Samuel BRYAN from Ireland & Van Diemen's Land; "Koroite" Station, S-W Victoria
Jane HENTY from West Tarring, Sussex, England; Launceston, Van Diemen's Land
Samuel BRYAN 1794-1862 & Jane HENTY 1805-1893
- 1794 - Samuel BRYAN born Ireland to Rev. Robert BRYAN & Sarah Elizabeth BUTLER.
- 1805 - Jane HENTY born West Tarring, Sussex, England to Thomas HENTY & Frances Elizabeth HOPKINS
- 1822 - Samuel BRYAN travelled to Van Diemen's Land from Ireland.
- 1829 - Jane HENTY's brothers James, John & Stephen arrived at the Swan River Settlement per "Caroline"
- 1830 - Samuel BRYAN went to the Swan River Colony and began his interactions with the HENTY family.
- 1832 - Jane HENTY married Samuel BRYAN at Launceston, Van Diemen's Land.
- 1837 - Jane HENTY's brothers, Frank & John HENTY brought the first flock of sheep from Portland Bay to the Merino Plains area.
- 1837 - John BRYAN brother of Samuel BRYAN took up land at BRYAN's Creek (Coleraine).
- 1837 - Samuel BRYAN took over his brother's land at BRYAN's Creek (Coleraine) and held it until 1844, known as "Bryan's Creek" station, joined eastern boundary of "Muntham".
- 1839 - Samuel BRYAN survived the wreck of the HENTY barque "Children" in which 17 perished at Childers Cove, Cape Otway.
- 1862 - Samuel BRYAN died at George Town, near Launceston, Tasmania.
- 1893 - Jane BRYAN (nee HENTY), widow of Samuel BRYAN, died at Richmond, Melbourne, buried Boroondara Cemetery.
- "The Hentys An Australian Colonial Tapestry" - Marnie Bassett, 1954
- "The Portland Bay Settlement" - Noel Learmonth, 1934
- "The Winters on the Wannon" - Gordon Forth
1837 - John & Samuel BRYAN in Wannon Country
"Portland Guardian" (Vic.) Monday, 20th December 1937.
Pioneers of Wannon Country.
In a letter to the "Spectator" in 1878, Mr. Richmond Henty stated that his father (Stephen Henty), John Henty and an employee named Smead were the first, after Major Mitchell, to see the Muntham and Merino Downs country, the date on which they set out from Portland being July 17th, 1837. The writer says that Edward Henty was on his way to Tasmania at the time in a vessel called the Eagle. In the same issue of the paper, Mr. S. P. Winter stated that the first, person who saw the Wannon country, after Mitchell, was Mr. John Bryan, who, early in 1837, "accompanied by an old whaler and a led horse, travelled along the coast to the Glenelg river, up that river to its junction with the Wannon (on which he selected a run and marked his initials on two gum trees), thence up to the Grange rivulet to the upper portion (in 1878 called Muddy Creek), from which the party turned south until they reached the coast opposite Julia Percy Island, and then to Mr. Winter's camp at the mouth of the Surrey river." Continuing, Mr. Winter writes : "Later in the same year I rode to the Wannon, accompanied by Mr. Stephen Henty, selected the portion of country I now occupy (Murndal), and in March, 1838, brought my sheep from the coast." Incidentally Mr. Winter says that Bryant's Creek, Coleraine, was named after Mr. Samuel Bryan (father [sic brother] of the John Bryan mentioned above) but someone had added a "t" to the name.
1839 - Samuel BRYAN shipwrecked near Cape Otway
"Colonial Times" (Hobart, Tas.) Tuesday, 26th February 1839.
TOTAL WRECK OF THE BARQUE "CHILDREN."
Our worst fears respecting the fate of the above fine vessel are too painfully realised : she was totally wrecked on the night of the 15th ultimo, on the coast of New Holland, about 70 miles to the eastward of Portland Bay - 16 persons, including the master, Captain Browne, having perished.
The news of this deplorable event reached this port by the Socrates, from South Australia and Portland Bay ; and the following authentic particulars we are enabled to give our readers:--
The barque Children belonged to the Messrs. Henty of this port, and left the Heads on the 11th instant, with a cargo of sheep, cattle, and flour, for South Australia. - On the 13th, the Lady Juliana Percy Islands were in sight, when it came on to blow a perfect hurricane from the north-west, with thick weather ; in consequence of which the vessel stood off and on the land, until Tuesday, the 15th January, the master intending to make Portland Bay should the gale not abate ; and it should be here remarked that owing to the mistiness of the weather, the Captain, from the time of leaving the Heads, had not been to bed ; whilst the chief officer was nearly confined to his berth by sickness. On the 14th and 15th, the observations at noon were not at all satisfactory, but it was calculated by the Captain, at 9 o'clock on the night of the 15th, that he was 100 miles off the land ; that he might therefore stand in for a few hours, and early in the morning put the ship about again. Having put the vessel into the hands of the second-mate, whose watch it was, the captain retired to his cabin ; the ship being under close-reefed topsails and fore try-sail, going about 3 knots an hour, her head N.N.W. - The second mate had orders to keep a good look out ; and at about 11 o'clock the cry of "breakers close a-head'' brought the captain and mate instantly on deck ; the helm was immediately ordered to be put up, but in less than a minute the vessel struck, the second sea which beat over her afterwards parted her at the mizen, and in twenty minutes she was shivered literally to atoms. When her stern went, all hands went forward to the fore-castle ; and here was a scene which no language can describe. Thirty-eight individuals, including eight young children, and two mothers, stood huddled together for a moment, expecting every sea to sweep all into eternity. Ignorant of their position on the coast, the night dismally dark, the wind blowing a complete hurricane, and a cliff at least 100 feet high overhanging them, their dreadful anxiety under these circumstances it is impossible to conceive. The ship being found to be rapidly breaking up, all hands sought the means of escape. The expert swimmers fearlessly took to the sea : all these, with the exception of the chief mate, perished against the rocks. The survivors appear unable to describe the mode of their own escape - they only seem to know that they live.
