Family history

Researching the Rains, Smith, O’Mealley, Maguire, Larkin, Hintz family all of South Australia from 1830s onwards. Also Dollman family arrived in Melbourne 1870. Sarah Perkins, my great, great grandmother, born in Northamptonshire, came to South Australia with William Raines, her husband. Mary-Ann Speck, born Lincolnshire 1845 married my great grandfather John Rains in Adelaide in 1864.

William Rains

William Rains

William Henry Raines born c 1810, Northamptonshire, migrated to South Australia in 1837 where he died in 1886. William married Sarah Perkins on 24 December 1834 in Northamptonshire, England. Sarah died on 16 January 1871 at Dry Creek SA.

Michael Smith born c 1832 County Cavan, Ireland migrated to South Australia (date unknown) and  died 17 October 1919 in Broken Hill, New South Wales. Michael married Mary Maguire, (born c 1835 County Cavan) on 15 August 1859 at Farrell Flat SA. Mary died on 11 October 1906 in Broken Hill NSW.

Joachim Martin Heinrich Hinze, born 1842 Mecklenberg, Germany, migrated to South Australia 1846 and died at Williamstown, South Australia 24 July 1912. Joachim married Marie Elizabeth Seiboth on 30 April 1865 at Tanunda, SA.

Bruno Hinze aka Wilfred Bentley

Bruno Hinze aka Wilfred Bentley

Their son Bruno Alfred August Hinze, also known as Wilfred Bentley, has disappeared from the records without a trace after his wife, Lillian Dollman’s death in 1904. I would love to hear any information about his whereabouts after that year. Contact me please via this website’s Contact page.

John and Bridget O'Mealley

John and Bridget O’Mealley





John O’Mealley born 1832 Kurrajong, New South Wales and died 24 April,1918 Mildura Victoria. Desperately seeking further information about John O’Mealley’s forebears and how/when they came to Australia.

Bridget Larkin, born c 1837 Ireland, migrated to Australia (date unknown). She married John O’Mealley on 14 July 1862 at Kapunda SA and died 2 October, 1925 in Mildura, Victoria. I am very interested to learn more of the Larkin family also.

Charles Arthur Dollman, born 1846 Birmingham, migrated to Melbourne, Victoria 1870 and died 12 January 1916 in Melbourne .

On a trip to Birmingham in 2012, I visited Dale End where Charles Arthur Dollman’s father had a wine merchant’s business.

The site where my 3 x Great Grandfather had a wine shop from at least 1841 (census).

The site where my 3 x Great Grandfather had a wine shop from at least 1841 (census).


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