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 Joseph Woodville Bolles

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Joseph Woodville Bolles

  • Birth 14 Jan 1843
  • Death 8 Apr 1930
  • Burial Belgian Gardens, Townsville City, Queensland, Australia
  • Memorial ID 19394794

Born Rochester, Massachusetts; followed the calling of the sea in his early years, and was engaged in whaling expeditions; served aboard the whaler WAVERLEY (which, despite one claim by a Brisbane copyist, was never a vessel belonging to the United States Navy); captured by the Confederate States Cruiser CSS SHENANDOAH, June 28, 1865; he later claimed, successfully, for compensation, for the loss of his personal effects and the WAVERLEY (once again, despite the claim of the Brisbane copyist, Bolles was never given a pension by the United States government, as he was never in government service); Bolles later moved to New Zealand, and then to Australia; eventually landed in Brisbane, where he was involved in shipping coal, and other riverine activities on the Brisbane River; on June 27, 1873, while serving as chief officer aboard the bark ROBERT TOWNS, he was involved in the wreck of that vessel, when she was hit by a storm and struck a reef, off St. Bartholomew Island, Bougainville Straits; Bolles, and several of the crew were saved by the schooner ISABELLA, and taken to Brisbane; later moved to Cooktown, where he qualified as a master mariner; adjudged as an Insolvent, November 17, 1881, at Cooktown; married twice, first to Margaret Ellen Lang, at Cooktown, and then, after the death of Margaret in 1889, to Henrietta Jane Craig; later moved, with his family, to Townsville, where he resumed work as a shipbuilder; retired from full time work in 1915; was a member of the Masonic Order; died in Townsville. [From the original research of the late Roy Parker of Sydney, with contributions by Barry Crompton of Melbourne, Len Traynor of Sydney, and Bob Simpson of Beechworth, Victoria, and published, in 2000, in the volume, CIVIL WAR VETERANS IN AUSTRALIA, edited by Roy's daughter, Mrs. Virginia Crocker.]


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  • Created by: Terry Foenander
  • Added: 16 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19394794
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Woodville Bolles (14 Jan 1843–8 Apr 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19394794, citing Belgian Gardens Cemetery, Belgian Gardens, Townsville City, Queensland, Australia ; Maintained by Terry Foenander (contributor 46909316) .