Boles Street, Gladstone
James Boles and his wife, Maria, left Madras, India on Christmas Eve, 1852, on the ship William Prowes with their sons, James and Jason. They arrived in Sydney, Australia in April 1853. James was engaged as an orderly to Captain Maurice Charles O’Connell, who was readying a party to travel to Port Curtis to set up a new colony. After stopping in Gayndah for 7 months, they arrived in Port Curtis in April 1854. This colony was later named as the town of Gladstone. James worked for O’Connell until 1857, when he erected the first police camp in Rockhampton. A third son, Joseph, was born in the same year. Later he was transferred to Gladstone with the Native Police under the command of Lieutenant Murray. He retired in 1861, and their daughter Josephine was born in 1864. They went to live at a place called Kelly’s camp at Calliope goldfields in 1868. Eldest son, James, was the first person to take a load of rations to Mt Alma (a grazing property past Calliope), a distance of 40 miles on horseback. He married Annie Croft. Second son, Jason, became a member of Parliament, and Mayor of Gladstone. He married Mary Breslin (another prominent family in the town). Third son, Joseph, married Mary Ann Miller. Josephine Boles married Joseph Condon.
Son James became a great storyteller of the early days of Gladstone.
READ James Boles’ stories in “What’s in a Name? The stories behind the street names of Gladstone, Queensland” available from Paulette Flint for $30.00 (+ postage and packing) Email: email@example.com