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Edward Nucella Emmett

Birthplace: Westminster, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: March 18, 1874 (57)
Manly, New South Wales, Australia
Place of Burial: Rookwood, Auburn City Council, New South Wales, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry James Emmett and Mary Elizabeth Thompson Emmett
Husband of Sarah Spottswood Forsythe
Brother of Henry James Emmett, Arrived on the Ship Bombay; Phillip George Emmett; John Kenworthy Emmett; Thomas Spencer Emmett; George Grindal Emmett and 5 others

Occupation: auctioneer, banker, brewer, coalmine owner, goldmine owner, goldminer, land valuer, Member of Upper House
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About Edward Nucella Emmett


Edward Nucella Emmett was born on February 18, 1817 in Greater London, England, United Kingdom.

Edward married Sarah Spottswood (Forsyth) Blackham in 1849.

He died on March 18, 1874 in Manly, New South Wales, Australia.

It is with very much regret that we have to announce the death of one of the earliest pioneers of this goldfield, Mr. Edward Nucella Emmett, who expired yesterday morning in Sydney from the effects of an apoplectic fit, with which he was attacked a few days ago. Mr. Emmett arrived on Bendigo, from Adelaide, early in 1852, and for a short time employed himself in digging, chiefly in Ironbark Gully, where he found some valuable quartz specimens, and may be said to have been the first discoverer of the Hustler's Reef. On relinquishing the pick and shovel, he established himself at View Point as an auctioneer and commission agent, and opened yards for the sale of horses. In this business he was extremely successful, but he at length gave it up, in order to carry out a project he had conceived for the establishment of a local bank. Consequently, in conjunction with Dr. Hugh Smith, who will be well remembered by all old Bendigonians, and who has been dead for some years, he started the Bendigo bank, the wooden building for which was erected within the Camp enclosure. Eventually it was purchased by the Bank of Victoria, whose establishment stands upon, or very close, to the site of the original bank. There was one feature about Mr. Emmett's banking establishment, which will be remembered by many, and may be worth mentioning here. It was that depositors had to pay the sum of £5 for the privilege of opening a drawing account. There was a strong room, the contents of which, it was said, excited the cupidity of certain unscrupulous persons to be found on the diggings at the time, and rumors were constantly being circulated that plans had been laid for entering it by driving into it from a shaft at some distance. Whether there was really any such design we do not know, as no attempt was made that was ever brought to light to carry it into effect. On selling out from the bank, Mr. Emmett again went into business as an auctioneer and valuator. He conducted the first Government land sales in Sandhurst, and made almost all the valuations for the store-keepers and others occupying land in the township. Afterwards he started a brewery in Vine-street. As a public man he occupied several prominent positions. He was appointed a nominee member of the old Legislative Council in 1853, but in consequence of some public opposition to the appointment he never took his seat. He was one of the first members of the old Local Court, and was first chairman of the Sandhurst Municipal Council, having taken an active part in getting the borough formed under Captain Clarke's Municipal Act. Subsequently he exerted himself for the establishment of the Municipality of Raywood, of which also he was the first chairman. Mr. Emmett was the projector of the Bendigo Waterworks, and succeeded in floating the original company, by which they were carried out, but ultimately was no great gainer himself by the undertaking. He also projected and started a number of mining companies on Bendigo. At length he went to Sydney, where he took an active part in the development of the gold and coal mines of New South Wales. Mr. Emmett was possessed of great enterprise and forethought, and was gifted with considerable inventive and projective faculties, but was deficient in constructive and administrative capacity. He was a thoroughly energetic man of business, was liberal in his dealings, and was of a kindly and genial disposition. His age, we believe, would be about 58 or 59. He leaves a widow, who is the sister of Mr. W. G. Blackham, of this city, and one daughter, who is yet quite a child.

Bendigo Advertiser (Vic), 19 March 1874, p 3 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88229164

Emmett was the son of Henry James Emmett and Mary Elizabeth Thompson Emmett (née Townsend) who immigrated to Van Diemen's Land from England with their young family in 1819 fifteen years after the establishment of Hobart Town (1804).

He had two families in South Australia, abandoning his common law wife, Sarah Ann Dolby, and their three children before the end of 1856, he had married Sarah Spottiswood Blackham in 1849 and moved with her to Bendigo (then called Sandhurst).

After his death, his widow and their only surviving daughter, Bertha, returned to Bendigo, where in 1876 it became known that they were in straitened circumstance with a number of gifts made to them. Later in that year she married Archibald Forsyth


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Edward Nucella Emmett's Timeline

February 18, 1817
Westminster, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
March 18, 1874
Age 57
Manly, New South Wales, Australia
March 20, 1874
Age 57
Rookwood, Auburn City Council, New South Wales, Australia