DUTERRAU Thomas Webb

Name Thomas Webb DUTERRAU
Country Of Origin England
Born 1814
Died 1888
Birth/ Baptism Born: 28 September 1814
Bapt. 18 May 1816, St George Hanover Square, Westminster, London
Parents John Francis (watchmaker) and Matilda Duterrau (formerly Webb)
Apprenticeship Most likely with his father
Skills Watchmaker
Work Locations Hobart
Street Address
87 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Marriage/Spouse 15 October 1853, Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Wales, to Jane Catharine Kennerley.
24 April 1858, Bloomsbury, Middlesex, to Anne Butcher.
Arrival 28 December 1831, Western Australia on the Egyptian
Other Born into an extended family of watchmakers, Thomas Webb Duterrau was the son of John Francis and Matilda Duterrau of Bond Street, London. He travelled to Western Australia in 1831 and went on to sell items, including English clocks. Thomas also received a town allotment grant and, by February 1834, was auctioning watchmaker tools and other goods. The difficult conditions of the early Swan River Colony may have influenced Thomas’ decision to relocate to Van Diemen’s Land.

Artist Benjamin Duterrau and his daughter, likely relatives, emigrated to Van Diemen’s Land in the early 1830s. In March 1835, T W Duterrau commenced business at 87 Elizabeth St, Hobart Town. He announced he was from Perigal and Duterrau of Bond Street, London, Watch and Clockmakers to King George III. However, his time in Hobart Town was short-lived, and he returned to England. He was sentenced to gaol for ten years for embezzlement and theft in 1839. In 1858, his wife Jane, of nearly five years, filed for divorce on the grounds of bigamy and adultery. Thomas died in 1888, recorded as Thomas Webb Du Terreaux.

Death 1888, England
Web: Ancestry: Westminster, London, England, Church of England Births & Baptisms, 1814, 1816; England & Wales Criminal Registers 1839; England & Wales, Civil Divorce Records 1858; England & Wales, Death 1888 [Thomas Webb Du Terreaux]; Design and Art Australia Online, https://www.daao.org.au/bio/benjamin-duterrau/.
Perth Gazette & Western Australia Journal 24 August 1833, 28 December 1833, 1 February 1834; Colonial Times 3 March 1835.