Des Voeux Chronology

Research notes compiled by Michele Leggott, Fredrika Van Elburg, Makyla Curtis, Susannah Whaley, Betty Davis and Brianna Vincent, with acknowledgements to Mike Gooch, Ian Leader-Elliott, Kathryn Mercer and others. July 2019.

Prepared for ‘Writing Lines: Emily Harris Letters and Diary Excerpts 1860-1863,’ Emily Cumming Harris in New Zealand and Australia.

Charles Champagne Des Voeux (1826-1914) married Katharina Sara Angelica Richardson (1829-1895) in 1853 in New Plymouth, NZ. Their children were Charlotte Mary born 1855, Whanganui, and Frederick Henry Arthur, born 1857, New Plymouth.

Des Voeux had land at Waiwhakaiho near New Plymouth, previously owned by Captain LH Davy (Grey block 126, 145, 146, 165). The property was named Glenavon, and was bought from Davy and his sons by Des Voeux’s father-in-law Thomas Watkin Richardson who arrived in Taranaki in 1850. During the Taranaki war of 1860-61 Des Voeux was captain of the Taranaki Volunteers mounted escort. The family took shelter in New Plymouth in 1860, and Emily Cumming Harris (1837—1925) lived with them as lady companion to Catherine who was partially paralysed. In 1861, after the deaths of TW Richardson and brother-in-law WC King, Des Voeux took a family party of 8 to Hobart via Sydney, also taking Emily Harris. The Des Voeux family and Mrs Richardson lived in the town centre and the wealthy suburb of South Hobart during the 1860s and early 1870s. Addresses include 138 Macquarie St (1861, 1865, 1867, 1868, 1871) and Holbrook Place (1863, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875). The family attended All Saints Anglican Church in South Hobart and were involved in church fund-raising. Des Voeux was a founding member of the Tasmanian Club in 1861 and became a Freemason of the Pacific Lodge, Hobart, in 1873. In the early 1870s he had land holdings in NSW and on occasion acted as private secretary to Tasmanian Governor Charles Du Kane.

Des Voeux made annual trips in the 1860s to NZ where he had business interests. He held the mortgage on Edwin Harris’s property (Grey Block 481) between 1859 and 1862. Because of his land holdings he was an elector on Taranaki rolls into the 1880s. Emily Harris worked for the family in Hobart as nursery governess and housekeeper until 1865, when she returned to NZ. Her obituary claims that she received training in drawing during her stay in Hobart. She was photographed by Alfred Bock at his City Photographic Establishment, 140 Elizabeth St. Des Voeux, his wife and daughter departed for London in late 1874 and it is unlikely they returned to NZ or Australia. Frederick, aged 17, was not with the family party.

Charlotte Des Voeux married Samuel Ewing in London in 1879. Frederick Des Voeux married Hylda Henrietta Brooke 1899 in France.

Charles Champagne Des Voeux was the second son of Rev. Henry William Des Voeux (c.1786-1857), vicar of Stapenhill-cum-Caldwell, later chaplain to the Marquis of Anglesey. Charles inherited the family title in 1894 after the death of his brother Henry and became sixth baronet of Indiaville. In 1914 the baronetcy passed to his son Frederick. The title went to a different part of the family on Frederick’s death in 1937 and was extinguished in 1944 on the death of the ninth baronet at the Battle of Arnhem.

Sir Charles Champaigne Des Voeux born 26 November 1827 [sic], died 11 March 1914 in London. He lived at 6 Arlington street Piccadilly. Probate London 28 April to sir Frederick Henry Arthur Des Voeux baronet, retired captain HM Army. Effects four thousand two hundred pounds. (England and Wales National Probate calendar)

Katharina Sara Angelica Richardson born 14 January 1829 in Frankfurt am Main, Father Thomas Richardson, Mother Mary Anne Whittington. She was baptised on 6 March 1829 in the Evangelische Kirche, Frankfurt. She died in 1895 on Portsea Island, county Hampshire.

C C des Vaux married Katharina Sara Angelica Richardson in 1854 Folio 123, NZ BDM.
Actual date is 9 November 1853

Charlotte Mary Des Voux, born 1855 New Zealand, folio 61.
England marriages, London C of E, Charlotte Mary des Voeux aged 23 marries Samuel Ewing R.N. aged 29.  Bride’s father Charles DV, 13 The Grove, 14 January 1879.
In St Mary’s East Bonniton, Kensington


The attached electoral roll records confirm that the section numbers owned by Charles match the holdings of Captain Davy on the map produced for the House of Commons. Here is a link to the Vernon record of a lithograph of the property.
I have also attached a deposited plan, dated 1897, which appears to cover the same section numbers. (Mike Gooch)


Chronology: Des Voeux and Richardson in England, Germany, NZ and Australia  

1821-22 and 1825
Cambridge Alumni (ancestry)
Name: Thomas Watkin. Richardson
College: TRINITY
Entered: Michs. 1821
More Information: Adm. pens. at TRINITY, Apr. 12, 1821. [Only s. of Thomas, late of Jersey.] Matric. Michs. 1821; B.A. 1825. Adm. at the Inner Temple, Feb. 1, 1822 (‘Thomas Gwatkin’). (Inns of Court.)

Charles Champage Des Vouex baptized 25 Dec 1826. Norwell and Carlton On Trent, Nottingham, England. Father: Henry Des Vouex. Mother: Frances. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 (Ancestry).

Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1938
Name:  Thomas Watkin Richardson
Gender: Male
Event Type: Marriage
Marriage Date: 6 Mar 1827
Marriage Place: Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England
Spouse: Mary Anne Whittington
Transcription: Thomas Watkin Richardson of this parish, bachelor and Mary Anne Whittington of this parish, spinster, were married in this Church by licence with Consent of [blank] this sixth day of March in the year 1827, By me, John Wittington Officiating Minister. In the presence of George Whittington junior harriet Whittington, Eliza Whittington. No. 56.

Thursday 15 March 1827,  Leeds Intelligencer,  West Yorkshire, England
Type:  Family Notice    Words:  969    Page:  3    Tags: none
Thos. Watkin Richardson, Esq. Trinity College, Cambridge, to Mary Anne, second duughter of George Esq. former place. On Monday week, at Featherston …
Published: Thursday 15 March 1827
Newspaper: Leeds Intelligencer
County: Yorkshire, England
Type: FamilyNotice | Words: 969 | Page: 3 | Tags: none

Germany, Select Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898
Thomas Friedrich Richardson
Birth Date 20 Dez 1827
Baptism 10 Jan 1828
Frankfurt Am Main, Hessen-Nassau, Preußen
Father: Thomas Watkin Richardson
Mother: Mariane Wittington


Catharina Sara Angelica Richardson
Birth Date: 14 Jan 1829
Baptism Date: 6 Mar 1829
Baptism Place: Frankfurt Main, Hessen-Nassau, Preußen, Germany
Father: Thomas Watkin Richardson
Mother: Mary Anne Whittington
FHL Film Number: 341753

Eliza Mary Richardson
Birth Date: 16 Aug 1831
Baptism Date: 29 Sep 1831
Baptism Place: Evangelisch, Offenbach, Starkenburg, Hesse-Darmstadt
Father: Thomas Watkin Richardson
Mother: Mary Ann Whittington
FHL Film Number:     1272435

*Assignment. 27 Jul 1835
Repository: B&NES Record Office
Reference number: BC/6/2/9/2389/2

  1. Thomas Prewett of the parish of Walcot Somerset, carpenter.
  2. Thomas Watkin Richardson of Trinity College Cambridge, Esquire.
    Assignment from 1 to 2 in fee of four messuages known as Nos. 26-28 and 39 Dawford Street. Consideration: £250.

Former Referece Number BC153/2389/2

Date: 27 Jul 1835
Extent: 1
Format: document
Access status: Open
Level: Item

*Assignment. 31 Aug 1835
Repository: B&NES Record Office
Reference number: BC/6/2/9/2389/4

  1. Thomas Watkin Richardson of Trinity College Cambridge, Esquire.
  2. Thomas Prewett of the parish of Walcot Somerset, carpenter.
  3. Edward Thomas Fry of Walcot, brush maker.
  4. Jacob Beer of Twerton Somerset, gardener.
  5. Elizabeth Beer, wife of 4.
  6. Stephen Holloway of Westbury Wiltshire, gent.
    Assignment from 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 to 6 for the remainder of a 1000 year lease subject to rent of a messuage known as No. 26 Dawford Street. Consideration: £250. Rent: £5.

Former Referece Number BC153/2389/4
Date: 31 Aug 1835
Extent: 1
Format: document
Access status: Open
Level: Item

*Assignment. 31 Aug 1836
Repository: B&NES Record Office
Reference number: BC/6/2/9/2022/1

  1. Thomas Watkin Richardson of Trinity College Cambridge, Esquire.
  2. Thomas Prewett of Bath, carpenter.
  3. Edward Thomas Fry of the parish of Walcot Somerset, brush maker.
    Assignment from 1 and 2 to 3 for the remainder of a 1000 year lease of a messuage known as No. 27 Dawford Street. Consideration: £50. Rent: £2:10.

Former Reference Number BC153/2022/1
Date: 31 Aug 1836
Extent: 1
Format: document
Access status: Open
Level: Item

The Gentleman’s Magazine – June 1838
Feb. 10. At Dresden, having four days previously given birth to a daughter, Frances, wife of the Rev. Henry Des Voeux.

The Gentleman’s Magazine, Volume 11 – June, 1839
16 – At Marylebone, the Rev. Henry Des Voeux, M.A. Chaplain to the Marquis of Anglesey, to Julia Grace, dau. of the late
John Denison, of Ossington, esq.

Charles Des Voeux spent his early years on the Continent and moved to England in 1839. He lived at Old Burlington Street, London, then Leamington Spa. (Peter Bennison, 2011)

Charles Des Voeux living in a boarding house, Elm House, in Wanstead, Essex, outside of London. Teacher is William Andrew.

1841 England Census
Essex, Wanstead, District 6. [Wanstead is on the NE outskirts of London in Essex].
Elm House.  [Comes after George Lane].
William Andrew. 35. Teacher. Born in Scotland.
Susannah Andrew. 40. Whether born in same county: no.
Isabella Andrew. 15. No.
George Andrew. 15. Yes.
Helen Andrew. 14. Yes.
Ann Andrew. 13. Yes.
Jane Andrew. 13. Yes.
Margaret Andrew. 10. Yes.
Elizabeth Andrew. 8. Yes.
Frances Andrew. 6. Yes.
Reeve Andrew. 3. Yes.
George Minto. 10. Pupil. No.
Harvey Montgomery. 15. Pupil. Born in Ireland.
*Charles Des Voeux. 15. No.
John Graydon. 15. No.
William Longmore. 14. No.
Charles Longmore. 13. No.
Alexander Hope. 15. Scotland.
Outram [?] Jackson. 14. No.
Edward Baker. 14. No.
James Boswell. 15. Scotland.
Norman Porkins. 15. No.
Fred Howell. 14. No.
Walter Mann. 15. No.
Henry Stone. 15. No.
George Pepper. 15. No.
Mary Edmonds. 15. F. S. [Female Servant]. Yes.
Sarah Wein. 45. F. S.

‘Henry Des Vocux’
Warwickshire, Leamington Priors, District 16. Clarendon Square. [Warwick is NW of London, central England].
Henry Des Voeux. 50. Clergyman. Born in Ireland.
Julia [ditto]. 40.  Whether born in same county: no.
Charlotte [ditto]. 20. No.
Georgiana [ditto]. 15. No.
William [ditto]. 6. No. [CC’s younger brother, born in Baden Baden. George William.]
Edward [ditto]. 4. No.
[Possibly also living with the following people, or it is a new entry not clearly marked].
Richard Raisin. 50. Male Servant. Yes.
John [Hac?]. 20. Ditto. No.
Martha Collier. 35. Female Servant. No.
Amelia Zeitler. 30. Ditto. Fr [France?]
Eliza Boyce. 20. Ditto. Yes.

Richardson V Corbett
The National Archives, Kew
*Catalogue description
Cause number: 1843 R49. Short title: Richardson v Corbett. Documents: Bill, two answers,…
Reference: C 14/144/R49
Cause number: 1843 R49.
Short title: Richardson v Corbett.
Documents: Bill, two answers, certificate, replication, examination.
Plaintiffs: Thomas Watkin Richardson and his wife and others.
Defendants: Jonathan Corbett and George Whittington.
Provincial solicitor employed in Somerset
Note: Details have been added from C 32/ 282 , which also gives information about further process
Date: 1843
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Restrictions on use: 3 working days notice to produce

*Catalogue description1842 R 1-1845 R 98
Reference: C 32/282
Description: 1842 R 1-1845 R 98
Date: 1842 Oct 29-1845 Dec 23
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: Vol 1
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

Glanavon. A farm of Capt. Davy’s.”

Object Detail:
Small lithograph depicting solitary two storey farm house in a predominently cleared landscape (clump of bush to immediate right of house and lower left side of image). Cattle and a horse graze in paddock to left of house. Mt. Taranaki/Egmont and hills in distant background. Printed text below image reads:- GLANAVON [Glen Avon] A FARM OF CAPT. DAVY’S / Published by Smith Elder & Co. Cornhill.” also “Drawn by Mr Good” and “Ford & George Lithographers 54 Hatton Garden”. Housed in folder of cream matting board.

Primary Maker
Ford and George Lithographers
Prints & Drawings/Fine Arts

TW Richardson arrives in New Plymouth by ship Poictiers 30 June 1850. He is 50, a married gentleman in the chief cabin and is travelling solo.
Brett, Henry. White Wings. The Brett Printing Co., 1928.

The Poictiers, a barque of 500 tons, sailed from London on the 24th February, and arrived at New Plymouth on the 30th June, 1850, in command of Captain Beal. She experienced a stormy passage of 115 days. The cattle and sheep placed on board all died or were washed overboard before reaching the Line, and the passengers and crew suffered for want of food for some weeks before reaching their destination. Four deaths occurred during the voyage. Mr. John James Weston, with his wife and family, arrived by this barque. Mr. Weston was the father of Mr. Henry Weston, the late proprietor of the “Taranaki Herald.” Having some passengers and cargo for Nelson, the barque proceeded on to that port, arriving on July 11th. She then went on to Port Chalmers, arriving on the 6th September the same year. (p144).

