The Harriet Jones Story

The story of Harriett Jones is incomplete. This is what we have so far.


Harriett Jones was born about 1845 at Peel River, Tamworth. I have not been able to find a registration of the birth nor do I know the parents names. One of her parents was an Australian Aboriginal and the other 'White'.


On 11th June, 1863 at the age of 17, Harriet Jones married Thomas Henry King 27 from Amoy China in this small Church in Wellingrove NSW near where the town of Glen Innis is situated these days.

The marriage was celebrated by Archibald Cameron.

Wellingrove Church

Wellingrove Church

The Reverend Archibald Cameron was the first minister of religion to come to the Glen Innes district and he settled in the Wellingrove district in 1854 and died in the Glen Innes district in 1905. The Cameron Memorial Church in Glen Innes was built in 1920 to honor his name.


The first born to Thomas Henry King and Harriett Jones was Ellen Jane King. Ellen was born on Strathbogie Station at Vegetable Creek, Emmaville in the District of Wellingrove NSW on December 18 1865 (Reg No. 15928/1866). Emmaville is about 39 km north of Glen Innes. On the birth certificate of Ellen Jane King it states that Thomas was born Amoy China.

Ellen Jane's brother,Thomas Henry King Jnr., was born at Strathbogie Station on 25 February 1868 and George King was born 13 April 1870. On January 6 1870 Thomas Henry King Jnr. Died on Strathbogie Station aged one year and ten months from Croup and was buried by the Superintendent of Strathbogie Station, Mr. Joshua Charles Gross, on Strathbogie Station on January 7 and witnessed by the son of Hugh Gordon, George Hollingsworth Gordon, and the death was registered at Glen Innes on March 4 1870.

Death of Ellens Brother 01

Death of Ellens Brother 02

Death certificate of Thomas Henry King Jnr.



It appears that sometime after the death of her son, Thomas Henry, and the birth of George in 1870 Harriett seems to have taken up with Hugh Kennedy at Walgett NSW.

Hugh Kennedy was born Goulburn in 1945 and his parents were Hugh Kennedy and Elizabeth Ann Bowler.

Their Children:

Sarah Ann Kennedy 1873 Walgett–

Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1873 Registration Place: Walgett, New South Wales, Australia

Father: Hugh Kennedy

Mother: Harriett

Registration Number: 19970

Ann E Kennedy 1874–

Listed on her father death certificate 1923. States she is 50 (age ticked)

Florence Kennedy 1875 Walgett–1939 Newtown NSW

1st Husband – Married 13 Jan 1902  Narrandera to Sydney Ernest Conn 1869–1943 (police gazettes)
Sydney E Conn 1901–1916
Doreen Florence Conn 1906–1919
John W. Conn 1911–1915

2nd Husband Married 1936

Sydney to William Blackley Dinwoodie Owen 1867–1946
Documented in her father Hugh Kennedy obituary.  Mrs Owen formally Conn.

Mary Kennedy 1875 Walgett–1964 Dubbo

Birth Date: 1875

Birth Place: New South Wales

Registration Year:1875

Registration Place:Bourke, New South Wales, Father: Hugh Kennedy


Registration Number:8286
Death BDM - HOWELL MARY 10917/1964

Married Edward Howell.
Listed on her fathers obituary.
1913 with Edward, at Camp Street, Walgett. Same street listed on father Hugh death.

Hugh Kennedy Junior 1878 –

John Richard Kennedy - Indigenous 1880–

Numerous articles on him, with married women, mentioned in Divorce case - had children with older married woman.  Living with her in 1906
Photo of him attached
Mentions half caste, but whiter
Have his newspaper articles.
1913 in Moree
Alive in 1926 Police Gazette – Stealing. Redfern NSW – He is 46yo

Bridget Kennedy 1882–1883

Samuel Francis Kennedy 20 Sep 1884–

Mention half caste, joined army, lot on him in trouble in newspaper
Have 2 pictures of him.  attached

Stanley W Kennedy 1886–1907 Condobolin Cemetery.

Details provided by Stacey Taylor


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