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9 This page intentionally left blank THE RICHEST AUSTRALIANS OF THE FIRST ERA 1788–1849 1. 37 billion Samuel Terry Although most people have never heard of him, in comparative terms Samuel Terry, ‘the Botany Bay Rothschild’, was Australia’s richest-ever man, worth more than four times the estimated value of Kerry Packer’s fortune today. Terry’s ability to amass great wealth is all the more remarkable in that he came to Australia in chains, a convict sent out from Manchester at the age of 24 for stealing 400 pairs of stockings.

His wife was a convict woman, transported on the Second Fleet. 84. 56 billion 86. Thomas Marsden (d. 1837) Merchant in Sydney (1771–1819) Miller and contractor in Hobart Thomas Marsden was a Sydney merchant, a partner in Marsden & Flower of 120 Pitt Street, Sydney. Marsden is not listed in the 1828 Census, and may have been in New South Wales for only a short period of time when he died in August 1837 at O’Connell Plains. 58 billion Born in Kent, the son of a millwright, Robert Nash was sentenced to death at the Old Bailey in London in 1790 for housebreaking and stealing, a sentence commuted to life with transportation to New South Wales.

He acquired substantial land holdings at Mittagong and in and around Sydney, including the Wellington Inn on Parramatta Road, and was a signatory to the original Deed of Settlement of the Bank of New South Wales in 1828. Notable for his philanthropy, Doyle gave £700 towards building St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Sydney. 46. William Cox 200 RICH LIST William Cox and repatriation to England as a debtor, followed for the next few years until he returned to Sydney in 1810. Cox soon enjoyed the favour of Governor Macquarie, who made him a Justice of the Peace.

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