Hunter Valley Settlers
Glenridding- Map 4
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Hunter River, Glendon, Darlington,
Singleton, Patrick Plains
John Earl arrived with his wife Ann (formerly Mounsey;
Holmes) and five children on the
Thalia in 1823. The Thalia departed
England in October 1822 and arrived in Hobart on 27 April
1823. Among those on board were the families of - Pike,
Geiss and Lawes and eight other passengers including a Mr.
After bringing with him recommendations as
a free settler, John Earl was granted 1500 acres, and in
1823 he sailed to Newcastle on the Fame possibly to
select his land.
His selection, Glenridding,
was situated in the parish of Whittingham near Singleton.
He was granted permission to be supplied from the
stores at Newcastle for himself, wife and five children as
well as his convicts servants who accompanied him to
Glenridding in 1823.....
Joseph Charles who
arrived on the
John Morton per Mangles 1820
John Foley on the
James Miller per Canada 1829
Mathew Fox on the
Soon after John Earl's arrival some of his assigned convicts absconded and he was afterwards in dispute
with constable of the district
Benjamin Singleton whom
Earl considered did not carry out his duties adequately.
He replaced Benjamin Singleton as Constable for the district
but later was accused of being unfit for the position of
constable by Magistrates Messrs
Scott and was dismissed from
the position himself in 1825.
was assigned to John
Earl in 1824.
the 1828 Census John Earl's occupation is Innkeeper at
Patrick Plains. He resided with his wife Ann and daughter
Dorothea at Patrick Plains.
In 1832 William
Strainton was an assigned servant as were George Boxhall and
Thomas Canavan. Twenty four year old John Watson who arrived
on the Recovery was employed by Earl as a labourer.
In March 1920, the centenary of the discovery of Singleton,
the Singleton Argus published to following account .....
The late Mr Wm. Stevenson, father of Mr. R.
Stevenson, of Redbournborry, was a shipmate of Mr Benjamin
Singleton. The late Mr Stevenson came here from Windsor in
1837, and settled in the locality now known as Glenridding.
Mr R. Stevenson, who is probably the oldest living native of
Singleton, was born at Glenridding_- on 14th January, 1839.
He has distinct recollections of this place (Singleton) in
the forties, when there were about 40 dwellings all told.
Those were mainly along what is now George-street, with a
few scattered among the timber on the flat. The style of
architecture was very primitive, the dwellings being
constructed of split slabs, with stringy bark or thatch
roofs. Shutters served the place of glass windows in those
days, and the floors were mother earth. Any cracks in the
walls were plastered. Settlers who could not soar to the
dignity of a slab dwelling lived in houses made of bushes.
Of course, there were no set-in tubs or baths, and no tanks
or wells. Water for domestic supplies was brought in casks
on slides or in wooden buckets from the river,-and the
Hunter was also-the washing day or for the weekly bath. Mr Stevenson says he went to a school in 1846,
conducted by a
Mr. (John) Keating, and there were about 20
pupils. The school was built of slabs and bark.
In 1840 John Earl sold his estate and returned to
England. His wife Anne remained in Australia.
1842 Benjamin Singleton was occupying Glenridding, either as
an owner or tenant. His son Benjamin was in charge and had
nine employees, all free men. In this year (1842) there was
a crop of 42 acres of wheat on Glenridding. - Singleton
Argus 7 June 1935.
Glenridding was later acquired by
Captain William Russell. Captain Russell arrived in the
colony in 1837 and became a pastoralist and agriculturalist.
He later acquired other properties as well including
Ravensworth, Waverley and
Cheshunt Park. William Russell died in England in 1866.
Notes & Links:
Glenridding Uniting Church Cemetery
Mounsey and Holme family history
Family History Society, Singleton