New Zealand Company. (No. 3) Stamp: New Zealand Company Feb 15 [18]50.
List of Chief and Fore Cabin Passengers on board the Ship Poictiers, Thomas Shrubsole Beale Commander, James Eyres Coward Surgeon bound for New Zealand.
Settlement – Name – Trade or Calling – Married or Unmarried, Male or Female, Age.
* New Plymouth – Richardson Thomas – unmarried – 50
I certify that I have carefully examined this List; and have stated all matters of which it is proper that the should be informed. Signed by Surgeon and Commander.

April 30 – WC King sets out with Donald McLean on a round trip to Wellington, which would bring WCK back on 19th July.  They diverged on the return journey. (Leader-Elliott)

Regarding: ARC2001-363 New Zealand Company, Box 6:
Folder 23: Poictier, items 7 and 8: 28 June 1850 – There were only 15 passengers, and the only Richardson is Mr Thomas Richardson, married gentleman aged 50 is listed. He is in the Chief cabin. Children and a woman in the chief cabin are listed individually, so it is not just the heads of households on the list. There was nothing resembling Des Voeux.  I also checked the subsequent folders in the box (later ships) and again, sadly no Richardsons or Des Voeux. (Kathryn Mercer, 23 Dec 2018)

July 14 – TWR writes home from New Plymouth.  Febrile enthusiasm. (Leader-Elliott)

New Zealand Spectator and Cook’s Strait Guardian, 17 July 1850.
The Governor Grey has brought intelligence of the arrival of the Poictiers at Taranaki, after a five months’ passage from England. She had landed some of her passengers at Taranaki and had left that settlement on the 8th instant for Nelson with 125 passengers, the greater part of whom were for Otago.

July 22 – Henry Halse to D McLean.  TWR has bought ‘the old Barracks’ for L165. (Leader-Elliott)
July 29 – Henry Halse to D McLean – TWR living with HH, as a consequence of a falling out with ‘the Horns’ in whose house he was living, he had to find alternative accommodation. (Leader-Elliott)

Margaret Alington (1988): T.W.Richardson, father of Eliza Mary King, was a Justice of the Peace who arrived on the Poictiers in 1850 and farmed in Smart Road at Waiwhakaiho. Henry Halse described him in 1850 as ‘an elderly gentleman, fond of private life, even to solitude, which has made him rather unpopular with those who came out with him; well read, and seen a great deal of the world. He is said to be a man of property.’
Footnote 28: H. Halse to D. McLean, 3 August 1850, McLean Papers, typescript, vol. 8, p. 174, Alexander Turnbull Library.

Wellington Independent, 4 Sept 1850. ‘Taranaki.’ ‘…The arrival of the Poictiers, brought us an accession of some 20 settlers, several of them gentlemen of capital and station…’


1851 England Census
Rootsweb reference to 1851 census: Richardsons at Bristol, Clifton. (Leader-Elliott)

1851 England Census.
‘Henry Dee Voenx’
Warwickshire, Leamington Priors.
No. 25. Clarendon Square.
Henry Des Voeux, 64. Head. Clergyman Church of England [two words]. Ireland, Dublin.
Julia Voeux. 57. Wife. Middlesex, London.
*Henry Calrymple Voeux. 28. Son. Fellow of All Saints College. [Notts? Carlton].
Charlotte James Voeux. 36. Daughter. Staffordshire, Binton [?]
Georgiana Voeux. 29. Daughter. Ditto.
George Parsons. 34. Servant.
Thomas Poole. 22. Servant.
Susan Whitter. 30. Servant.
Ann Benders. 37. Servant.
Eliza Collins. 48. Servant.
Elizabeth Hall. 40. Servant.
Amelia Creps. 18. Servant.
Hannah Stephan. 21. Servant.

August 1, Hursthouse reports that the Richardsons embark on the Lord W Bentinck for New Plymouth.  See passenger list below – actually August 11. (Leader-Elliott)

The New Zealander December 13th 1851. Arrival of the Lord William Bentick
*Devereux       Charles                        Bound for Auckland
*Richardson    Mrs                              Bound for Auckland
*2 children

6 Jan 1852 barque Lord William Bentinck arrives in NP with Richardsons and DV. (Leader-Elliott)

Lord William Bentinck.
This barque made four voyages to New Zealand with passengers and cargo. Her first appearance was at Wellington in 1841, as described in the story of Wellington Province; and her second voyage was to Auckland in 1850, when, under Captain Allan; she brought out a good number of passengers, including 48 sappers and miners and four gunners of the Royal Artillery, with women and children. The barque, a vessel of 444 tons, sailed from the Downs on March 26th, and reached Auckland on August 26th, 1850, being then 153 days from the Downs. After landing her passengers and a portion of her cargo, the vessel sailed for Wellington.
The following year the Lord William Bentinck, under Captain Edward Canney, made a second voyage to Auckland. She sailed from the Docks on the 11th, and from Plymouth, where she took on board 40 passengers, on the 14th August, reaching Auckland on the 12th December, 1851.
In 1852 the barque arrived at New Plymouth on the 6th January.

Ian Leader-Elliott 18 Dec 2018:
Here is an answer to your question about the arrival of the Richardson women and Charles DV – from one of my notes.  Source – the McLean correspondence with Halse. You’re no doubt familiar with the problems about the Des Voeux name – no-one seems to have had any idea how to spell it.  So he appears in various sources as De Foe, De Vanse, Devereux &c.
1852 – January 7 – H Halse to McLean:  The barque “Lord William Bentinck” arrived yesterday and landed about 30 people amongst them Mrs. and the two Misses Richardson. I tried hard (acting by proxy) to get a peep at them but couldn’t succeed however I must try again and until then reserve my opinion.  Note – Halse records in a separate letter than Des Voeux was also a passenger on the Lord Bentinck.  (Transcribed passenger list includes a Charles Devereux.)

January 8 – HH to McLean – bad news for Cooper – the youngest Miss Richardson ‘the very one I had cut out for him’ is engaged to de Foe or some such name. (Leader-Elliott)

Wellington Independent January 21st 1852. Arrival of the Lord William Bentinck

Newland journal (17 Feb 1852): The Ship “Fatima” arrived here from Wellington bringing 17 passengers for this place. A Schooner (French) from Sydney bringing a cargo of sheep for a Gentleman named Richardson living at the Waiwaikai.

August 12 – HAW to McLean: EMK to marry WCK:  Of course you know by this time that Willie is engaged to Miss Mary Richardson; but it is said that the marriage will not be yet; as a house is to be built, and all the wedding “braws” are to come from England.  (This doesn’t look right – 1852?) (Leader-Elliott)

August 13 – McLean writes to his wife: Mr W King, whom you saw at Wellington is supposed to be engaged to a young Miss Richardson of this place. (Leader-Elliott)

United Grand Lodge of England Freemason Membership Registers. New Zealand Pacific Lodge. Wellington, New Zealand.
Date of initiation: 16 Aug 1852. Passing: Sept 29. Raising: Sept 29.
Des Vaux, Charles C. 27 years old. Residence: Wellington. Profession: [Clk, Clerk?] of Bench. Certificates: 31/12/53.

Mr Des Voeux was appointed clerk to Bench at Wellington on 1st October, 1852 [see 29th June 1857, Taranaki. Copy of the letter sent to Colonial Treasurer.]

18th January 1853, Wellington. Letter from Des Voeux to President Magistrate Magistrates Court. Soliciting a leave of absence for 6 weeks ‘having made the necessary arrangements for the performance of my duties during such absence.’ Signed Charles C Des Voeux, Clerk to the [Bench?]. [Archives NZ NM8 59 1853/61]

Original Correspondence. TARANAKI HERALD, VOLUME 1, ISSUE 34, 23 MARCH 1853
Sir,— I learn through your columns that there has been a great stir lately on the subject of land. The cry is itill for land, land, as if there were already hundreds of people in this settlement waiting for land. Of course I do not question the decirubleness of obtaining more land from the natives whenever it can be done ; but at the Same time let us have people preparing or prepared to occupy the land, or I think it might aj well say as it is.
It seems to me that population is our most urgent and immediate want— a reinforcement of steady intelligent English labourers. Few will dispute the want ; the question will be how to supply It. The difficulty is not insuperable Thousands and tens of thousands have been attracted to the opposite shores of Victoria, many of whom are said to be in a destitute condition. It would, therefore, be easy to get an accession to our numbers from thence, and an encouraging opportunity presents itself. Two vessels are shortly expected here proceeding to Melbourne, and if the whole body of the settlers of TARANAKI would heartily co-operate and raise a subscription of £300, one of these vessels might be induced to return here with at least fifty people.
This is only the general idea of the thing— details have to be considered hereafter. I am willing to head the subscription list by a sum of( £20, and several friends are willing to second me. Hoping this matter will be favourably viewed and supported by the settlement at large, I am, Mr. Editor, Yours, &c, T. W. Richardson. Glenavon, March 21, 1853.

‘Early Wanganui Government Officials – R.M. Startup’
Historical record: Journal of the Whanganui Historical Society Inc., Vol 12, No 1, 1981. Pp. 1-3.
‘Charles C. Des Voeux’
Des Voeux or De Veux (in some lists) was appointed sub-collector of Customs at Wanganui, on a salary of £140 a year, from 14 October 1853 and thus certainly replaced Lett if not Dwire. By virtue of being sub-collector he was also appointed postmaster from the same date.’ (p3)
[R.M Startup = Resident Magistrate]

Charles Champagné DES VOEUX, Sir, Baron 1827 married 9 November 1853 to Katharine RICHARDSON †1895

Extract from the New Plymouth Church Register of Marriages from Sept 30 1853 to December 31st 1853.
Charles Champagné Des Voeux of Wanganui
Bachelor. And Katharine Sara Angelica Richardson of New Plymouth Spinster were married in the Church by license with consent of Parents the Ninth [?] day of November 1853.
By me George Bayley officiating minister.
In the presence of Thomas Watkin Richardson, Mary Anne Bayley, W C King.
I certify that this is a full correct extract from the register from Sept 30 to Dec 31 1853 inclusive. Henry Govett. Incumbent of N. Plymouth.

Taranaki Herald 23 November 1853 MARRIAGE
Marriage at the Henui church of Charles C des Voeux to Katharina, eldest daughter of T.W. Richardson of Glenavon. (RVE)

30th December 1853. Wellington. Letter from Des Voeux.
‘Having been employed in the Custom House at Wellington during the month of October and part of November last for the purpose of learning the duties conducted with the department of her Majesty’s Customs, to which I had then lately been appointed by His Excellency the Governor, I have now the honor to request you will be good enough to forward my application for some renumeration during that period. I feel myself more justified in bringing this under your notice from the fact that I was obliged to resign the situation of clerk to the Bench at Wellington with a salary of 140 pounds per annum, in order to enter upon the duties I have alluded to, and further that Mr Slackmore [?], who was likewise making himself acquainted with the duties connected to the appointment, received his salary as Chief Clerk to the Colonial Secretary during the whole period his services were required at the Customs House Wellington.’ Signed Charles C Des Voeux, Sub Collector. [Archives NZ IA1 143 1854/4081]

April 3 – HAW to McLean:  Mrs. Richardson told me yesterday that they are expecting Mr. Des Vana this week. He is coming to look after land in this quarter. Wm. King’s house is to be ready by June, so I suppose there will be a grand marriage there. Some seem to think that he will never open his heart to spend an extra penny on the occasion; at least so thinks his future father-in-law. (Leader-Elliott)

April 18 – W Halse to McLean – Miss Richardson will not sing: ‘Some entertainments are coming off next week, under the patronage of the Freemasons. A concert, at which most of the vocal and instrumental talent of the place will be exhibited, except Miss Richardson, who has been interdicted by the Squire of Brooklands. The next evening a Play, written by that universal genius, A. King; which is to convulse us with grief and laughter. Des Vanse and Captain King are here from Wanganui, on a visit. But they will leave before the concert’. See Taranaki Herald, 18th April, for the opera and the concert. (Leader-Elliott)

23 May 1854. From: S Carkeek, Collector of Customs, Wellington To: Colonial Secretary, Auckland. Recommending half pay be allowed Mr Des Voeux during the time he was learning the duties of his office.

24 July 1854. Letter from Des Vœux, Postmaster. Govt Office – [Petor? Name of Whanganui Post Office?]. [Archives NZ IA1 143 1854/4081]

2nd December 1854. Whanganui. Letter from DV to Colonial Secretary. Re Registrar of Marriages appointment. ‘for having to perform the duties of Sub Collector of Customs and Postmaster without any assistance whatsoever it will be out of my power to perform those connected with the appointment of Registrar.’ [Archives NZ NM8 59 1853/61]

Two copies of appointment letter. Dated 2nd December 1854. Second one addressed to: Robert Champaigne De Voeux.’ [see letter 4 January 1855 recording error in Christian name].

January 4: Eliza married Captain William Cutfield King, Henui Chapel, New Plymouth. William Halse writes to McLean on 15th January:  William King is at length married to Mary Richardson. It came off at the Henui, and so secretly, that I knew nothing of it until I was on my way to Pukerangiora with Major Nugent, Vickers, and Henry; overtaking the old Captain on the road to Church. In the evening we dined at Vickers’, where we met Govett, who was not even asked to cross the water with the Richardsons after the ceremony; and report affirmed that the old Captain was similarly treated. Certain it is that he left them at the Church, and went to town. The couple are by themselves at the new house. Neither cards nor cake have issued therefrom. Well, if ever I marry, I’ll have a jollification and no mistake. Dancing without intermission, and plenty of it. It is said that Captain and Mrs. King intend returning to the Old Country, now that Willy is settled. A natural and common impulse with old people, — and young ones if they but had their way. (Leader-Elliott)

4 January 1855. Whanganui. Letter from Des Voeux to Colonial Secretary in Auckland. Acknowledging receipt of letter containing Registrar of Marriages appointment. Asks for someone else to be appointed in his place.

Transcript: ‘…commission appointing me Registrar of Marriages for the District of Whanganui which I have now the honour to return to you a mistake having been made in the christian name. I have further to state that the office alluded to so far from being solicited by me is one very much against my inclination and if not too late I have to request you will be good enough to petition His Excellency the officer administering the Government to appoint some other person for the performance of the duties of Registrar for this district.’ Signed: Charles Champagne des Voeux. [Archives NZ NM8 59 1853/61]
[Note: If DV is writing from Whanganui 4 Jan 1855, he was not present at the marriage of WC King and EM Richardson in NP on same date?]

