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Brisbane Grove

In 1824 George Williams was granted 500 acres of land at Paterson that he named "Brisbane Grove". It was on the Paterson River directly opposite Cintra (see map). His son Vincent was granted an adjoining 60 acres.

Parish map showing grant to George Williams

Barford Parish map showing George Williams' 500 acre grant and Vicent Williams' 60 acre grant that comprised "Brisbane Grove", across the river from Paterson township. Martins Creek Road and the north coast railway (1911) ran through the property.

Advertisement for lease of Brisbane Grove

Advertisement for the lease of Brisbane Grove in the Sydney Herald, 28 November 1836, p3.

Brisbane Grove was purchased by Caleb and Felix Wilson in June 1834.[1] They advertised it for lease in October 1834[2] and again in November 1836 (see 1836 advert at right). Caleb and Felix Wilson had also purchased the nearby Tocal estate from James Webber in 1834. After Caleb Wilson died in 1838, ownership of Brisbane Grove passed to Felix Wilson and then to his Estate until the property was sold in 1893.

Soon after the 1836 advertisement, Brisbane Grove was leased to Samuel Kingston (snr) who ran the estate to 1851 (he died in 1852). From 1851 it was leased to Joseph Tucker.[3] In 1893 the Estate of Felix Wilson sold Brisbane Grove to William Cann Tucker.[4]

Brisbane Grove remained in the Tucker family until John Brisbane Tucker sold a large part of it to George Tickle and his son Clarence in 1949. Tucker sold the remaining portion to Peter Dixon in 1953. Today Brisbane Grove is a peri-urban area subdivided into lifestyle blocks.

Brisbane Grove

Above: Brisbane Grove in the 1900s, with the Paterson rail bridge in the foreground (Paterson Historical Society).

William and Victoria Tucker at Brisbane Grove

Above: William and Victoria Tucker with two of their children, on the verandah of their home at Brisbane Grove c1909 (Paterson Historical Society).

William Tucker's milk or cream cart

Above: William Tucker's cart loaded with milk or cream cans at Brisbane Grove (Paterson Historical Society).

view of Paterson with Brisbane Grove orchard across the river

Above: view of Paterson with Brisbane Grove orchard across the river, c1915? (Paterson Historical Society).


1. Land Titles Office, Old System Title, Book G/104.

2. The Sydney Herald, 16 October 1834, p4.

3. Information from Kingston descendants is acknowledged and appreciated.

4. Shirley Threlfo, Brisbane Grove, Paterson Historical Society 2018.


Archer, Cameron. The Settlement of the Paterson District. Paterson: Paterson Historical Society, 2018 (3rd edition).

Mitchell, Cecily. Hunter's River. Newcastle, 1973.

Threlfo, Shirley. Brisbane Grove, Paterson Historical Society 2018.

See also

An overview of settlement at Patersons Plains from 1822.