Thomas Spowart married Euphemia Hamilton on 8 June 1851 at Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland. They set sail from Liverpool for Australia on 16 September 1852 on the John Brown arriving in Geelong on 5 January, 1853. Shipping records show Euphemia's age as 25 and Thomas as 24. They brought with them a baby, Agnes, who died after arriving. They had the following children in the colony:
Thomas (Tom) — born on 24 May 1854 in Geelong West, married Catherine Mary Annan in 1876, died on 25 July 1936 at his home, "Norwood", 109 Aphrasia Street in Newtown and was buried in the Presbyterian section of the Geelong Western Cemetery. He was a teacher, a Methodist local preacher and a justice of the peace.
Robert (Bob) — born on 23 February 1857 at Freshwater Creek, married Mary Jane Wallace in 1886, farmed land at Mincha West, died in 1936 at Pyramid Hill.
James (Jim) — born on 27 November 1859, married Sarah Thorpe, died in 1929 at Glenhuntly.
Euphemia (Fay) — born on 3 May 1861 at Freshwater Creek, married Martin Peacock, died in 1941 in Kerang
Peter — born 1863 in Duneed, married Jane Paynter in 1889, farmed land at Mincha West, died in 1950 at Bendigo.
Margaret Hamilton (Maggie) — born 18 December at Freshwater Creek, married William Cox in 1888, died in 1952 at Northcote.
Ellen (Nell) — born on 26 October 1869 in Geelong, married Matthew Peacock in 1894, died in 1958 in Rupanyup.
William Andrew (Bill) — born on 9 June 1872 at Freshwater Creek, farmed land at Mincha West, died in 1926 at Kerang.
In 1856 Thomas selected about 76 acres on the north east corner of Anglesea and Mount Duneed Roads. This land was sold in July 1877 to neighbour Duncan McIntyre of "Artornish" for £284/10/7. Thomas then selected land at Mincha West.
Euphemia died on 24 July 1873 and is buried in the Methodist section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery.
Thomas married Catherine Brien in 1874. They had three children:
Mary May — born on 1 June 1875 at Mount Duneed, died in July 1944 at Finley NSW
Rosetta Ann (Rose) — born in 1879, died in 1919 at Pyramid Hill.
Henry — married Elizabeth Sarah Cooke on 20 September 1916 at the Methodist Church at Mincha West, died on 9 February 1939 at Finley NSW
Catherine died in 1904 at Pyramid Hill at the age of 68. Thomas also died at Pyramid Hill, on 26 August 1924 at the age of 97.
Photos contributed by Caroline Spowart
A full history of the family is available in the book:
The Spowart Family of Freshwater Creek and Mincha West Thomas Spowart and Euphemia Spowart nee Hamilton, and Catherine Spowart nee Brien, 150 Years In Australia – 1853 to 2003, Compiled By Cliff Spowart and Caroline Spowart
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