23 Jan 1855 Wairarapa earthquake – Wikipedia
The 1855 Wairarapa earthquake occurred on 23 January at about 9 p.m., affecting much of the Cook Strait area of New Zealand, including Marlborough in the South Island and Wellington and Wairarapa in the North Island. In Wellington, close to the epicenter, shaking lasted for at least 50 seconds.
Magnitude‎: ‎8.2–8.3 Mw      Casualties‎: ‎5–9 deaths
Areas affected‎: ‎New Zealand, ‎North Island        Depth‎: ‎33 km
Tectonic setting · ‎Earthquake characteristics · ‎Damage

GeoNet: M 8.2 Wairarapa Tue, Jan 23 1855
M 8.2 Wairarapa Tue, Jan 23 1855. The 1855 earthquake is the most severe earthquake to have occurred in New Zealand since systematic European colonisation began in 1840. The shock was felt across almost the whole country, and was highly destructive in Wellington (MM 10), and severely damaging in Whanganui and Kaikoura.
(See also 1902 memoirs of JG Woon, aka ‘Old Settler’ of Whanganui.)

Birth of Charlotte Mary Des Voux, born 1855 New Zealand, folio 61 in Whanganui.

1855. Births in the district of Wanganui for the quarter ending 30 Sept.
No. 20
When Born. 1855 June 11
Name, if any. Charlotte Mary
Sex. Female
Name and Surname of Father. Charles Champagné Des Voux.
Name and Maiden Surname of Mother. Catharine Sarah Angelica Des Voux formerly Richardson
Sub Collector of Customs
Signature, Description and Residence of Informant. Charles Champagné Des Voux Wanganui
When Registered. 1855 July 19th.
Signature of Deputy Registrar. [Signature]

25th June 1855. Letter From: Charles C Des Voeux, Late Postmaster, Whanganui To: Colonial Secretary, Auckland. Subject: For His Excellency’s sanction for the expense of £2-8-0 for 4 Tarpaulins to cover Mail Bags £1-5 for a Special Messenger. [Archives NZ IA1 1855/1944]

November 20, 1855: Birth of Alice Mary King [des Voeux] [Turton]. (Leader-Elliott)

Taranaki Herald 21 Nov 1855. Shipping Intelligence
Mr and Mrs Des Voeux and child, Mrs Richardson, arrive in NP on 18 Nov. from Whanganui on the Mary Jane

“Mary Jane.” 40 tons. Arrived November 18th, 1855, from Wanganui.
Passengers: Mr. and Mrs. Des Voeux and child, Mrs. Richardson, C. Des Voeux, Mr. and Mrs. Grace, Mrs. Old and four children. (Rutherford and Skinner, p266, from T H)
[The Des Voeux and Mrs Richardson arrive in NP just in time for the birth of Alice Mary King, 20 Nov 1855.]
[Note: who is C Des Voeux? or is this an error for CC?

Charlotte Jane Des Voeux (1814-1871). 1851 UK census, sister of DV
Augusta Caroline Des Voeux (1817-1874), ditto
George William Des Voeux (1834-1909), DV’s brother
Edward Des voeux (1836-1892), ditto]

December 1:  Wanganui earthquake.  Charles and Katherine DV had ridden down from Taranaki to visit Adams, the Commissariat Officer.  A fireplace chimney fell on Alice and inflicted injuries from which the informant, an ‘old settler’ said she ‘never fully recovered’.  But the old settler was mistaken about various things, so Katherine’s injuries may not have been so serious It seems that Charles DV became postmaster in Wanganui. (Leader-Elliott)
[Note: no earthquake listed for 1 Dec 1855, GeoScience].

15th February 1856. Custom House, Whanganui. Letter from Des Voeux, regarding his leave of absence and arrangements with Durie who will also be acting Registrar of Marriages in his place. [Archives NZ NM8 59 1853/61]

Taranaki Herald 22 Mar 1856. Colonial Secretary’s Office
David Stark Durie , Whanganui, appointed Registrar of Marriages for that district during the absence of C.C. Des Voeux.

26 June 1856. Taranaki. Letter from Des Voeux to Private Secretary requesting leave. ‘For the purpose of visiting England on urgent private affairs…I have made arrangements with Major Durie.’ [Archives NZ NM8 59 1853/61]

2 July 1856. Letter from DV, Whanganui.

November 9 – HAW to McLean on Woodleigh(?):  When you come down, you will see great alterations to the Henui. The beautiful field opposite the house, is now divided into two-acre bits, and houses springing up up-on all of them. One of these is, to me, a noble mansion, already named “Linkum Doddy”, to the Laird of which, Willie by name, you shall be formally introduced on your arrival at the Henui.

Now – this doesn’t quite sound right as a reference to WCK or Woodleigh, since their house was supposed to be finished by June 1854 and McLean knew WCK well and didn’t need any introduction. (Leader-Elliott)

1st March 1857. Birth of Frederick Henry Arthur De Veux. BDM certificate:
Frederick Henry Arthur. Male. Father: Charles Champagne [could be Des or Du Vœux or Vaux]. Mother: Katharina Sara Angelica Richardson. Occupation of father: Gentleman. Signature, Description and Residence of Informant. Charles Champagne Des Vœux New Plymouth. Registered March 12.

29th June 1857. Taranaki. Letter from Des Voeux respecting his additional leave of absence granted for the purpose of proceeding to England, and recommending Mr Murray be appointed during this time. Explaining a letter he sent to Colonial Treasurer. Mentions Mrs Des Voeux illness delaying their going to England.
Transcript: ‘… circumstances over which I had no control prevented me until now from proceeding to England. Mrs Des Voeux’s protracted illness and a second attack of paralysis being expected was the chief cause for this delay. However having been strongly urged still to undertake the voyage it was my intention to have proceeded to Auckland hoping there to obtain our sanction to this step – the steamer ‘Zingari’ [?] touching at this port on her way to Melbourne will I trust be deemed a sufficient apology for availing myself of such a favourable opportunity instead of going to Auckland as I had contemplated with a view to personally soliciting your excellency’s permission. I can only further state that a period of less than 18 months from the expiration of my present leave would I fear avail but little towards restoring one who has been so long a sufferer. Under these unfortunate circumstances I entertain a hope that your excellency will allow a [locum? Tenant? Two words] to perform my duties at Whanganui during this period. I may mention that Mr John Murray the son of Major Murray 65th Reg who was for some time in the Customs Department in Ireland would be willing to undertake their performance for the time specified…’ [Archives NZ NM8 59 1853/61]

29th June 1857, Taranaki. Copy of the letter sent to Colonial Treasurer. Will proceed to Melbourne en route for England. Note: ‘Mr Des Voeux was appointed clerk to Bench at Wellington on 1st October, 1852 and to the Customs at Wanganui on 14th October 1853. He got six months leave in February 1856 which was afterwards extended to a further period of one year from the end of the former.’

Taranaki Herald 4 July 1857. Shipping Intelligence
July 1. – Zingari, steamer, Millton, for Melbourne. Passengers – Mr and Mrs Des Voeux, Mr and Mrs Latimer and child.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) 28 July 1857. Shipping Intelligence
July 27. – Zingari, s.s., 145 tons, W. N. Milton, from Nelson 25th ult., via New Plymouth 1st inst. Passengers – cabin: Mr. and Mrs. Des Vaux, Mr. and Mrs Jones, Mr and Mrs Lattimer, Mr Hale and child. Messrs. Douglas, Caldwell. Bright Brothers and Co., agents.

August 1857. Royal Charter. Destination Liverpool. Des Feux, — Mr and Des, Feux — Mrs. (Outward p*
Passenger lists PROV. Original record kept on microfilm in North Melbourne Reading Room, not digitised.

Death of CC Des Voeux’s father, Sept 1857
Rev. Henry Des Voeux, the son of Sir Charles Philip Vinchon Des Voeux and Mary Anne (Marianne) Champagné (the sister of Jane Champagné, the wife of Henry Bayly Paget, 1st Earl of Uxbridge), was born about 1786 and died at Interlaken in Switzerland on 30 September 1857 (as a result of an accident). From Paget family page

TW Richardson to Bishop Selwyn, 21 Dec 1857 (Kinder Library)
ANG 90-14-26
Mr Richardson Application for Holy Orders

My Lord
Having had the happiness of some little intercourse with your Lordship, tho’ far too little and transient for my good, I am emboldened by it to submit this my case and petition to your favorable consideration the state of spectant [legislation?] which this continuously s….. and the … of ministers of the church of england has long been a matter of deep concern to me and pondering this much in my mind it has exposed [?] whether I could not, in my own … do somewhat, however … to remedy the Evil. And I beg to avenge all truth and sincerity [???]. That I am not influenced by
[p2] any motive of self conceit, or of fancied superiority over my fellow sinner of this  place and I want no …. lament my idea simply is that the Almighty having offered me with service and competency [?] having had a good Education – it might be received by him as a return of duty acceptable to this law – the Church, our Redeemer to glorify and praise his Most Holy Name – by considering myself more especially to his service for the remainder of my days and so be able to do more good to my fellow being than I otherwise could.
To effect this as a [one word] of the Gospel, your Lordship’s Episcopal Sanction at … which I hereby due for [?]
Of course I cannot tell whether the peculiar circumstance of the case will be deemed by your Lordship sufficient to warrant or endure you to [one word] many conditions and requirements, which you would very properly invert [one word] in the case of young candidates.
From there E.g. you to demand a Long and complete course of theological studies which at my advanced age, nearly sixty and with very weak eyes, is quite out of the question. However, I can assure you that my whole life has been spent in the perusal of the best books. Some of our elder [divine?] especially J Taylor have been my delight together with our lovely Christian poets. Milton, Herbert, Young, Cowper, etc.
I only mention this to evince the bent of my mind. Having now explained my end and motives, it only remains to add my wish that we may speedily see your Lordship in Taranaki where I shall be enabled to offer myself more freely and I hope satisfactorily than I can by letter. In the meantime, I beg to [s…] myself. Your Lordship’s very affectionate and humble servant, T W Richardson.
To the Lord Bishop of New Zealand
Glenavon 21st Dec 1857.

28 December 1858. Mr and Mrs Charles C Des Voeux arrive in Melbourne on the Royal Charter, from Liverpool, England. Recorded on ship’s log, page 15. Travelling alone. (Ancestry, Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passengers Lists, 1839-1923 and Public Record Office Victoria Unassisted passenger lists (1852-1923)).


Henry Govett to Bishop Selwyn, Easter Eve, 1859 (Kinder Library)
ANG 90-14-45
1859. New Plymouth. Mr Govett [testimonial?] of Mr Wollaston and Mr Richardson.

Henui parsonage. Easter Eve.
My dear lord
I wrote to you about several matters directing my letter to Wellington but I think most likely that you must have left before its arrival. I wish now however especially to bring before you for your consideration the question of Mr Wollaston’s ordination. From which I have seen of him and from which I have heard from others I believe that he is quite desirous to devote himself faithfully to the work of the ministry [?]. At the Bell Block and the Henui – where he has been engaged among the people he appears to be very much liked and they look forward with pleasure to the thought of his being permanently settled here. I believe he has been guilty of some indiscretions which have operated to his pre-[ink faded]. but I should hope that seeing the [one word] they have thrown in his way already he will be made more careful for the future.
It has occurred to me that if you should be at Auckland on Trinity Sunday you might possibly be willing to ordain Mr Wollaston if the [one word] he should appear to you well qualified.
If you should be willing to receive him Mr W might go to Auckland then [two words] of the steamer which would be a short five weeks time [?].
I believe your lordship is acquainted with Mr Richardson’s wishes to the subject of [ink faded] there anything which [one word] suggest in the way of receiving him as a practitioner for the Holy Orders. He seems anxious to devote the remainder of his life to ministerial work and of course the presence of another clergy here would be a great help to me and enable us to go about more affairs the settlers – which they are now preparing for very much [two words] although at present [one word] much opportunity.
I am very glad that there is some prospect of your being able to share a native [one word] for this district. in the Taranaki district the natives are [two words] especially in the hipe of having an English clergyman.
Mr Brown is a great acquisition [ink faded] to work vigorously Omata and Tataraimaka. We are very much pleased with him.
Please send my regards to Mrs Selwyn
My dear lord, yours faithfully, Henry Govett

Rutherford and Skinner, The Establishment of NP, 269
23 Jan 1859 on the Lord Worsley from Sydney via Nelson, Mr and Mrs Des Voeux and servant.

Taranaki Herald, 29 Jan 1859, Page 2, Shipping Intelligence.
ARRIVED. January 23. — Lord Worsley (s.s), 550 tons Johnson, from Sydney via Nelson. Passengers — Mr and Mrs Des Voeux and servant. C. Brown, agent. January 28. — Osprev, schooner, 40 tons, Butt, from Manukau. S. Foul, agent.

Henry Govett to Bishop Selwyn, 11 Apr 1859 (Kinder Library)
ANG 90-14-46
[Note: ink has faded along margin, hand writing is hard to make out so transcription is only approximate.]
1859. New Plymouth. Mr Govett on Mr Wollaston and Mr Richardson.

Henui Parsonage
April 11th
My dear lord. I beg to acknowledge with many thanks your kind letter of welcome to Mrs Govett and my [two words] return to Taranaki. We are now mostly well settled in our home, and after [two words] to work upon our regular duties.
There seem to be many things all at once requiring attention. Mr Brown I believe has decided to taking a lease of Brook Wood [ink has faded at margin] and living there, as it is the only available house in the neighbourhood. I recommended him if he could to take it at first for the year only – that he might be more free – but i believe Mrs [..lley] having expended [?] a good [one word] of money there – is rather assuming his doing so.
[At present?] it is arranged that [after?] the morning service at Omata [three words] afternoons … Omata bush and Tataraimaka [?] [one word] in England. I told him that I did not think he could count upon more than 100t. [one word] as stipend and as there [one word] stand just now. I don’t … that a larger sum could be spared. Mr Wollaston has called upon [one word] and entered upon his affairs – he is naturally very upset to leave a fixed position [one word[ But of course as you have [one word] the motion of testimonial [one word] in some degree referred to myself. I must [two words] little hine – to harm what his [one word] are – and what the parsonage and intentions of [two words] are about him.
I don’t see that anything can be done about the guarantee until the return of Mr Hirst who has interested himself [one word] about church matters on the Hua district.
I believe Mr Richardson has made you acquainted with his wishes [ink faded one or two words] ordination. He seems very earnest and desirous as he says to spend the remainder of his days in the service of God. I doubt very much whether the feeling towards him would be very favorable [?]. But still I am not aware that anything could be brought forward against him [one word] prepositioned to his character. I believe that for the last four years he has learned much more lessons and [one or two words] of religion and is activated entirely by good motives in proposing himself as a candidate [one or two words] I believe aware that the purposes giving his help [one word] any wish for stipend [one word]/
I am very glad that you have been able hold your first meeting with regard and I heard that the measures adressed will be in the most part acquirable to pone word] and [one word] to the church.
Believe me… my dear lord, yours faithfully, Henry Govett.

