In Tasmania the Meaburn name has been kept going to this day by descendants of John James Meaburn’s sons Staniland George and John Eliot. Online access to records there is rather limited but the tree for Tasmanian descent is probably as follows:
The Tasmanian tree from John James Meaburn (1816)
John James had eight children in Tasmania before absconding to the USA:
Amy Ambler Meaburn 1839-1884
Amy was born at New Town in Hobart on the 11th June 1839. In 1860 at Victoria she married Thomas Young. She remained in Victoria, dying at Castlemaine in 1884.
Ada Elizabeth Meaburn 1841-1928
Ada Elizabeth was born back in England at Brighton on the 7th July 1841. She was soon back in Australia and on the 20th June 1866, at Victoria, she married Richard Newstead Hobart. Richard died in South Australia in 1898 but Ada lived on in Victoria, dying aged 87 at Malvern East in 1928.
Alice Tasmania Meaburn 1843-1910
The family were living at McQuarrie Street when the very patriotically named Alice Tasmania was born on the 15th November 1843. Fittingly, she remained in Tasmania marrying David Lord on the 21st August 1873 at Morven. Alice died at Hobart in 1910.
Madelaine Frances Meaburn 1845-1909
The family were now at 51 Darcy Street when Madelaine was born on the 20th September 1845. She too remained in Tasmania, marrying Henry Littlechild at Hobart on the 2nd April 1867. She died on the 18th June 1909 at Fingal.
Agnes Mary Meaburn 1847-1904
Agnes was born on the 29th June 1847 at Hamilton. She eventually left for Victoria and married Edward Bull there in 1869. She died in 1904 at Corowa in New South Wales.
Staniland George Meaburn 1849-1905
The Staniland name surfaced again for Staniland George born on the 7th June 1849 at Hobart Town. He became a farmer like his father (at least at that point). He ventured to Melbourne to be married on the 28th September 1867 to Mary Oliver and returned with her to Oatlands in Tasmania where their four children were born. Staniland died at New Town on the 12th December 1905 while Mary lived on to 1925, dying at Parattah.
Staniland seems to have picked up some bad habits from his father as in 1877 he was sentenced to six months hard labour for embezzling £1 16s from his employers, the Main Line Railway Company.
Their children were:
Staniland John Meaburn 1868-1942
Staniland John was born at Lillys Leaf on the 4th January 1868. He married or had a relationship with Bella Hatto when quite young and had a child by her, Ivy Louisa, while still just 16. Much later, on the 22nd June 1905, he married Ida Wilson at Oatlands and they are believed to have had six children. There are few details available on the children but they are believed to have been Stella, Nancy, Trixie, Meg, Lachlan James and John. The boys both married and had children so the line is believed to continue in Tasmania today.
Obituaries for Staniland say he was an active cricketer and footballer and took a keen interest in horse racing. He was a member of the Midland Jockey Club, the Oatlands Trotting Club and the Tasmanian Racing Club.
He died at Parattah on the 12 October 1942.
Florence Isabel Meaburn 1870-1871
Florence was born on the 18th November 1870 at Oatlands and died on the 9th May 1871. There is a record for the inquest into her death which seems to have been as the result of a fire at their home, Lilleys Leaf.
Mary Meaburn 1870-1870
Mary was a twin to Florence but died during childbirth on the 18th November 1870.
Mary Isabella Meaburn 1872-1925
Mary Isabella was born at Oatlands on the 28th June 1872. She married Colin Patterson at Hobart on the 16th March 1895 and they are said to have had six children. Mary died at Glenorchy on the 18th November 1935.
The next of John James’s children was John Elliot:
John Elliott Meaburn 1851-1922
John was born at Hobart on the 6th September 1851. He went to sea and by the age of 27 was sailing as 2nd officer and probably became a master not too long after.
His career may have been blighted however by an incident in 1910 when he was committed for trial for manslaughter accused of causing the death of Hans Neilsen in Sydney Harbour on the 8th of March. There are many records subsequently, up to 1918, for Captain J. Mewburn travelling back and forth between Hobart and Sydney. In each case, though, he is listed as a passenger. Perhaps he was given an administrative post in the shipping company? He died at Hobart on the 6th July 1922 aged 72.
John had married Lizzie Boor at Sydney in 1877 and they had four children, the first in Sydney, the others in Queensland.
Eva Maud Meaburn 1877-1936
Eva was born at Sydney in 1877, but nothing else is known about her.
Alpha Reginald Meaburn 1879-1956
Alpha Reginald was born somewhere in Queensland on the 24th August 1879 and died on the 3rd January 1956 at New Town, Hobart. He gets a mention in Tasmanian wills from dying intestate and was described as being a retired clerk who had lived at 2 Gore Street, Hobart. It seems he may never have married.
Amelia Madeleine Meaburn 1881-1909
Amelia was born in Queensland on the 1st July 1881. She married Edward Lyons on the 27th April 1905 and died still in Queensland on the 11th March 1909.
Arthur Elliott Meaburn 1833-aft 1954
Arthur was born in Queensland on the 18th December 1883. Beyond that all that there only information gleaned from electoral registers.
In 1914 he was a bicycle builder at Liverpool Street and also listed as a mechanic at Main Road, Glenorchy. In 1919 and 1922 he was still a bicycle builder at Liverpool Street, then in 1928 he was at Murray Street now as a bicycle dealer.
Later his life changed dramatically and in 1943 he was a prospector in Kurnalpi, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. He eventually returned to Hobart and the last thing known of him was that he was living at 266 Argyle Street and still calling himself a prospector.
There is no indication that he married.
Reginald ‘Harry’ Meaburn 1855-1933
Reginald was the youngest of John James’s children. He was born on the 12th August 1855 at Hobart and died in January 1929. His will is listed and says that he had lived at Snug, and had been a farmer. He apparently had not married and left everything to his niece Amy Hobart, daughter of his late sister Ada.