Matthew James Everingham was born 17 June 1818 in Sackville Reach, New South Wales, Australia to Matthew James Everingham (1795-1884) and Ann Chaseling (1802-1863) and died 17 March 1898 at Kangaroo Creek in Grafton, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Sophia M Arndell (1825-1904) 20 May 1846 in Lower Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia. Ancestors are from Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland.

Windsor and Richmond Gazette, Friday 29 November 1929, by George G Reeve

Folks who delight in reading of the old pioneers will see almost at a glance what a fine and distinguished looking man the late Mr. Matthew James Everingham (III) was in his latter years. I am especially pleased to write of this gentleman and his wife (nee Sophia Arndell) as I know many of the couple's family personally, both sons and daughters, and grandchildren.

Matthew James Everingham (III), after marriage, was engaged in farming at the Stannix Park estate at the back of Sack ville, where all of his family were born During the time he lived at Stannix Park, he was generally known to all Hawkesbury folks as 'Swamp Matt.,' in order to distinguish him from another Matthew Everingham (his cousin, the son of his father’s brother William Everingham and his mother’s sister Jane Chaseling), who had married Miss Sarah Jones.

After M. J. Everingham (III) sold Stannix Park estate, swamp and all, he, with his wife and family, removed to Richmond, where he was in business for some time. Eventually, about the year 1869, he removed with the whole of the family to the Clarence River district, on the North Coast of N.S. Wales.

After going to the Clarence River, Matthew James Evering ham (III) went in for mixed farming, and the breeding of dairy cattle and of thoroughbreds, first at Clarenza and afterwards on a farm at Kangaroo Creek, about 15 miles from South Graf ton, where he resided for a number of years. He died at that place on March 17, 1898, at the age of 80 years. His wife (nee Miss Sophia Arndell), who was also a Hawkesbury River native, survived, her husband by six years. She died on October 21, 1904, at the age of 78 years, leaving six sons and two daughters. The two Clarence River pioneers are buried in the Methodist cemetery at South Grafton.


Offspring of Matthew James Everingham and Sophia M Arndell (1825-1904)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Anne Maria Everingham (1847-1886)
George Ephram Everingham (1849-1895)
Druscilla Sophia Everingham (1850-1933) 20 November 1850 Windsor, New South Wales, Australia 11 February 1933 Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Henry George Turnbull (1848-1926)

Abel Stephen Everingham (1853-1938)
Rachel Everingham (1856-1898)
Andrew Charles Everingham (1858-1938)
Leah Charlotte Everingham (1860-1942)
Harvey Everingham (1862-1922)
Richard Kenneth Everingham (1864-1952)
Clement Everingham (1865-1951)
Gilbert Scarvell Everingham (1868-1945)

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Ω Birth
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₪ Wedding
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¶ Death
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