Charles Chidley Harpur

(1813—1868)





 BORN 23 January 1813 at Windsor, NSW.
 Data 

NSW Birth Record V18133034 1A/1813

HARPUR CHARLES
JOSEPH & SARAH
 
 BAPTISED 23 May 1813 at St Matthews, Windsor, NSW.
 DIED 10 June 1868 at Araluen, NSW.
 Data 

NSW Death 3519/1868

HARPUR CHARLES
JOSEPH & SARAH
@ BROULEE
 
 BURIED Euroma Eurobodalla Road, Eurobodalla, NSW (isolated graves).
 
 FATHER Joseph Harpur
 MOTHER Sarah Chidley
 
 MARRIED Mary Ann Doyle (1820-1899) on 2 July 1850 at Grant’s Lodge, Jerry’s Plains, NSW.
 Data 

NSW Marriage V1850153 79/1850

HARPUR CHARLES & DOYLE MARY A
@ Presbyterian, Hunter Valley, NSW.
 
 CHILDREN   Charles C Harpur (1853-1867) (killed by the discharge of his own gun)
 Ada A Harpur (1857-1895)
 Mary Araluen Harpur (1861-1945) (m. 1883 Thomas G Baldwin)


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John O’Sullivan writes:

After the Clark gang of bushrangers attacked Nerrigundah on the 9th April 1866, Sergeant Hitch of nearby Gulph diggings organised a posse which included Charles Harpur, then serving as Gold Commissioner. Harpur’s exertions in the pursuit of the Clark gang are open to question. According to the police historian, Martin Brennan, who was not impressed by Harpur’s magisterial ability in Araluen, Harpur could not last the distance and had to to be left at Eulowra Flat in the care of another of the posse. The poet’s daughter, however, put Harpur in the forefront of the pursuit. She also describes the panic felt by the isolated families on the Gulph goldfields when they heard the shooting at Nerrigundah. The boys were sent to melt lead for casting bullets and Mrs Harpur and the servants gathered all the money and valuables in the house and buried them in the bush.

The Bloodiest Bushrangers by John O’Sullivan 1973

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