Parents : George Rowley and Elizabeth Friend (70%) (includes
discussion of the evidence of Thomas' origins in England)
Thomas Rowley (b 1747 Kingston on Thames Surrey, m Elizabeth Eyre, 1775 London. d 1806
Kingston House, Newtown). (60%?)
Selwyn, <<<< see separate webpage
Elizabeth Eyre died on the voyage out on the Pitt, probably 1791
children by Elizabeth
Isabella Rowley (b 1792 Sydney Cove, m William
(Lieut) Ellison 1807 Sydney Cove, d 1808 Sydney)
Thomas Rowley II (b
1794 Sydney NSW, m Catherine Clarkson 1818 Christ Church,
Castlereagh, d 1858 Minto).
Rowley (b 1822 Minto NSW, m Mary Jane (Jane) Onslow 1846
Liverpool, d 1909 Pertersham)
John Clarkson Rowley (b 1847 Liverpool, NSW,
m Sarah Jane Smart 1874 Beechworth Vic, d
Joseph Smart Rowley
(b 1875 Yackandandah Vic, m Eircell Broome
1909 Albury NSW, d 1957 Bethanga)
m Avis Sirl 1922
John Rowley (b 1797
Sydney Cove, m Sarah Pear 1819 St John's, Paramatta, d 1873 Scone
NSW) <- Not direct ancestor, but an explorer of
interest. See portrait at bottom of page
Mary Rowley (b 1800 Kingston House Newtown, NSW,
m John Lucas 1817, d 1869 Nunima, NSW)
Eliza Rowley (b 1804 Kingston House, m Henry Sparrow Briggs 1826 St
Johns, Paramatta, d 1882 Kingston)
Other possible children : Mary Mickle/Muckle Henry Rowley
definitive work on Thomas Rowley was published in 1981 - A Cameo
of Thomas Rowley, by Ian Ramage. Sadly Ian passed away in August
2007. He was a historian, whose interest was sparked by the fact
that his wife Nancy was a descendant of Thomas. His "Cameo"
remains the definitive work on the life of Thomas Rowley. This
page collects information that has turned up since, and quotes
some selections from Ian's Cameo The
text (200pps) is available as a PDF. I cannot express too highly my appreciation of
Ian's work. His facts have endured, and his uncertainties still
remain uncertanties thirty years later. He sparked an enduring
interest in family history (I am also a Thomas Descendamt). I have
come across few forebears as interesting as Thomas Rowley, except
perhaps the rogue Thomas Clarkson, whose daughter married Thomas
Rowley' son. Thank you Ian. I hope your work can be appreciated by
a new generation via the web
Ian Ramage Memorial
In 1789 Thomas Rowley was appointed as Adjuntnt
by Francis Grose when Francis was tasked with raising the New South
Wales Corps (also known as The Rum Corps.). Thomas arrived in Sydney
on the Pitt
in 1792. He served as Acting Commandant of Norfolk Island, and was
one of the half dozen farmers who established Merino sheep in
Australia. He had five children by Elizabeth Selwyn, a convict who
also arrived on the Pitt in 1792. Thomas was in his forties when he
arrived in Sydney, and died in 1806. He and his descendants were
prominent members of Sydney society of the day.
Internal Links Chronology
and a Wife A Marriage?
John Gray Artlcle Children
Merchant and Simeon Lord
Although this painting, which is hung at the Women's Pioneer Society
in Sydney, is supposed to be Thomas Rowley, there is a doubt. The
uniform he is wearing is a naval uniform not an army uniform, and
was not designed until after his death. However, there is a
remarkable family likeness to some descendants. (Comment by John
The last contact I had with John Gray was 2007,
but I am sure he would be intersted in the following email from Ric
Lucas in August 2021
On your page you suggest there is
a doubt about the portrait of Captain Thomas Rowley, because he
is wearing a naval uniform.
