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Kingswell Family Chart #1.
Last Updated July 2010

Mary Hilder Kingswell
Born, 8 December 1851, Tasmania, Australia
Married, Edmund Gillow, 17 February 1870, Invercargill, NZ
Died, 27 May 1924, Wellington, NZ

William Burcher Kingswell
Born, 15 July 1826, England
Arrived Australia 1838.
Married, Elizabeth Bryant, 3 January 1850, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
Died, 2 November 1888,
Melbourne, Australia

William Kingswell
Born, about 1803 in Wiltshire, England.
Arrived Australia 1838.
William Kingswell
Ann Allen
Mary Burcher
Born, about 1806 in Wiltshire, England.
Arrived Australia 1838.
Died Pt Sorell, Tasmania 23 February 1876.
Mr Burcher
Died before 1826
Mary Burcher
Died Wiltshire, England 1836.

Elizabeth Mary Bryant
Christened, 10 February 1833, Tasmania, Australia.
Married, William Burcher Kingswell, 3 January 1850, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Died, 4 April 1894, Bluff, NZ.

James Bryant  

Mary Hilder


Biographical Details:

Mary Hilder Kingswell

Born, 8 December 1851, Launceston Tasmania, Australia
Married, Edmund Gillow, 17 February 1870, Invercargill, NZ
Died, 27 May 1924, Wellington, NZ

She also appears in the wedding photograph of her daughter Hilda to Robert Shallcrass.











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Biographical Details:

(Reverend?) William Burcher Kingswell
Born, 15 July 1826, Shropshire, England
Christened 19 February 1827, Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England
Married, Elizabeth Bryant, 3 January 1850, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Died, 2 November 1888, Melbourne, Australia

A key detail of this generation of the Kingswell family is not confirmed. Primary records (births, deaths and marriage records) along with shipping registers, correspondence, George Herbert Kingswell's biography and the Kingswell family bible disagree, in one significant area. Who was the mother of the second daughter, Mary Hilder Kingswell. Several sources (including the oral history of W B Kingswell's own sister) states that the mother's maiden name was Hilder - and connected to the Chichester family of the Donegal Earldom. I've listed Mary Hilder, who is the mother of Mary Bryant, as being the source of the Hilder link. Other evidence is of the family christening gown, from this period, is said to be embroidered with the Donegal pattern. This gown is in the possession of the Australian branch of the Gillow family.

There is now so much information on W B Kingswell I've made a seperate biography page here.

Children of William B Kingswell & Elizabeth Bryant

  1. William Burcher Kingswell, born 21 October 1850, Launceston. Died 1 December 1850 Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

  2. Mary Hilder Kingswell, born, 8 December 1851, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Married Edmund Gillow 17 February 1870 and died 27 May 1924 in Wellington, NZ.

  3. Eliza Annie Kingswell, born, 10 March 1854, Westbury, Tasmania, Australia. Married Samuel Nichol, 24 January 1871, in Invercargill, Otago, NZ. Died 1 August 1913 in Bluff, NZ.They had three children; Louise Viva Nichol married James W H Bannerman, Elsie Eliza Nichol married Charles E Shallcrass and Ernest Arnott Nichol married Hilda Metzger.

  4. Charles Burcher Kingswell, born, 29 January 1856, Westbury, Tasmania, Australia. Died, 21 November 1908 in Purewa Auckland NZ . Attended the Invercargill Academy in 1867 and wins 3rd Equal in Bible History. Attended Otago Boys’ High School 1871/72. Appears as Corporal C Kingswell as part of the infantry representatives at a colonial prize firing in January 1875. In 1876 he promoted to Second Lieutenant 27 May 1876, Invercargill Artillery Volunteers. In November 1877 he is a Lieutenant and acting Major of the Brigade, Invercargill Artillery. In December 1879 his resignation of his Lieutenant's commission is published in the Otago Witness.

    He appears in the "Return of the Freeholders of New Zealand" 1882 as a "fellmonger", Invercargill. Holding property of less than an acre (represented as "* acres") with a value of £10.

    Listed for various exports from the Port of Invercargill, mostly hides & tallow, around 1883, 84 & 85. However, the last mention if him in the Southland Times is a call for his creditors to the Residents Magistrate's Court on 24 July 1885.

