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Westcott family of Moggill

Herbert Ernest Westcott was born in Battersea, London and worked as a kitchen porter. He married Rosina Elizabeth Okines at St Peter’s Church, Battersea, London on 20 December 1903.

Herbert and Rosina Westcott Marriage Certificate

In 1911, Herbert and Rosina left England for Australia on the Arrianus, with their three children. After arriving in Brisbane, they travelled by train to Riverview, where they crossed the river by ferry to Moggill. They then made their way to Dog Street where they first stayed. Herbert and Rosina had another six children and all of them attended Moggill State School.

Herbert worked in Sugars’ quarry. Later they bought property in Witty Road, 99 acres on one side and 34 acres on the other side. Herbert started dairy farming and sent cream to Kingston Butter Factory. He also started a poultry farm called “The Surrey Poultry Farm” and grew pineapples. Second and third generations of the Westcott family have attended attend Moggill School.

Herbert died in 1934 and is buried in Moggill Cemetery.

This information was compiled by Neville Marsh, from the following sources:
Goeldner Family Tree:; URL:; viewed 22 February 2014
Moggill Historical Society; A Time to Remember Descendants of Moggill Pioneers Souvenir Booklet; URL viewed 30 January 2014
National Library of Australia: Trove digitized newspaper collection. URL:
Sugars, Bruce; 16 January 1997. URL viewed 1 February 2014