the son of James (a labourer) and Ann Mayes, was born in
Wetheringsett, in the civil parish of Thwaite, Suffolk.
His birth was registered in the December quarter of
1843. He was working as a journeyman tanner when he
married Jane Botwright, the daughter of Benjamin
(a farmer) and Hannah (or Mary?) Botwright, ‘according
to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church’
in the Parish Church of St Mary, Bury St Edmund’s,
Suffolk on 1 July 1867.
The service was conducted by the Reverend Henry Venn
Kibert (?) and the witnesses were Thomas and Emma
Nightingale. At the time of her marriage Jane was living
We know something of Jane’s
family from the records for the civil parish of
Battisford in Suffolk in the 1841 English census. They
are listed as follows: Benjamin (50), Hannah (40), Sarah
(12), George (11), Elizabeth (8), John (6) and Jane (1).
Jane and Isaac travelled to
Australia in steerage on the 1612-ton Black Ball ship
Royal Dane (Captain L Davies). After a good run the
vessel, which left London on 26 June and Plymouth on 2
July 1869, reached Moreton Bay on Saturday, 25 September
1869. Their ship having been admitted to pratique, the
409 passengers were brought up the river on the steamer
Kate on the following Tuesday.
Jane, who was pregnant throughout the voyage, gave birth
to Edith Jane Mayes on 8 November 1869. Sadly, the baby
died a few weeks later on 27 November 1869. Two other
children were added to the family: Henry Edmund (b. 8
March 1873; d. 1 July 1924) and Octavius (b. 30 March
1879; d. 6 February 1949.
Jane died at her residence, Oxley Road, Rocklea, on 7
September 1911 at the age of 71 and was laid to rest in
the Cooper’s Plains Cemetery two days later. Those
present in an official capacity were: William Cannon
(undertaker), the Reverend John Stewart Pollock of the
Presbyterian Church, and JH Cripps and George Aldborough
Prittie Hirst (witnesses).
Isaac, a tanner, passed away in the Brisbane General
Hospital at the age of 87 on 4 December 1931 and was
buried beside his wife three days later. The presiding
clergyman was George McKechnie of the United Protestant
Church, the undertaker was JH Cripps and the witnesses
to the burial were J and G Dibble. Isaac was a member of
the school committee of the Park Ridge School (opened
Isaac’s funeral notice reads as follows:
Interment of the late Mr. Isaac Mayes will take place in
the Cooper’s Plains Cemetery, This (Monday) at 12 noon.
CANNON & CRIPPS