Margaret Sarah Westbrook

#198, (13 September 1822-11 June 1854)
FatherDr. Samuel Westbrook1 (26 Dec 1794-2 Mar 1866)
MotherMary Margaret Mason (c 1799-15 Aug 1853)
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Margaret was born on Friday, 13 September 1822 at Tower Hamlets, London.2 She was the daughter of Dr. Samuel Westbrook and Mary Margaret Mason.1 Margaret Sarah Westbrook was baptized at St. Dunstan's and All Saints on Thursday, 10 October 1822 at Tower Hamlets, London.3,4,5

At the age of 6 Margaret emmigrated from London on 4 March 1829 on the 'Calista' with her parents and younger siblings. They were consigned to Hobart, and came via Rio.6,7,8 Margaret arrived at Swan River, Perth, Western Australia, on 31 May 1829 with her parents and younger siblings. They came via Rio de Janeiro with 47 passengers.7



However, it seems that the Swan River District was a considerable disappointment:
"On Saturday last the long expected Calista arrived from England, via the new settlement at Swan River. The accounts brought by this ship of that place are far from satisfactory. The proposed colonization would seem to be a total failure ... The entrance to Swan River was found totally inaccessible, even to boats ; there being not more than four feet water upon the bar over which it unceasingly broke. The stores, and every thing else taken from the shipping, was therefore of necessity landed upon the beach, and carried a long distance across the land to the river inside the bar, to be again embarked in boats for conveyance to the proposed settlement, some 8 or 10 miles up the river. But the very worst part of the "Peel Colony," (as Mr. Hume called it in Parliament) is that the country itself seems to be altogether unsuited for the residence of man. The land is barrenness itself. Sand, sandstone, and granite, with- out an acre of good land, as far as observation has gone. The want of water is also most seriously felt; instead of those purling streams, and bubbling springs, which the London papers spoke of, the only bubbling appears to have been that which the Peel folks effected. In a word, the whole scheme seems to be an entire failure of the most unqualified description."9




Further describing the circumstances:
"The expectations of the settlers were somewhat disappointed, the quality of the soil not being near equal to what they had been led to anticipate; several exploring parties had been into various parts of the interior, but all the good land they had met with was reckoned not to exceed 3,000 acres. Two distinct settlements had been formed, one about twelve or thirteen miles up the River, which had been named Perth, and where Captain Stirling had pitched his head-quarters ; the other, close to the mouth of the River, had been called Fremantle. At Perth they were busily engaged in building dwelling-houses and stores, but at Fremantle they were all residing in canteens brought out from England. They were greatly in want of artificers."10


Aparently Samuel thought he might buy some land in the area but he continued on to Hobart. The conditions may have something to do with it, as might of his continuing role as the Calista's doctor. But perhaps the most important consideration might be family; his mother, probably widowed, emigrated to Hobart two years before and had endured a shipwreck.10,11

At the age of 7 Margaret emmigrated from Perth, Western Australia, on 21 September 1829 on the 'Calista' with her parents and younger siblings.7,10 Margaret arrived at Hobart on 24 October 1829 with her parents and younger siblings.7,12

She presumably moved with her parents to Launceston, Tasmania, circa 1830.13 She presumably moved with her parents to Clifton House, in New Norfolk, Tasmania, on 17 February 1835.14

She married Samuel Berjew Fookes, son of James MacKenzie Fooks and Jane Berjew, at Anglican Chapel on Saturday, 20 February 1847 at Buckland Plains, Tasmania. She was 24 and her husband Samuel was 24. Witnesses to the wedding were Dr. Samuel Westbrook.15,16 Margaret, aged 25 and Samuel Berjew Fookes, aged 25 likely became the parents of Henry Samuel Cox Fooks on 1 January 1848 at Richmond, Tasmania.17 Margaret and Samuel lived in 1854 at Impression Bay (now Premaydena), Tasman Penninsula, Tasmania.18

Margaret died on 11 June 1854 at Impression Bay (now Premaydena), Tasman Penninsula, Tasmania, at age 31 on Trinity Sunday.4,19 She was buried at St. George's Anglican Church, in Sorrell, Tasmania.19,20

Margaret had an obituary written on 5 August 1854:
"At Impression Bay, Tasman's Peninsula on Trinity Sunday Sunday June 11th, Margaret Sarah the beloved wife of the Rev S. B. Fooks, Chaplain to the invalides, Aged 32 Years. Deeply lamented by all who knew her."5

Children of Margaret Sarah Westbrook and Samuel Berjew Fookes

Children
Last Edited29 Jun 2014
ChartsBarbara Nicholson - ancestors

Citations

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