Sara Jacobus Adriana Du Moulin, (1830- 30/12/1889) , a daughter of Jacobus A. Du Moulin, arrived with the family in 1834 to Australia.
Sarah was born in Flander Holland in 1830 , she was only 4 when she came to Australia(1834) and life must have been tough when nine, her father Jacobus died. Her luck must have changed when she met and married William Foster Junior.( William’s father known as the “father of the bar”), brother of the wealthy colonist, John Foster.
They married in 1853 and not sure where, possibly All Saints in Parramatta. To understand how it may have changed the Du Moulins for the better, it is prudent to understand who John Foster was:
William Foster’s Uncle, John Foster, (Sara’s Uncle in law)was born 1792 near Settle, West Riding Yorkshire. Of a country squire: John Foster, senior of Armistead Hall, Giggleswick, Settle, Yorkshire, England.
( John Foster senior 1758 – 1816 married Jennett ( jane) Dowbiggin born 1769. John Foster senior’s wife must have come out to Australia as Jane nee Dowbiggin died in 1846 , Hobart Tasmania.They had three sons: John, William and Henry ). Isabella Dowbiggin b. 1771 d. 1843 , buried St. Lukes , Campeltown,. Tasmania – she may have been Jane Dowbiggin’s sister who married John Dowbiggen- Isabella and John were second cousins.
John Foster : 1792-1875 Early wealthy colonist.John Foster was pastoralist, merchant and member of parliament . He arrived in Van Diemans Land in 1823 with his mother and youngest brother Henry. A few of his claims to fame :1827 he had over 13,500 acres of land in the north east of Tasmania . He also developed cattle and sheep properties in Gippsland. He owned the:
Heart of sale 1843. Tangel 1848, Glenfalloch 1850, Boisdale 1850, Dargo 1850, Glencoe 1850, Erinvale 1852, Castleburn 1856, making an aggregate of some 180,000 acres in Gippsland.John Foster who married Anne Riddford in 1863 in Hobart was devoted to his mother . He was buried at the Cornelian Bay Church of England cemetary in Hobart.
Above is a biography of John Foster.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/8938207?searchTerm=john foster &searchLimits=
Obituary above for John Foster
John Foster wrote pages of poetry when coming to Australia on the “isabella”, which I understand to be his boat.
“John foster aged about 30 years son of Mrs. Foster, late of Austed Hall settler, Yorkshire.
He wore a military camp and was an officer in the Yeomanry( landed gentry ). Had military appearance which obtained for him the name of Colonel o board ship. ” ( There is also another reference to Aunt Lucy and Colonel Foster – could this be Henry foster, his brother and wife)
(In this article of 7/12/1853 ( Hobart , Tasmania), they talk of John Foster, a “Country Squire”…”and may still be remembered for his generous, if not extravagant hospitality, which tended.. to reduce his own means and injure the prospects of his family. To this latter circumstance, … may be attributed in a great measure Mr. Foster’s leaving England for this colony”.
It has now become quite clear as to why everyone congregated to Gippsland! ( Including our Great Great Grandfather James Andrew Du Moulin to “Boisdale”).It would appear that some in the Du Moulin family inherited land from Mr. John Foster through the William Foster junior connection to Sara. And hence many of our relations and descendents are Gippslanders.
John Foster’s Will : 18/7/1875 😦 Tasmania) He leaves money in his will to his brother William ,1,860 pounds. To Sara Jacoba Adriana Wife widow of his late nephew William Foster of $200 pounds per annum for life . 1,000 pounds as a portion for her daughter Jane Montgomery Foster after the decease of the said Jacoba Adriana Du Moulin Foster. To his wife, (Ann) amongst other things he left 600 per annum for life.
Sarah and William Foster(1823-1862) moved to Gippsland after marriage in Sydney in 1854 . The records seem to indicate that William held three properties ( possibly amongst others): Merrimans Creek, The Heart and Boisdale ( near the town of Maffra).William senior also owned and purchased in Tasmania, 1837, 1845. William Junior then Sara, would have inherited one or more properties in Gippsland. So far we know that James Andrew Du Moulin( our great great grandfather), lived at Boisdale and Eliza nee Du Moulin to marry William Montgomery lived at ‘The Heart” .
