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James BROMLEY [18084]
Elizabeth [18085]

Dr Edward Foord BROMLEY R.N. [18014]
(Abt 1776-1836)


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1. Eleanor HEARN [18013]

2. Susanna [18086]
3. Sarah GREENNOW [18073]

Dr Edward Foord BROMLEY R.N. [18014]

  • Born: Abt 1776, Rochester KEN
  • Christened: 25 Aug 1776, St Nicholas Rochester KEN
  • Marriage (1): Eleanor HEARN [18013] on 23 Dec 1797 in St Nicholas Harwich ESS
  • Marriage (2): Susanna [18086] in 1803
  • Marriage (3): Sarah GREENNOW [18073] on 23 Nov 1820 in St David Cathedral Hobart Tasmania
  • Died: 29 Jun 1836, Woolwich KEN aged about 60

bullet   Cause of his death was epilepsey.


bullet  General Notes:

Edward Foord Bromley separated from Eleanor, there was a court case in December 1802. Edward sued a fellow naval officer, Wallace, because of his affair with his wife. Edward alleged in July 1801 he came home and found Eleanor writing a letter to Wallace and found also a romantic letter from Wallace. Edward sent Eleanor home to her mother.
The court case was unpleasant so it is unlikely they reconciled, and separated in England.
Family lore says that Edward married Rosina Caterina Iglata Marquessa at Santa Marina, Palermo - but this is unproven
Ref: Judith Carter 2013

Edward Foord Bromley was born c. 1770s. He died on 29 June 1836 at Strood, Kent aged 59.
He was appointed Surgeon in the Royal Navy in 1795.
He first arrived in Australia as Surgeon Superintendent of convicts on the vessel Calcutta in 1803. The Calcutta arrived in Port Phillip on 9th October 1803, after a voyage of 168 days.
He was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ship Ocean in 1816 and the Almorah in 1817. The Almorah departed the Downs 26 April 1817 and arrived in Port Jackson on 29 August 1817.
On 7 April 1819 in England he gave evidence before the Select Committee as to conditions of prisoners on convict ships.
He was Surgeon on the Lord Wellington arriving in Sydney on 19th January 1820. After arriving in Sydney in the Lord Wellington, he travelled on to Hobart on the Castle Forbes (50) where he took up the appointment of Naval Officer succeeding John Drummond in the role. (114)

On Tuesday sailed for Hobart Town, with 180 male prisoners, the ship Castle Forbes, Capt. Reid. Passengers, Edward Bromley, Esq. Naval Officer at Hobart Town ; Dr. Priest, Assistant Surgeon ; and Mr Roberts, a free settler.
Ref: Trove, The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser Saturday 19 February 1820

Government House, Sydney, Saturday, 22d January, 1820.
HIS Royal Highness the Prince Regent, in the Name on the Behalf of His Majesty, has been graciously pleased to appoint Edward Ford Bromley, Esquire, now arrived in this Colony per Ship Lord Wellington, to be Naval Officer at Hobart Town, in Van Diemen's Land, in the Room of Mr. John Drummond, with a Salary of Five per Cent, on the Duties to be by him collected at that Station, commencing' from the Date of his taking upon himself the Duties
of his Office there.
Mr. Bromley is to hold himself in Readiness to proceed to assume his Duties, as Naval Officer at Hobart Town, on the River Derwent, by the first convenient Opportunity.
By His Excellency the Governor's Command,
J. T. Campbell, Secretary
Ref: Trove, The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842) Saturday 29 January 1820

TWO moft defirable FARMS, fituate at New Town, 3 Miles fiom Hobart Town with many local Advantages, and would form a delightful Refidence for any Gentleman wifhing to live in the Country.
First . . . . .
Second: A Farm of 100 Acres, granted to William Nicholls, and adjoining the above, bounded on the East by Hayes's Farm, on the North-west by nearly three-quarters of a mile along the before-mentioned Rivulet, and on the South by Farms now in the Occupstion of Colonel Davey and Edward Foord Bromley, Esq. May be viewed any Day previous to the Sale, on Application to the Auctioneer ; and immediate Possession obtained.
Ref: Trove The Hobart Town Gazette and Southern Reporter (Tas.1816 - 1821) Saturday 4 November 1820

