Free Settler or Felon

Early Hunter Valley Settlers

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Richard Windeyer & Adam Beveridge - Map 1

 

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Ash Island - Alexander Walker Scott John Laurio Platt Australian Agricultural Company Joseph Weller George Weller William Brooks Jonathon Warner George Brooks Richard Windeyer & Adam Beveridge William Peppercorn Richard Siddons John Maclean G.T. Graham William Sparke Henry Rae Vicars Jacob Francis Shortt Francis Moran John Eales William Bradridge Nobbys Island c. 1910 Black Swan from the Skottowe Collecion. Artist R. Browne Iron Bark Creek 1907 Escape of Convicts - Bushrangers

Adam Beveridge and Richard Windeyer

Tomago House

A grant of eight hundred and fifty acres located by two orders was made by Governor Brisbane to Adam M. Beveridge on 26th August 1824. Annual Quit rent 6 7s 6d(1). The land adjoined that of John MacLean and William Peppercorn.

Adam Beveridge, who arrived free on the Amity in 1824 and resided in Tasmania, sold this land to Richard Windeyer between 1836 and 1838. Here Windeyer and his wife Maria built Tomago House, a sandstone villa with cellars, vineyards and servants huts. 

In 1844  the Maitland Mercury reported -  Raymond Terrace is a very prettily situated town, and one which has made rapid strides in improvement. It is finely situated as regards frontage, being at the junction of the Hunter and Williams Rivers, but the great drawback is the want of back country. This, however is likely in a year or two to be obviated, for the swamp at the back, which covers an immense tract, is in course of being drained by the spirited proprietor, R. Windeyer Esq. and I am credibly informed this will be accomplished effectually. When the undertaking is completed Raymond Terrace must go ahead'.

Richard Windeyer became ill in 1847 and while visiting relatives in Launceston to recover his health, passed away aged 41.  The estate was already in financial difficulty and was auctioned in twelve lots on Monday 28th August 1848, however Maria Windeyer continued in residence.  At this time Tomago House was described as a substantially built stone mansion, with slated roof and spacious cellars. The out-buildings consisted of superintendent's house, brick built and shingled, containing two rooms, laundry, and kitchen; brick built store and storekeeper's residence, a stone built Gothic Cottage in the vineyard, a double weather boarded cottage, gardener's cottage and eight huts and stabling; as well as stockyards.

 Tomago House, NSW, AustraliaTomago House - Cultural Collections University of Newcastle

 

Convicts assigned to Richard Windeyer at Raymond Terrace included:

Name Vessel Year/s assigned
James Ford Mangles 1837 1837/1838
William Wainwright Marquis of Huntley 1835 1840
James Fitzharris Heber 1837 1837
James Harris Hive 1834 1841
George Riddle Asia 1833 1841
Joseph Picard Waterloo 1838 1840
William Atkinson Guildford 1827 1840

References:

(1). Index to map of the country bordering upon the River Hunter... by Henry Dangar (London : Joseph Cross, 1828). p12

 

Links & Notes:

(1). Richard Windeyer was a Member of the first Legislative Council 1843. Find out more at the Australian Dictionary of Biography

(2). Tomago House -  Sunday Herald 1953