Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Cecilia CROMARTYAge: 84 years18311915

Name
Cecilia CROMARTY
Given names
Cecilia
Surname
CROMARTY
Married name
Cecilia BANKS
Birth January 8, 1831 42 39
Citation details: V1831727 15/1831 CROMARTY CECILIA WILLIAM CECILIA --
Text:

See also this reference in NSW Births Index:

V183110605 1C/1831 CROMARTY OCILIA WILLIAM OCILIA

Baptism of a brotherMagnus Manson CROMARTY JP
June 29, 1831 (Age 5 months)
Citation details: Christ Church Baptism Register
Date of entry in original source: June 29, 1831
Baptism July 27, 1831 (Age 6 months)
Citation details: Christ Church Baptism Register
Marriage of a siblingThomas PECKElizabeth CROMARTYView this family
Type: Religious marriage
October 8, 1833 (Age 2 years)
Address: Church of England
Citation details: V1833302 17/1833 PECK THOMAS CROMARTY ELIZABETH CH
Death of a brotherWilliam CROMARTY
September 1, 1838 (Age 7 years)
Cause: Drowning
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: V18383418 22/1838 CROMARTY WILLIAM AGE 16
Citation details: 9 January 1975
Text:

ISSUED TO DETER CONVICTS

Silent cannon of Soldiers Point

When Captain William Cromarty, a former ship's captain, was granted 300 acres of land at Port Stephens about 1828 he was also issued with a small cannon.

The muzzle loading cannon was intended as a protection against escaped convicts who might find their way to the captain's property, where he lived with his wife Cecilia and their children.

But the cannon was never used against the convicts.

Instead, when escapees found their way to the area, then called Ronaldsha, and later to become Soldiers Point, Mrs Cromarty, who conducted a small general store gave them food and help.

When the Cromartys settled on their grant of land they called it Ronaldsha after a part of their homeland in Orkney, Scotland.

A NSW census taken in 1828 gives particulars of the Cromartys [sic] family.

William Cromarty, 40, a Protestant, of Port Stephens, had 300 acres of land, 10 of which werre cleared and six cultivated. He also had 23 horned cattle.

He came as a free settler on the ship Fame in 1822, the census says.

William Cromarty was Captain of the Fame, which was owned by Simeon Lord.

The Fame used to carry grain, and livestock such as cattle and sheep, between Port Jackson (Sydney) and Port Dalrymple (Launceston, Tasmania).

Captain Cromarty arrived in Australia two years before his wife and children joined him.

Records show that Cecilia arrived on the Phoenix, a free settler, with her daughter Elizabeth and son William, in 1824.

Another child, Nelly, is believed to have died on the voyage to Australia.

The 1828 census shows Cecilia as 38, Elizabeth 13 and William 7, and a daughter, Mary, 2½, born in the colony.

Later the Cromartys had another son, Magnus, and a daughter Cecilia.

A great grand-daughter of Captain Cromarty, Miss Elizabeth Cromarty, of Nelson Bay, told the story of the cannon which is in the Port Stephens Historical Society's museum.

She said the cannon was intended to be a deterrent to any escaping convicts who came to the area of Ronaldsha.

It was never used for that purpose.

"Convicts at times appeared at the point but were treated to food and given supplies and helped on their way," Miss Cromarty said.

"Maybe that was why soldiers were stationed on the point - to find out what was going on.

"It was after the soldiers were brought to the point that the area was called Soldiers Point," she said.

Miss Cromarty said that about 40 years ago, the cannon was loaded and fired at the Cromarty homestead at Bob's Farm, to celebrate the 21st birthday of Bill Cromarty, great grandson of Captain William Cromarty.

Life appears to have gone well with the pioneering captain and his family until 1838, when tragedy struck.

Captain Cromarty and his son William were drowned while recovering a boat from the surf.

An interesting inscription can be found on Captain Cromarty's headstone at Carrington, Port Stephens, which tells the story of the untimely deaths.

It reads: "Here lie buried such remains as were found of the bodies of Capt William Cromarty, aged 50 years and William, his son, aged 16 years, who having left their homes on the morning of September the 1st, 1838, accompanied by an assigned man servant and an aboriginal native, for the purpose of recovering the boat which had been cast ashore at the heads, were no more seen, having perished, it is supposed, in launching it through the surf."

