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On 21 April 1855, the “Cambodia”, a sailing ship of 806 tons sailed from Plymouth bound for Moreton Bay with 326 immigrants aboard. On board was Joseph HALLETT, a nineteen year old gardener from South Petherton, Somerset. Also on the ship was Ann Jane WHITE, an eighteen year old from Ardee, County Louth, Ireland. Her occupation was given as nursemaid and neddle-woman.

The “Cambodia” arrived in Moreton on 1 August 1855. Upon arrival, it seems that Joseph obtained work in the Ipswich area. Jane worked for a time on Obi Obi Station as a governess. Working so far apart and with very limited transport, it seems certain that the two must have met during their long voyage. They were married in the Ipswich Anglican School House on 14 December 1856.

On 4 October 1860, Joseph bought 40 acres of land on the banks of the Brisbane River at Moggill for the sum of 40 pounds. By this time, they had one son, William John. Shortly after their move to Moggill, their second son Harry was born, followed over the years by Hugh, Mary Jane, Elizabeth Ann, George, James, Ernest, Alice Maria, Emily, Ellen, Annie, Louisa and Joseph who died in infancy in 1881.

Not a great deal is known about their lives at Moggill in those early days. It seems that Joseph had some success as a farmer as he was able to select several portions of land which he paid rent for the required ten years on each. About three weeks before his death in 1881, he was issued with a Deed of Grant for the first three portions he had selected. Jane was issued a Deed of Grant for the remaining three portions. A survey map printed about the turn of the century shows that Joseph’s widow, Jane, who owned almost 700 acres, was one of the largest landowners in Moggill.

Jane lived on at Moggill for several years and only moved after her home was severely damaged in a flood in the 1890s. Jane died at Woolloongabba 27 September 1901 and was buried in the same grave in Moggill Cemetery with her late husband, Joseph, and her youngest child.

Several of her children continued to farm in Moggill and Bremer Junction areas for many years, while some moved to the Amberley and Warrill Creek area, west of Ipswich.


Moggill - History - HALLETT
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