Francis Little was born 8 January 1798 in Ecclefechan,
Dumfrieshire, Scotland son of Dr. William Little and Sarah
He arrived in Australia on the
Morley in January 1823. The Morley was a convict ship bringing prisoners to Van
Diemen's Land and William
Bell Carlyle who was Francis Little's uncle, was Surgeon
Superintendent on the vessel.
Francis Little first
resided at Minto, however
eventually established his estate on land granted in 1825
naming it Invermien. The estate was situated next to Satur
which was the land selected for his uncle William Bell
Carlyle. The estates were situated on the Dartbrook and near
Kingdon Ponds. In the 1832 Directory the country in the
district is described as undulating with soil similar to
A mile from Francis Little's
land the burning hill of Wingen could be found. The whole of
the surrounding country was strewn with petrifactions and
interesting geological specimens.
Read Rev. Wilton's description of Mt. Wingen in 1831
Francis Little's younger brother Archibald
Little arrived on the Triton
in October 1825. He established Cressfield.
Francis Little married widow Mary Ann Fennell Bell, the
4th daughter of Archibald Bell of 'Belmont', at Windsor on
3rd August 1831. Mary Ann was sister of
Archibald Bell junior of
Corinda. A son William was born in 1832 and a daughter Sarah
in 1833 followed by Archibald in 1835. Mary Ann died on 14th
April 1835 after giving birth to Archibald.
homestead was built at Invermien and in 1844 Francis Little
purchased his uncle's estate Satur. Francis Little
died 14th June 1860 aged 62, twenty-five years after his
wife Mary Ann. He was buried in the graveyard at
St. Luke's Church, Scone.
When Francis Little
died, his eldest son, William, inherited the estate. William
Little retired in 1877, selling the estate to the brothers
Frederick and Edward Parbury. Four years later, the property was
subdivided after Edward Parbury’s death. The homestead and
2,000 acres of land were purchased by James Doyle.
Frederick Parbury's obituary in 1915 ..... The late Mr.
Parbury although a native of Sydney where he was born 70
years ago spent all his early life and had his education in
England. It was not very long after his return from England
in 1880 that he purchased Invermien which then included
Satur, and came to reside there. The Invermien portion of
the property was subsequently sold to James H. Doyle and Mr.
Parbury thereafter up till the time of his death lived at
Satur on which he raised cattle and sheep. (1)
Convicts assigned to Francis Little in the 1820's and 1830's
Thomas Delmore per Phoenix
Edward Stewart per Phoenix
Patrick Creighton per Phoenix
William Brooke per Marquis of Hastings
Darby Carey per
William Burnes per Countess of Harcourt
Worthing per Surry
William Downes per Lady Harewood
James Osborne per Lady Harewood
Mary Collier per Pyramus
John Kelly per Dunvegan Castle
Charles Bankes per
John Baugh per Asia
Robert Baker per
Select here to find more convicts assigned to Francis
Little at Invermein
Dumfrieshire, Scotland.......Pigot's Directory....