WILLIAM AND MARY ANN SANDERS arrived in the Colony per VICTORIA on 4-9-1849. Their first child ELIZABETH GRACE was born at Horsely in 1850. Apparently they went to THOMAS SANDERS or his family in this western area of Sydney. They then moved North via the New England and eventually to the MCLEAY RIVER where they made their home. In 1852 HARRIET FRANCES was born at YARRABANDINI as was WILLIAM GEORGE in 1854.  FREDERICK JOHN was born on the MCLEAY RIVER in 1855 and CHARLES HENRY at AUSTRAL EDEN in 1860.



Yarrabandini, Mcleay River, Kempsey, NSW was a station 19,200 acres owned by R. Searle that I have listed in 1865

The next three children were born at FLATTORINI ISLAND in 1861,62 and 64. They were ALFRED SIVERT, ERNEST ALBERT and MARY ANN.

The next 5 children were all born in KINCHELA. WALTER,AGNES,EDRED,SARAH and CHRISTOPHER who was accidentally shot by his brother when he was 9 years old and killed.

FLATTORINI ISLAND has my attention today. Looking through the NLA digitised newspapers – I come across the word FATTORINI and am beginning to consider that the Island may well have derived from that name.

I  have a mention of DR FATTORINI. In 1830 he is mentioned as one of the medical men treating the poor of Sydney at the SYDNEY INFORMARY. Other medicos mentioned are DRS BLAND, MITCHELL, FORSTER AND JEANNERET.


He is also an Honorary Surgeon with the Benevolent Society. In October 1830, a MR MOWATT was robbed by villains. Amongst the takings by the thieves were bills drawn by DR FATTORINI for considerable sums of money. Two villains were involved in the robbery . One was a short man dressed in a black hat, velveteen jacket and dark trowsers. The other was thin and wore a straw hat. An old straw hat. He had dark skin and ” to the best of Mr Mowatt’s recollection” wore whiskers.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2196392

On the 11th April 1831 – one AUGUSTUS ANTONIO was attended By Dr Fattorini and Dr McTiernan at the TALBOT INN BRICKFIELD-HILL. He had succumbed to deliterious fumes from one of the vats which were were a-brewing and despite attempts to resuscitate  , life was declared extinct.

I still have no connection between the Island in the River McLeay where the Sanders children were born and the Good Doctor – but I find him an interesting character.

In August 1832, Dr FATTORINI was coming into Sydney from Liverpool, in company with JOSHUA JOHN MOORE Esq. They were travelling on top of the coach when they saw a crowd of people gathered. There was EDWARD KENNEDY in custody of some constables. Straightaways, Dr F recognised the the greatcoat Kennedy wore as being the Doctor’s very own which had been stolen from his servant. Mr Moore joined in. THAT’S THE MAN THAT ROBBED ME – said he. Mr and Mrs Moore had been vigorously robbed of a good many things only a few days before whilst on the road.

Edward Kennedy, however, had witnesses, two of them, to say that he was with them and intoxicated ( a not uncommon condition of the times apparently). The witnesses did a less than effective job of convincing anyone of their veracity and Mr Kennedy was in deep trouble along with his perjuring mates.


In October 1832, the Doctor purchases a farm near the Orphan School At Parramatta. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2208970

The transaction ends up in the SUPREME COURT with disputes over the bills and deposit. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2209304

March 1833 sees DR FATTORINI back in the SUPREME COURT in SYDNEY. The case is FATTORINI vs UNDERWOOD.


Mr Underwood had refused to pay the Doctor for 90 visits he had made. The Judge does mention that Dr F does not appear to be a graduate of any Universities and is a mere surgeon. He does in the end win his case to the amount of 150 pounds.

In 1834 , he applied for 2 lots of over 600 acres each at Brisbane Water, Northumberland Shire. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2215174

The land was bounded on the South by Bean’s land , on the North by the section line and on the east by a line to include the quantity. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2215587

Still no indication of his having land as far north as the McLeay.

