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  • Name KING, Joseph 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 30 Jul 1839  Downend, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 6 Jun 1841  Downend, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    1841 census in Mangotsfield
    1841 census in Mangotsfield
    (KING)
    Census 30 Apr 1851  47 High Street, Wallingford, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Son, 11, Scholar at Home 
    1851 census in Wallingford
    1851 census in Wallingford
    (KING)
    Occupation 1853  Reading, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Apprentice 
    Religion 1857  Trinity Congregational Church, Reading, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Religion 1860  Bedford Missionary College, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Volunteered as a missionary 
    Religion 11 Feb 1863  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Ordained 
    Occupation until 1865  Upolu, Samoa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Served as a missionary 
    Occupation until 1872  Savai'i, Samoa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Served as a missionary 
    Emigration Nov 1872  to England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Occupation 1874 to 1881  Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Congregational minister 
    Newspaper article 1 Jul 1881  Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Departure of the Rev. Joseph King. 
    Departure of Rev. Joseph King.
    Departure of Rev. Joseph King.
    Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918)
    Fri 1 Jul 1881
    Page 3
    Occupation 4 Jul 1881 to 1889  South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Congregational minister 
    Newspaper article 15 Apr 1911  [13
    London Missionary Society 
    LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
REV. JOSEPH KING.
A DISTINGUISHED CAREER.
    LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. REV. JOSEPH KING. A DISTINGUISHED CAREER.
    The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946)
    15 April 1911
    Page 42
    Died 18 Sep 1923  Lindisfarne, Princess street, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    Death notice for Joseph KING
    Death notice for Joseph KING
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957)
    19 Sep 1923
    Page 1
    Newspaper article 19 Sep 1923  [16
    Death of Rev. Joseph KING
    Death of Rev. Joseph KING
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957)
    19 Sep 1923
    Page 18
    Newspaper article 20 Sep 1923  [17
    Missionary Worker 
    Missionary Worker
    Missionary Worker
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957)
    20 Sep 1923
    Page 9
    Residence Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Buried 20 Sep 1923  IND A 0207, Boroondara General Cemetery, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Headstones Submit Headstone Photo Submit Headstone Photo 
    Person ID I5016  We 4 Kings
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2020 

    Father KING, James,   b. Abt 1795, Newnham Murren, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother KITCHEN, Mary Ann,   b. Abt 1796, Wallingford, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F889  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family WALKINGTON, Miriam,   b. Abt 1840, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1931, 104 Princess street, Kew, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years) 
    Married 6 Feb 1863  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Golden Wedding Anniversary
KING - WALKINGTON
    Golden Wedding Anniversary KING - WALKINGTON
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957)
    6 Feb 1913
    Page 1
    Children 
     1. KING, Miriam Walkington,   b. Abt 1863, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1945, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)
    +2. KING, Alderman Joseph Charles,   b. 30 Aug 1865, Tuasivi, Savai'i, Samoa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1931, Geelong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  [Putative]
     3. KING, Annie Florence,   b. Abt 1868, possibly Samoa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1951, Kew, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years)
     4. KING, Jessie Macgregor,   b. Abt 1875, Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1883, East Hill, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 8 years)
     5. KING, Constance Bayly,   b. Abt 1878, Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1957, Kew, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years)
     6. KING, Harold Moore,   b. Abt 1880, Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1964, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
     7. KING, Eleanor Mary,   b. Abt 1883, Emerald Hill, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1955, Kew, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     8. KING, Hilda Josephine,   b. Abt 1887, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1959, Kew, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
    Documents 2 Documents
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F1774  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Apprentice - 1853 - Reading, Berkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - 1857 - Trinity Congregational Church, Reading, Berkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Volunteered as a missionary - 1860 - Bedford Missionary College, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 Feb 1863 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Ordained - 11 Feb 1863 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Served as a missionary - until 1865 - Upolu, Samoa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Congregational minister - 1874 to 1881 - Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewspaper article - Departure of the Rev. Joseph King. - 1 Jul 1881 - Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Congregational minister - 4 Jul 1881 to 1889 - South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Sep 1923 - Lindisfarne, Princess street, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Oxfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 20 Sep 1923 - IND A 0207, Boroondara General Cemetery, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S348] GRO (England and Wales), Life...
      Name: KING, JOSEPH
      Mother's Maiden Surname: KITCHEN
      GRO Reference: 1840 S Quarter in KEYNSHAM Volume 11 Page 119

