William Webb

Email received 26th May 2013

The following is an extract from the parish register of Stanton St John, Oxfordshire, UK. It details the emigration of a distant ancestor of mine who sailed to Queensland on the "The Storm King". I am not sure what happened to him after that. At any rate, I think it may be an interesting thing to add to your archives.
All the best,
Kate Day

PS. If anyone is connected with this man, we have a family tree for him going back to a marriage in the 1620s. They are welcome to email me at the above address.

The Rector of Stanton St John, Oxfordshire, England, John Murray Holland made notes on those who emigrated from Stanton in the mid-19th Century.

William WEBB emigrated to Queensland 1873.

WEBB, William, son of Thomas & Mary (nee Morbey) emigrated 29 Jany 1873.

29 Jany 1873.
"I left home this morning in order to take charge of Willm. Webb & see him safely on board ship for Queensland. He had walked to Wheatley (station): I carried his kit in my carriage. We left Wheatley at 9.5 a.m. in the same carriage (3rd class) & arrived at Paddington at 11.30: thence by train (underground railway) to Moorgate St. station, where we remained a few minutes for lunch: we walked thence to Fenchurch St. and took train to Poplar: a short walk from the station brought us to East India Docks where we found ye "Storm King" by which he was to travel.

The ship was not ready to receive passengers, so we were not permitted to go on board: but, on my signifying my wish to confer wh Mr Percival (who supplied ye outfits) I was suffered to go on board. The extras e.g. 2 blankets, pillow & slop pail wh cost 10/ Finding that ye ship wd not be ready to receive passengers for 2 hours (it was then 12/40) I took my leave of Willm. Webb with a few words, wch. it may be well if he remembers & attends to - specially on the evils of drink & bad companions; & on Bible reading & Prayer.

According to his account he had no money with him: except one sixpence: I gave him 10/ for his extras (see above) & 5/ for pocket money. He was very taciturn: perhaps he felt downhearted at leaving home & going empty handed: he thanked me for what I had done for him. I told him to get someone to write & tell me of his arrival.

3 Febr 1873.
The Times reports as "Sailed from Gravesend. Febry "Storm King" for Brisbane.

1 Dec 1873.
a l(etter). fr Willm. Webb living wh W.B.Tooth Esq, Clifton, Darling Downs, Queensland (+ Two girls - one dr. of James Newman of Beckley were going out by ye same ship)

I gave to Willm.Webb ye following articles: Black leather travelling bag; a Raily Rug.(blk. & white chessboard pattern) 4prs cotton ½ hose; 2prs woollen ½ hose; 3 flannel shirts; 1pr shoes; 1pr mufflers;a light suit (grey tweed) Hill 1859 & Bible & Prayer Book & Certificate of Baptism.

I also paid for him Cripps for certificate of birth 3/6. Contract Ticket 20/ £1 : 3s: 6d Raily fare to London 4/6. Moorgate St. 6d Poplar 4d Lunch 1/3 6s: 7d For extra kit 10/ Pocket Money 5/ 15s: 0d £2: 5s: 1d By four days labour at 2/- £0: 8s: 0d £1: 17s: 1d

The Migrant Ships Arriving In Queensland 1837-1915 web page has the following listing.
STORM KING03 05 1873Moreton BayLondon01 02 1873PLM1697 (imm/114)

The National Library of Australia web site ( with the title Trove ) records the arrival of the "Storm King" on Page 4 of the Saturday 10th May 1873 issue, of the The Queenslander newspaper.


The Storm King, barque, 1148 tons, Captain G. Holden, arrived on May 4 from London, with Government immigrants. Surgeon-Superintendent, Charles B. Woodward. Saloon Passengers:

Mrs. Holden, Rev. Andrew Horan (R.C.), Rev. Patrick O'Keefe (R.C.), Sisters Ellen Whitly (Whitty), Mary Rooney, Veronica Kenyon, Georgina Mullany, Winefred Scally, Mary Kear- ney, Margaret Shine, Mary Ryan, M. O'Connor, Mary A. Whelan, Mary Delany, Eliza M'Donnell, Mary Dalton, Maggie O'Brian, Mary O'Shanahan, Julia M'Knight, a Lay Sister, Mr. Sidney J. Tooth, 23 in the second cabin, 23 in the steerage, and 325½ adults, Government immigrants.

