Can anyone help with information about the following family...
James Markham, 20 years old, from O’Brien’s Bridge, County Clare arrived Sydney 23 Nov 1863 as an assisted passenger onboard “John Vanner”.
Parents stated as Michael & Margaret. Shipping documents also sate he was to join his brother Joseph at Hopkins Creek (the only Hopkins Creek that I can find is in northern New South Wales where there was timber getting at the time).
His brother, Joseph, paid a deposit of 5 pounds on 21 Jan 1863 for James’ passage to Australia. The parish priest at Killaloe Parish was named as a referee. I am assuming that Joseph was already in Australia when he paid this deposit.
James married Mary Ann Murphy from Tilaheny, County Wicklow in Brisbane in January 1878 and moved to Christchurch where they had their 6 children. Their first child Joseph was born in Christchurch in March 1879. James was last listed in 1894 on the Electoral Roll as living in Byron Street, Christchurch. They were back in Australia living in Barraba in New South Wales in 1898.
I have not been able to find any information at all on his borther Joseph in Australia - death, marriage, etc.