THE PEOPLE IN THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LACHLAN AND ELIZABETH MACQUARIE
Born: 15th June, 1791 at Norfolk Island.
Arrived: Van Diemen's Land 1810.
Parents: Bartholomew Reardon.
Married: Elizabeth Nash on the 1st January 1812
Died: 1st January 1849 at Pittwater, Tasmania.
Buried: Cemetery behind Uniting Church, Ross, Tasmania
The following information was obtained by Margaret Harris from Bartholomew Reardon's Headstone and a memorial plaque located in the cemetery behind the Uniting Church, Ross, Tasmania.
"Here lie the remains of Bartholomew Reardon late of Pittwater, who died 1st of January 1849;
Aged 57 years on whose soul may God have mercy.
Sacred to the memory of
late of pitt water
who died 1st january, 1849 aged 57 years
on whose soul may God have mercy.
“it is A HOLY And wholesome thought to pray for
the dead that they may be loosed from their sins.”
born norfolk island 15th june 1791, son of first fleeter.
arrived van diemen’s land 1810.
married elizabeth nash 1st. january 1812.
highly recommend by captain piper and others, he immediately
received land grants. his agricultural knowledge, and his
substantial efforts resulted in high crop yields, which benefited allthe colony.
he was first to grow wheat free of smut disease.
he was among the first to introduce merino sheep to the colony
at his property “thorn hill”. his hospitality and community services were renowned: governor macquarie and lieut. governor sorell
were his guests in april 1821.
he also servered as district constable with honesty and devotion to duties.
subsequently his huge barn, filled with harvest, was burnt to
ashes by malicious scoundrels, it had been used for all community
gatherings, religious services, and musterings.
his property “green hills”, forcett, is still in the reardon family
we his descendants, proudly and gratefully acknowledge and honour his many sterling and outstanding qualities.
Margaret Harris, "A Find in the Cemetery at Ross, Tasmania" from "The Endeavour", the Journal of the Botany Bay Family History Society Inc., No.103, June 2010, Pages 24 to 25.
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