You enter first upon Edinglassie, the property of Mr. George Forbes, brother to our able and amiable chief justice, who possesses many thousand acres here, which he is stocking with fine woolled sheep. To the right is Captain Dickson's farm, and to the left in succession, the farms of Messrs.Carter,Mills, andOgilvie. On the opposite bank there are only two resident proprietors, namelyCaptain Pikeand Mr. Greig, the remainder of the land being all occupied as stock runs by distant proprietors. Mr. Ogilvie and his family are resident upon their property at Merton, the scenery whereof exceeds even that of Edinglassie, being still more various in its features; in fact, I may add, that it is the only place which , having before heard much praised, I was not disappointed in.
George Forbes occupied the land from 1825 until February 1837 when he sold it to investor James Atkinson (4), who increased the holding before selling it on to James White in May 1839.
The following men were assigned to George Forbes at Edinglassie c. 1828 - 1837. They were convicts and ex-convicts unless otherwise stated. Workers may not have remained on the same estates they were assigned to. They were often transferred or loaned to different farms and stations at harvest and shearing times.
Marquis of Hastings 1827; 1836; brickmaker's labourer
Layton 1829; 1832
Hindostan 1821; 1828; carpenter
Captain Cook 1832; 1832-1837
Ocean 1816; 1828; labourer
Sarah 1829; 1837
Ferguson 1829; 1829; ploughs and shears
Captain Cook 1832; 1832; spadesman and labourer
Sarah 1829; 1829
Minstrel 1825; 1828; shepherd
Sarah 1829; 1829; ploughman, shears, reaps
Hive 1835; 1837
Sir Godfrey Webster 1826; 1828; shepherd
Hadlow 1820; 1828; labourer
Countess of Harcourt 1824; 1828; bullock driver
England 1826; 1828; labourer
Layton 1829; 1834
Hebe 1820; 1828
Midas 1827; 1828; brick maker
Portland 1833; 1837
Adrian 1830; assigned on arrival 1830; shepherd
Eliza 1822; 1828; labourer
1828; employed as Superintendent at Edinglassie
Hive 1835; 1837
Ann and Amelia 1825; 1828; labourer
Eliza 1832; 1832; ploughman
Adrian 1830; 1830
Katherine Stewart Forbes 1830; 1837
Guildford 1824; 1828; ploughman
Earl Grey 1836; 1836-1837
Guildford 1827; 1828; labourer
Eliza 1832; 1832-1837
St. Vincent 1837; 1837
Susan 1836; 1837
Came free; Emigrant per ship Florist
Norfolk 1825; 1828; labourer
Portland 1832; 1832; ploughman, beemaster
Georgiana 1831; 1831
Georgiana 1831; 1831; horse dealer
Countess of Harcourt 1824; 1828; gardener
Marquis of Hastings 1827; 1828; shepherd
General Stewart 1818; 1837
Eleanor 1831; 1831; shepherd
Earl St. Vincent 1823; 1828
Midas 1827; 1837
Lord Lyndoch 1833; 1837
Lady Harewood 1831; 1837
Lord Melville 1830; 1832; stone cutter
George Forbes died in June 1869 aged 82 at his residence Hyde Park Terrace, Liverpool street, Sydney
James White arrived on the Fairfield in 1826, having been employed by the Australian Agricultural Company to bring a flock of sheep to Australia. On arrival he took the sheep to 'Retreat Farm at Parramatta before moving them to Port Stephens.
In 1830 James White left the Australian Agricultural Company and moved to Ravensworth, the property of James Bowman where he was employed as superintendent.
Edinglassie was purchased by James White in 1839.
Employees at Edinglassie
In 1852 employees at Edinglassie included :
James White senior died in 1842.
Notes and Links
1). Edinglassie (University of Newcastle Cultural Collections)....