Thursday, September 22, 2016

Captain Edward Goldsmith and Charles Dickens' well pump


After more than twenty years as master and commander of merchants vessels between London, Sydney, NSW and Hobart, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), Captain Edward Goldsmith (1804-1869) retired to his ancestral estates at Chalk and the house at Gad's Hill (variations eg. Gadshill, Gads Hill), Higham, Kent, UK. Within months of resuming residence at Gad's Hill House in mid 1856 with his wife Elizabeth Goldsmith nee Day, and son Edward Goldsmith jnr,, he was the subject of a curious threat about the lack of water to the house of his new neighbour Charles Dickens down Telegraph Hill at 6 Gad's Hill Place: "Goldsmith or I must fall, so I conceive", Dickens avowed in a letter to Henry Austin on 6th June 1857.

By 1869, Gad's Hill House was listed in Captain Edward Goldsmith's will as leased to Mr Andrew Chalmers Dods on a piece of land measuring 6a, 3r, 28p which was undergoing extensions and enlargement, payment for which was to be executed out of the Captain's other estates, excluding Vicarage Row which he desired to be left to his nieces Elizabeth Rachel Nevin (nee Day, wife of photographer Thomas J. Nevin), and her younger sister Mary Sophia Day, residents of Hobart, Tasmania. Originally named Mount Prospect, Gads Hill House was located at the top of Telegraph Hill with commanding views of the Medway and Thames to the north and Cobham Hall to the south west, hence Charles Dickens' description of it as "that crow's-nest of a house" (see letter below). Outside the gates was a beacon and a ship's bell on a metal stand at the front door. Although Captain Goldsmith was one of the first owners of the house, if not the original owner in 1825, Mr John Townsend, MP for Greenwich and a Shakespearian actor of note ca. 1842, was thought to reside there. Captain Goldsmith's generosity in easing Townsend's considerable debts, among other acts of kindness in the district for which the Captain was known, was mentioned by Cecil Fielding in 1882 on page 7 of his publication, A Hand-book of Higham: Or the Curiosities of a Country Parish.

Cecil Fielding on Captain Goldsmith at Gadshill, A Hand-book of Higham: Or the Curiosities of a Country Parish (1882: 7)

A real estate journalist described Gads Hill House in these terms in 2002:
Gads Hill House, near Rochester, Kent. A long, sweeping drive, six bedrooms, magnificent full-length hall, huge reception rooms - what more could a City commuter want in a country residence? Land? There are more than four acres of woodland and gardens, including a croquet lawn and orchard. Somewhere to lay down the claret? There are three cellars and a wine store. And with regular commuter trains from Higham, two miles away, to London, you could still be back to bath the kids.
In 2009,Gads Hill House Telegraph Hill, Rochester, Gravesham, Kent, ME3 7NW was the most expensive house purchase in Telegraph Hill, sold for £1,395,000.

What remains of Captain Goldsmith's property at Gads Hill.
Gads Hill House with yellow gravel in front and acreage behind
Google maps capture 2016

Captain Goldsmith's will in Chancery, 1872, Item 7: Gadshill House

Charles Dickens' Water Supply
When Charles Dickens (1812-1870) settled finally into the house at 6 Gad's Hill Place, Higham, Kent (UK) in 1857, his attention was drawn to Captain Goldsmith up at Gads Hill House on Telegraph Lane on two most urgent matters - the water supply to his house and the location of the village mail box, both of which Captain Goldsmith seemed to monopolise.

Victoria & Albert Museum
Charles Dickens House Gadshill
Date: 1850s to 1870s (photographed)
Artist/Maker: Francis Frith, born 1822 - died 1898 (maker)
Materials and Techniques: Whole-plate albumen print from wet collodion glass negative
Credit Line: Acquired from F. Frith and Company, 1954
Museum number: E.208:1513-1994

At first, Dickens' excitement at buying the property knew no bounds. These extracts are from his letters. On January 17th, 1857, he wrote -
[Sidenote: M. de Cerjat.]

