Looking for Adolpe Jean Baptiste D'ESTREE
DESTREE family fled France during the Revolution.
Then resided in DenHague Holland.
Were musicians and silversmiths. Have a prize music book presented when they were there.
AJB Destree was a watchmaker who worked in Paris then New York before moving to Melbourne where he opened his business from a hotel in 1853.
Advertised this in the melbourne Argus newspaper.
He then moved to Hamilton where he was again in business, succesful and owned several shops in french street. He was on the local council.
One of his sons, Hubert De La Grange DESTREE was my grandfather.
His wife was Kate Forbes, born in Glasgow.
Need information on the family in Holland and earlier.
AJB had cousins in Belgium, Matilde and Bettina La CHAPELLE who visited the family in Hamilton Victoria Australia.
Regards, John Rory Thompson