October Meeting 2015

Celebrating Arthur Phillip’s birthday

Dr Leah Day speaking on the Fitz Roy Iron Works Heritage Circuit

Dr Leah Day talking to members and guests about the Fitz Roy Iron Works Heritage Circuit in Mittagong, NSW.

The Fitz Roy Iron Works Heritage Circuit is the result of a partnership between Wingecarribee Shire Council, Dr Leah Day and Woolworths, who sponsored the circuit and the production of the interpretive signage along the route.

Chapter President Pamela Cormick thanking Dr leah Day for her presentation.

A cake to celebrate the birthday of Governor Arthur Phillip

Chapter President Pamela Cormick cutting the cake, Dr Leah Day looking on.

Members and guests enjoying afternoon tea.

Dr Leah Day, Paul Miskelly and Marilyn Horton.

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The Chapter celebrating Governor Arthur Phillip’s birthday, the 11th October 1738

According to Professor Alan Frost, historian and the author of  Arthur Phillip 1738-1814 His Voyaging, “on 29 November 1728, John Herbert went to the Archdeacon of London’s Court and ‘alleged’ that he would marry Elizabeth Breach.” Herbert was a seaman in the royal navy who died of fever in the naval hospital at Port Royal, Jamaica on 18 October 1731, almost exactly seven years before Arthur Phillip was born. According to Frost, Elizabeth Herbert hears of her husbands death when HMS Tarta returns to England in 1832 and obtains probate on his will in August; she then next appears in the records as the wife of Jacob Phillips. He writes,”we do not know where and when he and Elizabeth met and married. Phillip might have come to London to teach languages, or he may have come as a sailor. Their taking up residence in or near Bread Street in the City, in the second half of 1736, and the baptism of their child in the parish church of All Hallows in mid-1737, together suggests that they married in the summer or autumn of 1736; but there are no firm details. In 1737 a daughter, Rebecca, was born to the Phillips and baptized on 26 June. A son, Arthur, followed the next year, born on 11 October, and baptized a month later.”

Fitz Roy Iron Works Mittagong NSW

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