48 Letter. Henry Govett to G.A. Selwyn. Henui Parsonage, June 11 [1859] 4 p.
re Wollaston’s departure for Auckland, insufficient funds to support 3 clergymen, demand for Maori prayer books, plans for Richardson to remain a Lay reader “for some time longer”, and for the extension of the church building.

22 June 1859 Des Voeux holds mortgage on Edwin Harris property Grey 481

Consecutive Number of Instrument: 736
Day, Hour, And Minute of Instrument: June [23] 1859. 3 o’clock pm
Nature of Instrument: Mortgage
Date of Instrument: June 22 1859
Where Recorded: R1. [579]
Reference to Sub-division: [Blank]
Signature of Party or Authorised Agent: [Thomas Standish] Grouped signature with above]
*736 Harris to Des Voux. Mortgage 22 June 1859
[Taranaki Land District] Deeds Register Book R12, pp. 187-88 (R22848274). Archives NZ. BAPP 23518 W5750 /41.

51  Letter. Meyrick Lally to G.A. Kissling. Taranaki, Dec. 14, 1859. 1 p. re licence to allow Thomas Richardson to officiate at services as a layman.

52  Letter. Meyrick Lally to G.A. Selwyn. Taranaki, Dec. 15, 1859. 7 p.
re his request to George Kissling for a licence for Thomas Richardson as Lay reader, and Wollaston’s continued breaching of church discipline in preaching from manuscript sermons

19 December 1859: Birth of Constance Ada King [Roope] [Mullens]. (Leader-Elliott)


Tasmanian Assessment and Valuation Rolls (Hobart)
Friday, February 10, 1860
138Elizabeth Street Occupier: Alfred Bock Owner: John Mather, Valuation: 60. Description of property: House and shop On Page 1953
138 MacQuarie St. Occupier John Burnett. Owner: James Priest, Valuation: 90. Property description: Dwelling-house and land Page 207

Taranaki Herald 10 Mar 1860. Journal of Events
The services of a mounted escort of volunteers was accepted by the Commanding Officer, and C. DesVoeux, Esq., received the appointment of supernumerary Captain of Militia to enable him to take the command of them. This force is mostly arnwl with a sword and revolver. […] Punctually at four the advance sounded, and the column marched off in slow time, and with the guns and baggage tran and rear guard could not have been lesb than half a mile in length. Sixteen mounted settlers under Captain DesVoeux escorted the baggage.

Edwin Harris to Donald McLean. New Plymouth, 21 Mar 1860
New Plymouth
March 21st
Dear Sir
As it is probably [probable?[ I may not be able to see you personally, I have thought it best to write you to ask if you have any influence in obtaining from the governor, with whom I am unacquainted some employment more fitting (professionally or otherwise) for an old servant of the Government than that of a private in the Militia.
I am still able to map & draw as when we were first acquainted and could certainly render more efficient service professionally than as a fighting man. Should you wish to see me, I will call on you. But we are at present living at the Henui opposite Dr Wilsons.
I remain
Dear Sir
Yours [two letters, Le?]
Edwin Harris

MS letter to Donald McLean. Written in New Plymouth, 21 Mar [1860]. 2 pp. ATL. MS-Papers-0032-0326.

Taranaki Herald 24 Mar 1860. Journal of Events
(Te Kohia) and 20 Mounted Volunteers, under Captain DesVoeux.
August 8 – Brooklands raided and interior pillaged
August 10 – WCK Woodleigh had been occupied and pillaged.  WCK went out with volunteers to salvage goods.  One trip successful.  Second abandoned.
August 19 – Diary of Events reports that Richardsons, Kings, Shuttleworths and Mrs Smith’s homes are occupied by the enemy.  ‘Friendly natives’ defecting to the enemy.
August 24 –  A force of 100 brings produce from Richardson’s to NP, for commissariat.
August 28 – 300 more evacuated to Nelson.  Planned to evacuate all settlers wives and children.
August 31/Sept 1 – Woodleigh burned.
September 11 – Mercury (Aust paper) reports that TW Richardson’s house at Waiwhakaiho was pillaged by Maori and stripped of lead. Obviously for making bullets. Wai is a location named after the river Wai, now a suburb of New Plymouth. Richardson’s farm was ‘Glen Avon’ which is likewise now a suburb of New Plymouth. (Leader-Elliott)

Taranaki Herald 15 Sept 1860. Journal of Events
(attack on Huirangi, 11 Sept) No. 2 division, commanded by Major Hutchins, 12th regt., consisted of 464 men of the 65th regt., royal artillery, and royal engineers, under Capt. Strover, R.A., Capt. Mould, R.E., Capt. Turner, (commanding 65th), Capts. Strange, Barton, Lieutß. Bailie, Urquhart, Whitbread, Wrixon, Pennefather, Chevalier, White, Talbot, Dr. White, Dr. Niven, Qr.-master Withers, 65th regiment, and 20 men of the mounted escort under Capt. DesVoeux. […] Later in the day the mounted escort, under Captain DesVoeux, returned, and from them we have the following particulars of the proceedings of the expedition
(Mahoetahi, 6 Nov) ; Major Herbert, Captains Brown, and Atkinson, Lieuts. Morrison, Messenger, Hammerton, Webster, and 120 men of the Militia and Rifle Volunteers (30 of the former and 90 of the latter) ; Captain DesVoeux and 20 of the mounted volunteers.

September ? Multiple reports of the burning of W C King’s splendid two storey house at Woodleigh.  Early in the New Year, his large haybarn was fired.  Add to this the newspaper accounts that he was killed by Maori who worked for him and it appears that he was deliberately targeted.  Not surprising as a leader of a militia.
September 3 – major expedition to rescue produce and household effects from Brooklands.
September 6 – WCK placed under arrest for refusing to head a file of soldiers to use force to make Mrs S Andrews submit to evacuation via the White Swan. (Leader-Elliott)

Taranaki Herald 13 Nov 1860. Journal of Events.
(Mahoetahi, 6 Nov) 14 of the Mounted Escort in command of Capt. DesVoeux ; 150 of the Native Corps in charge of Messrs Parris, Good, Carrington, and Wills.
[Note: No mention in Journal of Des Boeux visit to Glenavon, which appears to occur shortly before 24 Nov]

November 27 – WCK elected.  There are passing references in correspondence in RAP 660-5 as the Richmond/Atkinsons come to terms with his defeat of T King.  Attributed to popularity arising from his resistance to forced evacuation and his deep purse.  JCR as editor(?) of TH vows to educate him and provides a qualified appreciation of his character.  The R/A mob seem to have borne the brunt of anger over the forced evacuations.  See also D McLean on this.

Taranaki Herald 29 Dec 1860. Journal of Events
(Attack on Matarikoriko) 12th Regt. — Capt. Miller, Lieuts. Lowry and Mair, Ensign Hurst, and 86 men ; 65th Regt. — Colonel Wyatt, Capts. Bulkeley and Strange, Lieuts. Urquhart, Whitbread, Toker, Wvixon, Pennefalher, White, Lieut, and Adjutant Lewis, Ensign Butler, and 322 men ; Naval Brigade — Lieut. Woods, Midshipman Home, and 24 men ; Lieut. Talbot and 30 men (65th) to join the force from Bell Block ; Mounted Volunteers — Captain Des Voeux and 11 men ; Militia and Volunteers — 3 captains, 3 subalterns, and 80 men.

Taranaki Herald 12 Jan 1861 [Saturday]
On the 8th instant, Thomas Watkin Richardson, Esq., J.P., aged 60 years.

Emily Harris to Sarah Harris 14 Jan 1861 [Monday]
Since writing my last letter poor Mr Richardson has breathed his last. After long and great suffering he died as quietly as a child going to sleep. I have been and am still exceedingly busy about the mourning.
Mr Richardson was buried on Friday, Mr Des Voeux came up from the Waitara for a few days, he returned yesterday.

January 8: TWR dies at Taranaki, aged 60. Described as a Nelson colonist. He is shewn as a landowner, but nothing else is reported of him. A lawyer, Inner Temple. Oxford alumnus, originally of Ipswich. (Leader-Elliott)

New Zealand, Cemetery Records, 1800-2007
Name: Thomas Watkin Richardson
Birth Date:     abt 1801
Death Age:    60
Death Date:   8 Jan 1861
Death Place: New Plymouth
Burial Place: Taranaki, New Zealand
Cemetery:      St Mary’s Anglican

91  Letter. Henry Govett to G.A. Selwyn. Taranaki, Jan. 18 [1861?] 4 p. counsels against visit “in the present state of bitter feeling among the settlers”, expresses wish to visit Auckland to “see my boys”, news re Mr Wilson’s efforts in getting the Waikato Natives to agree to certain terms, discussion with Mr Chilman “on the subject of the 1000 pounds in the Union Bank”, election of Mr Horne and Mr Gillingham as lay delegates for the Diocesan Synod, visit from “the Bishop of Wellington on his way to England, we hear from him that Mrs Selwyn is about to pay a visit to England by the Robert Laws, “heard heavy firing today at the Waitara but no news has come of the results”, death of Thomas Richardson.
February 8: W C King killed
House at Brooklands, Captain Henry King’s model farm burned.

Harris, Emily Cumming. MS copy of letter to parents Sarah and Edwin Harris, Nelson. Written in New Plymouth, 20 Feb 1861. Death of WC King, plans to leave for Hobart. Breaks off mid-sentence. Copying date unknown. Puke Ariki. ARC2002-190. Box 1, folder 3. Fascicle 1, pp. [23]-[26].

[…] Mr King’s untimely death has made a great and sudden change in all the plans. It was his often expressed wish that if he died that his wife should leave New Plymouth with the children, which she will do as soon as she arranges matters a little. Mr Des Voeux has given up his commission and intends going to Sydney by the next mail steamer and from thence to Van Diemen’s Land to Hobart Town with Mrs King & Mrs Richardson but perhaps not all together. Mr Des Voeux’s first wish and intention was to take me. He afterwards thought of going to Wellington, then if I liked he would have taken me there on his way and tried to get me another situation and if he could not, send me on to Nelson, so Mrs Des Voeux told me. I then went to Mrs Dingle and made her an offer of taking her children to Nelson. But she could not make up her mind to part with them, she strongly recommended me to open a school here, she said that I should be certain to get plenty of scholars. I felt very much inclined to try and consulted Mrs Standish about it and she was of the same opinion. Mrs Dingle also offered me a home for a few weeks. They live in part of Richard Brown’s house, but where to get a school room is the great difficulty.
Mr Des Voeux again determined to go direct to Sydney & Mrs Des Voeux again asked me to go with them but she did not seem to be very earnest about it. I was so little inclined to accept her offer that Mr Des Voeux thought it necessary to speak to me one evening. He spent an hour pointing out the advantages while I opposed the disadvantages, he was I saw thoroughly in earnest, he said he was quite surprised at my hesitating, he thought I would have been glad to see a little more of the world. But the stumbling block how to get back again. Mr Des Voeux said that the move that he was about to make was a very expensive one and that after taking me there he could not afford to send me back. But I said If after you are settled in Hobart Town you should find some one you like better & I had not the means of returning? He replied that he would never do any thing so unjust.
After some further consideration he said first he would give me ten pounds towards returning then that he would pay half & also that when the war is over he [manuscript breaks off]

Taranaki Herald 16 Mar 1861. Shipping Intelligence
March 12. — I.C.R.M.S.S. Victory, 501 tons, Toogood, from the Southern Settlements.
March 12.—I.C.R.M.S.S. Victory, Toogood, for Sydney. Passengers— C. C. DesVoeux, Esq., Mrs Des Voeux and child, Mrs Richardson, Mrs W. C. King and 2 children, Miss Tyhurst, Miss Harris, Miss Penwarden.
[Note: Frederick Des Voeux is 3. No mention of Charlotte Des Voeux, 5]
Harris, Emily Cumming.MS copy of diary fragment or letter to unknown recipient. Undated. Describes departure of Des Voeux, King and Richardson families from New Plymouth 12 March 1861 aboard Inter Colonial Royal Mail Steam Ship Victory bound for Sydney. Begins and breaks off mid-sentence. Copying date unknown. Puke Ariki. ARC2002-190. Box 2, folder 5. Fascicle 1, pp. [27]-[28].

I left. Mr Brewer took charge of my three important baskets much to my relief and carried them down to the saloon. Mr Brewer came on with D. McKellar.
The first thing we did was to choose our cabins. There were two ladies’ cabins with six berths in each. Mrs Des Voeux, Freddy & myself with two other passengers & the stewardess occupied one cabin. It was a very small room choked up with boxes & carpet bags. You may fancy how awkward it was, in the morning we were obliged to get up one after the other. The first thing we did was to put the children to bed and then we went up on deck for the odour of the cabin was intolerable. I never could make out what it was, oil or paint. When I went down to the cabin again the vessel was fairly on her way. The dreadful noise and motion of the screw soon made me feel very angry disgusted and ill. I went to bed to prevent myself from being sick. In bed it was not much better, the vessel seemed to be an immense churn & I a lump of butter continually thumped about in it while the waves splashed like gallons of buttermilk.
But to get up the next morning was no easy matter. It was an effort to dress myself & then to dress Freddy and help Mrs Des Voeux who although not sick was worse than useless with her lame arm & leg. Freddy & I at last managed to crawl upon deck and then down again to breakfast. It was a very nice salon with paintings & mirrors and couches of crimson velvet. The breakfast was quite a sumptuous repast & most tempting to anyone with an appetite, everything so clean & such nice silver and china, the waiters so attentive and throughout the voyage the fare was equally good. I was told one day that we were fortunate in having Mr Clark on board (the agent or manager of the New Zealand steamers) for that the master, cooks & in fact everyone was on their best behaviour whenever he was there. Mr Clark was very much liked by all the passengers he was so gentlemanly and obliging. But to return to the breakfast. Freddy & myself forced ourselves to eat one egg each of which we soon repented. It was several days before we ceased to think eating a dreadful nuisance. After the first day I was not sick but I could not get over a feeling of faintness during the whole voyage. Miss Tyhurst was a very bad sailor, Mrs Richardson was quite ill, Jane was pretty well. Mrs Des Voeux & Mrs King were very well. You could not have helped smiling could you have seen us, sitting on deck in the most forlorn attitudes feeling unspeakably miserable, unable to [manuscript breaks off]
[Note: no mention of Charlotte DV]

Arrival of victory in sydney. Date. Disembarking passengers. Check Trove / SMH from mid-March 1861.