The doggerel Ric refers to can be found in Ian Ramage's Cameo
section 13-14. Ric also supplied a photo of the original doggerel
from the Sydney Gazette and an image of the painting depicting the
battle of Vinegar Hill,
The painting is a portrait miniature, and is held by the Women
Pioneers Society of Australia. That would explain the
brass plate naming him at the foot of the portrait, which you
can see in photographs online.
Most soldiers in early NSW were redcoats, which has led to
speculation that the portrait is not of Rowley, but perhaps of
his famous namesake, Admiral Rowley, RN and that his blue
uniform is a naval uniform of the 1740s. I have always
doubted this, because it seemed an odd mistake by the original
owner of the miniature, not to mention the Australian who
donated it to the Women Pioneers.
So I researched British military uniforms. I discovered
that after Captain Rowley resigned from the redcoat NSW Corps,
he was appointed in 1800 by Hunter as Captain of the Sydney
company of the Loyal Volunteers. This militia was
re-established in 1801 by Governor King in fear of foreign
incursions and Irish rebellion. The Parramatta company was
involved in suppressing the vinegar hill revolt by Irish
convicts in March 1804. Later Rowley was promoted to be Captain
Commandant of the entire force. And guess what! They
wore blue jackets.
The evidence for this lies in contemporary art depicting the
battle of Vinegar Hill, and in this rather wonderful doggerel
from the Sydney Gazette of 8 April 1804.
It would not be surprising if the blue jackets used by the
Loyal Volunteers were not surplus naval jackets from the
The mass of blue jackets behind the line of
redcoats must be the members of the Loyal Association who
assisted in suppressing the rebels at Vinegar Hill.
Chronology (extracted from a document
by Bob Venn)
1789 Major Francis Grose organises the appointment
of "Adjutan" to serve under Grose, for "Gentleman" Thomas Rowley
receives official warrant to raise the NSW Corps. Recruits to be
between 16 & 30 years of age.
32, Thomas might have been the eldest at 42.
instruction from Grose, Thomas is instrumental in despatching
2nd, 3rd and 4th fleets to NSW
1790 2nd Fleet arrives NSW. Elizabeth Selwyn steals
34/-, clothing from employer
1791 Elizabeth (22 years old) sentenced to
transportation for 7 years. 3rd fleet arrives in NSW.
been working at Chatham Barracks, promoted to Lieut Adjutant..
1792 14 Feb Thomas and Elizabeth arrive Sydney on
the Pitt as part of the 4th Fleet
19 Nov Birth of
first child Isabella (9 months and 4 days after the Pitts arrival)
10 Dec Capt
Arthur Phillip returns to England, replaced by Grose
1793 "Hope" arrives Sydney - all cargo
including 7,500 gallons of rum purchased by NSW Corps - which from
then on also known as the Rum Corps
purchases 2 acre land lease Sydney Town, cnr Church & Brickfield
by Grose of 100 acres at Petersham Hill, nucleus of Kingston Farm
(located now between Newtown & Annandale)
1794 Absolute Pardon for Elizabeth.
70 acres granted at Petersham Hill and 50 acres at Concorde.
