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Merideth, Frederick

Male 1765 - 1836  (71 years)


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  • Name Merideth, Frederick 
    Born 1765  Denham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Mentioned 26 Jan 1788  Sydney, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Description: Frederick arrived with the first fleet as a cook/baker on the H.M.S. Sirius
    Mentioned 23 Feb 1788 
    • Description: Frederick received lashes for exchanging rum for a possum.
    • Frederick was charged with giving run to a convict in exchange for a possum. Sentenced to 100 lashes which was later reduced to 50.

      Although Frederick would presumably have been busy during the following weeks helping to unload the ship and may even have been present when Governor Phillip had the flag raised to mark the founding of the new Colony, there is no mention of Meredith in the official records until 23 February. On that day Frederick appeared before a Magistrate charged with having given rum to a convict in exchange for what was called a 'squirrel' which was probably a possum. This was a very serious charge as Governor Phillip had expressly forbidden anyone to give liquor to the convicts for fear that they would get drunk and cause trouble - as they often did. Frederick was found guilty of the charge and sentenced to receive 100 lashes. However, it is clear from the records, and especially from the journal kept by the Surgeon Arthur Bowes-Srnyth, that the young man was only doing what Captain Marshall had told him to. Marshall, together with other gentlemen who apparently respected Meredith, took up his case with the Governer Phillip who must have been suficiently impressed by these representations as he reduced the sentence to 50 lashes. Frederick was the fourth person to appear before a magistrate in the new colony.
    Mentioned 1 May 1788  Garden Island, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Description: Frederick carved "FM 1788" in a rock.
    • This is known as Australia's oldest "white" graffiti.
    Mentioned 2 May 1788  Garden Island, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Description: Frederick grew crops on Garden Island.
    • In their spare time some of the crew of the Sirius were assigned to preparing a garden to grow corn and onions on what was later to be called Garden Island. Here Frederick left his mark for posterity by carving his initials on a rock where they can be seen to this day. As a member of the crew of the Sirius, Frederick would have made a number of voyages to Norfolk Island and on one occasion after visiting the Cape of Good Hope circumnavigated the globe.
    Mentioned 14 Apr 1790  Norfolk Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Description: He was on the H.M.S. Sirius when it was wrecked off Norfolk Island
    • He was part of the crew of the HMS Sirius (under Captain Hunter) when it was wrecked on Norfolk Island on 14th April 1790. Frederick and some others of the crew later returned to Port Jackson on HMS Supply.
    Mentioned Sep 1800 
    • Description: He became a member of the Loyal Sydney Association
    • When he was selected as one and became a member of the Loyal Sydney Association under the command of William Balmain.

      Following reports of intended rebellion by the Irish convicts, Governor Hunter issued an order commanding 'all civil officers and such housekeepers who are freemen, possessing property, and good characters in the town of Sydney to assemble and from amongst these, fifty men were to be chosen as armed-police under the command of the 'civil officers'. Frederick Meredith was selected as one and became a member of the Loyal Sydney Association under the command of William Balmain. They were enrolled on the condition that 'they are not to expect pay for the voluntary offer of their services'. The existence of this "militia force" was not continuous but it existed for varying periods over the next 10 years.
    Mentioned 15 Oct 1809  Georges River, Sydney, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Description: Frederick had his ear grazed in an encounter with aborigines.
    • On Sunday 15th October 1809, the Sydney Gazette published the following report: 'On Tuesday last a number of natives assembled about the farm of Mr Bond at Georges River and behaved in a very outrageous manner. They manifested an inclination to plunder but were prevented by the determination that was shown to resist them. They threw several spears one of which grazed the ear of Mr F Meredith who assisted in the defence of the place which it was at length found necessary to abandon. The Aboriginal or Koori warriors involved in this affray were members of the Sydney tribes who put up resistance to the white occupation of their lands.'
    Mentioned 5 Jan 1811  Sydney, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • When Governor Macquarie formed the first regular police force in Australia into which Frederick was appointed as Constable. He later became the first Chief Constable at Liverpool.
    Mentioned 1 Mar 1828  Liverpool, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Description: Frederick was the first post master of the Liverpool Post Office.
    • Liverpool was one of the first country areas to open a Post Office in 1828. The first postmaster was Mr Meredith. The population of 'Liverpool town and district' was 949.
    Died 23 Jun 1836  Liverpool, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Aft 23 Jun 1836  Pioneer Memorial Park, Liverpool, Nsw Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mentioned 13 Nov 2013  Garden Island, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/first-fleet-sailors-relatives-drawn-by-20131117-2xp89.html 
    Person ID I0195  Barton Family Tree
    Last Modified 31 Aug 2016 

    Family 1 Allen, Mary,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Type: Y 
    Lived Together Abt 1789 
    Children 
     1. Merideth, Charlotte,   b. 9 May 1790, Sydney, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1792  (Age 2 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2010 
    Family ID F0073  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Case, Anne,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Type: Y 
    Children 
     1. Merideth, Amelia,   b. 10 May 1793,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2010 
    Family ID F0069  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Kirk, Mary,   b. Abt 1767, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1832, Liverpool, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married Abt 1793 
    Children 
     1. Merideth, Charlotte,   b. 11 Jun 1794,   d. 5 Mar 1852  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2010 
    Family ID F0068  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Mason, Sarah,   b. 1777, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1832, Liverpool, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1811  St Phillips Church, Sydney, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Description: Frederick and Sarah spent their final years living at Bankstown, where father and son, Frederick had each received grants
    Children 
     1. Merideth, Frederick (Jnr),   b. 17 Jan 1801,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Merideth, William,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Merideth, Sophia,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Merideth, Elizabeth,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Merideth, Ann,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Merideth, Eleanor,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2010 
    Family ID F0070  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 5 Day, Anne,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 19 Feb 1833  St Lukes, Liverpool, , New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Description: Anne was a widow and Fredrick's fifth wife. Frederick married within 6 months of the death of his previous wife, Sarah
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2010 
    Family ID F0071  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1765 - Denham, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMentioned - 1 May 1788 - Garden Island, NSW Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMentioned - 2 May 1788 - Garden Island, NSW Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMentioned - 14 Apr 1790 - Norfolk Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Feb 1811 - St Phillips Church, Sydney, NSW Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMentioned - 1 Mar 1828 - Liverpool, NSW Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Feb 1833 - St Lukes, Liverpool, , New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Jun 1836 - Liverpool, NSW Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 23 Jun 1836 - Pioneer Memorial Park, Liverpool, Nsw Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMentioned - http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/first-fleet-sailors-relatives-drawn-by-20131117-2xp89.html - 13 Nov 2013 - Garden Island, NSW Link to Google Earth
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