Do you know anything of the servants of Elizabeth Macarthur?

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I have received a request for help with the domestic servants of Elizabeth Macarthur. I've suggested contact be made with the Elizabeth Farm (the Macarthur home at Parramatta NSW) museum at Can anybody think of other, possibly better, contacts?

WikiTree profile: Elizabeth Macarthur
in Genealogy Help by Kenneth Evans G2G6 Pilot (219k points)
I guess whatever archives they have at Elizabeth Farm would be a good first step, Ken. They may have other ideas where to go after that.... maybe the State Library would be a resource, but that could turn into a major research project if the information is spread around various publications... State Library of NSW that is, also the Mitchell Library next to it.  I also have a vague recollection some staff were listed in the 1828 census, but that’s Camden Park rather than Elizabeth Farn, and presumably just a small snapshot of all the staff over the years,

I keep getting more ideas :) Maybe the Australian Society of Genealogists may have something in their library... but probably a long shot.
Thanks for the information. My grandmother's great grandmother was, according to family history, a nursery maid for Elizabeth Macarthur. I would like to confirm as some of my  oral family history is not accurate.


Ellen Ryan

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Father’s death

First name(s) Richard

Last name Veale

Age -

Birth year -

Death year 1772

Burial year 1772

Burial date 22 May 1772

Burial place Bridgerule

Denomination Anglican

County Devon

Country England

Archive reference 2904A/PR/1/1

Archive South West Heritage Trust

Record set Devon Burials

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Parish Burials

Collections from England, Great Britain

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by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Kenneth Evans

Father’s marriage 

First name(s) Richard

Last name Veale

Spouse's first name(s) Grace

Spouse's last name Hatherly

Denomination Anglican

County Devon

Place Bridgerule

Archive South West Heritage Trust

Marriage date 08 Aug 1764

Parish Bridgerule

Record set Devon Marriages And Banns

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Parish Marriages

Collections from England, Great Britain

Devon Family History Society

Transcriptions © Devon Family History Society

Sorry these are not the records you asked for, I came across them in my search.

First name(s) Grace

Last name Hatherly

Gender Female

Birth year -

Birth place -

Baptism year 1747

Baptism date 15 Apr 1747

Place Launcells

County Cornwall

Country England

Father's first name(s) John

Father's last name Hatherly

Mother's first name(s) Grace

Mother's last name -

Record set England Births & Baptisms 1538-1975

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Parish Baptisms

Collections from England, Great Britain

Index (c) IRI. Used by permission of FamilySearch Intl

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Funnily enough, I've been working through my step fathers ancestors this week. I was told that their family was sponsered to come to Australia, by John MacArthur, and that they had to farm the land at Camden, for 5 or 7 years. It was Orlando Haddon-377, in 1853. Do they fit in with what you are looking at?
by Ben Molesworth G2G6 Pilot (146k points)
My g.g.grandparents, Stephen Kelloway and Selina Trowbridge from Wiltshire were also among the group sponsored to work for John Macarthur. They were married the day before the ship set sail for Australia. Stephen was the dairyman and Selina the cook.

A many years ago I went to an Open Day at Douglas Park. They had a magazine of the history of the Macarthur estate for sale which also listed all the early workers and household staff; that's where I found the listing for Stephen and Selina .
Interesting. Thank you.

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