Watson and Canet Family History Site
As with most families, this branch of my family has all sorts of family stories associated with it. The ones I've been told are:
Leslie Henry Canet was born in Shepparton, Vic, Australia on the 12 July, 1919, eldest son of Henry Vincent CANET and Cecile May O'DONNELL. He spent his early life in the Fitzroy and Brunswick areas of Melbourne, Vic where his father owned and operated a bicycle manufacturing business.
He was born 10 Oct 1878 in Tallygaroopna, Vic, Australia, and died 09 Feb 1953 in Fitzroy, Vic, Australia.
He married (1) Alice Cassandra BARTLETT 1907 in Tallygaroopna, Vic, Australia, daughter of John BARTLETT and Cassandra GREY. She was born 1884 in Branholme, Vic, Australia. They had one child named Ernest CANET but both mother and child died. Henry's second family did not know much about the first family other than he had kept his first wife's favorite hat (it had flowers around the brim) and a small photo of his son. It was about 10 years after his first wifes' death before he remarried. Searches have been conducted of all deaths from 1854-1980 for Canet. There is no entry for any wife or child.
He married (2) Cecile Alice May O'DONNELL on 2 Oct 1918 in Shepparton,
Vic, Australia, she was the daughter of Hamilton Lewis O'DONNELL and Annie
BROWN. She was born 15 Jan 1897 in Bunbartha, Vic, Australia, and died
25 Jul 1984 in Qld, Australia.
Henry Canet played for Tallygaroopna Football Club over many years. There are two team photos from 1907 and 1908 which feature Henry. In the photo from 1907 he is the one behind the man in white, he has a mustache. His brother, Bert ( Albert) is also in the photo. Henry also loved to play cricket and played for Shepparton.
Henry also was a builder/carpenter for a time. He had a Service Station in Shepparton and was the local motorcycle machanic. Family lore says there was an outbreak of scarlet fever in Shepparton and Henry drove the local doctor to all of his calls, as he was one of the few who owned a car. Later they had a Deli in Carlton, Melbourne.By 1924 the family had moved to 442 George St, Fitzroy, where Henry is listed as a cycle manufacturer. In 1931 the family are living at 88 Cecil Street, Fitzroy. Henry remained at this address until his death in 1953.
In the 1920's he also owned the Bluebell Cycle shop and possibly built bikes for Malvern Star. Between 1923 to 1928, Henry is listed in the Sands & McDougall Postal Directories as a “cycle manufacturer” at 431 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. His business was on the corner of Brunswick & Cecil Street’s.
Tallygaroopna Football Club, 1907
Cecile Alice was born on the 15th Jan, 1897 in Bunbartha, Vic, Australia. She was a twin, her sister was Evelyn Victoria O'DONNELL. There parents were Hamilton Lewis O'DONNELL and Annie BROWN. She married Henry Vincent CANET on 2 Oct 1918 in Shepparton, Vic, Australia. It was her first marriage, and his second, his first wife having died soon after giving birth.
In 1919 she is living in Corio St, Shepparton, Vic, Australia, at the same period, her husband is listed as living in Wyndham St, Shepparton. I don't know why they were at separate addresses. By 1924 both have moved to 442 George St, Fitzroy, where Henry is listed as a cycle manufacturer. She lived her until at least 1953, the year of her husband's death.
At some stage she moved to Queensland, where she died on 25 Jul 1984.
The children of Henry CANET and Cecile O'DONNELL are:
Robert Canet was born 25 Apr 1845 in St George Hanover Square, Middlesex, England, and died 09 Aug 1936 in West Brunswick, Vic, Australia. He was dark blonde with vivid blue eyes.
He was christened at St Mary-St Marylebone on the 7 Mar 1847 (at the same time as his brothers). On the day of 30th March, 1851 he was staying with Hugh and Louisa Cunningham's family at 4 Hanover Place, Camberwell, Surrey, England. He relationship to the family is listed as visitor and his occupation is scholar.
On 7 April, 1861 he is listed with his mother and brothers as living at 22 Lorrimore St, St Mary Newington, Lambeth, Surrey. As in the previous census, he is listed as a scholar.
