David Melville

1796 - 6th Jun 1874

Claimant or beneficiary


David Melville was awarded the compensation for two linked claims that appear in the compensation records as 'Frediwijk' but might well be Zuidwijk. David Melville, probably the same man, was one of the two curators of the estate of Wm Kewley awarded compensation for Kewley's Mary' Hope estate. It is possible that this is David Seton Melville who was born in Fifeshire, Scotland (and reportedly third cousin of the Earl of Leven and Melville). If so....

  1. Accompanied his friend, Governor Bentinck, Henry William Bentinck (1765-1820) (uncle of Henry John William Bentinck 1796 – 1868 [q.v.]) to British Guiana as Aide-de-Camp. Returned briefly to Scotland to marry then, on returning to British Guiana ‘realized a handsome fortune from his coffee plantations’. Retired to Scotland ‘as a gentleman of independent means’, but was ruined by large investments in railway shares around 1846. About 1849 migrated with his family to Melbourne, Australia and then moved to Adelaide. (He was friends with Sir Henry Young, the Governor.) Melville commenced business as a broker. Secretary to the Chamber of Commerce for some years and one of the Directors of the Adelaide Branch of the Church of England Insurance Company at the time of his death.

  2. All the children of David and Sarah (including, probably, the youngest, Mary Babington) were born in British Guiana: Isabella (1831–1886); Sarah (1832 –?) (died in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England), Alexander (1835–1871) (died in Adelaide), David Seton (1836 – ?), Mary Babington (1838–?). David Seton Melville the younger was, at the time of his father's death, Manager of the Union Bank of Australia, Christchurch, New Zealand.


  1. South Australian Register (Adelaide), 17 June 1874.

  2. ibid. and Hamilton Family Tree on Ancestry.co.uk.

We are very grateful to Helen Forster for help with this entry.

Further Information

Sarah Melville (c.1799-2 July 1872)
3 daughters; 2 sons: Isabella, Sarah, Mary Babington; Alexander; David Seton

Associated Claims (3)

£355 7s 9d
£9,026 18s 2d
£10,543 12s 1d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1825 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Attorney

Legacies Summary

Imperial (1)

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Secretary of the Adelaide Chamber Commerce 'for several...