The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania) 12 Apr 1861
Shipping, Hobart Town.
April 11: arrived the Tasmania of the TSN co, screw steamer, Captain Clinch, from Sydney on the 8th inst., via Twofold Bay on the 9th, Passengers: Cabin, Mr and Mrs and Miss and Master Des Voeux, Miss Harris, Mrs King and infant, Miss A. King, Mrs Richardson, Miss Penwarden.
[Note: If the passenger records are accurate, the Des Voeux party appears to pick up Charlotte Des Voeux (aged 5) in Sydney. Was she staying with Des Voeux relatives there?]

May 1861 TW Richardson Probate (first stage) (see also Apr 1870)
Richardson Thomas Watkin Esq.
Effects under 800 pounds.
4 April. Letters of Administration (with the Will and two Codicals [ML: codicils?] annexed) of the Personal estate and effects of Thomas Watkin Richardson formerly of Clifton in the City and County of Bristol but late of Glen Avon in the Province of Taranaki in the Colony of New Zealand Esquire deceased who died 8 January 1861 at New Plymouth in the Colony aforesaid were granted at the Principal Registry under the usual Limitations to William Henry Davies of Weston-super-Mare in the County of Somerset Gentleman the lawful Attorney of Mary Ann Richardson Widow the Relict the other and surviving Executor named in the said Will now residing at Macquarie-street Hobart Town in the Province of Tasmania he having been first sworn.  Former Grant Principal Registry May 1861.

Taranaki Herald 28 Sept 1861: 1. Advertisements. NOTICE! The Fences at Glenavon having been substantially repaired, the farm bailiff Mr Thomas Hamblyn has received instructions to impound all cattle and horses found trespassing thereon, and to enforce damages for the trespass. All persons are hereby also warned from trespassing, cutting, or removing any plants, shrubs, or cuttings from the grounds of C. C. DesVoeux, or Mrs Richardson ; and any persons claiming a permission or authority to cut or remove the same are hereby informed that such permission is withdrawn. Thos. Standish, Agent for C. C. DesVoeux, Esq., and Mrs Richardson. New Plymouth, 28rd Aug., 1861.

30 Nov 1861 Mr DV present at Governor’s Levee, Hobart (Trove)

December 17 – Shipping report: Mrs King and two children depart Hobart for Melbourne. See below November 1862, suggesting she was still in Hobart. (Leader-Elliott)
[Note: see Emily Harris 24 Dec 1861 below, EMK back in Hobart]

Tasmanian Assessment and Valuation Rolls (Hobart)
Thursday December 19th 1861
Elizabeth Street (no number given) Occupier: Alfred Bock Owner: John Mather, Valuation: 45. Description of property: House and shop On Page 1953

Harris, Emily Cumming. MS copy of letter to sister Frances Emma Harris, Nelson. Written in Hobart, Tasmania, 24 Dec 1861. First Christmas in Australia. Breaks off mid-sentence. Copying date unknown. Puke Ariki. ARC2002-190. Box 2, folder 5. Single folio folded in half, watermarked Hammond Manufacturing Stationer. (S)

Dec. 24 1861
My dear Frances
This is Christmas Eve, I was just going to bed very tired but thought I would write a few lines first. I wish I was with you now as I suppose that you are all at home tonight, perhaps you are having a nice little supper now or papa is playing the harp or like me you may be thinking of days gone by, but we will not look back, it is too painful and I cannot look forward it is too dreary, there is but one way to look and that is above.
This will be the third Christmas I have spent away from home the last at home was when Dr Renshaw dined with us.
I have been all day helping to decorate All Saints Church. There were about a dozen young ladies in the school room making wreaths, crosses and various other devices, they all appeared to have so much taste that I found it would be difficult to distinguish myself in the flower line, however I made one little cross with violet coloured flowers, with a small white wreath round it that was greatly admired.
Christmas day Mr & Mrs Des Voeux & myself received the sacrament early in the morning at All Saints, we went to church again at eleven, Mrs Richardson & Mrs King dined with us.
I saw Mrs Gore Browne at a concert on Monday, she appears to have made a favourable impression on the Hobartonians, The ladies say she dresses very plainly, a great contrast to lady Young who could carry off any amount of dress being tall stout and very dignified.

30 Dec 1861, Mr DV leaves on the Tasmania for Melbourne (Trove)

Sydney Morning Herald. DV arrives 12 Jan 1862 on the Rangatira. (Trove)

Charles Des voeux in NZ Feb 1862
New Zealander 12 Feb 1862. Shipping Intelligence.
Port of Auckland, cleared outwards on February 6: Airedale, from Onehunga for New Plymouth and southern ports, passenger Mr Des Voeux.

From Taranaki shipping CD:
DV arrives in New Plymouth 10 Feb 1862 on the Airedale

11 Feb 1862 Des Voeux reconsigns mortgage on Edwin Harris property Grey 481
Consecutive Number of Instrument: 1121
Day, Hour, And Minute of Instrument: February 12. [1862]. [30][unclear][20]pm
Nature of Instrument: Reconsignment
Date of Instrument: February 11 1862
Where Recorded: R[?] 581
Reference to Sub-division: [Blank]
Signature of Party or Authorised Agent:
*1121 Des Voux to Harris. Reconsignment 11 Feb 1862
[Taranaki Land District] Deeds Register Book R12 (R22848274). Archives NZ. BAPP 23518 W5750 /41.

2 July 1862. Letter From: Charles C Des Voeux, Hobart Town, Tasmania To: Sir George Grey Date. Subject: Respecting his application for an appointment. Looking for work in NZ.
Transcript: Having now been here nearly three months without hearing anything further from Mr Jose [?] relative to the appointment promised me in January last I would now, in accordance with your desire that I should write to you from time to time, wish to bring my case again under your consideration and as you kindly said that Mr Layard would reply to my letter I should be glad to be informed whether I may expect the appointment referred to or any other employment in New Zealand.’ Signs off. [Archives NZ IA1 230 1862/1721].

September: Charles Champagne Des Voeux resigns his NZ commission. (Leader-Elliott)

See the English Reports, November 1862, on the administration of Cutfield’s English property, which required affidavits from EMK, resident in Hobart, in which she stated that she was ‘late of New Plymouth’. (Leader-Elliott)

EMK in NZ Nov 1862

November 15 – Shipping news:  Mrs King, 2 children and servant depart Hobart for Auckland. (Leader-Elliott)

By 1863 Charles Champagne and his wife were in Hobart, where he once again took the rank of captain in the volunteer military force. (Leader-Elliott)

Kate Emma Hursthouse journal, New Plymouth Jan 1863
2 Friday                      Fine and calm. Aunt Hannah wrote to [ask] me to go to ‘Glen Avon’ with them and [spend] the evening with them – it was so frightfully [hot] that I could not go the Glen Avon, but I went for a walk with Miss Morshead in the evening and then to tea with the Smiths.
ML: Kate’s aunt is Hannah Stephenson Smith, nee Hursthouse. Her mother is Helen Hursthouse, nee Wilson.

Kate Emma Hursthouse journal, New Plymouth Jan 1863 (mentions Mrs WC King)
9 Friday                      Fine but the dust worse than ever. ‘Storm Bird’ in from Manaukau no public news and not a single letter for us it is the first time Helen has missed so we feel rather queer. I spent the afternoon and evening at the  D. Atkinsons. Mr J. McMillan had tea there we went for a walk in the evening. Mr T. Ronald brought me home. Mr Pitcairn has arrived in Auckland and will be down in the next steamer.
Mrs William King came in ‘Storm Bird’ & Mr F. Carrington has returned.
ML: Helen is Kate’s married sister Nellie McDonald, who lives in Auckland. Check Storm Bird passengers from Manukau c. 8 Jan 1863 for Mrs WC King and daughters. Mrs Eliza Mary King, widowed in 1861, is Des Voeux’s sister-in-law. Is Des Voeux also on Storm Bird from Auckland? Who is living at Glenavon?

January 22 – HAW writes that Mrs Willie King has returned, ‘looking cross as ever, without a scrap of mourning on her dress’. (Leader-Elliott)

Kate Emma Hursthouse journal, New Plymouth March 1863
10 Tuesday.              Fine went into town in morning  sewed all afternoon Mamma reading aloud  Mary Humphries came to invite me for Mrs King to go to a boating picnic the next day. I declined thinking I would be ill but Mrs King made a fuss and sent Mary up again so I decided to go   Nora slept with me to be ready for the Picnic in the morning, we went out to hear the band and to see the great to do that was made in honour of the Governor and General dining at Mess.
11 Wednesday.        Fine and no wind but a horrid  ground swell!! On what shall I do – Nora, Mary & I were  just starting for the Beach to meet Mrs King when Cap. Gorton rushed in to say that none of the officers could go as they had been ordered off to Omata the next day and had to make imminent arrangements  of course this was an immense blow!! Nora would not go so Mary & I went to the beach where we found Mrs King after a good deal of difficulty we got off at about 10 not more than half the people that had been expected – alas was ill and had to be put on the sugar loaf whilst the others went fishing  Col Standish very kindly stayed with me  We got home at 7.
[Note: Norah Stephenson Smith is Kate’s cousin. She married Captain Gorton in NP 2 Apr 1863. Mary Humphries is Kate’s close friend. Her autograph album is at Puke Ariki with inscriptions and poems from friends. Most entries are unidentified but we should look again for Kate’s initials (KEH) and for Mrs King’s (EMK), and perhaps for Robert Pitcairn (RP) who seems to be one of Kate’s romantic interests. Look also for Arthur Standish (AS), the Gortons, Colonel Warre (HJW)and others.
Kate is the sister of Helen Maria Phillips Macdonald (HMPM); Mary Blanche Richmond (MBR); Charles Wilson Hursthouse (CWH); Richmond Hursthouse (RH) and Flinders Hursthouse (FH)]

Harris, Emily Cumming. MS copy of letter to sister Frances Emma Harris, Nelson. Written atHolbrook Place, Hobart, Tasmania, 29 Mar 1863. Response to news of sister Catherine’s wedding. Copying date unknown. Puke Ariki. ARC2002-190. Box 2, folder 5. Single folio folded in half, watermarked Hammond Manufacturing Stationer. (S)

Holbrook Place
March 29 1863
My dear Frances
I received your kind letter yesterday and you may imagine that I was not a little surprised at the contents. I was going into the town when I met our little postman with three letters for me, so nervous that I was obliged to go into a friend’s house to read them. I had been looking forward to Kate’s marriage so long that at last the thought of it got entangled with the proverb ‘many a slip ’twixt the cup and the lip’ and when the news did come it seemed quite unexpected.
I am really rejoiced that they have received the reward of all faithful lovers and hope they will live as long & happily as the beautiful princesses & kings’ sons in fairy tales do. How I wish I had been at home, it must have been such fun to get ready for a wedding in such a hurry, how you managed I cannot tell. Why did the ceremony take place in the Scotch Church? I hope you do not prefer it to the Church of England. The bride’s dress must have looked very pretty. Were they not both pleased with the presents? Did they know beforehand what they were? I like what you bought for mine very much indeed.
Give my very best love to Kate & Alfred & tell them I hope some day to pay them a visit. It happened rather strangely about the beginning of March it might have been on the fourth that I was buying some flowers and by mistake bought a beautiful piece of myrtle not thinking that is was a bridal flower.
I received a letter from Aunt Emma by the last mail with a pretty neck ribbon enclosed in it. She says she has received a very well expressed letter from you and wishes to include you in her list of pupils if you have no objection. She begs me to ask you, I am sure you will be very glad. Aunt Emma always criticizes my letters and points out the faults which I consider a great advantage. Do you ever write to Mrs Standish? I am sure she would be so glad to hear from you, she writes such kind letters to me. I hope Mary writes.
You must not believe all you hear about Frank, he has bitter enemies who are straining to destroy his character altogether. I have not heard any thing myself against him but I know evil reports have been circulated and which have been proved to have originated only in malice.
I received a letter from Susan last post, containing a lock of her baby’s hair (such a pretty colour). The letter was scarcely two months coming. I hope I shall see your dolls’ house some day, you have quite made my fingers twitch to make one myself.
One evening during lent I went to the Roman Catholic Chapel. I was not much edified or shocked, a great part of the service consisted of prayers similar to our own, but [the] principal thing lay in rising up & kneeling down which I most devoutly did fourteen times & also in repeating part of the Lord’s prayer, the Priest saying the other half the same number of times. Easter will soon be here, I wish I could go somewhere for a holiday. I would willingly give up all the expected amusements for a quiet [time] with a quiet cheerful family. The Opera company is expected, the circus & goodness knows what besides. I shall have plenty to put in my next letter. Tell mamma not to try her eyes writing to me. Tell Mary I like her essay on Charity, I have not written mine yet.
I have sent the verses you asked for. Mr D.V. said they were very good so I was not likely to lose them.
I meant to have written a very proper affectionate letter to Kate but alas! though the spirit was willing the brain would only suggest vile rhymes, so if Kate is indignant I will write very properly next time.

Charles Des Voeux in NZ Apr 1863

9 Apr 1863 DV arrives NP on the Wonga Wonga.

18 Apr 1863 DV arrives NP from Nelson on the Lady Bird

April 25 – Maria Richmond writes to Emily Richmond of Dr Alex McKinnon dancing with EMK. (Leader-Elliott)

Maria Richmond to Emily E. Richmond – – – New Plymouth, 25 Apr 1863
Nobody knows what ‘that treacherous old rascal’, as Major Nixon calls Sir G. Grey, is about or means to do … If he should give up the Waitara and suffer the natives to impede the road making, most of the settlers must of necessity leave the place. Meantime people go on amusing themselves as usual, Mr Arthur Standish gave a ball on Thursday night at the old mess-room, the combined culinary art of Mrs Standish, Mrs Humphries and Mrs J. S. Smith were displayed in an elegant supper to a large assemblage of beauty and fashion . . . Dr McKinnon, ‘the observed of all observers’, in a Highland costume of rich materials which showed his manly form to great advantage, devoted himself the whole evening exclusively to Mrs Willie King … (RAP vol 2)

4 May 1863 Ambush at Tataraimaka, 2 officers and 6 men of 57th Regiment killed. Inquest. See AS Atkinson journal. Grey gives up Waitara.