TAVISTOCK HOUSE, _Monday Night, Jan, 17th, 1857

... Down at Gad's Hill, near Rochester, in Kent--Shakespeare's Gad's Hill,
where Falstaff engaged in the robbery--is a quaint little country-house
of Queen Anne's time. I happened to be walking past, a year and a half
or so ago, with my sub-editor of "Household Words," when I said to him:
"You see that house? It has always a curious interest for me, because
when I was a small boy down in these parts I thought it the most
beautiful house (I suppose because of its famous old cedar-trees) ever
seen. And my poor father used to bring me to look at it, and used to say
that if I ever grew up to be a clever man perhaps I might own that
house, or such another house. In remembrance of which, I have always in
passing looked to see if it was to be sold or let, and it has never been
to me like any other house, and it has never changed at all." We came
back to town, and my friend went out to dinner. Next morning he came to
me in great excitement, and said: "It is written that you were to have
that house at Gad's Hill. The lady I had allotted to me to take down to
dinner yesterday began to speak of that neighbourhood. 'You know it?' I
said; 'I have been there to-day.' 'O yes,' said she, 'I know it very
well. I was a child there, in the house they call Gad's Hill Place. My
father was the rector, and lived there many years. He has just died, has
left it to me, and I want to sell it.' 'So,' says the sub-editor, 'you
must buy it. Now or never!'" I did, and hope to pass next summer there,
though I may, perhaps, let it afterwards, furnished, from time to time....
But serious issues soon emerged "on the great estate" a few months later. On June 6th, he wrote -
[Sidenote: Mr. Henry Austin.]

GAD'S HILL, _Saturday, June 6th, 1857._

Here is a very serious business on the great estate respecting the water
supply. Last night, they had pumped the well dry merely in raising the
family supply for the day; and this morning (very little water having
been got into the cisterns) it is dry again! It is pretty clear to me
that we must look the thing in the face, and at once bore deeper, dig,
or do some beastly thing or other, to secure this necessary in
abundance. Meanwhile I am in a most plaintive and forlorn condition
without your presence and counsel. I raise my voice in the wilderness
and implore the same!!!

Wild legends are in circulation among the servants how that Captain
Goldsmith on the knoll above--the skipper in that crow's-nest of a
house--has millions of gallons of water always flowing for him. Can he
have damaged my well? Can we imitate him, and have our millions of
gallons? Goldsmith or I must fall, so I conceive.

If you get this, send me a telegraph message informing me when I may
expect comfort. I am held by four of the family while I write this, in
case I should do myself a mischief--it certainly won't be taking to
drinking water.

Ever affectionately (most despairingly).

In a letter to Henry Austin on 15 August 1857, the water supply problem had been solved with a bore. Dickens wrote -

[Sidenote: Mr. Henry Austin.]

GAD'S HILL PLACE, _Saturday, Aug. 15th, 1857.

At last, I am happy to inform you, we have got at a famous spring!! It
rushed in this morning, ten foot deep. And our friends talk of its
supplying "a ton a minute for yourself and your family, sir, for

They ask leave to bore ten feet lower, to prevent the possibility of
what they call "a choking with sullage." Likewise, they are going to
insert "a rose-headed pipe;" at the mention of which implement, I am
(secretly) well-nigh distracted, having no idea of what it means. But I
have said "Yes," besides instantly standing a bottle of gin. Can you
come back, and can you get down on Monday morning, to advise and
endeavour to decide on the mechanical force we shall use for raising the
water? I would return with you, as I shall have to be in town until
Thursday, and then to go to Manchester until the following Tuesday.
I send this by hand to John, to bring to you.
Charles Dickens and Captain Edward Goldsmith were well-acquainted, even on close terms, despite Dickens throwing down the gauntlet in a letter to Henry Austin on 6th June 1857, avowing "Goldsmith or I must fall, so I conceive". Dickens would have approached Captain Goldsmith as soon as he realized he had a problem supplying water to his new purchase at 6 Gad's Hill Place. Captain Goldsmith was knowledgeable about springs, bores, pipes and pumps; his own household enjoyed "millions of gallons", as Dickens complained at the time. Only a skipper of great merchant and passenger ships at sea for months on end would understand pumps, not to mention 20 years' experience on the driest continent on earth, the Australian colonies, where bores provided the only solution to endless drought. And as a shipyard and patent slip operator, he was handy with machinery. Dickens would have welcomed his assistance as one of his "friends" who had overcome the problem with a bore by July and promised him "a ton a minute for yourself and your family, sir, for nevermore" (letter to Henry Austin, 15th August 1857).

