These notes have been picked up from: I don't know who created them but they seem to come from Australia. Jonathan Brind

The Rottenbury Family Notes

Includes the Galsworthy Family

George Rottenbury b. abt 1776 Fremington, Devonshire, England
    mar 5-6-1808 Fremington
Dinnah Wely b. abt 1781
1) George Rottenbury b. 13-8-1819 Devonshire d. 11-8-1910
    (George's dc shows his mother as Dinah Everly however I have found it as Wely in the LDS.
    Other Rottenbury researchers believe "Wely" is correct.)

mar. 1837 Bairntobe, Devonshire, England.
Marriane Galsworthy b. abt 1815 Devonshire d. 2-12-1897 Queanbeyan NSW (as Rattenberry)
    Caroline b. 1842 Frimmington, Devonshire. d. 25-4-1914 Lightning Ridge NSW
            mar. Richard Robert Troy  (See II below or Page)
    Mary b. 1845 Eng mar. George HE Buckpitt 1867 (8 children) (BDM's has Mary Rottenbary b.1846  Duntroon)
    Diana (Dinah) Rottenbary b. 1850  mar. Richard O Fenton 1875 Queanbeyan (2 children?)
    George Henry Rottenberry b. 1853 mar. Eliza Jane Kaye 18-10-1879 (5 children)
    William Rottenbury b. 1-10-1856 mar. Elizabeth Jane Vallance (7 children)

2) John Rottenbury b. abt 1821 Devonshire (other children not found yet)




George Rottenbury was born in England 13-8-1819. He was brought out (to Australia)as an Assisted Migrant by Robert Campbell to work as a stonemason on Campbell's property, "Duntroon", on the Canberry Plains near Queanbeyan, NSW. This is now the Australian Defence Academy in the nations capital Canberra. His wife Marriane and their 2 daughters came with him. They arrived in Sydney 12-2-1849 on the "Walter Morrice".

Robert Campbell also gave the land and made other contributions towards the building of the St John's Church of England, the first church in the district in what has now become the Canberra suburb of Reid. The first school was built next to the church. Other family members have also been notable contributors to the Church over the years.

While George was not there for the building of the original church, he may have worked on the new tower designed by Edmund Blackett and built between 1866 and 1870, and the later spire completed in 1878. His daughter Caroline married Richard Robert Troy (son of a convict) there in 1859. George and Marianne Rattenbury and their son George Henry Rottenbury and his wife Eliza Jane Kaye are buried in the historic grounds of the little church. The kids probably went to the school as itís only 3kms to "Duntroon". For those visiting Canberra, a visit to St John's Church and the first school in the district is well worth a visit.

I have been given a copy of the England 1841 Census which shows George Rottenbury snr, agricultural labourer aged 65, wife Dinah 60, son John 20 blacksmiths apprentice, and Judith Symons 65, Independent, all living in the one house  at Bickington. I am assuming that Judith is a sister to either George or Dinah.


II Caroline Rottenbury b. abt 1843 Devonshire d. 25-4-1914 Lightning Ridge
    mar. 17-8-1859 St John's, Canberra,pictured below
Richard Robert Troy b. 1824 Richmond, Tas. (died unknown)

Written on the margin of the marriage record is:

"The consent of George Rottenbury father, was given to the marriage of Caroline
Rottenbury with Richard Troy, the said Caroline Rottenbury being under the age
of twenty one"

Pierce Galliard Smith

    Margaret b. 1859  Queanbeyan mar. James Laird 1984 Sydney
    George R b. 1861  Queanbeyan    mar. Betsy M Crisp 1905 Murrumburrah
    James H b. 1863  Forbes d. 1864
    Charles William b. 1865  Wellington d. 1945 Parramatta
    Robert J b. 1868  Dubbo d. 1927
    Henry James b. 1870  Dubbo d. 1942 Coonamble
    Mary Ann b. 1872  Dubbo mar. Walter Bowsher 1892 Walgett
    Elizabeth b. 1874  Walgett mar. Thomas A Cullen 1898 Goodooga
    Sarah A b. 1877  Walgett mar. CJ Prentice (see Prentice Page)
    Caroline Maud b. 1879  Walgett mar. Clancy
    Diana b. 1882 (On mother's dc, can't find record of birth, marriage or death)


Galsworthy Family Notes.

Humphrey Galsworthy mar. Grace Norman 22-1-1816 at Frithelstock, Devonshire Batch no M 050591)

Rattenbury / Rottenbury Contacts

Mrs Cynthia Blundell 330 Balston St Lavington 2641 (William Rattenbury's line)
Lois Keating 20 Guava St Red Cliffs 3498


Jonathan Brind's Rottenbury story A Rottenbury family tree