Trove – NLA – a treasure trove of information

In researching my ancestors I have found the Trove website to be defintely worth a look as you never know what you may find.

Today I was doing a search and found some interesting information on my Great Great Grandfather, Joseph Dilworth.  He arrived in NSW on board the ship, Wilson, with his first Wife Eliza and young son Josias, in 1842.  They had a further 5 children before Eliza died in December 1856.  Joseph remarried again to Mary Quirk (my GG Grandmother) in March 1857 (less than 3 months after Eliza having died).

In January 1857 the following article appears:


The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Monday 12 January 1857, page 7

Two Brick Cottages and Slab Cottage, Stable, and Two Allotments of Land.

Mr. W. NEWELL has received instructions from Mr. Joseph Dilworth to sell on the above day, for cash, ‘

Two brick cottages, one 4 rooms, and tone 3 rooms, and 2 rooms in slab cottage, standing on a block of land 52 feet frontage by a depth of 80 feet, with a well of pure water, and well enclosed in, would bring in a rental of-60 per annum.

Also, at 12 o’clock,

All his household furniture and stock of groceries two carts, a first rate draught mare, harness, kitchen utensils, lot of pig”, and poultry.

Mr. W. N. would call the attention of intending/ buyers to this sale, as it will be a bona fide sale to the highest bidder for cash


Again in August & September of 1857, the following notice appears in the Sydney Morning Herald three times.

Brick House of Four Rooms, and an Allotment of Land, on the Kingston Estate, Newtown.

MR. W. NEWELL has received instructions from Mr. Joseph Dilworth, to sell by public auction, on the Ground, Australia-street, Kingston, on MONDAY next, the 7th day of September, at 11 o’clock. A good substantial brick house, consisting of large shop, 14 by 12 ; sitting-room, 12 by 10; bedroom. 12 by 10; kitchen, 14by 12; with verandah. On stone foundation ; on an allotment of land having 38 feet frontage by a depth of 83 feet; on which is erected a good stable, out-house, and a first-rate well of pure water. All enclosed in and paled, and being near to the Kingston Lodge Hotel. .

Mr. W. N. would call the attention of every class buyers to this snug property, as it one of the best stands on the Kingston for any line of business, and well finished throughout.

At 12 o’olock, all the furniture and effect  Title, first-rate. ,


I note the following information in relation to Kingston Lodge Hotel.

The Hotel was established in 1859 as the Kingston Lodge Hotel and was renamed the Court House Hotel in 1884

(and still stands on the corner of Australia & Lennox Streets Newtown).

What I’d like to do is search to see if the house that Joseph sold in 1857 also still stands today.

Will keep you posted.


  1. Chris Ayton

    I have Margaret Catherine Dilworth married to Francis Maguire. She is the dau of Joseph & Mary Quirk. Mary is the Daughter of Catherine Slattery. I am not sure of a connection??


    • My Connection is through Joseph & Mary’s son – Charles Patrick Dilworth (who married Margaret McCormack). They were my Great Grandparents.

  2. Chris Ayton

    Sorry made a mistake Joseph is the son of John & Ruth King??


  3. Chris Ayton

    At the marriage of Francis McGuire & Margaret Dilworth (1888) the witness were Dominic & Flora? Dilworth of Boggabri can;t find a Dominic Dilworth anywhere in NSW

    • Thanks for your comment but I hsve a copy of the marriage for Francis and Margaret and the witnesses were Charles Dilworth and Maryann Melvyton, Margaret’s brother and sister

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