Blower Gibbes was a Lieutenant in the Royal
Navy and was on board the British owned 'Redridge' which
ran aground off the coast of Jamaica in 1805. He arrived in Australia on
Hugh Crawford in 1825.
He was granted
2000 acres in the upper Hunter in 1825 by Sir Thomas Brisbane. Soon
after he transferred this grant to William Bell Carlyle and Francis
Little and moved to the Paterson area where he increased his holdings by purchasing
land. He settled at 'Norwood'. The estate can be found in the bottom
left of the above map.
Gibbes or his son,
also Francis, was a Magistrate at Paterson in 1842.
They established an extensive run of paddocks on
their estate which was used for horses. In the
1840's they were advertising for grooms and
horse breakers for the property.
Lieutenant Gibbes died
on 17th July 1844 at Hanover, Jamaica.
The following convicts were assigned to Francis B.