The Descendants of Susannah Jillett and Charles DowdellRebecca Dowdell married William Belbin
Rosetta Dowdell married Thomas Pattison
Charles Dowdell married Martha Marshall
Within the marriages, existed so many intermarriages.
Rebecca Dowdell and William Belbin's daughter Rosetta Belbin married into the John Morrisby family.
William's sister Ann married William Henry Smith who married Charlotte Jillett and Mary Bradshaw.
Thomas Pattison was the nephew of Janet Paterson who married Samuel Gunn
Phoebe Triffitt's brother Henry Edward Triffitt married Mary Ann O'Brien who was cousin of Thomas Pattison
And links to The Lord Mayors of Hobart
In February 1824, at age 24, he married Caroline Nichols, who gave her age as 20 and was a daughter of William Nichols, the carpenter and early Superintendent of Convicts. As James Belbin (Jun) also became a carpenter, he may have worked for or with William Nichols before the Belbin/Nichols marriage. The official death certificate issued by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages will show that Caroline died of consumption at Hobart, 11 May 1854, when she was 56 years of age, although William Nichols arrived at Port Phillip on Ocean in 1803 and the Derwent in 1804, with only three children, not including Caroline.
James and Caroline Belbin had at least 9 children:
Elizabeth b.27 October 1829 d. 25 June 1880
George Herbert b. 13 December 1831
Eliza Jane b. 3 April 1833 d. 19 October 1917
Fanny Maria b. 5 October 1834 d. 3 October 1867
Marie b. 10 October 1836
William James b. 30 July 1838 d. 13 October 1895
James b.13 November 1839
Edward b. 19 November 1844 d. 10 November 1907
Henry Frederick b. 25 January 1848 d. 30 September 1921
Two of the Belbin/Nichols daughters married into the Young family at Rokeby, while two sons wed Joseph sisters who were grand daughters of Samuel and Elizabeth Free from Norfolk Island. James Belbin (Sen) and Samuel Free both reached Norfolk island on Salamander in 1791, and then came to the Derwent as free settlers in 1808.
In 1880, James Belbin (Jun) was living on his farm at Cambridge, where James Calder visited him while collecting information on Belbin (sen) for the article the journalist would write in the Mercury of April 1880. Some of the incorrect information about Belbin (sen) enshrined in the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) may well have been provided by his son James (Jun), as the Calder article appears to have been used as a primary document for the ADB.
The Mercury of Saturday 12 July 1884 carried news of James Belbin's (Jun) death on 10 July.
Belbin - At his residence, Cambridge, in the 82nd year of his age, James Belbin. The funeral will leave the "Horse & Jockey", Rokeby, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 12.
Friends are respectfully invited to attend.
The Personal column of the paper on the same day had the following:
Death of a Well known Colonist - Mr James Belbin who arrived in Tasmania with his parents in the beginning of the present century, expired at his residence, Cambridge, yesterday, after a residence in the colony of over 70 years, in the 82nd year of his age. The family name has been associated with Tasmania from its earliest days, the father being the first Inspector of Stock in Tasmania, and his youngest son, the present Mayor of Hobart. In early life the deceased was actively engaged in business pursuits in this city; but, preferring rural independence, he settled in the district of Cambridge over a quarter of a century ago, where, until shortly before his death, he was actively engaged in agricultural and pastoral pursuits. He was the father of a large family, and highly esteemed by all who knew him, and few were better acquainted with the history of Tasmania than the late James Belbin, to whom the late Mr Calder was in no slight degree indebted for the valuable information contained in the Historical Records of Tasmania, which appeared in the columns of the Mercury (until his death) two years ago. Mr James Belbin adds one more to the many octogenarians who have died in the last month.