All that I can guess about William Foster is that he may have been in politics as there is mention of our James William Du Moulin campaigning for William Foster in Wollombi in the 1850’s before he died.
7/12/1853: ( William ) , “he is the younger brother of John Foster esq. of Hobart Town…. ( John Foster) is known as “one of the wealthiest men in the three colonies. …. he ( William) proposes shortly to return to England, where he will reside permanently , if the climate is agreeable”.
Sara and Capt. William Foster who lived on one of the properties in Sale, had a daughter Jane Montgomery Foster b 1863 in Sale. ( She died 1935 in China). In 1865 Sara remarried Matthew Macalister(1839-1917) in Victoria. I am assuming that Sara’s husband William died somewhere around 1862.
Sara went on to have a number of children with Matthew Macalister: Grace Davidson Macalister b.1871 Sale,( named after Sara’s grandmother who is buried with Jacobus A. Du Moulin in Sydney), Matthew Junior b. ?, Milicent Debruyn b. 1874 Sale, William Garnett b. ?( named after WG Macalister the brother of Dr Alexander Macalister junior who died in 1865, )Catherine Elizabeth Mewburne b. 1871 Sale.
Marriage 16th December 1865: Wedding of Sara and Matthew
MARRIED. At Garnett Cottage, Sale, on the 16th instant by the Ven. Archdeacon Stretch,Matthew, fifth son of the late A. Macalister M.D., of Demerara, to Sara, relict of William Foster, Boisdale
Matthew married again to Ada Eveline Sawell (1874-1944) in 1901.They had a son Matthew Macalister (1902-1980) who married Vera Emma Fisher (1902-1990).
Matthew and Ada may have had another child and will investigate.
Our William Foster is featured in this Tichbourne tale. Sara (Du Moulin )Foster was called to England to be a witness at the trial. The trial shows that the Tichbourne claimant did in fact meet Willim Foster who married Sara. These excerpts also show that Mr. M’Alister who later married Sara after William’s death was mentioned in the trial as “second to William Foster”. IE she married William’s second in command at Erinvale or it means William Foster junior being the son of William Foster.( In the trial Sara is denoted as Mrs. M’Alister). The trial also states that John Foster was the proprieter of Erindale where the claimant was working. The trial hence took place after Sara’s marriage in 1865.
Matthew MacAlister: We know of a Matthew McAlister who worked with Angus Mc Millan(1820-1865) and The Macalisters explorers and pioneer pastoralists. Mc Millan ( station hand to Lachlan Macalister), set out to explore the new pasturs of Gippsland with the leader of the party, Thomas Mewburn Macalister(1818-1859), paid for by Capt Lachklan Macalister .
( Above is a biography of Angus Mc Millan)
With convict assistants, the party set up a station at Ensay. He moved down the Tambo river in 1840 with Matthew Macalister as one of his men.( I have been advised that this Matthew Macalister (1815 to 1871)was a cousin of our Matthew Macalister). There is a note in the history of Gippsland that Matthew Macalister in 1841 left Goulburn with 6000 sheep.This Matthew Macalister, drowned in the Nichsolson River returning to ‘Miebost” Property at Sarsfield, the property of the deceased Dr. Alexander Macalister (1828-1870),Alexander was the eldest son of Surgeon Alexander Macalister d.1865/1859 Sale. According to Max ,this Matthew “WAS BURIED BY THE MASONS( at Bairnsdale Cemetery) ,AS HE WAS FOUNDATION WARDEN OF THE BAIRNSDALE MASONIC LODGE ,AND HIS PORTRAIT HANGS THERE IN THE LODGE.”
The background above of Max Milton Macalister
Max Macalister above.
Thanks to Max Milton Macalister esq.b.1935 for the following information:
Sara would have met Matthew Macalister through John Foster and her husband Capt William Foster. Either John Foster bought “Boisdale” from Capt. Lachlan Macalister sometime in the 1850’s, or it was William Foster who bought it. There had been many years of drought and Lachlan Macalister’s( of explorer fame), home property was “Clifton” at Picton NSW.