In about two hours from the time the vessel first struck, this was the scene that presented itself : the vessel was gone to atoms, and, twenty-two survivors only, out of thirty-eight in the ship, naked, bruised, and maimed, were huddled together on the shore until day-break. The morning dawned only, to shew them the dreadful havoc of the night. The bodies of human beings, their late companions, and of cattle, strewed the rocks beneath them. The former were immediately interred, and such relief as could be given, was afforded to the wounded. Afterwards two unsuccessful attempts, occupying four or five days, was made to reach Port Phillip; and then another party started westward, and reached Port Fairy. From this whaling station Mr. Campbell, the person in charge, very promptly dispatched a person on horseback to the establishment of Messr. Henty, at Portland Bay ; this man reached his destination on Sunday, the 27th ultimo ; Mr. Campbell himself proceeding to the wreck to render assistance. Carts were immediately started by Mr. E. Henty ; and himself and a servant on horseback arrived at the scene of the wreck on the Tuesday following. The only surviving female and the wounded were placed in the carts ; and the whole party, having surmounted incredible difficulties on the journey, arrived safe at Portland Bay on the 5th instant. During Mr. Henty's absence, the Socrates had arrived in the Bay, having a Surgeon on board, passenger from Kangaroo Island. His professional skill was immediately put into requisition ; and most of the survivors were enabled to come up to Launceston in the Socrates, which vessel arrived on Monday. S. Bryan, Esq., who was passenger on board the Children, was much injured, but we are most happy to say was fast recovering when the Socrates left, and is expected to arrive in the Sally Ann schooner, expected hourly.
To describe the individual sufferings of the survivors as given verbally to us is almost impossible. One man lost his wife and four children ; another man and his wife saw four of their children perish in the waves, themselves narrowly escaping being dashed to pieces. Mr. Bryan had one of his feet jammed by the anchor when the decks of the ship stove ; he holding himself above water by a rope, and finally escaped drowning, only by a desperate struggle, which tore the first joints of three of his toes from his foot. In gaining the shore he was dreadfully bruised, and, quite disabled, was exposed to sun, wind, and rain for several days ; and during the time suffered the amputation of one of his toes, by one of the survivors, with a common knife. It cannot but be considered fortunate, that there were settlements at Port Fairy and Portland Bay. This is the second time they have been the means of preserving the lives of shipwrecked persons.
The survivors of this dreadful wreck are - Samuel Bryan, Esq., W. Thompson and wife, J. Cordy and son, passengers ; Mills, Cave, and Cook, shepherds ; T. Gay, chief officer ; Wilson, carpenter ; H. Cundy, D. Brown, S. Blight, J. Thompson, J. Goldsmith, J. Laury, J. Duncan, G. Blackboy, seamen ; J. Stanes, J. Shepherd, Johnson, and one of the apprentices : total survivors, 22. Drowned - H. Browne, commander ; W. Wentworth, 2nd officer ; P. Gillen, J. Anderson, W. Brewer, seamen ; J. Winch, passenger ; J. Kenty, shepherd ; Mrs. Cordy and four children, passengers; and four children of William and Jane Thompson, total 16. Captain Browne was the brother of the Rev. Dr. Browne, of Launceston, and was a gentleman very deservedly esteemed by all who knew him. He had been for some years engaged in the trade of these colonies, and possessed a good knowledge of the coast. He lately took the Children to England, and safely out here again, this fatal trip being the only one he had attempted since his return. We sincerely sympathise with his relations and friends in his untimely and melancholy end.
POSTSCRIPT. - At a late hour last evening we heard of Mr. Bryan's arrival in Launceston, by the Sally Ann. - Launceston Advertiser.
1862 - Death of Samuel BRYAN
"Launceston Examiner" (Tas.) Saturday, 1st February 1862.
OBITUARY.-In our obituary will be found the name of a very old colonist, Mr. Samuel Bryan. Those who can go back in recollection to the time of Colonel Arthur, whose power was despotic, will remember the prominence Mr William Bryan and the deceased occupied in the then public eye, respecting the arbitrary withdrawal of prisoners frrm private service when that was the only kind of labor available. Connected with the Henty family by marriage, Mr Samuel Bryan was well known in all these colonies, and widely respected.
1893 - Death of Jane BRYAN (nee HENTY)
"The Argus" (Melbourne, Vic.) Monday, 9th October 1893.
DEATHS.--BRYAN.-On the 6th inst., at her residence, Salvington, Docker-street, Richmond, in her 89th year, Mrs. Jane Bryan, relict of Saml. Bryan, Esq., and daughter of Thos. and Frances Elizabeth Henty, West Tarring, Sussex, England. The last of the pioneer family.