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Samuel Lennox Adair


Samuel Lennox Adair arrived in New South Wales on the ship Doncaster in April 1829 with his sister 'Miss A. Adair'. Coincidently his brother the Rev. John Adair and his other sister Barbara Adair arrived in Sydney on the same day on the ship William Young.[1]

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In 1829 Samuel Adair was granted 640 acres of land on the Paterson River immediately to the south of James Adair's Creebank. Samuel named his block 'Lennoxton' (see map).[2]

On 29 November 1829 an armed gang broke into James Adair's house at Cardoness. The robbers put a pistol to the heads of Samuel and his sister (James was absent) and made off with a considerable quantity of household valuables. Four of the armed robbers were later captured, tried, sentenced to death and hanged.

In January 1836 Samuel contributed £5 to the fund being collected to build a church in Paterson. His brother James contributed £10 and his other brother the Rev. John Adair contributed £1.[3]

In 1847 the 640 acres of Lennoxton was advertised for sale.[4] