James KINGMAN James John Montague WILLS Lewis Daniel KINGMAN Vere Mary KINGMAN May Kate KINGMAN Sydney Charles KINGMAN Arnold Albert KINGMAN Alberta Annie KINGMAN Albert Montague Wills KINGMAN Violet Gwendolyn Annie KINGMAN Albert Lewis Daniel KINGMAN Irene Muriel KINGMAN Annie HARRIS Mary DANCE Mini tree diagram
1856 Albert Kingman 1920c photo

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Albert Charles KINGMAN

21st Jan 18561 - 23rd Sep 19354,5,6

Steward on board the Lusitania

Life History

21st Jan 1856

Born in Felpham, Sussex.1

13th Apr 1856

Baptised in Felpham, Sussex.2

s/o James and Mary

1861

Resident in Felpham Road, Felpham, Sussex.1

1871

Occupation Grocer.3

1871

Resident in 1 Mansion Parade, South Bersted, Sussex.3

8th Apr 1881

Occupation Steward on board the Lusitania in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

12th May 1883

Married Annie HARRIS in St Saviours, Redfern, NSW.13,14

Albert Charles Kingman was recorded as being 25 years old, the son of James Kingman, a seaman, and Mary Dance. His occupation is given as "Provider" and his usual address as the Ship Sealandia, Sydney.

Annie Harris was 20 years old, a spinster, and married with the consent of her father Thomas. He is shown as a Captain and her mother was Catherine Price.

Acccording to the Sydney Morning herlad the marriage was celebrated at both St Patrick's (by the Rev Father Piquet) and at St Saviour's (by the rev Reginald Stoke).

25th Aug 1885

Birth of daughter Vere Mary KINGMAN in Mt Vernon Street, Glebe, NSW.7

25th Aug 1885

Birth of daughter May Kate KINGMAN in Mt Vernon Street, Glebe, NSW.8

14th Dec 1888

Birth of son Sydney Charles KINGMAN in Glebe, New South Wales, Australia.9

22nd Jan 1891

Birth of son Arnold Albert KINGMAN in Glebe, New South Wales, Australia.9

21st Feb 1892

Birth of daughter Alberta Annie KINGMAN in Glebe, New South Wales, Australia.9

20th Feb 1892

Death of son Arnold Albert KINGMAN in Glebe, New South Wales, Australia.9,6

9th Jan 1893

Death of daughter Alberta Annie KINGMAN in Glebe, New South Wales, Australia.10,6,11

14th Nov 1893

Birth of son Albert Montague Wills KINGMAN in Glebe, New South Wales, Australia.9

1894

Death of son Albert Montague Wills KINGMAN in Glebe, New South Wales, Australia.9

27th Jan 1895

Birth of daughter Violet Gwendolyn Annie KINGMAN in Glebe, New South Wales, Australia.9

23rd Jan 1900

Birth of son Albert Lewis Daniel KINGMAN in Annandale, New South Wales, Australia.9,12

15th May 1902

Birth of daughter Irene Muriel KINGMAN in Annandale, New South Wales, Australia.9

between Oct 1907 and Feb 1908

Resident in England

The family returned to England to visit on the White Star Line Runic, docking in London 8 Oct 1907. Albert (Charles) may have come earlier or may have worked his ticket as he does not appear on the voyage to London. They all went back together to Australia on the Afric, arriving in Sydney on 11 Feb 1908.

1930

Resident in Woollahra, Wentworth, NSW

23rd Sep 1935

Died in Woollahra, Sydney, NSW (4 Oxford Street, Woollahra , NSW).4,5,6

Chronic myocarditis
Aged 79

24th Sep 1935

Buried in Rookwood Cemetary, Sydney

grave #1454

Notes

  • Albert was born on the 21 January 1856 at Felpham, Surrey. His father was James Kingman, a coastguard and his mother Mary nee Dance.

    Albert was a seaman for most of his adult life. He is first recorded enterring Australia on the 8th April 1881, listed as a Steward on board the Lusitania.

