Jeffreys, Charles (1782-1826)

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Naval Officer; Author; Naval officer; Artist; Draughtsman
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Charles Jeffreys (1782-1826), naval officer and author, was born on 16 October 1782 at Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, the son of Ninian and Mary Jeffreys. He joined the navy at 11 and served as midshipman...

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Jeffrey's was a sketcher and naval officer whose life was regularly filled with profit-making scandals, much to the ire of Governor Macquarie. Jeffreys is best known for a sketch he did of Hobart Town, Tasmania in 1817.

sketcher, author and naval officer, was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, on 16 October 1782, son of Ninian and Mary Jeffreys. He entered the Royal Navy aged eleven and was commissioned lieutenant in March 1805. Jeffreys came to New South Wales with his wife Jane Gill of London, whom he had married in August 1810. They arrived in January 1814 in the brig Kangaroo , of which he was commander, and the ship was immediately commissioned to transport convicts from Port Jackson to Van Diemen’s Land. It did not return to Sydney for over a year (in February 1815) and Jeffreys’s dilatoriness and disinclination to obey orders raised the ire of Governor Macquarie, who labelled him 'a Vain, Conceited, Ignorant Young Man and totally unfitted for such a Command’. While in His Majesty’s service, Jeffreys indulged in illicit rum smuggling, turned a blind eye to convict stowaways on board and accepted an escaped government debtor (Garnham Blaxcell) as a paying passenger. While engaged in these activities en route for England, he assaulted and imprisoned the commander and several crew of a patrol boat on the Derwent River on 9 May 1817. Back home, Jeffreys was removed from the naval list but legal impediments were found to prevent prosecution. At the Derwent Jeffreys had apparently found time to draw a sketch of Hobart Town (unlocated). It was subsequently lithographed and captioned 'Drawn by Lieut. Chas Jeffreys R.N. / Hobart Town in 1817’. Frequently reproduced in later years, no copy of ...

  • January 1814 Sydney, NSW on the brig 'Kangaroo'.

Flourished

  • fl. c.1817 - c.1820

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Charles Jeffreys was a naval officer who lived in Australia from1814 to 1817 and from1820 to 1826. His first commission was to transport convicts and other passengers from Port Jackson to the Derwent. During this time Jeffreys began writing many publications for British immigrants intending to settle in Van Diemen's Land. His book (1820) was found to be largely plagiarised from a manuscript written by his co-traveller Surveyor George Evans. Jeffreys was not regarded as a very competent officer so was sent to Ceylon and later back to England. When Jeffreys returned to Tasmania he obtained a grant of 800 acres at Pittwater.

  • Life event - Arrived in Australia (Port Jackson, New South Wales)
  • Career position - Sailed to Hobart Town many times
  • Career position - Sailed for Ceylon, naming Molle Island in the Whitsunday Passage, Mount Jeffreys on Molle Island and Princess Charlotte Bay on Cape Yorke Peninsula
  • Career position - Returned to the United Kingdom
  • Career position - published in the UK
  • Career position - Arrived in Hobart

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Jeffreys, Charles
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Jeffreys, Charles (1782-1826)
    Flinn, E.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 2, 15-16

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  1. <Extract from the journal of Lieutenant Jeffries>
    Jeffreys, Charles, 1782-1826
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  2. Account of a voyage from Port Jackson to Ceylon in 1815
    Jeffreys, Charles, 1782-1826
    [ Book : 1816 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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  3. [Journal of Lt. Charles Jeffreys of H. M. Brig Kangaroo ... Ap. 19, 1815 : reprinted from Hobart Gazette, May 11, 1816]
    Jeffreys, Charles, 1782-1826
    [ Book : 1958 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  4. Part of Hunter's River (or the Coal River) / surveyed by Lieut C. Jeffries (a) Commander of H. M. G. Brig. Kangaroo
    Jeffreys, Charles, 1782-1826
    [ Map : 1816 ]
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  5. A chart of part of Terra Australis : surveyed by Lieut. Char Jeffreys, commr. of His Maj. Brig 'Kangaroo', 1835
    Jeffreys, Charles, 1782-1826
    [ Map : 1835 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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  1. <Extract from the journal of Lieutenant Jeffries>
    Jeffreys, Charles, 1782-1826
    [ Book ]
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  2. Account of a voyage from Port Jackson to Ceylon in 1815
    Jeffreys, Charles, 1782-1826
    [ Book : 1816 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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  3. [Journal of Lt. Charles Jeffreys of H. M. Brig Kangaroo ... Ap. 19, 1815 : reprinted from Hobart Gazette, May 11, 1816]
    Jeffreys, Charles, 1782-1826
    [ Book : 1958 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  4. Lieut. Charles Jeffreys, R N the last buccaneer? (Paper presented to Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Meeting, 26 July 1979)
    Gill, J. C. H
    Historical Papers (Brisbane)
    [ Article : 1978-1979 ]
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  5. Lieutenant Jeffreys and Kangaroo / Reg C. Wright
    Wright, Reg C
    Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society
    [ Article, Book : 1983 ]
    At Newcastle Region Lib
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  6. An unrecorded Hobart Town Gazette : A paper read before a General Meeting of the Tasmanian Historical Research Association on 8 AUgust, 1958 / by E. Morris Miller
    Miller, E. Morris (Edmund Morris), 1881-1964
    [ Book : 1959 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  7. Lieut. Charles Jeffreys, R.N. : the last buccaneer?
    Gill, J. C. H. (James Connal Howard)
    [ Book : 1955-1979 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  1. ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. In the estate and effects of John Jeffreys, late of Sydney, in the Colony of Hew South Wales, dealer, deceased, intestate.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 15 March 1889 [Issue No.159] p 2067

