Roger Pitt

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Katholisch Kapelle aus den Gravel Pit Lunis 3u Ballarat Januav 1854 by Eugene von Guerard. State Library of Victoria Collection (H12532)
St Alipius' Chapel Recreated at Sovereign Hill, 2016.
Ballarat Heritage Services Picture Collection
St Alipius Flag, 2004, Photograph: Clare Gervasoni


Roger Pitt was born in Tiverton, Devon, England to Samuel Pitt and Ann Hutchings/Hutchins. Charles and Roger both arrived in Sydney, Australia in 1837 on the Success, born 1823 and 1826 respectively.

Roger Pitt married Anne Quin on 29 July 1844, Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land, Reg #1194.47 Roger's wife was Anne Pitt who was a former convict in Van Diemen's Land Tasmania. She received a ticket of leave around 1845.[1] Roger Pitt (passenger number 181)aged 22 years and Charles Pitt (passenger number 154) aged 19 years departed Tasmania aboard the vessel Platina in 1845.[2] Charles and Roger both arrived in Sydney, Australia in 1837 on the Success, born 1823 and 1826 respectively.

Emigrated from Van Diemen's Land to Geelong. From there the family travelled to Ballarat, where their daughter Jane Pitt attended school at the Catholic Church St Alipius on the Eureka Diggings on 11 March 1854.

Children of Roger Pitt and Ann Quinn Jane, b. 29 March 1843, Avoca Tasmania, d. 1885. Ellen, b. 28 September 1849, Corio Geelong, d. 27 November 1926, Duke Street Daylesford. Roger, b. 1851, Geelong, d. 2 February 1916, 36 Coppin Street Richmond. Charles, b. 1854, Geelong, d. 31 January 1938, West Footscray. Mary Ann, b. 1857, Ballarat, d. 12 October 1914. William (Leslie), b. 13 August 1861, near Creswick, d. 1925, Richmond. Sarah, b. 1863, Daylesford, d. date unknown.

Roger remarried twice.

Roger died in Elizabeth street Melbourne, an inquest was held and found he died of disease of the heart. At this time, 1889, he was living with his daughter Mary Ann Green in Balaclava.

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Jane Pitt the daughter of Roger and Anne Pitt, attended St Alipius School in Ballarat East on 11 March 1854 when she was 11 years old.[3]

From Ballarat Roger and Anne Pitt went to the Bullarook goldfields Creswick, then Daylesford then California Gully Bendigo.

Between 1872 and 1886 moved to Richmond, Melbourne.

See also

St Alipius

Further Reading

Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1. Research by Les Pitt.
  2. List of Emigrants from Hobart Town to Port Phillip per Platina. 30th December 1845
  3. Dorothy Wickham, From Humble Beginnings: St Alipius Church: The Early History, 1996.

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