Our Matthew Macalister was the fourth son of the surgeon Alexander Macalister 1790 – d.1865. ( The surgeon had a practice in Sydney 1860/1).Thomas Mewburn Macalister ( explorer )d.1859, was the eldest son of surgeon Alexander Macalister. ( Thomas died possibly from misadventure from being drunk at the Bruthen hotel near his property of Kilmorie )Kilmore east locality would have been named after the property?
Other sons of the surgeon included: Lachlan Norman d. 39 years in 1878 at Coonamba and William Garnet 27 years died from a horse accident at Dargo June 1865 . Annie the only? daughter of surgeon Macalister died December 1855 at St. Leonards, North Shore – Sydney. 21 years old.
Our Matthew Macalister , the son of Surgeon Alexander Macalister and mother ,Catherine Mewburn ( nee Debrugh or Debeh or Debruyn). The mother was born in Demara , British Guyana and her family had a sugar plantation there. ( Possibly “Bushy Park” was it’s name.) She died in 1872 in Sale at the age of 75.Surgeon Alexander Macalister went to Georgetown Demerara in Guyana in 1815 and married Catherine 7/6/1819. The surgeon went back to Glasgow in the 1830s and had a number of children there . Then he travelled we assume with Catherine and children to Australia in the late 1840s. The surgeon was on the medical list in Australia in 1858 and 1859?, however it is my belief that he may have been deceased by 1855- place of death unknown. (Although listed as died in 1865 and buried at Sale). All of this is up in the air.
Capt Lachlan Macalister a brother of the surgeon, owned the property “Clifton”. See the summary of Captain Lachlan Macalister http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~garter1/lachlanmac.htm
Lachalan’s station hand, Angus Macmillan, from the original exploration party, came out to Australia with Colin Macalister in 1838. According to Max, Angus went bankrupt and was a bit of a drunk. Apparently he fell of his horse drunk, in 1865 while surveying road tracks having been drinking in the Iguana Hotel for days .
The surgeon, Alexander Macalister, was born in 1790 at “Strathaird” estate, Isle of Skye, Scotland and his brother Capt. Lachlan was born in 1797 and died at Clifton in 1855. Capt. Lachlan was the first Macalister to come out to Australia as a young ensign in the 48th regt. foot, arriving in Sydney on August 7th, 1817. (Lachlan later got to know John Foster as Lachlan had other properties in Gippsland, “Mewburn Park”, “Dargo High Plains” , as well as “Boisdale” . )He also had a large property at Talralga, NSW of some 17,000 acres also called “Strathaird” after his grandfather’s estate back in Skye.
Surgeon Alexander Macalister was the eldest son of Jannette Macalister(1764-1841) of “Strathaird” and her husband- a cousin- Dr Duncan Macalister(1766-1868) of the ‘Tabert Castle” Macalisters.
Dr Alexander Macalister: son of the surgeon Alexander Macalister
( Above is the portrait of Dr Alexander Macalister the first doctor on Sale, Victoria . This Dr.Alexander Macalister was the son of Surgeon Alexander Macalister and the doctor died in 1870.http://www.medicalpioneers.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi?detail=1&id=106 ( After which his wife and 5 children were destitute by the early 1870’s).
Death of Sara Macalister:
1889 DEATH. MACALISTER. – On the 30th Dec, late residence, No. 171 Church-street Richmond, Sara J. A., wife Mathew Macalister.
Mathew Macalister Buried 19/07/1917 aged 78 years
Sara Jacoba Adriana Macalister aged 59 years buried 31/12/1889
They are buried in C/E C 0194
Above describes Matthew Macalister’s life: His last known residence was “Highfield”, Kew. He spent the last 33 years of his life in Melbourne with a station agency business called:”McLean Macalister and Co., later Mclean Mckenzie and Macalister” , a prosperous business.