    Married Mary Jane Binney on 13 October 1887 - she appears on the 1893 Electoral Roll in Auckland City. She died 27 March 1929 in Auckland. He was somehow involved with the Binney family in Auckland and appears to have worked for Mary Jane's father's auctioneering firm of G. W. Binney and Sons, which dealt in wool, hides and kauri gum. In the Otago Boys’ High School Centennial Register 1863-1963 his entry 393 reads; “auctioneer, Binney & Kingswell, Auckland.”

    His passing was noted in the Taranaki Herald 24 November 1908;
    "The Auckland papers record the death on Saturday of Mr C. B. Kingswell, formerly of the firm of G. W. Binney and Sons. He was well-known as a bowler, and had also distinguished himself in his youth as a footballer and rifle shot."

    In the same newspaper on the same day, notes the first wool sales of the year in Auckland and lists 120 bales being offered by C. B. Kingswell and Co., and of 604 bales offered by G. W. Binney and Sons.

    And, in the Observer, 28 November 1908:
    A well-known figure in Auckland commercial circles passed away on Saturday. C. B. Kingswell had long been prominent in the wool and hide market, and his genial smile and word will be missed. For something like a quarter-of-a century he was associated in partnership with his father-in-law, the late Mr G. W. Binney, and no long interval has elapsed between the respective dates of their demise. C. B. Kingswell was an Invercargill boy, and a lover of manly sport from his earliest years. In Auckland he was famous as a bowler and cricketer, and in all capacities made many and fast friends. A brother has greatly distinguished himself in journalism — as a war correspondent in the China trouble, and since as the proprietor of the Johannesburg Daily News and Sunday Times.

    In December 1916, this firm, C B Kingswell and Company was still trading in Fort St Auckland. A picture of the building is shown here in the Auckland City Library (item 1-W949).

  5. Ada Elizabeth Kingswell, born 16 February 1858, Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia. Married William Arctus Perry Sutton (b. 1837 d. 1912) February 1877, in Invercargill, Otago, NZ. Ada is 19 years old and William 41. The marriage is announced in the Southland Times: "Sutton-Kingswell - on the 28 Feb. At St. John's Church, Invercargill, by the Rev. W. P. Tanner, W. A. P. Sutton, son of the late Caesar Sutton, Esq., of Longrigg, County Wexford, Ireland, to Ada Elizabeth, third daughter of W. B. Kingswell, Esq, of Invercargill."

    A Sutton decesendant has writtern and advises that it's Longraigue, County Wexford.

    William A. P. Sutton appears in the "Return of the Freeholders of New Zealand" 1882 as a "Sheep Inspector ", Masterton. Holding 60 acres in Gladstone with a value of £60. He died in 1912, and was a Sheep and Abattoir Inspector (in both Dunedin and the Wairarapa).

    Their childern:

    1, Emma Gwenllian Sutton, born 1877 in Dunedin, did not marry & dies in Papatoetoe in 1956,
    2, Hugh Parry Sutton, born 1879 in Blenheim in 1879. Married Grace McCredie in 1934 (no childern), and he dies in Papatoetoe in 1964 - noted his occpantion of retired mixed farmer.
    3, Edith Sutton born 1881 died at two days old.
    4, Gerald Caesar, born Masterton 1882, did not marry, and he dies in Papatoetoe in 1945 - noted his occupantion of Stock Agent.

    Ada died 28 February 1903 (another source says 1907 in Otathuhu).

    William remarried in 1910 to Mary Douglas Campbell in Wellington and then in Pukekohe died in 1912.

