John Lambert & Sarah Hill

John Lambert married Sarah Hill on 26th July 1813 at Tottenham, Middlesex, England. Details of the births and deaths of Sarah and John Lambert's ten children were recorded in a Bible, passed down through generations of the Lambert family.


William Lambert ~ born 10th May 1815, died 13th June 1818 aged 3 years;

Jonathan Lambert ~ born 5th July 1817, died 25th April 1875;

William Lambert ~ born 20th April 1819;

Martha Lambert ~ born 7th October 1820;

George Lambert ~ born 17th September 1822;

Eliza Lambert ~ born 13th January 1825, died 26th September 1834;

John Lambert ~ born 13th January 1827;

Sarah Lambert ~ born 8th January 1829;

Ann Lambert ~ born 6th January 1831;

Emma Lambert ~ born 30th May 1833.


Jonathan Lambert & Mary Ann Gudgeon

Jonathan Lambert, the second son of John Lambert and Sarah Hill became a whip maker, a trade he inherited from his father. Jonathan was residing at Redlion Street, Islington, on 4th October 1840, when he married Mary Ann Gudgeon, of High Street, Islington. Mary Ann was the daughter of Thomas Gudgeon, a wheelwright.

Jonathan Lambert and Mary Ann Gudgeon were married on 4th October 1840 'according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church' following the posting of banns at the Parish Church St. Mary Whitechapel, Islington. Witnesses to their marriage were George Lambert, the groom's brother, and Henry Chapman. Neither Jonathan nor Mary Ann had been married previously, and both were 'of full age'.

The Church of St Mary's Whitechapel

was on the south side of Whitechapel Road, a few hundred yards from its junction with Commercial Street between Church Lane and Union Street. All that remains is the churchyard. The church was destroyed during the London blitz of World War II.

 Mary Ann and Jonathan Lambert's children were all born in England. Jonathan Lambert died 25th April 1875. His wife, Mary Ann Gudgeon Lambert, died 21st December 1891.

The children of Mary Ann and Jonathan Lambert were:

Mary Ann Lambert ~ born 3rd August 1841 ~ died 7th May 1843;

Eliza Lambert ~ born 24th March 1843;

Emma Lambert ~ born 1st December, 1844;

John Lambert ~ born 25th December 1846;

James Lambert ~ born 14th December, 1848;

William Lambert ~ born 28th August 1850;

Edward Lambert ~ born 31st March 1852;

Thomas Lambert ~ born 27th December 1853;

Charles Lambert ~ born 7th May 1855;

Sarah Lambert ~ born 3rd April 1857;

Alfred Lambert ~ born 14th December 1858 ~ died 18th October 1874;

Mark Lambert ~ born 12th May 1861.

John Lambert, son of Jonathan Lambert & Mary Ann Gudgeon
migrated to North Queensland, Australia in 1865 on board the ship Montmorency.

…by fair winds and fine runs ...


Voyage of the Montmorency from London to Port Denison, Queensland 1865.


The Black Ball Line clipper packet Montmorency was a wooden ship of 668 tons built in Quebec, Canada by T.C. Lee for James Baines & Co. of Liverpool and launched in 1854. It was the first official immigrant ship to the newly formed Colony of Queensland in 1860 and undertook four voyages to that Colony up to 1865. In 1856 and 1857, and again in 1866 and 1867, the Montmorency sailed emigrating settlers to New Zealand. The ship was destroyed by fire at Napier, New Zealand on 28th March 1867, after her passengers had disembarked.


The voyage of the Montmorency from London to Port Denison was reported in the Shipping News, Port Denison Times 2nd December 1865. John Lambert was a steerage passenger on that voyage, and was noted in the Queensland Immigration Board's listing for Single Men.



Arrived December 1. Montmorency - ship 669 tons, Captain Cooper from London direct. Passengers: (First Cabin) Captain J.B. Butcher, Captain O'Brien, Messrs. O'Brien, A.R. Humphreys; (Second Cabin) Watkins, Aitkinson, Semyl, Blookbank, and 214 in the steerage.

