Sunday, April 3, 2016

BH 3.6. Landowners 1854 - 1855 Moses Walmsley and John Baxter

Moses Walmsley

Moses has no biography, but from newspaper articles, of which there are many, a little can be learnt about the man. At the time of his death he was living at South Brisbane, in Flower Street.

He was a butcher, and during the bad financial times of 1866 he became insolvent.

Then in 1884 he was up and running again this time he was involved in a dispute about a paddock at John Mc Connel's property at Cressbrook.  He was renting 800 acres of land.

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The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864) Tuesday 18 August 1863 p 1 Advertising

... -structions from Mr. Moses Walmsley, to tell by auction, at the City Auction Mart, on MONDAY, August 31, a

Poor Mose Walmsley he became insolvent during the financial crash of 1866.  He was a butcher.

The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Thursday 1 May 1884 p 2 Article

... . JOHN BEER V. MOSES WALMSLEY.—Claim £60 for rent of an 800-acre paddock at Cressbrook Mr. Edwyn Lilley

Another link - Cressbrook was the home of the Mc Connels.

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) Saturday 23 March 1912 p 39 Article

An old colonist is the person of Moses Walmsley passed away at his residence Flower Street South Brisbane, on the 4th instant, at the ripe age of 81.5 years.  The late Mr Walmsley was born in Liverpool (England) and arrived in the colony with his twin brother Aaron about 60 years ago, in the ship Fortescue.

His brother Aaron predeceased him some 20 years ago.  On arrival in the colony the late Mr Walmsley lived privately in a house where now stands the Hotel Victoria, adjoining the Victoria Bridge.  Shortly afterwards he settled on Redbank Plains where he carried on dairying pursuits.

Returning to South Brisbane he carried on the butchering business for some 25 years, when his business was taken over by the Graziers.  The deceased gentleman married a daughter of the late Mr Samuel Pitt hotel proprietor of Sydney, and after whom "Pitt Street" Sydney was named.  Mrs Walmsley is still hale and hearty and is 75 years of age.  The family consisted of 3 sons and 5 daughters, one of these sons Wilmott met his death by accident quite recently at Rocklea.  There are 21 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

There is now a relationship between Moses Walmsley and John Mc Connel

John Baxter

He may have been the Ferry operator, plying between both sides of the River, who committed suicide in front of his children.  This might not be the correct John Baxter, or it may be a relative.

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The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864) Thursday 25 June 1863 p 1 Advertising

... number six id tho subdivision hythe Buid John Baxter of pastern miburbau allotment number ono hundrod mid ... John Baxter, by grant-m writing bearing dalo tho fifteenth day of May, ono thousand eight hundred and ..

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) Saturday 12 March 1881  p 328 Article

... payments to the amount of £63 12s. lid., was adopted. The letter from John Baxter, relative to leasing ... SANDGATE. THE Municipal Council of Sandgate held their regular fortnightly meeting last Tuesday

The body of a well-known fisherman named John Baxter, who has been an identity of
Sandgate for about thirty years, was found to-day in a creek. Baxter, who had been a
seafaring man for the greater part of his life, was for a long time in the navy, and was in
the Crimean war, and later on the old goldfields of New Zealand and New South

 From BCC Archives:Baxter's Oyster Saloon - Musgrave Street - Deagon

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