New South Wales, Australia

Based on my book, "A Growing Flock" 1990, Allen Maunder
(Sorry - out of print and no copies available now)

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A site specially prepared for descendants of brothers Thomas Maunder and John Maunder, who migrated from England to Goonoo Goonoo, near Tamworth NSW, in 1860 and 1862 respectively.

*******This page has been created in the knowledge that, after visiting, you will email me so that I can add further to my records of Thomas and John's long list of descendants.

JOHN MAUNDER was born at Stoodleigh, Devon, England in 1776. He was baptised at Stoodleigh on Friday, the first of November 1776. He died in Devon in 1834. On Wednesday 22nd February 1809 at East Anstey, Devon, he married SARAH JORDAN.
At the time of his marriage, John owned his farm and was farming it - at Stoodleigh, Devon. By 1815 he had moved to Stepney, a suburb of London. By 1819 he was back in Devon - as a farmer of "Blackerton", East Anstey. By 1821 he was a tenant farmer of East Knowstone Barton, Devon (with a land tax of 5-17-0):. By 1823 he was a labourer and back at East Anstey. John and Sarah had seven children:

1) SARAH MAUNDER (1811 - 1889)
2) THOMAS MAUNDER (1815 - 1884)
3) MARY MAUNDER (1817 - 1827)
4) WILLIAM MAUNDER (born 1819)
5) JOHN MAUNDER (1821 - 1906)
6) MARTHA MAUNDER (born about 1825)
7) ELIZA MAUNDER (born about 1827, died 1888)

Nothing is known of Mary, William and Martha - except that Martha was a signatory at the wedding of her brother John, in Paddington, London in 1843.


SARAH MAUNDER was born at Stoodleigh, Devon in 1811 and she died at Tamworth NSW in 1889. On 12th May 1831 at Molland, Devon, she married JAMES ANSTEY. James, a farmer, was born about 1810 and he died after falling from a horse at Currabubula NSW in 1869. At Currabubula there is an Anstey Creek, named after James and Sarah.

From Devon, Sarah and James Anstey moved to London where James became a policeman. They arrived (on the "Lloyds") in Australia by 26 September 1856 and because of her letters home, her two brothers probably decided to come to Australia. By 1858 James and Sarah were working for the Australian Agricultural Company at Goonoo Goonoo NSW After being widowed, Sarah bought portions 63 and 64 (80 acres) at Currabubula.

THOMAS MAUNDER was born 30th April 1815 at Stoodleigh, Devon. He died of asthma on 31st December 1884 at Tamworth NSW. On 13th July 1840 at Paddington, London, he married HARRIETT PARR. Harriett was born on the 11th July 1818 at Stepney, London and she died of "senile decay" at Tamworth on 28th May 1909. Both are buried at the Church of England Cemetery, West Tamworth

In England Thomas worked as a gasfitter and a greengrocer.

On 29 September 1859, James Anstey deposited the amount of thirty six pounds towards the passage of Thomas, Harriett and their seven children (Sarah Eliza not yet born). They were described as "Laborer, wife & family" of 4 Marlborough Cottage, East Street, Stroud's Vale, near Kings Cross, Islington, London. Their character was vouched for by Mr James Maunder, Master Baker of Walam Green, a part of inner London. Thomas and Harriett travelled, along with their children to Australia, on the sailing ship "Hannah More" which departed Liverpool 12 February 1860, arriving Sydney 6 May 1860. The ship on which the family sailed is shown in the English shipping records as "Hannah More", in the Sydney shipping records as "Hannah Moir". She was a ship of 1130 tons.

After reaching Sydney, Thomas and his family travelled by ship to Newcastle, and from there to Maitland by train. From Maitland they travelled by Cobb & Co coach to Goonoo Goonoo station, where father and sons appear in the nominal lists from 1 July 1860 to Sept/Oct 1865 as earning 26 per annum each (the general rate for shepherds, although it does not actually state that this was their employment) plus rations.

