Free Settler or Felon?

Hunter Valley Settlers
James Black and Thomas Steele
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Hunter River, Glendon, Darlington, Singleton, Patrick Plains

James Black was granted 2560 acres of land at Falbrook near Mt. Dyrring on 21 February 1828.

Convicts assigned to James Black included:

Name Tried Ship
William Beresford Chester Susan 1834
John Garvy Sligo City of Edinburgh 1832
Daniel McCarthy Cork City of Edinburgh 1832
Edward Bourke Liverpool Florentia1830
William Heddings Huntington Hooghley 1828
Sarah Shaw Manchester Roslin Castle 1830
William Plant Shrewsbury Marquis of Huntley 126
John Williams Middlesex Fairlie 1834


Thomas Steele

In 1836 this land was re - advertised in favour of Thomas Steele. .....

Thomas Steele 2560 acres at Falbrook, near mount Dyrring, commencing at the east bank of Falbrook, (a remarkable bluff point on the west bank, bearing by compass west 20 degrees south) and bounded on the west by a south line by compass of 183 chains; on the south by an east line by compass of 113 chains; on the east by a north line by compass of 240 chains; and on part of the north by a west line of 65 chains to Carrow Brook; and on the residue by Carrow and Fal Brooks, to the point of commencement. Promised on 6th June 1827 by Sir Ralph Darling to James Black and possession authorised on the 21st February 1828, as a primary grant and advertised in his favour on 15th August, 1836, but now re advertised at his request in favour of Mr. Steele. (1)

Thomas Steel died after a lingering illness in December 1840.  

 Convicts assigned to Thomas Steel at the Mt. Dyrring estate in 1836 - 1837 included

Name Tried Ship
James Holt Maidstone Mermaid 1830
William McPhillips Monaghan Royal Sovereign 1834
William Beresford Chester Susan 1834
Edward Bourke Liverpool Florentia 1830
Joseph Longman Winchester Claudine 1829
John McBean Jamaica Strathfieldsaye 1836
William McIntosh Birmingham Surry 1834
James McKay Perth Fairlie 1834
Francis Miller Edinburgh Dunvegan Castle 1836
Hamlet Demerera John Barry 1836
William Heddings Huntington Hooghley 1828
Henry Landers Chesterfield York 1831
Ishmael Jones Denbigh Henry Tanner 1834
John Murphy Dublin City of Edinburgh 1832
Cornelius Neale Limerick Hive 1835
Charles Stanyard London Dunvegan Castle 1830


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 (1) Sydney Monitor 26 December 1836   



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