Free Settler or Felon?

Hunter Valley Settler

Lawrence Myles 
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Lawrence Myles arrived as a free settler on the vessel Adams on 11 November 1828.

He married Harriet H. Pearson at Campbelltown in 1835.

He was granted 2560 acres of land......

Gloucester - Lawrence Myles, 2560 acres, Upper William River; promised by Sir Ralph Darling on 6th December 1828 to Lawrence Myles as a primary grant, and possession authorised on 28th October 1835 in lieu of the like quantity of which he received possession on 5th March 1829; quit rent 21 5s 8d. per annum, commencing 1st January 1837 (1).

The road to his farm was described in Teegs Pocket Almanac in 1842...

Cross the Williams River to Canningalla, Sir James Dowling's Farm. About a mile on the right is the confluence of the William and Chichester Rivers. Lower down the William on the north bank are the farms of Mr. W. Foster and Lawrence Myles.

From Tillegra there is a track to the south west following upwards the course of the Myall to the right of mount Narroni and crossing the range by Mount Windeyer to Park's grant on the Allyn River.

In 1856 the Estate was sub-divided and sold in 28 agricultural farms, all with frontage to the Williams River. They were described as being so near to Dungog and being within a convenient distance of Clarence Town, where the steamers regularly trade to, there is every facility offered to the farmer to send his produce to Sydney or sell it at his own door where there is a market. On many of these farms there are considerable improvements, most have a house and barn built on them.

Lawrence Myles died at Cumberland Place, Sydney after a protracted illness on 14 January 1858. He was 62 years of age. His widow lived on until 1903. She died at Homebush age 89 years.  

Notes & Links:

Extract from an article of reminiscences of R.W. Alison printed in the Dungog Chronicle on 1 June 1945......

On the bank of the river opposite Dungog was the grant of 2560 acres to Lawrence Myles. It comprised all the river frontage from and including Lowrey's on the south to the property of O.E. Carter on the north. Myles never lived there nor did he do anything to improve it, but sold it to John Hooke for two thousand pounds Hooke paid one thousand and as times got bad he could not pay the balance. He had occupied it for years and he did a great deal of improvements, which he lost when Myles re-possessed the property and after the discovery of gold he subdivided it and sold it by auction somewhere about 1860. The prices realised were as high as 18 pounds per acre  


1). Sydney Morning Herald 26 May 1846

Henry John Lindeman - Cawarra


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