Sir Edward Parry of the Australian Agricultural Company visited William Dumaresq's St. Aubin's estate in 1832. He had previously visited St. Heliers, the estate of Colonel Henry Dumaresq and found it a beautiful estate however when he toured 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 a wooden homestead was built probably using convict labour.
Convicts at St. Aubins in 1832 included William Kennealy, Lewis Ward, William Jones and Robert Morrison.
William Dumaresq married Christiana Susan Macleay, daughter of Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay in 1830, and on 3 December 1832 Christiana gave birth to a son at St. Aubins.
They were residing at St. Aubins seventeen months later when the estate was robbed by bushrangers. The Australian gave the following account:
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 robbers decamped.
The estate was visited By Lieutenant George Pulteney Malcolm in October/ November 1835..... Lieutenant Malcolm had arrived on the Henry 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 James Bowman's estate Ravensworth, Robert and Helenus Scott at Glendon and Henry Dumaresq.
William Dumaresq outlived his brother Colonel Henry Dumaresq by thirty years. He died at the residence of his daughter in Cleveland, Queensland in 1868.
Notes & Links:
1). Select here to find convicts assigned to William Dumaresq
2). Alexander McLeay - Australian Dictionary of Biography
3). William Dumaresq was visited by James Backhouse in 1836....
4). Le livre rouge; or, A new and extraordinary red-book containing a list of Pensions. By Pierre Franc McCallum.......
5). Obituary of William John Dumaresq - Sydney Mail 21 November 1868
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