The researcher acknowledges the considerable
assistance of Claire Phipps in assembling this
material on the Phipps family.
the son of Joseph and Sarah Phipps, was born in 1814
at Larkhill Camp, Wiltshire. He was working as an
agricultural labourer when he married Sarah Brown,
the daughter of William and Sarah (née Jud) Brown at
Washpool, Avening, Gloucestershire, on 21 August
1833. They became the parents of three sons and one
daughter, of whom only two sons survived infancy.
The Phipps family, Joseph (aged 43), Sarah (44),
Albert Joseph (16), and John Thomas (12) emigrated
to Australia on the 996-ton Hastings (Captain
Alexander Newlands). The ship left Birkenhead on 24
February 1857 with 388 government immigrants on
board and arrived in Brisbane on 30 May 1857. The
appreciation of the travellers for the care shown
them by the captain and his crew and the ship’s
doctor (Dr Robert Tunmer) was expressed in newspaper
advertisements soon after their arrival. Joseph
Phipps was one of the signatories. Members of the
Catchpole family, several of whom are buried in
God’s Acre, were also on this voyage.
After their arrival in Australia the Phipps family
settled at Eight Mile Plains and became part of the
local farming community.
Sarah Phipps passed away at Eight Mile Plains aged
66 on 12 April 1876. Those present in an official
capacity at her interment in the Cooper's Plains
Cemetery two days later were: James Emerson, Samuel
Gillespie and RA Kingsford.
Joseph Phipps, having outlived his wife by many
years, died at his residence, ‘Springfield’, at
Eight Mile Plains aged 88 on 7 September 1900. When
he was buried beside his wife two days later, the
following gentlemen exercised official roles: John
Hislop (undertaker who certified the burial), the
Reverend John Kingsford of the Particular Baptist
Church (presiding clergyman), and James Ford and P
Albert Joseph Phipps,
the elder of the two sons of Joseph and Sarah, moved
from the family farm to Fortitude Valley to pursue a
business career. For a time he worked with Holmes,
White & Co., general merchants, before establishing
a partnership, Phipps, Turnbull & Co. He is listed
in the Queensland Post Office Directory as a
drayman (1878-79) and as a storeman (1885-86). In
both cases his address is given as Raymond Terrace,
South Brisbane (near the present Mater Mothers
Albert married Catherine Worth Telford, on 10
September 1863. Catherine, the daughter of William
(a tailor) and Margaret Hamilton (née Howit or Howat)
Telford, was born at sea in the Bay of Biscay on 14
July 1842 en route from Scotland to Sydney. She was
baptised in St Andrew’s, Scots Church, on 20 January
Albert and Catherine raised a large family: Margaret
Howitt (b. 2 June 1864; m. John William Lowe 6 June
1900; d. 3 July 1948), Sarah Brown (b. 4 July 1866;
d. 7 May 1937), Joseph (b. 16 February 1869; d. 1
January 1942), William Telford (b. 25 July 1871),
John Thomas (b. 27 April 1874; m. Jane Morrison 18
February 1896; d. 4 December 1953, Albert Joseph (b.
30 September 1877; d. 24 June 1940), James Telford
(b. 8 December 1880; d. 21 June 1944), Catherine
Worth Telford (b. 2 February 1883) and Ellen Rankin
Telford (b. 16 May 1885; d. 31 July 1890).
Albert Joseph and Catherine Phipps, who for many
years lived in Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane, died
within two weeks of each other on 18 September and
30 September 1922 respectively and were laid to rest
in the family plot in the South Brisbane Cemetery
Catherine’s mother, Margaret Hamilton Telford, the
daughter of James and Margaret (née Hamilton) Howitt
(or Howat), was born in Glasgow on 24 April 1812.
She was living in Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane,
at the time of her death aged 65 on 14 March 1877.
Her burial in the South Brisbane Cemetery (11A 287)
took place on the following day.
John Thomas Phipps
married Sarah Mawby, the daughter of Lawrence
and Ann (née McCullough) Mawby, at his brother’s
home in Fortitude Valley on 6 January 1866 according
to the rites of the Particular Baptist Church. The
presiding minister was the Reverend John Kingsford
and the witnesses were John Helmore and his
sister-in-law Catherine Phipps.
After being childless for more than a decade, John
Thomas and Sarah became the parents of three sons
and two daughters: Albert Herbert (b. 10 June 1877;
d. 8 January 1898), Lily Sarah Ann (b. 13 July 1879;
m. Thomas Ricket Jenkins 24 September 1899; d. 29
August 1949), John Edward (b. 19 March 1882), Ernest
Joseph Lawrence (b. 19 August 1884; d. 20 June
1963), and Ruby Matilda (b. 27 July 1886; m. Patrick
Daniel Sammon 3 March 1908; d. 20 May 1926). To
support the family John Thomas farmed properties at
Eight Mile Plains and at Brown’s Plains.
Sarah passed away aged 45 at her mother’s residence
in Church Street, Toowong, on 27 October 1892. She
was laid to rest in the Toowong Cemetery (9 8 10) on
the following day in a service conducted by the
Reverend Robert Stewart of the Wesleyan Church and
witnessed by Thomas H Brown and John Melville.
After Sarah’s death John Thomas Phipps married his
housekeeper, Elizabeth Teasdale, the daughter
of George and Maria (née Moffatt) Teasdale, on 19
March 1898. He died on 13 February 1917 at the age
of 72 years and 10 months at his residence in
Juliette Street, Thompson Estate, Greenslopes. Those
present in an official capacity at his burial in the
same plot (9 8 9/10) as his first wife were: AA
Hislop (undertaker), the Reverend Thomas Richard
Thurlow of the Methodist Church and Frank Lloyd and
Daniel Brown (witnesses).
Elizabeth Phipps, John Thomas’s second wife, passed
away on 3 February 1934. Her body was brought by
train from Gympie to the Landsborough Station two
days later for burial in the Mooloolah Cemetery.
Albert Herbert Phipps,
the eldest of the children of John Thomas and Sarah
(née Mawby) Phipps died at the age of ‘20 years 6
months 28 days’ on 8 January 1898. He was buried in
the Cooper’s Plains Cemetery with his grandparents,
Joseph and Sarah (née Brown) Phipps. At his
committal a lay preacher, A Gall, conducted the
service in the presence of Henry Dietz (undertaker)
and Edwin Suckley and George Austin (witnesses). The
latter witness is also buried in God’s Acre.
Also of special
interest to us is Albert Herbert’s brother, Ernest
Joseph Lawrence Phipps, who married Helena Thompson,
the daughter of Aaron and Rachel (née Wiley)
Thompson, on 25 July 1908. Helena’s grandparents,
William Hampshire and Maria (née Rogerson) Thompson
are buried in God’s Acre.