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Male, Francis

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth c. 1820
Place of birth Lanteglos, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1857
Principal occupation Quarryman and labourer
Date of departure c. 1887
Date of death 1895
Place of decease Melbourne Benevolent Asylum in Hotham

Francis Male was born in about 1820 in Lanteglos, Cornwall, England [his parents were William Bonear Male (1780-1864) and Elizabeth Mary Lane (1783-1840)]. His brother was Nicholas (b about 1819) and two sisters were Margretta (b about 1821) and Jane Ann (b. 1839 m. William Hawken 1855. d. 1923). Religion – Protestant.

Francis married Harriet (Harriot) Percy (1821-1896) in late 1838 in Camelford, Cornwall and they had two sons John Roberts Percy Male (1842-1935) and William Bonear Male (1847-88).

Francis Male (aged about 36), his wife and two sons embarked on Burlington, which left Plymouth on 28 Oct 1856 and arrived in Port Adelaide on 13 Feb 1857. Burlington, a 774 ton ship under Captain William Linton, was a government immigrant ship (chartered by the Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners).

Francis Male, and later both his sons, worked as quarrymen in the Williunga slate quarries for about three decades between 1857-58 and about 1887 when he and his wife Harriet moved to Melbourne where his son William Bonear Male and his family had moved in the 1870s.

Francis Male, labourer, died (aged 75 years) on 6 March 1895 at the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum in Hotham and was buried in the Melbourne General Cemetery.

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