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Item:107739
Surname:Beacher (Beecher)
First Name:Jane and Richard
Ship:-
Date:1854 22 March
Place:Newcastle
Source:Register Book of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. Burials p27
Details:Jane wife of Richard Beacher. Died aged 51. Burial date
Item:56215
Surname:Beacher (Beecher)
First Name:Richard
Ship:-
Date:1850
Place:Newcastle
Source:Returns of the Colony - Colonial Secretary (Blue Books)
Details:Pilot
Item:137738
Surname:Beacher (Beecher)
First Name:Richard
Ship:-
Date:1838 3 November
Place:Newcastle
Source:Newcastle Bench Books. AO NSW Reel 2722
Details:Charged with a breach of the Dog Act. Pleaded ignorance. Fined 10/-
Item:173861
Surname:Beacher (Beecher)
First Name:Richard
Ship:-
Date:November 1856
Place:Newcastle
Source:NMH
Details:Early in the month of November 1856 the barque Eleanor Lancaster, then a well known trader to the port, sailed hence coal laden and on Thursday November 7 was seen making back to the port. A terrific southerly gale was blowing at the time and as the barque approached the port, it was realised her position was one of great danger. There were neither tugs or life boat in those days nor did the southern breakwater extend beyond Nobbys while on the north side there was no breakwater of any kind. There was therefore noting that could be done to assist the incoming vessel and the watchers by the waterside could only wait and look on while the barque made a gallant attempt to reach safety. But the elements were against and at last she struck on the southern edge of the Oyster Bank. Once the vessel struck her fate was sealed. Immense seas broke over her and a few minutes afterwards the crew took to the rigging for safety. There had been heavy rains preceding the gale which caused a heavy fresh to run out of the harbour and this together with the gale caused a tremendous sea upon the bar. Various expedients were suggested to rescue the distressed men but by common consent it was admitted that no boat propelled by oars could make back against the fresh and gale even if the barque was reached. At length Pilot Beacher a seaman of the old school, made a start in the direction of rescuing the men. In those days there were three large buoys in the fairway one of them being outside the bar, to which the coasters frequently made fast on arrival while waiting for the flood tide to work themselves into port. One of these buoys was situated abreast where the old lightship used to be moored and to this buoy Captain Beacher made fast the pilot boat having first coiled in an immense quantity of rope. His idea was to slack away until the boat reach the barque, take the men out and then haul back again. But the best made plans are sometimes spoilt by interference of others. While these preparations were being made the captain of a large foreign barque came on the scene. He possessed a ships lifeboat which he had manned with the intention of pulling to the wreck and rendering assistance. As the latter boat came past the buoy where the pilot boat was moored making final preparations Beacher hailed the shipmaster with the lifeboat and said For Gods sake don t go out there you will never get back again. The captain thought otherwise and started away with his lifeboat but soon got into difficulties and realising how impossible it was for him to get to the wreck attempted to come back. A terrific struggle ensued in which the lifeboat battled among the seas until the crew were well nigh spent. It was then Pilot Beacher decided to go to the rescue of the lifeboat and put in operation the very plan which had been designed to save the crew of the barque. The pilot boat was slacked away from the buoy and in time reached the lifeboat when the two crafts were hauled back to the buoy. These exciting feats were not carried out without loss of time, and when the two boats got back to the buoy it was pitch dark. An attempt was then made to reach the shore, the lifeboat starting first but so strong was the rush of the outgoing fresh and so fierce the gale that no progress could be made and in the storm a return had to be made to the buoy where the bitterness of the breeze, rain and darkness the boats crews remained all night. It was 8 o clock next morning when they succeeded ni landing all thoroughly worn out with exposure. The crew of the pilot boat was a volunteer one and as far as can be ascertained their names were Messrs. H. Gilmour, J. May, Daniels, McPhail, and a man named Yankee Jack. Of these Mr. Hugh Gilmour is still living. He was formerly a member of the pilot service but on the arrival of Mr. Moriarty at Newcastle to make the first survey for improving the port was transferred to what afterwards became the harbours and Rivers Department in which he is employed as storekeeper at Carrington - Newcastle Morning Herald 22 Aril 1901
Item:175317
Surname:Beacher (Beecher)
First Name:Richard
Ship:-
Date:1 November 1855
Place:Newcastle
Source:SR NSW Archive Reel: 1583; Series: 12992; Description: Registers of Memorials for Land 1825-1842
Details:Purchased allotment 280 (32 perches) at Newcastle
Item:93746
Surname:Beacher (Beecher)
First Name:Richard and Jane
Ship:-
Date:1839 31 January
Place:Newcastle
Source:Register Book. Christchurch Cathedral Newcastle. p.1
Details:Sailor. Baptism of daughter Jane
Item:107448
Surname:Beacher (Beecher)
First Name:Richard and Jane
Ship:-
Date:1843 23 October
Place:Newcastle
Source:Register Book of Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle. Burials p12
Details:Rebecca, infant daughter of Richard and Jane Beacher died aged 11weeks and 3 days. Burial date
Item:149749
Surname:Beecher
First Name:Richard
Ship:-
Date:1856 26 January
Place:Newcastle
Source:MM
Details:On list of Electors of the Newcastle district appointed to the committe to secure the return of W.R. Piddington as Representative
Item:174878
Surname:Beecher
First Name:Richard
Ship:Burrell 1830
Date:28 January 1830
Place:-
Source:Local records By John Sykes, John Sykes (of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.)
