Howe arrived free on the
in 1802. He received a grant of 100 acres at Mulgrave Place
dated 19 April 1803.
an auctioneer at Windsor and worked on road and bridge
construction projects before being appointed Chief Constable
at Windsor in 1814 and Coroner in 1821.
death of his first wife Frances, who had accompanied him to
Australia, he married Jane Kennedy, daughter of James
John Howe received grants of land in the Hunter Valley
after his expeditions in
1819* and **1820
to find an alternate route to the new settlements and to
open up more grazing land to the north. In the
Historical Records of Australia Notes the route taken
is described .....
In October and November,
1819, John Howe, chief constable at Windsor, led a party
from the Hawkesbury to the Hunter river, which followed in a
general way the direction of the Bulga road. On the 26th of
October, the expedition crossed the Colo river, a little
above the junction of Wheeny creek. Six days later, after
some difficult travelling, under the guidance of some
natives, the party, keeping to the west of the Macdonald
river, passed the neighbourhood of Yengo mountain, then
crossed the upper Macdonald and encamped for the night on
Wareng creek, at a spot a mile west of Wareng mountain.
During this day, a party of about sixty natives were met,
many of whom had never seen a white man. On the 2nd of
November, the dividing ridge between the watersheds of the
Hawkesbury and Hunter rivers was crossed, after finding it
necessary to unload the horses to cross the hills. Two days
later, a heavy fog, lying east and west, was observed from
the top of some high rocks, and the presence of a river was
suspected. On the following day, Friday, 5th November, the
Hunter river was reached, a little above the present town of
Singleton. The river was followed down for some distance,
until the homeward journey was commenced on the following
day. The return journey was accomplished after some
difficulty in the rough country, and Windsor was reached
after an absence of twenty-two days. In a letter, dated 17th
November, 1819, John Howe reported the result of his journey
to Governor Macquarie. On the 5th of February, 1820, a
second expedition under Howe's leadership left Windsor, and
spent five weeks in the examination of the valley of the
upper Hunter river . As a reward for his discoveries, on the
18th of September, 1820, John Howe was granted a license by
Governor Macquarie to graze his flocks and herds at "St.
Patrick Plains" (now Patrick's Plains), which he had discovered, and subsequently a grant of seven hundred acres of
land, known as Redbourneberry, was made to him.
HRA, Series 1, vol. X p. 810.
In 1824 John Howe
was granted 500 acres in the Parish of Ravensworth
which he named Mibrodale
In 1839 he
Raworth near Morpeth. This land had been a 200 acre
grant to James Griffiths in 1823. His estates at Patrick
Plains were managed by his family.
John Howe died at Raworth in 1852 and was
buried in the Cemetery at Morpeth.
Notes & Links:
1. *On John Howe's expedition which departed 24 October 1819 he was accompanied by
George Loder junior,
John Eggleton (or Egleton?),
On the March 1820 Expedition he was accompanied by:
George Loder junior
(free)1st and 2nd expedition
Daniel Philips (free) arrived per Matilda 1791
Jeremiah Butler arrived
Ticket of leave holder
Samuel Marshall arrived Ocean in 1816
Nicholas Connelly arrived Guildford 1816 1st and 2nd expedition
Frederick Rhodes per
James House per
Robert Bridle per Batavia
Andrew Loder volunteer
Thomas Dargen junior volunteer
Philip Thorley volunteer
Myles and Mullaboy natives - These two men actually guided the expedition,
having been sent out beforehand by John Howe to locate an elderly aborigine who
had told of a better route than the one previously found.
- Ebenezer, Portland and Windsor Pioneers - Windsor and Richmond Gazette 11
- Windsor and Richmond Gazette 7 March 1924
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