The Wentworths: Father and Son

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Born in Portadown, Ireland, in 1762, the sixth of eight children of an innkeeper, D'Arcy Wentworth made his way to England to complete his training as a doctor. In London he was tried four times on nine charges of highway robbery. He reached New South Wales in 1790 and began work as an assistant-surgeon on Norfolk Island. Returning to Sydney six years later, he rose to be principal surgeon, superintendent of police, treasurer of the police fund and a magistrate. Outside his official duties, he engaged in trade, ...
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Born in Portadown, Ireland, in 1762, the sixth of eight children of an innkeeper, D'Arcy Wentworth made his way to England to complete his training as a doctor. In London he was tried four times on nine charges of highway robbery. He reached New South Wales in 1790 and began work as an assistant-surgeon on Norfolk Island. Returning to Sydney six years later, he rose to be principal surgeon, superintendent of police, treasurer of the police fund and a magistrate. Outside his official duties, he engaged in trade, retailing, agriculture, building and banking. By the time of his death in 1827, he had served under six governors (from Arthur Phillip to Sir Thomas Brisbane), and was the largest landowner and wealthiest man in the penal colony. His son, William (1790-1872), benefited from the fortune that D'Arcy had amassed. By 1827 William had crossed the Blue Mountains, studied law in England, published a book and a poem about Australia, practised as a barrister, helped to establish the first independent newspaper in New South Wales, and promoted the civil rights of emancipists and native-born. The Wentworths spans two generations. Against a backdrop which ranges from the mansions of Georgian England to the hovels of New South Wales, John Ritchie tells how a man endeavoured to re-establish himself and to further the career of the son for whom he cherished great expectations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780522848786
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 311
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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