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Life and Faith "The Travels of J.Henry Davies": Melbourne C

The Parents and Siblings of J Henry Davies (1856-1890)

Joseph Henry Davies was part of a very large family of 13 children.


His father Charles Davies, a solicitor, married Margaret Sandeman in Glasgow Scotland on 27th March, 1849. The family moved from England to New Zealand and in 1860 migrated to Australia. His father, Charles died at 3 Sydney Terrace, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne on 7th of Aug, 1869. Mrs Davies raised her children and relied on Joseph Henry who became the acting head of the House when aged 12. Mrs Davies died at Ellsinore, Kew, 23rd of March 1886.

Children: (Birth Order)
1. Charles Sandeman Davies was born in Ormand Street, Manchester 30th of May, 1850. He died at Cheltenham, Vic. 13th of Oct, 1926. His son, Ormsby   R. Davies entered CGS as Student No 269, aged 12, in 1889.  

2. Margaret Davies was born in Princes Street Shrewsbury, 2nd of Nov.1851. She died at Upwey, Vic. 4th of Sept, 1932. She married Mr Tracey Knight in 1871 and they had 6 children. One son, Charles Tracey Knight (1884-1887 plus?) attended CGS as Student No 104, aged 8 in 1884. 

3. Mary Tabor Davies was born at Waitangi, New Zealand, 28th of June, 1853. She died at East Malvern in 1941. Mary never married and helped care for the CGS Boarders, her mother and travelled to Korea in August 1889 with her brother, J Henry Davies. She returned to Australia.   

4. Sarah Davies was born at Waitangi NZ, 22nd August 1855. She went to India in 1875 as a missionary at Ellore, until she married the Rev John Cain, in 1880, and moved to the Dummagudem Mission Station. She remained in India all her life, out living her husband, and dying on April 17, 1934. 

5. Joseph Henry Davies was born Waitangi, NZ on 22nd of August, 1856. Died in Korea, 5th of April, 1890 (aged 33). Founder of Caulfield Grammar School on 25 April 1881 and was the first Australian Missionary to Korea.

6. John George Davies was born Waitangi, NZ, 14th of July, 1858. He died at East Malvern, Vic, 18th Dec, 1934. John Davies became a Presbyterian minister marrying Annie Hastie at Buninyong on 21 Jan 1886. A daughter, Dr Jean
Davies, was one of the first female students to graduate from Melbourne University as a doctor. Both she and her sister, Margaret served in Korea, her sister Margaret, was a teacher.

7. Robert Davies was born Union Street, Auckland, 19th of Nov. 1859. Died at Petona, NZ, 15th of Nov. 1912. 

8.James Macintyre Davies was born at 20 Bank Street West, Emerald Hill, Victoria on 23rd of April; 1861.He died in Brisbane, Queensland, 20th Nov. 1937.

9. Tabor Davies born at 58 Hanover Street Fitzroy, Vic. on 7th of September, 1862. He died at Clifton, Bristol, England, 28th of Feb, 1925. Tabor went to India to join his sister as a Missionary, leaving on 22 August 1887. He became Headmaster of a Boys school in Ellore in 1888. Tabor later moved to Edinburgh, England and worked as a teacher. He taught Elocution and married Margaret, date unknown. 

10. William Dollin Davies was born at 27 Napier Street, Victoria, 2nd of March, 1864. He died 'on the road to Korumburra' on 2nd January, 1899. 

11. Eliza Davies born at 37 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, on 15th of March 1865. She sadly died just a few months later as a baby, on Nov. 18, 1865. 

12. Leslie Davies was born at Elsternwick, Vic, 26th of April, 1866. He attended CGS and worked in a Bank, later training as a medical doctor at Melbourne University. He married and had 2 children. He died at Bendigo, Dec.8th 1943. 

13. Herbert Eamon Davies - born at 3 Sydney Terrace, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne on 10th of March, 1869. Died at Petone, Wellington, NZ, 19th of March, 1898. Herbert attended CGS as Student No 32 aged around 12 years on 25 April 1881 -  leaving Christmas 1883.

J Henry Davies and sister

Last entry from the Diary of J Henry Davies

The last entry in the Diary of Joseph Henry Davies, Founder of Caulfield Grammar School and Missionary:

8 September 1876 – 20 August 1890. Aug 20 [1890] My last day in Victoria for I don’t know how long. Well we don’t go away from Gods’ presence. As old Adams said to me, "You are looking on my face now - look upon the face of God". Spent two hours with T I Smith last night and felt the parting from him very much. We are going under perhaps the most auspicious circumstances that ever missionaries went. So much the more reason to fear. The Devil will be very active. Oh! God help us. Keep us from failing and dishonouring thy name or disappointing the expectations of thy people – though we ask not to please nien1 but thee. When I stood before the great assemblage in Scots Church and heard all that was expected of me, a great fear seized me, and then a rush of feeling followed. With all the prayer that is going up for us we cannot fail.

Source: Caulfield Grammar School Archives. Series 85: Item CGS0016 Extract transcribed on February 3, 2010 

J Henry Davies and mother