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  • Title
    Bingle family collection, ca. 1830-1930
  • Creator
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1830-1930
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    Photographs - (includes cartes de visite, cabinet cards & ambrotypes)
    Textual Records
    Albums - 1 scrap album (includes drawings, prints, 7 calotypes)
    Paintings - 2 oils
    Objects - sewing kit, purse, shoes, fan, small bible & notebook

    John Bingle (1796-1882), sailor, merchant and landholder, was born at Kent, England, the son of John Rayden Bingle. Bingle trained as a merchant mariner and arrived at Port Jackson in 1821. Shortly after his arrival Governor Brisbane commissioned Bingle to survey the coast to Moreton Bay looking for fresh water. In 1822 he was permitted to build a vessel for coastal trade. He established Bingle & Co. in Newcastle providing the first regular trading service between Sydney and Newcastle. After his marriage to Mary Cross in 1824, Bingle acquired eighteen hundred acres of land in the Upper Hunter district. He named the property 'Puen Buen'. He was prominent in the development of the local district and served on the bench of magistrates. In 1837 Bingle and his family returned to England to live but returned to Australia in 1842. After selling 'Puen Buen' Bingle established a business in Newcastle and remained a prominent member of the local community. In 1873 he published a history of Newcastle, Past and present records of Newcastle. John Bingle died in 1882 survived by his wife and three children, John Rayden (1829-1889), Mary Elizabeth (1825-1897) and Sarah Cross (1832-1909).
    Sarah Cross Bingle (1832-1909), daughter of John Bingle and his wife Mary, married William Little in 1858. Sarah and William Little had four surviving children, Francis Archibald, William Maxwell, Mary Emma and Jessie Carlyle. Sarah was interested in family history and gathered genealogical and other information which she passed on to her children. The collection of manuscript and pictorial material has been mainly compiled by Sarah Cross Little.
    -- Reference: Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol.1, 1788-1850. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1966
  • System of arrangement
    This collection record comprises 12 record series. You may navigate to a more detailed description of each series from this collection record
  • Source
    Acquired from Sotheby's Australia in 2001
  • General note

    Selected items from the Bingle family collection were exhibited in 'Private Lives: Families of New South Wales', held at the State Library of New South Wales between October 2001 and February 2002.
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