Richard Hobden senior arrived free on the
He married Albenia Walker in Sydney in 1816
and was residing in Sydney when a grant of 500 acres was
authorised by Sir Thomas Brisbane on 7 July 1824 (2)
He probably did not take up the grant immediately as he
held the license for the Talbot Inn in Sydney when
his wife Albenia died in November 1829. The inquest into her
death found she died of natural causes and Richard was left
to bring up their six young children on his own.
children of Richard and Albenia (nee Walker) were
James who born in 1818;
Elizabeth b. 1819;
Sarah b. 1822 ;
Robert b. 1824;
William b. 1826; and
Henry b. 1829.
Richard Hobden married for the second time in 1838 to
In 1838 Richard James Hobden
(junior) married Jane Ellis in the Presbyterian Church at
Whittingham. Jane was the daughter of Thomas Ellis a
respected employee of
Bowman of Arrowfield.
Richard and Jane continued
to live at Great Lodge, the family estate near
In 1846 Thomas Ellis was employed as
a superintendent by George Bowman and John Waters was
Thomas Ellis and living with the family on their
property. Waters had apparently made certain advances to a
daughter of Thomas Ellis at which time his employment was
terminated. John Waters then made two complaints to
George Blaxland Esq,
Magistrate of the district of being robbed of his money and
a portion of his ear cut off by three men who had done so
with the purpose of making him put out his tongue with the
intent of cutting it off.
The next day a warrant was
issued for the apprehension of Thomas Ellis and William
Richard James Hobden and Patrick Fox.
Chief Constable Everness of Merton placed them in
handcuffs in the lockup at Merton before accompanying them
to Maitland and then to Newcastle. In 1846 Richard James
Hobden, described as of respectable parentage and
considerable property - sober, industrious, honorable,
intelligent and amiable, respected and beloved from his
infancy by all who knew him - was committed for trial,
placed upon the chain and forwarded down the country to be
tried before a jury. He was accompanied on this humiliating
journey by his father-in-law Thomas Ellis, brother-in-law
William Ellis and Patrick Fox. William Ellis, Richard James
Hobden and Patrick Fox were indicted for cutting and maiming
one John Waters and Thomas Ellis for stealing money from
Waters. Richard James Hobden and Thomas Ellis were admitted
to Newcastle gaol on 4th June 1846 and admitted to bail on
the 17th June by the orders of Justice Therry. (1)
The gaol description of Richard James Hobden gives his
height as 5ft 8in. He was of stout build with brown hair and
brown eyes. When their case was finally heard John Waters
was absent and could not be found. The Solicitor General
thought there was reason to believe that the charges he had
preferred were not honest and he had no desire that the
prisoners would remain in custody for a indefinite period.
The prisoners' solicitor Mr. Windeyer applied for a
discharge on their own recognizance to appear and answer the
charges preferred against them should they be so required to
be do by the Attorney General.
Richard James Hobden
and Jane Ellis raised a large family - Richard Ellis b.
1840, Thomas Ellis b. 1842, Albenia Ellis b. 1844, Jane
Ellis b. 1847, John Ellis b. 1849, William Ellis b. 1851,
Hunter Ellis b. 1853, Robert Henry Ellis b. 1855, Sarah
Ellis b. 1857, Leamington Ellis b. 1858, James Ellis b.
1860, Albert Ellis n. 1863, Alice Kate Ellis b. 1865,
Elizabeth Mary Ellis b. 1871.
Richard Hobden senior
died on 20 July 1851 at Great Lodge aged 63. His
wife Elizabeth nee Southard married
Richard Alcorn in
(1) State Archives NSW; Kingswood, New
South Wales; Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930;
Item: 2/2009; Roll: 757. (Ancestry)
(2) Index to map
of the country bordering upon the River Hunter... by Henry
Dangar (London : Joseph Cross, 1828). p9