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About Grant Sinclair Family Tree
Early Settlers:
The earliest person in the family to arrive in Australia was Matthias Hanney. Matthias 
arrived in Tasmania on the York in 1829. Matthias lived with his family in Somerset, 
England come to Australia as a convict. He was sent to the North of the State and lived in 
the Morven district. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Morven (now known as Evandale). 
Matthias is Lex's 4th Great Grandfather on his father’s side.

Ancestors from both the Grant and Sinclair families arrived in the Port Phillip District 
in early days of European settlement in Australia. 
Port Phillip District was a district of the Colony of New South Wales from 1836 until 
1851. The Port Phillip District achieved independence from New South Wales in 1851 and 
became the Colony of Victoria.

On the Grant/Nicholson side of the family tree the follow families had settled in the 
district prior to the establishment of the Colony of Victoria: John and Margaret O'Brien 
arrived from Ireland. Their daughter Julia was also born in the Port Phillip District in 
1842.
Thomas and Bridget Whelen and their children arrived on the Aurora in 1850. Their son John 
married Mary Looney who arrived on the Eliza Caroline on 31 March 1850 from Ireland.  
Johann and Hannah Tauschke arrived in 1849 with their children from Germany.
John and Elizabeth Dobson arrived about 1844 from England. The Dobson’s daughter Matilda 
was born in Melbourne in 1844. Matilda married Joseph Nicholson who was also born in 
Melbourne in 1844. Joseph's parents Roger and Sarah Nicholson nee Charles had arrived 
prior to 1844.

On the Sinclair/Laird side of the family George Thomas Alston was in the district arriving 
in 1847. Family continued to arrive predominately the United Kingdom with the next being 
James Bars who arrived in 12 Oct 1852.

Convicts:
Matthias Hanney – arrived 1829 from England
Cornelius O’Brien – arrived 1839 from Ireland
George Alston – arrived 1849 from England
John James Westerdale – arrived 1853 from England

Driving the Cobb & Co:
Alex Grant was born in about 1831. He arrived in the Port of Melbourne, Australia from 
Canada on the Ocean Eagle in December 1852 at the age of 21. His nationality was listed as 
Canadian.

Alexander Alan Grant (also known as Archie) was a coach driver who was imported, like many 
of the coach drives at that time from Canada to drive the Cobb & Co coaches. He drove to 
most of the gold rush towns in Victoria. Alex drove a team of 18 horses attached to a 
coach through Melbourne at the celebration of the Duke of Edinburgh's visit in 1868.

Alex’s oldest son David, who was also a driver, was killed on one of Cobb and Co coaches 
with a unicorn team. The team bolted with him at the bridge over the Murrumbidgee River at 
Hay, New South Wales in 1899.

The Eureka Stockade:
The Tauschke family would have been some of the first people on the Ballarat gold fields. 
The Tauschkes’ landed in Melbourne in the year 1849, and followed all the gold rushes, 
including Bendigo and Ballarat. Members of the Tauschke family are on the record as being 
eyewitnesses to the riot at the Eureka Stockade. When Caroline Tauschke nee Hodges died in 
1934 aged 87, her obituary stated that she was one of the few remaining eyewitness to the 
battle between the miners and the soldiers at Eureka.

Jewish Connections:
The Bernstein family originated from Prussia. Aaron Solemn was born in Schneidemuhl, 
Pomerania, Germany and later moved to London. His son Samuel Alfred migrated to Australia 
in the mid 1860’s and married Jane Rhodes in 1867. It would appear around this time Samuel 
changed his name from Bernstein to Benson. There is no evidence that they continued with 
their Jewish beliefs. 
Their daughter Jane is Reginald Laird’s mother.

Aaron Solomon’s brother Jacob Costa Bernstein arrived in Ballarat from East Prussia (now 
Poland) in 1853, and married Julia Solomon in the Ballarat synagogue in 1863. Jacob was 
one of the drivers behind the construction of the synagogues which is the first synagogue 
built in Australia.

Jacob and Julia’s son Isaac Amber was born in Ballarat and later became the associated 
minister of the Hebrew congregation and the headmaster of the school attached to the 
synagogue. He also became the minister at Bendigo and later Christchurch New Zealand.
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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

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