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Henry Kable and Susannah Holmes

Henry and Susannah Kable had 11 children in total. Henry who had been born in England and another 10 children born in New South Wales including Dianna (1788–1854), Enoch (1791–1793), James (1793-1809), Susannah (1796-1885), George Esto (1797-1853), Eunice (1799-1867), William Nathaniel (1801-1837) John (1802-1859), Charles Dickenson (born 1804), and Edgar James (1806–1849).

In 1968, on the 180th anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet, more than a hundred descendants of Henry and Susannah Kable met in Sydney at Crows Nest to honour them as one of Australia's founding families. It was the first reunion of descendants in Australia to acknowledge convict ancestry.

Henry met Susannah whilst in gaol. Susannah had been convicted of burglary, at Thetford, in March 1784. They applied to marry three times but were denied permission Susannah bore their first child, Henry, whilst she was in prison. Susannah was transferred to a prison hulk to await transportation. When she boarded the Friendship the ship's captain refused to take the baby on board. The turnkey took the baby and travelled to London to place their plight before Lord Sydney, who gave orders that the baby should travel with his mother to Sydney. Publicity from their case resulted in many donations of food, clothing and money for the young couple. Henry, Susannah and Henry Jnr. arrived in Sydney, in January 1788. Upon their arrival, it was found their donations had been plundered and Henry sued the master of the ship, in the first lawsuit case in the Colony. Henry won and was awarded fifteen pounds.


Henry and Susannah Kable had 11 children in total. Henry who had been born in England and another 10 children born in New South Wales including Dianna (1788–1854), Enoch (1791–1793), James (1793-1809), Susannah (1796-1885), George Esto (1797-1853), Eunice (1799-1867), William Nathaniel (1801-1837) John (1802-1859), Charles Dickenson (born 1804), and Edgar James (1806–1849).

In 1968, on the 180th anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet, more than a hundred descendants of Henry and Susannah Kable met in Sydney at Crows Nest to honour them as one of Australia's founding families. It was the first reunion of descendants in Australia to acknowledge convict ancestry.

The 1977 folk opera The Transports by Peter Bellamy is based on the story of Henry Kable and his wife Susannah.

In 1984, Zillah Kable Thomas and Lola Wilkinson, descendants of Henry and Susannah, unveiled a plaque commemorating Henry's land grant on the site of the former Regent Hotel (and the current Four Seasons Hotel) and the opening of the Kable's restaurant.

In 1988, a family reunion saw 500 of Kable's descendants meet to celebrate Henry and Susannah's 200th Wedding Anniversary and the Bicentenary of Australia on the site of the first gaol in Sydney and the one that Henry controlled as the first chief constable in the colony. The event was recognised as an official Bicentennial event by the Australian Bicentennial Authority.

Celebrity veterinarian Katrina Warren is a descendant of Henry and Susannah Kable through their son John. Sydney Speech Pathologist Simon Astley is also a descendant of Henry and Susannah Kable.

2. Henry Kable was born in 1786 in England Norfolk Norwich Norwich Castle. He died in 1852 in The Oaks . He was buried in St Matthews The Oaks.

Arrived on Charlotte along with his mother Susannah. Henry became Master's Mate on the ship Rolla at age 13. After many years away sailing, he returned to Sydney in 1807. After his father died he took over his father's shipping business. He moved to his neice's (Emmaline Gaudry) property at The Oaks, Camden.

3. Dianna Kable

4. Enoch Kable was born in 1791 in Sydney. He died in 1793. He was buried in Beneath Sydney Town Hall.

5. James Kable

Killed by pirates in the Straits of Malucca. His grave is in the Dutch Cemetery in Malacca

6. Susannah Kable was born in 1796 in Sydney. She died in 1885 in Vanderville Camden. Susannah married James Mileham in 1819 in Windsor St Matthews. James was born in 1764 in France. He died in 1824. He was buried in Devonshire St. CE.

Susannah's husband James ( Mileham) died a few years after their marriage. Susan adopted her sister Diana's daughter Emmaline Gaudry. Susannah spent her final years wth Emmaline and her husband John Wild.

THERE is a proverb which states that " Annuitants live long." An instance thereof is furnished by the case of a lady whose death was recorded in this journal on the 25th instant, Mrs. Susannah Mileham, widow of Assistant-Surgeon Mileham, who departed this life at the " Oaks," Camden, on the 20th June last, having attained her 90th year. The deceased lady has been in receipt of an annuity from the Government of the colony of £100 since September, 1824, or 60 years and upwards, a circumstance certainly without a precedent in the colony.

Source: The SMH 26 Jun 1885

James Mileham

Arrived on Ganges in 1797 as assistant surgeon. Became relief surgeon on Norfolk Island. Was forced to return to Sydney and sell his land after not being paid for his services on Norfolk Island. Except for Lucy, all of his children with Elizabeth died.

1811 - Magistrate for Castlereagh
1814 - Commissioner of turnpike roads

7. George Esto Kable

8.  Eunice Kable

9. William Nathaniel Kable

10. John (Jack) Kable

11. Charles Dickenson Cable was born in 1804. He died in 1878 in Penrith. [Notes]

Charles married Mary Charlton daughter of William Charlton and Mary Getty in 1825 in Windsor St Matthews. Mary was born in 1809 in Sydney . She died in 1853 in Penrith .

