John Carlisle (c1818 - c1893 ). [Source: Jan Tirchett]

John Carlisle

(circa 1818 - circa 1893)

Personal details


     John was born circa 16 May 1818.1 He was the son of William Carlisle and Elizabeth Blackman.1

Family surname

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     He died circa 1893.1

Family life

Life event details

Witnessed events

  • Amelia, William, Charles, Maria, Elizabeth, James and John traveled to on 9 November 1819. "Writing privately to Josiah Pratt after his return to the colony, Marsden had the 'painful duty' of reporting, with a mixture of biblical metaphors, that he had found the settlers like so many sheep without a shepherd, each seeking his own advantage, so that the Enemy had made dreadful work amongst them, sowing tares in the wheat and stirring them up to mutual accusation. All had neglected their proper tasks, competing in private trade as a means of procuring food and gaining influence over the Maoris. ... William Carlisle and James Gordon felt humiliated at being seen by the Maoris as common labourers. Carlisle resigned, unable to cope with a timorous and clinging wife, Gordon was dismissed, and both men were shipped out with their families in the Active when Marsden left on 9 November. As a measure of the harshness he was capable of showing to his fellow man, Marsden let it be known in the colony when Gordon's wife died that it was a judgement of God upon his sins".2,1



  1. [S230] Journal Article, Carlisle William, Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record, 1788-1841, ABGR 1788-1841 p.62, State Library of NSW.
  2. [S52] Chapter, "Samuel Marsden" in The Bigge Commission of Inquiry.


William Carlisle's descendants