I have knowledge of a father and son both named Charles Davenport Cuthbert. The information I have compiled to date is posted below. There is also info about three other possibly related Cuthbert families contained in the Timeline.
Charles Davenport CUTHBERT,
Architect, local politician. Religion: Church of Ireland & England. Inaugural member of the Royal Orange Lodge of Ballaarat.
Charles Davenport CUTHBERT born in Dublin. Son of William Hamilton Cuthbert (a doctor) and Mary MAGINESS.
Departed England in August 1857 and arrived at Sandridge (Melbourne) in the colony of Victoria, Australia on board the Albatross accompanied by his wife Marie (as spelt on the Passenger List) three young children:
William (aged 6 years)
The family travelled in a First Class cabin
2 children die
Marie Cuthbert dies.
Charles Davenport Cuthbert is appointed as a Clerk of Public Works by the colonial government of Victoria.
Takes up residence in the goldfields city of Ballarat, Victoria.
There are already three families named Cuthbert (two were definately related) living in Ballarat:
1. The family of John Cuthbert, a retired gentleman/widower (b. 1793 at Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland d. 10.09.1878 at Ballarat, Victoria. Occupation: Excise Officer and Landowner. m. 13.05.1826 at Gowran, Co. Kilkenny to Eliza HEADEN b. c.1895 d. 03.08.1842 at Drogheda, Co. Meath) formerly of Parsonstown; Boyle Co. Roscommon, and Gowran, Co. Kilkenny. Issue: 7 sons (5 survived) & 2 dau (1 survived). All of these children emigrated to Ballarat in the colony of Victoria, Australia. Their names were in order of birth – Anna Maria, Henry (later Sir Henry. Solicitor/politician, gold mine owner, newspaper owner and businessman, Q.C.), Thomas Headen, Kingston (publican died 1856), John (solicitor), Robert Browne (sheep farmer died 1880).
1.2. John Cuthbert was one of 5 sons born to Capt. Patrick Cuthbert, a civil engineer, and Margaret AGAR (an illegimate dau of the 1st Earl of Clifden).
1.2: Issue from that marriage: John (Excise Officer), Kingston Gore (Lieut 82nd Regiment of Foot d. 1798 at the Battle of Kilcumney m. Mary COCHRANE who emigrated to Melbourne, Victoria in 1852 with 3 sons & 6 dau), Henry, Edward (Regimental Officer whose only son William Patrick Cuthbert emigrated to the Cape Colony [Sth Africa] in 1880) and James (m. 1860 to Mary McCRAN. A son George Agar Cuthbert is appointed Surveyor General Examiner in the Inland Revenue Dept).
2. The family of Kingston Cuthbert (b. 1832 at Gowran, Co. Kilkenny d. 19.07.1913 at Pakenham, Victoria. Occupation: Civil engineer & surveyor. m. 14.08.1862 at Ballarat to Eleanor MOORE b. 19.05.1843 in Whitehaven, Cumberland, England d. 11.11.1901 at Windsor, Victoria). In March 1855 he commenced work in the colony’s civil service when he was appointed as a railway engineer and surveyor with the Railways Dept. Issue: 2 sons (both civil engineers) & 3 dau (spinsters).
2.1. Kingston Cuthbert was a nephew of John Cuthbert (see 1. above). His parents were Lieut. Kingston Gore Cuthbert and Mary (nee Cochrane). His widowed mother emigrated to Sandhurst (Melbourne) Australia in 1852 accompanied by 2 of their 3 sons and 6 unmarried daughters.
3. The family of George Cuthbert who took up residence in Ballaarat around 1855. He is recorded on the 1855 Electoral Roll under the electoral qualification of a Miner’s Right. He established himself in business as a legal stationer.
Note: Little else is known about him however, I spent a week researching in Auckland, New Zealand just before attending the A&NZ Law and History Society’s International Conference in July 2000 and I discovered a commercial reference to a George Cuthbert who was operating a legal stationers in Dunedin by 1882. I suspect this is the same individual as there has always been a strong exchange of residents between the cities of Ballaarat (which was situated on a goldfield) and Dunedin (which was the port city for the Central Otago Goldfields in the South Island of New Zealand).
C.D. Cuthbert establishes an architectural practice in Ballarat under the patronage of local solicitor Henry Cuthbert.
The Borough of Ballaarat West calls for tenders to design a new Town Hall and C.D. Cuthbert’s design is successful. Building commences immediately. There is some debate in the local press about the circumstances surrounding the selection of C.D. Cuthbert’s tender.
Designs new section for Craigs Hotel, Lydiard Street South, Ballaarat incorporating the centre and south towers.
Other grand buildings designed by C.D. Cuthbert include:
1. St Peters Church of England, Ballaarat
2. St Andrews Kirk (Presbyterian), Ballaarat
3. Ballarat Hospital (South Wing constructed 1866. Henry Cuthbert laid Foundation Stone on New Years Day 1866 accompanied by full Masonic honours).
4. The Municipal Baths
5. Dunn’s Warehouse
C.D. Cuthbert marries a second time to his housekeeper, Dublin born Sarah CUNNINGHAM. The family lives in 28 Ligar Street, Soldiers’ Hill, Ballaarat.
A son, Charles Davenport Cuthbert is born to C.D. and Sarah Cuthbert (PROV BDM Reg.No.5030)
A daughter, Sarah Jane is born to C.D. and Sarah Cuthbert (PROV BDM Reg.No.470)
In March C.D. Cuthbert is defeated in an election for the North Ward of the Ballaarat West Council.
16 January 1871. The Mayor of Ballaarat writes a letter to C.D. Cuthbert on behalf of the City Council:
I have the pleasing duty on behalf and at the unanimous request of the City council to convey their appreciation of the many and valuable services you have rendered to the City of Ballaarat during the period you held the honourable office of Councillor for the North Ward of this City.
Whilst regretting as we sincerely do that circumstances have arisen to induce you to relinquish your office in this Council, it is their ferent wish that you may realise to the fullest extend your expectations in the arduous enterprise you have undertaken in the Fiji Islands.
Trusting you may be spared and that you may by that untiring perseverance which so eminently characterised your efforts in Public and Private as a Citizen of Ballaarat suceed in obtaining for yourself and Family a handsome independence in the land of your adoption.
I have the honor to remain
Your most Obedient Servant
Mayor of Ballaarat.
C.D. and Sarah Cuthbert leave Ballaarat with their children to take up residence at Suva in the Fiji Islands.
C.D. Cuthbert died at his home in Suva, Fiji on 4 April 1890. He is buried in Suva where he was, by all accounts, popular and respected.
Three more children were born to C.D. and Sarah Cuthbert after they immigrated to the Fiji Islands. Their daughter Sarah Jane later returned to take up residence in Ballarat.
Note: Both of the spellings of the name Ballaarat/Ballarat are correct. From its earliest beginnings the name was spelt with a 'double A' as it was derived from the Aboriginal language. As time passed during the latter part of the nineteenth century the 'double A' evolved with common useage to 'single A'.
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