Robert Coram Dillon
arrived on the
1821 when he was 30 years old. Other settlers arriving on the Jessie included
Henry Dangar and
Alexander Livingstone (Alexander Livingstone later married Ann, sister of
Robert Dillon brought with him property amounting to
£1200 which he intended to use to invest in stock and cultivate the land. He
received a land grant of 600 acres on 6th September 1821 and was assigned three convicts to be
victualled from the stores at Newcastle to work the land.(1) He selected his land adjoining the
farms of James Kelly and eventually established a farm which would
later be known as Hinton.
A partnership was established between
Robert Dillon and
Bingle in 1822.....The Memorial of John Bingle and Robert Coram Dillon most
humbly shewith - That your memorialists are desirous of establishing themselves
at Newcastle for the purpose of opening a regular commercial enterprise between
that settlement and Sydney and for supplying the shipping in Port Jackson and
the town of Sydney with coals.
That to enable your memorialists more
efficiently to carry their views into execution they have to solicit your
Excellency's permission to build at Port Jackson a vessel of 50 tons burthen to
be employed as a regular packet and trader between Sydney and Newcastle and also
that they may be allowed town allotments at Newcastle whereon to erect stores
for the security of their goods and the produce of the settlement they may
receive in barter or by purchase (1).
In June 1822 they received land in Newcastle to build a commercial house and
permission to build a 50 tons vessel to begin a weekly shipping service between
Sydney and Newcastle. This was the vessel Eclipse which was stolen by
convict pirates in 1825.
Robert Dillon had also
established a Post Office at Newcastle by 1825, perhaps the first.
Select here to find some of the
buildings in Newcastle in 1822.
He was supplied with 400 bricks and 60 bushels of lime in
1823. The Deed for his land in Newcastle, 46
perches in Watt Street (allotment no.2), was claimed by
James Reid in 1839 who
purchased it from Mr. Bettington. Allotment No. 2 Watt Street can be seen on
Henry Dangar's Map here.(2)
Some of the convicts who were assigned to or
employed by Robert Coram Dillon included:
|Thomas Fitzgerald per Asia was assigned to Bingle and
Dillon in Sydney in July 1822
||John Wilson alias Paterson arrived on the Guildford
assigned to Bingle and Dillon in Sydney in August 1822
|Charles Connor arrived on the Martha employed by Mr.
Dillon 1823 - 1825
||James Fitzgerald arrived on the Sophia. Assigned to R.C.
Dillon in 1829
|John Rollston per Asia in 1828 (Hinton)
||Michael Simpson per Ann & Amelia in 1828 (Hinton)
|Thomas Osborne per Friendship assigned in 1828 (Hinton)
||James Clarke arrived on the Mangles. Assigned to R.C.
Dillon in 1828 (Hinton)
|Patrick Sullivan per Eliza in 1828 (Hinton)
||Patrick Danaher per Eliza in 1828
|Robert Lamb per York absconded in 1832
||John Knowles arrived on the Hercules in 1832, assigned
servant in 1832
|Christopher McDonald arrived on the Morley. Assigned to
R.C. Dillon until 1832
||Amos Lumby arrived on the Hercules in 1832, assigned
servant in 1832
|John Reid arrived on the Andromeda. Assigned in 1837
||Scipio Vanterpool arrived on the Susan. Assigned in 1837
Robert Coram Dillon died in 1841 aged 45 and was buried
in the Glebe cemetery at East Maitland.
(1). Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia,
Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825 Series: (NRS 897) Main series of letters
received, 1788-1825 Item: 4/1808 Page: 149-50
(2). Cross, Joseph. Map of the River Hunter, and
its branches [cartographic material] : shewing the Lands reserved thereon for
Church purposes, the Locations made to Settlers, and the Settlement and part of
the Lands of the Australian Agricultural Company at Port Stephens together with
the Station of the Mission to the Aborigines belonging to the London Missionary
Society on Lake Macquarie, New South Wales