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Private David Jones (1815.......1899)

Back To . . . 28th Foot The North Gloucestershire Regiment

  • Born : ,  Jan 1815  ,
  • Where Born : Crowhurst, near Battle, Sussex
  • Occupation : Soldier & Inn Keeper
  • Date Arrived :  Sydney on 28 Sept 1835
  • Ship Arrived on : England
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment :  8th June 1835
  • Regimental Number:1068
  • Where Enlisted : London England
  • Date of Discharge 31st August 1841
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Died :  18 December 1899
  • Where Died / Buried : Mt. Victoria, NSW /Roman Catholic Cemetery, Blackheath, NSW 
  • Parents Names : Stephen Jones (1775-1840) Charlotte Winborn (1783-1854)
  • Spouse's Name : Sarah O’Neill
  • Born :  c 1825/26  
  • Where Born : Newcastle, Co Limerick, IR
  • Occupation : Dressmaker
  • Date Arrived Sydney 19 August 1835
  • Ship Arrived on :   New York Packet from Hobart Town, ex Mangles from London
  • Died :  4 Sep 1907  
  • Where Died / Buried : Mt. Victoria, NSW /Roman Catholic Cemetery, Blackheath, NSW 
  • Date Married :16 August 1847
  • Where Married : Weatherboard Inn, Weatherboard (Wentworth Falls), NSW
  • Spouse's Parents :  O'NEILL John (1792-1867) – 28th Regiment Catherine Rabbit (1796-1880)


  • Descendants
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    Area Settled :
    Children :
     Stephen (1848-1931) m Elizabeth Curran
     Mary Catherine (1849-1932) m William Spi
    Charlotte (1851-1933) m Charles LeBrook
    Sarah (1854-1932) m John Lamplough
    Maria (1856-1932) m George Hapgood
    Elizabeth Mildred (1858-1936) m John Aiken
    David O’Neill (1864-1944) m Elizabeth Parker
    John Hugh (1868-1936) m Elizabeth Boyd

    History & Achievements :


    John Britty North has been referred to as The Father of Katoomba and in describing his earliest recollections of Katoomba, (before it was known by this name) records the area was known as Jones Wayside Hotel, the area between Weatherboard (Wentworth Falls) and Blackheath, the year was 1870.1
    In fact David Jones and his wife Sarah had operated a store and inn at this location between the years 1858 to the early 1870s.
    Horace Charlton, a Licensed Surveyor with the Lands Department had been instructed to measure out 30 acres of land on the Bathurst Road as applied for by David Jones in 1854. He transmitted his plan to the Surveyor General on the 25th February 1855. This in essence became the first surveyed parcel of land within the Township of Katoomba.2
    The parcel of land was recorded as No. 1 County Lot, Police District Hartley.
    Notations on this plan record that on 15th June 1855 the deposit was forfeited. The land was again put up for sale the following year and David Jones reapplied and was successful on the 28th October 1856.3
    Jones Wayside Inn was located near the intersection of Camp Street and the Great Western Highway, Katoomba. This would have been the first store and inn to operate within what is now the Township of Katoomba.
    HOWEVER, who is this David Jones?
    David Jones was born in Hastings, Sussex, England, in 1815, and when old enough enlisted in H. M. 28th Regiment of Foot, which was also known as, The North Gloucestershire Regiment. On the 8th June 1835, a part of his Regiment left Portsmouth, London on the ship, ‘England,’ carrying 230 male convicts, 9 women, 7 children, and 29 regular members of the 28th Regiment with their commanding officer, Major  CRUMMER James Henry Their ship arrived in Sydney on the 1st October 1835.4
    Until David was discharged from the army on the 31st August 1841, he served in Parramatta, Hassans Walls and 20 Mile Hollow (Woodford).
    Governor Bourke in 1835, had changed the supervision of the iron gangs from convict overseers to being brought back under military control, David Jones, holding the rank of ‘private,’ would have had the responsibility of maintaining security for the iron gangs.5
    For a few years after retiring from the army when he brought his discharge, he held positions of trust under John Jamison at Regentville, Penrith.6
    In 1847, David married his long time sweet heart, Sarah O’Neill, at the Roman Catholic Church in Hartley.7
    Sarah’s father and her brother, Sergeant – Major O’Neill were also in the same regiment as David.
    David and Sarah were employed in the Rose Inn at Penrith for a short period after their marriage. For whatever reason, Sarah not liking the township, they moved up the mountains where David held the publicans licence at the Weatherboard Inn (Wentworth Falls) 1848-1850.8
    There next move was to the Mount Victoria Inn at the base of Victoria Pass, where again David held the publicans licence from 1853-1858.9
    As mentioned above the Jones’ had purchased their 30 acres at Katoomba in 1856, so sometime after 1858, they had opened their own store and inn, in what later became known as The Crushers, and later still as, Katoomba.
    In one way, this location may have appeared in an isolated place between Wentworth Falls and Blackheath. It may be noted that at Pulpit Hill another inn called, The Shepherd and his Flock Inn was established by Andrew Murray in 1832. However, when you consider the thousands of people travelling over the mountains to the Gold Fields around Bathurst and beyond in the 1850s, and in the mid 1860s, the hundreds of men employed in the construction of the railway, their decision would have been very astute. 
    While located at Jones Wayside Hotel, David and Sarah would have had four of their seven children, their births being registered as in the district of Hartley.
    Around the early 1870s, the Jones moved again, their final move. They resided at Mount Victoria, having a dwelling on the highway between the Mount Victoria Township and the top of Victoria Pass.10
    It was here that David Jones died after a long illness in December 1899 in his 84th year, and was buried at Blackheath Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Sarah, seven children, nineteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.11
    Sarah died in 1907, and was also buried at Blackheath Cemetery.12
    So ended a long lasting partnership with the Blue Mountains, a colourful history of our convict past, Blue Mountain Inns, and the construction of the railways, which changed the face of travel forever.
    Research by Brian Fox, August 2007 email Brian Fox
      1: Scenic Railway Katoomba Colliery 1933, Historic Katoomba 1870.
      2: Letters from Surveyors to the Surveyor General NSW. Microfilm Reel 3059.
      3: Survey Plan C90.1507
      4: Sydney Morning Herald 1st October 1835, p. 2, col. 1.
      6: The Mountaineer 29th December 1899, Death of a Mountain Identity.
      7: NSW BDM Rego. No. V184794295/1847.
      8: Archaeological Investigation Weatherboard Inn Site, Wentworth Falls, Table 1:
         Owners and Licencees of the Weatherboard Inn Site 1826-1896, by Wendy Thorp,
      9: Publicans Licences, Hartley District c1820-1900 by Yvonne Tearle.
    10: Electoral District of Hartley 1903-04, Katoomba Division Jones Sarah, senior,
          Mount Victoria, domestic duties.
    11: The Mountaineer 29th December 1899, Death of a Mountain Identity.
    12: NSW BDM Rego. No. 9465/1907. BMCC Cemetery records Sarah Jones, Roman
          Catholic, Section BRC1, Row A, Plot 14.
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