Land Grant of one acre and twenty one perches fronting Macquarie, Antill and Davey Streets in Hobart to William Sorell. Colonel George ARTHUR.
Land Grant of one acre and twenty one perches fronting Macquarie, Antill and Davey Streets in Hobart to William Sorell.
Land Grant of one acre and twenty one perches fronting Macquarie, Antill and Davey Streets in Hobart to William Sorell.

Land Grant of one acre and twenty one perches fronting Macquarie, Antill and Davey Streets in Hobart to William Sorell.

Hobart: 1832.

Folded parchment; 320 x 400 mm, folded lower edge secured with green ribbon in two places. Signed by George Arthur as Lieutenant-Governor and John Burnett as Colonial Secretary; annotated on the reverse "Inscribed and recorded in the Supreme Court of Van Diemen's Land this twenty-ninth day of November One Thousand Eight hundred and Thirty two."

Appeasing the son

William Sorrell (1800-1860), was appointed in 1824 as the first Registrar of the Supreme Court of Van Diemen's Land on the recommendation of his father, William Sorrell (1795-1848), the Lieutenant-Governor from 1816. Sorell (senior) had infamously departed Van Diemen's Land in 1824 after the scandal surrounding his relationship with the wife of an army officer who sued him and won 3000 pounds damages.

William Sorrell (1800-1860), was appointed in 1824 as the first Registrar of the Supreme Court of Van Diemen's Land on the recommendation of his father, William Sorrell (1795-1848), the Lieutenant-Governor from 1816. Sorell (senior) had infamously departed Van Diemen's Land in 1824 after the scandal surrounding his relationship with the wife of an army officer who sued him and won 3000 pounds damages.

His recommendation must have gone some way to soothing the ire of his son, for in 1822, William (junior) had written to Commissioner Bigge stating his determination to go to the colony to assert his claims on his father's attention in person. To save the lieutenant-governor this embarrassment, Bigge appealed on the son's behalf to the Colonial Office. There his resentment was appeased and, with the blessing of Earl Bathurst and a recommendation to the notice of Colonel (Sir) George Arthur, Sorrell reached Hobart Town in December 1823. Next month he received 1000 acres (405 ha) of land in the Hamilton district and in 1828 a town allotment. In 1824 he became the first registrar of the New Supreme Court of Van Diemen's Land. Over the next thirty six years he was appointed to additional posts in the public service. (ADB)

This allotment would have affirmed both the status and career of the young William.

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