Rev. Richard Hill arrived from England with his wife
Phoebe Saphira on the
In New South Wales he worked as assistant to the minister
to Rev. Cowper at St.
Phillip's church. Later he became minister at St. James's
Church in Sydney.
He was Secretary of the Benevolent Society, Director
of the Natives Institution and a trustee for various
He was granted
1200 acres by Governor Macquarie and selected land at
Wollombi. Here he built a stone house at the junction of
Wollombi Brook and Parsons Creek.
to Rev. Hill included :
James Whitford (per Morley)
Samuel Ether (per Morley)
John Hickey (per
John Howard (per General Hewitt)
David Kenley (per Royal Charlotte)
John Pearse (per
Countess of Harcourt)
James Richardson (per Eliza)
Patrick McCabe (per Morley)
Mibrodale was advertised to be let or sold. The estate
included 600 sheep, 17 working bullocks, 250 head of cattle
and 15 horses. There was a slab cottage, a stone barn, sheep
pens, tobacco sheds, carpenter's shops, blacksmith's forge
Rev. Richard Hill died in June 1836.
He was buried in the old Devonshire cemetery - his gravestone
recorded the following:
"In memory of the Rev.
Richard Hill, first pastor of St. James's Church Sydney, who
departed this life on 30th May, 1836 aged 54 years. "be thou
faithful unto death and thou shalt receive the crown of
life". Phoebe Sapphira, wife of the above, born February 29
1780, and died 7 November 1863 is also buried there. (The
Devonshire St. Cemetery SMH 7 May 1901)
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