The suburb of Redfern in Sydney is today approx twice the size of Redfern's Estate of 100 acres. According to Major Mitchell's 1834 survey, the Estate was approximately bounded today in the north by Cleveland St, in the east by Elizabeth St, in the south by Phillip St, and in the west by Regent St (the old Botany Rd).
Sarah Wills (Wells St in Redfern was originally Wills St) married William Redfern in 1811 and her dowry was 30 acres that her family had purchased for £100 in 1805. Redfern clear felled these 30 acres in 1813 and was granted an adjoining 70 acres in 1816 after which time it became known as the Redfern Estate. The Estate was leased in lots in March 1834 and produced much of Sydney's fresh food. The Redfern family trust surveyed the Estate into 8 sections of approx 40 lots each and all land was auctioned freehold in March 1842. The Redfern Estate was only a fraction of William Redfern's total land holdings of 23,190 acres.
Dunlop, NJ 1928, 'William Redfern, the First Australian Medical Graduate, and His Times', Royal Australian Historical Society Journal & Proceedings, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 57-105.
Dunlop, NJ 1928, 'William Redfern, A Postscriptum', Royal Australian Historical Society Journal & Proceedings, Vol. 24, No. 5, p. 299.
Ford, E 1953, The Life and Work of William Redfern: the Annual Post-Graduate Oration, Australasian Medical Pub. Co., Sydney.
Jones, AR 1999, 'William Redfern (1775-1833): Mutineer to Colonial Surgeon in New South Wales. Part I: Shock and Recovery', Journal of Medical Biography, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 35-41.
Jones, AR 1999, 'William Redfern (1775-1833): Mutineer to Colonial Surgeon in New South Wales. Part II: Promise and Default', Journal of Medical Biography, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 78-85.
Parents, siblings and lineal descendants of William Redfern
HMS Standard muster with surgeon and surgeon's mates (zip 4.50MB)
HMS Standard prosecution of Wm Redfern, 23 Aug 1797 (zip 4.09MB)
HMS Standard defence and sentencing of Wm Redfern, 24/25 Aug 1797 (zip 8.29MB)
New South Wales Governor's Despatches concerning Wm. Redfern (includes report on General Hewitt, Three Bees and Surry)
Macquarie's refutation to Bennet, extracts concerning William Redfern
Commissioner Bigge's Report concerning Wm. Redfern
W.C. Wentworth's response to Bigge's Report concerning Wm. Redfern
Extract of a letter from Macquarie to Bathurst concerning William Redfern
John Bull newspapers
William Redfern at the General Hospital
General Joseph Holt on William Redfern
John Macarthur Snr. letters
Last Will and Testament of William Redfern
Timeline of Redfern's life
Robert Redferns, father and eldest brother of surgeon William Redfern
Robert Redfern's will (zip 4.82MB)
Irish Banishment Act of 1798
Thomas Redfern, brother of surgeon William Redfern
Ann Redfern's will leaving all property to brother-in-law (zip 5.26MB)
Joseph Redfern, brother of surgeon William Redfern
Margaret Redfern, sister of surgeon William Redfern
Original 1851 Antrim census with Margaret Watt and Eliza McDowell (zip 1.52MB)
Eliza Redfern, sister of surgeon William Redfern
Sarah Redfern, sister of surgeon William Redfern
William Lachlan Macquarie Redfern, surviving son of surgeon William Redfern
Arthur and Muriel Jones Collection: William Redfern Study at HJ Daley Library, Campbelltown - facsimiles of documents from London, Sydney and Edinburgh.
Bigge Report Appendix, Volumes 124 & 129 - Redfern wrote on his early life, education and mutiny.