Australian English Genealogy 

Descendants of Thomas Roker Alexander Gosper

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8. Mary Ann Gosper

Occupation: Needlewoman

George Boyter

Arrived 1827 on Augusta Jessie, along with his parents. Occupation: Blacksmith/Farmer

14. George Gosper

Died of typhus fever

15. James Gosper

Another of the esteemed and respected old Hawkesbury natives, in the person of Mr. James Gosper, of Alma-street, North Sydney, has passed to the Great Beyond, after a brief illness. .Many Hawkesbury folk have kindly recollections of Mr. and Mrs. James Gosper, and will sympathise with Mrs. Gosper in her great loss after nearly 62 years of married life:. The late Mr. Gosper, whose death occurred in a private hospital, at North Sydney on September 10, was a native of Upper Colo, and was born on November 18, 1840. His parents were Thomas and Mary Gosper, and he was the last surviving member of a family of eleven. The subject of this notice spent his early years in Colo and was married on October 9, 1861, to Miss Ellen Christie, third daughter of Captain Thomas and Mary Christie of Lower Portland. The wed ding was celebrated in the old building which served the dual purpose of school house and church at the Mouth of - Colo, Lower Portland. The celebrant at the marriage was the Rev. Thorby Bolton, of the Church of England. Six years later the building came to grief in the big flood, not a vestige, of it being left, barring the foundation stones. Mr. Gosper followed farm ing pursuits at Colo and Lower Portland for several years, but after the big flood of 1867 he left the river and entered into business at North Sydney as a (baker and confectioner; In 1911 Mr. and Mrs. Gosper celebrated their golden wedding and again in 1921 there was a great gathering at their residence assembled to commemorate their diamond wedding anniversary. Despite his great age, the deceased veteran's mental faculties remained unimpaired right up to the last, and it was a pleasure to hear him relating his experiences on the river away back in the fifties arid sixties of last century. His parents were old colonists, both being Sydney natives. One of his brothers, William Gosper, who died twenty years back, was a well-known identity of Lower Portland. The late James Gosper is surviyed by his widow and a family of four sons and one daughter. Several children pre deceased their father by a great many years. Those living are: C. J., of Perth (W.A.), T. H. (Manly), Ephraim (North Sydney), Frederick (Lower Hawkesbury) and Miss Edith Gosper, who resided with her parents at North Sydney. Of grandchildren there are 19, and great-grandchildren 23. The interment took place in the C.E. section of the Northern Suburbs cemetery. The coffin was carried from the hearse to the grave side by four grandsons, viz., James,' Reginald, William, and Sidney Gosper. Before the last sad rites were performed, the deceased's favourite hymn 'Abide with Me,' was sung by those assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to the worthy, old Colo native. The service at. the graveside was conducted by the Rev. Frank Cash, of Christ Church, Lavender Bay, North Sydey, who spoke words of comfort to the bereaved widow and children.
Source: Windsor and Richmond Gazette 28 Sep 1923

97. Edith Mary Gosper

Edith worked at a cannery, managed by her brother Frederick, where she lost an arm in an industrial accident.

17. Sarah Matilda Gosper

Died of heart disease.

19. Francis Gosper

Francis and Esther were cousins.

Mr. Francis Gosper, a descendant of one of the earliest Australian pioneers, died recently at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Attenborough, of Canowindra, at the age of 88 years. His grandfather was one of the soldiers sent out in charge of convicts at the end of the 18th century, later transferring to the Sydney police. Of three sons, John (Mr. Francis Gosper's father), married Hannah Beal Reynolds, who was born at Wilberforce in 1809 and was a cousin of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the English portrait painter. They later moved to the Colo River and took up maize farming. There were 12 children of the marriage, Francis being the second youngest of seven sons. Francis married his cousin, Esther, at Colo, and engaged in wheat farming at Neurea, near Wellington, until his retirement some time ago.
The late Mr. Gosper was a man of soldierly bearing, being more than six feet in height. He took a keen interest in horse racing and cricket, and was a crack shot. In his youth he was an all-round athlete, and he was an expert teacher, his services having been availed of by the police in the Hawkesbury district. Mr. Gosper had a family of nine children, one son dying in infancy. Those who survive him are Mrs. U. K. Crockett (Dripstone). Mrs. J. Attenborough (Canowindra), Messrs. A. R. Gosper (Mudgee), V. C. Gosper (Wellington), F. M. Gosper (Canowindra), Mrs. A. J. Edwards (Killara), Mrs. N. Munro (Summer Hill), and Mr. C. S. Gosper (New Zealand). There were 40 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Gosper pre- deceased him by 16 years.
Source: SMH 5 Aug 1933

115. Harper Hipwell Gosper

Died of diptheria

20. Benjamin Gosper

BENJAMIN GOSPER. [ A mythical link joining the past with the present was snapped by the death of Benjamin Gosper, and the last scion a, direct descent of the older generation of a family that has been woven into the history of the Hawkesbury dies out. He bore a name honoured and revered not only m this district, but throughout the State, and add ed lustre to it. There was no more honoured man in the Hawkesbury district than the .: late Benjamin Gosper, and he leaves a family worthy in every to bear the good name. The late John Gosper, who was associated with the progress of Windsor for many years was a brother of the subject of this notice, and Mr. Jesse Gosper is a nephew. Benjamin Gosper was 72 years of age, and was the son of John Gosper. Almost the whole of his life was spent at Upper Colo, where he acquired valuable property. His health failing somewhat, he gave up work on the farm and settled down to a retired j life in Richmond, four or five years ago. He was bereaved ? of his brave old helpmeet some two years ago, and since then has resided alternately with his sons. He was living with his son William, in Richmond, when he was stricken with pneumonic influenza and was removed to the Richmond emergency hospital where he passed away on the 23rd June. A family of four survive him, viz., Benjamin (Pitt Town), Mrs. Henry Phipps (Upper Colo), William (Rich mond), and James (Upper Colo). A daughter (Mrs E. McMahon), died some years ago, and a son, Hilton, was killed at the war about two years ago. The death of Benjamin Gosper removes one of the kindest hearted and most genuine men that the district contained. Always ready to do a neighbourly turn, and possessing large sympathies for a fellow creature in sorrow or distress, and a readiness to do his part in the amelioration of their lot, he will be missed and mourned by a very large circle of friends. The burial took place on the 24th ultimo, the remains being interred m St Matthew's Church of England cemetery, Windsor, where his wife and parents lie buried. Rev. Norman Jenkyn officiated at the service. -
Source: Windsor and Richmond Gazette 4 Jul 1919