returns to England
1795 Land Grant to Thomas at Mulgrave Place
1796 Thomas Promoted to Captain
1797 Son John born
1798 Land Grant by Gov Hunter to Thomas, 260 acres
which became Burwood Farm (now Granville/Sth Granville) (Image,
link courtesey Rhonda Kroehnert)
1799 Further Land Grants by Gov Hunter to Thomas,
85 acres, adjacent to Holdsworthy Army camp and 1500 acres
added to Burwood Farm
1800 Thomas departs to Norfolk Island as Commandant
1801 Thomas places himself on the sick list, and returns
from Norfolk Island
from NSW Corps due ill health
1802 Thomas appointed Commandant of Loyal Sydney
Association (a civilian Militia)
1804 Daughter Eliza born
June, birth of
possible daughter Mary Mickle (Positive link to Thomas yet to be
Land Grant by
Gov Hunter to Thomas, 700 acres, at Holdsworthy
1805 In his Will, Elizabeth is clearly mentioned
as Elizabeth Selwyn
Thomas fills out
very guarded return on sheep industry
1806 29 May Thomas dies, age about 59 years
birth of Henry at Holsworthy (Positive link to Thomas yet to
1843 22 Jun Elizabeth dies aged
The Voyage of
the Pitt, and a Wife
In the "Fourth Fleet Families in Australia,
Dr C J Smee", we get a list of 10 soldier's wives on the Pitt, which
include Mrs Elizabeth Rowley and Mrs Grose. Free children are
listed, including a 3 year old Francis Grose, but no Rowley
children. To see images of the data
402 convicts, including 58 women were on the Pitt when she sailed
from Yarmouth Roads on 17 July.1791. Dr Smee lists 2 Officers, 19
Naval Military, 4 Free persons, 10 soldiers wives, 1 convicts wife,
2 free children, and 5 convict children. This comes to 445 plus crew
starting the voyage. Elizabeth Selwyn is listed among the convicts.
(Thanks Bob Venn for the Fourth Fleet reference). The only
information in the book about the source of this information is that
Mrs Nancy Gray transcribed the Pitt muster. It is almost certainly
wishful thinking, but if the original document had ages of
passengers, it would be very helpful. Another thought - there should
be embarkation records for the Pitt in England.
Bateson in "the Convict Ships" gives details of
the voyage. Smallpox appeared shortly after departure, and 15
prisoners had died by the time she touched at St Jago, Despite it
being an unhealthy season in the Cape Verde Islands, sailors and
soldiers were allowed ashore. The Pitt experienced calms and
incessant rain in the Doldrums, and made scarcely any headway for a
month. The prisoners devepoled ulcers and scurvy but otherwise
remained relativley healthy. However among thr military guards and
their families, and the seamen malignant fever appeared, and is said
to have caused 27 deaths in a fortnight. Her crew was so depleted
that in later gales convicts had to be recruited to help navigate
her. By the time the Pitt reached Rio de Janeiro in October, 13
soldiers, 5 soldiers wives, and 13 seamen had died.. No convicts had
died, but 5 escaped, believed perished (at Rio?).... Overall there
was one convict death on the voyage for every eleven convicts
There is an interesting description of the voyage
of the Pitt in Thomas Keneally's new book "The Commonwealth of
Thieves" (pages 399-405) . He adds to Bateson's picture of the
voyage. The death rate of
convicts on the voyage was one in eleven on the Pitt. They arrived
in poor health in mid February, Sydney's most oppressive month,The
colony was short of rations as well. Quoting the book, "The record of burials, chiefly of
newcomers, during that late summer is sobering. On 16 February,
four convicts were buried, and six the next day, and a further six
on 20 February. Five were buried the next day, a further two the
day after, on 23 February a further six, on 25 February another
four- and these just at Parramatta. And so through the first week
of March the burials continued. On 8 March there were five male
deaths, and on the next day two more and that of a child, Margaret
Tambleton. The regular multiple burials of men continued
throughout the month. By May 1792, of 122 male convicts who came
out in the Queen, only 50 were still alive." All this is a
reminder that when we look at convicts in our family tree who
prospered, they were the lucky ones. Many perished and appear on no
The Pitt (775 tons)
This image has been scanned at low resolution and heavily
cropped. Copies of the print itself can be purchased from the
Natioal Maritime Museum in the UK. www.nmm.ac.uk
Compare the following two signatures
signature of a Thomas Rowley marrying Elizabeth Knott 19
January 1791 at Stoke on Trent Stafford England
(witnesses Samuel Poulson and Thomas Geen. Theses two
names ring no bells). Signature from Pallots Marriage
Signature 2 is the signature of
our Thomas Rowley as Adjutant of the NSW corps.
