Early Hunter Valley Settlers
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Allyn River | Williams River | Dungog
| The Grange
| Canniingalla | Norwood
Settlers on Map 3
Allyn River | Williams River | Dungog | Cairnsmore | The Grange | Canniingalla | Norwood
Settlers on Map 3
Notes & Links:
Peter Miller Cunningham described the Williams River area in Two Years in New South Wales published in 1828
Old Times Road Notes - from Tegg's Pocket Almanac 1842
Road from Wallarobba to the Upper William and Chichester Rivers......
147. On the right leave the road from Wollombi to Port Stephens and the Manning
150. Pass the north west corner of Mr. Chapman's farm
153. The Village reserve of Wallaroo on the right is a track to Clarence Town crossing about three miles off the road from the Wollombi to Port Stephens at 152 miles from Sydney
154. Enter Hook's grant; on the west is Tabbit Hill.
157. Melbee the grant of Mr. D.F. Mackay
158. On the right, village reserve of Wihurghully; here the Myall Creek joins the William, the road following the course of the Myall along its western bank.
159. Cross Dorigo and Montyac, two small streams running into the Myall through Mr. C.L. Brown's grant.
159˝. On the right, Dungog a high hill, part of the range, dividing the waters of the William and Myall.
161˝. Cross the Myall, under another high hill called Puntelva situated in Mr. Thompson's grant.
163˝.Grant of Charles Windeyer Esq., J.P., called Tillegrah; about a mile on the left is Codagot Hill.
164. Cross the Williams River to Canningalla, Sir James Dowling's Farm. About a mile on the right is the confluence of the William and Chichester Rivers. Lower down the William on the north bank are the farms of Mr. W. Foster, and Mr. Lawrence Miles. From Tillegrah there is a track to the south west, following upwards the course of the Myall to the right of Mount Narroul and crossing the range by Mount Windeyer to Park's grant on the Allyn River. The course of the William and Chichester is from the west, their sources being in the Mount Royal Hills; they run parallel to each other like the Paterson and Allyn, and about two miles apart. Between these rivers are the grants of Rookin and the Messrs Mosman, and on the south banks of the William are the grants of Mr. Mann called Munni; Messrs McLean and McKenzie, called Tanumbuc and Messrs Scott and Adair.
The principal characteristics of this district from Clarence town upwards are open forest land, affording excellent sheep pasture, and on the banks of the rivers small flats of alluvial soil and strips of vine brush in which are found cedar and other valuable timbers; the track between the William and Chichester is said to be the finest bit of sheep country in the whole colony. Immediately over the range at the head of these rivers some plains are visible; there also, the waters of the Manning take their rise. The country extending from the William northwards towards the Manning for thirty or forty miles is entirely unlocated, being very difficult of access and much broken by scrubby ranges, separating the many small streams that flow to the Manning and to the Gloucester River, which is the principal branch of the Manning...Maitland Mercury 15 October 1887
In 1832 the estate was offered for sale...1280 acres of land situate within four miles of the head of the navigation of the Williams River and five miles from Clarence Town; where, independent of the steam packets, sailing vessels are in constant communication with Sydney. The grant was selected by that very able and competent farmer, Alexander McLeod Esquire, of Luskintyre who was the renter of the property for the purpose of grazing his flocks and herds. It is nearly surrounded with the Williams River, forming nearly an archipelago, and requiring but a small outlay only in the fencing; bounded on the South by Mr. Fowler's farm and in the immediate vicinity of his Honour Mr. Justice Dowlings's establishment, within 5 miles of Singleton's water mill, and near to Walla Robba Major Sullivan's estate and those of George and Alexander Mossman Esquires. A fine bowling green road to it; as also the advantage of the water carriage. Sydney Herald 25 October 1832.
A geographical dictionary; or Gazetteer of the Australian colonies:
By William Henry Wells 1848
in the Williams River Valley web site -
ongoing work of
From A9020 (xiii) Album of Dungog Postcards by
George Kelly Photographer Dungog (c1905-1915), with correspondence on
verso of postcards from Edie Kelly (Dungog) – daughter of the
photographer George Kelly to Miss Gertie Alder (Hamilton)
1908-1914.....Cultural Collections, University of Newcastle. (Click on
the photograph above to find more photographs from this collection).
History in the Williams River Valley web site - ongoing work of historical investigation
From A9020 (xiii) Album of Dungog Postcards by George Kelly Photographer Dungog (c1905-1915), with correspondence on verso of postcards from Edie Kelly (Dungog) – daughter of the photographer George Kelly to Miss Gertie Alder (Hamilton) 1908-1914.....Cultural Collections, University of Newcastle. (Click on the photograph above to find more photographs from this collection).