Maybanke Susannah Anderson

Anderson, Maybanke Susannah

Maybanke Susannah Anderson (1845-1927), suffragist and social reformer, was born in England to parents who believed that women should be able to earn their own living. In Sydney, at 22, she married Edmund Wolstenholme. Twelve children were born, but only three survived to adulthood. Edmund was often unemployed, so Maybanke kept a boarding house, then…

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St Bartholomew’s church 1870s

Boyce, Francis Bertie

Francis Bertie Boyce (1844-1931), Anglican priest and social reformer, worked in a bank when his father died and he had to leave school. He taught Sunday school and resolved to enter the Anglican ministry: he was ordained priest in 1869. He was posted out West, but returned to Sydney in 1882 as minister in St…

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John Harris

Harris, John

John Harris (1754-1838), naval officer, surgeon and landowner, grew up in Country Derry and reached Sydney in 1790 as a surgeon to the NSW Corps. Like most other officers he quarrelled (and was twice court-martialled), embezzled funds, was rewarded by factional patrons with grants of land, and used convict labour to improve this land. Unlike…

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Richard Johnson

Johnson, Richard

Richard Johnson (1753-1827) was the first clergyman in Australia. In 1786 he was made chaplain for NSW and sailed with the First Fleet. He appealed in vain to successive governors for labour to build a church. He also complained that his salary was inadequate to support his large family, but he did receive 160 hectares…

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Badge of the NSW Corps

Jones, Thomas

Thomas Jones (? – 1799) soldier and murderer, was a private in the NSW Corps in 1795 when his officers awarded him 55 acres at the North Eastern tip of Pyrmont. Such land grants were made as an incentive to develop agriculture to make the colony self-sufficient in food. This grant – Jones’ Farm –…

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E.W. Knox chairman 1920-1933

Knox, Edward William

Edward William Knox (1847-1933), general manager of CSR, was born in 1847 in Sydney, second son of Edward Knox. This was a high-achieving family: Adrian became Chief Justice of the High Court; Thomas became managing director of Dalgety & Co. Educated at Sydney Grammar School, Edward William joined CSR in 1864. In 1870 he took…

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The Hon Edward Knox ca 1894

Knox, Sir Edward

Sir Edward Knox (1819-1901) founder of CSR was born in Denmark. At 16, he entered his uncle’s London merchant house but chose migrate to Australia. Arriving in Sydney in 1840 he joined the Australian Auction Co. and in 1843 became manager before he transferred to the Australasian Sugar Co. With two associates he bought Bowden’s…

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Elizabeth Macarthur

Macarthur, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Macarthur (1766-1850), was born in Devon, where her parents equipped her to manage complicated affairs, vital skills after she married John Macarthur in 1788. Their first son Edward was born before they sailed in 1789 to join the NSW Corps. A daughter born at sea did not survive. In Sydney she bore four more…

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John Macarthur

Macarthur, John

John Macarthur (1767?-1834) was born near Plymouth, relatively poor, and struggled to join the British Army until 1788. Next year he became a lieutenant in the NSW Corps and sailed with his wife and son in the Second Fleet. He fought a duel, provoked another fierce dispute and suffered serious illness before he reached Sydney…

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Robert Saunders

Saunders, Charles & Family

Charles Saunders (1824 – 1893), entrepreneur and stonemason, was born in Devon, and brought his family to Sydney in 1852, soon after gold was discovered in NSW. Next year Charles leased land from the Harris family, beginning a relationship which benefitted both families. This land, in what was then Ultimo but is now Pyrmont, was…

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