The Family of Charles Tucker.

Life before Australia:

Charles Tucker and wife Elizabeth set sail on the ship "Sirocco" from London on Thursday November 5th 1863, bound for Sydney Town, N.S.W.

The "Sirocco” arrived in quarantine on January 28th 1864,and was inspected by the board of immigration on February 5th.

Immigration records

(Honeydon most likely refers to Honiton, a large village near Stockland.)

Charles Tucker was born in Stockland, Devon, England on the 29th June 1830,the second son of Robert Tucker dairyman of :Huntshayes:, Stockland, and was baptised 18th July 1830 in the parish.

Elizabeth Summers was born 31st January 1827 at Stockland the daughter of Simon Summers, cordwainer. She was baptised in the parish of February 4th 1827.

From the 1851 census Elizabeth is listed as "servant" working on the property "Hornshayes”.

Charles and Elizabeth were married on 3rd January 1854 at St. James's Church, Taunton, Somerset. At the time Charles' occupation was :gardner”, and his younger brother Thomas acted as best man.

From the 1861 census Charles is an "agricultural labourer" living in Stockland, in a house called "Brimpit”, with his wife, four children and his mother-in-law Grace Summers.


Life in Australia:

After arriving in Australia for about 6 to 9 months Charles and his family stayed in Maitland, he lived and worked at Louth Park, as it was here that his 4th daughter Ann was born in December 1864.

Charles then moved his family further up the Hunter Valley to Dartmouth near Muswellbrook. Charles worked for Mr. Doyle at Dartmouth soon after he arrived in the Muswellbrook region for 3 and half years. 2 more children born Emma born 21st November 1866, and Robert Charles born 11th April 1868.

Charles first purchased land in Kayuga in 1869, a block of 40 acres, for which he paid one pound an acre. He further added to this purchase with 2 more blocks of 40 acres at a pound an acre making a total of 120 acres.

Portion no: 272 of the parish was leased by Charles' son Robert, who later purchased it.

Charles was a successful and practical farmer, this is evident by the many prizes he won at the upper hunter shows at Muswellbrook. Between 1880 and 1888 he won first prize and champion prize for the best wheat on the upper hunter; first prize for his cheese and first prize for a bull. At the 1898 show he won second prize for the best bag of shilling wheat, and at the 1901 show he won second prize for a jersey bull.

Charles maintained a dairy herd and produced large quantities of butter and cheese. As well as cattle, he also had ten horses, and farmed about 40 acres with potatoes, lucerne, barley, wheat and vegetables.

Elizabeth Tucker died at Kayuga nsw on January 5th 1898 aged 72yrs, and is buried at Muswellbrook Church of England cemetery.

Charles Tucker died at Aberdeen, nsw on 17th October 1909 at the home of his grandaughter Eliza Adnum, and is buried beside his wife at Muswellbrook cemetery; there is no headstone on his grave.


Simon Summers Tucker was born in Stockland, Devon England on the 23rd march 1854. On the 25th December 1875 he married Elizabeth Ann Bowden at Muswellbrook.

Simon Summers Tucker - bachelor - 21yrs occupation: blacksmith.

Elizabeth Ann Bowden - spinster - 18yrs - born Cornwall England - parents Thomas Bowden and Mary Jane Richards.

Elizabeth died 21st November 1891 and was buried at Singleton cemetery.

Simon married again on 4th January 1894 at St. Peter's Maitland.

Simon Summers Tucker - widower - aged 39yrs -occupation; railway guard.

Jane Matilda Vaughan - spinster - 29yrs. Daughter of Robert Vaughan of St. Hilliers near Muswellbrook.

Simon Summers Tucker died at Glenn Innes hospital, from pneumonia following an operation on the 26th march 1903. He was buried at Sandgate cemetery.


Elizabeth Summers Tucker was born 19th august 1855 at Chiselhurst, Kent England. She married George Jordan on 29th February 1876 at Muswellbrook.

Elizabeth - spinster - 20yrs

George Thomas Jordan - bachelor - 23yrs - occupation: sawyer; born Maitland, parents: William Jordan builder and Hannah Barker.

Elizabeth and George farmed a property at Merriwa, called "Homedale'.

Elizabeth died at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown on 30th August 1905, after being transported from Scone hospital. She was buried in the Church of England Cemetery Rookwood on 1st September 1905.


Mary Tucker was born 11th December 1856 at Stockland, Devon England. Mary had a daughter: Eliza, born 14th December 1873 who was raised for most of her life by her grandparents. Mary died from pneumonia on 15th October 1882 aged 26 yrs, at Gladesville, Sydney. Her occupation at the time was listed as "domestic duties". She was buried at St. Anne's church cemetery Ryde. Eliza married Richard Edward Adnum at St. Andrew's church Kayuga, on 26th April 1899.


Herbert Tucker was born 29th march 1860, in Stockland, Devon England. He married Jean Stark Buchanan at Islington on 1st December 1887.

Herbert Tucker - bachelor - 27yrs - occupation: railway employee.

Jean Stark Buchanan - spinster - 24yrs - born Lanarkshire, Scotland. Parents: William Buchanan and Catherine Pollock. Jean Stark died November 7th 1916 aged 53yrs and is buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery Sandgate. Herbert Tucker died June 15th 1929 and is buried beside his wife at Sandgate Cemetery.


Helena Tucker was born 12th December 1861, in Stockland, Devon, England. On July 6th 1892 she married Joseph Buckland at Kayuga.

Joseph Buckland - bachelor - 32yrs occupation: bombardier, artillery forces. Born: Quidhampton, Wiltshire, England. Parents: Joseph Buckland and Elizabeth Archer.

Helena Tucker - spinster - 31yrs - occupation: domestic.

Joseph died in 1895. Helena married again to James John Cannon , a fettler of Muswellbrook, on 5th April 1906 at Muswellbrook Methodist church.

James Cannon - widower - 49yrs - occupation: fettler. Born: Muswellbrook. Parents: Thomas Cannon; labourer, and Jane Ward.

Helena Buckland - widow - 44yrs.

Helena died at Muswellbrook on 11th august 1935. She left no children.


Ann Tucker was born on the 8th December 1864 at Maitland NSW. On July 8th 1897 she married Thomas Guy at St. Mark's church Islington.

Thomas Guy - widower - 40yrs - occupation: carrier. Born: Maitland. Parents: Thomas Francis Guy, farmer, and Harriet Bellinger.

Ann died 3rd April of peritonitis and is buried in Muswellbrook cemetery in a grave with another of Thomas Guy's wives also named Ann.


Emma Tucker was born 21st November 1866 at Dartmouth via Muswellbrook, nsw. She married Thomas Major in 1892 at Kayuga.

Emma died on the 26th march 1908, aged 41yrs.


Robert Charles Tucker was born 11 April 1868, at Dartmouth via Muswellbrook, nsw. He married Mary Sarah McDonald in the home of Thomas Major at Kayuga on 14th February 1894.

Robert Tucker- bachelor - 21yrs - occupation: farmer

Mary Sarah McDonald - spinster - parents: Alexander and Rosina McDonald.

Mary died in 1906 during childbirth, and is buried in Muswellbrook cemetery. Robert married again, to Agnes Ann Muir, who had come up from Sydney to perform domestic duties in the household. The marriage took place in Waterloo in 1906.

Robert died in Lidcombe Hospital on the 16th may 1943, where he spent his last twelve months, after suffering a severe stroke. He was buried in the Church of England section of Rookwood Cemetery.


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