Details:Between ten and eleven oclock at night a most destructive fire broke out in the extensive coach-manufactory of Mr. J. L. Angas, in Angas Court, Bigg Market, Newcastle, which entirely destroyed the same, with the greatest part of the contents even before the fire engines could arrive. The fire, which was first seen to issue from above Mr. Angas counting-house, was not got under till near four oclock on the following morning (Friday). The fire soon extended to the houses in the court on the side of St. John s Lane, and three of them to the bare walls were destroyed, and also several workshops in the Fighting Cocks yard on the opposite side of the court. The immense floor-cloth manufactory of Mr. Hardcastle, which towered above the houses on the west side of St. Johns Lane, also soon caught fire in the roof........ A conflagration so direful in its consequences, had, it was supposed, never before occurred in Newcastle. The lofty and beautiful steeple of St. Nicholas church being illuminated by the flames, had a most enchanting appearance. There was a subscription for the poor sufferers by this fire. As there had been such dreadful plundering during this calamity, the houses of various suspicious characters were afterwards searched, and several of the purloined goods were found. At the Spring Assizes, in March, Elizabeth Smith, aged 29 years, Jane Craggs, and Richard Beecher, aged 21 years, were each sentenced to be transported for 14 years, for stealing bedding, clothes, &c., at this fire.
Item:114846
Surname:Beecher
First Name:Richard and John
Ship:-
Date:1850 13 February
Place:Sydney
Source:MM
Details:Passengers on the vessel 'Harmony' for San Francisco
Item:114845
Surname:Beecher (Beacher)
First Name:Richard
Ship:-
Date:1831 26 July
Place:Port Stephens
Source:In the Service of the Company: letters of Sir Edward Parry, Commissioner to the Australian Agricultural company: volume 1, December 1829 - June 1832 Letter 461
Details:Correspondence from Sir Edward Parry to William Ogilvie informing him that as Richard Beecher was an extremely valuable man on account of his steady good conduct and qualifications as a seaman he would be unable to be re-assigned to Ogilvie until a replacement could be found
Item:14988
Surname:Beecher (Beacher)
First Name:Richard
Ship:Burrell 1830
Date:1832 27 September
Place:Merton
Source:SG
Details:Seaman. Assigned to William Ogilvie
Item:25816
Surname:Beecher (Beacher)
First Name:Richard
Ship:Burrell 1830
Date:1837
Place:Port Stephens
Source:GRC
Details:Assigned to Australian Agricultural Company
Item:113477
Surname:Beecher (Beacher)
First Name:Richard
Ship:Burrell 1830
Date:1837 11 March
Place:Port Stephens
Source:SG
Details:Granted Ticket of Leave
Item:114958
Surname:Beecher (Beacher)
First Name:Richard
Ship:Burrell 1830
Date:1832 12 July
Place:Port Stephens/ Merton
Source:In the Service of the Company. Letters of Sir Edward Parry, Volume 2 June 1832 - March 1834 Letter 666
Details:Assigned to the A.A. Company. Wife in service to Mrs. Ogilvie of Merton. William Ogilvie made application to A.A. Company to exchange John Davis (per 'John') for Beecher. Application forwarded to the Board For Assignment of Convicts

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