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Captain Charles Friend, Master “Persian” 1832

Death: November 02, 1893 (81)
East Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
Place of Burial: Devonport, Devonport City Council, Tasmania, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of John Friend 11 and Sarah Friend
Husband of Frances Charlotte Friend, Free Settler “Persian” 1832
Father of Annie Maria Wedge; Fanny Agnes Friend; Percival Sutton Friend; Mercy Denney; Florence Elizabeth Addis Bellion and 5 others
Brother of Elizabeth Friend; Mercy Friend; William James Friend; William Charles Friend; Sarah Saywell Friend and 5 others

Occupation: Captain
Immigration to Australia: Crew “ Persian” 1832
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About Captain Charles Friend, Master “Persian” 1832

Charles Friend (1812 - 1893)

  • Charles Friend
  • Born 17 Mar 1812 in Ramsgate, Kent, England
  • Son of John Friend II and Sarah Saywell friend
  • Husband of Frances Charlotte (Sutton) Friend — married 8 Jul 1834 in Hobart Town, VDL (Tasmania), Australia map
  • Father of Frederick Robert Friend, Ann Maria (Friend) Burnham, Charles Pelham Friend, George Logan Friend, Fanny Agnes (Friend) Venus, Henry Owen Taylor Friend and Flora Elizabeth Addis (Friend) Bellion
  • Died 2 Nov 1893 in Beulah, East Devonport, Tasmania, Australia map


  • CHARLES FRIEND [1] (Friend-914)
  • PARENTS. John Friend (II) & Sarah (Saywell) Friend
  • BIRTH. 17 Mar 1812, Ramsgate, Kent, England
  • CHRISTENING. 18 Aug 1812

Name Charles Friend

  • Gender Male
  • Christening Date 18 Aug 1812
  • Birth Date 17 Mar 1812
  • Father's Name John Friend
  • Mother's Name Sarah
  • Name: Friend, Charles Record Type: Departures Title: Mr Rank: 2nd Mate Departure date: 28 Jun 1830 Departure port: Hobart Ship: Wanstead Bound to: Calcutta Record ID: NAME_INDEXES:551091 Resource CUS33/1/1 p240

(1832). SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 1832. Arrived on Wednesday the 24th inst. the bark Persian, Capt. Friend, (we regret to say that Capt. Plunkett who had sailed with his vessel died at sea 5 days after his departure from England—and his funeral took place at Madeira). The Persian brings a large and general cargo of goods and a number of persons belonging to Colonel Latour's establishment.—Passengers Daniel and Robert Sutton, esqs. Miss Sutton, Miss Moriarty (sister of Capt. Moriarty) Mr. Mrs. and Miss Wakefield, Dr. Lloyd, Master Douglas, Mr Vigar,—Mr. John and Hannah, Nancy, William, James and Joseph Austen, Mr. S. Creed, Ann Allen, William and Eliza Richards and daughter, Henry, Ann, Luke and Ruth Morten, Thomas Minson, Margaret and Jeremiah Fraser, Dorcas Webb, Rose, Gregory, Shadric, Sarah, George and James Purton, Henry, 2 Marys and Shadric Albonsy, Joseph Harrisson, George Devonport, James Smith, Joseph Dougal, Gabriel James and William Bell, James Roedstone, Henry Douglas. The Hobart Town Courier (Tas. : 1827 - 1839) Saturday 28 April 1832, p2

Name: Friend, Charles Record Type: Departures Rank: Master Departure date: 1 Jun 1832 Departure port: Hobart Ship: The Persian Bound to: Launceston Record ID: NAME_INDEXES:551092 Resource CUS33/1/1 p462

MARRIAGE. 8 Jul 1834, Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia

MARRIAGE. 8 Jul 1834, Frances Charlotte Sutton, daughter of Daniel Sutton & Ede Ann (Richardson) Sutton


  • Name Charles Friend
  • Spouse's Name Frances Charlotte Sutton
  • Event Date 08 Jul 1834
  • Event Place Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia
  • Children: PARENTS. Charles Friend & Frances Charlotte (Sutton) Friend


  • (1) Frederick Robert Friend, b. 2 Jun 1835, d. Nov 1873
  • (2) Ann Maria Friend, b. 3 Oct 1836, d. 13 Aug 1900, m (1). 13 Dec 1852, Thomas Wedge, son of Edward Davy Wedge & Lucy (King) Wedge, de facto (1). abt. 1875, Frederic Rampley/Lampla/Lamplu Hodgson, son of Edmund Trenton Hodgson & Sara (Guest) Hodgson, m (2). 26 May 1879, William James Burnham, son of Thomas Burnham & Ann (Love) Burnham
  • (3) Charles Pelham Friend, b. 28 Feb 1838, d. date unknown, poss. in East Indies
  • (4) George Logan Friend, b. abt. 1839, d. 7 Oct 1841
  • (5) Fanny Agnes Friend, b. 21 Sep 1841, d. 25 Jul 1900, m (1). 5 Jun 1879, Thomas Yale Kimpton, son of John Hannem Kimpton & ??, m (2). 11 Apr 1890, Robert William Green, son of William Henry George Green & ??, m (3). 6 Jul 1897, Robert Ernest Venus, son of Thomas Venus and Jane (Brooker) Venus
  • (6) Henry Owen Taylor (Harry) Friend, b. 2 Feb 1843, d. 9 Sep 1914, m. 28 Sep 1866, Helena Fenton, daughter of James Fenton & Helen Mary Ann (Monds) Fenton
  • (7) Percival Sutton (Percy) Friend, b. 13 Jul 1844, Launceston
    • Name: Friend, Percy Sutton
    • Record Type: Births
    • Gender: Male
    • Father: Friend, Charles
    • Mother: Frances, Charlotte
    • Date of birth: 13 Jul 1844
    • Registered: Launceston
    • Registration year: 1845
    • Record ID: NAME_INDEXES:1089499
    • Resource RGD32/1/3/ no 2658
    • MARRIAGE. FRIEND-SMITHIES.-On 24th May, at the residence of the bride's father, Torquay, by the Rev. J. Smithies, Percival Sutton, fourth son of Charles Friend, Esq., Stipendiary Magistrate, to Mary Fletcher, fourth daughter of the Rev. John Smithies, Wesleyan Minister. Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899) Monday 28 May 1866, p2
    • DEATH. FRIEND.-At Suva, Fiji, on the 14th February, 1897, Percival Sutton, son of the late Charles Friend, Esq., of Mount Beulah, East Devonport, aged 52 years. Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899) Friday 5 March 1897, p1
  • (8) Mercy Friend, b. 20 Jan 1846, d. Aug 1929
    • BIRTH. Name: Freind, Mercy Record Type: Births Gender: Female Father: Freind, Charles Mother: Sutton, Frances Charlotte Date of birth: 20 Jan 1846 Registered: Launceston Registration year: 1846 Record ID:NAME_INDEXES:1106900 Resource RGD33/1/23/ no 1110
    • MARIAGE. Name: Friend, Mercy Record Type: Marriages Gender: Female Age: 26 Spouse: Denney, Frederick Samuel Gender: Male Age: 24 Date of marriage: 26 Mar 1873 Registered: Port Sorell Registration year: 1873 Record ID: NAME_INDEXES:879236 Resource RGD37/1/32 no 580
    • DEATH. DENNEY.—On the 1st August, at her residence, "Netherby," Currie, King Island, Mercy Denney, beloved wife of Frederick S. Denney, aged 83 years, third daughter of the late Captain Charles Friend. Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) Tuesday 6 August 1929, p1
    • Mrs. F. S. Denney, whose death has been reported at King Island, in her 82nd year, was well known on the North-West Coast, having lived at Devonport, Penguin and Barrington, in addition to other places. Mrs. Denney was a daughter of the late Captain Charles Friend, of "Beulah," East Devonport, and a sister to the late Mr. H. O. T. Friend, of Hamilton-on-Forth. Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954) Tuesday 6 August 1929, p6
    • KING ISLAND. General regret was expressed throughout King Island on Friday last when it became known that Mrs. F. S. Denney, of Currie, had passed away the previous evening at her residence, "Netherby." For some time past her health had been failing. The late Mrs. Denney, who, with her husband, Mr. Frederick Denney, lived in Penguin for many years was a daughter of the late Captain Charles Friend, who was well known on the N.W. Coast many years ago, and who was related to the late Captain Matthew Curling Friend, R.N., the popular port officer of Port Dalrymple, who resided in George Town in the early days of the state. The deceased took a deep interest in church matters, and was held in very high esteem by all those who knew her. Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) Tuesday 6 August 1929, p3
  • (9) Rowland Davies Friend, b. 20 Sep 1847, Launceston, d. aft. Nov 1905.
