Charles Hook (c.1762–1826)

CHARLES HOOK was a Scottish merchant who hailed from Argyllshire. Before coming to the colony of New South Wales, he had been a merchant in India, where his brother Captain Lionel Cook was employed by the East India Company. In Calcutta, CHARLES HOOK worked for the firm Campbell & Clark and eventually became a partner. By 1805, the firm was known as Campbells, Hook & Co. HOOK arrived in the colony per the firm’s ship Eagle (1808) and joined the firm’s Australian branch. The firm was known to support the deposed Governor WILLIAM BLIGH. In 1809, HOOK was incarcerated on a charge of sedition for distributing BLIGH’s proclamation declaring New South Wales in a state of mutiny.

HOOK had close ties with the HASSALLS, was an original shareholder in the Bank of New South Wales. Under Macquarie’s governorship, HOOK was a magistrate.

In 1809, HOOK married SARAH PALMER, sister of First Fleeters JOHN PALMER and CHRISTOPHER PALMER.

In 1821, HOOK’s servant, ELIZABETH RICHARDSON, a young apprentice from the Female Orphan School, fell pregnant to JOHN BATMAN, son of WILLIAM BATMAN and MARY BATMAN. JOHN BATMAN refused to acknowledge the child as his, and refused to marry ELIZABETH, though HOOK and THOMAS HASSALL were both certain he was the father.

HOOK died at Parramatta, aged 64, and was buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

Burial Location

  • Section 1, Row N, No. 13, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta

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# Came Free

# Scottish

# Ship: Eagle (1808)

# Merchant

# Magistrate

# Burial Year: 1826

# Grave: marked