William Yabsley, 18121880 (aged 67 years)

Name
William Yabsley
Given names
William
Surname
Yabsley
Birth February 2, 1812
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William Yabsley (1812-1880), shipwright, ship-owner and pastoralist, was born on 2 February 1812 at Plympton, St Maurice, Plymouth, Devonshire, England, eldest son of John Yabsley, an agricultural worker, and his wife Agnes, née Elliott.

MarriageMagdalen RyderView this family
1833 (aged 20 years)

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William was probably apprenticed to a farmer in his youth. In 1833 he enlisted as a shipwright at the Royal Dockyard, Devonport. In the same year he married Magdalen, daughter of John and Bridget Ryder.

Immigration August 31, 1838 (aged 26 years)
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He entered the navy on 16 February 1837 as carpenter's mate in the Beagle and sailed on 4 July for Australia under Captain J. C. Wickham. On 31 August 1838, after the Beagle had arrived in Sydney, he ran from the ship. To escape from the Sydney police Yabsley sailed in the John for the Clarence River in search of a job as cedar-getter or shipwright. When his wife joined him in 1840 he started to build his first ship, the Providence, but sold it before he moved with his bullocks to the Richmond River in 1843. At Ballina he built the Pelican, launched in 1848 and wrecked in June 1852 at Terrigal.

Birth of a daughterEliza Yabsley
1843 (aged 30 years)
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V18431817 27A/1843 YABSLEY ELIZA WILLIAM MAGDAIENE

Birth of a sonWilliam Yabsley
1843 (aged 30 years)
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V18431818 27A/1843 YABSLEY WILLIAM WILLIAM MAGDAIENE

Birth of a daughterAnn Yabsley
about 1845 (aged 32 years)
Birth of a sonHenry Yabsley
1847 (aged 34 years)
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V18472705 32A/1847 YABSLEY HENRY WILLIAM MAGDELLIN

Birth of a daughterMagdalen Yabsley
1848 (aged 35 years)
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V18483150 34A/1848 YABSLEY MAGDALEN WILLIAM MAGDALEN

Occupation
farmer, shipbuilder
from 1850 (aged 37 years)
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In 1850, as the timber trade increased, Yabsley took over the lease of Brook station and built a dealer's store and timber-yard at Coraki. Here he built the 80-ton Coraki in 1858, followed by the 160-ton Schoolboy, launched in August 1864. In the 1860s as the number of workers at Coraki increased, he turned to farming, taking up selections for his four sons and helping his employees to do the same by advancing them the first deposit. He bought cattle and in 1865 built a slaughter-house and store, followed by a training yard for the bullocks. He enlisted many young boys as apprentices. When Yabsley's largest ship, the 265-ton Examiner, was launched at Coraki on 25 July 1870 he was well known to shipping interests in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The Examiner was the pride of the river; when she ran aground on 1 May 1872 at the entrance of the Clarence River, few people thought she could be saved but she was lifted a mile (1.6 km) across the sand and launched into the river again—significant proof of Yabsley's skill and determination. On 1 May 1874 the steam tug, Index, was launched to assist the Schoolboy and Examiner on the long trip from Ballina to Coraki. Under Captain Lachlan McKinnon she also earned good money towing sailing ships up and down the river and served as a general carrier. Yabsley's last vessel, the Beagle, was launched at Coraki on 16 December 1876, fitted with a new type of engine.

Birth of a sonCharles Yabsley
1850 (aged 37 years)
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V18503408 37A/1850 YABSLEY CHARLES WILLIAM MAGDAIEN

Birth of a daughterElizabeth Yabsley
1852 (aged 39 years)
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V18524049 39/1852 YABSLEY ELIZABETH WILLIAM MAGDAIEN

Birth of a sonThomas Yabsley
1853 (aged 40 years)
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V18534335 40/1853 YABSLEY THOMAS WILLIAM MAGDAIEN

Marriage of a childJohn RobinsonEliza YabsleyView this family
1859 (aged 46 years)
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2951/1859 ROBINSON JOHN YABSLEY ELIZA TABULAM

Death January 21, 1880 (aged 67 years)
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He was drowned on 21 January 1880 when returning from Casino in the river steamer Vesta and was buried with Anglican rites in Coraki cemetery. He was survived by his wife, three sons and four daughters. His personalty was valued for probate at £9000.

