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William Henry Fishburn

Male 1795 - 1872  (76 years)


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  • Name William Henry Fishburn 
    Born 07 Aug 1795  Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Article 13 Jan 1818 
    • William was granted 60 acres of land (Portion No. 129) at Castle Hill on 13 January 1818 by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. The area today is approximately bounded by the Old Northern Road, Parsonage Road, Fishburn Crescent and Sherwin Avenue
    Article 03 Sep 1821 


    • On 3 September 1821 a letter was sent from the Court of Magistry at Parramatta by Hannibal Hawkins Macarthur, a nephew of wool producer John Macarthur, to the Colonial Secretary Frederick Goulburn recommending:
      "William Fishburn, a free man and landholder at Castle Hill to act as Constable for the District of Castle Hill and Pennant Hills in lieu of John Rogan - dismissed from that situation for drunken conduct and neglect of Duty."

      The recommendation was accepted and five days later the appointment was announced in the Sydney Gazette
    Article 04 Jan 1822 
    • On 4 January 1822 the Sydney Gazette reported that William had "supplied some wheat to the Government Stores"
    Article 1823 


    • In 1823 William sent a Memorial to Governor Brisbane as follows:
      "The respectful Memorial of William Fishburn, Landholder of Castle Hill, most humbly showeth
      That Your Excellency's Memorialist is a native of this colony, that about 8 years ago he married a woman that came free to this Colony by whom he had a family of four children.
      That Your Excellency's Memorialist received a grant of sixty acres of land, from the late Governor upon which memorialist now resides.
      That Your Excellency's Memorialist has got a few head of cattle which his present grantof land is insufficient to graze.
      Memorialist therefore respectfully addresses your Excellency praying an additional grant.
      For which act of generosity Memorialist will ever Pray.
      Wm. Fishburn. Parramatta 11 October 1823".

      Despite a notation from I. Harris, JP that "I know the above Petitioner and think him a very deserving character" the request was not granted
    Article 1824 

    • In 1824 William tried again for a further grant of land with the following Memorial:
      "The Memorialist of William Fishburn of Castle Hill respectfully sheweth -
      The Memorialist is a native of the Colony and a Constable of the District of Castle Hill and a landholder.
      That about ten years ago the late Governor Macquarie was pleased to grant Memorialist a farm of sixty acres on which he now resides.
      That in consequence of its being extremely bad land, Memorialist is unable to support himself and family thereon. That Memorialist has farmed it in, and has twenty five acres under cultivation.
      Memorialist therefore respectfully begs leave to submit the above circumstances to your Excellency's consideration and earnestly solicits from your Excellency the indulgence for an additional grant for cultivation.
      And Memorialist will ever Pray.
      Wm. Fishburn. Parramatta 3 July 1824"

      This time William had two character references: Don Martin, JP and the Rev. Thomas Hassall who said "The Petitioner is a man of good character and deserving of indulgence."
      However, once again the land was not granted
    Occupation 1828 
    a publican at Baulkham Hills 
    Died 19 Apr 1872  Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried St Paul's Church of England Cemetery, Castle Hill, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • opposite his farm. His headstone reads:
      Sacred to the memory of William Fishburn who departed this life on the 19th April 1872 in the 78th year of his age.
      How awful is the scene while here I tread these dreadful inanitions of the dead.
      Time was these ashes lived and time shall be when others shall stand and gaze on me
    Person ID I10263  Mote/McInnes
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2004 

    Father Andrew Fishburn,   b. 1760, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1796, Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Mother Sarah Donnelly,   b. 1765, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1849, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 24 May 1794  Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2978  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Harlow 
    Partner 1815 
    • Both were shown in the 1814 Muster as working for G J Palmer at Windsor
    Children 
     1. Mary Fishburn,   b. 21 Sep 1815, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F2979  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Catherine Ash,   b. 05 Jul 1796, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1839, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 08 Jul 1816  St John's Church of England, Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Fishburn,   b. 1817, Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880, Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     2. William Fishburn, Jnr,   b. 1819, Windsor, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1869, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     3. Eleanor Margaret Fishburn,   b. 1820, Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Andrew Fishburn,   b. 02 Feb 1822, Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1907, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     5. Amelia Ann Fishburn,   b. 14 Nov 1823, Hills District, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1909, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     6. John Fishburn,   b. 1824, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Mar 1888, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     7. Sarah Fishburn,   b. 15 Nov 1826, Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1886, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     8. Ann Fishburn,   b. 1828, Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Aug 1909, Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     9. James Fishburn,   b. 04 Aug 1829, Castle Hill, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1914, Burwood, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     10. Henry Fishburn,   b. 27 Oct 1831, Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Hannah Fishburn,   b. 10 Oct 1833, Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1919, Leichhardt, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     12. Edward Fishburn,   b. 19 Sep 1835, Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. George C Fishburn,   b. 1838, Parramatta, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Mar 1839, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F415  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Elizabeth Bradley,   b. 1796, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1870, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 13 Jun 1843  Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Article Aft Apr 1892 

    • Stained glass memorial windows were placed on the south side of the old St Paul's Church of England at Castle Hill inscribed:
      William Fishburn died 19th April, 1872 and Elizabeth Fishburn died 20th October 1870.
      These windows survived a fire which gutted the church in January 1987
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F427  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart