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Memorial to Richard William Glode Douglas, Banana Cemetery, Queensland, Australia.
The brass plaque bears the following inscription: “Richard William Glode Douglas (1798-1862). The first Douglas of this line in Australia. This memorial was erected in 2005 by his descendants from around the world. Australia was good for him.”


Richard William Glode Douglas (1798-1862) England & Australia.

Richard William Glode Douglas was born in Godmanchester, Suffolk, in May, 1798. His father was James Douglas, famed antiquarian (archaeologist) and Chaplain to the Prince of Wales's Regiment. The family was not wealthy, despite the Royal and genteel circles in which they moved. His mother was Margaret Oldershaw. In fact money problems were a feature of the family life, and James was obliged to borrow and beg money from his more wealthy relatives and friends. 

However, matters got worse, and Richard was arrested for debt 2 Dec 1828 and taken to the lock-up in Chancery Lane. Although there is no evidence that he was transported, he eventually reached Australia.


Richard married Julia Elizabeth Nugent Bree (nee Norton), daughter of Dr. (Rev) Robert Francis Bree and Charlotte Richards, on 22 Dec 1829 in Chichester, England She was born before 1810 in United Kingdom and died on 18 Nov 1879 in Sydney Infirmary, New South Wales.


Richard and two of his sons, Charles and Arthur, appeared in London’s Old Bailey on charges of fraud and deception on 7 April 1851 charged with “Unlawfully conspiring to obtain brushes and other goods of Matthew Gooch, with intent to defraud him of the same”. Found guilty, they were sentenced to Imprisonment.


In November 1860 Richard was appointed clerk of the Court of Petty Sessions, Taroom, and in December, the town’s Registrar of Births, Marriages, and Deaths.


 In 1862 Richard William Glode Douglas was appointed Banana’s first Clerk of the Court of Petty Sessions, however, he died less then two months later.

For full details of his background, including a bigamous marriage, we recommend researcher Beryl Turner's website:  (Broken link: can you help?)




Mary Johnson

  1. Unknown Douglas
  2. Richard James Alexander Douglas, 1818 -
  3. Alexander Bloomfield Douglas, 1819 -
  4. Captain William Bloomfield Douglas
  5. John Douglas, 1826 - 
  6. Richard Douglas, 1826 -
  7. Jaspar Douglas, 1827 -

Marriage: (2):

Julia Elizabeth Nugent Bree (Norton), 
  1. Unknown Douglas
  2. Unknown Douglas
  3. Richard William Douglas
  4. Charles Donald Douglas
  5. Arthur Edward Douglas
  6. Ellen Douglas
  7. Rosa Douglas
  8. Emily Douglas
  9. Ada Victoria Paget Douglas
  10. Morton Alfred Douglas








•  Richard had banns to Mary Johnson at St Marylebone on 29 May & 5 & 12 June 1814. PR states marriage was 9 May 1815. He & Mary then marry again on 13 Mar 1817 in Churchill Somerset. A son Richard James Alexander was born 17 Dec 1818 & bpt at St Swithin Walcot, Somerset, 16 Aug 1820. Mary remarried in 1843 calling herself a widow




Sources for this article include:
  • 'Love is a little black diary'
  • ; Judith Salecich


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