PETERS, James Cornelius

Male 1816 - 1879  (63 years)


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  • Name PETERS, James Cornelius  [1
    Born 1816  Cork, Ireland? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Mar 1879  Brighton Villa, Manly, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 23 Mar 1879  Manly Cemetery, Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Grave no 308, sect B
    Person ID I715  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2016 

    Father PETERS, Cornelius,   b. Abt 1786, Co Tipperary?, Ireland? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1856  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Family ID F302  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family KNIGHT, Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1819,   d. 24 Jan 1895, Brighton Villa, Manly, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married 22 Nov 1840  Parish Church, Portsmouth, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Copy of marriage cert MXE 884623 dated 26/4/2010.
      Witnesses John Chambers, Emma ???
    Children 
    +1. PETERS, Mary Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1842, Hampshire England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1884, South Head, Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
     2. PETERS, Francis Henry Chambers,   b. 1845, Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1850, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
    +3. PETERS, Alice Jane,   b. 1847, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1920, Woollahra, Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     4. PETERS, Emma Blanche Tempest,   b. 14 Jan 1854, 2 Harrington St, Church Hill Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1919, Manly, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +5. PETERS, James Chambers Frederick,   b. 2 Jun 1856, Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1923, Woollahra, Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     6. PETERS, Keith Ormsby,   b. 14 Nov 1860, 2 Jamison St, Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1938, State Hospital, Lidcombe, Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F297  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Seaman on the ship Louisa Munro in Nov 1840 at time of marriage. Was a bachelor at marriage.

      According Lloyd’s register no 451, Louisa Munro was a 300 ton barque, built in Sunderland in 1835, owned by J Cross; Richardson, master.

      Manly, NSW Australia. death cert 3752
      Will 20/3/79 no 3293, series 3

      Born in Hampshire according to his own report on his son James' birth certificate, but in Cork Ireland, according to the information given by his wife Elizabeth on his death certificate.
      Arrived in Australia aged 27 in 1844. Searches of vessel passenger/crew lists during this period unsuccessful in finding James or Elizabeth Peters.
      According to letter written by his daughter-in-law Emily Peters nee Hooper, he was a sea captain in about 1844 when his daughter Mary was 2 years old. He was "half Spanish" but his wife Elizabeth was "pure English".

      1850 Commercial Directory; at Treasury, Macquarie St
      James Cornelius Peters held the office of Under Treasurer of New South Wales
      1858/9 Sands Directory page 60; 2 Jamison Street, Wine and Spirit Merchant. (24 wine and spirit merchants in Sydney at this time.)
      1863 Sands Directory; 2 Jamison Street, Wine and Spirit Merchant
      not there in 1864 Sands Directory
      Manly Beach freehold: 1870/1 census
      Of Brighton Villa, Manly on death cert
      witness to son James' marriage on 9 Jan 1878

      James bought and sold many parcels of land in and around Sydney. These transactions are recorded in the Lands Titles Office in Sydney. He owned property at Point Piper, Riley Street, Ashfield, Manly, Bathurst NSW, and also held the leases to various country NSW hotels. Some of these transactions were with his son-in-law George Underwood Grimes. George was a member of the Underwood family who had very large land holdings in and around Sydney.

      Peters, Alderman James Cornelius (c1816–1879)
      James Cornelius Peters in Cork, Ireland, and emigrated to Australia in 1844 with his wife Elizabeth and
      eldest daughter. He became a merchant and wines and spirits dealer. In 1869 he had a wine wholesaler’s business at 370 George Street. He first came to Manly circa 1870, where he owned a property named ‘Petersville’ in Whistler Street.
      He involved himself in public affairs: he attended a meeting at the Steyne Hotel in June 1875 to discuss the provision of a public wharf at Manly, and seconded the proposal; he was the first person in Manly to use thenew telegraph service, sending a communication to the Postmaster-General on 17th January 1876 congratulating him on extending the line to Manly; and most importantly, James Peters was responsible for calling the first public meeting at which the question of Manly’s formation into a municipality was aired.
      At the meeting, on 13th January 1876, Mr Peters spoke on the numerous sanitary nuisances experienced by the residents, and the problem of getting cheap clean drinking-water. He put forward the case for incorporation, which was seconded by Mr Smithers. He was on the committee which subsequently took into consideration the boundaries of the proposed municipality, and his name headed the list of petitioners for formation of the municipality on 26th July 1876.
      However, in the inaugural municipal elections in November 1876, Peters, described as ‘Capitalist, Esplanade, Manly’ and one of the twelve nominations for six positions, was not elected.
      On 27th May, 1877, fire broke out in the wooden outbuildings behind the Peters residence, the three-storey ‘Hope House’, on the Esplanade. Peters, described as an invalid, was lying in bed in an upper room and was only rescued with difficulty. The fire gutted the house and adjacent cottages. The total loss due to the blaze was estimated at £8000. The premises were not insured, and Mr Peters was obliged to offer for sale the land and remaining stone walls of Hope House on Wednesday 20th June 1877.
      At the next municipal elections in February 1878, Peters, described as ‘Wine Merchant, Esplanade’ was
      nominated by Andrew Mercer and William Marshall Jackson, and was elected, topping the poll with 109 votes, tied with Robert M Pitt.
      An early action of Alderman Peters was the proposal to vest the public reserves under Council control. He was also part of a deputation requesting a bridge across Middle Harbour at the Spit
      James C Peters died 20 March 1879, aged 64. He is buried in Manly Cemetery, (Church of England section B308).

      PETERS.-In loving remembrance of James C. Peters, late of
      Manly Beach, who departed this life March 20, 1879. After
      life's fitful fever he sleeps well. [2, 3, 4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S70] Marriage Certificate.

    2. [S53] .

    3. [S9] Land Titles NSW.

    4. [S67] Manly Council History Site.


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