Sydney: Office of W.W. Billyard, Sol. 18th March, 1880. A five page hand-written attested copy of William Alexander Dumaresq granting Power of Attorney to his brother-in-law The Honouroble Sir Louis Hope. Five large mould-made leaves (41 x 33cm) bear the watermark “R. Barnard 1876” and the number “36”. The copy is in a fine copperplate hand and signed by two of Billyard’s clerks.
Very Good. The document has been folded in thirds and affixed with a paper binder and washer. The folds are strong and the edges of the leaves a little worn and yellowed with the occasional chip and tear. The title of the document occupies the middle third of the first leaf and is slightly stained.
William Alexander Dumaresq is notable for being the second son of William Dumaresq, who came to Australia as brother-in-law of Governor Darling. William Alexander was also the brother-in-law of Captain The Honourable Louis Hope, who served in the Queensland Legislative Council from 1862-1882. In this document Dumaresq gives over the management of his not inconsiderable estate (real and personal) to his brother-in-law. Louis Hope came to New South Wales in 1843 and moved north to Moreton Bay in 1848. He was a grazier, sugar planter and miller whose property at Ormiston was the cradle of the Queensland sugar industry. Hope married Susan Frances Sophia Dumaresq in 1859 and when St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane was opened in 1910 the Hope family donated a grey granite pulpit as a memorial to their parents Louis and Susan.
Solicitor William Whaley Billyard came to Australia in 1846 to be Chairman of the Quarter Sessions and both Civil and Criminal Judge at the new penal colony at Port Curtis (now Gladstone). After being shipwrecked and stranded the penal settlement scheme was abandoned and Billyard and his wife decided to stay in Australia as immigrants. He built a successful business as a solicitor and had a particular interest in property law. In 1880, when his clerks made this “true copy”, Billyard and his family were living in Parramatta.
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