John Dow arrived on the Warrior in 1830 with his sisters Agnes and Mrs.
Susannah Sempill wife of Hamilton
1832 - John Kelly and George Meade both
convicts who arrived on the
Eliza were assigned to
John Dow in 1832
1832 - John's sister Agnes
Dow married James Busby,
British resident in New Zealand in November 1832 and in December they
were reported as proceeding to New Zealand.
John Dow was employed as Superintendent at Belltrees in 1838.
1839 - Daughter Jessie Maria born to John and
Isabella Dow 28 May 1839
1839 - Assigned servant James Irwin
beaten to death by two men at Arden Hall in April/May 1839 -
Read the account in the Sydney Gazette
- Marriage of John Dow Esq., of Ardenhall, Upper Hunter to
Janet, second daughter of James Baird, Esq., of Greenock on 24th
November. Minister Rev. John Morse at Belltrees. December 1840
1841 - Mrs. Dow of Belltrees gave
birth to a daughter in September 1841
1840 - Richard Burnett (Byrne) married Isabella Cowen at Arden
Hall in June 1840
1840 - John Bell married Harriet Terry in June 1840 at Arden
mortgaged Arden Hall in 1842 and the estate was acquired by Dow's brother-in-law
however Sempill was
also in financial difficulty in the 1840's and
he returned to Scotland with his family on the 'Eweretta'
1842 - Charles and Isabella (McLeod) Pratt employed by John Dow
at Arden Hall 1842
1842 - Helen Leitch Dow, daughter of John and
Janet born in 1842
obtained license to depasture stock beyond the limits of location for
the year commencing 1st July 1843 - Liverpool Plains and New England
Described as a grazier of Arden Hall in 1844.
1844 - George Campbell Dow, son of John and
Janet Dow baptised in January 1844
- Arden Hall situated twelve miles from Scone. 15 miles from Aberdeen.
960 acres with family mansion of brick. 7 rooms, pantry, store room,
huts, stockyard, blacksmiths etc on the Hunter River. Advertised for
sale January 1845.
1845 - James Baird Dow, son of John and Janet Dow
born October 1845
1850 - David Colquhoun Dow, son of John and Janet
Dow baptised January 1850
John Dow was described as one of the first free
settlers in the New England district
The site of Arden Hall is now under Glenbawn Dam (NMH
3 June 1950)