Dr. Samuel Westbrook

#195, (26 December 1794-2 March 1866)
FatherHenry Westbrook (c 1756-)
MotherSarah Broccoli (1752-9 May 1836)
Samuel Westbrook's signature from the certificate of his wedding to Mary Margaret Mason
(Source: Event Date: 1 Apr 1820; Parish: St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney; Borough: Tower Hamlets)
     NOTE: The information on this page is my research to date and is subject to change as I become better informed. I very much welcome any corrections or additional info you might have - my email address is at the bottom of this page - Tim Hill.
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Dr. Samuel Westbrook was likely born on 26 December 1794 at England.1,2,3 He was the son of Henry Westbrook and Sarah Broccoli. Dr. Samuel Westbrook was baptized at St. Mary's Rotherhithe on Monday, 31 August 1795 at Southwark, London.4,5

He married Mary Margaret Mason, daughter of Joseph Mason, at St. Dunstan's and All Saints on Saturday, 1 April 1820 at Tower Hamlets, London. Witnesses to the wedding were Margaret Scott Westbrook and Ethel(?) Price..6 Samuel's child an unknown person received an unknown person baptism at St. Dunstan's and All Saints on Thursday, 10 October 1822 at Tower Hamlets, London.7,8,9

At the age of 34 Samuel and his wife Mary emmigrated with their three children from London on 4 March 1829 on the 'Calista'. They were consigned to Hobart, and came via Rio.10,11,12 Samuel and his wife Mary arrived at Swan River, Perth, Western Australia, on 31 May 1829. They came via Rio de Janeiro with 47 passengers.11



However, it seems that the Swan River District was a considerable disappointment:
"On Saturday last the long expected Calista arrived from England, via the new settlement at Swan River. The accounts brought by this ship of that place are far from satisfactory. The proposed colonization would seem to be a total failure ... The entrance to Swan River was found totally inaccessible, even to boats ; there being not more than four feet water upon the bar over which it unceasingly broke. The stores, and every thing else taken from the shipping, was therefore of necessity landed upon the beach, and carried a long distance across the land to the river inside the bar, to be again embarked in boats for conveyance to the proposed settlement, some 8 or 10 miles up the river. But the very worst part of the "Peel Colony," (as Mr. Hume called it in Parliament) is that the country itself seems to be altogether unsuited for the residence of man. The land is barrenness itself. Sand, sandstone, and granite, with- out an acre of good land, as far as observation has gone. The want of water is also most seriously felt; instead of those purling streams, and bubbling springs, which the London papers spoke of, the only bubbling appears to have been that which the Peel folks effected. In a word, the whole scheme seems to be an entire failure of the most unqualified description."13



Further describing the circumstances:
"The expectations of the settlers were somewhat disappointed, the quality of the soil not being near equal to what they had been led to anticipate; several exploring parties had been into various parts of the interior, but all the good land they had met with was reckoned not to exceed 3,000 acres. Two distinct settlements had been formed, one about twelve or thirteen miles up the River, which had been named Perth, and where Captain Stirling had pitched his head-quarters ; the other, close to the mouth of the River, had been called Fremantle. At Perth they were busily engaged in building dwelling-houses and stores, but at Fremantle they were all residing in canteens brought out from England. They were greatly in want of artificers."14

Aparently Samuel thought he might buy some land in the area but he continued on to Hobart. The conditions may have something to do with it, as might of his continuing role as the Calista's doctor. But perhaps the most important consideration might be family; his mother, probably widowed, emigrated to Hobart two years before and had endured a shipwreck.14,15

At the age of 34 Samuel and his wife Mary emmigrated with their three children from Perth, Western Australia, on 21 September 1829 on the 'Calista.11,14' Samuel and his wife Mary arrived at Hobart on 24 October 1829.11,16

When he arrived, Samuel was said to be Hobart's first civilian medical practitioner.17 Dr. Samuel Westbrook applied for an allotment in Launceston in January 1830 at Launceston, Tasmania.2 He (and presumably his spouse Mary) moved to Launceston, Tasmania, circa 1830.18

He applied to take on an apprentice stating that as he "will be treated in every respect as one of the family, a premium of 200 guineas will be required."18

Samuel and Mary had their house struck by lightning on 19 November 1832:
"During a thunder storm at Launceston, on Monday last week, the lightning struck the residence of Dr. S. Westbrook, doing considerable damage to the building and household articles, but happily without striking or doing any personal injury to any of the inhabitants."19

