- Born: 1799, Petersfield, Hampshire, England
- Marriage: Elizabeth Tewlett
- Died: Jul 1837, at age 38
Occupation: carpenter, builder, baker
Notes: Emigrated on 'Caroline', arrived Fremantle 12 Oct 1829
All children except Alfred to Victorian goldfields
Tablet in Upper Swan Church
Family info from book on Australian pioneers.
Was granted land, but leased 'Spring Park" in Guildford & worked as builder.
From: Rod Minchin (Tue, 14 Aug 2001)
While he was involved in building (eg government offices in Perth), his occupation on his marriage
certificate was baker.
From A Genealogical History of Pioneer Families of Australia, Fifth Edition, 1978:
James Minchin with his wife and five children left Portsmouth for Western Australia before the foundation of the Colony (1 June 1829) and arrived in Fremantle in the Caroline on 12 October 1829. He built his first home in the town of Perth . On 13 November 1829 he was given permission to obtain a grant of 1,211 acres on the Upper Swan River and pursuant thereto acquired a farming, grazing and wine growing property, the purchase of which was completed by his third son, Alfred. Thi s property remained in the family until 1946. He died by misadventure at the early age of 38 years and was buried on the bank of the river. His widow remarried and, together with all their children except Alfred, afterwards went to the eastern col onies. As the centenary of his death approached, a tablet to his memory was, by permission of the Archibishop of Perth, placed by his descendants in the Upper Swan Church - founded in 1839, two years after his death - there having been neither chu rch nor churchyard in the district in 1837. The inscription on the tablet reads: 'In memory of James Minchin who came to the Swan in the ship Caroline 12 October 1829. Buried on this river bank 20th July 1837 beside five other settlers who were ki lled by natives before this Church was built. Aged 38 years. Descendants to the fifth generation have erected this memorial as a token of esteem. November 1st 1936'.
James married Elizabeth Tewlett, daughter of Jonathon Wooland Tewlett and Unknown. (Elizabeth Tewlett was born in 1796 in England.)