  6. Eva Florence Kingswell, born 23 May 1860 Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia. Married Charles Henry Howard, 12 October 1885, in All Saint's Church, Nelson NZ. He appears in the "Return of the Freeholders of New Zealand" 1882 as a "Solicitor" Dunedin, holding land in South Dunedin with a value of £60. The notice of the wedding in the Nelson Evening Mail on Tuesday 13 October 1885 just reads; "HOWARD - KINGSWELL, 12 Oct, Nelson, Charles Henry Howard, solicitor, Dunedin, to Eva Florence, 4th daughter of W B Kingswell, Invercargill." They later lived in Clifton Terrace, Wellington NZ, and had children of; Mic, Paige, Lilia & Margery. Eva had died before 1931. According to the Southland Boys’ High School Register, 333, Charles Henry Howard attended 1870-73; “(from Invercargill) Barrister & Solicitor, Clifton Terrace Wellington, Admitted to the bar 1880. Died Auckland 1943. Brother of Edward Page Howard (architect, London, practiced in Wellington 1894-95)”

  7. William "Will" Henry Kingswell, born 22 August 1862, Deloraine Tasmania Australia. Attended Otago Boys’ High School in 1876 and Nelson College 1877-78 – while at Nelson he played for the College 1st XV in 1878.  Putting together his listings (student 718) in the Otago Boys’ High School Centennial Register 1863-1963, and the earlier edition in 1925 along with his Nelson College listing it appears that he was a ‘wool classer’ at Mort & Co., Goldsborough Sydney N.S.W. Australia (better now known as Darling Harbour – the Mort Building is now an historic building on the waterfront). He played representative cricket for Nelson (although evidence suggest that this was only for Nelson College) and played representative rugby in a match between Southland & Dunedin (but no further evidence supports this and could be from his Otago Boys’ High School days). His great-niece recalls that he may have run a ships chandlery store in the Bluff (now doubtful).

    The R.M. Court was inconveniently crowded yesterday during the hearing of an action brought by Mr W. B. Kingswell against. Messrs Taylor and McNeil, surveyors. The plaintiff sought to recover from defendants the sum of £21 13s 4d, being a balance of account between the parties from the Ist March, 1879 to the 1st March of this year; also, the sum of £50 damages for breach of agreement on the part of defendants and plaintiff, whereby defendants undertook to instruct plaintiff's son, W. H. Kingswell, a young man under age, for the period of three years, commencing from the 1st March, 1879, in the profession of a surveyor. Mr Wade appeard for plaintiffs, Mr Harvey, with him Mr Reade, for McNeil; and Mr Finn for Taylor. Plaintiff's counsel, in opening, the case, said that shortly after young Kingswell entered the employment of defendants he was allowed to remain idle. He received no instruction and did not appear to acquire any knowledge by his own exertions. At an early stage of the agreement McNeil took a dislike to Kingswell and got rid of him. It short time before he was sent away, Messrs Taylor and McNeil dissolved partnership: One of them had to take him, and the father consented that he should go with McNeil. Shortly before the alleged dismissal took place, McNeil expressed his satisfaction of young Kingswell to several persons. He had gone to their office week after week for the purpose of receiving instructions relative to work, and invariably found no one there. The first witness was the plaintiff, who after detailing the particulars of the deed entered into between defendants and himself on behalf of his son, said he had applied to them scores of times to teach his son the profession. An improvement had been promised, but was never fulfilled. Witness produced a letter received from Taylor, containing complaints againt his son's conduct, which he averred, were not true. His son had been at the principal schools at Dunedin and Nelson, and the reports from the masters were always favorable. Previous to being bound he was on trial with defendants for six weeks. The son, W. H. Kingswell, then deposed to the treatment he bad received at the hands of defendants. There was very little work, consequently he was not taught any portion of the. profession. He had no fault to find with Taylor, but McNeil had a down on him, and tried all in his power to injure him. In cross-examination he admitted that he had said he would leave the camp if he was not supplied with better food. He never refused to work. This was the case for plaintiff, when Mr Finn submitted that Taylor was not liable for any breach of contract, as he had dissolved partnership prior to the dismissal. He called McNeil, who deposed that Kingswell had frequently interfered with the harmony of the camp. When there was no work in the field the lad was given tracings to do, which he would not accept, and left on two occasions. In cross-examination witness said he had not kept him at work other than surveying. It was a rule that apprentices should take in general part in the work of the camp. Mr Finn, on behalf of his client, sumbitted that it rested upon plaintiff to show defendants knew more of surveying, than they imparted to his son. Mr Harvey followed, contending that there was a desire on the part of young Kingswell not to study and benefit by instruction. The failure was not on the part of defendants, but on that of the pupil. The question for the Court to decide was whether there was a wrongful dismissal or not. Mr Wade submitted that both defendants were liable for the carrying out of the contract. His Worship said he would reserve judgment for a week on the following points:— I. Whether the dismissal was justifiable or not. 2. If not justifiable, what shall be a share of damages. 3. The question of Taylor's legality in the contract after Kingawell went with McNeil. (Southland Times 24 July 1880)