Dr. Samuel Westbrook and Mary Margaret Mason moved to Clifton House, in New Norfolk, Tasmania, on 17 February 1835.2020
Dr. Samuel Westbrook was a surgeon in 1836 at Hobart.2,3

His mother died 13 May 1836 at the approximate age of 84. Samuel was aged 41 when this happened. He was a Police Medical Officer in 1845 at Sorrell, Tasmania.3

On 30 June 1845 he published a notice in the paper that he wished to "DISPOSE of the SHOP, FIXTURES, and STOCK" of his practice in Liverpool Street, in Hobart stating that "the shop has been established upwards of seven years". This move was due to him having received a government appointment. Evidently he had some difficulty with the sale; 5 weeks later an auctioneer listed to sell Samuel's "Medicines, Drugs, Bottles, Drawers, Shop Fittings, Still, &c" and the shop was to be let.21,22 He was the Medical Officer to Police Watch-houses and gaols until 1852 at Prosser Plains, Tasmania.2,23

In early December 1845 he was a member of the crew of the 'The Rose' that competed and won an ameteur gig race in the Hobart regatta.24 Samuel, as the father of the bride, attended Margaret Sarah Westbrook and Samuel Berjew Fookes's wedding at Anglican Chapel on Saturday, 20 February 1847 at Buckland Plains, Tasmania.25,26

An unfortunate event occurred in mid 1850 where a passholder reported to Samuel that he was unable to work but Samuel decided "he had no ailment to prevent his working" and he was required to work. the man continued to maintain that he couldn't work due to his illness. He was "committed to custody, for disobedience of orders, &c. After some days incarceration, on being called up to take his trial, he attempted to put on his clothes, but during the effort he fell back and expired. An inquest was held on the body by Mr. Assistant Police Magistrate Forster, but no post mortem examination took place, and the jury returned a verdict of 'Death from natural causes' ". Samueal was criticised for this, and for not conducting a post mortem - how could he give a cause of death of natural causes where "could discover no symptoms of illness in the man so shortly before his death"?27 Samuel (and presumably his spouse Mary) lived in 1852 at Pittwater, Tasmania. Thwy were to remain here for another eleven years.28

Dr. Samuel Westbrook was added by the Lieutenant Governor to the Commission of the Peace on 14 February 1854.29 Samuel lived in 1866 at 169 Macquarie Street, in Hobart.2

Samuel died on 2 March 1866 at Macquarie Street, in Hobart, at age 71 of age and infirmity.30,31,2 His body was interred at Queensborough Cemetery on 6 March 1866 at Sandy Bay, Hobart. The cemetery was later converted to school grounds for the Hutchins School. Some headstones were preserved in a little park fronting Peel Street, Sandy Bay. The headstone of the Westbrook family, including Samuel has been preserved in this park. The headstone of his son-in-law, Samuel Berjew Fookes has also been preserved in the same park..31,32,3

Children of Dr. Samuel Westbrook and Mary Margaret Mason

Children
Last Edited24 Oct 2014

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
1794Birth-LikelyEngland1,2,3
1795BaptismSt. Mary's Rotherhithe, Southwark, London4,5
1820MarriageSt. Dunstan's and All Saints, Tower Hamlets, London6
1829Emmigratn-newLondon10,11,12
1829Immigratn-newSwan River, Perth, Western Australia11
Quotation type 213
Quotation type 214
1829Emmigratn-newPerth, Western Australia11,14
1829Immigratn-newHobart11,16
c 1830Move-newLaunceston, Tasmania18
1832Quotation type 119
1835Move-newClifton House, in New Norfolk, Tasmania20
1836OccupationHobart2,3
1845OccupationSorrell, Tasmania3
OccupationProsser Plains, Tasmania2,23
1846Occupation-hideProsser Plains, Tasmania23
1852ResidencePittwater, Tasmania28
1854Occupation-hideSorrell, Tasmania2
1866Residence169 Macquarie Street, in Hobart2
1866DeathMacquarie Street, in Hobart30,31,2
1866BurialQueensborough Cemetery, in Sandy Bay, Hobart31,32,3
ChartsBarbara Nicholson - ancestors

Citations

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  5. [S371] GEDCOM file created by Andrew Kemp, 25 March 2011.
  6. [S494] London. London Metropolitan Archives, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 Name:     Mary Margaret Mason; Spouse: Samuel Westbrook; Record Type: Marriage; Event Date:      1 Apr 1820; Parish: St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney; Borough: Tower Hamlets; Register Type:     Parish Register.
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