Arthur Melbin


1836 - 12th January 1899





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Arthur Melbin (1836 - 1899) was born in Liverpool. In various documents, his surname is also spelled as Melburn and Melben. Little is known of his life in England except that his father was supposedly a sailor. Along with four other men, he was convicted of highway robbery on 11th August 1855 and sentenced to fifteen years' gaol and transportation to Australia. He spent time in Kirkland prison in Liverpool, then at Millbank prison and finally Portland prison.

Arthur Melbin, Convict No 4261 arrived in Fremantle aboard the 'Clara' in 1857, was granted his ticket-of-leave in 1859 and moved to the Newcastle (Toodyay) and Wongamine areas. He married Kate Grady (Catherine Grady or O'Grady) in 1864 and they had thirteen children, a number died in infancy. Arthur died on 12th January 1899 as the result of a tragic accident. Kate married Henry Thomas Blake in 1911. Arthur and his wife Kate are buried in Northam Cemetery, in Western Australia.

One of their sons, Arthur Robert Melbin, commonly referred to as Bob Mebin, married Lucy Catherine Coyne, Ross Watson's grandmother.

Ref: The Forgotten Years by Ross Watson

Headstone of grave of Arthur Melbin and his wife Kate at Northam Cemetery

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Arthur Melbin

an early photo of Kate Melbin

Kate married Henry Thomas Blake in 1911

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