Victoria & Albert Museum
Charles Dickens,
Coloured albumen carte-de-visite, J & C Watkins,[1863]
Museum no. 1712:21-1956

A probable cause of the water supply problem for Dickens' house at Glads Hill Place at the bottom of Telegraph Hill is best explained by former resident Carole Turner in the 1980s of Captain Goldsmith's Gads Hill House at the top of Telegraph Hill:
The water table at the top of the hill was very high and the cellars of the house regularly flooded. The strange thing was that they only flooded in times of drought not in times of very wet weather. I researched it and there is a suggestion that in drought times they stopped pumping from Higham marshes and this somehow caused the water table to rise at the top of the hill. Presumably properties at the bottom i.e Dickens Gads Hill Place would have had empty wells. There were three wells at Gads Hill House and they were always was the cellar for a good deal of the time! as once flooded the water did not drain away for a very long time. Suddenly in the middle of a very hot summer I would go down to the cellar and find it flooded...quite bizarre.
Source; courtesy of Carole Turner, personal correspondence, 4th February 2016

Floor plans of Gads Hill House 2009
Formerly Captain Edward Goldsmith's house
Source: (2009)

Dickens' Well Pump
Kent ordnance maps from 1871 to 2005 online show a curious anomaly about the Gads Hill location of Dickens' well: they indicate that the archaeological site of the well, and a monument erected there to identify it, is or was within the grounds of Captain Goldsmith's property, Gadshill House on Telegraph Hill rather than further down the hill, within the grounds of Dickens' property at Gadshill Place on the Gravesend Road. The ordnance map software pinpoints it with the yellow star on these webshots (below). Perhaps there is or was a monument purporting to be the site of Dickens' well located up Telegraph Hill inside the grounds of Gad's Hill House, mistakenly placed where Captain Goldsmith's own well was located, at some point during the early 1900s when so many buildings in the area were marked out and identified with an association to Dickens' life and novels for the many tourists following the thematic walking trails. But being inside private property. this particular monument has either been removed, if it ever existed there, or is no longer accessible to the public.

Ordnance Maps of Higham and Gads Hill, Kent 1871-2005

The Kent County Council gives this summary accompanying the maps:
[TQ7125 7088] The well-house stood on one side of the new stable yard at Gadshill Place next to the new stables which Charles Dickens built, now converted into classrooms for Gad's Hill Place School. The well itself was of great depth, variously given as 230ft and 217ft and was dug through the bed of Thanet sand deep into the underlying chalk. It was still in use in 1888 but seems to have become redundant about 1900 when mains water reached Higham.
In 1973, the well pump was relocated to the grounds of the Charles Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX. An article published in 1972 , written by A. C. Harrison and J.E.L. Caiger, titled "Charles Dickens's Well" (Archaeologia Cantiana, Volume LXXXVI 1971, pp 11-14), describes in detail the trouble first encountered by Dickens with the water supply to the house and the well's construction (after the account by Dickens' contemporary John Forster); the well-house; and the horse engine driving the pump machinery.

The authors mention a traditional tale that on the completion of the well, Dickens was convinced that the then Master of Watt's Charity in Rochester had dumped the body of a dead cat into the well which he later retrieved. The original location of the well is identified by these authors as standing on one side of the stable yard next to the new stables at 6 Gad's Hill Place which Charles Dickens built, a square building with a beamed and tiled roof. The well reached a depth between 217ft and 230ft. In 1957 the structure of the well-house was deemed unsafe and demolished.

TRANSCRIPT Extract p. 13
The terms horse engine, horse gear, whim or gin have all been used to describe a certain class of machine where a horse or pony provided the motive power. The basic arrangement consisted of a lever, attached to a vertical shaft being drawn round by a horse walking in a circle; mechanical power being produced by the gears to which the lever was attached. Early machines, however, did not possess any gears. They were constructed of wood and derived their power from the action of ropes passing round drums and over wheels. Machines of this type were frequently used in the mining industry in this country towards the close of the eighteenth century. The machine that formerly stood inside the well-house at Gadshill Place was sophisticated in design and consists of a vertically mounted axle, with a lever arm, which as they revolved set suitable, gearing, cranks and pump rods in motion. The rise and fall of the pump rods operated the pumps located well shaft. The apparatus was used to pump water up to a storage tank at roof-top level in the main building and this supplied the water needs of [6] Gadshill Place.

A. C. Harrison and J.E.L. Caiger, (1972) "Charles Dickens's Well"
Archaeologia Cantiana, Volume LXXXVI 1971, pp 11-14

The Well Pump Relocation to London 1973
Dickens' well pump was relocated to the grounds of the Charles Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX in 1973, per the plaque which reads:
"This horse-powered pump was installed by Charles Dickens at Gad's Hill Place, Higham, in 1857. It was brought to its present site for preservation in 1973."

Source: Baugh's Blog Photo Essays Homes of Charles Dickens

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Captain Goldsmith, three bloodstock fillies and a larboard collision

ABORIGINAL manufactures exports on the DERWENT
JAMES and JOHN LORD horse breeders

There is a suburb north of Hobart named Goodwood, close to the Elwick Race Track which was established on land owned by pharmacist John Wilkinson in 1875. By chance or design, the stock of racehorses imported by the brothers John and James Lord to Hobart in 1850 on board the Rattler, Captain Goldsmith in command, were from the blood stock of the Duke of Richmond, of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England.

