LAND DEALS in VDL of CAPTAIN EDWARD GOLDSMITH 1839-62
DISAMBIGUATION: Elizabeth Goldsmith 1855 and Elizabeth Goldsmith 1921
Wrest Point casino and the area behind extending up through Lord Street Sandy Bay which Captain Edward and Elizabeth Goldsmith acquired in 1840 and sold in 1852. Taken from Battery Point. Photo copyright © KLW NFC 2014
THE LIST: HISTORIC DEEDS & TITLES
Details regarding the historic deeds and titles held by Captain Edward Goldsmith and his wife Elizabeth Goldsmith nee Day between 1839 and 1862 in the colony of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) were sourced from this document: Historic Deeds Index Files 1827-1926 GLO-GOO. NB: to access links to the original historic documents at the LIST (see Guide in Addenda) you need to create an account at https://www.thelist.tas.gov.au
This photograph shows the extent of development in Queensborough by 1861.
Source: Archive Office Tasmania
Abbbot Album No. 89. Sandy Bay, near Hobart Town / A.A. 1861
GOLDSMITH Elizabeth nee Day
Four properties were listed under the name of Elizabeth Goldsmith. The first two in the list were definitely owned by Elizabeth Goldsmith nee Day, held jointly with her husband Captain Edward Goldsmith at Queensborough, which he had acquired in 1840 and which they sold in 1852. The listing of the third and fourth properties dated 1921 and 1922 under the same name, Elizabeth Goldsmith, is more likely a simple mistake made by the Lands and Titles Registrar in 1921 and 1922: see disambiguation section below.
1850s: the Queensborough properties
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- 03/6803 Queensborough. This property was located on Sandy Bay Road. Captain Edward Goldsmith bought it from Alfred Garrett (manager of the Derwent and Tamar Fire, Life and Marine Assurance Company, est. 1838) and and two others on the 20th January 1840 (dealing No. 02/3198). He registered it jointly in his wife’s name. This property and another in Queensborough were conveyed in both their names in 1852, per these details: .
Conveyance with another (i.e. her husband Captain Edward Goldsmith – listed under his name as the same dealing No. 03/6803 on the same date) to William Dove, licensed victualler, registered 30th June 1852.
* 03/6803 Q’borough C with anor to Wm Dove 30.6.52
* 03/7246 ditto [Q’borough C] with 3 others to N. J. D. Gresley & an 12.11.52
View here: this map was included in the Historic Deed 03/7246 for Elizabeth Goldsmith’s Queensborough property (Sandy Bay) held jointly with her husband Captain Edward Goldsmith. It was situated on the High Road (Sandy Bay Road) between Hobart and Sandy Bay, measuring a total of 89 acres, and bounded by Lord Street in the south-west.
Photograph of Sandy Bay Road, Tasmania, c.1870.
University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection, Australia
Google maps 2018: Lord Street, Sandy Bay Road, Marieville Esplanade, Derwentwater, and the Derwent Sailing Squadron.
By sheer coincidence, it seems, another Elizabeth Goldsmith, a farmer’s daughter nee O’Halloran, acquired her name by marrying someone called Edward Goldsmith (a groom. i.e. of horses), at Ulverstone in northern Tasmania on 4th August, 1880 (source: Names Index: 891485, RGD37/1/39 no 639 Archives Tas).
On January 15, 1921, now a widow and resident of Hobart, she bought 23 acres 18 perches from farmer Richard James Backhouse of Cambridge, Tasmania – for 150 pounds – documented as dealing No. 15.1951. This sale (dealing no. 15/1951) and the transfer of the mortgage in 1922 to Philip Griffiths for 98 pounds in May 1922 – documented as dealing no. 15/6959 – were collated at some point with the properties held at Sandy Bay, Hobart in the 1850s by both Captain Edward Goldsmith and his wife Elizabeth Goldsmith nee Day. Elizabeth Goldsmith nee O’Halloran might possibly have been a descendant by marriage of Captain Edward Goldsmith’s family, but she could not have been the Captain’s wife Elizabeth Goldsmith nee Day who died in England in 1875, despite the listing together of their names. If not in any way related by inheritance, the Lands and Titles Registry mistakenly included the dealings for this sale by Elizabeth Goldsmith nee O’Halloran in 1921-22 with the dealings of the wife of merchant and master mariner, Elizabeth Goldsmith nee Day in 1852, simply because both women had a husband called “Edward Goldsmith”.
* 15/1951 Parish Cambridge 23.0.18 Mortgage from Richard J. Backhouse registered 15 January 1921
* 15/6959 ditto 23.0.18 Transfer of Mortgage to Philip L. Griffiths & another, registered 1 May, 1922.
