William Henry Fishburn, 17951872 (aged 77 years)

Name
William Henry /Fishburn/
Given names
William Henry
Surname
Fishburn
Birth 1795 35 36
Text:

Name: William Fishburn Birth Date: 1795 Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1795 Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Father: Andrew Fishburn Mother: Sarah Volume Number: V1795458 1A

Residence about 1796 (aged 1 year)
Source: unknown
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William's father Andrew died five days before William's first birthday. He lived around Parramatta and Windsor as a child with his mother and elder half sister Ann Williams (who was also known as Ann Fishburn), and his younger half siblings George, Mary Sarah and Edward Mellon/Millin.

Occupation
Apprentice
between 1810 and 1814 (aged 19 years)
Text:

The 1810 muster records William as apprenticed to landowner G. J. Palmer at Windsor. He was still employed by Palmer in 1814, when that year's muster recorded a young convict woman, Mary Harlow, as being a servant at the same establishment.

Not marriedMary Amelia HarlowView this family
about 1815 (aged 20 years)

Source: unknown
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William and Mary did not marry. Mary gave birth to a daughter also named Mary on 21 September 1815, and when the child was baptised at Windsor on 29 October 1815, William Fishburn was named as the father. Mary married Joseph Huff just six months later and no trace has ever been found of the baby's life or death.

MarriageCatherine AshView this family
July 8, 1816 (aged 21 years)
Citation details:

No 519

Text:

William Fishburn, free age 21 of the parish of St John Parramatta and Catharine Ash age 20 of ditto were married in this church by banns this 8th day of July 1816 by me Samuel Marsden Both William and Catherine made their X marks in the register in the presence of Andrew Nash and M.A. Nash who signed the register

Residence after July 18, 1816 (aged 21 years)
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William and Catherine spent the early days of their marriage at Windsor where their first two children were born - Elizabeth in 1817 and William in 1819.

Residence January 13, 1818 (aged 23 years)
Source: unknown
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William was granted 60 acres of land (Portion No. 129) at Castle Hill by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. The area today is bounded approximately by the Old Northern Road, Parsonage Road, Fishburn Crescent and Sherwin Avenue. It appears that they did not reside at the farm until after their third child Eleanor was born in 1830.

Occupation
Police Constable
September 8, 1821 (aged 26 years)

Source: unknown
Text:

On 3 September 1821 a letter was sent from the Court of Magistry at Parramatta by Hanibal Hawkins, a nephew of wood producer John Macarthur, to the Colonial Secretary Frederick Goulburn recommending: 'William Fishburn, a free man and landholder at Castle Hill to act as Constable for the District of Castle Hill and Pennant Hills in lieu of John Rogan - dismissed from that situation for drunken conduct and neglect of Duty.' The recommendation was accepted and five days later the appointment was announced in the Sydney Gazette. The previous constable, John Rogan, was the father of Jane, who was later to marry William, and Catherine's eldest son William. The district constable of the 1820's held a responsible and sometimes difficult position in having to maintain law and order throughout the area. There were very few free men in the young colony and the Colonial Secretary was often forced to appoint trusted ex convicts to the position.

Occupation
Farmer
January 4, 1822 (aged 27 years)

Note: The Sydney Gazette reported that William had 'supplied some wheat to the Government Stores.'
Occupation
Farmer
October 11, 1823 (aged 28 years)

Note: In 1823 William sent a Memorial to Governor Brisba…

In 1823 William sent a Memorial to Governor Brisbane as follows: 'The respectful Memorial of William Fishburn, Landholder of Castle Hill, most humbly sheweth - That YOur Excellencys Memorialist is a native of this colony, that about eight years ago he married a woman that came free to the colony by whom he had a family of four children. That Your Excellencys Memorialist received a grant of 60 acres of land, from the late Governor upon which memorialist now resides. That YOur Excellency's Memorialist has got a few head of cattle which his present gant of land is insifficuent to graze. Memorialist therefore respectfully addresses your Excellency praying an additional frant. For which act of generosity Memorialist will ever pray. Wm. Fishburn, Parramatta 11th October 1823.

Despite a notation from I. Harris, JP that 'I know the above Petitioner and think him a very deserving character', the request was not granted.

