Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Sarah Ann TOWERSAge: 8318401923

Name
Sarah Ann TOWERS
Given names
Sarah Ann
Surname
TOWERS
Married name
Sarah Ann DONKIN
Birth about 1840 34 34

Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Number of childrenEdward DONKINView this family
13

Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Marriage of a siblingJames William THOMPSONJane TOWERSView this family
Type: Religious marriage
March 22, 1842 (Age 2)
Address: Church of England
Citation details: V1842570 26C/1842 THOMPSON JAMES TOWERS JANE CT
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1256
Citation details: 16 Novermber 2010
Thompson - James and Towers - Jane - Permission to marry.
Thompson - James and Towers - Jane - Permission to marry.

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Marriage Certificate - Thompson - James and Towers - Jane
Marriage Certificate - Thompson - James and Towers - Jane

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Birth of a sisterMary Emma TOWERS
July 19, 1842 (Age 2)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1256
Citation details: V18421688 26A/1842 TOWERS MARY E THOMAS ELIZABETH
Birth of a brotherThomas TOWERS
April 3, 1846 (Age 6)
Citation details: V18462477 31A/1846 TOWERS THOMAS THOMAS ELIZABETH
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1256
Birth of a brotherHenry George TOWERS
April 3, 1846 (Age 6)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1255 and 1256
Citation details: V18462714 33A/1846 TOWERS HENRY THOMAS EILZABETH
Note:

Please note that the Pre 1860 Pioneer Register has his DOB as 1848. This appears to be incorrect as his birth was registered in 1846 and that his headstone has him being 88 years old at the time of his death in 1935.

Please also note that the Pre 1860 Pioneer Register has his DOB as 23 April. This also appears to be incorrect. It seems as though Thomas and Henry were twins.

Death of a brotherThomas TOWERS
about 1849 (Age 9)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: V18491241 34B/1849 TOWERS THOMAS INFANT
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1256
Marriage of a siblingWilliam Chowne ROBINSONMargaret TOWERSView this family
May 17, 1852 (Age 12)
Citation details: V1852856 38C/1852 ROBINSON WILLIAM TOWERS MARGARET CT
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1256
Citation details: 26 June 2010
Text:

I found your website and want to congratulate you on a big effort! You have quite a few of my family member listed, including William Chowne Robinson and Elizabeth Trotter who are my great grandmother's grandparents. I can send you more details (by the way,they had no son Alexander, sorry!) if you would like to add to your database. They had six children: You have the eldest two correct, after that they had William Chowne II in 1843, Thomas in 1845, James in around 1847(died soon after birth) and Mary in 1848. Mary survived her mother who died in 1848, but died of convulsions sometime around 1853. She was adopted by John and Susannah Trotter who couldn't have children of their own. William remarried in 1852 to Margaret Mary Towers and had fifteen more children!

MarriageEdward DONKINView this family
May 8, 1855 (Age 15)
Address: Bendolba
Citation details: V18551103 43B/1855 DONKIN EDWARD TOWERS SARAH A MA
Text:

The district signified by the MA indicates that the marriage was conducted accortding to the rites of the Church of England and registered at the Australian Agricultural Company, Dungog, Eldon, Stroud or Uffington.

Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913 and 915
Marriage of a siblingThomas IRWINIsabella TOWERSView this family
May 8, 1855 (Age 15)
Citation details: V1855431 82/1855 IRWIN THOMAS TOWERS ISABELLA QA
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1256 and 1278
Birth of a daughter
#1
Jane “Jinny” DONKIN
April 20, 1856 (Age 16)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Citation details: 4400/1856 DONKIN JANE EDWARD SARAH A DUNGOG
Birth of a son
#2
Robert DONKIN
October 13, 1857 (Age 17)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Citation details: 10494/1857 DONKIN ROBERT EDWARD SARAH A BUNGAY BUNGAY
ResidenceEdward DONKINView this family
1857 (Age 17)
Address: "Rye Hill"
Publication: Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer (NSW : 1898 - 1954), Friday 18 June 1943, page 2
Note: Original settler
Marriage of a siblingJohn IRWINElizabeth TOWERSView this family
about 1857 (Age 17)
Citation details: 1702/1857 IRWIN JOHN TOWERS ELIZABETH DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1256
Birth of a son
#3
William DONKIN
November 17, 1859 (Age 19)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Citation details: 13940/1859 DONKIN WILLIAM EDWARD SARAH A WINGHAM
Publication: Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales (Taree, NSW : 1898 - 1954), Saturday 3 August 1929, page 10
Marriage of a siblingHenry BIGNELLMary Emma TOWERSView this family
April 24, 1860 (Age 20)
Citation details: 1582/1860 BIGNELL HENRY TOWERS MARY EMMA DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1174
Birth of a son
#4
Edward DONKIN
September 25, 1861 (Age 21)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Citation details: 8592/1861 DONKIN EDWARD EDWARD SARAH A MANNING RIVER
Birth of a son
#5
Francis DONKIN JP
September 17, 1863 (Age 23)
Address: Rye Hill
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Citation details: 8882/1863 DONKIN FRANCIS EDWARD SARAH A MANNING RIVER
Publication: Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer (NSW : 1898 - 1954), Friday 19 February 1943, page 2
Birth of a daughter
#6
Sarah Ann DONKIN
September 17, 1865 (Age 25)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Citation details: 10108/1865 DONKIN SARAH A EDWARD SARAH A MANNING RIVER
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 529
Marriage of a siblingJoseph Joshua ATKINSJane TOWERSView this family
August 25, 1866 (Age 26)
Address: Durham
Citation details: 1913/1866 ATKINS JOSEPH THOMPSON JANE DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1110
Marriage Certificate - Atkins - Joseph and Thompson - Jane
Marriage Certificate - Atkins - Joseph and Thompson - Jane