The following comments apply to the family of James (Jun) :
Daughter Eliza Jane (22) married William Young (25), the son of James Young of Rokeby, 30 August 1855, at St. George's Church,
1. Caroline b. 9 July 1857 d. 16 June 1891 m. 24 July 1884 to John Pearsall
2. Isobella b. 20 Feb 1859 m. 4 Dec 1880 to George Free
3. Elizabeth b. 3 Apr 1860 d. 22 Feb 1938 m. 11 Dec 1895 to Ernest Wright
4. James b. 29 Aug 1861 d. 22 April 1938 m. c. 1889 to Rosamond Stevens
5. William b. 24 May 1863 d. c. 1940 (nm)
6. Phillip b. 8 Nov 1864 d. 20 Sept 1946 m. 20 Oct 1891 to Frances Emily Wright
7. Edwin b. 8 July 1866 d. 12 April 1931 m. 9 May 1891 to Margaret Matilda Free
8. Sarah b. 20 Mar 1868 d. 3 June 1960 m. 10 Sep 1890 to James Hanslow
9. Henry b. 29 Jan 1870 d. 1954 m. in New Zealand
10 Lewis b. 3 Dec 1871 d. 5 Oct 1876
11. Jessie b. 22 June 1876 d. 17 Feb 1929 (n.m.)
James Belbin (Jun)'s eldest daughter, Elizabeth, married late in life on 17 October 1878, when at age 49 she became the second wife of James Young, the father-in-law of her sister Eliza Jane. She died in 1880 from burns after falling into an open fire at the Young homestead at Droughty Point.
At some stage George Herbert moved to New Zealand at Riverton on the far south coast of the South Island. By 1870 he was listed on the Riverton electoral roll, with the status of settler, having two blocks of land at Riverton and another at Jacob's River Hundred.
Herbert James and his eldest son, Cecil, worked the bush seeking timber around the Strahan region for most of their lives; however his wife, Rose, left for Sydney taking with her their two youngest sons, Basil and Vero. Herbert James formed a butchery partnership with Thomas Martin, and two Martin daughters, Agnes Lillian and Flossy May respectively, married brother Henry William Belbin and the latter's nephew, Cecil Belbin.
Henry William was a guard on the Zeehan-Strahan rail line until 1929 when he and his family moved to Moonah. The family consisted of seven children and included a traditional set of Belbin twins. Thomas, who did not marry, was the sole surviving male child; he spent many of his younger years working in the bush with his uncle and cousin at Strahan. He joined the RAAF during WW2 and received instrumentation training before being sent to Borneo. Henry William's grandchildren now live in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania
William James is assumed to have become the labourer of Collins St. (February 1875 and May 1877) who married Irishwoman Nora (Honora) Lynch, and died, 13 October 1895 at the recorded age of 54 (57 ?). It has been suggested that there were at least eight children in their family.
James Belbin, the grandson of James (sen), has not yet been identified in the Tasmanian marriage or death records.
The Cambridge United Congregational Churchyard (opposite the old airport) contains the graves of a number of James Belbin (Jun)'s children. The most obvious are:
Fanny Maria Belbin who departed this life 3 October 1867 aged 32 years.
This was the spinster daughter of James (Jun). Again,
Henry Frederick Belbin, died 30 September 1921 aged 71 years.
Frederick Henry died at his residence, Larose, York St., Bellerive, but had previously lived at Riverdale, Cambridge. He was the youngest son and at age 22 married Margaret Susan Joseph (18), 1 July 1871. A common grave headstone at the Cambridge cemetery identifies five of the nine children of Henry Frederick and Margaret.
At age 25, Caroline Joseph, a sister of Margaret Susan Joseph, married Edward Belbin (28) on 27 June 1874. This wedding may have been a little unusual in that four witnesses, instead of the more usual two, found it necessary to sign the marriage document. They were James E Joseph, Jane Joseph, Amelia Joseph, and Alfred Joseph. One may be pardoned for thinking that the Joseph family wanted to be quite certain that Caroline was in fact positively and irrevocably married.
After Caroline Belbin (nee Nichols) died in 1854, James Belbin (Jun), (52) married, on the 27 February 1855, Eliza Williams (34) at Trinity Church, Hobart. James outlived his second wife who died 26 June 1882 at the age of 61 years.