We are indebted to the courtesy of Captain Cooper for the following report of the voyage of the Montmorency.


"The pilot left the ship in the  … at 9.30 a.m. on 3rd August. Experienced contrary winds and hazy weather. Departure from the Start Lighthouse August 12. Continued to have adverse winds and cloudy weather until sighting Cape Fimster. Continuation of light winds for many days. On 30th August, lost overboard a steerage passenger (Patrick Leary), and though every effort was made to save him by lowering a boat, throwing a lifebuoy and rounding the ship to, all was unavailed, as the man had not the slightest idea of swimming. The lifebuoy and his cap however were picked up. A continuance of light winds until we crossed the Equator in long. 17. 33. at noon on 16th September. From this commenced to make up for lost time by fair winds and fine runs. The winds not permitting us to go through Bass's Straits passed round the south point of Van Dieman's Land, November 10th and there'e Northward. November 16th Sydney Heads in sight, signalled a steamer bound for that port and asked to be reported to Lloyd's. Continued working northward until 26th November when we got the regular S.E. Trades averaging 7 knots. Made Port Denison at daylight on 1st December. Pilot came on board at 8.45 a.m. Anchored off the town of Bowen at 10.45 a.m. All passengers in good health".


Some excitement was caused in the town yesterday morning by a signal at the Custom's House announcing that a full-rigged ship was in sight, and shortly afterwards, the long expected Montmorency sailed into our port. She brings 214 emigrants, of whom 131 are single men, 55 married couples and 28 single girls. Although she has made a rather prolonged passage of 119 days, her passengers appear to be in a most healthy condition. During the voyage, six deaths are reported, all infants, but these are counter-balanced by five births. The emigrants are mostly English, and, if we may judge from their strong and healthy appearance, are well equipped to succeed in their new home. Probably owing to the small number of cabin passengers, the voyage has been singularly uninteresting, no concerts, theatricals or other amusements have broken the dull routine of the voyage, and even a newspaper that was started, died in its infancy owing to the poor support it received.


Captain Cooper and Dr. C.E. Le Febure seem to have been singularly fortunate in gaining the goodwill of the passengers, the latter more especially, although holding a most unenviable position, received a good name from all hands. A man fell overboard during the passage and every effort made to save him was unsuccessful.


The "new chums" will land on Monday morning, and the hiring will commence on Wednesday, and judging from the number of employers in town waiting to engage them, it will not be long before we shall be ready for another ship.


THE LANDING OF THE IMMIGRANTS - Port Denison Times Wednesday 3rd December 1865.


'The great excitement of the week has been the landing of the Montmorency and the migrants. On Monday morning the Police Magistrate requested by several gentlemen, went on board, and while calling the roll asked each in rotation whether they had any complaints against the officers of the ship. The single girls answered readily that they had been well treated, and in fact appeared too excited at the prospect of landing to think of any grievances. But with the single men the case was different, they had been too long idle not to have endured innumerable hardships and … of these charges, although … with the utmost gravity, were of the most ridiculous nature. The poor doctor as a matter of course was the … was divided between him and the purser. One man complained that when he was "werry bad on his inside" he sought the doctor's advice, and that gentleman had advised him "to try a dose of fish hooks". Another, alluding to the … said "he wasn't no doctor at all" he also was bad on his inside, and the doctor having given him some medicine which acted as an … made a sweeping charge against the whole ship's crew of "neglected cruelty". He had been too well fed and too well looked after, and the consequence was that he had grown fat and lazy, and was afraid he would not gain his living by work. Against the purser several charges were made of not serving out the rations according to the contract tickets. Some of the married couples told the old story of insufficient medical comforts. Of course all these charges will be investigated, but certainly … we have never heard more frivolous complaints.


