Views of Lewinsbrook at The State Library of New South Wales
Alexander Park arrived on the
Prince Regent in March 1826. The Sydney Gazette
reported the arrival....
On Wednesday last the ship
Prince Regent, Captain Lamb, arrived from England,
with sheep and horses for the Australian Agricultural
Company, and an extensive assortment of valuable
merchandize. She left England on the 20th October, touching
at Van Diemen's Land, whence she sailed the 13th instant.
She brings passengers to these Colonies, Lieut. Shairdon, R.
N. Mrs. Shairdon and family ; Mr. Mackenzie, Mr. Desborough,
Mr. Dutton, Mr. Park,
Mr. Weller, Mrs. Moles, Mrs. Shannon and son,
Mrs. Barrett and child; together with three German
shepherds, and several domestics. A valuable entire horse, 4
mares, and 30 sheep were lost on the passage.
thousand six hundred and fifty acres were granted to
Alexander Park on 8 November 1826. He selected his land at
Allynsbrook naming the estate Lewinsbrook.
Boydell's Camyr Allyn..
Among other crops cotton and probably tobacco were
grown. By 1834 Alexander Park along with his neighbour
Charles Boydell was on the committee for the Stock
Protection Association and in 1836 he was raising funds for
a new Church at Paterson. In this year he was granted the
title deeds to 848 acres of land.
In 1847 the
representative of Durham County,
Windeyer died and Alexander Park was persuaded to nominate as
candidate by other Paterson River land holders -
Crawford Logan Brown,
Alfred Glennie, Henry
Frederick Bedwell and
John Durbin. In reply to their exhortations, Park wrote
this letter to the Maitland Mercury:
Allow me to thank you for the honor you have done me, in
requesting me to become a Candidate for the Representation
of your county, at the ensuing election. I am fully aware,
gentlemen, of the responsible duties which so important a
trust imposes, and, unless solicited, should not have
presented myself as a candidate for your suffrages. I,
however, now, in compliance with your request, have the
honour to reply, that I shall be most happy to come forward
as a candidate, and should I be so fortunate as to be
elected, my anxious endeavours shall be to merit the honour
which you confer upon me. My political opinions are in
favour of the free trade principles now in course of
dissemination through the world. I am also of opinion that
it is the duty of every state to afford the means of
education to the children of the poor I am a Protestant, but
at the same time approve of the toleration of all religious
sects The new constitution about to be foisted on the colony
by Earl Grey I shall oppose to the utmost of my power.
Gentlemen, as regards local matters, my interests are
identical with your own. I have a large stake in the county
and having passed the best park of my life amongst you,
cannot but have acquired a fair share of colonial experience
during that period. I have the honor to be gentlemen Your
obedient servant, ALEXANDER PARK, Lewinsbrook.
Alexander Park lost the election to Stuart Donaldson however
he was gracious in defeat:-
just learnt the result of the Poll, I hasten to return you
my most sincere thanks for the honor you conferred on me, by
voting for me at the late Election; and although I have not
been successful, yet, under all circumstances, I consider it
an honorable defeat. I have the honor to be, gentlemen, your
most obedient servant, ALEXANDER PARK
Dunmore Lang wrote of Mr. Park in An historical and
statistical account of New South Wales.....
Alexander Park died in August 1873 and Lewinsbrook
was advertised for sale in
Notes & Links:
Mungo Park - Scottish explorer of West Africa..........
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