Thomas selected fifty acres (Portion 128, Parish of Goonoo Goonoo) in 1874 fronting the west bank of Spring Creek about one and a quarter miles from Gowrie School. He probably did not retain this long and does not seem to have lived there, because two years later he selected 80 acres (Portions 100 & 65, Parish of Goonoo Goonoo) near the head of Boiling Down Creek and nearly two miles from Currabubula Creek. Here he built his house and soon increased his acreage to 600. One of their near neighbours were the Dunbar family, whom Mrs Maunder helped during the typhoid outbreak. The following illustrates the health hazards of the day:
A few months after Richard Mason's death, the grandmother (Ann Dunbar), daughter Mary Ann and granddaughter Annie Flora were also stricken together with typhoid fever. According to the prevailing treatment they were not allowed a drink of water or could they be washed. During the day, Harriett (Mrs Thomas) Maunder would come over and care for the baby and administer medicinal doses of port wine to the patients to maintain their strength. During the night the baby's nightdress was tied to the mother's for fear that in her delerium the child would fall from the bed.

After Thomas died in 1884 his son-in-law, George Presland, carried on the farm.

Thomas and Harriett had eight children:
1) Thomas Henry Maunder (1842 - 1931)
2) Harriett Maunder (1844 - 1864)
3) Ann Maunder (1846 - 1927)
4) William Maunder (1849 - 1926)
5) Charles Maunder (1852 - 1934)
6) John Maunder (1854 - 1931)
7) Rosetta Maunder (1856 - 1945)
8) Sarah Eliza Maunder (1860 - 1921)

JOHN MAUNDER was born in Knowstone, Devon on 9th November 1821. From Devon he moved to London where, on 3rd April 1843 at Paddington, he married SARAH JANE PICKETT. Sarah was born at the London suburb of Brixton on 6th January 1826. Sarah died in childbirth at the Wellington Nursery, Brixton, London on her twenty ninth birthday. John later re-married, at Dummer, Hampshire, England to ANN PRIOR. Ann was born at Dummer on 17th February 1820 and she died of atrophy of the heart at Duri NSW on 29th July 1901. John farmed 600 acres at Duri NSW. He died of senile decay at Fitzroy St, Tamworth NSW on 24th July 1906.

John and Ann came to Australia with their family (except George) aboard the "Ocean Empress". The ship arrived at Sydney on 7th January 1862 and the family headed for the Tamworth district. George had previously arrived with his aunt Sarah and uncle James Anstey.

John and Ann are both buried in the Anglican section of the Tamworth Cemetery.

John had seven children (Sarah had four, Ann had three):
1) Martha Anne Maunder (1844 - 1933)
2) George Maunder (1846 - 1929)
3) William John Maunder (1851 - 1932)
4) Sarah Jane Maunder (1853 - 1854)
5) Robert Thomas Maunder (1857 - 1932)
6) James Anstey Maunder (1859 - 1929)
7) Henry Prior Maunder (1860 - 1940)

ELIZA MAUNDER was born in Devon, England about 1827. She died in 1888 at Tamworth. Eliza came to Australia with her brother John and his family, arriving at Sydney on 7th January 1862. On 8th October 1866 at St Paul's Anglican Church, West Tamworth, she married GEORGE ADOLPHUS ABBOTT.

Eliza and George Abbott lived on land that George had bought in 1859. It was near the Two-Mile Bridge on the Armidale Road, Tamworth. From about 1867 to 1870 Eliza and George Abbott were on the staff of a hospital which opened about 1867 in Peel St, Tamworth - between the Gas Work and the Police Boys' Club. Eliza was the matron and George was the wardsman. They are believed to have one son but, as no record of his birth can be found, he is thought to have been adopted.


The children of the original immigrant, Thomas.

