Wednesday, March 10, 2010

(Second) arrival of Sebastian Hodge and family

Sebastian Hodge arrived in Australia as a young man with his father William (a member of the 11th Regiment) and the rest of his family. He joined the 11th when he turned 16 and while his father and family retired and stayed in Australia, he had married (to Harriet Smith, daughter of another member of the 11th in 1855). When the 11th left Australia for England in 1857 Sebastian and family went with them.

In the 1861 England census Sebastian was stationed in barracks at Portsmouth, his family with him:

Hodge Sebastian, Soldier, Married, 27, Private, born Island of Zante Mediterranean Brit Subject
Hodge Harriet, Wife, Married, 27, born Ireland
Hodge William, Son, 5, born New South Wales Sydney
Hodge Mary, Daughter, 3, born Kent Dover

I know they returned to Australia by 1863 as they had a son, Philip E HODGE, registered in Sydney in 1863. I'm unsure why they returned, but both Sebasian and Harriet's parents were residing in Sydney after their fathers had pensioned out of the 11th.

Thankfully I've now uncovered the following short notice on shipping arrivals in the Sydney Morning Herald that shows when they arrived.

Sydney Morning Herald
4 Jan 1862

Tiptree, ship, 1620 tons, Captain Pinel, from Plymouth 3rd October. Passengers... Mr. and Mrs. Hodge, and three children.

Curiously, the arrival sheet for this ship ( does not list the Hodge family, but appears to list everyone else in the above list. This also confirms that Sebastian and Harriet only had three children prior to their return to Australia in 1862:
William Bass HODGE, born NSW 1855
Mary A HODGE, christened Hougham, Kent, England on 28 MAR 1858
Sebastian HODGE, born Curragh Camp, Ireland 1861

Another article at the time describes the voyage:
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tuesday 21 January 1862
TIPTREE - The Tiptree, Captain John Pinel, from London, left Portsmouth on the evening of the 3rd October, and did not cross the Equator before the 9th of November, having been greatly retarded by contrary winds and calms, and had no trade winds whatever. The south-east trades were also very light and variable, but from the southern tropics she has had very fair winds. She rounded the Cape of Good Hope on the 4th December, and Cape Pillar on the 29th, having made her run from the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Pillar in twenty-five days. The Tiptree had the misfortune of losing two young men overboard on the 7th of December - Adolphus Picot (apprentice), and George Dotson, ordinary seaman; they were on the maintop-gallant yard, rigging in the studding-sail booms, the ship going fast
before the wind. The topgallant-tye carried away, and jerked them overboard. It being a very dark night, and a high sea, it was impossible to render them any assistance.

Another little piece of the puzzle solved, but as always it raises more questions.

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