Crawford Pasco

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Crawford Atchison Denman Pasco
Crawford Pasco RN 1882.jpg
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
Spouse(s) Mary Elizabeth nee Emmett (1820–1863) and Francis Emily nee Barker (1837–1907)

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.