John Galt Smith
was born in 1794. He arrived in Van Diemen's Land on the Britomart
on 4th February 1822. Other passengers on the Britomart included Robert and Helenus Scott
. The voyage was a pleasant one and in March 1822 John Galt Smith and Robert and Helenus Scott publicly thanked Captain Peache, the master of the Britomart for their accommodation on the vessel and to state that their voyage was made more comfortable and agreeable by Captain Peache's attentive and gentleman like conduct.
John Galt Smith applied for a land grant in 1822 and was granted 1000 acres which he selected on the Paterson River. He also purchased 700 acres in 1824 and 600 acres in 1825. This land together with another two grants, one of which was granted to his wife Eliza Walsh was situated on the eastern bank of the Paterson River adjoining Alexander Livingstone's 'Bowthorne'
and Walter Scott's 'Wallalong'
. He named the estate Woodville.
John Galt Smith resided in the Windsor area for some time. He married Eliza Walsh at St. Luke's Church Liverpool. Eliza was a settler at Kurrajong and had arrived in the Colony on the Globe in 1819
accompanied by her brother-in-law Frederick Drennan a former Deputy Commissary General of NSW.
In January 1824 John Galt Smith was given permission to travel from Windsor to No. 22 Township, County of Durham and again in June 1824 with his servants and cattle to his farm in Co. of Durham.
In 1828 Timothy Buckley
was employed as overseer at Woodville. Buckley was a 25 year old ticket of leave holder from Cork who arrived on the ship Isabella
in 1823. He had first been assigned to Smith at Windsor in January 1824 and so probably accompanied that first trip overland to Woodville with cattle later that year.
Convicts assigned to John Galt Smith and living at Woodville in 1828 included
who arrived on the Norfolk in 1825
24 year old stockman who arrived on the Minerva in 1824
per Marquis of Huntley
per Princess Charlotte
The Newcastle gaol records reveal that in June 1831 assigned servant Mary Ryan
was sent to 1st Class Female Factory at Parramatta
for living in adultery with her Master John Galt Smith
Convicts assigned to John Galt Smith at Woodville in the years 1829 - 1839:
James Clapson per Surry
William Garbutt per Nithsdale
Ebenezer Ferney per John Barry
George Harris per Albion
Patrick Hely per Java
John Higgins per Hive
Joseph Lasseter per Katherine Stewart Forbes
William Brown per Asia
Robert Little per Sesostris
Alfred Bridges per Waterloo
William Brawton (Broughton) per Eliza
Henry McQuade per Calcutta
Edward Payne per Henry Porcher
Patrick Rattigan per Lady McNaughton
Donald Ross per John
The Australian, Tuesday 21 July 1835, page 3
Life in the Colony
John Galt Smith attempted to establish 'The Village of Brisbane' on his estate in 1843 when he advertised for 200,000 bricks to be delivered to his site opposite Lang's steam mill. This was at the height of the financial depression and the village did not go ahead.
John Galt Smith died in tragic circumstances in 1847 aged 53. He had arisen from bed in the early hours of the morning and while lighting a candle in a nearby room his clothes caught fire. His groans alerted a servant girl who came to his assistance and found him still alight. She alerted the household and Smith was put to bed and medical assistance called. His injuries were extensive however, and he died ten hours later.
He was buried in the cemetery of St. Paul's Church, Paterson.
Eliza died at Woodville in 1861 aged 75.
Woodville later passed into the hands of the Croaker Family
Notes and Links
1). Iona School 150 year Anniversary
2). Consecration of All Saints Church, Woodville - Maitland Mercury 3 February 1881
3). Woodville House destroyed by fire - The Newcastle Sun 10 March 1932
4). Reminiscences of Maitland and Paterson districts
5). Reminiscences of Paterson
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Willetts, J (n.d.) "John Galt Smith". Free Settler or Felon
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