George Christmass (1798 - 1879)

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Birthplace: Holwell, Hertfordshire, England
Death: Died in Northam, Western Australia, Australia
Managed by: Guy Julian Curtis
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About George Christmass

George and his wife Elizabeth departed Holwell, Hertfordshire, England via Portsmouth, UK on the ship "Calista" on 5 March 1829 and travelled via Rio de Janiero, arriving at the Swan River Colony on 5 August 1829, with 4 of their children and 41 other passengers.

The family became pioneer settlers in the new harsh environment of the Swan River Colony (Avon Valley). Tragedy struck in 1831 when George lost his wife and daughters Ruth and baby Elizabeth. An agricultural labourer was employed in 1837. In 1838 the family set out for Northam and George (snr) found employment with J. Fleay in Beverley.

By the late 1860's, George leased some of the best agricultural land and established Fern Valley Farm via Grass Valley and later a farm at Jurendine for his son Charles.

Today's Shamrock Hotel was bought by George in 1871 where he lived until his death in 1879, a month before his 82nd birthday. During his later years he suffered from blindness.

William migrated to the Eastern colonies on the "Queen of Netherlands" arriving March 1853?

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George Christmass's Timeline

1798
January 22, 1798
Holwell, Hertfordshire, England
1822
August 21, 1822
Age 24
Slindon, Sussex, England
1823
January, 1823
Age 24
Holwell, Hertfordshire, England
1824
1824
Age 25
Holwell, Hertfordshire, England
1825
1825
Age 26
Hertfordshire, England
1829
August 5, 1829
Age 31
Swan River Colony, Western Australia, Australia

Landed At The Swan River Colony Aboard The Calista

1829
Age 30
1831
1831
Age 32
Western Australia, Australia
1879
December 13, 1879
Age 81
Northam, Western Australia, Australia
1879
Age 80
Northam, Western Australia, Australia