Family lore has it that he came to Australia around 1863 aboard the HMS Camperdown. He supposedly jumped ship when it landed in Port Phillip Bay with Edward Cumming, 32; Robert Webster, 18; Benjamin Kerward, 21; and David Cook, 18. The Camperdown was 945 tons under master Charles Hodder, which left London 20th Nov, 1862 and arrived in Melbourne on the 7th March, 1863. Robert was engaged as ordinary seaman and was previously employed by the Athenias, sailing from St Johns to Bremerhaven where he was a discharged on 22 June 1862.
Once he had jumped ship, he went to the goldfields. I'm not sure how active they were in the 1860's. While on the goldfields he used the name Robert O'Brien CANET (this name is used on the birth certificate of his daughter, Honorina Catherine CANET).
Little is known of the ten years he lived in Australia before he married Elizabeth Ann MONTGOMERY on the 28th May, 1878 in Mooroopna, Vic, Australia. She was the daughter of John MONTGOMERY and Elizabeth Ann SANDILANDS.
The family were active in the local community. On the 17th Aug, 1889 a petition was signed by a number of townspeople arguing for a school to be establised at Tallygaroopna. Robert CANET (occupation contractor) signed as the father of five children, who lived two miles from the current school.
In 1903 he is living in Tallygaroopna with Elizabeth and his occupation is listed as a labourer on the local electoral roll.
In 1906 the school was again a cause for concern with another petition being sent to the Minister of Public Instruction requesting the that school room and the accomodations of the local school be enlarged. This petition was signed by E. CANET (married woman).
Between 1914 and 1919 he and Elizabeth were living at 30 Smith St, West Brunswick, Vic. Robert is retired by this time. They moved to 53 Burnell St, West Brunswick, Vic around 1921 and were still there in 1931 and later at the time of Robert's death in 1936.
In 1888 the town Tallygaroopna was also known as Coldwellton for a time. This may show on same records. Also on the pioneer records same births where registered as Tallagorco, also Talagaroopna this was Tallygaroopna. Town belonged to the parish of Congupna some records will be under this as well. St Lukes honor rolls has J.Canet and R.G. Canet Listed. The Church closed in 1955. Robert CANET was listed in his own handwritting as being a contractor on the 1890 petition for a new school. Around 1911 Robert and Elizabeth moved into town.
Camperdown HMS (1885) 1213, 1214, 1215, 1306, 1307 pages pictures of ship, in History of Ships, no author Vol 1& 2, published circa 1972-1975. Located New English Library, England. Apparently his crew record is housed at the Maritime Museum, Labrador, Canada. There are two ships bearing the name 'Camperdown' was built 1860 New Brunswick, Master T. Cameron, owners W. Rome Liverpool. Tons 1244, length 197.7, width 37.8, depth 22.9. In 1863 she also sailed from Liverpool to India.
Elizabeth Ann MONTGOMERY was born on the 25th July, 1859 at Duck Pond Creek, Vic, the daughter of John MONTGOMERY and Elizabeth Ann SANDILANDS.
In 1906 while the family were still in Tallygaroopna, Elizabeth signed a petition asking for improvements to the local school buildings.
Elizabeth was still chopping her own wood well into her 80's. She would walk into the city from Burnell Street, West Brunswick. Grandma would give the grandchildren scolded cream and lamingtons when they visited them at Burnell Street.
The children of Robert CANET and Elizabeth Ann MONTGOMERY are:
Hamilton Lewis O'DONNELL was born on 13 Oct, 1847 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland. His parents were Hamilton Lewis O'DONNELL and Emily Jane TODD. On his birth record, his surname is spelt O'DONNEL.
Some time after his father's death in 1865, his mother and his siblings came to Australia in 1872, arriving in Port Henry, Corio Bay, Vic, Australia.
On the 11th Mar, 1872, he married Annie BROWN in Geelong, Vic, Australia. After spending some time in the Mount Moriac, Vic, Australia area, where the firest two children were born, the family moved to Shepparton, Vic, Australia were the next two children were born. After that, it was off to Nine Mile Creek, where the next five children were born. Their final children, twin girls were born at Bunbartha, Vic, Australia. The family were then based around the Shepparton/Mooroopna area.
