Charles Popham

ID# 6569, (1846 - 8 Sep 1893)

Charles Popham was born in 1846 at Bridgewater, Somerset, England,

Parents most likely Lewis and Mary Ann Popham.1

Charles appeared on the 1861 English Census of 7 Apr 1861 at Union Street, Bridgewater, Somerset, England;
POPHAM Lewis, Head, Mar, 44, Bricklayer, Bridgewater Somerset
POPHAM Mary A, Wife, Mar, 42, Bridgewater
POPHAM, George, Son, 16, Lab Stone Mason, Bridgewater
POPHAM Charles, Son, 14, Scholar, Bridgewater
POPHAM Mary A, Dau, 12, Scholar, Bridgewater
POPHAM Richard, Son, 9, Scholar, Bridgewater
POPHAM Lewis, Son, 3, Bridgewater.2

Charles Popham immigrated on 11 Jun 1869 from London via the "Annesley" to Sydney NSW

Steerage Passenger:
Charles Popham.3

Charles Popham married Harriett Lawson on 30 Oct 1873 at Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia,

Mostly likely to be Rockhampton for marriage, as Charles Popham was on Electoral Rolls for 1875 and 76 there.4

Charles Popham was on the 1875 Electoral Roll South Street, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia,

POPHAM Charles, South Street, Rockhampton.

covers 1874- 1876.5

Charles Popham was on the 1876 Electoral Roll Pelican Street, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia,

POPHAM Charles, Pelican Street, North Ispwich

Covers 1876-77, same for 1878.6

Charles Popham was on the 1879 Electoral Roll Canning Street, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia,

POPHAM Charles, Canning Street, North Ipswich.7

Charles Popham immigrated c 1880 from Queensland Australia to Oamaru, New Zealand , also on board were listed Harriett, Mary and Lewis

It appears that sometime between the death of daughter Harriet in 1879 and birth of Robert in 1880, the family moved to New Zealand and first settled in Oamaru.

Charles died on 8 Sep 1893 at Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand , at age 47 years.8

Charles was buried on 10 Sep 1893 at Southern Cemetery, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand ,

POPHAM as headstone.
Buried in same plot is Harriett, Charles and Charles Wilkins (grandson who died 1906) as well as Elsie May Popham.
Does state that Charles Popham was from Somerset on the Burial Records.9

Harriett and Charles Popham
along with Elsie May Popham and grandson Charles Wilkins
Southern Cemetery

     Research Note:

Harriet Lawson's parents are:
Robert Lawson born Chester-le-Street, Durham 1825 (Christened 25/12/1825) to Robert Lawson and Jane Culley.

Robert died in Ipswich, Q 16 Jan 1884

Mary Hill born 22 May 1831 Hartlebury, Worcestershire to Charles Hill and Jane Hemming.
Mary died on 25 Dec 1908 and is buried in Toowong Cemetery.
Robert and Mary were married on 11 Sep 1848 at Hartlebury.

Robert and Mary along with 8 of their 10 children (2 born in Qld) arrived in Brisbane on "Fiery Star" 20 Nov 1864. Also with them was John Nimmo.

Robert and John brought 4 locomotives which they assembled and thus the Qld Railways began.

John married one of Robert's daughters.

Research on the LAWSON/ POPHAM families have been done by Ken McDonald and Wal and Heather Hardy.
Both have Family Tree Sites on Ancestry for you to contact them for further information, or you can contact me personally for their emails.

McDonald Family Tree

Children of Charles Popham and Harriett Lawson


  1. [S78] BDM Indexes online: England Civil Registration online, . Online;, 1846 Sept Qtr Bridgewater Somerset Vol 10 Pg 316.
  2. [S30] 1861 English Census ( PRO England, 7 April 1861), 1861 Bridgewater Somerset RG 9/1625 pg 42 & 43. Hereinafter cited as 1861 English Census.
  3. [S61] Passenger Lists, Shipping Records ), NSW Unassisted Immigrants Passengers Lists 1826 - 1922 - via Hereinafter cited as Shipping Records.
  4. [S177] State of Queensland, QLD BDM Indexes (Queensland: Macbeth Genealogical Services Pty Ltd, 2000), 1873 / C661 pg 8443. Hereinafter cited as QLD BDM Indexes.
  5. [S121] Elections, Electoral Roll Australia (, 1903 - 1980), 1874-75 Queensland Electoral Roll - via
    Also 1876. Hereinafter cited as Electoral Roll Australia.
  6. [S121] Electoral Roll Australia, 1876-77 Queensland Electoral Roll - via
    also 1878.
  7. [S121] Electoral Roll Australia, 1879 Queensland Electoral Roll - via
  8. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, NZ Online Database: 1893/ 4985 aged 47yrs. Hereinafter cited as NZ BDM Indexes.
  9. [S3] NZSG, NZ Cemetery Records (Auckland, New Zealand & Online Council Databases: NZSG, 1988), Dunedin City Council Online Database: Block 18P Plot 19. Hereinafter cited as NZ Cemetery Records.