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BARTLETT, Richard & Lydia (nee QUESTED)
1841 to New South Wales
Richard Bartlett was born in Marden, Kent, England in about 1812
to Richard Bartlett and Ann Payne. He married Lydia Quested [b.
1821 Hythe (incorrectly recorded as Hive), Kent] in Aldington in
1839, the daughter of Cephas Quested and Sarah Berry, her
father's second wife. [One of Cephas's sons from his first marriage
(Cephas Quested Jnr) was leader of a band of smugglers called the
Aldington Gang. He was captured with a number of his gang
members and executed at the Old Bailey in 1821.]
The 1841 Census for Sellridge (or Sellindge??) finds Richard
Bartlett aged 25, Ag. labourer with wife Lydia aged 20 and
daughter Sarah aged 11 months, living at a cottage near Mount
On 26 December 1841, Richard (29), Lydia (21) and their 18 month
old daughter, Sarah Ann arrived into Port Jackson from London on
the LALLA ROOKH. Richard's occupation is given as a farm
labourer, his age 29, his religion was Protestant, he could read
and write, and his native place was Marden, Kent. Lydia, a servant,
is also listed as being able to read and write but it is doubtful as
at the time of her marriage, Richard is recorded as signing his
name whilst she made her mark.
Shipping Intelligence in the Sydney Herald reported From London,
yesterday having left Plymouth the 1st September, the barque Lalla
Rookh, Capt. Kenny, with 203 emigrants, under the superintendence
of D. Hansard, M.D. ...
The Lalla Rookh, from Plymouth, brings 203 emigrants, all of whom
have arrived in good health. She passed the Lady Kennaway last
Sunday off Curtis' Island, from Sydney bound for India. There were
eight births, and one child died during the voyage. (27 Dec 1841)
The Bartletts were brought out by the agent, Alexander Campbell
Esq at a cost of £38. It appears that Richard was first employed by
Mr John Monaghan of Mayfield (Shoalhaven) as a farm hand,
subsequently moving to Mr W Graham at Greenhill then to David
Berry at Numba. He finally took up land at Tomerong (about 20
kms south of Nowra) in 1851.
The Barletts had another 11 children between 1842 and 1865:
Matilda b. 1842, Richard b. 1844, Rachel b. 1846 d. 1850, Edmund
b. 1849, James Watson b. 1960, Stephen b. 1852, Rachel Elizabeth
b. 1855, Alfred b. 1857, Lydia b. 1860 d. 1860, William Edward b.
1862 and Joseph b. 1865.
In 1859, the Bartlett selection is described as not a very rich one,
and there was no school for many miles to go to nor money to pay
for it if there was. ("Father Shepherd", Roberts, Rev. S.C., The
Shoalhaven News, 8 Jan 1921) Sometime in the next ten years, they
moved to a farm in Terara (approx. 5 kms from Nowra and 80kms
south of Wollongong) with the Electoral Roll for Shoalhaven
1870-71 listing Richard Bartlett, senior (with Richard jnr) as
residents of the area.
In 1875, Lydia made the news: On thursday last, a report was
current in town, that Mrs R Bartlett sen. had accidentally poisoned
herself. On enquiry, we found the report to have arisen in
consequence of the old dame having taken ill immediately after
dinner, and having in the morning, while preparing the midday
meal, had a piece of poisoned bread and butter laying on the same
table on which she was cleaning some turnips. She was apprehensive
on taking ill, that some of the strychnine had fallen from the bread
upon the turnips and partaking of these, must have caused the
sickness. Both Drs Reid and Hooper were called in, but both of those
gentlemen declared that she had not partaken of poison. (The News,
Shoalhaven, 31 July 1875)
Daughter, Sarah was living at her parents' home in Tomerong at
the time of her marrige to Edward Hughes in 1860 at Shoalhaven.
They had two sons before moving to the Clarence River district.
They resided in the area for about 5 years and had another 4
children before to the Richmond River district. in 1871, Edward
selected portion 48 on Wardel Road in the parish of Tuckombile,
county Rous. Another 5 children were born between 1871 and
1879. In March 1873, Edward and others made application for the
establishment of a school at Duck Creek. The School opened on the
15 March, 1875. Six of their children were among the first to be
Edward & Sarah sold the Wardel Rd farm to one of their sons and
it is uncertain where they resided until Edward's death in 1920.
