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Captain John Townson  (c.1760.........1185)

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.The New South Wales Corps. ( Rum Corps. ) "Renamed 102nd Regiment.
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  • Born : c.1760
  • Where Born :  Stropshire in England
  • Occupation : Soldier
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  • Date arrival :     Sydney 28 June 1790
  • Ship Arrived : " "Scarborough''   '
    Rank on Discharge : Captain and from September 1796 to November 1799 acted as Lieutenant-Governor
  • Date of Enlistment :  18th regiment in 1779 and transferred to the N.S.W.s in 1789
  • Where Enlisted : England   
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  • Returned to  England
  • Returned to : Sydney
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  • Died :8th July 1835
  • Where Died / Buried   Kogorah OÇonnor street Sydney
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    Hi Barrie.......With regards to information I gave you about Captain John
    Townson. I have made a couple of errors that you need to correct.
     
    He was born in 1760 at Stropshire in England and died in OÇonnor street in
    Kogorah,Sydney in 1835.Sorry I gave you the wrong year.
    I have some extra information you maybe able to use.
    While at Norfolk Island he fathered a child to a Sarah Griggs,a convict
    who also arrived on the second fleet aboard the "Neptune".The child was
    also named Sarah Griggs.This was confirmed to be right as Sarah his
    daughter was mentioned in his will.
    I have more information on Townson if you want it I can fax it to you if
    you can email a fax number.
  • Some information  from Terry McGregor eureka@virginbroadband.com.au

     

     
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    Hurstville and Bexley districts

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     John entered the 18th regiment in 1779 and transferred to the N.S.W Corps in 1789.He arrived in Sydney on the second fleet ship "Scarborough'' as a Lieutenant in June 1790.He was stationed on Norfolk Island for six years and in 1794 was a member of the court of  inquiry investigating lieutenant-governor Kings actions during the 1793 mutiny on the island. He was promoted to Captain and from September 1796 to November 1799 acted as Lieutenant-Governor while King was away in England. During his time there he commissioned the only ship to be built (1798) on the island, the sloop "Norfolk "which was later used by Mathew Flinders to circumnavigate Van Diemans Land. He left Norfolk in 1800 and returned to
    England where he sold his commission in July 1803.He returned to Sydney in 1806 where he took up a land grant of 2000acre's in the Hurstville and Bexley districts. He sold these in 1812 and developed further grants in Van Diemans Land. He died in Sydney on 8th July 1815 leaving an estate worth 5000 pounds. Don't know where he is buried but still looking. His brother
    Robert also came out here as a free settler and was a prominent person as well. He had a large land grant that was called Varroville which today is a  suburb in it's own right. The riding school is on part of what was his property believe there is a picture of him in the Sydney town hall.
    While at Norfolk Island he fathered a child to a Sarah Griggs, a convict who also arrived on the second fleet aboard the "Neptune". The child was also named Sarah Griggs. This was confirmed to be right as Sarah his daughter was mentioned in his will. I

     

     

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