De La Rue

Welcome to the De La Rue genealogy page! This is the central point of reference for the genealogy of the De La Rue families of Australia. (Alternative spellings: Delarue or de la Rue.) If you are a member of any of the families listed below, this page is for you!

Caroline Agnes
The Caroline Agnes

My main interest is to document the descendants of Thomas and Tabitha (née Edwards) De La Rue, of Leicestershire and Surrey, England, who arrived at Point Henry, Port Phillip District, NSW (now part of Geelong, Victoria), Australia on 28 Jun 1849. They arrived with eight children as assisted migrants on the Caroline Agnes (570t, Master J. Alexander), after departing London, 24 Feb 1849, and settled at Germantown (now Grovedale, a suburb of Geelong), Vic. Two more children were born in Australia after they arrived. Thomas was my great-great-grandfather, and was born in Linghton, Leicestershire on 5 Dec 1808. The children born in England were christened in Camberwell and Walworth in Surrey, so it seems that the family were living there for a few years before they left.  I have records of over 2,000 descendants (including spouses) of Thomas and Tabitha.

Other De La Rue families of interest include:

  • William de la Rue of Forest, Guernsey (born 15 Nov 1822), who arrived in Melbourne, Victoria in Jun 1854. He arrived with his two younger brothers on the Saldanha, having left Liverpool in Mar 1854, and settled at El Dorado, Victoria. William married Louisa Augusta Borchers of Goslar, Hanover, Germany on 4 Sep 1867 at El Dorado. It seems that most of the De La Rues of any note in Victoria are descendants of William and Louisa; I have records of over 155 descendants (including spouses) of this family.
  • Hippolyte Felix Ferdinand De La Rue, of Berck, Normandy, France, who came to Sydney in 1840. This family is documented in the books A Bunyip Close Behind Me and Ladies Didn’t, by Eugenie Crawford. Hippolyte established a jewellery shop in George St, Sydney in 1850.
  • Charles Delarue of Colmar, Alsace, France (born 1824), who arrived in NSW between 1824 and 1860. He married Emma Hines (or Hinds) at Murringo, NSW on 31 Oct 1860; they had eight children. This family includes sports presenter Dennis Cometti in its ranks.  I have not yet documented all the recent information on this family.
  • Thomas de la Rue, of Forest, Guernsey (born 24 Mar 1793), who moved to England and set up as a printer. The company he founded is still in existence – see the history page at This is available in more detail in Lorna Houseman’s book The House that Thomas Built. It is not clear how many descendants of this family are in Australia, but there is at least one in New Zealand. Although Thomas was born in the same village as William, as yet I cannot find any family connection.
  • Eliza Anne De La Rue, apparently of Paris, France (born about 1824). Keryn contacted me regarding Eliza, her great-great-great-grandmother, who I was previously unaware of.  She lived in Melbourne, but there is a great deal of uncertainty about her. She said that she married John Winbanks in Sydney in 1854.
  • Adelina De La Rue, of St Helier, Jersey, UK (born around 1866). Bruce contacted me regarding Adelina, his great-grandmother – another De La Rue in Australia I was unaware of. According to the UK census, she was living at 13 Havre Des Pas in St Helier in 1871 and 1881. Her parents were Francis De La Rue, a Fireman, later “Greenwich pensioner” and Emma (nee Diddins). She migrated from Jersey to Sydney, Australia in the 1890’s, but was originally bound for New Zealand.

A number of members of the families are also engaged in this research. I am also researching my own ‘pedigree’ as much as possible – other family names of interest include Kelly, Westwood and Lamb. There is convict ancestry here – the De La Rue family is linked to the Thorowgood family, and the Kelly family is linked to First Fleet convicts Nathaniel Lucas and Olivia Gascoigne.

The Family

Thomas & Tabitha had 11 children. Their dates of birth were as follows. The first nine of these were born in Surrey, England; the last two were born in Geelong, Australia.