Eldest child of Thomas Maunder and Harriett Parr - 

Thomas Henry Maunder was born 22 July 1842 London, and baptised 14 August 1842 at St Pancras Old Church, London. He died 9 December 1931 at the home of his daughter, Rosetta. He married Sarah Catherine Davis (known as Catherine) 5 August 1867 at Goonoo Goonoo. Catherine was born 1842 and died 29 December 1918 at Manly NSW. Catherine's parents (who married in 1834) were Sarah Wiseman born Sydney 1816, died 6.11.1902, daughter of Solomon Wiseman, of Wiseman's Ferry) and John Martin Davis. John Davis is credited with being the founder of the township of Currabubula, where he built and operated the "Freemasons Arms Hotel". In 1874 Thomas selected 160 acres (Por 155) about two miles up from where the Duri-Currabubula Road crosses Currabubula Creek and fronting the western bank of the stream (just up from Woodlands Woolshed). Also in 1874 he took up in the name of his eight year old daughter, Sophia, two hundred acres (Por 156-169) on the opposite bank of the creek, immediately upstream from his first block. During 1873-1874 his brother Charles bought 320 acres (Pors 159, 160, 161) upstream from Sophia Maunder's. Whether Charles selected these and farmed them or selected them on behalf of his brother is unknown, however he later re-moved to Quirindi and Thomas ended up with a mile and a quarter of creek frontage. He named it "Forest Farm" and built his home on the eastern side of the creek.

There he introduced much modern machinery, such as the first steam threshing machine, to Australia (more of this is told in the section dealing with Thomas's brother, Charles). Thomas was also a well-known shearer, holding for many years the record of 222 sheep in one day with hand blades. This feat was accomplished at Myall Creek shed. Thomas played an active role in the promoting of the work of farmers' organisations and both he and his wife were active in community affairs. According to a report in a Tamworth newspaper Thomas and Catherine must have been very popular identities: "A party was given at their 'Forest Farm' 5 miles from the village (of Currabubula) on Tuesday, 5 August, 1884. One hundred and fifty people were present to partake of the evening meal when it was served at 6pm and this was followed by a variety of entertainments until supper was served at 1am. During the interval an opportunity was taken to move a vote of thanks to the hosts and then musical items and dancing continued until sunrise when another spread was served at 7am on Wednesday morning, prior to the guests' departure."

On 1st August 1899 the Quirindi "Magpie" reported that Thomas Maunder and Robert David Davis (his brother-in-law) had been elected as delegates of the Currabubula Farmers and Settlers' Association to attend the "Farmers' Parliament" - presumably a statewide conference held in Sydney. It was Thomas's firm opinion (and nobody could alter it) that one day Gunnedah would offer far more potential than Tamworth.

Second child of Thomas Maunder and Harriett Parr, HARRIETT MAUNDER

Harriett Maunder was born on the fifth of November 1844 in London. She was baptised at St Pancras Old Church, London on 1st December 1844. She died at (and is buried at) Goonoo Goonoo on 1st January 1864. On 24th August 1863 at the Church of England Chapel at Goonoo Goonoo, she married a brickmaker named William Saunders. There were no children.

Third child of Thomas Maunder and Harriett Parr, ANN MAUNDER

Ann Maunder was born on the seventh of December 1846 at Islington, London. She was baptised in London on 27th December 1847. She died on 27th August 1927 and is buried in the Church of England section of Tamworth Cemetery. At St Pauls Church of England, West Tamworth, on 28th June 1870, she married a first cousin, George Maunder. Ann and George had nine children.

Fourth child of Thomas Maunder and Harriett Parr, WILLIAM MAUNDER
and William's wife Mary Spinks

William Maunder was born on the thirty first of March 1849 at Islington, London. He died at Tamworth on 23rd July 1926. On 30th May 1870 in the schoolroom at Goonoo Goonoo he married Mary Spinks.

