Wheelock’s in Western Australia
We arrive at the 6th of Blog and a change of pace from Latin America and United Kingdom, my research has also to taken me to Western Australia where most Australian Wheelock’s originate.
I will return to the Origins of Wheelock in the next blog but it has taken me longer to write up. This an extract of the research which I am just starting to build a picture but it will take me sometime.
We do know the two migrants came from Ireland and settled in the Colony of Western Australia, previously known as the Swan River Colony in 1839.
Extract taken from “The Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians Pre 1829-1888”
WHEELOCK, John, b. County Wexford, Ireland c.1822, d 4.12.1888 (Chapman Bay district), arr 20.4.1839 per Hindoo with brother (George or James), m 3.6.1840 (Perth) Elizabeth Matilda BARRON, dtr of Edward & Jane, d 21.1.1866 (Ellen). Chd Isaac b August1842, Edward b July 1844 (d May 1846), John Boxwell b April 1845 & bp 1845, John b July 1847, Jane Pearson b June 1848 d 1934, Samuel b August1850 (Toodyay), James b 1852, Elizabeth Matilda b 1853 d 1938. Farmer & grazier, tenant at Toodyay 1840’s & 1850’s at “Roesland”. Greenough, Champion Bay 1860’s.
WHEELOCK, Charles Thomas, B 6th of January 1858 Toodyay, d 15.5.1916, m 16.6.1885 (Carnarvon) Jessie Nevin McJANNET. Chd Elizabeth b 1886 d 1964 ((carnarvon owned drapery store), Darcy, Gerald d 1964 Shepherd at Irwin, drover of flocks into Gascoyne district. In patnership with C J Gooch, established “Wandagee Station” 1880. Was at meeting there when 1st Gascoyne Rd. Bd. was formed 1882. To Carnarvon, built “Red House” 1883. Town council employee as well at station manager, town butcher, Presbyt.
WHEELCOK, Edmond, son of John & Elizabeth (nee BARRON), m 1st 23.5.1883 (RC Geraldton) Margaret HENNESSY b 1864, dtr of Loughlan, m. 2nd 26.1.1888 Rosanna Agnes Mcdonnell B 2.6.1864 d. 22.1.1906, dtr of John & Ellen (nee McCABE). Droverr & labourer Mt Magnet.
WHEELOCK, Edward, b 1854 m Mary Ann b 1854. Chd Veronica Maud b 1891 d 1891 (Champion Bay district). Mounted Police Constable Albany 1879-1884. Transferred to Bunbury 10.9.1884, resigned 1.2.1885 having been appointed to “Mt Wittenoom”.
WHEELOCK, Elizabeth Matilda, b 1853, dtr of John, m 1873 Thomas BROAD
WHEELOCK, George (=?James), arr 20.4.1839 per HINDOO with brother John. Employed as a caretaker Middle Swan district.
WHEELOCK, Isaac, b 8.1842, son of John & Elizabeth Matilda (nee BARRON), of Greenough, employed a s T/L labourer 1868.
WHEELOCK, James. Witness at marriage of John Wheelock 3.6.1840 (Perth).
WHEELOCK, James Lowe White, Bp 29.3.1852, son of John & Elizabeth Matilda (nee BARRON). m 6.4.1893 (Dongara) Florence Josephine FOGARTY, b 1868, dtr of Joseph & Harriet. Farmer, Greenough (1884-6 Alm).
WHEELOCK, Jane Pearson, b 1848 dtr of John, m Thomas CRAINE
WHEELOCK, John b 7.1847, son of John & Elizabeth Matilda (Nee BARRON), m ?Maria HOGAN, chd. Edward.
WHEELOCK, Margaret, d .19.6.1883 (Geraldton).
In a different edition of this book it states:
WHEELOCK G. “ ……..Was employed as a Caretaker in the Middle Swan district”
WHEELOCK John “………In November 1840 signed a petition with his wife for a Methodist minister’s stipend at Perth. Was mentioned in the 1849 Toodyay census as a farmer. In 1850 signed a petition for a publican’s licence at Toodyay.
Obituary Charles Thomas Wheelock
The late Charles Thomas Wheelock was born at Newcastle, now called Toodyay, in the Northam district, on January 6, 1858. As a young man he worked on the station of the late Mr. C. D. V.
Foss, who was later Resident Magistrate of Gascoyne Police District. At nineteen years of age, with the late Charlie Brockman, he journeyed to Boolathana from the Upper Irwin (now Mingenew). In
1879 he brought sheep to Doorawarrah, for Messrs. Gale and McNeil, and in 1880 he entered into partnership with the late Mr. G. J. Gooch, at Wandagee station.
It was on July 30, 1880, that the two partners discovered Wandagee. Up to that time no white man had ever trod on this part of the State. On the station they placed 2,000 sheep in November, 1860. About five years later
Mr.Wheelock sold out his interest in Wandagee and settled in Carnarvon, where he established a butchering business. It is now being conducted by the Carnarvon Traders, after passing through many hands.
While settled in Carnarvon he married Miss Jessie Nevin, daughter of the late
Williiam Hogan McJannett, and two sons and five daughters comprised his family,
most of them living today in Carnarvon district.
The late Mr. Wheelock was a grandson of Major Barron, a pioneer of this State whose wife is said to be the first white woman to arrive in Western Australia.
Although a resident of Carnarvon for many years, Mr. Wheelock took no active part in public affairs of the town and district. He was a keen lover of the bush, where he spent the major part of his life engaged in pastoral pursuits. He was a man of happy disposition. No matter what the hardship and difficulties he would always face them with a joke and a good hearty laugh. In that spirit he lived and helped very largely in the settlement of the Gascoyne.