Joshia Richard TREEVE 
- Born: 17 Apr 1828, St Helier Jersey Channel Islands
- Baptised: 15 Jun 1828, St Saviour Jersey Channel Islands
- Marriage (1): Hannah PHILLIPS  on 20 Jun 1853 in Scot's Church, Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW
- Died: 22 May 1902, Sydney NSW Australia aged 74
- Buried: 23 May 1902, Rockwood Cemetery Lidcombe NSW
Cause of his death was carcinoma of the stomach and heart disease.
Another name for Joshia was Josias.
Joshia arrived in Australia aboard the" SS Bolton" on Sunday February 17 1850, he became a respected auctioneer and businessman with Raynes, Treeve & Co. of Sydney, and a substantial property owner.
Joshia was also the secretary of the Phoenix and Alliance Building Societies, in 1872 when short of money due to mining speculation he forged documents, releasing funds from these Societies, which he fraudulenty used for his own purposes. After the death of his partner Mr Raynes in early Sept 1875 Joshia let it be known that he had received advice that on the death of a relative he had become the new Lord Blayney. On the 15th of September he left Sydney for Guam on the schooner Fanny Wright but the vessel was involved in a collision in Sydney harbour and sank. Joshia had not properly cleared the Country at his departure.
Upon this news a number of bankers and financial institutions, alerted to Joshia's attempt at flight met and uncovered a trail of fraud and malfeasance dating back to 1868.
Joshia was found guilty on 27th Nov 1875 on charges of forgery and uttering and imprisoned with hard labour for 13 yrs.
Asked by the Judge if he had anything to say, Joshia, amongst other things, pointed out he had lost everything; "So much so that two of his children were now totally dependent upon the kindness of friends for their education and maintenance, and his poor wife, a confirmed invalid, was solely dépendent on his eldest son and some friends"
Trove Ref: The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) 28 Sept; 14 Oct; 12 Nov; 16 Nov; 23 Nov; 24 Nov 1875.
Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton, NSW : 1859 - 1889)
Saturday 27 November 1875 Page 3
Joshia is mentioned in the book 'Kings of Stings' The Greatest Swindles From Down Under by James Morton and Susanna Lobez. Published by Victory Books Australia.
BEFORE the CHIEF COMMISSIONER.
In the matter of Josiah Richard Treeve, sole remaining partner of Wright and Co., a third meeting. On the application of Mr. Sandeman, who said he was taking advice on various matters, an adjournment was granted
till the 3rd of November next.
Sydney Morning Herald 23 Sep 1876.
The Balmain Cemetery Company Sydney NSW
2 May 1868 Robert Stewart Undertaker and William Carss Gentleman purchased Lot 4, Section 3 (Vol 66 Folio 218) in Deposit Plan 36 as joint tenants. Thirteen days later on 15 May 1868 William Carss, Gentleman; Michael Metcalfe, Custom House Agent; William Patten, Freeholder; Robert Stewart, Undertaker; and Josiah Richard Treeve Auctioneer became joint tenants of Lot 4, Section 3 (Vol 106 Folio 102) in Deposit Plan 36. These five people formed Balmain Cemetery Company.
Joshia married Hannah PHILLIPS  [MRIN: 4493], daughter of Barnard Aaron PHILLIPS  and Clara SOLOMON , on 20 Jun 1853 in Scot's Church, Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW. (Hannah PHILLIPS  was born on 11 Jun 1825 in LND MDX, baptised on 22 Jun 1855 in St Lawrence Sydney, died on 22 May 1877 in 1 Derwent St Glebe Sydney NSW and was buried in Camperdown Newtown NSW.)