Rebecca COOMBS a house servant was born on the 23rd September 1823 at Cheltenham, the daughter of a William and Ann COOMBS who were both living in 1849 at Cheltenham. Rebecca immigrated to Sydney with her brother James, a groom, aged 20 years. They travelled on the "Harbinger" which departed London on the 5 October 1848 stopping at Plymouth, England and leaving on the 16 October and arrived at Sydney on the 12 February 1849. An excellent report of the conditions that they travelled to Australia are reported in the newspaper in London “The Times”, Thursday, Oct 19, 1848; pg. 4; Issue 19998. The ship was new and had all the modern conveniences of the times as well as ample supplies. It was on this voyage that Rebecca met her future husband Richard EMBREY from Monmouth, Wales. On arrival in Sydney, Richard made his way to Queensland but returned to marry Rebecca on the 1st June 1850 at St James Church of England, Sydney. Rebecca could read but not write. The witnesses were Henry and Ann BREAKSPEAR of “The Glebe”. Perhaps they were Rebecca’s employers as she had no relatives living in the colony of New South Wales on her arrival.They were blessed with 8 Children of whom six survived infancy:
1.1. Alfred EMBREY was born on the 28th March 1851 at the Johnson House, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
1.2. Sarah EMBREY was born on the 15th March 1853 at Fassifern, Queensland, Australia.
1.3. Richard EMBREY was born on the 25th September 1855 at Ipswich.
1.4. Maria EMBREY was born on the 11th December 1858 at The Junction, Ipswich.
1.5. Emler EMBREY was born on the 28th December 1858 at Ipswich. She was also known as Emily and Emlie.
1.6. Mary Ann EMBREY was born on the 27th March 1862 and died on the 6th March 1865 in Queensland.
1.7. John EMBREY was born on the 1st February 1865 and died on the 2nd August 1867in Queensland.
1.8. James EMBREY was born on the 26th January 1868 at Brisbane Road, Ipswich.
Rebecca delivered her grandson William at Rosewood on the 4th August 1882 who was born to her daughter Maria and her husband’s nephew Richard.
Rebecca lived at Tallegalla, where they had a farm. Rebecca’s husband passed away from Cancer of the tongue on the 18th September 1896 at Tallegalla and is buried at the Church of England Cemetery, Marburg .
Rebecca then went to live with her son James at Kunioon, near Nanango until her death on the 16th June 1913 at Kunioon. She was suffering from Bronchitis, Cardiac Insufficiency and Heart Failure. She was buried on the 17th June at Nanango Cemetery.
In the various records Rebecca’s surname name is spelt Coombs, Coombes, Combes, Comelais
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