From July 1860 to September 1865 William, along with his brothers and his father were employed as shepherds on Goonoo Goonoo, each earning 26 ($52) per annum. They had come from England for this express purpose. In Sept/Oct 1865 William was engaged by a Mr Croker of Walhallow Station on fencing and building work.
About 1868 he selected forty acres near Goonoo Goonoo, which he paid off in two years, by shearing and the performance of other work. On 30 May 1870 William married Mary Spinks in the schoolroom at Goonoo Goonoo. William later sold his farm to his father, Thomas, and selected another farm, "Melrose", near Duri. While living here he assisted in the work of excavating one of the railway cuttings between Currabubula and Duri, and also assisted on the erection of fencing along the railway route. At one time William also worked on the railway tunnels on the part of the line which crosses the range near Murrurundi. The portions which comprised Melrose (actually two properties) were: 176, 46, 12, 13, 25, 26, 11 and 9.
William and Mary were devout members of the Christian Brethren Sect. Sunday services at "Melrose" brought worshippers from near and far. After the service all present would join in the midday meal. In the afternoon there would be Bible discussion, and favourite hymns would be sung accompanied by the organ, after which the visitors would take to their horses and buggies for the trip home.
On "Melrose" William used the first reaper and binder in the district, the sheaves at that time being tied with wire. He had to sleep under his labour-saving machine after working hours, as the farmhands threatened to destroy it. He also claimed the credit for first introducing the idea of a double furrow plough by coupling together two single furrow ploughs.
Over the years he became the owner of other properties, all of which he farmed with success - in fact he was regarded as one of the most successful farmers in the Tamworth district. His last property was one of 1,280 acres five miles from Manilla. After living there for a few years he retired and moved to Tamworth, where he resided until his death in 1926.

William's obituary was printed in the "Northern Daily Leader" on 3rd August 1926:
The late William Maunder, whose death took place at the Tamworth District Hospital on July 23rd, at the age of 77 years, was one of the oldest identities of the Tamworth district, and was well known and very highly respected. Mr. Maunder was a native of England, but arrived in Australia in the year of 1860 by sailing ship. He was then 11 years of age. After reaching Sydney he travelled with his parents to Goonoo Goonoo Station by bullock dray, where he took up duties as a shepherd boy.
After a long description of events mentioned above, the obituary finished by stating:
Deceased leaves a Widow and eleven children, seven sons and four daughters, namely; Mesdames G Johnson Attunga, A Faust Sydney, C Dunning Tamworth, G Page Duri, Messrs W C Maunder Klori, W R Maunder Gunnedah, A H Maunder Manilla, H J Maunder Attunga, E S Maunder Kootingal, L E A Maunder Tamworth. E N S Maunder Tamworth. There are also 47 grand-children and 6 Great Grandchildren.

Fifth child of Thomas Maunder and Harriett Parr, CHARLES MAUNDER
and Charles's wife Annette Constance Douglas

Charles Maunder was born at 31 Sidney St, Maiden Lane, London on 22nd March 1852. He died at Quirindi NSW on 15th March 1934. On 29th April 1878 in Sydney NSW he married Annette Constance Douglas, who was born 1st April 1857 in England and died 10th December 1929.

In 1873-1874 Charles selected land near that belonging to his elder brother Thomas. The portions he bought were 159, 160 and 161 comprising 420 acres at Currabubula. Charles's elder brothers, Thomas and William, who had farms, imported the district's first reaper and binder from U.S.A. It came in various boxes, and Charles assembled it. They used it on other farms in the district as well as on their own. They lived at Henriendi, and Charles visited the shearing sheds during the season, grinding shears, etc.

Charles and his younger brother, John, were later partners in a sawmill at Paterson. Still later, Charles and his sons Albert (Ab) and Walter owned a garage in Quirindi for many years, and also owned hire cars. They then bought a picture theatre in Quirindi and another at Werris Creek. Daughters Elsie and Gladys worked at the refreshment counter of the Quirindi theatre. Albert then went share farming and finally owned a poultry farm at Tamworth. He also went out well-boring.

Walter bought another garage and later sold and serviced farm machinery. Gladys and Violet worked in the office of Rowntree's store in Quirindi. As a mark of respect the store closed on the day of Violet's death. Elsie was a dressmaker and was a very good watercolour artist.

OBITUARY, Charles Maunder
If the late Mr Charles Maunder, who died at his residence, Quirindi, on March 15th, had lived a week longer, he would have reached his 82nd birthday. However, fate decreed otherwise and, after a strenuous upright life of hard work and honest endeavour he passed away as stated, not having enjoyed the best of health for some time.

The late Mr Maunder arrived in Sydney from England at the early age of eight years and went with his parents to Goonoo Goonoo, where his father obtained employment for some time but later took up a selection a few miles from Currabubula. After he grew up, deceased engaged in farming pursuits and some of the "old hands" still remember him back some 50 or 60 years ago, travelling around the neighbouring districts including Quirindi, Quipolly and Wallabadah with his brother Tom's steam threshing machine. He used to drive the engine. It took twenty men to work the thresher, which was drawn from farm to farm by bullocks. He later entered the sawmilling business up on the Rivers but later returned to the Tamworth district.

