The DE MESTRE RESEARCHERS
This web site is not all my own work, it is the combined work of a group of people
dedicated to finding the truth about their roots.
During the last few years, a group of de Mestre descendants have met each other other due to a common interest in
family history. With a common bond, we have shared our research and discovered an amazing wealth of information
on Prosper de Mestre and his family. In 2004 we finally all got together in one place . A picnic at St David's Church
at Haberfield saw all of us getting on like old friends. Marg and Ron Thompson came from Queensland, Nancy Patterson
from Wagga Wagga, Shirley O'Donovan from Sydney, Ian Dobbin from the far north coast of NSW, I came from the
Central Coast and Elizabeth Draper travelled with her husband Lewis all the way from France!
On this day, we were also joined by quite a few other de Mestre descendants who have shown an interest in
the family history. This was the forerunner to a full family reunion at Terara on the Shoalhaven River in 2008.
Since then, we have been joined by many others interested in researching the de Mestres, both in Australia and before
Prosper's arrival here. Elizabeth has continued the research in France and Maree Amor has been translating French documents
and come up with the following.
PROSPER de MESTRE'S BIRTH RECORD HAS BEEN
After years of research and input from numerous family members, Maree Amor has found a record of Prosper
de Mestre's birth - not on a ship or in Martinique as had been thought, but in France! Prosper's baptism took place in Lorient,
on 17 August, 1789. This finding is important in that it disproves the family story that Prosper was born on a ship,
as he himself stated, and that he was related to the British monarchy.
Maree Amor has explained in her internet blog the reasons for
discounting the family story that Prosper de Mestre was the son of the Duke of Kent, and also for believing that the birth
registered in 1889 is that of Prosper de Mestre. Read it here