In March 1834 , 3 horses were impounded from the ESTATE OF DR FATTORINI. If they were not claimed by the 24th , Walter Schutt the Poundkeeper was going to sell them. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2215738

5 JULY 1834 SYDNEY GAZETTE http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2216550

Notwithstanding the late improvements made in the streets of Sydney, there is still great room for further amendment. From the recant rains, parts of Kent and Sussex streets, especially that portion of the former which lies between King and Market streets have become nearly ‘impassable, and several accidents to carriage and foot passengers have been the consequence. Dr. Fattorini a few days since was in great danger of being thrown out of his chaise from this circumstance, while making the tour of his professional visits in that quarter ; we trust therefore that no time will be lost in correcting this evil, of which the inhabitants residing in that neighbourhood loudly complain.

JAMES HAMAGE a servant in Dr F’s employ was brought before the court as a runaway. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2196957 Jan 1835. Sydney Gazette.

In the same month another assigned servant who ran away was apprehended . http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2197017

Thursday 5 February 1835 . DR FATTORINI HAS REMOVED TO NO 75 PITT-STREET.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2197251

This left the elegant verandah cottage he had previously occupied, available for rental. It was in Castlereagh=street – at a rental of 86 pounds per annum. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2197406


DR FATTORINI’S ASSIGNED SERVANTS ( In brackets after the name is the ship on which the convict arrived . If a number follows it indicates the 1st, 2nd , 3rd etc voyage of that ship to the Colony. )

The first listing is a DR FATTORINI in Sydney in the SYDNEY GAZETTE of July 1832. He had been assigned a labourer GEORGE POTTER (Guildford 8).
DR FATTORINI is also assigned a tinman and brazier by the name of GEORGE COLLINS ( ROYAL GEORGE). DR FATTORINI is still in Sydney in August 1832.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2208207
In September 1832, JAMES GORDON (EXMOUTH) was assigned to Dr F as GROOM. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2208724
SAMUEL ASHMAN ( LADY HAREWOOD) was assigned to Dr F as a brickmaker. Dr F is listed as SYDNEY. 1832
SAMUEL PARKER (CAMDEN 2) assigned as bricklayer. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2211546 APRIL 1833
A carrier to Dr F. JULY 1833 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2212740
To Dr F a blacksmith http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2215740



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  1. Hi Lynne,

    We were most interested in your collection of articles on the colourful doctor Fattorini.
    My G/G Uncle Michael Spence, convicted and transported for bigamy in 1833, on the Asia 1, was assigned to the good Doctor either in Sydney, and/or Port Macquarie.We are unsure on this, and just what he was actually assigned to do?
    Michael got his “ticket of leave” in 1837,married a distressed needleworker!,opened a store, and became postmaster,wine seller and later a magistrate,His children, in particular his son WA Spence, eclipsed his father’s community involvement in Port Mc.
    Ref;Google- The Spence Family of Port Macquarie

    John & Chrisy
    Bundaberg, Queensland

  2. Hi Again,

    Found the following that you may not have??

    J & C Wellborne

    The Maitland Mercury, and Hunter River General Advertiser

    Saturday 3 September 1853 >


    Dr. Fattorini is very seriously ill, and not ex-
    pected to live. Having lost Drs. Taj lor and
    M’Intyre within the last six months, we are noyv
    entirely without any medical attendant. There
    is now a good opening tor any respectable

    practitioner in this town, as he yvould get the
    salary from the hospital, independent of his
    pin ate practice.

    August 28th, 1S53.

    The Maitland Mercury, and Hunter River General Advertiser

    Sydney, March 21, 1844.

