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John Ready’s mother, Johanna Pendergast

Another snippet – John Ready’s mother, Johanna Pendergast died 3 December 1838 and was buried at St Matthew’s RC Church, Windsor (Burial No 112, page 225, Windsor burial register 1835-1874, described as a settler, officiating priest W Brady).

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        OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE WINDSOR

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http://www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/10_subnav_01_1.htm

The Rum Track: Places associated with ‘The Rum Rebellion’,
26th January 1808 to 1st January 1810.

Government House site, Green Hills (35-37 George Street, Windsor), the site where rebels lit bonfires on the night of the overthrow, and from which they exercised control over the Hawkesbury District and suppressed local opposition to the rebellion.

( Turns out that where Izzy and I ended up spending the weekend in March 2010 after leaving the Last Resort at Vineyard, is actually adjacent to the site of the Old Government House. Couldn’t gave thought that one up. )

http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A010076b.htm

Bell, Archibald (1773 – 1837)

In 1812-18 he commanded a detachment of the 73rd Regiment at Windsor. In 1818 he acted as barracks master and helped to found the Hawkesbury Benevolent Society.

http://www.printsandprintmaking.gov.au/catalogues/work/23239/lionel-lindsay-old-government-house-windsor-nsw.aspx?impression=85863

LIONEL LINDSAY’S ETCHING.

Primary Artist

LINDSAY, Lionel

Context  Australia

Title Old Government House, Windsor, N.S.W.

Date Made 1918

Technique etching, printed in brown ink with plate tone, from one plate

Copyright Courtesy of the National Library of Australia

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http://www.nma.gov.au/collections-search/display?irn=129738

Old Government House, Windsor

Object type
Photographic postcards

Object number
1986.0117.5026

Description
A sepia toned postcard featuring a photograph of an old government building in Windsor, Sydney. Adjacent to the photograph is a column of text outlining the historical significance of the building. Titling on the card reads "AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL POSTCARDS / HISTORIC BUILDINGS / OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE, / WINDSOR". Publication identification on the reverse side of the card reads "JAMES R TYRRELL 22 CASTLEREAGH STREET, SYDNEY".

Collection name
Josef Lebovic Gallery collection no. 1

OGHNMAOld Government House, Windsor LEBOVIC

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17187762

The Sydney Morning Herald… Thursday 27 June 1935 Supplement: Women’s Supplement

As the Roman Catholic Chapel had not been built by the 9th June 1824 Johannah was obliged to use St John’s Church, Parramatta, this time for her own wedding , for at the age of 59 she married 46 year old FRANCIS PRENDERGAST.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2183946

LAND GRANTS. The Sydney Gazette and… Thursday 21 April 182

including Mudie, Raine, PRENDERGAST and more.

RANDOM LINKS TO OTHER WINDSOR FAMILIES AND TOPICS.

http://www.users.on.net/~ahvem/page3/page2/page22/page21/page21.html

MICHAEL CONNOR CONSTABLE AT WINDSOR OGH.

http://www.emerge.net.au/~santarem/gray/shades.html

THE STORY OF JOHN GRAY & ELIZABETH KILLETT

 

SCENES OF WINDSOR IN 2010.

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WINDSOR 026  WINDSOR 043

http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/ObjectDetails.aspx?oid=38424

GOVERNMENT HOUSE WINDSOR

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These are two of the buildings near the Terrace Motel in Windsor. OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE is long gone but we are coming across images and newspaper reports about it.

EXTRACT FROM PHIL READY’S ‘READY OR NOT’.

JOHANNAH READY 1765-183?

” The ARCHDUKE CHARLES , a one class two decked vessel of five hundred and twenty five tons burthen was built in Newcastle England in 1809.  With J.P.  JEFFRIES as master and JOHN PAWSON as surgeon the ship sailed from Cork, Ireland on Friday 15th May 1812 with 147 male and 54 female convicts for the Penal Colony of NSW. Travelling via Rio de Janeiro she arrived at Sydney two hundred and seven days later on 16th February 1813. ( The Convict Ships by Charles Bateson)

Among the prisoners was 47 years old Johannah Ready sentenced by the court during 1811 in County Tipperary, Ireland to fourteen years transportation to the Colony.

On disembarking at Sydney Cove, Johannah was taken to the women’s barracks and then allocated to work at Government House Windsor. This necessitated a journey that was long and dangerous at that time for there were many thieves and bushrangers about so the party travelled with an armed guard. Johannah is listed in the Windsor Ration Book as receiving rations during 1813 and 1815 ( loc A 803 pp 59,90,122 ML) and during this time became Housekeeper at Government House.