  1. James 19 Aug 1831
  2. Jane 1834
  3. William 1836
  4. Mary Maria 1838
  5. Jemima 1840
  6. Tabitha 1842
  7. Martha 1842 (not listed on shipping register – may have died earlier)
  8. Thomas 1845 (no records in Victoria after ship arrival)
  9. Daniel Charles 1848
  10. Robert William 1849 (approx)
  11. John 1852


I do not seem to have any photos of Thomas, but this is a tin-type that we believe is of Tabitha Edwards:

Tabitha Edwards
Tabitha Edwards, 1813-1882

My great-grandparents:

James De La Rue, 1831-1893 Sarah Betts, 1839-1914
James De La Rue Snr (1831-1893) and Sarah Betts (1839-1914)

My grandparents:

James De La Rue Jnr Annie Westwood 1940
James De La Rue Jnr (1860-1917) and Annie Westwood (1869-1944 – photo 1940)

The name “De La Rue”

The name is French in origin (meaning “of the street” or “of the road”). In the original French it is spelled “de la Rue”; today it is also often spelled as one word in English-speaking countries. Other alternative spellings found include “De La Rew”, “De La Roux” and “De La Reu”. Some of these variations may be due to varying levels of literacy. Then there is the question of the relationship to “La Rue” and “Rue”. (In some countries, prefixes like “de la” are sometimes ignored.)

The name appears in France, and has also been on the Channel Islands (particularly Guernsey) for some time.  There are suggestions that the name may have either noble or Huguenot associations, and that it arrived in England from France as early as the late 11th century. An alternative version of a De La Rue family tree included in Lorna Houseman’s book The House that Thomas Built states that the first recorded appearance of the name in Guernsey was a land grant from a Danish king in the 12th century.

Richard de la Rue (who has commented below) reported recently that the De La Rue Company presented a family tree at an exhibition a few decades ago which included research into the origins of the name in Guernsey.  This research reported that there are two distinct families on Guernsey, the latest of which came to the island as Huguenot exiles in the 16th century from the Limoges area of France. He reports that the earliest known record of the name in Guernsey dates back to a document of 1179.  Richard also wrote:

“A few years ago [2001], La Société Guernesiaise assisted University College London (UCL) and the BBC in a project called ‘The Blood of the Vikings’ in which they traced the reach of the Vikings according to the DNA in each long lived family in Guernsey. (It made pretty dull TV.) The Viking gene shows up as a particular type of the male chromosome and they tested this against one representative of each old Guernsey family. I had the privilege of being the representative for the De La Rues and was told that I had a gene commonly found in Norway; thus I think this points to me belonging to the older De La Rue family dating back to 1179 rather than the lot that came from southern-central France. All very tenuous I know, but when people ask me how long I have lived in Guernsey, I like the romance of replying that I’ve been here for 800 years!”

As I can only trace my De La Rue forebears back to Leicestershire, I still cannot connect my family back to any of these origins – nor to any of the other families mentioned here!

Heraldry and nobility

I have seen two distinct Coats of Arms for the De La Rue name.  One of these (which is listed formally in Burke’s Peerage) belongs to one branch of the family of Thomas de la Rue, the printer. His grandson Thomas Andros De La Rue was created a Baronet on 17 Jun 1898, and thus the coat of arms strictly only belongs to his descendants.  Andrew George Ilay De La Rue of London is the current (fourth) Baronet.  Read more on Wikipedia. (If you are not a member of this family, then any heraldry organisation that would like to convince you that you are entitled to it probably only wants your money!)

The formal description of this Coat of Arms is: “Or three bars gu., each charged with as many estoiles of the first, in chief an increscent and a decrescent of the second. Crest – A brazier gu. fired between two branches of laurel, issuant from the flames thereof, a serpent nowed and erect ppr”. The motto with this is: “Cherche la verité” (“Seek the truth”).

The other coat of arms I have only seen rough sketches of, and have no clarity on the origin (or accuracy) of this at all. This one includes forts or castles.

Lamb Family

Jane Lamb (nee Burton), abt 1909
Jane Lamb (née Burton), about 1909

My mother’s mother was Alice Dale Lamb, born on 16 Jul 1887.  Her parents were Peter Lamb and Jane Burton, and they arrived in Australia in Nov 1884 on the Loch Ness (one of the Loch Line ships – made infamous by the sinking of the Loch Ard).  Peter was 25, Jane 26, and their eldest daughter Lizzie had her first birthday on the ship on the way out.  The Lamb family in Australia stayed in touch with their relatives in Scotland down the generations since, and I have maintained some contact with them myself, visiting Peter’s family home in Greenlaw, Berwickshire, in 1983, which is still owned and occupied by the Lamb family.  Of all my pedigree, this is the only family that we still have some contact with in their country of origin.