Are they the same person? I am not sure. Signature 1 came out
of one of the Ancestry,com databases, and is obviously
more carefully written, but that would be expected. Signature 2 came
from Ian Ramage. The fact that Rowley describes
himself as "Adjutant" indicates it was written between June
1789 (the date of the inception of the NSW Corps) and April
1791 (when he was promoted Lieutenant).
Given that Thomas did have a wife
Elizabeth on the Pitt, the timing is helpful, as the
Pitt sailed in July the same year. An earlier marriage
would most likely have produced children, and made athe
move to Australia much more difficult to contemplate.
Perhaps it was the other way round. The prospect of the
move brought on the sudden appreciation of the virtues
Planned research from here is to look for evidence that
this is not the marriage, eg children in England when
Thomas had left.
Thanks to "my family tree"in
Ancestry for the following Information. This is the
wedding banns for a Thomas Rowley marrying Elizabeth
Eyre in 1775. Location St Margaret Lothbury,
London. There is a Christenibg for
Elizabeth Eyre 10Oct 1754 at St Andrew,
Holborn, Camden, London
So far I have been unable to find any children. But it
feels right. Our Thomas is twenty seven at the time,
this Elizabeth 21. The
lack of known children is also a plus. All up. this
Elizabeth would be a 60% chance?
One of the prominent early Thomas researchers is John
Gray. The following link is to a very readable article he wrote. It
has been reproduced here in text only form at the moment. The
original article has photos, maps and family tree diagrams. These
might be able included at a later date if webspace permits. John's article also included Thomas' Will.. John's permission to
reproduce this article is gratefully acknowledged. John Gray's son
has a website which gives an extensive family tree of Thomas Rowley
(5 definite, 1 probable. 1 possible)
Thomas acknowledged "my five
natural children begotten in the body of Elizabeth Selwyn namely
Isabella Rowley Thomas Rowley John Rowley Mary Rowley and Eliza
Rowley" in his will..Eliozabeth would have been the
formative influece on the children, as Thomas died when they were
young. His main contribution may well have to leave them the Sydney
John is of interest in that he
was involved in early exploration. the younger
Thomas has a separate page.
However there are two other possible children.
Mary Mickle (Muckle).
The following is extracted from Ian Ramage's Cameo. The full text is
recommended: (Includes thorough documentation of information
the earnest endeavours of many descendants, no parish register
record of the birth in 1804, or subsequent baptism, of Eliza
Rowley, the fifth child of Thomas Rowley and Elizabeth Selwyn has,
so far as I am aware, been located. Perhaps, an explanation is
that Thomas Rowley had temporarily abandoned Elizabeth Selwyn and
transferred his affection to another young convict lass, Jane
Mickle. In June, 1804, Jane Mickle gave birth to a daughter, Mary,
who was baptised at St Philip's Church in June the following year.
Clune expresses it nicely when, writing about the child, he notes
"Captain Rowley had no objection
to his name being entered in the church records as her father, but
he would not, or could not, and in any case did not marry the
mother of the child.�
Mickle was a convict who was transported on the Nile, arriving on
15 December, 1801. She had received a seven year sentence, and, at
the time of her conviction, would have been only fourteen years of
Clune suggest that Thomas Rowley provided for Jane Mickle in his
will. This is not so but perhaps the shop and dwelling which she
occupied in Phillip Street, the known as �Back Row East�, were
provided by him.
16.33 Many a
mickle makes a muckle, the Scots say, and it was not long before
Jane Mickle became known as 'Jeannie Muckle".
"�Mistress Jeannie Muckle' as Dr
Lang used to call her in conversation, as far back as 1813, held a
wine and spirit licence in Phillip-street."
16.34 In the
construction of the first Presbyterian Church in the Colony, Scots
Church, Dunmore Lang received considerable assistance from Jeannie
"The actual subscription �1,500
being exhausted, they had to raise the money as best they could.
