John Black

John Melton Black (1830 - 1919)

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John Melton Black
Born in Bolton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdommap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in London, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified 20 Jan 2020 | Created 4 Sep 2019
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Entrepreneur, Explorer, Builder, Discoverer of Ross Creek and Founder of the Port of Townsville. Built the first residence in Townsville.



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John Black was an Australian explorer.
John Black is Notable.

John Melton Black was born in 1830 in Bolton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. He was the son of a physician, Dr James Black and Jane. John had three brothers, William, James and Thomas.

Black arrived in Melbourne and soon made his fortune in the carrying trade. He first had a stable complex known as Black's Stables, then built the Tattersall's Horse Emporium. This was sold to gain funds to build the Theatre Royal in 1854. This Theatre burned down in 1874.

Later started using the middle name of Melton.

John headed north with his backer, Longshaw, a plumber who is buried on the bank of the Haughton River in 1863.[1]

Pioneer who established the port of Townsville, Queensland, Australia and served two terms as Mayor of Townsville.

John Melton Black left Australia in 1867, went on a tour of Europe and settled in London where he established a printing business, there he met and married Mariam Drummond O'Dowda, daughter of Henry O'Dowda and Alicia Mainwaring Drummond, on the 15th of April 1869 at St Patrick's Chapel, London.[2] They had at least seven children, Oscar, Ada, Valentine, Victor, Horace, Douglas and Stanley.

Later used another name, Drummond, obviously his wife's middle name.

In 1881, the family were living in London with four servants.[3]

John Black Head Male 48 Bolton, Lancashire, England
Marian D Black Wife Female 36 Ireland
Oscar W Black Son Male 8 London, Middlesex, England
Ada D Black Daughter Female 6 Brighton, Sussex, England
Valentine D Black Son Male 4 London, Middlesex, England
Victor D Black Son Male 1 London, Middlesex, England
Bernetta Cullum Servant Female 19 Maidstone, Kent, England
Bridget Fagan Servant Female 37 Ireland
Elizabeth Calver Servant Female 23 Loddon, Norfolk, England
Honorine Caresse Servant Female 18 France

In 1891, the family are living in London.

In 1901, the family were living at London with two servants.[4]

John M D Black Head Male 68 Near Bolton, Lancashire
Oscar D Black Son Male 27 St Pancras, London
Horace D Black Son Male 21 St Pancras, London
Douglas D Black Son Male 19 St Pancras, London
Stanley D Black Son Male 17 St Pancras, London
Gertrude Pryor Servant Female 22 Lewes, Sussex
Margaret Ellis Servant Female 21 U S A Boston (American Subject)

John Melton Drummond Black passed away in Hampstead, London in 1919.[5] He was cremated and his ashes were interred in the Golders Green Crematorium. Probate.[6]

Research Notes

  • Oscar Drummond Black b 1873, died in 1902.[7]
  • Marion, b 1846, died in 1921.[8]

Explorer of the Townsville region with:

Robert Towns
Mark Watt Reid
Andrew Sayers Ball
  • W.A. Ross.
  • C.S. Rowe.


  1. "Record Details Of William Langshaw". 2020. Familyhistory.Bdm.Qld.Gov.Au. Accessed January 2 2020. [ Name: William Langshaw; Died: 19 August 1863; Place: Queensland; Reg: 1863/C/532.
  2. Citing this Record "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2014), Mariam D O'Dowda, 1869; from "England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1869, quarter 2, vol. 1A, p. 748, St. James Westminster, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  3. Citing this Record "England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 December 2017), John Black, St Pancras, London,Middlesex, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing p. 31, Piece/Folio 188/105, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,355.
  4. Citing this Record "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2019), Horace D Black in household of John M D Black, St Giles in the Fields, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing St Giles North subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  5. BLACK, JOHN MELTON ,88,GRO Ref: 1919 S Qtr,HAMPSTEAD Vol. 01A Pg. 522
  6. "England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957," database, FamilySearch ( : 17 September 2018), John Melton Black, 31 Oct 1919; citing Probate, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, Great Britain.; FHL microfilm .
  7. Citing this Record "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007," database, FamilySearch ( : 31 December 2014), Oscar Drummond Black, 1902; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Death, St. Giles, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  8. Citing this Record "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 September 2014), Marian D Black, 1921; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Death, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

See Also:


  • Wikimedia Commons for Images
  • Pixabay for Images
  • National Library of Australia
  • Dr Dorothy Gibson-Wilde research.

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