Chapter 7 - SETTLING DOWN (under)

Chapter Seven


Settling  Down (under)

Chris Verrall & Yvonne Cottman

Charles St.Vincent Verrall (George, Charles, William, Richard, Richard) was born 6 May 1844 in On Board Ship St.Vincent. He died 28 Jun 1923 in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.

Charles married Helen Robertson Adams daughter of William Adams and Allison Dickson 5 Aug 1869 in Ipswich Qld Australia. Helen was born 23 Apr 1848 in Newhaven, Midlothian, Scotland. She died 13 Apr 1919 in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.


They had the following children:

i. Jane Verrall was born 18 May 1870. She died 29 Aug 1922.

ii. Mary Verrall was born 9 Dec 1871 in Normanby Reserve Qld  Australia. She was buried 25 Mar 1953. 

iii. William Adam Verrall was born 22 Jun 1873. He died 15 Apr  1950. 

iv. Sarah Verrall was born 2 Sep 1874. She died 11 Feb 1942.

v. Elizabeth Verrall was born 9 Apr 1876 in Mutdapilly, Queensland, Australia. She died 24 Sep 1953 in Queensland, Australia.

vi George Verrall was born 19 Sep 1878 in Mutdapilly, Queensland, Australia. He died 14 Mar 1892.

vii. Alexander Verrall was born 4 Mar 1881. He died 17 Mar 1941.

viii. Lilly Verrall was born 28 Mar 1883. She died 29 Sep 1961.

ix Charles Verrall was born 22 Mar 1885. He died 4 Dec 1922.

x Stephen Verrall was born 13 Jun 1887 in Mutdapilly,   Queensland,  Australia. He died 20 Aug 1965. 

xi Eva Verrall was born 1 Oct 1889 in Mutdapilly, Queensland, Australia.


Charles St.Vincent Verrall

Written by Yvonne Cottman From information and letters by .... William Hooper, Stella Saunders

(Grandchildren of Charles) and from Frank Verrall (Nephew).


Charles St. Vincent Verrall was born on 6th May 1844, aboard the ship "St.Vincent" enroute to Australia, arriving in Sydney from Deptford on 31st July 1844, the first child of George and Sarah Verrall. (Nee Keach)

He spent his first five years on the Clarence River at one or the other of three cattle properties on which his parents were employed by Ward Stephens. His father worked as a station hand, was noted as an expert rifleman and his mother, Sarah worked as a domestic servant.


After five years in new South Wales the family now consisting of four children, Charles, Mary, Thomas and Caroline.. journeyed to Queensland in a wagon drawn by bullocks. This was a long tedious, remarkable trek and some of it was remembered by Charles, then about five years of age but, unfortunately nothing ( as far as this writer knows) was recorded. Queensland was not yet a State and the promise of buying land and starting their own property was a great incentive for George and Sarah who, with stout hearts began their journey. They came all of those miles.. who knows how long it took them.. and Sarah gave birth along the way to her fifth child, George. They travelled over Cunningham's Gap making their way to Ipswich where there was an industry called "Boiling Down".. of cattle for Tallow to make soap. It is not known if George worked there.

The family soon settled on the land, rented a farm though it was not long before they were living on their own property at Redbank Plains. Being the oldest child, Charles was of great assistance to his parents,worked hard,increased the acreage, the stock and soon had a place of note.

In his young days, Charles felled and carried cedar from the Cedar forest at Mt. Mista, near Laidley, Qld, with his team of horses. On one occasion he became lost in the forest. It was incredibly thick with timber, the sun went down and he could not find his way out. It was two days before he appeared and he gave credit to his team of horses for finding the way out. He also carted coal to the shoot at the Bremer River, carted stone to Brisbane to build the Treasury Building and also to build the Lewis Thomas mansion on the hill at Blackstone... now demolished.

On 5th August 1869 Charles married Helen Robertson Adams, born in Scotland to William and Allison Adams (Nee Dickson). Many years later, Helen told her grandaughter, Stella Hooper, that her mother had written to her saying " Come home at once and marry Charlie Verrall as your father is building a house for you on the Reserve" as it was called those times. Later it became Mutdapilly.


Charles was a very handsome man. He was tall, powerfully built and with a ruggedness of the outdoor man. His eyes were light blue and they twinkled.. his complexion, though tanned by the Queensland sun was, underneath fresh and fair, a heritage from his English parents.


His disposition was most pleasant, his nature happy and he was endowed with a likeable sense of humour. He was not at all without talent in his attempt to mimic several of the interesting local characters... much to his family's enjoyment. He neither drank or smoked and was never known to lose his temper or to use bad language. Until his "old age" he possessed a good head of thick hair, had his own teeth and did not wear glasses... it is believed he had normal hearing but one story puts a question mark beside that.


It was told by Frank verrall. On one occasion, at church, Charles was sitting in the back row listening to the Minister give his sermon. He made a fine figure, in his white moleskin trousers and carrying a wide brimmed white hat.. He stood up and called out "Speak up Man, I can't hear you". He was offered a front seat and thereafter occupied it.

Another story from Frank was the time Charles went to Sydney, with one of his daughters, and while walking along Pitt Street, Sydney, he spotted a pair of grey horses pulling a dray.. he stepped out into the centre of the street, pulled up the horses, looked them over thoroughly, inspected their teeth etc, patted them and told the startled driver " You have got a fine pair of greys there".