Records show that she received payments for this position during 1814 and 1815 from the Police Fund. (Wentworth Papers loc. D1 M4 pp 121 137 ML)  Her salary was published in the following editions of the SYDNEY GAZETTE.

5 AUGUST 1815 12 MONTHS WINDSOR 20 pds

11 MAY 1816 6  MONTHS PARRAMATTA 10 pds

8 FEB 1817 12 MONTHS WINDSOR 20 pds

As housekeeper at Government House Johannah would have come in contact with some of the most influential people in the Colony including the Rev Samuel Marsden and William Cox , Magistrate.

Johannah’s son John Ready, arrived as a prisoner aboard the convict ship THE THREE BEES in June of 1814 and by the end of the year had become overseer of the Government Dairy at Windsor.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15863030

TO THE EDITOR OF THE HERALD.

The Sydney Morning Herald… Tuesday 7 October 1919,

TO THE EDITOR OF THE HERALD. |

Sir, – I note that. in your to-day’s issue you have an interesting article on some of the historic churches In New South Wales. You also make reference to the old Government House at Windsor, still standing. I have a photo, of this old building, and when I was in Windsor a year or two ago I was surprised to see that this historic building was then being used partly as a stable and partly as a laundry. We are inclined to decry conservatism as not worthy of this comparatively young country, but I think and believe that many will agree with me that a little conservatism in this particular case would be a good thing. The building, together with the land it occupies, could probably be bought for a nominal figure, and at a very slight expense could be secured against further decay, and kept as a relic of the early days of this State

(or colony as it then was)

I am, etc,

HISTORICUS.

Newcastle, Oct. 3.   

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18981643

DOCUMENT REFERRED TO. 1820.

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 22 March 1890,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15427482

A BOOK FOR ARCHITECTS.

The Sydney Morning Herald… Saturday 14 June 1913,

Mr. Baker says that In the old Government House at Windsor, which was built about 1796, the floors, skirtings,

doors, windows, and oven weatherboards,which were made of rod cedar, are all in good preservation to-day.

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FROM NATIONAL LIBRARY AUSTRALIA.

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Cazneaux, Harold, 1878-1953.

Second Government House … [picture]

[191-?] 1 photograph ; 17.1 x 25.2 cm.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15989304

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Tuesday 14 February 1922, page 11

museums and memorialsThe Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 14 February 1922, page 11

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16787808

HISTORIC WINDSOR. SMUGGLERS’ CAVE AND OLD HOUSES.

The Sydney Morning Herald… Monday 22 June 1931

At the courthouse-the oldest building of Its kind in the Commonwealth-the party was shown the fine painting of Governor Macquarie, the funds to pay for which were subscribed by the residents of the town.In the building are some quaint old leather covered chairs which were originally in old Government House at Windsor.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16932778

"BACK TO WINDSOR" WEEK. WINDSOR, Wednesday.

The Sydney Morning Herald… Thursday 24 November 1932

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17311820

OLD SYDNEY. Combined Etching Exhibition

The Sydney Morning Herald… Tuesday 8 December 1936,

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WINDSOR AGAIN

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VIEW FROM THE TERRACE MOTEL AT WINDSOR. THE WHARF IS DOWN THERE SOMEPLACE.

http://www.westernsydneylibraries.nsw.gov.au/hawkesbury/history.html

http://www.hawkesburyaustralia.com.au/information/thingsToDo_windsor.asp

I don’t know what I was thinking when we went to visit Windsor. I thought the Old Government House where the Readys were Housekeeper and Dairyman, was out of town somewhere. 

Research remains messy with the 3 house moves and one baby of the last two years. Now, I begin to settle in and unpack previous findings and access some of the newer resources on the net and discover that it was near Thompson Square.

This is our story. We were booked into a ‘resort ‘ online at Vineyard and on arrival found it to be a Last Resort. We sacrificed our pre paid money and headed into Windsor itself, ending up at the Terrace Motel on the River. Now, we find that we were right there where the Old Government House was. Where the Readys walked and worked. WE LOVE RESEARCH !

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=CV0RAAAAIBAJ&sjid=P5YDAAAAIBAJ&pg=443,7905

JOHANNAH READY

Johannah was my great-great-great-great grandmother on my mother’s side as they say. That is – she was my GGGGGrandmother if in fact it was her son who fathered Peter Mark. It could have been one THOMAS HOGAN. For the time being we will stay with the legal records and claim Johannah as kinfolk.