    • Name: Friend, Rowland Davies
    • Record Type: Births
    • Gender: Male
    • Father: Friend, Charles
    • Mother: Sutton, Frances Charlotte
    • Date of birth: 20 Sep 1847
    • Registered: Launceston
    • Registration year: 1847
    • Record ID: NAME_INDEXES:1107595
    • Resource RGD33/1/23/ no 1805
    • (1867). POLICE COURTS. Port Adelaide: Thursday, January 3. [Before Mr. G.W. Hawkes, S.M.] Rowland D. Friend, carpenter, belonging to the Sea Snake; was charged by Captain Gardiner with desertion. The defendant stated that he was sent away from the vessel. The informant said he should be willing to receive the defendant on board, provided he would resume his work. To this the defendant agreed, and His Worship ordered him to return to the ship. South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (about) Previous issueFriday 4 January 1867, p4 (1896). REQUISITION. -To W. HOLYMAN. ESQ, Chairman of the Devonport Town Board. — We, the undersigned ratepayers of East Devonport, having lost all confidence in you as our representative, and consider that, your continuing to act as such is inimical to the interest of the ratepayers, we respectfully request you to resign your seat. — . . . Rowland D. Friend . . . The North West Post (Formby, Tas. : 1887 - 1916) Tuesday 24 November 1896, p3 (1905). Homeopathic Hospital. The following letter was read from a recent patient : 'I desire to express through you my thankfulness to the doctors, the matron, and nurses for the successful operation and perfect cure of a serious hernia from which I suffered for some years, as well as the kind, homely way in which I was treated at the hospital during the four weeks I was there. — Rowland Davies Friend. Abbott-street. Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas. : 1883 - 1928) (about) Previous issueMonday 13 November 1905, p4
  • (10) Lionel Stevens Friend, b. 1849, Geelong, d. 1852, bur. 5 NOV 1852, Geelong Eastern Cem., (CofE Older Area)
  • (11) Flora Elizabeth Addis Friend, b. 31 Jul 1852, d. 21 Jan 1926, m. 18 Sep 1873, James Henry Bellion, son of James Bellion & Eliza Jenning (Gurr) Bellion
    • Name: Friend, Charles Record Type: Arrivals Title: Mr & Mrs Arrival date: 9 Jan 1853 Departure port: Geelong Ship: Sabrina Remarks: & 3 sons, 3 daughters under 14 Record ID: NAME_INDEXES:422999 Resource MB2/39/1/16 P60
    • Spouse's Father: Name: Sutton, Daniel Record Type: Deaths Gender: Male Age: 89 Date of death: 28 Sep 1859 Registered: Hobart Registration year: 1859 Record ID: NAME_INDEXES:1222750 Resource RGD35/1/6 no 1722 Cause: Decay of nature Informant: A. Clark, friend, Collins Street
    • DEATH. On the 28th Instant, at his residence Fitzroy Crescent, Daniel Sutton Esq., in his eighty ninth year. The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock on Saturday. The Hobart Town Daily Mercury (Tas. : 1858 - 1860) Thursday 29 September 1859, p2
    • DEATH. 2 Nov 1893, Beulah, East Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
    • DEATH. FRiEND. — Charles Friend, of Beulah, East Devonport, entered into the presence of the King Eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, on November 2. 1893, after 81 years' sojourn. Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas. : 1883 - 1928) Monday 6 November 1893, p2
    • BURIAL. 1893 Name Charles Friend Event Type Burial Event Date 1893 Event Place East Devonport, , Tasmania, Australia Photograph Included N Birth Date 17 Mar 1812 Death Date 02 Nov 1893 Affiliate Record Identifier 88280089 Cemetery East Devonport Pioneer Park Cemetery INFORMATION was received in the city yesterday of the death at West Devonport, of Captain Charles Friend at the ripe old age of 81 years. The deceased, who followed a successful seafaring career for a number of years, visited the colony during an eventful voyage of his vessel. On that voyage, when only 18 years of age, he found that through the death of the master of the vessel he had to step into command, having been chief officer. The voyage lasted eighteen months, during which Mr Friend was in command and took the vessel home in prim condition. In 1833 he came out to the colony and took up his residence on the North-West Coast, where he soon worked himself into a prominent position by the exercise of good judgment. He filled several important posts under the Government in the Customs and other branches of the service, and retired a number of years ago. He has since lived a quiet life at Devonport. Amongst the grown up family whom the deceased leaves behind is a son, Mr H. O. T. Friend of this city. Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899) Friday 3 November 1893, p5
