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John Pike - Settler

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John Pike first came to New South Wales on the Boyd with the 73rd regiment in 1809.

The Boyd departed Cork on 10 March 1809. They sailed via the Cape of Good Hope and arrived in Port Jackson on the 14th August. On 20th August the Sydney Gazette recorded the arrival of the Boyd with one hundred and thirty four male prisoners, and passengers Captain Cameron, Lieutenants Pike and Wright of the 73rd regt., together with 30 non-commissioned officers and privates.

John Pike was probably present the following June when His Majesty's Birthday Celebrations were ushered in with the ringing of bells and hoisting of the Union Jack.

In 1814 Captain John Pike embarked on the Earl Spencer with the 73rd regiment bound for Ceylon. The lists at the site Under a Tropical Sun prepared by Robin Walsh, Macquarie University Library, names Commissioned Officers of the 73rd Regiment who Served in Ceylon in the years 1814-1821, and carries the following entry for John Pike:

PIKE, John (c.1780-1863) Commissioned: Ensign (73rd Regiment) 20 June 1805; Lieutenant 18 February 1807; Captain 10 August 1812; retired [by sale] 15 April 1824. Served in NSW/ VDL: 1809-1814. Served in Ceylon: 1814-1821. Arrived: Colombo, on the transport Earl Spencer 25 March 1814. Died: 9 March 1863, at Tours (France).

In February 1815, while serving in Ceylon it was announced that Captain Pike was appointed to the command and general superintendence of the three Posts of Malamagodde, Kokanaville,and Hettymoelle, which were established between Rusuwell and Ganitheyne. He was stationed at the centre depot of Kokanavelle.


Arrival of John Pike in 1825

After selling his commission John Pike together with his second wife Justine and daughter Mary Elizabeth, returned to New South Wales on the ship Phoenix under Captain Francis Dixon, arriving in February 1825. He brought with him on the Phoenix, 10 Saxon ewes and 4 rams and 10 merino ewes.


Land Grant

John Pike was granted 2000 acres of land which he selected at the Hunter River. He returned to Sydney at the same time as William Ogilvie and Peter Cunningham having decided on the future site of Pickering. He also applied for permission to purchase another 4000 acres adjoining the grant.

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Pickering

John Pike, with his wife and daughter travelled by dray to their new home soon afterwards. Assigned servants Edward Duffy, Alexander McBean, John Sadler and William Duggan probably accompanied the family on this first journey.

In Dawn in the Valley, W. Allan Wood wrote of the Pike family's journey - Captain Pike was the first to take a dray to that part of the country and his track, which others followed, was called Captain Pike's Road. He took a keg of rum to conciliate his convict servants, but in July three had taken to the bush. Mrs. Justine Pike was the first white woman and Mary Elizabeth was the first white girl to go to the Upper Hunter.

Three years later, in 1828 Martin Cash arrived in the colony on the Marquis of Huntley. He was assigned to George Bowman not far from Pickering. Select Here to read an excerpt from his memoirs, in which he describes a visit to Pickering and the conditions of the forty convicts who were assigned to John Pike at that time. Cash wrote that 'when any of Captain Pike's men were for trial (not a very unusual circumstance, as almost anything and everything constituted a crime), Mr. Ogilvie presided and vice versa. And when men from other farms were to be dealt with, both these gentlemen presided together'

In 1833, eight years after arriving in the Valley, John Pike's only daughter Mary Elizabeth married James Arndell at Pickering.


Sale of Pickering to Archibald Bell

The Pickering estate was sold to Archibald Bell in 1859


Death of John Pike

John Pike died at Tours, France while on a tour of Europe in 1863.


