Valentine Griffith, Snr, SV/PROG

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About Valentine Griffith, Snr, SV/PROG

Valentine GRIFFITH sailed for Tasmania, arriving on 12 July 1823 on board "William Penn". He had previously fathered an illegitimate child in South Africa.

Private Baptisms, St, George's Cathedral, Cape Town 11th April 1824 William Valentine, illegitimate son of Valentine GRIFFITH and Mary MORGAN, born 15th March 1821. Sponsors Richard Hairbottle, William Sheepley, Rachel Sheepley

William Valentine

  • Baptised: 11 Apr 1824
  • Born: 15 Mar 1821
  • Father: Valentine GRIFFITHS
  • Mother: Mary MORGAN
  • Witnesses: Richard Hairbottle, William Sheeply, Rachel Sheeply
  • Additional notes: illegitimate
  • Source: Cape Town, English Church (from 1847 St George's Cathedral) (Anglican), Cape Town, Baptism (private) register, 1811-1825. Repository: Western Cape Archives, 72 Roeland Street, Cape Town. Transcribed by Charles Fison. Scans of this register are available on the Wits University Web site, first four files.

1820 British Settler

Valentine Griffith 29, Lieut, Royal Marines (half-pay), together with his brother Charles Griffith, was Co-Leader of Griffith's Party of 41 Settlers on the Settler Ship Stentor.

Party originated from Cardiganshire, Wales.

Departed Liverpool, 13 January 1820. Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town - 19 March 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : Western Cape - on the left bank of the Zonder End River in the Caledon District. The party was shortly transferred to Albany, Lieutenant Griffith remaining at Zonder End River for some time.


Valentine GRIFFITH sailed for Van Diemen’s Land, arriving on 12 July 1823 on board "William Penn". He had previously fathered an illegitimate child in South Africa. (see baptism above)
The William Penn had sailed from Cork with a full cargo of salt and stopped at the Cape on the way. Valentine had brought with him £1,080 in cash, goods and stock including 8 mares, 2 cows, 1 bull, and 20 merino sheep. (other animals died on the voyage . He was granted 800 acres of land in the Tea Tree Brush district. There he established the “Woodlands Estate” an estate of 1800 acres.

The stone built house was completed in 1843 and is still standing.

Valentine committed suicide on 16th November 1843 at Woodlands “by shooting himself with a pocket pistol loaded with a ball while labouring under Insanity caused by the depressed state of his pecuniary affairs and a high sense of honourable feeling” - so it was found by the jury which sat here the next day.

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Valentine Griffith, Snr, SV/PROG's Timeline

April 28, 1790
March 15, 1821
Age 30
Cape, South Africa
January 3, 1827
Age 36
Tasmania, Australia
December 28, 1827
Age 37
TAS, Australia
October 21, 1829
Age 39
Tasmania, Australia
February 21, 1831
Age 40
Tasmania, Australia
September 23, 1832
Age 42
Tasmania, Australia
April 22, 1834
Age 43
August 14, 1835
Age 45