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Captain Edward Dumaresq

Birthplace: Swansea, Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council, Tasmania, Australia
Death: April 23, 1906 (103)
Illawarra, Longford, Tasmania, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of Lieutenant Colonel John Dumaresq and Ann Dumaresq
Husband of Frances Blanche Legge and Charlotte Dumaresq
Father of Blanche Marianne Dumaresq; Elizabeth Frances Dumaresq; Amelia Penelope Dumaresq; Edward John Dumaresq; Henry Rowland Gascoigne Dumaresq, J.P. and 3 others
Brother of Captain William John Dumaresq; Elizabeth Darling; Lieutenant Colonel Henry Dumaresq; Marianne Boissier and Amelia Dumaresq

Occupation: Bombay Army, justice of the peace and coroner, appointed first surveyor- general of Tasmania, 1826, and commissioner of the Court of Requests, Surveyor-General
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About Captain Edward Dumaresq


Captain Edward Dumaresq was born in 1802 in Mount Ireh,, Hadspen, , Tasmania. His parents were Lieutenant Colonel John Dumaresq and Ann Dumaresq (Jones).

Edward married Frances Blanche Dumaresq (Legge).

Together they had the following children:


News was received in town yesterday of the death of Captain Edward Dumaresq, at his residence, Mount Ireh, Lonrford. The deceased, who was the oldest resident of the State, was 104 years of age. He passed away peacefully early on Monday morning. Dr. Haines attended him professionally up to the last .

The deceased was the youngest son of the late Colonel John Dumaresq, whose sons, on account of their father's military services in America, received from the, British Government an education at Sandhurst and commissions in the Imperial army. The eldest son, Colonel Henry Dumaresq, served through the Peninsular war, and was made a colonel by the Duke of Wellington on tie field of Waterloo .

The second son, Captain William Dumaresq, also fought in the Peninsular war. The youngest, is subject of this notice, joined the Indian army, end received a staff appointment. In 1828 he came to Tasmania, end was appointed Surveyor-General by Governor Arthur, and subsequently held the positions of Collector of Internal . Revenues and Commissioner of Crown Iands and Court of inquests. During the same year 1828, he was appointed a police magistrate at New Norfolk. In the early days the deceased took a great interest in connection with road making, and to him is doing a great measure their present state of perfection. The deceased purchased the Mount Ireh estate in. 1835, and resided there until the time of his death. The estate is situated about five miles from Longford, and is one of the most beautiful in the district. The interesting old homestead is situated on an eminence, and commands a lovely view of the surrounding country. In 1827 Captain Dumaresq married- Miss F. B. Legge, daughter of Mr Michael Legge, barrister, Dublin. A son of the deceased is Mr H. R. Dumaresq, who for many years represented Longford in the House of Assembly.

Daily Telegraph (Launceston, TAS)

Captain Edward Dumaresq, R.E., of Mount Ireh, Hadspen, Tasmania, and of St. Heliers, East Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, late of the Bombay Army, justice of the peace and coroner, appointed first surveyor- general of Tasmania, 1826, and commissioner of the Court of Requests, 1830, b. 1802; m. 7th November, 1827, Frances Blanche, fifth and youngest daughter of Michael Legge, Esq. of Garrane, co. Tipperary, Ireland (see Legge of Cullens- wood House), and by her (who d. 15th July, 1855) has issue:

  • i. Edward John, b. 18th July, 1836; m.
  • Cordelia, daughter of Edward Lee,
  • Esq., and has a daughter, Constance May.
  • ii. Henry Rowland Gascoigne, of Mount Ireh. in. Alfred William, b. 5th August, 1845 ; m. Harriette Dent.
  • I. Blanche Marianne, b. 26th July, 1828 ; m. Rev. S. B. Windsor, M.A., chaplain
  • British Army.
  • II. Elizabeth.
  • III. Amelia.
  • iv. Cornelia.

A genealogical and heraldic history of the colonial gentry (in two volumes)

Captain Edward Dumaresq

Australia, Marriages, 1810-1980

  • Marriage: Nov 7 1827 - Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia
  • Wife: Fanny Blanche Legge

Edward Dumaresq (16 June 1802 – 23 April 1906) was a landowner, magistrate and acted as Surveyor General of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania).

Dumaresq was born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales, the youngest son of Colonel John Dumaresq and was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He accepted a cadetship after three years study in the East India Company.

Dumaresq became a lieutenant in the Bombay Native Infantry, also working in the Revenue and Topographical Survey Department of Gujarat. Granted sick leave in 1823, he spent some time recuperating in Mauritius, then journeyed to Hobart and Sydney. He briefly returned to England after being deemed unfit for tropical duty, but was soon travelling again to Hobart. Dumaresq's sister had married Ralph Darling, who in 1824, had been appointed Governor of New South Wales. Darling, his wife and Dumaresq (along with Dumaresq's brothers William John and Henry) sailed in the Catherine Stewart Forbes and arrived in Hobart in October 1825.

Lieutenant-Governor Sir George Arthur had made Dumaresq Surveyor General of Van Diemen's Land in 1825, although this appointment was not ratified by the British government. Dumaresq held the office until replaced by George Frankland in March 1828, and then became collector of revenue and joined the Land Board. Soon afterwards Dumaresq was appointed police magistrate at New Norfolk. Dumaresq was appointed Commissioner of Court of Requests, Van Diemens' Land on 24 December 1830 and held the post until 1835. Dumaresq 's health suffered and he obtained leave in February 1835 to travel to New South Wales for recuperation. There he took medical advice and went on the land. He became a landowner and speculated in property, gaining profits in deals in Victoria and Brisbane. Dumaresq bought land in Sackville Ward, Kew, Victoria, bordered by Cotham and Burke Roads, naming streets in the area after family members (John, Alfred, Edward, Rowland, and Thomas Streets).

Dumaresq took his family on holiday to England in 1853, mainly spending time at Malvern Wells in Worcestershire. Dumaresq's wife, Frances Blanche nee Legge died at this time. Dumaresq returned to Australia and committed what he termed 'the fatal act of a second marriage' to Mrs Charlotte Fogg — the marriage only lasting a few months. Dumaresq unsuccessfully stood in 1861 as a candidate for Devon in the Tasmanian House of Assembly.

Dumaresq died at Illawarra, Longford, Tasmania, on 23 April 1906 aged 103, reputedly the oldest justice of the peace in the world. His obituary notice in The Mercury states he was "the oldest man in Tasmania".


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Captain Edward Dumaresq's Timeline

June 16, 1802
Swansea, Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council, Tasmania, Australia
July 26, 1828
Tasmania, Australia
July 26, 1830
Tasmania, Australia
October 15, 1831
Tasmania, Australia
July 18, 1836
February 20, 1839
Longford, Tasmania, Australia
August 2, 1840
Tasmania, Australia
June 22, 1842
Tasmania, Australia
August 5, 1845