    The date and location of his passing is also in doubt: according to the School records it was in Queensland in 1909 (28 July 1909 according to Queensland BDM index). More information about the Mort Building can be found at

  8. Edwin Croucher Kingswell, born 30 September 1864 - most likely in Tasmania, Australia. Attended Otago Boys’ High School in 1879. In the 1892 edition of the Wise's Postal Directory, he is listed as a Tea Merchant in Greymouth, NZ. But not for long...

    THAMES. December 21.
    E. G. Kingswell was arrested here tonight on a warrant charging him with having failed to appear at Greymouth to give evidence in the case of the bankruptcy of himself and his partner, Riddley. The firm had been carrying on business as tea merchants. Kingswell is merely charged with a technical offence, and will be taken back to Greymouth, so that he may give evidence in the case of the bankruptcy.
    North Otago Times, 22 December 1891, page 2

    Wise's Postal Directory places him in Reefton in 1894 (no occupation given) and in 1904, 1905, 1906 & 1908 he was listed as a 'Mining Expert' Reefton, NZ. In the Otago Boys’ High School Centennial Register 1863-1963 his entry 902 reads; “mining expert, Reefton, went to Klondyke then to British Columbia. Later mining inspector British Columbia.”  Appears on the passenger list of the "Mariposa" arriving in San Francisco in December 1899 en route to British Columbia from Auckland, New Zealand.

    The above picture appears in the 21 March 1906 edition of the Otago Witness, its capition as follows: " Three nuggets of silver found near Ontario, Canada. These nuggets of nearly pure silver were found upon the surface of Wiley's claim, Cobalt, Canada. One nugget weights 305lb, and the other 258lb. The smaller ones run from 29 lbs. They are the largest nuggets of silver in the world. A fifty-fifth interest in the claim has been purchased by Mr E C Kingswell of the Otago High School, for one hundred thousand dollars. This cobalt field has produced 3,850,000 dollars in seven months and and has ten million more in sight. The weight of the ore occasionally goes 50 per cent silver."

    In the Ontario Marriage Registrations (Canada) Edward Croucher Kingswell, 43, of Haileybury, Mining Engineer, the son of William Burcher Kingswell & Elizabeth Mary Bryant married Marcilla Lawlor, 42, of Haileybury, a widow, daughter of John Wilson & Marcilla Ardell, on September 15, 1908 at New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada.

    May have returned to New Zealand in early 1927 - as he sailed on the 'Aorangi' first class from Sydney NSW on 5 May 1927 back to Canada. In the shipping record he descibes himself as a resident of Canada (Toronto, 1900 to 1927) and has paid his own fare.

    Died 28 February 1930 in Toronto, Canada - the Death Certificate does not record if he had children, but does list his occupation as Mining Engineer and the informant is his widow, Mrs Marcilla Kingswell.

  9. George Herbert Kingswell, born 20 July 1867, Kew, Invercargill, New Zealand. Married Winifred Maude Adams, in South Africa. Died 23 June 1931 South Africa.

  10. Percy Nichol Kingswell, born 16 October 1870, at the Kingswell's residence Woodville, Bluff Road, Invercargill, New Zealand. Married Victoria Emily Mountney on 27 September 1898 in Bluff NZ. Died in Auckland NZ on 4 September 1928.

  11. Ethel May Kingswell, Born 16 August 1872, Kew, Invercargill, died 1950, Auckland, New Zealand. Listed in the 1893 Electoral Roll for Avon (Christchurch) NZ. Married Roderick Paterson on 11 November 1895 in Auckland, NZ. Little is known of this branch of the family, Roderick was an engineer and dies in Auckland 9 October 1928 aged 72 (making his birth year, 1856).

