Eva Carrie

F, #20661

Life Span

EVENTDATEDETAILS
MarriageEva was married to Second Lieutenant Stanley Richard Aspland, son of Richard Aspland and Frances Watson.

Also Known As

DescriptionDateName
Married NameHer married name was Aspland.
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Last Edited15 Oct 1999

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Gertrude Mary Aspland1

F, #20662, b. circa June 1885
FatherHerbert Aspland b. c Jun 1859
MotherElizabeth Newell b. c 1854
Relationships1st cousin 2 times removed of Robert Mote
5th great-granddaughter of Allexsander Aspland

Life Span

EVENTDATEDETAILS
Birthcirca June 1885Gertrude Mary Aspland was born circa June 1885 at Hampstead, Middlesex, England.1
She was the daughter of Herbert Aspland and Elizabeth Newell.
Marriagecirca September 1908Gertrude Mary was married to Henry Clapp or George Rowe Thomas Unknown circa September 1908 at Hampstead, Middlesex.2

Census Entries

Census DatePlaceDetails
189139 Fleet Street, Hampstead, Middlesex, EnglandGertrude Mary Aspland appeared on the census of 1891 in the household of Herbert Aspland and Elizabeth Newell at 39 Fleet Street, Hampstead, Middlesex, England.3
ChartsDescendant Chart - Allexsander Aspland
Last Edited15 Dec 2006

Citations

  1. [S432] FreeBMD, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, Birth 1885 Q2 Hampstead 1a 633.
  2. [S432] FreeBMD, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, Marriage 1908 Q3 Hampstead 1a 1564.
  3. [S431] 1891 England Census.

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Ellen Unknown1

F, #20663
MotherFlorence Maud Aspland b. c Jun 1879
Relationships2nd cousin 1 time removed of Robert Mote
6th great-granddaughter of Allexsander Aspland

Life Span

EVENTDATEDETAILS
Ellen Unknown was the daughter of Florence Maud Aspland.
ChartsDescendant Chart - Allexsander Aspland
Last Edited15 Oct 1999

Citations

  1. Or may have been called Eilleen.

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Dorothy Susan Spinks1

F, #20665, b. circa December 1910
FatherWilliam King Spinks b. c 1884
MotherMatilda Cross
Relationships2nd cousin 1 time removed of Robert Mote
6th great-granddaughter of Allexsander Aspland

Life Span

EVENTDATEDETAILS
Birthcirca December 1910Dorothy Susan Spinks was born circa December 1910 at Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.2
She was the daughter of William King Spinks and Matilda Cross.

Also Known As

DescriptionDateName
NicknameDorothy Susan Spinks was often called Dolly Sue.1
ChartsDescendant Chart - Allexsander Aspland
Last Edited19 Feb 2009

Citations

  1. [S581] Chris Langley, "The King Spinks Family," e-mail to Robert Mote, March 2006.
  2. [S584] UK BDMs, online various, Birth 1910 Q4 Ely 3b 434.

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Ralph William Spinks1

M, #20666, b. circa September 1913, d. 27 January 1942
FatherWilliam King Spinks b. c 1884
MotherMatilda Cross
Relationships2nd cousin 1 time removed of Robert Mote
6th great-grandson of Allexsander Aspland

Life Span

EVENTDATEDETAILS
Birthcirca September 1913Ralph William Spinks was born circa September 1913 at Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.2,3
He was the son of William King Spinks and Matilda Cross.
Death27 January 1942Ralph William Spinks died on Tuesday, 27 January 1942 at Singapore; killed in action in WWII.1

Military Service

EventDateDetails
Mil-Action1942Ralph William Spinks was a Lance Sergeant in the Cambridgeshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion. in 1942.2
ChartsDescendant Chart - Allexsander Aspland
Last Edited16 Mar 2006

Citations

  1. [S582] Ely Roll of Honour, online http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/ElyWorldWar2.html
  2. [S581] Chris Langley, "The King Spinks Family," e-mail to Robert Mote, March 2006.
  3. [S584] UK BDMs, online various, Birth 1913 Q3 Ely 3b 905.

