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Thomas 1820 Settler Colling, Snr. SV/PROG

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

Son of <private> Colling and Sarah Colling
Husband of Sarah Colling; Elizabeth Colling, SM/PROG and Ann Colling
Father of Mary Colling; Robert Colling; Thomas Colling; John Colling; Sarah Colling and 12 others
Brother of Sarah Colling; Jane Colling; Ann Colling and Robert Colling

Occupation: Architect, Surveyor, Builder, Timber Merchant, Wharfinger, Coffin Maker
Managed by: Cheryl Ann Colling
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About Thomas 1820 Settler Colling, Snr. SV/PROG

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


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



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Thomas 1820 Settler Colling, Snr. SV/PROG's Timeline

February 13, 1771
London, Shoreditch, England

Father Robert Colling Mother Sarah Colling

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