Land Grant to Neil McKellar…transfer to William Minchin and then Anthony Fenn both of the New South Wales Corps.
Land Grant to Neil McKellar…transfer to William Minchin and then Anthony Fenn both of the New South Wales Corps.

Sydney: 11 December, 1794.

Folio, manuscript in ink on paper, 370 x 320 mm and suspended paper seal, and on the verso two land transfers signed and witnessed.

Signed by luminaries of the fledgling Colony

This eighteenth-century document is a rare early and interesting land grant. Dating from the first years of settlement, it is signed by Francis Grose and inscribed by David Collins as Governor's Secretary. Francis Grose (1758-1814) had served in the American War of Independence as a young man, before becoming commandant of the New South Wales Corps and eventually Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales. Two of the other witnesses to the grant, John Harris (1754-1838), Surgeon to the Colony and a young Charles Grimes (1772-1858), surveyor and magistrate were also figures of note.

This eighteenth-century document is a rare early and interesting land grant. Dating from the first years of settlement, it is signed by Francis Grose and inscribed by David Collins as Governor's Secretary. Francis Grose (1758-1814) had served in the American War of Independence as a young man, before becoming commandant of the New South Wales Corps and eventually Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales. Two of the other witnesses to the grant, John Harris (1754-1838), Surgeon to the Colony and a young Charles Grimes (1772-1858), surveyor and magistrate were also figures of note.

The grant was originally made to Neil McKellar, who had arrived as an ensign in the New South Wales Corps in 1792. By 1797 he was promoted Lieutenant, and was in command at the Hawkesbury. He was a member of the court appointed by Lieutenant-Governor Francis Grose to investigate Philip Gidley King's actions during the disturbances at Norfolk Island in 1794. He was again promoted by Governor King, who installed McKellar as his aide-de-camp and secretary in 1800. McKellar had been prosperous, for this grant adjoined a previous grant to him of sixty acres known as Glendarwell Farm.

However, in 1801 as a result of his involvement in a duel with John Macarthur (as a second for Colonel William Paterson) McKellar was ordered by Governor King to sail for London and this grant records on the verso the transfer of the 100 acres in Petersham from McKellar to William Minchin of the New South Wales Corps on the 27th March 1802. Minchin had his first appointment in command of a detachment of troops aboard the Lady Shore. The prisoners mutinied and along with 27 others Minchin and his wife were cast adrift making landfall in Brazil. On return to England, Minchin successfully argued his case and arrived in New South Wales, succeeding McKellar as adjutant in 1800. The land grant also records the transfer of land from Minchin to Anthony Fenn, Captain in the New South Wales Corps, a year later on the 17th October, 1803.

Ryan 'Land Grants', 304.

Price (AUD): $10,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504982

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