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William Bradridge 

William Bradridge and his wife Ann arrived in Hobart on the Aguilar on 4th February 1824. (1) The Aguilar departed England on 3rd September 1823 and touched at the Cape of Good Hope, leaving there on 24th December. Passengers included J.B. Weller, John Robbins, Charles Robbins, Mr and Mrs. Sparke, Edward Sparke, George Sparke, John Sparke, William Sparke, Andrew Sparke, Mr. W. Sparke junior and Miss Mary Hoskins. Select here for the full passenger list.

William Bradridge applied for a grant of land in August 1824. His application is included in the Colonial Secretary's Correspondence.....

17th August 1824

Praying Grant of Land

As I did not bring with me the accustomed letter from England being misinformed that such letter was not required, I trust that your Excellency will allow me the usual grant in proportion for the means I possess - The statement of which I beg leave  to present you and believe me to be Your Obedient Humble Servant, William Bradridge No. 6. King Street Sydney

Money  ...£200

Iron mongery £200

Working Implements £100

Passage Money £70

Total £570

He was promised 500 acres by Governor Brisbane on 26 August 1824. (2) In June 1825 he was receiving victualling for himself, wife and convict servants from the stores at Newcastle.

Convicts assigned to William Bradridge included William Carlisle who arrived on the Ann & Amelia in 1825 and George McNicholl who arrived on the Isabella in 1818.

It is not known how long he resided on this land, however in the 1828 Census William and Ann Bradridge with their children William junior age 3 and Mary age 4months resided in Castlereagh Street, Sydney and he was employed as Superintendent of Carpenters, a position he still held in 1832.

Margaret Connolly per Hooghley, a servant from Waterford absconded from his service in December 1831.

He produced a watercolour of the interior of St. James Church in 1831. The painting was signed William Bradridge, senior architect.

In November 1836 William Bradridge was congratulated for his masterly style in making improvements to Mr. Polack's auctions rooms which were the largest in the colony. It was said to have been the first undertaking of the sort in the colony.

William Bradridge's wife Ann died in Druitt Street Sydney in 1837 and his eldest son died in 1841.

His Hunter River estate was later acquired by John Sparke who also arrived on the Aguilar


(1) Sydney Gazette 19 February 1824

(2) New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825 Series: (NRS 937) Copies of letters sent within the Colony, 1814-1825 Item: 4/3512 Page: 258





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