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NSW convicts 18 Mar 2019 10:03 #1951

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Don Seton Wilkinson is trying to contact descendants of people who worked for our ancestor, George Wyndham. If you are related to anyone on this list, he would love to hear from you. It is part of his PhD.


George and Margaret Wyndham arrived in Sydney on 26th December 1827.
They purchased 2080 acres (842 hectares) on the banks of the Hunter River near Branxton on 15th January 1828, which they renamed Dalwood.
The first grapevines were planted at Dalwood 1st September 1830.
Dalwood is now the oldest continuous commercial vineyard in Australia.
The Bureau of Meteorology considers the Dalwood Rainfall records as the oldest accurate rainfall records in Australia.

With the help of labour provided by a mix of convicts, free immigrants, Indigenous people, German vine-dressers, and colonial born employees, George Wyndham developed successful cattle, sheep, horse and vineyard enterprises at Dalwood, Mahngarinda, Colly Blu, Bukkulla, Nullamanna, and Keelgyrah.
Dalwood House, built with convict labour, was the first building built in the Greek style in Australia.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Marcia Watson
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