Montagu Lowther Chapman was born 10 December 1808 in Killua Castle, County Westmeath, Ireland to Thomas Chapman (1756-1837) and Margaret Anne Fetherstone (1788-1871) and died 27 June 1864 in Australia of lost at sea. Ancestors are from Ireland.

Died at Sea near Australia - Never Married

Vital Statistics

1842 Purchase of Lands in Gepps Cross, Australia - The area was originally laid out into farmlets in 1842 and known as 'Montague Farm', after Sir Montague Lowther Chapman, who obtained the land grant on 14 June 1842.


Offspring of Sir Thomas Chapman and Margaret Anne Fetherstone (1788-1871)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Montagu Lowther Chapman (1808-1853) 10 December 1808 Killua Castle, County Westmeath, Ireland 27 June 1864 Australia
Benjamin James Chapman (1810-1888) 9 February 1810 Killua Castle, County Westmeath, Ireland 2 November 1888 South Dublin, Ireland Maria Sarah Fetherstone (1827-1898)

William Chapman (1811-1889) 4 November 1811 Killua Castle, County Westmeath, Ireland 25 January 1889 County Dublin, Ireland Martha Louisa Vansittart (1812-1889)


Research Notes;

It appears that Montague Chapman died at sea in 1852 off Victoria and was declared lost a year later.

  • Note from Eugene Sheridan:

I am researching Sir Montague Lowther Chapman and his connection with South Australia. 214 people from Killua parish emigrated to South Australia in 1847 having received assisted passsages at Chapman's behest.Do you have any information on his connection with South Australia?.Iwill have a look at this end for anything on JamesFetherston/haugh. Kind Regards Eugene Sheridan Killua, Clonmellon,Navan Co.Meath Ireland .

  • Note from Covan Ireland Newspaper- Anglo/Celt - Dec 1852 </u>

SIR MONTAGUE CHAPMAN, BART. - We sincerely regret to state that the most painful rumours are current respecting the fate of this high-minded and excellent Irish Gentleman. Since Sir Montague had left Sidney for Adelaide, sic months had elapsed, and no intelligence had been obtained of the vessel in which he had sailed. The members of his family in Westmeath, are naturally in a most painful state of suspense, and are looking with the deepest solicitude for the next accounts from Australia.

  • Researching - Shipwrecks of Australia - A section of Victoria Shoreline is called Shipwreck Coast.
  • 1852 - Brig. Essington (1826-1852) which sank while moored at Port Fairy in 1852.  - Government-built in Sydney as a troop and convict transport, it was privately owned when wrecked carrying general cargo from Sydney.
  • 1853 - Freedom

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