James Belbin (Jun) (d.July 1884) and his second wife are buried in a common grave at the Congregational Churchyard at Rokeby. Alongside are another two common graves, each holding one of James' daughters, (Elizabeth; Eliza Jane), her husband (James Young; William Young), and one of James Belbin's grand-children (Arthur Young; Jessie Young). The two sons-in-law were of course, to themselves, father and son.
The children from James Belbin s (Sen) marriage to Elizabeth Poulter were all Tasmanian born, whereas their older half-siblings from the Belbin-Meredith union were born on Norfolk Island.
Frances was born at Hobart 1 February 1817, was baptised 4 March 1817, and married Richard Flemming.
Ann was born at Hobart 11 July 1819, was baptised 9 August 1819, and married William Henry Smith.
Jane Mary was born at Hobart 3 April 1822, and married William Short.
William was the youngest and the most outstanding of James Belbin s (Sen) many children from his different associations. William was born at Hobart, 7 Feb 1825, and was 21 when he made his first marriage, on 13 August 1846, to Rebecca Dowdell (22), the daughter of his future business partner.
The ten children from this marriage were:
1. Rositta Victoria b. May 1847; m. 8 Sept 1856 to Tasman Morrisby; d. 1928
2. William Charles b. April 1849; d. 11 June 1853 aged 4 yrs 2 mths.
3. Elizabeth Emily b. 15 Jan 1852; m. 15 Nov 1877 to Joseph Morris
4. Anne Rebecca b. July 1854; d. after 1892
5. Isabella Maria b. April 1856; d. 24 July 1857
6. Frederick William b. c. 1858; m. 28 April 1886
7. Ada Alice b. 18 Oct 1862; m. 9 April 1884 to Edwin Rogers.
8,9 Twins ;
10. Henry Percival b. 21 July 1870; d. 17 Feb 1871
Thus five of this group did not survive childhood, and only four were still living when their father died in 1892.
Rositta Victoria married a Morrisby and is buried at St. Matthew s, Rokeby. She had a number of children and twin grandchildren. The surviving twin, a retired N.S.W. Police Officer, lived in Ryde, NSW, in 1982.
William Charles died of Scarlet Fever at the age of 4 years.
Elizabeth Emily (25) married Joseph Henry James Morris (23), a clerk, 15 November 1877, in the Manse of the Chalmers Free Church, Hobart. Witnesses were her sister Rositta and husband Tasman Morrisby.
Anne Rebecca does not seem to have married.
Frederick William married Margaret Jane Peacock in the house of George Peacock on 28 April 1886. Frederick was classed as a merchant of Hunter St., Hobart, when daughters Doris and Madge were born, 21 April 1891 and 19 November 1892 respectively. A son, Frederick Bertram, and another daughter, Irene Margaret, were born earlier, about 1889 and 1890 respectively.
It seems likely that Frederick had his residence in the IXL jam factory, which was originally owned by the Peacock family. On 21 November 1890, there was a disastrous fire on the Old Wharf, which rendered ninety people homeless. In the aftermath of the fire it was reported that for the victims, "Miss Peacock and Mrs. Belbin, who lived at the jam factory, provided a meal".
Ada Alice Belbin (21), married Edwin John Rogers (26), a commission agent, at St. George s Church, Hobart on 9 April 1884.
Young Henry Percival Belbin died at the age of seven months from "inflammation of the membrane of the brain".
After his wife Rebecca died in 1888, William Belbin remarried.
Michael McMahon of McMahon s Point was an Irishman, born in Limerick in 1831, who gained notoriety as a flamboyant alderman and Mayor of the tiny Municipality of Victoria, which occupied the Blues Point area of North Sydney in the 1880 s.
Sometime in the 1870 s McMahon became bankrupt, with the blame laid on the speculation of an employee and a fire that destroyed his premises. By 1886, he had been a member of the NSW Parliament and was then considered a speculator in property in the North Sydney area.
