Isaiah Mead was born in Hawkwell, Essex in 1830 to parents Thomas Mead and Mary Sterns. Isaiah was an agricultural labourer on his father’s farm in Eastwood, Essex before moving down to Kent Street, Surrey before his marriage to Mary Ann Ruff in 1856 at St George the Martyr, Southwark, London.
Isaiah Mead and Mary Ann Ruff ca 1880
Isaiah and Mary Ann Mead immigrated to Melbourne Australia aboard the “James Fernie”, and a note is made on the passenger lists that they ‘came of own account’, that is, they were not coming out to relatives or organised work. The day they arrived in Melbourne, their first daughter Mahalia Jane was born at the Immigration Depot.
In 1866 the rate books list the family living at Glasshouse Road, Collingwood in a wooden house.
They had 11 more children and settled in Collingwood, until 1874 they moved to Vic and then moved firstly to Moor Street , then to 21 Condell Street in Fitzroy in 1880.
Isaiah died in 1901 at the age of 70 years at 59 Condell Street, and on his death certificate his occupation is given as a cellar man in a brewery. This house is still standing today.
Isaiah is buried with his wife in the General Melbourne Cemetery.
His wife Mary Ann died in 1907.
In her will, Mary Ann bequeathed all her estate to only one of her 12 children – her last born Mary Ann Blanche Mead, who she was living with at the time of her death.
All the other children had either died, or married and moved away.
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