GLASGOW HERALD 1844 FEB 20
SEE ALSO HENRY KENDALL THE MAN AND THE MYTHS BY MICHAEL ACKLAND.
JOHN HENNIKER HEATON who married ROSE LORRAINE BENNETT in 1873 and went on to bring the penny stamp into service.
IMAGES FROM THE LETTERS OF JOHN HENNIKER HEATON ON INTERNET ARCHIVE
Dedicated to the dear mother who was ROSE LORRAINE, Henry’s “first love”.
|POEM : HENRY KENDALL by his Mother.
Then came to his heart a great first love
Which could never be conquered by time;
Hence his muse was oft draped in sadness,
And she wore it oft times in his rhyme.
A first disappointment is bitter,
And may bring in its turn many woes;
Though it seems but a trifling matter
To be baulked in just plucking a rose.
But pride with its wing covered over
The vulture that tore at his breast,
None knew what it was but the writer;
It was a sealed book to the rest.
Kiama Independent, Oct 16, 1883
Sweet water-moons, blown into lights
Of flying gold on pool and creek,
And many sounds and many sights
Of younger days are back this week.
I cannot say I sought to face
Or greatly cared to cross again
The subtle spirit of the place
Whose life is mixed with Rose Lorraine.
What though her voice rings clearly through
A nightly dream I gladly keep,
No wish have I to start anew
Heart fountains that have ceased to leap.
Here, face to face with different days,
And later things that plead for love,
It would be worse than wrong to raise
A phantom far too vain to move.
But, Rose Lorraine — ah! Rose Lorraine,
I’ll whisper now, where no one hears —
If you should chance to meet again
The man you kissed in soft, dead years,
Just say for once “He suffered much,”
And add to this “His fate was worst
Because of me, my voice, my touch” —
There is no passion like the first!
If I that breathe your slow sweet name,
As one breathes low notes on a flute,
Have vext your peace with word of blame,
The phrase is dead — the lips are mute.
Yet when I turn towards the wall,
In stormy nights, in times of rain,
I often wish you could recall
Your tender speeches, Rose Lorraine.
Because, you see, I thought them true,
And did not count you self-deceived,
And gave myself in all to you,
And looked on Love as Life achieved.
Then came the bitter, sudden change,
The fastened lips, the dumb despair:
The first few weeks were very strange,
And long, and sad, and hard to bear.
No woman lives with power to burst
My passion’s bonds, and set me free;
For Rose is last where Rose was first,
And only Rose is fair to me.
The faintest memory of her face,
From the Sydney Gazettes of the late 1830s and early 1840s, there appears to be a period of land sales in Balgownie and Fairy Meadow. At this stage, research is indicating that William and Mary McNally had 50 acres of land each at Fairy Meadow or Fernhill. Unfortunately, some of this information comes from unexplained sources and/or from Mrs Hamilton-Grey with familiarly emotive deductions. Nevertheless there is enough legitimate evidence to suggest that there were adjoining grants belonging to William McNally and James and Mary(McNally) Martin which were acquired in 1830. There is a later suggestion that in app 1840, James Martin sold the grant of 50 acres which had been either his and Mary’s or Mary’s alone and vanished then without further record. It is at this time that Dr Cox appears in the story and Patrick McNally is listed as his tenant. Be that as it may, here are some aspects of the situation in the Illawarra in the 1830s and 1840s. Background again.
FROM MR ALICK OSBORNE SURGEON ROYAL NAVY
ON 25 JUNE 1829, Sydney Gazettte and NSW Advertiser –
Twenty pounds Reward was advertised WITH A TICKET OF LEAVE – to anyone who lodged the following in gaol or gave information leading to their arrests.
The felons were two black natives BROGER and GEORGE MURPHY. They were suspected of being involved in the murder of JOHN RIVETTS and were at large and committing various depredations in the ILLAWARRA DISTRICT.
Freeman’s Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser (Dublin, Ireland), Friday, July 19, 1839
On the 23 January 1839 a son was born to the lady of Captain Raitt 80 Regiment at the ILLAWARRA STOCKADE.
THE MCNALLYS being Irish Catholic;
In the Illawarra: 1830, JOHN WYLLIE had a grant of 4000 acres bounded on the south by his own land on the north by a chain of hills and on the east by Mrs Jenkins.
IMPOUNDED, at Illawarra, on the 2d of December, 1829, one red and white Cow, white tail, snail horns, branded on the near hip IS. If not owned within fourteen days from this date, will be sold at the Pound, to defray expenses.
By Order of the Resident Magistrate, JAMES PIERCE, Poundkeeper. Wollongong, Jan. 8, 1830. [12s.
The Sydney Gazette and… Thursday 14 January 1830,
|RATIONS FOR TROOPS AND MOUNTED POLICE STATIONED AT WOLLONGONG OR AT ANY OTHER DISTRICT OF ILLAWARRA. NOVEMBER 1829
daily for each soldier
1lb of bread or biscuit
or; 14 2-7 oz flour from which 20 per cent has been deducted in Bran and Pollard
and; 1lb fresh or salt beef
women one half and children one quarter of the above.
REFERENCE POINTS WITHIN THE POEM.
