Friday, February 26, 2010

Rosetta Stabler and her Eating House

Rosetta Stabler arrived on the Glatton as a free person - her husband was a convict on the same ship.

SG Sunday 26 June 1803
At the House formerly occupied by Michael Knowland, near the New Windmill, on the Rocks.
ROSETTA STABLER respectfully acquaints the Public that she prepares Boiled Mutton and Broths every day at 1 o'clock, and a Joint of Meat Roasted always ready at One, which, from its quality and mode of serving, she flatters herself will attract the Norice of the Public. Visitors from remote Settlements, Mariners, &c. will find a convenient Accommodation at a moderate expence, and every exertion will be made to render satisfaction.

SG 24 July 1803
New Eating and Chop House.
BEGS leave to acquaint the Public that she has Removed in to PITT's ROW, next door to Yorkshire Grey ; where she continues to Sell Dressed Victuals at the same reasonable prices as usual ; and respectfully solicits the Notice of the Public. Tea and Coffee made.

SG Sunday 25 December 1803
Eating House in Pitts-Row, BEGS Leave to acquaint the Public, that he has ??? in a Stock of ??? Strong BEER, which has had news of superior strength and quality, for the supply of his customers. NB And ORDINARY THIS DAY at One o'Clock, 18 d. per head. Plates or Dishes sent out on the most reasonable terms.

SG Sunday  8 April 1804
ROSETTA STABLER respectfully begs leave to acquaint the PUBLIC that she has REMOVED to Mr. MOORE's HOUSE nearly opposite the Hospital Wharf, where she intends to dress Victuals as usual. An Ordinary on Sundays, and every day in the Week during the Winter Season. Mutton and Pork Pies at 18d. and 2s. each. Tea and Breakfast at any hour, and Draft and Bottled Beer sold as usual.

This is the last advertisement I could find for her Eating house - three moves in just under a year.

1806 General Muster
Rosetta Stabler, Ship: Glatton, How employed: wife, CF (Came Free), living with W Stabler.

Her husband William was in trouble in 1806:

SG Sunday 22 June 1806
William Stabler was yesterday brought before a Bench of Magistrates and ordered to Castle Hill, for harbouring two seamen, deserters from the Aurora south whaler, in disobedience of a General Order issued the 22d of September 1804 ; the penalties attached to which offence are described in the Abridgment of General Orders lately published, under the head " Apprentices and "Deserters."    

Rosetta died in 1810, buried at St. Matthew's Church of England at Windsor. Her husband must have re-married as he advertised that he and his wife were sailing for England in 1823.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Suicide interrupted

Sydney Gazette
Sunday April 17 1803

On Thursday night last a Settler at Kissing Point attempted to put a period to his worldly difficulties, by scientifically applying a noose to his neck, and TURNING himself off in due form. The noise occassioned by this DERNIER resource alarmed a young girl in an adjoining room, who, with a remarkable presence of mind, severed the suspending cord, and thus, though not without much difficulty, restored the care-devoted victim to the current of anxiety by which he had been precipitated to so criminal an attempt upon his own existence ; and which had been occasioned, as we are informed, by a superabundance of sensibility, and an insupportable vexation, ocassioned by the elopement of an AMIABLE partner, whose paramour, to add to his mortification, wore a wooden leg.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

First use of the term BUSH RANGER

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser
Sunday 17 February 1805

On Tuesday last a cart was stopped between this settlement and Hawkesbury, by three men whose appearance sanctioned the suspicion of their being bush-rangers. They had been previously observed lurking about the Ponds by a carrier, who passed unmolested, owing perhaps to his having another man in company ; they did not, however, take any thing out of the cart they did stop ; nor at this time as any account been received of their offering violence to either passengers or other persons ; from whence it may be hoped they prefer the prospect of being restored to society to any momentary relief that might be obtained from acts of additional imprudence that could at best but render their condition hopeless. It is nevertheless necessary, that the settler as well as the traveler should be put upon his guard against assault, and that exertion should be general in assisting to apprehend every flagitious character who would thus rush upon a danger from which they can only be extricated by timely contrition and their return to obedience. All that have heretofore devoted themselves to this most horrible state of exile exactly correspond in the narration of vicissitudes to which many have fallen the unhappy victims. How deplorable must be the prospect of terminating an existence under all the accumulated horrors of such an exile ! without a friend at hand to administer the last kind offices, or to alleviate affliction by humane condolance ! parching with thirst, perhaps, but deprived by famine of the power to quench it ! instead of the delightful confidence which Christian resignation can alone inspire, each succeeding pang embittered wit self-accusation and remorse, heightened by the surrounding gloom to all the agonies of deep despair. If conscious impropriety of conduct inspire the fatal resolution of flying to the woods, this second act, becomes a second outrage, and by an obstinate perseverance the very doors of mercy may be closed, and every avenue to hope cut off.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

A Riddle

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser
Saturday 26 March 1803


We are little airy creatures,
All of different voice and features :
One of us in GLASS is set,
One of us you'll find in JET ;
T'other you may see in TIN,
And the fourth a BOX within ;
If the fifth you should pursue,
It can never fly from YOU.