William Banham, the first son of Pablo Fanques
William Jr. Banham was born in ~1831, his father, William, was 20 and his mother, Susannah Darby, née Marlaw, was 16. His father was better known as Pablo Fanque, made famous by John Lennon's song "Being, for the benefit of Mr. Kite. Read much more about that here.
William Jr. , and his brothers, worked and performed in his father's circus. He was a performer in the circus, where his mother died in 1848. An 18 Mar 1848 census showed that at that time he lived at Headrow, Leeds.
Soon after they moved to New Zealand. He lived in Menawatu in Dec. 1856. One year later his son John Banham 'Frank' was born on December 16, 1857, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. There he established himself as "Pablo Fanque". He took the same name and performed the same acts as his father. He was a great equestrian (his favorite black horse was called Wellington), and a tight-rope dancer.
Between about 1858 and 1861 he was the ring-master of Ashton's Circus. In 1861, one of the employees of Ashton's Circus sued William DARBY alias Pablo FANQUE for assault.
William and Martha had six children in 11 years. He died of pulmonary consumption on 5 or 8 June 1869, in Balmain, New South Wales, at the age of 38. Newspapers name him as Pablo FANQUE but his death was registered as William BANHAM by his wife Martha. He was buried at Balmain Cemetery by the Rev. Charles Tilley. Martha recorded that his parents were William Darby BANHAM and Susan and that he had been born in Norfolk, England. He bequethed his father in England, who died two years later, £4,000.
His obituary (death of Pablo Fanque - Wilmot St, Sydney, Tuesday age 38) 19 Jun 1869 • Hobart, Tasmania can be read here
Joseph D Banham Fanque was born in 1864 in Wellington, New South Wales, his father, William, was 33 and his mother, Martha, was 28. He married Emily A Poulson in 1890. They had one child during their marriage. His name was John Joseph 'Jack' Pablo. Joseph died in 1935 in New South Wales, at the age of 71.
Three years later he married Emily Poulson in Sydney when he was 26 years old.
John Joseph 'Jack' Pablo was born in 1894 in Sydney, New South Wales, the child of Joseph D Banham and Emily A Poulson. He married Hellen/Ellen Florence (Wilhelmina) Hilderbrand in 1923.
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