Occupation
Farmer and Constable
July 3, 1824 (aged 29 years)

Note: William tried again for a further grant of land wi…

William tried again for a further grant of land with the following Memorial: 'The Memorialist of William Fishburn of Castle Hill respectfully sheweth - The Memorialist is a native of the Colony and a Constable of the District of Castle Hill and a landholder. That about ten years ago the late Governor Macquarie was pleased to grant Memorialist a farm of sixty acres on which he now resides. That in consequence of it being extremely bad land, Memorialist is unable to support himself and family thereon. That Memorialist has farmed it in, and has twenty five acres under cultivation. Memorialist therefore respectfully begs leave to submit the above circumstances to Your Excellency's consideration and earnestly solicits from your Excellency the indulgence fir an additional grant for cultivation. And Memorialist will ever Pray. Wm Fishburn. Parramatta 3 July 1824. This time William had two character references from Don Martin JP and the Rev. Thomas Hassall who said 'The Petitioner is a man of good character and deserving of indulgence'. However, once again the land was not granted.

Occupation
ex-Constable
1825 (aged 30 years)
Note: William resigned his position as Constable. This was announced in the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser on August 18 1825.
Occupation
Publican and farmer
1828 (aged 33 years)
Note: The 1828 census lists William as aged 33, born in…

The 1828 census lists William as aged 33, born in the Colony, a protestant and a publican and living at Baulkham Hills. His family was listed as Catherine, 32 Years, a protestant and incorrectly states that she was born in the colony. The children, all born in the colony and protestants, were Elizabeth 11, William Jr 8, Ellen 7, Andrew 6, Amelia 5, John 4, Sarah 2 and Ann 9 months.

William had 60 acres, 20 cleared, 20 cultivated, 2 horses and 22 head of cattle.

William's publican's licence was not renewed after 1830.

Petition
Petition
January 6, 1830 (aged 35 years)
Note: Approximately 150 people, including William sent a…

Approximately 150 people, including William sent a petition to Governor Ralph Darling from Parramatta on 6th Jan 1830 as follows: 'We the undersigned inhabitants of Parramatta and District have heard with the utmost indignation, the daring insult which was on Sunday the 20th ultimo offered your Excellency on your Excellencys leaving Divine Worship at St. James Church Sydney. We beg leave to assure your Excellency of our hatred of so atrocious an act and deeply lament that any Individual could be found in the Colony to be guilty of so premeditated an outrage. We beg leave at the same time to congratulate your Excellency on your safe return to our small but loyal town and with the most unfeined wishes for your Excellency's long continuence in the administration of the affairs of this colony and the prosperity of your Excellency and Family. We beg leave to subscribe ourselves, your Excellency's Faithful and [?] servants...'

This was in response to an incident that took place after the church service mentioned in the petition. An Englishman, John E. Shelley, of about 30, had separated from his wife in England and had come to Sydney. He applied for a land grant to Governor Darling and was refused. Shelley accused Darling of favouritism in his granting of land to others and threatened to kill Darling when he was visiting Parramatta two months prior to the incident related below.

After the church service, Governor Darling was speaking to a small group in the church foyer when Shelley yelled 'You are a damned rascal!' and when ignored, repeated himself to which the Governor commented to the Sheriff and Colonial Secretary'the man is mad'. After Shelley was detained, a carving knife was found hidden under his coat. On being taken to the watch house he was found to have also a 'brace of detonated pistols loaded with ball in his pocket'.

In February the following year, the land grant system was discontinued when the British Government sent instructions known as the Ripon Regulations to Governor Darling stating that all land in New South Wales and Van Dieman's Lands was to be auctioned at a minimum price of 5 shillings per acre.

Occupation
Farmer
1831 (aged 36 years)
Note: William was assigned a male convict during 1831 although he had not applied for any. The convict was to assist on his farm at Castle Hill. When he applied for two convicts for the year 1832, he was assigned only one. The extra help was possibly needed for his newly purchased 60 acres on the 19 Oct 1931 which was situated on the bank of the Castle Hill Creek roughly bounded by today's Rosberrt Road and the curve of Kings Road, Kellyville.
MarriageElizabeth BradleyView this family
June 13, 1843 (aged 48 years)
Source: unknown
Text:

Four months after his first wife Catherine had died, William, a widower with 8 children to care for, married Elizabeth Bean (nee Bradley) the widow of William Bean - herself the mother of 8 children. The Beans, Bradleys and Fishburns had been neighbours for many years. Although there were no children from this marriage, Elizabeth would have played an important role in the lives of the younger Fishburn children. She could read and write in a colony of mainly illiterates. The younger children of William learned to sign their names yet the older ones marked their 'X' when they signed official documents.

Will

Note: 'This is the last Will and Testament of me William…

'This is the last Will and Testament of me William Fishburn of Castle Hill in the Colony of New South Wales, Farmer. I revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions by me at anytime heretofore made.