Captain Holden reports that the barque Storm King embarked her passengers at the East India Docks on Wednesday, January 29th, 1873, and proceeded to Gravesend on Thursday, 30th. On Saturday was passed (survey) by Emigration Commissioners, and at once dropped down to the Nore, where she anchored at 6 p.m., owing to the severity of the weather. Heavy falls of snow and sleet compelled us to remain until Monday, 3rd; got underweigh and proceeded down the river, with heavy winds from N.E. ; passed through the Downs on Tuesday, and the pilot left us on Thursday, 6th, strong N.E. winds blowing, which we carried across the Bay of Biscay. Passed Madeira to the westward February 11th, Cape de Verde Isles, 15th; from thence to the Equator had very light winds, and crossed the Equator on March 2nd, longitude 24 degs. W. ; from thence through the S.E. trades to the meridian of Tristan d'Acunha, which was passed March 26th, had very light variable easterly winds.

There met the S.W. and N.W. winds, which were carried to Tasmania, passing the south end on April 26th. Had two days baffling winds abreast the Straits. A southerly gale sprang up on Tuesday night, 29th, which we carried right up the coast. Sighted Cape Byron at 6 p.m. Thursday, 1st, and Cape Moreton at noon Friday, May 2nd. Received Mr. Woods, pilot, on board at 4 p.m., and came to an anchor at 4.30 p.m., Yellow Patch bearing S.E., distant 1½ mile. The greatest day's run during the passage was 312 miles, and the average run for 30 days was 241 miles. The following vessels were spoken during the passage :-February 14th: Lat. 25 degs. 2 mins. N., long. 24 degs. 5 mins. W., British ship Agra, London to Auckland - 19 days out. March 1st: Lat. 1 deg. 9 mins. N., long. 22 degs. 12 mins. W., British ship Contest, Cardiff to Rio Janeiro-3o days out. March 14th : Lat. 27 degs. 42 mins. S., long. 27 degs. 29 mins. W., British ship Taitsing. March 18th : Lat. 33 degs. 35 mins. S., long. 27 degs. 16 mins. W., British ship Ralston, Glas- gow to Mauritius-52 days out.

There were six births; also eleven deaths during the voyage - all children under two years of age. The passengers speak in the highest possible terms of the vessel, her captain, and the medical superintendent. They appear all to be in excellent health and spirits, and determined to make the best of everything. As usual a large number of persons assembled to see them land, and a few having relations on board took them away with them. Those received into the Immigration Depot were about as follows - 57 married couples with 100 children, 67 single women, and 130 single men.

Email received from Kate Day, 26 June 2017

An Australian friend of mine has finally solved the mystery of what became of our William Webb (who emigrated from Stanton St John in Oxfordshire UK to Queensland on the Storm King.) Could you add it to his information on your website with a credit to Rosemary Abbey for the research? It would be good to complete his story.

Unfortunately it has not led to any Australian relatives as he appears to have been unmarried and with no children. Shame!

This is the results of her research

I've done a little bit of 'hunting' for you regarding William Webb. I found the shipping record for William the details of which you had listed in the email you sent to the Australian forum. You probably have the digitised copy already but I have attached it to this email, just in case. William is mentioned on page 356.

I then decided to see if I could find a match to William in the Historical indexes of Queensland births, deaths and marriages. www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/

I think I could possibly have found William. On his death certificate in 1931 it gives his father as Thomas and Mother as Mary Morley.

I bought the Historical image of the death register for William and it is attached to this email. I hoped it would give a wife and numerous children that I could follow up.

But alas, if this is 'your' William he sadly spent his last days at Dunwich Benevolent Asylum and he was 'not married'.

I then went looking for information regarding Dunwich Benevolent Asylum and have included two articles. The first from Find a grave and the second from North Stradbroke Island museum website. In the second article there is mention of a powerpoint that was put together to celebrate 100 years of the Men's mess hall at Dunwich asylum.

Three links to web pages regarding the above notes:-
Ernest Septimus Tooth (1865-1933)
William WEBB
William WEBB