Hazelwood Family

John Hazelwood was born in Aberdeen Scotland, about 1822. According to his death certificate, his father's name was Henry. No other details about his parents are known at this time.

John was sentenced on 19 April 1836 in the Aberdeen Court of Justiciary to 14 years imprisonment for stealing money. He was sent to Aberdeen Gaol, and remained there until 27 May, when he boarded the "Prince George". The Prince George arrived at Port Phillip on 8 May 1837. His shipping indent contains the following information:

  • Age:15
  • Read/Write: R
  • Religion: Protestant
  • Single/Married/Widower: Single
  • Native Place: Aberdeen
  • Trade or Calling: Errand boy
  • Offence: Stealing money
  • Former Conviction: 30 days
  • Height: 5 foot 3 inches
  • Complexion: Ruddy and freckled
  • Hair: Dark brown
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Particular marks or scars: Semicircular scar centre of forehead, scar left eyebrow, scar under tip of right side of chin

At least seven others were tried in Aberdeen on the same day, though none appear to have been transported with John. Further research will be required, to determine if any of these people were charged for the same crime(s) as John. Others tried were:

  • William Anderson: age 22, forgery, sentenced to life, arrived per "Bengal Merchant" 1837;
  • Alexander Wynnes: sentenced to life, arrived per "Bengal Merchant" 1837;
  • Charles Sheriffs: age 20, defraud/theft, arrived per "Neptune" 1837;
  • Alexander Dingwall: age 20, stealing money, sentenced 14 years, previous conviction 1 month, arrived per ""Norfolk" 1837;
  • Robert Reid: age 24, stealing wool, arrived per "Norfolk" 1837;
  • William Brown(?): age 18, housebreaking; and
  • John Melone(?): age 42, theft

John was granted a Ticket of Leave on 11 August 1843, allowing him to remain in the District of Melbourne. He was subsequently issued with a Certificate of Freedom on 30 September 1851. On this certificate, he is described as being 5 foot 5 and a half inches, with dark brown hair, brown eyes and a dark ruddy complexion. His year of birth is listed as 1822.

John married Mary Anne Theresa Carberry on 13 November 1841. Mary Anne had arrived at Port Phillip on the "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1841. Mary Anne's place of birth was Dublin, and she was born about 1826. John and Mary Anne spent some years in Victoria, before moving to New South Wales about 1852. As we received his Certificate of Freedom in September 1851, he may have moved to New South Wales once he was free.

John and Mary Anne had 16 children. John variously worked as a carpenter, station hand, boundary rider, station manager, shepherd, laborer, and overseer.

John Hazelwood is listed on the 1869/1870 Electoral Roll. His place of residence is listed as Canally. Cannally appears to have been a property approximately 25kms south of Balranald. Several of John's children were born here. John's son, William, is also listed on the electoral roll, at the same address. Several of John's sons-in-law are also listed on this roll in the Balranald district.

John accidentally drowned near Euston on 22 December 1891. His age was given as 72.

In an eerie coincidence, Mary Anne drowned in a separate accident at Balranald on 8 October 1893. Her age was given as 70.

Mary Anne's obituary states that one of her daughters (Mary) and one of her nephews had also drowned in separate accidents.

William Hazelwood (1842 - 1894)

William was born on 28 November 1842 in Collingwood Victoria. He died on 17 January 1894 in Murray Downs Victoria, and was buried on 18 January 1894 at Swan Hill Victoria. His cause of death was Bright's Disease. One of the witnesses listed on his death certificate was a Joseph Milstead (sic). This may have been Joshua Millstead, who was a brother of John Henry Millstead. John Henry was William's brother-in-law.

GThere is a listing for a W Hazelwood at Yuranigh Street in Balranald in 1891, however the house is listed as uninhabited.

William was listed as the sole beneficiary on his mother's will. At the time that the will was written, William was living at Conoley Station in Queensland. The estate was sworn at 85 pounds, and probate granted to the executors 15 March 1894 (After William's death). I have not found what happened to the proceeds of the estate.

