Rev. Samuel Berjew Fookes

#190, (27 August 1822-2 November 1892)
FatherJames MacKenzie Fooks (7 Dec 1780-22 Oct 1825)
MotherJane Berjew (25 Dec 1777-15 Apr 1875)
ChartsBarbara Nicholson - ancestors
Last Edited14 Apr 2019
Samuel Berjew Fooks
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Samuel was born on Tuesday, 27 August 1822 at Weymouth, Dorset.1,2 He was the son of James MacKenzie Fooks and Jane Berjew. Rev. Samuel Berjew Fookes was baptized on Wednesday, 30 October 1822 at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.3

In Jane Iles's will on 6 November 1824 at Dorset Mary Ann Barbara Berjew, Catherine Jane Iles Fooks, Charles Berjew Fooks, William Samuel Fooks, Rev. Samuel Berjew Fookes, James MacKenzie Fooks and Jane Fooks were named as heirs.4

His father died 22 October 1825 at the age of 44. Samuel was aged 3 when this happened.5

Samuel emigrated from England circa June 1840 on the 'Waterloo' with his mother, his sister and his brother-in-law.6,7 After a voyage of about 5 months Samuel arrived at Adelaide on 9 November 1840 with his mother, his sister and his brother-in-law.6,7

For two years Samuel made a living as a dairy farmer.2,8 His name was legally changed to Samuel Berjew Fookes although this was not done by deed poll.2 He moved to Hobart, Tasmania in 1842.2

He arrived in Hobart on 10 November 1842 and conducted a school for young gentlemen in Barrack Street, in Hobart in languages & science.9 Samuel was employed as a writing and classics master in schools at Hobart.2,8 Samuel was employed to the family of Mr. Goldie as a tutor at Richmond, Tasmania.5,8 Samuel was employed in the English Church for the post of cathechist at Spring Bay, Tasmania.2

Soon after, Samuel began thinking of taking Holy Orders, perhaps influenced by his mother's strong christian faith, who, along with Bishop Nixon, assisted him in his preparations.10 He was Rector on 20 February 1847 at St. Lukes Anglican, in Richmond, Tasmania.11

He married Margaret Sarah Westbrook, daughter of Dr. Samuel Westbrook and Mary Margaret Mason, at Anglican Chapel on Saturday, 20 February 1847 at Buckland Plains, Tasmania. He was 24 and his wife Margaret was 24. Witnesses to the wedding were Dr. Samuel Westbrook.12,13,14 Samuel, aged 25 and Margaret Sarah Westbrook, aged 25 likely became the parents of Rev. Henry Samuel Cox Fooks on 1 January 1848 at Richmond, Tasmania.15 He was ordained a minister in 1848 at St. David's Church, in Hobart.10,9 Samuel was employed by the Reverend F. H. Cox as curate.10,8

Rev. Samuel Berjew Fookes was one of a number of Anglican ministers to sign a petition against transportation, largely on the grounds of the effect that would have on the colony and the colonists (rather than the effect on the convicts) in December 1850.16

He was ordained as 'Missionary Chaplin' on 11 June 1851 - formerly Convict Chaplain - and was posted to Impression Bay (now Premaydena), Tasman Penninsula, Tasmania.9 Samuel and Margaret lived in 1854 at Impression Bay (now Premaydena), Tasman Penninsula, Tasmania.17 Rev. Samuel Berjew Fookes was was described in his wife's obituary as 'Chaplain to the Invalids' on 11 June 1854.18

His wife Margaret died 11 June 1854 at the age of 31, leaving him a widower at age 31.19 With Margaret's death and the strain of work in the prision, Samuel's health deteriorated. It was decided that he should take up other duties.10

Rev. Samuel Berjew Fookes was appointed as Chaplain, a post it is thought he occupied from October 1854 to December 1857. His annual stipend was £200 with a forage allowance of £50 on 1 September 1854 at St. Paul's, in Circular Head, Tasmania.20,21,9

He married Louisa Jean Hobkirk, daughter of John Peter Hobkirk and Frances Mary Lecosne, at Trinity Church on Monday, 7 May 1855 at Launceston, Tasmania. He was 32 and his wife Louisa was 21.22,23,24

On 17 October 1855 his character was impunged by a letter to the paper, to which he gave a response.25

In October 1857 he was apponted to St. Matthias, in Windermere, Tasmania.9

When his departure from Circular Head, Tasmania was announced in late 1857, seventy eight of his students signed a letter of thanks to him for their religious instruction, to which he responded.26 He eventually had to give up the Windamere post due to the amount of boating on the Tamar that he needed to do to maintain the Parish.8

In May 1861 he was appointed to St. Andrew's Anglican, in Perth, Tasmania.9 Samuel lived in July 1861 at Colebrook Dale, Tasmania.27 He received the Archbishops degree of Master of Arts on Bishop Nixon's recommendation circa 1864.8 He was became curate circa 1872 at St. Luke's, in Richmond, Tasmania.9,8