    • OBITUARY. AN OLD COLONIST. A correspondent writes : — A colonist of more than sixty years died at East Devonport a few days ago. It is hardly right to allow these old veterans to depart without a word on the part of their former associates— but the difficulty lies in collecting information as to their antecedents. The Press is always willing and ready to publish a fitting record of the life and death of old colonists if only reliable facts can be obtained. This, however, is seldom, if ever, available to reporters, who have to record the last event with unreasonable hurry so that others may not be before them.
    • Mr Charles Friend came to this Colony in the year 1831— nearly 63 years ago, He left England as chief officer of the ship Persian, but when the vessel was about ten days at sea the captain died and Mr Friend took command. It was a serious undertaking for a young sailor not twenty years of age to sail a ship to the Antipodes, with a large number of passengers and a valuable cargo on board. He proved equal to the occasion, ran into Madeira, where I believe the late commander was buried, then proceeded on the voyage and arrived at Hobart Town after a quick passage for those days. Mr Friend received a very flattering testimonial from the passengers on his arrival at Hobart Town.
    • Some of those passengers are still living, one of whom is Mr Roddern H Douglas, of Launceston, and another also resides in Launceston— Mrs W. M. Dean, of Patterson street, who is daughter of the late F. J Houghton, M.H.A. for Longford. The late Miss Moriarty, the original grantee of Frogmore, was also a passenger. Amongst others were Mr Daniel Sutton and his family. He was a well-known barrister for many years in this Colony, and lived to a very ripe old age. One of Mr Sutton's daughters married Sir Charles Cowper, of Sydney, and another, the present Mrs Charles Friend of East Devonport, married the young captain of the Persian, who left the ship on its arrival here.
    • He made a trip to England and back, however, in command of another vessel before he married Miss Sutton. It appears from "Fenton's Bush Life in Tasmania fifty years ago " that in 1836 Mr Friend was trading in a schooner to Port Sorell, in this district. But the first time I became personally acquainted with Mr Charles Friend was in May, 1838. I was then living at Middle Plain, three miles this side of Deloraine, in a good-sized family homestead which Mr George Hall had vacated when he went to live at Port Sorrel. Mr Friend had rented a bush farm adjoining, which was in a wild state, without any building upon it. Mr Hall invited the new settler, with his wife and two children, to make temporary use of the vacant rooms in my house so that in a short time the solitude of my position as overseer of a lot of convict servants was agreeably broken by the society of Mr and Mrs Friend.
    • It is fifty-five years ago, but the memory of those pleasant youthful days is fresh and verdant still. Mr Friend was about the most cheerful and agreeable man I ever met. He had been twice round the world, and was endowed with a rich fund of Information on many interesting subjects, with a sanguine temperament and a resolute determination to steer his course onward by land as he had done by sea. But the reverses attendant on bush life in the wild west were too much for the young sailor who had unwisely decided to become "struggling settler."