Family with Magdalen Ryder
himself
18121880
Birth: February 2, 1812Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Death: January 21, 1880the high seas
wife
18121896
Birth: about 1812
Death: 1896Casino, Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: 1833
11 years
daughter
18431907
Birth: 1843 30 31New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1907Casino, Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia
12 months
son
18431922
Birth: 1843 30 31New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 28, 1922Casino, Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
18451878
Birth: about 1845 32 33New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1878Richmond River, Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
18471879
Birth: 1847 34 35New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1879Richmond River, Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
18481905
Birth: 1848 35 36New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1905Lismore, Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
1850
Birth: 1850 37 38New South Wales, Australia
Burial:
3 years
daughter
2 years
son
18531930
Birth: 1853 40 41New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1930Casino, Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia
BirthAustralian Dictionary of Biography. Online edition. [database - on-line]. Canberra: Australian National University, 2006
Text:

William Yabsley (1812-1880), shipwright, ship-owner and pastoralist, was born on 2 February 1812 at Plympton, St Maurice, Plymouth, Devonshire, England, eldest son of John Yabsley, an agricultural worker, and his wife Agnes, née Elliott.

MarriageAustralian Dictionary of Biography. Online edition. [database - on-line]. Canberra: Australian National University, 2006
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William was probably apprenticed to a farmer in his youth. In 1833 he enlisted as a shipwright at the Royal Dockyard, Devonport. In the same year he married Magdalen, daughter of John and Bridget Ryder.

ImmigrationAustralian Dictionary of Biography. Online edition. [database - on-line]. Canberra: Australian National University, 2006
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He entered the navy on 16 February 1837 as carpenter's mate in the Beagle and sailed on 4 July for Australia under Captain J. C. Wickham. On 31 August 1838, after the Beagle had arrived in Sydney, he ran from the ship. To escape from the Sydney police Yabsley sailed in the John for the Clarence River in search of a job as cedar-getter or shipwright. When his wife joined him in 1840 he started to build his first ship, the Providence, but sold it before he moved with his bullocks to the Richmond River in 1843. At Ballina he built the Pelican, launched in 1848 and wrecked in June 1852 at Terrigal.

OccupationAustralian Dictionary of Biography. Online edition. [database - on-line]. Canberra: Australian National University, 2006
Text:

In 1850, as the timber trade increased, Yabsley took over the lease of Brook station and built a dealer's store and timber-yard at Coraki. Here he built the 80-ton Coraki in 1858, followed by the 160-ton Schoolboy, launched in August 1864. In the 1860s as the number of workers at Coraki increased, he turned to farming, taking up selections for his four sons and helping his employees to do the same by advancing them the first deposit. He bought cattle and in 1865 built a slaughter-house and store, followed by a training yard for the bullocks. He enlisted many young boys as apprentices. When Yabsley's largest ship, the 265-ton Examiner, was launched at Coraki on 25 July 1870 he was well known to shipping interests in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The Examiner was the pride of the river; when she ran aground on 1 May 1872 at the entrance of the Clarence River, few people thought she could be saved but she was lifted a mile (1.6 km) across the sand and launched into the river again—significant proof of Yabsley's skill and determination. On 1 May 1874 the steam tug, Index, was launched to assist the Schoolboy and Examiner on the long trip from Ballina to Coraki. Under Captain Lachlan McKinnon she also earned good money towing sailing ships up and down the river and served as a general carrier. Yabsley's last vessel, the Beagle, was launched at Coraki on 16 December 1876, fitted with a new type of engine.

DeathAustralian Dictionary of Biography. Online edition. [database - on-line]. Canberra: Australian National University, 2006
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He was drowned on 21 January 1880 when returning from Casino in the river steamer Vesta and was buried with Anglican rites in Coraki cemetery. He was survived by his wife, three sons and four daughters. His personalty was valued for probate at £9000.