Barton Family History

Blair, James

Male 1832 - 1922  (90 years)


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  • Name Blair, James 
    Born 3 Feb 1832  Congleton, Sandbach, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Congleton, Sandbach, Cheshire, England
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 1839  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • James sailed on the "Hero of London" with his parents
    _UID 13092B8D0C002C44B1117F90F0F128D3FD65 
    Buried Oct 1922  Port Macquarie Cemetery, Port Macquarie, Nsw Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 12 Oct 1922 
    Person ID I0190  Barton Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2010 

    Father Blair, James Snr,   b. 1792, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1852, Kooloonbung Creek, Port Macquarie, Nsw Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Young, Mary,   b. Abt 1787,   d. 22 Jan 1861  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Family ID F0074  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Warlters, Elizabeth,   b. 1839,   d. 23 Nov 1919  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 1863 
    Children 
     1. Blair, Laura Annie,   b. 27 Dec 1869, Port Macquarie, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1954  (Age 84 years)
     2. Blair, Jane Mary,   b. 28 May 1854,   d. 19 Nov 1956  (Age 102 years)
     3. Blair, James,   b. 13 Apr 1856,   d. 12 Nov 1928  (Age 72 years)
     4. Blair, Alexander,   b. 22 Feb 1858,   d. 8 Feb 1930  (Age 71 years)
     5. Blair, John,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Blair, William Hill,   b. 2 Oct 1860,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Blair, Robert,   b. 1862,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Blair, Eleanor Eliza,   b. 5 Aug 1865,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Blair, Thomas Young,   b. 24 Aug 1867,   d. 4 Oct 1949  (Age 82 years)
     10. Blair, Herbert Henry,   b. 9 Oct 1872,   d. 27 Mar 1934  (Age 61 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2010 
    Family ID F0065  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 
    • Arrived in Austalia at age 8 years.
      James was a good horseman and was good at breaking horses.

      As a lad he took service under John Galagos at that time horse master at Major Innes Ten Mile Creek Station and from him received a practical training in the breeding and handling of stock. He became a thorough bushman and daring rider, able to muster the wildest cattle, and sit any buckjumper that was ever foaled. His services were in great request as a guide, stockman, drover or horse breaker. Wages were low in Blair's young days and on one occasion he was asked by a grazier to help muster cattle on the Ten Mile Creek. He agreed to do so for the modest remuneration of 1/6 per day for himself and horse, but to the proposal the cattle-owner strongly demurred. saying that 1/6 per day was all that he was paying his overseer. An offer of 6d. per day was flatly refused.

      He once rowed a boat loaded with provisions for the settlers at Kempsey to Boat Harbour, a distance of about 30 miles The journey there and back took three days and his employer Dr. R. D Benjamin a storekeeper here, rewarded him with the magnificent sum of 4/6 for the trip . . . hard earned money, indeed.

      In 1851 the gold discoveries effected a marvellous transformation in the conditions of things and Australia awoke from her lethargy to a new and wonderful life. The lure of gold was not strong enough to lure young Blair from pastoral pursuits and his only adventure in that line was when he acted as guide to a party of young Englishmen proceeding to the Hanging Rock (New England diggings) remaining only long enough to wash out enough gold to make a ring.

      In the early fifties John Breeze had the contract to carry the mails from Sydney to Port Macquarie, on horseback. Mr. M. Spence was here at the time and when there was any delay in delivery owing to floods to the southward he would enlist the services of young Blair to take the outward mail and meet the incoming mailman. The journey would be made on horse back and the route taken necessitated fording the Camden Haven River at Logans Crossing and the Manning at Lansdowne.

      The Taree Estate was then a wild brush with a bridle track leading through it. Much delay was sometimes experienced, owing to flooded creeks and rivers and the trip was not exactly a picnic. At times. Gloucester was reached before the incoming mailman was met when the change of loads was effected and the horses' heads were turned and the mailmen went their respective ways.

      In his time Blair bred horses of the Theovin blood and drove them over mountains and through rivers for sale in Sydney.

      In 1865 he was instrumental in locating some runaway prisoners and at the request of the Governor of the Gaol filled the position of one of the suspended warders for six rnonths.

      He acquired a knowledge of the saddlery business from his brother Alexander and carried on the trade in Port Macquarie for forty years after his brother left to open a saddlery business in Walcha. Cattle raising, however, was his pet hobby and engaged some of his attention throughout his life. He was a man of very genial disposition robust and healthy - with a cheery smile and ever ready greeting for all. He took a great interest in world affairs, buying every newspaper possible to keep himself well informed and was greatly interested in the projected restoration of St. Thomas' Church.

      He married Elizabeth, fourth daughter of Jeremiah Warlters, and his wife Jane. The couple took a property on Glebe Road "The Homestead'' in 1863. On his business property In Horton Street now occupied by Woolworths, the first sugar in Australia was manufactured. A local builder who found the heavy foundations of a previous building c. 1910 has verified this. The first sugar was also grown in Horton Street on the site now occupied by the Methodist Church. It was planted by a convict named Williams, under instruction from Captain Allman, the first Commandant to the settlement at Port Macquarie.