HOTHAM, Sir Charles

1806 - 1855

Charles Hotham

Hotham was born at Dennington in Suffolk on 14 January 1806, son of the Revd Frederick Hotham, Prebendary of Rochester, and his wife Anne Elizabeth née Hodges. Hotham entered the navy on 6 November 1818 and had a distinguished career. He was in command of the steam sloop Gorgon which ran aground in Montevideo Bay in South America and showed skill and determination in getting her refloated. His last active service was as a commodore on the coast of Africa in 1846, in which year he was created K.C.B. and in April 1852 appointed minister plenipotentiary on a mission to some of the South American republics. Lieutenant-Governor and, later, Governor of Victoria, Australia from 22 June 1854 to 10 November 1855. He married on 10 December 1853, Jane Sarah, daughter of Samuel Hood, Lord Bridport. 'A pupil of artist Thomas Sidney Cooper (1803-1902) and in 1829 toured The Meuse towns with Captain Hotham'. He died at Melbourne, Australia on 31 December 1855, being survived by his wife.