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Marshall Waller 
Clifton
1787 - 1861


Marshall Waller 
Clifton
, He, his wife and daughter, Mary arrived in Western Australia on the Parkfield on March 18, 1841. The Clifton family and most of their 15 children emigrated from London, England. He built Upton House and later bought Brunswick Farm and Rosamel. He finally made his home at Moorland and was made a JP in 1841 The company formed to raise stock and food for the Indian market was the Western Australian Company and Wakefield designed the Australind Settlement. The project was promoted in England to attract settlers with capital and workers they could employ. The DPS lists several books which mention this settlement. The township of Australind was established by Marshall Waller CLIFTON (whom is buried at nearby Mount Claremont cemetery) and the Western Australian Company in 1840-41, only a little over a decade after the establishment of the Swan River colony. The newly formed Western Australian Land Company purchased land in the area and surveyed a town site which they named as a combination of Australia and India. There was already a horse breeding station in the area and it was hoped that the horse trade would be the beginning of a continuing trade relationship between Australind and India. The first settlers arrived in 1841 and by the following year over 440 immigrants had settled in the area Marshall Walter Clifton was appointed Chief Commissioner. The plan was to divide a huge land grant of over 40 000 ha into small farming lots of 40 ha and establish an English style village in the centre of this project. The philosophy behind the plan was similar to that of Edward Gibbon Wakefield who had developed the notion of settlements for ordinary citizens to ease the burden of poverty which characterised so much of English society at this time. In the case of Western Australia the settlement had the added bonus of providing the infant colony with a much needed labour force. The settlement was short-lived and had been abandoned by 1843. The problems (they are the problems of the whole of the west coast) were a combination of poor sandy soils, no water in summer and too much rain in winter. Clifton's wife has left a graphic description of what the first winter in Australind was like: 'rain falling in torrents all the evening; our tent in a sad state of wet; thunder and lightning soon came on; rain such as no one can imagine ... No future settlers can suffer what we do; for when others come they will find things made for them and our experience available. Friends in England should be made acquainted with the dangers of this Australian coast in this season. A fatal grievance prevails on the point and I feel horrified to think of people blindly coming out at any time of year, to be exposed to such awful weather as this.' Her description of the weather was obviously shared by other members of the colony because it was abandoned soon afterwards.

Born: , , , England 1st Nov 1787 Baptised: Alverstoke, Hants, , England 4th Jan 1788
Died: Australind, , Western Australia, Australia 10th Apr 1861 Buried: Gr. 20 no. 22, Australind, , Western Australia, Australia 10th Apr 1861
Family:
Clifton

Ancestors
[ Patrilineage | Matrilineage | Earliest Ancestors | Force | Force2 | Options ]

1.
Marshall Waller 
Clifton
(
Bell
) 1787 - 1861
2.
Francis 
Clifton
(
Bingham
) ante 1770 - post 1787
3.

Siblings


1.
Louisa 
Clifton
* 1786
2.
Katharine 
Clifton
* 1792
3.
Renee Marie 
Clifton
* 1795
4.
Joseph Bingham 
Clifton
(
Lawrence
) 1797 - post 1819
5.
Maria Magdalene Parley 
Clifton
* 1799
6.
Frances 
Clifton
* 1800
7.
Magdalene 
Clifton
* 1803

Spouses



1. St Mary, Putney, , , , England 2nd Jul 1811
Eleanor 
Bell
(
Clifton
) 1792 - 1866

Descendants
[ Options ]

a.
Eleanor 
Bell
(
Clifton
) 1792 - 1866
1.
Francis 
Clifton
* 1812
2.
Waller 
Clifton
1813 - post 1890
3.
Louisa 
Clifton
1814 - 1880
4.
William Pearce 
Clifton
1816 - 1885
5.
Robert Williams 
Clifton
(
Martin
) 1817 - 1897
5a.
5.1.
Robert Arthur 
Clifton
1841 - 1850
5.2.
Christina Elinor 
Clifton
1843 - 1918
5.3.
John Edward Martin 
Clifton
(
Clifton
) 1844 - 1912 ...
5.4.
Robert Cecil 
Clifton
(
Leake
) 1854 - 1931 ...
5.5.
Algernon Francis 
Clifton
(
Ker
) 1857 - 1948 ...
5.6.
Francis Joseph Bingham 
Clifton
(
Davoren
) 1860 - 1941 ...
5.7.
George Eliot 
Clifton
1864 - 1866
5.8.
Laura Cecilia 
Clifton
1865 - 1957
6.
Joseph Bingham 
Clifton
1818 - 1819
7.
Elinor Katherine 
Clifton
1820 - 1904
8.
Mary 
Clifton
(
Johnson
) 1822 - 1893
9.
George 
Clifton
(
Roe
) 1823 - 1913
9a.
9.1.
Charles Edward Ernest 
Clifton
(
Hayward
) 1863 - 1912 ...
10.
Gervase 
Clifton
* 1825
11.
Charles Hippuff 
Clifton
1827 - 1890
12.
Lucy 
Clifton
1830 - 1906
13.
Leonard Worsley 
Clifton
1830 - 1895
14.
Rachel Catherine 
Clifton
(
Smith
) 1833 - 1852
14a.
George 
Smith
(
Clifton
) 1820 - 1852
14.1.
Henry Clifton 
Smith
1852 - 1852
15.
Caroline 
Clifton
1835 - 1883
Sources

Timeline


1st Nov 1787Born England
4th Jan 1788Baptised Alverstoke, Hants, England
2nd Jul 1811Married
Eleanor 
Bell
(
Clifton
) 1792 - 1866 England
10th Apr 1861Buried Australind, Western Australia, Australia
10th Apr 1861Died Australind, Western Australia, Australia
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