Henry Salter and Margaret Steed


Henry Salter
Henry Salter was born in Ottery Street, St Mary Devon, England 1816 to Charles Salter (1790-1832) and Mary Allen.  He had a trade as a baker and worked in Bristol. He was found guilty at Bristol Quarter Sessions on the 4th November 1837 of stealing “one basket and one cloth” belonging to his master James Morgan. A basket and cloth was the way that the earlier bakers used to deliver bread.

He then went to work for Glue Manufacturers at Redcliffe where on 7th January 1839 he stole “four cakes of unfinished glue, four cakes of other glue and unfinished glue” belonging to his master Henry Proctor.


Margaret Steed
He was “sentenced to be transported beyond the seas for the term of seven years.”

Henry arrived in Sydney on 8 December 1839 on the Barossa. He is listed as age 23, able to read and write, Protestant, single, Trade or Calling as baker, height 5ft 3 3/4 inches, ruddy freckled complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, Particular marks "scar on outer corner of left eyebrow, two pockpits on right side of forehead, woman MR on upper, two tobacco pipes, two pots and two glasses, HSM & RN, a man and woman on lower right arm, flower pot, man standing on a barrel, child and cottage on lower left arm"

Henry was given his ticket of on 4th January 1844 with a note allowed to remain in the Police District of Bathurst. He worked as a baker and farm labourer around the Bathurst area, where he met Margaret Steed. Henry is listed as the 1878/79 Electoral roll for The Bogan as a resident at Llambaddon, Macquarie. This property, later called Warrie Flats, had been purchased by his son Charles in 1875.

Henry's crime in the Bristol Mercury 11 Nov 1837
Margaret Steed, domestic servant, arrived in Australia on the Carnatic on 1st January 1853. She was part of 42 female assisted migrants who emigrated under what was the called the bounty scheme and bought out under the "needlewoman classification".

Margaret was born in London on 21 August 1822 in Norris Street, St James, London to James Steed (1801-1850) and Eleanor Evans (1787-1847). Baptised 10th September 1822 at Westminster, St James (Piccadilly) church, "to James & Eleanor Steed of 45 Whitecombe Street, Glass Cutter." Margarets brother, James was born 8th January 1824 and baptised at St James on 1st February "son of James & Eleanor Steed of Dean Street, milkman." Unfortunately there is no gravestone at the graves of James and Eleanor Steed in the Kensal Green Cemetery, London. There had been once, but it had broken off and was now just a patch of grass. It is a huge cemetery and they are buried very near the famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Records list Margaret’s occupation as needlewoman and her age adjusted to 30 (Assistant Immigrant must be under the age of 30), she was actually 31. Margaret is listed as Domestic Servant, Religious Independent with her parents James and Eleanor both dead.

Margaret and Henry were married at The New Inn” or "Green Swamp Inn" at Green Swamp on 7th July 1853. Green swamp is located on the Walang Road which is off the highway between Bathurst and Lithgow. The marriage certificate has Henry’s surname listed as Sutter. A witness to the Marriage Certificate was Christopher Roberts as the Inn Keeper.

Henry and Margaret had four children. Charles James Salter born 1854, Henry John Salter born 1856, Arthur Fredrick Salter 1860 and Alfred Wallace Salter in 1862.


Green Swamp Inn

Location of the Green Swamp Inn

The births of Margaret & Henry's sons

Margaret's marriage notes

Wallace Alfred Salter
Our Dear Father 
Peacefully sleeping resting at last 
Life's weary troubles and suffering all past 
Inserted by his loving children
Elizabeth Salter (wife of Wallace)
My dear wife and our dear mother 
Long days and nights she bore the pain 
To wait for cure was all in vain 
But God alone who thought it best 
Did ease her pain and give her rest 
Inserted by her loving husband sons and daughters
Charles Salter
No headstone and no foot name
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