On Thursday, 10 April 1873 he reported that a horse of his was 'stolen or strayed'; the horse was an aged chestnut, with a white blaze down it's face.28

His mother died 15 April 1875 at the age of 97. Samuel was aged 52 when this happened. He applied for and received the pension; "After some while gathering his strength he was engaged as curate at St. David's under the Rev. H. C. Garlick for some time, taking a special interest in the mission district; and when his services were no longer required there he assisted Canon Archer at All Saints', and took occasional services in some country parishes." circa 1877.8 Grace Fookes and Reverend James Sutherland Babington were married by Rev. Samuel Berjew Fookes on Wednesday, 12 August 1885 at St. David's Mission Church, in Hobart.29,14

Samuel died on 2 November 1892 at Sandy Bay, Hobart, at age 70 after a long illness.8,1,30 His body was interred at Queensborough Cemetery at Sandy Bay, Hobart. The cemetery has since been converted to Schoolgrounds for the Hutchins School. Some headstones were preserved and erected in a little park in Peel Street, Sandy Bay. The headstone of Samuel Fookes, his second wife Louisa Jean Hobkirk and others of his second family are amongst those preserved in the Peel Street site. The headstone of the Westbrook family, including Samuel Westbrook is preserved in the same park..31,3032
Samuel Berjew Fook's headstone
(Source: Dionald Reid)


1822BirthWeymouth, Dorset1,2
1822BaptismMelcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset3
1841OccupationSouth Australia2,8
Name Change2
1842Note memo only CR CRBarrack Street, in Hobart9
EmploymentRichmond, Tasmania5,8
EmploymentSpring Bay, Tasmania2
Note memo only CR CR10
1847OccupationSt. Lukes Anglican, in Richmond, Tasmania11
1847MarriageAnglican Chapel, in Buckland Plains, Tasmania12,13,14
1848OrdinacLDSSt. David's Church, in Hobart10,9
1850Note CR CR16
1851Note memo only CR CRImpression Bay (now Premaydena), Tasman Penninsula, Tasmania9
1852Employment-hidePort Arthur, Tasmania10
1854ResidenceImpression Bay (now Premaydena), Tasman Penninsula, Tasmania17
Note memo only10
1854Note CR CRSt. Paul's, in Circular Head, Tasmania20,21,9
1855Residence-hideThe parsonage, in Stanley, Tasmania21
1855MarriageTrinity Church, in Launceston, Tasmania22,23,24
1855Note memo only CR CR25
1857Note memo only CR CRSt. Matthias, in Windermere, Tasmania9
1857Note memo only CR CRCircular Head, Tasmania26
1858Note memo onlyWindermere, Tasmania8
1861Note memo only CR CRSt. Andrew's Anglican, in Perth, Tasmania9
1861ResidenceColebrook Dale, Tasmania27
1872OccupationSt. Luke's, in Richmond, Tasmania9,8
1873Note memo only CR CR28
1892DeathSandy Bay, Hobart8,1,30
BurialQueensborough Cemetery, in Sandy Bay, Hobart31,30

Family 1

Margaret Sarah Westbrook (13 Sep 1822-11 Jun 1854)

Family 2

Louisa Jean Hobkirk (10 Sep 1833-5 Dec 1918)


