Richard DURANT was born in the Coastguard House at the end of Queen Street about six weeks after his father had died. Three years later on census night, widow Hannah Durant nee MILTON had two sons with her in Queen Street – Walter, 8, and Richard – but also her father, William Lewsley Milton, a civil service pensioner (and former coastguard). I have not found young Richard in any future census returns, but neither have I been able to “kill him off”. In 1891, William is with his mother and younger brother Walter. And in 1901, Hannah has another son at home with her in West Avenue – Henry Charles, a house painter aged 32 and single. Henry would marry later that year, welcome the birth of a son, Richard Edward, in early spring 1902, and watch his wife Emily die shortly afterwards.
The family of Coastguard Richard and Hannah is not complete on the Shared Tree. Perhaps someone will be able to discover what happened to Richard junior. Hannah’s Milton forebears go back quite a way on FamilySearch but I didn’t notice the Famous One amongst them.
William FOWLER was the middle child of seven born to Benjamin and Ellen CUDDIFORD. He married Caroline GORDON in Hampstead in 1877. They settled in Southend-on-Sea where William worked as a merchant of dry goods. The couple had just one son, registered as William Gordon Fowler in 1889 and still living in 1911.
Filey Genealogy & Connections says that Robert LITTLER was the son of a Cheshire farmer but gives no clue as to why he married a young Hertfordshire woman in Filey. Constance D’Esterre ROBERTS sounds as if she came from a distinguished family – and there is one such in Burke’s Peerage, but it lacks the detail necessary to make a connection to Constance. The couple had a son, Robert James D’Esterre in 1927 – the birth registered in Conway – and in 1929 the trio sailed from Liverpool to Sydney on the Bendigo, arriving on 2 December.