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Francis Blower Gibbes
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Francis Blower Gibbes was born in Jamaica in 1792. He was a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and was on board the British owned Redridge which ran aground off the coast of Jamaica in 1805. Select here to find out more about his naval career.

He was recommended for a land grant in New South Wales as early as September 1822, however did not arrive in the colony until 1825 as a passenger on the Hugh Crawford.

He was granted 2000 acres in the upper Hunter in 1825 by Sir Thomas Brisbane. Soon afterwards he transferred this grant to William Bell Carlyle and Francis Little and moved to the Paterson area where he increased his holdings by purchasing land. He settled at Norwood. The estate can be found in the bottom left of the map below.

Francis Blower Gibbes' son, (also Francis Blower) was born in 1815 at Gretna Green, Scotland and later became an artist and art teacher. Find out more at Design & Art Australia Online

Francis Blower Gibbes became a Magistrate at Paterson and established an extensive run of paddocks on the estates which was used for horses. In the 1840's they were advertising for grooms and horse breakers for the estate.

Lieutenant Francis Blower Gibbes (b. 1792) died on 17th July 1844 at Hanover, Jamaica. His wife Elizabeth Sarah, (of Millennium Hall, Jamaica) died on 5th August 1858 at the residence of her son in law Hamilton Farish Stephen, St. Kilda, Melbourne. (1)

Francis Blower Gibbes (b. 1815) died at Fitzroy Melbourne in March 1904, aged 89 years of age. In his obituary some of the details of the achievements of his father are mentioned.....

Francis Blower Gibbes of 63 St. David-street. Fitzroy, passed quietly away on Wednesday, March 2, in his 89th year, after a short and severe illness. He was a son of the late Captain Francis Blower Gibbes, who was Flag-lieutenant to Collingwood, in the Royal Sovereign, at Trafalgar, and also fought for the flag! "under every sky and on every sea,'' in the West Indies, on the African coast, and on long blockades in the North Sea. On retiring on his pension, the English Government presented him with a valuable grant of land in New South Wales, to which his family came after the emancipation of the slaves, when he sold his estate in Jamaica. Mr. Francis B. Gibbes was in Jamaica during the rebellion, and came to New South, Wales in 1839, where he lived for 17 years; and for the last 48 years he has been in Victoria, where for many years he acted as hon. secretary for the Victorian Academy of Art. He was born at Gretna Green, Scotland, in 1815, and married Frances Plummer, of Copt-hall. Linton, Bedfordshire.

The following convicts were assigned to Francis Blower Gibbes.....

The first six convicts assigned to Francis Blower Gibbes were
John Blythe per Lonach 1825
John Hilton per Lonach 1825
Darby Carey per Hooghley 1825
Patrick O'Hara per Hooghley 1825
William Mooney per Hooghley 1825
Robert Miller per Norfolk 1825

Later John McGee who arrived on the Elphinstone in 1838 and John Taylor on the Albion were assigned to the Norwood estate.  

Notes & Links:

1). James Irving of Ironshore and his descendants, 1713-1918  


(1) The Argus,6 August 1858    


Henry John Lindeman - Cawarra


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