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Private Gabriel Louis Marie Huon de Kerilleau (.1769 .....1828 .)

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Born :17 April 1769 
Where Born : St-Pol-de-Léon, Brittany
Occupation : Soldier
Date Arrived : 25 October 1794
Ship Arrived on : "Surprise "
Port Arrived : Sydney
Rank attained : Private
Date of Enlistment :  
Where Enlisted :  London
Date of Discharge :
Where Discharged :
Died : Last Seen   December 1828
Where Died / Buried : Body never recovered from Australian Bush
Parents :
1st Spouse Spouse's Name :  Louisa Le Sage
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Where Born :
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Date Married :  7 February 1800;
Where Married: Parramatta, 
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Spouse's Parents :
HUON, Gabriel L EM 468555 Marriage
Spouse: LE SAGE, Louisa
Index Year: 1800
Reg Year: 1800 Reg State: New South Wales
Ref Number: V1800467 3A Parish: Parramatta, St John's, Church of England


Some of this information was kindly supplied by   Alison Kissling
Children :
Elizabeth  who, whilst very young was married  At Parramatta on 16 March 1812 to her neighbour, William Mitchell.
 Paul (d.1849), was an early settler in the Campbelltown and Airds districts, and with his brother Charles was among the pioneers of the Wodonga district. his daughter Elizabeth married William Mitchell (1786-1837), a retired officer of the Kent Militia who came to the colony in 1811; they lived on a property near Bungonia called Brisbane Meadow, where both Mitchell and de Kerilleau's widow were buried.
HUON, Elizabeth EM 468552 Marriage
Spouse: MITCHELL, Wm
Index Year: 1812
Reg Year: 1812 Reg State: New South Wales
Ref Number: V1812529 147A Parish: Parramatta, St John's, Church of England  (1)
HUON, Elizabeth EM 468553 Marriage
Spouse: MITCHELL, William
Index Year: 1812
Reg Year: 1812 Reg State: New South Wales
Ref Number: V18121330 3A Parish: Parramatta, St John's, Church of England  (1)
History & Achievements :
The following is a newspaper article,  came across by accident (Sydney Morning Herald  Saturday 18 December 1915). 
Print Publication Details: Edward Duyker, 'Huon De Kermadec, Jean-Michel (1748 - 1793)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Supplementary Volume, Melbourne University Press  2005, pp 192-193. 
The French Revolution of 1789, the rising of the people against the tyranny of Royalty; had broken out, to be the cause of a still greater tyranny. The Bastille had been stormed and destroyed, and many of the loyal adherents of the crown fled from France to seek a refuge in England. Among the refugees was Gabrielle Marie Louis Huon de Kerilleau, a
member of a family of the old French nobility. From another branch of this Family came Captain Huon de Kerilleu second in command of the expedition sent out by the National Assembly of France, under Rear-Admiral Bruni de Entrecasteaux, which in its search for the unfortunate La Perouse, anchored in Storm Bay, Tasmania April 21, 1782 When Louis Huon arrived in England , he heard of the new land In the southern ocean that the British Government was colonising it was the place his countrymen in the ship Boussole aud Astrolabe had called at, and then sailed away into seas from which they never returned. He was fired with a desire to visit that far-off country, and learning that a second fleet was being fittèd out to convey another consignment to add to the population of the new settlement, he made up his mind to accompany it .  The detachment of marines which had accompanied Governor Phillip to New South Wales was to be withdrawn, and was to be replaced by a corps of infantry raised for that particular service. Into that corps he enlisted, and, under the name of M. Louis he became a private in Captain Nicholas Nepean's company of the New South Wales Corps, of which John Macarthur, was lieutenant This company embarked on the ship Neptune, but through a variety of unfortunate circumstances, it was January 17 be-fore they finally got clear of the English   Channel, and after a voyage of five and a half months arrived in Sydney on 25 October 1794 M Louis no doubt performed the duties of ....... to the satisfaction of his officers and as a gentleman, he would have assigned to him some office he would be qualified to fill. Macarthur befriended him, and Burke's Colonial Gentry is responsible for the statement "James Macarthur, of Camden Park.New South Wales, born at Parramatta 1798 educated by a French refugee Huon de  Kerilleau until 1809."
