Joseph Charles Genders was born on 4 Feb 1827 in Birmingham, England and christened at St Phillip's Cathedral. His parents were Henry and Sarah Genders. Joseph emigrated to Adelaide at the age of 21, spent some time on the Victorian gold diggings and then returned to Adelaide where he entered into a saddle and harness business. He married Albina Louisa Perry on 30 Jan 1854 at Kooringa, South Australia. Joseph and Albina had 13 children between 1855 and 1879.
In Oct 1881, the family with nine children, arrived on the Tamar to live at 'Greycliffe', near Franklin Village, Tasmania. Joseph established his wholesale merchant and saddlers' ironmongery importing business in Cameron Street, Launceston. A fire destroyed sheds and a warehouse one month after they arrived. Their son Albert died aged 14 on 13 Nov 1882 and Albina died on 26 Jul 1888. Joseph retired in 1889 and the business was transferred to his sons William and Arthur. Joseph married Margaret Clyne (1847-1898) on 20 Nov 1889 at the Scots Church, Melbourne. Joseph died 29 Jun 1914 and is buried at the Franklin Village Cemetery. See The Examiner 8 Jul 2006, p.34.