    Appears in the Observer, 16 November 1895:
    The marriage of Miss Ethel Kingswell, sister of Mr F. Kingswell of the firm of Messrs Binney and Son, to Mr Roderick Paterson, chief engineer of the Upolu, took place on Monday at St. Paul's Church, Symond-street. The wedding was the first to take place in the newly erected and recently-consecrated Church, and in accordance with the usual custom, the newly wedded couple were presented with a Family Bible. A large number of friends were present to witness the ceremony, which was celebrated by the Rev. Canon Nelson. The Upolu was gaily decked with bunting throughout the day in honour of the event.

    They probably had two children;

    1, James Roderick Paterson, married Ada Corcoran in 1919, he dies in 1973 in Auckland.
    2, Isabel Muriel Paterson, born 27 July 1896

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Elizabeth Mary Bryant
Christened, 10 February 1833
Married, William Burcher Kingswell, 1850, Tasmania, Australia.
Died, 4 April 1894, Morningside, Bluff, NZ.

Little is yet known of her background. I've added Mary as her middle name as this was listed as her middle name by her son Edwin Kingswell in his marriage record (Canada September 1908).

Her father was James Bryant and her mother only listed in BDM records as Mary. I have surmised that her mother was Mary Hilder. Searches on 'James Bryant' in Tasmania around this show several men of the same name;

  1. James Bryant, Headstone at St Davids, Hobart (Anglican). Died in 1833, aged 34yrs
  2. James Bryant, From the History of Devon Cattle. Arrives 4 Feb 1825 in Tasmania. In Dec 1825 he is listed as 'Mr. James Bryant, at Jerico' in Hobart. Granted land 'Sand Hill' at Jerico and Eastern Marshes with his brother Edmund Bryant. Devon cattle continued to be raised there until 1845.
  3. James Bryant, has sheep stolen from his property, in 1835.

In the Thursday 5 April 1894 edition of The Southland Times there are two notices:

"Funeral Notice;
The friends of the late Mrs Kingswell are respectfully invited to attend her funeral, leaving the residence of Mrs S. Nichol, at 3pm on Saturday, 7th inst, for the Campbelltown Cemetery."

KINGSWELL - on the 4th of April 1894, at Morningside, Bluff, Elizabeth, relict of the late W. B. Kingswell, and beloved mother of Mrs S. Nichol, aged 62 years."


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William Kingswell
Born, about 1803, England. (either in Castle Combe, Wiltshire, or Tunbridge Wells, Kent). Married Mary Burcher, St. George Church, Middlesex.

So far information about the Kingswell's presence in England is limited to:

  1. The will of Mary Burcher (mother of Mary Kingswell, nee Burcher). This will is dated 1827 and refers to"Mary Kingswell wife of William Kingswell of Castle Combe". Mary Burcher died in 1836 and her will was written in Chippenham - only a few miles from Castle Combe. By the way, Castle Combe has a fabulous web site and the town itself is largely preserved as it would have been in the early 1800 (they don't have TV aerials or power lines and many original 16th century and earlier houses remain - but not the Castle!) The web site is,
  2. Their marriage at St. George, Hanover Square, in the County of Middlesex - on 23 October - 1823. Listed in "The register book of marriages belonging to the parish of St. George, Hanover Square, in the County of Middlesex" edited by John H. Chapman. Snippet of page 227 found in Google books. St. George is pictured below and has remained largely unchanged.
  3. A letter to George Gillow from Mr. E. Ingledew dated 17 March 1934. Which reports the recollection of their daughter, Sarah Kingswell.


CANTON. New Bedford. 239 tons. Built at Swansea. 1835. (Wood). Brodie Collection, La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria.