SHIP NEWS . . . . .
Same day arrived from England also, the ship Minstrel, Captain Barns, with merchandize and passengers, namely, Miss Bromley and Miss Eliza Foord Bromley, daughters of Edward Foord Bromley, Esq. Naval Officer at this Settlement.
Ref: Trove, Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen's Land Advertiser (Tas.1821 - 1825) Saturday 22 December 1821

held in Hobart Town, on the 1st of January, 1822;
EDWARD FOORD BROMLEY, Esq. in the Chair;
Resolved - That an Agricultural Society be formed. . . . .
Ref: Trove, Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen's Land Advertiser (Tas.1821 - 1825) Saturday 5 January 1822

DELIGHTFUL Genteel Residence.-To be SOLD by Private Contract, those eligible and valuable Premises, the present Residence of Edward Foord Bromley, Esq. Naval Officer, situate in Davey-street. These desirable Premises command a most delightful view of the Harbour and Shipping, and are built of the very best materials. The House, which is nearly new, and in thorough repair, is built of brick, stuccoed in front in imitation of stone, and contains; two front parlours 10 by 14 feet each, a bed-room, store room,counting house, and a good kitchen. There are also several convenient Outhouses, and a most capital 4 stall Stable, attached to the Premises. They will be sold very cheap for ready money. To be viewd upon application to Mr, John Petchey, the Proprietor, at the Sign of the Barley Mow, Davey-street.
Ref: Trove Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen's Land Advertiser (Tas.1821 - 1825) Saturday 23 November 1822

BY His Excellency Sir Thomas Brisbane, K. C. B.
Captain General, Governor and Commander in Chief in and over
His Majesty's Territory of New South Wales and its Dependencies &c. &c. &c.
Edward Foord Bromley, Esquire; James Scott, Esquire;
Affleck Moodie, Esquire;
Donald Mac Leod, Esquire; Thomas Anstey, Esquire;
WHEREAS, by Letters Paient of His Present ..............
Ref: Trove, The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser Thursday 18 March 1824
Appointment as a Justice of the Peace.

Government & General Orders.
Government House, Hobart Town,
October 11th, 1824.
THE Lieutenant Governor is under the painful Necessity of suspending Edward Foord Bromley, Esq. from the Offices of Treasurer of the Police Fund and Naval Officer, until the Pleasure of His Excellency the Governor in Chief is known.
William Henry Hamilton, Esq. is pro tempore appointed to take Charge of both those Departments, and will receive over the Public Money, with all Books, Documents, and Papers of every Description, giving Receipts for the same, and transmitting Duplicates for the Information of His Honor the LIEUTENANT Governor.
By Command of His Honor
The Lieutenant Governor,
John Montagu, Secretary.
Ref: Trove Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen's Land Advertiser (Tas.1821 - 1825) Friday 15 October 1824

On Saturday last, pursuant to a special mandate, a Commission of Information was instituted before G. W. Gunning, J. P. and T. Young, Esq, the Commissioners, and the following Jurors : Mr. J. C. Underwood Mr. Andrew Bent Mr. E. H. Thomas Mr. Bayles Mr. R. L. Murray Mr.F. Schultze Mr. James Ogilvie Mr. R. Barker Mr. Gorge Lowe Mr. C. Connolly Mr. S Whittaker Mr. C Thompson for the purpose of enquiring what sum or sums of money, if any, was or were due to the Crown from Edward Foord Bromley, Esq. J. P. late Naval Officer at Hobart Town, and Treasurer of the Colonial Revenue; when, after a very long, interesting, and important trial, the following verdict was recorded: "We find that Doctor Bromley owes to the Crown the sum of 8,269 0s. 8d. currency; but we find him to have been extensively robbed, to what extent is not known; and we therefore beg to recommend him to the most favorable consideration of the Government."
Ref: Trove, The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842) Thursday 2 December 1824

