Living in the Colony

Further, the lives of Henry and Susannah are notable for their commitment to each other and in time producing the first generation of Australians through the birth of their eleven children, of whom nine reached adulthood. Five later married, producing the second generation of Australians. Although their repeated requests to marry, while in goal at Norwich, were refused they bore a child Henry Jnr who came to the new colony with them. This birth made them a “family” which as they became participants in the first marriage ceremony of the colony, made them the first European family of the colony. Their birth as a family paralleled the values of freedom democracy family and integrity which Arthur Phillip worked to imbue in the new settlement. Through their further offspring they sowed the seeds of a small dynasty which has in this twenty-first century, grown into a strong trunk with many branches and on whom a rich piece of early colonial Australian history rests.

From their convictions, subsequent hanging reprieves, commitment to each other, marriage and vocal pleadings for their property rights, they displayed resilience which has distinguished them publicly, but more importantly with much prided in the eyes, of their many descendants. From the records of the early years of the colony Henry’s name features large for his public position as the first Chief Constable, through his entrepreneurial achievements and his later social impacts and contributions in the establishment of the community at Windsor to which he moved the family in 1811. Early newspaper reports record elements of his and his family’s lives which continued over the years and were in time kept alive through many writings to the newspapers of Sydney and Windsor.