Early Hunter Valley Settlers

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 George Forbes - Edinglassie -  Map 7 


George Forbes arrived in New South Wales with his brother Sir Francis Forbes on the Guildford in 1824 and was granted 2000 acres in September of that year. Another 4000 acres were reserved for purchase.

He stocked Edinglassie with fine wool sheep and acted as superintendent on his brother's estate Skellator

Peter Cunningham described the area in 1826 -










Edinglassie was purchased by James White in 1839.

James White arrived in 1826 on the Fairfield,  employed by the Australian Agricultural Company to bring a flock of sheep which on arrival he took to 'Retreat Farm at Parramatta before moving them to Port Stephens.

In 1830 James White left the Australian Agricultural Company and moved to Ravensworth, the property of James Bowman where he was employed as superintendent.

He purchased Edinglassie in 1839.

In 1852 employees at Edinglassie included Thomas Way, Joseph Roe, Robert Nicholson, Thomas Larrance, Kenneth Urquhart, Thomas Byrnes, William Dean, John Trainer, Patrick Byrnes, Elijah Cartwright, John McPhee, John McCullum, James Cornish and Benjamin Curn

 James White senior died in 1842.  

Notes & Links:  

1). Edinglassie (University of Newcastle Cultural Collections)....

C917-0093b Edinglassie, near Muswellbrook, c.1890   

 2) More about Edinglassie at NSW Heritage   


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