We submit to our Readers the following extraordinary confession, on oath, relative to the defalcations in the colonial treasury chest of Van Diemen's Land. Though the affidavit is not calculated to throw great light on the subject, it is still an act of justice to the late Naval Officer to put the public in possession of any thing that may tend to elucidate a business that is involved in mystery.
Buckingham, to wit:
This day came before me, John Lewes Pedder, Esq. Chief Justice for the territory of Van Diemen's Land, Bartholomew Broughton, clerk to the Naval Officer, and deposeth and saith, ''I have omitted to carry to the public credit various sums of money received by me for duties on the ships Triton, William Shand, Heroine, Adrian, Brixton, William Penn, and Regalia; also on two hundred gallons of colonial whiskey, and nine hundred and fifty two pounds of tobacco. And I do further depose and swear that Edward Foord Bromley, Naval Officer during the period of the receipt of such duties, never knew they were not carried to the public credit, but supposed the accounts I placed before him for signature were correct. And this deponent further maketh oath and saith, that during the period he has been clerk to the Naval Officer, upwards of three years, the aforesaid E. F. Bromley, Naval Officer, never did in any way order, desire, counsel or abet this deponent to alter, cancel, annul, abridge, or keep back any sum or sums of money belonging to the public, but on the contrary expressed a most anxious wish that the accounts should be always kept in the most distinct, clear, and regular manner. And deponent doth further swear, that he does not believe, either directly, or indirectly, that the before named E. F. Bromley, Naval Officer, did ever receive, detain or appropriate one penny of the public money to his own private use or advantage.
(Signed) B. BROUGHTON. Hobart Town, Sworn before me this twelfth day of October, one thousand eight hundred and twenty four.
Ref: Trove, The Australian Sydney, NSW Thursday 16 December 1824

Tasmanian Almanac 1829
Surgeon Superintendent of Convicts Dr. Edward Foord Bromley, R.N.
Ref: Trove, The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.1860 - 1954) Thursday 23 February 1871

From Launceston, same day, whence she sailed the 3d instant, the brig William, Captain Griffitihs, with merchandize. Passengers, Mr. De Villiers Mrs. Griffiths and family Miss Barnett, Mr. Lewis Samuels, Mr. Edward Bromley, Thomas Collins wife, and three children, and Bridget Hanlan.
Ref: Trove The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842) Tuesday 9 February 1836

A naval surgeon, whose gig defeated Capt. Watson's boat in a race on March 12, 1824, from Hobart Town to Kangaroo Point for a dinner. Dr. Bromley held the positions of Colonial Treasurer and naval officer, in Van Diemen's Land, and was also president of the Agricultural Society and the Van Diemen's Land Bank, and other institutions.
Ref: Trove, The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Saturday 19 February 1938

Link With Aquatic Event Of 1824
Dr. E. F. Bromley, R.N.
The great-grandchildren of the late Dr. Edward Foord Bromley, Mr. A. Hawthorn, of Augusta Rd., and Mrs. E. C. Walshe, of Moonah form a link with the early aquatic contests held in Tasmania. Dr. Bromley took part in a gig race on March 12, 1824, from Hobart Town to Kangaroo Point. The prize was a dinner, and Dr. Bromley's crew won.
Previous to settling in Tasmania Dr. Bromley was a surgeon in the Royal Navy, and in various convict ships. He was later appointed to a civil position in New South Wales, and in 1819 was appointed first naval officer at Hobart Town. He became Colonial Treasurer, and held the positions of president of the Van Dlemen's Land Bank and the Agricultural Society. His country residence was Montfort, on the River Clyde, at Hamilton. The property was named after Lord Montfort, Baron of Horseheath, from whom he was descended. The family traced its descent from Sir Walter Bromleghe, of Bromleghe, County Stafford. Sir Walter Bromleghe lived in the reign of King John, and Sir Thomas Bromley, an- other ancestor, was Lord High Chancellor of England in 1579. A large area of ground was originally granted Dr. Bromley at New Town, including the site of St John's Park.
Ref: Trove, The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Tuesday 22 February 1938

Bromley, Edward Foord (1777 1836)
by P. R. Eldershaw
Edward Foord Bromley, naval surgeon and civil servant, served as a surgeon in nine warships between 1794 and 1805. Later he transferred to convict ships and first arrived in Australia as a surgeon in the Calcutta. He made another visit in March 1816; in December 1817 he brought 180 convicts to Sydney in the Almorah. On these latter visits he sought a colonial appointment, and on Lachlan Macquarie's recommendation Earl Bathurst nominated him for the situation of surgeon at Port Dalrymple; but this did not become vacant and in November 1818 the secretary of state appointed him Naval Officer at Hobart Town, with a salary of 5 per cent of the duties collected, and to make up for his disappointment hoped "that his situation as Naval Officer should be rendered as comfortable as circumstances will permit of", with a residence and a large town allotment. He left England in May 1819 as surgeon in the convict ship Lord Wellington and arrived in Sydney next January. He went on to Hobart in February and took up office in March, being also treasurer of the Police Fund at a salary of 60.

