George PRESTON 
- Born: Abt 1815, Hayes, London.
- Christened: 30 Jun 1816, Hayes, London.
- Marriage (1): Hannah Rachel CARTER  on 17 Jun 1838 in St James, Piccadilly, Westminster, London
- Died: 13 Apr 1902, Studley Park Rd, Kew, Vic. Aust. aged about 87
- Buried: 15 Apr 1902, Kew Cemetery, Vic.
Cause of his death was cardiac degeneration.
George had a wide variety of employment. He is described as a labourer on his first child George's baptism entry in Hayes, a cooper on his son William's baptism entry in Limehouse East London, a grocer, if the 1841 Census is in fact George, a distillery labourer in the 1851 Census, an engineer on his shipping records, a plumber on his daughter Hannah's Melbourne birth certificate and a distiller on his death certificate.
He emigrated with his family to Melbourne aboard the "City of Lincoln", departing 18 Aug 1852 and arriving Melbourne 22 Dec 1852. The "City of Lincoln" was of 893 tons and the master, William Jenkins.
George's death certificate states he resided 28 years in Victoria and 21 years in N.S.W. The grave of George and Hannah is located at Kew Cemetery Vic. Comp C. Plot 1709. The headstone reads " Geo. Preston who died at Mona, Studley Park Rd. 13 April 1902. How well he fell asleep, like some proud river winding towards the sea, calmly grandly silently and deep. Life joined eternity"
George worked as a brick maker and was contracted to build the Echuca Railway Station which still stands in 2003. He took up land at Pericoota Station near Moama where he lived for many years before returning to Melbourne
He was a founder of Preston's Melbourne Distillery, originally located at the intersection of Church Street and the Yarra river and known as Vauxhall Distillery and which in 1934 was in Rouse St, Port Melbourne and is presently used (2002) as a community facility. The letterhead of the company in 1934 described the business as "Distillers and Rectifiers with 150 years British and Colonial Distilling Experience". Products listed included Brandy, Whisky, Rum, Dry Gin, Geneva Gin, Schnapps, Old Tom Sweetened Gin, Spirits for fortifying wines, Rectified Spirits, Methylated Spirits, etc.
Dates may be wrong as George was supposed to be 88 at his death.
Family folklore recalls Preston ancestor played the organ at Westminster Abbey and another was Lord Mayor of London twice. The book "My Lord Mayor" by Valerie Hope refers to a John de Prestone having been Mayor in 1332. Generals in the British Army are also claimed.
certified by W R Boyd, M.D. Richmond. George was 87 years of age.
1. Census: England, 7 Jun 1841, Alexander Rd Ealing Mdx. George is recorded as John aged 25 a grocer born MDX
2. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, Distillery Yard 287 Vauxhall Rd Liverpool. George is recorded as a servant married aged 36 a labourer in the distillery born Hayes MDX
George married Hannah Rachel CARTER  [MRIN: 10925], daughter of Thomas CARTER  and Hannah EVANS , on 17 Jun 1838 in St James, Piccadilly, Westminster, London. (Hannah Rachel CARTER  was born on 26 Sep 1819 in St Andrew Enfield London, christened on 20 Oct 1819 in St Andrew Enfield London, died on 26 May 1913 in Studley Park Rd, Kew, Vic. Aust. and was buried on 28 May 1913 in Kew Cemetery, Vic..). The cause of her death was senility and heart failure.