Scarfe, Frederick Norman - I88

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First Class Passenger 
Frederick Norman Scarfe
Born c1822
Frederick Norman Scarfe
Frederick Norman Scarfe
Nationality Unknown
Born c1822
Genealogy Data
Person ID I88
Marriage Family/Families
Scarfe Family - F19070
Spouse Mary Trevenen 
(c1833 – c1865)
Nationality Unknown
Married Jan 1850
St John
Voyage Data
Voyage to London in 1865
Personal role First Class Passenger
Name on list Mr. Frederick Norman Scarfe
Travel Family Scarfe Family - F19070
Joined place Adelaide
Left place London
Voyage to Adelaide in 1866
Personal role First Class Passenger
Name on list Mr. F. N. Scarfe
Travel Family Scarfe Family - F19070
Joined place London
Left place Adelaide

Frederick Norman Scarfe, 28, married Mary Trevenen, 17, in January 1850 at St John’s Church in Adelaide. They set up home in Adelaide’s early eastern village of Norwood. There is no record of children being born to the marriage.

In December 1855, Scarfe was elected to the local Council to represent the ratepayers of East Norwood, and he was re-elected in 1858. During this second term his fellow Aldermen and Councillors voted him into office as the third Mayor of the Town of Kensington and Norwood in December 1860. (Subsequently, in accordance with the new Act of 1861, the Mayor would be chosen by the general body of ratepayers instead.)

A number of bridges were erected during Mr Scarfe’s year as Mayor, and Greenhill Road was formed at a cost of £1000. As the income of the town was still small, an overdraft of £1000 had to be arranged with the Bank.

On completion of his term in 1861 he was elevated by general consent to the Chief Magistracy, which he occupied for only one year.

Frederick and Mary sailed to London on the 1865 voyage on the City of Adelaide. It appears that the move was intended to be a permanent one as by December 1864 they were selling all of their household furniture and effects.[1]

The following month after arriving in England, Mary died at Walmer on 20th June 1865.[2]

In 1866, Frederick returned to Adelaide on the City of Adelaide and had installed in a Norwood church a stained glass window that he presumably brought with him to Adelaide from London. The new window was installed with seven weeks of Frederick arriving back in Adelaide and was reported in the newspaper.[3] Mary would have been about 32 years old when she died.

ST. BARTHOLOMEWS CHURCH, NORWOOD — A very beautiful stained glass window has recently been fixed in this church, having been presented by Mr. F. N. Scarfe as a tribute to the memory of Mrs. Scarfe, whose death occurred in England about a year ago. The window is at the south end of the church, and consists of two lights, each 16 feet high by two feet wide. In each there is a Gothic panel filled in with a scriptural subject extending about half-way up the window, and surmounted by an angel, who is represented as gazing on the scene below. The right-hand, or western panel, represents the Saviour appearing to Mary Magdalene, and is undoubtedly the finest specimen of the art of painting on glass in the colony. The expression of the countenances is perfect, and the harmony of the colouring unexceptionable. The other panel contains a representation of the appearance of the angel to the women at the sepulchre, and is likewise a beautiful painting. The space not occupied by the figures is filled in with a beautifully effective grounding of flower-work, and at the bottom of the whole is the inscription 'In memoriam.' Altogether it reflects the highest credit on the makers. Messrs. Hughes, of Soho, London, and also on Mr. Soar, plumber, of Adelaide, who has fixed the window in a thoroughly workmanlike manner.

Frederick was living in Fursby House, North Finchley, England, from 1881 or before, and died at the age of 90 in 1911. There is a memorial window to him in Christ Church North Finchley.[4]

In 1911, it was reported that the estate of Frederick Norman Scarfe, of Middlesex, England was sworn for probate purposes at £45,700. Mr. T. R. Scarfe was the executor.[5]


Researched by Ron Roberts and Peter Roberts, Adelaide, South Australia


  1. "Advertising.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 22 December 1864. p. 4. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  2. "Family Notices.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 12 August 1865. p. 2. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  3. "CONVICTS AT LARGE.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 27 November 1866. p. 2. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  4. "Fursby House". The Finchley Society Newsletter (September/October 2011 ed.) (Finchley, London, N3: The Finchley Society). p. 1. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  5. "PERSONAL.". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 4 September 1911. p. 6. Retrieved 9 December 2013.