    2. [S278] King, Joseph (1839-1923), Niel Gunson, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/king-joseph-6961/text12091.
      Joseph King (1839-1923), Congregational minister, was born on 30 July 1839 at Downend near Bristol, England, son of James King, schoolmaster, and his wife Mary Ann, nee Kitchen.

    3. [S48] Census returns of England and Wales, 1841, Great Britain. Census Office, (Public Records Office, London.).
      Parish of: Mangotsfield
      Enumeration Schedule.
      ===================
      HO107 / 377 / 17
      ===================

      Names Age Profession Where Born (same county)

      James King 45 Shop Keeper Out of County
      Mary Ann King 44 Out of County
      Mary Ann King 15 Gloucestershire, England
      James King 12 Gloucestershire, England
      William King 3 Gloucestershire, England
      Joseph King 11 months Gloucestershire, England
      Mary Lang 60 Gloucestershire, England
      Elizth Gould 14 Gloucestershire, England

      Parish: Mangotsfield
      Series: HO107
      Page: 30
      County: Gloucestershire
      Piece: 0377
      Family: 5482
      Country: England
      Registrar's district: Oldland
      Date: 1841
      Superintendent registrar's district: Keynsham
      Image: 27
      Enum. District: 5

    4. [S46] Census returns of England and Wales, 1851, Great Britain. Census Office, (Public Records Office, London.).
      Page: 308
      Parish of: St Peter
      Ecclesiastical District of: Oxford
      City or Borough of: Wallingford
      ===================
      No of Schedule: 47
      ROAD, STREET, &c., and No. or NAME of HOUSE: High street
      ===================
      NAME and Surname of each person: James King
      RELATION to Head of Family: Head
      Condition: Married
      Age of: 56
      RANK, Profession, or OCCUPATION: Berlin Repository
      WHERE BORN: Newnham Murren, Oxfordshire, England
      Whether Blind, Deaf-and-Dunb
      ===================
      NAME and Surname of each person: Mary Ann Lee King
      RELATION to Head of Family: Daughter
      Condition: Unmarried
      Age of: 26
      RANK, Profession, or OCCUPATION: Governess
      WHERE BORN: Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
      ===================
      NAME and Surname of each person: James King
      RELATION to Head of Family: Son
      Condition: Unmarried
      Age of: 23
      RANK, Profession, or OCCUPATION: Grocer Shopman
      WHERE BORN: Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
      ===================
      NAME and Surname of each person: William Henry King
      RELATION to Head of Family: Son
      Condition: Unmarried
      Age of: 13
      RANK, Profession, or OCCUPATION: Apprentice
      WHERE BORN: Westbury Upon Trym, Gloucestershire, England
      ===================
      NAME and Surname of each person: Joseph King
      RELATION to Head of Family: Son
      Condition: -
      Age of: 11
      RANK, Profession, or OCCUPATION: Scholar at Home
      WHERE BORN: Downhead, Gloucestershire, England
      ===================
      NAME and Surname of each person: Sarah Kitchen
      RELATION to Head of Family: Mother in Law
      Condition: Widow
      Age of: 80
      RANK, Profession, or OCCUPATION: Annuitant
      WHERE BORN: Wallingford, Berkshire, England
      ===================
      NAME and Surname of each person: Matilda Hill
      RELATION to Head of Family: Inmate
      Condition: Unmarried
      Age of: 66
      RANK, Profession, or OCCUPATION: Annuitant
      WHERE BORN: Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
      ===================
      NAME and Surname of each person: Ann Faris
      RELATION to Head of Family: Servant
      Condition: Unmarried
      Age of: 66
      RANK, Profession, or OCCUPATION: House Maid
      WHERE BORN: Warborough, Oxfordshire, England
      ===================
      NAME and Surname of each person: Sarah Lonsley
      RELATION to Head of Family: Pupil
      Condition: -
      Age of: 11
      RANK, Profession, or OCCUPATION: Scholar
      WHERE BORN: West Hagbourne, Berkshire, England
      ===================
      NAME and Surname of each person: Lucy Bennett
      RELATION to Head of Family: Pupil
      Condition: -
      Age of: 7
      RANK, Profession, or OCCUPATION: Scholar
      WHERE BORN: Long Cromwarsh, Oxfordshire, England
      Parish: St Peter
      Series: HO107
      Line: 10
      Municipal borough: Wallingford
      Piece: 1690
      Image: 13
      Ecclesiastical district: Oxford
      Registrar's district: Wallingford Union
      Registration district: Wallingford
      Enumerated by: Samuel Kiles
      County: Berkshire
      Enum. District: 6
      Country: England
      Page: 308
      Date: 1851
      Family: 47