GOLDSMITH, Captain Edward
This is a brief guide to the property dealings of Captain Edward Goldsmith in the colony of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) from 1839 to 1862, viz his construction of patent slips at Secheron Bay and the Queen’s Domain, Hobart; his acquisition of acreage for timber felling and sheep pasturing in the north and south of the island; his purchase and sale of land and residences in Battery Point, Hobart, and finally the sale of his licensed premises and residence at 19 Davey Street, Hobart months before his permanent departure from the colony in 1856 with wife Elizabeth and sole surviving son Edward jnr. He retired to Gadshill House, his estate in the village of Higham, Kent, UK, where he continued land management of fifty ancestral leaseholds and plantations in the neighbouring parish of Chalk.
* 02/3002 Hobart C. with 4 ors from H.W. Mortimer & 2 ors. 12.11.39.
* 02/3035 Colville St. Hobart C with 4 ors from J. Grant & anor. 22.11.39.
* 02/3161 Lincoln 100.0.0 C [Lake St Clair] from J. A. Wood & anor 7.1.40
* 02/3198 Queensborough [Sandy Bay Road] C from A. Garrett & 2 ors 20.1.40
* 02/4315 Brushy Plains Pembroke 200.0.0 M from J. Quested 31.3.41
* 02/4425 Kelly St. Hobart C with 3 ors to W. Lawrence & an. 16.5.41
* 02/4763 see Mem [large file, 2746 pounds etc] with 4 ors to A. Crombie & anor. 22.9.41
*02/5895 Battery Point H’bart M with 5 ors to S. Williamson 24.1.43
Or view at the LIST:
https://www.thelist.tas.gov.au/app/content/property/view-historic-document?dealingNo=02/5895 etc etc
* 02/6081 ditto [Battery Pt. H’bart] C with 5 ors to J. Watson & anor 10.4.43
* 02/6803 Q’borough C with anor to W. Dove 30.6.52
* 03/7246 ditto [Q’borough] C with 3 ors to N.J.D. Gresley & anor 12.11.52
View here: NB: incorrectly listed as 02/7246
* 03/7825 Davey St. Hobart M with 5 ors to T. Macdowell & anor 1.4.53
View here: (NB: wrongly listed as 02/7285)
* 04/1853 ditto [Davey St. Hobart] C with anor to F. Leigh 5.9.55
EXTRACT of Indenture No. 04/1853
Date of the said Indenture
The fourth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five
Names and additions of the parties thereto –
Edward Goldsmith of Hobart Town in Van Diemen’s Land Merchant of the first part John Leslie Stewart of Hobart Town aforesaid Brewer of the second part and Philip Leigh formerly of the Colony of Victoria and now of Hobart aforesaid Shipowner of the third part –
Description of the Land conveyed
All that allotment or parcel of land situate and being in Davey Street in Hobart Town aforesaid being part of certain land comprised in a Grant from the Crown to one Thomas Cole and his heirs and bounded on the South East or front by fifty feet and four inches or thereabouts along Davey St. On the South West side by other part of the land compromised in the said Grant heretofore belonging to Andrew Crombie and now to Douglas Thomas Kilburn. On the North East side by part of certain land hereafter granted by the Crown to John Burnett. And in the North East side by an allotment of land granted by the Crown to William Pedder and formerly occupied by William Fairlough and now belonging to Joseph Oakley to Davey Street or howsoever otherwise the said land granted and released by the new memorialising Indenture is or may be bounded described or distinguished. And also all that the capital messuages or dwelling house therein erected –
In Davey Street Hobart Town
Names and additions of witnesses thereto
John Dobson Sol’r Hobart Town
Robert Pitcairn Sol’r Hobart Town
Consideration to whom and how paid
The consideration as appears by the new memorializing Indenture and by the receipt endorsed thereon is the sum of one thousand four hundred pounds paid by the said Philip Leigh to the said Edward Goldsmith [£1400.00] as the full consideration for the purchase of the said messuages land and hereditaments (subject as aforesaid) –
Sworn at Hobart this fifth day of September one thousand eight hundred and fifty five [etc etc]
signed Edw’d Goldsmith
[5th September 1855]
* 04/1871 Hobart Parish 3.1.0. A to A. Morrison & anor 10.9.55
EXTRACT of Indenture 04/1871
Memorial of an Indenture to be registered pursuant to the Act of Council in such case and provided [No.4/1871]
The twenty third day of August one thousand eight hundred and fifty five
Names and additions of the parties –
Edward Goldsmith of Hobart Town in Van Diemen’s Land Esquire of the one part and Askin Morrison of Hobart Town aforesaid merchant and Alexander McGregor of Hobart Town aforesaid Ship builder of the other part
Names and additions of the Witnesses –
Jsh Allport Solicitor Hobart Town
Nature and object –
The new Memorializing Indenture cites that by an Indenture dated thirtieth December one thousand eight hundred and fifty three made between Robert Power of Hobart Town aforesaid Esquire Surveyor General of Van Diemen’s Land and Lessor of Crown Lands of the one part and the said Edward Goldsmith of the other part the said Lessee of Crown Lands leased and granted unto the said Edward Goldsmith his executors administrators and assigns the allotment of Land hereinafter described with such right as hereinafter are mentioned for the term of ninety nine years to be continued con […?] from the first day of December then the last at the yearly rent of one shilling payable yearly and by the said Indenture of Lease […?] amongst other things provided that a patent slip of each dimensions and power as are therein mentioned should be completed and finished upon the said demised Land and the bed of the river Derwent adjoining the same within two years from the first day of December then instant that by an