The first assistance Dr Lang received was from a lady of some
historic interest, Mrs Jeannie Muckle, of Sydney, who advanced the
doctor on his personal security and without interest the sum of
�300 - in Spanish dollars at 5s. each, the regular currency in
1824. ... Some time after Mrs Muckle's loan, Rev. Samuel Marsden
lent Dr Laing �800 sterling. ... The Scots Church ... had cost
about �3,000 and the debt on it ... �1,480. For that debt Dr Lang
was exclusively responsible. His first effort was to pay off
Mistress Muckle's loan, as it was the first contracted; this he
did in due course.�
16.35 In March,
1826, Dr Lang officiated at the marriage of Jeannie Muckle to
Archibald McKellup. McKellup, a leading citizen, was also a
publican in Phillip Street.
Muckle, the daughter of Thomas Rowley and Jane Muckle, married
Richard Roberts, on 28 February, 1837. Roberts was the native-born
son of two convicts, William Roberts and Jane Longhurst. Richard
who died within three years of his marriage, on 24 June, 1839, was
a well-to-do merchant. Following the death of her mother,
stepfather and husband within five years, Mary Roberts was, at the
age of thirty-five, a wealthy property owner. She remained
unmarried and was most highly regarded as a resident of
Sydney-town until her death in 1885.
Roberts also was "an eminent benefactress to the Scots Church�
continuing her mother's generous interest.
16.42 Not all
descendants agree with Frank Clune's suggestion that Captain
Rowley was the father of Jane Mickle's child. They point out that
another Thomas Rowley (Corporal, Royal Marines) who was 39 years
of age when he was buried at St Philip's on 20 September, 1822 and
who would therefore been about 21 when Mary Mickle was born, could
have been the father.
Comment Les Rowley: If asked
to take sides on Mary Mickle as a child, I would give a hesitant no.
Reasons : Mary Mickle was born in June 1804, and the acknowledged
daughter Eliza born in the same year, month unknown. Thomas retired
from the NSW Corps due to ill health in 1801, and was to die of
consumption in May 1806, aged about 59. But perhaps I am
underestimating the man, and owe an apology to men in their late
fifties in general. It is worth remembering that there was a also
Thomas Rowley who arrived in the colony as a convict with the second
fleet. Does anyone know anyhing about this other Thomas? (Convict from London, came on the Neptune,
arrived 28 June 1790, 7 year sentence- Margaret Hardwick. Margaret
found Thomas Godfrey Rowley's trial papers from the
Old Bailey at http://www.oldbaileyonline.org
(theft:burgalary 11th July 1787.))
In an article published in Australian Family Tree Connections, Alan
Hagenson makes a pretty good case for Elizabeth Selwyn being
pregnant with a 6th child when Thomas died.
(a) In the 1823-5 Muster, Elizabeth Rowley is said to be the mother
of Eliza and Henry, Elizabeth Selwyn is listed as Elizabeth Silvin.
(b) On a couple of occasions, Henry gives his date of birth as 1806.
He was not baptised in that year
(c) When Henry applied to marry Margaret Ellems in 1830, the
application is supported by John Lucas and opposed by Henry Briggs.
John and Henry are first generation Rowley husbands
(c) At his marriage in 1839 Henry is said to be living at
Holdsworthy, where the Rowleys have a property
(d) At his marriage, he states his father is Thomas, and his mother
is Elizabeth Sullivan.
Alan's very readable article should be read first hand. There is
obviously some connection there. Alan points to a few inconsistences
in the facts, but it is pretty convincing. The name confusion is not
surprising. Elizabeth was bringing up the children on her own from
1806, and was probably illiterate. Does anyone
know? To read Alan's
article in full To contact Alan
Comment Les Rowley: If asked
to take sides, I would give a fairly confident yes. Doubts:
(a) The same doubt as for Mary Muckle. Thomas was dying of
consumption in 1806.
(b) One of the suggestions as to why Thomas came to Australia is
that he came to keep an eye on a son or relative who was transported
as a convict. If this was the Thomas Rowley of the second fleet, it
could be consistent with Alan's facts, but it seems unlikely. There
is no evidence for a connection.
