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Paul Lockyer

LOCKYER, Paul. b. 1784. arr. 12.2.1830 per Hooghly with wife Keziah b. 1787 & 7 chd. James b. 1805, Mary Elizabeth b. 1813, Joseph b. 1816/7, Thomas b. 1820, John b. 1821, Paul b. 1823, Maria b. 1826. Millwright. Built first wind-powered flour mill in W.A. Listed as a lime burner in 1832 Census. His wife was notorious as a "high class whore to the Army Officers". Paul disowned her debts in 1838. (Erickson.)

Paul Lockyer apparently abandoned his wife Keziah and seven children in 1832 at Clarence, Thomas Peel's imagined future town. She later worked as a housekeeper for William Temple Graham and then lived with him as his wife. Her daughter Mary Elizabeth (known as Eliza) married William Nairne Clark.

PAUL LOCKYER ought to have stated, that I have not resided with him since 1832, previous, to which, even, he deserted me and my children at Clarence to amuse himself with "Sailor Jim" at Fremantle, as is well known. Government removed me and children to Fremantle, but he left us in sickness again and to starve near the Thames; but chance making the horrid case known, we were rescued from a cruel and impending death. In 1832, he declared his determination not to be troubled with wife and children and cruelly kept his word, which compelled me and my daughter, Mrs. William Nairne Clark, to go to service, where Mrs Clark continued until her marriage. Since that, I have been forced to earn my bread in service, at Mrs. MacDermott's and at Mr. Curtis's, Fremantle, with Mrs. Captain Byrne, and others and now in the same capacity with Mr. Graham. My age, sufferings from sickness, and my being a cripple, leaving aside "conscience" ought perhaps to have protected me. PAUL LOCKYER is well aware I never had any debts for which he was troubled ; he would do well to think of his own. He detained all mine and my childrens' clothes, and sold them or exchanged them for grog. And I solemnly declare I have not had a shilling from him since I came to Swan River, although I sold a freehold in my own right to bring him and family out here. I will, however, relieve the poor man from some of the odium of his foolish, unnecessary, and uncalled for effusion, by saddling the right animal with the malicious suggestion—my interesting son-in-law, William Nairne Clark, late Sheriff's Officer in a village in Scotland and now in the law here, whose strange peculiarities are too well known to need further comment.
N.B. PAUL is requested to pay the cash borrowed from me since he deserted me ; also the doctor's bill for the cure of his dislocated shoulder (got in a drunken brawl), under which he lay thirty weeks at Mr. Graham's expense. K. L.

PAUL LOCKYER hereby intimates, that he will not be responsible for any Debts contracted by his wife, KEZIAH LOCKYER, who resides with MR. W. T. GRAHAM, late of the Royal African Corps, and now a Practitioner in the Civil Court. Mill Point Belches, March 22. Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal, Saturday 31 March 1838, p. 49.

References and Links

Graham, Allen 2005, 'Early duels of Fremantle', Fremantle Studies, 4: 95-106.

Hasluck, Alexandra 1955, Georgiana Molloy: Portrait with Backgound, OUP, Melbourne; republ. FACP 1990.

Statham, Pamela, Dictionary of Western Australians 1829-1941, Vol. 1: Early Settlers, 1829-1850.

Perth Dead Persons Society: the Warrior.

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