William Bellinger and Mary Shaw

This biography of William Bellinger and Mary Shaw has been developed with the assistance of some notable family researchers, namely Ross Bellinger, Robert Bellinger and Helen Rees. A very early version of the biography contained information from Sharmaine Jarvis but the work has been updated significantly since that time.

As with most people with this name William's surname has been recorded with numerous variations, making the task of following this particular individual a little more daunting. William Ballinger arrived in Van Diemen's Land as a convict aboard the Surrey on it's third voyage to Australia.1 The vessel left the Downs on 4 December 1832 and arrived in Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land on 7 April 1833, a journey of 124 days. The master was Charles Kemp and the ship's surgeon David Wyse.2

According to other researchers the William Belinger who was christened on 26 December 1813 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England is the same individual as the convict who arrived aboard the Surrey.3 His parents were William Belinger and Mary Cherry who had married on 14 February 1813 in Doncaster, Yorkshire.4 No other children of the marriage have been found to date.

Upon his arrival in the colony William's Convict Description recorded his trade as "H(ouse) Servant". His height without shoes was 5'11". He was age 18, with a fair complexion, round head, very light brown hair and a small visage. His forehead "M(edium) Height, Eyebrows - Light, Eyes - D(ark) Grey, Nose - M(edium) Length, Mouth - Large, Chin - Small, and no remarks were recorded.5

William Ballinger's Convict Conduct Record describes his crime and subsequent behaviour in the colony (additions in brackets, thanks to Robert Bellinger for assistance with transcribing the record):

BALLINGER, Wm. Surrey 3 April 1833 (ship to colony and date of arrival). York, 11 Jan 1832 (place of trial and trial date). 7 (sentence). (The first part of the record is written in red ink) Transported for stealing a Silver Watch. Gaol report in prison before. Hulk report orderly. "single". Stated this offence House Breaking once for Pigeons - discharged. Single. Very Good on board.

June 19 1834 Sutton / Insolence to his Master and to his Master's free Serv(ant)s Cell on B(read) & W(ater) (for) 4 days and nights / APM
Aug(ust) 17 1834 Sutton / Absent with(ou)t leave, insolent and insubordinant conduct to his Master on his return after hours Imp(risonmen)t and hard labor 6 mo(nth)s Sorell Rivulet Road Party recommended / APM
March 19 1835 Andrews / Disob(edien)ce of orders and absent without leave, 6 months to the Grass Tree Hill Chain Gang/CPM/And conduct to be reported Vide Lieut. Gov(eno)r's Decis(ion)
26 March 1835 The praiseworthy conduct of this man in extinguishing a Fire which took place in his Master's Bed Room, is to be registerd for his benefit when he applies for a Conditional Pardon. Vide Memo Prin(ciple) Sup(erin)t(endant)s Weekly report 9th Feb(ruar)y 1836
Nov 4th 1836 Scott / Repeatedly absent without leave & neglect of duty & disob(edien)ce of orders sent(ence)d to hard labour in a R(oa)d party 6 Mo(nth)s & returned to Gov(ernmen)t / W(illiam). Sorell [Registrar - Governor Sorell's son] & C. D. [Cornelius Driscoll Esq. –Member of the Board for the Assignment of Convicts] / Const(itutio)n Hill after Bagdad Vide Lieut(enan)t Gov(erno)rs Decis(io)n 12th Nov(embe)r 1836.

21.3.1835 C(hief) P(olice) M(agistrate) 7.4.1835 G(rass) T(ree) H(ill) 15.9.1835 P(olice) Office 6.2.1836 P(rincipal) S(uperintendents) Office 25.11.1836 C(hief) P(olice) M(agistrate).

