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Hunter Valley Settler

John Verge
Lyndhurstvale -  Map 3


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John Verge was born in 1782 in Hampshire, England.

He was a bricklayer and builder and in 1828 immigrated to Australia with his son Phillip. They arrived on the Clarkstone on 27th December 1828.

John Verge was granted 2560 acres of land on the Williams River (Lyndhurst Vale) and in 1838 an additional 2560 acres was granted at the McLeay River (Austral Eden)

John Verge returned to building in the 1830's when he designed among many other buildings, -

Barham at Pott's Point Sydney,

Tempe House
for A.B. Sparke,

at Glebe for James Bowman and the 'Paterson Arms' near Paterson (builder Ralph Mills Clarke).

The magnificent Aberglasslyn House built for George Hobler has also been attributed to Verge.

Convicts assigned to John Verge included

James Birnie (John Barry 1836)

Michael Brady (Royal Sovereign 1834)

Joseph Bullingham (Lady Harwood 1831)

William Copland (Bussorah Merchant 1828)

John Downing (Mangles 1837)

William Gardner (Lady Nugent)gent)

Magnus McDonald (Parmelia 1834)

Thomas Phillips (Strathfieldsaye 1836)

Henry Spiers (Planter 1833)

John Tredgold (Minstrel 1824)

Ann Tyson (Mary 1835)

Thomas Watts (Mermaid 1829) and

Charles White (John 1832).

By 1837 John Verge retired to 'Austral Eden' on the Macleay River. He died in 1861.

Phillip Verge remained in the Williams River district.  

Henry John Lindeman - Cawarra


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