was the son of Joseph Shuttleworth (a carpenter) and
Mary Goodman who were married in Leicester on 7 June
1808. He was christened in Great Packington,
Warwickshire, on 11 January 1823. Church records
giving the date of their baptism indicate that his
siblings include the following: Charles (27 May
1813), Edward (2 February 1815), Eliza (9 February
1817), Anne (10 July 1819), William (29 July 1921),
Henry (11 May 1825), Sabina (14 April 1827) and
Daniel (14 April 1827).
It was in his birthplace on 9 February 1859 that
James married a local woman, Catherine Mayou
(bap. 7 August 1824), the daughter of William and
Catherine (née Hinks) Mayou.
When the English census of 1861 was taken, the
following record of their household at Warren Farm,
Great Packington, was produced: James (38, head of
the household, farmer of 116 acres), Catherine (36,
wife), James (2, son), Catherine (daughter, 1
month), Joseph (78, father, retired farmer), Mary
(76, mother), James Cooke (19, servant, carter), and
Ellen Harris (16, servant).
James and Catherine and their by then four
children—James (bap. 15 May 1859), Catherine (bap. 2
June 1861), Elizabeth (bap. 23 August 1863) and
Charles (bap. 27 March 1865)—emigrated to Australia
on the 766-ton Black Ball ship, Young Australia
(Lieutenant Charles Grey RNR), which left Gravesend
on 8 June 1866 and, having sailed around the Cape of
Good Hope and without calling at any ports en route,
dropped anchor in Moreton Bay on the evening of 9
September 1866. According to the Brisbane Courier
report, the 309 passengers were ‘a fine class of
people’ who travelled on a ‘well known and favourite
little vessel, so remarkable for her regular
passages’. The health officer who inspected the
vessel also gave a good account of the travellers:
‘The Immigrants generally were robust and healthy
and in appearance were much superior to those who
have lately come out’.
James purchased Portion 55 of the Eight Mile Plains
Agricultural Reserve—a property of 37 acres 2 roods
32 perches. The Shuttleworths settled in School
Road, Eight Mile Plains, where their farming
activities included an orchard, poultry and a dairy
herd. They supplied the Kingston Butter Factory.
Another child, Sabina, who was named after her
father’s sister, was added to the family on 2 April
died on 5 December 1898 and was buried in the
Cooper’s Plains Cemetery on the following morning.
The service at the graveside was conducted by the
Reverend Alexander McWatt Allan (Presbyterian
minister) in the presence of Alfred Cannon
(undertaker), and Charles Campbell and Edwin Suckley
James Sr died intestate on 16 March 1899 at the age
of 76 and was laid to rest in the Cooper’s Plains
Cemetery on the following afternoon. Those who were
present at his burial in an official capacity were:
Alfred Cannon (undertaker), the Reverend Alexander
McWatt Allan (Presbyterian minister), John Bruce and
James Bright (witnesses).
At this point it might be helpful to record a few
details about James and Catherine’s children, only
one of whom, James Jr, married.
James Shuttleworth Jr
of Eight Mile Plains married Emily Mary Ann
Bowers, the daughter of Edward Hunn and Mary Ann
(née Weight or Wright?) Bowers, on 13 October 1896.
Their children were: Emily Mary Anne (b. 18
September 1897) who married Sydney James Broad on 23
November 1929; and James Baden (b. 1 June 1900; bur.
17 May 1978) who, at the age of 44, married Gloria
Therese Murphy (b. 8 November 1913; bur. 19 June
1992), the daughter of John and Annie Louisa (née
James Shuttleworth Jr died aged 82 on 29 July 1941
and was buried in the Mount Gravatt Cemetery on the
following day in the grave (mon. 3A 1 125) that
would later receive the remains of his wife Emily
Mary Ann (d. Christmas Day 1941) and their
grand-daughter Lynda Mary Shuttleworth of School
Road, Rochedale (d. 23 January 1956 aged 5).
who lived in Strath Street, Highgate Hill, died on
19 December 1938 aged 77 and was buried from the
Bethany Gospel Hall, Annerley Road, South Brisbane,
two days later in the South Brisbane Cemetery (U
died on 19 March 1942 at the age of 79 and was laid
to rest on the following day from the Bethany Gospel
Hall, Annerley Road, in the South Brisbane Cemetery
died on 6 January 1950 and was buried on the
following day in the South Brisbane Cemetery (4A
201A) aged 84.
of Kuraby died on 25 March 1940 aged 71 and was laid
to rest in the South Brisbane Cemetery (U 420) on
the following day. The funeral left from ‘Lisronagh’
(named after a village in County Tipperary), the
residence of Mr McCorkell.