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AMAN who at different times of his life was a miller,
boat builder, pioneer, explorer, grazier, farmer,
constable, builder, innkeeper and founder of the
town of Singleton, Benjamin Singleton arrived in Australia
as a three year old in 1792, with his father in chains for
stealing calico in England.
Married to Mary in 1811, Singleton tried to find an
overland route north from the Hawkesbury, finally joining
John Howe's exploration that left Windsor in March,
1820, and 10 days later found the valley of the Coal River,
later named the Hunter. They named the area St Patrick's
Plains. His wife and family joined Singleton at St Patrick's
Plains in 1822 and a son, John, born in 1823, became the
first white child born on the plains.
Singleton began farming on Minimbah Creek but later
relocated to 81 hectares that would eventually become part
of the town of Singleton, building a home near a Hunter
River ford and opening an inn, The Barley Mow, and then
a punt across the river.
In 1825 he was appointed district constable and later
built a station at Yarramanbah, followed by a flour mill
near Singleton's ford in 1829. In 1832 he and a son-in-
law built a paddle wheeler worked by horses to move
goods from Morpeth to Maitland and Paterson, and then
another mill on the Williams River.
In 1836 lots were offered for sale in the intended town
of Singleton and he donated the land now known as
Burdekin Park as a market square, a few years
nally erecting a court house
kup. He set out and named the
s as they remain today.
1842 he went bankrupt,
turning to England for a
me. On his return he began
building a steam mill in
Singleton, but died in 1853
before it was completed.
<< JAMES MOORE
An Irishman, Moore came
to NSW in 1838 and began a
business in Maitland before
moving to Singleton in 1844
where he opened a store on
he corner of John and Bourke
He took over the Farmer's
n and land near his store
e the main market for area
n 1891 the store became
known as Jas Moore and Co and a few years
later it purchased a flour mill and converted it to
Singleton's first butter factory.
Moore was an alderman on the town's first council and
became its second Mayor, was treasurer of the Northern
Agricultural Association for 20 years and gave land for the
Mechanics Institute. He died in 1904.
FREDERICK ERNEST WILLCOX
Willcox arrived in Australia from England in 1905 and
lived for 60 years in Singleton, beginning work as a film
projectionist in a town hall and later at the Strand Theatre,
and also working at the railway refreshment rooms and
selling butter and ice.
He was elected to council in 1925 and for 15
years fought for a sewerage scheme fo
town, being successful in getting the
council to accept a government grant
1937 in his first term as Mayor.
He built his own bowls green and
offered it to the Singleton Ladies
Bowling Club when it formed in
1937, coaching at what became
Werona Bowling Club while his
wife, Janet, became club patron.
Willcox was given life membership
to Singleton Bowling Club in
Willcox and his wife were
members of the town's original
ambulance committee where
she formed a ladies auxilliary, he
worked to establish Singleton baths,
was president of the swimming club,
president of the Boy Scouts, a membe
of the hospital board, Masonic Lodge
life member of the Northern Agricult
Association, was associated with the town band,
treasurer of the operatic society, taught skating and
dancing -- he taught the town to dance for sixpence on
Saturday afternoons -- taught debutantes for balls and
played the drums in a local band.
He died at Singleton in 1965.
Read first arrived in Australia from Dublin in 1863,
returning to Ireland a few years later to begin medical
He returned to Australia as a doctor in 1872, married
and settled in Newcastle before starting a practice in
Singleton in 1876, later buying Carisbrook House to be his
home and surgery.
He established the Kelso vineyard, winery and brandy
distillery at South Singleton and in partnership with others
acquired coal seams at Rix's Creek in 1881 and later
built coke ovens there to supply the Great Cobar Copper
Mining and Smelting Co, which the partners eventually
bought. The mine became one of the largest copper
mining and smelting businesses in the nation, realising
more than one million pounds when it sold in 1907.
Read retired in 1898 and the family moved to Sydney,
but when the second All Saints Church was built in 1913
the oak choir stalls were his gift. Read died in 1920,
followed by his wife just 10 days later.
JAMES SMITH WHITE
Born in Glasgow in 1822, White arrived in Australia
with his parents 10 years later, studying at the Australian
College of the Presbyterian Church before being ordained
and put in charge of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church,
Singleton, in 1847, the start of 55 years of ministry in the
He visited scattered communities on horseback in
the days before roads and bridges and also managed
to continue his education, gaining his BA, MAa and
LLD. He taught at Singleton Grammar School in
h he would conduct evening services
ellbrook on Sunday and ride to
ton in time for Monday classes.
e was elected unanimously as
derator of the Synod of Australia in
859 and in 1893 moderator of the
Presbyterian Church of NSW. He was
the instigator behind Scots College,
Dr White fought for Aboriginal
rights, allowed them to camp on
his Gowrie property and set up a
mission at St Clair where a church
and school were built.
He died at Gowrie in 1902, and on
the day of his funeral every business
ouse in town closed.
RETTA JANE LONG (DIXON)
n in Sydney, when Singleton's St Clair
n opened in 1904 Dixon became its
ished the Aboriginal Inland Mission
of Australia, and when an Aboriginal woman died
leaving two daughters, she founded a girl's home in
She married Leonard Long in 1906 and afterwards they
extended their work into Queensland, but they stayed
in Singleton until 1910 when the mission headquarters
moved to Sydney, continuing to grow until in the 1930s it
had spiritual care of 11,000 Aboriginals.
A training institute was opened at Minimbah House in
1945, and many who trained with the mission became
Long retired in 1953 and died in 1956.
SAMUEL HENRY HORNE
Born in England in 1798, when only 19 years old Horne
received a life sentence and was transported to Australia, but
although he started as a convict he became Chief Constable
at Patrick's Plains and Singleton from 1839 to 1862.
Originally a constable at Parramatta, he was involved in
the shooting and capture of bushrangers in 1830 which led
to him being given a land grant in the area now known as
Normanhurst (Hornsby Shire takes its name from him).
In 1839 he was appointed to Patrick's Plains where he
was to remain for almost 50 years. Extra appointments for
him at Singleton included Inspector of Slaughter Houses,
Court of Petty Sessions and Court for the Recovery of
Small Debts bailiff, and Inspector of Distilleries. He was
behind the formation of a benevolent society for Singleton
and Patrick's Plains and was on its first committee.
Horne retired in 1862 through ill health but continued
to live in Singleton until his death in 1886.
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