In 1899, the late Mr Maunder selected a portion of Henriendi subdivision, near Boggabri but later sold this property and moved to Quirindi in 1913, where he started in the motor trade. In 1917 he and Mr George Curtis entered the picture show business as partners. In 1920 he sold his motor business and bought Mr Curtis's interest in the picture show, which he eventually sold in 1926 to Mr Ditchfield. He then bought the Werris Creek pictures from Mr W Byrnes. Leasing same in 1930, he went to reside in Quirindi, where he remained till his death.

The late Mr Maunder married Annette Constance Douglas, of Sydney, who had arrived from the Old Country at the age of 19 with her mother and two brothers some three years previously. The two families were old friends, having lived side by side years before in Strouds Vale, England.

There are seven surviving children of the marriage, viz: Mrs B G Walters (near Tamworth), Mrs C G Pike (Gunnedah), Misses Elsie, Violet and Gladys and Messrs Albert and Walter (all of  Quirindi), to all of whom we extend our sympathy. The funeral was held on the 16th inst., when the remains of this fine old gentleman were laid beside those of his wife (who had pre-deceased him by four years) in the Church of England Cemetery, Quirindi, Mr L H Turner having charge of the funeral arrangements.


Sixth child of Thomas Maunder and Harriett Parr, JOHN MAUNDER
and John's wife Elizabeth Muir Holcombe

John Maunder was born at Islington, London on 27 March 1854. He died at 26 Darling St Tamworth on 5th December 1931. On 23rd February 1876 he married Elizabeth Muir Holcombe, who was born on the 22nd April 1858 at East Maitland NSW. Elizabeth died at Tamworth NSW on 19th December 1931.

I was told some years ago that: "At Manilla the Maunders lived at 'Torryburn', a property some thirty miles northwest of Manilla, and some ten miles from the original Chick family home, hence the marriages of his son Arthur to Emily Chick and his daughter Alice to John Chick."

OBITUARY: The death occurred at his residence, 26 Darling St Tamworth, on December 5, of Mr John Maunder, aged 77, a well-known resident of the Tamworth district. Born in Devonshire (?) in 1854, Mr Maunder came to Australia with his parents on the Anna (?) Moore in 1860, his father going into the employ of the Peel River Company at Goonoo Goonoo. Later he selected a property in the Currabubula district, known as "Mount Vale". As a young man, the late Mr Maunder was engaged in the sawmilling business at Currabubula, and there he married Miss Elizabeth Muir Holcombe, daughter of the late Mr and Mrs John Holcombe of Goonoo Goonoo Creek. In 1883 he purchased a sawmilling business at Raymond Terrace, and later acquired one at Paterson.

In 1898 he left sawmilling and returned to the Manilla district and again took up farming and grazing. In 1909 he removed to Loomberah, Tamworth district, and there he remained, until, about 10 years ago, he retired and came to live in Tamworth.

John and his older brother Charles were partners in the abovementioned sawmill at Paterson NSW.

Seventh child of Thomas Maunder and Harriett Parr, ROSETTA MAUNDER
and Rosetta's husband George Presland

 Rosetta Maunder was born 18th September 1856 at Islington, in London. On 5th July 1880 at St Pauls Anglican Church Tamworth she married George Presland. Rosetta died at Tamworth on 3rd November 1945.

George Presland was born at Phoenix Park, Morpeth NSW on 19th February 1852. The marriage to Rosetta was his second - the first being to Sarah Hall at Murrurundi NSW in 1877. George Presland went to Tamworth seeking work. He was eventually employed by Rosetta's father, Thomas, to feed the threshing machine. After Thomas's death they lived with Rosetta's mother, Harriett, who was known affectionately as Grannie Maunder. They carried on the farm (wheat and sheep). After Grannie Maunder's death in 1909 it appears that the farm was to be sold and George bought land along Upper Moore Creek, but he died very soon after Grannie Maunder, before he could take his family there.

