Robert Adamson Rodd was born at Barnstaple, Devon in 1808.
He arrived in Hobart in
1822 on the Tiger with his father
John Tremayne Rodd and brothers John and
Brent Clements Rodd. They travelled on to Sydney on the
Castle Forbes later
Robert Adamson Rodd was granted 300 acres
of land by Sir Thomas Brisbane in November 1825 and his
selection was made at Broke on Wollombi Brook nearby John
Blaxland and George Blaxland. This selection adjoined the
estate of J. H. Townsend.
In March 1830 he was
granted an additional 700 acres at Broke.
the convict servants assigned to Robert Adamson Rodd in
James Charington who arrived on the Malabar in 1819,
Christopher Welsh on the Asia,
on the Neptune,
John White on the Castle Forbes,
William Shepherd on the Norfolk and
on the Hercules.
In 1832 Rodd was involved in an
extraordinary altercation with his nearby neighbour J. H.
Townsend, culminating in his being indicted for maliciously
shooting at Townsend with a pistol loaded with powder and
ball with intent to murder.
It began on the 21st
November 1832 when Townsend was disturbed from his bed at 10
o'clock by a noise in the house. Upon investigation he
observed two of his female servants leave together. Townsend
stealthily dressed and followed the young women who
proceeded across a creek and towards Rodd's house where they
then met Rodd under his verandah. The three then proceeded
towards Townsend, one of the servants arm in arm with Rodd.
Upon reaching him Rodd cocked, presented and fired his
pistol in the' most cool and reckless manner' at Townsend,
saying as he did 'you are a dead man'. Townsend was not hit
and came forward out of the cover of darkness, stating his
name. They had words and then both returned to their homes.
Townsend was furious and a few days later Rodd
received notice that he was to appear before the Bench to
answer the charge. The case was heard in the Supreme Court
in February 1833 and fortunately for Rodd, several
Magistrates including Thomas Icely who had known him for 12
years and was ship board with him and James Mudie who had
known him 10 years; William Ogilvie who had known him for
five years and Dr. Bland who had known him for 10 years all
testified that he was a mild tempered, amiable young man and
he was then acquitted of the charge (1)
In 1840 he
married Amelia Marshall, daughter of
Sampson Marshall, and in
1845 at Tremayne, Wollombi, Amelia gave birth to a son,
Dudley. Hubert followed in 1847, Evelin in 1852, Travers in
1854, Bertran in 1855 and Florentina in 1857.
Adamson Rodd died at Tremayne House, Randwick in December
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