The Kingswell family left England (either London or Plymouth) in April 1838 as assisted emigrants on the ship "Canton" and arrived at Port Adelaide, Australia on 2 May 1838. According to the passenger list and repeated in the Biographical Index of South Australians (1836-1885), the family then consisted of:

  1. William Kingswell, born circa 1803
  2. Mary Kingswell, wife, born circa 1806 and their four children (as below).

Their daughter, Sarah, who turned ten during the voyage, recalled to Mr E Ingledew that the family settled first in Holdfast Bay in South Australia in 1838 and later came to Launceston, Tasmania in 1840. She said that there was a very poor settlement in Holdfast Bay and they suffered a deal of hardship, including fear of wild dogs. In Launceston they lived first at house in Canning Street and she recalled that her sister, Elizabeth, was born there in 1841. She recalled that her father was employed for some time as a Collector of Customs. (source)

In the "Unassisted Arrivals to Australia Index" (copy held at National Library NZ) is the following record for Port Adelaide:
"Kingswell, William, age 40, Passenger on the 'Elizabeth', from Launceston, arriving 12 May 1846 with the remarks of 'Merchant/Hampshire/Visitor'".
In this index there are also seven other listings for W Kingswell in the date range 1846 and 1847 and all between Launceston, Twofold Bay, Moreton Bay, Circular Head and Pt Phillip.

W Kingswell appears in the "Shipping arrivals and departures, South Australia 1627-1850", by R. T. Sexton (copy held at National Library NZ) a newspaper notice is reproduced (sadly, it doesn't say which paper and only lists the year in which it appears 1839):
"Enterprize (sic), Cutter 30
This British-built boat of 35 ft keel and 12 ft beam, undergoing repairs at Port Adelaide, was offered for sale by Auctioneer Neale in late June. Anyone having claims on C Towgood or W. Kingswell for repairs or materials were to forward them to W. Edwards for examination."
My assumption is that Kingswell and Towgood where either unable to afford the repair costs or left town! I feel it is safe to assume that the W. Kingswell mentioned is William Kingswell (there are no unaccounted for Kingswell's in Australia during this period) and in the same book William Kingswell is listed as being a passenger on this ship in 1839 (there being only room for four berths).

In the Mr E Ingledew letter he mentions that W Kingswell was for a time a Collector of Customs.

A William B. Kingswell appears in the 1855 and 1858 Jury lists for Van Diemens Land (Tasmania).

It is possible that William Kingswell is the person of the same name who died by drowning in Melbourne in 1861 (aged 64) - not an exact match! (Source - Victoria Inquests 1840-1985)

Little is yet known about Mrs Mary Kingswell. She died at Point Sorell, Tasmania on 23 February 1876. All that is known are from the two following newspaper obituaries and from the Mr E Ingledew letter where he writes she was "... in some way connected with the Chichester family (Donegal earldom) but I don't know exactly how. Her maiden name was Hilder. She died in 1876 and is buried at the old Don Cemetery the headstone stating she was born in 1799."

KINGSWELL – On the 23rd February, at the residence of her son-in-law, Edwin Cummings, Esq., River Don, Mrs. Mary Kingswell, late of Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, aged 77 years. (Bath papers please copy).
The Examiner 2nd March 1876 (source)

Mrs. Kingswell

This old respected colonist died on the 23rd February, at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. E. Cummings, Don. Our correspondent writing on the 28th Feb., says: “Mrs. Kingswell had been on a visit to one of her daughters, Mrs. Robinson, in Victoria, and while there was taken with dropsy. Though very ill she wished to return to Tasmania, for she felt that her end was drawing near. Her medical adviser stated that it would be certain death to attempt to remove her, and especially to put her on board the steamer; but the old lady was resolved on making the effort, as she did not like the idea of being buried amongst strangers. She arrived here per s.s. Argyle in a very feeble state, accompanied by another of her daughters, Mrs. L. Grant. She seemed to rally greatly, and we began to think that she would be spared for some time to come; But on the 19th or 20th she began to sink rapidly, and it became plain to all that her time was close at hand. She spoke of her death and funeral with the greatest composure. Mrs. Kingswell had been about 36 years in Tasmania, and was about one of the oldest members of the Congregational body. And though she had attained the age of 77 years she was very active, and not long ago took a trip to New Zealand, where she went about with as much ease as many younger women. She will be greatly missed in our circle as she was a constant visitor in cases of sickness, and had a kind word for everyone, particularly the young people, and was a great friend to the Church and Sabbath School. Her remains were interred in the Don Cemetery on the 25th Feb; Rev. T. E. O. Mell officiated at the grave. About 100 persons were present.
The Examiner 18th March 1876

