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Samuel Fisher

  • Born: 1827, England
  • Marriage: Esther Minchin 18 May 1849, Middle Swan WA
  • Died: 1899, MT Pleasant, at age 72

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SAMUEL FISHER: Samuel, the eldest son, married Esther Minchin in Middle Swan, Western Australia in May 1849. Samuel worked in the area as a labourer. The newly weds moved to South Australia in 1850, where they started their large family of two sons and seven or eight daughters. In 1854, Samuel and Esther moved to Mt Pleasant in South Australia. In the published history of Mt. Pleasant, Samuel is listed as farmer and mason. Tragedy befell the family on more than one occasion. Mary their eldest daughter died of typhoid fever in 1867, Emma, another daughter, died of emphysema in 1887, and the un-married son Alfred, died aged 34 in 1888. Of three other daughters, it is known that Elizabeth married Alexander Loveday, a blacksmith, engineer and veterinary expert in Mt. Pleasant; Lucy married a Mr. Verrall in Mt. Pleasant, and Eliza married Thomas Tapscott, also in the Mt. Pleasant area. Nothing is known about the other children of Samuel and Esther Fisher. Samuel Fisher remained in the Mt. Pleasant area and died there in October 1899 as a result of an influenza epidemic. He was 74 years old. His home, "Holmside" still stands on McGorman's Road between Mt. Pleasant and Tungkillo. Esther his wife died in September 1900, aged 73. Both were buried at Mt. Pleasant. (See note at end of document).

The graves of Samuel and Esther (nee Minchin) Fisher have been located by a resident of Mt. Pleasant, Mr. Les Fisher. It transpires that Led is no relation to our Fishers, but he kindly located the following graves in a private cemetery in the Mt. Pleasant area. This private cemetery is almost completely overgrown. Les says an outsider would never find it. It is 2Kms from where Les lives and farms. Alas, the cemetery will most likely disappear within the next 50 years, leaving no trace. He found the following gravestones: Samuel Fisher died 14 October 1899; he is the eldest brother of Mary Martin nee Fisher. Esther Fisher (nee Minchin), wife of Samuel died 11 September 1900; Alfred Samuel Fisher, son of Samuel & Esther, died 12 October 1888. I do wonder if William & Elizabeth Fisher, the original emigrants, are also buried there in this decaying cemetery perhaps without headstones.( Later: William's death has been found for this area).

The emigrant ship SUCCESS left London, England on 27 November, 1842 and arrived in the Swan River Colony on 22 March, 1843. She weighed 621 tons and her master was Sampson KEEN.
The voyage took 115 days and no ports were visited along the way. A total of 67 male and 64 female passengers were landed in the Swan River Colony on arrival.
There were 8 deaths on the voyage (1 male, 2 females, 2 juvenile males and 3 juvenile females). There were also 4 births on the voyage (3 males and 1 female).
Later the SUCCESS was driven ashore off Fremantle, Western Australia on 11 April, 1843. She was successfully refloated but did run aground again, that time off Western Australia's northern coast in 1844.
Ron GIBLETT's book, "Eastward to the Avon," [ISBN 0-646-13089-7], tells the story of the GIBLETT family of Northam, W.A. and many other associated families who lived in Western Australia's Avon District. Since the author's ancestors migrated on the SUCCESS he has devoted two chapters to the ship (pp. 27-41) and gives a comprehensive account of the vessel, its passengers, the journey and many other interesting facts.


Samuel married Esther Minchin, daughter of James Minchin and Elizabeth Tewlett, on 18 May 1849 in Middle Swan WA. (Esther Minchin was born on 20 Aug 1828 in Hampshire, England and died on 11 Sep 1900.)


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