Wentworth, William Charles

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Born: Oct 26, 1790 AD
Died: 1872 AD, at 81 years of age.

Nationality: Australian
Categories: Explorer, Journalist, Politician


1790 - Born on Norfolk Island on the 26th October.

 

1796 - Wentworth arrived in Sydney, then a squalid prison settlement, with his parents and they lived at Parramatta, where his father became a prosperous landowner.

 

1803 - Sent to England, where he was educated at a school in London.

 

1810 - Returned to Sydney and appointed acting Provost-Marshall by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, and given a land grant on the Nepean River.

 

1813 - With Gregory Blaxland and William Lawson, led the expedition, which found a route across the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

 

          - The town of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains commemorates his role in the expedition.

 

1816 - As a reward he was granted more lands then combined farming with sandalwood trading in the South Pacific.

 

         - Admitted to the bar, travelled in Europe, and studied at Cambridge University.

 

1819 - Published the first book written by an Australian: A Statistical, Historical and Political Description of the Colony of New South Wales, in which he advocated an elected assembly for New South Wales.

 

1822 - Completed his legal studies and was called to the bar on 8th February.

 

1823 - Published an epic poem Australasia, which contains lines now famous in Australia:

 

And, O Britannia!... may this - thy last-born infant - then arise,

To glad thy heart, and greet thy parent eyes;

And Australasia float, with flag unfurl'd,

A new Britannia in another world!

 

1824 - Wentworth returned to Sydney.

 

1827 - D'Arcy Wentworth died and William inherited his property, becoming one of the wealthiest men in the colony.

 

1853 - Chaired the committee to draft a new constitution for New South Wales.

 

1856 - Wentworth retired from the Council and settled in England.

 

1860 - Refused several offers of honours, and was a member of the Conservative Party.

 

1872 - He died 20th of March in England and his body was returned to Sydney for burial.

 

 

 

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