arrived in New South Wales on the convict
He was employed as Acting
Assistant Surgeon at the Lunatic Asylum, Castle Hill in 1817
and was involved in a Court case in 1819 when charges of
wrongful use of sick stores were brought against him.
William Freeman who arrived on the
gave evidence in the affair.
Thomas Parmeter was granted
land - 100 acres at Lemington in 1821 and 600 acres at
Lemington in 1826 and had moved to the Cockfighter's
Creek district by 1826. Accompanying him to Cockfighter's
Creek was Jane Meredith and their children. Jane Meredith was Dr. Parmeter's
housekeeper and mother to four of his children. She married
Walter Rotton in 1827.
In 1829 Thomas Parmeter wrote the following letter to the
Editor of the Sydney Gazette:
'Sir, Nothing but the
publishing of my name could drag me forth to feed that 'inquisitive cormorant"
I am not answerable for the kindness of my
friends (but I do hope I shall always merit their good opinion), but never do I
wish, through the unintentional error of any one, to detract where a
professional man is concerned.
The delicate way in which you mentioned my
affairs deserves my grateful commendation.
It is somewhat indecorous, but I am compelled
to speak of myself, which at all times is obviously difficult to do with
Well - for fourteen years in this Colony I
have honorably engaged myself in professional practice, and never till near four
years bodily ailment, did I have cause to fear the catastrophe of gaol
imprisonment for debt.
I supported my family by the proceeds of my
professional exertion, with what success my living patients can tell.
But this much must I say, I never lost a
mother, or a child, during my extensive practice as an accoucheur.
And a number of persons whom I have operated
upon, live to recount their sufferings and my success.
When providence afflicted me with my paralytic
affection, I sold my farm at Bathurst which, was the gift of Governor Macquarie,
to satisfy claims arising from my protracted illness.
In doing this, I did all in my power; I could
not sacrifice my eldest son's estate, the gift of Sir, T. Brisbane, at Hunter's
River, or my youngest boy's farm, given by a native gentleman educated in
No! No! - this my feelings and the law would
But I am now thank almighty God, greatly
recovered, though not able to ride on horseback; but I would willingly devote my
professional duties to any sedentary employment; such as the Lunatic Asylum (two
years out of fourteen I attended), or Benevolent, or some similar Institution,
if any opportunity afford, as I feel myself as competent as ever, only I am not
a galloping machine now.
Before I close this letter, I must offer my
humble tribute to the talented Sir Astley Cooper of Australia Mr. Bland.
I can given personal evidence to his
superior abilities as a Surgeon; and I need not estimate his goodness to the
character of an Alworthy, who was so opposite to those soi-disant petit maitres who are summed up in the following district:
Mel in ore, verba laotia
Fel in corde, frans in factis
I remain thine, T. Parmeter.
Soon afterwards Thomas Parmeter resumed a medical practice at
Hawkesbury, although as he had difficulty mounting a gig and could not ride
horseback as before, he intended to use a caravan for conveyance to his various patients.
He was a passenger on the