Charles James Gogerly
Charles James Gogerly and his brother William Henry Gogerly were the first Gogerly's to arrive in Australia
The son of Jacob Gogerly and Mary Young, Charles James Gogerly was born in London on the 29th April 1799 and baptised at St Sepulchre's Church on the 26th May 1799
In 1832, at Campbelltown NSW, Australia, he married
Charlotte Fowler who was born in Henfield, Sussex, England on 26th
March 1816 and was baptised on 21 April 1816. Charlotte arrived in NSW
Australia, with her mother, brother and sisters on the 20th May 1832
aboard the SS "Burrell". She died in August 1907 aged 91. They had 13
In 1817 Charles James Gogerly and his younger brother William Henry, were working as Alley Clerks (messenger boys working in the alley beside the London Stock Exchange).
Just before Christmas of that year, with another young man, James Whitmore, they committed "Larceny privately in a shop". They were tried in the Middlesex Court on a charge of stealing two handkerchiefs valued at seven shillings and six pence (75 cents), found guilty and sentenced on the 3rd of December 1817 to imprisonment in NSW Australia. They were transported from Sheerness, Kent, England on the ship "Lord Sidmouth" leaving on the 20th September 1818 and arriving in Sydney NSW Australia on the 11th March 1819. The journey took 172 days!!
Charles was assigned as a labourer to John Warby, William was sent to Port Stephens as a labourer with the Australian Agricultural Company.
Charles was eventually, with 118 others, recommended for conditional pardon on 1st December 1838. He received the pardon officially, two years later, on the 5th December 1840 at Dapto NSW, where he was working as a shepherd at Mullet Creek.
Charles also dabbled in journalism for a short period. He was charged in April 1843 with “Obscene Publications” with his partners, Thomas Revel Johnson, Charles William Brown and George O’Brien, in the “Sydney Spectator”. Charles was the printer and publisher. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment in Berrima Goal. The trial is covered in detail in an article appearing on page two of the Sydney Morning Herald dated 19 April 1843.
In 1853 Charles took Charlotte and his children and retired to the then sparsely populated Port Hacking Region of NSW. The cottage in Port Hacking in which Charles and his family lived, Gogerly’s Cottage, still stands today and is heritage listed. Local historian Marjorie Hutton Neve estimates it was built well before 1840, and was built by Simeon Lord for one of his timber-getting workmen. Charles occupied the cottage, which he ultimately purchased, from 1853 until his death on 31 January 1887.
Gogerly’s Point, situated not far from the cottage, was named after Charles James Gogerly. Charles died in January 1887 aged 87. Neighbours and friends said that although he appeared to some unthinking persons as an eccentric old recluse, he was held in high esteem by those who knew him intimately.
William Henry Gogerly (1800 – August 1838)
William married Eliza Kelly on 10 December 1836 at the Church of England, Dapto NSW, Australia. Eliza was born in London in 1814.
They had one child, Mary Anne Gogerly, born 21 January 1838. She died at the tender age of 13 on the 14 April 1851at Manangle NSW. William died in August 1838 at Dapto NSW shortly after the birth of his daughter.
Eliza married twice after William’s death, first to John Follent on the 12 February 1839 at Wollongong NSW, they had two children, and then, following the death of John Follent. to John Davis on the 1 April 1845 at Campbelltown NSW, They had six children.
She was run over by a train and killed at Towrang NSW on 8 December 1869.
Captain John Frederick Gogerly (21 September 1843 – 1 August 1905) son of Charles James Gogerly
John Frederick Gogerly Mary Anne (Alderton) Gogerly
John married Mary Anne Alderton on the 8 June 1869 at Balmain NSW Australia. They had seven children.
Following the death of his father, John and his brother moved north and settled in Booti Booti a very isolated spot in those days only accessible by the sea. The Island used to be referred to as “Gogerly’s Island” as the Gogerly family were the only white settlers on the island.
He drowned in Wallis Lake on 1 August 1905 on his return from Foster NSW in a small boat laden with supplies for his property. It was assumed that he had a heart attack and fallen unconscious into the water. His boat was found adrift on the lake and his body was found some days later fully clothed. He was 61 years and 11 months old.
His descendants still live in the area. Some of them spell their name with an “e” between the “l” and the “y” Gogerley. The reasoning behind this is that some members of the family believed that the name was originally spelt “Gogerley” and the “E” dropped when Charles and his brother William came to Australia. This however cannot be correct as entries of marriage (in England) for Charles’s father Jacob Gogerly to Mary Young and Daniel Gogerly (Charles’s 1st Cousin) to Sarah Kenegan, have the name spelt “Gogerly”
There used to be an interesting article on the Great Lakes Historical Society Web Site about Captain John Frederick Gogerly. This website, for some reason is no longer accessible so I have included a copy of the article that appeared on that site. Some of the dates recorded in the article are incorrect. Charles and Charlotte Gogerly moved to Port Hacking in 1853 not 1844 and John was born in 1843 not 1840
John was buried in Booti Booti. His tombstone in Booti Booti National Park has the following inscription on it “Drowned in Wallis Lake 1 – 8 – 1905 Aged 61 years” which makes his date of birth 1843-44. According to my records he was born on the 21st September 1843 which would have made him 61 years and 11 months at the time of his death.
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