Michael McMahon was a fervent Catholic and on one occasion in October 1889, he chartered a steamer, the Jenny Lind, to entertain the clergy from the Marist Brothers School, the convent, the sisters of St. Joseph and other institutions in the North Sydney area.
It seems that Michael McMahon and his wife Angelina may have had two children called Mary Angelina. Presumably the girl born in 1850 died, allowing the name to be reused for another born in 1851. Mary would have been 38 when she married William Belbin in 1889.
Although William Belbin married in North Sydney about 1889 when he was roughly 64 years of age, he continued to live in Hobart where a son, Francis Aubrey, was born 17 October 1889. In 1862, William s address was Battery Point, and in 1889 it was given as 5 Battery Square. In April 1891 he moved to N.S.W. to retire in North Sydney with his new family.
At William s death in 1892, it was noted that only 5 of his 11 children were alive. One son, the 2-year-old Francis, was then living in Middle St., North Sydney, while the other, 34-year-old Frederick William, resided in Hunter St., Hobart.
The City of London Arms had disappeared from view by about 1867. Sometime between 1847 and 1852, William Belbin swapped licences with Joseph Oakley (also related to the Jillett Family) and so became the licensee of the Victoria pub, which is more readily remembered by its 1870 s name of the Terminus. The Terminus was in Lower Collins St. directly opposite Sun St.
The January 1852 birth certificate for daughter Elizabeth Emily notes that William is a Licensed Victualler of Collins Street. His period as a publican may have lasted no more than five years, for In 1852 Belbin became a Timber Dealer with his father-in-law, *Charles Dowdell, and was still classed as such when he was nominated as an executor of the will of Thomas Hudson who died in 1868.
The new Dowdell/Belbin family partnership may have been a complicated arrangement, as for a short time William Dowdell, the son of Charles Dowdell, became the licensee of the Terminus pub. Later on, William Belbin was considered an importer and ship owner, with at least one ship called Mary Blair.
William Belbin appears to have lived for a time in the Wapping area of central Hobart, as did several other Belbin families. The family was living in Collins St. when William (Sen), still a joiner, reported his father s (James Belbin (Sen)) death in 1847, and was still there when the first son, young William, died of scarlet fever in 1853. However, from 1862 onwards, birth certificates for the children give William's address as Battery Point.
The McPhails Directory shows that in 1867, William's home was in Battery Square, only a short distance from his New Wharf business at the timber yard. Walch's Tasmanian Almanacs give further information, stating that in 1865 William was an auditor for the Hobart Town Municipality.
William had the distinction of having several death notices and obituaries in the papers of two colonies. Thus:
Sydney Morning Herald - Tues. 28 June 1892.
Belbin -June 26 at his residence, Maude Ville, North Sydney, William Belbin (Late MHA for Hobart for 19 years), aged 68 years - "Rest in Peace".
Sydney Morning Herald - Wed 29 June 1892.
Mr William Belbin, a native of Hobart, Tasmania, died on Sunday at North Sydney, after a Public career of 66 years. For 19 years he was a member of the House of Assembly in Tasmania, and for three years he held the position of Mayor of Hobart. Mr Belbin was related to Mr McMahon of The Point, North Sydney. The remains were forwarded yesterday by steamer for burial in the family vault, Cornelian Bay, Hobart.
On Sunday at his late residence North Sydney, William Belbin, formerly of Hobart aged 67.
News has been received that Mr William Belbin, late of Hobart, died on Sunday last at Maudeville, North Sydney, and amongst his many old friends and acquaintances, the news was received with regret. The deceased has been identified for many years with this port and his name as a timber merchant and shipowner was well known throughout Tasmania and the Australian Colonies, including New Zealand.
The Mercury - 1 July 1892
On Sunday June 26 at his late residence North Sydney NSW, William Belbin formerly of Hobart aged 67. The funeral will leave the residence of his son, Hunter St., this day Friday at 2.30 p.m.
