Original handwritten Indenture of Apprenticeship between Richard Arnold [1831-1912], his son Charles [1859-1941] and James Upton [1803-1888]. Signed by Upton and the solicitor, William Walker [1828-1908], with the Arnolds leaving a cross against their names, February 1872


Description: Folio, [315x420cm], bifolium, written on 3 sides

Upton agrees to accept the 13 year old Arnold as his apprentice for three years, and to instruct him in the business of an agriculturist or farmer, and will provide him `with good and sufficient diet and lodging only’, and will pay him the wages `during the first year the sum of twelve shillings monthly, during the second year the sum of fourteen shillings and six pence [crossed out]; and during the third and last year the sum of fourteen shillings monthly’. The Arnolds agree that Charles will `well and truly and faithfully serve the said James Upton’, and make himself generally useful and diligently attend to his business. He also agrees not to `play at cards, dice or other unlawful games, nor haunt or frequent taverns, nor contract matrimony’. These promises appear to have been impossible for the young Arnold to uphold, as in May 1873 Richard Arnold and James Upton formally agree to cancel the indenture. William Walker again witnesses the signatures. In 1882 a Charles Arnold was sentenced by the Windsor Court to 3 days in gaol for riotous behaviour. The obituary Richard Arndell or Arnold appears in the Windsor, Richmond and Hawkesbury Gazette, September, 1912, calling him a brick maker and farm labourer. James Upton and his son, James Upton [1826-1913] held extensive land holdings in the Hawkesbury area

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