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Phyllis May Langley1

F, #20669, b. 22 February 1917, d. 1983
FatherRobert Reuben Langley
MotherMaud Eliza Spinks b. 23 Feb 1887, d. 7 Feb 1953
Relationships2nd cousin 1 time removed of Robert Mote
6th great-granddaughter of Allexsander Aspland

Life Span

EVENTDATEDETAILS
Birth22 February 1917Phyllis May Langley was born on Thursday, 22 February 1917 at Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.1
She was the daughter of Robert Reuben Langley and Maud Eliza Spinks.
Death1983Phyllis May Langley died in 1983 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England.1
ChartsDescendant Chart - Allexsander Aspland
Last Edited16 Mar 2006

Citations

  1. [S581] Chris Langley, "The King Spinks Family," e-mail to Robert Mote, March 2006.

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Alfred Robert Langley1

M, #20670, b. 31 March 1922, d. 22 June 2007
FatherRobert Reuben Langley1
MotherMaud Eliza Spinks b. 23 Feb 1887, d. 7 Feb 1953
Relationships2nd cousin 1 time removed of Robert Mote
6th great-grandson of Allexsander Aspland

Life Span

EVENTDATEDETAILS
Birth31 March 1922Alfred Robert Langley was born on Friday, 31 March 1922 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England.1
He was the son of Robert Reuben Langley and Maud Eliza Spinks.1
Death22 June 2007Alfred Robert Langley died on Friday, 22 June 2007 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire, at age 85.1

Also Known As

DescriptionDateName
NicknameAlfred Robert Langley was often called Bob.

Family with

Margaret Doris Taylor
Children
ChartsDescendant Chart - Allexsander Aspland
Last Edited18 Feb 2008

Citations

  1. [S581] Chris Langley, "The King Spinks Family," e-mail to Robert Mote, March 2006.

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William L Coatman1

M, #20671, b. circa December 1922
FatherWilliam H L Coatman
MotherDorothy Rebecca Spinks b. c Mar 1895
Relationships2nd cousin 1 time removed of Robert Mote
6th great-grandson of Allexsander Aspland

Life Span

EVENTDATEDETAILS
Birthcirca December 1922William L Coatman was born circa December 1922 at Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.1
He was the son of William H L Coatman and Dorothy Rebecca Spinks.

Also Known As

DescriptionDateName
NicknameWilliam L Coatman was often called Bill.2

Other Details

LabelDateDetails
Num ChildWilliam L Coatman had two children.
ChartsDescendant Chart - Allexsander Aspland
Last Edited16 Mar 2006

Citations

  1. [S584] UK BDMs, online various, Birth 1922 Q4 Ely 3b 718.
  2. [S581] Chris Langley, "The King Spinks Family," e-mail to Robert Mote, March 2006.

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The Schooner Neptune (I)

#20677, b. 1810

Life Span

EVENTDATEDETAILS
Birth1810The Schooner Neptune (I) was launched in 1810 at Whitby, Yorkshire, England.

Description

DateDescription
1810The Schooner Neptune (I) was described as a class-2 decker schooner of 477 tons with six guns with a crew of about 34. Schooners are rigged fore and aft; that is, the sails are attached to spars rather than to yardarms on the masts.

Voyages

DateDetails
23 March 1820The Schooner Neptune (I) sailed from The Downs, Kent, England, on Thursday, 23 March 1820 with William Wales aboard.
     On January 29th 1820, King George III died at Windsor Palace and was succeeded by his son George IV. News of this event would first arrive in Sydney aboard the ship Neptune which transported William Wailes to Port Jackson. The surgeon on the Neptune during this trip was James Mitchell , who was appointed as Surgeon Superintendent to Male Convicts on 19th February 1820 and joined his ship the Neptune that afternoon. The Neptune was being fitted out at Deptford at the time, together with the Mangles which was also to carry convicts to Port Jackson. James Mitchell, the Surgeon, kept a Journal covering his period with the Neptune and records that "Lieutenant Rice of the 46th Regiment (which is at present in India) and a detachment of the 46th Regiment consisting of a Sergeant and 30 men with 7 wives and 3 children joined the Neptune as Guards of the convicts". Lieutenant Rice had formerly been with a Regiment of Troopers called the 7th and was with them at the battle of Waterloo. Upon their arrival in Sydney these men would become part of the 48th Regiment, then situated in New South Wales.