I give and devise my farm at Baulkham Hills, containing one hundred acres more or less unto and equally between and among the children of my late wife Elizabeth Fishburn namely Elizabeth, the wife of Thomas Tipple Smith, Pricilla, the wife of I.B. Casey, Adelaide, the wife of William Henry Smith, Mary, the wife of R.W. Newman, Jemima, widow of the late ____ McKenny and George Thomas Bean but in case any of them shall predecease me, I give and devise his or her share equally between and among such of his or her children as shall be living at the time of my decease.

And if any of the above named children of my said wife shall predecease me without leaving issue living, I give and devise his or her share equally between the remaining children of my said wife.

I give to my son James Fishburn and his heirs forever Twelve acres of land being a portion of my farm of sixty acres and situated at Castle Hill aforesaid having twenty one rods frontage to the Castle Hill Road bounded on the South by William's farm, on the East by the Castle Hill Road and in the north by his brother John Fishburn's farm.

To my son John Fishburn and his heirs forever, Twelve acres of land and the house and premises erected thereon and situated as aforesaid having eighteen rods frontage to the Castle Hill Road and twenty four rods at the back being bounded on the south by his brother James Fishburn's farm on the east by the Castle Hill Road and in the North by his brother Edward Fishburn's farm.

To my son Edward Fishburn and his heirs forever Twelve acres of land situate as aforesaid having twanty four rods frontage to the Castle Hill Road and eighteen rods at the back beingthe remainder of the frontage of my farm to the Castle Hill Road.

To my son Henry Fishburn and his heirs forever Twelve acres of land situated a aforesaid bounded on the north by Mr John Kentwell's farmand on the south by Mr Williams' farm.

To my daughter Ann Worick the wife of John Worick of Castle Hill aforesaid and their heirs forever Twelve acres of land situated aforesaid bounded on the north by Mr John Kentwell's farm and on the west by Mr James farm.

I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Moore, the wife of Samuel Moore of Castle Hill aforesaid, the sum of fifty pounds.

To my daughter Amelia James the wife of James James of Castle Hill aforesaid the sum of fifty pounds.

To my daughter Sarah England the wife of Charles England of Sydney aforesaid the sum of fifty pounds.

To my son Andrew Fishburn the sum of twenty five pounds.

To William Henry Smith of Prospect near Parramatta in the said Colony the sum of Twenty Five Pounds and to my said son James Fishburn the sum of Twenty Pounds.

I give and bequeath all horses, cattle, carts, gigs or other vehicles and all harness thereto belonging which may belong to me at the time of my decease to my said sons James Fishburn and Henry Fishburn and my said daughter Ann Worick to be equally divided between them share and share alike.

I give and bequeath the residue of all moneys left in the hands of my Executors after payment of the legacies abovementioned and all my just debts, funeral and Testamentary expenses unto and equally between and among my said sons James Fishburn and Henry Fishburn and my said daughters Ann Worick, Amelia James, Sarah England and Hannah Johnston, the wife of William Johnston of Sydney aforesaid.

I empower my Executors to collect and get in all debts due to me by any person or persons at the time of my decease and to give receipts for the same. And I declare that such receipts shall be good valid and effectual discharge for the same.

And I appoint the said William Henry Smith and James Fishburn Executors of this my will.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty sixth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one.

Wm. Fishburn.

Signed by the said testator as and for his last Will and testament in the presence of us present at the time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Chas. H. Bean Alfred S. Bean

3 June 1872. This day upon Petition, Probate of the last Will and Testament of William Fishburn decease was granted to William Henry Smith and James Fishburn, the Executors in the said Will named. ??? died the 19th day of April 1872. Goods sworn at (2570/-/-. Probate dated the same day as granted.

Note: An average wage for a tradesman in 1872 was about one pound - so in today's values William's estate would have been worth close to a million dollars.

The first mentioned farm in the will, left to the Bean children was the original grant of Thomas Bradley, Elizabeth's father. Thomas was one of the earliest free settlers to arrive in the colony.

The 60 acre farm William owned at today's Kellyville must have been disposed of earlier.

Almost opposite to where William and Elizabeth are buried now stands a stately old mansion "Wansborough" at 226-230 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill. The house was built in 1876 for the Wansborough family and only four families have resided there in its 119 year history. The house proudly displays a plaque next to the front door which reads as follows -

The land on which this house is built is of the Government farm established at Castle Hill, 1802. It became portion of a land grant made by Governor Lachlan Macquarie to William Fishburn a free man of Parramatta in 1818. William Fishburn (1796-1872) was the son of Andrew, a naval artificer aboard the "Sirius" which vessel arrived with the first fleet in 1788".

