I think you need to appreciate that a grant can be and was for the
right to lease land from the administration under certain terms. So
a grant does not necessarily mean you own the block although in time
that generally happened. I suggest you need to get someone to search
the Old System deeds indexes and records at the Sydney Land Titles
Office. This office also had and I assume still does, an old book
listing early grants (not sure of date range), although it may have
been transferred to the State Records Office..
Re Campbelltown, I dont think this town could be seen as part of the
general district of Illawarra. Appin also but it was on the way to
the Illawarra area. In the 1828 Census book there is a table on page
15 which clearly lists Appin in the County of Cumberland, while
Illawarra is a separate line. Campbelltown was also in the Co of
I note there are some entries for Richard in the online Col Secs Index.
On 27/07/2009, at 2:42 PM, Jan wrote:
Firstly, can anyone please explain the meaning of the word "tenant"
record of Richard DUNN in the 1828 census. Is it the same as now,
words, someone who pays rent, but does not own the property? I ask
Richard was granted 50 acres (doesn't say where) in 1818, when he
resident in Sydney..he was a wheelwright in Brickfield Hill. He
in Sydney in 1825 when the General Muster was held, but in July
his 1st son, John, died, and 2nd son Robert was baptized, his
given as Appin, and his occupation as labourer. The baptism and
at St Peters, Campbelltown.
Richard, Ann and Robert are in the 1828 census, listed as "tenant"
I'm not too sure about Sydney Districts, and while I know they are
the South of Sydney, would Appin and Campbelltown be considered
And if he had moved to take up his grant of land, would he be
described as a
labourer, and a tenant? Or did he not take up his grant for some
take it up but have to live and work elsewhere while he developed it?
What are the options here?
Thank you for any suggestions.