Kable-Holmes Fam­ily Mem­bers Cel­e­brate a Fam­ily Re­union

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News - By Deb­o­rah Martin Gen­eral web­site en­quiries: Jo­han van Wo­erkom, 0417055516, jwo­erkom1603@gmail.com

Over the week­end of 10th – 11th Fe­bru­ary 2018, about 430 de­scen­dants of two First Fleet con­victs, Henry Kable and Su­san­nah Holmes, will gather at Wind­sor NSW, to cel­e­brate the 230th wed­ding an­niver­sary of their an­ces­tors Henry and Su­san­nah. Henry and Su­san­nah, were mar­ried in the first wed­ding cer­e­mony of the Colony of NSW on the 10th Fe­bru­ary 1788. This mar­riage ser­vice was held two weeks af­ter the First Fleet ar­rived at Syd­ney Cove and they were the third cou­ple to sign the regis­ter, which is now held at St Philip’s Angli­can Church Syd­ney.

Henry went on to be a con­vict over­seer, Chief Con­sta­ble, pub­li­can, trader, ship-owner and seal­ing in­dus­try en­tre­pre­neur. He held land at Peter­sham Hill, Cow­pas­tures and the Hawkes­bury as well as Wind­sor where he had a store and brew­ery. Dur­ing the years 1788 to 1806 his wife Su­san­nah bore 11 chil­dren with only one child, Enoch, dy­ing in in­fancy. The re­main­ing chil­dren, Henry jnr, Diana, Su­san­nah jnr, Ge­orge, Eu­nice, Wil­liam, John, Charles and Edgar all reached adult age with son James dy­ing aged 15.

In 1811 Henry and Su­san­nah moved the fam­ily to Wind­sor where they lived for many years. Su­san­nah died in 1825 and Henry in 1846 and they are buried in the his­toric St Mathew’s Angli­can Church ceme­tery at Wind­sor. Henry and Su­san­nah’s chil­dren dis­persed around the colony of NSW with Diana, Eu­nice and Edgar re­main­ing in the Hawkes­bury area. John lived at var­i­ous times in the Bathurst and Mudgee ar­eas, while Henry jnr and Su­san­nah jnr lived at The Oaks via Cam­den. Brothers Ge­orge and Wil­liam moved to Bathurst. Later on fam­ily mem­bers moved to Queens­land and other States as well.

Planned ac­tiv­i­ties for the re­union are a “Meet & Greet” in­clude guest speak­ers, a com­mem­o­ra­tive church ser­vice at St Matthews, a for­mal din­ner at Hawkes­bury Race Club, Claren­don, a lo­cal bus tour, and a Wind­sor guided walk­ing tour of var­i­ous his­toric sites. These will be capped off with a farewell lunch fol­lowed by “One for the Road” at the Church Bar, in Kable Street Wind­sor, on Sun­day af­ter­noon. Most ses­sions are fully booked in­clud­ing the meet and greet and din­ner, but a wait­ing list is avail­able in case there are last minute can­cel­la­tions.

Par­tic­i­pants in the re­union are look­ing for­ward to con­nect­ing with their cousins and learn­ing more about their fam­ily his­tory, which had been pre­served by en­thu­si­as­tic fam­ily mem­ber re­searchers, in a va­ri­ety of forms, in­clud­ing on­line at https://www.hen­ryk­able-su­san­nah­holmes.com/

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