Captain the Hon. Louis Hope

Capt. Hope (1817-1894), grazier, sugar planter and miller, was the seventh son of John Hope, fourth Earl of Hopetoun. A Captain in the Coldstream Guards, he came to New South Wales in 1843, moving north to Moreton Bay in 1848 to settle at Kilcoy.

There was no doubt that Hope was a man of vision with the stout heart of a pioneer, as he settled to farming and grazing cattle on the rich land in that area. In 1850, he purchased 800 acres of land at Raby Bay which he named Ormiston after a village on the family estate in Scotland.

In 1859 he married Susan Frances Sophia Dumaresque, and they had 8 children. Mrs Hope and the children remained at their Kilcoy property until the first section of Ormiston house was completed in 1862. Capt. Hope became a Life Member of the Legislative Council and served for 20 years.

Hope built St Andrew’s Chapel on his estate in 1868, to give his family and workers a place of worship. It was also used as a schoolroom by Mrs Hope, providing the first education for children of the Redlands. When there was no clergyman to preside at Sunday services, he would himself preach the sermon.

He earned the title of “The Father of the Commercial Sugar Industry” not only for growing and milling the first commercially produced sugar, but for his sterling efforts to foster the industry in Queensland.

The Hope family lived at Ormiston in a ‘very grand manner’ for 20 years. Following a dispute with a neighbour over the crushing of his cane and losing the subsequent case for compensation, Hope vowed never to have anything more to do with sugar cane. He dismantled the mill and sold it in 1875.

He returned to England with his family in 1884, where he lived in Derbyshire until his death in Switzerland in 1894 aged 77 years. Mrs Hope died in 1901.

In 1901, a great nephew of Captain Hope, the first Marquis of Linlithgow, previously the 7th Earl of Hopetoun, was appointed the first Governor-General of Australia.

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