Thorowgood family

Joseph Thorowgood was born in Cardington, England in around 1800.  He was charged on four counts of sheep stealing on 24 Oct 1828, and transported for life, leaving on the “Bussorah Merchant” on 6 Oct 1829, arriving Hobart, Tasmania 18 Jan 1830.  He left his wife and four children in England; Mary Ann was expecting the fifth (Elizabeth).  They were later allowed to join him, arriving on 10 Jan 1833.  Joseph was my great-great-great-grandfather – his daughter Edith married Robert Betts, and their daughter Sarah married James De La Rue, my great-grandfather.

There are many variations on the spelling of his surname – it was spelt “Thorogood” on ship’s records, but also appears as “Thoroughgood”, “Thurgood”, “Thurrowgood” and others.

His family was documented in the book “The Thurrowgood Story” by the late John F Hill, which had a limited publishing run of 400 numbered copies, in around 1985.  Some copies of this book are still available from the Colac & District Family History Group Inc., at PO Box 219, Colac, Vic 3250.


Information on the above families is available on request in two files:

  • DeLaRue – The families of Thomas and Tabitha De La Rue and William de la Rue. This also includes all information on my own pedigree.
  • DeLaRueX – All other available De La Rue information – the families of Hippolyte Felix Ferdinand De La Rue, Charles Delarue, Thomas de la Rue and some records found that are not yet connected.

Please contact me or use the comment field below if you would like a copy of these files, and I can email them to you.

More info

A public copy of my family’s GEDCOM file has also been uploaded at; although I have since acquired more information. You can view the database here – but you may need to register with them first (free).

Please contact me for more details. I am happy to load any information on the families here.

My genealogy software of choice is FZip Family Tree.

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  1. Hello Keith,

    My husband’s great, great grandparents were Robert Betts and Edith Betts (maiden name Thorogood).
    His great grandfather was John George Betts, a brother of Sarah Betts (who married James De La Rue).
    His grandfather was Harry Clifford Betts. I am amazed by all the comments above and how far the family tree really does stretch.

    There is a site on wikitree that is interesting.
    I notice that mention had been made of George Baker marrying Jemima De La Rue. Am I correct in thinking that George Baker was previously married to Elizabeth Thorogood (Edith Bett’s sister). Would that mean that George married his sister-in-law’s granddaughter?

    Thank you for the amazing information on your genealogy page. It was lovely to see a photo of Sarah Betts.
    Angela from Geelong, Victoria.

  2. Kathy –

    Thanks for getting in touch. Olive was Joseph’s great-granddaughter. That makes us 4th cousins. Yes, there are many spellings of the name. Many English names have a range of spellings, often due to the limited literacy of many of the people making records of names. I do not know if we are related to the musician George Thorogood at all. His ancestry may be connected to the same family in England – it would take a fair bit of research to find out.

  3. Hi , I am related to Joseph. Olive is my Dads Mum, she married a Hamilton. I have been reading all as above and, wow how many people am i related too. This is so astounding, i am so proud. I must say he pinched sheep to feed his family of 7 then. He was served a life in prison in Van Diemen’s Land, but thank god he did not. They all lived eventually in Grovedale Geelong and thats how i was born lol. I mean further on down the track. John Hill , travelled high and low to follow the Thorrowgoods, still don’t know what the right spelling is from this day. I want to know is ……..Is George Thorrowgood the singer from Canada, is an ancestor of mine and plus he does a quiet concert or two in Geelong Pubs.. Yours Sincerly Kathy Thompson.

  4. My wife, Barbara Mary Harwood (nee Dawson) is a descendant of Robert William DeLaRue

    Robert William De La Rue (1849-1918)
    Robert Henry De La Rue (1884-1963)
    Janet Elizabeth Lillian De La Rue (1915-1991) – Harold Roy Dawson

    My (Harwood) family arrived in Melbourne from Yorkshire in 1841 on an assisted passage.


