In 1836 on October 19, James Giffin, his wife Jane nee Johnston and their family of four children arrived in the colony aboard the clipper Mandarin. They had left Ireland, their country of origin, on 5 July 1837, some three months previously.
James was a Bounty Immigrant. It was at this time of immigration that the Government was in need of tradesmen. James was a Boot and Shoemaker, having followed the trade of his father, John. To this stage of research it is not known who was James’ first employer, but by the year James was living and working in Princes Street. Whether this was his own business or not also is unknown
During the voyage their two year old son was stricken with diarrhoea and died at sea on 13-7-1836. Then, just nine days before arriving 10-10-1836, another son was born. They named him St. John after Jane’s father, who was St. John Johnston.
John Giffin b. Templepatrick, Belfast, Ireland
Issue:James, son of John Giffin:
ch. 3-7-1805 Belfast, Ireland
m. 1827 Jane Johnson, daughter of St. John Johnston
d. 17-9-1880 “Paddington Inn’, Old South Head Road (now Oxford Street),
bur. 19-9-1880 St. Jude’s Church of England, Avoca Street, Randwick
Jane nee Johnson, daughter of St John Johnston
ch. 10-1-1810 Belfast, Ireland
d. 24-6-1875 Leinster Street, Randwick (her then residence)
bur. 26-6-1875 St. Jude’s Church of England, Avoca Street, Randwick
Sydney Morning Herald 26 June 1875:
The friends of John and James Giffin are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of their deceased Mother, to leave her residence Leinster Street, Paddington, this day June 26.