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Frederick MEREDITH

Frederick MEREDITH

Male Abt 1763 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name Frederick MEREDITH 
    Born Abt 1763  Denham, Buckinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 26 Jan 1788  Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Arrived on board Scarborough, a 'First Fleeter'. 
    Travel 1791  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    On board Waaksamheild 
    Travel 1793  Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    On board Bellona (with Anne Case 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    • Frederick Meredith bornc.1763 Denham, England,  married 1811Sarah Mason St Phillip’s Sydney(V18111177 3A),  died 1833 Bankstown(V1833789 20) parents Unknown.  Mostauthorities show death as 23 Jun 1836 aged 73. Buried St Luke’s, occupationconstable in colonial police force.

      Frederick Meredith (Snr)  was a very colourful character.  He first arrived as a seaman 26thJan 1788 aboard Scarborough ,  a “First Fleeter”.  1828 Census incorrectly records his arrivalas a convict under sentence of 7 years. He was a Protestant). He co-habited with Mary Allen (one daughter Charlotte1790),  left for England 1791 aboard  Waaksamheild,  returned 1793 aboard Bellona,  had a child by AnneCase who also arrived Bellona (onedaughter Amelia 1793), co-habited with Mary Kirk (one daughter Charlotte1794),  he then married Sarah Mason as above(six children, Frederick 1801,  Sophia1803,  Elizabeth 1805,  William 1807, Ann 1811,  Eleanor 1813.  After the death of Sarah he married 19 Feb1833 May Ann Day (children – none)

      Note from BE: Frederick appears to have arrived on the Sirius, having transferred from the Scarborough (see below)

      Frederick Meredith first came to NSW in the First Fleet as a steward on the
      Scarborough. In February 1788 he was charged with giving a bottle of rum to
      a convict named James Stow. Meredith had given Stow beef and bread as well
      as the rum in exchange for a 'curious beast' a possum. Such exchanges were
      against government orders, and although Meredith had his master's
      permission, he was sentenced to receive one hundred lashes, on his bare
      back, with a cat of nine tails, in the middle of the convicts camp. Governor
      Phillip reduced the sentence to 50 lashes in response, said surgeon Arthur
      Bowes Smyth, to appeals from 'several gentlemen' who respected Meredith and
      who believed the punishment too harsh for the crime.

      In May 1788 Meredith transferred from the Scarborough to the Sirius as an
      able seaman, the muster books of the Sirius describing him as a 23 year old
      baker from Denham. The Sirius crew had been given use of an island in the
      harbour to cultivate vegetables. Frederick Meredith carved his initials and
      the year 1799 on one of the rocks on this Garden Island. Another set of
      initials, WB, might be those of fellow Sirius crew member and later Bellona
      settler, Walter Brody.

      Meredith was on the Sirius when it sailed from Sydney in October 1788 for
      the Cape of Good Hope in search of food for the starving colony. They
      returned to Sydney in May 1789. Meredith next went to Norfolk Island with
      the ship in March 1790 but it was wrecked a few days after arrival there and
      he returned to Sydney on the Supply.

      In Sydney he was given the care of 25 sheep and lambs, the property of
      commissary John Palmer. A daughter, Charlotte, by convict Mary Allen was
      baptised in May 1790 and in August Frederick and Mary gave evidence before
      the Court of Criminal Jurisdiction in the trial of Hugh Low, charged with
      stealing one of the lambs. Low was sentenced to death and executed the next
      day. Judge-Advocate David Collins noted that no leniency could be extended
      because 'the preservation of out stock was an object of so much consequence
      to the colony'.

      Frederick Meredith and others from the crew of the Sirius including Thomas
      Webb, returned to England in March 1791 on the Waaksamheild, reaching
      Portsmouth on 22 April 1792. Three months later he embarked on the Bellona
      as a settler. He described himself as a baker and was 28 years old and in
      good health. Unknown to him, his daughter Charlotte had died in May 1792
      and Mary Allen was living with another convict, Edward Pales.

      A daughter Amelia, by Bellona convict Ann Case was born in Sydney in May
      1793. The affair with Ann was brief and by the time Amelia died early in
      1794 Frederick Meredith had formed a liaison with Mary Kirk, transported on
      the Royal Admiral in 1792. Their daughter Charlotte was born in April 1794.

      Frederick had been granted 60 acres of land at Liberty Plains along with the
      other Bellona settlers. He called his grant Charlotte Farm. A second grant
      of 60 acres at Concord in November 1794 as called Charlotte Field. Meredith
      sold this land to John Colethread or Coulthread in 1798 for 87 pounds and
      sold Charlotte farm to Thomas Rose. In September 1800 be joined the Loyal
      Sydney Association, an armed body formed to guard against the possibility of
      insurrection by seditious Irish convicts.

      In December 1800 Mary Kirk married Robert Inch, master of the colonial
      sloop- Charlotte. By that time Frederick Meredith was living in Sydney with
      Sarah Mason, another of the Bellona convicts. Their son Frederick was born
      in Sydney in March 1801. Three more children followed before Frederick and
      Sarah married in Feb 1811. These were Sophia in 1803, Elizabeth in 1811
      and Eleanor in 1813. Frederick had long since resumed his trade as Baker

      He had a bakehouse in Chapel Row in March 1809 when Mary Inch died in a
      shipping incident. Robert Inch had himself perished in the Charlotte in Sept
      1808 when the ship, carrying a load of grain from the Hawkesbury, was caught
      in a squall between Broken Bay and North Head.

      Frederick , in 1830 had moved to Liverpool and was appointed a constable in
      1822 and also later held the positions of district constable and chief
      constable. In Feb 1833 he married window Mary Ann Day at St Lukes.
      Frederick died on his harm on 323 June 1836 and was buried at St Lukes,
      Liverpool. Source: Lesley Uebel
    Person ID I22737  1. Essex Ennevers
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2011 

    Family (spouse) 1 Mary ALLEN 
     1. Charlotte MEREDITH,   Born:  Abt 1790,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F7116  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) 2 Anne CASE,   Died:  Yes, date unknown 
     1. Amelia MEREDITH,   Born:  1793,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F7117  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) 3 Mary KIRK 
     1. Charlotte MEREDITH,   Born:  1794,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F7118  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) 4 Sarah MASON,   Born:  Abt 1765,   Died:  30 Jul 1832  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Married 1811  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Frederick MEREDITH,   Born:  17 Mar 1801, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  1858, Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     2. Sophia MEREDITH,   Born:  1803,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
     3. Elizabeth MEREDITH,   Born:  1805,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
     4. William MEREDITH,   Born:  1807,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
     5. Ann MEREDITH,   Born:  1811,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
     6. Eleanor MEREDITH,   Born:  1813,   Died:  Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F7115  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) 5 May Ann DAY,   Died:  Yes, date unknown 
    Married 19 Feb 1833 
    Family ID F7119  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1763 - Denham, Buckinghamshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - Arrived on board Scarborough, a 'First Fleeter'. - 26 Jan 1788 - Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTravel - On board Waaksamheild - 1791 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTravel - On board Bellona (with Anne Case - 1793 - Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1811 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
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    Australia's 'First Fleeters'
    Australia's 'First Fleeters'
    Between 1787 and 1850 the English sent more than 160,000 convicts to Australia. The first eleven of the transport ships are known today as the 'First Fleet' and contained the convicts and marines who are now acknowledged as the founders of Australia.

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