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The Wearnes in South Africa
James Nicholas Wearne, his wife Christian and their daughter Mary Elizabeth immigrated to South Australia on board the boat "Cressy", leaving London on14 May 1847, arriving on the 19 Aug 1847 and settled in the Murray District. James became a teamster in the mid north South Australia, transporting copper which had been discovered in Burra in 1845. The rest of their children were born in Australia.
It is some of these children who went to South Africa, probably attracted by the gold discovered in the Transvaal in 1886, but ending up in the Kimberley diamond mines which had opened up in 1871.
Joseph Wearne was born in 1848 in the Murray District. About 1881,Joseph took up scrub blocks, sections 159 and 160, on the Thomas Plains Road, 7 miles east of Kadina. An 1883 directory shows that Joseph and his brother James Sampson were farming there but by 1904 these sections were owned by other farmers. He married Emily, either in Australia or in South Africa, their daughter Ruby was born in 1887 in Kimberley. Joseph died in Kimberley in 1901.
Ann Wearne was born in 1849 in the Murray District. She married Robert John Langmead Mashford (John) on the 22nd January 1870, at the residence of her father in Wallaroo Mine, by license, by the Rev. S. Raymond, John was born in 1838 in Bickleigh, Devon, England. They went to South Africawith six of their children in 1887 and ended up in Kimberley. John died in Kimberley in 1911 and Ann also in Kimberley in 1918.
Lucy Maud Mashford was born in Wallaroo Mines in 1873.
Laura Hannah Mashford was born in Newtown, Kadina, in 1875.
Frederick Joseph Mashford was born in Newtown, Kadina, in 1877. He married, in Kimberley, Mary Ann Lang who was born in Kimberley in 1877, They had a son, Robert Lang Mashford, born in South Africa. There is no further record of Frederick or Robert but Mary Ann died in Kimberley in 1930.
Annie Beatrice Wearn Mashford was born in Newtown, Kadina, in 1880. She married, in Kimberley, William Clifford Sadler, born in the Cape Colony in 1877, Annie died in Randburg, Johannesburg in 1967, her children were:
Beatrice Laura Sadler born in 1911
Lionel Mashford Sadler, born in Kimberley in 1913. He married Edna Grace Rea in Benoni,
Transvaal, South Africa and their children were Colleen Sadler, Michael William George Sadler and Wendy Rea Sadler all presumably born in South Africa. Lionel died in Umbogintwini, Natal, South Africa in 1970.
Hilda Blanch Mashford was born in Newtown, Kadina, in 1883. She married Hugh Cowan Murray in Kimberley and their children were Sheila Cathleen Murray and Laurel Lucy Mashford Murray. Hilda died in Pretoria in 1970.
Walter Langmaid Mashford was born in Newtown, Kadina, in 1885. He married a Daisy Edith … in Kimberley in 1917 and died in Salisbury, Rhodesia in 1953, their children were Norma Elaine Mashford, Neville Langmaid Mashford and Irene Mavis Mashford.
Lilly Wearn Mashford was born in Kimberley in 1889 , died in Pretoria in 1972. She married Edwin Ernest Victor Le Gros in Kimberley in 1915. Victor was born in 1884 in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and died in Germiston just outside Johannesburg in 1940. Their son Raymond Everie Mashford
Le Gros was born in 1920.
James Sampson Wearne was born Adelaide, South Australia in 1852. He married Mary Higgins in 1878 in Kadina Catholic Church, in South Australia. Mary was born in about 1855 in Australia, she died in 1939 in Melbourne, Australia.All of their children were born in Australia. James moved his family to South Africa, probably with the Mashfords in 1887 and went to the diamond mines in Kimberly. James was injured in a blasting accident about 1905 and returned to Australia where he died in 1924 in Melbourne.
Blasting Accident:The dynamite fuses, instead of being lit from long to short had accidentally been lit from short to long. Mr. Wearne went back and started pulling the fuses to save the lives of the other miners. The last stick went up in his face.
William James Wearne was born in 1879 in Wallaroo Mines and was, according to oral history, still in South Africa at the time of the Anglo Boer War, 1898 to 1902, He moved back to Australia at some time and died in Melbourne in 1954. He married Helen Sarah Kither in Melbourne in 1918 and all their children were born in Australia.
Lucy May Wearne was born in 1883 in Wallaroo Mines and presumably, as she was only four went to South Africa with her family. She more than likely returned with them, never married and died in Fitzroy, Victoria in 1961.
Frances Wearne was born 15 August 1884 in Wallaroo Mines. She married Richard Ernest Hardie, who she had met in South Africa, on 22 February 1908 in Adelaide, They then returned to South Africa and she died there, in Durbanon 25 January 1947. Richard was of Scottish descent but born in Kingston on Thames, England in 1883. He emigrated to South Africa in 1900 and also died in Durban, in1952. They had one son:
Richard Mortimer Hardie was born in East London, South Africa in 1909. Richard married Charity Bosch in Pretoria in 1929 and their descendents are mainly still in South Africa.
Nora Jane Wearne was born 15 August 1884 in Wallaroo Mines, twin sister of Frances. She married Thomas Hescoff in 1905 at St Agnes Church, Woodstock, Capetown.Thomas Hescoffwas born in Tranmere, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England in 1879. The returned to Australia and all their children were born there. Nora died in Melbourne in 1945 and Thomas in Greensborough, Victoria in 1967.
Edyth Maud Wearne was born in Woodside, Nairne, S. Australia in 1886. She probably returned to Australia with her father. She married Charles Gabb in Australia and died there. Their one son is living in Melbourne.
John Sampson Wearne was born in 1853 in Adelaide, South Australia. John must have followed the others to South Africa after 1894 when he was chairman of the Kadina Town council. He married Hannah Jane Mashford who was born in 1867, in Goulburn, New South Wales. John died in Kimberley in 1913 Jane died in 1951 in Wallaroo Mines. They had no children.
Hannah Jane Mashford was the daughter ofRobert John Langmead Mashford’s brother Albert Mashford.
Samuel Frank Wearne was born in1866 in Wallaroo Mines. Samuel married Mary Elizabeth Fisher who died in Cape Town in 1947. Samuel, a goldminer, died in Germiston, outside Johannesburg in 1930, They had one daughter, Helen Irene Wearne.
There is no record of James Nicholas Wearne’s other children, Christiana 1858, Grace 1859, or Jane 1862, having been in South Africa