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  • Title
    Wentworth family papers, 1785-1827
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  • Type of material
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  • Issue Copy
    MicrofilmRefer to Contents for location numbers
  • Physical Description
    0.99 metres of textual material (17 vols. including 1 outsize item) - manuscript

    D'Arcy Wentworth (ca.1762-1827), medical practitioner, was born near Portadown, Ireland. He came to Australia in 1790 on the ship 'Neptune'. He travelled to Norfolk Island where he was appointed an assistant in the hospital and later superintendant of convicts. He returned to Sydney in 1796. Wentworth was appointed principal surgeon of the Civil Medical Department in 1809 and held a number of civil and medical posts during his career.

    William Charles Wentworth (1790-1872), explorer, barrister, landowner and parliamentarian, was the son of D'Arcy Wentworth and Catherine Crowley. Catherine Crowley was transported on the ship 'Neptune' arriving at Sydney in 1790 and then to Norfolk Island on the 'Surprize' with D'Arcy and the infant William. Catherine Crowley died in 1800 and William was sent to England to attend school returning in 1810. He was granted land on the Nepean in 1811 and in 1813 accompanied William Lawson and Gregory Blaxland in their exploration of the Blue Mountains. Governor Macquarie granted him a further one thousand acres for crossing the mountains. Wentworth returned to England in 1816 and was admitted to the English bar in 1822. Wentworth returned to Sydney in 1824. Wentworth acquired further land holdings after his father's death in 1827 and acquired Vaucluse in that year. Wentworth was an elected member of the old Legislative Council (1843-1854). He was a member of the NSW Legislative Council (1861-1862).

    Reference: Australian Dictionary of Biography Online
  • Scope and Content
    SERIES 1
    Wentworth family correspondence, 1785-1880

    SERIES 2
    Wentworth family correspondence, letters to and from W.C. Wentworth

    SERIES 3
    D’Arcy Wentworth’s office account book for three years ending 31st December 1827

    SERIES 4
    Fitzwilliam Wentworth correspondence, 1886-1900

    SERIES 5
    Wentworth family correspondence, papers relating to the Sydney Hospital, medical stores etc., 1803-1820

    SERIES 6
    Wentworth family correspondence, treasury orders, etc., 1812-1825

    SERIES 7
    Wentworth family correspondence, petitions for wine & spirit licences, 1819-1822

    SERIES 8
    Wentworth family correspondence, Colonial revenue account, 1822-1824

    SERIES 9
    Wentworth family correspondence, list of landholders by district, 1826-1827
  • Source
    Most of the papers in this collection were presented by Fitzwilliam Wentworth in Nov. 1912. The contents of A 754/2, and a few letters which were added to other volumes were presented by William Charles Wentworth in Feb. 1938
  • Published Information
    The Wentworths : father and son / John Ritchie. Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1997
  • General note

    Selected correspondence and documents in this collection are indexed in the Mitchell Library Manuscripts index card catalogue.
    MLMSS 3726X (previously A 766) was transferred to Safe 1/348
    Microfilm copies made, 1982; refer to sub-series records for locations

    This collection was listed on PICMAN in 2005 as part of the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in NSW 1856-2006 Project.
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