The first incident with "Mr. Sutton" was reported in the Colonial Times on 24 June 1834:

Thursday, June 19th.
William Ballinger was sentenced four days to the cell on bread and water, for insolence to Mr. Sutton.6

And the incident with "Dr. Scott" was similarly reported in the Colonial Times on 8 November 1836:

William Ballinger, assigned to Dr. Scott, was charged with repeatedly absenting himself without leave from his duty, he was ordered to be returned to government, and six months in a road party.7

On the 7th July 1837 the Hobart Town Courier published a list of tickets of leave granted which included William Ballinger (their spelling), per the Surrey 3.8 The following year, the same paper reported on 28 December 1838 that William Ballinger (sic) per Surrey 3, had been granted a certificate of freedom.9

We next find William Bellinger ten years later as a coachman at Green Ponds, later called Kempton, which was to be an enduring occupation throughout his life. On 11 April 1848 the coach collided with a cab, one passenger sustained a broken leg. An interesting letter was published in the newspapers of the day where one passenger praised the careful driving of Bellinger, and another where the cab driver wrote to absolve himself of being the cause of the accident.10 One such article follows but unfortunately not all the relevant newspaper reports have been found at this time:

GREEN PONDS COACH - When this conveyance was first started by Mr. Ellis, we congratulated the settlers in its locality as well as our townsfolk upon this addition to their accommodation and convenience; nor, we are happy to say, have we had any reason to alter our opinion, or to withdraw our congratulation. Envy, however, that bane of all colonial happiness, has been busy at work to detract from the merit and enterprise of the proprietor by casting reflections upon the carefulness and skill of the coachman, Mr. Bellinger, and an accident which recently happened to the coach has served as a peg whereon to hang sundry exaggerated rumours. In explanation of this matter, however, we have received more than one communication, and particularly a letter from Captain Chalmers, late of the Calcutta, and now a magistrate of this territory, who was himself a passenger at the time, which is extremely explicit and satisfactory on the subject. Writing to Mr. Bellinger, Captain Chalmers says :-"The recent accident of the coach under your guidance on the 11th inst., I have no doubt will create a prejudice in the minds of many that there must be a want of care or skill on your part in its management. In this instance I should regret indeed, not only on your account, who I have always found exceedingly steady and careful, but that of its proprietor, who it must tend materially to injure, should it give rise to any such feeling. Sitting by your side at the time, I can with confidence assert that no blame can be attached to you as the driver of the coach. The cab, which was the sole cause of the accident, drawing up short under your fore wheel, showed extreme carelessness or consummate ignorance on the part of the cabman, but wholly, exonerates you." It is truly to be lamented, that so large a want of common charity should prevail, and we consider it one of the most, legitimate uses of the press to disabuse the public mind on all such occasions.11

Just under two years later around 1850 William entered into a relationship with Mary Shaw, the daughter of Joseph Shaw and Hannah Pyers. Mary's grandparents Samuel Pyers and Sarah Johnson were both convicts who had arrived in Hobart from Norfolk Island. Their daughter Hannah married Joseph Shaw, also a convict, having arrived on the "Juliana" in VDL in 1821. He had been convicted on the 24 April 1820 in Yorkshire for "felony" and sentenced to seven years transportation.12 Mary Shaw was born on 17 August 1832 and christened in St. Matthew Church on 14 October 1832, both events occurring in New Norfolk.13

William and Mary's first child Emily Clara Bellinger was born on the 10 February 1851, and baptised on 27 July 1851 in Hobart Town.14 A second daughter, Sarah Alice Bellinger, was born on 3 July 1853 and baptised 18 September 1853 at New Norfolk Church of England.15 Sarah's baptism date has also been reported as her death date but no supporting evidence has been found to support that inference.16 There is a seperate page dealing with the potential fate of Sarah Alice Bellinger.