The roll having been called, the immigrants were conveyed to the jetty by the schooners "Percy" and "Lilley" and the cutter "Sarah". Some dissatisfaction was caused and we think justly, by the cutter "Sarah", with the single girls, being compelled to lay off the jetty for a long time, delaying the arrival of other boats, thus exposing the passengers to the heat of the ship from which they had not protection.


The shore end of the jetty was crowded with … dressed in most "gorgeous array" eager to welcome the "new chums". Of course the strangers passed the … made by the police through the throng, they were received with the usual amount of courtesy displayed on such occasions. The Victorian cry of "Joe" was revived … the threats of some fifty gold diggers, was anything but likely to inspire confidence. The appearance of a black "bell topper" seemed to cause the crowd adequate delight and the most searching questions as to its ownership were asked of the unlucky passengers. But perhaps the most ridiculous part of the whole affair was the evident … with which the late arrivals by the "Maryborough" deigned to greet the "new chums". At last, after a great deal of chasing of stragglers by police through the public house bars, they were alternatively taken or rather driven to …, where they were … for the night. Yesterday, however they were out, and whether the heat of the sun or colonial beer had a most extraordinary effect on them … to an alarming extent. Several … that might have charmed the heart …

in concluding this article we cannot refrain from mentioning in … terms, the nature of the Black Ball Line agents, Messrs MacLeod & Co., who since the arrival of the vessel in our port, have been … in their endeavours for the comfort of the new arrivals.'

John Lambert married Martha Brown, daughter of John Brown and Martha Collins, on 13th June 1868 in the Court House, at Townsville. Martha Brown was born 18th March 1845, in Drumcree, Portadown, County Armagh, Ireland.


Martha and  John Lambert's children born in Townsville, North Queensland were:


John Alfred Lambert was born in Islington, Middlesex, England on 14th September 1869; died 5th February 1921. John Lambert married Margaret Cummins, on 31st July 1901. Margaret, daughter of James Cummins and Ann O'Brien was born in the village of Monasteroris, near Edenderry, County Offaly, Ireland on 6th March 1874.


Frederick Arthur Lambert born 13th September 1886, died 25th September 1949 at Wellington Street, Acacia Vale [Aitkenvale] Townsville. Fredrick Lambert married Alice Mary McElligott and their children were: Joseph Arthur Lambert; born 1916; Irene Mary Lambert born 1918; Thomas Aquinas Lambert born 1928, died Wollongong, NSW 1999;  and Gordon Lambert - died as a child.


James Brown Lambert born 11 April 1871; married  Elizabeth Joynt at Cairns, North Queensland,  on 2nd February 1901.


Herbert Nathienal Lambert born 21st March 1872; died 1946 in Townsville General Hospital;


Eliza Lambert born 25th February 1874, married on 28th November 1896, Joseph William Noble [born 15th March 1875 at Townsville, Qld.]. Eliza Lambert Noble died 26th September 1929 at Townsville. Joseph Noble died 31st December 1945 at Townsville. Their daughter, Marjorie Hope Noble, married on 8th July 1936, Ray Bright Carr Baker [born 20th August 1906 at Bright, Victoria].


Henry Lambert born 8th September 1876, married Lily McLatchie. Henry Lambert died at Gordonvale on 26th April 1926.  Children: Norma Lillian, born 1909 and died in 1912 at Gordonvale, Qld; Marjorie Martha Lambert, born 12th June 1912 at Cairns, married on 16th August 1933, Thomas David Bryce [born 20th May 1910 at Chillagoe, Qld.]; and Phyllis Emmaline Lambert, born 11th December 1916 at Cairns and died in 1989 at Atherton, Qld. Phyllis married on 14th January 1939, James Geraghty [born 24th October 1907, Longreach Qld.].


Sarah Lambert born 7th April 1881, married John Dan, a tailor of Double Bay, Sydney.


Children:  Emily Dan; Lex Dan [shipwright on the Manoora and the Kanimbla].


