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Duke, The - The Duke of Wellington, HOBART, TAS

Duke, The - The Duke of Wellington
192 Macquarie Street
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03 6223 5206
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Enjoy outstanding hospitality in the our relaxing cafe, restaurant and bar. A great place to meet for a drink or meal in a relaxed atmosphere. Check out our extensive menu.

Situated on the 1st storey of the DUKE the 1815 Private Function Room has a separate entrance and capacity for 100 guests standing or 60 guests seated.

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Andrew WL Chu

The family history of the builder of Duke of Wellington, David Dunkley

2 years 2 months ago

Born 1791 Flore, Northamptonshire, England
Thomas Dunkley and Esther Stamford?

Name: David Dunkley
[Davidus Dunkley]
Event Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 18 Sep 1791
Baptism Place: Flore, Northamptonshire, England
Father: Thomas Dunkley
Mother: Esther Dunkley
Parish as it Appears: Flore
(Northamptonshire Record Office; Northampton, England; Register )

Possible son of Thomas Dunkley, born 1796. He married Mary Smith

Death Registration
Name: Thomas Dunkley
Birth Year: abt 1798
Age: 58
Death Date: 18 Aug 1856
Death Place: Tasmania
Registration Year: 1856
Registration Place: Hobart, Tasmania
Registration Number: 940
(Tasmania Death Index)


Name: Thomas Dlinkley
[Thomas Dunkley]
Death Age: 62
Birth Date: abt 1794
Death Date: 18 Aug 1856
Cemetery: Hobart St Davids Anglican
Cemetery Location: Hobart, Tasmania
(Australian Cemeteries Index)

David Dunkley

Dunkley, David: David Dunkley was
tried in Leicester in March 1818 for
robbery. He was sentenced to seven years
transportation arriving in Hobart Town
on the Lord Melville in December 1818.
Aged 28 yrs, native place, Flore in
Northampton. His convict record lists
him as a sawyer (CON31/9;CON23/1).

A daughter Esther was born in 1830,
father David Dunkley, a dealer, and
mother Ann.

David Dunkley was a cart
manufacturer and a general dealer of
Liverpool Street, Hobart Town in the
1833-1835 directories. In 1832 D
Dunkley supplied 4,500 ft of timber to
the Public Works for the Female Factory
in Hobart Town (CSO1/773/16514, p

David Dunkley, widower, married
Elizabeth Dutton the widow of Henry
Dutton, a carpenter, on 21 November
1836 at Trinity Church.

David purchased three acres of land
known as Dunkleys Point where he lived
until his death in 1860. David was
thrown out of his chaise cart, falling on
his head and died a few days later.
Dunkleys Point is where Wrest Point
Casino is today. He built the Duke of
Wellington Hotel on the corner of
Barrack & Macquarie Street, Hobart in
1846. The name of the hotel, plus
'Dunkley' and the date 'AD1846', can be
seen carved into the stone work on this
hotel which is still licensed today.

Elizabeth Dunkley later owned the hotel.
She died in 1880.

(Source:Appendix B, Free cabinetmakers, whose names appear in the records and may have been
involved in the furnishing of Government House between 1827 and 1840, From The Creation and furnishings of Government House, Hobart, Part 111. Lt. Governor Sir John Franklin (1837-1943), John Hawkins)

A daughter
Name: Esther Dunkley
Birth Date: 27 Feb 1830
Birth Place: Tasmania
Registration Year: 1830
Registration Place: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Registration Number: 3346
(Tasmania Birth Index)

Name: Dunkley, Esther
Record Type: Births
Father: Dunkley, David
Mother: Dunkley, Ann
Date of birth: 27 Feb 1830
Registered: Hobart
Registration year: 1830
Record ID: NAME_INDEXES:1080991
RGD32/1/1/ no 3346
(Tasmania Names Index)

Name: Esther Luchman
[Esther Luckman]
Birth Year: abt 1830
Age: 62
Death Date: 16 Feb 1892
Death Place: Tasmania
Registration Year: 1892
Registration Place: Hobart, Tasmania
Registration Number: 1011
(Tasmania Death Index)