William may be the mister Bellinger who was charged with insulting a constable in early 1853:

Insulting a Constable.-Mr. Bellinger, a respectable tradesman, was yesterday charged by that bright specimen of blue coated sagacity, constable William Welch, with disturbing the peace, and assaulting the said Welch. A long, rambling, and inconsistent story showed that the real cause of Mister Welch depriving Mister Bellinger of his liberty was that the constable fancied the latter had insulted him by calling him a "trap." The police magistrate instantly discharged the accused, and reprimanded the constable.-Ibid, Jan. 29.17

William and Mary's first son was born on 3 September 1855 and was named after his father William. William Bellinger Jnr. was baptised on 6 October 1855 in St. David's in Hobart. His father was described as a Coachman living in Liverpool street.18 Throughout the following year, 1856, William was advertising his newly acquired livery and stables:

WILLIAM BELLINGER

BEGS to notify for the information of his friends and the Public generally, that he has taken the Old Bell Livery and Bait Stables, Elizabeth street, Hobart Town. His Country Friends will find superior Stabling, with careful and civil ostlers at moderate charges. Horses taken in to bait, sold or exchanged. Horses and Gigs for hire.19

Livery also came to be associated with a vehicle for hire and so it was a natural extension that William later operated a taxi service, sometimes illegally. William was of course providing for his growing family and another son was born just under two years later on 2 June 1858 and named Robert Walter Bellinger. Robert was christened on 21 July 1858 in St. David's with his father described as a Coachman living at 127 Murray street, Hobart.20 The Bellinger family now comprised William and Mary, and their children Emily (8), Sarah (6), William (3) and Robert (an infant).

At that time William was still a coach driver and he was praised in that position after a passenger was witness to his actions while driving through an impressive rain storm:

THE FLOOD AND THE ROYAL MAIL.
To the Editor of the Hobart Town Daily Courier.

