Hugh Frederick O'DONNELL
- Born: 1808, Plymouth, Devon, England
- Married: 24 Oct 1826, St. Andrew's Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 1
- Died: 4 Nov 1852, Corner of Kent & Margaret streets, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 2 3
- Buried: Randwick General Cemetery, Sydney. Relocated To Devonshire Street Cemetery
"On Thursday, the 4th November, at his residence, corner of Kent and Market streets, Hugh Frederick O'Donnell, aged 45 years, deeply lamented by a large circle of friends, leaving a wife and seven children to deplore their loss."
Frederick was the third child of Hugh and Mary O'Donnell. He too travelled to Australia with his parents and older brothers, John and Thomas, on the Anne II in 1810. As a young adult in Australia, he travelled on at least one exploration with Alan Cunningham, the explorer. Together with Henry Aspin (Alphen?), who later married Frederick's younger sister, Ellen, they were with Cunningham when he discovered the Northern New England area and Cunningham's Gap. Henry Aspin being the outrider who reported the Gap to Cunningham.
He married Jane McNulty in 1826 and became the proprietor of the Australian Inn on the corner of Kent and Market Sts., Sydney. At this time, he appears to have been known also as Hugh Frederick. In 1848, the license fee was £30. In 1836, Frederick had a run in with the law. A constable Peter Butler brought a case against Frederick before a military jury, for interfering in the execution of his duty. Frederick was loading property, apparently belonging to a Colonel Wilson and Mr. Iilks (?), onto a dray and constable Butler tried to stop him. A verdict of not guilty was recorded.
According to his father's will, Frederick would have inherited 80 acres of his father's 100 acre farm at Parramatta after his mother's death in 1850. He died not long after in 1852, and Jane continued at the Australian Inn until her death in 1858.
Will of Hugh Frederick O'Donnell, written 28 Feb 1852, probate 11 Dec 1852.
"This is the last Will and Testament of me HUGH FREDERICK O'DONNELL of Market Street in the City of Sydney in the Colony of New South Wales, Licensed Victualler being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding That is to say I give and bequeath to my dear wife Jane O'Donnell all my household furniture plate pictures stock in trade money securities for money and all other my personal estate and effects of every Kind to and for her own use absolutely and forever And as to and concerning my real and freehold estates I give and dispose of as follows That is to say one part or portion of my property situate at Redfern on the south side of Redfern Street near Sydney marked Lot 3 upon the plan hereunto annexed and bounded on the north by the south side of Redfern Street sixty nine feet six inches on the West by a southerly line of two hundred feet on the south by the northern side of a lane sixty nine feet six inches and on the East by a northerly line of two hundred feet to the commencing corner I give and devise to my son Frederick O'Donnell his heirs and assigns forever another part or portion of my property on the south side of Redfern Street marked Lot 2 upon the plan before mentioned and bounded on the north by the south side of Redfern Street Eighty Eight feet on the West by a southerly line of two hundred feet on the south by the northern side of a lane eighty eight feet and on the east by a northerly line of two hundred feet to the commencing corner. I give and devise to my son Thomas O'Donnell his heirs and assigns for ever the remaining part or portion of my property on the south side of Redfern Street aforesaid marked Lot 1 upon the plan before mentioned and bounded on the north by the south side of Redfern Street seventy five feet on the East by the western side of Pitt Street South two hundred feet on the south by the north side of a reserved lane seventy five feet and on the West by a northerly line of two hundred feet to the commencing corner. I give and devise to my son George O'Donnell his heirs and assigns for ever my house and premises on the north side of Redfern Street at Redfern aforesaid and known as the Redfern Inn I give and devise to my daughter Margaret O'Donnell her heirs and assigns for ever my farm of eighty acres at Liberty Plains in the District of Parramatta. I give and devise to my daughter Jane O'Donnell her heirs and assigns for ever my farm of sixty acres in the Parish of St. George and district of Botany Bay. I give and devise to my daughter Harriett O'Donnell her heirs and assigns for ever my farm of forty acres in the parish of St. George aforesaid. I give and devise to my daughter Angelina O'Donnell her heirs and assigns for ever Provided always and I hereby direct that it shall be lawful for my said dear Wife to enter upon and take possession of the several properties hereinbefore devised and receive the rents issues and profits thereof for the support maintenance and education of my said children until they shall severally attain the age of twenty one years when the respective shares of the said properties hereinbefore devised and such part or parts thereof as shall under the provisions hereinafter contained become vested in them shall as they severally attain that age be immediately and absolutely at their own disposal Provided always that if any of my said children shall depart this life under the age of twenty one years without issue born or to be born in due time after his or their decease the property hereinbefore devised to such child or children so dying shall go between and amongst my said other children sons and daughters share and share alike as tenants in common it being my will that the issue (if any) as aforesaid of my said children so dying under the age of twenty one years shall have and take their deceased parents share of the said properties between and amongst them share and share alike as tenants in common Provided also and my will is that the properties devised to my said daughters or such parts thereof as shall under the provisions aforesaid become vested in them or either of them shall not be subject to the debts control or engagements of any husband or husbands but shall be for the sole and separate use and benefit of my said daughters respectively and I do hereby nominate and appoint James Squire Farnell of Kissing Point Gentleman and Timothy Thomas O'Donnell of Sydney Tailor and my said dear Wife to be Executors and Executrix of this my Will and I do hereby direct that my said Executors and Executrix shall not be answerable for any loss or miscarriage that may happen by any security or securities in my estate and that they shall retain their costs and expenses and out of the estate and effects in them respectively vested in and by this my Will and I revoke all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty eighth day of February One thousand eight hundred and fifty two — H. F. O'Donnell — Signed and published by the said Hugh Frederick O'Donnell in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribe our names as Witnesses
John Rayner — Jos. Redman — James Chambers
11 December 1852. This day upon Petition Probate of the last Will and Testament of Hugh Frederick O'Donnell deceased was granted to Jane O'Donnell James Squire Farnell and Timothy Thomas O'Donnell the Executrix and Executors in the Will named. Testator died 4th November 1852. Goods sworn under £250 Probate dated the same day." 4 5
Hugh married Jane McNULTY on 24 Oct 1826 in St. Andrew's Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 1. (Jane McNULTY died on 16 Mar 1858 in Pitt-street, Redfern, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 6 and was buried in Randwick General Cemetery, Sydney. Relocated To Devonshire Street Cemetery.)