One of the great things about the Facebook group “I’ve Lived in Hamilton, Victoria”, is that you just never know what is going to turn up.
Over the weekend, Emma posted photos of some old Hamilton Spectators dated Saturday March 11, 1876, They were a found in the roof of Emma’s house that is undergoing renovations. One of the photos was of the Dundas Shire Rate valuations for the South Riding. On the list were my Haddens. Emma posted a photo of the entire list for and there was another name that caught my interest, Hong Sip. I mentioned to the group I would find out more about him and headed to Trove, the first place I go when there are history queries in the group. As usual I got a result.
In 1869, Hong Sip, a cook, married local girl Margaret Moran. The Cavendish correspondent was unsure of the name of Hong Sip’s bride, but unlike him, I have access to Marriage records courtesy of Ancestry. He did however write a lovely account of the occasion and displayed a very optimistic outlook about the acceptance of Interracial marriages.
Just to follow-up, I also found this reference to Hong Sip, know as John, after his death in 1885.