evening at the end of May in 1848 a small group of settlers
in Singleton sat down to a public dinner in the
'tastefully decorated' long room of Mr. Ledingham's
Thomas Mitchell Inn. The occasion was in honour of James Glennie who was leaving the district to reside on his
station 'in the interior'. At six o'clock everyone sat down
to a sumptuous dinner. Everything that the epicure could
desire was placed upon the table; the wines were of first
The chair was taken by Charles Simpson, guest
of honour James Glennie was seated on his right; Mr. J.C.S.
McDouall on his left; Also present were
Henry Bailey and Mr. Carter. Mr. Simpson gave the
toasts. After toasting the Queen, he next proposed a toast
to the guest of honour, stating that Glennie had been an
inhabitant of the district for the last twenty years and
during that time had earned the good feelings of all
classes. The health of Mr. Glennie was then raised, with nine
times nine. Mr. Glennie then returned thanks. He felt
himself at a loss for words to express his feeling upon this
occasion. He felt sorry that he was not a public speaker,
but he hoped they would take the will for the deed, and
accept his sincere thanks for the honor they had done him.
Many toasts were then given and Mr. Robinson gave a very
long and eloquent speech regarding education. Several songs
were sung during the evening by Messrs. Bailey, Williams, Ravenscroft and other with the party breaking up at 11
o'clock. So ended James Glennie's years in Singleton.
He had arrived in
Australia twenty three years previously on board the
Guildford a convict transport with 159 prisoners
with their guard, a detachment of the 40th Regiment under
Lieutenant Thornhill. On the 11th March 1824 the Sydney
Gazette recorded that the Guildford had arrived to the 'joy of the
whole colony, alarming apprehensions being entertained for her safety.'
Other passengers on the Guildford included Mr. R. Dulhunty and his brother Mr. L.
Dulhunty and Judge Francis Forbes, his wife and 3 children.
They had an eventful voyage including a violent storm and leaks in the
Guildford which required the use of the convicts on board to work at
the pumps day and night until they reached Teneriffe.
Here they stayed only a short time before heading for Rio where they stayed for
two months while the ship was mended.
On arrival in the colony, James Glennie was granted 2080 acres at Falbrook, and along
with convict servants, was supplied from Government Stores
for six months. Glennie's servant Abraham Carter accompanied him to Australia on
James Glennie's estate was known as Dulwich and Falbrook was renamed Glennies
was taken to Dulwich to recover after having been attacked by natives.
expedition northward departed from Dulwich.
James Glennie married Susan White in 1832 and
their daughter Mary Helena was born in 1833. Their son James
Halliday was born in 1836 however died in childhood.
Just a few
months before James Glennie left Singleton the
Governor Sir Charles Fitzroy was scheduled to pay a
visit to the Hunter. A great deal of planning went
into his visit. In Singleton Glennie joined with other inhabitants John Browne,
John Smith, David Stolworthy,
Hope, John Johnston John Holden,
Alexander Munro, William Lesley and
Alfred Levien in calling for a
public meeting to arrange matters connected with the
reception for the Governor and to plan an
appropriate address to be given. Despite inclement
weather the Governor visited Singleton in February
and James Glennie was introduced to him along with others settlers in the
district. Governor Fitzroy later called at Dulwich for refreshments
before continuing his journey.
In April 1848 the Estate of Dulwich, situated
one mile from Camberwell Church, was advertised for lease. The estate consisted of a good dwelling house
and offices both in excellent order. The
entire 3000 acres were all fenced with a
considerable portion cleared and water was plentiful
as there was three miles of water frontage. A 15
acre garden containing 10 acres of vines of the best
description had been established. There was said to
be an unlimited supply of surface coal and the
public pound was situated on Dulwich as well. A
number of tenants were on the estate paying
rental of £140 per annum.
James Glennie was a brother of
died in 1876 aged 77 near Gladstone, Queensland. The Rockhampton
Bulletin reported his death:
resident of the name of James Glennie, of Thornhill has departed at the
ripe age of 77. He had lived in the colony 53 years, and was always
willing to assist in promoting the welfare of his fellow colonist. As he
was returning from the church of England Synod he was taken ill, and was
unable to return to his station. He was brother to Archdeacon Glennie,
and for his age was a surprisingly strong man, and his death was quite
unexpected. (Rockhampton Bulletin 18 September 1876.)