EARLY SETTLEMENT - William Cox, Road Builder P.18
William Cox, the road builder
WILLIAM COX, ROAD BUILDER
William Cox was born at Wimborne, Dorset, England in 1764 and educated at a local grammar school. He later moved to Devizes, Wiltshire, where he married Rebecca Upjohn of Bristol.
William Cox was commissioned as a lieutenant in the New South Wales Corps in 1797 and was appointed paymaster in 1798. In 1799, he sailed to New South Wales with his wife and four of his six small sons on the Minerva, being put in charge of a consignment of Irish convicts who took part in the rebellion of 1798.
They arrived in Sydney on January 11, 1800 and acquired Brush Farm at Dundas and other properties from John Macarthur, who he succeeded as paymaster.
However, Cox was suspended from office in 1803 with a deficiency of £7,900 in his regimental accounts. £2,000 was secured and his estates were sold to pay his creditors and Cox was ordered to return to England for trial to answer charges brought against him in 1807. The trial, however, never came about. In 1809 he resigned his commission and became a civilian.
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