Anthony Brooking1,2,3

(circa November 1813 - 12 November 1872)
FatherAnthony Brooking3,2,1,4 (Nov 1787 - Dec 1872)
MotherMary Rowe3,4,1,2 (cir. Jul 1783 - Nov 1872)
Relationship1st cousin 4 times removed of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Anthony Brooking was born cir. Nov 1813 Egg Buckland, DEV, ENG.4 He was baptized on 14 Nov 1813 Egg Buckland, DEV; privately baptized, to Anthony (yeoman) and Mary in this parish.4,2,1
     Anthony Brooking married Honor Dawe, daughter of John Dawe, on 25 Dec 1841 Par. Ch, Par. of Charles Martyr, Plymouth, DEV, ENG, cert. shows both Anthony and Honor were of full age, Anthony a carpenter resid. Jubilee St, s/o George Brooking a carpenter (should be Anthony), and Honor resid. Ham St, d/o John Dawe a labourer, both signed, wit by M Rickard (?Richard?) and Robt Lewis.5,6
     Anthony Brooking remarried on 16 Oct 1854 St Paul's Ch, Melbourne, VIC, AUS, to Mary Ann Jasper, daughter of William Jasper and Mary Ann Betty.7,8,2,9
     Anthony Brooking died on 12 Nov 1872 by the Hunter River, SA, AUS; on a wild cattle expedition, believed to have been eaten by alligator whilst asleep on the banks of a creek, which story has yet to be verified.3,2,8


     Anthony Brooking immigrated from Devon on the "Caroline Chisholm" arriving cir. 2 Feb 1853 Port Phillip,VIC,AUS and thence in New Plymouth, Taranaki, NZ. The date of departure from Devon, is derived from his surviving account book in which is a witnessed copy of his will dated May 13, 1853 whilst on board the ship "one hundred days out from England and about one thousand miles from Port Phillip". One wonders if they were in a storm and doubted arriving - in which case there doesn't seem much point in leaving everything to your son on the same ship?10,11
     Anthony Brooking immigrated bet. 16 Oct 1854 - 1856 to New Plymouth, TNK, NZ; Some sources3 show Anthony as a traveller on the "Onkaparinga" leaving "4 mths after arriving in Victoria", "arriving Nelson at the time of the Wellington earthquake". Anthony's brother Francis Lang Brooking was definitely on board, as his journal attests, but we only have circumstantial evidence that Anthony and William travelled with him, namely Land Office records mentioned in 'The Lure of New Lands'12 showing Anthony purchasing 300 acres of farmland at Omata within 3 weeks of the Onkaparinga's arrival - and selling part of it (off Frankley Rd) to his brother Francis 10 mths later in Jan 1856. Francis' ship has also (erroneously) been called the "Pukaparina"13 with the destination being New Plymouth, arriving 10 Feb 1855. "At New Plymouth Brooking left the ship and joined members of his family who had arrived as Plymouth Company emigrants" (?the siblings John Whiddon, William and Alice, chidren of John and Harriet Brooking of Malborough, marr. Thurlestone 1816?). It's just as well that whoever was on the "Onkaparinga" left it in Feb 1855, as it ran aground at the mouth of the Wanganui River in July 1855 and broke up. The extracts of Francis' journal included in Peter's book 'The Lure of New Lands' don't explicitly mention Francis landing at Nelson but show they arrived at Wellington 26th Jan after experiencing a violent earthquake on the 23rd. "we found the best houses, walls & Chimneys down, and the Town a mass of ruins, with Soldiers guarding the Banks and other publick buildings, most of the walls, Roofs, Plastering, windows and doors being gone."3,13,14,15,16,17,18,12