 Martha Brown Lambert died 9 April 1922 in Aged 77 years; She is buried in the West End Cemetery, Townsville. Plot 1/ D/ 319. Religion Methodist.

John Lambert died at sea, off Queensland coast on 2nd September 1923. A monument is erected to him and his wife Martha Brown Lambert, who is buried [Plot 1/ D/ 319] in the Old West End Cemetery, Townsville.

John Alfred Lambert & Margaret Cummins


John Alfred Lambert married Margaret, daughter of James Cummins and Ann O'Brien.


The O'Briens of Edenderry, County Offaly, Ireland.


Margaret Cummins, daughter of Ann O'Brien and James Cummins, was born in the village of Monasteroris, two miles west of Edenderry. Sir John Bermingham, Earl of Louth, founded a Franciscan friary at Monasteroris in 1325. The overgrown ruins of the friary, a dovecote on a motte and a small parish church is all that remains. Edenderry is a market town on the Enfield-Tullamore road at the edge of the Bog of Allen.  The road to Enfield crosses Cadbury Hill, which lies 4 miles north east of Edenderry. The Catholic Church in Cadbury has two stained glass windows, The Annunciation and SS Conleth and Brigid (1904), the works of artist Catherine O' Brien.


Children of James Cummins and Ann O'Brien attended the Townsville North State School, [later Belgian Gardens State School] from 1887. They were Margaret [Maggie], James, William and John.  [Margaret's name appears for 1887. She would have been aged 13 years.]


Transcript  from the history The Belgian Gardens State School 1887 - 1997


"Townsville North State School First day Students 4 July, 1887": Admission No. 22 James Cummins 9 years; Admission No.23 William Cummins 7 years; Admission No. 24 John Cummins 5 years; Their father, James Cummins, migrated from Ireland with his wife, the former Ann O'Brien. They were married at Edenderry, Ireland in 1870. He was another teamster / carrier operating out of German Gardens and in 1875 purchased two acres, two roods in Bundock Street on the western side of the Taylor Street intersection, and remained there until 1898. William and John both married, but did not remain in German Gardens. There were three older sisters. Mary married James Lynam, Winnie was single, and Margaret became Mrs [John Alfred] Lambert.  James Cummins [jnr] became a drayman and married another first day student, Maud Brabon. The settled at the top end of Deane Street [later Sheehan Street] and had four children all of who attended the school. Mary [Mrs. Allison] and Tom still live in Townsville. Through Tom, four generations have now attended the school. Jim Cummins was a familiar sight in the old days quarrying and delivering rock and soil for road building in his horse drays. In 1920 he built a brick house at the bottom end of Potts Street. This house is still in the Cummins family. Jim Cummins, with other notable draymen of the day, Jim Barton, Tom Woods and Jim Hammett, were mainly responsible for the hillside excavation in Potts Street near the school that became an after school playground in later years." 


Death of Rita Mary Lambert and Lilian Agnes Lambert, 13th January 1906.


The first two children born to John Alfred Lambert and Margaret Cummins died in tragic circumstances on 13th January 1906. Rita Mary Lambert born 18th September 1902  and her infant sister, Lilian Agnes Lambert born 1st August 1905, both died on the Lambert property Armidale later known as Rollingstone Creek about 20 miles north of Townsville. The children were buried on 15th January 1906, by "J. Cummins - Roman Catholic" in the Townsville Cemetery known as the Old West End Cemetery.


At a Magisterial Inquiry held by Richard Curtis, Esq. J. P. at Townsville, on 22nd January 1906, it was determined that Rita Mary Lambert, aged 3 years, 3 months and 25 days, and Lilian Agnes Lambert, aged 5 months, died of Asphyxia from Drowning [Murder]. Her mother, Margaret Cummins Lambert was charged and subsequently held at the Goodna Mental Asylum. She was found to be suffering from post partum depression, following the birth of her second child. Following her recovery, Margaret Cummins Lambert returned to her husband, John Alfred Lambert in Townsville. They had a further two children. Alfred Francis Lambert born 6th February 1913 and Ann [Nancy] Lambert; born 11th November 1914; married James McCulloch at Townsville. Their children were: Malcolm, Andrew, Ann and Margaret. 