Sir -Having been an outside passenger by Her Majesty's Royal Mail from Oatlands to the capital on Thursday morning, it may not be amiss succinctly to make public, through your medium, my nocturnal observations en route, as well as a few of the incidents of the journey. The down mail reached Oatlands about 2 o'clock a.m. on the 12th instant. It had been blowing a hurricane, and raining, without intermission, since the dawn of Tuesday morning last,-so much so, indeed, that the town ship was partially covered with water. The mail started at 2.30 for Hobart Town. The wind varied from S.S.E. to South and by West. The gusts were tremendous, which caused the rain, as it blew upon the face, to feel like hailstones or sleet. The fine Macadamised road, maintained at the public cost, connecting the thriving northern town with the capital, appeared to have suffered greatly by the action of the heavy and frequent rushes of water upon its surface; and the metal, which had been consolidated by time and external pressure, consequently became loose and irregular. I fear, therefore, that it will require a large outlay to restore many parts of the road to its former firm and adhesive state. It was not until we had reached Jericho, about seven miles south of Oatlands, that the first consequence of the inundation was seen. The night was one of Egyptian darkness. Suddenly the rumble and rattle of so ponderous a vehicle as the mail ceased, although the speed was rapid. Amazement and fear took possession of every breast, and the reflection of the mail's lamps furnished ocular proof that we were in the midst of the watery element. This was opposite to Mr. Cogle's splendid estate at Jericho. The fence on the left hand side coming down was buried in water, and the only part visible was the top of some of the posts. The water Appeared to extend to about fifty yards, and was about three feet in depth across the road. However, the excellent driver, Bellinger, cracked his whip, and sounded his peculiar mandate to the "four-in-hand," when in they plunged, despite of danger, and we were almost instanter upon dry land again. As we proceeded, the road was partially flooded in several parts. On reaching the pretty township of Green Ponds, I was not surprised to find it the aspect of one great sheet of water, resembling an extensive lake, and thus verifying its original designation of 'the Ponds.' At the southern extremity of this place there was a considerable rush of water across the road, which made it difficult to discern the highway boundaries. At Bagdad, north of New's public-house, the inundation looked serious. The water from the cultivated grounds on both sides met in fearful contact in the centre of the road, bubbling with no ordinary fury, and which so startled the leader horses as to call forth all the tact and skill of the driver to make them face it. It was painful to behold-for we were now travelling by daylight,-what havoc the rising water had made on the lands so far as the eye reached. Near Glenorchy fences had been carried away, the base of a culvert utterly washed before the force of the raging torrent, aud the road perfectly deluged. All went on satisfactorily until the arrival of the mail at the suburban settlement of O'Brien's Bridge, which, as many of your readers know, consists of a line of houses on either side of the main road, for a distance of about half-a-mile. The scene which here presented itself was perfectly appalling. All along the road were to be seen planks, logs and fragments of house hold furniture floating about, speedily to be carried out of sight by the angry temper of the waters. The entire line of road was positively deluged, and, for upwards of two hundred yards, looked like a cataract. The Water had risen as high as the ledges of the windows of many small cottages. The front and back doors of several houses were thrown open and the water was rushing directly through them with great violence. Men, women, and children were to seen at the windows of their lowly dwellings, which were surrounded by water of considerable depth, so as to render escape with life, in many cases, either problematical or impossible without boats. The exertions of many of the residents attracted my attention. Some with poles, and others in a state of half nudity, were on the alert in case of the occurrence of any casualty. To revert, however, to the arrival of the mail at this point. The height and fury of the flood appalled the coachman and terrified the passengers. There were three or four gentlemen inside. William Harrison, Esq., of Antill Ponds, was of the number. That gentleman on taking a survey of the troubled waters, in common with the rest of the passengers, expressed an opinion that danger might probably attend any experiment to proceed, and the driver of the mail, who equally participated in the fears entertained, fortified thereby, at once turned back, and went as far as the Kensington Inn. The horses were then taken out. The half drowned passengers repaired to enjoy the luxury of a fire at the inn, and to assuage their disappointment. Some of the passengers were proceeding to attend the Crown land sale, all hopes of being enabled to do so were relinquished until the arrival from Green Ponds of the coach which daily plies between that place and Hobart Town. This coach reached O'Brien's Bridge about 9.30, laden with passengers. The driver and passengers were assured that the coach could not go on with safety; and the coachman was about to stop, when Scott, the guard, sang Out, "Onward, my boys, onward!" The writer of this mounted the coach, wishing to be in town early. Mills, the driver, took courage. The passengers were also inspired with the same ennobling principle, and off the horses were lashed. On arriving at the scene of danger the coach stopped. Fear retarded further progress. But in a few minutes the signal was given, The horses made a plunge, and, although belly deep in the water, carried the coach with its living freight triumphantly through the flowing and boiling current, amid the enthusiastic cheers of the passengers. The mail was still left behind. The coach not returning, it was of course taken for granted that it had 'weathered the storm,' and the timid passengers in a trice became brave. The horses were coached, and off started the mail, fearless of consequences. Near Burnett-street, New Town Road, the mail made its appearance, coming along at the rate of at least 14 miles an hour, and passing the Green Ponds coach, actually arrived in the heart of the city before it, at about half-past ten o'clock. I think that much credit is due to Mr. Mills, the courageous driver of the Green Ponds, and also to Mr. Scott, the still more courageous and heroic guard, for the great and timely presence of mind which they displayed on the critical and dangerous occasion of which I have treated, though at the same time I would not withhold any praise that might naturally be due to Mr. Bellinger, the driver, and Mr. Jackson, the guard, of the Royal Mail, in first of all yielding to the unanimous wish of the passengers not to proceed, and then afterwards in catching the intrepid spirit, of Mr. Mills, of the other coach, by plunging through the deep and impetuous, stream.

In conclusion, Sir, permit me to express a hope that the losses and disasters resulting from this great flood will lead to the adoption of measures calculated to diminish the calamitous and destructive effects of a similar visitation in future.

Your humble Servant,
Oatlands, 13th August, 1858. Z. W. D.21

The following year tragedy struck when they lost their oldest girl Emily to Typhus Fever on 1 December 1859 in Hobart, Tasmania. Emily was recorded as Clara for the event (her nominated middle name at birth), and it was noted that she was born in Argyle street, and died in Elizabeth street. The informant was the child's father William Bellinger, coachman, of Elizabeth Lane.22

In 1859 James Lord advertised a complaint against William Bellinger as reported in the Mercury in late January:

WILLIAM BELLINGER, late driver of my Night Coach Tally-ho, having refused to deliver up my horse "Sinbad," I hereby give notice that I am taking steps to obtain possession of the horse, and I caution all persons against purchasing the animal or in anyway dealing with the said William Bellinger for the horse.

