Early Hunter Valley Settlers

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William Innes


James Adair John Boughton Edward Collison Close  - Green Hills George Cobb Edward Gostsyck Cory Gilbert Cory John Cory william cummings Andrew Dixon Robert Corum Dillon Leslie Duguid William Dun William Evans George Frankland William Hicks Beresford Hudson William Innes Richard Jones James Kelly Andrew Lang - Dunmore Robert Lethbridge Alexander Livingstone James McClymont Thomas McDougall George Muir Find out more about Maitland Timothy Nowlan Henry Dixon Owen - Aberglasslyn Richard Pritchett James Phillips James Read (Reid) George Shaw Rutherford Walter Scott Gentleman John Smith John Galt Smith Hugh Torrance John Tucker Susannah Matilda Ward Susannah Matilda Ward William Charles Wentworth John Wighton Gorge Williams Caleb and Felix Wilson Marie Steamer at Paterson

William Innes arrived in the colony with recommendations from Lord Bathurst in 1822. In a Memorial dated 11th February 1822, Downing Street, Governor Brisbane was informed that William Innes (the bearer) was to be made a land grant in proportion to his means for being able to bring the same into cultivation. On 30th December William Innes was informed by the authorities that 1000 acres and four convicts would be assigned to him. (1) His land can be seen on the map above adjoining that of Andrew Lang's Dunmore.

He was employed as storekeeper in Newcastle in 1823 and 1824 taking over the duties from John Tucker. The location of the Commissariat store and Commissariat Clerk's cottage can be seen in Watt Street on John Armstrong's 1830 map of Newcastle of Newcastle.

Convicts assigned to William Innes at Newcastle and Patterson's Plains in the 1820's included:

Thomas Llewellyn arrived per Dunvegan Castle assigned to William Innes in 1832 John Surgay per Albion assigned at Patterson's Plains in 1828
Henry McGrath arrived per Marquis Wellington assigned in 1832 Richard Cox per Minstrel assigned at Patterson's Plains in 1828
Henry Allcorn per Mary employed by William Innes in 1828 William Hassel per Marquis of Hastings assigned at Patterson's Plains in 1828
William Edwards per Asia assigned to William Innes in 1824 Thomas Howell per Royal Charlotte assigned at Patterson's Plains in 1828
Bridget Wright per Almorah at Patterson's Plains in 1828 Owen McConnelly per Henry Porcher assigned at Patterson Plains in 1828
Michael Wright per Elizabeth at Patterson's Plains in 1828 Alexander McKenzie per Champion assigned at Patterson's Plains in 1828
James Harris per Speke assigned to William Innes in 1832 Thomas Hayes per Governor Ready assigned in 1832
John Folks per Baring assigned servant in 1823 John Butler per John assigned servant in 1829
Stephen Chantler per John assigned servant in 1829 Joseph Fogg per Dunvegan Castle assigned servant in 1830
Henry Jenkins per Dunvegan Castle assigned servant  in 1830  


In 1843 William Innes was appointed by the governor to be a member of the first local council for the district of Maitland. (3)

William Innes' death was reported in the Maitland Mercury in 1869 - On the 31st July at his residence, 197 Macquarie Street, Sydney, William Innes Esq., aged 69 years. An old and much respected colonist of the Hunter River District. He was born in Caithness, Scotland and arrived in the colony in 1822 when he obtained a grant of land in the Hunter River district. After spending a few years in the Commissariat service in Sydney and Newcastle, he took up his abode on his own property near West Maitland, now in the possession of Mr. Charles Button. For upwards of fifteen years he occupied the position of local director of the Maitland branch of the Bank of Australasia, and he discharged the duties of that office with the greatest satisfaction to the bank and to the public, until failing health obliged him to leave the district.

He was a man of great information, but of a very retiring disposition. He was universally esteemed for his sterling worth, and greatly beloved by those who enjoyed the privilege of his friendship. His loss will be felt by many to whom he has freely extended his liberal, but unostentatious, charity. We understand that he has left in the hands of trustees 500 to be appropriated to charitable purposes. (2)

John Nowlan of Eelah and Walter Scott of Wallalong were Executors of William Innes' estate.


Notes & Links:

Baptisms Newcastle Christ Church Records...1827



(1) Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1825 Series: (NRS 937) Copies of letters sent within the Colony, 1814-1825 Item: 4/3507 Page: 142

(2) Maitland Mercury 10 August 1869

(3) Maitland Mercury 22 July 1843



Settlers on Map 2

James Adair Robert Lethbridge
Samuel Adair Alexander Livingstone
George Adair James McClymont
John Boughton Thomas McDougall
Edward Collison Close George Muir
George Cobb Timothy Nowlan
Edward Cory Henry Dixon Owen
Gilbert Cory Richard Charles Pritchett
John Cory James Phillips
William Cummings James Read
Robert Corum Dillon George Shaw Rutherford
Leslie Duguid Walter Scott
William Dun Gentleman John Smith
William Evans John Galt Smith
George Frankland   
Standish Lawrence Harris John Tucker
William Hicks Susannah Matilda Ward
Beresford Hudson William Charles Wentworth
William Innes
Richard Jones George Williams
James Kelly Caleb & Felix Wilson
James Thomas Lamb
Andrew Lang Thomas White Melville Winder






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