Hi Jean Thank you. I had seen only one of those posts before and tried to get in touch with Nichole but have had no reply.I did manage to find a contact for another Phin family but cannot find a link to James yet.
All I know for sure is that my James was born c1842 and his father was named Thomas.James was in SA in 1882 and married my widowed gggrandmotherbut after she died 1904 James disappeared.The death in Qld fits well and the fact that Marywho also died in Qld was the daughter of Thomas Phin and Elizth Falconer makes me think that they were possibly brother and an unmarried sister.
The Thomas Phin in Victoria, if anyone is interested died at his farm 1863 named Comley Bank, Permin nr Warnambool..He was formally from Edinburgh and his brother in law was Mr Falconer who is also mentioned to be in Victoria at this time as well.
There is a Comley Bank in Scotland and so thought he may be from there.I have found 3 Thomas Phins in the directories but who knows. I do not have any arrival for Australia but I am still searching.