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  • Les Hewett
    Any listers with links/knowledge of the several well-known and highly regarded Johnston families who were riverboat captains and Murray River pioneers from the
    Message 1 of 3 , May 16 3:19 PM
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      MURRAY RIVERBOAT MEN, 1850'S +

      Any listers with links/knowledge of the several well-known and highly regarded Johnston families who were riverboat captains and Murray River pioneers from the 1850s?? Names include: The Moolgewanke was one vessel with a Johnston commander. Other names: Tom Johnstone and his brother Adam, from Port Seton, near Cockenzie, Scotland. Tom came to Australia as a Cadell volunteer on the Lioness; he returned to Scotland but came back with brig Harry. A George Johnston, Toms cousin, died in NZ in 1882, and his body was bought back and buried in Currency Creek cemetery near Goolwa. Tom Johnston died seven years later at Kallara, 184 miles above Willcannia, aboard the Jolly Miller which had been his vessel since 1868. A George Johnstone commanded the vessel Albury. A George Johnston also had the Cadell built as a barge in 1876, and two years later was fitted out as a steamer. Another known for his swimming ability was George Bain Johnston. By 1856 Johnston had saved many people from drowning that he was referred to by reporters as The Murray River Spaniel and received The Royal Humane Society. These extracts from Riverboats by Ian Mudie. This information sought by a descendant of Barclay families of Port Broughton, who also had early Murray River associations. On behalf: Les Hewett, Commissioner, Clan J Assn. inc., Napier, New Zealand.

    • Aileen
      Hi Les June is a neighbour of mine please email Can u email me private so I can give you her contact Good morning Aileen Yes there is a river Boat Captain in
      Message 2 of 3 , May 17 6:47 PM
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        Hi Les

        June is a neighbour of mine please email

        Can u email me private so I can give you her contact

         

        Good morning Aileen

         

        Yes there is a river Boat Captain in the family called Captain George Bain Johnston .

        Love June

         

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        From: Aileen

        To: June Ryles

        Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2008 8:44 PM

        Subject: Johnston

         

        HI June

        Did you or Lionel have a river boat captain reli?

        Aileen x

         


        From: JohnstonAustralia@yahoogroups.com [mailto: JohnstonAustralia@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Les Hewett
        Sent: Saturday, 17 May 2008 7:50 AM
        To: JohnstonAustralia@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [JohnstonAustralia] MURRAY RIVERBOAT MEN, 1850'S +

         

        Any listers with links/knowledge of the several well-known and highly regarded Johnston families who were riverboat captains and Murray River pioneers from the 1850”s?? Names include: The “Moolgewanke” was one vessel with a Johnston commander. Other names: Tom Johnstone and his brother Adam, from Port Seton, near Cockenzie , Scotland . Tom came to Australia as a Cadell volunteer on the “Lioness”; he returned to Scotland but came back with brig “Harry.” A George Johnston, Tom’s cousin, died in NZ in 1882, and his body was bought back and buried in Currency Creek cemetery near Goolwa. Tom Johnston died seven years later at Kallara, 184 miles above Willcannia, aboard the “Jolly Miller” which had been his vessel since 1868. A George Johnstone commanded the vessel “Albury.” A George Johnston also had the “Cadell” built as a barge in 1876, and two years later was fitted out as a steamer. Another known for his swimming ability was George Bain Johnston. By 1856 Johnston had saved many people from drowning that he was referred to by reporters as “The Murray River Spaniel” and received The Royal Humane Society. These extracts from “Riverboats” by Ian Mudie. This information sought by a descendant of Barclay families of Port Broughton, who also had early Murray River associations. On behalf: Les Hewett, Commissioner, Clan J Assn. inc., Napier, New Zealand.


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      • Gillian
        I have just seen Australian River Murray Boats History Genealogy listed on Ebay today - would that be of interest to you? it is a book called REDGUM AND
        Message 3 of 3 , May 23 5:12 PM
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          I have just seen "Australian River Murray Boats History Genealogy"
          listed on Ebay today - would that be of interest to you? it is a book
          called REDGUM AND PADDLE WHEELS by Peter J. Phillips,
          Melbourne. 1980. Greenhouse., 1980. 1st Ed., with a foreword by Bill
          Peach. 167 PP with b/w illustrations (sketch-plans, engravings,
          photos). Eps: Map of the Murray-Darling River System. Cloth cover, dj.
          Spine of dust jacket sunned. o/wise near fine. 28 x 22.

          The thriving transport industry between 1850 & 1890 on the Murray,
          Darling & Murrumbidgee Rivers when over 300 paddle-steamers plied them.

          Gillian
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