John Thomas Maughan's land was across
Wallis Creek from the grant of Thomas Valentine Bloomfield.
On the map above it is situated below Mitchell's land lower
middle of the map.
John Thomas Maughan arrived in Hobart
as First Officer on the Westmoreland on 5th May 1821.
Passengers on the Westmoreland included Twenty nine
year old William Harper with
his wife Catherine and two children, saddler Samuel Marsden
settler John West and runaway John Bisbee.
advertised his intention to depart again on the Westmoreland
in June 1821(SG).
Afterwards he was employed on the
On 15 August 1822 he was
granted 1230 acres of land by Governor Brisbane. (See
Index and directory to map of the country bordering upon the
River Hunter... by Henry Dangar). His grant was later
described: One thousand acres in the Parish of Maitland
(exclusive of two hundred and thirty acres of water on the North
side, hereby reserved); bounded on the East by
Goldingham's farm, bearing South 52 chains and a continued
South line of 80 chains; on the South by a line bearing West 80
chains; on the West by a line bearing North to Wallis' Creek and
on the North by the Creek to the commencing South West corner.
(SH) However the following Memorial for a grant of land was
dated 28th January 1823.
To His Excellency, Major
General Sir Thomas Brisbane, 28th January 1823 Memorial of John
That Memorialist arrived in
this colony in June 1821 as Chief Officer of the ship
Westmoreland and has since acted in the same capacity on board
the Marshall Wellington which ship is now about to sail for
England, and Memorialist being anxious to quit a seafaring life
and become a permanent settler in this colony most respectfully
solicits your Excellency will make to him a grant of land
suitable to the means Memorialist is in possession of to bring
the same into cultivation,. Memorialist begs leave to state that
those means will admit of his employing ten men off the stores
and in terms of the present Government regulation. (1)
In February 1823 he was granted 1000 acres in any part of
the colony which had been surveyed and assigned four convicts to
be victualled from the stores. On on 25th February he was
granted permission to proceed to Newcastle on the Hawais.
here to find some of the convicts who were assigned to him
in the early years.
On 15th January 1824 Maughan
informed the authorities that at the wish and request of other
settlers on the Hunter River he had built a boat for the
conveyance of goods and passengers. As his farm was situated two
miles from the river, he had no store available to safely store
goods on consignment and he requested a grant of land that would
suit his purpose better......
In Township No 20 there
is a point of land forming part of section 6 and 12 adjoining
the grant of Thomas McDougall
on the North and bounded by the Hunter River on the West, South
and East , which point of land is well calculated for the
construction of the requisite buildings.(1) He was
informed in a letter dated 22 June 1824 that this land could not
In July 1840 allotments at Louth Park were
advertised for auction:
Thirty five magnificent
allotments at Maitland, adapted either for commercial or
suburban designs; and varying from one to ten acres each.
These allotments superior to any which have been hitherto
offered for sale, form part of the beautiful estate of Louth
Park, the property of Edward Turner Esq., who has been induced
to put them up to public competition in consequence of the
numerous applications which have been made to him by individuals
to purchase portions thereof. Every allotment has a frontage to
Wallis' Creek, which is navigable for barges and lighters of the
largest size, and forms the dividing line between East and West
Maitland; it is tributary to the Hunter, and its water (which
are always fresh) disembogue therein, a little below the Rose
In addition to these invaluable and indispensable
requisites, the whole of the allotments abut upon a read
leading over two bridges to different parts of Maitland,
namely, one into the centre of the town and the other to
the west and passing the race course, the church,
chapels, the auction company's rooms, the extensive
steam mills adjacent and to the deep water forming the
head of the navigation of the Hunter known as Port
Maitland, and which is now in progress of survey
previous to being formed into spacious wharfs for the
accommodation of the Hunter River Steam Company's river
packets where they can load and discharge their cargoes.
The land is composed of the richest description
of alluvial deposit which no pressure of aridity can
ever affect and its fertility is equal if not superior
to the celebrated South Hams in Devonshire. It presents
a most beautiful appearance at this moment cleared and
in the highest state of cultivation and free from any
obstruction to the plough
Ownership of the land was in dispute in 1847. Portions
were offered for sale Land Sales in 1847 (Sydney
John Thomas Maughan died on the
18th April 1864, at the Abbey, Great Grimbsy,
Lincolnshire, England, aged 78.
was described in 1841 when it was offered for sale:
Embracing a beautifully stone built spacious family
residence, erected at immense expense of the most costly
materials and replete with every convenient building,
double Coach house, stabling for five Horses, Cart Shed,
Harness room, Fowl House, Poultry Yard, twenty pigsties,
together with Store room, Dairy, Cheese Room and other
Buildings suitable for the occupation of the different
mechanics and tradespeople employed on the Estate; a
Trellissated vineyard, of two acres abounding with the
choicest grapes, enclosed in a Garden covering five
acres of well cultivated land, an Orchard of five acres
stocked with peach trees and laid down with Lucerne
which has always yielded an abundant crop;......(The
Below are photographs of The Homestead from the
collection of Athol D'Ombrain at Cultural Collections,
University of Newcastle
The Homestead, Louth Park, owned by John Thomas
Maughan photographs ca.1935
The Homestead, Louth Park
(1)Memorials to the Governor, 1810-25. Series 899,
Fiche 3001-3162. State Records Authority of New South Wales.
Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia.
Map of the estate
of Louth Park near Maitland known as Maughan's grant divided
into desirable allotments for sale [cartographic material] 1833
- 1849. MAP F 817.