Early land grant Map

Early settlers up to 1832 and their land grants New Town to Bridgewater.

(c) Irene Schaffer


Some of this land was granted as early as 1804 to thosewho arrived with Lt. Gov. Collins. In 1808 when the Norfolk Islanders arrived they too received small grants to replace those that they had left behind. Names like Berrisford; Risby; Mortimer; Jillett etc.

From then until 1832 the remainder was granted or sold to other settlers. It is interesting to see some of the women whose names were on the map. Mary Peters; Margaret Wishart; Elizabeth Green, and Martha Hayes who had arrived in the Derwent in 1803 with Lt. Bowen. She took up the land and ran the farm herself.

One of the most interesting things to come to light when this map was found, was the land on which the Queen's Orphanage was built c1830. The outline of the building is clearly shown on the map. What was not known was that the original land was granted to William Nichols who had arrived with Collins in 1804. His land was always thought to be somewhere along the Derwent River (but never found) Some of those early grants were described at being on the River Derwent but were really along the Rivulets.

William Nichols was living on his 100 acres in 1809. He had 9 acres in wheat under cultivation, 4 cattle, 39 sheep, 19 goats and 2 swine. His grant was taken over by the Government, and Nichols moved with his family Clarence Plains.

Sample of William Nichols Grant. LSD 354 Vol. 1 page 7)

William Nichols  - One hundred acres lying and situated on the River Derwent Van Diemen's Land, bounded on the East by Henrietta's Farm, West and South by unallotted ground and North by the River (Rivulet) to be called Whitechurch farm - Quit rent, Two shillings and sixpence after 5 yrs and as the design etc. to consent.

Bearings   Distance
N&S = 59 chains 00 L
W&S = 17 chains 00 L
Reserving a road of 1 chain broad E & W.
In TESTIMONY  etc. this 18th December 1805.
    Signed Philip Gidley King.
SIGNED AND SEALED in our presence.
    John Palmer
D.D. Mann

The above is a true extract from the Surveyor's Return & abridged in formal.
G. Blaxcellle

There were seven major rivulets running into the River Derwent between New Town and Bridgewater (some now only run when it rains) and I have divided the land and names between the rivulets. This way it is easier to distinguish them.

New Town to Humphreys Rivulet
Humphreys Rivulet to Islet Rivulet
Islet Rivulet to Faulkners Rivulet
Faulkners Rivulet to Abbotfield Rivulet
Abbotsfield Rivulet Roseneath Rivulet
Roseneath Rivulet to Black Snake Rivulet

More information:
Index to Early Land Grants VDL 1804-1823 & 1824-32. Thelma McKay
LSD 354 Vol.1-7. AOT
Norfolk Island Embarkations to VDL 1807-1813. I Schaffer.
Profiles of Norfolk Islanders to Van Diemen's Land "Lady Nelson" 1807.
I. Schaffer & T.McKay.
Profiles of Norfolk Islanders to Van Diemen's Land "Porpoise" 1808.
I. Schaffer & T. McKay.
Land Grants and Stock Lists 1803-1822. I Schaffer.

I have taken digital photos of this map [New Town to Bridgewater] and can supply close ups of the properties in A4 on mat finished coloured prints, as well as the whole map in A4, the latter shows the names but is too faint to see them clearly, but it does show the area from New Town to Bridgewater, as well as the foreshore of the River Derwent. Looks good framed.   For more information and prices please contact me using the link below.


Berrisford's land at Rosetta

List of names of early settlers up to 1832 and their land grants from New Town to Bridgewater (on the western side of the River Derwent)

SURNAMEFIRSTLANDLOCATIONQuit rent + owing 1834
ACH     Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.  
AUSTIN James  (50 acres)
 (30 acres)
(200 acres)
Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.

 15 shillings
11 shillings
1 pound

BARNES Edward  (80 acres) Humphreys Rivulet - Islet Rivulet

 1 pound 2 shillings

BARNES James   Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  
BEECHY Thomas   Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  
BEECHY Charles   Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  
BENT A [Andrew]  (50 acres) Faulkners Riv. - Abbotsfield Riv.

