THE PEOPLE IN THE LIFE AND
TIMES OF LACHLAN AND ELIZABETH MACQUARIE
Born: 26th September 1786 at Bermondsey, London, England.
Arrived: 24th February 1817.
Vessel: Lord Melville.
Status: Came Free.
Married: Eliza Streeter on the 1st March 1817 at St. Phillip’s, Sydney.
Died: 9th January 1863 at ‘Newbury’, Sutton Forest N.S.W.
Buried: At All Saints, Sutton Forest.
Father: Joseph Nicholson.
Mother: Susan Mitchell.
The following children of John and Eliza were born during the Macquarie
John Renton born 7th April 1818 at Eimeo (Moorea), Tahiti.
William Henry born 24th November 1819 at Sydney N.S.W.
Eliza Ann born c1821.
The following children of John and Eliza were born after the Macquarie
James Frederick born c1823.
Durham born c1825.
George Alexander born c1826.
Susannah Ann born c1828.
Henry Albert born c1830.
Charles Lindsay born c1832.
Edward James born c1834.
Emily Elizabeth born c1835.
Ellen born c1838.
Thomas born c1839.
John Nicholson was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne, one of a family of 13
children. He joined the Royal Navy and was eventually appointed Chief
Officer of the convict transport Lord Melville. Governor Macquarie
appointed him Master Attendant and Harbour Master of Port Jackson to
commence in January 1821 and he held this post until his retirement in
February 1842. In 1822, as Captain John Nicholson, he was awarded a 700
acre estate at Sutton Forest for refloating the brig Lady Nelson from
the bar of the Hastings River. He called the estate ‘Newbury’ and it is
reported he chose the name because his neighbour had named his estate
[A comprehensive history of the life of John Nicholson can be found at
A Register of Pioneer Families Volume1, Pages 346 to 355, published by The 1788 - 1820 Pioneer Association Inc.
General Musters for NSW 1822, 1823, 1824, 1825, 1828.
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