The site of this house is probably part of John's land which was sold on the 3rd March, 1876.

Death April 19, 1872 (aged 77 years)
Text:

William and Catherine's sons George and William had pre-deceased him. He left 10 children, seventy three grandchildren and countless great grandchildren. Cause of death Heart attack

Citation details:

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Sat 20 Apr 1872 Page 1

Text:

On the 19th instant, at his residence, Rosehill, Castle Hills, WILLIAM FISHBURN, aged 78 years, the oldest resident in the district.

Burial April 21, 1872 (2 days after death)
Text:

Buried St Pauls cemetery, Castle Hill The cemetery was opposite his Castle Hill farm. William was buried next to his second wife Elizabeth who died 20 Oct 1870. His headstone reads: 'Sacred to the memory of William Fishburn who departed this life on the 19th April 1872 in the 78th year of his age. How awful is the scene while here I tread these dreadful inanations of the dead. Time was these ashes lived and time shall be when others shall stand and gaze on me'. Stained glass memorial windows were placed on the south side of the old St. Paul's Church of England at Castle Hill inscribed: 'Wm. Fishburn died 19th April 1872' and 'Elizth Fishburn died 20th October 1870'

Citation details:

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Sat 20 Apr 1872 Page 16

Text:

THE FRIENDS of Mr. WILLIAM FISHBURN are invited to attend his Funeral; to move from his late residence, Rosehill, Castle Hills, on SUNDAY, the 21st instant, at 1 o'clock. JAMES WILLIS, Under- taker.

Text:

William Fishburn BIRTH 1795 DEATH 19 Apr 1872 (aged 76–77) BURIAL St Paul's Anglican Church Cemetery Castle Hill, The Hills Shire, New South Wales, Australia Show Map MEMORIAL ID 190907903 · Inscription Headstone inscription: Sacred to the memory of William Fishburn, who departed this life on the 19th April 1872 in the 78 year of his age. How awful is the scene while here I tread these peaceful inanitions of the dead. Time was these ashes lived and time shall be when others thus shall stand and gaze on me. Awake then O my soul true wisdom learn nor till tomorrow the great work adjourn. Footstone inscription: W.F. 1872 Note: Inscription transcribed with reference to NFHS booklet "St Pauls Church of England Castle Hill."