Elizabeth Charlton was indicted for wilful and corrupt perjury, on the 19th of September last. It appeared in evidence, that Charles Kable, brother-in-law to the prisoner, and others, were, on the 19th day of September last, tried in the Supreme Court, for an alleged burglary and robbery, in the house of Henry Fleming, at Pitt Town. The defence set up by the prisoners was, an alibi, to prove which Elizabeth Charlton swore, that, on the night when the robbery was said to have taken place, she slept at the house of Charles Kable, in order to attend on his wife, who was ill and confined to her bed, and on that night neither Charles Kable nor the other prisoners had ever left the house, in consequence of which, the prisoners were acquitted. Satisfactory evidence, however, was on the present trial brought forward, that the prisoner had not slept at Kable's house, as she had sworn, on the above night, and the Jury returned a verdict of Guilty. - Remanded.

Source: The Sydney Gazette and NSW Advertiser 21 Nov 1825

Supreme Criminal Court. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19.
Before Judge Stephen.

The following prisoners received sentence:— Elizabeth Charlton, for wilful and corrupt perjury, to stand in the pillory, as near to the public Market-place as possible. on Thursday, the 1st of December, at 12 o'clock, with a label on her face, stating the nature of her offence, and to be transported for 7 years.

Source: The Sydney Gazette and NSW Advertiser 28 Nov 1825

12. Edgar James Kable


Henry Kable and Susannah Holmes born in 1763 Suffolk and 1764 Norfolk, England (respectively) were young English persons who became victims of their time in England. The Inclosure Acts from 1604 to 1914 saw 5,200 Acts passed. These acts removed available land for people to farm and graze and thus changed the way people were able to provide food and shelter for themselves. Often this lead people to move away from family supports/networks to find work and when payment for work couldn’t be found, crimes of theft occurred.

Thus according to the times, Henry and Susannah, were each found guilty of such crimes of theft, in 1783 and 1784 (respectively). Sentenced to death both were reprieved (aged 19 years) but sentenced to transportation to the American Colonies. When the American War of Independence from England ended (1783), England was no longer able to transport convicted felons to the American Colonies and alternative locations were sought. Thus Henry and Susannah became part of the convict transportation BEYOND THE SEAS to TERRA AUSTRALIS.


When the American Colonies were no longer receiving convicts from England, King George III, ‘with the advice of his Privy Council’ directed Lord Sydney (Thomas Townshend) to instruct Arthur Phillip to prepare a fleet of ships to commence transportation of convicts to the GREAT SOUTH LAND. The first Instructions included Phillip’s Commission as Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief of New South Wales. An amended Commission, dated 25 April 1787, designated the territory of New South Wales as including ‘all the islands adjacent in the Pacific Ocean’ and running westward to the 135th meridian, that is, about mid-way through the continent.

Henry and Susannah, were married in the first marriage ceremony conducted in the colony 10th February 1788, two weeks after the flag of settlement was raised in the newly established English Colony of New South Wales (Australia), 26th January 1788.

Henry and Susannah’s marriage which is recorded in St Phillip’s Church Sydney, Register as the third of five couples married on that day, with an “X” marking their names.

Notably, Henry and Susannah’s marriage was the only marriage to produce children who survived to adulthood. One other couple William Bryant and Mary Broad/Braund/Bryant had a child Emmanuel born April 1790 who died in 1791. Mary “Bryant” also had a daughter Charlotte, on board Ship Lady Penryhn, Baptised at Capetown (October/November 1787) and who also died in infancy.

kable invitation card (2)Thus Henry and Susannah’s story and that of their children and their descendant’s was richly praised at the first gathering of almost 120 of their descendants who attended the Georgian House North Sydney function on the 27th January 1968 which was organised by Della Scott and June Whittaker. The event was designed as a fundraiser to carry out maintenance work on the Kable-Holmes-Teale burial vault at St Mathew’s Church, Moses Street Windsor. This historic Church of England with its churchyard gravesite, is the location of internment for many Kable-Holmes family members’ ancestors. Specifically interred at the vault and surrounding area plot are the following family members:

KABLE VAULT 1986-1988Susannah Holmes-Kable (wife of Henry and mother of their 11 children) (1764 – 1825); Henry Kable (First Fleeter, husband and father) (1762 – 1846); H&S’s daughter Diana Kable-Gaudry-Teale (1788 – 1854); William Littleton Gaudry, first husband daughter Diana 1778 – 1816); Diana’s second husband John Teale (1789 – 1852); Diana and John Teale’s two unmarried daughters Caroline Emmaline Teale (1821 – 1854) and Diana Blanche Teale (1823 – 1843); Edgar James Kable (1806 – 1849). Also interred, somewhere in the grounds of the Church, but the exact location is unknown, is John “the boxer” Kable (1802 – 1859).

Arthur Ingham Myers, descended through Henry & Susannah’s child William Nathaniel (1804-1839) delivered the address at The Georgian House event at North-Sydney location. Notably this 1st Kable-Holmes reunion event was the first for First Fleet descendants who acknowledged and celebrated their ancestors and specifically the convict status. The words of praise from Arthur Ingham Myers (author) included the statement:

When embarking on the telling of a family history story and especially one that has such a rich historical fabric as that which commences with the beginning of a nation, then an introduction is deserved. In this instance the primary persons are our First Fleet convict ancestors Henry Kable and Susannah Holmes….

Equally, there was a gathering of some 200 descendants on the banks of the Hawkesbury River Windsor on Sunday 28th January 1968 (See news item report at SMH Friday the 26th January 1968- source https://www.newspapers.com/ ). See also June Whittaker’s contribution and presentation at the 230 years celebrations at Windsor, 2018 Genesis of Kable Reunions.

In the Bi-centenary year 1988, Zillah Kable organised another reunion of significance, (500 PEOPLE ATTENDED) which was held at the Regent Hotel (site of the early gaol where Henry was Chief Constable and next door to where the home was in George Street Sydney-location of THE ROCKS).

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