Convicts and emigrants assigned to Pickering:

Name Notes
Archer, William Ship John 1827.  Farm servant and top sawyer from Hereford. Assigned servant in 1828. Granted a Ticket of Leave in 1836. Died in January 1840
Atwick, John Ship John 1832. Harness maker. Assigned servant in August 1832
Auty, Benjamin Ship Clyde 1832. Canal boatman from Yorkshire. Assigned servant in December 1832
Cameron, Archibald Came free. Emigrant per Boyne in 1838
Bain, Alexander Came free. Emigrant per James Moran in 1839
Balsom, John Ship Layton 1829. Occupation stonecutter. Assigned servant in 1832
Bambrough, John Ship Champion 1827. Occupation shoemaker. Assigned servant in 1828. Granted a Ticket of Leave in 1836.
Barr, Francis Ship Marquis of Hastings 1828. Ploughman and shepherd from Worcester.  Assigned servant in 1828. Granted Ticket of Leave in 1833
Bluett, Thomas Ship Governor Ready 1829. Dairyman from Waterford. Absconded in September 1829
Booker, William Ship Governor Bourke in 1833. Assigned servant in April 1833
Bowen, John Ship Sophia 1829. Apprentice carpenter from Dublin. Assigned servant in January 1829. Executed for burglary in Sydney in 1833
Briggs, Thomas Ship Florentia 1830. Ploughman, milks, reaps, sows. Native place Yorkshire. Assigned servant in December 1830. Granted Ticket of Leave in 1834
Bruce, John Ship Henry 1823. Sailor from Belfast. Assigned servant in 1828
Burghall, George Ship Albion 1828. Ploughman and reaper from Cheshire. Assigned servant in 1828
Connor, Patrick Ship England 1826. Labourer and cooper from Waterford. Tried in Liverpool. Assigned servant in 1828
Connor, William Ship Lady Harewood 1832. Occupation Boat boy. Assigned servant in November 1832
Cray, Catherine Ship Buffalo 1833. Servant from London. Assigned servant in January 1837
Crompton, Thomas Ship Prince Regent 1824. Assigned servant in 1828
Cullingwood, George Ship Florentia 1830. Labourer from Yorkshire. Assigned servant in December 1830
Curlett, William Ship Providence 1811. Seaman from Co. Down. Assigned servant in 1828
Dawley, John Ship Boyne 1826. Farm labourer from Cork. Assigned servant in 1826
Devine, William Ship Boyne 1826. Cattle dealer and labourer from Co. Sligo. Assigned servant 1826 -  1828
Donnochie, William Ship Marquis of Huntley 1826. Errand boy from Glasgow. Assigned servant 1826 - 1828
Duggan, James Ship Boyne 1826. Farm labourer from Cork. Assigned servant in 1826
Early, Henry Came free per Lord Eldon. Employed as overseer in 1828
Edwards, John Ship Parmelia 1832. Fellmonger from Kent. Assigned servant in 1837
Egan, Peter Ship Recovery 1823. Assigned servant in October 1826
Fannan, John Ship Hercules 1825. Assigned servant in 1828
Farrell, James Ship Cambridge 1827. Labourer from Co. Meath. Assigned servant in 1828
Farrell, Matthew Ship Forth 1830 (1). Ploughman, reaps, milks. Native place Kilkenny. Assigned servant in 1830
Field, Charles Ship Lady Harewood 1832. Nailer from Worcestershire. Assigned servant in November 1832. Ticket of Leave holder employed at Pickering in 1837
Flaherty, Patrick Ship Forth 1830 (1). Ploughman from Tipperary. Assigned servant in 1830
Franklin, James Ship Planter 1832. Groom from Sussex. Assigned servant in 1837
Freer, John Ship Parmelia 1832. Tried in Lincolnshire. Assigned servant in 1837
French, James Ship Strathfieldsaye 1836. Farm servant from Oxfordshire. Assigned servant in 1837
Green, John Ship Lady Harewood 1832. Ploughs, milks and reaps. Native place Norfolk. Assigned servant in November 1832
Griffin, Mary Ship Andromeda 1834. Servant from Cork. Assigned servant in 1834
Hague, William Ship Guildford 1824. Blacksmith. Assigned servant in June 1832
Hayes, Jeremiah Ship Calcutta 1837. Assigned servant in 1837
Hinge, James Ship Isabella 1832. Plasterer from Somerset. Assigned servant in June 1832