    5. [S278] King, Joseph (1839-1923), Niel Gunson, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/king-joseph-6961/text12091.
      He grew up in a nonconformist home in Oxfordshire and in 1853 was apprenticed at Reading.

    6. [S278] King, Joseph (1839-1923), Niel Gunson, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/king-joseph-6961/text12091.
      In 1857 he became a member of Trinity Congregational Church, Reading.

    7. [S278] King, Joseph (1839-1923), Niel Gunson, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/king-joseph-6961/text12091.
      volunteered as a missionary in 1860, and entered Bedford Missionary College.

    8. [S278] King, Joseph (1839-1923), Niel Gunson, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/king-joseph-6961/text12091.
      He married Miriam Walkington in London on 6 February 1863, and was ordained on 11 February before embarking in the Wellesley for Melbourne.

    9. [S278] King, Joseph (1839-1923), Niel Gunson, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/king-joseph-6961/text12091.
      King served as a missionary on Upolu until 1865 and on Savai'i until 1872 except in 1869-70 when he was in charge of the training institution for Samoan pastors at Malua.

    10. [S278] King, Joseph (1839-1923), Niel Gunson, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/king-joseph-6961/text12091.
      In November 1872 King and his family left for England.

    11. [S278] King, Joseph (1839-1923), Niel Gunson, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/king-joseph-6961/text12091.
      He was Congregational minister at Sandhurst (Bendigo) in 1874-81 and at South Melbourne in 1881-89.