This is her story as Phil Ready recorded it for READY OR NOT.

JOHANNAH READY 1765-183?

” The ARCHDUKE CHARLES , a one class two decked vessel of five hundred and twenty five tons burthen was built in Newcastle England in 1809.  With J.P.  JEFFRIES as master and JOHN PAWSON as surgeon the ship sailed from Cork, Ireland on Friday 15th May 1812 with 147 male and 54 female convicts for the Penal Colony of NSW. Travelling via Rio de Janeiro she arrived at Sydney two hundred and seven days later on 16th February 1813. ( The Convict Ships by Charles Bateson)

Among the prisoners was 47 years old Johannah Ready sentenced by the court during 1811 in County Tipperary, Ireland to fourteen years transportation to the Colony.

On disembarking at Sydney Cove, Johannah was taken to the women’s barracks and then allocated to work at Government House Windsor. This necessitated a journey that was long and dangerous at that time for there were many thieves and bushrangers about so the party travelled with an armed guard. Johannah is listed in the Windsor Ration Book as receiving rations during 1813 and 1815 ( loc A 803 pp 59,90,122 ML) and during this time became Housekeeper at Government House.

Records show that she received payments for this position during 1814 and 1815 from the Police Fund. (Wentworth Papers loc. D1 M4 pp 121 137 ML)  Her salary was published in the following editions of the SYDNEY GAZETTE.

5 AUGUST 1815 12 MONTHS WINDSOR 20 pds
11 MAY 1816 6  MONTHS PARRAMATTA 10 pds
8 FEB 1817 12 MONTHS WINDSOR 20 pds

 

As housekeeper at Government House Johannah would have come in contact with some of the most influential people in the Colony including the Rev Samuel Marsden and William Cox , Magistrate.

Johannah’s son John Ready, arrived as a prisoner aboard the convict ship THE THREE BEES in June of 1814 and by the end of the year had become overseer of the Government Dairy at Windsor.

In July of 1814 there was great excitement in the Colony for Governor Macquarie had accepted the generous offer of William Cox to build a road over the mountains along with the route discovered by Blaxland,  Lawson and  Wentworth. So well did the team work that by 21 Jan 1815 the road had been completed and by May the Governor with his wife and a well equipped party was able to travel along the new road from Parramatta. Crossing the mountains Macquarie was able , with the help of Cox to lay out the proposed town of Bathurst on the banks of the Macquarie River which had been discovered by George Evans the previous year.

Two years later John and Johannah both still  at Windsor, testified at an inquest held on Wednesday 16th December 1817 into the accidental drowning of a dairy stockman. In their testimony they stated that the stockmen John Holland  and Edward Knight were good friends at the time of the accident.

Holland and Knight had gone to a nearby creek to bathe at a spot that John Holland considered safe but unfortunately neither could swim and when Holland got out of his depth Knight was unable to help him. He ran to a nearby Mill but being unsuccessful there went on to Government House where he asked the Gardener for help. As only one of those who came to help could swim ( very few people at that time could) it was two hours before John Holland’s body was recovered.

The Coroner being absent the Rev Samuel Marsden swore in the Chief Constable Francis Oates to act in his stead and Johannah unable to write put her mark on her testimony whilst her son John signed his name ( INQUESTS AONSW)

On 31 August 1819 both Johannah and John Ready received their pardons from the Governor and just over 6 months later on 7 Feb 1820 John married Elizabeth Curtis, daughter of John Curtis and Ann Moran . Elizabeth born in 1803 was now 17 years of age and John 30.

Although of the Catholic faith the wedding took place in St Johns Church of England Parramatta for at that time Catholicism was discouraged with no Catholic Priest being allowed to officiate.

In 1822 Johannah applied to the new Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane, to have her sone Phillip and his family brought out as assisted immigrants from Ireland stating that Phillip was known to Mr Walsh the gaoler at City Cork where both she and John had been held for some time before embarkation but there is no record of the family ever having migrated to the Colony ( Governors Despatches 1822 loc 1193 p 230 ML)

Finally restrictions on the Roman Catholic Faith were relaxed with a move made to build a RC Chapel at Parramatta. Johannah is listed in the SYDNEY GAZETTE EDITIONS

17 MAY 1822
11 OCTOBER 1822
13 MARCH 1823
17 MARCH 1824

as making a subscription towards this aim. However as the Chapel had not been built by the 9th June 1824 Johannah was obliged to use St John’s Church, this time for her own wedding , for at the age of 59 she married 46 year old FRANCIS PRENDERGAST.