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The Straight and Narrow Curve

John Griffiths (1855-1930)

Fourteen years after Beni Griffiths was transported, his wife Sarah and family left their home in Wales and sailed to Van Diemen’s Land to join him. By now Sarah, being eleven years older than her husband, was aged 54.
Accompanying Sarah was Beni and Sarah’s adult son David and his wife, who was pregnant. Baby John Griffiths, Beni’s grandson, was born on the voyage, on board the Ocean Child. His birth was registered at the Mariner’s Chapel in London’s east end borough of Wapping.
John married Emma Walsh in the northern Tasmanian town of Deloraine. Their marriage produced eleven children, including daughter Ethel Emma Cordelia born in 1879.

John and Emma Griffiths outside their house in Queenstown. John put through the first telephone line to Queenstown, and was appointed Telephone Supervisor.
John and Emma Griffiths outside their house in Queenstown. John put through the first telephone line to Queenstown, and was appointed Telephone Supervisor.

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