Hogan, Patrick Ship Eliza 1827. Assigned servant in 1837
Jeffery, Sarah Ship Roslin Castle 1830. Laundress from Cork. Assigned servant in 1830 - 32
Jeffrey, John Came free. Emigrant per Boyne in 1838
Jones, George Ship Dunvegan Castle 1830. . Absconded in January 1842
Jones, John Ship Bussorah Merchant 1828. Butcher and waterman from London. Assigned servant in 1828
Jordan, John Ship Isabella 1832. Butcher and porter from London. Assigned servant in June 1832
Kelly, Edmund Ship Prince Regent 1820. Absconded from service in August 1825
Kent, William Ship Atlas 1819. Assigned servant in 1828
Large, Thomas Ship Lady Harewood 1832. Brickmaker and boatman from London. Assigned servant in November 1832
Lenney, Edward Ship Albion 1827. Blacksmith from London. Assigned servant in 1828
Lloyd, William Ship Exmouth 1831. Waterman from Salop. Assigned servant in 1831
Lyons, John Ship Hero 1835. Cooper from Limerick. Absconded from service in October 1838
Mahoney, Thomas Ship Forth 1830 (1). Boatman from Limerick. Assigned servant in 1830
Matley, David Ship John 1827. Factory boy from Stockport. Assigned servant in November 1827
McBean, Alexander Ship Speke 1821. Baker from Edinburgh. Assigned servant in 1828. Occupation baker
McDonnell, Alexander Came Free. Emigrant per Lady McNaughten in 1839
McDonnell, William Ship Edward 1831. Groom and indoor servant. Assigned to John Pike on arrival in 1831
McKay, Alexander Came Free. Emigrant per James Moran in 1839
McKenna, John Ship Captain Cook 1832. Shepherd and ploughman. Assigned servant in August 1832
McMahon, Francis Ship Captain Cook 1832. Boot and shoe maker. Assigned servant in August 1832
McPhee, Ewen Emigrant per ship Boyne in 1839
Mugford, William Ship Surry 1834. Assigned servant in 1836
Murphy, John Ship Asia 1831. Ploughs. Native place Cork. Assigned servant in 1831
Ogden, Joshua Ship Globe 1819. Occupation joiner. Employed at Pickering in 1828
Owen, Thomas Ship Baring 1819. Assigned servant 1825 - 1828. Occupation printer.
Page, George Ship Susan 1834. Assigned servant in 1836
Parberry, Charles Ship Lord Lyndoch 1833. Assigned servant in 1836
Perry, James Ship Camden 1833. Assigned servant in April 1833
Reid, James Ship Recovery 1836. Assigned servant in 1836
Rothwell, Henry Ship Norfolk 1829. Groom from Bolton, Liverpool. Assigned servant in August 1829
Russell, John Ship Eliza 1827. Assigned servant in 1828. Executed for his part in the Myall Creek Massacre in 1838
Sadler, John Ship Asia 1822. Occupation fencer. Absconded in July 1825
Salt, Clement Ship Westmoreland 1835. Assigned servant in 1836
Sampson, William Ship Heber. Assigned servant in 1837
Shaw, Lachlan Ship England 1826. Weaver from Paisley. Assigned servant in 1828
Smith, Henry Ship Waterloo 1829. Errand boy from London. Absconded in March 1842
Smith, James Ship Albion 1827. Absconded in October 1848
Smyth, John Ship Waterloo 1836. Assigned servant in 1836
Sullivan, Jeremiah Ship Java 1833. Errand boy from Cork. Absconded in April 1841
Sullivan, Joseph Ship Portland 1833. painter and glazier from Tipperary. Convicted of bushranging in 1834
Urquhart, Kenneth Came free. Emigrant per James Moran in 1839
Vollance, John Ship Adamant 1821. Assigned servant in 1828
Warren, William Ship Bussorah Merchant 1828. Labourer from London. Assigned servant in 1828
Webb, John Ship Surry 1834. Assigned servant in 1836
Webb, Samuel Ship Neptune 1818. Assigned servant in 1825
White, John Ship Asia 1828. Assigned servant in 1828
Williams, Thomas Ship Canada 1819. Assigned servant in 1828
Wright, George Ship Lord Sidmouth 1819. Nailer from Gloucestershire. Absconded in October 1848
Young, George Ship Prince Regent 1820. Assigned servant in 1828






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