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1771 C04081-1 Thomas (London) C04081-1 Colling, 1771 SV/PROG b16

Also Known As: "1820 British Settlers Gush's Party Address Gravesend", "London on the Brilliant Occupation a Builder"
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: St Leonards, Shoreditch, London, England
Death: May 10, 1850 (79)
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Private and Sarah Skill
Husband of 1764 Sarah (London) Colling, 1764 b16; 1783 SM/PROG Elizabeth (London) Colling, 1783 and 1786 Ann (South Africa) Colling, 1786
Father of 1791 C02069-2 Mary (London) C02069-2 Colling Collins, 1791; 1793 C02069-2 Robert (London) C02069-2 Colling, 1793; 1795 C02069-2 Thomas (London) C02069-2 Colling, 1795; 1796 C02069-2 John (London) C02069-2 Colling, 1796; 1798 C02069-2 Sarah (London) C02069-2 Colling, 1798 and 12 others
Brother of 1769 C0408-1 Sarah (London) C0408-1 Colling, 1769; 1772 C04081-1 Jane (London) C04081-1 Colling Collings, 1772; 1778 C04081-1 Ann (London) C04081-1 Colling Collins, 1778 and 1780 C04081-1 Robert (London) C04081-1 Colling Collins, 1780

Occupation: Architect, Surveyor, Builder, Timber Merchant, Wharfinger, Coffin Maker
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About Thomas Colling

1820 British Settler

Thomas Colling (48) Builder, his second wife Elizabeth Randall (36), together with 4 children, were independent members of Gardner's Party of 24 people on the Settler ship Sir George Osborn.

Party originated from Warwickshire

Departure London, 16 March 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay, Cape Town - 17 June 1820. Final Port Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth - July 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : Kareiga River Valley

Children :

  • Ann Colling 16
  • Joseph Colling 4
  • Elizabeth Colling 3
  • Charlotte Colling 1


Death Notice :

  • VOLUME_NO 6/9/50
  • SYSTEM 00
  • REFERENCE 183 1/2
  • PART 1
  • STARTING 1850
  • ENDING 1850


The Settler Handbook by MD Nash :

In October the death of Wynne's wife led him to withdraw altogether from the emigration scheme, and he nominated Thomas Colling, a builder of Wapping, to replace him as head of Sephton's party. Before joining Wynne, Colling had applied without success to take out a small party of his own. Colling did not last long as leader, however; in November he stood down and was succeeded by Hezekiah Sephton. Although three of Colling's adult sons emigrated with a division of the party, Colling himself, with his wife and younger children, delayed his departure for another month and sailed for the Cape in the last of the settler transports, the Sir George Osborn.

....Thomas Colling, a former head of Sephton's party was unable to embark in the Brilliant, but sailed in the Sir George Osborn as an independent settler attached to Gardner's party.


National Archives, Kew CO48/42, 14

166 Wapping

July 17, 1819

My Lord,

On reading in the public prints that it was in the contemplation of Government to send out settlers to the Cape, and being informed from Mr VANSITTART that all application on the subject, should be made to your office, I take the liberty to offer myself to your Lordships notice. I have for some time felt an inclination to reside in some British settlement, not because I am disaffected to the Government, and therefore wish to emigrate, quite the reverse. I was born of loyal parents, and am myself loyal from principle, but I have a large and rising family of industrious and persevering habits, and mechanical genius, one of which is bringing up as a civil engineer, and others to different useful employments, my self 48 years of age, my present wife 36 and eleven children from 26 to one year, six of whome I should take with me. My employment has been principally as a builder and timber dealer, of which I possess a competent knowledge, also of surveying in its different branches, and mercantile concerns generally, and not altogether ignorant of the police of my country and the laws by which we are happily governed. I have some little property, and can procure satisfactory recommendations from very respectable persons, for any confidence you may be pleased to repose in me. I will also pledge myself that whatever talents I possess, and any knowledge I may have acquired, most chearfully to employ for the good of others and the prosperity of my Country.

Permit me to subscribe myself your Lordships most obedient humble servant



  • "....Thomas Colling, a former head of Sephton's party was unable to embark in the Brilliant, but sailed in the Sir George Osborn as an independent settler attached to Gardner's party."

Party Details

  • Leader Edward Gardner
  • Number in the Party 24 (33) Note that there are 9 more people listed as Settlers due to births at sea and Independent members - marked §
  • Area Party originated from Warwickshire
  • Area Allocated to the Party Kareiga River Valley
  • 1820 Settler Ship
  • Sir George Osborn


  • Departure London, 16 March 1820
  • Arrival Simon's Bay, Cape Town - 17 June 1820
  • Final Port Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth - July 1820

SA Settlers

Colling, Thomas

  • Last Name: Colling
  • First Name: Thomas
  • Date of Birth: chr. 3 Mar 1771
  • Place of Birth: St. Leonards Shoreditch, Middlesex, England
  • Parents – Father: Robert Colling
  • Parents – Mother: Sarah
  • Spouse: 1) Sarah Bailey died 1813 London; 2) Elizabeth Randall at St. Johns Wapping, she d. 1843; 3) 1844 Ann Long widow of Jeremiah Long
  • Date of Death: 10 May 1850
  • Place of Death: Uitenhage, Cape
  • Notes: Sephton’s party of 1820 settlers. IGI. DN 4319/1877, 4429/1877, 6951/1883. He had 10 surviving children by his 1st wife Sarah Bailey :
  • Mary married to James Collins
  • Robert
  • John 1794 (q.v.)
  • Sarah married to Evans
  • Thomas 1799 (q.v.)
  • James
  • William 1801(q.v.)
  • Ann 1803 London married William Adcock of Kimberley and died 2 Jul 1883 age 78 Uitenhage (q.v.)
  • Joseph 1816
  • Elizabeth 1817
  • Charlotte 1818
  • Jabez Colling (brother to Ann, mentioned in her DN in 1883).
  • Children by Elizabeth Randall (died 1843):
  • Joseph 1815
  • Elizabeth 1816
  • Charlotte 1818
  • Caroline married Rev. Purdon Smailes
  • George born 1820 Port Elizabeth died 1 Nov 1859 at Sunday River Ferry, unmarried. DN 6445/1859.
  • Jabez 1822 maried Sarah Ingram;
  • William 1828 married 1856 Gertruada Theodora Johanna Knoetsen, died 7 Aug 1900.
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Thomas Colling's Timeline

February 13, 1771
London, England

Father Robert Colling Mother Sarah Colling

March 3, 1771
London, Middlesex, England
November 9, 1791
Age 20
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
July 10, 1793
Age 22
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
August 16, 1795
Age 24
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
December 16, 1795
Age 24
October 15, 1796
Age 25
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
June 19, 1798
Age 27
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
January 29, 1800
Age 28
Greater London, England, United Kingdom