CharlesworthFamily

David Charlesworth, an ex convict (1827 – Marquis of Hastings),  and wife Johanna Mullins, arrived Free (1836 – Duchess of Northumberland), have been long known as Bulli Mountain- Sherbrooke residents. They are listed in the Illawarra Family History Group’s Illawarra Pioneers Pre 1900, and according to Westie Hapgood, they were on Bulli Mountain from the 1850’s. David was the first person to be buried at St Augustine’s Bulli Graveyard in 1878 ( W A Bayley – “Black Diamonds”) & Illawarra Mercury January 8, 1878.  Their children were listed as follows :

  • John Henry who married Frances Edmondson and Susan Hicks – IFHG Illawarra Pioneers Pre 1920 mentions John Charlesworth – and how “he left the family home, a 2 roomed slab hut under the top of the escarpment next to Rixon’s Pass Woonona in 1859 and then worked at Keira Mine”
  • Mary married James Hurst
  • Edward, a miner, married Jane Purcell and Mary Roles
  • Johanna
  • Charles Abraham “Abe”  – married Hannah Lacey. IFHG Illawarra Pioneers Pre 1920 indicates that “Abe” spent most of his life living up above Cram’s residence up Rixons Pass ie on Bulli Mountain. Westie Hapgood’s “Deep Valleys, Tall Timber, Tough Men and Women” also describes Abe’s experiences as a bullock driver pioneer Timber man on Bulli Mountain. He was buried at Corrimal Catholic Cemetery.
  • David Samuel
  • Louisa (Lucy) who married Thomas Forde -and Stephen James Sheather – known as Granny Sheather
  • Catherine who married George Nixon
  • James Joseph who married Minnie Alice Timmins
Map of Bulli Mountain showing land ownership from 1850's including Charlesworth lots.

Map of Bulli Mountain showing land ownership from 1850’s including Charlesworth lots of Father David Snr, sons Abe & John

Further Reading :

  • Westie Hapgood’s “Deep Valleys, Tall Timber, Tough Men and Women
  • Letter to the Editor Sydney Morning Herald April 1 1837

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