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Hallett family of Moggill

On 21 April 1855, the Cambodia, sailed from Plymouth bound for Moreton Bay with 326 government (assisted) immigrants aboard. On board was Joseph Hallett, a 19 year old gardener from South Petherton, Somerset. Also on the ship was Ann Jane White, an 18-year old from Ardee, County Louth, Ireland. The Cambodia arrived in Moreton on 1 August 1855 and Joseph and Ann were married in the Ipswich Anglican School House on 14 December 1856. On 4 October 1860, Joseph bought 40 acres of land on the banks of the Brisbane River at Moggill for 40 pounds where they raised 13 children.

A late 19th Century survey map shows that Joseph’s widow, Jane, owned almost 700 acres, one of the largest landowners in Moggill. Jane lived on at Moggill for several years and only moved after her home was severely damaged in a flood in the 1890s. Jane died at Woolloongabba in 1901 and was buried at Moggill with her husband and youngest child. Several of her children continued to farm in Moggill for many years, while some moved to and Bremer Junction, Amberley and Warrill Creek area, west of Ipswich.

This information was compiled by Neville Marsh, from the following sources:
Goeldner Family Tree:; URL:; viewed 22 February 2014
Moggill Historical Society; A Time to Remember Descendants of Moggill Pioneers Souvenir Booklet; URL viewed 30 January 2014
National Library of Australia: Trove digitized newspaper collection. URL:
Sugars, Bruce; 16 January 1997. URL viewed 1 February 2014

The top photo of the Moggill Ferry in 1928 includes Walter Hallett, Margaret Hallett and the child George Hallett in the boat beside the ferry. Information courtesy of Grand-daughter and Niece, Valerie McArthur(nee Hallett)