Today the property Maudeville cannot be found in Middle St., North Sydney, and was no doubt demolished many years ago to make way for some of the flats overlooking Lavender Bay. Few residences now appear to accept a Middle St. address, and prefer to be known as "Back of No. ... Blues Point Rd.", or "Back of No ... East Circuit".
James Belbin (Sen) would have been very proud of his son William. The Belbin saga appears as a "Log Cabin to White House" promotion, or more realistically, from convict to community Leader in one generation. One wonders if William occasionally looked out across the water from his North Sydney home, to the spot where the Salamander, with father James Belbin aboard as a convict, would have swung at anchor 100 years earlier.
The various Sands Directories reveal a little more information about the McMahon and Belbin families. Michael McMahon, J.P., was shown at his home, McMahon s Point, East Crescent Rd. in the 1892, 1893 and 1894 editions, but ceased to be an alderman of North Sydney Council in 1893, and had disappeared from the register by 1895. The 1892 Directory showed William Belbin at Middle St., North Sydney, however a Mrs Belbin was also listed in Blues Point Rd. between East Crescent Rd. and Parker St. By 1893, the Middle St. home of William Belbin was listed under the name of Mrs Belbin, but Mrs Belbin still remained as an addressee in Blues Point Rd
Caroline remained secure at moorings for some time until being struck broadside on by a huge sea, after which the vessel rolled over and sank within seconds. Two of the crew were washed away and drowned, but the other two were rescued by Captain Nichols of the Foster Fyans in a small boat, at great personal risk.
The wreck of the Caroline was sold to Peter Oldham, a well-known salvager of wrecked vessels, but by the time he arrived at Seymour his purchase was spread along several miles of beach-front, including part of the upper works that became entangled in the wreck of the iron steamer Pirate.
The Civil Sittings of the Supreme Court took place on Tuesday, before Sir Francis Smith, Chief Justice. Only one case was set down, Thomas Patterson v. Hubert Beard Evans, to recover £300 damages, for breach of contract. It appeared that the parties entered into a written contract some time in 1875, by which Mr H.B. Evans was to deliver at the wharf, Lyttelton, New Zealand, 200,000 feet of timber at 17s per 100 feet, and Mr Patterson agreed to purchase. Payment to be made before delivery on the wharf at Lyttelton by draft at sight, with bills of Jading attached.
The written contact did not state on whom the bills at sight were to be drawn, but defendant's version was that they were to be drawn on a firm named McIlroy and Co. Mr Patterson left Hobart Town and proceeded to Lyttelton, and from there wrote Mr Evans that one of the firm of Mcllroy having got into a law suit the bills had better be drawn upon himself. To this Mr Evans objected, as he stated that he «"SL negotiate bills drawn upon Mr Patterson, as he was not a permanent resident at New Zealand, and he therefore declined to send in the timber.
As Mr Patterson was under a contract to other parties to supply the timber he telegraphed to Messrs Belbin and Dowdell, who supplied the timber at a higher price and Mr Patterson sought to recover the loss he was put to through Mr Evans's breach of contract. For the defence it was argued that Mr Patterson having withdrawn Mcllroy and Co.'s name as the drawee for the bills, defendant was justified in not shipping. The jury found for the plaintiff, damages £145 0s 8d.
The brother-in-laws were all involved in the trading.
Thomas and Rosetta had several children, some died young
Henry Patterson 1848 1848
Susannah Rebecca Patterson 1849 - 1853
Alice Elizabeth Patterson 1851 - 1872
Charles Thomas Patterson 1853 1918 Dunedin NZ
Emily Rosetta Patterson 1855 1934 m James Horne m William Dind
Percy Belbin Patterson 1860 - 1867
Isabel Charlotte Louisa Patterson 1863 1944 m Richard Barrett Christchurch NZ
:No industry can be more valuable to a community than that which encourages and is bound up in local production, where the true wealth lies. This produce and fruit merchant, while conducting his business to his own personal advantage, confers a. benefit upon the people, because it is he, chiefly, who creates or discovers a market for local products, bringing the producer and consumer into immediate touch with each other.