"Sinbad" by Old Sinbad, bred by Charles Meredith Esq., is a mottled grey entire horse, aged; stands nearly sixteen hands high, with switch tail.

James Lord,
Hobartville.
January 21, 1859.23

The outcome of that issue has yet to be determined. The family perservered and another son arrived on 2 June 1861. They named the boy George Arthur Bellinger and he was baptised by John Watson on 15 November 1861 in St. David's Cathedral with his father described as a Coachman of Murray Street, Hobart.24 Unfortunately George died the following year on 4 February 1862 in Hobart, Tasmania from Diarrhoea at the recorded age of 8 months. This time the family was recorded as living in Patrick street, Hobart, and George was noted as dying in Patrick street and having been born at Ross.25 In that same month the Bellinger's appeared in court for causing a fire:

POLICE OFFICE.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19th, 1862. BEFORE W. Tarleton, Esq., P.M.

CHIMNEY ON FIRE.-Hadley v. Bellinger.-An information by Sub-Inspector Hadley against William Bellinger, for having a chimney on fire in his house in Patrick-street, on 7th instant. Mrs. Bellinger attended for her husband, and admitted that the chimney was on fire, but stated that she had only been in the house for a few days.

The information was withdrawn.26

William and Mary's last child, Alfred Henry Bellinger, was born on 29 March 1863 and baptised on 1 July 1863 in St. David's in Hobart. William was once again described as a Coachman, but again the family had moved, this time living in Campbell street, Hobart.27 To support his growing family, as already noted, William was not adverse to making a living even if it wasn't officially sanctioned:

UNLICENSED CAB DBIVER.-William Bellinger was fined 5s. for driving a cab without being duly licensed in that behalf.28

In March 1865 William Bellinger gave evidence in a court case but the full details of that trial have not been retrieved at this point.29

Five years later Mary Bellinger (nee Shaw) died in Hobart, Tasmania on 12 June 1870, she was recorded as aged 38. The cause of death was recorded as Phthisis Pulmonalis, an archaic term for Tuberculosis. It was noted that Mary, a coachman's wife, had been born at New Norfolk and died in the General Hospital in Hobart. The event was registed by William Millington, the undertaker.30 William Bellinger was now left with a young family to look after, with the children aged as follows: Sarah (17), William (15), Robert (12) and Alfred (7).

On 17 December 1873 William had submitted a writ for the recovery of unpaid wages. Before the trial went to court however William himself had been arrested for embezzlement. Perhaps Burbury had counter sued with the apparent embezzlement the reason why he hadn't paid William his wages:

Adjourned. - Bellinger v. Burbury, claim for wages. The case was postponed last week. A telegram was now read stated that the plaintiff had been arrested for embezzlement at Oatlands, and the case was again adjourned for a week.31

The case was struck out when neither party showed for the trial, although how William was expected to attend as a prisoner in Oatlands is never mentioned:

WAGES. - The case of Bellinger v. Burbury was called on but neither party appeared, and the case was struck out.32

William Bellinger died soon after in Oatlands, Tasmania on 26 December 1873, he was 60. The cause of William's death was recorded as Uraemic Poisoning.33 There was an inquest into William's death on 27 December 1873 which delivered the following verdict:

An Inquisition indented taken for our Sovereign Lady the Queen at the House of George Rodder known by the sign of the Oatlands Hotel, Oatlands, in the County of Monmouth within the Island of Tasmania this twenty seventh day of December in the thirty seventh year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith, before me John Rownland Row Eaquire one of the Coroners of our said Lady the Queen for the said Island and its Dependencies, on view of the body of William Bellenger in the Gaol at Oatlands upon the Oaths of James Smith, John Lane, Daniel Burbury, Joseph Law, Walter Fish, George Fleming (and) James Robinson, good and lawful men of the said Island and duly chosen and who being then and there duly sworn and charged to enquire for our said Lady the Queen when where how and after what manner the said William Bellinger came to his death do upon their oath say THAT the said William Bellenger being a prisoner in the Gaol aforesaid on the twenty sixth day of December in the year aforesaid at the Gaol aforesaid by the visitation of God in a natural way to wit of uraemic poisoning and not otherwise did die. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid do day the said William Bellinger in manner and by the means aforesaid came to his death and not otherwise, IN WITNESS whereof as well the said Coroner as the Jurors aforesaid have to this Inquisition set their Hands and Seals the day and year and place above mentioned.34

The Mercury followed up with an article on 29 December 1873:

On Saturday an inquest was held at Rodda's, Oatlands Hotel, on the body of a prisoner of the Crown named Bellinger. Deceased had been in the employment of Mr. Moore, but had recently received a sentence of one month's confinement for embezzling certain moneys from Mr Burbury, in whose service he had formerly been engaged. During his incarceration he had been in a weakly condition, and the medical evidence showed that he had suffered from disease of the bladder. A verdict to that effect was returned.35

Presumably the older children looked after the younger children, and on 2 June 1879 William Bellinger Junior, the third of the known family and the oldest surviving child of William and Mary, married Ellen Somers in the Glamorgan district of Tasmania. They were actually married in the Lisdillon School House, William aged 21 and Ellen aged 18. George Somers and Matilda Jenkins were witnesses to the event.36 Ellen was born about 1861, the daughter of George Somers. William and Ellen would have three children between 1880 and 1885. Helen Rees has passed on that "William Bellinger junior worked at Entally House as a coachman."

In 1882 the other two surviving children of William and Mary Bellinger were married, both boys. Robert Walter Bellinger married Selina Enfield Quinn on 3 May 1882 in Glamorgan, Tasmania,37 and Alfred Henry Bellinger married Sarah Maria Carn on 15 August 1882, also in Glamorgan, Tasmania.38

On 24 March 1886, again in Glamorgan, William Bellinger's wife Ellen died of Rheumatic Fever, accompanied by Acute Bronchitis and Diarrhoea. The sad event was registered by her father George Somers of Lisdillon, although Ellen was noted to be the wife of William Bellinger.39 A death notice appeared in the Mercury a short time later:

BELLENGER.-After a short but painful illness, Ellen, the beloved wife of William Bellenger, of Mayfield, and youngest daughter of George and Ann Somers, of Lisdillon, in the 25th year of her age.40

William has been recorded as remarrying just three months later to Minnie Clarke on 21 June 1886 in Lisdillon, Tasmania, but this has not been substantiated in any offical documentation. In fact there is a record in the Federation Index that indicates they married much later in 1925. That they were in a relationship however is certain, and it is not really surprising considering he had three very young children from his first marriage. Minnie may have even been initially a wet nurse to the family and would have much more nursing to come as they had a further 8 children.41

The Bellinger family fade into obscurity for the next 30 odd years, no doubt living their ordinary lives as small farmers and itinerant labourers. It is known that two of William Bellinger's children fought in the First World War, and the diary of William Ivor Victor Bellinger is available for viewing in the Launceston offices of the Archives Office of Tasmania.42

The next officially recorded event for the family occurred on 6 September 1923 when Selina Bellinger (nee Quin) died in the Hobart General Hospital. Selina was the wife of Robert Bellinger.43 There were two poignant notices in the Mercury in the following days:

BELLINGER.-On September 6, 1923, at the Hobart General Hospital, Selina, beloved wife of Robert Bellinger, of Lynton- ville, Claremont, aged 58 years. Funeral private.44

BELLINGER-In loving memory of my dear wife, Selina Bellinger, who died September 6, 1923.