Family with parents
father
17601796
Birth: 1760Whitby, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: July 23, 1796Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
mother
17591849
Birth: about 1759Gosport, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Death: August 15, 1849Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: May 24, 1795Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
-21 months
elder brother
1793
Birth: August 24, 1793 33 34Sydney Cove, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
2 years
himself
17951872
Birth: 1795 35 36Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 19, 1872Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Mother’s family with Alexander Williams
step-father
mother
17591849
Birth: about 1759Gosport, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Death: August 15, 1849Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
half-sister
17911853
Birth: December 21, 1791 32Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 17, 1853Lochinvar, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Mother’s family with George Mellon
step-father
Birth:
Death:
mother
17591849
Birth: about 1759Gosport, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Death: August 15, 1849Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: May 21, 1810Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
-13 years
half-brother
1797
Birth: September 17, 1797 38Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
4 years
half-sister
1802
Birth: January 11, 1802 43Sydney Town, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
19 months
half-sister
1803
Birth: August 18, 1803 44Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
3 years
half-brother
1806
Birth: July 1, 1806 47Sydney Town, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
Family with Mary Amelia Harlow
himself
17951872
Birth: 1795 35 36Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 19, 1872Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
partner
17861841
Birth: about 1786
Death: March 20, 1841Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Not married
Not married: about 1815
9 months
daughter
1815
Birth: September 21, 1815 20 29New South Wales, Australia
Death:
Family with Catherine Ash
himself
17951872
Birth: 1795 35 36Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 19, 1872Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
wife
17961839
Birth: July 5, 1796 40 30England, United Kingdom
Death: February 14, 1839Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: July 8, 1816Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
10 months
daughter
18171880
Birth: May 14, 1817 22 20New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1880Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
22 months
son
18191869
Birth: March 4, 1819 24 22Windsor, Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 1, 1869Bathurst, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
19 months
daughter
18201874
Birth: October 7, 1820 25 24Windsor, Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1874Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
16 months
son
18221907
Birth: February 2, 1822 27 25Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1907New South Wales, Australia
22 months
daughter
Fishburn, Amelia Ann (1823-1909)
18231909
Birth: November 14, 1823 28 27Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 13, 1909Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
15 months
son
18251888
Birth: February 9, 1825 30 28Baulkham Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 9, 1888Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
21 months
daughter
18261886
Birth: November 14, 1826 31 30Baulkham Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 25, 1886Newtown, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
15 months
daughter
18281909
Birth: February 14, 1828 33 31Baulkham Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1909Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
18 months
son
18291914
Birth: August 4, 1829 34 33Baulkham Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 15, 1914Burwood, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
1831
Birth: October 4, 1831 36 35Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
2 years
daughter
18331919
Birth: October 10, 1833 38 37Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1919Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
18351908
Birth: September 19, 1835 40 39Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1908Newtown, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
18381839
Birth: June 21, 1838 43 41Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1839New South Wales, Australia
Family with Elizabeth Bradley
himself
17951872
Birth: 1795 35 36Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 19, 1872Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
wife
17961870
Birth: 1796England, United Kingdom
Death: October 20, 1870New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: June 13, 1843Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Joseph Huff + Mary Amelia Harlow
partner’s partner
17821841
Birth: about 1782
Death: February 20, 1841Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
partner
17861841
Birth: about 1786
Death: March 20, 1841Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: April 2, 1816Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
8 months
step-daughter
18161870
Birth: December 10, 1816 34 30Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 25, 1870Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
step-son
18181893
Birth: December 3, 1818 36 32Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1893Penrith, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
step-daughter
18211893
Birth: January 17, 1821 39 35Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 11, 1893Central Cumberland, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
step-daughter
18231897
Birth: February 20, 1823 41 37Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1897Penrith, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
step-son
18251886
Birth: February 24, 1825 43 39Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 18, 1886Winton, Queensland, Australia
William Bean + Elizabeth Bradley
partner’s partner
17921834
Birth: September 8, 1792 40 38
Death: October 24, 1834Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
wife
17961870
Birth: 1796England, United Kingdom
Death: October 20, 1870New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: June 13, 1814Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
19 months
step-daughter
1815
Birth: 1815 22 19New South Wales, Australia
Death:
3 years
step-son
18171820
Birth: June 5, 1817 24 21New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1820Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand
2 years
step-son
18191898
Birth: October 21, 1819 27 23Rangihoua, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand
Death: 1898Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
18 months
step-daughter
18211852
Birth: April 15, 1821 28 25Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand
Death: 1852New South Wales, Australia
3 years
step-son
18231826
Birth: December 21, 1823 31 27Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1826New South Wales, Australia
2 years
step-daughter
18261882
Birth: March 29, 1826 33 30Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 7, 1882Waverley, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
step-daughter
18281910
Birth: June 11, 1828 35 32New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1910Waverley, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
step-daughter
18301907
Birth: July 21, 1830 37 34New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1907Redfern, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
5 months
step-daughter
18301913
Birth: 1830 37 34New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1913Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
step-son
18321848
Birth: 1832 39 36New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 28, 1848Castle Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
BirthAncestry.com. Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
Text:

Name: William Fishburn Birth Date: 1795 Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1795 Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Father: Andrew Fishburn Mother: Sarah Volume Number: V1795458 1A

Residenceunknown
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William's father Andrew died five days before William's first birthday. He lived around Parramatta and Windsor as a child with his mother and elder half sister Ann Williams (who was also known as Ann Fishburn), and his younger half siblings George, Mary Sarah and Edward Mellon/Millin.

Occupation[name withheld], 'Charles England' email to Marion Purnell, Nov 2008
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The 1810 muster records William as apprenticed to landowner G. J. Palmer at Windsor. He was still employed by Palmer in 1814, when that year's muster recorded a young convict woman, Mary Harlow, as being a servant at the same establishment.

Not marriedunknown
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William and Mary did not marry. Mary gave birth to a daughter also named Mary on 21 September 1815, and when the child was baptised at Windsor on 29 October 1815, William Fishburn was named as the father. Mary married Joseph Huff just six months later and no trace has ever been found of the baby's life or death.

MarriageAncestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, St. John's Parramatta, Marriages, 1790-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Citation details:

No 519

Text:

William Fishburn, free age 21 of the parish of St John Parramatta and Catharine Ash age 20 of ditto were married in this church by banns this 8th day of July 1816 by me Samuel Marsden Both William and Catherine made their X marks in the register in the presence of Andrew Nash and M.A. Nash who signed the register

Residence[name withheld], 'Charles England' email to Marion Purnell, Nov 2008
Text:

William and Catherine spent the early days of their marriage at Windsor where their first two children were born - Elizabeth in 1817 and William in 1819.

