John Verge was born in 1782 in Hampshire, England.
He was a bricklayer and builder
and in 1828 immigrated to Australia with his son
Phillip. They arrived on the Clarkstone on 27th
He was granted 2560 acres of land
on the Williams River (Lyndhurst Vale) and in
1838 an additional 2560 acres was granted at the
McLeay River (Austral Eden)
returned to building in the 1830's when he
designed among many other buildings, Barham at
Pott's Point Sydney, Tempe House for
Lyndhurst at Glebe for
and the 'Paterson Arms' near Paterson (builder
Ralph Mills Clarke).
Aberglasslyn House built for
George Hobler has also been attributed to
Convicts assigned to John Verge included
James Birnie (John Barry 1836),
(Royal Sovereign 1834),
Joseph Bullingham (Lady
William Copland (Bussorah Merchant
John Downing (Mangles 1837),
Gardner (Lady Nugent),
Magnus McDonald (Parmelia
Thomas Phillips (Strathfieldsaye 1836),
Henry Spiers (Planter 1833)
John Tredgold (Minstrel
Ann Tyson (Mary 1835),
(Mermaid 1829) and
Charles White (John 1832).
By 1837 John Verge retired to 'Austral Eden' on the
Macleay River. He died in 1861.
remained in the Williams River district.