These two obituaries appeared on the 'Tasmanian Coastal Cemeteries website,

Children of William and Mary Kingswell

  1. Mary Ann Kingswell born 1 February 1823 - there are two records for her christening, both agree on date of birth and parents names:
    1. christened 19 May 1823 at Morgans Hill Independent, Bradford On Avon, Wiltshire, England.
    2. christened 19 February 1823 at Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England.
      Died 1894 in Pland, Victoria. Awkwardly, her tombstone states that her mother was Mary Hilder! (and father of William Kingswell). Married Charles Vallance Robinson (baptised 21 Aug 1825 in Bermondsey, Surrey and died later thanMary Ann) on 30 September 1848 in Launceston. In 1851 Charles began an Auctioneers business and then buying ships. He, and Mary Ann, sometimes made journeys from Launceston to Melbourne. The ships he owned or part owned are, SS Gazelle,1860, Royal Shepherd, Gem, Titania (wrecked 15 July 1865 without lost of life on the Hokitika bar, NZ) Havilah, Black Swan, Helen McGregor (named after his sister Mary's 5th daughter). He formed an alliance with James Lilly and set up a steamship company travelling from NZ to Tasmania and then along the Victoria and SA coast. He was residing in Bell Hill, Dunedin for at least 8 years (1856-1862+) as co-owner of, and agent for, Titania. (see notes below). In 1878 he bought the Rob Roy sawmill from Edwin Cummings (his brother-inlaw, who had become bankrupt) although Edwin remained manager. He built a house in 67 Gawler Street Pland, Victoria (which is still standing) and later died there. He also had property in Percy St. where he is listed as a bark merchant (for tanning).
      This branch of the family appear to be the first of this generation that left Tasmaina and may hav einfluced the later move of William B Kingswell and family in 1863.

  2. William B Kingswell born circa 1826.

  3. Sarah Kingswell, born circa 1828. Died 3 August 1916. Married John Gray, 8 December 1853, in Launceston Tasmania. Married again, date unknown, Mr Lewis Grant (obits for Lewis and Sarah below).

  4. Harriette Kingswell born in 1831 and died 19 October 1890 in Port Frederick, Tasmania. She married Rev. Malcolm Duncanson (born 1828 and died 26 September 1888, in Deloraine) on 10 June 1856, in Launceston.

    Their children;
      1. Lilias Elizabeth Duncanson, born 17 April 1858, Deloraine, Tasmania
      2. Agnes Harriet Duncanson, born 7 November 1861 died, 23 June 1862.
      3. Malcolm McLeod Duncanson, born 14 April 1863, Campbelltown, Tasmania.
      4. Isabell Mary Duncanson, born 7 May 1869, married William Ingledew, 10 November 1896 in Mersey, Tasmania
      5. Jessie Harriet Duncanson, born 30 March 1867, Campbelltown, Tasmania.

  5. Elizabeth Hilda Kingswell, born in Launceston, Tasmania 1841. She married, 26 April 1859, Edwin Cummings in Launceston.

    Their children;
      1. Edith Leroy Cummings, b. 28 February 1863, Pt Sorell, Tasmania.
      2. Charles Edwin Cummings, b. 1 February 1865, Pt Sorell, Tasmania.
      3. Lewis Bently Cummings, b. 30 November 1866, Pt Sorell, Tasmania.
      4. Edith Caroline Cummings, b. 19 November 1871, Pt Sorell, Tasmania.
      5. Edwin Leroy Cummings, b. 15 July 1874, Pt Sorell, Tasmania.
      6. Douglas William Cummings, b. 15 May 1876, Pt Sorell, Tasmania.

      Edwin Cummings was a business man of some repute; Cummings, Henry, and Co., River Don, which finally was merged into the River Don Trading Co.



