Chapman Valley History

Pioneer Wall

Following is a selection of pioneers from the Chapman Valley District.
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walter john batten

(best known as John) was born on the 15th September 1912 in the village of ‘Churston Ferrers’ in South Devon, England.

joseph cooper

was born in May, 1840 in Manchester, England, the son of Richard and Letitia Cooper.

charles eastough

convict number 3011 was 33, when he and William Edwards, aged 18, were charged with stealing a sheep, the property of Mr. William Bush of Bishop Stortford.

john benjamin gray

number 12456, was convicted at Perth, Scotland, April 1847 for theft.

mervan heinrich

was born at Eudunda, SA on the 15th September 1922.   He and his family drove across the Nullarbor to Western Australia in 1932 to take up farming at North Baandee. 

thomas lauder

 convict number 5602 was born in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1820 and arrived in Fremantle on board the convict ship Palmerston in 1861 for the crime of uttering and forging.

mackay brothers

Two brothers, Donald and Jannetas (Jock) MacKay were going to immigrate to Canada, but two of their friends and neighbours from Scotland, Alex and Donald Matheson were heading to Australia and talked the two brothers into joining them.

george wells

convict number 4103, was sentenced in Nottingham for stealing wood. He was transported and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia 7th September 1852 on board the convict ship Runnymede.