William Dun was born to
William Dun and Frances Renwick in 1789.
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
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
James and Michael Landers who arrived on the
Hadlow in 1820 were assigned in March 1822
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
He performed church services near 'Duninald'
at the request of the Commandant at
received a further land grant for this duty.
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
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,
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
Select here to find out more about William Dun and
convicts who were assigned to him at Duninald
Paterson Fern Nursery at Duninald
Colonial Secretary's Index - William Dun
Cultural Collections, University of Newcastle