RE: [JohnstonAustralia] MURRAY RIVERBOAT MEN, 1850'S +
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 .
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To: June Ryles
Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2008 8:44 PM
Did you or Lionel have a river boat captain reli?
From: JohnstonAustralia@yahoogroups.com [mailto: JohnstonAustralia@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Les Hewett
Sent: Saturday, 17 May 2008 7:50 AM
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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- 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.