Tuesday, April 12, 2016

BRS 13 Early Settlers Sandgate Portion Julius William Stirke

Julius William Stirke

There is an arrival in Australia of a Henry Stirke on the ship Bloomer  16 JUL 1853 

J. W. Stirke held at least 68 acres in two parcels Lot 81, and Lot 86.

Researching Julius William Stirke has been difficult, due to the various ways in which the name was spelt.

There are several shipping records, including an arrival in Victoria in 1853, then mention of his being on the Royal Charter, and another arrival in Victoria.  Later there are several records showing that he owned the two blocks and placed them for sale in 1864.   

He travelled to Rockhampton and Gladstone in 1866

In 1870, someone from a Melbourne University was looking for him.

 He purchased lands in Mackay, and later they were sold for unpaid rates.  He then purchased land on Moreton Island in Brisbane in 1907.

In 1860, there was a terrible shipping accident of the Royal Charter, and J.W. Stirke was saved and landed in Cork, Ireland.

The Royal Charter was a steam clipper which was wrecked off the beach of Porth Alerth in Dulas Bay on the north-east coast of Anglesey on 26 October 1859. The precise number of dead is uncertain as the complete passenger list was lost in the wreck although an incomplete list (not including those who boarded just before departure) is retained in the Victorian Archives Centre in, Victoria, Australia.

About 450 lives were lost, the highest death toll of any shipwreck on the Welsh coast. It was the most prominent victim among about 200 ships wrecked by the Royal Charter Storm.

The Royal Charter sank in an 1859 storm, stimulating the establishment of modern weather forecasting.

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Monday 9 January 1860 p 5 Article

... , Solomon Samuel, Mr Lanoon for Sanson), Julius Stirko (or Stirks, landed at Cork), Miss Ellzabeth


In 1864 he was advertising for the sale of the property.

The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864) Friday 4 March 1864 p 4 Advertising

... ' one 27 acres and the other 37 acres. For price, &o, apply by leter to J. W. STIRKE Post ..

By August he is recorded as leaving Brisbane for Sydney 
Next in 1866 he is recorded as arriving from Rockhampton and Gladstone so perhaps he also had an interest in mining.

In 1870 a Melbourne University is looking for him.

30 Jun 1870 - The Courier. PUBLISHED DAILY ...

... The Government of England, its struc- ture and development," written by Dr. Hearn, Professor of History and Political Economy in the University of Melbourne,

Why would Dr Hearn, the Professor of History and Political Economy be eager to find Julius William Stirke?  All rather another mystery!

Then mention is made in 1892 of his title being re-issued.  

The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Monday 27 June 1892 p 5 Advertising

... . G5603 to G5609, in tlio name of Julius AVillium Stirke, for .3 roods G parches, being subdivisions 7 

In 1892 he is issued with a Certificate of title for lands in Mackay.


Mackay Mercury (Qld. : 1887 - 1905) Thursday 14 August 1902 

It might be that he walked away from the Mackay lands and they were sold.
He had several blocks in Sydney Street Mackay.  His details were unknown to the Council

Crown Land Sales. Moreton Island Lots.
The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Saturday 6 April 1907 p 13 Detailed Lists, Results, Guides

... -acre. Brisbane Tab Company. Limited £20 ; lot. 45, half-acre, Julius Stirke, £11 ; lot 40, half-acre, M

he Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Saturday 6 April 1907 p 14 Article

... respectively. Julius Stirke paid £11 for an allotment, the upset price of which was £4. 

Julius died in Queensland in 1916, Henry Stirke was his father.

Name: Julius Stirke
Death Date: 02 Nov 1916
Death Place: Queensland
Father's name: Henry Stirke
Registration Place: Queensland
Registration Number: B 024510

 In 1903 he was living at Miclere and was a miner
 In 1916 he was recorded as living in Turbot Street Brisbane, his occupation was a digger

The Miclere Gold mine was about 30 miles from Cleremont in Central Queensland.

Historically, “Miclere” was a gold mining area, as most areas were, when originally settled in 1871. (Ref Page 327 DW de Havelland Gold & Ghosts Volume 3)

So another of the early settlers was a gold miner.

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