Residenceunknown
Text:

William was granted 60 acres of land (Portion No. 129) at Castle Hill by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. The area today is bounded approximately by the Old Northern Road, Parsonage Road, Fishburn Crescent and Sherwin Avenue. It appears that they did not reside at the farm until after their third child Eleanor was born in 1830.

Occupationunknown
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On 3 September 1821 a letter was sent from the Court of Magistry at Parramatta by Hanibal Hawkins, a nephew of wood producer John Macarthur, to the Colonial Secretary Frederick Goulburn recommending: 'William Fishburn, a free man and landholder at Castle Hill to act as Constable for the District of Castle Hill and Pennant Hills in lieu of John Rogan - dismissed from that situation for drunken conduct and neglect of Duty.' The recommendation was accepted and five days later the appointment was announced in the Sydney Gazette. The previous constable, John Rogan, was the father of Jane, who was later to marry William, and Catherine's eldest son William. The district constable of the 1820's held a responsible and sometimes difficult position in having to maintain law and order throughout the area. There were very few free men in the young colony and the Colonial Secretary was often forced to appoint trusted ex convicts to the position.

Marriageunknown
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Four months after his first wife Catherine had died, William, a widower with 8 children to care for, married Elizabeth Bean (nee Bradley) the widow of William Bean - herself the mother of 8 children. The Beans, Bradleys and Fishburns had been neighbours for many years. Although there were no children from this marriage, Elizabeth would have played an important role in the lives of the younger Fishburn children. She could read and write in a colony of mainly illiterates. The younger children of William learned to sign their names yet the older ones marked their 'X' when they signed official documents.

Death[name withheld], 'Charles England' email to Marion Purnell, Nov 2008
Text:

William and Catherine's sons George and William had pre-deceased him. He left 10 children, seventy three grandchildren and countless great grandchildren. Cause of death Heart attack

DeathNational Library of Australia. Trove: one search...a wealth of information. [database on-line].
Citation details:

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Sat 20 Apr 1872 Page 1

Text:

On the 19th instant, at his residence, Rosehill, Castle Hills, WILLIAM FISHBURN, aged 78 years, the oldest resident in the district.

Burial[name withheld], 'Charles England' email to Marion Purnell, Nov 2008
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Buried St Pauls cemetery, Castle Hill The cemetery was opposite his Castle Hill farm. William was buried next to his second wife Elizabeth who died 20 Oct 1870. His headstone reads: 'Sacred to the memory of William Fishburn who departed this life on the 19th April 1872 in the 78th year of his age. How awful is the scene while here I tread these dreadful inanations of the dead. Time was these ashes lived and time shall be when others shall stand and gaze on me'. Stained glass memorial windows were placed on the south side of the old St. Paul's Church of England at Castle Hill inscribed: 'Wm. Fishburn died 19th April 1872' and 'Elizth Fishburn died 20th October 1870'

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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Sat 20 Apr 1872 Page 16

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THE FRIENDS of Mr. WILLIAM FISHBURN are invited to attend his Funeral; to move from his late residence, Rosehill, Castle Hills, on SUNDAY, the 21st instant, at 1 o'clock. JAMES WILLIS, Under- taker.

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William Fishburn BIRTH 1795 DEATH 19 Apr 1872 (aged 76–77) BURIAL St Paul's Anglican Church Cemetery Castle Hill, The Hills Shire, New South Wales, Australia Show Map MEMORIAL ID 190907903 · Inscription Headstone inscription: Sacred to the memory of William Fishburn, who departed this life on the 19th April 1872 in the 78 year of his age. How awful is the scene while here I tread these peaceful inanitions of the dead. Time was these ashes lived and time shall be when others thus shall stand and gaze on me. Awake then O my soul true wisdom learn nor till tomorrow the great work adjourn. Footstone inscription: W.F. 1872 Note: Inscription transcribed with reference to NFHS booklet "St Pauls Church of England Castle Hill."

Occupation

The Sydney Gazette reported that William had 'supplied some wheat to the Government Stores.'

Occupation

In 1823 William sent a Memorial to Governor Brisbane as follows: 'The respectful Memorial of William Fishburn, Landholder of Castle Hill, most humbly sheweth - That YOur Excellencys Memorialist is a native of this colony, that about eight years ago he married a woman that came free to the colony by whom he had a family of four children. That Your Excellencys Memorialist received a grant of 60 acres of land, from the late Governor upon which memorialist now resides. That YOur Excellency's Memorialist has got a few head of cattle which his present gant of land is insifficuent to graze. Memorialist therefore respectfully addresses your Excellency praying an additional frant. For which act of generosity Memorialist will ever pray. Wm. Fishburn, Parramatta 11th October 1823.

