James, son of Thomas and Mary Ann (née Ordige) Mallett, was born in 1848 at Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He arrived on 1 November 1849 with his parents on the Travancore. He spent his early years at Geelong. He farmed land at Maindale Park, Strathbogie North. He married Susannah, daughter of John and Isabella (née Abernathy) Gardiner on 22 April 1873 at Aberdeen Street Baptist Church, Geelong. Their children were:
Mary Isabella May (May) — born 1875 at Geelong, married Phil Herbert Harold (Herb) Ibbott on 29 July 1903 at Maindale Park, Strathbogie North, died 4 May 1951 at Cootamundra, buried at Box Hill Cemetery
Thomas Gardiner (Gard) — born 1876 at Horsham, died 1944 at Caulfield aged 67. He was manager of the Strathbogie North Butter Factory. He served in 2nd Battalion in South African War and WW1 NZ Expeditionary Force. He suffered severe gun shot wounds in the left thigh in France in 1918.
Lucy Flora Elvina — born 1878 at Geelong, married William Irwin Thoms on 25 December 1902 at Strathbogie North, died in 1966 at Newtown aged 87, cremated remains interred at Altona Memorial Park
James Theophilus — born on 5 October 1879 at Murtoa, married Ada Emily Marshall on 11 April 1873 at Aberdeen Street Baptist Church at Geelong, died on 4 July 1954 at Geelong aged 74, buried in the Methodist section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Emma Jane Adeline (Jean) — Born 17 June 1882, married Albert Charles Shields on 15 July 1908 at Strathbogie, died on 15 August 1960 at Ballarat, buried at Bungaree Cemetery at Pootilla
Muriel Grace (Grace) — born in 1884 at Geelong, died in 1964 at Camberwell aged 79
Florence Susannah — born on 8 August 1886 at Marshalltown, married Albert George Morley on 23 February 1910 at Maindale Park, Strathbogie North, died on 5 September 1952 at Camberwell aged 66
William Arthur (Will) — born on 18 November 1889 at Strathbogie North, married Georgina Margaret Ellen Jupp on 10 March 1920 at Waitara Taranski in New Zealand, died on 27 October 1958 at Waitara Taranaki as a result of an accident, buried at Waitare Cemetery
Ruby Myrtle — born on 8 November 1889, died one month later on 8 December at Strathbogie North as a result of an epidemic throughout the district (first burial at the Strathbogie Cemetery)
In 1911 James and Susannah shifted to Bullerook, near Ballarat. James died at the home of his son-in-law, Mr PHH Ibbott, "Thurloo", 29 Stanhope Road, East Camberwell on 16 October, 1921 at the age of 73. He was buried in the Methodist section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery. He left his estate of £3182 to his wife. Susannah died on 3 June 1937 at the home of her son-law Mr AG Morley, 10 Cross Street, Canterbury at the age of 87. She was buried with James at Geelong.
James Theophilus Mallett still owned land at Connewarre on the corner of Barwon Heads and Reserve Roads when he died. The railway line to the former Geelong Racecourse ran throuogh this land by this time. He also owned land at Leopold. Part of this land was 47½ acres selected by his father, Thomas, on 17 September 1956. Thomas was born about 1823. He died in Geelong on 5 November 1905 and was buried in the Baptist section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.
Back row — James Theophilus Mallett, Emma Jane (Jean) Mallett, Thomas Gardiner Mallett, Florence Susannah Mallett, William Arthur Mallett Front row sitting — Mary Isabella (May) Mallett, James Theophilus Mallett, Susannah Gardiner, Lucy Flora Elvina Mallett, Sitting on ground — Muriel Grace (Grace) Mallett
photos contributed by Sue Gommans
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