In 1903, Hamilton is listed as living at Tallyagaroopna, Vic, Australia, where his occupation is listed as "village settler". He then works as a farmer until 1914 where he is listed as undertaking home duties. In 1919, the year before his death he is listed as a pensioner living at Clive St , Shepparton, Vic, Australia. He was still at this address when he died on 8 Mar, 1920.
On the various Electoral Rolls where he is listed, his name is spelt as Hamilton Louis O'Donnell. There are other's on the rolls who spell their names as Hamilton Lewis O'Donnell. This person is presumed to be the child of one of our Hamilton Lewis O'Donnells' siblings ie a nephew.
Annie was born on 14 July, 1854 in Relessy, County Tyrone, Ireland. Her parents were Edward BROWN and Elizabeth ABERNEATHY. She married Hamilton Lewis O'DONNELL on 11th Mar, 1872. It is believed that her father disapproved of the match, and disowned her. She is not named on his death certificate as one of his children.
In 1903, Annie is listed as living at Tallyagaroopna, Vic, Australia, with her husband. In 1914 she and her husband are located in Bunbartha, Vic, Australia. . In 1919, she living at Clive St , Shepparton, Vic, Australia. From 1924 until at least 1936, she is living at 4 Miller Ave, Shepparton, Vic, Australia. At the time of her death on 6 Sep, 1940 she was living at the home of her daughter, Mrs E Earle, at 81 Corio St, Shepparton, Vic, Australia.
The children of Hamilton Lewis O'DONNELL and Annie BROWN are:
Zacharie Théophile CANET or Zacharias Theophile CANET as he appears in English records. He was born in about 1813 in France. We have no details of any specific location. His father was called Bertrand, Bertram or Bernard CANET, who was a linen cloth merchant.
One of the earliest records we have for Theophile is on the 1841 England Census where he is listed with his wife, Margaret (Turnbull) and is listed as being a Tailor. They are living at Frith St, St Anne Soho, Middlesex. Theophile and Margaret were married by banns on 18 Jan 1841 at St Annes Church, Westminster, London.
At the time of their son Roberts' birth in 1845, the family were living at 63 South Molton Street, St Georges Hanover Square, Middlesex. At the time of the next census on 30 Mar 1851, the family are living at 8 Air St, Westminster St James, Middlesex. Sometime after the recording of the census, Theophile dies.
There are severel listings for Theophile CANET in various commercial directories for Londong. In 1848, Theophilus Canet and Thomas Canet are listed as Tailors, at 29 Duke St. In 1852 the London Post Office Directory for "Theophilues Canet, tailor, 6 Air Street, Piccadilly".
The family story is that he caught yellow fever from a bolt of cloth imported from Brazil and went to Lisbon to recover but he and one son, Theophile, died there. But this doesn't align with the records. There is an English death record for the son, Theophile, but no record for Theophile senior.
There aren't records of major yellow fever outbreaks in London during this period. However, there are major outbreaks during this period in Lisbon. Is it possible that the family was there and that is where he caught the disease and died. And upon his death, the family came back to England? But why would he be travelling with all his family?
I think it's more likely that Theophile was in Lisbon on a business trip, caught the disease and then died. I've checked the overseas deaths index but can't find anything.
Another possibility is that nothing health related happened to him, he may have lost his money and simply deserted the family and returned to France.
Margaret TURNBULL was the daughter of Algernon Robert TURNBULL and Margaret Ann MORGAN. Algernon married Margaret Ann MORGAN, daughter of John MORGAN and Ann, on 17 Apr 1796 in St Marylebone, St Mary Marylebone Road, London. Algernon and Margaret TURNBULL lived at the York Buildings, St Mary Newington, Surrey, England in Jun 1841, with Algernons' occupation listed as appraiser. They would have been in their 50's when their daughter Margaret was born.
After he husbands death, the family appear to have "gone down in the world", with their next recorded address in 1861 at 22 Lorrimore St, St Mary Newington, Lambeth, Surrey where they are sharing the residence with at least one other family. Margaret is also listed, for the first time, as having an occupation - Sempstress. In 1871 Margaret is living at 3 James St, Lambeth living with her son, Thephile and two girls. The girls are listed as her daughters but are called Josephine and Sopia Darling, both dress makers? Perhaps boarders who were misrecorded?
