Richard Lucas was the son of Thomas and Ann Lucas. His father arriving in the colony on the First Fleet as a Marine, his mother a convict, on the Second Fleet. He was born on Norfolk Island about 1795. At the age of 13 years he sailed with his father, mother and three brothers to Van Diemens Land on the "City of Edinburgh", arriving at Hobart Town in October 1808.

"City of Edinburgh"

 

The "City of Edinburgh" embarked with over 242 settlers, their wives and children to Hobart Town, when the colony was only 5 years old. The settlers would have seen very little in and around the settlement to compensate for their loss of their established farms on Norfolk Island. Here they would have to start all over again. Those already at the settlement were not happy either, as food was very scarce.

The Lucas family was possibly a little better off than most. There were 4 young men in the family to help establish a new farm and as Thomas , Richard's father, had not been a convict, he was entitled to a larger grant of land. Their farm was situated at Brown River, south of Hobart Town.

Hobart Town

 

Richard Lucas married Elizabeth Green (nee Faulkner) a widow, and the daughter of John Faulkner, a convict from the "Calcutta".

Richard & Elizabeth Lucas had 9 children:

Ann, John, Amelia Sophia, Mary, William Pascoe, Nathanial, James, Alfred, Walter.

In 1829 the Lucas family were living at Black Brush (near Tea Tree). However, in 1839, a notice in the Hobart Town Courier reports the insolvency of Richard Lucas, late of Tea Tree, but who was then in the debtors prison. this had happened because he consented to go guarantor for a neighbour. He not only went to prison, but lost his property as well.

Richard was acting as overseer for his brother, John on his property at North West Bay during 1845. He died of injuries recieved when thrown from a cart on the 22nd January 1862, aged 67 years at Brown River.

 

FATAL ACCIDENT- We regret to have to announce the sudden and melancholy death of Mr Richard Lucas, of North West Bay, a very old and esteemed colonist, which occurred in the following manner. It appeared that Mr Lucas was driving in a chaise cart, from Brown's River, on his return homewards, when the horse bolted, and upset the cart, which was broken to pieces. Mr Lucas was thrown out of the vehicle, and sustained injuries so serious as to cause his death within an hour after the melancholy accident.

 

"Browns River"


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