(c) Another longshot with no evidence: Could Henry be Isabella's
child, brought up br Elizabeth? Isabella was to cause a minor
scandal by marrying William Ellison in May 1807 at age 14 and a
half. Perhaps she had a child the year before?.
Farmer and Grazier
In his Cameo, Ian Ramage quotes P R Stephenson, The History
and Description of Sydney Harbour (p 293)
�The first Merinos in Australia
were brought to Sydney from Monterey, California, in April, 1793
in H.M.S. Daedalus, a naval storeship. Of the six rams and twelve
ewes that were shipped at Monterey in December, 1792, only one ram
and three ewes survived the passage. They were degenerate Spanish
Merinos, descended from stock that had been shipped from Spain to
Mexico perhaps two hundred years previously. They were acquired by
Captain Thomas Rowley, a military officer who had a farm at
Camperdown, on the Parramatta Road, three miles west of Sydney.
The pioneer of the Merino in Australia, he built a flock from
them, twelve years before John Macarthur imported Merinos from the
royal stud in England in 1805. (Little or no research has been
done by historians of the Australian wool industry in reference to
the Daedalus sheep and Thomas Rowley's part in their
Thomas may well have done his place in history a disservce by his
answers to a survey organised by McArthur in August 1805 (again from
Cameo, originally from "Some Early Records of the MacArthurs of
Camden", MacArthur Onslow p 119).
you any true bred Spanish Sheep in your Flocks?
I do not know.
2nd Do you endeavour to preserve the Spanish
Breed of Sheep pure and Unmixed with other Breeds ?
3rd What other Breeds of Sheep have you that
produce Fine Wool?
I am no Judge.
4th What Rams have you had in your Flocks and
from whom and from what Country did you Obtain them ?
My first Ram was from California, and my second
Two Spanish Rams from Captain Waterhouse.
5th Do you think Breeding the Pure Spanish Sheep
will be profitable to you as if you bred other kinds?
I do not know.
6th Do you think the Wool of all kinds of Sheep
Improved in this Colony?
I think it does.
7th How many Sheep do you possess at this time?
Males 219 and Females 300 - Total 519 Sheep.
8th How long do you suppose it will be before
your whole Flock will be Increased to twice their present Number?
I do not know.
9th What means have you adopted to Improve the
Carcase and Fleece of your Wool?
It should be borne in mind that Thomas was probably very sick at the
time (He died within a year of consumption). To me though, it reads
like a typical farmer's response to a government survey. Claude
Rowley was Thomas Rowley's great great great grandson and a
sheepfarmer, and when Elsie, Claude's wife saw the above, she said
that is exactly the kind of answers Claude would have given. It
might also be true that MacArthur had the connections and self
promoting ability to make sure he got the credit anyway.
Merchant, and Simeon Lord
A couple of passages quoted by Ian Ramage in Cameo
�When I arriv'd in the Reliance at
Port Jackson in 1795, Simeon Lord was a Convict in the service of
Capt. Rowley of the New South Wales Corps or had just left him,
either his time of servitude being out, or he was emancipated.
From his good conduct Capt. Rowley told him if he set him up in
any business he would assist him; in consequence he commenced
Baker & retailer of spirituous liquors, & I am told he got
himself taught to read and write."
Captain Henry Waterhouse to Sir
Joseph Banks (Banks Papers. Brabourne Collection. Vol 4 pp 272/4
ML Mss A 78 - )
Simeon Lord. He arrived in the
colony in August 1791 with nothing but a seven-year sentence. He
was assigned to Captain Rowley and endeared himself to that
gentleman by making money for him, and also, in a quiet way, for
himself. When he was freed he owned two houses. It was a
beginning. His manners were rough, his domestic morals far from
strict, but he had drive and imagination.�
"A History of
Australia'', Marjorie Barnard, p 125
For more information about Simeon Lord, go to http://belindacohen.tripod.com/lordfamily/
A couple of small extracts from a comprehensive discussion in Ian
11.03 In the
period 1788-1813 which encompasses Rowley's stay, the island
outpost initially comprised well behaved convicts and a small
guard. It was not, during this period, regarded as being a place
of further punishment or banishment. This is not to say that by
to-day's standards, cruelty did not often occur although it did
not sink to the level of that shown on the mainland.
succeeded to the command on 12 November, 1799.
