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944046
  • Title
    Deed, dated 22 February 1790 [1792], to James Ruse
  • Creator
  • Call number
    SAFE/DLMSF 37
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date

    22 February, 1790 [1792]
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    944046
  • Issue Copy
    Microfilm : MAV / FM1 / 366
  • Physical Description
    1 volume of textual material - Bound in leather. 43 x 27 cm.
  • Scope and Content
    Presumed to be the first land grant made by Governor Phillip, comprising 30 acres on the south side of the Barrack Ponds at Parramatta, by gift to James Ruse. It is signed by Governor Phillip and four witnesses, to wit: Geo Johnston, Jno Palmer, John White and Secretary, David Collins. It also bears the cancellation stamp of the Deputy Registrar General and, on verso, notice of conveyance of the land from James Ruse to John Harris for £40, dated 1 October, 1793 (date is mutilated)

    The written date for the year, given as '1790', is possibly a scribal error caused through omission of the word 'two' but this assumption has been disputed. The deed undoubtedly supersedes an earlier incomplete one and does not invalidate the claim that James Ruse was the first settled man to receive a land grant. For a discussion of the problems of dating see notes at DLMSF 37n

    The Registrar's copy of the deed is filed at the N.S.W. Archives Office. A facsimile is included in the work, The Beginnings of Government in Australia (Sydney, Gullick, 1913, filed at NF994.02/1A )
  • Source
    Bequeathed by Sir William Dixson, 1952
  • Finding Aids
    Contents list available in the Mitchell Library Reading Room -
  • Description source

    Information transferred from Dixson Manuscript Card Catalogue as part of the eRecords Project, 2011-2012.
  • General note

    DLADD 500
    Digital order no:Album ID : 966960
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