    (From our Correspondent.)
    INSOLVENT COURT.-The following insolvents
    obtained their certificates without opposition :
    George Hobler, Archibald Elliott, Francis Mit-
    chell and Co., Robert Beatson, George MucKle,
    Fredrick Kosten, and Vincentz Zahel.
    The applications of H. I. Sheldon and T. Mappin
    and Co. were postponed till Thursday next.
    Mrs. Georgiana Kinnear, whose case was ad-
    journed from last Thursday, was again called on,
    and Mr. Ayrane continued his examination of
    the insolvent relative to the general state of her
    affairs, both previous and subsequent to her
    insolvency, more particularly with reference to
    certain business transactions with Dr. Fattorini
    and Spence and Co., of Port Macquarie. The
    case was adjourned until eleven o’clock tomor-
    row (Friday).-The adjourned application of W
    Drake (of Drake and Co.) was then proceeded
    with, and Mr. George Thorne continued his
    opposition, on the ground of the insolvent hav-
    ing appropriated to his own use the sum of £315
    given to him by Captain Cook, with instructions
    to forward it to Mrs. Cook, of Bristol. The
    insolvent stated that he had purchased a bill for
    the amount from Messrs. Abercrombie and Co.,
    and forwarded it to England, and although the
    first of exchange had been returned protested,
    the second had probably been paid. Evidence
    having been given to the contrary, the Commis-
    sioner refused the insolvent’s certificate, on. the
    ground that in this transaction he had not acted
    up to the instructions received from his principal.
    It was his duty to transmit the money immedi-
    ately in the shape of a treasury bill, or in some
    other equally certain mode ; instead of which he

    had in the first place allowed considerable time
    to elapse before attending to the matter at all,
    and then adopted the uncertain mode of trans-
    mission by a bill ofexchange, thus rendering the
    whole transaction a vehicle for his own accom-

    Hobart Town Courier
    Friday 26 February 1836
    A small schooner called the Experiment,belonging to Dr. Fattorini of Sydney, was
    wrecked at Port Macquarie, and one man drowned.

    1. Very nice to hear from you. I had known for years that my ancestors came from Fattorini Island but only recently found that it was named after the doctor. There must be a source which gives his christian name. I shall look through the National Library Online Newspapers today and we also have the Society Australian genealogists and Macleay Historical Society in Kempsey. We shall see. Do you have any other background on the Fattorini name and origins ? Yrs Lynne.

      1. his name is Jean Baptise Charles Lamonnerie Dit Fattorini marr Clemence Caroline Beaufils. had daught. julia marr Edward charles Lamb 1854. hope this helps he was Dr went private after he left the goverment service. sandy

  3. Hello Lynne,
    Thanks for your email.
    I have a short bio on the life and times of Dr Fattorini, as he was mentor and later business partner of my Grt.Uncle Michael Spence,(convict) in Port Maquarie, post 1833.
    I have his full name and title as;
    Dr Jean Charles Baptiste Lamonierie (dit Fattorini)1787-1853.
    I can email you a copy of this bio and a couple of refernces?
    Please let me know how to send same.??

    J & C Wellborne

    1. Dear John and Chrissy Wellborne
      I would be very interested to read the short bio of the doctor
      My email address is alrumi7@yahoo.co.uk
      I am based in the UK . My father and his cousin did a lot of research into the Fattorini origins and came up with relatively little material. Antonio Fattorini came over from what is now Switzerland in around 1815. I am curious as to where the good doctor came from as the surname Fattorini is not common.
      Thanks Tom

    2. Hi there John and Chrissy’, I am currently researching Fattorini Island, and how it got-its’ name – as other Kempsey-based researchers have more or less proved that Dr.Fattorini never actually set-foot on that island; rather, it seems that he plotted and schemed to have all its valuable Red cedar tree timber removed, and used the island as an
      ‘opportunistic’ pick-up station-island for any/all logs(red Cedar esp.) that washed-up there as they came down the river in a flood – as the island is on a bend in the Macleay River;
      Can You possibly send Dr F’s bio and references, as an email attachment? I can recommend the resources of the Kempsey Museum….should You get a chance to visit there…….Cheers,
      Sincerely & Environmentally, Joe A Friend
      A Red Cedar researcher…..to get ‘the Full Story’ published!!!;

      1. Hi Lynne

        Currently heading back to Brissie where Chrissy is having medical tests.

        Back Friday, I swill contact you then.

        I thought I had sent you all the info on Fattorini ages ago??

        Let me know?


        John & Chrissy

      2. I think you have as well, John and I thought it was all posted here. Its the Commenter who is disagreeing. I hope Chrissy is OK. Best wishes to you both for 2014. Yrs . L.

