Christopher BENNETTS
Jenefer (Jane) COCK
Christopher BENNETTS


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  • Born: 28 Mar 1815, Camborne, Cornwall
  • Christened: 28 Oct 1815, Camborne, Cornwall 2
  • Married: 1840, Bristol District, Gloucestershire, England 1
  • Died: 3 Jun 1878, Mundarrah Towers, Little Coogee, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 3

   Another name for Samuel was Samuel BENNETTS.

   Research Notes:

Samuel Bennett, married, printer, aged 26 years next March, arrived in Sydney, NSW, Australia on 19 Jan 1841 per S. S. Alfred, a Native of Camborne Cornwall son of Christopher, farmer, and Anne his wife.


BENNETT, Samuel (New South Wales) newspaper proprietor; b. at Camborne, Cornwall, Eng. 28 Mar. 1815; arrived in Sydney in 1841 and was head of the printing department of the Sydney Herald for 17 years. He acquired and conducted the Empire newspaper (founded by Henry Parkes in 1850) from 1859 to 1875; founded the Evening News (Sydney) on July 29, 1867 and its weekly, the Town and Country Journal in 1870; amalgamated the News and the Empire in 1875. Bennett made the Evening News a force in N.S.W. Author of History of Australian Discovery and Colonization (661pp. brought down to 1831, Governor Darling's time); died at Little Coogee, Sydney, 3 June, 1878. The poet Kendall enshrined Bennett's name with those of Stenhouse, Harpur and William Ridley in By the Cliffs of the Sea. Eldest son, Alfred had the management of the papers on behalf of the family trustees till 1895 and thereafter his other sons Frank and Christopher, and finally Christopher until the interests of the various papers were floated into a public company. 4 5

   Marriage Information:

Samuel married Eliza SELLARS in 1840 in Bristol District, Gloucestershire, England 1. (Eliza SELLARS was born about 1813 and died on 3 Dec 1886 in Mundarrah Towers, Little Coogee, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 6 7.)


1 England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005, 3rd Quarter, vol. 11, p. 198.

2 Camborne Parish Register transcripts, Baptisms, p. 689 (surname spelled BENNETTS).

3 NSW Registry BDM (deaths), 3329/1878.

4 Australian Biographical Dictionary, p. 25.

5 Dictionary of Australasian Biography, p. 35.

6 NSW Registry BDM (deaths), 5036/1886.

7 The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 4 December 1886.

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