Claiming his due - the Greenway papers

Greenway’s correspondence includes large bills for wages and expenses he felt were owed to him by the Government. These were summarily dismissed by Macquarie and the subsequent Governor, Sir Thomas Brisbane.

The Greenway family papers include documents and correspondence to and from Francis Greenway. The selections below are from letters and documents tendered in 1822 in support of Greenway's claim for fees and request for a land grant.

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Selections from Greenway Family Papers 1814 – 1903

[Page 389]

Measure and Value of Work done by Contract & under the directions and according to the Plan of FH Greenway Civil Architect


Plan and Estimate of W. Marsden House at
Parramatta 2,500 Per Cent on [indecipherable] & travelling expences  -  250 - - -

Survey of the New General Hospital & expences making
Drawings &  Alterations at different Periods with the
Governor & The Hon bl Commissioner of Enquiry - 160 - - -

Plan and Estimate of Windsor Church Attendance & traveling
expences at different periods at 3 Per Cent on £2.200 – -129 - - -

Plan and Estimate and carrying into Effect Liverpool
Church @ Per Cent on £1.700 & traveling expences -166 - - -

Plan and Estimate of Judge Fields house & Offices & necessary
Instructions for Contractors 3 Per Cent on my estimates £4000 -120 - - -

Plan & Estimate of Parramatta Factory @ [indecipherable] Per Cent £7000 -   
& traveling expences 3 Years £40 -- 570 - - -

Survey of Bridge, Gaol &c at Parramatta, @ [indecipherable] Per Cent on £500 – 50 - - -

Survey of Sydney Gaol & carrying into effect certain alterations
 @ [indecipherable] Per Cent on about £4.200 - - 96 - - -

Measuring & Valuing work by different tradesmen at Sydney
Gaol previous to Byrne Gilmote & others – 60

Measuring & Valuing Mr. Clarkson’s  for intended
Purchase of Government 3 Per Cent on £2.000 – 60 - - -

Measuring & valuing Mrs McDonalds house – 32 - - -

Plan & Estimate of Mr. Minchin’s house partly done
by Contract, whole value £2,500 supposed [indecipherable] – 200 - - -

Plan & Estimate for a Court house at Windsor @ 3 Per
Cent on £1.800 – 34 - - -

Toll gate done by Contract & Government £300 – 24 - - -

Plan & Estimate of Obelisk in Macquarie place
done by Government & Cureton @ [indecipherable]  Per Cent on £120 – 10 - - -

Plan & Estimate Fountain, Value done by
Government & Cureton @ Per Cent on £160 – 13-10- -

£1994-10-0

 

[Page 390]

Measure and Value of Work done by Govern
-ment men according to the Plans & direction
of F.H. Greenway – Civil Architect


Magazine Fort Philip would have cost
Government if it had been done by Contract – 1.240 - - -
Macquarie light house –Do -- Do -- 7.050 - - -
Prisoners Barr ks Hyde Park – Do – Do – 7.050 - - -
Mess-house & upper  wing of Barracks with the different
Office etc. if it had been done by Contract, it would have cost – 10.000
Macquarie Fort – Do – Do – 21.000 - - -
Judge Fields house - - Do – Do 4,800 - - -
Alteration of Judge Advocates  Do – Do   800 - -
Additions, Alterations and saving Building from
Falling in the Lumber Yard – 1,200 - - -
Alterations at Dawes Battery &c.1,2000 - - -
Church at Windsor - -5,600 - - -
Stables for the Use of Government house & offices – 9.000 - - -
Alteration of Parsonage house at Liverpool, securing
it and [indecipherable] - - 520 - - -
Plan and Survey of Portico of Government house Parramatta – 220 - - -
Alterations & Additions of Parsonage house Sydney  1,120 - - -
 “    “ Orphan School – 640 - - -
Saint James Church Hyde Park – 6.240
Court House now carrying into effect - - 6,450 - - -
Saint Andrews Church foundation laid as [indecipherable]
Metropolitan Church – 2,500 - - -
Market-house, foundation laid – 3000 - - -
Alterations of Government house – 600 - - -
Dockyard & Offices partly done by Contract & partly
By Government – 3.5 –
School – house Hyde Park
£120.380 - -

In carrying into effect these Public Buildings by Govt
Hands it has not cost Government one half of the sum it would have cost by the lowest Contracts that could have been and the same Buildings Five years ago would have Cost

 

[Page 391]

Government nearly double what is now Calculated
By Contract –

The Contracts carried into effect by me for Govt
but  for the line of Conduct pursued by me, would have
cost Government double the sum of Money,   The buildings
lately carried into effect by my perseverance in getting better
workmanship and Materials is of double value to Government
to what they otherwise would have been –

Dr. To amount of my labour as a Professional man would have been on Contracts Measuring [indecipherable] &c.- £ 1994.10.0
On works carried into effect by Govern. Hands 9633.5.0
For different drawings sent home & made here
not carried into effect – 250-0-0
11.877.15.0

Cr. By what I have received from Government
Including provisions, Salary & house rent  645- 0- 0
£11,232 – 15 – 0

It has cost me Twenty pounds Per
Annum more for traveling expences than what  I have received from Government

 

[Page 393]

October 10th 1821

Sir

When you were pleased to make me Acting Civil Architect and Assistant Engineer you said you were not Authorized to allow my per Cent according to the Custom of the Profession but that it was in your power to make it good in various ways which as then stated I was well aware of and trusted entirely to your Justice and liberality as the Representative of a Great Nation and I would exert myself in every way for the real benefit of the Government, the enclosed documents will prove how far I have with your knowledge and protection succeeded in so desirable an object, I now Humbly suggest for the sake of a numerous family the mode of your promise can be made good by granting me Land – Building Ground with what assistance is in your power to forward my object without any [indecipherable] and to establish me in my Office  upon that respectable footing which will enable me more effectively to serve Government –
And remain
Sir
Your Obed.t Hble Servt
“Signed”
F.H. Greenway,
Civil Architect

To His Excellency
Governor Macquarie
&c.&c.&c.

 

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