Henry Gooch arrived in Port Jackson on the Orissa
from London on 20th January 1836.
In March 1836 the
Sydney Gazette reported....... Mr. Henry Gooch, recently
arrived from England, has engaged a number of licensed
drays, which are to be stationed regularly at the King's
Wharf, and worked under his own immediate superintendence,
thereby affording security against imposition too often and
too much practised by
ordinary carriers, and creating a spirit of creditable
competition in that line. (1)
He established his
business from Sussex Street. Some of the goods were conveyed
from the wharfs at Darling Harbour to Mr. Tooth's stores in
O'Connell Street, Sydney. He was to maintain a connection
with Tooth's & Co until the end of his life.
1836 the Government Gazette recorded that Henry Gooch made
an application for 900 acres of land bounded on the south by
C.L. Brown's grant ; 640 acres bounded on the north by Myall
Creek; 1000 acres bounded on the east by Williams River; 640
acres bounded on the north and east by Williams River(2)
He doesn't appear to have lived on this land at the
By the 1840s he had moved to
Maitland where he established a liquor store and was an
agent for Tooth's ale. This store was probably in East
Vaults. He was one of several spirit merchants in
Maitland in 1849/ 1850, the others being William Lipscomb,
Benjamin Nelson, David and James Dickson, James Solomon,
Isaac Beckett, David Cohen, R.H. Paulovich, Samuel Dickson,
Austin & Co., William Wade, Edward and William Ogg, Peek and
Calvert, Lawrence Potts, D. H. Stonham ,C.S. Pitt, James
Taylor, Alfred Levien, Arthur Cox and Patrick O'Keefe. (5)
In 1861 he employed William Furlong and his wife as
general servants. William Furlong was charged under the
Masters & Servants Act by Henry Gooch junior when he became
drunk and was unable to drive their dray home. (6)
In October 1836 Henry Gooch married
Mary Christiana Barns at St. Andrews Scots Church, Sydney.
They had two children - Mary A. Gooch b.1837 and Henry
Mansfield Gooch born in 1839. Henry Gooch died aged 53 years
on 24th March 1862 at the residence of his son in East
Maitland (3). His son Henry was sole Executor of his Will.
In November 1862 Messrs R. F. Tooth & Co announced
that they had appointed Mr. William Petherbridge to be Agent
in Maitland as Mr. Henry Gooch was leaving the district (7).
Two years later on 16th May 1864 at Christ Church,
St. Lawrence, Mary Christiana Gooch married newly arrived
immigrant from Manchester William Stubbs Makin (4)
It was probably Henry Gooch junior who was residing at Yellowrock, Singleton in 1867.
(1) Sydney Gazette 1 March 1836
Gazette 4 May 1836)
(3) The Empire 31 March 1862
(4) Sydney morning Herald 17 May 1864.
(5) Maitland Mercury 29 December 1849
Maitland Mercury 9 May 1861
Mercury 25 November 1862
Notes & Links:
Gooch was appointed Magistrate in 1892, address was Larnook,
Wynstay road, Armadale. (Government
Gazette). He was Mayor of Prahan, Melbourne in 1889 -
Henry Mansfield Gooch died in 1905 and was buried at the St.
Kilda Cemetery. (Australian