Crawford Pasco

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Crawford Atchison Denman Pasco
Born 17 January 1818
Plymouth Dock, Devon, England
Died 18 February 1898(1898-02-18) (aged 80)
Melbourne, Australia
Resting place St Kilda Cemetery, Victoria, Australia
37°51′40″S 145°00′06″E / 37.861099°S 145.001795°E / -37.861099; 145.001795
Residence England, Australia
Occupation Naval officer, police magistrate
Employer Royal Navy, Colonial Government of Victoria
Religion Christian
Denomination Anglican
Spouse(s) Mary Elizabeth nee Emmett (1820–1863)

with Mary Elizabeth: Crawford Perry Bate Pasco (1854-1857), (twins) Pasco (1855-1855), Mary Isabel Penfold Pasco (1855-1893), Grace Pasco (1857-1857), () Pasco (1859-1859), Montague Gordon Charles Pasco (1860–1952), Frederick Claude Coote Pasco (1863–1955);[1]

with Francis Emily: Emily Frances Pasco (1868–1939), Alice Josephine Pasco (1869–1920), William Henry Pasco (1871–1961)
Parent(s) Rear Admiral John Pasco and Rebecca, nee Penfold
Relatives son-in-law of Henry James Emmett[2]

Crawford Atchison Denman Pasco (17 January 1818 – 28 February 1898)[3] was a Royal Navy officer and Australian police magistrate during the 19th century.[2]


There were two periods to his career, first as in the Royal Navy:[2]

He wrote in 1846 to the editor of the Hong Kong Register suggesting that the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P. & O. Co.) might extend its mail steamer services from Singapore to Australia. The letter was republished in the Sydney Morning Herald.[4] and other Australian papers.[2]

In 1852 P. & O. Co. gave him free passage on the inaugural voyage to Australia of the SS Chusan.[2]

And later in Victoria, Australia:[2]

  • 1852 appointed a territorial magistrate, superintendent of water police and resident magistrate at Williamstown[5] After repeated clashes with officers of the hulks, following a board of inquiry, in 1857 he was transferred to Swan Hill[6]
  • later he was magistrate at Maryborough, Port Albert and Alexandra
  • with many other magistrates he was dismissed on 24 January 1878.


Pasco retired in Melbourne and became a founder member of the Victorian branch of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia in 1884, he was chairman of the first Antarctic Exploration Committee.[7]

In 1885, he published Early exploration of Australia.[8] In 1897 he published A Roving Commission,[9] a vivid account of his naval life.


Crawford Pasco (1818-1898) was the youngest son of Rear Admiral John Pasco and his wife Rebecca, née Penfold.[2]

He was married twice, first to Mary Elizabeth Emmett, daughter of Henry James Emmett[10] and Mary Elizabeth Thompson, née Townsend, After the death of his first wife he married Francis Emily Barker, daughter of Dr. Thomas Barker and Francis Alicia née Lauder of Melbourne.[11]

There were 8 and 3 offspring respectively from his marriages.


  1. ^ Commander of HMS Fantome[1] and HMS Penguin (I)[2]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Moore, Michael T. (1974). "'Pasco, Crawford Atchison Denman (1818–1898)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  3. ^ John William Linzee: The Lindeseie and Limesi families of Great Britain: including the probates at Somerset house, London, England, of all the spellings of the name Lindeseie from 1300 to 1800 Boston: Fort Hill Press, 1917.
  4. ^ "POST TO AND FROM AUSTRALIA AND VAN DIEMEN'S LAND BY STEAM.". The Australian (Sydney: National Library of Australia). 28 January 1847. p. 3. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "ARRIVALS.". Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic.: National Library of Australia). 15 October 1852. p. 1 Edition: DAILY and MORNING, Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO THE GEELONG ADVERTISER AND INTELLIGENCER. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "BENDIGO HOSPITAL.". Bendigo Advertiser (Vic.: National Library of Australia). 14 January 1858. p. 3. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Antarctic Exploration Committee (Australasia); Pasco, Crawford, 1818–1898; Royal Society of Victoria; Royal Geographical Society of Victoria; Memorandum of the objects to be served by Antarctic research (1886), The Antarctic Exploration Committee : appointed by the Royal Society of Victoria and the Geographical Society of Australasia : a memorandum of the objects to be served by Antarctic research, The Committee, retrieved 27 April 2013 
  8. ^ Pasco, Crawford (1885), Early exploration of Australia, retrieved 27 April 2013 
  9. ^ Pasco, Crawford; Prichard, T. H. (Thomas Henry), 1845–1907 (1897), A roving commission : naval reminiscences, George Robertson, retrieved 27 April 2013 
  10. ^ "Family Notices.". The Courier (Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 25 September 1852. p. 2. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Family Notices.". The Sydney Morning Herald (National Library of Australia). 9 May 1867. p. 1. Retrieved 9 January 2013.