  4. I am doing a Pioneer Register of Port Macquarie 1821-1900 Dr Fattorini is buried here with his first wife, Clemence La Monnerier Beaufiels. I cannot find children from second marriage to Lavinia Tozer here in Port Macquarie it states he was left with a small family after his second wife died. Being early registrations I would like to know if any one knew og this family and can help me. Regards Pam Yates

  5. Hi Lynne

    I grew up on Fatterini Island in the 1970’s and I must say that it was an idyllic place to grow up.

    I am undertaking a research project on that island for a course I am doing and I am interested in any information that you can provide me, as I am just starting out and finding a lot of the information on the Dr to be irrelevant.
    Why was the island named after Dr Fattorini when I can find no evidence of him having been there?

    Any help or advice would be appreciated.

    Kind Regards
    Was it an aboriginal mission or tribal refuge?

  6. I too lived on Fattorini Island. My parents moved there in 1954 and farmed the 60 acres until 1974. My childhhod was wonderful, interspersed with flooing waters which brought stinking mud and a new range of snakes to be wary of. Rowing, fishing, swimming and having the freedom to be quiet was part of the magic of growing up on the island. Dr Fattorini was spoken of by my mother as a person who had cared for ‘aborigines’ who had lived in the area.

  7. I am a decendant of Ernest Albert Sanders who was born on Fattorini Island and his son Percy Sanders. As you know Fattorini Island was formerly administered by the Aboriginal Protection Board until the island was sold in the 1930’s.
    My question – was Ernest Albert Sanders the illigitimate child of a liason between William Sanders and an unknown Aboriginal lady who was raised by William and Mary Anne Sanders as their child. This branch of the Sanders family is rumoured to have Aboriginal ancestry and many have an olive complexion.

    1. Hello Kevin,
      I too have heard vague stories of a similar nature but have never been able to get accurate details. My father used to tell whispers of aboriginal lineage. but they were only whispers. I, too, would be very interested to hear more. Yrs, Lynne.

  8. My grandparents were teachers of Aborigines on Fattorini from around 1910 to 1917. Is there any information about the Island at that time. My grandparents were Arthur and Maude Terry.

  9. My ancestor Peter Frederick Roselt was assigned to Dr.Fattorini abt 1841. We have no furtrher records of his life until he married in 1859 and managed Clarevaux station in GlenInnes. (Owned by a ship’s captain PC Ditmas) Fololwing are records from my family tree. Would love to contact anyone who can give me further details. Evidently Fattorini was reputed to be bastard son of Napoleon (???) forget where I heard that one.
    He was given ticket of leave no 41/895 reel 940 shelf 4/4150 ROSEL Peter Frederick Lady Nugent 1835.
    n 1837 “General Return of Convicts” Peter Rosett aged 22 is listed as arriving on the “Lady Nugent” in 1835. He was assigned to a Master -an employer who would be in charge of him until his freedom. The name of his master is given as Faltorini C L D at Port Macquarie. I searched the Port Macquarie web site and came up with an ‘Index to the History of Port Macquarie’ where I found:
    Factoring, Dr Jean Baptiste Charles Lamonnerie Dit 117, 118, 120, 128, 130,
    139, 173
    I’ve contacted the author of the site and hope to get more info.
    3 April 1841
    41/895 Peter Frederick Rosell “Lady Nugent ”
    Prisoner number 35/1102
    Ships Master J S Fawsett
    Surgeon Oliver Sproule
    Year 1835
    Place of Trial London Goal Delivery
    Date of Trial 16.10.1834
    Sentence 7 years
    Port Macquarie recommended by bench Dec 1840
    Note in margin reads- cancelled and torn up the holder reported free letter
    from Port Macquarie dated Nov., 1841 J.L.H.
    Shipping page 243 sketch of Lady Nugent in Vol. 3 Log of Logs, built 1813
    Bombay barque Class AE 1 , left from Sheerness 4.12.1834 direct passage 126
    Surgeon’s Log available PRO Reel 3200

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