John Herring Boughton/a> was a solicitor. He was the second
son of George Boughton, esq., of Reed House, Hatherleigh,
Devon, and grandson of the Rev. George Boughton, Rector of
that parish. |
He arrived in Australia on the
Fame in September 1822. Also on board were his
future wife Charlotte Maria Westbrook and James Cann, also
from Devon, who was to be employed as Boughton's overseer.
John Herring Boughton and Charlotte Westbrook were
married in Sydney on 21st October 1822
came with recommendations from Lord Bathurst and was granted
2000 acres of land and assigned six convicts to work his
estate. He was supplied from the Government stores for six
months and was issued cows from the government herd. Land
was selected at Paterson which he named 'Tillimby', and it
was here he established his home.
The land was
located just north of of where Paterson stands today and as
can be seen on the map, adjoined Susannah Matilda Ward's
Among the first convicts who
worked on the Tillimby estate were:
William Winney per Larkins;
William Price per John Barry;
Richard Nott per Ocean 1818;
John Mole per General Hewitt,
James McEntegart per Daphne and
William Wall per General Stewart and
Thomas Powers per Earl St. Vincent.
In 1823 John Boughton
also received an allotment of land in Newcastle.
1825 several of John Boughton's assigned servants absconded
to the bush. Bushrangers known as
Jacob's Irish Brigade
were active in the district and it was thought that the
absconders had joined the gang.
The men were
Henry Sears and
Isaac Deane who both arrived on the Asia in 1825,
Bernard Padden per Hooghley and
John Chapman per Mangles, mostly they were a bad lot who
would be in trouble over and over again in the coming years.
John Boughton bravely joined in the pursuit party and the
Australian reported on 4th August 1825:
bushrangers were traced by a party of natives, to a brush
above Mr. Cory senior's farm at Paterson's Plains; and a
party of soldiers stationed there, accompanied by three
constables immediately went in pursuit of them. Messrs.
Frankland, Boughton and
Edward Cory are also with the
soldiers; and it is to be hoped their efforts will be
attended with success.
John and Charlotte
Boughton with their nephew returned to Australia on the
Sir William Wallace in 1832 after several years absence
in England and in 1833 he was granted almost 150 acres of
land at Lake Macquarie later known as Bolton Point. A
further 450 acres was purchased at Lake Macquarie near
Swansea in 1834 where he established a saltworks and where
some of his assigned servants were employed.
Although he travelled to Lake Macquarie each fortnight, the
area became an outpost for cattle thieves and absconders and
after a complaint from the authorities, Boughton closed the
saltworks. As a member of the Stock Protection Society at
the Hunter he was very keen to stamp out cattle stealing.
Boughton's overseer, James Cann who had accompanied
him on the Fame, was granted 60 acres of land in
1824 although he remained employed as overseer at Tillimby
until at least 1828. Cann married Mary Chapman, widow of
William Chapman in 1829. Mary had been employed by the
Boughtons as a house servant. James Cann died in 1834.
In 1831, James Cann had perhaps left the estate to work
his own land as Tillimby was being managed by
Dr. Isaac Scott Nind ex
surgeon of the 57th Regiment occupied a small area of the
Tillimby estate. Here he had his residence and a small
hospital he kept for the convenience of the settlers to send
their Government men to when sick.
John H. Boughton
drowned in an accident on Lake Macquarie in 1854.
The land was purchased by
Abraham Nivison in 1859. A
road was proposed through the estate in February of that
Notes & Links:
Australian Almanac 1831.....
Settlers on Map 2