In 1881 Margaret is again living with her sons, Theophile and Philip, this time all as boarders at 2 Grosvenor Terrace, Newingston, Lambeth. Margaret is listed as an Ecclesastical Embroiderer, Philip as a mathematical instrument maker and Theohile as a painter.
Her final address is in 1891 at 2 Albert Terrace, Camberwell, London.
She is listed as a Retired Ecclesiastical Embroiderer. Her son, Theophile
is living at 1 Albert Terrace with his family.
Their children include:
John MONTGOMERY was born in 1815-1816 in Killaugh, Downpatrick, County Down, Ireland and died on 10 Jun 1892 in Tallygaroopna, Victoria, Australia. While he was born in Ireland, the family came from Aberdeen, Scotland. When he came to Australia, he originally settled in the Geelong area where he worked in a blacksmiths and stables. After his married to Elizabeth Ann Sandilands on 22 August, 1849 at Geelong they moved to Tallyagaroopna where he took up farming and was one of the pioneers of the area. A transcription of his will is available on this site.
Elizabeth Ann SANDILANDS was born on 15 Jul, 1829 at Harrow On The Hill, Middlesex, England. The daughter of James Sandilands and Margaret WILKINSON. On 7 Jun 1841 she is living with her family at Harrow On The Hill. There is no record so far of when Elizabeth came to Australia. It appears her sister, Margaret and her eldest brother, James, came to Australia on the Himalaya in 1842. She arrived in Australia some time before 1849, when she married John MONTGOMERY on the 22 Aug 1849 at Geelong, Vic, Australia. By 1878 the family had moved to Tallygaroopna, Vic, Australia where she died on the 25th Nov, 1903. A transcription of her will is available on this site.
Children of JOHN MONTGOMERY and ELIZABETH SANDILANDS are:
Hamilton Lewis O'DONNELL was born in about 1810 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland. He was the son of James Lewis O'DONNELL and Sarah Gantley/Gwendoline Amelia HAMILTON who were both from Killybegs, County Donegal, Ireland. He had some education as in 1826 he is working in the Aughaleague areas as Schoomaster. Considering the social status of his mother and the occupation of his father (estate manager), he would likely have received a good education from them, if no formal education was undertaken. On 31 Dec, 1837 at the timee of the birth of his oldest son, he is still in Omagh, but now working as a grocer. By 26 May, 1846 he has moved to Gortmore, County Tyrone and is making a living as a farmer. By the time of the birth of his fourth son, he has changed professions again and is working as a writing clerk in Gortmore. In 1863 his name appears in the Omagh Almanac & Street Directory, 1863, as a Clerk of Union for the Omagh Poor Law Union. On the 20 Nov, 1865 he died in Gortmore, County Tyrone, Ireland.
Emily Jane TODD was born in about 1810 in Omagh, County Tryone, Ireland and died on 22nd Dec, 1887 in Nine Mile Creek, Vic, Australia. She married Hamilton Lewis O'DONNELL some time around 1837. After his death, she and and a number of her children moved to the Shepparton area of Victoria, Australia with one, Irwin going at some time to New Zealand. They arrived in Port Henry, Corio Bay, Vic in 1872.
Children of Emily TODD and Hamilton Lewis O'DONNELL are:
Edward BROWN was born in 1832 in County Tyrone, Ireland. He married Elizabeth ABERNEATHY on the 18th Mar, 1851 in Cookstown, County Tryone, Ireland. He had at least one child with Elizabeth before she died some time after 1854. Sometime after her death, he came to Australia and settled in the Geelong, Vic, Australia area. There he met and married his second wife, Rebecca LINN (daugter of Henry LINN and Ann JOHNSTONE) from Country Fermanagh, Ireland. Rebecca and Edward had eight children between 1865 and 1880. At some stage he had a falling out with his daughter Annie, possibly over her marriage and she was never acknowledged by him after this falling out. He was said to have had substantial land holdings around the Geelong area.
Children of Rebecca LINN and Edward BROWN are:
Elizabeth ABERNEATHY was born around 1832 in County Tryone, Ireland. Her father was Hugh ABERNEATHY, a farmer. The witnesses to the marriage were William ABERNEATHY and William BROWN. She died some time after 1854.
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