Despite a notation from I. Harris, JP that 'I know the above Petitioner and think him a very deserving character', the request was not granted.

Occupation

William tried again for a further grant of land with the following Memorial: 'The Memorialist of William Fishburn of Castle Hill respectfully sheweth - The Memorialist is a native of the Colony and a Constable of the District of Castle Hill and a landholder. That about ten years ago the late Governor Macquarie was pleased to grant Memorialist a farm of sixty acres on which he now resides. That in consequence of it being extremely bad land, Memorialist is unable to support himself and family thereon. That Memorialist has farmed it in, and has twenty five acres under cultivation. Memorialist therefore respectfully begs leave to submit the above circumstances to Your Excellency's consideration and earnestly solicits from your Excellency the indulgence fir an additional grant for cultivation. And Memorialist will ever Pray. Wm Fishburn. Parramatta 3 July 1824. This time William had two character references from Don Martin JP and the Rev. Thomas Hassall who said 'The Petitioner is a man of good character and deserving of indulgence'. However, once again the land was not granted.

Occupation

William resigned his position as Constable. This was announced in the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser on August 18 1825.

Occupation

The 1828 census lists William as aged 33, born in the Colony, a protestant and a publican and living at Baulkham Hills. His family was listed as Catherine, 32 Years, a protestant and incorrectly states that she was born in the colony. The children, all born in the colony and protestants, were Elizabeth 11, William Jr 8, Ellen 7, Andrew 6, Amelia 5, John 4, Sarah 2 and Ann 9 months.

William had 60 acres, 20 cleared, 20 cultivated, 2 horses and 22 head of cattle.

William's publican's licence was not renewed after 1830.

Petition

Approximately 150 people, including William sent a petition to Governor Ralph Darling from Parramatta on 6th Jan 1830 as follows: 'We the undersigned inhabitants of Parramatta and District have heard with the utmost indignation, the daring insult which was on Sunday the 20th ultimo offered your Excellency on your Excellencys leaving Divine Worship at St. James Church Sydney. We beg leave to assure your Excellency of our hatred of so atrocious an act and deeply lament that any Individual could be found in the Colony to be guilty of so premeditated an outrage. We beg leave at the same time to congratulate your Excellency on your safe return to our small but loyal town and with the most unfeined wishes for your Excellency's long continuence in the administration of the affairs of this colony and the prosperity of your Excellency and Family. We beg leave to subscribe ourselves, your Excellency's Faithful and [?] servants...'

This was in response to an incident that took place after the church service mentioned in the petition. An Englishman, John E. Shelley, of about 30, had separated from his wife in England and had come to Sydney. He applied for a land grant to Governor Darling and was refused. Shelley accused Darling of favouritism in his granting of land to others and threatened to kill Darling when he was visiting Parramatta two months prior to the incident related below.

After the church service, Governor Darling was speaking to a small group in the church foyer when Shelley yelled 'You are a damned rascal!' and when ignored, repeated himself to which the Governor commented to the Sheriff and Colonial Secretary'the man is mad'. After Shelley was detained, a carving knife was found hidden under his coat. On being taken to the watch house he was found to have also a 'brace of detonated pistols loaded with ball in his pocket'.

In February the following year, the land grant system was discontinued when the British Government sent instructions known as the Ripon Regulations to Governor Darling stating that all land in New South Wales and Van Dieman's Lands was to be auctioned at a minimum price of 5 shillings per acre.

Occupation

William was assigned a male convict during 1831 although he had not applied for any. The convict was to assist on his farm at Castle Hill. When he applied for two convicts for the year 1832, he was assigned only one. The extra help was possibly needed for his newly purchased 60 acres on the 19 Oct 1931 which was situated on the bank of the Castle Hill Creek roughly bounded by today's Rosberrt Road and the curve of Kings Road, Kellyville.

Will

'This is the last Will and Testament of me William Fishburn of Castle Hill in the Colony of New South Wales, Farmer. I revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions by me at anytime heretofore made.

I give and devise my farm at Baulkham Hills, containing one hundred acres more or less unto and equally between and among the children of my late wife Elizabeth Fishburn namely Elizabeth, the wife of Thomas Tipple Smith, Pricilla, the wife of I.B. Casey, Adelaide, the wife of William Henry Smith, Mary, the wife of R.W. Newman, Jemima, widow of the late ____ McKenny and George Thomas Bean but in case any of them shall predecease me, I give and devise his or her share equally between and among such of his or her children as shall be living at the time of my decease.

