Kable-Holmes Family Members Celebrate a Family Reunion
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/