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  2. [S274] Grahame R. Fooks, The Fooks Family Records p.5.
  3. [S338], ( Dorset History Centre; Dorset Parish Registers; Reference: PE/MCR.
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  6. [S256] Grahame R. Fooks, The Fooks Family, 1780-1980 p.4.
  7. [S386] South Australian Migrant Shipping (1836-1860) ( Waterloo 9th Nov 1840 (This citation is for the date and details of the ship; the presence of the Fooks family on it has not been verified.).
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    To her Most Gracious Majesty, Victoria, by the grace of God, Queen, &c, &.
    The humble petition of the undersigned, the bishop, archdeacons, and clergymen of the
    United Church of England and Ireland in Tasmania.
    That the appalling evils resulting from transportation to this island, as respects its moral and social condition, have, during several years past, been strenuously urged upon the imperial parliament, in a series of petitions from the colonists, including ministers of religion of all denominations, addressed to your Majesty and both houses of parliament, praying for its immediate and total abolition.
    That they have learned with deep regret, that a despatch has been received from the right honorable the secretary of state, announcing the intention of the government to resume transportation to this island, and to make a permanent penal colony.
    That this announcement has been received with grief, and alarm by a very large proportion of all classes of the community, and if criminals continue to be transported to this colony, your Majesty's petitioners, as ministers of peace, cannot but tremble at the permanent establishment of a spirit of exasperation, and of most unhappy division pervading the entire social system, seriously impeding the efforts of your Majesty's petitioners to promote the extension and continuance of Christian peace and love, according to their appointed duty.
    That for these reasons, as well as on account of the moral and social evils inherent in the very establishment of a penal colony, and of the degradation attached to it in the opinion of mankind at large, and of the injury thus sustained in point of character and reputation by the settlers in every such colony, your Majesty's petitioners are firmly convinced that, even supposing a lucrative return to be derived from convict labor, THAT advantage would be beyond calculation outweighed by the frightful evils which the convict system introduces and implants wherever the employment of such labor is admitted
    Your Majesty's petitioners also respectfully submit, that whatever might be the extent of the evils arising from a penal establishment in a community unanimously favorable to its continuance, there can be no doubt that those evils would be most formidably aggravated in a colony, where the majority of all classes are opposed to its resumption, and Your Majesty's petitioners hesitate not to declare their conviction, that convicts can no longer be introduced into this colony with real advantage to themselves, or to the community into which they are introduced.
    Your Majesty's petitioners therefore, being moved by these considerations, the serious nature of which cannot fail to force itself upon the notice of your Majesty, would, on their own behalf, and on the behalf of those for whom they are placed in charge, earnestly pray that your Majesty will be pleased, by and with the advice of your Majesty's privy council, to rescind the order by which the colony of Van Diemen's Land is declared to be a place to which criminals may be transported.
    And your Majesty's petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.").
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  20. [S820] Betty Jones unknown short book title Allotment 33.
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  23. [S273] Tasmania, Marriage Certificate, 1855 #780 (index only).
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    Sir,-Permit me to reply through your columns to an article in the Cornwall Chronicle of 17th inst., headed " Another charge against a reverend gentleman," seriously impugning my character as a Christian minister. It is therein stated that with reference to the interment of an old man named Shipley, due notice had been given to me of the hour at which it would be requisite for me to be in attendance to read the burial service, but after several hours beyond that time I had not made my appearance,. &c. In regard to this, it is, I suppose, sufficient for me to state that no person whatsover at any time gave me such notice, either by word or in writing. Of precisely the same character for accuracy are the statements of my 'running towards the graveyard," "abusing the contractor in no measured terms," "proceeding in a temper to the grave of poor Shipley," and after the service was over demandilng the Coroner's warrant so as to secure payment of fees.
    When the constable was sent in the afternoon of October 5th to inform me that I was required to bury directly the body of the person named, I was engaged in making ministerial visits at Highfield and the neighborhood, and on being told of his errand, returned at once to the church. As far as I remember, the extent of my communicaltion with the contractor was an expression of regret that the person whose duty it was did not give me timely notice that the funeral was to take place on that day, so that the body might not have been been placed in the grave without the rites of tihe church. Production of the coroner's warrant was requested in obedience to the law. I was not then, nor am I now aware, that fees are payable under such circumstances.
    It is not my custom generally to notice anonymous accusations of this character, but considering that these are calculated seriously to affect my ministerial usefulness, I feel that I ought to state plainly that they are entirely groundless.

    S. B. Fookes.
    Stanley Parsonage, Oct. 23.").
  26. [S570] The Courier (Hobart), Hobart, Tasmania, 1857 'ADDRESS.', The Courier (Hobart, Tas. : 1840 - 1859), 30 November, p. 3, viewed 24 October, 2014, (ADDRESS.
    To Rev. S. B. Fookes, Stanley Parsonage.
    Circular Head, 19th November, 1857.
    Dear Sir,-We hear with regret that the connection hitherto existing between us is about to be broken by your departure from Circular Head. We beg to thank you most sincerely for the pains you have taken from time to time in imparting religious instruction to us, and in striving to impress our minds with the truths of our Holy Religion ; and trust, through God's blessing, we may have profited by the same, and that the seed you have sown may bring forth fruit in our after lives. We hope you will accept the accompanying Bible with our best wishes for the happiness of yourself and Mrs. Fookes, and remain
    Yours respectfully,
    [Here follow the signatures of seventy-eight young persons resident in the Parish of Circular Head.]

    17th November, 1857.
    My Dear Young Friends, - It was with much pleasure that I received your affectionate farewell letter, together with its handsome accompaniment, for both of which I thank you. Some of the happiest hours of my residence at Circular Head have been spent in striving to engraft on your young minds the "glad tidings" of Gospel Truth, and let us join in hoping that this instruction has been blessed by the Most High to your and my benefit here and hereafter. Remembering that it is written, - "Even a child is known by his doings," - I would once more kindly press upon you the duty of being obedient to your teachers, diligent in your studies, and truthful in conversation ; above all, let everything you say and do tend to the glory of God and the extension of the Redeemer's Kingdom. It would fill my heart with joy to hear that as you grow in strength and stature, so in faith and grace. The best return I can give for your remembrance of Mrs. Fookes is an expression of hope (in which she herself joins) that the care bestowed upon and the amusement afforded you by her have not been without their profit.

    Finally, forget not to pray to Him whose encouraging word it is,-" They that seek me early shall find me."
    Believe me,
    Always your faithful friend,
    S. B. Fookes.).
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  30. [S477] Australia Cemetery Index, 1808-2007, Cemetery: Queenborough, Cemetery Location: Sandy Bay, Hobart.
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