Richard Charles Pritchett
was born 14 June 1787 at St. Petrox, Pembrokshire,
Wales, son of Charles Piggott Pritchett. He was employed
by the East India Co.,
In Serampore India Richard
Pritchett married Mary Anne widow of Mr. Sampson. They
had one son John Robert Pritchett who was born in 1809
and died in Sydney in 1865. (2) It was probably this
John Robert Pritchett who arrived in Sydney from
Portsmouth and Hobart in June 1825. (S.G. 2 June 1825)
The Sydney Gazette announced the arrival of
Richard Charles Pritchett
on 12 April 1822......By the Nimrod have arrived as
passengers from Calcutta, Colonel A. McLeod of the 8th
Regiment of Madras Native Cavalry; and R.C. Pritchett
He petitioned for a grant of land in
The Memorial of Richard
Charles Pritchett respectfully shewith that
Memoralist arrived in this colony in April 1822 from
Calcutta for the benefit of his health and obtained the
permission of your Excellency to become a Settler. That
Your Memorialist imported a Capital of 2500 which he is
desirous of investing together with the residue of his
assets daily expected from India amounting to 1500
mostly in the agricultural line.
Memorialist has no land in this colony and he therefore
respectfully solicits your Excellency will be pleased to
grant him such an allotment in the vicinity of Newcastle
for the purpose of grazing and cultivation as will
enable him to invest the capital abovementioned Your
Memorialist begs leave to state that Mr. Thomas Macvitee
and Thomas Winder will be testimony to the truth of the
above statement if required.
Your Memorialist craves
your Excellency's consideration of this Memorial and
your your Memorialist as in duty bound will ever pray.
here to find some of the convicts assigned to him at
the Hunter River estate.
His name is included in the Register of Land
Grants and leases for the town of Newcastle. Allotments
69, 43 and 41
Richard Pritchett became an auctioneer
and agent in the firm of MacQueen & Atkinson in Sydney
after being granted a license in 1823.
he was tendering to convey prisoners to Van Diemen's
Land on the whaler Caroline.
addressed the audience at a public dinner in honour of
the Governor Sir T. Brisbane in 1825.......Mr. R.C.
PRITCHETT.-Gentlemen; I cannot let the present occasion
pass without offering my testimony to the worth of the
Colonists of New South Wales [Hear, hear !] Gentlemen ;
I came to this Colony from the East Indies with a small
investment, prejudiced, I must confess, against the
people whom I looked upon as a set of rogues and
vagabonds, and assigned servants [Hear, hear !] But,
Gentlemen, I am proud to say, that upon an acquaintance
with the Colonists, my former prejudices were removed,
and I have ever since continued among them, and this
public acknowledgement I consider as a tribute due to
the utmost integrity and honour I have ever found
amongst them. [Loud applause!]
A number of
convicts are recorded as assigned to Richard Pritchett
at his St. Petrox estate in the 1828 Census, however
there is no mention of Richard Pritchett residing on the
Pritchett died in April 1834.
In 1848 4560 acres
once granted to Richard Pritchett and known as St.
Petrox, was advertised for lease for two years. St
Petrox adjoined the property of J.C. Reid's 2560 acres
part of which was called 'Lamb's Valley'. This station
was considered one of the most prolific grazing stations
in the locality.
Notes & Links:
Colonial Secretary's Index
2). In 1909 part
of the Estate was put up for Auction - St. Petrox Estate of
2132 acres (more or less) subdivided into 7 farms, as
per lithographic plans. Has a frontage to the Hunter
River, and consists of rich Lucerne and Maize Land, with
rich gently sloping rises and sound grazing country.
Situated 4 1/2 miles from Branxton, where there is a
Butter Factory. Milk waggons pass daily; and 11 miles
from West Maitland -
Sunday Mail 29 September 1909
3). Captain Gordon was master of the brig Nimrod; Mr.
Peter Murray, First Officer and Mr. J.C. Hutchinson,
4). A man named John Robert
Pritchett died in a hut on Mount Carmel, on or about
Saturday last of disease and neglect. He died possessed
of a considerable sum of money. - Sydney Morning
Herald 26 October 1867. Inquest
Sydney Mail 26 October 1867
5). Map - St.
Vision of Britain
(1). Colonial Secretary's Correspondence. Series:
NRS 899; Reel or Fiche Numbers: Fiche 3001-3162
Pedigree of the Pritchett family