           By some it is said, that he had a school at Parramatta. It is probable, therefore, that he had as pupils Edward Macarthur, afterwards Lieutenant General Sir Edward Macarthur, who left Parramatta at the age of 18 to enter the army; John Macarthur, Jun., an English barrister, who died in 1831; James Macarthur whose only daughter was the mother of the Macarthur-Onslows; and Sir William Macarthur, M.L.C., the four sons of John Macarthur, who, after he left the army, established the wool industry of Australia. Governor Bligh, writing to Mr. W. Windham Secretary of State for the Colonies, under date October 13, 1807, says:-"On the discharge of M. Huon de Kerrillac from the New South Wales Corps, I gave directions for his  receiving one hundred acres of land and the usual advantages." Now, why should the Governor of the colony, in a despatch to a Secretary of State, specially mention a private soldier by name, and in doing so put the abbreviation for Monsieur before his name? Nor does he call him M. Louis, the name he enlisted under, but his own family name, and the branch of that old aristocratic family he belonged to-Huon de Kerilleau. He married while at Parramatta, the Rev-Samuel Marsden tying the nuptial knot, his wife being Louisa Le Sage. Tho name suggests she was a Frenchwoman; beyond that, as the first newspaper was not born, nothing has been handed down to us. It can be assumed that she who was the mother of his family (and at this time their descendants occupy honourable positions all over the Commonwealth), was his equal in point of education and intellect, and worthy to be the wife of a Huon, and the ancestress of her descendants. On the map of the Parish of Narellan, in the County of Cumberland, among the original grants is one in the name of "C.L.M. H. de Kerrillian." This should have been written "G. M. S. Huon de Kerilleau,'and it is not so long ago  that the attention   of the Lands Department was called to this by one o the family. The adjoining grant stands in the name of William Mitchell. This gentleman  belong- ing to an old Kentish family, who held a captain's commission in the. County militia came to New South Wales in the early years of the last century. The fates ordained that the grant of land the Government was pleased in those days to bestow on settlers of his class should be next to Huon's. Louis Huon had three sons and one daughter, who, whilst very young was married to her neighbour, William Mitchell. In Governor Brisbane's time Huon and Mitchell moved into new country in the County of Argyle, near Bungonia, Huon's property being named Corrundaroo, and Mitchell's Brisbane Meadow. They had not been long settled here when a tragic incident occurred. It is whilst on a trip to Sydney in 1829, and was making the Journey on foot, taking the road down through the Shoalhaven gullies to the coast. Those who know the country In the neighbourhood of Bungonia and the Jerrara Creek will understand the dificultles that would beset an experienced bushman to-day,what must have been the case eighty-six years ago, when Mr. W. P. Faithfuls  stockmen saw Huon making his way down a track into those torturous passages, some at a depth of a thousand feet, which intersect in all directions that mountainous country, from the high parts of which magnificent views the Shoalhaven valley and river are to be had. On that morning Gabrielle Marie Louis Huon de Keril-leau passed down Into this valley, which to him was the Valley of the Shadow of Death* for from that time henceforth and forever he was neither seen nor heard of. When It was found he was missing the country turned out with his son-in-law, Captain Mitchell, and made a thorough search for him. The only traces found were his gold spectacles, broken and on a trees the words, "Going east"  No stone marks the spot where lie the bones   of Royalist, Refugee. Pioneer Australian, and, head of an honoured family. But on Brisbane Meadow, now the property and in occupation of Mr. John Ryan, is a headstone erected to the memory of its original owner, and which bears this Inscription. 
Sacred to the Memory
Who was Born 1st May,  1788
and  MITCHELL Marie
And Died 17th Sept., 1837.

