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Bartholomew Reardon

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


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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.

                                                                                                               Headstone

"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.

                          It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins."

                                                                                                                                                       Memorial Plaque

Sacred to the memory of

bartholomew Reardon

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.”


Bartholomew reardon

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

today 1995.

we his descendants, proudly and gratefully acknowledge and honour his many sterling and outstanding qualities.

 

Reference:
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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