Warren is common in England and is derived from the Norman family "de Warenne."  The de Warenne family were a noble family in England, with William de Warenne being created the 1st Earl of Surrey by William the Conqueror in 1088 after the Battle of Hastings.

It is believe our descendants can be traced back as far as Edwarde Warren in Devon, England in the mid-1500s.

More recently, Richard Robins Warren emigrated from Bristol to Victoria in 1852, presumably in response to the Gold Rush.

Richard Robins Warren (1836-1912)

St. Kilda Cemetery

Richard Robins Warren was born on 11 June 1836 at Bristol, Gloucestershire. He arrived at Port Phillip on December 1852 possibly on the ship Washington Irving, although his age is shown as 21 years (not RR Warren's age of 16). He was on the goldfields when he married Ann Livingston on 15 March 1858 at Sandhurst (Sandhurst was the old name of Bendigo before 1891). Richard and Ann had a large family of thirteen children.

Richard was a store keeper and a miner until about 1873 when he was described as a farmer. He took up property in 1877 at Marong which he advertised for rent, descibing it as:

"19 Acres of securely-fenced and well watered ground in the township of Marong, and bordering on Bullock Creek, together with comfortable Cottage containing four rooms. There is also a detached kitchen and other outbuildings, garden, &c. There are, further, 20 acres closely contiguous to above, partly cleared and wholly fenced, and held under 49th section, for Sale, and the Commissioner's right is granted to transfer, Apply R.R.Warren, on the ground".

He later leased property on Leaghur under the Lands Acts Amendment Act and in 1887 at Tatchera County - issued as a "lease for 276 acres of Mallee Allotments under The Mallee Pastoral Leases Act 1883". (Bendigo Advertiser)

He was a member and auditor inthe Ovens and Murray United District of the Ancient Order of Foresters. Later he became a Government rabbit inspector in Swan Hill until as a retired civil servant he moved to Prahran in Melbourne. As on old age pensioner he died on 12 December 1912 of senile debility and heart failure and was buried at St Kilda cemetery.

Elizabeth Warren (1859-1917)

St. Saviour's Chuchyard

Elizabeth Warren was the first of eleven children of Richard Robins and Ann Warren.

She was a domestic servant in 1883 at Lake Leaghur, VIC, until at the age of 24 years she married the 45 year old Henry Harrison Briscoe. The couple were recorded as living together at Smith Street Fitzroy, Melbourne.

They lived at Elgin Street Hawthorne where Elizabeth had two daughters, before the family moved to Cobar in NSW where Henry took up the role of caretaker of the Government tank. The family grew with six more children as Henry took positions at several other locations around that state, before moving to Waverley in Sydney early in the new century.

One child, Arthur William Boultbee Torrance Briscoe died as an infant in 1893 at The Rock. Later in 1901 at Tooloora Bore near Walgett, Elizabeth was recorded as the mother of a daughter Ethel (known as Aggie) but it is understood that the mother was her eldest daughter Caroline (Carrie), who "witnessed the birth".

After a number of addresses in the Sydney area, the family settled on the 13 acre property at East Hills until Henry died in 1912. As a widow Elizabeth moved to nearby Bankstown with her unmarried children where she died at Leonard Street in 1917 after losing another son, Alfred, in the Great War.

She was buried at St. Saviour's Church, Punchbowl not far from husband, Henry.


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