This may not be quite the correct forum for my query but it fits a bit. Thomas William Phillips was born 23 May 1814 in Horsleydown, London to William Phillips + Elizabeth nee Bailey, Baptised 19 June 1814 St.Saviour Southwark. 4th Aug. 1851 his Masters & Mates certificate was issued at Guernsey- "having been for 22 yrs employed in the capacities of Boy, Mate & Master in the British Merchant Service in the Coasting & Foreign Trade." Birth year agrees with that on his Baptism. This would put his sea time beginings at about 1829-1830. I have not found any apprenticeship records or similar. His Father died in 1831. My next sighting to be sure of is the 1861 census at Nicholson wharf, Middlesex, 'master' aboard the 'Dolphin'. Not yet found his arrivals in Australia. I have anew 'cousin' who is concerned that her T.W. Phillips may be the wrong man. Prior to that he had been in South Australia & married 'Isabella Hawkins Davis' [ b.1835 'I. of Wight'] 25 Sep. 1855 St John Church Adelaide, Sth. Australia. Their 1st child was born 24 June 1857, so Thomas W. had been back in Australia for a time then. Births followed in 1859, 62,65 67, 1870 +1874, so I am unsure if he kept up his mariner's life or not. He died 1905 & was buried in Payneham Cemetery, S.A. I have access to Ancestry which has been a great help along with S.A. Genealogy, but I do wonder if anyone can pick out any earlier times for Thomas that I have missed ? 1841 +- 10years would be great.