Name: Esther Luckman
Death Age: 62
Birth Date: abt 1830
Death Date: 16 Feb 1892
Cemetery: Queenborough Sandy Bay (book)
Cemetery Location: Hobart, Tasmania
(Australia Cemetery Index, 1808-2007 )

Name: George Luckman
Spouse Name: Esther Dunkley
Marriage Date: 13 Jun 1854
Marriage Place: Tasmania
Registration Place: Hobart, Tasmania
Registration Year: 1854
Registration Number: 385
(Tasmania Marriage Index)

Name: Luckman
Death Date: 16 Feb 1892
Parent/Spouse: George
Publication Date: 17 Feb 1892
(Tasmania, Australia, Index to Death Notices in The Mercury, 1854-1930 )

LUCKMAN.-On May 15, 1920, at his late residence, No. 45 King-street (West), Sandy Bay, George, relict of the late Esther Luckman, in the 91st year of his age
The Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania, Monday, 17 May 1920.


Comments (2)

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Trudy Athorn (not verified)

My name is Trudy Athorn and have just recently discovered that Iam a distant relative of the builder who built the Duke of Wellington. Iam currently trying to find out more information on the history of my relations including their achievements. Please if you have any information regarding this building etc could you please pass it on to me as it would be greatly appreciated.
All I know at this stage is the name David Dunkley and he was a convict, his wife Elizabeth (nee Athorn) and they had 3 children.
Kindest regards Trudy

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Melinda (not verified)

Hello Trudy - I have just been doing some research on Wrest Point, Hobart and have come across the name David Dunkley. See my notes below (the 'peninsula' referred to below is the area that Wrest Point Hotel and Casino is now located) -

By 1845 David Dunkley purchased the peninsula with Chaffey retaining ownership of the adjacent Travellers Rest. Dunkley was a prominent Hobart merchant, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land in December 1818 aboard the convict ship Lord Melville, sentenced to seven years transportation (Mercury 29 November 1845 p2, CON 31-1-9 TAHO). Dunkley received his ticket of leave in March 1825 (CHECK ) with Convict conduct record shows that by June 1828 Dunkley had a business in Liverpool Street, where he was fined for profaning on the Sabbath by selling meat (Goc 1997:97, CON 31-1-9 TAHO). C1840 Dunkley constructed a substantial stone hotel on the corner of Macquarie and Barrack Streets, known as the Duke of Wellington. Dunkley's name can still be seen above the upper storey windows (Goc 1997:97).
Dunkley built a substantial house, known as St Helena on the peninsula. The 1848 census records that Dunkley lived in a brick dwelling, with his wife, four daughters and two domestic servants (CEN1/1/90 p419).
In 1849 the first Sandy Bay Regatta was held at Dunkley’s Point, ‘This Regatta, somewhat suddenly, but exceedingly well got up, came off, as the term is, on Monday last, the first day of the new year. Mr Dunkley very kindly gave up Dunkley’s Point to the Regatta Committee, and his house was thrown open to his friends in the most hospitable manner.’ (The Britania and Trades’ Advocate 4 January 1849).
David Dunkley died in April 1860, after being thrown from his chaise cart and sustaining spinal injuries (Launceston Examiner 31 March 1860 p2, Mercury 13 April 1860 p3). The Dunkley family left St Helena, to live elsewhere in Sandy Bay. St Helena was managed by Dunley’s trustees (Goc 1997:254).

For more information on Dunkley it may help to do a search on Trove (particularly in the newspaper section)
the National Library of Australia's website and searchable database - its a goldmine!
The book that I have referred to is
Goc, Nicola (1997) ' Sandy Bay' Gentrix Publishing, Sandy Bay, Tas.
There is some information above that I have not confirmed as yet - ie when he received his ticket of leave and also why he was convicted and transported.

Hope that this is helpful.


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