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These photos are linked to George Bostock, son of Robert & Rachael of the grand homestead "Vaucluse" at Cleveland. This can be identified by the "St.Andrew's Inn" on the highway between Launceston and Hobart. 1. Vaucluse as seen from the driveway. This is the back entrance to the servant's quarters(on right of picture) of the earliest times. The main building is behind to left with a courtyard. From this courtyard, steps go down to the original cellars. 2. Front view of grand homestead "Vaucluse" -has a scenic panorama across to Sth Esk and Ben Lomonds. Standing graciously in the front garden is beautifully restored, glass gazebo. 3. To the left of approach to the homestead, is this marvellous coachhouse which, on our earlier visit in 1993, held old relics (carts & saddles) of pioneering days. 4. What a wonderful surprise in 2003, to find this marble memorial to Bostock family. (See end of page for detail -COX-BOSTOCK web pages....)



This last chapter is quite different, in the way the family shared this lovely home. My gr.grandmother Ann (Cox) Bostock was aged about 12 when the Cox family moved into the new and grand the four storied mansion, so she would have lived there until her marriage some 11 years later. Ann was raised by Eliza, in the single level residence, later demolished. This home appently gave a lot of pleasure to visitors, parties, house guests and those just passing through. What a wonderful place for Eliza to raise the children of Mary and herself to their father JAMES COX. Although she would have had servants, they were still children to be raised in a loving family.

Sadly some of the first family had died, while some were married or shortly to be. Ann Cox married 1849 to George Bostock 10 years later; John Cox was off to those 'greener pastures'. Rebecca Cox married 1840 W.Glas Chiene; Mary Cox married 1834 to Christian.L.DeVilliers (of S.Africa) and died 1835 in childbirth; Jane Cox married 1845 barrister Claud Farie; Elizabeth Cox married 1843 to barrister George Winter, while James Cox and Julia Cox died in infancy.

ISSUE to JAMES & ELIZA (Collins) COX from 1830. 1. ELIZA COX 13.2.1830/1897 m.1877 at age 47, Rev.John Coupland DIXON d.1885 -Vicar of beautiful St.Matthias Church, Windemere on banks of the Tamar River. Eliza's burial plot is near front gate. After James Cox died 1866, Eliza lived at "Marion Villa" for some years and after her death in 1897, it was sold. Eliza and John had no issue. 2. ELLEN COX born 1831 m.1850 John.C.BURNETT d.1887; 3. GEORGINA COX born 8.1833/died in wreck of vessel 'Portland' aged 6 weeks - buried George Town Cemetery. 4. CAROLINE COX 1835/1842; 5. Son b/d 1837; 6. FRANCES COX 1838/1864 married 1859 Rev.Robert STRONG; 7. George COX 1839/1841; 8. Margaret COX 1842/1927 married 1864 Henry W.BLOMFIELD d.1914; 9. CORNELIA COX 1844/1926 married 1873 John Henry INNES (Family tree in file); 10. ROSA COX 1846/1938 married 1872 Emil C.WOLTMAN d.1942; 11. MAY COX 6.7.1851 lived one day.

From "George Town - History of the Town and District" by J.G.Branagan".."Marion Villa" J.G.Branagan suggests that there is much speculation about the origins of this old home and it's builder, but it is certainly one of the oldest homes at Low Head. The land was sold to Matthew Curling FRIEND in 1834 and he sold to James Cox soon after. It is a fine example of an early colonial home, designed by an architect for a wealthy landowner. It is well built with portico and a basement for cellars etc. This is similar in style to "Clarendon" itself, where the basement kitchen was situated. Branagan seems to suggest that it was used by the Cox family as a holiday house from the 1830's until his decease in 1866. Taking these dates into consideration, Ann could have visited "Marion Villa", if she had time with all her family anxieties and business.

"CLARENDON HOUSE" What a wonderful home built in grand style and reported many times by different people as one of the finest Georgian (or other) style of home in Australia. This home was sold after closer settlement and went out of family hands. The last owner Mrs.Menzies gifted this home to the National Trust of Tasmania, who have managed it well and upgraded it over the years to become the magnificent place it is.


Imagine our family's delight, when we first learned of this place and our forbears in 1986. My father GEORGE BOSTOCK (2) was a foster child, along other siblings who lived at Warilda State Home, Brisbane. (How this came about, through his father Robert b.1850 to George and Ann is another whole story for a later time.) Read "Mariners Merchants...then Pioneers" at State Libraries published 1993 by Thelma Birrell. It was only after my research over some time, that my father remembered his Dad saying something about his forbear Cox, who built the road over the Blue Mountains and then it was on. Libraries, books, fiche, film and as many indexes as we could find, caused my "New"aunts to learn that they had not just "fallen from the sky". Some of our best loved treasures are photos of GEORGE BOSTOCK and ANN COX, all beautifully framed and on the wall. It can be seen in "Clarendon and it's People". Following our recent visit to Tasmania, and after 17 years of research, we were delighted to find another picture of Ann Cox as a young woman. That too will find a place on my already 'busy' walls.

Robert Bostock R.N. (1784-1847) married 1816 Sydney to Rachael Walker b.1800 Sydney to Elizabeth Rafferty and Captain Robert Rhodes. (links to Vaucluse, Sydney'). Although we had learned of their deaths/burials at General Cemetery Campbell Town, we were astounded in 2003 to learn from Geoff Duncombe about their large marble tomb in the Anglican Cemetery in Church Street, Campbell town. Delighted is just one word to describe it, as there we read the inscriptions to Rachael who died 1837; son Charles who died 1838; Robert who died 1847 and lastly of GEORGE BOSTOCK hus/of ANN COX who died 1858 near the place of his birth in 1826, just one day before his 32nd birthday.

George had bought a multiple plot at Warrnambool when his sister Rachael Emily Connolly died 25th April 1856. Her husband Michael died 1855. Many of the Bostock family are laid to rest there, while George is remembered on the marble memorial, although buried at Campbell Town. So, my quest is almost complete - if it ever can be so !!!!!!

Some of the Bostock families, joined with us to attend the James Cox Sesquicentenary (150yrs) at Clarendon in 1988, where celebrations took place over 7 days. Many relatives met for the first time and new friends were born, even unto this day. Those marvellous times, along with more recent visits to beautiful "Clarendon" and "Vaucluse", Cleveland, will remain as treasured memoires for the rest of our days. "Vaucluse" the magnificent four storied home of Michael & Susan, with a beautiful glass panelled gazebo, is absolutely stunning after careful and loving restoration in recent years.

For further reference read web pages for Cox and Bostock

COX web - " r n " NOT "m b"/mrbirrell




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