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Hunter Valley Settler

Henry Rae

Map 1

Henry Rae arrived as a free passenger on the Skelton in 1823 with his wife Joan/Jane and sons William and James. Other passengers on the Skelton included Andrew Dickson, David Maziere, James Reid and John Stronach.



LAND GRANT

He was granted 560 acres in two portions in the Parish of Hexham on 27 May 1825 and 12 November 1825.

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


He sold this land in 1827 to Edward Sparke. Adjoining land originally granted to Kerry Lyne, James Cracknell and William Mayberry was purchased by Edward Sparke's son John Sparke, the whole of which later became the farm known as Wybah or Wyeharbour.



MAITLAND

Henry Rae later moved to Maitland where he worked as a saddler and was an active member of the community.



DEATH

He died in at his residence in Swan St. Morpeth in May 1859 aged 74 years and was buried in the Hiland Crescent Burial Ground.



REFERENCES

[1] Maitland Mercury 4 June 1859