9 June 1863 DV departs from NP for Nelson on the Lady Bird

22 July 1863 Mr DV arrives in Hobart on the Black Swan from Melbourne

Henry Dalrymple DES VOEUX, Sir, Baron 1824-1894 married 13 August 1863, St. George Hanover Square, Westminster, Middlesex (Angleterre, Royaume-Uni), to Alice Magdalen Grey EGERTON 1842-1905.

The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania) 28 Nov 1863. Police Court […] Larceny (Trove)
Emily Harris called as witness to Mrs DV’s accusation of her cook Honoria [Jane] Foster. Case dismissed by magistrate.
Mrs DV: ‘I never threatened to send the prisoner to the wash-tubs at the Cascades. […]  I was warned to be here on Tuesday last but I was very ill. Dr Agnew thought that I would be better, if I did not come to the Court. I was not at a party at Sir Francis Smith’s on the same night.’
Miss Harris: ‘Emily Harris deposed she was residing with Mrs De Veaux, and had charge of the household. […] There was an altercation between Mrs De Veaux and Mrs Foster about the loss of some half crowns, and there was an altercation. There was something said about sending the prisoner to the Factory.’

16 Dec 1863 DV nominated for Captaincy of First Rifles (Trove)

EMK publishes TLJ in Melbourne.  There are reports of her in both Victoria and Tasmania – reviews of her book. (Leader-Elliott)

14 Haratua (May) – TLJ reviewed in Melbourne ‘The Leader’ – review printed in the Taranaki Herald – hostile – go make shirts for Maoris.  Refers to her as ‘Mrs King’, without further identification. (Leader-Elliott)

June 1 – Cornwall Chronicle reports that EMK is in Hobart, visiting. (Leader-Elliott)
6 Oct 1864 Launceston Examiner: Mr DV departs on the Southern Cross for Melbourne (Trove)

6 Oct 1864.  Mercury: Mrs DV departs on the Southern Cross for Melbourne; no Harris among the passengers.

Charles Des Voeux in NZ Dec 1864

5 Dec 1864 Mr D V departs NP for Wanganui on the Ahuriri.

13 Dec 1864 Wellington Independent Mr Des Voeux inward passenger on the Wanganui from Wanganui.

[Note: Charles Des Voeux still in NZ Jan 1865?]

UK National Archives at Kew: Davis V Tatham
Cause number: 1865 D8. Short title: Davies v Tatham. Documents: Bill, two answers. …
Reference:      C 16/261/D8
Cause number: 1865 D8.
Short title: Davies v Tatham.
Documents: Bill, two answers.
Plaintiffs: Henry Davies and another.
Defendants: Meaburn Smith Tatham, John Mercer, Harriet Mercer his wife, Mary Anne Richardson, Eliza Mary King, Charles Champagne Des Voeux and Katherina Sara Angelica Des Voeux his wife.
Date:   1865
Held by:        The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:   Public Record(s)
Language:       English
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Restrictions on use:  3 working days notice to produce

[Note: Davis could be William Henry Davis, Mary Anne Richardson’s UK attorney. See 1861 and 1870.]

Tasmanian Assessment and Valuation Rolls (Hobart)
Tuesday January 3rd 1865
138 MacQuarie Street. Occupier Charles De Veux (also owner). Valuation: 80. Description of property: house and garden. On page 29.

Launceston Examiner (Tasmania) 4 May 1865. Shipping. Hobart Town.
Departed 2 May for Auckland, barque Crishna, passenger Miss Harris.

New Zealander 18 May 1865 Shipping Intelligence
ARRIVALS. MAY14— Crishna, barque, Thompson, from Hobart Town, with 36 cases fruit, Mayers; 26 ditto, Lowe; 90 ditto, 25 bags onions, 39 cases fruit, 7 cases jam, Roberton and Co.; 3 cases jam, 26 cases fruit, Thompson ; 20,578 feet timber, 39,545 palings, 16,030 ditto, 3,750 posts and rads, 103 trellows, 52,000 shingles, Roberton and Co. ; 25 cases fruit, Thompson ; and 1 passenger (Miss Harris). Roberton and Co., agents.

Miss Harris listed among passengers on SS Rangatira departing Onehunga 21 May for Raglan, New Plymouth, Wanganui, Nelson and Wellington. Service rescheduled 23 May, bar-bound until 25 May, transits Raglan 25-26 May, transits New Plymouth 27 may (embarks Foley’s circus troupe), arrives Nelson 28 May (disembarks circus) and departs for Wanganui 29 May, arrives Wellington 1 June. No Miss Harris listed among passengers but 10 unnamed passengers from Onehunga continue on from New Plymouth to Nelson.

Sarah Harris notebook Undated newspaper clipping.
[in pencil]: June 1865
– steamer Otago, 457, Smith, from Taranaki. Passengers: saloon – Miss Harris, Captain Fraser, Mr. and Miss Hudson, Mr. Mullar, and 6 for south.

Shipping Intelligence.
30, steamer Otago, from Taranaki and Manukau.
— steamer Otago, 457, Smith, from Taranaki. Passengers : saloon— Miss Harris, Cap turn Fraser, Mr. and Miss Hudson, Mr. Mullar, and 6 for South.

31 Oct 1865 The Age Melbourne: Arrived, Hobson’s Bay, Mr DV from Launceston to Melbourne on the Black Swan. (Trove)

25 Oct 1865 Mrs DV part of fund raising bazaar for All Saints organ. (Trove)

Taranaki Herald 17 February 1866 Glenavon
Court case about the amount of rent to be paid for the farm to Des Voeux. Standish solicitor for DV.

Taranki Herald May 11 1866. Glen Avon farm to let.
To let, “Glenavon Farm,” situate at the Waiwakaiho, within a mile of the town, and containing 200 acres (more or less), with the Farm Buildings thereon, and with or without the large and commodious Dwelling-house, Stables, and outhouses, erected by the late T. W. Richardson, Esq.; and Garden and Orchard adjoining the same.
Apply to A. Standish, Solicitor.

Taranaki Herald undated 1866 or later
Good Templars demonstration (picnics, sports, etc) at Glenavon farm.
‘Glenavon Farm is pleasantly situated on the banks of the Waiwakaiho river and includes several large paddocks which were in every way suitable for the various sports provided’. Rounders, races, long jump etc.  Afternoon tea, about 700 people. (RVE)

1 Dec 1866 Mr DV arrives Hobart on the Southern Cross from Melbourne. (Trove)

Tasmanian Assessment and Valuation Rolls (Hobart)
Tuesday January 15 1867
138 Macquarie st, Occupier: Charles De Veux, Owner: James Priest, Valuation: 72. Property description: Dwelling-house and land Page 101

Argus reports, 11th Feb, that Mrs King and Mr De Voeux arrived in Melbourne from Launceston on the 9th. (Leader-Elliott)

Charles Des Voeux in NZ Mar 1867

Timaru Herald 17 Mar 1867. Commercial Intelligence
Station property: Messrs Des Voeux and Cogle’s 60 000 acres with 13 500 sheep, sold for 17 000 pound. (see DV letter to McLean at ATL)

3 pages written 23 Apr 1867 by Charles Champaigne Des Voeux in Wellington to Sir Donald McLean, from Inward letters – Surnames, Del – Dod
[printed at top middle of paper: ‘Wellington Club’ on a little oval belt with ‘Wellington’ inside the oval]
Wellington, 23 April 1867
My Dear McLean,
Allow me to introduce to you my partner Mr Cogle who is on a visit to the Napier Province. For old acquaintance sake I will ask you to be good enough to give him your valuable advice in any matter he may require information. We have just sold out of a run in Otago (on the Lander [Lauder?] and Manukerikea) and we have some idea of [one word, rein?] resting in this place. Having been absent from my family nearly 3 months I am naturally anxious to get home again, otherwise I should have had much pleasure in accompanying Cogle to Napier. Some days ago I dined with Mr Strang [?] – not having seen him for some years previous. I was surprised to find him looking so well. I do not think he has increased much in weight since I last saw him. It must be very pleasing for you to get such good reports of your son in England and I hope he may continue the [one word] course throughout his college life. The captain and Mrs King are still at Taranaki and when I last heard were quite well. They are certainly a wonderfully hearty couple.
Yours sincerely,
Charles C. Des Voeux

18 May 1867 Mr DV arrives Hobart from Melbourne. (Trove)

13 July 1867 Argus: arrived in  Melbourne on the Derwent from Hobart, Mrs DV and Miss DV, Mrs Richardson.

31 Aug 1867 Hobart Mercury:  Mrs and Miss DV [presumably Charlotte, aged 12], Mrs Richardson, Mrs King arrive on the Southern Cross from Melbourne.

August 30 – The Des Voeux, Mrs Richardson and Mrs King arrive Hobart from Melbourne. (Leader-Elliott)

3 September, Henry King – then aged about 86 – makes a will in which he left L200 to EMK and the bulk of his property, subject to various life interests to his wife, various sisters and so on to Alice and Constance in equal shares, for their education, and to their children should they predecease him. It is apparent that EMK was well provided for by inheritance from William Cutfield and, presumably, from Thomas Watkin Richardson. So the L200 – which was a considerable sum – was in recognition of her status, rather than a bequest meant to sustain her. He bequeaths L100 to a niece and grand niece and the same sum to his executors.  This will acquire a sad codicil, after EMK leaves for England with her daughters. (Leader-Elliott)

28 Oct 1867 Mr DV departs on the Derwent for Melbourne.

20 Dec 1867 Mr DV present as shareholder at winding up of Fingal Quartz crushing co.

20 Dec 1867  Christmas examinations at the boys’ high school, ‘De Voeux passed a very creditable examination in arithmetic’ in the second form.

England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915. DEATHS registered in January, February, and March 1868. Des Voeux, Henry W. (Bart). 61. Burton… 6b. 211.
Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter (Birth, Marriage and Death Notices), 1738-1925.
Name: Sir Henry William Des Voeux Bart
Gender:          Male
Death Age:    61
Notice Type:  Death
Birth Date:     abt 1807
Death Date:   4 Jan 1868
Death Place: Drakelowe
Publication Date:     9 Jan 1868

UK, Poll Books and Electoral Registers, 1538-1893.1859. Swandlincote Polling District. Parish or Rectory: Drakelow. Des Voeux, Henry Williams. Residence: Drakelow hall. Derbyshire County.
[Note: This is not Rev Henry William Des voeux (1786-1857), father of Henry Dalrymple and Charles Champagne. Baronetcy will now pass to Sir HW’s son Frederick Asherton DV.]

  1. S. Atkinson, journal – – – Hokitika, W 75 Jan 1868

Th 16 Jan
Schaw gave us some account of club life at Melbourne and card playing there and in Hobart town. In the latter place he played ‘two guinea loo’ with Cap Steward, Des Veux and others and won £70 one night and £40 the next. The day after . . . he was going up the country to see his sister – . . . met Des Veux, who asked him to play again that night and told him he was ‘expected’, whereupon, though greatly wishing to go, he gave up his journey . . . and stayed to give them the chance of winning – lost £40 and then came to N.Z. In the Melbourne Club … if you are known or are supposed to have a good balance at the bank and look like a good patient you are invited to a private dinner ‘quite a select thing,’ after which you are taught how to play loo . . .
[Note: Can’t be certain that the subject of Schoor’s story is CC rather than Edward DV.]

20 Jan 1868 Mr DV is master of ceremonies at a ball for the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh to Tasmania.

February 6 – Shipping report. Mrs King and two children, Hobart to Dunedin. (Leader-Elliott)

18 Mar 1868, Mr DV at a meeting of All Saints’ church

27 May 1868 Mr and Mrs DV mentioned among hundreds at a queen’s birthday ball.

July 11  1868:  Advertisement for sale of piano – Mrs King has left the colony.  This was followed by more advertisements for splendid furniture, which reveals that she was resident at her mother’s house, 180 Macquarie Street, Burlingham Lodge. (Leader-Elliott)

2 Dec 1868 Mr DV arrives on the S. Cross from Melbourne

Tasmanian Assessment and Valuation rolls (Hobart)
Monday December 2 1868
138 Macquarie st, Occupier: Charles De Veux, Owner: James Priest, Valuation: 72. Property description: Dwelling-house and land Page 1867 (pencilled page 139)


Launceston Examiner, 2 Jan 1869 Mr DV on board the Ethel, for London.

2 Dec 1869 Mr DV attends the general levee.
More functions etc for Mr DV.

December 5, Mrs EMK departs NP for Manukau. (Leader-Elliott)

1869. Des Voeux is still listed as one of the committee members from Hobart in a prospectus for the United Charlton gold mining company in 1869.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations)
Name Thomas Watkin Richardson
Death Date    08/01/1861
Death Place  New Zealand
Probate Date 04/04/1870
Registry         Principal Registry
Wills. 1870.
Richardson Thomas Watkin Esq.
Effects under 800 pounds.
4 April. Letters of Administration (with the Will and two Codicals annexed) of the Personal estate and effects of Thomas Watkin Richardson formerly of Clifton in the City and County of Bristol but late of Glen Avon in the Province of Taranaki in the Colony of New Zealand Esquire deceased who died 8 January 1861 at New Plymouth in the Colony aforesaid were granted at the Principal Registry under the usual Limitations to William Henry Davies of Weston-super-Mare in the County of Somerset Gentleman the lawful Attorney of Mary Ann Richardson Widow the Relict the other and surviving Executor named in the said Will now residing at Macquarie-street Hobart Town in the Province of Tasmania he having been first sworn.  Former Grant Principal Registry May 1861.

April 10 – Storm Bird from Wanganui – Mrs E M King passenger. Now this cannot be EMK – for it takes about 6 weeks to reach England and she is recorded as being at the Anti Contagious Diseases Act meeting in early May.. (Leader-Elliott)
Some time early in the year EMK goes to England. Says that she did so to have her daughters educated. (And see TLJ comments on England). Shield report on her trial confirms that she involved herself in the struggle against the legislation immediately on her arrival in England. (Leader-Elliott)
(end of Leader-Elliott entries except for 1902)

26 May 1870 Mr and Mrs DV attend queen’s birthday ball

10 Sept 1870 Mrs DV on the Derwent for Melbourne

18 Nov 1870 Mr DV arrives on the Derwent from Melbourne

21 Dec 1870. The Mercury. Christmas examinations. In the senior section of the third form Des Voeux has obtained the mark prize. [Freddy is 13]

The Tasmanian Times (Hobart Town, Tas: 1867-1870)
Wednesday 21 December 1870

    1. 2 ‘High School’

In the senior section of this form Des Voeux has obtained the mark prize
Nicolson, junr., the prize for the best examination.

