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Hawkesbury Settlers Address 1810
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Source:  Sydney Gazette, 8 December 1810
List Type:  Population
Dates Covered:  1810



The following Address1 from the settlers of Hawkesbury (and reply) reprinted from the Sydney Gazette 8 December 1810 was presented to Governor Macquarie, at Windsor, by Thomas Arndell. (Thomas had arrived with the First Fleet as Assistant Surgeon and went on to become a prominent Hawkesbury citizen). The letter was dated 1 December 1810.

We, the undersigned settlers, residents of the Hawkesbury and its vicinity, beg leave respectfully to congratulate your Excellency on your arrival at this settlement, and earnestly hope your Excellency will be pleased with the agricultural improvements and industry that pervade here; and trust that the continuance of our exertions will ever merit your Excellency's approbation. We also beg leave to return our unfeigned thanks for your Excellency's recent appointment of William Cox, Esq., as a magistrate at this place a gentleman who for many years has resided amongst us, possessing our esteem and confidence, who, from his local knowledge of this settlement, combined with his many other good qualities, will, we are convinced, promote your Excellency's benign intention of distributing justice and happiness to all:-


Thomas Appledore
Thomas Arkell
Thomas Arndell
Benjamin Baits
William Baker
Henry Baldwin     
William Baxter
John Baylis           
David Bell             
John Benn            
Elias Bishop                          
James Blackman 
John Boulton                       
John Bowman                     
Paul Bushel          
William Carlisle                   
Richard Carr                         
Benjamin Carver                 
Thomas Cheshire                
Patrick Closhel                    
John Cobcroft                     
Pierce Collett                      
George Collis                       
Roger Connor                      
Thomas Cowling                 
Hugh Devlyn       
John Dight           
William Dye                         
Elizabeth Earl                      
William Eaton                      
Rowland Edwards               
John Embrey
William Etrel
G.W. Evans
William Ezzy
William Faithful
Daniel Fane                         
Robert Farlow
Edward Field
R. Fitzgerald
Thomas Gordon
John Gregory
Jonathan Griffiths               
Robert Guy                          
Thomas Hagger                  
George Hall                         
Thomas Hampson              
John Harris                           
William Heydon                  
Thomas Hobby                    
John Jones                           
Donald Kennedy                 
Henry Lamb                         
Thomas Lambley                
John Leese                          
Matthew Lock                     
John Lyoner                         
Joseph McColding              
Daniel McKay                      
Thomas Markwell               
Robert Martin                     
Laurence May                     
Martin Mentz                      
John Merritt
James Mileham
Patrick Murphy
Henry Murray
Richard Norris
Charles Palmer
Thomas Matcham Pitt
James Portsmouth
Edward Pugh
Paul Randall
James Richards
Jacob Russell
John Ryan
William Shaw
William Simpson
William Small
Robert Smith
Stephen Smith
Benjamin South
Thomas Spencer
John Stevenson
Owen Tierney
James Wall
John Watts
James Welsh
Thomas Weyham
John Wild
Caleb Wilson
Robert Wilson
Thomas Winston
John Yoel

To which Macquarie was pleased to make the following answer on 5 December 1810:

I beg you will make known to those respectable settlers of the Hawkesbury who signed the address presented by you to me, that I am much pleased with the sentiments it conveys, and to assure them that it will always be an object of the greatest interest to me to promote their prosperity by every means in my power. With this view I have fixed on ground for four (sic) different townships for the accommodation of the settlers who have suffered so severely by the floods of the river; and by a speedy removal to those situations of security, I hope they will enjoy the fruits of that labour, which, I am happy to observe, promises this season to be rewarded with one of the finest crops I ever beheld in any country. I hope on my return to this part of the colony to find the new habitations built on an improved and enlarged plan to those hitherto erected on the banks of the Hawkesbury. I am very glad to find that my appointment of Mr. Cox has met with the satisfaction of the settlers, and I have every reason to believe that he will fulfil the duties of his office so as to gain the good will of all.


1. For ease the list has been organised in alphabetical order of surname and not in its original order.


Credits: Transcribed by Michelle Nichols - 1994.


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