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Josiah STRICKLAND

Male 1843 - 1915  (71 years)


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  • Name Josiah STRICKLAND 
    Born 21 Nov 1843  Canowindra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Christened 29 Mar 1844  Vale of Clwydd, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Photos? Grave (9783-1), Grave (DSC_1943)  [4
    Died 15 Feb 1915  Five Dock, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Buried Forbes Cemetery, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Old Roman Catholic Section 1 J02
    Notes 
    • Noted in pencil on the letter below was quote:- Maree Walker (b.11/4/1954) daughter of Daroa B. Molly (Cannon) Walker.
      Maree the author, is the Grandaughter or Great Grandaughter of Marie Keohe and Josiah Strickland

      Maria Keohe & Josiah Strickland

      Firstly, I will take the pleasure to relate the account of Maria Keohe told to me by herself, my mother and experienced by myself during the years I lived with my Grandparents.

      Marie Keohe, born in Clare, County Clare, Ireland, approximately 1842.

      One day a cousin paid a visit to the Keohe home in Ireland. He had a ticket to Australia, but he had decided not to venture on the journey. He offered the ticket around to anyone who may be interested. Maria happily accepted this ticket, much to her parents dismay. She and a girlfriend finally embarked on their journey to Australia by ship. The voyage took six months to complete and they finally landed in Tasmania.

      During her stay in Tasmania, Marie took up dressmaking, later moving to Victoria. From there she finally travelled to Forbes, New South Wales, where she lived in the district for the remainder of her life.

      This period of he life was very exciting. The people were flocking to the goldfields, everything was flourishing. Maria and a man named Guerber were in partnership in a hotel in the main street of Forbes. This was ideally situated as it was in the centre of the goldfields. This was during the Bush Ranger era and Maria had her long skirts especially designed with pockets in the under lining where she kept her money for sale keeping. Despite this fact, she was not afraid of the Bush Rangers.

      Maria was a very beautiful woman and considered as "the most beautiful woman of the West". An oil painting showing her beauty is hanging is the home of Mona Harrigan (Grandaughter) at Nambucca Heads, New South Wales.

      Mr Guerber very much wished to take the hand of Maria in marriage, but Maria was of other thoughts. She refused Guerber. He was very disappointed and sold his share in the business out to her. He left the district and moved to Strathfield, Sydney, New South Wales.

      Some time later, Maria met a very smart young man named Josiah Strickland. She sold the hotel out and married him.

      (This has been added to the letter in pencil) Josiah Strickland was born 21/11/1843 near Canowindra, died 15/2/1915 Five Dock, buried R.C. Forbes. Married 3/5/1867 to Maria Kehoe daughter of John Kehoe and Myra Brennan. Josiah 6th child of Pierce and Letitia Strickland. Pierce son of Phillip and Maria (Collits) Strickland.

      Josiah was an excellent horseman known through out the district. He boasted no obstacle was too high for him and he never opened gate. As well as being fearless, Josiah realised in later life he had been very foolish, for this proud young man would light his pipe with Five Pound notes then throw the unburnt fragments to the ground.

      As most other young men in this era, mining was his occupation, and one night Mary, Josiah's sister, had a dream. In this dream she saw the ground, the surroundings, the place and there laying on tip of the soil, glittering in the sunshine "Gold". She retold this fabulous dream to her brother and Josiah felt sure he recognised the vicinity by her description, so after a very heavy thunderstorm, he saddled his horse and rode out. Just as Mary had dreamt, there laying on top of the soil, washed clean by the heavy downpour, was "Gold, Gold, Gold!" In his great excitement he mounted his horse and rode hard back into town anxious to tell of his fantastic find. The news was well received and the townspeople were quick to act and set out to stake their claim. This finding was in 1861 and known rightly so as "Mary's Dream Mine", situated on Strickland reef.

      The information in the previous paragraph was told to me personally by my Grandfather, so I know it is correct and true in every detail, although it has been queried by some who would wish to misconstrue the story.

      The district was very wealthy and Pierce Strickland (Josiah's father) also found gold in the main street of Forbes, near the site where Fogarty's Commercial Hotel once stood.

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      Forbes Advocate -

      Friday, November 10th, 1922

      Early Forbes Reminiscences

      .....the three Stricklands, Pierce (father) Josiah and John (sons) had struck a reef between here and Forbes in the vicinity of Newell's Dam at Daroobalgie, where a man named Chalmers erected a big crushing plant and another Scott, built an hotel. The Stricklands sold out to Chalmers for 750 pounds and Mr. Josiah Strickland and Mr. Harris went on prospecting to where the village of Tichborne was established in the vicinity of the bridge which now spans the creek and Mr. Strickland returned to Strickland's reef for provisions. He did not return next day and Mr. Harris set out for him only to find he offered to act as a guide of a party in which Captain Brown, King and others had set out for the Bogan where a gold discovery had been reported... subsequently the partnership broke up.

      THE TOWN AND DISTRICT OF FORBES

      The new land registration os 1861 provided for free selection before survey by which means a man might select from 40 to 320 acres of land anywhere at the purchase price of one pound per acre. This brought new troubles to the squatters who had been operating over vast areas of Government land on the best of his land... George Rankin of "Bugabagil" , Josiah Strickland of "Bundaburra" , "Boyd" and Weelong Stations and P. & J. Collits.
      Josiah Strickland turned the advent of the gold diggers to some advantage by supplying them with meat, dairy produce and other food stuffs from "Bundaburra" but all those who came to the gold fields not all came to dig gold.
      The first Anglican church of St. John's was of timber built on land given by Josiah Strickland, who also provided 500 pounds for the Building Fund. This was replaced in 1875 with the present freestone church
    Person ID I2094  The Rawsthorne Family Tree
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 

    Father Pierce STRICKLAND,   b. 14 Dec 1811, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1883, Carrawobitty Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Letitia O'HARA,   b. 1809, Tyrone, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1891, Newington Asylum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married Abt 1834  Hartley, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F362  Group Sheet

    Family Maria KEHOE,   b. 1844, County Clare, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Feb 1914, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 03 May 1867  Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Francis STRICKLAND,   b. 04 Jan 1868, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1937, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. Unnamed STRICKLAND,   b. 06 Jun 1869,   d. 06 Jun 1869  (Age 0 years)
     3. Ellen STRICKLAND,   b. 11 May 1870, Gobondry Station, Trundle, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1954  (Age 83 years)
     4. Walter STRICKLAND,   b. 19 Dec 1871, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1948, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     5. Isabel Agnes STRICKLAND,   b. 18 Nov 1873, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1940, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     6. Florence Nightingale STRICKLAND,   b. 20 Jul 1875,   d. 05 Sep 1957, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     7. Sophia STRICKLAND,   b. 07 Mar 1878, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1946  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F1064  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    STRICKLAND, Joseph & STRICKLAND, Josiah
    STRICKLAND, Joseph & STRICKLAND, Josiah
    Article about Forbes pastoral and agricultural show

    Headstones
    DSC_1943.JPG
    DSC_1943.JPG
    Plot: Old Roman Catholic Section J02

  • Sources 
    1. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      Bowenfels, Vale of Clwydd, NSW, PJ V18434598 47

    2. [S248] Rhonda HUDSON.

    3. [S236] Pan WILCOX.

    4. [S109] From Grave.

    5. [S413] June MALE (Nee RILEY).

    6. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      Balmain South, NSW, 1915-2041