Racehorses Belonging To The Duke Of Richmond Exercising At Goodwood
Artist: George Stubbs Date: 1760-1761

The seat of the Duke of Richmond Goodwood House, West Sussex, England.
By Ian Stannard from Southsea, England - Goodwood House 2011
Many famous horses were winners of the Goodwood Cup. Priam, owned by the Earl of Chesterfield, won the Goodwood Cup in 1831 and 1832 and was the first Derby winner to graduate to success in the Cup. The famous mare Alice Hawthorn, known as ‘The Queen of the Turf’, was winner of fifty-two races in seven seasons before being the dam of a Derby winner, Thormanby. She won the Goodwood Cup in 1844.

Illustrated London News 1843. Goodwood Horse Races Duke Richmond Prize Cup

Arrival of three blood fillies on the Rattler 1850
SHIPPING NEWS Port of Hobart Town ...
December 14 - Arrived the barque Rattler, 522 tons, Goldsmith, from the Downs 26th August, with a general cargo. Cabin--Mr. and Mrs. Cox ; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon ; Matthew and Henry Worley, C. J. Gilbert; steerage, Mrs. Downer, John Williams, Wm. Merry, Charles Daly.
December 14 - Sailed the barque Derwent, 404 tons. Harmsworth, for London, with a general cargo.

Three blood fillies for the Lord brothers on board the Rattler
The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tas. : 1835 - 1880) Thu 19 Dec 1850 Page 920 SHIP NEWS.

The Rattler, Captain Goldsmith, arrived on Saturday, after an average passage of 110 days, having left on the 26th August. She consequently brings no additional items of intelligence, but several intermediate papers. Capt. Goldsmith has on board three very fine blood fillies purchased by Mr. John Lord, from the stock of the Duke of Richmond. The fillies are three years old, and have arrived in first rate condition, sufficiently evidencing the care and attention which have been paid to them on the passage. One was purchased for Mr. James Lord, and the other two for Mr. John Lord's own stud. They will prove valuable additions to our stock, the Duke of Richmond's stock comprising the best blood of England. Captain Goldsmith, to whom the colony is much indebted for many choice plants and flowers, has brought out with him seven cases of plants this voyage, all of which are in good order. On coming up the river, the Rattler got into collision with the Derwent, and had her larboard quarter gallery carried away. The Rattler was hove too waiting for the Pilot to come on board, and the Derwent coming down with a fair wind came rather too close, for the purpose of speaking her, and struck her on the larboard gallery, carrying it away. — Advertiser.
"Larboard" was the common term used for the left side of the ship facing forward (Middle-English ladebord related to load), a term in usage well into 1850s although the Royal Navy ordered the word "port" to be used after 1844, port being the side the ship would tie up at the wharf. Starboard is the right-hand side, facing forward. Since port and starboard never change, they are unambiguous references that are not relative to the observer. The barque Rattler 522 tons, Goldsmith, master arrived in the River Derwent on December 14th, and hove to while waiting for the Pilot to board, just as the barque Derwent, 404 tons, Harmsworth, master, was departing, and was caught in a strong wind while attempting to signal ("speak to") the Rattler. The Derwent struck the Rattler, carrying away the larboard gallery at the stern near the rudder, resulting in repairs to both vessels but especially to the Rattler which remained in Hobart at Captain Goldsmith's shipyard below the "paddock", the Queen's Domain, until ready again for the voyage to London on 19th March 1851. After five successful round-trips with Captain Goldsmith at the helm, from the Rattler's maiden voyage in 1846, to this incident in December 1850, the collision may well have been a factor in Captain Goldsmith handing over the Rattler in 1851 to Captain Wardell who sailed her back to Hobart in 1852.

Endeavour gallery and rigging
Maritime Museum of Australia, Sydney
Photos copyright © KLW NFC 2016

This photograph shows the board, painted yellow, known as a "gallery". It was fixed to the outside of the hull as shown here on the bark HMB Endeavour in Australian waters 1768, a replica of Captain Cook's vessel moored at the Maritime Museum of Australia, Darling Harbour, Sydney."Bark" refers to a Royal Navy vessel, whereas "barque" denotes a private merchant vessel. The galleries held fast the blocks and standard rigging to the masts, so when the Derwent - coming so close to speak to the Rattler - collided, the Rattler's larboard quarter gallery was carried away, causing major damage to the rigging and possibly the main mast.

Endeavour gallery and rigging
Maritime Museum of Australia, Sydney
Photos copyright © KLW NFC 2016

No. 5 Derwent photographed at Port Philip [s.n.]
Stamped on verso Melbourne Public Library
Date: ca. 1865
State Library of Victoria Ref: 1728676

Who paid for the damage to the Rattler? Captain Edward Goldsmith was a director of The Hobart Town and Launceston Marine Insurance Company along with Askin Morrison. Henry Hopkins, Thomas Giblin, and John Foster, which was established in 1836 and paid out at London, per this advertisement published monthly in Tasmanian newspapers during the 1840s-1850s:

Hobart Town and Launceston Marine Insurance Company
Colonial Times, Hobart, 8th June 1855

The shipping broker at London for this particular voyage of the Rattler to VDL, cleared at the Downs in August 1850, was Devitt & Co. With his partner Joseph Moore, Thomas Devitt's insurance was recorded on this cocket for £4000, equivalent in today's money around £234,120.00. Other export brokers' cockets for this voyage were signed off for values ranging from £1500 (William Roberston, image 694) to £2000 (Marshall & Edridge, image 732; Joseph Elliott, image 696; R. M. Forbes, image 692, and G. & J. Dugard, image 682). The Rattler was owned by Robert Brooks, an enormously successful shipowner, private merchant financier and wool merchant, whose trust in Captain Goldsmith's reputation and connections to the brokers Devitt & Moore, and agents Robert Towns in Sydney and Thomas Chapman in Hobart never faltered (Broeze, 1993:154).

Exporter's insurance from Devitt & Co. underwriter Charles Seal
Cargo cocket per Rattler cleared at London 22nd August 1850
Archives Office Tasmania Ref: CUS36/1/442, image 658.

Thomas Henry Devitt & Joseph Moore were ship brokers who founded a London shipping company  in 1836 with passengers and cargo vessels on the Great Britain and Australia route operating from 1863 until the end of the First World War, most in sailing vessels and later in steam. Brokers for this voyage of the Rattler to the value of £4000, the printed name of Devitt  & Co. was underwritten in transcript with the name of Charles Seal who owned the biggest whaling fleet in the colony of VDL by 1850 . Charles Seal's shipping office was at 20 Salamanca Place, Hobart. Among his ships were the Highlander, Sussex, Southern Cross, Cheviot, Litherland, Pacific, Dundee Merchant, Prince Leopold, Pride and Maria Orr. Read more about Charles Seal here at ADB.

Exports per the Derwent December 1850

Exports per Derwent,
The Courier (Hobart, Tas. : 1840 - 1859) Wed 18 Dec 1850 Page 2 SHIPPING NEWS.

Per Derwent, for London - 46 butts sperm oil, 23 cwt 3qrs 16lbs old copper, 29 tons bark, 20 packages arrowroot, 4700 horns, 4000 treenails, 18 piece blue gum, 290 bales wool, 9 butts southern oil, Brown & Co.; 15 bales leather, D. Moses; 1 case (fossil tree), R. Barker; 30 bales wool, W. A Bethune; 100 bales wool, H. F. Anstey; 12 bales wool, G. F. Read; 42 bales wool, L. Roope; 11 bales wool, G. Gellibrand; 112 bundles whalebone, 67 bales wool, Nathan, Moses and Co.; 490 bales wool, 67 bales leather, I. G. Reeves; 4 pieces iron pump, 1 bundle pump work, W.A. Guesdon; 41 cases 18 casks 4 bales 4 rugs, 7 pieces timber, 1 bundle whalebone, 1 whale jaw (specimens of manufactures and natural history), Dr. Milligan; 5 boxes horn tips, M. Anderson; 1 box accounts, Collector of Customs.
Somewhere in the "specimens of manufacture and natural history" exported by Dr. Milligan on this load per the barque Derwent to London and most likely on other shipments between 1847 and late 1850 were Tasmanian Aboriginal artefacts, and probably this water carrier made of kelp, donated by Dr. Milligan, superintendent of the Oyster Cove Aboriginal group, to the British Museum in 1851. It was exhibited at the Great Exhibition of All Nations, London, 1851. See the ADDENDA below for the full list of items from Van Diemen's Land sourced from the Great Exhibition 1851 catalogue Vol. 2l, pp 992-1000.

Page 997: No. 231: "Model of a water-pitcher, made by the aborigines of Van Diemen's Land."

Watch the video as Julie Gough on a visit to the BM carefully removes it from the box and examines the original label.

