James William Munday

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James William Munday
(Born 1838, England. Died 1875, Melbourne. Ships' captain.)
James in the 1870s.
Birth: , Warminster, Wiltshire, England
Death: , Emerald Hill, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Parents: William Munday
    1800 – 1866
Mary Munday (née Hill)
    1809-01-29 – 1879
Siblings: George Hill Munday
    17 October 1836 – 16 March 1862
John Hill Munday
Walter Edward Munday
    1847-09-06 – 1937-10-28
Sarah Adeline Munday
    2 May 1843 – 8 February 1924
James William Munday
    Born 1838, England. Died 1875, Melbourne. Ships' captain.
Nelson Munday
    b. 1848, Wiltshire, England – d. 1886, Sydney, Australia
Partners: Alice Rose Munday (née Cook)
    1853 – 28 February 1875
Permalink: archives.org.au/JWM
Wikitree: Munday-1468
FamilySearch: M27S-5LP

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James was born at 12:20 a.m. on 15 March 1838,[1] in Warminster, Wiltshire.

Occupation in 1862, Bristol was Ships Captain/Master, Certificate No. 19,353.[2]

He was Master of the brig Wolverine[2],S6) which sailed from Melbourne to Guam in 1869: later sailings include one from Batavia, arriving March 4 1871, and from Humboldt, California, 1872. He was the Master of the Geffrard,(316 tons) reg. Melbourne, which sailed from Hong Kong to Sydney, NSW, 22 September 1873 with 11 crew and 20 Passengers (all Chinese). In 1875 he is listed as sailing on the Geffrard from Fremantle to Vasse (cargo 24 boxes tea, 52 bags sugar, 43 bags bran and 19 pkgs. sundries)(S2). Then the wreck of the Geffrard is recorded on 12 June 1875 off Quindalup, Western Australia, while on a voyage from Melbourne to Shanghai with a cargo of timber. The cause of the shipwreck was "chain parted and breached" so that she was wrecked and sunk.(S1)

His father-in-law shipped a box of his belongings back to England in May 1876 (contents worth over £31).[3]


1875, December 29, The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth):[5]

Munday: On the 11th November 1875 at the residence of Mr Henry Cook (his father-in-law) at 21 Stanley buildings, Moray Street, Emerald Hill, Melbourne. Captain James William Munday formerly of Warminster, Wilts. aged 37 years.

1875, November 12, The Argus (Melbourne):[6]

MUNDAY. - On the 11th inst, at the residence of Mr. Henry Cook (his father-in-law), 21 Stanley-buildings, Moray-street, Emerald-hill, Captain James Wm. Munday, eldest son of Mr. William Munday, formerly of Warrninster, Wilts, England, aged 37 years. Deeply regretted. Home papers please copy.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Friday 26 July 1872.

"Wolverine, brig 207 ton, J.W. Munday from Humboldt, California April 30. One steerage passenger" Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers (Melbourne, Vic. : 1867 - 1875) 27 December 1869.

Wolverine, sailed with Capt J W Munday to Guam

Fanny Cook. Letter from Fanny Cook to Catherine Munday, 29 November 1875. (Unpublished).

Funeral notice, 13 November 1875, The Argus:[7]

The funeral of the late Captain J. W. MUNDAY is appointed to move from the residence of his father-in law, Mr. H. Cook, 21 Stanley-buildings, Moray-street north, Emerald hill, THIS DAY, at half, past 2 o'clock. Burial-place, Melbourne General Cemetery.

Munday Family Bible.

Grave inscription, Melbourne Cemetery, Grave CE FF738.

Buried in the family grave of Henry and Fanny Cook (parents-in-law), in Melbourne.

Newspaper article, 8 July 1949, The West Australian:[8]


BUSSELTON, July 7: A letter received this week by the headmaster of the Busselton State School (Mr. S. G. Demasson) from Mr. H. G, Yelverton, of Quindalup, clears up the mystery as to how a bell from the Norwegian ship Geffrard came to be at the school.

Mr. Yelverton said that the Geffrard was driven ashore about 1875 or 1876 while loading tim ber for Mauritius and became a total wreck. His grandfather, the late Mr. Henry Yelverton, bought all the fittings off the wreck, including the bell, which was placed outside his house office at the Quindalup beach, where it remained for a number of years and was rung to call the men to work and knock off. It was given by Mr. H. G. Yelverton's father, the late Mr. H. J. Yelverton, to the late Mr. G. B. Milne for erection at the Busselton school.

While fishing over a bank about a quarter of a mile north-east of the old Quindalup jetty on a calm day between 1888 and 1900 Mr. W. J. Harwood could still see the remains of the wreck.

This bank is still known to older residents of Quindalup as the Geffrard Bank.

Other ships on which he was Master were the Percy, Penelope, South Picton and the Flying Venus (Lloyds Registers 1858, Guildhall Library, London)



  1. Title page of Munday family bible
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Argus (Melbourne) Friday 26 July 1872. "Wolverine, brig 207 ton, J.W. Munday from Humboldt, California April 30. One steerage passenger"
  3. Contents of case shipped 1876-05-25
  4. West Australian Maritime Museum. SRO ACC129 File 22/209
  5. Family Notices (1875, December 29). The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth, WA : 1855 - 1901), p. 2. Retrieved March 19, 2022, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65961526
  6. "Family Notices" The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) 12 November 1875: 1. Web. 19 Mar 2022 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7424670>.
  7. Family Notices, in The Argus. (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), p12, 13 November 1875. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7424784
  8. BELL FROM OLD SHIP. (1949, July 8). The West Australian, p. 21. Retrieved August 17, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47735538
  9. James William Munday's will


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