    • He built his house in the cold winter of 1838, and spent his means in clearing the forest without receiving any adequate return. Mr Friend next went to East Tamar, where he was burned out with great loss. Then he took a fairly remunerative Government appointment at Launceston. Subsequently he went to Geelong and then to Hobart, where he was employed as an officer in the Customs, from whence he was transferred to Torquay (East Devonport), with the additional appointment of Police Magistrate. His duties were too arduous for any one man. I knew Mr Friend for fifty-five years, and retain the highest respect for his integrity of character and sterling Christian principles. The North West Post (Formby, Tas. : 1887 - 1916) Thursday 16 November 1893, p3
    • Death of Spouse: 26 Apr 1894, Beulah, East Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
    • Miscellaneous:
    • HOPKINS - On the 12th inst, Charles Friend Hopkins, brother of the late Major-General W. F. Hopkins, C.B., aged 61 years. An old colonist. The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 20 October 1888, p53
    • HOPKINS-MAHONEY On the 19th inst., at Holy Trinity Church, Bacchus Marsh, by the Rev. Montague Williams, Charles W., the eldest son of the late Charles Friend Hopkins, and nephew of the late Major-General W. F. Hopkins, C.B., to Julia, daughter of C. Mahoney, J.P., Bacchus Marsh. The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 29 December 1894, p45
    • HOPKINS-STEVENS.-On the 31st December, by the Rev. Canon Potter, at All Saints', St. Kilda, Frederick Friend, second son of the late Charles Friend Hopkins, to Florence Ettrick, third daughter of the late Captain Frederick Hildebrand Stevens, Royal Navy. Home papers please copy. The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 12 February 1898, p55
    • Ede Ann RICHARDSON Birth: Abt 1775
    • Partnership with: Daniell SUTTON Marriage: 17 MAR 1796, Stock Parish Church, Essex, England Child: Rachel Ann Sophia SUTTON Birth: 1796, Colchester, Essex, England Child: Eliza SUTTON Birth: 1801, Colchester, Essex, England Child: Louisa SUTTON Birth: 3 OCT 1802, Colchester, Essex, England Child: Frances Charlotte SUTTON Birth: Abt 1810, Colchester, Essex, England
    • Descendants of Ede Ann RICHARDSON 1 Ede Ann RICHARDSON =Daniell SUTTON Marriage: 17 MAR 1796, Stock Parish Church, Essex, England 2 Rachel Ann Sophia SUTTON 2 Eliza SUTTON =Charles COWPER Marriage: 1831, St John'n Church, of England, Parramatta. NSW 3 Charles COWPER =Mary COPLAND Marriage: 11 OCT 1855, St Magdalene, South Creek (now St Mary's), NSW 4 William H COWPER 4 Ekiza COWPER 4 Charlotte E COWPER 3 William Harrington. COWPER 3 Eliza Hannah COWPER 3 Charlotte Eliza COWPER 3 Mary Sophia COWPER 3 Rose COWPER 2 Louisa SUTTON 2 Frances Charlotte SUTTON =Charles FRIEND Marriage: 6 JUL 1834, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 3 Frederick Robert FRIEND 3 Anna Maria FRIEND =Thomas WEDGE Marriage: 6 JAN 1853, Geelong, Victoria =William James ALVAN 3 Charles Pelham FRIEND 3 George Logan FRIEND 3 Fanny Agnes FRIEND =Thomas Yale KIMPTON Marriage: 5 JUN 1879, Port Sorrell, Tasmania, AUS =Robert William GREEN Marriage: 11 APR 1890, Launceston, Tasmania, AUS =Robert Ernest VENUS Marriage: 6 JUN 1897, Launceston, Tasmaia 3 Henry Owen Taylor FRIEND =Helen FENTON Marriage: 26 SEP 1866, Ulverstone, Tasmania, AUS 3 Percival Sutton FRIEND =Mary Fletcher SMITHIES Marriage: 26 SEP 1866, Port Sorrell, Tasmania 4 Charles John FRIEND =Gertrude HOLLINGBERRY Marriage: 2 DEC 1889, Christ Churdh Cathedral, Ballarat, Victoria, AUS 3 Mercy FRIEND =Frederick Samuel DENNEY Marriage: 26 MAR 1873, House of C. Friend, River Mersey, Port Sorrell, Tas. 4 Frances Flora DENNEY =Patrick Thomas SULLIVAN Marriage: 8 FEB 1897, Evandale, Morven, Tas. =Caleb GREET =William Archibald WILKIN Marriage: 26 JAN 1917 4 Mercy Friend DENNEY =Walter Gilbert Wilfred SCOTT Marriage: 4 JUL 1900, Penguin, Tasmania, AUS =George Chapman CALDER Marriage: 8 JUN 1921 4 Helena DENNEY =James John BALL Marriage: 3 DEC 1901, Penguin, Tasmania, AUS 4 Annie Mary DENNEY 4 Henry Owen Thomas DENNEY =Catherine Lee MUIR Marriage: 6 MAR 1907, Hobart Tasmania, AUS 4 Charles Frederick DENNEY =Myra Evelyn BILLINGHAM Marriage: 30 DEC 1908, North Motton, Tasmania, AUS =Ida 4 Fenton Rockwell DENNEY =Ivy Myra SKINNER Marriage: 20 OCT 1920, Coleraine, Victoria, AUS 3 Rowland Davies FRIEND 3 Lionel Stevens FRIEND