Eighth child of Thomas Maunder and Harriett Parr, SARAH MAUNDER
(I have a photo of Sarah but it's very indistinct. Email if you are a descendant)

Sarah Eliza Maunder was born 23 January 1860, just three weeks before her family left England to come to Australia.  She died 30 August 1921 at Tamworth.  On 30 July 1879 at St Paul's Anglican Church, Tamworth, she married a first cousin, William John Maunder (1851 - 1932).


The children of the original immigrant, John.

Eldest child of John Maunder and Sarah Pickett, MARTHA MAUNDER

Martha Anne Maunder was born in Hampshire, England, on 26th May 1844. She died at Mount View, Fitzroy St Tamworth on 9th January 1933. In 1864 she married Thomas McMahon and the marriage was registered at Newcastle NSW. Thomas died in 1888. Martha's obituary follows:

OBITUARY: The death occurred at her residence, "Mount View" Fitzroy St Tamworth, on January 9th after a long illness of Mrs Martha Anne McMahon, aged 88. Deceased was a very old resident of Tamworth, having been in the district for 70 years. Born in Hampshire, she came to Australia with her parents and five (?) brothers. The journey was made in the sailing ship Ocean Empress which was making her first voyage, and it occupied four months. Arriving in Newcastle her family went to Maitland by train, then by horse team to Currabubula where all remained for some time.

On January 26, 1864, deceased was married to the late Mr Thomas McMahon, who predeceased her 47 years ago. While in the Tamworth district, Mrs McMahon resided at Goonoo Goonoo, Moonbi, Tintinhull and at Tamworth, where she has been for the past 27 years. During her 50 years in Tintinhull she took a keen interest in the welfare of the children and for 12 years she conducted a Sunday School in her home. She was well known throughout the district for her kindness and excellent character.

Second child of John Maunder and Sarah Pickett, GEORGE MAUNDER

George Maunder was born at Clapham, London, England on 23rd December 1846 and died at The Wilgas, Pallamallawa NSW (the home of his son John Thomas Maunder) on 3rd August 1929. At St Pauls Anglican Church, Tamworth, on 28th June 1870 he married a first cousin - Ann Maunder.

George travelled with his aunt and uncle, Sarah and James Anstey to Australia under the name of Maunder George Anstey, arriving with them aboard the sailing ship, Lloyds, on 26 September 1856. He appears in the records of the Australian Agricultural Company as being employed by them from 1st July 1860 at 1 per week. George finished his schooling in Tamworth under the tuition of a Mr Crawford. In those days his trip to school involved crossing a suspension bridge, then the only span over the Peel River. At the age of sixteen George was living with his aunt and uncle at the gold mining town of Nundle, when the bushranger, Captain Thunderbolt (Frederick Ward), paid the Ansteys a visit. Thunderbolt was sure that on the premises the family had hidden a large amount of money, which he demanded to be given, all the while brandishing a revolver. Unable to find the cash (which was hidden in a saddle), Thunderbolt was determined not to leave empty-handed, and so took a silk handkerchief, socks and ties. Fred Ward was known to be a "pretty flash dresser".

George spent most of his life in the Currabubula and the Winton areas in the farming industry, moving to Tamworth fifteen years prior to his death. George was a member of a committee formed to agitate for the construction of a Government School at Currabubula, and an application was sent by the committee on 27th March 1880.

The property which George owned was comprised of portions 137, 245 and 246 (999 acres). It was south of Currabubula and George called it Surrey Farm. The farm was located near a mountain called Warrigundi which was more commonly known as Terrible Billy. This mountain is now officially known as Mt Terrible. George later owned a property called Clapham in the Winton area. This home burnt down on New Year's Day 1909. The house consisted of "five rooms and a skillion". The house was valued at 200. George said the fire occurred while he and his family were enjoying a picnic on the Peel River. After that he moved to Braefield at Bective, where he built a new house.

It is thought that his parents emigrated to Australia on George's recommendation.

Third child of John Maunder and Sarah Pickett, 

William John Maunder was born at Stockwell, London, on 18th April 1851 and died at Oxley Vale NSW on 22nd June 1932. He was buried in the Methodist portion of Tamworth Cemetery on 26th June 1932. On 30th July 1879 at St Pauls Anglican Church Tamworth he married a first cousin, Sarah Eliza Maunder.

At one time William owned a farm of 110 acres at Duri NSW, adjoining the properties of his father John and his brother Robert.

Fourth child of John Maunder and Sarah Pickett, SARAH MAUNDER

Sarah Jane Maunder was born on 15th January 1853 in England - presumably in London. She died of pneumonia on 27th September 1854.

Fifth child of John Maunder (mother: Ann Prior), ROBERT MAUNDER
and Robert's wife Sophia Bielefeld

 Robert Thomas Maunder was born at John Street, Paddington, London on 26th October 1857 and he died at 42 Raglan Street, Tamworth on 12th October 1932. On 18th June 1877 at Dungowan Road, Duri NSW (at the home of the bride's parents) he married Sophia Bielefeld. Sophia was born at Goonoo Goonoo NSW on 24th October 1855 and died at 42 Raglan Street, Tamworth on 4th April 1928.

Robert's farm was made up of portions 49, 52, 60, 165 and 166 (totalling 638 acres) at Duri.

Northern Daily Leader: Robert T Maunder - 2nd prize for best sheep in district.

PASSING OF PIONEERS (Vol A15, page 115 (Society of Aust Genealogists): Mr Robert T Maunder, one of the oldest residents in the Tamworth NSW district, died recently at the age of seventy four years. He was a Londoner by birth and, at the age of eighteen, took up land at Duri NSW, becoming at one time one of the largest wheat growers in the district.

OBITUARY OF MR R T MAUNDER, TAMWORTH: Mr Robert Thomas Maunder, one of the oldest residents of the Tamworth district, died after a short illness. He was 74 years of age and had been in the district for nearly 70 years. Born in London in 1857, he came to Australia in 1862 with his father, who settled in the district now known as Piallaway and was employed by Messrs William and John Christian for 13 years. When 18, deceased selected 40 acres of land at Duri and carried on farming until 10 years ago, when he had increased his holding to 1400 acres. He then came to Tamworth, where he lived in retirement until his death. He was a successful farmer, being at one time one of the largest wheat growers in the district. He owned the winning flock of sheep in the local section of the state competition for holders of not more than 2000 acres, and thus became eligible for the final. He was a keen bowler, having won several medals for this sport during the last few years, and he was a great favourite among the Tamworth Club. The funeral, which was largely attended, took place in the Church of England Cemetery, West Tamworth.

His wife predeceased him years ago. He leaves a family of six daughters, Mrs J Pike (Duri), Mrs W Hutley (Duri), Miss E Maunder (Tamworth), Mrs C Page (Warral), Mrs G White (Duri), Mrs D Lee (Duri), and two sons, W H Maunder (Gidley) and A G Maunder (Duri). One son, Mr Edgar James Maunder was accidentally killed in 1906. Three brothers predeceased Robert and he is survived by his sister Mrs A McMahon, who is 88 years of age, and one brother, Mr Harry Maunder (Willow Tree).

Sixth child of John Maunder (mother: Ann Prior), JAMES MAUNDER
(I have a photo of James but it's very indistinct. Email if you are a descendant)

James Anstey Maunder was born in England on 7th February 1859. He was christened in London on 26th May 1861 and he died at Warral NSW (near Tamworth) on 26th June 1929. On 28th July 1891 at Tamworth NSW James married Jane Elizabeth Studte (1868 - 1931).

According to the Post Office Directory of 1891 / 1892, James was a farmer living at Duri NSW.

Youngest child of John Maunder (mother: Ann Prior), HENRY MAUNDER

Henry Prior Maunder was born on 17th November 1860 at Paddington, a London suburb. He was christened, also in London, on 10th February 1861 and he died at Quirindi NSW on 27th April 1940. He was buried in the Methodist portion of the Tamworth Cemetery on 28th April 1940. At Boggabri NSW on 29th February 1888, Henry married Esther Lewis Thompson (1870 - 1916).

Allen Maunder, Sydney Australia


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