The Tanner Family

With the generous help of other researchers, I have traced my Tanner family line back to Thomas Tanner born in the late 1600's in Hampshire, England. My Tanner line appear to have lived in the Boldre – Beaulieu area of Hampshire and several of the Tanner men’s occupations were connected to the water, either as fisherman, fish vendors or involved in boat construction.  


Five Generations later William Tanner and his wife Anne Etheridge immigrated to South Australia with their three youngest children. Their youngest son Eli Tanner and his wife Eliza Jane Gill had 10 children. The family connection with the sea continued in Australia as both Eli and at least one son, Thomas were described as fisherman. 


Settling in the Yatala area of Port Adelaide they did temporarily move to Richmond, an inner surburb of Melbourne, Victoria around the mid 1880’s possibly chasing work. While living in Melbourne several of Eli and Eliza Jane’s children married but most of them moved back with their wives and children to the Port of Adelaide area of South Australia.  But both Eli and Eliza Jane’s daughters never returned to South Australia permanently. Mary Anne Tanner, their younger daughter and my Great Grandmother, settled in Richmond after marrying James Sheehan in 1893. Their other daughter Eliza Jane Tanner also married in Richmond but she and husband Francis Corey eventually moved to Western Australia.


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