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William Dun
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William Dun was born to William Dun and Frances Renwick in 1789.

He arrived in Australia on the Mariner in  December 1821 with his wife Maria (nee Burnett) and daughters. He brought with him recommendations from Lord Bathurst dated September 1820 to become a free settler and a directive to provide him with a land grant proportionate to his means of bringing the land to cultivation. He had made his land selection by 1822.

His was the first major land grant on the Paterson river. The location can be seen centre as 'Dunn' on the map below. He was assigned four convicts and provided with supplies from the Stores at Newcastle for the convicts and his family.

Patrick Good who arrived on the Prince Regent 1821 was assigned in March 1822
James and Michael Landers who arrived on the Hadlow in 1820 were assigned in March 1822
John Smith who arrived on the Eliza was assigned in 1823

Unlike some other Hunter Valley land owners, William Dun remained on his estate and became involved in the community in various ways.

He performed church services near 'Duninald' at the request of the Commandant at Newcastle and received a further land grant for this duty.

In 1822 he was appointed correspondent member at Newcastle of the Committee of the Agricultural Society of New South Wales, and in 1825 his appointment as Coroner was announced.

On the Duninald estate, William Dun constructed his residence of sand stock bricks with two chimneys at either end of the shingled roof. A verandah in the front and three rooms faced east with three more facing the west.

One of William Dun's daughters, Maria married George Faircloth in 1847 and another, Frances, married Charles Reynolds of Tocal who later owned Duninald.

William Dun died at Denmark Hill, Ipswich Qld on 23 June 1876. His wife Maria Dun died at Denmark Hill, Ipswich Qld in June 1878.  

Notes & Links:

1). William Dun's brother was General Charles Denis Dun of the Madras Army who died in 1864

2). Select here to find out more about William Dun and convicts who were assigned to him at Duninald

3). Paterson Fern Nursery at Duninald

4). Colonial Secretary's Index - William Dun

4). Old Duninald....
Old Duninald, 1978  
Old Duninald, Cultural Collections, University of Newcastle

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