Sir Edward Parry of the
Agricultural Company visited St. Aubin's in
1832. He had previously visited St. Heliers, the
estate of Colonel Henry
Dumaresq and found it a beautiful estate however when
Colonel Henry Dumaresq's brother William took him on a tour
of his own estate St. Aubins, Parry was far less
impressed stating afterwards that he did not like it at all.
St. Aubins was an estate of 13,000 acres
owned by William Dumaresq, who had recently resigned from
his position of surveyor of roads and bridges in the colony.
He moved to St. Aubins, where probably with the use
of convict labour, he built a wooden homestead.
Convicts at St. Aubins in 1832 included William
Kennealy, Lewis Ward, William Jones and Robert Morrison.
William Dumaresq married Christiana Susan Macleay,
Alexander Macleay in 1830, and on 3 December 1832
Christiana gave birth to a son at St. Aubins.
They were at St. Aubins seventeen months later when
the estate was robbed by bushrangers. The Australian gave the following
dismissive account typical of their articles about the
The attempted assassination of
Captain Dumaresq appears to have consisted in his being
thrown down in attempting to pass the robbers. One of the
servants screamed out on seeing him fall, and Mrs.
Dumaresq was for some time in great alarm for his safety,
until three of the party brought him back to show that he
was not hurt. There appears to have been only one shot
fired, which wounded the cook. The man who did this,
however, expressed his sorrow declared the gun had gone off
accidentally, shook hands with the sufferer, and begged
forgiveness. Mrs. Dumaresq was not dragged to the dairy and
there locked up with her servants. The robbers never even
entered the rooms of the dwelling house ; indeed earnestly
begged that Mrs. Dumaresq would not be alarmed, that they
did not intend to injure her or any one else — they left her
domestics with her, and tried to avoid even being seen by
them. - The persons locked up were some of the men who
endeavoured to assist their master in the defence he meditated. One of the party had been a
servant of Captain Dumaresq's, and the whole of the
transaction shows forcibly the benefit of that just
treatment of his servants for which Captain Dumaresq's
establishment is so remarkable. Merely a few articles to the
value of about 10 pounds were taken from the store, and the
On the 12 July 1834 the Sydney Monitor posted
a Notice offering a reward for the capture of three
men who had robbed the dwelling house and stores of
William Dumaresq on 19th May.
arrived on the
York in 1831 and was a runaway from Hugh Cameron
Joseph Lynch who arrived on the
in 1831 and was formerly assigned to William
James Feeny (Pheeny) who arrived on the
All were associates of the infamous John
The estate was visited By Lieutenant George
Pulteney Malcolm in October/ November 1835.....
Lieutenant Malcolm had arrived on the
Porcher in 1835 and spent over a year in New South
Wales travelling extensively. He kept a journal throughout
the voyage and afterwards on his travels in Australia. A
copy of the journal is held by the
State Library of New South Wales. Lieutenant Malcolm
spent six weeks in the Hunter region where he also visited
Robert and Helenus
at Glendon and
William Dumaresq outlived his brother
Colonel Henry Dumaresq by
He died in Queensland in 1868.
Notes & Links:
Select here to find convicts assigned to William
2). William Dumaresq was visited by James
Backhouse in 1836....