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Harry Sibly Rumball was the 3rd husband to my great grandmother Jane Reed. Harry's parents were John Rumball and Mary Elizabeth nee Martin, both
born in Maidenhead Berkinshire, England and married in Government House, St
Mary's Island, River Gambia Settlement, West Africa. John and Mary Rumball returned to England and then traveled to Jamaica, West Indies where they had a tea plantation. Then to New York USA where John helped his brother build a railway. They arrived in Victoria, Australia before finally settling in South Australia. John Rumball was the superintendent of SA first railway from Goolwa to Pt Elliott and the second station master to be appointed to Burra, he retired in 1894.
Most of the Rumballs that are in Australia today are descended from this

Harry Rumball was a relieving postmaster so traveled to where there was a
position but instead of running the post office he would go off shooting
and fishing. Harry's first wife Bertha Fuss died leaving him 4 young
children. Jane and Harry had 4 more children. Together with the 5 she had
from her marriages to Charles Mansfield and Sven Sellstrom this made a very
large family though some of the older ones were able to support themselves
by now. However, these siblings all spent time together and there was a lot of
good times shared many of these on Kangaroo Island.

The 1st permanent settlers to South Australia arrived on Kangaroo Island in 1836. Aboard the Duke of York, the Lady Mary Pelham & the John Pirie. One of the descendants of William Holmes HAMILTON, a seaman and his wife Charlotte nee LAKER, who arrived at Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island on the Duke of York 27 July 1836 married into the Rumball family. Bert Boxer married Ida Rumball. I have photos of their children taken with the children and grandchildren of Jane Reed. My uncle also remembers going to the Boxer farm on Kangaroo Island to go shooting.

If you have any connections to the name Rumball please contact me.

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