Alfred Francis Lambert & Kathleen Riley

Joseph Noble and Alfred Francis Lambert

Joseph Noble and Alfred Francis Lambert

Alfred Francis Lambert born 6th February 1913; married Kathleen Genevieve Riley [late Fuller] daughter of William Riley and Annie Vincent, at Townsville on 28th August 1945. Kathleen Riley was born 23rd November 1907 at Roma, Queensland. Kathleen died on 15th October, 1960 at Richmond Queensland and was buried on 16th October in the Richmond Cemetery. Alfred Francis Lambert died 31st January 1972, at Townsville.

 Both Ann Lambert and Alfred Francis [Alf] Lambert attended the Townsville North State School as did their mother, Margaret Cummins in 1887. Alf Lambert's grandchildren, Helene and Michelle Tracey, were also enrolled at the school in 1978.

In a 1922 Townsville North School photograph for Classes III and IV, Alfred Lambert is present.

1st Row Back [L - R]: -, Frank Weenk, -, Paddy Barton, -, Howard Roper, Alfred Francis Lambert, Jimmy Cunningham, Ernie Millington, Robert Symes, Teddy Wright; 2nd Row [L - R]: Victoria "Torrie" Watt; Jean Sleigh; Phyllis Benton. Ruth Blunt, Claire Sleigh, Mary Anderson, Agnes Rasmussen, May Seawright, Alison Hinton; 3rd Row [L-R]: Madge Hamett, Hilda Russell, Phyllis Tredea, Pansy Smedley, Katy McCarthy, Thelma Ritchie, Mary Bradshaw, Rosie Ohlemotz; 4th Row Front [L-R]: -, Doug Millington, Vicky Valether, Vic Brown, Willy Harris.

Jennifer Gail Lambert

Jennifer Gail Lambert, only child of Alfred Francis Lambert and Kathleen Genevieve Riley, was born on 19th September 1946 at Townsville.. Baptismal sponsors were Edie and Buff Benton of Belgian Gardens. The family's residence was a No. 8 Rowland Street, North Ward. Jennifer attended St Joseph's School, Strand Townsville; St. Patrick's College; and later Australian National University and University of Canberra.


Jennifer Lambert married Michael Anthony MacLellan Tracey, son of John Robert Tracey and Catherine Cecilia MacLellan, on 30th April 1966, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville.

Michael Tracey was born 14th September 1945 and was educated at Our Lady's Mount Christian Brothers College, Townsville and Mount Carmel College Charters Towers Qld and later Australian National University. He was awarded with First Class Honours in Archaeology and a joint PhP in Archaeology and Paleoanthropology.

Jennifer Lambert and Michael MacLellan Tracey have four children:

Helene Cecilia Tracey, born 25th December 1966 at Fairfield Hospital, Sydney NSW. She is married Richard Alexander Scott. They have five children: Ryan, Tenielle, Bradley, Iain and Rochelle. Helen and Richard have three grand children Anique, Taiya and Jaxon.

Michelle Francis Tracey, born 8th May, 1972 at Townsville General Hospital. Education Australian National University. Michelle married David Charles Johnson on 3rd May 1997 at St. John's Church of England, Canberra. They have three sons Thomas, Lachlan and Henry.

Elizabeth Anne Tracey, born 25th August 1975 in the Mater Hospital, Townsville. Educated Australian National University, University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Elizabeth married Alexander Taves in Toronto, Canada and they one son Finlay.

Kathleen Margaret Tracey, born 10th February 1977. Attended Phillip College, Canberra and lives with her parents in Brisbane.