I have just read your message and noticed that you said Thomas Aplin was the son of James and Sarah (Jeffery) Aplin. Thomas had a sister called Sarah b 1849 Thorncombe, Dorset, and married Joseph Henry Hodder in 1872 in Thorncombe. They are my great grandparents and I am researching the Hodder side.
I too am in Australia.
Would like to hear from you.