Deciding 'to brave the opinion of the world' to do 'an act of common justice to a careful deserving young woman', Bromley took his housekeeper, Sarah Greenow, as his second wife on 23 November 1820. He also became a magistrate and a foundation shareholder in the bank of Van Diemen's Land; but he is remembered chiefly for a spectacular misappropriation of colonial funds, discovered in 1824. Though Lieutenant-Governor William Sorell entirely approved his administration and many friends supported him after his suspension, the evidence at the inquiry revealed a well-nigh incredible laxness and inefficiency. The degree of his personal guilt was never established and it seems likely that his convict clerk, Bartholomew Broughton, participated in the embezzlement; but when (Sir) George Arthur suspended Bromley the deficiency in the Naval Office and Treasury amounted to 5822. Later discoveries brought it to 8388. In the Supreme Court trial of the case brought against him by the Crown, in April 1825, the verdict was for 7096. Arthur queried the difference: it arose from a mistake Bromley had made against himself!

Several times in the next three years Bromley sought leave to return to England to plead his case and to find money for a growing family, but while there was a chance of further recovery from his estate Arthur refused permission; by March 1826, after almost everything he possessed had been seized and sold, he still owed 4200.

In 1829 Bromley did return to England on a bond, leaving his wife and three small children at Montford, one of his former properties at Hamilton. Sarah kept up a stream of pleas to Arthur's government for relief. Arthur, though sorely tried, refused to give in to her lamentations, even when she applied to have her children taken into the Orphan School. In 1831 all her assigned servants were removed because of the irregularity of her household. Meanwhile Bromley had again found employment in the navy; in 1829 he was appointed to the Donegal, fitted as a guard ship at Sheerness. In 1833 and 1834 he made two more voyages as surgeon-superintendent in convict transports. From the second voyage he went on to Tasmania in 1835 but soon returned to England where he was admitted to the Marine Infirmary, Woolwich, suffering from epilepsy. He died on 29 June 1836.

He had been paying off his debt to the Crown in annual instalments of 100, but in 1834 he still owed 3504. Two years later the British government, obviously moved by some influence on Bromley's behalf, inquired whether certain colonial property had not appreciated so much that, if it were now put up for sale, it would easily pay the debt. Arthur's auditor ironically calculated that, allowing for an improvement in the value of the land of 6776 and not counting 6000 worth of normal interest, the debt could be said to be liquidated. As a result, in February 1837 the lords of the Treasury felt 'justified in directing that Dr Bromley may be relieved from any further demand'. Nevertheless he left a pathetic legatee, his daughter, for whom a friend in 1841 sought admission into the New Norfolk Asylum: she was a destitute epileptic who had become too great a burden on her friends.

Eldershaw, P. R., 'Bromley, Edward Foord (1777 1836)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 2 November 2012.
Ref: This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 1, (MUP), 1966
camurray101 added this on 2 Nov 2012 Ancestry 2013

bullet  Research Notes:

The full and authoritive record on Edward Foord Bromley can be found on the Greennow Family Tree, Ancestry.

Picture Courtesy of TAHO, 21 March 2011 ( Ref: NS1697-55) See email from Tony Marshall, 2TAHO, 1 March 2011

Death date ref:

Refer also Ancestry


Edward married Eleanor HEARN [18013] [MRIN: 6483], daughter of Capt Thomas HEARN Jnr [6258] and Eleanor CROW [18012], on 23 Dec 1797 in St Nicholas Harwich ESS. (Eleanor HEARN [18013] was born on 10 Aug 1778, christened on 1 Apr 1779 in St Nicholas Harwich ESS and was buried on 1 Dec 1816 in St Nicholas Harwich ESS.)


Edward next married Susanna [18086] [MRIN: 6513] in 1803.


Edward next married Sarah GREENNOW [18073] [MRIN: 6507] on 23 Nov 1820 in St David Cathedral Hobart Tasmania. (Sarah GREENNOW [18073] was born on 4 May 1797 in MDX LND, christened on 28 May 1797 in St Mary Stratford Bow LND and died on 17 Jul 1843 in Hamilton Tasmania.)

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