James Kirby

James KirbyAge: 76 years18281904

Name
James Kirby
Surname
Kirby
Birth
Type: BIRT
1828
Birth of a brotherHenry Kirby
Type: BIRT
April 13, 1830 (Age 2 years)
Christening of a brotherHenry Kirby
Type: CHR
October 2, 1830 (Age 2 years) Age: 0 years 5 months 19 days
Birth of a sisterEmma Kirby
Type: BIRT
April 1832 (Age 4 years)

Christening of a sisterEmma Kirby
Type: CHR
April 15, 1832 (Age 4 years) Age: 0 years 0 months 14 days
Religion: Church of Eng.
Death of a sisterEmma Kirby
Type: DEAT
May 1832 (Age 4 years) Age: 0 years 1 month 0 days
Burial of a sisterEmma Kirby
Type: BURI
May 10, 1832 (Age 4 years) Age: 0 years 1 month 9 days
Christening of a sisterEmma Wilmer Kirby
Type: CHR
December 7, 1833 (Age 5 years) Age: 0 years 0 months 6 days
Religion: Church of Eng.
Birth of a sisterEmma Wilmer Kirby
Type: BIRT
about 1835 (Age 7 years)
Birth of a brotherThomas Kirby
Type: BIRT
December 1835 (Age 7 years)
Christening of a brotherThomas Kirby
Type: CHR
January 12, 1836 (Age 8 years) Age: 0 years 1 month 11 days
Religion: Church of Eng.
Birth of a brotherBenjamin Kirby
Type: BIRT
1837 (Age 9 years)

Birth of a brotherRueben Ansell Kirby
Type: BIRT
1839 (Age 11 years)

Christening of a brotherBenjamin Kirby
Type: CHR
October 1, 1839 (Age 11 years) Age: 2 years 9 months 0 days
MarriageEllen FinnView this family
Type: MARR
August 7, 1849 (Age 21 years)
Birth of a son
#1
William John Kirby
Type: BIRT
April 7, 1850 (Age 22 years)
Birth of a son
#2
James Finn Kirby
Type: BIRT
November 12, 1852 (Age 24 years)

Birth of a daughter
#3
Emma Margaret Kirby
Type: BIRT
1854 (Age 26 years)

Death of a motherEmma Willmer
Type: DEAT
February 16, 1854 (Age 26 years) Age: 57 years 11 months 0 days
Birth of a daughter
#4
Ellen Mary “Aunt Top” Kirby
Type: BIRT
April 9, 1854 (Age 26 years)
Birth of a son
#5
Edmund Francis Kirby
Type: BIRT
1858 (Age 30 years)

Birth of a son
#6
Unnamed Male Kirby
Type: BIRT
1859 (Age 31 years)
Birth of a daughter
#7
Mary Finn Kirby
Type: BIRT
1859 (Age 31 years)

Birth of a son
#8
Thomas Henry Kirby
Type: BIRT
March 5, 1862 (Age 34 years)
Death of a fatherWilliam Kirby
Type: DEAT
April 6, 1863 (Age 35 years) Age: 63 years 1 month 23 days
Death of a brotherRueben Ansell Kirby
Type: DEAT
May 12, 1866 (Age 38 years) Age: 27 years 4 months 11 days
Death of a brotherThomas Kirby
Type: DEAT
March 14, 1870 (Age 42 years) Age: 34 years 3 months 13 days
Residence November 1875 (Age 47 years)
Death of a sisterMary Kirby
Type: DEAT
November 27, 1876 (Age 48 years) Age: 53 years 7 months 11 days
Death of a sisterEmma Wilmer Kirby
Type: DEAT
August 1, 1877 (Age 49 years) Age: 43 years 8 months 0 days
Marriage of a childJames Finn KirbyAgnes Sholastica Monica Percy PeetView this family
Type: MARR
1878 (Age 50 years)
Marriage of a childJames Finn KirbyAgnes Sholastica Monica Percy PeetView this family
1878 (Age 50 years)
Marriage of a childJames DavidsonEmma Margaret KirbyView this family
Type: MARR
1879 (Age 51 years)

Death of a sonEdmund Francis Kirby
Type: DEAT
May 2, 1880 (Age 52 years) Age: 22 years 4 months 1 day
Marriage of a childEdward Haldane StobieMary Finn KirbyView this family
Type: MARR
1886 (Age 58 years)

Death of a sonWilliam John Kirby
Type: DEAT
September 19, 1886 (Age 58 years) Age: 36 years 5 months 12 days
Marriage of a childAlfred Edward Allman BarnardEllen Mary “Aunt Top” KirbyView this family
Type: MARR
1888 (Age 60 years)
Death of a brotherEdmund Kirby
Type: DEAT
October 11, 1888 (Age 60 years) Age: 63 years 10 months 10 days
Death of a daughterMary Finn Kirby
Type: DEAT
March 15, 1893 (Age 65 years) Age: 34 years 0 months 14 days
Burial of a daughterMary Finn Kirby
Type: BURI
March 1893 (Age 65 years) Age: 34 years 0 months 0 days
Marriage of a childThomas Henry KirbyChristiana Harriett SinclairView this family
Type: MARR
1895 (Age 67 years)

Death of a sonThomas Henry Kirby
Type: DEAT
November 24, 1900 (Age 72 years) Age: 38 years 8 months 19 days
Death of a wifeEllen Finn
Type: DEAT
October 1903 (Age 75 years) Age: 83 years 9 months 0 days
Death
Type: DEAT
September 30, 1904 (Age 76 years) Age: 76 years 8 months 29 days
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: May 30, 1822Loughton, Bucks., Eng
11 months
elder sister
21 months
elder brother
3 years
elder brother
3 years
himself
2 years
younger brother
2 years
younger sister
20 months
younger sister
2 years
younger brother
Thomas Kirby
Birth: December 1835Northants., Eng.
Death: March 14, 1870Ballarat, Vic., Aust.
2 years
younger brother
3 years
younger brother
Family with Ellen Finn - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: August 7, 1849Presbyterian, Portland, Vic., Aust.
8 months
son
William John Kirby
Birth: April 7, 1850Portland, Vic., Aust.
Death: September 19, 1886Minyip, Vic., Aust.
4 years
daughter
6 years
son
son
-3 years
daughter
-14 months
son
7 years
daughter
3 years
son

Note

James Kirby B Blakesley, Northants., 1828 D Melb 1904.