  5. Melanie –

    Wow! No, that is a potential connection I have not struck before – thanks for letting me know. It is most likely a Huguenot connection. While many Huguenots escaped from France to the Channel Islands and England, I do know that some went east to Germany; thus it is quite likely some went to Denmark. Both nations had protestant sympathies, of course. (One of the Australian De La Rues came out here from Alsace, as mentioned above, which is on the eastern border of France, and apparently had Huguenot connections.)

    Unfortunately, until I can connect my family back to France, I still can’t make any further connections to the Huguenots.

  6. I was wondering if you have read about any Delarue family members that lived in Denmark. I have an ancestor, Niels Delahru, possibly Delarue who lived in the first half of the 18th century. Any clues would be appreciated, thanks.

  7. David –

    Thanks for your comment, and apologies for the delayed post! Happy to share the info I have – details sent via email. I don’t have any other family tree details online at this stage, but happy to share. With the information I have to date, I can’t find any connection between my family and yours. Always looking for more info!

  8. Hi Keith, it is great to see that we are related. You have the most amazing pedigree on the de la Rue’s, you are the only person I know that got back as far as Pierre de la Rue. This website is very good. I happen to be a decedant of the Warren de la Rue, Thomas de la Rue’s son. My great great nana is Sybil de la Rue who married William Wilson Grantham. Sybil was the daughter of Sir Thomas Andros de la Rue. My Great grandad Thomas Elmer Grantham (Sybil son) Immagrated to New Zealand. I think it would be great if you had a massive de la Rue family tree, that everyone could contribute to by leaveing comments. If you need any infomation about Sybil de la Rue’s family, I would be happy to help out. Haave you got any other websites that have your family tree, because I would love copy some of the dates that you have as you seem very reliable. Do you know much about Warren de la Rue’s decendants, I would greatly recive any infomation about his decentants. It’s awesome how we might be from Vikings. Keep adding thinks to this website so evertone can keep geting infomation. Thanks for all the infomation on this website.

  9. Jane –

    First, we are third cousins once removed – your mother would be my 3rd cousin. I will send through more info by email – I don’t have much on William, but hopefully enough to be of some assistance!

    – Keith

  10. Hi Keith,

    I found you while researching my great grandfather William Osborne on my mothers side, born approx. 17/11/1860 in SA who has always been a mystery to our family as to where he appeared from and any family etc. He married my great grandmother Jessie Jimmia Wilson who was born in 1874. She was the daughter of Mary Marie De La Rue who married John Wilson and she was the daughter of Thomas and Tabitha De La Rue.
    I would love to get some more information about any of these.
    Regards, Jane

  11. Julian –

    Thanks for the info – a nice watch to have! Yes, the baronetcy was created for the family of Thomas De La Rue (the printer from Guernsey), in recognition of their contribution to British industry.

  12. Hi Thanks for your interesting site. Just thought I would let you know I have a gold pocket watch from 1914, engraved ‘Thomas Alexander de la Rue, from Evelyn, his godfather and uncle’; the uncle was “Sir Evelyn Andros de la Rue, 2nd Bt. who was born on 5 October 1879. He was the son of Sir Thomas Andros de la Rue, 1st Bt. and Emily Maria Speed. He married Mary Violet Francklin, daughter of John Liell Francklin, on 17 February 1903. He died on 30 November 1950 at age 71.  Sir Evelyn Andros de la Rue, 2nd Bt. succeeded to the title of 2nd Baronet de la Rue, of Cadogan Square, Chelsea, London [U.K., 1898] on 10 April 1911. He gained the rank of Captain in the service of the Royal East Kent Yeomanry. He gained the rank of Captain in the service of the Royal Air Force. He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Hertfordshire.” (Taken from Burke’s Peerage). This Thomas b 1913 is the one who came to NZ in the 1930s.

  13. Kerri –

    Great to hear from you! I don’t have anything in the way of photos of the Beattie family, but I do have family history info. Will be in touch via email. We are separated by one generation – your parents are my second cousins.

    – Keith.

