McIntyre was born in Perthshire, Scotland in 1783, the son
of Donald and Mary McIntyre.
In 1824 he was
appointed agent for Thomas Potter
Macqueen who had received a 10,000 acre grant of land in
New South Wales which he named Segenhoe. Peter McIntyre
organised immigrants, livestock and supplies and sailed on
the Nimrod and
Hugh Crawford arriving in Sydney on 3rd April
Peter McIntyre also secured a 4000 acre grant
from Governor Darling for himself which was called Blairmore and
another 4000 acres for his brother
John McIntyre which was
selected on the Allyn River and named Torryburn.
Peter McIntyre guided Allan
Cunningham over the Liverpool Ranges in 1827 and the
McIntyre River is named in his honour...........
Owing to the swollen state of the Hawkesbury,
Allan Cunningham did not meet his party at Mr. Glennie's
Farm until April 22nd 1827; on leaving there with his men he
travelled to Segenhoe, where he arrived on the 26th. He had
determined to cross the mountains at the head of Dartbrook
Creek where they had already been crossed by Mr. Macintyre,
who kindly offered to accompany the explorers to the summit
of the Liverpool Range. On April 30, 1827, Cunningham took
his departure from Segenhoe, and, after journeying to
Kingdon Ponds, passed over Tullong (or Holdsworthy) Downs.
On reaching Dartbrook Creek, he continued his way northwards
along its right bank for three and a half miles, halting for
the day at a patch of apple-tree flat eighty feet above
Segenhoe. Next morning, keeping in the same direction up the
right bank of Dartbrook, he descended a grassy valley, and,
having accomplished thirteen miles, encamped near its head.
This valley was bounded on the north and north-east by a
range connected with the Liverpool Range.
May 2nd, Mr. Macintyre and a friend who were to act as
guides joined the explorers, and the ascent of the range was
begun. Quitting the brook after three miles, Mr. Macintyre
led the way in a north-westerly direction to the Range. As
they advanced the party rested their horses upon tolerably
level spots of grass on the steep hillside. Gradually
continuing the ascent they gained a narrow spine of the
ridge (bounded on each side by ravines), which became so
steep that the loads had to be taken off the pack-horses and
carried over on men's shoulders. On this night (May 2nd)
they encamped 2,800 feet above the sea and obtained water in
one of the ravines. Next morning Cunningham saw that
they had climbed almost to the summit. While he was still
engaged in making observations at the camp Mr. Macintyre and
his companion directed some of his men with their horses
safely over the mountains, leaving them in a valley on the
north side of the Liverpool Range, where there were both
grass and water, and from which they easily could descend
the slopes to the plains. Here the men pitched the tent and
awaited the rest of the party. On returning to the
camp, Mr. Macintyre and his friend said good-bye to
Cunningham after having rendered him very helpful service.
Title: Early Explorers in Australia Author: Ida Lee
Peter McIntyre and his brother
had squatting runs on the Liverpool Plains - Byron Plains,
Falconer, Kayuga, Waterloo and Guyra.
replaced as Macqueen's agent by
Hamilton C. Sempill in 1830. He died at Pitnacree
near Maitland on 13 January 1842.
Select here to find some of the convicts assigned to
Peter McIntyre at Segenhoe, Blairmore and Pitnacree.
Select here to read a description of Peter McIntyre by
an old acquaintance in 1839