THE 1788 - 1820 PIONEER ASSOCIATION INC.                   

THE PEOPLE IN THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LACHLAN AND ELIZABETH MACQUARIE PROJECT

William (Billy) Blue

Born: c1739
Arrived Sydney 14th December 1801
Vessel:  Minorca            
Status: Convict
Married: Elizabeth Williams on the 27th April 1805 in St Philip's Church of England, Sydney, N.S.W.
Occupation at time of conviction: Wharf labourer
Died: 5th May 1834

Profile:
During the Macquarie era, Govenor Macquarie and his family made use  of Billy Blue's boat to travel across the harbour to the north side.
An octagonal cottage was built within the Government Domain by Governor Macquarie for Billy Blue. At the time he was  the Water Bailiff  or Superintentendent  of the Water Police.
In exchange for the cottage, Macquarie granted him a portion of land on the North Shore. This land became known at the time as Billy Blue's Point. It is nown known as Blue's Point.
In his old age he was known affectionately as the Old Commodore. He was 95years of age at his death.

References:
Meg Swords, "Billy Blue, The Old Commodore", published by North Shore Historical Society.
James Maclehose, "Picture of Sydney and Strangers' Guide in N.S.W. for 1839",  Pages 176  to 177.
Dawn Montgomery, "True Blue : My Claim to Blue Blood", published in The 1788-1820 Pioneer Gazette, July 2002, Vol. 5 No. 3, Pages 3 to 5.
Grace Karskens, "The Colony, A History of Early Sydney", published by Allen & Unwin. 
Cassandra Pybus," Black Founders" published by University of New south Wales Press Ltd.
Dawn Montgomery, "Occupational Hazards for Billy Blue", first appeared in The Mail, July 2008, republished in the Tree Of Life, Official Journal of Wyong Family History Group Incorporated, Vol. 29, August 2012, Pages13 to 15.

Disclaimer

To return to home page click here