Biography and History

Richard Hanmer Bunbury, captain in the British Royal Navy, was born in 1813 as the youngest son of Lt. General Sir Henry Bunbury. In 1838 he married Sarah Susanna Sconce and emigrated with her to Port Phillip, Australia in 1841. During his stay in Australia he held several different positions before returning to England in 1857. He died later that year.

Source: From the finding aid for C0707

  • Richard Hanmer Bunbury letters to his father. 1827-1839 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0707

    Richard Hanmer Bunbury was a captain in the British Royal Navy and spent sixteen years in Australia. His father was Lt. General Sir Henry Bunbury. The collection contains 45 letters Richard Hanmer Bunbury wrote to Sir Henry Bunbury from 1827 to 1839. The letters contain accounts of naval life and duties, as well as some battles. The collection also includes a letter to one of Richard’s brothers, five of his friends, a letter of commendation, his marriage certificate, and a certificate awarded for the rescue of a man who fell overboard.