8 Feb 1871. The Mercury. To let, the house, no 138 Macquarie street, at present occupied by C. Des Voeux, Esq. Possession on the first of March. For particulars apply to James Priest, 101 Davey street.

*March 1871- De Voeux and Cogle have a stock crossing in Deniliquin
Bendigo Advertiser (Vic.: 1855-1918)
Wednesday 29 March 1871
Pg. 2 ‘Deniliquin Stock Report’
Deniliquin Stock Report . Friday 24th March.
The following are Deniliquin crossing for the week: […]
20th March- Moore’s 4,000 fat sheep, De Voeux and Cogle’s 1,700 [? do], Ricketson’s 600 store cattle passed down the river, Osborn’s 3,000 fat sheep. […]
[Note: Deniliquin was a town in the Riverina region of NSW, where major stock routes between Queensland, NSW, and Victoria converged, with an important river crossing.
Cogle is the partner that he owned the 60,000 acres and 13,500 sheep with back in New Zealand that was sold in 1867 (re: ‘0 chasers champagne des voeux chronology doc’ and the Chalres des vex letters doc). Looks like Cogle came to Australia and were back in business together.
There are several notes of sheep crossings related to Cogle and Des Voeux in 1871, 1872, 1873 which are much of the same.]

Tasmanian Assessment and Valuation for Davey St 1872
Land and dwelling-house. Charles C. Desvœux. E. Hodgson, Macquarie-street. 40.

Edward Des Voeux arrested for indecent exposure at the Melbourne Club
trove and Papers Past 24 Jan-6 Feb 1872

The Age (Melbourne Vic 1854-1954) Wednesday 24th January 1872 Page 3 Accidents and Offences
A young mail, named Edward Des Voeux, an Englishman, was arrested yesterday by detective Daley, on warrant, and lodged in the city watchhouse on the charge of indecent exposure. He was stated to be of respectable position, and to be a member of the Melbourne Club. Within a short time he was released on bail of £100 to appear this morning at the City Court.

Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic. 1855 – 1918) Thursday 25th January 1872, Page 2 (From Grenville and Co.)
A member of the Melbourne Club, named De Vaux, was arrested on warrant by the detectives, charged with indecent exposure from a window. He was bailed out by two sureties in £50 each. He did not appear in court to-day, and the bail has been arrested ; a second warrant to issue. : It is said that the ‘gentleman ” is gone to Sydney.

Geelong Advertiser (Vic 1859 – 1929) Thursday 25th January 1872 Page 3 Melbourne.
One Charles Des Voeux. said to be an officer in the army, was arrested yesterday on a charge of indecently exposing himself at one of the windows of the Melbourne Club of which institution it seems he is an honorary member. He was released on bail in two sureties of £50 each, but when the case was called on at the Police Court, this morning, the defendant failed to put in an appearance. The Bench, therefore, issued a warrant for his arrest. It is reported that he is on his way to Sydney.

The Ballarat Star (Vic 1865-1924) Thursday 25th January 1872
Same wording as the Geelong Advertiser

Leader (Melbourne Vic 1862-1918) Sat 3 Feb 1872, Page 16 The Week
It is high time that the committee of the Melbourne Club exacted a certificate of good character from strangers desirous of honorary membership. So long as the mere ability to command £100, a good suit of clothes, and an introduction, will admit men of the Des Voeux stamp to the privileges of the elite, the east end of Collins -street is virtually tabooed to respectable people, and it is a question whether Romeo Terrace and Juliet Lane would not be a more preferable route to and from the eastern suburbs. Des Voeux, who recently made an indecent exhibition of himself at the club house windows, appears to have been rather a popular man at the Collins-street establishment. It is singular that a man, of such parts should have been lost sight; of just when he was wanted. The sympathising friends who became bail for him paid the £100 forfeit pleasantly enough, only begging a rebatement of £4 4s. law costs, and Des Voeux leisurely proceeded to the Murray, satisfied it would seem that nothing would occur to mar the pleasure of the journey. He was quite right. A fresh warrant for his apprehension was issued within an hour of the original warrant being cancelled, but detective Daly either had no scent of the fugitive, or, having it, did not follow it up, although Des Voeux seems to have proceeded by railway to the Murray, and to have been for many hours following the line of telegraph, which is always at the command of the detective force for the purpose of securing criminals. It would be interesting to know what action Daly took when the warrant came into his possession, and what his instructions were. It may not be en regle for such information to be vouchsafed the public by an officer of the police force, but Mr. Longmore, who is understood to take a lively interest in police matters, might satisfy himself with official propriety on the subject.

6 Feb 1872, Telegrams in the North Otago Times : an officer from NZ named Des Voeux is charged with gross indecency at the window of the Melbourne Cllub. Bail of 100 pound but now a warrant is out for him.

Paul De Serville (7 Nov 2018): To answer your last question, it was not your man, C.C., but Edward Des Voeux. He is probably to be identified with Edward Des Voeux (1836-92), late captain 2nd Bengal Light Cavalry, according to my 1936/7 Burke’s Peerage,
6th son of Revd Henry D.V. C.C, was the 3rd son and later bt. Edward must have been identified, arrested, brought before a magistrate and locked up until his bail of £100 could be found; then released and fled leaving the two Club members who stood bail to pay the £100 – a very steep bail. He must have been doing more than undressing without drawing his curtains. The most innocent explanation is that it was a hot night and he stood at an open window to cool off. I need not elaborate on the more strenuous activities which may have happened.

16 May 1872 Mr DV departs on the S. Cross for Melbourne

*June 1872- Sir Frederick Des Voeux dies in England
The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic: 1864-1946)
Saturday 1 June 1872

  1. 11. Sporting Notes from Home

Our obituary is a long one, The Marquis of Gragam, Sir Algernon Peyton, and Sir Frederick Des Voeu,  have all been carried away suddenly, in the very springtime of life. […]
Both [The Marquis] and Sir Frederick Des Voeux, who was an officer in the Foot Guards, were fond of [fishing?] and hunting, and in these days young men of such stamp can ill be spared.
[Note: Sir Frederick Asherton Des Voeux, fourth baronet, 1848 to 1872, son of Charles DV, second baronet by a second marriage, cousin of Henry Dalrymple and Charles Champagne DV? The baronetcy now passes to Henry Dalrymple, fifth baronet, then in 1895 to Charles Champagne, sixth baronet, in 1914 to Frederick Henry Arthur, seventh baronet, and in 1937 to Edward Alfred, eighth baronet. Edward Alfred DV (1864-1941) may be a cousin who inherits the title because Freddy has no male heirs. Does George William DV, married in 1834, have a son named Edward Alfred?]

21 June 1872 MR DV arrives Hobart on the S. Cross from Melbourne. Wreck of the Bella Vista; S. Cross picks up crew.

*July 1872- Miss Des Voeux (and more?) travel to Sydney from Hobart
Weekly Examiner (Launceston, Tas: 1871-1878)
Saturday 20 July 1872
Pg. 19. ‘Shipping’
Port of Hobart Town- July 16, passengers per [s.s] City of Hobart, for Sydney- Misses Giblin (2), Miss Armstrong, Mrs Dowling, Miss Des Voeux, Mr, Mrs, and Misses (2), Merriman, Miss. E. Roberts, Mr, [Rouse] and Mr Bloomfield

*August 1872- De Voeux and Cogle own a station in Moonbria (where Cogle also lives)
Evening News (Sydney, NSW: 1869-1931)
Tuesday August 1872

  1. 4 . ‘The Back Blocks of the Murrumbidgee and Murray’

[Note: article talks about several stations before talking about Moonbria]
After a short say at Mr. Fraser’s we were again dashing through water over the plains, and at the end of fourteen miles came to Moonbria, the station and property of Messrs. Des Voeux [and] Cogle. It is the residence of the latter gentleman, Moonbria [baek] [iaM] [g] a block twenty miles from Conargo and thirty miles from Jerilderie. The residence is a well-built comfortable one; and the improvements are extensive and expensive. Moon-bria is a 100 square mile block; all fenced in and sub-divided. Dams and tanks are on convenient parts of the run; and the enterprising owners seem to be in a far way towards getting a return for their large out-lay.
From this short description an idea will be obtained of the difficulties which attend the opening up of new country the self-denial required and the attention paid, and above all the large capital which is risked in rendering waste lands fit for the abode of men.

*August 1872- Cogle and De Voeux win first prize at the Hay Pastoral Show
Best pair of light harness horses.

*November 1872- Miss Des Voeux travels from Brisbane to Sydney on 8th November 1872
The Telegraph (Brisbane, QLD: 1872-1947)
Friday 8 November 1872
Pg. 2 ‘Shipping Intelligence’
Shipping Intelligence
November 8th- City of Brisbane, A.S.N. So.’s [e]., 504 tons, W. Hill, master, for Sydney. Passengers: Mrs Gibson, Miss Gibson, Miss Des Voeux, Miss Reid, Messrs. Rodgers, QW. Pearee, John Conway, C. Lett, John Jeffries, Stephen King, Joseph Steane, and seven in the steerage.

*March 1873- Mr Des Voex travels to Norfolk Bay and Port Arthur with the Governor (Du Cane)
The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tas: 1835-1880)
Friday 28 March 1873

  1. 3. ‘Hobart Town and South’

The Governor and suite, accompanied by the Bishop of Tasmania, V.[H. Archer], Esq. Registrar, General of Victoria, the [?] [Canum] [ Davenport], and Messers Des Voeux and [Belatrad] have left Hobart Town in the steamer Monarch for Norfolk Bay, whence they will proceed overland to Port Arthur.

2 April 1873 (Date of initiating, or joining.)
United Grand Lodge of England Freemason Membership Registers.
The Pacific Lodge. Hobart Town, Tasmania.
Des Vaux, Charles Champagne. Residence: Hobart Town. Profession: None.
[Note: see 1852 DV joins Wellington branch of same lodge]

*April 1873- Julia Grace (second wife of Henry Des Voeux) named in an obituary for her brother
The Mercury (Hobart, Tas: 1860-1954)
Friday 18 April 1873

  1. 2 ‘Family Notices’

John Evelyn Denison, Deputy-Lieutenant of the county of Nottingham, 1854; born 27th January, 1800; married, 14th July, 1827, Lady Charlotte Cavendish Bentinck, third daughter of the fourth Duke of Portland ; […] His brothers and sisters were— […] 9. Julia Grace, married to Rev. C. Des Voeux

The Tasmanian Tribune (Hobart Town, Tas: 1872-1876)
Wednesday 30 April 1873
Pg. 2. ‘Shipping’
The S.S Southern Cross sailed for Melbourne at 4 o’clock this afternoon. The following passenger were booked since yesterday: […] Mr. Des Voeux

31 October 1873. Letter from Colonial Secretary, Tasmania to Colonial Secretary, Wellington. Sent from Hobart Town. Correspondence between Wellington and Tasmania regarding De Voeux’s address. ‘Your letter was forwarded to Mr Des Voeux, Holbrook Place, Hobart Town, for his perusal, with a request that he would communicate with you…’ Separate letter, in Des Voeux’s handwriting. Paper stamp ‘Tasmanian Club.’ [Stamp is in blue ink, an oval shape like a capital O. Joins at the bottom in what looks like a belt loop, some shading and dots. Text in capitals in oval margin from left to right]. Dated 29 Oct 1873. ‘Hobart Town, Tasmania, 29th Oct. 1873. Sir, in reply to your letter of the 11th instant addressed to the Colonial Secretary Tasmania and asking for my address I beg to inform you that any communication directed to the Post Office Hobart Town will be sure to reach me in safety. I remain Sir, Your obedient Servant, ’ Charles C. Des Voeux. To the Hon Colonial Secretary New Zealand.’ [Archives NZ IA1 359 1873/3460]

*November 1873- A Mr. Des Voeux travels with the vice-regal party
Launceston Examiner (Tas: 1842-1899)
Thursday 6 November 1873
Pg 2. ‘Vice-Regal’
His Excellency the Governor, the Hon. Mrs Du Cane, and two Masters Du Cane, attended by Mr. Des Voeux, acting private secretary in the absence of Mr. C. S. Chichester, arrived on Tuesday afternoon at three o’clock  on a visit to the North, and took up quarters at the Brisbane Hotel. Yesterday the Vice-Regal party went by special train to the Northern Agricultural Show, Longford, leaving about four o’clock on their return to Brisbane. We are requested to state that Mr and Mrs Du Cane will be at the Town Hall this afternoon between half-past three and five o’clock to receive visitors. The Vice-Regal party will leave Launceston on Tuesday for Government House, visiting the seat of Charles Headlam, Esq., Egleston, Macquarie River en route.

Tasmanian Assessment and Valuation for Davey St 1874
Land & dwelling-house. Charles C. Desvœux. E. Hodgson. 40.

*May 1874- Cogle has moved on from Moonbria, no mention of Des Vouex
The Ballarat Star 9Vic: 1865 – 1924)
Friday 15 May 1874

  1. 3. ‘Agricultural and Pastoral Intelligence’

We (Pastoral Times) hear from a reliable source that Mr James Cogle, late of Moonbria, has settled down again in another squattage, having become a partner in that large station known as Murven Hills. It was formerly owned by Mr. John M’Lean. Its area is nearly 400,000 races [ML: acres?], and Messers Cogle and Co. purchased therewith 140,000 sheep. We are told it is a splendid property and capable of carrying above 60,000 more sheep.

*August 1874- Moonbria station is sold in August 1874
Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic: 1855-1918)
Saturday 1 August 1874
Pg. 1. ‘Telegraphic dispatches’
Moonbria station, in the Murrumbidggee district, was sold to-day for £42,000

*October- Mr. Des Vouex visits the Tasmanian Agriculture show with the Du Canes
The Australian (Melbourne, Vic: 1864-1946)
Saturday 10 October 1874

  1. 24. ‘Tasmanian Agricultural and Pastoral Show’

Transcription selection:
The Governor, with Mrs. Du Cane, Mr. Des Voeux, and Mr. Chichester, first visited the Poultry Show at the Mechanic’s Institute, and then drove off to the Agricultural Show, where they arrived at half-past 1 p.m.

