Death of Robert Jillett
Robert Jillett died in 1832, a few weeks after making his will. Thanks to Tony Beach and Sue Collins, they have his burial records!
Robert Gillett was buried by Rev William Bedford, if they held a service it would have been in the St David's above right.
|St David's 1832|
Death of Elizabeth Jillett
Then Elizabeth died in 1842, of decay, and her service would have been in the St Davids above left. Both were recorded by their son in law, William Young.
It is highly likely that both were buried at St. David's Cemetery in Hobart.
Both are also recorded on the Thomas Jillett Family Crypt in Oatlands.
In 1919 the Anglican Church sold the cemetery to the Hobart Council for 4,500 pounds. In 1925 they, in what could only be described as wanton vandalism destroyed the graves, headstones, and created a mound of rubble. Very few headstones remain.
Derwent Star and Van Diemen's Land Intelligencer (Hobart, Tas. : 1810 - 1812), Tuesday 3 April 1810, page 2
For many years various opinions have been expressed as to the beginnings of the historic burying ground of St. David’s, at Hobart. At a meeting of the historical section of the Royal Society on July 12, Mr. W. F. D. Butler, in the course of some remarks, based on the early days of Tasmania, produced a statement from the journal of the Rev. Robert Knopwood under date Friday, April 27, 1804, as follows:—”At eleven the Lieutenant-Colonel and self went and marked out a burial ground at a distance from the camp.” On the next day Mr. Knopwood has this entry in his journal —”At half-past 2 p.m. I buried Mr Edwardes’ child.”
A return by David Collins, showing the persons who died in his expedition from the time of leaving Spithead to July 31, 1804, included the entry, “Elizabeth Edwards, a free child at Hobart Town, April 27, 1804.” It is difficult to say who “Mr. Edwardes” was, as his name does not appear in any of the official lists of Collins’s party. The interesting point is a demonstration of the fact that two months after Collins’ landing at Hobart the burial ground was actually marked out and used for the first time.
OLD CEMETERIES CONDITION OF ST. DAVID’S Historic Monuments Crumble
"In this historic burial ground are the tombs of Collins, Wilmot, Bicheno, Bedford, Crowther, Hutchins, Kelly and many others who made their mark in their day and generation."
Continuing our series of articles on the old cemeteries of Hobart, we now come to deal with what, from its position and history, is undoubtedly the best known to this general public of them all, St. David’s Burial Ground. Right in the heart of the city, the Sandy Bay tram running round two sides of it, this hallowed, yet desolate, spot is a familiar sight to thousands of our citizens every day of the year. Before proceeding to speak of some of the graves therein it may be useful to refresh the reader’s memory as to the present ownership of the place.
By an Act of the Tasmanian Parliament, “following an agreement dated October 13, 1919, the ground passed from the trustees for the property of the Anglican Church in Tasmania, to the ownership of the City Council. Thus terminated disputes, negotiations and misunderstandings which had extended over many years, and further paved the way for one control which would bring about a state of decency and respect for the dead long desired by the Inhabitants of the capital. Alas, for the vanity of human wishes we are no further forward after nearly three years. By an order of Governor Sir Charles Da Cane (July 22. 1872), the ground was closed as from November of that year.
Since then no burials have taken place, but the agreement of 1919 provided that the City Corporation should remove at the request of descendants and without cost (if made within two years of the enabling Act) any remains and headstones to Queenborough cemetery. The area of land thus transferred is about five and a half acres, and the price paid to the Anglican authorities, £4500 in debentures, redeemable in ten years and bearing interest at five per cent. The Act states that the object of the sale is that the Corporation may make the spot a “place of quiet recreation for the public under proper conditions and regulations, and so that the same may in time to come be an ornament to the city.” Well, it must be admitted that the city fathers don’t seem to be in any hurry about it.
There are no rents to collect Full power, by the way, is given to th» Corporation under file Act to take expected care of the historical monuments, particular mention being made of several, but strangely enough not that of Bicheno.
