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Newington Cemetery: Results

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1.Confirm existence of the burial ground.

There is sufficient evidence in family letters and diaries and in burial information in death registers to confirm that the Newington Cemetery existed.

2.Determine the location of the burial ground.

The death register entry for Joseph CHAMBERS states that he was buried at Newington on the property of Edmond FERRIS. Examination of maps and Shire Rates and Valuations shows that Edmond FERRIS' property was the same property known locally as PACEY's Hill. It is on this property that the commemorative plaque was found - in the same location as identified by older residents.

3.Determine the people buried there.

The following surnames were identified as possible burials in the Newington Cemetery : FERRIS, CHAMBERS, MATCHIM, LUCKOW, FOX, LING, THOMAS, HARDING.

The following relationships between these families have been established :-

  • Joseph CHAMBERS (snr) and Edmund (Ned) FERRIS were friends - in 1856 the CHAMBERS family moved from South Australia to join Joseph's friend Ned on his farm at Newington on the Bellarine Peninsula. (1)
  • Following the death of Joseph CHAMBERS, his wife Susannah nee SMITH, married Edmund (Ned) FERRIS. (2)
  • Martha CHAMBERS, daughter of Joseph and Susannah married Edwin MATCHAN (3)
  • Priscilla CHAMBERS, daughter of Joseph and Susannah married Theodore Bernhard William LUCKOW. (4)
  • Henry Smith CHAMBERS, son of Joseph and Susannah married Emily Frances FOX. (5)
  • Susanna CHAMBERS, daughter of Joseph and Susannah married John BUTLER. (6)
  • A Jane BUTLER married Mark THOMAS. (7) Jane BUTLER could be related to John BUTLER (a sibling?).
  • A Susanna BUTLER married John LING. Susanna BUTLER could be related to John BUTLER (a sibling?). Note : John BUTLER and Susanna CHAMBERS had a daughter Susanna however she was born only a year before the marriage of Susanna BUTLER to John LING. (8)
  • No direct relationship has yet been found between the CHAMBERS or FERRIS families and the HARDING family, however at least one of the HARDING families were neighbours.

The table following shows the names identified from various sources as possible burials in the Newington Cemetery. Each entry is identified as CONFIRMED (from death and burial registers) or POSSIBLE where insufficient evidence has been found to either exclude or confirm the entry. Most of the "possible" entries relate to babies - death records for these may never be found as they may have been stillborn babies which were not required to be registered.

The one entry which has definitely been excluded from the original list is that of "Grannie FERRIS" who was Susannah FERRIS, previously CHAMBERS, nee SMITH. Ironically, it was the story of Grannie FERRIS the "herb woman" and local midwife that was responsible for starting this research and she is the only one definitely NOT buried in the Newington Cemetery! (See Photo Gallery 2)

From the BARRY Diary and "Chambers Chronicles" we learn that "She is buried with her daughter Susanna. Story goes that old Susanna wished to be buried with Joseph in the old cemetery near her wattle and daub cottage. However, it is said that her daughter-in-law, Ellen (Mrs. Charles Chambers), created a fuss about that and so it was in the Port [sic] Lonsdale Cemetery that she was buried."

Susanna FERRIS nee SMITH died 19th May 1910 at the age of 94 and is buried in plot 65 in the Church of England section of the Queenscliff Cemetery at Point Lonsdale. (9)

Possible names of burialsYearComments

Newington Cemetery burials

Confirmation of burial in Newington Cemetery : from Death Indexes with burial and other details from Death Register
Jeanie / Jennie / Jenny FERRIS1850This is an early death and no record has been found to date - conflicting information on whether this is Ned FERRIS' first wife or a daughter, however the full name is consistent.

Possible

Cannot confirm
Baby HARDING Vic BDM : Catherine HARDING, d. 03/08/1862, 4 years 6 months old, Father Elias, Mother Frances Young EAVIS, place of birth Conewarre, Reg No. 1858/7184

Buried private cemetery Connewarre

Possible

Could "private cemetery Connewarre" be Newington Cemetery?
Joseph CHAMBERS1862 

Yes

Joseph CHAMBERS, d. 24/08/1862, 51 years old, Father Unknown, spouse Susannah SMITH, place of birth England, Reg No. 1862/7247

Buried Newington, property of Edmond FERRIS

Mrs / Miss FERRIS or CHAMBERS1862 

Possible

No death record has been found to date for a female FERRIS or CHAMBERS for the period 1861 - 1863.
William CHAMBERS1871This is an uncle of Charlie CHAMBERS referred to in the BARRY diary.