"Pitcher of the Aborigines of V. D. Land Made of Kelp"
Unknown maker
Donor Joseph Milligan 1851
Model water vessel made of seaweed (kelp)
British Museum, OC 1851, 1122.2
Great Exhibition London #234, 5 x 2.5 inches

Julie Gough
Tomalah 2015
video, HDMI, mp4, 16:9, H264, 1080p, sound, 4:50 min:sec
"The film accompanying the object, TOMALAH, intersperses footage I made of myself unpacking the original kelp carrier in the BM in 2013, with scenes from the coast where the original kelp, plants, sand would have been sourced in c.1850. The sounds of these places emanate around the Time Keeper carrier. It was my original intent that this carrier and the video projection would have been exhibited near the original ‘historic’ kelp carrier in Australia, hence enabling it to know of our solidarity and recognition of its plight, as well as our cultural continuum, and changing knowledge of how to make these objects, and for me most importantly, that it would be able to hear, for the first time in 165 years, the place from where it came, some attempt to redress what I call the Impossible Return".

Imports per the Rattler December 1850
Among the tons of imports, including very large shipments of alcohol and tobacco, were three horses, signed off as shipped on this cocket from the London Docks,

Detail of cocket below:
"3 Horses" signed off marked as shipped ex London Docks per Rattler 22 Aug 1850

Cargo cockets per Rattler cleared at London 22nd August 1850
Archives Office Tasmania Ref:  CUS36/1/442, image 659.

Imports arrived at Hobart per Rattler:
Order; 3 horses, J. Lord
The Courier (Hobart, Tas. : 1840 - 1859) Wed 18 Dec 1850 Page 2 SHIPPING NEWS.

See this article on the cargo ex London docks per Rattler from the Downs, 26th August 1850 and the digital scans of the cargo cockets viewable at Linc Tasmania online, CUS36/1/442, images 654-789.

The three fillies aboard the Rattler disembarked at Hobart apparently unscathed by the passage and the bump with the Derwent. A famous horse to survive a total shipwreck, that of the iron single screw steamer S.S. Admella in 1859 en route from Adelaide to Melbourne and Launceston was The Barber, a brindle gelding on his way to Melbourne for the Champions Race. During a heavy swell, the horse got down in its box, and the Captain let the ship drift while the horse was put back on his feet. This changed the ship's bearings, and next morning the steamer struck Carpenter's Reef near Mt. Gambier, breaking into pieces. Of the 29 crew and 89 passengers, several drowned, many died from exposure, stranded without food for eight days clinging to the hulk or perched on rocks, and some were taken by sharks. The horse, The Barber, had disappeared into the sea and managed to swim two kms in shark-infested waters to reach shore. When he was found wandering in the scrub, he was walked to Geelong, put on the train to Melbourne, and in October, was started in the inaugural Australian Champions Sweepstakes. He finished unplaced. The following month he won a race at Williamstown.* John Lord entered two horses in the same inaugural Australian Champions Sweepstakes as W. Filgate had done for The Barber in 1859: Sir Hercules, sired by Lugar out of Mirror, and Quickstep by Lugar out of Esplanade. Esplanade and Mirror were two of the three fillies arriving in Hobart on board the Rattler in December 1850 (see race result below).


The Bay horse Nimblefoot, standing about 15 hands 3 inches was bred by Mr John Lord, of Tasmania, and is by Panic, out of Quickstep who figured in the championship race at Melbourne in 1859. Nimblefoot does not much resemble his Sire, and is indeed a somewhat lazy horse put loosely together and does not give the idea of possessing any great staying power.

Nimblefoot: 1863 bay gelding Panic GB - Quickstep
Bred by John Lord, Tasmania
Owned by Sam Blackwood, then Joe Thompson and then Walter Craig
Trained by William Lang
Principal Wins
1870 VRC Hotham Hcp 18f
1870 VRC Melbourne Cup 16f
1871 VRC Australian Cup 16f
£1280 Attendance: 30000 Sts:28
1 . NIMBLEFOOT 6.3 J. Day 12
2 . Lapdog 7.0 J. Wilson Jr 5 ef
3 . Valentine 6.4 H. Howard 20
1/2 head x 4 lens 3:37.0 (*rec)
5/1= Warrior Unpl
Original Topweight : Tim Whiffler 10.0

Three fillies, three years old, arrived at Hobart, VDL (Tasmania) on the Rattler under the command of Captain Edward Goldsmith on 19th December 1850, imported by the brothers John and James Lord from the blood stock of the Duke of Richmond, West Sussex. Both brothers were keen sportsmen, James a stalwart of the Midlands Hunt Club and John a renowned breeder of racehorses. John Lord's horses won the Melbourne Cup and the Australian Champion Sweepstakes. Although not named when the three fillies disembarked in Hobart in December 1850, one was later known as Mirror, which became a well-regarded brood mare for John Carr Lord, John Lord's son, and the second of the three was most likely to become known as Esplanade, b. 1847, dam of Quickstep b. 1853 (Quickstep was sired by Lugar with Esplanade). Nimblefoot was born in 1863 to Quickstep and Panic, bred by John Lord, and won the Melbourne Cup in 1870.


