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William Apps – England to Australia

Clipper Route from England to Australia. Credit to The Floating Brothel by Sian Rees. found on
Clipper Routes – the voyage of the convict ship, the Lady Julian to Sydney Cove, Australia arriving in 1790 via Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Cape Town. (The Floating Brothel by Sian Rees)

Which William Apps are you researching?

In 2013 I purchased a book from a family history society operating in the area where my forebears originally settled when they arrived in Australia. There were at least three William Apps’ living in the Camden area. As I had prior knowledge of two of these Williams’, I noticed some errors. I made a trip to the area and was fortunate enough to speak to one of the authors of the book and mentioned the error. Unfortunately, the co author was not very interested.

My next step was the ensure this error was not continued down the line so I decided to document my findings and send it to the Secretary of the family history society so they could at least have this information in their files for future research.

My findings below:- Note: it will be easier to read this information in conjunction with the dropdown chart below.

Correction to entries on page 17 ‘They Worked At Camden Park’ produced by Camden Historical Society.

APPS, William. [3] b Brooklands, Kent, England c. 1812; arr free “Washington Irving” 05/08/1857 Labourer, farmer; d Menangle 24/01/1886 bur St John’s C/E Camden. Wife: Maria (Blundell nee Brooker). as per page 17 (should be: arrived 1839 “Cornwall”)

  • According to the shipping records for vessel “Washington Irving” arriving Sydney in 1857, William APPS [5] was 21 years old (b1836) and had an Uncle William Apps [3] in Camden. [NSWSA Reel 2138 4/4794; Reel 2476 4/4972]
  • The above William APPS [3] married 26 July 1855 in York Street Chapel, Sydney. [V1855 11 124]
  • The above *William APPS [3] is the Uncle referred to by William Apps [5], Shepherd, onboard “Washington Irving” 1857.
  • Both William [3] and Maria/Mary APPS are buried in St John’s Cemetery, Camden – Grave A127 – the same grave as William APPS [4] 1822-1870. In Grave A126 Thomas BLUNDELL – Maria’s,first husband is buried.
  • The above William APPS [3] is more than likely the APPS Snr. in the 1875 Electoral Roll with a lease at Razorback and his nephew/step son in law more likely to be William APPS [5] Jnr.
  • APPS William (Jnr.) b Camden 28/09/1856; Known 1875 Electoral Roll lease Upper Camden; Lease 1800s, 112 acres 83 cleared, £30 yearly; d Botany 22/06/1908; Wife: Annie (CHANNELL). This is the son of William Apps [4].
  • William APPS (1856-1908) Son of William Apps [4]would not have attained the age of 21 years to be eligible to vote in 1875. He married Annie CHANNELL 10 March 1883 [NSW BDM 4090/1883] and moved to Sydney.
  • All their children were born in Sydney between 1883-1897. Therefore, I do not think he would have held a lease in Camden in 1880s.

APPS, William (Snr.)

b Horsmonden, Kent, England 08/01/1822; arrived free “Royal George” 10/3/1839; Stock Keeper, known 1851-1852; Lease 80.5 acres Razorback 1860; Known 1875 Electoral Roll lease Great South Road near Razorback; Butcher; d Menangle 25/11/1870 bur St. John’s C/E Camden;; Wife; Mary (DAVIS); Children: Jane, Mary, William.

(Note: This is more likely to be William Apps [5] nephew/step son-in law of William Apps [3].)

Compiled by Maggie Hope – May 2020 p.1

  • William APPS [4] married Mary DAVIS in 1847 [NSW BDM V1847 573 32C] at Camden, died November 1870 [NSW BDM 3171/1870] at Menangle and his probate was proved in December 1873. Therefore, he would not be known as the above in the 1875 Electoral Roll.
  • His death certificate states that William APPS (1822-1870) occupation was a Butcher. Cause of death: From a fit to which he was subject as per report after inquest held at Menangle on the 25th November 1870.
  • His children as per his death certificate: David b 1849, Jane b 1851, Mary b 1853, William b 1856, Elizabeth b 1859, Ann born 1861- living. John born 1848 died 1856.
  • William [4] is buried a St John’s Cemetery, Camden in Grave A127. The same grave that William [3]and Maria/Mary APPS are buried. APPS, William [5] b 1836 Brooklands, Kent, England arrived “Washington Irving” 1857 [NSWSA Reel 2138 4/4794; Reel 2476 4/4972] parents Thomas & Ann, stated he had an Uncle William living at Camden. His Uncle was William APPS [3] (1812-1886).

• In 1859 at Camden William APPS [5](1836-1912) married Emily Jane BLUNDELL (1839-1911). Emily is the daughter of Maria/Mary nee BROOKER and Thomas BLUNDELL (1805-1853). After Thomas’ death Maria/Mary married William APPS [3](1812- 1886); i.e., Emily Jane’s Stepfather.

Additional information on William APPS’ found on Camden CD.

APPS, William Thomas.[6] Son of William APPS [5](1836-1912) and Emily Jane BLUNDELL (1839-1911). He was born at Cawdor 9 March 1862 and died at Razorback in 14 June 1929. William Thomas APPS [6] married Evangeline Jane DOMINISH (1862-1951) in December 1891 at Cawdor.

