Carey Family - F73

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Carey Family
Samuel Orby and Marian Louisa - F73
Marriage 4 May 1867
Dublin, Ireland
Eagle Marian Louisa c1899.JPG
Name Samuel Orby Carey
Lived (9 May 1841 - 21 Jan 1877)
Nationality  Irish
Name Marian Louisa Eagle
Lived (~1844 - 15 Jan 1937)
Nationality Irish
Lylie Evelyn Carey (May 1867 – 1958)
Voyage to London in 1866
Under command of Captain David Bruce
Departure port Port Adelaide
Departure date 5th January 1866
Arrival port London
Arrival date 13th April 1866
Voyage duration 100 days
Voyage to Adelaide in 1867
Under command of Captain John Bruce
Departure port London
Departure date 25th July 1867
Arrival port Semaphore
Arrival date 12th October 1867
Voyage duration 79 days
Port of Call
Port of call Plymouth
Arrival 29th July 1867
Departure 29th July 1867

Dr and Mrs S. Orby Carey [sic, but see Note] are named in South Australian newspaper arrival lists as First Class (Saloon) passengers who sailed from London to Adelaide in 1867 onboard the City of Adelaide.

Samuel, Anna and Marian Carey

Ireland to South Australia

Samuel Orby Carey was born in Churchfield Co. Tipperary, Ireland on 9 May 1841. He was the youngest son of Langer Carey (~1799-1866, physician) and his wife Margaret Anna (~1794-1869).[1] Samuel (aged 20) married Anna Dubourdieu (1834-1865) in Dublin on 19 October 1861. In August 1863, accompanied by his wife and baby daughter, Samuel sailed to Adelaide as surgeon on the Irene - coincidentally with David Bruce (Master) and his son John Bruce (Chief Mate and about Samuel's age) who would both later captain the City of Adelaide. Arriving in November 1863, Samuel (22) set up his general medical practice in Angaston, about 50 miles north-east of Adelaide where in August 1865 his second daughter was born and his wife died three weeks later.

South Australia to Ireland

Samuel decided 'to leave the colony for a time'. In December 1865, just prior to his departure, he was presented with a testimonial 'on behalf of a large circle of Patients and Friends' in the Angaston region.[2] The first signature was that of J. H. Angas, uncle of John Bruce's future wife. (It is possible that Samuel may even have played a part in their meeting, or alternatively that previous Bruce/Angas family connections led to Samuel's choice of Angaston in the first place.) Samuel (24) sailed from Adelaide to London via Cape of Good Hope in January 1866 as medical officer onboard the City of Adelaide, with the father and son Bruce team now in charge of this vessel (Samuel is not listed in Adelaide newspaper passenger lists or, apparently, the crew list for this voyage). Arriving in London in April 1866, Samuel received the following testimonial from the captain, passengers and crew of the City of Adelaide (and indicating that the voyage may not have been without medical drama):

TESTIMONIAL Presented to S. O. CAREY, Esq., Medical Officer on Board the Ship City of Adelaide, off the Isle of Wight, April 12, 1866. Dear Sir - It is with sincere pleasure that we the undersigned beg to hand you this Testimonial of our appreciation of the gentlemanlike, prudent, and kind bearing you have invariably evinced towards us on board the City of Adelaide; and we congratulate ourselves at having been favoured with the services of a medical gentleman who has so thoroughly obtained the respect and good will of all on board. We are also exceedingly happy in being able to congratulate you on the satisfactory result that has attended your treatment in all the cases that called for your professional assistance on board this ship, some of which have been of so serious a character. In conclusion we beg to wish you all health, happiness, and prosperity, and remain, dear Sir, Yours most truly and respectfully, (Signed by) Capt. David Bruce, John Bruce Chief Mate, Mr. and Mrs. Mainwaring, Mr. and Mrs. Raphael, D. Henry Foy, Mr. and Mrs. Edsall, Mr. and Mrs. Hogarth, Mr. and Miss Brown, Miss Ramsbottom, Miss Simmons, Mr. and Mrs. Brewster, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Schumacher, Miss Homburg, Mr. and Mrs. Chalklen, Mr. Schutt, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford, Mr. F. Clifford, Mr. Schaumburg, Mr. Farley, Mr. White, Mr. Bennett, Mrs. Clisby, Miss Clisby, Mr. Rooney, Mr. H. Schaumburg, Mr. J. Farley, Mrs. Spangenburg, Mrs. E. Parker, Miss Walford, Mrs. Jose, Mrs. Sell, Mrs. Burt, Mr. Devitt, Mr. Spark, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Claxton, Mr. A. Bruce, Mr. Robins, Mr. Page, And Crew.[3]

Returning to Ireland, Samuel obtained licentiates in medicine, midwifery and surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. Samuel (25) married Marian Louisa Eagle (~23) in Dublin on 4 May 1867. Marian, born in Dublin about 1844, was the eldest daughter of Dublin commercial agent and merchant George Eagle (~1804-1858) and his wife Marian Annette (~1812-1886).

