James Unwin and Catherine Colbon

James Unwin was the elder son of Nathan & Sarah Jane (Goodwin) Unwin, who at the age of 13 years migrated to Australia with his siblings aboard the “Maitland”, arriving in January, 1849 at Port Phillip. The Unwin’s were from Essex in England.

James parents settled in the Yuroke district, later James settled at Mickleham being one of the early pioneers of the district and according to an 1868 Directory of Mickleham was noted as farmer at a property called Rock Bank.   It was at Mickleham that James met his wife, Catherine Colbon whose parents also farmed there. Catherine was born at Eye, Northamptonshire, England.

James Unwin and Catherine Colbon were married on 20th August, 1856 at his residence.  I believe that this would have been before the building of the Church at Mickleham.

Seven of their children were born at Mickleham, two at Essendon, two at Nagambie, one at Toolamba and one at Kyabram. There were two of their children who died at Mickleham and are believed to have been buried in the Mickleham cemetery.

In 1878 they selected land at Kyabram East.

Catherine died on the 29th March, 1890 at Kyabram. On 29th November, 1894, James remarried widow Edith Robinson at Moama, NSW. Edith died in 1917.

James Unwin survived many more years and passed away on the 2nd January, 1924 and is buried in the Tongala cemetery.


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