|Peter Miller Cunningham
described this area in
Two Years in New South Wales. (1827).............
Mr. Ogilvie possesses here six thousand
acres, consisting of alluvial flats and lightly-timbered
forest land backwards, bounded by a moderately high
ridge. A plain of fifty acres of rich land (without a
tree upon it) is situated in the middle of the grant,
overlooked by a beautiful swelling hill, equally clear,
of the finest sort of garden mould, and covered with
luxuriant grasses. The Goulburn enters Hunter's river
opposite to the bottom of Mr. Ogilvie's grant, the
plains on each side being hemmed in by woody ridges of
moderate elevation, toward which the back land gradually
rises. Contrary to what is generally found in other
parts of the country, the ridges upon the upper part of
Hunter's river are almost uniformly flattened at the
top, forming little miniature hills and valleys covered
with fine soil of moderate depth, and abounding in
grass, which makes them the great resort of the
kangaroos and cattle in the winter season. Behind the
ridge bounding Mr.
Ogilvie's farm, at four miles distance, is
Mr. George Blaxland's residence, where several flocks of fine
woolled sheep and a large herd of cattle are kept.
brought out to his residence here, a good assortment of
Saxon and Spanish Merinos, which promise to be a great
benefit to the flocks on this river, besides the
advantages he will individually derive from them. Twenty
four miles above this, at Holdsworthy Downs, Lieut.
Gibbs, Mr. Carlisle R.N.
and the Messrs Little
are settled, with Mr.
McIntyre agent for Potter
Macqueen M.P. Farther on again, several young
Scotchmen have taken grants upon some fine clear downs
along the banks of a branch of the Goulburn. All these
gentlemen possess sheep, and indeed there is no settler
of any note upon this extensive river, who is not
turning his attention to the production of fine wool.
The name of Jerry's Plains was
explained by a correspondent to the Singleton Argus
The Jerry's Plains district, or
electoral division, was discovered by
John Howe and
party about the time Singleton, or Patrick's Plains, was
lit upon by that little band of intrepid explorers.
Indeed, it was by John Howe that the name "Jerry's
Plains" was given to the locality. It appears that a
servant, whose Christian name was abbreviated to the
sobriquet of "Jerry," who accompanied Mr Howe's party,
was lighting a camp fire on the plains, where the party
had just arrived, and the weather and wood being damp,
poor Jerry had recourse to the aid of powder, and
through heedlessness in the use of it, effected an
explosion, from which he was the sufferer ; and in order
to give Jerry some solace to assuage for the price of
his mishap, the plains where he distinguished himself
were called after him.
-Singleton Argus 30