William Wright and Drummoyne House

Like many other suburbs and towns throughout Australia, Drummoyne was named for personal reasons, so called by newly arrived settlers to evoke perhaps, a more familiar and long-distant homeland.

Enter William Wright (1807-1889).

Wright was a successful merchant and island trader, born in Colchester, Essex, in 1807. As a teenager he had served an apprenticeship at an ironmongery before making to the move to Australia with his wife Bethia in 1838 to take over his uncle’s trading business in Sydney. The following year Wright organized a trading expedition to New Zealand and in by 1843 had established Wright’s General Commission and Shipping Agency in Auckland.

Drummoyne House and grounds estate; subdivision of the residence of the late William Wright 1894. National Library of Australia collection

Drummoyne House and grounds estate; subdivision of the residence of the late William Wright 1894. National Library of Australia collection

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