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Hunter Valley Settler

John Mann
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John Mann was born in Broadhempston, Devon, England in 1808, son of William Mann and Elizabeth Furneaux.

A Land Grant of 1920 acres was promised to John Mann on 11th November 1828 and possession authorised as a primary grant 13th October 1829 in lieu of the like quantity authorised under same promise 16th May 1829. -

John Mann selected land in the Upper Williams River district and named his selection Munni. (1) In the 1828 Census taken in November 1828 there were 3 horses on the property; 400 head of cattle and 240 sheep.

One thousand and twenty acres were offered for sale in June 1844 - described as a grant to John Mann of 1828 in lieu of a former selection in the name of Samuel Furneaux Mann. (2)

Samuel Furneaux Mann was employed as a grocer in Sydney. He came into difficulty in the financial downturn of the early 1840's. . (Sydney Gazette 6 August 1842)

The Hunter Water Registry has the following information.... According to the Lands Titles Office records, the property was sold to John Hughes in 1841, and in 1843 Hughes sold it on to Joseph Myatt. Munni then passed to Edward Newtown, before Newtown sold the land to William Alexander Smith in 1873. Another record however, indicates that a gentleman by the name of Edwin Smith, who had settled nearby up the Sheep Station Creek after quitting his parentsí property, Bandon Grove, bought the adjoining land on which Munni House is situated sometime after 1868  

Convicts assigned to John Mann in the 1830's included:
Andrew Caldwell who arrived on the Countess Harcourt 1827 (whitesmith)
Benjamin Redwood who arrived on the Portland 1832 (Potboy)
Finley Ferguson who arrived on the Marquis of Huntley 1830 (Shearer and Shepherd)    


(1). Government Gazette 9 August 1837

(2) Colonial Observer 20 June 1844    

Henry John Lindeman - Cawarra


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