Louisa Charlotte Punch (b 1836)

parents Thomas Punch & Ann Brown

born 9 August 1836, Limehouse, London, England[1]
baptised 4 September 1836, St Anne's Church of England, Limehouse, London, England[1]
died August 1898, Kangaroo Flat, Victoria, Australia[4,6]
buried 31 August 1898, Kangaroo Flat Cemetery, Kangaroo Flat, Victoria, Australia[6]

Louisa Charlotte Punch was baptised on 4 September 1836 at at St Anne's, Commercial Road, Limehouse.

From St Anne's, Limehouse C of E Parish Register[1]

Ref 2 has Thomas and Ann and their young family living in Tower Hamlets, London, Parish of St Dunstan, Stepney in 1841.  

With them are their children:- (Thomas) James (16 yrs), John (14 yrs), Sarah (12 yrs), William (10 yrs), Charles (8 yrs), Eliza (6 yrs), Louisa (4 yrs), Emily (2 yrs) and Maria (1 yr).

Google Maps - Stepney, Limehouse, Poplar Location

From the 1841 UK Census

In 1851, the family was living at 1 Ratcliff Street, Parish of St Anne's, Limehouse.  Thomas is worked as a Shipwright.  Ann was noted as a Storekeper, General Goods[3].  The children mentioned werere:- Sarah (22 yrs), Charles (18 yrs), Eliza (16 yrs), Emily (12 yrs), Maria (10 yrs), Helena (8 yrs) and Andrew (6 yrs) but Louisa Charlotte is missing.  Staying with a friend perhaps?

From the 1851 UK Census

Marriage to Charles Young

On 12 March 1856, Louisa married Charles Young at St Thomas Church of England, Stepney, London.  Charles worked as an Engine Driver and resided in Stepney[1].  What sort of engine did he drive?

From the St Thomas, Stepney C of E Parish Register[1]

Emigration to Australia

After only one year of marriage, Louisa Charlotte and Charles Young emigrated to Australia and arrived in Sydney on 4 October 1857 aboard the clipper ship "Light of the Age" which sailed from London Docklands[5].  They travelled from England with Louisa's older brother Thomas James and older sister, Sarah Ann and their families.  The three families made their way south to Bendigo where their  brother, John Joseph was already established.

Charles stated his occupation to be a Labourer.  Also he stated he was 23 years old and born in Limehouse, London and his parents were James Young and Sarah.  His birth entry has not been found.

from the Light of the Age manifest

The Empire (Sydney), 5 October 1857

The "Light of the Age" was a clipper ship of 1297 tons.  Its Master was S McBeath.  It left London on 29 June 1857.

The ship had a poor record with its trip the previous year marred by a collision with the clipper "Dallam Tower" in the Great Australian Bight and was subsequently wrecked in 1868 at Point Lonsdale, Victoria on a voyage from Liverpool to Melbourne

Charles and Louisa brought no children to Australia but once they arrived in Bendigo, they got right into building a family with 8 children born between 1861 and 1879[4].

Moving on

No death entry for Charles Young has been found.  Maybe they divorced (unlikely) but in 1892, Louisa Charlotte married Matthew Babbington (probably in Bendigo, Victoria)[1].  Matthew was born in Kilwinning, Ayreshire, Scotland ca 1828.

Louisa Charlotte died in Bendigo on 30 August 1898 and was buried at the Kangaroo Flat Cemetery on 31 August 1898.  She lies in the Church of England Section, Grave 2502[6,7].

from Louisa Charlotte's Last Will

In her Last Will dated 6 November 1894, Louisa Charlotte leaves her possessions to be divided between her children, Ellen Jane, James Benjamin and Arthur George except that Ellen Jane has first choice of the household furniture.  The same three children were also appointed as her Executors.  There is no mention of Albert Edward who was still living at the time[7].

Matthew Babbington died in Bendigo in 1906.  He was buried on 12 May 1906 at the Bendigo Cemetery, Monumental Section E6, Grave 18867[6].

Louisa Charlotte's Children[4]

1.  Charles Sydney Young was born ca 1861 (probably Bendigo) and died in Richmond, Victoria in 1898.

2.  Isabella Victoria Young was born in 1863 in Bendigo.

3.  Albert Edward Young was born in 1866 in Bendigo and died in 1937 in Melbourne, Victoria.  In 1892, he married Charlotte Elizabeth Sutch.  Charlotte was born ca 1869 in Bendigo and died in 1952 in Windsor Victoria.  Albert and Charlotte had (at least) 7 children:-

3.1  Albert James Young was born in 1893 in Bendigo.

3.2  Percy George Young was born in 1894 in Long Gully (via Bendigo).  He died in 1964 in Hawthorn, Victoia.  In 1939, he married Clara Pope.

3.3  Charlotte May Young was born in 1897 in Long Gully.

3.4  Robert Young was born in 1900 in Long Gully.

3.5  Sidney Charles Young was born in 1901 in Long Gully.  he died in 1965 in Brunswick, Victoria

3.6  John Arthur Young was born in 1903 in Long Gully.

3.7  William Edward Young was born in 1906 in Long Gully.

4.  Eliza Evangeline Young was born in 1868 in Kangaroo Flat, Victoria.  She died aged only a couple of months and was buried on 25 May 1868 at the Bendigo Cemetery in Grave 3025[6].

5.  Ellen Jane Young was born in 1870 in Kangaroo Flat and died in 1931 in Eaglehawk, Victoria.  She was buried on 9 January 1931 at the at Eaglehawk Cemetery, Section MON A4, Grave 58[6].  In 1902, she married Arthur William Horace Roots.  Horace was born in Diss, Norfolk, England in 1864 and died in 1942 in Bendigo.  His parents were William Roots and Eliza Dade[4].  He was buried on 12 May 1942 and lies in the same grave as Ellen Jane[6].  Ellen Jane and Arthur had (at least) one child:-

5.1  Eva Roots was born in Eaglehawk in 1907 and died in Eaglehawk in 1984.  She was buried on 16 July 1984 and lies in the same grave as her parents[6].

6.  James Benjamin Young was born in 1873 in Kangaroo Flat and died in 1933 in Prahran, Victoria.

7.  Arthur George Young was born in 1875 in Bendigo.

8.  Evelyn Gertrude Young was born in 1878 in Bendigo but died shortly after in 1879.  She was buried on 27 June 1879 at the Bendigo Cemetery in Grave 1482[6].

Louisa and Matthew Babbington had no children.

  1. Ancestry Parish Records - www.ancestry.com
  2. 1841 UK Census, HO/107/701
  3. 1851 UK Census, HO/107/1551
  4. Victorian Births, Marriages and Deaths Index
  5. NSW Assisted immigration Passenger List 1828-1896
  6. Bendigo Cemetery Trus records
  7. Louisa Charlotte Punch b1834 Probate