Syms Covington

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Syms Covington was born in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England back in 1816 to Simon and Elizabeth. When he was fifteen you could find him working as a “fiddler and boy on a ship that left England in 1831 under the command of captain Robert FitzRoy. During the voyage, he kept a journal landing at Bahia Blanca in South America.

In 1833, he and another passenger was left ashore at Maldonado, Uruguay for a 12-day excursion into the mainland. The ship returned in 1836 where he worked for that passenger until 1839. He moved to Sydney, Australia in 1840 where he married Eliza. In 1854, he became Postmaster of Pambula and managed the Forest Oak Inn. He died 1861.

What you may not know about Syms is that the ship he sailed on was the HMS Beagle and the other passenger was Charles Darwin. He kept a large collection of bird specimens which established his relationship of Darwin’s Finches to each of the Galapagos Islands as, unlike Darwin he had taken care to label where each specimen had been taken.

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Comments (13)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray we don't hear much about Darwin....the world's most famous biologist.... his accomplishments will be forever taught in public schools around the world....

Aug 09, 2019 03:00 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Darwin's scientific contributions are engraved in history and won't be forgotten.

Aug 09, 2019 03:24 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  James - more interesting insights.  Learning additional information each day. It would be more helpful if I could remember it better.  Working on that too.  Each day.

Aug 09, 2019 03:25 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Someone had to do the dirty work!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 09, 2019 04:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... always amazed at how much history there is out there that we never hear about and not likely to.

Aug 09, 2019 04:50 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is incredible and amazing. Thanks for this post.

Aug 09, 2019 05:00 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Sometimes you don't get the credit you deserve. Enjoy your day!

Aug 09, 2019 05:18 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James, Good Morning..

What an interesting story, we want to take a trip to the Galapagos one of these days...Wishing you a wonderful weekend.  A

Aug 09, 2019 08:02 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Another interesting blog about someone that help us with finding out about things to write about.


Aug 09, 2019 09:00 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I wonder if many of us heard of a lot of the information that you share with us and totally forgot or just never learned it. 

Aug 09, 2019 11:23 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James Dray - quite a chance meeting   Darwin certainly made his mark 

Aug 09, 2019 11:40 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Interesting and important facts tucked into a very short life, James.

Aug 10, 2019 10:47 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Darwin was a good person to be around and one of my heroes to boot.

Aug 10, 2019 03:24 PM