The above is likely to be William APPS [6]Jnr., who is referred to as having the lease in Upper Campen and is noted in the 1875 Electoral Roll.

APPS, William.

Son of William APPS & Philadelphia FOOTS born 8 July 1835 Brede Sussex, England. He died 1911 at Young. He arrived in Sydney with his parents and siblings 26 October 1839 onboard “Florist”. He married Julia BUTCHERS (1841-1913) April 1841 at Narellan. They had a child William Charles APPS born 1860 at “Gledswood” Camden. By 1864 they had moved to Goulburn then onto Young.

Compiled by Maggie Hope – May 2020 p.2


Below is a drop down-chart I have compiled defining the William Apps’ I have researched:-


I may add there is another William Apps that is a convict and to date, I have not made a connection to our family. See below:-

Please, if you find any errors in my research, do not hesitate to contact me at hopemargatgmaildotcom

The above can be very confusing. please read and refer to the dropdown chart for clarity.

You may wish to refer to my previous post The Saga of Six William Apps

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The Saga of six William APPS’. From Kent to Camden

Written and compiled by M. Hope 2022 and research assistance from Jan Byrne 1939-2011

This post won’t be for everyone. It is a post that I feel I need to write about because we have so many William APPS’ in Camden, New South Wales area, they are being very much confused and recorded in the wrong families. . 

To make my post seem more comprehensible I shall introduce each William chronologically, number them respectively and then put them into the family tree.  At the end of this post I have inserted a Family History Dropdown Chart of six generations beginning 1726. 

If anyone requires further information or source detail, please contact me through this post.

1. WILLIAM APPS 1756 – ? Parents: Richard APPS & Susanna MUNNS

William APPS and Thomas APPS were sons of Richard APPS and Susanna MUNNS. William was born in 1756 in England and he married Mary COLLISON in 1780 at Marsden, Kent. They had a son  John APPS who was born in 1798 in Horsemonden, Kent.  John is my paternal GGGG Grandfather. John migrated to Australia, with his wife and six boys, in 1839 onboard “Royal George” as Bounty Immigrants. The family worked on Macarthur’s Farm at Camden and McLeay’s property, Brownlow Hill and later at John Peter’s property, Yarrabee, at Wagga Wagga.

2. WILLIAM APPS 1782 – 1851 Parents: Thomas APPS & Jane CONSTABLE

Thomas APPS (above ), son of Richard & Susanna APPS, married Jane CONSTABLE and they had a son William APPS born in 1782. He married Susannah CLAPSON. Therefore, William (1) is the uncle to William (2)..

3. WILLIAM APPS 1812 – 1886  Parents: William APPS & Susannah CLAPSON.

William (3) was born in 1812 in Kent England migrated to Australia onboard “Cornwall” in 1839 as a Bounty Immigrant. He worked for Mr John Blaxland (brother of the explorer, Gregory), as a labourer at Newington Estate. When John Blaxland died in 1851 it appears William went to Camden, where he knew relatives resided.  Here he married widow Mary BLUNDELL in 1855. Her husband, Thomas BLUNDELL died in 1853. Both William and Mary are buried in St John’s Churchyard Cemetery, Camden in the same grave as William APPS (4) in Grave No A127. Mary’s Husband, Thomas BLUNDELL is buried in Grave No A126. William (3) also had a brother Thomas born in 1808. He married Ann FERRIS and they had a son in 1836 named……. William (5). More on him later. 

4. WILLIAM APPS 1822 – 1870 Parents: John APPS & Ann HUMPHREY

William (4)  was born in Kent, England. He migrated to Australia with his parents onboard “Royal George”. He married Mary DAVIS. His death certificate states he was a butcher when he died from a fit in 1870 at Menangle. He is buried at St John’s Churchyard Cemetery, Camden, in an unmarked grave (Grave A127) with his son John, who died aged nine in 1856. William (4) is the grandson of William (1).  William 3 & 4 are second cousins. 

5. WILLIAM APPS 1836 – 1912 Parents: Thomas APPS & Ann FERRIS

William (5) was born in Kent, England. He migrated to Australia onboard “Washington Irving” in 1857. He stated he was a Shepherd and he had an Uncle living in Camden. This Uncle was William (3). William (5) married Emily Jane BLUNDELL at Camden Park in 1859. Emily was the child of Mary BROOKER & Thomas BLUNDELL. William APPS (3) was her stepfather. I guess William and Emily were first cousins by marriage but not blood. William and Emily had a son born at Cawdor, New South Wales in 1862 and they named him William (6)

6. WILLIAM Thomas APPS 1862 – 1951 Parents: William APPS & Emily Jane BLUNDELL

William married Evangeline Jane DOMINISH.

Dropdown chart depicting the various William APPS’ and where they fit into out family. M Hope 2020
Unmarked Grave A127 at St John’s Churchyard Cemetery, Camden. Jan (Apps) Byrne placing flowers on her Great Great Grandfather’s grave in 2003. At this time we were unaware there were four people interred here.