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Captain Mathew Price (........)

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  • Where Born : Italy
  • Occupation : Soldier
  • Date Arrived : 1852
  • Ship Arrived on : " H.M.S.S. Vulcan"
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    Information kindley supplied Veronica (Ronnie) Bates ronnie@southwest.com.au Webpage.  http://www.southwest.com.au/~ronnie

    Area Settled :
    New Zealand
    Children :
    1 . Alice Louisa Price  (.b.....d.)
    2 . Charles Danvers Price (.b.....d.)
    3 . Edward Guerin Price (.b.....d.)
    4 . Grace Price  (.b.....d.)
    5 . Susan Burge Price  (.b.....d.)
    6 . Matthew Price Jr.  (.b1854.....d.)
    7 . (9th Child) Henry Gaunt Price in .  (.b.1857....d.)
    History & Achievements :
      Captain Matthew Price arrived in Australia, with his troops of the 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot. They would have embarked in the UK on "H.M Steam Ship Vulcan " which sailed from Cork, 15th July 1852 and arrived at Port Phillip Bay Melbourne Victoria.  After his arrival in the Colony, Captain Matthew PRICE applied for and received an appointment as Acting Police Inspector commencing on 4 January 1853. Thus resigning his army commission although for some reason he continued to be known and early histories wrote about him as Captain Matthew Price in the Colony.  
    Captain Matthew Price met up with his wife Elizabeth Donaldson Price  when she and the family arrived in the Port Phillip Colony on the Sailing Ship "Kent" in April 1853, with their children, Alice Louisa Price  8 years old , Charles Danvers Price  5 years old, Edward Guerin Price 12 years old, Grace Price 2 years old, and Susan Burge Price 1 year old. Edward Guerin Price. the first grand-son, was mentioned in his grand-fathers will. 2 more children were born in Beechworth Victoria (their 7th child) Matthew Price Jr. in 1854 and (9th Child) Henry Gaunt Price in 1857.  Matthew was Police Magistrate at this time and was later appointed a Magistrate in New Zealand where another child (9th Child) Florence Blessington Price was born in 1861.  
    Captain Matthew Price was only with the regt in Australia for a short time after its arrival in Australia before resigning after many years service.   There is a lot written about him while he served in Beechworth Victoria before going to NZ.   The following article is a reprint from the Poverty Bay (NZ) Herald dated 26 July 1883.   DEATH OF MR.MATTHEW PRICE: At five o'clock this morning in the 66th year of his life the merciful visitation of death put an end to the awful and long protracted suffering of Mr. Price, who was so lately the Resident Magistrate of our local court.
    The deceased gentleman having no fear of death prayed for it that he might be released from a world which had so long been a weariness and a long suffering to him.  Mr. Price had been esteemed and respected all the days of his life by those to whom he was well known, and he has been well known to many of high and low degrees.  It may be said of his life to have "personified truth and honesty.  He was a man gold would not have bought, nor any threats intimidated, nor persuasion have turned him from the direct line of duty.  Having in his official capacity resolved where his duty really was, nothing could have turned him, or lead him to swerve from, or change his purpose".  That the deceased occasionally exhibited irritability on the bench has been admitted and as promptly pardoned. It was only at the time known to very few that while he was listening to the evidence analysing and sifting it, that while he was plagued with opposing arguments of opposing lawyers, he was hearing all this while under physical anguish unutterable.  
    In his early days Mr. Price then Captain Matthew Price, was one of the leaders of the 'beau mond' of fashion, moving in the aristocratic circles of which Lord Melbourne, Count D'Orsay and Countess Blessington, and other distinguished persons were the principal members.   Mr. Price was born in Italy of English* parents. At the age of 19 he was entered as an ensign in the First Regiment of Light Infantry Militia, afterwards obtaining his Captaincy and serving for some years on active service in India.  Mr. Price subsequently went to Victoria where he obtained an appointment as Police Magistrate, and became, we believe Commissioner of the Mounted Police Force.  
    Afterwards he was transferred to New Zealand and received the appointment of Warden and Resident Magistrate on the west coast of the Middle Island, from whence he was transferred to Gisborne, where he has ended his earthly career.   The remains of Mr. Price will be removed to the Cemetery tomorrow at 3 o'clock.  
    All those who love that which is brave and self denying, and all who love integrity, and those virtues which constitute true manhood will be followers of the deceased to his last resting place . * Italian mother.   I hope this is of interest to you for your website.  Let me know if I can be of any other help. kind regards
    References
    Family Members, Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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    Last revised: Thursday, 03 June 2010 08:31:28