In tracing the history of any industry, the names of those' most prominently and lengthily connected with it serves landmarks. The produce and fruit industry of Otago presents no better known name than that of Thomas Paterson and Co., a. firm which has been established in Dunedin since the year 1876. At that time tile local production of fruits and produce was in its infancy, and it is largely due to the efforts (of the present proprietor, Mr C.T. Paterson, that the industry has progressed so rapidly during later years.
Mr Thomas Paterson, who founded the firm came to this colony from Tasmania where he had gained a large experience of the fruit and general produce- trade. ' Here he at first carried on business as a shipbroker and shipowner, combined with general agency trade. On the death his father in 1881 the present proprietor took up the business and started in Crawford street. At that time most of the wholesale business was done by the larger retailers, but Mr C. T. Paterson' saw that there was an opening for a wholesale agency business and gradually developed the concern to its present proportions. As the business increased he removed to premises in Manse street. The present buildings in that street, wherein the business is now carried on, were erected by Mr Charles T. Patterson. These have a frontage of about 33ft to Manse street, by a depth of about 50ft, and within are stored all descriptions of local and imported fruits and produce.
Tropical fruits, such as bananas, "etc., are imported from the South Sea Islands and Australia, whilst from the latter country oranges and other fruits are also obtained. The scope of the business extends: throughout New Zealand, and a large fruit, trade is transacted in country orders. Herein the locally-produced fruits have a large share of patronage, for in their season strawberries, raspberries, etc., are in great demand.
During this present summer, in the month of December alone, the turnover of Messrs Patterson and Co. resulted in no less than 20 tons of strawberries for. the districts of Waimate, Teviot, and outskirts of Dunedin. exclusively.
The business transacted by Messrs Paterson and Sons is entirely wholesale. They supply storekeepers, fruiterers, hotels, etc. Of late years, the growth of the trade has been particularly rapid, and every year the consumption of locally-grown fruit and produce; is "showing a large increase. -In- addition they do a large general produce agency business, receiving consignments of. all descriptions from farmers.
The firm have, therefore, to employ a large number of ' hand's, and to have delivery vans constantly traversing the city and suburbs, whilst the interior of the colony is served in consignments by rail. Mr Charles Thomas Paterson is a native of Tasmania. He came to this colony 24 years ago, and for a "period of eight- years; was devoted to seafaring, trading principally between Hobart and London, and passing all the stages of navigation until he became a master mariner.
As already stated, he took over the fruit and produce business on the. death of his. father, and soon became intimately associated with the progress of the industry, He developed the business as he saw the demands increasing, and he now undertakes .large' agencies on commission, besides supplying in any quantities direct from his stores. Mr Paterson has taken an active interest in fostering the fruit-growing industry. It, was largely due to his instigation that the Otago Fruit brokers' Association was formed, and ever since its inception he has occupied the position of chairman. He has thus 'publicly and privately helped materially to build up a great industry. :
Rosetta Paterson, relict of the late Thomas Paterson, merchant, of Dunedin (both formerly of Hobart), and be-loved mother of Mrs. W. F. Dind, Mossman's Bay.
Captain Frederick Marshall, a native of Hobart, was one of those who perished in the disastrous gale on the coast of New South Wales on the 1st of the present month. He was in charge of the Steamer Alexander Berry, which w as totally wrecked on Long Point, Shell Harbour, only one of the crew of five, Walter Pearce, a fire-man, escaping The statement from the survivor described the storm experienced, together with several incidents, the fol-lowing being an extract -"The men gathered round each other and said good-bye. 'Tell my dear wife and family to go home,' said the captain to me The other married men sent loving messages to their families. Just when the pathetic farewells had been exchanged, the steamer crashed on the reef, and the seas tumbled over us." Captain Frederick Marshall was well known in the port of Hobart, where he was extremely popular.
