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Philip Collett

Philip Collett

Male 1819 - 1876  (56 years)

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  • Name Philip Collett 
    Born 07 Nov 1819  Botsdale, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 19 Dec 1819  Wortham, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • On Monday 1st November 1841, at the age of 21, Philip married Maria Hammant, 19 years old, (Hammond) in the Parish Church of Wortham. The witnesses to the wedding were Charles Elvin, Sarah Anna Bryant and Maria's two sisters Mary and Hannah Hammant. Philip was a farm labourer and Maria was to become a school mistress. They had a baby girl, Eliza, who was born on Tuesday 12th July 1842 in Suffolk, England. Eliza was to die at the age of 52 at Maldoon in New South Wales on Monday 13th May 1895. Philip and his family emigrated to the colony of New South Wales at the invitation of Maria's father, William Hammant. The Reverand Richard Cobbold of Wortham had married Philip and Maria and in 1843 he received a letter and a sum of money from the Bishop of Sydney, Dr. Broughton, who was a nephew of the Rev. James Merest, a former curate of Wortham for 40 years. The Bishop had been approached by Maria's father following a service at Appin, NSW and asked "Sir, I have five children at Wortham, would you be so good as to write and say 'if they will come to me I will take care of them', and will you have the kindness to transmit for me this sum of money for their passage" The five children referred to are assumed to be his three daughters - Maria, Mary and Hannah - his son-in-law Philip and his grand daughter Eliza as this was the family group that subsequently sailed for Sydney on the Ship Neptune. The Rev. Cobbold wrote that "I took the whole of his family (William Hammant's) - all daughters - one married Philip Collett, who went out with her, to the Immigration Depot.

      Dear children I did weep to say farewell
      Because I knew in this life never more
      On happy faces that I loved to dwell
      I should behold them bound for distant shore
      We parted as we all must do in present pain
      That parted weeping, hoping to meet again."

      The Rev. Cobbold received a vote of thanks from the Board of Guardians on 25th October 1843 for seeing the children to Deptford to embark. The children had belonged to the Parish of Burgate. In time the Rev. Cobbold received news from the Rev. D D Sparling of Appin, NSW that the children had all arrived safely, although Maria died shortly after arrival. Rev. Cobbold passed the news on to the aged grandmother and great grandmother, both poor people in his parish. Grandmother Elizabeth Hammant lived to the age of 94 under the care of her daughter Mrs Elvin of Yaxley and we are told that "she could read to her very advanced age even without spectacles and many persons of 70 looked older than she did at ninety. Great grandmother Charity Harbour died at the age of 92.
      Maria's father William Hammant had been convicted, together with his older brother James, when stolen wheat was found in the Hammant family's Dolphin Inn near Wortham, Suffolk on the High Road Norwich to Bury. On 6th January 1832 they were sentenced at Suffolk Quarter Sessions to 14 years transportation and arrived in Sydney on 17th August 1832 on board the Lady Harewood. William is said to have became a sincere penitent in Australia and was later a church warden at Appin and was able to afford to offer to take care of his family if they would join him in Australia. Twenty Pounds to cover the cost of the voyage was given. The money was then sent to the Rev. Richard Cobbold at Wortham as mentioned previously. William's youngest daughter Hannah was born the year he was transported, 1832. His wife Elizabeth died sometime between 1832 and 1842 and the two youngest daughters Mary and Hannah then lived with their great grandmother Charity Harbour. Philip Collett was provided free passage to Sydney provided he took his two sisters-in-law under his protection for the duration of the trip and for two weeks after their arrival.
      Philip Collett, his wife and daughter arrived in Sydney on 11th February 1844 on board the ship Neptune. The Neptune was a 643 ton ship that sailed first from Deptford then Cork on 26th October 1843. She was carrying some 308 Bounty Emigrants and the list of passengers shows:

      Collett, Philip23Farm Lab.?18-14-0
      Maria20School Mistress?18-14-0
      Eliza1Daughter ?9-7-0
      Hammant Mary16Nurse?18-14-0Bounty
      (There was no mention of 45 male and 43 female children between the ages of 1 and 14. Hannah Hammant would have been one of these)
      Ten people died during the voyage, including three infants and two small children. The ship was quarantined in Sydney on arrival for three days for smallpox.
      Philip and his family initially stayed in a house in Domain Terrace that had been taken for him by the Bishop of Sydney, who had written to Wortham to arrange the family's trip to Australia. Maria's health was only fairly good when they departed England and it deteriorated so that only three months after her arrival in Sydney she died on Tuesday 7th May 1844 at a Benevolent Asylum. The burial service was conducted by J Edmonston on the 9th May 1844. Philip and the children went to Appin where his father-in-law was living. Philip worked for the Rev. D D Sparling of Appin who wrote to the Rev. Cobbold in Wortham to confirm the arrival of the Hammant children. Following Philip's marriage to Lucy Bean they both lived and worked for Rev. Sparling in the parsonage at Appin.
      Lucy and Philip's first child, Mary, was born in the Appin parsonage. Philip later became a farmer living at Rev. Sparling's properties at Elladale, Lachlan Vale and Macquarie Dale as shown in the birth certificates of their subsequent children. While at Appin Philip was one of six local patrons elected at a public meeting to establish a Vested National School in Appin.
      The family's final move was to the Gunning area where Lucy had a number of Bean family relatives. Philip died at Gunning on Tuesday 24th October 1876
    Died 24 Oct 1876  Gunning, NSW, Australia, -34.782333,149.266262 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I889  Mote/McInnes
    Last Modified 17 Nov 2014 

    Father William Collett,   b. Abt 1788, Wilby, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1864, Wortham, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Mother Mary Knights,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 10 Sep 1846, Wortham, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 19 May 1817  St Thomas & St Mary's Church, Wortham, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • They both made their mark (they couldn't write). The witnesses were William Driver and Francis Groom
    Census 1841  Wortham, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F292  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Maria Hammond,   b. 1822, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 May 1844, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years) 
    Married 01 Nov 1841  Wortham, Hartismere, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Eliza Collett,   b. 12 Jul 1842, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1895, Maldon, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F272  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lucy Bean,   b. 29 Jul 1825, Menangle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1897, Goulburn, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 16 Dec 1845  St Marks Church, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Collett,   b. 26 Jul 1846, Parsonage, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jan 1920, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. Arthur Collett,   b. 05 May 1848, Elladale, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Apr 1932, Mount Britain, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     3. Philip Collett,   b. 20 Jan 1850, Elladale, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1918, Goulburn, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     4. James Thomas Collett,   b. 19 Mar 1852, Elladale, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1933, Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     5. Lucy Amelia Collett,   b. 01 Nov 1854, Lachlan Vale, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1941, Guildford, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     6. William Collett,   b. 12 Jan 1856, Lachlan Vale, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Enfield, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Louisa Elizabeth Collett,   b. 1857, Lachlan Vale, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1860, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     8. Esther Alice Collett,   b. 30 Jun 1859, Lachlan Vale, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1886, Goulburn, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     9. Joseph Collett,   b. 03 Jun 1861, Lachlan Vale, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1947  (Age 86 years)
     10. Louisa Elizabeth Collett,   b. 20 Oct 1863, Macquarie Dale, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1866, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     11. Emily Jane Collett,   b. 23 Sep 1865, Macquarie Dale, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1944, Goulburn, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     12. Dulcie Ella Collett,   b. 06 Jun 1867, Macquarie Dale, Appin, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. Ada Rhoda Collett,   b. 26 Oct 1873, Gunning, NSW, Australia, -34.782333,149.266262 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1875, Gunning, NSW, Australia, -34.782333,149.266262 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F385  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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