Yes

William CHAMBERS, d. 1871, 5 years old, Father Henry Smith, Mother Emily Frances FOX, place of birth Clunes, Reg No. 1871/3418

Buried Newington Cemetery, Bellarine Peninsula

Baby LING1876 

Yes

Susanna LING, d. 19/01/1876, age 2 hours, Father John, Mother Susanna BUTLER, place of birth Newi (Newington), Reg. 1876/430

Buried Newington, Bellarine Peninsula

Henry CHAMBERS1879This is also an uncle of Charlie CHAMBERS referred to in the BARRY diary.

Yes

Henry CHAMBERS, d. 1879, 11 years old, Father Henry Smith, Mother Emily Frances FOX, place of birth Clunes, Reg No. 1879/2430

Buried Newington Cemetery, Bellarine Peninsula

Baby LOCKOW (2) Bernard William LUCKOW, born 1881 at Queenscliff, Father Theodore Bernhard, Mother Priscilla CHAMBERS. According to "Chambers Chronicles" he died in infancy.PossibleDeath record not found to date.
Baby LOCKO(W) (1)1885 YesPriscilla LUCKOW, d. 11/03/1885, 5 weeks old, Father William, Mother Priscilla CHAMBERS, place of death Kensington, Reg No. 1885/1911

Buried Mt. Mitchell Cemetery, Newington (see note below on Mt Mitchell Cemetery)

Edmund FERRIS1887Edmund FERRIS appears in the Bellarine Cemetery Register Index at Leopold. A date of death is shown but religion and grave number are both unknown. There is a notation : died at H. F. Richardson's Market, Newington. It is most unlikely that he is buried at Leopold - the death register states that he is buried at Newington which agrees with all family references.YesEdmund FERRIS, d. 04/03/1887, 78 years old, Father unknown, Mother Sarah PERRY, place of death Geelong, Reg No. 1887/2015

Buried Newington Cemetery, Bellarine Peninsula

Priscilla LOCKO(W)1887 YesPriscilla LUCKOW, d. 27/09/1887, 34 years old, Father Joseph CHAMBERS, Mother Hannat [Susannah] SMITH, place of death Kensington, Reg No. 1887/10617

Buried Newington Cemetery, Bellarine Peninsula

Baby MATCHUM (1) Vic BDM : Edward Joseph MATCHAN, b, 1866, d. 08/06/1867, no age, Father Edwin, Mother Martha CHAMBERS, place of birth Ashbey, Reg No. 1866/2296

Buried Ashby Private Cemetery, Barwon Heads

PossibleCould "Ashby Private Cemetery, Barwon heads" be Newington Cemetery?
Baby MATCHUM (2) There were 8 MATCHAN children - 4 children after Edward Joseph born at Kensington (Leopold)PossibleDeath record not found to date.
Baby THOMAS (Father Mark)  Possible 
Baby FOX (Parents George & Sarah)  PossibleDeath record not found to date.

Person Reports (from Bellarine Peninsula Pioneers database)

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Name:Jeanie
Death Date:1850
Burial Place:Newington Cemetery
Remarks:or Jennie
Spouse:Edmund FERRIS

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Name:Henry CHAMBERS
Birth Date:1868
Birth Place:Clunes
Death Date:1 Jan 1879
Burial Place:Newington Cemetery
Remarks:BC 1868/8201, DC 1879/2430
Father:Henry Smith CHAMBERS (1839-1915)
Mother:Emily Frances FOX (1844-1937)

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Name:Joseph CHAMBERS
Birth Date:7 May 1812
Birth Place:Aveling, Gloucestershire
Death Date:24 Aug 1862
Death Place:Ned Ferris' property at Newington
Burial Place:Newington Cemetery, Victoria
Occupation:Clothworker, Brickmaker, Farmer
Remarks:Ref Pivot Tree Jan 1996
Father:James CHAMBERS
Mother:Lydia HILLIAR
Spouse:Susanna SMITH
Marriage Date:25 Dec 1834
Marriage Place:Gloucestershire
Children:Selina (Female)
Leonard James (Male)
Leonard (Male)
Henry Smith (Male)
Martha (Female)
Susanna (Female)
Joseph (Male)
Priscilla (Female)
Selina (Twin)
Charles (Twin)
Priscilla (Female)
Notes:Religion - C of E.
Arrived South Australia 6 December 1837 on Navarino.
Moved to Victoria in 1856.
Joined Joseph's friend Edmund (Ned) Ferris on his farm at Newington on the Bellarine Peninsula.

