We are descended from John's brother, son of James and Susanna Bowers. James Andrew Raithby Hoodless and family sailed from Liverpool to Melbourne on the "Empress of the Seas". A native of Lincolnshire, he left Somercotes with his wife Helen son Joseph (2) and daughter Elizabeth (3 months) on the application of Capt. Horton to work on his property, Somercotes, Ross, Tasmania in 1861.
Helen and Elizabeth died during the voyage out.
After arriving in Melbourne, James and Joseph transferred to the "Havilah" in Melbourne and arrived in Launceston on 21st August 1861.
A family anecdote described the forlorn young Englishman dismounting from the coach at 'Somercotes' gate, walking forlornly down the drive, bag in hand and small son on his shoulder.
James later remarried twice. His son by his second marriage, James Condra was my husband's g. grandfather. James Condra's sister was named Margaret Rose after her aunt in England.