    His future trips included London to Sydney on the Austral, arriving in Sydney on the 4th November 1882; San Francisco to Sydney on the Zealandia, arriving in Sydney on the 5th April 1883, listed as 2nd Steward; arriving again on the same ship in Sydney from San Francisco on the 3rd July 1884, this time listed as a storekeeper.

    Then Brisbane to Sydney arriving on the South Australian on the 3rd January 1896, and again on the 23rd January 1896, both times as 2nd steward.

  • One of the ships on which Albert served was the SS Austral. She sank in Neutral Bay NSW in 1882 while Albert was a crew member. The photo of her here is courstesy of Scott Kingman.

    When the ss Austral sank in Sydney Harbour (11/11/1882), with 5 of the crew being drowned, the inquest into their deaths was held at the Observer Tavern (in lower George Street, Sydney). The licensee of the hotel at the time of the inquest, was Thomas Harris (Charles' future father in-law). He was also on the jury for the inquest, described as Master Mariner (although he was licensee of the pub, he was also still a ship?s captain until at least December 1886).

    This could have been when Thomas Harris and Charles first met, and  based on an assumption that Annie Harris worked at the pub, it could also have been the first time she and Charles met.

  • In the 1880s Albert (known as Charles) was Steward and Provider on the SS Namoi, doing the run between Sydney and Newcastle. This was not a quiet ship, with a lot of problems involving gambling and theft.

    In March 1886 the Maitland Mercury reported one incident in which a John SMith, described as "an intelligent coloured man", had been alledgedly robbed of ?17. The defendants claimed that it was part of an honest wager. Albert was involved as, being Steward, he had taken the accused into custody and delivered him to the hands of the police.

    The defendants were acquitted, but a more blatant case of colour prejudice would be hard to come by.

    In May 1886 another incident was reported in the Mercury about the same ship - such incidents were obviously not uncommon. In this case some jewellery and ?67 in money had been given into his safekeeping. This, along with about ?30 of his own money (bar takings) had been locked in the safe in his office by Albert.

    Come the morning the safe was open and everything was gone.

    No one was apprehended for this. An unspecified crew member with duplicate keys was suspected.

    In the event Albert made up the loss to passengers.



  • In 1894 Albert had to declare himself bankrupt. He stated that he had been working as a Steward and Provider for the Newcastle shipping company for the previous nine years but that his current position had been brought about by sickness within the family and the strike then in progress.

    The strike mentioned was the Maritime strike of 1890. The strike went from August to November 1890. He was employed on the Namoi for 9 years as providore and chief steward, "but for the last six years it simply enabled him to make a living". In April 1894 his providore contract ran out, and after that, "the company took the matter over itself", when he had the contract, he used to charge "so much per head". Charles was then forced to take up a position of shore steward which paid only "?3 a week, and beyond this he got nothing". "The cause of his failure was sickness in family and the strike. He was ordered to file accounts, and to enable him to do this an adjournment was granted to the 24th instant."
    (Source: Evening News, Sydney, Tuesday 4 September 1894 p 3, In Bankruptcy, Meetings and examinations.)

    He was declared bankrupt 24/09/1894.
    (Source: The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 25 September 1894 p 3, Law report, Meetings and examinations.)

Sources

  • 1. 1861 England Census
    • RG9; Piece: 619; Folio: 53; Page: 6
  • 2. Paris Register Transcript
  • 3. 1871 England Census
    • RG10; Piece: 1113; Folio: 6; Page: 5
  • 4. New South Wales BMD Registry
    • https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au
    • 18429/1935
  • 5. Death Certificate
  • 6. Memorial Inscription
  • 7. New South Wales BMD Registry
    • https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au
    • 7596/1885, d/o Albert C and Annie
  • 8. New South Wales BMD Registry
    • https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au
    • 7597/1885, d/o Albert C and Annie
  • 9. New South Wales BMD Registry
    • https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au
  • 10. New South Wales BMD Registry
    • https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au
    • d/o Albert C and Annie
  • 11. Death Certificate
    • Transcript by Marilyn Rowan of nswtranscriptions.com.au, done for Debbie McKnight
  • 12. Army Records
  • 13. New South Wales BMD Registry
    • https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au
    • 3023/1883
  • 14. Marriage certificate

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