Josiah Edward Ilbery was the son of Walter Ilbery and Eliza Vachel; he was christened at Saint Peter's,
Church Street, Liverpool, Lancashire 13 Jul 1840. At the time of his application
for his certificate his address was given as Egremont, Cheshire and his birth date as 22 June 1840.
Captain Ilbery was for many years on the England-Australia run and maintained his contact with members of the Ilbery family in
New South Wales (where he owned land) and Victoria. During his
long maritime career, he commanded most of Lund's new ships as they came onto the run.
|Captain J E Ilbery|
The earliest of Lloyd's Ship's Captain's Registers shows his birth at
Liverpool 1840 and that he obtained
his certificate in 1865. His first command was Lund's
clipper Mikado in 1868, voyaging to China,
and the Oriental Archipelago. While master of the Mikado, Ilbery was recognised
by the US Government for the rescue of the Grace Clifton. He later commanded
the Serapis 1878 and Ocean King in 1879, then in 1880 took command of the
Delcomyn, first steamship of Lund's line, on the
route. While with this vessel,
Ilbery was instrumental in the rescue of the boat's crew of SS Koning der
Nederlanden. Cape Australia
For the last thirty years of his life he commanded steamships plying between
Before taking command of the Waratah, he was on the Geelong in 1904.
It's likely that Josiah Ilbery was related to William Ilbery, a famous watchmaker working in
who produced exquisitely enamelled and decorated watches for the Chinese market
from ca 1780. There were other Ilberys in the watchmaking profession.
[Biographical details provided by Dr Peter Ilbery.]
Note that this surname is spelled with one 'r': many sources spell it ILBERRY which is not correct.