And if any of the above named children of my said wife shall predecease me without leaving issue living, I give and devise his or her share equally between the remaining children of my said wife.

I give to my son James Fishburn and his heirs forever Twelve acres of land being a portion of my farm of sixty acres and situated at Castle Hill aforesaid having twenty one rods frontage to the Castle Hill Road bounded on the South by William's farm, on the East by the Castle Hill Road and in the north by his brother John Fishburn's farm.

To my son John Fishburn and his heirs forever, Twelve acres of land and the house and premises erected thereon and situated as aforesaid having eighteen rods frontage to the Castle Hill Road and twenty four rods at the back being bounded on the south by his brother James Fishburn's farm on the east by the Castle Hill Road and in the North by his brother Edward Fishburn's farm.

To my son Edward Fishburn and his heirs forever Twelve acres of land situate as aforesaid having twanty four rods frontage to the Castle Hill Road and eighteen rods at the back beingthe remainder of the frontage of my farm to the Castle Hill Road.

To my son Henry Fishburn and his heirs forever Twelve acres of land situated a aforesaid bounded on the north by Mr John Kentwell's farmand on the south by Mr Williams' farm.

To my daughter Ann Worick the wife of John Worick of Castle Hill aforesaid and their heirs forever Twelve acres of land situated aforesaid bounded on the north by Mr John Kentwell's farm and on the west by Mr James farm.

I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Moore, the wife of Samuel Moore of Castle Hill aforesaid, the sum of fifty pounds.

To my daughter Amelia James the wife of James James of Castle Hill aforesaid the sum of fifty pounds.

To my daughter Sarah England the wife of Charles England of Sydney aforesaid the sum of fifty pounds.

To my son Andrew Fishburn the sum of twenty five pounds.

To William Henry Smith of Prospect near Parramatta in the said Colony the sum of Twenty Five Pounds and to my said son James Fishburn the sum of Twenty Pounds.

I give and bequeath all horses, cattle, carts, gigs or other vehicles and all harness thereto belonging which may belong to me at the time of my decease to my said sons James Fishburn and Henry Fishburn and my said daughter Ann Worick to be equally divided between them share and share alike.

I give and bequeath the residue of all moneys left in the hands of my Executors after payment of the legacies abovementioned and all my just debts, funeral and Testamentary expenses unto and equally between and among my said sons James Fishburn and Henry Fishburn and my said daughters Ann Worick, Amelia James, Sarah England and Hannah Johnston, the wife of William Johnston of Sydney aforesaid.

I empower my Executors to collect and get in all debts due to me by any person or persons at the time of my decease and to give receipts for the same. And I declare that such receipts shall be good valid and effectual discharge for the same.

And I appoint the said William Henry Smith and James Fishburn Executors of this my will.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty sixth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one.

Wm. Fishburn.

Signed by the said testator as and for his last Will and testament in the presence of us present at the time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Chas. H. Bean Alfred S. Bean

3 June 1872. This day upon Petition, Probate of the last Will and Testament of William Fishburn decease was granted to William Henry Smith and James Fishburn, the Executors in the said Will named. ??? died the 19th day of April 1872. Goods sworn at (2570/-/-. Probate dated the same day as granted.

Note: An average wage for a tradesman in 1872 was about one pound - so in today's values William's estate would have been worth close to a million dollars.

The first mentioned farm in the will, left to the Bean children was the original grant of Thomas Bradley, Elizabeth's father. Thomas was one of the earliest free settlers to arrive in the colony.

The 60 acre farm William owned at today's Kellyville must have been disposed of earlier.

Almost opposite to where William and Elizabeth are buried now stands a stately old mansion "Wansborough" at 226-230 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill. The house was built in 1876 for the Wansborough family and only four families have resided there in its 119 year history. The house proudly displays a plaque next to the front door which reads as follows -

The land on which this house is built is of the Government farm established at Castle Hill, 1802. It became portion of a land grant made by Governor Lachlan Macquarie to William Fishburn a free man of Parramatta in 1818. William Fishburn (1796-1872) was the son of Andrew, a naval artificer aboard the "Sirius" which vessel arrived with the first fleet in 1788".

The site of this house is probably part of John's land which was sold on the 3rd March, 1876.

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BURI: CEME St. Paul's Church of England Cemetery