Australian Champion Sweepstakes
Flemington, 1 October 1859
Of £100 each, half forfeit, with 500 sovs. added; the second horse to receive 200 sov. out of the stakes if three start, or save his stake if two only start ; the third horse to receive 50 sovs.
Three miles Weight for age — 3 yrs. old, 6 st. 8 Ibs 4 yrs. 9 st. 5 years 9 st. 12 lbs 6yrs & aged, 10 at. 4 lbs (65.5kg) mares and geldings allowed 3 lbs (1.5kg)

Mr. W. Field's aged, b.g. Camel by Conrad— Black Sal. (TAS)
Mr. Reilly's aged,ch.g. Nutwith by Tom Jones — Jeannette (VIC)
Mr. Henderson's aged br.h. Quiz-the-Wind, , by Dolo — Rosebud. (VIC)
Mr. Redwood's aged b.g. Strop by II Barbiere — Jessica. (NZ)
Mr. W. Filgate's aged br.g. The Barber by Sandboy. (SA)
Mr. W. P. Simon's aged bl.g. The Moor, by Walrus — Madcap (VIC)
Mr. Dougharty's aged br.g. Tomboy, by The Premier— Flight. (VIC)
Mr. Goldsbrough's aged gr.m. Alice Hawthorn, by Delapre-Polly M'Quin. (VIC)
Mr. Tait's aged bl.m. Zingara, by II Barbiere-Gipsy. (NSW)
Mr. Tait's aged ch.m. Zoe. by Sir Hercules— Flora Mclvor (NSW)
Mr. Bavin's 6 yrs.,gr.g. Flatcatcher, by Dolo— Gannymede.
Mr. J. Lord's 6 yrs bl.g. Sir Hercules, by Lugar— Mirror. (TAS)
Mr. G. Doppa's 6 yrs ch.m. Phoebe, by Sir Hercules —Woodstock. (NSW)
Mr. Redwood's 6 yrs b.m. Miss Bowe, bv Sir Hercules-Miss Millar. (NZ)
Mr. J. Lord's 6 yrs,b.m. Quickstep, by Lugar— Esplanade. (TAS)
Mr. Henderson's 5 vrs b.g. Sailor, by Sailor — Maid of the Forest. (VIC)
Mr. J. Field's 5 yrs. b.h. Swordsman, (TAS)
Mr. Redwood's 4 yrs b.m. Io, by Sir Hercules — Flora Mclvor. (NZ)
Mr. Keighran's 4 yrs,br.h. Praxiteles, by The Premier - Delapre mare (VIC)
Mr. Yuille's 3 yrs. b.g. Flying Buck, , by Warhawk— Wilhelmina. (VIC)
Mr. Lang's 3 yrs. br.c. Flying Jib, by The Premier— ShiEl-na-Guira. (VIC)

Notes :
The Barber is nominated in the name of his trainer. His owner was Hurtle Fisher.
Quickstep is the dam of Melbourne Cup winners Nimblefoot and The Quack
Io is the grand dam of Melbourne Cup winner The Pearl and Frailty, dam of Trenton
Zingara is the dam of Dundee, winner of the inaugural Epsom & Doncaster Hcps
John Field is the breeder of Melbourne Cup winners Malua and Sheet Anchor
Praxiteles was later renamed Mormon
Alice Hawthorn(e) was nominated by VJC Chairman Richard Goldsbrough but her owner was Andrew Chirnside

Mr. Yulle's 3yo b g FLYING BUCK by Warhawk*-Wilhemina (Yeend) 1st
Mr. Tait's aged ch m Zoe by Sir Hercules - Flora McIvor (Ashworth) 2nd
Mr.Reilly's aged ch g Nutwith by Tom Jones - Jeanette (Bentley) 3rd
10 lengths by 3 lengths 5.57½

James Lord and John Lord
"The richest Man in the Island" and director of the Van Diemen's Land Bank, David Lord died on 12 April 1847. He was survived by his wife Hannah, née Morley, who died on 25 June 1867. They left two sons, James (1808-1881) and John (1814-1890), both of whom became members of the Legislative Council, and three daughters. Read more about David Lord at ADB here.

