John and Martha (née Willcocks or Wilcocks) Johnston, who were married on 28 October 1839, came to Australia on the ship Hope arriving in 1855. With them were five children:
Eleanor — born 31 October 1841
Catherine — born 22 November 1843
John George — born 22 July 1847
Hannah — born December 1850
Alexander — born October 1852
Their daughter Margaret had died in England.
John took up dairy farming in the Connewarre area near Barwon Heads.
Their youngest son Thomas was born at St Albans, Geelong on 11 August 1857. He died on 23 February, 1872 after a farm accident and was buried in the Methodist section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery.
Daughter Hannah married Alexander Hogg. She died in childbirth aged 29 on 30 November 1879 and was buried with Thomas. Catherine Hogg, mother in law of Hannah is buried with them. Catherine's husband Alexander who died in July 1866 is buried in an unknown location at Mount Duneed Cemetery.
A clearing sale was held on 26 July 1888 comprising horse, dairy cattle and farming implements.
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Geelong and District Database
Geelong Cemetery Index
Australian War Memorial
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Barwon Heads History