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Benjamin Singleton
Benjamin Singleton (1788 - 1853) arrived in Sydney on 14th February 1792. Having travelled from England with his family on the convict ship the "Pitt" , Singleton went on to marry Mary Lane Sherland on 4th February 1811.

On the 5th March 1820, Singleton accompanied John Howe's exploration party, and by the 15th March they had arrived at what was to be known as Patricks Plains.

Singleton was rewarded with a grant of land and he took up residence. By 1823 his family (which was to reach 10 children) had joined him and that same year he was appointed District Constable. In 1836, Benjamin Singleton received the deeds for his 200 acre grant located at the natural ford in the Hunter River - the site known as Singleton.

Other ventures undertaken by Singleton include erecting an inn, a flour mill, a brewery and a courthouse. In1841 he donated the land where Burdekin Park now stands for use as a market square.

The depression of the 1840's caused Benjamin Singleton to become insolvent. He died on the 3rd May 1853, leaving behind the legacy of Singleton - a town that would continue to grow and posper.

Reading List
"? and Another Reapeth." : Ben Singleton pioneer 1788-1853 / Kath Mahaffey
NSW : Mahaffey 1984

Singleton "Howe" it started and grew
Singleton : NSW : Singleton Historical Society 1996

The Singletons : arrival by necessity, not choice / Harry Torr
An address read to the Canberra & District Historical Society, 2001.

A History of Singleton / Ella Whitelaw
Singleton : Singleton Historical Society, 1971.

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PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
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