James McGillivray arrived in Hobart as a cabin
passenger on the Deveron in June 1822.
He brought with him recommendations and was granted land
in Van Diemen's Land however applied to have his grant
transferred to New South Wales.
He took his
passage to New South Wales with
Alexander Shand in
February 1823 and after seeking permission to proceed to
Newcastle they travelled up the coast on the Mariner
to view land. Other settlers travelling
to Newcastle on this day included John Cheers, John
Hickey, George Brown and Alexander Dickson. He sailed to
Newcastle twice more in 1823.
received a grant of 900 acres in November 1823 in the
Parish of Gosforth and 1100 acres in June 1825 in the
Parish of Heddon. His name is also included on a
list of individuals who received an allotment of land in
Newcastle in 1824.
Convict servants were assigned
to him including William Edmonds, Robert
Newnham and James Lane. By 1825 he was producing enough
maize to sell and was awarded a government contract.
In 1828 he was employed as a clerk at the Office of
the Superintendent of Convicts.
He married Jane
Bradley in Sydney in July 1830 and acquired some land in
Cumberland county in the 1830's. In 1833 he was
appointed clerk at the
His land grant was applied
Emanuel Hungerford in 1834. This may have been the
location of the
In 1835 he ran a store at
R v. Smith. Decisions of the Superior Court of NSW)
James McGillivray was imprisoned in Parramatta gaol
for debt in the late 1830's.
He was residing in
Raymond Terrace when his daughter Arminella died in
James McGillivray died suddenly at his
residence Springdale, Lane Cove on 17 May 1863 aged 66.