A timely added interest to these memorials of the dead worthies of the country is to be found in the procedures of last Wednesday meeting of the Royal Society, when it was decided to urge on the City Council the desirability of preserving a fairly large number of the, historic monuments of the place. These will include the grave of Governor Collins, that of Eardley-Wllmot (who by the way was the father of the Royal Society, which took its origin from a meeting held at old Government House on October 14, 1843, Bedford, Kelly. Hutchins, and several others.
Although the laying of the foundation stone of old St David’s Church is stated by one authority to have been commemorative of a church to be named after Governor Collins’s Christian name, yet at the laying of the foundation stone of St David’s Cathedral Bishop Broughton specifically emphasised the fact that the patronymic had its origin not in David Collins, but in St David, the patron saint of Wales. The Bishop’s pronouncement was consonant with ecclesiastical practice.
From this point of view there would be no relevance in the remains and monument of Collins being in the precincts of the Cathedral. On the other hand there is a distinct significance in Collins’s monument being in its present position, namely, as marking the site of the first burial ground, as being the site of the first church to be erected in Tasmania, and being the burial place of Tasmania’s first Governor. Additional to these arguments, which I conceive to be very much to the point, the City Council in consenting to the removal of Collins would place itself in the position of possibly losing the most important of the historical monuments left in old St David’s, with the logical result that only the less important ones might remain.
I confess to surprise at the action of Dr Crowther in making the suggestion presumably with the assent of the council of the Royal Society, because it was the Royal Society which chiefly participated in the movement for the retention of the six historic monuments in old St David’s. It is difficult to discover any logical corollary in the action of the Royal Society two years ago and that emanating from Dr Crowther this month. I sincerely trust that permission will be refused for the removal of Collins’s tomb and monument unless similar action is taken relative to the six historic monuments now remaining in old St David’s.
In this connection I am at a loss to understand the action of the Very Reverend the Dean in asking for the Church possession of Governor Collins and ignoring the high church dignitary, Arch deacon Hutchins whose remains are also counted among the historic six of old St David’s. The preference to Collins in this connection is so extraordinary as to leave me to wonder if, to use a colloquialism, “all the cards are on the table.”
Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), Thursday 31 March 1927, page 7
A HOBART ENTERPRISE ST. DAVID’S-PARK.
Until a few years ago (writes “J.W.D.” In the “Sydney Morning Herald”) one of the few unsightly spots of Hobart was the old cemetery of St. David’s Church of England. The original St. David’s was destroyed many years ago by fire, but the cathedral in Murray-street carries on the name of its forebear. This old cemetery has now been changed from a shunned and dilapidated home of the dead to a well-patronised park, covered with a fine carpet of lawn, and possessing well-kept mower beds.
Those responsible for this rapid metamorphosis have evidently had in mind the travelling and tourist season, as well as having more than a sneaking regard for antiques. Whoever heard of a municipal council collecting headstones? But here it has been done. Most of the park on one side is a stone fence, and on the inside of this and all other sides the headstones have been re-erected so that he who walks may read. As one reads these epitaphs one cannot help feeling the definite link-between our day and the Infant days of our colonies.
Here is a tablet erected when Napoleon received his final blow. There are more first erected in the year Queen Victoria was born. Here are others recording deaths in the year in which Port Arthur was established as a convict settlement. Now is one reminded of the trooper who met his death at the hands of bushrangers, erstwhile convicts. Now it is the loss of a “burke” and bodies washed ashore.
In 1844 the number of military men on the Tasman Peninsula was 317, and in the park we see headstones erected to the memories of members of the 50th, 40th, and 63rd regiments, Others there are, too, bearing the names of the King’s Own Light Infantry, the 21st Reg. Bengal Native Infantry, Tasmanian Volunteer Force, and the H.D. Royal Artillery.
But words are wanting to say what,
Think what a wife should be,
And she was that.
He it was who directed the choosing of the site of Hobart, the first building of which was begun in 1804. The first church, that of St. David’s, was built in 1810 over the grave of Lieut.-Governor, Collins, whose body rested beneath the altar.”
Jacob DENNIS Who died at St Marys Hospital Hobart Town 18 June 1861 Aged 65 years.
This stone was erected by his master Thomas JILLETTE whom he served faithfully for twenty years and God for about the same period
Jacob Dennis, one of 160 convicts transported on the Hibernia, 20 November 1818