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Birth of a son
#7
Allan DONKIN
October 1, 1867 (Age 27)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Citation details: 10882/1867 DONKIN ALLAN EDWARD SARAH A MANNING RIVER
Marriage of a siblingHenry George TOWERSIsabella Matilda BIGNELLView this family
November 20, 1869 (Age 29)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721 and 1256
Citation details: 2238/1869 TOWERS HENRY BIGNELL ISABELLA M DUNGOG
Birth of a daughter
#8
Ellen DONKIN
November 24, 1869 (Age 29)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 913
Citation details: 11527/1870 DONKIN ELLEN EDWARD SARAH A MANNING RIVER
Death of a sonAllan DONKIN
about 1869 (Age 29)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 4277/1869 DONKIN ALLAN EDWARD SARAH A MANNING RIVER
Birth of a son
#9
Thomas DONKIN
June 23, 1872 (Age 32)
Citation details: 12662/1872 DONKIN THOMAS EDWARD SARAH A MANNING RIVER
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Birth of a son
#10
Samuel DONKIN
November 25, 1874 (Age 34)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Citation details: 13878/1874 DONKIN SAMUEL EDWARD SARAH ANN MANNING RIVER
Birth of a son
#11
John Edwin “Rufus” DONKIN
July 27, 1877 (Age 37)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Citation details: 14976/1877 DONKIN JOHN E EDWARD SARAH A MANNING RIVER
Birth of a son
#12
George Douglas DONKIN
about 1881 (Age 41)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Citation details: 17736/1881 DONKIN GEORGE DOUGLAS EDWARD SARAH ANN WINGHAM
Death of a fatherThomas TOWERS
November 21, 1882 (Age 42)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 7904/1882 TOWERS THOMAS AGE 76 YEARS DIED DUNGOG DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1256
Birth of a son
#13
Harold Hampden DONKIN
October 23, 1884 (Age 44)
Address: Rye Hill
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Citation details: 21776/1884 DONKIN HAROLD H EDWARD SARAH A WINGHAM
Publication: B. JACKSON & CO. 83 Pitt Street, Sydney
Citation details: Page 201
Text:

Lance-Corporal HAROLD HAMPDEN DONKIN Lance-Corporal Harold Hampden Donkin was born at Rye Hill and educated at Wingham, and is a son of the late Edward Donkin, of Rye Hill, via Wingham He is 32 year of age, and enlisted at Manly, Sydney, in 1915. He trained at Liverpool Camp and sailed for Egypt on 2nd November, 1917, per s.s. "Euripides." He went on to France in April. 1916, and went into action at Fleurbaix. He was killed in action at Pozieres on 26th July, 1916.

Death of a husbandEdward DONKIN
October 26, 1890 (Age 50)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 12525/1890 DONKIN EDWARD WILLIAM JANE TAREE
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913 and 915
Death of a motherElizabeth FLETCHER
December 26, 1892 (Age 52)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 5058/1892 TOWERS ELIZABETH GEORGE MARY DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1256
Birth of a grandson
#1
Harold DONKIN
calculated 1894 (Age 54)
Marriage of a childErnest George Arthur EAMESEllen DONKINView this family
April 10, 1901 (Age 61)
Citation details: 5228/1901 EAMES ERNEST C A DONKIN ELLEN WINGHAM
Death of a sisterJane TOWERS
April 21, 1902 (Age 62)
Address: "Canningalla"
Informant: William ATKINSstep-son
Cause: Carcinoma and exhaustion
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1256
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 5026/1902 ATKINS JANE THOMAS ELIZABETH DUNGOG
Death Certificate - Atkins - Jane
Death Certificate - Atkins - Jane

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Shared note:

"CANNINGALLA"

"Canningalla" is a large property on the Williams River in the Bandon Grove area which was owned in 1828 and still is owned by the Dowling family. There were tenant cottages in the 1800's for many tenant farmers. The Atkins as well as my great great grandparents James and Amelia Garrett lived in one of these tenant cottages. "Canningalla" today is not as large as it was back then as land was sold to other farmers. The tenant cottages are no longer there but Bill Dowling showed me back in 2000 where they were. Dairy farming ceased on Canningalla 15 years before 2000. I took photos of the area but they are not digital photos. Many different families lived in this area and one of the Haggarty's was the last to dairy farm on Canningalla. The Haggarty's come into my Bland family lines. I have Louisa Atkins and her family in my tree as so many Dungog families married into each other. My great grandmother Jane Garrett was born 1859 and married 1878 on "Canningalla" in her parents cottage.

In the National Library Archives in Canberra I found a book with James Dowling's title to Canningalla mentioned. He was a judge who lived in Sydney and his son ran the property.

Bill Dowling has a B&B in the old house which he partly inherited from his mother or rather he purchased it after she died from his other siblings. We stayed there in 2000 and enjoyed talking family research and history as he has a book on the Dowling family history.

The Dungog Chronicle began in 1888 and still publishes today. They put out a book in 1988 for their centenary and it has some interesting articles from their paper for those hundred years. I have a copy and it is available from the Dungog Chronicle Office at Dungog.

Trust this gives you a little history of Canningalla.

Sylvia Anderson 15 April 2008

Marriage of a childJohn ABBOTT J.P.Sarah Ann DONKINView this family
May 21, 1902 (Age 62)
Citation details: 5401/1902 ABBOTT JOHN DONKIN SARA WINGHAM
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 529
Death of a sisterElizabeth TOWERS
January 17, 1904 (Age 64)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1277
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 1138/1904 IRWIN ELIZABETH THOMAS ELIZABETH DUNGOG
Birth of a grandson
#2
John Edward ABBOTT
June 4, 1904 (Age 64)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 529
Citation details: 17056/1904 ABBOTT JOHN E JOHN SARAH A TAREE
Birth of a grandson
#3
Robert Leslie ABBOTT
about 1905 (Age 65)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 529
Citation details: 39328/1905 ABBOTT ROBERT L JOHN SARAH A WINGHAM
Marriage of a childGeorge Douglas DONKINEdith GRAYView this family
about 1905 (Age 65)
Citation details: 4112/1905 DONKIN GEORGE D GRAY EDITH GLEBE
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Birth of a granddaughter
#4
Dulcie I DONKIN
about 1906 (Age 66)
Citation details: 21720/1906 DONKIN DULCIE I GEORGE D EDITH BATHURST
Death of a sisterMary Emma TOWERS
November 13, 1907 (Age 67)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1256
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 14382/1907 BIGNALL MARY E THOMAS ELIZABETH MANILLA
Birth of a grandson
#5
Edward Noel DONKIN
about 1909 (Age 69)
Citation details: 1504/1909 DONKIN EDWARD M GEORGE D EDITH BATHURST
Birth of a grandson
#6
John DONKIN
about 1910 (Age 70)
Citation details: 1910 C6757 John Donkin Thomas Mary
Marriage of a childThomas DONKINMary DAVIDView this family
about 1910 (Age 70)
Citation details: 1910 C1651 Mary David Thomas Donkin
Marriage of a childFrancis DONKIN JPAda Minnie YOUNGView this family
about 1912 (Age 72)
Citation details: 5498/1912 DONKIN FRANCIS YOUNG EVA M CHATSWOOD
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Publication: Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer (NSW : 1898 - 1954), Friday 19 February 1943, page 2
Death of a sisterIsabella TOWERS
March 22, 1912 (Age 72)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1278
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 5640/1912 IRWIN ISABELLA THOMAS ELIZABETH DUNGOG
Birth of a granddaughter
#7
Ellen Jean “Nell” DONKIN
March 23, 1913 (Age 73)
Citation details: DONKIN ELLEN J 21314/1913 FRANCIS EVA M TAREE
Quality of data: primary evidence
Death of a sisterMargaret TOWERS
October 26, 1914 (Age 74)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1256
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 18387/1914 ROBINSON MARGARET THOMAS ELIZABETH DUNGOG
Birth of a grandson
#8
Frank Haddon DONKIN
about 1915 (Age 75)
Citation details: DONKIN FRANK H 24922/1915 FRANK EVA M TAREE
Death of a sonRobert DONKIN
about 1915 (Age 75)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Citation details: DONKIN ROBERT Male BOULDER 86 1915
Publication: Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer (NSW : 1898 - 1954), Friday 18 June 1943, page 2
Death of a sonHarold Hampden DONKIN
July 26, 1916 (Age 76)
Cause: Killed in action
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Publication: B. JACKSON & CO. 83 Pitt Street, Sydney
Citation details: Page 201
Text:

Lance-Corporal HAROLD HAMPDEN DONKIN Lance-Corporal Harold Hampden Donkin was born at Rye Hill and educated at Wingham, and is a son of the late Edward Donkin, of Rye Hill, via Wingham He is 32 year of age, and enlisted at Manly, Sydney, in 1915. He trained at Liverpool Camp and sailed for Egypt on 2nd November, 1917, per s.s. "Euripides." He went on to France in April. 1916, and went into action at Fleurbaix. He was killed in action at Pozieres on 26th July, 1916.

Publication: Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales (Taree, NSW : 1898 - 1954), Saturday 3 August 1929, page 10
Publication: Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer (NSW : 1898 - 1954), Friday 18 June 1943, page 2
Birth of a granddaughter
#9
Beth H DONKIN
about 1917 (Age 77)
Citation details: DONKIN BETH H 35919/1917 FRANCIS EVA M TAREE
Death December 15, 1923 (Age 83)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 20788/1923 DONKIN SARAH A THOMAS ELIZABETH WINGHAM
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Burial
Address: "Rye Hill"
Cemetery: Private property
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage:
elder sister
5 years
elder sister
4 years
elder sister
3 years
elder sister
4 years
herself
3 years
younger sister
4 years
younger brother
Thomas TOWERS
Birth: April 3, 1846 40 40Morpeth, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1849New South Wales, Australia
younger brother
Family with Edward DONKIN - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: May 8, 1855Dungog, , New South Wales, Australia
11 months
daughter
Jane “Jinny” DONKIN
Birth: April 20, 1856 28 16Dungog, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 1, 1933Karaak Flat, , New South Wales, Australia
18 months
son
Robert DONKIN
Birth: October 13, 1857 29 17Karaak Flat, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1915Boulder, , Western Australia, Australia
2 years
son
William DONKIN
Birth: November 17, 1859 31 19Karaak Flat, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 31, 1929Karaak Flat, , New South Wales, Australia
22 months
son
Edward DONKIN
Birth: September 25, 1861 33 21Karaak Flat, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 17, 1943Taree, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
2 years
daughter
Sarah Ann DONKIN
Birth: September 17, 1865 37 25Karaak Flat, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 1, 1945Wingham, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
Allan DONKIN
Birth: October 1, 1867 39 27Karaak Flat, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1869Knorrit Flat, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
Ellen DONKIN
Birth: November 24, 1869 41 29Karaak Flat, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 20, 1935Wangaratta, , Victoria, Australia
3 years
son
Thomas DONKIN
Birth: June 23, 1872 44 32Karaak Flat, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1963Queensland, Australia
2 years
son
3 years
son
4 years
son
4 years
son
Donkin - Harold HampdenHarold Hampden DONKIN
Birth: October 23, 1884 56 44Wingham, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 26, 1916Pozieres, , , France

BirthPre 1860 Pioneer Register - Book 2
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
MarriageD - Marriages Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: V18551103 43B/1855 DONKIN EDWARD TOWERS SARAH A MA
Text:

The district signified by the MA indicates that the marriage was conducted accortding to the rites of the Church of England and registered at the Australian Agricultural Company, Dungog, Eldon, Stroud or Uffington.

MarriagePre 1860 Pioneer Register - Book 2
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913 and 915
ResidenceObituary - Donkin - Edward
Publication: Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer (NSW : 1898 - 1954), Friday 18 June 1943, page 2
Number of childrenPre 1860 Pioneer Register - Book 2
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
DeathDeaths Registered in New South Wales
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 20788/1923 DONKIN SARAH A THOMAS ELIZABETH WINGHAM
DeathPre 1860 Pioneer Register - Book 2
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
BurialPre 1860 Pioneer Register - Book 2
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 913
SourceMarriages registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: V18551103 43B/1855 DONKIN EDWARD TOWERS SARAH A MA
Text:

The district signified by the MA indicates that the marriage was conducted accortding to the rites of the Church of England and registered at the Australian Agricultural Company, Dungog, Eldon, Stroud or Uffington.

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