|Posted on Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 3:05 pm: |
I have a couple of old photographs of Hambledon Hill a two storied homestead which belonged to Humphrey Dunster our ancestor. Humphrey arrived in NSW on “Lady Nugent” on 27th Nov 1838 with his parents Joseph and Mary Dunster and his siblings.
Humphrey was married to Mary Anne King on 14 Feb 1871 at Kiama, South Coast. They had seven children who all came with them to Singleton (not sure of the year). Humphrey’s unmarried brother Walter also accompanied the family, where they became successful farmers.
1. Do you have any information on Hambledon Hill or the Humphrey Dunster family on file? All their children were born in or around Kiama so the family didn’t leave the Illawarra until after 1888 when Lucy Dunster was born. Several of the daughters did not marry: Caroline, Mary, Florence and Lucy. I don’t know whether Minnie married nor if the two boys Humphrey jnr (died 1912 at Singleton) and Walter James (d 1907at Singleton) married or if their possible families remained in the Singleton district.
2. Would you have a record of Humphry’s (snr) death in 1916 (registered as Gosford) and possibly an obituary? His wife Mary Anne (nee King) died on 12 Sept 1937 at Stanhope Road, Killara so the family - at least the unmarried girls - appear to have left the district by then and returned to Sydney.
3. Did Humphrey Dunster build Hambledon Hill or did he purchase it?
4. Are there any Dunster’s still registered in your current phone book?
I am compiling a book about the Dunster and associated families and am researching the homes several of the families lived in, particularly if I already have photographs of them in their early years. Last year I also followed the family back to Kent in England and have been fortunate enough to find two original Dunster homes still standing there too – one a toll-keepers cottage with thatched roof the other with a smuggler’s window - which I find remarkable.
I would be very interested in any information you may hold on this family and am happy to pay for any out of pocket expenses for same, and/or donate a book to your Family History Society when I publish it. I know Hambledon Hill is now a bed and breakfast and have tried writing to the present owners but received no reply.