Askew, Ann 1

Birth Name Askew, Ann
Nick Name Annie
Gramps ID I0998
Gender female
Age at Death 60 years


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth [E1251] 1832 Higham, Derbyshire, England  
Death [E1252] 1892 Victoria, Australia  


Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Askew, James [I2340]
Mother Unknown, Elizabeth [I2341]
         Askew, Ann [I0998]
    Brother     Askew, Thomas [I2344]


    Family of Newbury, Charles Hyatt and Askew, Ann [F0235]
Unknown Partner Newbury, Charles Hyatt [371643243]
    Family of Sidall, William and Askew, Ann [F0011]
Married Husband Sidall, William [I2342]
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage [E5629] 1852 St. Catherine, Chesterfield, Derbyshire  
    Family of Culliford, George James and Askew, Ann [F0012]
Married Husband Culliford, George James [I2343]
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage [E5630] 21 June 1853 Christ Church, Geelong West, Greater Geelong, Victoria, Australia  


Her marriage to Charles Hyatt Newbury was a middle age marriage with no issue.

Previously Annie had an interesting life.

Ann Askew was the second child and first daughter of James and Elizabeth Askew. She was born in Higham about 1832, and was the younger sister of Thomas Askew. Ann appears in the census returns for Higham of 7 June 1841 as a child of 9 years, but is absent from the Askew Household at the census of 30 March 1851, presumably having left home to work.

In the June Quarter of 1852, Ann Askew married William Siddall at Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Matching entries for Ann Askew and William Siddall were located in the St. Catherine's parish records (Marriages Volume 7b, Page 807). Ann would have been 19 years old and William about 21 years.

An IGI record for the birth of William Siddall indicates he was born in 1831 at Hingham (Higham), Derby, England. This birth date is consistent with his age of 21 years, when he travelled on the" Jas. Carson" to Australia in 1852, and also confirms his age of 22 years, at the time of his death in Geelong in 1853.

Soon after their marriage, probably in July 1852, William Siddall and Ann Askew/Siddall boarded the "Jas Carson" at Liverpool, their intention being to meet up with Ann's brother Thomas and half-sister Mary in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. They disembarked at Port "B" in the Port Phillip district in October 1852. The shipping record gives Ann Askew/Siddall's age as 20 years, her occupation as Agricultural Labourer and her origin as English. William Siddall is described as 21 years, Labourer, and English.

On 6 January 1853, William and Ann Siddall attended the wedding of Ann's half-sister Mary Askew, at Christ Church, Geelong. Ann Siddall was named as one of the witnesses, the other being Thomas Askew, Mary Askew's half-brother.

The death of a William Siddall occurred in Geelong in 1853, and he was buried in the Parish of Christ Church. Record CF 24676 of the Victorian Pioneers Index 1837-1888 for 1853 gives his name as William Siddall, states that his father and mother were unknown, and that he died at the age of 22 whilst resident at Ashby, north of Chilwell, now known as Geelong West. His burial certificate gives the further information that he was was a Farmer, and that he died on 13 March 1853 and was buried on 14 March 1853. The Geelong Cemetery Records have an entry for William Sidall, who was buried in the Church of England (older Area) of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery (Register No.110930). He died on 13/03/1853 and was buried on 14/03/1853.

Ann Askew/Siddall married George Culliford at Christ Church, Geelong on 21 June 1853, a little more than three months after the death of her husband William Siddall. She was described as a "widow", and he was described as a bachelor, both of the Parish of Christ Church, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

A George Culliford was a passenger on the "Monteagle", arriving April 1853. It sailed from Debtford (Deptford), a dock and ship-building facility on the Thames, London, on 21 December 1852, and arrived in Melbourne, Australia, on 12 April 1853. The Unassisted Passengers included a George Culliford age 32, an agricultural labourer, and a Hannah Culliford aged 34, both from Somerset, England. Both could read and write and gave C of E as their religious affiliation. They went ashore "on own account" to Melbourne, Australia. This George Culliford would have been born in about 1820. The Geelong Cemetery Records have an entry for a George James Culliford, who was buried at Geelong Western Public Cemetery (Register No. 2190). He died on 08/04/1876 at age 53 years and was buried on 11/04/1876. These data suggest that George James Culliford was born in about 1822.

Ann remained married to George James Culliford until his unfortunate demise in 1876, when she was sole executrix and beneficiary of his will. George came from Sorell in Van Diemans Land (Tasmania). He was the son of at least one convict, his father George. He quit VDL in 1846, before the gold rush. When he died in 1876 he was a much respected master painter. Indeed, he was on a job in Portarlington (just outside Geelong) when, along with his employees he was enjoying a meal at a local pub. Before their horrified eyes he collapsed, dying within a minute. At the well attended inquest, held at yet another pub, the attending doctor flourished the large lump of gristly mutton that he had extracted from the larynx of the deceased. This item was passed from hand to hand by the jury who all agreed that it was the cause of Culliford's death.

George left Ann Culliford an extensive property portfolio (which she in due course bequeathed to Charles Hyatt Newbury). Ann Culliver married for a third time in the 1870s to Charles Hyatt Newbury. Both were in late middle age. There was no issue. Ann Newbury, as she became, predeceased Charles Hyatt Newbury in 1892. On her death notice, someone, presumably Charles Hyatt Newbury, garbled the name of her father as "Asro Thos" but close enough to suggest "Thomas Askew", a detail which itself is incorrect but nevertheless corroborative. After a very eventful life Ann accumulated a modest though comfortable fortune in her own right. She was living proof of the dynamic nature of life during Victoria's extraordinary gold rush era.


Type Value Notes Sources
RFN 633483681


  1. Askew, James [I2340]
    1. Unknown, Elizabeth [I2341]
      1. Askew, Thomas [I2344]
      2. Askew, Ann
        1. Newbury, Charles Hyatt [371643243]
        2. Sidall, William [I2342]
        3. Culliford, George James [I2343]


Source References

  1. Russell Hudson and Peter Newbury [S0049]