At the bottom of the inscription is a warning which reads.-

"Reader: Let this admonish thee of the uncertainty of the present life; and may God's Holy Spirit teach thee so to live that death may never find thee unprepared!"

The men in Captain cvomarty's [sic] family in Orkney must have been seagoing men.

A copy of a passenger's ticket on the ship James Pattison, which left London for Sydney in 1838, shows that James Cromarty was Commander. It is believed he was the brother of William Cromarty.

The James Pattison is describede as a first class river-built ship of 513 tons burthen register.

The ticket say: "The accommodations of this ship for passengers are very superior. She has a roomy poop and extensive cabins of large dimensions and he 'tween decks, being lofty and well ventilated, afford superior comfort for steerage passengersand a skilful surgeon will proceed with the ship."

The original ticketwas in the possession of a well-known Port Stephens family until about 1924, when it was lost.

Death of a fatherCaptain William CROMARTY
September 1, 1838 (Age 7 years)
Cause: Drowning
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: V18383420 22/1838 CROMARTY WILLIAM AGE 54
Citation details: 9 January 1975
Note: Apparently drowned with his son, William, while trying to recover a boat that had been beached at the heads of Port Stephens.
Silent cannon of Soldiers Point
Silent cannon of Soldiers Point

Note: Image supplied by Maree Payne.

Burial of a fatherCaptain William CROMARTY
after September 1, 1838 (Age 7 years)
Cemetery: Carrington General
Citation details: 9 January 1975
Cromarty - William (Father and son) and others
Cromarty - William (Father and son) and others

Note: Image kindly made available by the volunteers at Australian Cemeteries Index.


Cromarty - Captain William
Cromarty - Captain William

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MarriageJames Alfred BANKSView this family
June 16, 1857 (Age 26 years)
Citation details: 2567/1857 BANKS JAMES ALFRED CROMARTY CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a daughter
#1
Mary L BANKS
about 1858 (Age 26 years)
Citation details: 11656/1858 BANKS MARY L JAMES A CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
Marriage of a siblingMagnus Manson CROMARTY JPChristina E McINTOSHView this family
Type: Religious marriage
February 16, 1859 (Age 28 years)
Citation details: 2833/1859 CROMARTY MAGNUS MCINTOSH CHRISTIANA RAYMOND TERRACE
Citation details: St Johns Raymond Terrace Marriage Register
Date of entry in original source: February 16, 1859
Birth of a son
#2
George Alfred BANKS
about 1860 (Age 28 years)
Citation details: 11533/1860 BANKS GEORGE A JAMES A CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a son
#3
Thomas A BANKS
about 1861 (Age 29 years)
Citation details: 12332/1861 BANKS THOMAS A JAMES A CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
Death of a daughterMary L BANKS
about 1862 (Age 30 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 4925/1862 BANKS MARY L JAMES A CECILIA NEWCASTLE
Death of a motherCecilia “Sissey” BROWN
April 15, 1862 (Age 31 years)
Note: Buried at Nelson Bay, at a place called Johnny's Well. It is the only grave at this location. Please refer to notes on the Cromarty family as to why this grave was located here.
Birth of a daughter
#4
BANKS
about 1863 (Age 31 years)
Citation details: 12900/1863 BANKS FEMALE JAMES A CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a daughter
#5
Sarah BANKS
about 1865 (Age 33 years)
Citation details: 14490/1865 BANKS SARAH JAMES A CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a son
#6
Frank BANKS
about 1867 (Age 35 years)
Citation details: 15376/1867 BANKS FRANK JAMES A CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a son
#7
Edward Charles BANKS
about 1868 (Age 36 years)
Citation details: 15725/1868 BANKS EDWARD C JAMES A CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a daughter
#8
Louisa Agnes BANKS
about 1870 (Age 38 years)
Citation details: 16290/1870 BANKS LOUISA JAMES ALFRED CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a daughter
#9
Emily BANKS
about 1872 (Age 40 years)
Citation details: 16744/1872 BANKS EMILY JAMES A CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
Death of a sisterElizabeth CROMARTY
July 1, 1886 (Age 55 years)
Address: Patricks Plains,
Marriage of a childThomas MALONELouisa Agnes BANKSView this family
Type: Religious marriage
August 24, 1887 (Age 56 years)
Citation details: 4650/1887 MALONE THOMAS BANKS LOUISA DUNGOG
Source: Emails - Ash
Citation details: 16 October 2009
Text:

This email contained information on living people. Please refer to Stuart if further details are required.