*October 1874- Mr. Des Voeux travels with the vice-regal party again
The Tasmanian (Launceston, Tas: 1871-1879)
Saturday 17 October 1874
Pg. 10. ‘Vice-regal’
His Excellency the Governor, the hon. Mrs Du Cane, Mr Chicester, and Mr. Des Voeux returned to the vice-regal residence, Brisbane-street, at 6 o’clock on Thursday evening. Last evening His Excellency and Mrs Du Cane entertained His Worship the Mayor and a select party at dinner at the International Hotel. His Excellency will hold an [undress] [undress] levee at the Town Hall at 3pm on Saturday the 24th instant, not today. His Excellency is to be present at the annual general meeting of the Launceston Cricket Club in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, at 8 o’clock this evening.

The Mercury (Hobart), Tuesday, 24th November 1874.
This Day,
TUESDAY, 24th November,
Elegant & Superior household furniture and effects, Handsome cottage piano, silver plate & plated ware, &c.
At Holbrook Place.
Have been favoured with instructions from Charles Des Voeux, Esq. (who is proceeding to Europe), to sell by auction, at his residence, Holbrook Place, THIS DAY, the 26 th November, at 11 o’clock,
THE WHOLE OF HIS HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE AND EFFECTS, cottage piano, plate and plated ware, as follows: –

Weekly Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1872-1878). Saturday 12 December 1874. Page 18.
S.S. Northumberland from Hobson’s Bay to London on Saturday 5th December 1874, passengers include ‘Mr and Mrs Charles Des Voeux, Miss Des Voeux”.’

Hobart Mercury 22 Jan 1875. Advertising. TO LET, with immediate possession, the HOUSE in Holbrook Place lately occupied by C. Des Voeux, Esq., with two additional bedrooms. E. HODGSON,  662 Upper Macquarie-street.

*August 1875- Lady Sophia Katherine Des Voeux’s (wife of Henry DV) will is executed:
Money is left to

  • Lady [Douglas]
  • Mrs Boyce
  • Mrs [Morrigan?]
  • Upon trust for Mrs Cotton and her children
  • Legacies to Mr [Mrs?] Wickham, her nieces, old servants, and others
  • Late husbands nephew, Charles Milligan

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: 1842-1954)
25 August 1875

  1. 3. ‘Borough Council’

WILLS AND BEQUESTS.-The will, with two codicils dated March 24 and July 22, 1809, and December 18 1871, of ,Lady Sophia Katherine des Voeux, (the widow of Sir Henry William des Voeux), late of II .kelow-hall, Derbyshire, and of 39, Berkeley si’.;:.:e, who died on the 29th of March last, was proved on the 29th ultimo, by William Wickham
Wickham and Charles Milligan, the executors, the personal estates and effects of the estate being sworn by them to be under the value of £250,000. The testatrix bequeaths to her late husband’s sisters, Lady Douglas, £10,000 ; Mrs. Boyce, £10,000 ; Mrs S
Milligan, £15,000 ; and upon trust for Mrs. Cotton and her children, £25,000 ; and legacies to Mrs
Wickham, her nieces, old servants, and others. The entire residue of all her property she gives to her late husband’s nephew, the said Charles Milligan.

NZ Electoral roll 1875 -76 Charles C DV Hobart town, freehold Grey block 126, 145, 146, 165 ; same in 1880-81
[Note: these are the Glenavon sections]

NZ Electoral roll 1875 -76 (Taranaki): Edwin Harris, settler, freehold Grey 481 ; same in 1880-81

Adelaide Observer (SA: 1843-1904)
Saturday 5 October 1878

  1. 3 ‘Arrival of the Mail at King George’s Sound’

Details: The ship R.M.S. Tanjore left Galle on September 19
Arrived at King George’s Sound on Thursday 3 October
Transcription selection:
The following is the list of passengers:-
For Sydney […] Mr. and Mrs. Bourdin and [M] Des Voeux, from Venice.

England marriages, London C of E, Charlotte Mary des Voeux aged 23 marries Samuel Ewing R.N. aged 29.  Bride’s father Charles DV, 13 The Grove, 14 January 1879.
In St Mary’s East Bonniton, Kensington

Numerical Probated Case File
Archives Ref No. AAOM W3265 6029 Box 33. Record No. 1697
Title: Richardson, Mary Ann
DSC_2038 – 2068
Wife of Thomas Watkins Richardson, d. 1861, New Plymouth

George Frederick Walker
Mr William Fairweather Russell (Whanganui, in the Provincial District of Wellington Bankmanager)
Emily Mary Walker
Another George Frederick Walker?
Mr. Henry Claylands Field

Life insurance: 2500 pounds sterling. After debts paid, to be shared equally between ‘my children’ Marion Richardson, Martha Richardson, Charlotte Richardson, Eliza Annie Richardson, Frederick Richardson, and Henry Harper Richardson in the presence of Henry Claylands Field and Sarah Elizabeth Keith.
List of liquidated assets.
[Note: this is not the correct Mary Anne Richardson. Her living children are Catherine Des Voeux and Eliza Mary King.]

(Ian Leader-Elliott)
I think this may be EMK’s mother on the 1881 census in England – note Kate Desvoeux born c 1840 in Frankfort, Germany is the Head and Mary A Richardson is recorded as her mother:
Name: Mary A. Richardson
Age: 79
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1802
Relation: Mother
Gender: Female
Where born: Bath, Somerset, England
Civil parish: Brighton
County/Island: Sussex
Country: England
Street Address: 22 Atlingworth St.
Condition as to marriage: Widower (Widow)
Employment status:
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Inc.Land Ec.
Registration district: Brighton
Sub-registration district: Kemp Town
ED, institution, or vessel: 3
View others on page
Piece: 1076\
Folio: 61
Page Number: 27
Household Members: Name Age
Kate Desvoeux 41
Mary A. Richardson 79
Annie Wardings 30
Source citation: Class: RG11; Piece: 1076; Folio: 61; Page: 27; GSU roll: 1341254.

I think this is her death in the index:
6 May 1882
Name: Mary Anne Richardson
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1801
Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1882
Age at Death: 81
Registration district: Brighton
Inferred County: Sussex
Volume: 2b
Page: 130

And this the Probate calendar entry for her:
Richardson, Mary Anne – probate on 10 July 1882, death on 6 May 1882 at 22 Atlingworth Street, Brighton, Sussex

Birth of son to Frederick and Alice Mary Des Voeux New Plymouth, 1884 April quarter folio 1340.
[Note: Male child born 28 Mar 1884, NP. Father Frederick Des Voeux, 29, born Queen’s Co, Ireland. Mother Alice Mary Des Voeux nee King,, 28, born NP. Married in London 1881.]


1891 England Census
Civil Parish: Portsea
Municipal Burough: Portsmouth
Municipal Ward: of St Simon
Urban Sanitary District: of Portsmouth
Ecclesiastical Parish or District: St Simon.

9 Alkamtira [??] Road.
Charles Des Voeux, Head, Married, 65, Occupation: Living on his own means. Where born: Notts, Carlton.  [Note: Notts as in Nottinghamshire, where Carlton is a city, see 1826]
Katharine [ditto], Wife, Married, 54, where born: Germany British subject.
Edward [ditto]. Brother, Single, 55, Living on his own means, where born: [ditto, as in Germany British Subject].
Charlotte Ewing [?], Grand daughter, 10 years old, scholar, where born: Dorset, Portland.
Arthur [ditto], Grand son, 6 years old, where born: Jersey [Lersey?]
Sarah Haywood, Servant, Single, 57, Ladysmaid, where born: Sussex, Lewes.
Mary Todd, Servant, Widow, 40, Nurse, born in London.
Emma Wakeham, servant, single, 24, cook, Cornwall, Thurs [?]
Ellen O Shanerarry [?], servant, single, 24 parlour maid, Devon, Plymouth

England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915
Name: Katherine Sara A Des Voeux
Estimated Birth Year:          abt 1831
Registration Year:    1895
Registration Quarter:           Jan-Feb-Mar
Age at Death:           64
Registration district: Portsea Island
Inferred County:       Hampshire

Hobart Mercury 7 Apr 1897. QUEEN’S STATUETTE. LENT TO MELBOURNE. Sir George William Des Voux G.C.M.G., formerly Governor of Hong-kong, and previously Governor of Fiji, and Assistant High Commissioner of Western Pacific, has been prevailed upon by the Agent General for Victoria (Sir Andrew Clarke) to lend to Victoria for a time the statuette of Her Majesty the Queen, which was executed by the Countess Gleichen, and which is regarded as a fine likeness of Her Majesty. It will probably be placed on public view in the Melbourne Art Gallery.

Frederick Des Voeux married Hylda Henrietta Brooke 1899 in France.


JG Woon, Wanganui Old Settlers, Feb 1902:   
‘Mr. Lett died in 1854, at the early age of 37. He was succeeded as Postmaster by Mr. Charles C. Des Vœux—an aristocrat of the “first water,” and at one time an officer in the Austrian Army.’

Old Settler (JG Woon?) on Des Voeux in 1855 earthquake
Old Identities and incidents. WANGANUI CHRONICLE, VOLUME XXXXVII, ISSUE 11788, 13 NOVEMBER 1902
Old Identities and incidents.
Sir Joseph Ward,  in his address at the opening of the new post office, mentioned that Mr. Charles Des Voeux had been the third postmaster here, as successor to Mr. Charles Lett. Mr. Lett came to Wellington in the Harrington, in 1841, and came on to Wanganui in its earliest days. He arranged all matters connected with the first race meeting held in Wellington, being a flat race amateur rider both in England and here in the early days. It was of Mr. Des Voeux, however, that I was about to speak. In 1855, and in December of that year, Mr. Des Voeux brought his wife to: Wanganui for a visit, riding down the coast from Taranaki. They were the guests of Mr. Adams, the commissariat officer in charge of that department here then. This was the year of the great earthquakes, and the month.  Mr. Adams lived, in a neat cottage just where the Bank of New South Wales now stands. Mrs. Des Voeux was standing near the fireplace when the shock came, and the chimney fell on her, causing injuries from which the unfortunate lady never fully recovered. The difficulty in writing on these bygone subjects is that one thing leads into another in such a way that one hardly knows where to stop, or how far public interest runs, without encroaching- upon purely private matters. Mrs. Des Voeux was the only person seriously injured here’ during those great shocks, compared with which the heaviest since experienced have been as mere reminders of -what might happen again. Mrs. Des Voeux had not long been married. She was the elder daughter of Mr. Richardson, who came to Taranaki from India, about the year 1850. Mr. Richardson bought Glenavon farm from Mr. Edwin Davey, younger brother to Mr. Charles Davey, now of the Wangaehu. Captain William King, who was shot by the Maoris in the Taranaki war, had married the younger Miss Richardson. Captain W. King was cousin, on his mother’s side, to Mr. Cutfield, the welll known Bank manager of Wanganui. That earthquake struck us on a pitch dark night, in December I think, about 9 o’clock. The rain was pouring down, as in the tropics, and the heat was oppressive. All the chimneys in Wanganui were shaken to the ground, and the walls of the only two brick buildings we then possessed shared much the same fate. Both these buildings were what is called brick nogging, or bricks built into a frame of -scantling, erected as if for boarding. It was said that the wooden uprights gave and sprang, like bows, under the strain, shooting the rigid bricks out from between them. They bore thiisi appearance after the shock. One of these buildings was Major Durie’s, at Glen Durie, the other was the old Survey Office, which stood on the corner section, or one section up from the corner, of Taupo Quay and Witson street, on the sea side of Wilson street, and nearly opposite the old Commercial Hotel, kept at, that time either by Mr. Gerse, or by Mr. G. Roberts —I have forgotten which— but the mess of broken bottles, gi’asses, liquor, andl sundries in that bar I have not forgotten, or the fallen chimneys and general woe begone aspect the whole establishment presented the morning after the shock, which was still shaking, and continued to shake for a fortnight or so— that is, it is doubtful if the earth was ever quite still and sharper shocks came at intervals all the time.

Taranaki Herald 24 Feb 1903. Taranaki Mounted Corps.
Letter from Sir Charles Des Voeux,
A letter has been received by Mr J C Davies from Sir Charles Des Voeux, Bart., acknowledging receipt of the Taranaki Mounted Volunteers Memorial card, in which he states: “After the lapse of so many years I fear there are but few of those remaining who joined the corps at the time of its formation. To those few pray remember me most kindly, and particularly to Capt. F. J. Mace, whose valuable services I well recollect, and am much pleased to notice that he was awarded with the New Zealand Cross.”
Sir Charles Des Voeux was the first captain of the Taranaki Mounteds, who were formed in 1860, and served up to 1866. He was succeeded by Captain Mace in command of the corps.

Taranaki Herald 21 Jan 1908. THE TARANAKI RIFLES.
A Corps with a History. [story on history of the Taranaki Rifles, 1860].
On February 22nd, 1860… Outbreak of Hostilities.
[…] three companies of the 65th Regiment were engaged, together with […] 20 Mounted Volunteers under Captain Des Voeux. […]

Australia and New Zealand, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current
Name:  Eliza Mary King
Maiden Name: Richardson
Birth Date:      1831
Birth Place:     Germany
Death Date:     17 Feb 1911
Death Place:    Omata, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand
Cemetery:        St Mary’s Anglican Churchyard
Burial or Cremation Place:     New Plymouth, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand
Has Bio?:        N
Father: Thomas Watkin Richardson
Spouse:            William Cutfield King

England, London Electoral Registers, 1847-1913.
Borough of  Saint George, Hanover Square division.
Register of Electors 1912. (FamilySearch).
Des Voeux, Charles C. (Sir). 3 rooms, first floor, furnished. 6 Arlington-street, Piccadilly. Name and Address of Landlord to whom rent is paid: M. Gould, same address.

Burial. Charles Champagne des Voeux. West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England. Birth Date: 26 Nov 1827. Death date: 11 Mar 1914 (aged 86). Cemetery: Brompton Cemetery. (Find A Grave Index via FamilySearch).
Image of gravestone: ‘In loving memory of Sir Charles Des Voeux [Earl?]. Born Nov. 1827. Died March 1914. “But God will give you to us again with joy and gladness forever.”

Charles C Des Veleux
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index. (Ancestry)
Deaths registered in January, February, and March 1914.
Des Voeux, Charles C. Aged 86. St George Hanover Square. Vol. 1a p593.
[St George’s Church, London].

Sir Charles Champaigne Des Voeux born 26 November 1827, died 11 March 1914 in London. He lived at 6 Arlington street Piccadilly. Probate London 28 April to sir Frederick Henry Arthur Des Voeux baronet, retired captain HM Army. Effects four thousand two hundred pounds. (England and Wales National Probate calendar)