Almost the last of the Gazette references to the Aurora was on 9 February 1811 (12) when it was reported that the ship "On Friday sailed for Hobart Town with Capt.
O.F. Smith, with dry provisions, having also on board 15 non-commissioned officers and privates of the 73rd Regiment, to join the detachment there" (12). For those
fifteen men, a long sea trip to Hobart aboard a vessel that had been regularly used for whaling and sealing must have been hell on water - phew!
One record shows that on 3 January 1813 William had been enlisted as a juror at an inquest into the death of Richard Evans at Sawyers Reach on the
Hawkesbury River, near to William's former farm (13). This involvement could indicate several things, viz;
1. Governor Macquarie's enlightened approach to using emancipated convicts in public offices and duties;
2. Using William because of his knowledge of the area and possibly the person;
3. William and his family were still living on the River, either at Sackville Reach or in Windsor.
Although there is no further record of William's involvement in the whaling trade, neither is there any record extant that he was then still a baker. To add to the
general uncertainty as to how William and Mary made a living for themselves between 1810 and 1820, the Gazette reports on 30 July 1814 from the Deputy
Commissary's Office. "The Undermentioned Persons having made Application to supply His Majesty's Stores with Fresh Meat...." and there listed for the supply
date of 21 August 1814 is William Hubbard of Caddi (Cattai, on the Hawkesbury, not far from the Hubbards' former farm). He was to supply 2000 pounds weight of
meat, a staggering amount for any cattle producer let alone one who did not have a long history in that field (14). It may well be another William Hubbard of
course and that would be easily acceptable.
Approaching Hobart, on
the Derwent River in
modern times. (15)