  14. Hi Keith.
    I believe we are related. James Beattie and Tabitha DeLa Rue were my great grandparents. I would love to see any info and photos you have of them. I have a few including some copies of maps of where their saw mills were in the colac otway area. I also have a second place prize card and ribbon that James won in 1916 with his horse given to me by my grandfather Albert Beattie ( james and Tabs son).
    Would love to hear from you and compare info. I also have photos of their graves in Colac that I went and visited recently.

  15. Barbara – Thanks for getting in touch! David Pugh remarried Mary Jane Westwood, who was my great-aunt. I have a fair bit of detail on the Westwood family, and some photos. There will be some of the Pugh family in these. More details to follow by email. – Keith.

  16. Hello Keith,

    My name is Barbara Elizabeth Gough, I am the great grand daughter of Elizabeth Skien Pugh and David Pugh. My mother was the grand daughter of Elizabeth Skene Pugh and David Pugh. Her parents were William Thomas Donnelly and Elizabeth Skene Pugh. David Pugh Divorced my great grandmother and from there I do not have any further information of him. I have a copy from the Argus 27/11/1908 re their divorce proceedings. I will send it to you if it is of any interest to you.



  17. Dave –

    I wish that I could offer you something to help with this, but I’m afraid that I have no info on any USA connections. If anyone with info would like to share it, I would be happy to pass it on.

    – Keith

  18. Hello,
    I am hoping you will be able (or willing) to assist me in finding my family history. My fathers name is Howard William Riely De La Rue, born and raised in Highland Park Illinios in 1937 or 38. His mother was Marion Louise Garling and that’s about as far back as I can go up that branch. I know nothing of his father other than they were married for at least a short period of time, nothing else is ever mentioned. That side of the family and I are not on speaking terms and that will probably not change. Any assistance you can give me in filling in my line or possible connections would be greatly appreciated.


  19. Samantha –

    Thanks for the info! Certainly would seem to be one of my family, but I can’t make the connection at the moment. Duly filed, and hopefully one day I will put together some more of this puzzle!

    – Keith

  20. Hi, i’m researching the old Holy Cross cemetary gravestones in Whitwick and i have found the grave of a William De-La-Rue who died july 17th 1886 aged 77yrs also his wife Ann who died june 2nd 1908 aged 81yrs and also Ursula their daughter who died febuary 27th [poss 1841] aged 24yrs. thought you may want this information for your records.

  21. Luke –

    Thanks for your comment. Yes, that is definitely my family – that’s a list of Thomas & Tabitha’s children in date order. I have updated the web page (see above) to include all the records I have of the family, and it seems that this list is missing Martha, who must have died in England before they came out to Australia.

    Oddly, it is also missing the youngest, John. If it was written before he was born, that would place it as earlier than 1852.

    I have not seen that list before – would be great to get a copy of it. I will need a little more info on your family to be certain of where to place you – separate email following.

  22. hey keith. i think i miiight be related to the delarue mob 😛
    i happen to be looking around my house the other day when i came across a book.. and inside was a list of names & DOB, all hand written, the style of writting was unfamiliar to me.. but i know that this book has been pasted down quite a few generations.. when the first name on the list is: James DeLaRue – 1831, then it continues with jane, william, mary maria, jamima (i think), jabitha or tabitha.. theres also thomas, daniel charles & finally robert Delarue. i think Robert might be my great-grandfather? P.S: the very last line is written using a different pen.. not sure about the time difference to the rest of the list, but i can sorta make it out: Roberts name is underlined and underneath it, it says: was H.a (wads/dads) father? im well nd truely confuzzed..
    any explanation would be much appreciated.

  23. Hello Keith

    Im a descendant of the late William De La Rue and Louisa Augusta Borchers of El Dorado, Vic.
    Just thought i would put my stamp on your page as there is still De La rue`s in El Dorado. 🙂


  24. Del –

    You have me completely stumped on that one. I do know of some De La Rues in NSW, but I don’t have any records of them in Richmond, and I have no Campions at all. Any further info on the De La Rue side may help.

    – Keith.

  25. Hi Keith, I’m looking for a James Delarue who married Robyn Campion in 1956 in Richmond, N.S.W. Robyn was born about 1936. Have you come across this family at all? I’m related to them and have wanted to make contact for my own family tree.