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    ... of kin of the said John Jeffreys, deceased.—Dated this 14th day of March, 1889. CHARLES BULL, Proctor ... John Jeffreys, late of Sydney, in the Colony of Hew South Wales, dealer, deceased, intestate. JNUri ... 160 words
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  3. NOTICE TO CREDITORS. In the Estates of—John Sloan, late of Erskine and Kent streets, Sydney; John Jeffreys, late of Stoney Creek, near Orange; David Hayes, late of Kanimbla, near H...
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 23 January 1857 [Issue No.11] p 154

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    ... Erskine and Kent streets, Sydney; John Jeffreys, late of Stoney Creek, near Orange; David Hayes, late of ... of Gurrandooley, near BungendoreCharles M'Donald, late of Callandoon 5 Alexander James Mercer, late ... 190 words
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  2. Letters of Arthur Jeffreys written to Charles Campbell
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  1. JEFFREYS CAUGHT.
    The Kiama Independent, and Shoalhaven Advertiser (NSW : 1863 - 1947) Thursday 18 July 1867 p 4 Article
    ... JFrEunYs CA'c?nIT.-In bldgoling a witness with noisy 'drision, no barristor of Charles II.'s time ... 232 words
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  2. Judge Jeffreys.
    The Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser (NSW : 1886 - 1942) Friday 30 January 1903 p 7 Article
    ... ui the Duke of Monmouth, natural son of Charles II., at the battle of Sedgmoor (6th July), Jeffreys ... Judge Jeffreys. Lord George Jeffreys, born, at Acton, Denbeighshire, aboutl640, was educated at ... 321 words
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  3. ANOTHER JEFFREYS MAKES HEADLINES
    Guinea Gold (Papua New Guinea : 1942 - 1945) Sunday 5 March 1944 p 3 Article
    ... ANOTHER MAKES JEFFREYS HEADLINES ipENERAL SIR GEORGE JEFF-^ REYS, MP, military-mousjtached, spat ... -clad descendant of "hanging" Judge Jeffreys, who achieved infamy by his sadistic executions after the Monmouth ... 96 words
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  1. [Paul Jeffrey's band playing Mingus]
    Jeffrey, Paul
    [ Sound : 1978 ]
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  2. Is it a dream : the somnambulist's song / composed expressly for and sung by Madamoiselle Jenny Lind ; the English words by Charles Jeffreys
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    [ Printed music : 1853 ]
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  3. The Gipsy duet : Home to our mountains : sung by Miss Fanny Huddart & Mr Augustus Braham : Italian and English words / the latter by Charles Jeffreys
    Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901
    [ Printed music : 1856 ]
    Languages: English;Italian, [1 other]
    At Uni of Melb Library
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  4. [Charles Mingus and Paul Jeffrey discussion]
    Mingus, Charles, 1922-
    [ Sound : 1978 ]
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  1. Lieut. Charles Jeffreys, R.N. : the last buccaneer?
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    [ Article : 1979 ]
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  2. Hard times / Charles Dickens
    Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
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    [ Book, Audio book, Sound : 1800-2019 ]
    Languages: English;Arabic;Dutch;Chinese, [6 others]
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  3. Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew. Charles Brockden Brown.(Brief article)(Book review)
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    [ Article : 2012 ]
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  4. Charles Schwab & Co. Inc
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