�It seems that by this time the
inhabitants' taste for liquor had become an increasing problem.
Lieutenant-Governor King mentioned in his 1796 report that some
convicts habitually bartered their clothing and other necessities
with the settlers and soldiers for spirits. John Turnbull, who
visited the island around 1801, also commented on the drunkenness
of the inhabitants, noting that some were often intoxicated for a
week on end. In 1799 the people suffered a period of ill-health,
brought on, according to the surgeon, by drinking spirits hot from
the Norfolk stills. Captain Rowley ordered the stills to be
seized, and for this was indirectly threatened with prosecution by
two of the owners. "
�Thomas Rowley, in spite of his
unwelcome efforts to enforce the sobriety of Norfolk�s citizens,
appears to have been a popular Commandant. He stated that at his
departure the principal inhabitants wrote a joint letter to the
Governor expressing their sorrow at losing him. He also earned a
word or two of praise from the Governor: �I think it wright to add
that from every account I have rec'd from thence that Captain
Rowley's conduct in administering the Government of that Island
was much to his credit and the advantage of Government.' (96) But
Captain Rowley stated bluntly: 'I am �1,000 the worse for going to
that island.'(97)� (98)
Quotes from Historical Records of
New South Wales
Thomas departed Norfolk Island June 1800, having resigned due ti ill
health. Elizabeth Selwyn presumably did not accompany him, as Mary
was born Mar 1800 in Sydney.
Thomas Rowley's will was a big stuff
up. It was drawn up on 27 Feb 1805. When he died in May 1806, all
his executors were in England. This led to problems which ended with
the family eventually recovering possession of Burwood farm in 1837.
See the judgement in http://www.law.mq.edu.au/scnsw/Cases1836-37/html/jones_v_moore__1837.htm
For a discussion of the will in relation to Elizabeth Selwyn, go to
John Rowley Portrait
"John Rowley b 1797 became the city rate collector. I found a
reference to his appointment on Trove" - Ric Lucas
The following telegram is the last known communication received from
Thomas Rowley. It was received by my parents on their Golden
(thanks to Glenn Rowley)
Just about all the material here has been supplied by other
researchers, and we are very apprecitive of the gift they have given
(1) A Cameo of Captain Thomas Rowley � Ian Ramage. 200pps on Thomas
and his descendants.
(2) Harvest of the Years, Dunlop.. History of the Sydney Suburb
Burwood. The land was originally granted to Thomas Rowley as a farm.
At the end are two maps showing the farm and the suburbs today.
(3) Merinos Myths and Macarthurs., J.C.Garran and L.White. Thomas
Rowley as one of the half dozen who introduced merino sheep to
(4) ADB Australian Dictionary of Biography
(5) Life and Work of the Pioneer Captain Thomas Rowley, Huntington,
H. W. H.
(6) Fourth Fleet Families in Australia, Dr C J Smee
(7) The Convict Ships, Bateson.
Email from Meaghan Bare
Meaghan Bare pointed out a
reference in the Surrey Archives to a sale of land by Thomas
Rowley to Burwood Park in 1769. Copies of the documents werew
obtained (detailed Analysis) Conclusion is it is not our
Thomas, but it does strengthen the argument that the Australian
Thomas came from this area . Glenis Crocker
found a will for a Thomas Rowley that looks very much like this
I was also
wondering whether it might be worth asking these people to
see whether they know anything of Rowley, as they seem to
have done a history of time at Burwood Park
Also have you
seen this book
online, which seems to suggest Rowley imported the
first thoroughbred horse to NSW. Quite a good story
with the spring carnival coming up!
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