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     Anthony appeared on the census of 7 Jun 1841 Oldtown Mill, Tavistock Rd, Plymouth Charles, DEV, ENG, enumerated as Anthony BROOKING, 27 no occ listed, not born cty, in hsehold of ? (28, miller) and Fanny (30) Gullett. In 1851 Fanny was a widow and the miller at Efford Mill, Eggbuckland, aka Gullett's mill or Eggbuckland Mill.19,20
     By Dec 1841 Anthony Brooking was a carpenter of Jubliee St, Plymouth, DEV, ENG, when he married Honor(which seems a rather drastic change to the miller/baker of later times, although 15 yrs later in Australia he describes himself as a carpenter.)5,21 By Jun 1844 Anthony was a baker Shoreditch, LND, ENG, when son William Francis born.22
     The census of 31 Mar 1851 showed Anthony as a 37 yr old widower, miller & baker emp 16 men b Egg Buckland in the household of his parents Anthony and Mary Brooking West St (37), East Stonehouse, DEV, ENG.1
     Anthony Brooking appeared on the census of 1854 Sandridge, nr Melbourne, VIC, AUS, with William Francis Brooking, enumerated as Anthony, carpeter, widower, Wm Francis aged 9.21
     On 27 Aug 1854 Anthony Brooking was living Sandridge, VIC, AUS, as his brother's journal has this entry: "and the next morning Sunday started in a small boat...for Sandridge, we found Anthony at home and on the Tuesday following I went on board with Anthony and his little man William for the boxes."23
     Anthony Brooking was involved in milling New Plymouth, TNK, NZ, as he is reported to have bought the water wheel of the original flour mill, the Alpha and used it for his saw mill.23


     Anthony Brooking wrote a will on 13 May 1853 leaving his entire estate to William Francis Brooking who was assumed to be travelling with him as the diary of his brother Francis mentions visiting Anthony and "his little man William" in Sandridge (Victoria, Australia) Aug 1854. The will describes Anthony as "late of [..]ewport St Stonehouse, Devon but now on board the "Caroline Chisholm" ..."10
     Anthony Brooking were named as beneficiaries in the 10 Feb 1860 will of their uncle William Rowe of Honicknowle, St Budeaux, DEV, ENG.24

All the other info

     Although Anthony's marriage cert. to Honor Dawe clearly shows his father to be George not Anthony, this is believed to be a mistake on someone's part. I initially thought that the occupation might also be a mistake, but he was obviously a multi-talented indiviudal. Anthony is with his father Anthony in 1851 together with his son William Francis and William Francis' birth cert shows his mother to be Honor, formerly Dawe so I'm convinced the cert is mistaken.5,11
     Anthony Brooking also outlived his 2nd wife Mary Ann Jasper who died on 19 Nov 1854 of dysentery, 6 weeks after arriving in Australia and barely a month after marrying Anthony.25,26,2,8 He was definitely in New Plymouth in 1860 as surviving letters provide graphic accounts of what it was like living in the area in those turbulent times.27 On 16 Jan 1868 Anthony Brooking mortgaged Sect. Town B, New Plymouth, TNK, NZ, to William BAYLY, Jnr (also part of 994.)28

Family 1

Honor Dawe (cir. 1805 - Feb 1846)
  • William Francis Brooking1 (Jun 1844 - Aug 1923)
  • Honor Mary Hannah Brooking2,3 (cir. Feb 1846 - bet. Jun 1846 - Sep 1846)

Family 2

Mary Ann Jasper (cir. 1813 - Nov 1854)
ChartsROWE descendant chart
Last Edited31 Jul 2017


