Martha Buckley1

F, #5292, b. 2 June 1823, d. 1853
FatherJames Buckley1 b. 5 Mar 1786, d. Aug 1836
MotherMary Hitchen1 b. 15 Jan 1786, d. 1853
Relationship4th great-aunt of Keith Graham Bassett
Last Edited31 Oct 2019
Birth*2 June 1823 Parramatta, NSW, Australia2 
Baptism17 August 1823 St Johns, Parramatta, NSW, Australia;
Martha Buckley daur. of James and Mary Buckley Parrta. was Born June 2d. and Christened August 17th 1823
Registered same day be me Thos. Hassall Officiatg. Minr.3 
(Daughter) Muster 18251825 Parramatta, NSW, Australia;
James Buckley, Free by Servitude, Morley 1817, 7, Sexton, Parramatta
Mary Buckley, C, Maria 1818, 7, Wife of James Buckley, Parramatta
George Buckley, 17, CF, Maria, 1818,, Son of James Buckley, Parramatta
Sarah Buckley, 14, CF, Maria, 1818,, Daughter of James Buckley, Parramatta
Mary Buckley, 10, CF, Maria, 1818,, Daughter of James Buckley, Parramatta
Elizabeth Buckley, 9, CF, Maria, 1818,, Daughter of James Buckley, Parramatta
Edward Buckley, 6, CF, Maria, 1818,, Son of James Buckley, Parramatta
Bridget Buckley, 4, CF, Maria, 1818,, Daughter of James Buckley, Parramatta
Jane Buckley, 4, CF, Maria, 1818,, Daughter of James Buckley, Parramatta
Martha Buckley, 2 1/24, CF, Maria, 1818,, Daughter of James Buckley, Parramatta;Head=James Buckley, Wife=Mary Hitchen4 
(Daughter) Census 18281828 Parramatta, NSW, Australia;
James Buckley, 41, FS, Protestant, Morley, 1818, 7, Nailer
Mary Buckley, 40, FS, Protestant, Maria, 1818, 7
George Buckley, 20, CF, Protestant, Maria, 1818,, Nailer
Sarah Buckley, 18, CF, Protestant, Maria, 1818
Ann Buckley, 9, BC, Protestant
Jane Buckley, 7, BC, Protestant
Martha Buckley, 5, BC, Protestant
James Buckley, 3, BC, Protestant
William Buckley, 20m, BC, Protestant

3 cattle and 1 horse;Head=James Buckley, Wife=Mary Buckley5 
Death of FatherAugust 1836 Parramatta, NSW, Australia;Principal=James Buckley3 
Married Name21 August 1852 Kennedy6 
Marriage*21 August 1852 Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia;
John Kenedy (sic), bachelor, Tumut, Presbyterian
Martha Buckly (sic), spinster, Tumut, Presbyterian
Witnesses Jack Bates of Wagga Wagga & Charlotte Phillips of Wagga Wagga
;Groom=John Kennedy6 
Death of Mother1853 Ovens River diggings, VIC, Australia;Principal=Mary Hitchen7 
Death*1853 Ovens River diggings, VIC, Australia7 
Letter*4 June 1853 Golden Gully, Bendigo Creek, VIC, Australia;
Mr Abraham Buckley
Engineer Mr Burnes
Steam flower Mills
N. S Wales