  26. Hi Keith,
    We have a Sarah De La Rue, possibly from Parrap, Victoria, married to John Robert Moloney. John and Sarah married in 1906, they had a daughter Flo Hazel in 1908. John was killed in the first world war and is buried in the Hursley Cemetery in England. Wondering if Sarah is connected to your family and who her parents were if this is the case. Thanks any information greatly appreciated. Cheers, Robyn

  27. Hi again Keith, sorry to bother you.\nIt just occurred to me after reading all the emails sent to you, I should have asked if it would be alright to say to those who are researching Thorogoods, Betts etc that they are quite welcome to contact me.\nI suppose for security reasons, they should get my email address through you, rather than putting it out there publicly.\nWould that be too much to ask?\n\nCheers\nNeil

  28. Hi Keith\n\nAs you are more than likely aware better than I, sometimes it takes quite a while to find certain roads to follow as far as family history research is concerned.\nHaving said that however, I don’t know why it has taken so long to find you.\nWe are definitely related, 3rd cousins I believe. Your 3G grandfather Joseph Thorogood is my 4G grandfather. It is probably only because I am doing my submissions with Founders & Suvivors that I finally started doing some deeper research into my convicts.\nThanks in large to you, I am now desperately trying to track a copy of JF Hill’s ‘The Thurrowgood Story’. Have sent an email to the Colac Society to see if they still have any copies and am currently awaiting their reply.\nIf there is anything I can send you from my line of the Tree, please let me know.\nPlease feel free to email me direct (so as I don’t miss anything).\n\nRegards\nNeil

  29. Upon their arrival in Melbourne, Mary Ann and her husband Ebenezer Backwell lived in Collingwood and Richmond between 1852 and 1857. They moved to Villamanta Street West Geelong – then known as Little Scotland – in 1857 ultimately settlling in Clarendon Street, Chilwell about 1858.

    Mary Ann’s father, Jean or John, is cited as a mariner on the former’s death registration and his father was also named Jean. I’ve learned that Mary Ann was the eldest of four children and that her siblings were John Henry b29-6-1828, Julian Douglas b30-10-1830, and Marthe Judith b29-9 1832. I received this information from Maria Van der Tang, a researcher for Jersey/Guernsey historical society.

    The name de la Rue is used once, as far as I am aware , as a second name for a grandson, Percy William de la Rue Backwell (1890-1967) son of William Henry Backwell (1863-1948).

    That’s about all I know so far. I’ve noticed that our branch of the family have been included in some venerable sounding genealogy on a site called Donkeypedia, but I’m very disinclined to believe this as it doesn’t match with the information I’ve noted on Mary Ann’s death registration and this latter data has been supported by the Guernsey historical society.

    Perhaps de la Rue is a more common name than I thought and there’s no link! Anyway Keith, thanks for your time and care.

    – David

  30. David –

    Afraid I can’t find this connection at all. There is no known connection (yet) between my family and the Guernsey de la Rues; and even there, most of both the Guernsey families I am aware of seem to be more around Forest rather than St. Peter Port. Do you know what part of Geelong they lived in? With the family already going by the name of Backwell, the connection is not one that I have ever picked up.

    – Keith.

  31. Hello Keith. I’m wondering if you are aware of any connection between your family and my gggrandmother born Mary Ann de la Rue daughter of Mary/Maria (nee Mack) and Jean/John de la Rue. Mary Ann was born 20-4-1826 in St Peters Port, Guernsey, married whitesmith Ebenezer Backwell 27-10-1849 and emigrated to Australia via the ‘Bombay’ in 1852 eventually settling in Geelong in 1857 and dying there 17-9-1883. I’ve previously noted the names of Thomas and Tabitha de la Rue in the course of my research and, although originating from different locations, have been curious to know if it was more than coincidence that both couples eventually landed in the Geelong district. Any ideas?

  32. Stephanie – Re your message of 14 March –

    I have Alice Elizabeth in my records – she married Walter Gear in 1905. She was my grandfather’s first cousin. (There was another Alice born in the same year – her first cousin. This has led to some confusion.)

    I only have information on four daughters of Alice and Walter, and virtually no other info on this family. So I would be very glad to get any other info you have, to see how we are connected.

    More information coming via email.

  33. Kerry –

    Sorry – I can’t help you with that one at all. I have no record of the name Campion, and I don’t even seem to have a James of the right age.