The Neptune ran into a number of difficulties while making her departure from England. On her way down the Thames from Deptford to Woolwich, the Pilot ran her aground on the Isle of Dogs. She was extracted from there unharmed but returned to Deptford. The following day she set off again to Blackwall and then to Woolwich where they took aboard 156 convicts, 20 of whom were boys who were kept in separate accommodations to the adult convicts on the Neptune. The convicts' ages ranged from 15 to 68. Captain McKissock (a native of Ayr in Scotland) joined his ship at this point and is described by the Surgeon as "a very fine looking man, very muscular and of an athletic appearance". The Neptune then sailed for Gravesend but the same "stupid Pilot" put them on a sand bank in the river. Although the sand was soft and the Neptune was soon off again unharmed, this must have been a frightening experience for the convicts locked below decks. As the wind was now against them, they hired a Steam Boat to tow them down to Gravesend. While at Gravesend a new Pilot was taken aboard as well as the stock for the trip.

Following reports of the high number of deaths and shocking conditions in some of the early convict ships, new rules had been introduced for the transport of convicts. Ship owners were now paid for the number of convicts that arrived in good health in Sydney rather than for the number taken aboard in England, and certain conditions applied concerning food and accommodation. For instance, provision had to be made for two gallons of Port Wine per convict for the trip (given twice a week after dinner) and lemonade daily (as protection against scurvy). In his journal the Surgeon shows his disapproval of such goods being lavished upon the convicts during the trip. He writes that they had "more provisions than they could possibly consume, they even gave their overplus of porridge and pea soup to the pigs! When sick they are allowed every luxury, such as Donkins Preserved meats at 2/6 per pound ........ they are better accommodated and better fed, and more kindly treated than our brave defenders by sea and land". During the trip, schools were held for both the men and the boys. Many learned to read and write and recite passages from the Bible during the trip. The Surgeon also provided the Sunday sermons aboard ship.

The Neptune next sailed for The Downs, in the Straits of Dover between Ramsgate and Deal, but again the Surgeon reports that "before we got to Margate our Pilot 'tho a very celebrated one, continued with great dexterity to put the Ship on a sandbank, but very providentially it did not blow for if it had we must have gone to pieces". One can only imagine how the convicts were feeling after yet another grounding. The Neptune survived her third grounding, anchored at Margate for the night, reached The Downs the next morning with a firm breeze, lay to - rather than anchor - while sending ashore their final despatches and then proceeded down the English Channel. The date was Thursday 23rd March 1820.

The Neptune's run of bad luck continued as she immediately ran into violent and contrary winds that soon had most of the convicts quite sea sick or perhaps sick with fear. While other ships apparently headed for harbour, the Neptune remained at sea in the Channel. They didn't manage to clear the Lizard Point, the most southerly point in England, until about 27th March and then, after crossing the Bay of Biscay, were past Cape Finisterre, a notorious promontory in North West Spain that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and has claimed many a sailing ship heading south, and were finally into the open Atlantic with fine weather.

The Neptune passed to the Northward of the Desotas and Madeira Islands off the African coast and ran into two more violent storms; one on the 3rd May and a full hurricane on the 26th and 27th May. On the 13th May the Surgeon delivered a Private's wife of a baby girl. Nearing the Equator one Sunday, they met a ship returning to England and sent letters aboard to be carried home. A further storm with thunder and lightning and rolling seas hit them on the 13th June and on the 17th June the Surgeon delivered a second baby girl to another Private's wife. The Surgeon lamented in his journal that only one of the other women offered to assist at the birth of the two babies, even though they were in rough seas at the time. They passed the northern end of Tristan Da Cunah in the south Atlantic then steered a course along the 39th degree of latitude for St. Pauls Island in the Southern Ocean, which they located quite accurately, and straight on for Bass Strait. Ships took this course to take advantage of the "roaring forties" which gave a fast passage direct to Bass Strait. The Neptune, for instance, made an average 210 miles per day in the early days of July while running before a "fresh gale" and with following heavy seas. While such conditions provided a very fast passage, they were also very dangerous; requiring constant vigilance at the helm to avoid broaching side on to the waves and being swamped or being driven under by the following waves crashing down on the stern if sufficient speed was not maintained. You cannot afford to lose your sail to storm winds in such conditions. A number of ships suffered such a fate, and even today, yachts have been rolled and dismasted in such seas.

