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Members of our branch of the RICHES family arrived in Portland Bay Victoria aboard the “Ann Milne” in 1853. We were bemused to discover that William and his wife Rebecca (nee BOND) gave all their children the middle name MONEY. We at first thought it was wishful thinking on their part but were later to discover that William’s aunt, Mary RICHES, married the Reverend William MONEY. The Rev MONEY was the vicar of Wiggenhall St Mary the Virgin in Norfolk and it is from this area that our part of the RICHES family history begins.

James RICHES (1764-1803), possibly married Elizabeth POTTER, and is the father of-
Matilda Elizabeth RICHES (born 1792 in Bungay, St Mary, Suffolk)
Harriet Money RICHES (born 1794 in Bungay, St Mary, Suffolk)
Sophia RICHES (born 1797 in Bungay, St Mary, Suffolk)
William Money RICHES (born 1799 in Norfolk – 1828)

The above William Money RICHES married Maria MOBBS in 1825 and in 1828 their son William Money RICHES 2nd was born (his father was to die a couple of months after his birth). This William married Rebecca (nee BOND) and they travelled to Australia with their first child, William Money RICHES 3rd. Their children are-

William Money RICHES 3rd (1850–1934) (married to Mary Ann DAVIS)
James Money RICHES (1853-1913) (married to Eliza Ann COWDELL)
Joseph Money RICHES (1856-?) (married to Henrietta COCKING)
Rebecca Money RICHES (1858-1901) (married to Henry ANDERSON)
Louisa Money RICHES (1860-1860)
George Money RICHES (1864-1928) (married to Elizabeth Antoinette ROSE)
Henry Money RICHES (1868-1869)
Sara Jane Money RICHES (1870-1943)
Arthur Money RICHES (1873-?) (married to Miriam Ward BEST)

Members of Rebecca’s family also travelled to Australia with the RICHES family and settled in the Portland/Warnambool area. John BOND and his wife Caroline NEWSTEAD; William BOND and his wife Sara Jane BRADFIELD and Sara BOND and her husband Robert KELTON (previously CARLTON) were their fellow travellers.

Important names in Riches family history:Riches family history, MONEY,RICHES, James RICHES, Elizabeth POTTER, William Money RICHES, Maria MOBBS, Rebecca BOND, James Money RICHES, Eliza Ann COWDELL, Ann Milne.