He was noted for his kindness and generosity, concern for the welfare of his fellow man and a story bears this out.. related in a letter to the writer from William Hooper... Going along a bush track to his waggon to Ipswich to replenish his provivions his horse suddenly shied at something alongside the road. Thinking it must have been a snake or some such thing, Charles stopped the waggon and got out.. there he saw a youth under some bushes...clearly very frightened and cowering down. Charles spoke to him in a soft voice and encouraged the boy to come out from under the bushes. He explained to Charles that he had run away from his employer where life had been intolerable. Charles took him into the waggon and they continued the journey into Ipswich. Upon arriving there Charles took the lad to Cribb and Foote where they were able to get a hot breakfast as it was the custom those days that employee and customers alike could take advantage of the dining room. After completing his business in town Charles then took the lad to the Police Sergeant and told him the story. He then offered to feed and clothe the boy but was not in a position to pay wages. This was accepted by the Sergeant and agreed that things should continue in this manner until the

boy was eighteen. However, upon reaching this age the young man wished to stay on and was employed and paid wages, happy with life. For many years and even when the young man left to go elsewhere he visited the Verrall family in Mutdapilly many times in the ensuing years. His name was Daly and he lived to the age of ninety years. He had no relatives in Australia as he had run away at the age of thirteen years from his home in Ireland. He kept in close contact with the family and regarded them as his own.

Charles and Helen lived all of their married life at Mutdapilly and saw several of their family settle in the same area. The Mutdapilly school was just at the bottom of the paddock, the Methodist Church near by,.. also a small building that was used as a post office to which the mail was delivered each day.

Charles, like the other members of his family was a farmer. he grew numerous crops such as oats, millet, corn, potatoes, vegetables of all kinds.. an orchard of some distinction and in between the trees he had planted grapes. It is said that he had more than a hundred varieties. It was a treat for his grandchildren ( so says Stella Saunders) when visiting the farm to go with a bucket, fill it with grapes and eat until satisfied. Charles had a "touch" for gardening, was extremely productive and reaped a fine harvest.


He also kept a flock of sheep. Among them were pure merino for which he won first prize at the Ipswich Show for the best fleece. He had a fine dairy herd, kept pigs... quite a distance from the house... and further away on another property he ran cattle. He had a blacksmith shop (Smiddy worked with big belows and anvil, making horseshoes for his own horses.) All of his tools hung on a "Smiddy" wall, in good order and ready for use. Stella recalls that she loved to help work the bellows and watch the sparks fly.

He was a devoted son to his mother and many times as she was nearing her last days, he would ride on horseback from Mutdapilly to Riverview where she lived with her daughter, Charlotte Bassett, to see her. Several times after a hard ride he would arrive to find her somewhat recovered, sitting up in bed... this happened on several occasions and at one time he was heard to mutter : Die, die, woman,.. You'll never die". It was not meant to be unkind for that was not his nature. Sarah lived to be almost ninety-three years and died in 1913.

As he grew older himself,Charles could not understand why so many young people wore glasses etc. He was heard to say "False teeth, false eyes, false everything"... When he passed away at the age of seventy nine on 27th June 1923, he had a thick head of hair, all of his own teeth and had never worn glasses.



Charles and Helen had a family of eleven children... six girls and five boys. Of these, four did not marry and one died at thirteen from snake bite. They had thirty eight grandchildren.


William Adam Verrall


William Adam Verrall (Charles St.Vincent, George, Charles, William, Richard, Richard) was born 22 Jun 1873 in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. He died 15 Apr 1950 in Queensland, Australia.

William married Sarah Annie Hodgson daughter of John Hodgson and Jane Denison 8 Feb 1904 in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. Sarah was born 8 Jun 1882 in Queensland, Australia. She died 6 Sep 1952 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


They had the following children:


i. Herbert Verrall was born 23 Oct 1904 in Boonah, Queensland, Australia. He died 23 Oct 1904 in Boonah, Queensland, Australia.

ii. Edward Thomas Verrall was born 22 Feb 1906 in Boonah, Queensland, Australia. He died 27 Nov 1912.

iii. Harold William Verrall was born 29 Feb 1908. He died 24 Jul 1988.

iv. Dorothy Lillian Verrall was born 26 Oct 1909. She died 4 Jan 1991.

v. Mabel Rosamund Verrall was born 3 Dec 1910 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She died 9 Oct 1997 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia.

vi. Vera May Verrall was born 7 May 1912.

vii. Arthur Hodgson Verrall was born 13 Jan 1914. He died 8 Jun 1991.


viii. Robert Burnett Verrall was born 14 Jun 1915. He died 7 Apr 1984.

ix Donald David Verrall was born 25 May 1917. He died 23 Sep 1992.

x Norman Alexander Verrall was born 3 Dec 1918. He died Feb 1994.

xi Keith Denison Verrall was born 14 Jan 1921 in Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia. He died 27 Aug 1984 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

xii Jean Eva Verrall was born 19 Jul 1922.

xiii George Adams Verrall was born 22 Apr 1925 in Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia. He died 16 Apr 2001 in Biggenden, Queensland, Australia.