Golden gulley Bendigo Creek June 4th – 1853
Dear brother and sister this comes with
Ower love to you hoping to find you
And all your family in good health as
This leaves us all at preasent I cant
Possibly make out the reason I have
Not herd from you this makes the
Fourth letter I have sent to you
But I suppose you did not get them
Or I should have shurely have got some
Of them Dear brother I intend Please god to
Stop until next Spring or praps longer
As long as I can make 2 or 3 ounces per
Weak I will stay as I have laid in 7
Months provisions 7 sacks of flower
4 hundred of sugar soap 50 Pounds of
Split peas salt vinegar Coffie mustard
And maney other little things for the     
Winter I have only won to lookout for
Beef gold and good health I herd
You was about comeing to the diggins
I think you had better stop where
You are at least until I come
Back as the diggings at present is
Not very favourable but if you
Should come be shure to make me
Out and I will put you in the
Proper way to go to work mind work
It is but nice work when you get
Your wages I have maid betwean
6 and 7 hundred pounds since I have
Bein here but have done very little
This last 6 months your mother
And martha and duffie and Wife and
William buckley are all at the diggings
At the Ovens Mrs Turner and her husband
Is there also Rations is very dear
Flower 10 pounds per Bag Peas 3s Coffie 3s
Cheese 3s.6d butter 5s Beef 6d pr Pound
Gin Rum Brandy 1 Pound pr Bottle
Port wine 15s.20d give ower kind respects
To tommey your son in law his wife
And family
NB Remember me to Mr and Mrs Dun
The publican also the carpenter at the
Mill in short to all enquireing
Friends No more at present from
Your loving Brother and sister
W. P. and Elizabeth Wall
Also give ower love to William and
His wife ower children all join
In love to these cousins W. P Wall
If you should answer this
Direct W. P Wall golden
Gulley Bendigo creek Melbourn
And please to put a stamp on
And then it will be shure to
Come safe Send us what news
About the Sydney diggins
God by W. P. W8 
Letter*12 August 1853 Tumut, NSW, Australia;
Tumut, August 12th, 1853.
My dear Mr. Wagner,
I only received your letter dated 2nd May? Today and sat down to answer it immediately and in doing so I am exceedingly sorry I am obliged to say the report you have heard about your (girl) dear child is quite true. The whole family of the Buckleys that is the old Mrs. Buckley, Martha Buckley and a person named Kenedy (and her husband (Mr. Luke?) Buckley and your Anna, Mr. & Mrs. Buckley and family started together for the gold-diggings at the Ovens River and after they had been there some time the scarlet-fever broke out among them and in addition to the loss you have sustained in the loss of your child, four more of the abovementioned party fell victims to the disease that was ….. Mrs. Buckley, Martha Buckley, Mr. Duffy and one of the children. Buckley wrote me a letter when your child died, asking me to write the sad tidings to yourself and Mrs. Wagner as he said he did not know your address and in the letter Buckley wrote me there was enclosed a certificate from the medical Gentleman stating that he had been called in to attend your child through its illness and everything that could possibly be done to save its life had been done. This certificate together with Mr. Buckley’s letter to me I enclosed immediately in a letter I wrote to you detailing all the information I could gather and addressed it to “The Mission Station “Zions Hill” Moreton Bay.” And it appears to me from your letters now received that you have not received it. If that be the case you can write to the Post master Moreton Bay and get it. How is Mrs.Wagner? Has she been travelling with you? Or is she still in Moreton Bay? I hope she has had no return of the fearful illness she experienced when she was at Tumut and hope with yourself will be able to bear an affliction fathers bore with a spirit of humble faith and resignation to His Divine will. I do not rightly know where Mr. & Mrs. Buckley and the remainder of the party, are at present. They have not returned to Tumut and I think they have removed from the Ovens diggings to the Bendigo diggings. I am glad to inform you that Mrs. Body and my family have arrived safely from England, and have joined me at Tumut now about five months. Mr. Sep? Anderson and Mr. Luke? Ford with their families are enjoying good health, and unite with me in kindest wishes.
And believe me,
My dear Mr. Wagner,
Your faithfully,
T. P. Body;Mentioned=John Kennedy7 

Family 1


Family 2

John Kennedy d. 6 Sep 1864


  1. [S1220] NSW Baptisms 1788-1855.
  2. [S1464] NSW Baptism Transcripts.
  3. [S1579] St Johns Parramatta Parish Registers.
  4. [S1328] 1825 Muster for NSW, Australia.
  5. [S1235] 1828 Census for NSW Australia.
  6. [S1219] NSW Marriages 1788-1857.
  7. [S1743] OM74-29, Wagner Family Papers, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Letter from T. P. Body to Rev. Wagner 1853.
  8. [S1736] State Library of New South Wales, online, Abraham Buckley - letter received from W. P. and Elizabeth Wall, 1853.
  9. [S1570] NSW Early Church Records 1788-1855, V1844202 51/1844 Charles Buckley.
  10. [S1570] NSW Early Church Records 1788-1855, V1847202 51/1844 Lucy A Buckley.
  11. [S1570] NSW Early Church Records 1788-1855, V1849204 51/1849 Charlotte Buckley.