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Douet Fleury

Lé Douët Fleury is at the end of a field path near St Martin's Church. The Douët is fed by a brook which finally discharges into St Catherine’s Bay.

There are several groups of letters on the stone pillars of the douët which were the initials of the householders who were entitled to use it for washing their household linen. These carvings include EELS 1832 (for Édouard Élie Le Sauteur). This would be Édouard Élie Le Sauteur (1792- ), Centenier of St Martin, married to Jeanne Sohier. They lived on Rue Faldouët in the Vingtaine du Fief de la Reine.

Philippe Le Sauteur

When Philippe Le Sauteur (1809-1844) died at St Clement, of tuberculosis, he left several under-age children. A tutelle (trust) was set up on the children's behalf and the guardians were Rachel Le Sauteur (née Machon), their mother, and their uncle, Thomas John. In 1849 they purchased a house at Longueville, St Saviour, opposite Longueville Manor, on behalf of Philippe George Le Sauteur from a Thomas Falle. In 1873 Philippe and his wife Elizabeth Marett, sold the house to Charles Kipling. The Ordnance Survey map of Jersey 1849 shows Thomas John Le Sauteur was the owner of two houses at Longueville.

Thomas Le Sauteur

Thomas was a drill sergeant in the East Regiment of the Militia. He married Elizabeth Battam in 1837.His brother Francois (1808-1857) was also a drill sergeant at the same time.


Thomas Le Sauteur was a licensed victualler in Melbourne from 1859 to 1862. The story is based on details from The Argus.

  • 4 March 1859: Tenders asked for bar fittings for The Commercial Hotel, Bridge Road Richmond.
  • 8 April 1862: Thomas is insolvent, due to "falling off in business and pressure from creditors" The value outstanding was £108 3s 10d.

3 May 1862: sale of furniture, bar, gas, water fittings and slate billiard table. 19 Aug 1862: insolvency discharged. Thomas died of consumption on 25 Aug 1863.

Henry Le Sauteur

Henry Le Sauteur was commander of the schooner Acis. In 1850 and 1851 advertisements appeared in the South Australian Register ' ' for ‘the fine new schooner-brig Acis of 160 tons, skippered by Captain Le Sauteur.

“For freight or passage, apply to the Captain, on board ; or to N P Le Bair, Grenfell-street, Adelaide”.

In February 1853 another advertisement appeared in The Courier ' ' , of Hobart, Tasmania.

“For Melbourne Direct .Going right up to the Wharf.The A1 fine clipper brigantine Acis, 93 Tons Register, coppered and copper fastened, just arrived from Shanghae,Henry Le Sauteur, Commander, will commence loading for the above port immediately after discharging her cargo from China, and will have immediate dispatch. For freight or passage apply to Captain Le Sauteur, on board; or to McKay and Witherby, New Wharf.

The Courier reported on 3 March that Acis was ready to depart for Melbourne with:

”9 cases cigars, W G Lompiere ; 1 cask oil, 1 tun ditto, 14 boxes fruit, 1 hamper ditto, 1 bag ditto, 4 jars jam, 9 casks fruit, 2 cases ditto, 31 bags potatoes, 2 cases drapery, McKay and Witherby ; 7 casks apples, 9 boxes ditto, 1 cask harness, 2 carts, 21 bags onions, 40 boxes potatoes, G. Rex; 31 casks beef, 93 kegs butter, 77 bags potatoes, 6 bags onions, l8 cwt turnips, Hasell: 122 bags potatoes, 50 boxes apples, 3 barreIs ditto, Wm. Coote ; 1 case candles, Huxtable & Co. ; 46 bags potatoes, 62 bags onions, 1 cask apples, 1 case jam, James Brown 27,000 feet timber, 100 bundles laths, 9000 palings, 19,900 feet timber, Kerr, Bogle & Co. ; 990 spokes, 1200 feet timber, 1 water cart, J. Perry; 9 bags pepper and spices, Hebblewhite ; 5 cases preserves, 3 cases apples.

The Launceston Examiner reported on 14 April 1853 that Acis had arrived from Melbourne with a cargo of beef; The Argus of Melbourne reported on 26 April 1853 that Acis had sailed five days earlier with passengers—Madame Renault and child, Mrs Mason and daughter, Messrs West, Dawson, Spare, Captains Arthur and Allister as well as 76,000 feet of timber, 55,000 laths, 30,000 shingles, 3,000 palings, 280 posts and rails, 30 packgs. apples, 14 bags onions.

Assault charge

There was trouble for Captain Le Sauteur on 10 June 1853. The Courier reported that he was charged by James Whipper, steward of the ship, with having, at one o'clock on the afternoon of the 7th, assaulted and beaten him, ‘complainant having given no just provocation thereto’.

Two witnesses appeared in support of the prosecution, both of whom corroborated the principal features of the charge, which were that the complainant, after taking the defendant's dinner to the cabin, was, without any provocation, knocked down by him, kicked, and finally driven upon deck and over the ship's side, upon the quay. Mr. Le Sauteur, in his defence, stated that complainant had, at the time specified, grossly insulted the mate, and on being reproved for so doing made use of the most abusive language and struck him on the side of his head; when he ordered him out of the cabin, he refused to go, so he dragged him thence by the collar. The defendant further remarked that there had been no peace on board the ship since the complainant had been there.The Magistrate observed that as the defendant was wholly unprovided with witnesses, whom the Court could not now allow time to be summoned, his assertion could not be received as evidence. He admitted the assault to be proved, although not to the extent represented by the complainant, and sentenced the defendant to pay a fine of £1, with costs.

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