  1. Census: DEV 1851, East Stonehouse, DEV: HO/107/1880 Folio 90 Page 55 Film 0221029, hsehold of Anthony and Mary BROOKING, extracted Aug 2002.
  2. Letter, Pat NICHOLS nee BAKER (20707) to L Henderson (1), Rcvd Apr 2000.
  3. Ian Logan, "EM BROOKING Society," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Desc. chart from BROOKING JB (Anthony BROOKING and Mary ROWE), copy rcvd Feb 2006.
  4. Baptims marriages burials: Egg Buckland, DEV, Bap. 1813 Anthony BROOKING, extracted Feb 2006 (Baps 1813-1839 Marr 1754-1837 Burials 1813-1837), Deanery of Tamerton CD.
  5. Various, BDM Certified copy, Marr. 1841 Anthony BROOKING and Honor DAWE, reg. Plymouth, copy rcvd Feb 2006.
  6. Www FreeBMD ENG online at, Marr. 1841 Anthony BROOKING and Honor DAWE, reg. Plymouth Dec qtr 1841 9/484, index images searched Nov 2004.
  7. Australian birth death marriage, CD Roms, Marr. 1854 Anthony BROOKING and Mary Ann JASPER, ref #3080, extracted Nov 2004 (1998).
  8. Jean PRITCHARD (38728), "EM BROOKING/BARTLETT ex Jean P," e-mail to L Henderson (1), Desc. of Joseph ROWE, rcvd Nov 2004.
  9. Assorted indexes, NZ Soc. Gen. Index, Anthony BROOKING Egg Buckland, Devon, marriage 1854 Melbourne, Strays collection entry, extracted Feb 2006.
  10. "Accounts book of Anthony BROOKING", Extract in 1983 letter from CJ Brooking to the Archivist of the Taranaki Museum, copy rcvd from Brenda R Aug 2002.
  11. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Feb 2006.
  12. Peter Whitaker Taylor, The Lure of New Lands, Omata land purchase 1855 Anthony BROOKING, p32, extracted Mar 2006.
  13. "Journal of Francis Lang BROOKING", Extract in copy of 1983 letter from CJ Brooking to the Archivist of the Taranaki Museum, rcvd from Brenda R Aug 2002.
  14. Assorted indexes, NZ Soc. Gen. Index, 1866 Electoral Rolls, New Plymouth, extracted Feb 2006.
  15. Assorted indexes, NZ Soc. Gen. Index, 1866 Electoral Rolls, Omata, extracted Feb 2006.
  16. Brenda ROWE, "EM ROWE family ex Brenda ROWE nee RIDDLE," e-mail to L Henderson (1), BROOKING charts, Anthony BROOKING and Charity HOBLING, copy rcvd Aug 2002.
  17. Miscellaneous ROWE www & corres. From, extracted Mar 2006, ONKAPARINGA 1855 Brig NZ Wrecks
    Of 250 tons built of wood at Baltimore USA in 1839, went ashore
    at the mouth of the Wanganui River in July 1855 and broke up.
  18. Peter Whitaker Taylor, The Lure of New Lands, From journal of Francis Brooking's journey in the "Onkaparinga" from Melbourne to Wellington, then New Plymouth Dec 1854/Jan 1855, extracted Mar 2006.
  19. Val Symis (30421), "EM DAWE/TAYLOR ex Val SYMIS," e-mail to L Henderson (1), 1841 Plymouth Charles, DEV Folio 5 Pg 4, hsehold of ? and Fanny GULLETT, copy rcvd Mar 2006.
  20. DEV Mills online at, Extracted Mar 2006.
  21. Brenda ROWE, "EM ROWE family ex Brenda ROWE nee RIDDLE," e-mail to L Henderson (1), 1854 Census Victoria, Anthony & William BROOKING, extract rcvd Aug 2002.
  22. Ian Logan, "EM BROOKING Society," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Birth 1844 William Francis BROOKING, extract rcvd Feb 2006.
  23. Brenda ROWE, "EM ROWE family ex Brenda ROWE nee RIDDLE," e-mail to L Henderson (1), ex BROOKING letter 31 Oct 1983 from C J BROOKING to Mary REID, archivist Taranaki Musem, p/copy received Aug 2002.
  24. Letter, Pat NICHOLS nee BAKER (20707) to L Henderson (1), Will 1860 William ROWE, copy rcvd Feb 2000.
  25. Australian birth death marriage, CD Roms, Dth 1854 Mary Ann BROOKING, VIC deaths, #5620, extracted Aug 2002 (1998).
  26. Ian Logan, "EM BROOKING Society," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Dth 1854 Mary Ann BROOKING nee JASPER, from Desc. chart BROOKING JB (Anthony BROOKING and Mary ROWE), copy rcvd Feb 2006.
  27. Peter Whitaker Taylor, The Lure of New Lands, From Anthony BROOKING's letter written New Plymouth August 26, 1860 extracted Mar 2006.
  28. Primary Entry Books Agency: BAPP; Series: 23515, National Archives, Wgtn NZ, 16 Jan 1868, Anthony BROOKING, #4032: Mortgage over Town B snd part of 994, to William BAYLY Jnr, from Vol 2 Image 34, copy d/loaded Apr 2016.

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