(By his mother)
1 He was born at the foot of the mountain,
2 He was taught his first letters in sand;
3 His companions – mimosas and gum trees –
4 And the beautiful birds of the land.
5 To his ear the wild scream of the curlew
6 Was sweeter than sweetest of fruits;
7 And the silvery tinkling of bell birds,
8 More soothing than ladies’ fine lutes.
SO far we have Henry established under Pigeon House Mountain at birth.
3 – Mimosa seems remarkably widespread on the South Coast of NSW. I thought it were an entirely different plant but now find it another name for plants with which I am familiar.
Best I also locate an image of some gum trees for those of you who haven’t had a gum tree as a companion.
I include this prose piece from Henry Kendall because it describes the trip up the Clarence. It would seem that this is a description of the Kendall arrival there in the late 1840s following Basil Kendall’s conviction for forgery. Details to be checked later. Having been twice to the Clarence this year, I am interested in the evocations of this piece.
FROM MRS HAMILTON-GREY
Kendall’s prose description of the Clarence was written at a date not known. We have it from a periodical giving it as from ‘ a manuscript in the possession of Miss Evangeline Moore, of Marrickville, whose father J Sheridan Moore, Editor of a Sydney Magazine, etc. etc was Kendall’s first friend as a young man, to his ambition of being a poet:-
from the GRAFTON INDEPENDENT
VOYAGE UP THE CLARENCE RIVER
Acknowledged with thanks. TG.
The letter is from one of Mrs Hamilton-Grey’s books. She says that it is from JANE, the eldest daughter of Basil and Melinda who is named on Melinda’s death certificate. Jane was a teacher and is said to have worked with Caroline Chisholm at one time. She was born CHRISTINA JANE in 1842 and lived till 1903 when she died in the Granville District of Sydney.The letter appeals to me partially due to its being the only one we have found and also because of the poignant mention of her mother who receives a ‘bad press’ from Henry and other recountants.
WRITTEN FROM PITT-STREET TO A NIECE ( IF this is a blood niece then it would be the daughter of either Henry or Edith Emily. Mary Josephine is already dead by this time and therefore is not the niece’s ‘mother’ to whom Jane refers in the letter. Basil Edward died without marriage or children that we know of. It is more likely to be Emily than Henry’s widow Charlotte due to the unhappy connections of the family with her. There is also a possibility of the niece not being “niece” in the technical sense of that word. However, Jane writes the following with affection.)
2 August 1895
My Dear ____________,
I was much pleased to get your long letter; indeed it made up for your mother’s two or three lines,although they are always welcome. I am glad you are soon to be settled in life, and hope you may be happy. In most cases it depends on ourselves whether we are happy or miserable. We make our own little world, for either good or evil. Commence your married life as you intend to end it. Meet one another halfway and all will be well. I am glad , for your sake, that your “Boy” is a temperance man, but there are other Sins besides Drunkenness. I had a letter from Mr Simpson last week. He never forgets you and your mother. I am going to write to him this week and will not forget to tell him of your engagement, etc. He is quite well, his letters are a comfort to me, so cheerful and consoling. You do not seem to be in a hurry to get married;and your ‘love’ does not seem very “hot”; but I think you will always be better for that;from what I have read about “hot love” it soon gets cold. You must know ( or your mother will tell you ) I was never in love myself except with my dear old mother – so that I cannot give you any points about love; but write and tell me about all your affairs. I am much interested. Wishing you all happiness and with love to your mother, believe me,
Representational graphic only. This is NOT Jane Kendall. Courtesy of ETC FLORIDA
Thanks to TG for passing on extensive photocopies of information.
REFERENCE POINTS WITHIN THE POEM.
(Kiama Independent, Oct 16, 1883)
(By his mother)
|1. He was born at the foot of the mountain,|
WHAT MOUNTAIN ? The South Coast NSW is a dim memory to me. My apologies to Milton people and YatteYatta people. Lets see what mountain Henry and Basil were born under. Peter has visited Kendall Dale and has the block of land on which Melinda and Basil lived pointed out to him. He did not at that time notice the Mountains, so he says. What mountain says he ? He does tell me that the twin’s birthplace is the property Kirmington next door to what is now KENDALL DALLE at Yatteyatta .
There were 8 children in the then un-named Parish. The Rev McFie paid an 1840 visit to the District and baptised and took the details of the 8 children including the twins. Melinda is listed in the Rev McFie’s baptismal records as MILLINDA MCALLAN. Christina Jane was born in 1842 and baptised by the minister for Camden and Wollongong and the other children were born in Sydney.
Methinks she means the Pigeon House Mountain.
ALSO known by its original name of Didhol or Woman’s Breast from it shape.
Probably not mine to use but I am desperate and acknowledge this fine blog. This is PIGEON HOUSE MOUNTAIN across JERVIS BAY. Follow the links below to sites on Pigeon Mountain and the Buddawang Mountains.
|2. He was taught his first letters in sand|
|In which sand and where. It is presumed that the KENDALLS remained in Kirmington and Milton.|
|http://www.southcoast.com.au/mimosa/ MIMOSA HILL COTTAGES|