Melbourne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Melbourne family

The surname Melbourne was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Melbourne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melbourne research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1536, 1464, 1633, 1660, 1660, 1622, 1668, 1649, 1720 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Melbourne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Melbourne Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Milburn, Milborne, Milbourn, Milbourne, Milburne, Melbourne and many more.

Early Notables of the Melbourne family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Simon Melburn, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1464; William Milborne (c 1633-1660), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660; Luke Milbourne...
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Australia Melbourne migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Melbourne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Melbourne, aged 4, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"
  • Margaret Melbourne, aged 24, a dressmaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

New Zealand Melbourne migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Melbourne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Mark Melbourne, (b. 1858), aged Infant, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [1]
  • Mr. Mark Melbourne, (b. 1830), aged 28, British agricultural smith and farrier travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [1]
  • Mrs. Emily Melbourne, (b. 1831), aged 27, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [1]
  • Miss Ann Elizabeth Melbourne, (b. 1854), aged 4, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [1]
  • Mr. Thomas William Melbourne, (b. 1855), aged 3, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Melbourne (post 1700) +

  • Roy M. Melbourne, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Montreal, 1938; Istanbul, 1943 [2]
  • Ralph Melbourne, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Guilford, 1934 [2]
  • P. G. III Melbourne, American politician, Mayor of Laurel, Maryland, 1962-64 [2]
  • John T. Melbourne, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Stafford, 1908, 1910 [2]
  • William Lamb Melbourne (1779-1848), English statesman
  • Ewart Melbourne Brindle (1904-1995), Australian-born, American illustrator and painter, know for his work on World War II war bonds, magazine illustrations and covers, and US postage stamps
  • Prime Minister Stanley Melbourne Bruce (1883-1967), Australian politician, the 8th Prime Minister of Australia (1923-1929)
  • Melbourne Robert "Bob" Cranshaw (1932-2016), American jazz bassist
  • Melbourne Gass (b. 1938), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Malpeque (1979–1988)
  • Melbourne Armstrong Carriker (1879-1965), American ornithologist and entomologist


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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