James Thomas Morisset, 17801852 (aged 72 years)

Morriset, James Thomas (1780-1852)
Name
James Thomas /Morisset/
Given names
James Thomas
Surname
Morisset
Name
Jasmes Thomas /Morrisset/
Given names
Jasmes Thomas
Surname
Morrisset
Birth about 1780

Immigration August 3, 1817 (aged 37 years)
Text:

James departed with the 48th Regiment from Cork on the “Matilda” and arrived in Sydney on 3 August, 1817. In December 1818, he relieved Captain Wallis as Commandant of the Newcastle Penal Colony, a position he held until 1823. He was the longest serving Commandant of Newcastle and he was highly praised for his diligence by Commissioner J.T. Bigge and the Governor Lachlan Macquarie. During his time in Newcastle, he continued the building of roads, public buildings and a breakwater across the narrow inlet, separating the mainland from Nobby’s Island. In 1821, Governor Macquarie admired his work during a visit and named Morisset’s Lagoon in his honour. These ponds now appear to form part of Meri Meri Creek. He also had a convict constructed bath hewn out of a rock face at Newcastle Beach originally called the Commandant’s Bath, but now known as the Bogey Hole. The Bogey Hole is presently classed as a construction of significance and is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register. He made an overland trip between Newcastle and Sydney, camping along the way at the modern location of the town, Morisset, which was consequentially named after him. This trek allowed the further survey and construction of an inland route between Sydney and Newcastle. In 1975 a tree located in the town of Morisset was classed as significant as a stopping place for James and a plaque was erected as a memorial. He remained in Newcastle until 1823 when he was appointed as Commandant at Bathurst.

Not marriedJoanna DeaseyView this family
about 1824 (aged 44 years)

Text:

Resulted in the birth of a son baptised Feb 1825

Emigration February 1825 (aged 45 years)
Text:

He returned to England on leave in Feb 1825.

MarriageEmily Louisa VauxView this family
1826 (aged 46 years)
Text:

Name James Thomas Morisset Spouse's Name Emily Voux Event Date 1826 Event Place Newchurch, Hampshire, England

Occupation
Commandant
1826 (aged 46 years)
Text:

While in England Morisset reported to the Colonial Office on convict control in New South Wales and applied for the post of commandant at Norfolk Island which was about to be re-established as a penal settlement. Bathurst recommended Morisset to Governor (Sir) Ralph Darling for the position, unless he preferred to retain Morisset in Sydney as superintendent of police. But Morisset remained in England and in August 1826 Bathurst told Darling that since Captain Francis Rossi had been appointed superintendent of police, Morisset was to be made commandant of Norfolk Island at a salary of £600. He was promoted lieutenant-colonel on 19 December 1826 and placed on army half-pay.

Immigration 1827 (aged 47 years)
Text:

James arrived in Sydney in the Harmony in September 1827 with his wife and child.

Census November 1828 (aged 48 years)
Text:

Morrisset, (Lt. Col.), 44, came free, Protestant, Principal Superintendent of Police, Church Hill, Sydney Morrisset, (Mrs.), 27, came free Morrisset, Janitta Louisa, 30m, came free Morrisset, Edith Eliza Julia, 6w, born in the colony

Death August 17, 1852 (aged 72 years)
Text:

When his leave expired he resigned his post and bought a farm at Winburndale Brook near Bathurst. There in May 1838 he was appointed police magistrate at a salary of £300, and in January 1841 commissioner of the Court of Requests. He lost heavily in the Bank of Australia's crash in 1842 and was forced to sell his property and devote part of his salary to paying off his debts. On 28 August 1841 the Australian described him as too ill and advanced in years to conduct the Bathurst bench properly, yet he continued in his post until his death on 17 August 1852, aged 72.

Burial
Cemetery: Holy Trinity Church
Text:

He was buried in the old Kelso churchyard.

