Governor Lachlan Macquarie

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Family life

Life event details

Census, occupation and residence information

  • He purchased Patrick had been living on this land for two and a half years. ofland from Governor Lachlan Macquarie on 9 July 1822 in AustraliaG.1,2

Witnessed events

  • William Carlisle and Thomas Gordon wrote a letter from re a dispute with Archibald Bell to Lachlan 31 January 1810. The dispute concerned a convict names William Siggan. The true facts are unclear because some of the details in William Carlisle's letter conflict with a subsequent letter to Governor Macquarie by Archibald Bell (3 February 1810).
    Carlisle claims that he refused to sell part of his farm to Archibald Bell who retaliated by reneging on a lease which Carlisle had on some land owned by Bell. Carlisle claims his lease had 9 months to run when Bell re-leased the land to Siggan. Since Carlisle had a half-grown crop of wheat growing on the land, he claims to have reached an agreement with Siggan. The agreement was that Siggan could reap the wheat when it was ready for harvest and, in return, Siggan would pay Carlisle's existing debt to Joseph Sampson (worth 30 bushells of wheat).
    Carlisle claims that Siggans did reap this crop (which amounted to 50 bushells). Then Siggan died and Archibald Bell sent Siggans wheat to Mr Cox's to be thrashed. Bell then refused to pay more than £1/4/6 towards Carlisle's promissory note to Sampson.
    Carlisle warns the Governor that Bell will claim the wheat as rent owed to him by Siggans. He counters this expected argument by observing that the rent was properly payable to himself as he held a valid lease (witnessed by Mr Fitzgerald) on the land until July 16, 1809 (3 months after Siggans died).
    Macquarie instructed his secretary, John Campbell, to write to Bell "to say that the Governor desires that immediate Justice may be done by himself".
    Bell wrote to the Governor to put his side of the story a few days later. He says that he bought 25 acres from Carlisle for £55 but agreed that Carlisle could retain occupation of "so much of the land as he might wish for that season; the remaining part I let to ... Siggans". He justifies his removal of the wheat as necessary to avoid it being "plundered". He put the proceeds toward the rent and the funeral (£3) and paid the balance (£1/4/6) to Carlisle.
    Bell concludes that he is willing to allow the matter to go to "arbitration of any two respectable persons in the neighbourhood and ... he shall have the liberty of nominating both.".3,4

Remaining events

  • Patrick (I) Hanrahan wrote a letter from in AustraliaG, requesting finalisation of his land grant to Lachlan 1822.1



  1. [S121] Memorial from Patrick (I) Hanrahan to Gov Lachlan Macquarie, 1822, Fiche 3047; No 145, Archives Office of NSW.
  2. [S124] Statutory Declaration: unknown person to Patrick Hanrahan, 9 Jul 1822, Archives Office of NSW, Fiche 3058 p225, Rg10 p29.
  3. [S58] Letter from Thomas Gordon, William Carlisle and J S Freeman to Colonial Secretary, 3 September 1803, PRO 13 CO201/28 Page 41, Archives Office of NSW.
  4. [S59] Letter from Archibald Bell to Governor Lachlan Macquarie, 3 February 1810, Archives Office of NSW.