|parents||Thomas Punch & Ann Brown|
|born||31 January 1827, Limehouse, London, England|
|baptised||25 February 1827, St Anne's Church of England, Limehouse, London, England|
|died||1885, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia|
|buried||probably Bendigo, Victoria, Australia|
John Joseph Punch was born in the Limehouse area of London's Docklands. As a young man he trained and worked as a Bricklayer[3,4].
Maria was born on 7 February 1829 and baptised at St Anne's, Limehouse on 6 December 1829. Maria's parents were John Wright, a Butcher, and Elizabeth.
Limehouse (Google Maps)
|Aged only 25 years, John with Maria, son, John Joseph and daughter, Elizabeth set off for
Australia arriving at Portland, Victoria on 20 January 1855, onboard the "Shand". |
This is 2 years before his older brother, Thomas James emigrated.
The Argus, 19 October 1852
The Argus, 8 January 1855
The Argus, 27 January 1855
Bendigo, Dunolly, Tarnagulla and other small townships were part of the Golden Triangle during the heady days of the Victorian gold rush.
The Jones Creek diggings was simply a collection of miners, their families and tents together with a rudimentary Government Camp (later moved to Burnt Creek) where small fortunes could be made - with luck!
The diggings were probably located where Jones Creek crosses the Bridgewater-Dunolly Road.