Sources ↑ Descendants of Charles Friend: Christening: Marriage: Burial:

Name: Friend, Charles Record Type: Arrivals Title: Mr & Mrs Arrival date: 9 Jan 1853 Departure port: Geelong Ship: Sabrina Remarks: & 3 sons, 3 daughters under 14 Record ID: NAME_INDEXES:422999 Resource: MB2/39/1/16 P60

Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899), Tuesday 12 July 1859, page 2

OFFICIAL NOTICES. (From the Government Gazette.) The name of Frederick Thomas Walker, of Rhodes, Esquire, has been inserted in the Commission of thile Peace. The Governor approves of the appoint. of Mr. Charles Friend as a member of the local Marine Board of Torquay. Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899), Saturday 24 January 1863, page 3 ________________________________________ OFFIOIAL NOTICES. (From the Government Gazette.) The Valuation Roll for the district of Morven is published. Appeals, of which five days' notice must be given, will be heard at the Evandale Police Office on Monday, 9Oth February, at 11 am. Statements are published showing the receipts and expenditure during the year 1862, of the undermentioned road districts as follows :-Southern Macquarie River Road Trust-Receipts, £804 5s .id; expenditure, £712 10s 3d. Great Lake Road Trust--Receipts, £1742 2s ld; expenditure, £501 0s 8d. Horton Road Trust-Receipts, £405 Os ld (£25 15s 10d of which were overdrawn); expenditure, £405 Os id. Midlirst Road Trust-Receipts, .0913 Os 11Hd; expenditure, £886 1s 2d. Emu Bay Road Trust-Receipts, £182 3s 5d; expenditure, .125 Os 2d. Wholesale wine and spirit licenses have been issued to W. Flexman, W. Brean, J. lMeyers, W. Cleveland, C. J. Irvine, and R. Green, of Launceston; to H. B. Nickolls, of Longford; and W. Lade, of Falmouth. Brewers' licences have been granted to E. French and Ditcham, Button & Co:, of Launceston; E. Allen, of La Trobo; R. and A. Nunn, of Circular Head; A. F. Rooke, of Deloraine; and J. Law, of Emn Bay. Tuesday, 17til February, is appointed as the day for the election of the first Council of the Rural Municipality of Ross. John Forster, Esq., will act as Returning Officer. .Friday, the 27th proximo, is appointed to be the day for the election of the first Counoil of the Rural Municipality of Fingal; John Forster to be Returning Officer. Mr. Bernam Swifte to be postmaster at Hamilton vice Mr. R. M, Lewis resigned, Charles Friend, Esquire, to be stipendiary magistrate at Torquay, and visiting, magistrate at Burgess and Hamilton-on-Forth, from the Istpirbximo. Mr.Friend is also appointed a coroner for the territory. Name: Friend, Charles Record Type: Court Status: Free Trial date: 13 Aug 1866 Place of trial: Launceston Offense: Embezzlement as a public officer Verdict: Guilty 3 years Prosecutions Project ID: 109825 Record ID: NAME_INDEXES:1523359 Resource: AB693-1-1 1866 The Prosecutions Project - to search more historic trials information

