This morning at 11.00am, I will think of my Hadden family sailing through the Heads into Port Phillip Bay, 160 years ago today. I have previously posted about their journey on the Marco Polo, a clipper ship that altered the course taken by immigrant ships on their journey to Australia and in doing so, earned the title of Fastest Ship in the World.
Landing at Hobsons Bay, the Haddens made their own way to Melbourne and for the next 14 years I have no idea where they were. In that time they “acquired” two daughters, Margaret and Ellen. John’s birth in 1864 is the first clue to the Haddens being at Mokanger Station near Cavendish where Charles worked.
The children of Charles Hadden and Agnes Dobson were:
WILLIAM: Born 1847 Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland; Marriage Mary Mortimer 1870, Cavendish; Died 1938, Hamilton.
JAMES: Born 1850 Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland; Died 1935, Cavendish.
MARGARET: Born circa 1854; Married James Cameron 1883; Died 1927, Swan Hill.
ELLEN: Born circa 1861; Died 1948, Cavendish.
JOHN: Born 1864, Cavendish; Died 1931, Cavendish.
AGNES: Born 1872, Cavendish; Died 1949, Hamilton.
I have searched records from Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales for the births of Margaret and Ellen with no success. Yet on the their death records, they are the daughters of Charles Hadden and Agnes Dobson. Also, the Probate Application at the time of the death of Agnes, listed among her children are Margaret Cameron of Swan Hill and Ellen Hadden of Cavendish. To find where they were born would help me find where they were for those 14 years. They may well have been at Mokanger Station all that time.
The Hadden children were not really the marrying kind. Of the six children, only two, my great great grandfather William and his sister Margaret, married. William must have wanted to make up the numbers with he and wife Mary Mortimer having 10 children. Margaret and her husband James had five children. From the 15 grandchildren of Charles and Agnes, I have found 47 great-grandchildren so far.
At 11.00am I will thank Charles and Agnes Hadden for deciding to leave Scotland to take the journey of a lifetime to come to Australia. If they hadn’t, where would I be today?