LUTTRELLS IN AUSTRALIA
DR. EDWARD LUTTRELL
From "A History of Dunster" by Sir H. C. Maxwell Lyte, 1909.
Edward Luttrell, the second son of Major Southcote Hungerford Luttrell, was born in England in 1757. Elizabeth Hungerford, relict of George Hungerford of Studley House, near Calne, was his godmother. He was practising as a surgeon at Tonbridge in 1792 when he wrote a short account of a treatment of gangrene with alkalis and acids. An official despatch of the 30th of November 1803 describes him as a surgeon of considerable reputation in Kent, who was about to proceed to New South Wales on board the 'Experiment', with a view to settling there. A colonial return made two years later shows that he then had a wife and seven children. From January 1807 to September 1808, he was acting as surgeon on H. M. S. 'Porpoise", a store-ship stationed off the coast of New South Wales. Having then leave from the Captain to go inland to visit his family at Paramatta, he fell ill and was unable to return when summoned. Commodore Bligh, however, his irascible superior, refused to believe his story, and said that he must come on board dead or alive. Eventurally an 'R' was put against his name in the ship's book, to indicate that he had "run", and this stigma was not removed until after a consideration of the case by the Board of Admiralty more than ten years later. From New South Wales Dr. Edward Luttrell removed to Van Dieman's Land, where he became Surgeon General. Dying on the 10th of June 1824, he was buried at Hobart. Martha his relict, daughter of the Rev. _____ Walters, was buried beside him in May 1832.
The Luttrell family in the Australian colonies has so increased and spread that it has not been found practicable to give details here of the births, marriages and deaths of its different scions. Of Dr. Edward Luttrell's six sons, four indeed died without issue. Hungerford, the eldest, a surgeon, died of fever off the coast of Africa. Edward, the second, was lost at sea in the Indian Ocean on board the "Governor Macquarie", in 1811. Robert the third, was killed by natives at Paramatta in New South Wales, in 1812. Oscar, the fifth, was killed by natives near Melbourne in 1838.
Alfred Luttrell, fourth son of Dr. Edward Luttrell, died at Hobart in February 1865. He had issue seven sons: Edward, John, Alfred, Robert, Frederick, William and Edwin, and five daughters.
Edgar Luttrell, sixth son of Dr. Edward Luttrell, died at Hobart in May 1865. He had issue seven sons, Edward Hungerford, Edgar, Wilmot Southcote Hungerford, George Walter, Edmund B. S., Tasman, and Alfred, and four daughters.