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Nelson S Lawson

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Nelson Simmons Lawson was the third son of William and Sarah Lawson, born 26 May 1806, on their return voyage from Norfolk Island to Sydney, via New Zealand. The ship was the Lady Nelson, commanded by Captain Simmons. Nelson was baptised on 20 April 1810.

Nelson was sent to England to be educated, arriving there on the Marshall Wellington in 1823.

c1810 William Lawson had bought the 75 acre farm in Prospect that had been granted to Lt. William Cummings in 1799, and was known as Mt Pleasant. On 10 November 1836, William Lawson conveyed this property to Nelson Simmons Lawson, who soon after commenced to build a house on the acreage. The house and estate were known as ‘Grey Stanes’.

He was in attendance at the Public Meeting held at Mrs Walker’s Inn at Parramatta on 15 February, 1838 at which the Cumberland Hunt Club was formed. Nelson was a member of the Committee of Management, holding the position of Treasurer.

The 1848 Landowners list states that Nelson Simmons was the Lessee of the following properties: Moorabie, Ginger, Premer (Bone Creek), Gotta Rock, Bone, Bonona Rock and Bundy. He was co-lessee of Mohenia with his father.

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He also managed the Lawson Creek Estate, which was the general term used to refer to all of the Lawson’s Mudgee holdings.

Nelson was a well known member of the racing community both in Parramatta and Mudgee. His son, Nelson Jnr. was also a successful horse owner, his family still have in their possession a silver cup engraved with “The Booyamuna Cup, won by Tal Tal, the property of N. Lawson Esq., Oakfield, Mudgee, 1st June 1864.”

Nelson Simmons Lawson was elected to the Legislative Council on 4 August, 1848 and remained a member of the Council until his death in 1849.

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Nelson Simmons Lawson married twice.

First Marriage: 7 January 1836 to Honoria Mary Dickinson, second daughter of Rev. Charles Dickinson, Chaplain at Field of Mars.

Children: Eliza Rebecca born 3 March 1837 died 27 June 1839

Nelson   born 4 July 1838 died 1 July 1891 at Mudgee

Honoria Sophia born 1839 died 27 March 1857, at Prospect

Charles William born 7 July 1841 died 3 December 1891 at Mudgee

Frederick Lindsay born 8 November 1843 died 12 January 1845

 Wife Honoria died 13 June 1845, at Grey Staines, aged 26 years.

Second Marriage: 1846 to Saran Anne Kirk

No children

Nelson Simmons Lawson died 3 February 1849

After Nelson’s death his widow married Jeremiah Frederick Downes in 1854.

These notes compiled from BDM records and information held by The Prospect Heritage Trust.

Booyamuna Cup, courtesy J. Guivarra

Nelson Lawson Vault at St Bartholomew’s Church Prospect