun 1935, Rockangle, North Pine, Qld (Age 88 years) |
| ||1. Alice Caroline Skerman, b. 16 Feb 1866, Enfield, Middlesex, England , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||2. Emy (Amy) Constance Chester Skerman, b. 22 Sep 1868, Humpybong, Scarborough, Qld , d. 8 Feb 1950, Qld (Age 81 years)|
| ||3. George Stansall Skerman, b. 11 Dec 1869, Brisbane, Qld , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||4. Frederick John Skerman, b. 15 May 1871, Qld , d. 8 May 1961, Qld (Age 89 years)|
| ||5. Percival James Skerman, b. 21 Mar 1873, Brisbane, Qld , d. 1959, Qld (Age 85 years)|
| ||6. Ellen Skerman, b. 12 Sep 1874, Brisbane, Qld , d. 1958, Qld (Age 83 years)|
| ||7. John Hope Skerman, b. 27 Oct 1875, Brisbane, Qld , d. 3 Mar 1972, Qld (Age 96 years)|
| ||8. Maria Skerman, b. 23 Apr 1877, Qld , d. 17 Dec 1901, Qld (Age 24 years)|
|+||9. Alfred William Skerman, b. 8 Oct 1878, Qld , d. 1923, Brisbane, Qld (Age 44 years)|
| ||10. Lucy Skerman, b. 30 May 1880, Qld , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||11. Bertha Skerman, b. 1 Oct 1881, Qld , d. Yes, date unknown|
|+||12. Ernest Thomas Skerman, b. 13 Mar 1883, Qld , d. 25 Aug 1964, Qld (Age 81 years)|
| ||13. Mary May Skerman, b. 17 May 1885, Qld , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||14. Florence Skerman, b. 18 Mar 1887, Qld , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||15. Joseph Darlington Skerman, b. 1 Jun 1889, Qld , d. Yes, date unknown|
||12 Sep 2010 |