The Early Settlers

The European discovery of the Singleton area occurred in 1820 by John Howe and was named for Benjamin Singleton, who was a member of the discovery expedition. It was first known as St Patrick’s Plains in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, and shortened to Patrick’s Plains as the name of the shire area and council. Settlement followed rapidly, with 300 land grants to 206 settlers within five years.

DISTRICT COUNCIL

The District Council of Patrick Plains was appointed in 1843, and the Municipality of Singleton proclaimed in 1866. The councils amalgamated in 1975 and the shire of Singleton was inaugurated the following year.

ALEXANDER MUNROE

Alexander Munro was the first mayor of Singleton. 

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BENJAMIN SINGLETON

The European discovery of the Singleton area occurred in 1820 by John Howe and was named for Benjamin Singleton, who was a member of the discovery expedition. 

It was first known as St Patrick’s Plains in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, and shortened to Patrick’s Plains as the name of the shire area and council. Settlement followed rapidly, with 300 land grants to 206 settlers within five years.

To read more about Singleton, download the brochure