My History - and how proud of it I am.

It was a cold and bleak afternoon at the Enfield Arms Factory in the northern part of Greater London. But for William Lingard, a young married gunsmith, it was the only work that was to be offered. And seeing how his father was the Master of the Lochs at the Factory, he had to try and make something of himself for his young wife Emma, as well as showing his father that he was worth something.
But times were hard in the town of Enfield, with upheavels and strikes, and the government wanting more, but not willing to give.
So when William was approached by his friend Frederick Skerman who he worked with, and who had told him that his whole family had been offered free passage to Australia, to help build a town called Brisbane, and would he and his wife like to join them to start a new and better life, he jumped at the chance.
So on March 31st 1866, the ship ‘Netherby’ left the East India Docks on her maiden voyage to Brisbane Australia, .
Owned by the Black Ball Line, and Captained by Owen Owens, the Netherby was a first class ship, which had a very long and tedious journey ahead of her.
( I have the day by day account, that was written on board as “The Netherby Gazette” )
But on the 14th July 1866, after 3.1/2 months at sea, she hit the rocks on the west coast of King Island in Bass Strait, just south of where the town of Currie is today.
The shipwreck occured on sharp, jagged rocks about 300 yards offshore in the middle of darkness. But with the quick thinking of the 1st mate John Parry, all lives were saved.
So, after walking for a couple of days to the Cape Wickham Lighthouse and notifying the Lighthouse Keeper and his staff of the disaster, Mr Parry borrowed a small dinghy and rowed across to the mainland of Australia ( Anglesea ), where he then borrowed a horse and rode the rest of the way to Williamstown to raise the alarm…
William and Emma Lingard, with his friends The Skerman Family, made the most of it, helping each other to survive the best way they could………….
After the rescue took place, and after all the survivors were transported back to Melbourne, they were housed at the Old Exhibition Buildings in William Street. But after a few weeks of money and clothing being raised to assist the survivers, the offer was made, to get those people that wanted to finish the journey on to Brisbane.
Some continued onto Brisbane, which included The Skerman Family, others went inland and founded the town of Netherby, near Lake Hindmarsh in Northern Victoria, and which is still thriving today.
But William and Emma Lingard made there way to the Goldfields.
After making enough money to survive on, William & Emma, and the 3 children that they now had, set off north along the Goulburn river.
After a few years of stopping and starting, mainly to give birth to a new child, or to make extra money with odd jobs, they eventually settled at a place called Mooroopna, click HERE
near Shepparton, and this is where William decided to open a Lumber Mill…( Lingard’s Sawmill.)
So began my history, because William and Emma Lingard were my Great Grandparents.
William and Emma had a a total of 9 children, one of which was George Lingard my grandfather. He married Elizabeth Stearn, and it is her story that I tell next. If you would like to read it then Click here
Click HERE and Here to read about the history of the “Netherby” shipwreck.

My next short story, will be about my G.G.Grandfather Edward Stearn, who was transported to Australia as a convict, and who after serving his time in Tasmania, went in search of his two brothers William and Daniel who had also been transported as convicts at different times. Each being transported for various crimes. ( mine was caught stealing Mrs Worthington’s goose )
But that’s another story…….

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This is a short account and what I have been able to gather of the survival of my G.Grandparents after being shipwrecked at King Island on the ship “Netherby”…..


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I live at Riddells Creek in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria, and have been involved in Horticulture all my life.
I play Blues Harmonica and Bodhran’ in my spare time, as well as getting involved with Genealogy and Medieval History,
I have also been acting for 40 years and was lucky to be cast as a judge in the movie “Stricly Ballroon”…
But my camera is my passion.

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  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleeover 5 years ago

    Good one Larry…so glad you are getting this all written down…I admire you so much….. These stories are so amazing and such an important part of our history and who we are………and we all have these hardworking ancestors who braved such experiences to forge a new life for themselves, our grandparents, parents and now we reap the benefits because we live in this amazing country!

  • Now you my girl, are not only a soulmate, but you are one I am proud to call a friend.
    You are the sort or person, who one is proud to call Mate.
    It’s a shame we live on opposite sides of the country.
    Thank God for RedBubble.

    – cullodenmist

  • Jane Keats
    Jane Keatsover 5 years ago

    Fascinating! I really enjoyed reading that Larry. It is always interesting to learn about the history of real people. Looking forward to the Stearn story!

  • Thanks Jane….
    I might do it on sunday, because as of monday, I’m back at work, and I may not have as much time.
    See ya on Saturday…..

    – cullodenmist

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 5 years ago

    Larry this is a great story and I’m pleased you’ve documented it. We must otherwise it will be lost. Interestingly here in Newcastle we have a private hospital called Lingard Private Hospital after a family of that name who settled in the suburb of Merewether. Also I have a Frederick John Lingard b 17 Oct 1902 in Paddington England in my NEWBY tree plus a Jemima Lingard and Samuel Sheens whose daughter Elizabeth (Betsy) married into my HOBBS tree in 1857 at Pitt Town NSW. Interesting stuff!

  • Just in case, I have checked my tree, and none of those Lingards are on it……..

    – cullodenmist

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 5 years ago

    fascinating story Larry, great read they would’nt have had time for RB in those days

  • Ha Ha ….. To busy procreating….
    They had 9 children…..

    – cullodenmist

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 5 years ago

    cripes that’s a family, just as well otherwise you wouldn’t be here :)

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...over 5 years ago

    What a great story and yes I would also be proud if it was my family.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Warren… G’day mate.
    Great to hear from you…
    And thank for taking the time out to actually read it.
    I hope you had a look at the link to the Netherby shipwreck as well.?? As it has a lot more detail.
    Thanks again and hope you have a great time leading up to xmas over the next couple of weeks..

    – cullodenmist

  • Neil
    Neilover 5 years ago

    You have great reason to be proud Larry!

  • Thanks mate.

    – cullodenmist

  • randmphotos
    randmphotosover 5 years ago

    Family history is so important Larry. Well done for documenting it.

  • Thanks Michael…
    Other than me…Nobody in my family is interested.
    So I do it for myself.

    – cullodenmist

  • ChubbyGungan
    ChubbyGunganover 5 years ago

    Fantastic story Larry – it always amazes me how utterly easy we have it today, we take so much for granted. Can’t wait for the next story. :D

  • I totally agree ‘E’..
    Thanks for reading it.
    Cause I enjoyed writing it.

    – cullodenmist

  • simonesphotos
    simonesphotosover 5 years ago

    Awesome Larry!! What a great history to be a part of!!

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