 7 shillings

BERGEN John  (140 acres) Humphreys Rivulet - Islet Rivulet

 2 pound 5 shillings

BERRISFORD * John  (140 acres) Humphreys Rivulet - Islet Rivulet

 2 pounds 5 shillings

BERRISFORD Joseph   Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  
BILLENGER John  (42 acres) Humphreys Rivulet - Islet Rivulet

 15 shillings

BIRD S [Samuel]   Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  
BLACKWELL [John]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
BLINKWORTH [John]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
BLITHE     N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
BLUNDELL James   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
BOWDEN [Matthew]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
BRADLEY     New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
BROWN     New Town -South of N.T. Rivulet  
BURNS J 9 (James)   (60 acres) N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet

 11 shillings

BYE Henry   New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
CAPON * Thomas  (100 acres) Faulkners Riv. - Abbotsfield Riv.

 10 shillings

CARLTON
(CHARLTON)
J (James)  (30 acres) Faulkners Riv. - Abbotsfield Riv.

 5 shillings

CHAPMAN [Isaac]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
COAN [Henry]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
COBB [Francis]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
COCKERILL William 100acres N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
CONCLIFF John  (50 acres) Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.

 8 shillings

CONOLY [Charles]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
CROWN LAND     Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  
CUMMINGS L   Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.  
CUNNINGHAM     New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
DAKERS [John]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
DAVIS William  (80 acres) Faulkners Riv. - Abbotsfield Riv.

 1 pound

DODDING James  (100 acres) Faulkners Riv. - Abbotsfield Riv.

 10 shillings

DOUTON
(Dewton) 
M  (30 acres) Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet

 7 shillings

DOWSING [James]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
DUNCAN William  (80 acres) Faulkners Riv. - Abbotsfield Riv.

 1 pound 10 shillings

DYAS James  (60 acres) Faulkners Riv. - Abbotsfield Riv.

 15 shillings

EARLE John  (40 acres)
(200 acres)
Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.

15 shillings
1 pound 10 shillings

EMMETT [Henry]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
EMMETT Henry   Faulkners Riv. - Abbotsfield Riv.  
EVANS G.W.   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
FAULKNER John  (50 acres) Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet

 1pound 20 shilings

FAULKNER John  (50 acres) Faulkners Riv. - Abbotsfield Riv.

 1 pound 10 shillings

FOSBROOK [Leonard]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
FOX Anthony   Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  
GATEY     Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.  
GEE     New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
GOV. DOMAIN     New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
GOV. FARM     New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
GOV. RESERVE     New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
GRANT J   Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  
GREEN E [Elizabeth]  (50 acres) Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  15 shillings
GUNNINGS G.W.   New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
HATHERWAY [Henry]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
HAYES Henry 100acres New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet At present Gov. property
HAYES Thomas 100acres New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet At present Gov. property
HAYES [Martha]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
HEDDLESTONE [John]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
HULL [George]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
HUNT [Thomas]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
IRVIN J   Humphreys Rivulet - Islet Rivulet  
ISSELS Thomas 100acres New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
JAMISON [John]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
JILLETT Robert 140acres N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
JOHNSON J [Joseph]  (30 acres) Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet

 15 shillings

JOHNSTONE [Joseph]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
KENWORTHY [John]   New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
KINGSTON R [Robert]   Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  
LANCASTER Robert  (30 acres) Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.

 15 shillings

LEE W   Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.  
LINTON H  (30 acres) Abbotsfield Riv. - Roseneath Riv.

 15 shillings

LITTLEFIELD     N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
LITTLEJOHN John  (100 acres)
 (120 acres)
Humphreys Rivulet - Islet Rivulet

 2pounds 4 shillings
  2 pounds 5 shillings 

LIVISTON * William  (60 acres) Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet

 5 shillings

LUSH  * S [Sylvester]  (50 acres) Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.

 8 shilings

MANNING S (Sarah)  (30 acres) Abbotsfield Riv. - Roseneath Riv.

 15 shillings

MANSFIELD [Michael]  (30 acres) N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet

 15 shillings

MANSFIELD James   Humphreys Rivulet - Islet Rivulet  
MANSFIELD * W [William]   Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.  
MARSHALL J  (30 acres) Faulkners Riv. - Abbotsfield Riv.

 7 shillings

MASON     New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
MAYCOCK William   Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  
McGILL A [Andrew]   Abbotsfield Riv. - Roseneath Riv.  
McGILL A [Andrew]  (30 acres) Abbotsfield Riv. - Roseneath Riv.

