Dr. Hubert Carlton Whitlock (1834 – 1876)

Dr. Hubert Carlton Whitlock was born on 8th February 1834 in British Guiana. He was the only son of Hubert and Emily Whitlock.

His father was a merchant and co-owner of the De Kinderen sugar plantation at Mahaica Creek just outside Demerara. Under the compensation claim – British Guiana 820 – 7 December 1835, for freeing 13 enslaved people, the owners were awarded £600 18s 7d.

In his Will, dated 1st December 1838, Whitlock’s father said he felt ‘duty bound’ to leave the estate and the enslaved people on it to ‘the coloured woman Maria Sheppard and her children Maria, Rebecca, and Sarah and Barbara (twins) and to Mary and Jane my children by the black woman Clarissa Styles.’ By 1860, the plantation had been abandoned.

The 1851 census lists ‘Emily aged 35, a ‘gentlewoman lady’ was living at 2 Park Place, St. Sidwell, Exeter with her son Hubert C. Whitlock, a medical student, aged 17 born Demerara, and a visitor and one servant.

Whitlock graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

He married Henrietta Perchard Oldershaw on 26th June 1856 at St. George’s, Bloomsbury in London. Their only child, Louisa Evelyn, was born on 17th February 1858 in Henley-on-Thames.

Whitlock was Health Officer, the equivalent of Sanitary Inspector, for the city of Demerara. He is also mentioned as the first curator of the museum in Georgetown which was established in 1844. It was destroyed by fire 20 years later and rebuilt. It is now the Guyana National Museum. Whitlock volunteered his service as curator as no permanent post had been established. He acquired animal specimens for the museum.

Whitlock died on 4th June 1876 at sea. He was on his way back to England on the Royal Mail Steamship (RMSS) Para.

The following memorial plaque can be found in the North Transept, St. George’s Cathedral, Georgetown.

In Memoriam

The late Hubert Whitlock, Exeter, Devonshire,

Who died during his voyage to England

And was buried at sea 4 June 1876

Aged 42 years’

The Albert Memorial Museum was founded in 1868. It was in March of that year that Whitlock donated two feather headdresses to the museum, both from Guyana. And in August of the same year he donated seventeen additional artefacts including a puffbird, black nunbird and a dusky parrot.

His wife, Henrietta, died in St. Leonards-on-Sea on 10th June 1921 at the age of 91.