Henry Jeanneret

Henry Jeanneret (1802-86) was a surgeon and dentist from England. Appointed superintendent of the Aboriginal settlement on Flinders Island in 1842, he clashed with officials and staff. His domineering personality and oppressive rule provoked protests from the Indigenous residents who, following his dismissal in 1844, petitioned Queen Victoria against his reinstatement in 1846. He was again dismissed in 1847. Courtesy Australian Dictionary of Biography


17 February 1846

Jeanneret petition

Walter George Arthur, together with his wife Mary Anne and several other Indigenous people in Van Diemen’s Land, send a petition to Queen Victoria seeking the dismissal of Dr Henry Jeanneret, the Superintendent of Aboriginals on Flinders Island. Walter, the son of a senior man of the Ben Lomond tribe, was educated at the Boys' Orphan School near Hobart. Jeanneret had already been replaced as Superintendent in February 1844, but he was subsequently reinstated to the position. On hearing news of his imminent return the group agitates for his dismissal with a petition to the Queen and letters to the Chief Secretary. They complain about Jeanneret’s behaviour and his arbitrary use of power, and demand restitution of their land and rights, referring to an agreement ‘not lost to our minds’. In spite of their protest, Jeanneret is reinstated to the post but is again removed from the position in 1847.


Alderman Charles Edward Jeanneret (1886–1887, 1887–1898).