 7 shillings

McGUIRE [George]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
MEANEY S   Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.  
MILES [John]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
MILLER [Edward]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
MORRISON     N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
MORTIMER [Noah]   New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
MURRY Felix   Faulkners Riv. - Abbotsfield Riv.  
NASH John   Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.  
NEWMAN N (Thomas)  (50 acres) Abbotsfield Riv. - Roseneath Riv.

 5 shillings

NICHOLS William 100acres New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet At present Gov. property
O'BRIEN Thomas   Humphreys Rivulet - Islet Rivulet  
ORCHARD [John]   New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
OVERALL James   Humphreys Rivulet - Islet Rivulet  
OVERALL James   Humphreys Rivulet - Islet Rivulet  
PARKER     New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
PAROTT     N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
PATTERSON [William]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
PHILLIPS R [Richard]  (50 acres) Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.

 5 shillings

PITT Richard 100acres N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
PLYERS [William]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
PORTER * George  (30 acres)
 (30 ACRES)
Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.

15 shillings
5 shillings

PRESTON [Thomas R]  (100 acres) New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet

 1 pound 10 shillings

PRESTON Thomas 100acres N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
PRESTON T.R.   Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  
PRIEST     N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
RACE COURCE     N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet On Mansfield's property
RICE Henry   Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  
RILEY T   Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  
RISBY [Edward]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
ROSS Dr. 300acres New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
SCOTT James   New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
SCOTT [James]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
SCULLY J  [James]  (30 acres) Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet

 15 shillings

SHERWIN     New Town - South of  N.T Rivulet  
SMITH T [Thomas]  (50 acres) Abbotsfield Riv. - Roseneath Riv.

 7 shillings

SOMMONS
SIMONDS
T (John)  (30 acres) Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet

 7 pounds

SPOTSFORD Zachariah 130 acres New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
SWANSTON Capt.   New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
THOMPSON [William]   N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
TOLOSA     N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
TONGUE C   Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet  
WANGH     New Town - South of N.T. Rivulet  
WELLS Thomas   Humphreys Rivulet - Islet Rivulet  
WILLIAMSON     N.T. Rivulet - Humphreys Rivulet  
WISHART M [Margaret]  (50 acres) Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.

 5 shillings

WOOD G [George]  (60 acres) Islet Rivulet - Faulkners Rivulet

 1 pound 10 shillings

WOODS James  (40 acres) Roseneath Riv. - Black Snake Riv.

 15 shillings





















N.T.
Clark        Thomas      (33 acres)  15 shillings quit rent
Burrows     Richard      (40 acres)  15 shillings quit rent
Burrows     Richard      (60 acres     5 shillings
Banks       Thomas      (50 acres)    5 shillings
Leach       William       (40 acres)  11 shillings quit rent
Davis        Thomas      (50 acres)    1 pound
Pifers        (S) jun       (30 acres)    5 shillings
Fitzgerald  T               (200 acres)  1 pound
Dennett     William      (50 acres)    5 shillings
Cawthorn   F               (200 acres)  1 pound
Birchy        Charles      (30 acres)    5 shilings
Geiss        Anthony      (1000 acres) 5 pounds
Thomas      John          (40 acres)    5 pounds







New Town
[ ] Added names and extra information
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Children needing education in 1822-3 [see list below]

 Quit rent Hobart Town Courier 23 May 1834, page 4



List of children requiring education at Black Snake c1821-22

Parents/ProtectorAge malesAge femalesRemarksPage No
Berrisford John 13ys & 4ys 11ys & 6ys* * Margaret Purdon orphan 136
Capon Thomas 4yrs * 11yrs # *£25 #school to far off 136
Davis Thomas 11ys & 7ys 9ys & 5ys School too far off 136
Dunstan Joseph - 6ys School too far off 136
Head school master - - John Head salary £10 pa 137
Leviston William 5yr 10yr   137
Lucas Richard 11yr 5yr At school at Hobart Town 137
Lush Sylvester - 6yr & 4yr School too far off 136
Mansfield William 9yr 7yr & 5yr School too far off 136
Newman William - 6yr & 4yr School too far off 136
Oakley George 11,9,7yrs 10yr & 6yr   137
Porter George 12yr*10yr* 9yr# &7yr# £20 * School too far off # 136
Spires Samuel 7yr * 15yr # 9yr # £20 * School too far off # 136
Waddle Alexander 5yr     136






Reference CSO1/240/5809 pages 117-161 AOT.
Juveniles requiring education in VDL c1821-1822. Thelma McKay