Family with Joanna Deasey
himself
Morriset, James Thomas (1780-1852)
17801852
Birth: about 1780
Death: August 17, 1852Bathurst, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
partner
1809
Birth: about 1809 34New South Wales, Australia,
Death:
Not married
Not married: about 1824
2 years
son
18251898
Birth: about 1825 45 16
Death: 1898Newtown, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Emily Louisa Vaux
himself
Morriset, James Thomas (1780-1852)
17801852
Birth: about 1780
Death: August 17, 1852Bathurst, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
wife
18031892
Birth: about 1803Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: March 7, 1892North Sydney, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: 1826Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
14 months
daughter
18271918
Birth: February 28, 1827 47 24Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 27, 1918Chatswood, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
22 months
daughter
18281900
Birth: 1828 48 25New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1900Victoria, Australia
3 years
son
Morriset, Edric Norfolk (1830-1887)
18301887
Birth: 1830 50 27New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1887Goulburn, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
18311923
Birth: 1831 51 28New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 10, 1923Stanmore, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
Morriset, Laura Theresa (1833-1872)
18331878
Birth: 1833 53 30New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 26, 1878Queensland, Australia
3 years
son
18351891
Birth: 1835 55 32New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 14, 1891St Leonards, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
son
Morriset, Rudolf Roxburgh (1838-1887)
18381887
Birth: 1838 58 35New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 7, 1887Deniliquin, Riverina, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
18401929
Birth: 1840 60 37New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 22, 1929Queensland, Australia
2 years
son
Morriset, Aulaire Liddiard (1841-1909)
18411909
Birth: 1841 61 38New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 1, 1909Townsville, Lower Burdekin, Queensland, Australia
3 years
daughter
18431912
Birth: 1843 63 40New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 3, 1912North Sydney, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
daughter
18461849
Birth: 1846 66 43New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1849Kelso, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
… … + Joanna Deasey
partner
1809
Birth: about 1809 34New South Wales, Australia,
Death:
step-daughter
1827
Birth: 1827 18Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
Thomas Davies + Joanna Deasey
partner’s partner
1802
Birth: about 1802
Death:
partner
1809
Birth: about 1809 34New South Wales, Australia,
Death:
Marriage
Marriage: 1829Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Immigrationwww.ancestry.com. Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006
Text:

James departed with the 48th Regiment from Cork on the “Matilda” and arrived in Sydney on 3 August, 1817. In December 1818, he relieved Captain Wallis as Commandant of the Newcastle Penal Colony, a position he held until 1823. He was the longest serving Commandant of Newcastle and he was highly praised for his diligence by Commissioner J.T. Bigge and the Governor Lachlan Macquarie. During his time in Newcastle, he continued the building of roads, public buildings and a breakwater across the narrow inlet, separating the mainland from Nobby’s Island. In 1821, Governor Macquarie admired his work during a visit and named Morisset’s Lagoon in his honour. These ponds now appear to form part of Meri Meri Creek. He also had a convict constructed bath hewn out of a rock face at Newcastle Beach originally called the Commandant’s Bath, but now known as the Bogey Hole. The Bogey Hole is presently classed as a construction of significance and is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register. He made an overland trip between Newcastle and Sydney, camping along the way at the modern location of the town, Morisset, which was consequentially named after him. This trek allowed the further survey and construction of an inland route between Sydney and Newcastle. In 1975 a tree located in the town of Morisset was classed as significant as a stopping place for James and a plaque was erected as a memorial. He remained in Newcastle until 1823 when he was appointed as Commandant at Bathurst.

Not marriedPurnell, Marion (editor)
Text:

Resulted in the birth of a son baptised Feb 1825

EmigrationAustralian Dictionary of Biography. Online edition. [database - on-line]. Canberra: Australian National University, 2006
Text:

He returned to England on leave in Feb 1825.

MarriageChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Familysearch. [database on-line]: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2008
Text:

Name James Thomas Morisset Spouse's Name Emily Voux Event Date 1826 Event Place Newchurch, Hampshire, England

OccupationAustralian Dictionary of Biography. Online edition. [database - on-line]. Canberra: Australian National University, 2006
Text:

While in England Morisset reported to the Colonial Office on convict control in New South Wales and applied for the post of commandant at Norfolk Island which was about to be re-established as a penal settlement. Bathurst recommended Morisset to Governor (Sir) Ralph Darling for the position, unless he preferred to retain Morisset in Sydney as superintendent of police. But Morisset remained in England and in August 1826 Bathurst told Darling that since Captain Francis Rossi had been appointed superintendent of police, Morisset was to be made commandant of Norfolk Island at a salary of £600. He was promoted lieutenant-colonel on 19 December 1826 and placed on army half-pay.

ImmigrationAustralian Dictionary of Biography. Online edition. [database - on-line]. Canberra: Australian National University, 2006
Text:

James arrived in Sydney in the Harmony in September 1827 with his wife and child.

CensusCensus of New South Wales November 1828, ed. by Malcolm R. Sainty and Keith A. Johnson. Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1985 ie. 1980
Text:

Morrisset, (Lt. Col.), 44, came free, Protestant, Principal Superintendent of Police, Church Hill, Sydney Morrisset, (Mrs.), 27, came free Morrisset, Janitta Louisa, 30m, came free Morrisset, Edith Eliza Julia, 6w, born in the colony

DeathAustralian Dictionary of Biography. Online edition. [database - on-line]. Canberra: Australian National University, 2006
Text:

When his leave expired he resigned his post and bought a farm at Winburndale Brook near Bathurst. There in May 1838 he was appointed police magistrate at a salary of £300, and in January 1841 commissioner of the Court of Requests. He lost heavily in the Bank of Australia's crash in 1842 and was forced to sell his property and devote part of his salary to paying off his debts. On 28 August 1841 the Australian described him as too ill and advanced in years to conduct the Bathurst bench properly, yet he continued in his post until his death on 17 August 1852, aged 72.

BurialAustralian Dictionary of Biography. Online edition. [database - on-line]. Canberra: Australian National University, 2006
Text:

He was buried in the old Kelso churchyard.