    12. [S275] Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918) , page 3.
      DEPARTURE OF THE REV. JOSEPH KING.
      This gentleman, who has had charge of the Congregational Church in this city for the last six and a-half years, left Sandhurst yesterday by the mid-day train. A large number assembled at the station to bid him and his family farewell. During Mr. King's stay amongst us he has, by his genial and amiable disposition, made a large circle of friends, who, we feel sure, regret his departure, and wish him every success in his new pastorate at Emerald Hill. On Wednesday night, at the quarterly social meeting of the church, he was presented by Mr. S. Webb, on behalf of the church and congregation, with a beautifully illuminated address, the work of Mr. Hugh Fegan, which was couched in the following terms:-
      "Sandhurst Congregational Church, 29th June, 188l.-To the Rev, Joseph King.-Reverend and Dear Sir,-On the eve of your departure from us, we desire to address you with a few words of parting. During the past six and a half years that we have been favored with your presence amongst us as our pastor, the time has passed in a mutually pleasant manner, and without a break in the peace and harmony that has prevailed during that season. We acknowledge, with gratitude to our Heavenly Father, the many tokens of success that you have been blessed with in your ministry. Many have been added to the numbers of the redeemed through your instrumentality. We can bear testimony to the abundant zeal and earnest ness that you have exercised in our midst. All our organisations also witness to your successful labors. We deeply regret your removal from amongst us, and desire to assure you of the affection and esteem in which you are held by all, both young and old. In losing you we lose your estimable wife and daughter, who have both been such active workers with you. In bidding you farewell, we wish you every success in the important charge which you are about entering upon; and our parting prayer is, that the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, may rest, upon you and yours.-Signed on behalf of the church and congregation, SAMUEL WEBB, JOHN ARMITAGE, JOHN WALLER, JAMES HAYNES, W. J. JACKSON, WILLIAM HYDE, Deacons; A. CALLAWAY, Secretary.
      Mrs. King was also presented with a handsome butter dish, and a biscuit barrel, the former from the ladies of the working party, and the latter from the young ladies of her bible class; while Miss King, who has officiated as organist for over three years, in a most creditable manner, received from the members of the choir a handsome work-box. Mr. King, in responding for Mrs. King, himself, and their daughter, said that words failed him to express the gratitude they felt for the pleasing tokens of goodwill bestowed upon them, which would be treasured up 33 souvenirs of the peaceful and happy time they had spent in this city. Mr. King's address is now on view at Mr. Coope's, by whom it has been neatly framed.

    13. [S250] The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) , Page 42.
      LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
      REV. JOSEPH KING.
      A DISTINGUISHED CAREER.
      By the retirement of the Rev. Joseph King from the position of general organising agent of the London Missionary Society for Australasia, the cause of foreign missions loses the active services of one of its most zealous advocates and pioneers.
      Mr. King's official connection with the London Missionary Society began in 1863. Early in that year Mr. King, who had just completed his training for the Congregational ministry at Bedford College, offered himself to the London board as a candidate for the South Seas. He was duly accepted, and three weeks later, having meanwhile been ordained, he set off with four other missionaries - the Revs. G. Turner, LL.D., J. Mills, S. J. Whitmore, and A. Irvine - in the ship Wellesley, for Polynesia. After a voyage of 92 days Melbourne was reached, the chief centres of population, in Australia were officially visited, and Mr. King subsequently embarked from Sydney, in the famous missionary ship John Williams, for Samoa. Here he proposed to spend his life; but after nine years of devoted labour, partly as superintendent of the Malua institution for the training of native teachers, Mr. King was obliged to return to England on furlough, in consequence of the serious breakdown in the health of Mrs. King. In 1874 Mr. King was despatched to Australia, where he at once received and accepted a call to the pastorate of the Forest-street Congregational. Church, Bendigo. This he successfully held until 1881, when he became pastor of Howe-crescent independent Church, South Melbourne. His second and last pastorate was terminated in 1889, when Mr. King received from his old society the appointment of organising agent for the Southern hemisphere. This post he has held with conspicuous ability, during the whole of the intervening 21 years.

    14. [S37] Death index, Victoria 1921-1985, Victoria. Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, (Mecbeth Geanological Services P/L), 11010.
      Surname: KING
      Given Names: Joseph
      Father: King James
      Mother: Mary Ann KITCHEN
      Death Place: KEW
      Age: 84
      Age Code:
      Year: 1923
      Reg Number: 11010
      Event: D

    15. [S96] Boroondara (Kew) General Cemetery Database, Boroondara (Kew) General Cemetery , (Edsan Automation Systems: Grave Touch Finder.).
      KING. - On the 18th September, at Lindisfarne, Princess street, Kew, Rev. Joseph King, of the London Missionary Society, beloved husband of Miriam King, aged 84.
      Passed peacefully away.

