Samuel Donnes

Samuel Donnes (abt. 1815 - abt. 1873)

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Samuel Donnes aka Donos Dones
Born about in Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greecemap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about (to ) in Sydney, Australiamap
Husband of — married in Sydney, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Tarilta, Victoria, Australiamap
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Profile last modified | Created 25 Jan 2013
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Samuel DONNES was born on Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece.
His father
Constantine Donnes (Antonatos) was born about 1780 in Greece.
Death: 19 May 1873 Tarilta, Victoria, Australia
Burial: 21 May 1873 Vaughn, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Mariner Before 1840 Ionian Islands?
Occupation: Miner From 1855 Castlemaine District, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Boarding House Proprietor 1844 To 1845 Sydney NSW Australia
Residence: Parish of St James 1840 Sydney NSW Australia
Residence: Frazers Lane 1841/42 Sydney NSW Australia
Residence: Essex Lane 1842/43 Sydney NSW Australia
Residence: Cumberland Street Sydney NSW Australia
Residence: Fryers Creek 1855 To 1873 Victoria, Australia

On the NSW BDM Samuel's surname is spelt Dones and Catherine is listed as her surname Riely. They were married in 1854.

"The sea has offered Greek-Australians employment opportunities in a variety of spheres. Many, like Samuel Donnes (Antonatos) and John Peters, both of whom arrived in Sydney during the 1830s, became mariners on coastal or river vessels, while others remained in port as wharf labourers. By 1916, there were thirty-three Greeks reported to be working on New South Wales coastal shipping alone." (From Faces beyond the Greek cafe)


The surname Donnes shows in many different forms in the family records of Marriage, Birth and Death Certificates... Donnes, Donnas, Dones, Dennis, Donnish, and Downs.

We do not know his correct name but the surname is assumed to be Antonatos, a surname found on the Island of Kefalonia. I travelled to Kefalonia in 1993 to discover more about Sam Donnes, but was unable to confirm anything. However, I am convinced his surname WAS Antonatos, after hearing the surname pronounced by Greek people, and to an untrained English - speaker any of the above surnames could be a guess by the authorities of the time to interpret Antonatos. From Fay Tuckey.


  • Marriage 2 NSW BDM Index 136/1854 V1854136 100 DONES SAMUEL married RIELY CATHERINE (LD) (LD=Roman Catholic Sydney, St Mary's)
  • Death VIC BDM Index DONNES Samuel (parents) — & — Reg. year1873 Reg. no5713 (age 58, born CEPH, Spouse: Catherine Riley)


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Samuel is 32 degrees from SJ Baty, 36 degrees from Orville Redenbacher and 22 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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