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Joseph James Greathead (1)


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Joseph James Greathead (1) 262

  • Born: 21 Apr 1798 262
  • Marriage: Sarah Dunstall on 9 Mar 1821 in Gillingham, Kent, England 305
  • Died: 1 Dec 1877, Victoria, Australia at age 79 262,306

bullet  General Notes:

Great, great grandfather of Richard Perry Radcliffe. Emigrated to Melbourne, Australia April 12, 1853. He was a chemist on Hoddle Street, East Collingwood, Melbourne, Austraila (source: a note in his hand to that effect stored with the old photos.) (also a note written by Wm Greathead in his hand confirms this. Paper now owned by Belle A. Radcliffe.)

One of the descendants of this group went on a trip with R.P.R's Uncle Jim (Berry) of Chicago. Together the two of them went to Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and the roof blew off a silo and killed the young cousin.

East Collingswood was on the Yarra River, on low but well drained land 3 kilometers NE of Melbourne. Named for Admiral Lord Collingswood who fought in the battle of Trafalgar, it was one of the first suburbs of Melbourne. It was home to persons of "moderate means," populated with those of the industrial class (source: 1875 Australian Handbook). Hoddle Street in 1885 became the new residence of the opulent town hall.

There was an article in the London Daily News May 4, 1853 concerning Joseph James Greathead's vote in a local election. He was the subject of a lengthy debate in the House of Commons. He was essentially bribed to vote for a Sir Frederick Smith, having been promised a job in the "Post-office" for his son, Charles. The House debated whether or not Sir F. Smith should be punished. (Part of the lengthy verbatim actions are copied into a word doc.) Also additional information about the case was in the London Morning Post 3-3-1853.

sscammell1 wrote on that he wrote a detailed journal of his works in the community in early Melbourne for 2 years. The journal was donated to the LaTrobe Library. Also that he died 12-1-1877 of typhoid fever.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Taylor, 1824, Otley, Yorkshire, England. 307

Occupation: Druggist, 1826, Yorkshire, England. 293 Druggist, according to baptismal record of son William.

Occupation: Draper, 1841, Minster-in-Sheppey, Kent, England. 66 Living with Joseph, head of household, were Sarah, Joshua, William, Charles, Sarah, Alfred, Emma, Eliza, and what looks like two servants (possibly) - Isabela Walter and Eliza Walter

Residence, 1851, Lower Britton Street, Gillingham, Chatham, New Brompton, England. 65 Living here is Joseph Greathead as head, daughters and sons Sarah, Emma, Eliza, and Edward.

Occupation: Chemist, 1852, Hoddle St., East Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia. 67,308 He was listed as a chemist on the marriage record of his son Charles in 1852.


Joseph married Sarah Dunstall, daughter of Joseph James Dunstall and Lucy Foreman, on 9 Mar 1821 in Gillingham, Kent, England.305 (Sarah Dunstall was born on 15 Oct 1800 in Chatham, Kent, England 262, christened on 22 Feb 1801 in Chatam, Kent, England 299 and died on 17 Jan 1880 in Richmond, Hoth, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 262,306.)

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