Sarah returned to the farm to live with her son and his family for
some years, possibly up until he sold the farm in 1927. She finally
settled with a daughter in Alstonville, where she lived until her
death in June 1929. Both Sarah and Edward are buried at the
Alstonville Cemetery. See Obituaries H
On 8 Jan 1916, The Shoalhaven News reported: Mr and Mrs
Stephen Bartlett, of the Tweed River, are at present on a visit to
friends in Shoalhaven, and will be remaining for a couple of months
at least. Mr Bartlett is a native of the district, and has a soft spot in
his heart for it and its people. A quarter of a century ago he carried
on dairying at Milton as a tenant farmer, but the result under the
conditions prevailing were not satisfactory to him, and fifteen or
sixteen years ago he "went North", where by good practical
knowledge, industry, and cheap land, he prospered, until he now
owns a fine large property near Murwillumbah, and is independent.
That is the experience of many other tenant farmers who struck out
for themselves in the earlier days before land values climbed to
present hight levels.
Emily died in 1922, Stephen, 3 years later in 1925. She was buried
beside Alfred in Nowra Cemetery and Stephen, with his first wife,
Maria at Milton. See Obituaries B
Daughter, Rachel Elizabeth married Cornelius Bentley in 1892 and
had 3 children. Cornelius was a carpenter, died in 1943 and is
buried in Rookwood Cemetery, N.S.W. It is uncertain when Rachel
died but she was alive at the time of her father's death in 1901.
Son, William Edward married Sarah Ann Higgins 1883. He was a
butcher in Milton and died 1939; Sarah Ann died 1934. There were
Son, Joseph married Elizabeth Montgomery in 1886 and they had 6
children. Joseph was also a butcher and his tragic death was
reported in the The Sydney Morning Herald on 31 Aug 1936:
Joseph Bartlett, 71, a master butcher, was fatally injured, and his
son, Roy, 36, was also hurt, early on Saturday morning, when a
motor van, which the son was driving, ran over the edge of a cliff on
a sharp bend at the top of Stony Hill, near Milton, and fell 60 feet to
a ravine below.
Both men were thrown from the van. The accident occurred in
darkness, and the son, who was not seriously injured, could not find
his father. Eventually he climbed a steep slope to the road, and
walked to Milton, about a mile away. Searchers afterwards found
the father lying critically injured near the bottom of the ravine, but
he died before he could be moved. The van was reduced to
Joseph's wife Elizabeth died in 1942, nearly 5 & 1/2 years after the
accident; both are buried at Milton.
Richard Jnr married Elizabeth Ree in 1867 and had 4 children
between 1868 and 1882. Elizabeth died in 1893 (place and burial
unknown) and in 1899, Richard remarried [Sophia Higgins (nee
Sperring), a widow]. Richard died in 1918; Sophia died in 1919
and both are buried in Nowra Cemetery.
Son, Edmund married Sarah Ann Smith (See Pioneers Smith).
Edmund died in 1927 and his death notice in The Shoalhaven
News read: The death occurred during Thursday night, very
suddenly, of Mr. Edmond Bartlett, at his home at Bomaderry. In the
early hours he felt unwell and got up, but collapsed and died
immediately. Deceased was an old resident of the district, and highly
esteemed. He was 80 years old. (18 June 1927)
Son, James Watson married Mary Ann Afflick in 1872 and lived at
Milton. There were no children and Mary Ann died in 1894.
According to James' death certificate in 1926, he was a 'nuisance
inspector' which seems to have been a function of 'public health',
overseeing health regulations from markets to the domestic scene.
Both Mary Ann and James are buried at Milton.
Son, Stephen married Maria Ree (may have been a cousin of
sister-in-law Elizabeth Ree) in 1872. They had 10 children and
Stephen's occupation is given as 'bushman' on the death record of
his daughter in 1875 and 'labourer' on the death record of his son
in 1877. Maria died in 1895 and in 1898, Stephen married his
sister-in-law, Emily Bartlett (nee Smith), his brother Alfred's
Emily (Sarah Ann Smith's younger sister) had married Alfred in
1876 and they had 7 children. In 1879, Alfred was listed as a
timber splitter and in 1888, a timber merchant. Alfred died in
Nowra in 1889, the same day that his mother was being buried. No
registration has been found for Lydia's death but it was reported
that they died within a week of one another. Richard Snr died in
1901. See Obituaries B.
Alstonville Cemetery, N.S.W.
Daughter, Matilda married James Shepherd, a native of
Dumbarton, Scotland in 1859. James, also known as "Father"
Shepherd was a devout leader within the Methodist Church and
much was been written about his divinations throughout his life.
Matilda and James had 14 children who all survived to adulthood,
married and had children. Matilda died in 1919 and James died in
1920 in Bomaderry. Both are buried in the Nowra Cemetery. See
In Loving Memory of Alfred Bartlett d. 1889 and Emily Bartlett d. 1922, Nowra Cemetery