                              The first the son-in-law, the last his -wife. It is hardly, perhaps necessary here, to trace the family history, as the Mitchells are known through the length and breadth of the land, but a brief sketch may perhaps help to clear some doubts which exist. Among the early settlers in the Murray River'coun- try, where Hume crossed on his Journey south, were thesons of Louis Huon - Paul, Charles, and Aimee. Charles Huon purchased from Mr. C. H. Ebden the Mungabareena station, and on tho death of Captain William Mitchell he gave it to his sister. Elizabeth Mitchell, the widow of Captain Mitchell, and Louis Huon's only daughter. Captain Mitchell left a large family, whose advent into this district dates from this time. The town of Albury stands on part of the Mungabareena run. Of tho sons of Captain Mitchell, the best known to the public was the late James Mitchell, of Table Top station, near Albury, one of the pioneer squatters of Riverina, who died  so recently as April 2, 1914, aged 79 years. Another son,' John Francis Huon Mitchell Is the owner and occupier of Ravenshoe, Ravenswood, Victoria, now  The Huons took up country where Wodonga is now, and Huon's Hill marks the site about two or three miles from that town. Both Huons and Mitchells are now too numerous to particularise

HUON DE KERILLEAU (KERILLAC), GABRIEL LOUIS MARIE (1769-1828), soldier, tutor and pioneer, was born on 17 April 1769 at St-Pol-de-Léon, Brittany. He fled from France during the revolution, joined the New South Wales Corps in London and arrived in Sydney 'in the reduced circumstances of a private Soldier' in the Surprize in October 1794. A contemporary and persistent rumour that he was a member of the Bourbon family seems to be without foundation, although he claimed to be a French nobleman, 'having served as Such three years under the King of France'. He also claimed, in a memorial to Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1810, that his discharge from the army in 1807 had been ordered by the Duke of York 'at the instance of [his] Eminent Relation the Bishop of St Paul De Leon and the Most Noble the Marquis of Buckingham'. After his discharge he was tutor to John Macarthue's sons, James   and William   in 1807-09. 'A Catholic Gentleman and Scholar' he was held in high esteem by most of the early governors and regularly visited Government House. He received several small farms and other indulgences from both Governor  William Bligh and Lieutenant-GovernorWilliam Paterson  and in January 1810 Macquarie granted him 400 acres (162 ha) at Narellan which he called Buckingham. In 1823 Huon de Kerilleau with his eldest son and his son-in-law, William Mitchell, received a ticket-of-occupation for an area of 3000 acres (1214 ha) near Bungonia; in 1825 he was allowed to buy 1000 at 5s. an acre at near-by Corrundaroo. One Sunday in mid-December 1828 he started out on a walk from his property, book in hand as was his custom, evidently to visit his son's property at Campbelltown. He was later seen and spoken to, and twice put on the right road, but apparently became lost in gullies of the Shoalhaven River: he was never seen again.
He had married Louise Le Sage at St John's, Parramatta, on 7 February 1801; they had at least four children. The eldest son, Paul (d.1849), was an early settler in the Campbelltown and Airds districts, and with his brother Charles was among the pioneers of the Wodonga district. At Parramatta on 16 March 1812 his daughter Elizabeth married William Mitchell (1786-1837), a retired officer of the Kent Militia who came to the colony in 1811; they lived on a property near Bungonia called Brisbane Meadow, where both Mitchell and de Kerilleau's widow were buried.


References Print Publication Details:
 Edward Duyker, 'Huon De Kermadec, Jean-Michel (1748 - 1793)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Supplementary Volume,Melbourne Universtiy Press  Melbourne University Press, 2005, pp 192-193. Select Bibliography ibAustralian, 6 Feb 1829; Sydney Morning Herald, 31 Jan 1935; Colonial Secretary's in-letters, 2/1821, 1810 (State Lrary of New South Wales).
 (1) Vital Records of Austrailia 1788 - 1905. LDS. Disk #2
Family Members, Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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