James Glover (1845-1905)

According to his marriage certificate, James Glover was born in London, Middlesex, England in 1850 however when he died in Charters Towers his daughter was the informant and believed he was born in 1847. The only James Glover I could find with a father, James and a mother Elizabeth was born in 1845 in Bethnal Green, Middlesex but his mother was Elizabeth Goode. I am not sure this is the same person.

James arrived in Australia before 1877 and on his death certificate his daughter says he was here 42 years putting his arrival around 1863. At this stage I have not been able to find out when or on what ship he arrived. There a James Glover who was aboard the Steamship Telegraph which arrived in Sydney from Brisbane in 1862 however by that date I believe the Telegraph was no longer an immigrant ship but plying passengers between the major Australian ports. I don’t know!

According to the 1851 Census James Glover from Bethnal Green had two sisters and a brother: Elizabeth, Caroline and William. Bethnal Green was a particularly poor and in fact according to British History Online, by 1871 it was the porest area London. In 1939 life expectancy for laborours and servants was just 16, tradesmen 26 and the gentry 45. They were tough times!!! It is no wonder James decided to make his way to Australia. There are however many questions I have to explore: did he come with anyone else in his family and when and on what ship did he leave?

Mary Jane Mottershead

May Mottershead was born in Manchester in 1858.

James Glover and Mary Jane Mottershead

James and Mary were married and had ten children together in the city of Charters Towers.

I believe this photo would have been taken in September 1901 at the wedding of William Hector Glover and Sophie Olsen. Pictured Standing: L to R Walter 20, Herbert 18, James 26, William 24, Henry 16. Front: L to R Ethel 5, James Glover Sr 56, Arthur 8, Leonard 11, Mary 43 and babySydney 20 months.