George Fredrick Gallot and Jane Wiggins
Jane Wiggins was born 1812, in Hanborough, Oxfordshire, England, the daughter of a carpenter. It is likely that he was a carpenter of some repute, since the nearby bridge over the Evenlode was rebuilt in 1798, when William would have been one of the few carpenters in a total population of around 800. The bridge still stands, two centuries later. It’s own replacement, built in the early 1950s, had to be reconstructed less than forty years later!
After William’s death in 1830, Jane travelled to Van Diemens Land in 1832, with her sister Ellen, aboard the ‘Princess Royal’, to join their brother, William, who had immigrated to the colony in 1828 as a free man, aboard the ‘Admiral Cockburn’.
The “Admiral”, named after the ruthless British leader from the American War of Independence, had rescued, artist, Augustus Earle from his castaway on a remote Island in the Atlantic on 29 November and reached Hobart, whence the ship was bound, on 18 January 1825.
William is listed on the 1842 census records as a shopkeeper. He married Jane Clarke Mears, who was on the 'Princess' with her sister Elizabeth and the Wiggins sisters.
The ‘Princess’ had previously sailed a load of prisoners to the Sydney in 1829, but time was given the task of transporting 300 women. The following advertisement appeared in a Tasmanian Gazette, August 14 1832,
“We are informed that the Female Emigrants, who are daily expected, have been selected in England by a committee, on whose discretion entire reliance may be placed: and that they will most probably be willing to engage as house and farm servants. They will have their own choice of service. Settlers and others wishing to secure their services to intimate the same to the Colonial Secretary immediately.”
Meanwhile, in the office of the Colonial Secretary, a young clerk was working his way up in the Survey Dept – a position that obviously brought about his meeting with Jane Elizabeth Boyes Wiggins.
I suspect George to have been born George Frederic Green GALLOTT, whom is listed with the Mormon church as christened on 3 Oct 1813 at Saint Mary Magdalen, Richmond, Surrey, England to John and Ann Elizabeth GALLOTT.
George was employed as a junior with the Colonial Dept in 1829 for the barely adequate salary of £100. Within the first couple of years of his employment, the department was cut back and George became the only clerk, and the Colonial Secretary of the time had to fight to ensure his salary was not cut to £80, claiming that George’s work was of a quality that he would leave for the private sector if he pay was cut. George continued his employment until he resigned due to ill health in Jan 1836.
The ‘Princess’ hit extremely bad weather just short of its destination and founded near the Derwent Island.
On Sept 4 of 1832, the following appeared in the Gazette; “Some estimated 50 of the females arrived per Princess Royal are heading to Hospital...” In this article the women were described as, “women of the worst character”. Interestingly, the Mears and Wiggins sisters all had notes on the passenger log stating that they were respectable women, unlike most on the vessel.
This mishap, combined with several other significant shipwrecks and groundings including the Bombay (1830) and SS Lintrose (1832) caused agitation from merchants and residents in Hobart Town for a light to be erected. Lt Hill, the Port Officer, drew up plans for wooden light, which was approved and erected in 1832. It had a timber crossbar and the locally made apparatus was raised and lowered by hand. A keeper manned the light, with two convict assistants, living in harsh conditions in tents. In 1858, following the renaming of Van Deimens Land to Tasmania, the newly formed Hobart Marine Board took control of light.
Jane and her sister were rescued with the other girls and joined their relatives a few days later and began work in their trade as dressmakers.
Shortly after his resignation, George Gallot married Jane Wiggins on May 28 1836. Witnesses to the marriage were listed as William Wiggins and her sister Ellen Maria Wiggins. Jane and George had at least one child, maybe more. William George Gallot was born on 19 Nov 1838 in Hobart.
The 1842 census shows only Mrs Gallot, so we can assume that George’s ill health brought about his death shortly after the birth of William. On a side note, Jane Gallot travelled to Sydney on August 30 1836 aboard the barque Arab (Source(s): cja:139 Ref: e-53823). George had travelled on the Mary, a ship en route from London, arriving 30 June 1836 (Source(s): cja:122 Ref: e-53256). The purpose of this voyage is unknown. Perhaps they met up in Sydney as a form of honeymoon or was it due to Georges illness?
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