  1. "History of the Deloraine Municipality" J. R. Skemp, Tasmania, Australia 1964 (copy held at University of Melbourne). Chapter 'Municipal Government', page 31, W. B. Kingswell listed as a trustee of the Road Trust in December 1855 (other trustees included Charles Field and John Field). A key area for introducing roading was to the settlers and farmers of Whitefoord Hills.
  2. Reproduced below

Lewis Grant
The funeral of the late Lewis Grant will leave his late residence, Penguin, at 9.30 a.m. Thursday, February 1, and arrive at the Don Cemetery at 2 o’clock. Friends are invited to attend. D. Hall, Undertaker.
The North West Post 31st January 1906

About People

Mr. L. Grant passed away on Tuesday morning at his residence, Penguin, at an advanced age. He had been a great sufferer for a long while, and his end not unexpected. Mr. Grant was well known at the Don and Devonport, where he carried on a general store for a number of years.
The North West Post 1st February 1906

A well-known resident of the North West Coast passed away in the person of the late Mr. Lewis Grant, yesterday morning, at the age of 75. Mr. Grant was a native of Montreal, Canada and arrived with Mr. Cummins at Don 45 years ago. His sterling upright character, his wonderful cheerfulness during years of suffering endeared him to a large circle of friends, who sympathise with the widow, whose burden of sorrow has been heavy. The deceased gentleman leaves no children.
The funeral will take place tomorrow leaving deceased's late residence at 9.30 a.m.
The Advocate 31st January 1906

Sarah Grant
GRANT – On the 3rd August, at Devonport, Sarah Grant, relict of the late Lewis Grant, in the 89th year of her age.
The North West Post 4th August 1916

The funeral of the late Sarah Grant will leave the residence of Mrs. M. E. Northrop, Best Street, at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday the 5th inst., for the Don cemetery.
The North West Post 4th August 1916

The death occurred yesterday afternoon at Mrs. M. E. Northrop’s private hospital, Best Street, of Mrs. Grant, a very old and respected resident of the Coast, at the ripe old age of 89 years. The deceased lady was born in Kent,
England, and landed in Launceston, which was a mere hamlet then, 76 years ago. Since growing to adult age, deceased lived chiefly at Don, Devonport, and Penguin, coming to Devonport ten years ago, on the death of her husband. The late Mrs. Grant was a true type of “mother of Israel”, and was popular with and respected by all. Her end came suddenly. Half an hour prior to her demise, she appeared to be in normal health but collapsing, she suddenly passed away. The deceased lady had been actively associated with the Congregational church for many years and years ago was a Sabbath schoolteacher in that church. She took a keen interest in religious affairs. The funeral leaves the residence of Mrs. M. E. Northrop, Best Street, at 2.30 on Saturday for the Don cemetery.
The North West Post 4th August 1916

The funeral of the late Mrs. Grant took place at the Don cemetery on Saturday afternoon last. There was a very large gathering of residents of the Don and along the Coast, many of the old identities being present to pay the last tribute of respect to one they had known so long. The Rev. Owen Lewis conducted the services of the Congregational Church at the graveside, and the pallbearers were Messrs. J. T. Henry, S. Priest, E. Ingledew and A. J. Stokes.
The North West Post 7th August 1916

3. Correspondance with a decesentant of Charles Vallance Robinson - April 2010. Charles gives extensive edvince in 1865 (printed in the Otago Witness) as co-owner of Titania, in the trial of Capt Jarvey for poisoning his wife.

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Biographical Details:

Possible match as the parents of William Kingswell.

William Kingswell
Born, 1780, Shanklin, Isle of Wright, England.

On 13 November 1801, he (grocer, age 22) and Ann Allen (spinster, age 21) sought in Newport, Isle of Wright, a marriage licence in the registry of the Bishop of Winchester, Hampshire.

I feel this is a possible match as:

  • The Kingswell's appear to have been non-conformists. And, their marriages and christenings are hard to find in the parish registers where they lived. It is therefore likely that they would be more likely to have a marriage licence and not have held the wedding in a recognised church.
  • These generations appear to have regularly moved.
  • The name of their first child, Mary Ann Kingswell, born 1823 (where Mary is the mother's first name and Ann the grandmother's first name)
  • This couple are the right age.


  • There are a lot of Kingswell in the Isle of Wright - many share familiar names used in later generations of our Kingswells; Mary, Ann, Mary Ann, William, Charles and George. The trap here is in assuming because of similar names that they must be related and ignoring that these where very widely used names.
  • Many of the Kingswell's of Isle of Wright appear to be nonconformists.





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