Indenture dated twelfth May last past made between the said Lessor of Crown Lands of the one part and the said Edward Goldsmith of the other part the time allowed in the said Indenture of Lease for the erection and completion of the said Patent slip was extended until the first day of December one thousand eight hundred and fifty six that the said Edward Goldsmith had imported certain Iron work and machinery for the construction of a patent slip and deposited the same in a part thereof upon the Land demised by the said Indenture of Lease and the said Edward Goldsmith also deposited certain Piles and other Timber upon the said Land and caused certain jetties and warves to be erected which extend from the said demised Land into the river Derwent and the said Edward Goldsmith also erected certain houses sheds and other buildings upon the said demised Land That the said Edward Goldsmith had lately contracted with the said Askin Morrison and Alexander McGregor for the sale to them of his terms of his estate [?] in the said allotment or piece of Land and of the said Iron work and machinery imported by him for the construction of a patent slip and of all such piles Timber and buildings as hereinbefore mentioned at the price [?] of Four thousand five hundred pounds and the new Memorializing Indenture is as assignment by the said Edward Goldsmith of the allotment or piece of land messuaged hereditaments and premises hereinafter described and all Jetties warves buildings piles and other erections or structures built made constructed or set up by the said Edward Goldsmith upon the said piece of land unto the said Askin Morrison and Alexander McGregor as Tenants in common and to their respective executors administrators and assigns for the residue and remainder of the said Term of ninety nine years created by the Indenture of Lease subject to the payment of the said yearly rent of one shilling and to the performance the said several covenants and agreements therein contained.
All that allotment or piece of land situate and being in the Queens Park in the Parish of Hobart and County of Buckingham in Van Diemen’s Land aforesaid containing by admeasurement three acres and one perch or thereabout and bounded as follows (that is to say) on the Northern side by one chain and twenty seven links Westerley along the Queens Park commencing at the river Derwent at a point distant twenty five chains and eighty links or thereabout in a South Easterly direction from the eastern angle of the Powder magazine on the Western side by seven chains five links and one quarter of a link Southerly in two bearings also along the Queens Park to the river Derwent aforesaid and thence by that River to the point of commencement . Together with full and free liberty ??? and authority for the said Edward Goldsmith his executors administrators and assigns and his and their servants and workmen to break up and remove earth gravel and soil upon the said Land and to contruct warves and Jetties thereon and to extend the same into the River Derwent opposite to the said demised Land and to construct upon the said demised Land and upon the bed of the River Derwent adjoining or near to a patent slip or patent slips and certain other erections and structures with liberty to anchor and moor vessels in the River Derwent aforesaid opposite or near to the said Land and together also with the full use and enjoyment of a right of carriage and drift way over certain Roads which in the said Lease are mentioned.
Where situate –
In the parish of Hobart and County of Buckingham
The sum of Four thousand Two hundred pounds by the said Askin Morrison and Alexander McGregor paid to the said Edward Goldsmith on the execution of the new Memorializing Indenture
Robert John Parker Clerk to Messrs Allport Roberts & Allport Solicitors Hobart herein maketh oath in faith [?] that the above written Memorial contains a Just and True Account of the several particulars therein set forth
Sworn at Hobart Town this tenth day of September one thousand eight hundred and fifty five before me
Registrar of Deeds and Signed Alexander McGregor
Rec’/d 10/9/55 at 1pm Verified by R. John Parker Clerk to Messrs Allport Roberts & Allport of Hobart Town Solicitors – Reg/s of Deeds No. 4/1871
* 05/1310 Salisbury 626.0.0 C with anor to Jas. Rigny 12.9.62
More about each of these Tasmanian property titles in a future post. Some are examined in detail in the related posts (below).
Addenda: Guide to the LIST
The LIST: Registry of Deeds (General Law) in Tasmania between 1827 and 1972
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Column Headings and Abbreviations
Source: Historic Deeds General Law Guide (pdf)
Column 1 and Column 2: Reference number to the Deed Memorial
Column 3 and Column 4: Situation of property and area
Column 5: Type of document e.g. abbreviations such as –
- C or Con = Conveyance, that is, the transfer of title
- M = Mortgage
- A = Assignment
- T/M = Transfer of Mortgage. A transfer of the mortgagee’s right under the mortgage to a third party
Column 6: Parties, other parties to the Memorial: ors = others; anor = another
Column 7: Date received by the Registry of Deeds
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- Captain Edward Goldsmith, James Lucas and Peter Fraser: 500 acre leases 1853
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- Captain Goldsmith in Davey Street Hobart 1854
- Captain Edward Goldsmith and the land at Lake St Clair
- Captain Edward Goldsmith and Charles Dickens’ Well Pump
- Bleak Expectations: Captain Goldsmith’s will in Chancery 1871-1922
- Captain Edward Goldsmith and the patent slip 1855