James Brindley Bettington arrived in
the Ionia in 1827.
One hundred years
after his arrival an article published in the Muswellbrook
Chronicle reflected on the contribution of the Bettington
family to the sheep industry.....
For many years
large estates have been the subject of much comment by
politicians and others, who, while condemning their
existence always fail to remember that the inclinations of
the possessors of big holdings were the chief factors in
numerous cases in the great work of nation building. The
possessors of such character traits were men whose
adventurous spirits prompted them to dare much in the search
for golden treasure and the work of subdividing the
wilderness in a new land for the raising of flocks and
herds......The founding of the Brindley Park Estate at
Merriwa is an admirable illustration of the forethought,
enterprise, and general capability of a valiant pioneer.
Old records show that James Brindley Bettington
accompanied by his brother came to New South Wales and took
up the Brindley Park land in 1824. Five years afterwards he
arranged a merino sheep stud, and in 1829 imported between
200 and 300 high class ewes from Saxony and afterwards a
Silesian ram. James Brindley Bettington died in 1857 and his
son also James Brindley Bettington became manager. (1)
James Brindly Bettington was in
partnership with his brother John Henshall Bettington who
had been previously in the colony but resided in London
until January 1836 when he arrived in New South Wales on the
Lord William Bentick (2).
In the 1830's the
Bettington brothers William,
Joseph Horton and
James Brindley acquired pastoral estates in the Hunter
Valley that had formerly been in possession of
Carter. Piercefield and Martindale were added to the
Brindley Park estate at Gummun Plains (Merriwa).
When the partnership was dissolved in 1835 John Henshall
Bettington retained 'Martindale', Joseph Horton Bettington
held 'Piercefield' and
James Brindley Bettington retained Brindley Park. (3)
Notes & Links:
1) Pedigree of Brindley and
James Brindley and the Early Engineers By Samuel Smile 1864
Muswellbrook Chronicle 20 November 1928.
Sydney Gazette 19 January 1836
Australian Dictionary of Biography Online