He was for some years connected with the Tasmanian Steam Navigation Company, up to the time of the wreck, on the Hippolyte Rocks, 30th November, 1883, of the steamer Tasman, of which he was chief officer. i
Sir—We have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, under date the 27th ultimo, which we have lost no time in submitting to the consideration of the parties from whom we originally derived our authority as a deputation. In reply we beg to say that we are aware that " what took place at the Hospital"—up to a certain point—"has been enquired into and has been made public." But we wish to remind you that your promise to us distinctly pledged the Government to an enquiry into " the whole case from first to last," without any reservation as to locality or time.
It is for you to judge whether "to carry the enquiry beyond what took place in the Hospital would be to assume functions inconsistent with your office, or to take upon yourself the duties of others." But we desire to call your attention to the fact that " what took place in the Hospital" has not yet been fully enquired into. A reference to the published accounts of the enquiry held by Messrs Tarleton, Colvin, and Wright will show that your own authority was specially interposed to prevent any enquiry into what took place with reference to Lanney's remains subsequently to their' removal from the Hospital for interment in St. David's burial-ground.
Yet it has been publicly stated—and not denied by the Government or the Hospital authorities—that Lanney's mutilated remains were brought back to the Hospital by servants of that institution after interment, and that they were dissected at the Hospital on a Sunday by the Resident Surgeon ; while the disposition of the skeleton is still a subject on which no definite information has yet been vouchsafed to the public. Even, then, if we were disposed to concede that your official obligations in respect to this case were satisfied by the institution of the enquiry held by Messrs Tarleton, Colvin, and Wright; and that you are not called upon to enquire into the circumstances attending the exhumation of Lanney's remains on the Saturday night—after your promise to Messrs Colvin, Bayley, and McArthur that the grave should be protected by police until Monday morning ;—we must still complain that what took place in the Hospital, which you acknowledge to be within the scope of your official cognisance, has not yet been subjected to such a full and sufficient investigation as was implied in your promise to ns, and as, in your letter of the 27th ultimo, you admit it was your " wish and intention"—as it was clearly your duty—to institute into "the whole of the circumstances attending the case."
We are constrained to express our opinion that the promised enquiry has not been carried out, even to the limited extent to which you admit your obligations on that head, in your letter of the 27th ultimo. We therefore feel ourselves justified in asking you to reconsider your decision, as we are unwilling to assume that by closing inquiry at this point you intend to leave your promise to ourselves and your duty to the public alike unfulfilled.
We have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient servants, CHARLES DOWDELL. WILLIAM FISHER. To the Hon. the Colonial Secretary-(D. 127.)
Colonial Secretary's Office, 12th May, 1S69. GENTLEMEN,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 3rd instant, and in reply I regret to inform you that the tone of that communication is such as to make it incumbent on me to decline further correspondence on the subject to which it refers. I have the honour to be, gentlemen, Your obedient servant,
Messrs Dowdell and Fisher. RICHARD DABY. Hobart Town, May 26, 1869.
SIR.—We have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 12th instant, and regret that you should deem "the tone" of our previous communication such as to induce you " to decline further correspondence on the subject to which it refers." We owe it to ourselves, under these circumstances, to state the reasons which induced us to enter upon this correspondence, and to press for reply to our enquiry whether you had taken any steps to redeem your promise made to us on the 11th March, to the effect that the proceedings which formed the subject of our interview should be submitted to a full and particular investigation.
You now practically disavow any intention of redeeming that promise. We regret your decision on this point for your own sake, as well as on public grounds. We must still maintain that it was your duty to submit the whole proceedings from first to last yo a rigid inquiry; and we must profess ourselves unsatisfied and unconvinced by the reasons given in your letter of the 27th ultimo for stopping enquiry precise at the point where, if pursued further, it must have connected an officer of the Government with a series of disgraceful proceedings, which have caused great public scandal, and have involved the Royal Society, the Hospital Board, and the Government itself in a common suspicion of complicity with the authors of an act of lawless outrage and revolting indecency. Our original application to you for official enquiry was dictated by a desire that the whole circumstances should be brought to light and the really blameworthy parties lie dealt with as they deserved.