Launceston Advertiser (Tas. : 1829 - 1846), Thursday 2 July 1835, page 4



It falls to our lot this week to record the most distress-ing case of shipwreck, and attended with a greater sacri- fice of human life than has been recorded, to our know- ledge, for many years past, in any part of the world — the total loss of the barque Neva, bound to Sydney, with female convicts from Cork: the third convict ship bound to the Australian Colonies which has been lost within two years; and far exceeding both the first lamentable occurrences in loss of life and destruction of property. The first of these wrecks was the female convict ship Amphitrite, off Bologne, in 1833, when 170 lives fell a sa-crifice ; the second the unfortunate George the Third, lost at the entrance of D'Entrecasteaux channel on the 12th of April last, with a loss or 134 lives; whilst at the third, the present dreadful wreck, 224 lives have been lost. We have used our best exertions to give a faithful ac-count of every circumstance connected with this awful catastrophe; and our readers may place implicit reli- ance upon our record of the event. The barque Neva was a vessel of 337 tons burthen, commanded by Capt. B. H. Peck, with a crew of 26 men. Surgeon-Superintendent of the convicts, Dr. Stephenson. She left Cork on the 8th of January last, having 241 souls on board, — 150 female convicts, 9 free female emigrants, and 55 children, the Commander, Surgeon-Superintendent, and crew. Three persons died on the passage, and one child was born. At noon on the 13th of May, according to the ship's reckoning, she was 90 miles from King's Island, at the entrance to Bass's Straits. A good look-out was kept for land after sunset; and about 2 o'clock of the morning of the 14th of May, the land was made. Two hours after, breakers were suddenly discovered right ahead. The Captain, who was on deck, gave immediate orders to tack, which were as promptly attended to; but, whilst in stays, the vessel struck violently on a rock and un-shipped her rudder. Thus, being unmanageable, she paid off before the wind,— which was blowing strong,— being under double-reefed topsails, and immediately struck again in the most violent manner on the larboard bow, swung broadside on the reef, and bilged. The pinnace was immediately lowered, and the Captain, Surgeon-Superintendent, and two of the crew, got into her. The prison having been thrown down by the force of the striking of the vessel against the rocks, a rush of the women thus liberated immediately took place to the boat, which swamped her, and, with the exception of the master and two seamen, every soul in her perished. On the master regaining the vessel, the crew launched the long boat, with several individuals on board; care having been taken that too many should not be in her, as was the case with the pinnace; shortly after, how- ever, she was upset by the force of the surf, and the whole were precipitated into the sea. The master was again saved, with the chief mate, but every other individual in the boat met a watery grave. These two succeeded in re-gaining the ship, which shortly afterwards went to pieces. The scene at this awful moment is indescribable. The vessel, completely divided into four parts, was covered with the unfortunate females, — in the state in which they were aroused from their beds,— with the surviving crew of the vessel, clinging to various portions of the wreck, and screaming in the most piteous manner. The detached portions of the vessel soon broke up entirely, and the final work of destruction was effected. Twenty-two persons, consisting of some of the crew and convicts, by clinging to various pieces of the ship, were carried on shore at King's Island, a distance of about 9 miles from where the vessel struck, after being 8 hours in the water. Seven of these died soon after from exhaus-tion. The remaining 15, on recovering from their dread-ful state of cold and fatigue, succeeded in erecting a tent of the things washed on shore from the wreck; and soon discovered some provisions, upon which they subsisted for about 15 days. At this time, most singularly, and, as it now appears, fortunately for the survivors of the Neva, a small vessel, the Tartar, of this port, the property of Mr. C. Friend, was wrecked on another part of the Island, the crew being saved; and attracted by the nu- merous portions of the vessel found on the coast, they commenced a journey round the island in search of some further vestige of the wreck, and after a most fatiguing march came to the tent erected by the survivors of the unfortunate Neva. The crew of the Tartar were accom-panied by a sealer, a passenger in that vessel, who had several dogs. With these they succeeded in taking

