BORN: abt 1830 in Chittlehampton, Devon, England

DIED: 4 April 1912 at Gracemere?, Queensland, Australia.

WIFE: Mary Ann Braxton

MARRIED: 26 Jul 1856, in South Molton, Devon, England


Martha (OHL) 3 May 1859
Mary Anne 25 Mar 1861
James Henry 19 Jul 1862
Jane 11 Jan 1865
Maria (REID) 14 Aug 1866
Joseph "Joe" 12 Mar 1870

Occupation: ? in 1856, Labourer in 1859, Selector in 1884

The St. Catherine's House marriage records show a marriage between Joseph Dunn and Mary Ann Braxton in the September quarter of 1856 in South Molton Registration District, Reference 5b 791.

Joseph Dunn and his wife Mary Ann arrived in Australia on the ship "Kate" in Sydney on 23 December 1856. They travelled on the "Kate" with Joseph's younger brother Henry. The shipping records show that Joseph and Mary Ann, both Church of England, were from Filleigh, Devon and that Henry was from Chittlehampton. The village of Filleigh is 2.5 miles north east of the village Chittlehampton. Joseph was 26, Henry was 15, and Mary Ann was 27, when they arrived in Australia. Joseph and Mary Ann were living at Coonambula in Queensland, Australia at the time of their daughter's (Martha's) birth in 1859. In May 1848 David and Thomas Archer took up land on the Burnett River in central Queensland. These 2 runs were Coonambula and Eidsvold.

It is known that Joseph's younger brother, Henry Dunn worked for the Archer brothers at Gracemere near Rockhampton in Queensland. It is possible that Joseph may also have worked for the Archer brothers at Coonambula.

The 1889 & 1894 Queensland Post Office Directory show a Joseph Dunne, a selector, living in the Westwood area which is west of Rockhampton.

Terry Stratford showed me a Queensland Brand's Directory book dated 1894 which must have originally belonged to Joseph's brother, Henry Dunn, as it had his name on the front cover in large writing. This book contained the following information about cattle brands:-

Joseph DUNN Wendah Westwood D42 - See Note 1
Joseph DUNN Windah Westwood D42 - See Note 1
Maria DUNN Windah Westwood NU3 - See Note 2
Henry DUNN Gracemere Gracemere 5HU


It is not possible to show the correct representation of the Brand shapes with the standard character set, so it is necessary to describe some of the differences as follows:-

Note 1 - the number 2 has a short vertical line at top right hand corner.

Note 2 - the letter N has a short horizontal line at top left hand corner and the letter U is closed at the top with a horizontal line.

The 1909 Australian Commonwealth Electoral Rolls, Division of Capricornia, Subdivision of Livingstone show Joseph and Mary Ann Dunn living at Moura Plains, Westwood. Joseph is shown as a farmer, with Mary Ann on home duties. Martha Dunn's Birth Certificate states that her parents, Joseph and Mary Ann Dunn were married in England in 1846. If Joseph was 29 in 1859, he would have been approximately 16 years old when he married. They were actually married on 26 July 1856, about 4 to 5 months before they left for Australia.

Joseph and Mary Ann's daughter, Martha, was shown as living at Nora Plain, Westwood at the time of her marriage to Christian Ludwig Ohl on 11 June 1884.

There is a File at the Queensland State Archives in Brisbane which has information on the selection by Joseph Dunn. It is File Reference LAN/DF Rockhampton 985 (also 124)

The Queensland Death Indexes show a Joseph Dunn, who died on 4 April 1912, son of William Dunn and Jane. Certificate No. 12/003737.


(The Capricornian, Saturday 13 April 1912)



"DUNN. - On the 4th April, 1912, Joseph Dunn, Westwood (beloved brother of the late Henry Dunn, Scrubby Creek), in his 82nd year.

Home papers please copy."

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