Alone in the bush in my hut I sit thinking, dear, of thee;
I hate to think you will never return back in the bush to me.

Inserted by her loving husband, Robert Bellinger.45

Selina was buried on 7 September 1923 at the Cornelian Bay cemetary.46

As previously stated there is a record in the Federation Index for the marriage of William Bellinger and Mary Clark in Launceston on 4 September 1925.47 Assuming they were married in an Anglican Church, the registers for a number of churches were checked, but no record has been found. Unfortunately the marriage register for Holy Trinity in 1925 no longer exists, but there is also no corresponding entry in the marriage registers of St. Johns or St. Pauls either. It would have been 39 years after their relationship started and demonstrates a lasting committment on behalf of the couple.

William Bellinger, the son of William Bellinger and Mary Shaw, ultimately died on 17 November 1927 in Longford.48 He was remembered fondly by his family two years later in the Mercury as follows:

BELLINGER.-In fond and loving remembrance, of our dear husband and father, William Bellinger, who passed away at Longford on 17th November, 1927.

Although his voice is silent,
And his smile we see no more,
In our hearts his memory lingers,
For he's only "gone before."

Too dearly loved to ever be forgotten.
Inserted by the sorrowing widow and family.49

Sarah Maria Bellinger, the wife of Alfred Bellinger, died on 17 January 1934.50 Sarah was buried at Westbury General Anglican cemetary.51

William's wife Minnie, known also as Mary, survived him for another 18 years before passing away on 12 December 1945:

BELLENGER. - On December 12, 1945. at a private hospital, Hobart, Mary, relict of William Bellenger, late of Longford, and loving and loved mother of Clara (Mrs Quinn), May (Mrs J. Eastoe), Ida (Mrs C. Preddy), Victor (deceased), Coral (Mrs H. Newton, deceased), Albert, Kate (Mrs M. Harrower), Mona (Mrs C. A. Ward), Geoffrey, and Phyllis (Mrs G. Boyd), in her 82nd year.52

Both Mary Bellinger and her husband William are buried at Christ's Church Pioneer Cemetery Longford.53

Robert Walter Bellinger died at the Royal Hobart Hospital on 24 January 1940.54 He was buried on 26 January 1940 in the Cornelian Bay Cemetery in Hobart, Tasmania.55 Alfred Henry Bellinger, the last surviving child of William and Mary, died on 16 May 1941 in Deloraine, Tasmania.56

As a final update to this biography of William Bellinger and Mary Shaw, Helen Rees has added that it was the oral history of the family that "...there were three Bellinger brothers whose father was a coachman; that their parents had died when the three boys were still reasonably young, and that the eldest of the brothers had more or less taken on the responsibility of bringing up his two younger brothers." Helen also relates that apparently "...a photograph of the three Bellinger brothers (William jnr, Robert and Alfred)" exists but has not been sighted. If any reader of this page knows of such a photograph a copy would be most appreciated, for the benefit of all related Bellinger descendants.

  • 1. AOT Convict Conduct Record CON31/1/5 (note that Charles Bateson identifies this ship as Surrey I (7) which would indicate it was the ships seventh journey to the colonies).
  • 2. Bateson, Charles: The Convict Ships 1787-1868; Brown, Son & Ferguson, Glasgow [pp. 362-363]
  • 3. IGI Batch No: C106301. Sharmaine Jarvis has details of William Bellinger http://sharjarv.tripod.com/gedfiles/gen01501.html
  • 4. IGI Batch No. M106301
  • 5. AOT Convict Description List CON18/1/20 p356
  • 6. CT 24 June 1834
  • 7. CT 8 November 1836
  • 8. Hobart Town Courier 7 July 1837
  • 9. Hobart Town Courier 28 December 1837
  • 10. "The Courier" 15 April 1848, page 2; "The Colonial Times" 18 April 1848, page 3; and 28 April 1848 page 3
  • 11. Colonial Times Tuesday 18 April 1848
  • 12. AOT Convict Conduct Record CON 23/3, and CON 31/38
  • 13. Anglican Parish of New Norfolk St. Matthew's Church Baptismal Records 1826-1904
  • 14. AOT Baptism Registration RGD 1851/3905
  • 15. AOT Baptism Registration RGD 1853/922
  • 16. Jarvis, Sharmaine, "Gedcom Data," http://sharjarv.tripod.com/gedfiles/gen01501.html 26 Jan 2001. The death is not in the Tasmanian Pioneer Index, nor in the Tombstone and Memorial Inscriptions of Tasmania,
  • 17. CT 5 April 1853
  • 18. AOT Baptism Registration NS282/8/1/4 No. 4659 and AOT Birth Registration RGD 1855/4609
  • 19. Mercury 13 October 1856
  • 20. AOT Baptism Registration NS282/8/1/4 No. 5223 and AOT Birth Registration RGD 1858/5223
  • 21. The Courier Saturday 14 August 1858
  • 22. AOT Death Registration RGD 1859/1795
  • 23. The Hobart Town Daily Mercury Wednesday 26 January 1859
  • 24. AOT Baptism Registration NS282/8/1/5 No. 516
  • 25. AOT Death Registration RGD 1862/3179.
  • 26. Mercury 20 February 1862
  • 27. AOT Baptism Registration NS282/8/1/5 No. 989
  • 28. Mercury 26 August 1864
  • 29. "The Mercury" 24 March 1865, page 2.
  • 30. AOT Death Reg. RGD 1870/9313
  • 31. The Mercury 17 December 1873
  • 32. The Mercury 24 December 1873
  • 33. AOT Death Registration RGD 1874/510.
  • 34. AOT Inquest POL709/1/11 p.2 (1874) SC195/1/56 Inquest 7288
  • 35. The Mercury 29 December 1873
  • 36. AOT Marriage Registration RGD 1879/23
  • 37. AOT Marriage Registration RGD 1882/177
  • 38. AOT Marriage Registration RGD 1882/179
  • 39. AOT Death Registration RGD 1886/727
  • 40. The Mercury 3 April 1886
  • 41. Jarvis, Sharmaine, "Gedcom Data," http://sjarvis2.homestead.com/, 26 Jan 2001
  • 42. Archives Office of Tasmania: World War One Diary of William Ivor Victor Bellinger; http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/default.aspx?detail=1&type=A&id=NG02540
  • 43. Federation Index Death Registration RGD 1923/1934
  • 44. The Mercury Friday 7 September 1923
  • 45. The Mercury Monday 8 September 1924
  • 46. SRCT XXXX
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  • 48. TAMIOT
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William Bellinger Junior?

From The Mercury 23 December 1876

Battery,- William Bellinger was charged, upon the information of Hugh Thompson, with having unlawfully beaten complainant on the 13th inst.

Defendant pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr. S. Sheehy.

The particulars of this case, as detailed by complainant, were to the effect that he was going up Goulbourn-street on the evening of the 13th, and defendant met him, and struck him with a poker, without any provocation being given. There were several spectators of the assault, and in the row which ensued, Bellinger was struck with one of Thompson's crutches by one of those who were present.

The complainant's evidence was corroborated by Catherine Lilly, Annie James, and Richard Lilly.

Mr. Sheehy having pointed out the improbability of defendant striking a cripple, without any provocation being given, called Ellen Knight, who deposed that on the day in question she was sitting at her door, and defendant and his brother were talking to her. While they were doing so, complainant went up and struck defendant with his crutch. Defendant then took up a piece of iron which was inside the door, and struck the complainant on the shoulder with it. The complainant struck defendant with the crutch before the poker was used.

Daniel Knight corroborated this evidence.

The magistrates were of opinion that a disgraceful disturbance of the peace had taken place on the day in question, but that it was uncertain from the evidence which side was most to blame. The information was therefore dismissed.1

  • 1. Mercury 23 December 1876