wallaby, upon which the persons upon the island lived until the arrival of Mr. Friend, in the Sarah Ann, on the 15th instant — a month from the time of the wreck taking place. Mr. Friend was passing the island for the whaling station at Portland Bay, and went ashore with part of his crew at the imminent risk of life, for the purpose of assisting the individuals on shore, the signals made giving him reason to suppose they were persons in some distress. With the exception of two seamen and one female convict, who were at the other side of the island, the survivors of this awful calamity were got on board the Sarah Ann, and arrived at Launceston on the 27th instant. Upwards of 100 bodies were interred upon the island, by the men, under the direction of Mr. Friend, before they left. The names of the saved out of the 239 individuals on board when the vessel struck, are as follows: — B. H. PECK, Commander. JOSEPH BENNETT, Chief Mate. Seamen. THOMAS SHARPE JOHN WILSON EDWARD CALTHORPF THOMAS HINES ROBERT BULLARD JOHN ROBINSON WILLIAM KIDNEY Female Convicts.

Ellen Galvin Mary Slattery Ann Cullen

Rose Ann Heland Rose Dunn Margaret Drury.

Of these Robinson, Kidney, and Margaret Drury were left at King's Island. The cutter Shamrock has been despatched for the pur-pose of taking off the persons left there, and to pick up any portions of the wreck or government stores which may have floated on shore. It appears the Neva had on board several bales of clothing and 30 puncheons of rum for the Sydney government. The reef on which the vessel struck is off the south end of King's Island — running out 12 miles towards the main land of New Holland. There does not appear to have been the least blame attributable to the officers of the Neva — but on this it is not our province to dwell, as we have no doubt the local government will appoint a board of enquiry into all the circumstances of the dreadful oc-currence. We think it just to state that considerable assistance was rendered by the sealer, Scott, who resides on King's Island, where he now remains: with him the woman and the two seamen left from the wreck will no doubt remain until the Shamrock reaches the Island.

Tartar. Unregistered cutter, 18 tons. Built on the Tamar, Tasmania, 1834. Trader on the Tamar. Probably on a voyage from Launceston to the whaling station at Portland Bay, Victoria, was totally wrecked on the north-east coast of King Island, May 1835. All hands landed safely. Met up with survivors of the Neva, and the joint party was eventually rescued on 15 June by the schooner Sarah Ann, which was chartered by the Tartar’s owner Charles Friend to search for his missing cutter. [TS1],[LK],[AS1]

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Captain Charles Friend, Master “Persian” 1832's Timeline

March 17, 1812
August 18, 1812
August 3, 1836
September 21, 1841
Launceston, Launceston City Council, Tasmania, Australia
July 13, 1844
Launceston, TAS, Australia
January 20, 1846
Launceston, Launceston City Council, Tasmania, Australia
July 31, 1852
November 2, 1893
Age 81
East Devonport, Tasmania, Australia