David Gordon

There was a John Gordon who came to Australia from County Down, Ireland in 1838 with his wife and children on the "Mandarin". On his shipping papers, it states that his parents were David Gordon and Mary Dean. As yet, I have been unable to confirm if he was William's brother. The naming pattern of John's children resembles the naming pattern of William's family. John and his family settled in the Bungonia area, before moving to the Berrima district. In 1823 John Gordon's father, David was convicted of passing a forged note and sentenced to transportation for life. He was then 53 years old. He was assigned to a landowner in the Bathurst area and because of his good behaviour the government paid for Mary and some of his children to join him in 1828. David and Mary had 9 children, to date I have been able to identify 7 of these children:

  • John (1796-1874)
  • David (1803-?)
  • Margaret (1804-?)
  • Joseph (1806-?)
  • Agnes (1808-1865)
  • Samuel (1811-1882)
  • Sarah (1816-1828)
Sarah died on board the ship to Australia in 1828. Further research is required on this family, to determine if John was a brother to William.