Photographs of the Sherrin Family Home and family members; William Boag; circa 1...




Photographs of the Sherrin Family Home and family members

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Three (3) photographs of the Sherrin Family Home and family members, at Cleveland. The family of John and Elizabeth Sherrin were amongst the earliest settlers in the Cleveland/Raby Bay area, arriving in October 1860. John Sherrin was born in the village of High Ham, Somerset, England on 16 March 1815, and Elizabeth Richards was born at the same location on 10 July 1818. Both of their families had been farmers in the High Ham community for at least 200 years prior to their births. They were married in High Ham on 29 September 1836, and lived there until the early 1850's when due to the depressed English economy at that time, they decided to move to Australia to take advantage of the free passage available.
They sailed from Plymouth on 21 April 1855 on the "Cambodia" (a three-masted sailing ship of 914 tons), and arrived in Moreton Bay on 30 July 1855. The family spent the first five years in the colony as sharefarmers at Moggill, saving enough money to buy their own land at Cleveland.
Their first home was made with slabs of timber with a tea tree bark roof. This was located on the corner of Queen and Wynyard Streets, Cleveland (the future site of Cleveland State School).
As well as farming, John Sherrin was involved in the construction of many buildings in the new settlement. He made the bricks for the construction of Saint Paul's Church of England at Cleveland Point. Elizabeth Sherrin became the unofficial medical person of the settlement, administering first aid and even delivering babies. She was also involved in teaching at school and Sunday school. Both John and Elizabeth Sherrin are buried in the Cleveland Cemetery.
P39.1: Photograph of John Sherrin and his grandson, Fred Woosley, taken circa 1900.
P39.2: Photograph taken in 1871 of John and Elizabeth Sherrin, and their three youngest daughters outside the original family home on cnr. Queen and Wynyard Sts., Cleveland. (L to R - Mary Jane, John, Elizabeth, Ellen Susan, Fanny Frances).
P39.3: Photograph of Elizabeth Sherrin (nee Richards), taken circa 1895.

Place Made


Place Notes

Cleveland, Queensland


William Boag

Maker Role



black and white print

Date Made

circa 1900

Date Made


Date Made

circa 1895

Medium and Materials

Photographic Card (Paper) attached to cardboard backing

Inscription and Marks

P39.1: "Mr Sherrin, first settler & grandson Fred Woosley, later chairman of school committee";
P39.3: Mrs Sherrin, wife of first settler Raby Bay; taught children before opening of school".


P39.1: 114 x 154 mm
P39.2: 168 x 113 mm
P39.3: 94 x 154 mm

Credit Line

Donated by M. Beitz

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