Joanna Hazelwood (1844 - 1873)

Joanna was born 9 October 1844 in Melbourne Victoria. She died in 1873 in Balranald N.S.W. She married Thomas Willett. Children of this marriage were:

  • Joanna Willett (1862 - 1899) married John Cruell;
  • John Willett (1864 - 1864);
  • Thomas Willett (1866 - 1902);
  • Alice Willett (1871 - ?); and
  • Alfred William Willett (1873 - 1955)

John Hazelwood (1846 - ?)

John was born 30 August 1846 in Melbourne, and was baptised on 3 March 1847. I have not found details of John's death, but it would have been prior to 1866, as John and Mary Ann had another son John born in 1866.

Jane Hazelwood (1848 - ?)

Jane was born on 9 June 1848 in Melbourne, and was baptised on 7 January 1849. I have not been able to find details of Jane's death. Jane married Henry Collins on 20 November 1869 at Balranald Children of this marriage were:

  • Alfred Edward Collins (1869 - 1961);
  • William Grimwade Collins (1870 - 1951) married Emmy Louise Marshall;
  • Ellen Christine Collins (1871 - ?) married Lawrence Harry Hardy; and
  • Henry Collins (1874 - ?);

Henry Collins died 18 September 1875 at Swan Hill Victoria. Jane next married Richard Brennan in Balranald in 1875. Children of this marriage were:

  • Henry McNamara Brennan (1876 - ?);
  • Galbraith Brennan (1878 - ?);
  • Richard Brennan (1881 - 1883);
  • Henry McNamara Brennan (1882 - 1968);
  • Henry Collins (1874 - ?);
  • Sidney Brennan (? - 1884);
  • Richard S Brennan (1886 - 1925); and
  • James E Brennan (1888 - ?);

Richard Brennan died in Dubbo in 1897.

Jane Brennan is listed on the 1891 Census and 1901 Census at Wentworth. On both listings, it states that there were three males and one female.

Elizabeth Hazelwood (1850 - 1851)

Elizabeth was born on 5 January 1850 in Melbourne, and was baptised there on 13 April 1851. She died on 24 April 1851 in Melbourne, and was buried on 25 April 1851.

Ellen Hazelwood (1851 - 1928)

Ellen was born on 25 June 1851 in Melbourne and was baptised there on 24 August 1851. She married Thomas Croft on 3 August 1867 at Balranald. Children of this marriage were:

  • Thomas Albert Croft (1868 - ?);
  • Henry James Croft (1870 - 1951) married Thirza Stanmore; and
  • Elizabeth Croft (1872 - 1945) married i. William Collis, ii. George Burrell;

Thomas Croft died 19 March 1871 at Balranald. Ellen next married Robert William Hudson on 24 March 1872 at Balranald. Children of this marriage were:

  • William John Hudson (1874 - 1909); and
  • Robert Edward Hudson (1875 - 1939) married Chloe Muffett;

Robert Hudson died 13 January 1877 at Balranald. Ellen next married Thomas Hugh Fraser. Children of this marriage were:

  • Mary Ellen Fraser (1879 - 1953) married Alfred James Ashcroft;
  • Margaret May Fraser (1881 - 1953) married Cecil Ernest Lacy;
  • Hugh Charles Fraser (1883 - 1884) never married;
  • John Percy Fraser (1884 - ?);
  • Alexander Eldred Fraser (1887 - ?) married Ethel Schade;
  • Agnes Alice Jane Fraser (1892 - 1958) married Richard Lewis Maddy;
  • Eveline Lillian Fraser (1894 - 1952) married Albert Ernest Richards; and
  • Rose Fraser (1896 - 1896) never married

Ellen died on 8 May 1928 in Mildura, Victoria. She was buried on 9 May 1928 at Mildura Cemetery.

Richard Hazelwood (1852 - 1935)

Richard was born in 1852 in the Liverpool Plains in New South Wales. He died on 24 January 1935 in Broken Hill, and was buried there on 25 January 1935. He never married.

Emily Hazelwood (1854 - ?)

Alice Jane Hazelwood (1856 - 1935)

Mary Ann Hazelwood (1858 - 1860)

Sarah Hazelwood (1860 - 1937)

Agnes Hazelwood (1861 - 1925)

Mary Hazelwood (1864 - 1883)

John Henry Hazelwood (1866 - 1924)

Jessie Amelia Hazelwood (1868 - 1951)

Unnamed Hazelwood (1870 - 1870)