Charles Goddard

GODDARD, Charles (1823-1867) — Leicester & Sydney

Engraver, letterpress and copperplate printer and lithographer. Engraved William Henry Wells, A map of the county of Cumberland in the colony of New South Wales ca.1855.

Born at Leicester 18 Apr 1823, the son of Cornelius Goddard and his wife Mary Groce, who had married in 1808. An engraving and printing partnership in Leicester with Alexander Benjamin Pillans was formally dissolved 28 Nov 1846. He was discharged from insolvency in January 1848 and later that year married Eliza Anne Knibb (1830-1868) 7 Sep 1848. Following in the footsteps of an elder brother, Goddard arrived in Sydney in December 1852 aboard the Prince Alfred with his wife. A well-known lithograph he produced of the sinking of the Dunbar at the entrance to Sydney Harbour was commented on in the Leicester Chronicle 12 Dec 1857. He stood unsuccessfully for election as City Auditor in December 1862, but was then elected a year later, despite some electoral skulduggery which saw four further Goddards being nominated. He died 16 Jul 1867 aged forty-four in a horrific case of accidental poisoning — being sent aconite by a pharmacist in error for the tormentil he had been taking for his piles (Sydney Morning Herald, 20 Jul 1867). An inquest was held 18 Jul 1867 and he was buried at Camperdown Cemetery the following day. The business was taken over by his former employee George Twemlow, who promised a continuance of the work in supplying “crests, arms, ciphers, and inscriptions, business and visiting cards, bill heads, &c. neatly engraved and printed. Brass stamps and seals for banks, offices, companies, &c” (The Empire, 30 Jul 1867).

Granby Street, Leicester — 1846
Cank Street, Leicester — 1847-1851
321 Castlereagh Street North, Sydney — 1853-1854
46 Castlereagh Street, Sydney — 1854-1855
Brougham Place, Sydney — 1855
32 Pitt Street, Sydney — 1855-1857
173 Pitt Street, Sydney — 1858-1862
199 Pitt Street, Sydney — 1862-1867

BBTI. BNA. Census 1851. LG. NLA. Niedorf. Tooley. Trove.

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