The Neptune sighted Cape Otway (in what is now southern Victoria) but then encountered strong head winds which prevented her from entering Bass Strait for five or six days. The Captain was ready to sail around Van Dieman's Land (now Tasmania), a trip of some ten days, when the winds finally changed and they were able to sail through the Strait. The Surgeon notes that in the Strait they passed between the Island of Rodents and Crocodile Rock (a rock almost submerged and therefore difficult to see) about dusk, a dangerous passage not often taken. While sailing up the east coast of New Holland (Australia) the Neptune yet again very nearly came to grief; this time on Cape Howe. It was night and the Second Mate was sailing close to the coast at a fast rate. The Captain, who was in bed, was suddenly "seized with some presentiment" and rushed on deck to find the sea breaking over a reef of rocks extending out from the Cape immediately ahead of the ship. They only just had time to put about and avoid the reef. The Surgeon notes that the Second Mate was both "very short sighted and extremely careless".

About 2 o'clock on Saturday 15th July 1820 the Neptune was off the entrance to Botany Bay. They continued up the coast until they sighted the Port Jackson Lighthouse where they fired a gun and hoisted a flag for a Pilot. The Pilot came out in a small boat and they sailed in between the heads but were becalmed out of sight of their destination, Sydney Town. They anchored for the night near a couple of South Sea Whalers and the Surgeon notes that "in the evening the Naval Officer Captain Piper came on board, he appears a very Gentlemanly man, and is considered the most liberal, and most polite man in all the Territory, and he is most undoubtedly the most universally beloved of any man in New South Wales".

The next morning, a Sunday, the Neptune finally anchored off Sydney Town but it was to be a further fortnight before the convicts were landed and handed over to Governor Macquarie. This was partly due to the fact that the Neptune carried the first news of King George the Third's death which then required various ceremonies to be conducted, and partly because the arrival of the convicts had to be published in the Gazette and sufficient time allowed for the news to be passed to the more distant parts of the colony so that the Settlers had time to come into Sydney to collect those convicts that they might wish to have as labourers.


The Surgeon, James Mitchell, moved ashore and took lodgings with a Mr Johns, one of the first convicts to arrive in New South Wales, at an exorbitant rate of 30/- ($3) per week. During his seven week stay in the colony, James Mitchell stayed or dined with many of the colony's elite. These included:

·     The Naval Officer, Captain Piper
·     Commandant of the Garrison, Major Druitt
·     Governor Macquarie
·     Commissioner Bigge (investigating the Rum Hospital among other things)
·     The Surveyor General, Lieutenant Oxley
·     Mr Hamilton Hume
·     Mr McArthur Senior

On the Sunday following the Neptune's arrival, Governor Macquarie proclaimed a meeting of all the Military, Naval and Civil Officers, together with the respectable part of the Colony, to attend a funeral sermon on the death of the Late King George III. On the Monday the same people gathered to proclaim the new King, George IV, and drink his health. The Military fired a Feu de Joie before the Government House.

The convicts were landed one morning about 6 o'clock, having first been outfitted in new clothing which consisted of spare military uniforms and forage caps. When lined up in the gaol for inspection by the Governor they looked more like a part of the Guard Regiment than prisoners. Governor Macquarie ordered that their red coats be taken back and dyed yellow. The Surgeon notes that no floggings had been necessary during the trip as minor punishments had sufficed. No convicts had any complaints when asked by the Governor if they had been treated correctly during the passage from England.

James Mitchell returned to England with the Neptune via Java. During the period 1820 - 1824 he made a total of three voyages to New South Wales on the Convict Ships Neptune and Guildford. On the second voyage of the Guildford in 1823 - 1824 he suffered a mental and physical collapse that resulted in his admission to the Lunatic Asylum at Haslar upon his return to England.
Last Edited26 Dec 2007

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The Ship Mariner

#20678, b. 1807

Life Span

EVENTDATEDETAILS
Birth1807The Ship Mariner was built in 1807 at Whitby, Yorkshire, England.

Description

DateDescription
The Ship Mariner was described as a class 1 ship of 449 tons.

Voyages

DateDetails
June 1816The Ship Mariner sailed from England in June 1816 with Samuel Gilbert aboard and arrived in Sydney, NSW Australia on 11 October 1816. The Master was John Herbert.
12 March 1825The Ship Mariner sailed from Cork, Ireland, on Saturday, 12 March 1825 with Eliza Hynes and Ellen Unknown aboard on its second voyage to Sydney and arrived there on Sunday, 10 July 1825 after a trip of 120 days. The Master for this voyage was William Fotherly and the Surgeon was Harman Cochrane.
Last Edited11 Jun 2007

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