    By the way – for any readers wanting to locate living people: if I can locate someone, I may be able to pass on a message, but it is my policy to never pass on contact details without permission. My interest is more in genealogy.

    – Keith

  34. Hi, i,m trying to locate a Robyn Althea Campion who married a James Delarue in 1957, regards Kerry

  35. Garry –

    Nice to hear from you. I have not as yet found any connections to Africa. Do you have information on your ancestors back to England? If so, I should be able to see what the connection is.

    – Keith.

  36. Hi Keith.

    I am one of a bunch of de la Rue’s resident in South Africa. Family stories indicate that we are related to Thomas de la Rue (Printer) who made their way to RSA via Mauritius. I have birth certificates going back to the early 1800’s and judging from what I have seen and read, there appears to be a lot of de la Rue’s around. It would be interesting to find out the family connection.


    Garry de la Rue
    Durban, South Africa

  37. Hi Keith,
    I’m chasing more information about my husband’s ancestors, Thomas and Tabitha De La Rue, though I have Thomas’ name recorded as Robert Thomas!
    He’s related through their granddaughter Alice Elizabeth b.1880
    Melbourne, Vic.

  38. Alan –

    Nice to hear from you!

    I have emailed a response to you – happy to send the info.

    I haven’t heard any more about the Guernsey data, but I’m sure that they have slipped. As per the section on ‘The name “De La Rue”’ above, it seems that there may be two quite distinct families on Guernsey – one dating back to the Vikings, and one the more recent Huguenots arrivals. I suspect that the family of Thomas De La Rue the printer may be linked to the Vikings, and your family to the more recent Huguenots. Of course this is far from certain!

    – Keith

  39. Michael –

    Thanks for that – interesting. Most of the info in that post matches what I have on that family. Some of the earlier parts of it still seem a bit cloudy from the data I have seen, and she has completely dropped the ball on the last four names. They are all still children of Eleazar and Rachel – included in the correctly-stated total of 11. They couldn’t be Thomas’s children, as he was too young at the time. Thomas had 7 children, the first being the famous Warren De La Rue.

    Also, the reference to Isaac de Lisle as a Baronet is odd. The first Baronet De La Rue was Sir Thomas Andros, Warren’s son, created 17 Jun 1898. See the full list on Wikipedia here:

    This again seems to only cover one of the Guernsey De La Rue families – no mention of the William who came to Australia or his family. I am I will have to read the other posts in that thread and follow up when I have time!

    – Keith.

  40. Hi Keith,

    I understand that you have previously discussed the El Dorado De La Rue’s with my father in law (Frank). I note that you have records of 150+ Descendents of William Henry who along with his brothers were the first of the “El Dorado” De La Rue’s. I would be interested in obtaining and comparing this information with that I have accumulated and it is mostly likely that I can add some of the more recent ‘spouses’. I would also like to loop in with any responses that you and Michael have (refer early December posts) re the ‘new’ link of William and Thomas …. like you I see some inconsistencies in this data!


  41. Please disregard the above post.
    I do not know. I’m not getting more information.

  42. I don’t know. I’d love to have more information. Assembling this puzzle. But I’m not getting more information. Thank you.

    Kisses Neyra

  43. Neyra –

    Thanks again for the info. This means that Franz Lothar’s family were Huguenots – French protestants, and thus potentially related to one of the Guernsey families.


  44. Hi Keith,

    Franz Lothar de la Rue (1824-1871) was born in Frankfurt, a descendant of a French family who had emigrated to Germany due to religious persecution. He came to Brazil. Diehl Wilhelmine married, had seven children, one of whom was called Lothar de la Rue, (my great great grandfather). A street perpetuates his name in Taquara market, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

    Kisses and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  45. Hi Keith,
    Thanks for the Photos, they are wonderful.
    It’s great to put a face to a name
    Thanks so much.

  46. Michael –

    Very interesting. There seems to be a few inconsistencies on that page, which I will endeavour to find out more about. What is very interesting is that they have made a connection between your ancestor William de la Rue and Thomas de la Rue, the printer. I’m not convinced that this is correct yet, but it would be excellent if they have found this “missing link”!

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