Mortley Family Celebrates 170 Years in Australia
My paternal great, great, great grandparents, Joseph and Sarah Mortley and their three young children, arrived in Sydney, Australia 170 years ago today!
Leaving the struggles of life in Kent England, they set sail as free immigrants to find a better life in the developing settlement of New Zealand (a newly created British colony). Unfortunately native unrest saw them move to Australia a short time later, arriving in Port Jackson on 20 April 1843.
The family settled in Windsor, New South Wales with the enthusiasm to succeed and certainly made their mark.
Neither space nor time permits me to adequately itemise all my ancestors’ outstanding achievements - from notable Mayors serving several terms, court magistrates, successful businessmen, to buildings and lighthouses which still stand and remain to their testament. Needless to say, I am extremely proud of my heritage and the legacy my ancestors have left for all to admire and reminisce of times past.
Sometimes I reflect on what life must have been like in their time – such a contrast to ours - and how the colony must have appeared as they entered Port Jackson with expectations and dreams.
In fact, Max Dupain, the renowned modernist Australian photographer, also has Mortley ancestors .. .. making him my third cousin, once removed.
I think my ancestors would be proud of me: my achievements, morals and principles, love of Australia and it’s history.
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Photo: Frederick James Mortley’s boot emporium (c 1890), George Street, Windsor, NSW