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From: "Janice Doughty" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2006 23:38:59 +1000

Hello Listers,

The story continues.......

Captain William and Ellen CHRISTIE (nee Harrison) placed a notice in the Sydney Morning Herald, dated 9th November 1837, announcing the birth of a son, William Beaver Blayney CHRISTIE, born in the Colony at Liverpool on 8th November 1837. The baby was named William after his father, Beaver after his maternal grandmother's maiden name (the Beavers from Wales), and Blayney, after William Harvie Christie's close friend, Lord Blayney, who was a Witness at the Christie's wedding in Manchester.

Captain William Harvie Christie, was promoted to the rank of Major on 9th November, 1838 a day after his son William's first birthday, the family was still living at Liverpool on the outskirts of Sydney. It was here that Major Christie supervised two public works of Colonial importance, the dam over the Georges River near Liverpool and the reservoir at Campbelltown. In 1839 a daughter to William Harvie and Ellen Christie was born, Mary Isabella Christie, also at Liverpool, New South Wales. When it came time for Major William Harvie and his family to leave the Liverpool district, the residence made a presentation, which stated that they, ". regretted the loss of his society." and complimented him for his cordial co-operation and expressed their appreciated for the great improvements, which under his direction had been made in the approaches to the town of Liverpool, the draining of the streets, and especially in the completion of the Liverpool Dam.

However, it must not be forgotten that all these works were carried out by convicts in the chain gangs, who were under Major Christie's supervision. The construction of the dam was constructed in all kinds of weather, in the stifling heat of the summer and the freezing cold of the winter, by men chained together. One can only imagine their suffering. Also, in 1839, when quartered with his regiment at Windsor near the foot of the Blue Mountains, Major Christie took ill and was advised by the regiment's medical doctor he should of retirement as William's health was being effected by the harsh Military life. He gave consideration to the recommendations of the doctor and so sent his letter of resignation to the Military Secretary's Office in Sydney. Below are the details of that resignation:-

30th June, 1840.

"...I have the honour to annex for your information the copy of a letter from the military Secretary to the General Commander in Chief, in reply to the application of Major W.H. Christie of the 80th Regiment of Foot, to be permitted to retire form the service by the he sale of his commission of for the purpose of settling in New South Wales. The Major Christie entered H.M. service on 8th April, 1825.....I have the honour to be Sir your Most humble Servant. Major General Sir Maurice O'Connell KCH...".

Appearing in the Sydney Gazette on 28th May 1839, is an article about William's younger brother, Lieutenant Samuel Tolfrey Christie, that Samuel "...had accompanied Major Nunn, to the Upper Hunter, to scout the disturbed parts of the country around Jerry's Plains...". However, Major James Winnet Nunn, was considered by many, to be a cruel man with no tolerance for the natives of the country and was held, with the troops under his command, responsible for the massage of over 50 natives near Gwyder in New South Wales in January 1838. I have not yet found if Lt. Samuel Tolfrey Christie was part of this Mounted Police contingent, that committed these atrocities. It was only the massacre, which took place at Myall Creek on the 9th June, 1838 by twelve white stockmen, which saved Nunn from an Inquiry, ordered to be set up by the Governor, Sir George Gipps.

Retired Major William Harvie Christie, in the meantime, had been appointed visiting justice of Carters Barracks and in 1841 he was appointed Assistant Police Magistrate of Hyde Park Barracks and Superintendent of the House of Correction. Later he became the visiting magistrate of the new Gaol at Woolloomooloo. At the time of the 1841 Census, William is listed as a Householder in Auburn Street in Goulburn, it maybe assumed he was visiting his brother Samuel, who was billeted in the Mounted Police Quarters in Goulburn, as William Christie's family was still living in Sydney Town.

However, 1841 was to prove to be a horrendous year for the Christie family, especially in May, the repercussions would have ever lasting and devastating effects on William, his wife Ellen and their family, which they would never recover from.

To be continued.......

Regards, Janice

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