2nd Edition of "The Hamiltons 1762-1862" NOW AVAILABLE

The content of these web pages is based on the 1st edition of my book "The Hamiltons 1762-1862" originally published in 1997

The 2nd Edition was published in 2009 . A 2012 Revised 2nd Edition is now available to coincide with the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the Hamiltons in South Australia in 1837.

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3rd Edition

A 3rd completely revised edition is in preparation and contains corrections and additions to the section on William Holmes Hamilton and the Duke of York, as well as further discussion about the speculated origins of the Hamilton family. Details on the Historia Incognita web page.

12. Bibliography and Acknowledgements

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Family Histories

- Gobell Family History

- Joseph Bell the Pathfinder

- Bell Family

Eckert, Keith, Winegrowers, Builders and Farmers, Privately Published, 1994

Directories, Registers, etc

Dover Borough Records, Apprenticeship Enrolments, Indentures 1673-1788

Dover Poll Book, 1822, 1832, 1837

Dover Register of Electors, 1664-1865

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Parish Registers of St Mary the Virgin, Dover

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The South Australian Almanack and General Directory for 1844, James Allen, Adelaide

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Parliamentary Papers

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British Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons, Revenue from Emigrants on Ships to South Australia, 10 April 1840

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Newspapers and Newsletters

Adelaide Observer

Adelaide Times

Country Life

Dover Chronicle and Kent Advertiser, 1838

Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports Advertiser, Dover, 1845

Ewell News, Vol.2, No.1, issued by Hamilton's Ewell Vineyards Pty.Ltd

Kentish Gazette, Dover, 1858

Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser

North Western Chronicle

South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register, Adelaide, 1836-1839

South Australian Register, Adelaide, 1840-1855

Sydney Herald, 1837

Talbot Leader

The Times, London, 1797, 1845

Official Documents and Records

(Apart from Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates and Indexes)

Passenger and Crew List, Duke of York, Mortlock Library, Adelaide

Ship's Passenger List, Katherine Stewart Forbes, S.A.Archives, Adelaide

Application for Embarkation, Katherine Stewart Forbes, 1837 - File No.1529 Vols HAB-HAN 22fh Mortlock Library, Adelaide

Census of South Australia 1841

Census of Great Britain 1841

Private Letters and Documents

Letter from William P.Holmesby, 33 Maple Avenue, Rostrevor, S.A. to Chief Archivist, Public Library of South Australia, filed 18 January 1985

Letter from Garnet Bell , PO Box 328, Kingscote, S.A., to Sandra Shaw, 11 May 1995

Letters to Douglas Wilkie from Neil Barnes, various dates 1988

Letters to Douglas Wilkie, various dates, from Marion Boyd; Lynda Clark; Dorothy Hughes; Walter Hamilton; Malcolm Manser; Lyn Graney; Sandra Shaw; Joan Maguire

Hamilton's Wines - South Australia typescript document by R.T.Hamilton, 25 August 1977


Many people have assisted in the provision of information for this publication. Family Historians would know that there is much sharing of information and documents between researchers. Copies of birth, marriage and death certificates are often circulated, as are copies of photographs and other documents. In the early stages of gathering such information researchers do not always think to take meticulous notes of where such information or copies came from.

Where possible the source of information and illustrations has been acknowledged in the footnotes. However mention must be made of the invaluable contributions of researchers such as Marion Boyd of Camperdown, Linda Clark of Somerville, Walter Hamilton of Glen Osmond, South Australia, Dorothy Hughes of Ballarat, Joan Maguire of Canberra, Sandra Shaw of East Doncaster, and especially Shelagh Mason and her mother, Mrs Addison, of Canterbury, Kent. Neil Barnes of St Margarets, Hertfordshire, has provided a wealth of information about Captain Sir John Hamilton and Captain Sir Luke Smithett.

Photographs and Illustrations

Photographs and illustrations reproduced in this publication have been obtained through similarly diverse and uncertain sources. Where possible the original source has been located and acknowledged, however that has not always been possible. Should any reproduced illustrations be subject to copyright held by unacknowledged persons, the author would appreciate being informed of the name and address of the copyright holder so that correct acknowledgment can be made in future editions.

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