    16. [S177] The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Page 18.
      DEATH OF REV. JOSEPH KING.
      Noted Missionary Worker.
      A wide circle of friends will learn with regret that the Rev. Joseph King died at his home, Princess street, Kew, yesterday, in his 85th year. Mr. King, who was born at Bristol, was one of a group of young men who began life together at Reading, England, as members of the same church, and united by a common enthusiasm. Each of them afterwards had a distinguished missionary career. The Rev. W. G. Lawes, later of New Guinea, was his intimate companion at this time, a lifelong friendship developed, and when the celebrated Missionary to the Papuans passed away, Mr. King was his sympathetic biographer. He followed his friend, Mr Lawes, to the South Seas in 1863, and for nine years was a member of the Samoan mission. He was compelled to retire from mission work in 1872, on account of the ill-health of Mrs. King. He then became pastor of the Congregational Church at Sandhurst (Bendigo), and some years later took a similar charge at South Melbourne. While faithfully discharging his ministerial duties, Mr. King continued to display an intense missionary interest, and to his earnest advocacy and organising ability the growth of the missionary spirit and the development of missionary agencies in the Congregational churches are largely due.
      In 1889, Mr King was appointed agent of the London Missionary Society for Australasia. In the larger sphere of influence and service, he more than justified the hopes entertained of him when appointed, and if the office was not entirely new, his ability combined with favourable circumstances to raise it to one of first importance. The wisdom and tact he brought to bear upon his numerous and sometimes difficult duties, his skill in developing missionary organisation, his success not only in collecting funds, but also in enlisting missionaries, his tireless advocacy of missions in the press and on the platform, and his timely defence of them when assailed, and his many other nameless offices of good won for him general and high esteem, which was particularly marked at the time of his retirement from the official agency of the society owing to age in 1911.
      Apart from fugitive writings, which were many and always opportune, Mr King made some notable contributions to missionary literature. He was also keenly interested in even thing relating to the history and growth of Australia from the beginning of its colonisation to the present time, and he was an ardent collector of documents and out-of-the-way facts relating thereto. In his retirement, he busied himself with writing a history of Congregationalism in Australia, which failing health prevented him from completing. Perhaps the most impressive of his qualities as a man was the geniality of his disposition and a remarkable faculty for friendship. He used to say that he was rich in friends, and certainly their number and variety are an eloquent testimony to the singular charm of his personality. Those who had the privilege of meeting him in his domestic circle saw him at his best.
      He leaves a widow, two sons Alderman J. C. King (mayor of Geelong), and Mr. Harold King, of Queensland - five daughters -Mrs J. B. Young, Misses Annie, Constance. Eleanor, and Hilda King and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Miss Hilda King is at present at Beyrut, Syria, in connection with Armenian relief work.

    17. [S177] The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Page 9.
      MISSIONARY WORKER.
      THE LATE REV. JOSEPH KING.
      The Rev. Joseph King, whose death was announced yesterday, had a distinguished career. In foreign missions, and from 1889 to 1911 was agent for Australasia of the London Missionary Society.

    18. [S278] King, Joseph (1839-1923), Niel Gunson, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/king-joseph-6961/text12091.
      He grew up in a nonconformist home in Oxfordshire

    19. [S96] Boroondara (Kew) General Cemetery Database, Boroondara (Kew) General Cemetery , (Edsan Automation Systems: Grave Touch Finder.) (Reliability: 3).
      Name KING, JOSEPH
      Date 20-Sep-1923
      Age 84
      Grave Location IND A 0207
      Section Name Independent
      Grave Type (not recorded)
      Service Burial

      Other interments in the same grave location - 3
      Date Service Name Age
      16-Mar-1883 Burial KING, JESSIE MCGREGOR 7
      06-Oct-1931 Burial KING, MIRIAM 91
      22-Jan-1951 Burial KING, ANNIE FLORENCE 83


    20. [S177] The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Page 1.
      KING-WALKINGTON. --(Golden Wedding) - On the 6th February, 1863, at Marlborough Chapel, London, by the Rev. W.A. Essery, Rev Joseph King (London Missionary Society), son of James King, of Wallingford, to Miriam, daughter of Charles Walkington, of Canterbury. (At home,Lindisfarne , 55 Foley-street, Kew.)


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