John Cory arrived in Australia on the Allies in 1823. Later that year he travelled to the Paterson River district with his son Edward Cory and their friend from Devon, John Boughton.
At the Paterson, land was selected and named Cory Vale. He purchased further estates naming them Poltimore (Pattimore) and Vacy (Vasy).
Cory Vale was situated where the Allyn river meets the Paterson. There was a track running through the grant of Cory Vale which easterly met the track leading to Wallaroba or to the west entered Adair';s grant and then headed south through Vacy, Tillimby, Cintra, Tocal, Dunmore and on to the Hunter River.
The following convicts were assigned to John Cory in 1824 and 1825 and would have been the first assigned servants on the Vacy estate:
John Brereton per Isabella - assigned ton 1824
James Dermody per Castle Forbes assigned in 1824
Edward Gregory per Hebe assigned in 1824
William Jones per Medina assigned in 1824
John Calderwood per Prince Regent assigned in 1824
Michael Marr or Managarer Castle Forbes assigned in 1824
Daniel Keating per Castle Forbes assigned in 1824
John Power per Castle Forbes assigned in 1824
Thomas Liddell per Mangles punished in 1824
Denis Daley per Isabella assigned in 1824
John Poor per Castle Forbes assigned in 1824
John Owen per Prince Regent punished in 1825
John Cory senior returned to England in 1827.
His son John Johnson Cory, a retired Naval Officer arrived in Australia on the Strathfieldsaye in July 1833 and died in 1839.