JOHN HARDING 1784 - 1854

This information has been received from a descendant of John Harding, living in Australia. If you wish to be put in contact please e-mail Liz

John HARDING, b. 1784 in South Petherton. He was the son of Elias. He married Ann Vagg on 04 September 1805. Ann was born 1780 in South Petherton, Somerset, England, and died 1837 in South Petherton, Somerset, England.  He married MARTHA EDMONDS 09 Feb 1840 in South Petherton, Somerset, England.  She was born about 1784, and died 1845 in South Petherton, Somerset, England.  John Harding's death certificate showing he died at Saltwater Creek, Victoria, Australia in 1854.

 John's son Elias emigrated to Victoria, Australia, with his wife Francis (Eavis)and two sons, Samuel and Charles. The family sailed from Plymouth, England on the 14th June 1838 on board the ship "Coromandel" as "Bounty Immigrants". The ship arrived in Sydney, Australia on 2nd October 1838. The date the ship put into Port Phillip Bay, Victoria before proceeding on to Sydney is unknown. (Although the term Victoria is used it was still part of the Colony of New South Wales).

 John emigrated to Victoria, Australia, probably to spend his last remaining years with his son Elias and family. He died at Saltwater Creek, Victoria on the 6th February, 1854, aged 70, of Chronic Bronchitis & old age. In the death certificate it states he had been in Victoria about 5 years and his occupation was farmer. (As  yet no record of him has been found on a ship's register) He would probably have been unassisted because of  his age. Unassisted and free settlers are harder to find as they did not involve Governments and money being paid. He is buried at the English (Eastern) Cemetery, Geelong, Victoria. Elias Harding his son, was the informant of his death. It also states his father's name was Elias and his wife as Ann Vagg.

 Our interest in this family stems from my Stepfather, Bowden Anzac Harding, still alive at 92 years of age. This side of the family became quite influential in Victoria and Queensland, as land holders (sheep and cattle properties in excess of 50 sq. miles, at various times), engineers, race horse trainers (Samuel, Grandfather of Bowden Anzac trained the winner of the 1874 Melbourne Cup, Australia's most famous horse race) and jockeys and surveyors, to name just a few.