William Shelley


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William Shelley

  • Born: 29 May 1774, Leek, Staffordshire England
  • Christened: 16 Jun 1775, Staffordshire England
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth Bean on 7 Oct 1801 in St Johns, Parramatta, Sydney, NSW Australia
  • Died: 7 Jul 1815, Parramatta, Sydney, NSW Australia at age 41
  • BuriedMale: St Johns C of E, Parramatta, Sydney, NSW Australia

  Noted events in his life were:

source. Win & Steve Sinden & http://www.easystreetretreat.com.au/australianroyalty
where it is noted:
from Australian Dictionary of Biography:SHELLEY (SHELLY) WILLIAM (1774-1815)
missionary and trader, was born on 29 May 1774 at Hanley, Staffordshire, England, where his family had long been associated with the local potteries. He was apprenticed to a cabinet maker at Leek, joined the Congregational Church in 1794 and volunteered as an artisan missionary to the (London) Missionary Society. He was one of the party which sailed in the Duff in 1796 with Rev J F Cover and was a member of the original mission to Tonga. When the Tongans killed three missionaries in 1799 he escaped and next year went to Sydney in the Betsy, in company with Anna Josepha, navigated by Rev John Harris. Shelley took up his residence with Rowland Hassall at Parramatta, commenced his own trade, and helped in the religious work of the settlement.
In March 1801 he left for England in the Royal Admiral in the hope of rejoining the Tongan mission, but after arriving at Tahiti decided to join the mission there. He returned to Sydney to marry Elizabeth Bean, daughter of a free settler, which he did on 7 OCtober and returned to Tahiti next month. While in the colony he impressed Samuel Marsden with the dangers to the mission of establishing a government colony at Tahiti and proposed that the pork trade should be conducted by the Missionary Society. Shelley was deeply impressed with the need for a ship to support the mission trade and, being dissatisfied with the organisation of the mission, determined to work independently.
He returned to Sydney in the Lucy in Aprol 1906, taking with him about 40 gallons of rum made secretly at the mission still to use for barter. Soon he entered into a commercial arrangement with John Macarthur and Garnham Blaxcell and engaged as supercargo in the Elizabeth, which had been bought to open trade in sandalwood with Fiji.
However, Shelley sailed to Tahiti in the Harrington in January 1807. There he built the Halycon, which he sent to Sydney with a cargo of pork, and in May he joined the Elizabeth, returning to Sydney in June again in November, estimating that his own share was upwards of 1,000 pounds. Convinced that a trading ship was essential if the mission was to prosper, and with plans to reopen the Tongan mission, he sailed for London in the Albion in November 1908, but he could not convince the directors that he was right, even though he had the help of Marsden, who was then in England.
Early in 1810 Shelley returned to New South Wales and next year opened a general store in York Street Sydney. In August 1812 he was granted 400 acres at Cabramatta and a town lease at Cockle Bay, but early in 1813 he closed his business and sailed from Sydney in May as master of the Queen Charlotte. In the Tuamotus the ship was seized by Raiatian pearl divers, three men were murdered and Shelley narrowly escaped with his life.
He recovered the ship at Tahiti and return to Sydney in February 1814 with a large cargo of shells and 'as large a quantity of pearls as had ever yet been procured by a single vessel.' It was probably during this voyage that Shelley left a European artisan at Tongatapu preparatory to reopening the mission there.
Resettling at Parramatta, Shelley conducted Congregational services in his house and commenced work among the aboriginals. He attempted to learn the language, took some children into his own family and addressed Governor Macquarie on the 'practicability of civilizing them'. He was invited to draw up plans and in December was appointed superintendent and principal instructor of the Native Institution at Parramatta, the first of its kind in the colony. However, after establishing the school, he died on 6 July 1815.
According to Marsden, with whom he was on intimate terms, Shelley was a man of 'very comprehensive mind'. Macarthur described him as 'respectable and intelligent'. Captain House found him an 'over busy' person, whilst w. p. Crook said he was 'bustling and active with his heart set on the world'. Macquarie described him as well qualified and a 'Moral, Well Meaning Man'. Mrs Shelley continued the work of the institution, but despite Macquarie's interest it met with little success and was closed in 1826. Shelley's plans to reopen the Tongan mission were also abandoned, but later Mrs Shelley persuaded Rev. Walter Lawry to reopen it. She died on 20 September 1878. Two of their sons. William (1803-1845) and George (1812-1852) were among the pioneers of the Tumut district, taking their herds beyond the 19 counties in 1829.

Occupation. 530 missionary at Parramatta, Sydney, NSW Australia
A carpenter and cabinet maker from Staffordshire UK who went to Tahiti as a missionary with the London Missionary Society and then went on to Tonga where he escaped after a colleague was boiled in the pot by people who were still cannibals and came to Sydney, arriving in 1800.

connection. 530 Andrew Bush's connections to me are as follows:

Andrew Bush . . .
is linked in some way to . . .
William Shelley (1774) who married Elizabeth Bean (1782)
Her father was James Bean (1753) & he also had James Bean (1788)
He had Lucy Bean (1897) who married Phillip Collett (1819)
They had Arthur Collett (1848) who married Rebecca Sutherland (1858)
Her father was John Sutherland (1829) & he also had Elizabeth Sutherland (1863) who married John Nicol (1844)
They had Helen Nicol (1889) who married George Davies (1894)
He had Colin Davies (1925)
He had me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)

William married Elizabeth Bean, daughter of James Thomas John Bean Snr and Elizabeth (Betty) Taylor, on 7 Oct 1801 in St Johns, Parramatta, Sydney, NSW Australia. (Elizabeth Bean was born on 31 Dec 1782 in London City, Middlesex England, christened on 31 May 1799 on board the 'Buffalo' on way to Australia and died on 20 Sep 1878 in Parramatta, Sydney, NSW Australia.)

  Noted events in their marriage were:

witness: by Rev Samuel Marsden.


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