Early Hunter Valley Settlers
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Hunter River - Merton - Jerry's Plains - Foy Brook
Peter Cunningham - Dalswinton - Map 6
was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the convict ships Recovery in 1819, Grenada 1821 and Recovery in 1823, the
female convict ships Grenadawhich arrived in 1825 and the Morley in 1828.
He received a grant of 1200 acres and selected this land on the Hunter River in 1825 when he accompanied William Ogilvie to the district. He had been in his Majesty's Service for almost twenty years and received another grant free of quit rent as a Naval Officer. This second grant was 1360 acres.
He made improvements at Dalswinton - a dairy was built and the estate was stocked with fine woolled sheep and cattle and horses. A stone cottage, shingled, and a garden and fencing and other additions were made.
The following convicts were assigned to Peter Cunningham at Dalswinton:
Peter Cunningham was on half pay of the British navy and recalled to duty in 1830. He never returned to Dalswinton.
William White a brother of Mrs. Ogilvie of Merton occupied and managed Dalswinton until 1835 when Peter Cunningham's nephew John Pagan took over control. Peter Cunningham's nieces Janet and Jane arrived in 1836 from Scotland with Peter Cunningham Pagan and they also lived at Dalswinton. Janet married William Tucker Evans at Dalswinton in 1839.obtained a license for depasturing stock in the Gwydir district in 1838. This was beyond the boundaries of the colony at this time. He was still at Dalswinton in 1842 as he imported the famous Clydesdale Galloway Lad in that year however by 1843 he had perished somewhere to the north west of the colony. (1)
In 1827 Peter
Two Years in New South Wales; a Series of Letters, Comprising Sketches
of the Actual State of Society in that Colony; of its Peculiar Advantages to
Read Cunningham's description of
Lads and Lasses
Two Years in New South Wales; a Series of Letters, Comprising Sketches of the Actual State of Society in that Colony; of its Peculiar Advantages to Emigrants. Read Cunningham's description of Currency Lads and Lasses
Peter Cunningham remained unmarried and died in 1864 aged 74 at East Greenwich.
The Gentleman's Magazine - Obituary:
(1) Wood, W. Allan, Dawn in the valley : the story of settlement in the Hunter River Valley to 1833, Wentworth Books, Sydney 1972. pp. 202 -203