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Thomas Addison

Thomas Addison was an early settler at Patersons Plains. In 1807 at the age of 36 he was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing 86 pair of 'boot legs' valued at £15 (see trial proceedings).[1] He arrived in New South Wales in 1810 on the ship Ann[2] and in 1813 was sentenced to three years at the penal settlement at Newcastle by the magistrate at Windsor as punishment for a colonial offence (Richard Binder was sent to Newcastle at the same court session).[3]

In about 1818 Thomas Addison received permission to settle at Patersons Plains and took up a block on the eastern bank of the river, immediately north of Robert Whitmore's block (see map).

Addison's land grant

Above: Addison's land on the Paterson River. See full map.

By 1822 Addison had cleared 10 of his 30 acres and was running 22 pigs.[4] Dangar's survey in 1823 indicated however that Addison's farm was more modest, consisting of only 11 acres of which five had been cleared and on which stood a hut, pig sty and yard with a total value of £3. According to Dangar, all of Addison's land was 'inundated'.[5]

Addison died in 1828[6] and did not receive title to his land.

Notes and references

1. The Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674 to 1913 (on-line).

2. Convict shipping indents, 4/4004 [fiche 632] p323, SRNSW.

3. Walsh, Brian. European Settlement at Paterson River 1812 to 1822. Paterson: Paterson Historical Society, 2012.

4. Baxter, Carol (ed.). General Muster and Land and Stock Muster of New South Wales 1822. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record, 1988.

5. as cited in The Settlers of Paterson's Plains, see 3 above, p18.

6. Index to the NSW Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages, V18287935 2C/1828 and V18281304 12/1828.

External links

Index to the NSW Colonial Secretary's papers. There are several papers listed for Thomas Addison.

See also

An overview of settlement at Patersons Plains up to the end of 1821.