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  • ID: I354
  • Name: Samuel AGNEW
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 27 MAY 1806 in Pinnunnock, Port Patrick, Wigonshire, Scotland
  • Burial: 24 MAR 1866 Nundubbermere Station, Qld
  • Immigration: 21 JUL 1841 Sydney, NSW
  • Occupation: Farm Servant/Cattle Station Manager
  • Death: 22 MAR 1866 in Nundubbermere Station, Qld
  • Note:
    Could read & write. Imported by Gilchrist & Alexander. Bounty paid of 19 pounds for Samuel & Mary Anne, & 10 pound for son & 5 pounds for each daughter. The family arrived on the ship "Helen" on 21st July, 1841. Religion Presbyterian/Catholic. The family came from Pinnunnock, near Stranraer, in Cork, Ireland before departure. Killed by the upsetting of a dray. Lived for 1 hour. Buried on the station

    Agnews came originally came from Loch Awe in Argyll, Scotland , about 70 miles north west of Pinnunnock, near Stranraer in Dumfreishire. Samuel went to Ireland, for reasons unknown, met Mary and married her at St.James, Mallow, Co. Cork. He lived at Longueville, she at Killgobbin. Left Liverpool on 'Helen' 4.4.1841, by Cape of Good Hope, 107 days at sea. Assisted passages by Gilchrist and Alexander. They left just before the great potato famine of '45-'49. Sailed with Mary Ann, Margaret and James.

    Obituary in 'Darling Downs Gazette'. 7/4/1866, page 2, column 6. Mary: Mary Ann CUDMORE.

    Mary was one day left alone on the station (Nundubbermere) while the men were mustering. She was virtually unarmed as they were waiting on overdue stores, including shot for their muskets. The lack of ammunition apparently caused little concern as she was supposedly revered by the aborigines, resident on the station, as 'the great white queen'. On this day, one of her young sons was turning the grindstone for one of the aboriginal men called 'Jacky,' while he sharpened his tomahawk. As he did so, the young Agnew boy heard Jacky muttering in aboriginal language, that he was going to kill the 'missus'. The man forgot that the boy could understand his language. The boy ran and told his mother. She gathered all the children in the house and bolted themselves in. She dug a hole in the floor and melted an old tea chest to make some shot. Armed and ready, she waited. Eventually Jacky arrived at the door, with his tomohawk behind his back, and demanded flour. She replied by pointing her gun at him and telling him to go away, as he was not supposed to come near the house when the men were away. He brandished the tomohawk and Mary fired at his leg. He ran away from the house, and from behind every tree another aborigine fled The was a general uprising at the time. In a similar incident close by, an Ogilvie family was slaughtered, mother and 7 children.

    Related by: Duncan Kentish a descendant of the Mary Agnew-Robson-Penny line
    Warwick Examiner and Times 6 April, 1872:-
    Good reports from Quartpot, Kettle Swamp & Broadwater Creeks. Several drays have left town, Warwick, with timber for long toms & sluice boxes this week, and are making arrangements for building themselves bark humpies. The number of people passing daily for the tin grounds is very large. Sugarloaf creek has been selected up to the top of the range,in some places. In this creek 5lb-6lb to the dish while from Messesr Wilson & Agnew and party they claim 6-7cwt of tin was washed out by a couple of men in several days.
    Border Post 12 June 1874:-
    In the case of Penny and Agnew for assualt and threatening language,the bench Police Magistrate, Mr Pollet Carden, as an aside indicated that he had got his eye blackened by the prisoner.
    Border Post 14 Feb 1873:-
    A census of children to be taken in the Sugarloaf area re applying for a provisional school, from the comittee of messers Horton, Cable, Armstrong, Laird, Arbouin, Rogers,White, Agnew, Hawkins, Campbell, and Hillinger, the following were appointed to make the cencus, Horton & White for the Thirteen Mile Creek, area. Rogers & Dickson for the Sugarloaf area, Arbouiin & Rigbye for the Upper Soougarloaf area. The school opened 5 May 1874.

    Father: James AGNEW b: in Pinnunnock, Scotland
    Mother: Margaret WITHERS b: in Scotland

    Marriage 1 Mary Ann CUDMORE b: 25 MAR 1821 in Killgobbin, Ballyclough, County Cork, Ireland
    • Married: 13 APR 1837 in Killcullen, Cork, Ireland.
    1. Has Children Mary Ann AGNEW b: 22 APR 1837 in Killgubbie, Ballyclough, Mallow, Cork, Ireland
    2. Has Children Margaret AGNEW b: 30 APR 1838 in Killgubbie, Ballyclough, County Cork, Ireland
    3. Has No Children James AGNEW b: 22 MAY 1839 in Killgubbie, Ballyclough, County Cork, Ireland
    4. Has Children Edward Cudmore AGNEW b: 03 MAY 1842 in Gundy, Scone
    5. Has Children Ann Cudmore AGNEW b: 22 APR 1844 in Gundy, Scone, NSW
    6. Has Children Euphemia AGNEW b: 09 JUN 1846 in Blairmor, Hunter River, NSW
    7. Has Children Elizabeth AGNEW b: 28 MAY 1848 in Redbank, Grafton, NSW
    8. Has Children Samuel AGNEW b: 27 FEB 1850 in Redbank, Qld
    9. Has Children John AGNEW b: 17 MAR 1852 in Grafton, NSW
    10. Has No Children Nevin AGNEW b: 11 SEP 1853 in Tatham, District of Clarence, NSW
    11. Has Children Janet AGNEW b: 03 APR 1856 in Grafton, NSW
    12. Has No Children Sylvester AGNEW b: 03 APR 1856 in Grafton, NSW
    13. Has Children Catherine AGNEW b: 19 JUL 1858 in Bundarra, NSW
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