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Name:Priscilla CHAMBERS
Birth Date:10 Sep 1854
Birth Place:Adelaide
Death Date:27 Sep 1887
Burial Place:Newington Cemetery, Bellarine
Remarks:Committed suicide, DC 1887/10617
Father:Joseph CHAMBERS (1812-1862)
Mother:Susanna SMITH (1814-1910)
Spouse:Theodore Bernhard LUCKOW
Marriage Date:1879
Children:Bernard William (Male)
Dora Priscilla (Female)
Priscilla (Female)

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Name:William CHAMBERS
Birth Date:1865
Birth Place:Clunes
Death Date:1871
Burial Place:Newington Cemetery
Remarks:BC 1865/21040, DC 1871/3418
Father:Henry Smith CHAMBERS (1839-1915)
Mother:Emily Frances FOX (1844-1937)

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Name:Edmund FERRIS
Death Date:4 Mar 1887
Burial Place:L/UNK (on cemetery records) Newington Cemetery
Remarks:Acc. died at H F Richardson's Market, Newington
Spouse (1) :Jeanie
Spouse (2) :Susanna SMITH
Marriage Date:1863

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Name:Cath HARDING
Birth Date:1858
Birth Place:Conewarre
Death Date:3 Aug 1862
Burial Place:possibly Newington Cemetery (priv cem Connewarre)
Remarks:BC 1858/7184, DC 1862/6602
Father:Elias HARDING
Mother:Francis Young EAVIS

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Name:Susannah LING
Birth Date:1876
Birth Place:Newington
Death Date:19 Jan 1876
Burial Place:Newington, Bellarine
Remarks:BC 1876/662, DC 1876/430
Father:John LING
Mother:Susannah BUTLER

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Name:Bernard William LUCKOW
Birth Date:1881
Birth Place:Queenscliff
Burial Place:Possibly Newington Cemetery
Remarks:Died in infancy, BC 1881/18709
Father:Theodore Bernhard LUCKOW
Mother:Priscilla CHAMBERS (1854-1887)

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Name:Priscilla LUCKOW
Birth Date:Feb 1885
Death Date:11 Mar 1885
Burial Place:Newington Cemetery
Remarks:DC 1885/1911 (died 1 month old)
Father:Theodore Bernhard LUCKOW
Mother:Priscilla CHAMBERS (1854-1887)

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Name:Theodore Bernhard LUCKOW
Birth Place:Schleswig, Germany
Remarks:Name also shown as Theodore William, MC 1879/4060
Spouse:Priscilla CHAMBERS
Marriage Date:1879
Children:Bernard William (Male)
Dora Priscilla (Female)
Priscilla (Female)

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Name:Edmond Joseph MATCHAN
Birth Date:1866
Birth Place:Ashby
Death Date:8 Jun 1867
Burial Place:possibly Newington (Ashby priv cem, Barwon Heads)
Remarks:or Edward, BC 1866/2296, DC 1867/5550
Father:Edwin MATCHAN (1831-1892)
Mother:Martha CHAMBERS (1841-1914)

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Name:Susanna SMITH
Birth Date:1814
Birth Place:Gloucestershire
Christen Date:13 Aug 1815
Death Date:19 May 1910
Burial Place:Point Lonsdale Cemetery
Father:Henry SMITH
Mother:Priscilla UNKNOWN
Spouse (1) :Joseph CHAMBERS
Marriage Date:25 Dec 1834
Marriage Place:Gloucestershire
Children:Selina (Female)
Leonard James (Male)
Leonard (Male)
Henry Smith (Male)
Martha (Female)
Susanna (Female)
Joseph (Male)
Priscilla (Female)
Selina (Twin)
Charles (Twin)
Priscilla (Female)
Spouse (2):Edmund FERRIS
Marriage Date:1863
Notes:During Susanna's lifetime the graveyard was fenced and she grew flowers and herbs there. She was known as a midwife and is said to have made a very soothing ointment from her herbs. She could not write but somebody had picked out with small stones a text from Jeremiah 8.22 : "Is there no balm in Gilead, is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?" This quotation becomes more poignant with the knowledge that Susanna's youngest daughter, Priscilla, who suicided in 1887, is also buried here in this cemetery, along with two of her babies.

References

(1) Ada Beale, Chambers Chronicles, manuscript of Chambers family history, n.d., p. 8.
(2) ibid., and Victorian Pioneers Births, Deaths & Marriages on CD-Rom.
(3) ibid.
(4) ibid.
(5) ibid.
(6) ibid.
(7) Victorian Pioneers Births, Deaths & Marriages on CD-Rom.
(8) Victorian Pioneers Births, Deaths & Marriages on CD-Rom.
(9) Queenscliff Cemetery Register Index, Bellarine Historical Society.
(10) John Richardson, The Lady Squatters, Bellarine Rural City Council, Drysdale, 1986, p. 28.
(11) Allan Willingham, Geelong Region Historic Buildings and Objects Study Vol. 1, Geelong Regional Commission, Geelong, 1986, Sheet 78.


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