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James BLACKMAN (b. 1759, d. 06 May 1842)James BLACKMAN (son of James BLACKMAN and Jane HEARN) was born 1759 in Kent, England., and died 06 May 1842 in Mudgee, NSW.He married Elizabeth HARLEY on 03 Dec 1785 in St Margarets Church, Lee. Kent. England, daughter of George HARLEY and Elizabeth LOVE.
Notes for James BLACKMAN:
James was a sickly child, frequently suffering from chest complaints. As a young man, he was reported as being a handsome, well educated, spoilt and flamboyant young gentleman. At age 22, he took up a position with the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich. It was while he was with the regiment that he met and married Elizabeth. In 1800, James once again became ill, his doctors recommended he take a sea voyage. The colonial office of the day recommended that James take up a position in Australia, to help in its settlement. James accepted the position and he emigratd to Australia in 1801 with his wife and 5 children, arriving aboard the 'Canada'. On his arrival, James and his family were guests of Governor King until King provided a house, 12 servants and supplies for as long as James needed them.
He was appointed Superintendant of Agricultural concerns in 1802, and took up land at Mulgrave Place, Richmond and in the Hunter. In 1820, James was made Chief Constable and Poundkeeper of the Richmond District. In 1822 he was made Chief Constable of Parramatta, and in August of that year was placed in charge of the Parramatta Womens Factory.
In 1823 James was appointed to act as Chief Constable of Bathurst, and received grants of land in Bathurst and acreage outside of town which he called 'Kelso'.
He later moved on to the Mudgee district and together with several members of the family began to acquire considerable land holdings in and around the township.
He spent his last years in Mudgee, where he occupied 'Dewhurst' to the south of the town near the road to the waterworks.
James is buried in the Blackman Vault in the old Church of England Cemetery. The lettering on the stone has been largely worn away, and all that is now decipherable is that he died at the age of 83 years.
GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES BOARD OF NSW:
Place name:BLACKMAN PARK
Local Council: Mudgee
Description: A reserve near Blackman Crescent in Situated in Park Ave, Gladstone & Mortimer St,
Origin:Blackman's Grave is located within the reserve.
James Blackman settled in the Bathurst district, being among the first white settlers there. He became Superintendant of Stock at the Government station. He is said to be the first white man to find his way to Mudgee.
There is a cairn there in the Blackman Name. Also a park and District.
His son James, became the surveyor.
More About James BLACKMAN:
Baptism: 25 May 1760, Deptford, Kent.
Burial: May 1842, Family Vault, Blackmans Park. Mudgee. NSW.
Immigration: 14 Dec 1801, Free Settler - Arrived 'Canada'(wife + 5child).
Occupation 1: Superintendant of Agricultural Concerns.
Occupation 2: 27 Apr 1820, Chief Constable at Richmond..
Occupation 3: 05 Jul 1822, Chief Constable at Parramatta..
Occupation 4: 23 Aug 1822, Incharge of the Womens Factory at Parramatta.
Occupation 5: 08 Dec 1825, Chief Constable and Poundkeeper at Bathurst..
Occupation 6: 1842, Grazier in Bathurst and Mudgee.
More About James BLACKMAN and Elizabeth HARLEY:
Marriage: 03 Dec 1785, St Margarets Church, Lee. Kent. England.
Marriage bann 1: 13 Nov 1785
Marriage bann 2: 20 Nov 1785
Marriage bann 3: 27 Nov 1785
Witnesses: George Harley and Samuel Harley (Elizabeth's brother).
Children of James BLACKMAN and Elizabeth HARLEY are:
- +Henrietta M BLACKMAN, b. 1806, Windsor, d. 27 Apr 1851, 'Dirty Swamp' . BathurstAged 45 years.