John TESTROW c.1822-1907
Mary BOYLE c.1830-1891

Portland & Digby, S-W Victoria & South Australia

John TESTROWc.1822-1907, b. Liverpool, Lancashire, England, son of John TESTROW and Sarah DUFF.

John TESTROW appears be the John TESTROW, Butcher, aged 21y, who was convicted at Liverpool, England of stealing 42 lbs of mutton of transported for 7 years as a convict from London on 07 Jul 1843, per the "Lord Petre" to Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), arriving 15th Oct 1843. He received a ticket of leave in 1850, and sailed from Launceston to Portland Bay in September 1850, being recorded as "Free by servitude".

Mary BOYLE c.1830-1891, b. Kilrush, Co Clare, Ireland, daughter of .....?..... had arrived Melbourne, Port Phillip as an Irish Famine Orphan, aboard "Pemberton" which left the UK in January 1849, arrived Melbourne, Port Phillip in May 1849, then moved to Portland, S-W Victoria. External link to Famine Orphan Girls to Victoria.

John TESTROW and Mary BOYLE were married in 1851 at Portland, S-W Victoria.

An unnamed girl was born and died aged 1 day at "Ardgarton Station" near Digby in 1859 and was buried in the Digby Cemetery. Her father, John TESTROW's occupation was recorded as being a Butcher.

Other children have not had births located in the indexes at this time, perhaps they were not registered. Information from marriages and deaths indicates there were four other children born between 1851 and 1859. The family appears to have moved over the border to Mount Gambier, South Australia after 1859 where additional children were born.

Mary TESTROW (nee BOYLE) died in 1891 at Glenburnie, near Mount Gambier, South Australia, and was buried in the Mount Gambier cemetery.

John TESTROW died in 1907 at Adelaide, South Australia and was buried in the West Terrace cemetery.

John TESTROW & Mary BOYLE appear to have had the following family in S-W Vic or S-E South Australia:

  1. Jane TESTROW b. c.1851 m.1 Alexander NELSON ; m.2 William CAMPBELL

  2. John TESTROW b. c.1852, d. 1905, Adelaide, South Australia.

  3. Mary Ann TESTROW b. c.1854, d. 1928, South Australia m. Philip William Frances GAMMON c. 1846-1922.

  4. William TESTROW b. c.1856, d. 1920 m.1 Jessie McPHAIL 1860-1911 ; m.2 Annie Clayton FURLEY (nee THOMPSON) c. 1861-1934.

  5. Sarah TESTROW b. c.1857, d. 1935, South Australia m. John POTTER 1859-1910.

  6. female TESTROW b. and d. "Ardgarton Station", neary Digby, S-W Vic [d. age 1d, INQUEST], buried Digby Cemetery, Vic.

  7. Elizabeth TESTROW b. c.1861 d. 1937, South Australia, m. John Thomas RIGBY c. 1853-1919.

  8. Samuel TESTROW b. c.1869, Murray Bridge, SA, d. 1924, South Australia, m. 1898, Mount Gambier, SA to Christina Louisa CARSON and he appears to have served in WW1 with the 12th Battalion, AIF as follows...
    • Pte 1120, 12th Battalion, AIF
    • enlisted 18 Sep 1914, Morphettvile, SA
    • wife, Christina
    • RTA 21 Mar 1915

  9. Matilda TESTROW b. c.1864, d, 1919, South Austrakia, m. Joseph COOK c. 1856-...?...

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