One book which we purchased from the Clarence History Society is the Bawden Series of Lectures with accompanying notes by C.C.LAW. T. Bawden delivered these lectures on the FIRST FIFTY YEARS OF SETTLEMENT IN THE CLARENCE DISTRICT at the GRAFTON SCHOOL OF ARTS IN June 1886, July 1886 AND August 1888. Mr Bawden came to the Clarence in one of the very first overland parties as a 9 year old boy travelling with his family.

As with most research into Melinda and her family, there are conflicting stories and mysteries. As we hunted for Basil’s grave , we had several accounts of the Kendall period on the Clarence. Basil was arrested for some dodgy dealings with a cheque and his brother-in-law’s name. The Marjorie Kendall book “KISSIN COUSINS” says that Basil presented this cheque on Dec 15,1847. When it was declared to be a forgery ( the signature was in the name of THOMAS WHEATON BOWDEN who was married to Sister Susannah and was declared bankrupt earlier in the year of 1847) a warrant was issued on Dec 23 1847 and Basil was arrested in his home on Christmas Eve and sentenced early in 1848 to two years in Parramatta Gaol.

Did he actually serve this time in Parramatta ? Were convicted criminals still assigned as servants in this time ? Might Basil have been sent with Dobie as such ?

On Page 105 Of BAWDEN’S LECTURES with notes by CC LAW , Mr Bawden says( THIS  being the only first hand report we have of this period at this time );

It was at Gordon Brook that I first knew the poet Kendall. Mr and Mrs Kendall were engaged by Dr Dobie in Sydney to take charge of a sheep station and two flocks of sheep.  One of these flocks was tended by the poet Henry Kendall and his twin brother Basil who was also animated to a slight extent with the poetic fire. After living 12 months at Gordon Brook, the Kendall family left and came to Grafton where Mr Kendall kept a school for some years up to the time of his death. His remains lie in the Old Cemetery at South Grafton. From his time of leaving Gordon Brook, I saw no more of Henry Kendall until some years afterwards he came to Grafton as a clerk in the office of that extraordinary man JAMES MICHAEL LIONEL.


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