Henry and Matthew Morley, immediate relatives of Hannah Lord nee Morley, the mother of John and James Lord, sailed out from London on board the Rattler, arriving 14 December 1850 as the overseers of  the three fillies on board. Their purchase on behalf of James and John Lord was most likely through the Earl of Chesterfield, winner of several Goodwood Cups with bloodstock from the Duke of Richmond.( Rattler's cockets, CUS36/1/442 images 654-789).

Left: James Lord;
Right: John Lord

Surname: LORD
Given Names: James
Title and Honours: Mr
Date and Place of Birth: 6 September 1808 - Halifax, Yorkshire, England
Date of Death: 22 May 1881 - Hobart, Tasmania
House of Assembly: 12 November 1862
Electorate: Oatlands
Positions Held:
Minister: No
Date of Departure: September 1871
Reason for Departure:
Legislative Council: 26 April 1876
Electorate: Pembroke
Party: Independent
Positions Held:
Minister: No
Date of Departure: 22 May 1881
Reason for Departure: Died in office.
Comments: Brother of John Lord MHA; Uncle of Alfred Lord MHA, MLC.

Surname: LORD
Given Names: John
Title and Honours: Mr
Date and Place of Birth: 20 May 1814 - Halifax, Yorkshire, England
Date of Death: 13 January 1890 - Hobart, Tasmania
House of Assembly: (1) 27 May 1864 (2) 3 December 1866
Electorate: Hobart Town
Positions Held:
Minister: No
Date of Departure: (1) October 1866 (2) September 1871
Reason for Departure: (2) Seat abolished.
Legislative Council: (1) 10 May 1855 (2) 28 August 1873
Electorate: (1) Hobart Town (2) Cambridge
Party: Independent
Positions Held:
Minister: No
Date of Departure: (1) August 1856 (2) 13 January 1890
Reason for Departure: Died in office.
Comments: Father of Alfred Lord (MLC Brighton, Cambridge); brother of James Lord (MLC Oatlands, Pembroke).
House of Assembly Long Room Picture: 86

The estate of Hobartville, one of the many properties owned by the Lord brothers, was inherited from their father David Lord. An extensive landholding located at North Hobart, the estate was a stabling post for Samuel Page's Royal Mail coaches on the main road service to Launceston, and a starting point for hunts across Knocklofty. With Sir James Agnew and James Lord, Samuel Page helped to found the Tasmanian Racing Club in Hobart. James Lord died at Hobartville in May 1881, his widow, Mary, died there three years later. On her death, most of the estate was subdivided for residential development when it was offered at auction in 1885. Five acres surrounding the house were retained until it was purchased in 1888 by the Friends' School.
Plan of Hobartville Estate, suburbs of Hobart, Tasmania the property of the late James Lord, Esq., for sale by auction, by Thomas Westbrook, Esq., on the premises, New Town Road.
Map data: Scale 1 chain equals 1 inch
Publication Information: [Hobart : s.n.], 1885]
Physical description: 1 map ; 87 x 70 cm.

Hobartville ca. 1900?

Descendants of the Lord family at a hunt meet
The Midland Hunt Club assembled with hounds outside the Melton Mowbray Hotel
for the Meet of Mr CARR-LORD on 22 June 1907
ADRI: PH30-1-9304 (unattributed)
Source: Archives Office of Tasmania
Series: Miscellaneous Collection of Photographs. 1860 - 1992 (PH30)

Another Tasmanian item of interest which was exhibited at the Great London Exhibition in 1851 recently surfaced at an Antiques Road Show UK (broadcast on ABC TV Australia 13th July 2016, Series 32, Episode 26) - a loo-table made of Huon Pine crafted by cabinet-maker James Lumsden, purchased by a Mr. Loft from the Exhibtion and acquired by its present owner from her mother's friend 100 years later in the 1950s, now damaged by dogs chewing the pedestal. View the ARS video segment here.

This is the full list of items from Van Diemen's Land exhibited at the Great Exhibition (London, 1851) sourced from the Great Exhibition catalogue Vol. 2, pp 992-1000.

Click each for large view.

A somewhat similar table top made of Huon pine is held at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart. It is attributed to William Hamilton and dated 1845. Unlike the loo-table by James Lumsden, the pedestal for this table was made of a non-native cedar.

Huon pine table, TMAG Collection, attr. William Hamilton 1845
Photos copyright © KLW NFC 2016

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