Proceedings directed honestly and impartially to that end would have reflected credit on the Government and satisfied the public. But it soon became apparent that the sole object of the Government was to convict a single individual—and that individual a political opponent—of an act that would seem to warrant his expulsion from the General Hospital. This object the Government appears to have accomplished to its own satisfaction, with the assistance of the Hospital Board.
All other persons known to have been implicated in the lawless and indecent outrage to which we refer, have been screened by the Government and the Hospital Board from the condemnation due to their offences, and have been retained in the employment of a public institution " under the control of your department."
Thus the case presented itself to the public and to our minds. But before arriving finally at this conclusion we were anxious to learn whether any official enquiry had been instituted into the conduct of those officers and servants of the Government who have been so seriously incriminated by direct published accusations. as delinquents in connection with the proceedings under notice.
We therefore addressed you on the 24th ultimo, in hopes of eliciting from you an assurance that you had redeemed your pledge to us, and instituted a strict and exhaustive investigation of the whole case from first to last. We are now reluctantly reduced to the conclusion that you have done neither. We can only express our surprise that you should consider such a course of conduct consistent with your official obligations to the public as Colonial Secretary and Premier.
We have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient servants,
CHAS. DOWDELL, W. FISHER.
DEPARTURE OF A TASMANIAN SCHOLAR FOR ENGLAND.-By the s.s. Tasman, which left Hobart last night at 8 o'clock for Melbourne, Charles Seymour Dowdell, son of a well known citizen, Mr. Charles .Dowdell, left for Melbourne etn route to England, there to prosecute his studies as a Tasmanian scholar. A number of Mr. Dowdell's friends, including many old Hutchins school boys, were present on tho wharf to wish him bon voyage. Mr. Dowdell commenced his studies at the Hutchins School, where he took the Macnaughton, Boyd, and Newcastle Scholarships. He next passed the Melbourne matriculation and civil service examinations. He took his A.A. degree in 1879, at the same time securing the gold medal. He then commenced to study at Christ's College for the Tasmanian Scholarship examinations. In 1881 he obtained 2168 marks, being more than 500 above the required standard. He did not, however, gain a scholarship as two candidates secured more marks than he did, and gained the coveted positions. Our readers are too well acquainted with the efforts made by Mr. C. Dowdell to secure a scholar-ship for his son, and it is only necessary to add that in 1882 the Parliament of Tasmania, taking all the facts into consideration, granted him a scholarship of £200 per annum for four years. During the year 1882 Mr. Dowdell was a student at the General Hospital. He leaves Melbourne by the s.s. Cuzco on the l6th inst. for London, where he intends to enter the London University, and then proceed with his medical studies at one of the London hospitals.
Charles and his wife Martha lived in Marine Terrace until 1866. During this time, they had seven children, six of whom survived and became substantial citizens in Tasmania and on the mainland.
The last Dowdell child to be born in the house was Jessie. In adulthood, she moved to Melbourne where, as Jessie Henderson, she became a leading philanthropist, social reformer, and women’s and children’s rights activist. In 1937, Jessie was created a Commander of the British Empire.
When adding insulation to the roof cavity soon after moving in, we discovered an old shoe hidden beside one of the chimneys. It had been common practice in Europe from the late Middle Ages to conceal shoes as magical charms to protect the occupants of the building against evil influences such as demons, ghosts, witches and familiars. We are pleased to report that we have not been visited by any of these influences in the time we have lived in the house!
We are the eighth owners of the house, having lived in it since 1984. We have met several people with connections to the house, including a very elderly gentleman who told us he had been born in the back bedroom. We would very much like to meet descendants of Charles and Martha Dowdell.
We love the old place and have no intention of moving.
King had promised that they could return to England after their sentences were complete.
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