Henry William Haygarth

Henry William Haygarth (1821–1903) was an English cleric who as a young man lived for eight years in the Australian bush, writing a journal based on his experiences.

Early life

He was the son of William Haygarth the poet and his wife Frances Parry; Arthur Haygarth the cricketer was his younger brother.[1] He was educated at Eton College.[2]

Haygarth travelled out from England in a family party led by a Parry cousin, David Parry-Okeden, sailing on the Eden, for New South Wales,[3][4] His time in Australia was spent as a squatter,[5] and he settled at a station 230 miles south-west of Sydney, then called Buckley's Crossing (now Dalgety).[6][7] (Parry-Okeden and Hannibal Dutton of the party having gone ahead to the Snowy River-Gippsland area first, Haygarth may have initially spent time further north.)[8]

Later life

Haygarth then matriculated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford in 1847, at age 26. He graduated B.A. there in 1851, and M.A. at Exeter College in 1854. He was ordained in 1853, and was a curate two years at Chigwell, followed by four years at Chingford. He became vicar of Wimbledon, Surrey in 1859, and was made an honorary canon of Rochester Cathedral in 1878. He was also Rural Dean of Barnes from 1871 to 1892.[9][10][11]


Haygarth's Recollections of Bush Life in Australia was first published in 1848, and later reprinted.[12][13] The book was part of the Home and Colonial Library. It has been seen as having an environmental dimension, relating to the settlement by whites of the Monaro region, and a political one, sympathetic to the Ngarigo people rather than the local administrator John Lambie.[14]


On 12 March 1855 Haygarth married Emma Powell, daughter of John Harcourt Powell.[15] They had a son Henry Evelyn (1860–1881).[16]


  1. Christopher Charles Booth (1 January 2005). John Haygarth, FRS (1740-1827): A Physician of the Enlightenment. American Philosophical Society. pp. 144–5. ISBN 978-0-87169-254-2.
  2. Eton College; Henry Edward Chetwynd-Stapylton (1864). The Eton School Lists, from 1791 to 1850: Every Third Year After 1793, with Notes. E.P. Williams. p. 163.
  3. Paul De Serville (1980). Port Phillip gentlemen and Good Society in Melbourne before the Gold Rushes. Oxford University Press. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-19-554212-7.
  4. "monaropioneers.com, David Parry-Okeden". Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  5. William Keith Hancock (1976). Professing history. Sydney University Press. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-424-00024-4.
  6. Kay Walsh; Joy W. Hooton (1 January 1993). Australian Autobiographical Narratives: To 1850. National Library Australia. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-642-10599-8.
  7. "AustLit, Henry Haygarth". Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  8. Paul De Serville (1980). Port Phillip Gentlemen and Good Society in Melbourne before the Gold Rushes. Oxford University Press. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-19-554212-7.
  9. Foster, Joseph. "Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886; Their Parentage, Birthplace and Year of Birth, With a Record of Their Degrees. Being the Matriculation Register of the University". p. 258. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  10. "Rochester Diocesan Directory". Internet Archive. Wells Gardner, Darton. 1880. p. 11. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  11. "Local and District Notes". Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser. 3 January 1903. p. 4. Retrieved 28 April 2015 via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. Henry William Haygarth (1848). Recollections of bush life in Australia, during a residence of eight years in the interior. J. Murray.
  13. John Alexander Ferguson (1 January 1977). Bibliography of Australia, Volume VI: 1851-1900, H-P. National Library Australia. p. 57. ISBN 978-0-642-99049-5.
  14. [file:///home/chronos/uaa4e05e32730246a90bb4a94b0e9b57e475b436c/Downloads/02Whole_Hansen.pdf Christine Frances Hansen, Telling Absence: Aboriginal Social History and the National Museum of Australia (2009), (PDF)], at p. 30
  15. The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History and Politics of the Year ... J.G. & F. Rivington. 1856. p. 224.
  16. "Haygarth, Henry Evelyn (HGRT878HE)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
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