See below the records of the macalisters at Sale Cemetery. ( Although we are still investigating the true death date of surgeon Alexander Macalister supposedly 1865)
( photo of the headstone in sale cemetery)
JENNIFER ON A SECOND LOOK AT YOUR MESSAGE HERE ,IT IS A BIT CONFUSING ,SO I WILL LIST THE ORDER OF THE MACALISTER DEATHS WHICH ARE 150% CORRECT.
1762…RANALD MACALISTER (FATHER OF ALEXANDER OF “STRATHAIRD”,AND OTHERS SONS IN HEIC.)…….G.G.G.G.G.G.GF.
1810…COLONEL NORMAN MACALISTER OF “CLACKHAIGH”,GOV. OF PWI.NOW PENANG,1807-1810,DROWNED IN SHIP “OCEAN”,SOUTH CHINA SEAS ,RETURNING TO SCOTLAND.
1820…GENERAL KEITH MACALISTER OF “TORRISDALE”
1829…COLONEL MATHEW MACALISTER OF “GLENBARR”
1832…OLD ALEXANDER MACALISTER OF “STRATHAIRD”……G.G.G.G.G.GF.
1841…JANNETTE MACALISTER OF “STRATHAIRD” DAU.OF OLD ALEX.AND WIFE OF DR.DUNCAN…….G.G.G.G.GM.
1843…RANALD MACALISTER SPEARED BY ABORIGINALS IN PORT ALBERT, AUSTRALIA.
1854…DR.DUNCAN MACALISTER OF “TARBERT”,HUSBAND OF JANNETTE.
1855..LACHLAN MACALISTER AT “CLIFTON”,PICTON,NSW,AUSTRALIA.
1859..THOMAS MEWBURN MACALISTER–ELDEST SON OF SURGEON ALEXANDER,AT” MIEBOST” SARSFIELD,VIC.AUST.DR.ALEXANDERS PROPERTY.
1865?.. MAYBE DEATH OF SURGEON ALEXANDER MACALISTER,DONT KNOW WHERE EXACTLY.POSSIBLY BAIRNSDALE OR SALE,VIC,AUSTRALIA……TO BE PROVEN…….G.G.G.GF.
1865…WILLIAM GARNET MACALISTER ,KILLED IN HORSEFALL,DARGO HIGH PLAINS ,VIC,AUSTRALIA.
1870…DR.ALEXANDER MACALISTER AT “MIEBOST”,SARSFIELD.VIC.AUSTRALIA…….G.G.GF.
1871…MATHEW MACALISTER,DROWNED IN NICHOLSON RIVER ,SARSFIELD ,VIC,AUSTRALIA
1872…CATHERINE MEWBURN MACALISTER,WIFE OF SURGEON ALEX.MACALISTER,SALE,VIC,AUSTRALIA.
1898…THE ARSEHOLE GRANDSON .ALEXANDER MACALISTER .FONDETTES ,NEAR TOURS ,FRANCE.
1932…RUTH HANNA MACALISTER …..MY G.GM.WIFE OF MY G.GF,THOMAS MEBURN MACALISTER,ORBOST,VIC,AUSTRALIA.
1941…THOMAS MEWBURN MACALISTER (SUPPOSED BASTARD)G.GF.ORBOST,VIC,AUSTRALIA
1958…WILLIAM GARNET MACALISTER,MALVERN ,VIC.AUSTRALIA……GF.
1969…AVIS VIOLA MACALISTER,ST.KILDA,VIC,AUSTRALIA…MY MOTHER.
1989…ETHEL RHODA MACALISTER.MY GM.WIFE OF WILLIAM GARNET MACALISTER,EAST MALVERN,VIC,AUSTRALIA.
2003…ALEXANDER FREDRICK MACALISTER ,ALFRED HOSPITAL,PRAHRAN,VIC.AUSTRALIA. F MY FATHER WAS THE 2ND ELDEST LIVING MACALISTER SINCE 1100.THE ELDEST BEING 96 BACK IN THE 1600 CENTURY.MY DIRECT MALE LINE HAVE EXCELLENT GENES .
ove the Macalister family tree.