Citation details: 29 December 2011
Text:

In part:

"Just recalled that I have a transcript of marriages from the Dungo RC Parish Register (entries relevant to my family) - I was fortunate to have viewed the orginal reg with the parish priest in the 1980s. My transcript shows: Date of Marriage: 24-8-1887 Groom: MALONE, Thomas Abode of Groom: Myall River Groom's parents: Wiilliam MALONE

Bride: BANKS, Louisa Abode of Bride: Port Stephens Bride's parents: Jacob BANKS"

Birth of a grandson
#1
Archibald Joseph Harvey MALONE
about 1888 (Age 56 years)
Citation details: 22133/1888 MALONE ARCHIBALD H THOMAS LOUISA STROUD
Death of a sonThomas A BANKS
about 1888 (Age 56 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 9443/1888 BANKS THOMAS A JAMES A CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a grandson
#2
Albert Stanley MALONE
about 1891 (Age 59 years)
Citation details: 33347/1891 MALONE ALBERT S THOMAS LOUISA STROUD
Marriage of a childWilliam EAGLETONEmily BANKSView this family
about 1891 (Age 59 years)
Citation details: 7433/1891 EAGLETON WILLIAM BANKS EMILY STROUD
Birth of a grandson
#3
Thomas William MALONE
about 1892 (Age 60 years)
Citation details: 33905/1892 MALONE THOMAS W THOMAS LOUISA STROUD
Birth of a granddaughter
#4
Ada EAGLETON
about 1892 (Age 60 years)
Citation details: EAGLETON ADA 30413/1892 WILLIAM EMILY RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a grandson
#5
James A EAGLETON
about 1893 (Age 61 years)
Citation details: EAGLETON JAMES A 30635/1893 WILLIAM EMILY RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a granddaughter
#6
Mary Lillian MALONE
about 1894 (Age 62 years)
Citation details: 32428/1894 MALONE MARY T THOMAS LOUISA STROUD
Birth of a grandson
#7
Thomas Albert “Fuffy” EAGLETON
about 1896 (Age 64 years)
Citation details: EAGLETON THOMAS A 24948/1896 WILLIAM EMILY RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a grandson
#8
Bernard Ireland MALONE
about 1897 (Age 65 years)
Citation details: 26248/1897 MALONE BERNARD I THOMAS LOUISA STROUD
Birth of a granddaughter
#9
Mary C EAGLETON
about 1898 (Age 66 years)
Citation details: EAGLETON MARY C 24857/1898 WILLIAM EMILY RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a granddaughter
#10
Annie C MALONE
about 1899 (Age 67 years)
Citation details: 34948/1899 MALONE ANNIE C THOMAS LOUISA STROUD
Birth of a granddaughter
#11
Ellen I G MALONE
about 1902 (Age 70 years)
Citation details: 36192/1902 MALONE ELLEN I G THOMAS LOUISA STROUD
Birth of a grandson
#12
John James MALONE
about 1902 (Age 70 years)
Twin Sister: Ellen I G MALONEtwin sister
Citation details: 36193/1902 MALONE JOHN J THOMAS LOUISA STROUD
Birth of a granddaughter
#13
Daisy M EAGLETON
about 1902 (Age 70 years)
Citation details: EAGLETON DAISY M 15963/1902 WILLIAM EMILY RAYMOND TERRACE
Birth of a grandson
#14
Stephen A MALONE
about 1905 (Age 73 years)
Citation details: 37991/1905 MALONE STEPHEN A THOMAS J LOUISA STROUD
Birth of a granddaughter
#15
Kathleen V MALONE
about 1905 (Age 73 years)
Twin Brother: Stephen A MALONEtwin brother
Citation details: 37992/1905 MALONE KATHLEEN V THOMAS J LOUISA STROUD
Death of a granddaughterAnnie C MALONE
about 1905 (Age 73 years)
Note: There is this reference in the NSW Deaths Index:
Death of a brotherMagnus Manson CROMARTY JP
August 11, 1906 (Age 75 years)
Address: Anna Bay
Cause: Heart Disease
Citation details: 10285/1906 CROMARTY MAGNUS JAMES CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
Quality of data: primary evidence
Publication: Newspaper
Citation details: Obituary
Date of entry in original source: August 17, 1906
Text:

CROMARTY: One of the oldest residents of Anna Bay, in the person of the late Mr. Magnus Cromarty, died on Saturday last, after a brief illness of only a few days, from heart troubles. Mr. Cromarty was a Scotchman and noted for his hospitality and kindly feeling towards his neighbours and their regard for him was noted on Sunday when from all around the district they attended in large numbers to pay their last tribute and regard by following the remains to the cemetery. Deceased leaves a widow and large family, all grown to man and womanhood - Messrs. William, Neil, James, Donald & Magnus being sons of the deceased gentleman. Mrs P Campbell, of Kilcoy, is one of the daughters. Mr. Cromarty was 77 years old. Services were conducted at the house and at the grave by the Rev. W N. Wilson and in which the latter was asisted by the Rev. W. Wall. Special reference will be make to the deceased gentleman at the local service of the Free Presbyterian Church. We extend our sypathy to the bereaved family.

Burial of a brotherMagnus Manson CROMARTY JP
August 12, 1906 (Age 75 years)
Cemetery: Birubi Point
Citation details: 8 Jul 2007
Cromarty - Magnus
Cromarty - Magnus

Note: Image kindly made available by the volunteers at Australian Cemeteries Index.


Cromarty - Magnus
Cromarty - Magnus

Note: Image kindly made available by the volunteers at Australian Cemeteries Index.

Birth of a granddaughter
#16
Helena D MALONE
about 1908 (Age 76 years)
Citation details: 18990/1908 MALONE HELENA D THOMAS J LOUISA STROUD
Birth of a grandson
#17
William G EAGLETON
about 1908 (Age 76 years)
Citation details: EAGLETON WILLIAM G 7722/1908 WILLIAM EMILY RAYMOND TERRACE
Marriage of a grandchildFrank Jocelyn TOMKINSMary Lillian MALONEView this family
December 20, 1914 (Age 83 years)
Source: Emails - Ash
Citation details: 16 October 2009
Text:

This email contained information on living people. Please refer to Stuart if further details are required.

Citation details: 3112/1915 TOMKINS ERIC F MALONE MARY L SINGLETON
Death of a husbandJames Alfred BANKS
about 1915 (Age 83 years)
Citation details: 17982/1915 BANKS JAMES ERSKINE ELIZABETH HOLBROOK
Note: One of our researchers has provided details of 9 February 1901 at Carrington, New South Wales. This …
Death November 15, 1915 (Age 84 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 18934/1915 BANKS CECILIA WILLIAM CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
Burial after November 15, 1915
Cemetery: Birubi Point
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: November 26, 1815South Ronaldsay, Orkney, Scotland, United Kingdom
10 months
elder sister
Elizabeth CROMARTY
Birth: September 20, 1816 27 25St Margarets Hope, Orkney, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: July 1, 1886Launceston, , Tasmania, Australia
3 years
elder sister
Nelly CROMARTY
Birth: March 28, 1819 30 28St Margarets Hope, Orkney, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: before 1824At sea
5 years
elder brother
William CROMARTY
Birth: about 1823 34 31Orkney, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: September 1, 1838Port Stephens, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder sister
3 years
elder brother
22 months
herself
Family with James Alfred BANKS - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: June 16, 1857Raymond Terrace, , New South Wales, Australia
18 months
daughter
Mary L BANKS
Birth: about 1858 35 26Raymond Terrace, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1862Newcastle, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
George Alfred BANKS
Birth: about 1860 37 28Raymond Terrace, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1944Coffs Harbour, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
Thomas A BANKS
Birth: about 1861 38 29Raymond Terrace, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1888Raymond Terrace, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
3 years
daughter
3 years
son
Frank BANKS
Birth: about 1867 44 35Raymond Terrace, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1923Drummoyne, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
Edward Charles BANKS
Birth: about 1868 45 36Raymond Terrace, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1952Raymond Terrace, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
3 years
daughter

BirthBirths registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: V1831727 15/1831 CROMARTY CECILIA WILLIAM CECILIA --
Text:

See also this reference in NSW Births Index:

V183110605 1C/1831 CROMARTY OCILIA WILLIAM OCILIA

BaptismAnglican Records
Citation details: Christ Church Baptism Register
MarriageB - Marriages Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 2567/1857 BANKS JAMES ALFRED CROMARTY CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
DeathDeaths Registered in New South Wales
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 18934/1915 BANKS CECILIA WILLIAM CECILIA RAYMOND TERRACE
SourceBirths registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: V1831/727 15