ARRIVAL: Arrived in Port Phillip (Melbourne) on the CHINA on May 5 1840.

BIOGRAPHY: Early in the1840's Edmund and James had taken up Tyntynder cattle station on the River Murray. In 1848 the pair opened a general store at Harrow,on the Glenelg River. They traded as James. Kirby & Co., "The Glenelg Stores". The brothers built the first bridge over the Glenelg ; this was at Casterton, where it stood until the turn of the century. In the early part of 1852 they acquired Cove station. On his own behalf, Edmund took a lease of Western Strathdownie, towards the South Australia, border. From July, 1853 to September, 1857, Edmund and James held the lease of Dorodong Creek station. Edmund held Spring Bank, some ten miles from Ballarat, from March 1854 until July 1862. When he relinquished Spring Bank, Edmund bought a property in South Australia, known as The Avenue. He remained in Victoria, becoming a land classifier for the government. He was an executor of the Hepburn Estate and died at Ballarat on 11 October, 1888. James appears to have succeeded his brother at Spring Bank. He later conducted a property at Minyip, where he sat on the bench as an Honorary Justice.

Lord Hopetoun, while Governor of Victoria, from 1889 to 1895, had met Kirby and was fascinated by his yarns of the pioneering days. He strongly urged him to set them down in writing. In 1853, Lieutenant-Governor La Trobe had circularized many of the pioneer squatters, asking them to record their experiences,to be used as source material for a projected history of the Colony. Apparently the Kirbys had not been invited to do this, so Hopetoun prompted James Kirby to fill the gap.This he did in 1895, when his "Old Times in the Bush of Australia" (F.11203) was published in Ballarat. It is an unprepossessing volume, yet it contains much useful material.Strangely, it has been neglected by historians.It was distributed by the Melbourne bookseller, George Robertson and enjoyed a modest sale at the time. In 1938,Robertson and Mullens still held about fifty copies in their store. These were put out in a sale and were quickly sold at one shilling each. Minor pieces of Australiana, such as this were not so keenly sought in those days. It is now scarce.

This book contains a reference to an aboriginal spear with 22 jags on it, which James Kirby had found in the Bush. He writes: "Subsequently I took this piece home to my father's place, and it was kept as a memento until it was burned with the home on Black Thursday". This was a terrible day in the early history of the Colony. The summerof1850-51 had been long,hot and unusually dry. Thursday,6 February, 1851 was an extremely close and sultry day.Fires broke out all over the Colony. A scorching wind sprang up, fanning the flames on many fronts until they merged into the one huge,raging inferno. Several people perished, while the loss of livestock, fauna and property was also appalling. It was then that William Kirby's homestead at Merri Creek was destroyed. Entire forests were devestated. Ashes were blown out to sea,falling onto the decks of passing ships; some were even carried across Bass Strait to Van Diemen's Land. A vast pall of smoke descended on Melbourne, cutting off visibility and making the atmosphere suffocating. On the Friday the wind changed. Later came the rain in a deluge, putting out the fires . Substantial sums were raised for the victims.

The oil painting, "Black Thursday", by the noted artist William Strutt, which vividly depicted this catastrophe, was exhibited all over Australia; it drew crowds whenever it was shown. Strutt painted it 10 years after the calamity,from sketches that he had made at the scene of the fire.The painting is now in the La Trobe Library. James Kirby died at his home, Belmore Park, Balwyn in 1904.Several places in the district have been named after this property.James had married Ellen Finn in 1849 and she survived him.

BIOGRAPHY: Modified Extract from "Pioneering in Victoria: The Kirby Family" John Holroyd 1979.

Note

Casterton & District Historical Society Inc. Extracts from Meeting Notes 1971-1980

Mrs. EDGAR then read to us an article on KIRBYS ride to Melbourne from GLENELG. In 1847 James KIRBY came to the Glenelg Inn. The publican said to him that he had not sent to the treasury the money along with the Certificate which he had obtained a renewal. The time specified would expire on June 30th and this was a Sunday and it was then the 27th June.

James KIRBY rode to Melbourne on behalf of his brother in law Alex MCKINLEY.

After fording several rivers all flooded there being no bridges across any except the LEIGH RIVER near Geelong. First BUJANTS CREEK at Coleraine, next the WANNON RIVER near the WANNON FALLS arriving at the GRANGE early Friday morning June 28th and had a new horse. Next obstacle was the HOPKINS RIVER at WICKLIFFE then the FIERY CREEK at STREATHAM. At 1 o’clock in the morning after resting a while he tackled the flooded creek. The publican begged him not to attempt it however his mind was made up, he then told him of the death of a horse rider that same morning. Next obstacle the WOADY YALLOCK and LEIGH RIVER arriving in Melbourne on Sunday Afternoon June 30th only to be told that it was quite our of the power of the gentleman concerned to accept the money and certificate. However he offered to communicate with the Governor in Sydney. A fortnight later, the document arrived back in Casterton bearing the Governors signature.

Source : http://www.swvic.org/casterton/1971-80meetings.htm Last Accessed 21 October 2017

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