Ireland to South Australia

Samuel (26) and Marian (~23) left Ireland in June 1867. They sailed First Class (Saloon) from London for Adelaide per City of Adelaide, John Bruce master, in July. One can imagine Samuel congratulating Bruce on his maiden voyage as captain, introducing Marian and showing her around the ship as an experienced officer. Samuel again acted as ship's surgeon and attended the dying Mrs Opdahl, the wife of the captain of the Lina which had hailed the City of Adelaide while in the Atlantic off west Africa on 11 August. Fellow passenger Mr F. A. Edelsten kept a diary of the voyage which makes numerous references to 'Dr Carey' and his wife, including accounts of rat-hunting in their cabin, the Doctor’s ability to catch birds, and his drinking champagne with the Captain (where they no doubt recalled their previous voyages together on the Irene and the City of Adelaide). 'Mrs Carey' promised to sing for the passengers and was unwell for some days in August.

Upon arrival in Adelaide, Samuel immediately announced the re-commencement of his medical practice in the local papers, accompanied by glowing testimonials from colleagues in Dublin and the following from his fellow City of Adelaide passengers:

To S. Orby Carey, Esq., M.D., Surgeon on board the ship City of Adelaide, October 12, 1867. Dear Sir— We the undersigned passengers in the ship City of Adelaide feel much pleasure in expressing how highly we regard the professional abilities and general character evinced by you during the passage. Your unremitting attention in Mrs. Opdahl's extraordinary and intricate case won our admiration, and satisfied us that you will do your utmost in the hour of need. With best wishes for your success and future happiness, We are, yours sincerely, F. A. Edelsten, John Fidge, R. T. Foale, T. S. Lang, Samuel C. Pearson, G. M. Perry, E. S. Perry, George Prince, H. A. Prince, H. G. Prince, W. Sandover, M. B. Sandover, John Brewster, G. G. Todd, Harriett Tuck, J. F. Wells, A. E. Lowry, Robert Brewster, John Bruce (master), Ed. Robins (chief mate), E. Watts (2nd mate), Alex. Bruce (3rd mate).[4]

Samuel's third (and Marian’s only) child, a daughter, was born in Angaston in May 1867. Samuel and Marian performed musical items at various functions, Marian's soprano voice and piano playing were especially praised. In March 1869 Samuel moved his practice to Adelaide and in August 1870 he moved to Glenelg. The Adelaide papers reported numerous cases and coronial inquests in which Samuel was involved and 'Dr and Mrs Carey' were invited to a number of functions at Government house over this time.

It was probably also during this period that Marian first met her friend Marion Hanson (1850-1930) whose father became Chief Engineer and whose uncle became Chief Justice and Premier of South Australia.

South Australia to England and Wales

Samuel’s health deteriorated. Samuel (31), Marian (~28), the three girls (9, 7 and 4) and Samuel’s sister Clara Gordon Carey (~1839-1934), who had arrived in Adelaide aboard the City of Adelaide in August 1870) departed Adelaide for London in November 1872 per Darra.

Dr Samuel Orby Carey LRCSI died at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset on 21 January 1877 aged 35.

Probably from not long after her return to Britain, Marian had been living with her well-off younger sister in Llandaff on the outskirts of Cardiff, Wales. On 25 September 1890 in London, Marian (~46) married her sister's father-in-law, wealthy coal owner and widower James Harvey Insole (1821-1901). The marriage register was witnessed by Marian’s friend from her Adelaide days, Marion Hanson/Tennant.

For the next 15 years Marian was mistress of Ely Court (now known as Insole Court), Llandaff and played a role in Cardiff society functions as well as church and charity work. Widowed again in 1901, Marian (~61) married Lt-Col William Andrew Aitchison (1843-1915, late 69th Regiment) in London on 31 August 1905. Marian (~71) was widowed for a third time in 1915 and by 1919 she had moved to London.

Marian Louisa Eagle/Carey/Insole/Aitchison died in London on 15 January 1937 aged 92 and was buried in Llandaff, Wales.[5]


Although ‘Orby Carey’ appears to be Samuel’s surname in a number of publications related to the 1867 City of Adelaide voyage, ‘Orby’ was in fact his middle name.


  1. Ollerton, Richard L. and O'Brien, Catherine. Samuel Orby Carey = Marian Louisa Eagle = James Harvey Insole family trees (Margaret Anna Hunter)
  2. "Advertising.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 22 December 1865. p. 1. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  3. "Advertising.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 19 June 1866. p. 1. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  4. "Advertising.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839-1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 23 October 1867. p. 1. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  5. For further details and sources, see Ollerton, Richard L., "Carey family - Ireland, Australia, England, Wales"