Hariot Kirwan (obit. 1841)

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Headstone of Hariot Kirwan,
St. Thomas Cemetery, Sackville Reach [SHRB.05]

HERE LIES THE EARTHLY REMAINS OF HARIOT KIRWAN Who Departed this Life the 20th Augt. 1841 Aged Four Years And Nine Months

One of the many daughters of Denis Benjamin Kirwan and his wife Jessica (nee Turnbull).

At the time of the 1828 Census, Denis Kirwan was a Farmer at Portland Head, along with his wife, Jessie, and 5 children – William (10), Elizabeth (8), Matilda (5), Diana (3) and Anne (2).

When advertising for labourers in 1845 to cut and split firewood for his Victoria Steam Mill, an offer of weekly rations of 12lbs. of flour, 12 lbs. of Beef, a quarter of a pound of Tea, 2 lbs. of Sugar and seven shillings a week wages was made.

Dr. Thomas Fiaschi purchased the Kirwan estate for £920 when it was put up for auction in 1882, described at the time as “containing two hundred and sixty-eight acres, more or less, situate on the Hawkesbury River, Sackville Reach, bounded by the properties of Mr. Joseph Davis on one side, and on the other side by Mr. Tuckerman and the Church and School lands, and on the front by that beautiful river Hawkesbury, having a frontage of about half a mile and one of the prettiest views on the river. On the land is erected a comfortable six-roomed cottage, with verandah in front, and an office attached (now used as the Sackville Reach Post-Office, established thirty years), kitchen, storeroom, and other out-buildings, with an orchard now in full bearing, containing some of the most choice orange, peach, and other fruit trees. There is a great quantity of the land under cultivation with maize and other crop, securely fenced. The run is also very extensive, with plenty of grass, and a never-failing supply of water, fenced in, capable of depasturing fifty head of horses and cattle all the year round. On the land there is any amount of first class timber for building and fencing purposes. The homestead is in a fine elevated position facing the river, and out of reach of the highest floods ever known. The land has been remarked by competent judges in fruit-growing to be the best they have seen on the Hawkesbury in laying out orchards”.

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Kirwan family plot, St. Thomas Cemetery, Sackville Reach [SHRB.05]

Buried alongside Hariot are Denis Benjamin Kirwan (d.1851), Angelina Kirwan (d.1864) and Jessica Kirwan (d.1882).
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Welcome to the River and the Reach

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A fabulous view (taken in 1910) of the Hawkesbury River at Sackville [SHRB.01]

“Undoubtedly, one of the prettiest and most picturesque settlements on the river … “

From this vantage point the view is looking along a part of the river known as the Portland Reach, which disappears in the distance behind the tree line where the river meanders on towards Ebenezer. In the foreground is the Sackville Methodist Church on the left bank of the river, known today as Sackville North. On the opposite bank, the Church of St. Thomas at Sackville can be seen, with the burial ground (mid-right) surrounded by fencing. The stretch of water that comes into view on the right is known as the Sackville Reach. [SHRB.01]