Great Grandma's Wicker Basket: Tracing a Gold Chaser - The elusive William Henry Luff

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Saturday, April 21. Before A.N. Wrixon, and Mr Commissioner Green, J.P. ROBBERY IN A DWELLING.

24 April 1855, Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic. : 1851 - 1856), page 2

…  This Thomas was working at The Eagle Hotel, Ballarat, laying a floor with Edward Button who was a carpenter.  Ai Poy, (a Chinese man), came in for "grog" and had 6 pounds in a sash around his waist and some English men followed him out of the hotel, held him down and stole it, but Edward Button was named as the thief by two Chinese.    Thomas claimed  Edward never left his work.  Thomas though went to watch the row.  The court found Edward guilty and he was put to six years hard labour.  They obviously didn't believe Thomas's testimony!  Click here for more details. In The Argus (Melbourne) dated 11 October 1855 a T. Luff has an unclaimed letter.  Is it our Thomas Luff again?  The fact the letter is unclaimed suggests he has moved on from the Melbourne area or to a different gold field.  This may indicate he has returned to England by this time, but I can not find an outwards passenger listing for him. 1861…

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LAW REPORT. INSOLVENT COURT. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11. (Before W. B, Noel, Esq., Chief Commissioner of Insolvent Estates.) FIRST AND ONLY MEETINGS.

12 June 1862, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 3

…When you look further into his life, he was made bankrupt in 1862 in the Melbourne region.  Click here.  …

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SHIPPING. ARRIVALS.—SEPTEMBER 24.

25 September 1872, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), page 4

…Amazingly I stumbled across the Luff family's journey back to Melbourne.  They left the Port of Auckland on 19 September 1872, aboard the steamer Hero (851 tons, Captain Logan) and arrived at Sydney on 24 September 1872 . They departed Sydney on 27 September 1872 travelled via Newcastle and arrived at Melbourne on 4 October 1872 with Mr and Mrs Luff and Eliza Luff aged 1, who would have been in steerage as they are not named as cabin passengers in the newspapers, only listed in the Victoria inwards database…

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DEPARTURE.—September. 27.

28 September 1872, Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), page 2

…Amazingly I stumbled across the Luff family's journey back to Melbourne.  They left the Port of Auckland on 19 September 1872, aboard the steamer Hero (851 tons, Captain Logan) and arrived at Sydney on 24 September 1872 . They departed Sydney on 27 September 1872 travelled via Newcastle and arrived at Melbourne on 4 October 1872 with Mr and Mrs Luff and Eliza Luff aged 1, who would have been in steerage as they are not named as cabin passengers in the newspapers, only listed in the Victoria inwards database…

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ENTERED OUTWARDS.—September 25.

26 September 1872, Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), page 2

…Amazingly I stumbled across the Luff family's journey back to Melbourne.  They left the Port of Auckland on 19 September 1872, aboard the steamer Hero (851 tons, Captain Logan) and arrived at Sydney on 24 September 1872 . They departed Sydney on 27 September 1872 travelled via Newcastle and arrived at Melbourne on 4 October 1872 with Mr and Mrs Luff and Eliza Luff aged 1, who would have been in steerage as they are not named as cabin passengers in the newspapers, only listed in the Victoria inwards database…

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SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. HOBSON'S BAY.

5 October 1872, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 4

…Amazingly I stumbled across the Luff family's journey back to Melbourne.  They left the Port of Auckland on 19 September 1872, aboard the steamer Hero (851 tons, Captain Logan) and arrived at Sydney on 24 September 1872 . They departed Sydney on 27 September 1872 travelled via Newcastle and arrived at Melbourne on 4 October 1872 with Mr and Mrs Luff and Eliza Luff aged 1, who would have been in steerage as they are not named as cabin passengers in the newspapers, only listed in the Victoria inwards database…

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22 August 1850, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), page 2

…W. H. Luff arrived on the Ceylon into Adelaide in August 1850.  Click here.

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POLICE COURT. Friday, 27th July. Before His Worship the Mayor, the Police Magistrate, and Dr Strutt, J.P. MURDER.

28 July 1855, Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic. : 1851 - 1856), page 2

…There was a John Luff who was murdered in Victoria in 1855 and his brother William Luff was present.  This is probably a different family again as I got the death printout for John Luff and he was aged 24 when he died, much younger than the John Luff brother of  my William Henry Luff in the 1841 census in London.  No birth place or parents listed.  Click here.

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INSOLVENCY.

21 July 1860, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), page 11

…In Sydney in 1860 there was a William Luff ( miner of Wattle Fla t) who went bankrupt.  Click here.…

…In Sydney in 1860 there was a William Luff ( miner of Wattle Fla t) who went bankrupt.  Click here.…

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INSOLVENT COURT.—Friday.

7 July 1860, Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), page 5

…In Sydney in 1860 there was a William Luff ( miner of Wattle Fla t) who went bankrupt.  Click here.

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SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. PORT PHILLIP HEADS. ARRIVED.

27 August 1863, The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), page 2

…W. H. Luff had two packages delivered in August 1863 to Port Phillip. Which W.H. Luff was it? Click here.