Nicolas Hyeronimus

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Nicolas Hyeronimus
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Member of the
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for Wellington
In office
15 June 1859 (1859-06-15) – 27 June 1860 (1860-06-27)
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Silvanus Daniel
Personal details
Born (1808-01-01)1 January 1808
Dinant, Namur, Wallonia
(now part of Belgium)
Died (1860-06-27)27 June 1860
Sydney, New South Wales
Spouse(s) Ann Shaughnessy
Children 5 daughters, 3 sons
Occupation Innkeeper, Merchant, Pastoralist
Website Parliament of New South Wales webpage

Nicolas Hyeronimus ((1808-01-01)1 January 1808 – (1860-06-27)27 June 1860) was a pioneering innkeeper, merchant, pastoralist and politician in colonial New South Wales, Australia. [1]

Born in Wallonia, Hyeronimus arrived in New South Wales in about 1840.[1] In 1842, he established the Lion of Waterloo, the first inn at Montefiores, near present-day Wellington, in the central west of New South Wales.[2] He later built the first house in Wellington,[1][3] and established the Carriers Arms, the first inn at the present site of Dubbo, New South Wales.[4]

In about 1854, Hyeronimus built the homestead The Meeting of the Waters (now named Glenrock), on land west of the Bell River near Wellington.[3] By 1859, he was the proprietor of Goonoo (now Goonoo Goonoo), a pastoral run of 30,000 acres (120 km2) in Wellington County,[1][3] and also three other pastoral runs totalling 61,480 acres (248.8 km2) in Bligh County.[1]

On 15 June 1859, Hyeronimus was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the inaugural member for the electoral district of Wellington. However, he died in Sydney in 1860, after serving only just over one year in office.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Mr Nicolas HYERONIMUS (1808 - 1860)". Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Wellington's Windows" (PDF). Catholic Observer (Diocese of Bathurst). May 2008. p. 14. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Wellington Gas Pipeline, Power Station & Compressor Station Heritage Assessment Technical paper 2 (PDF). Sydney: Australian Museum. 2008. pp. 19–20. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "City founded on hopes and dreams" (PDF). Daily Liberal and Macquarie Advocate (Dubbo) Special souvenir edition. 5 August 2008. pp. 2–3. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Wellington
1859 – 1860
Succeeded by
Silvanus Daniel