Thank you, Ray --
I have a
special interest in Thomas Ryan, who also is mentioned as a witness in the Macquarie Law
report of the 1828 Supreme Court case cited as R. v. Raine, Lee and Kemp. It seems that
Thomas Ryan was then chief clerk in the office of the Principal Superintendent of
Convicts, having come to the Colony as a convict by the ship "Pilot" in 1817.
It has been alleged that he exploited the power of his official position in order to
enrich himself in the scramble to acquire real estate.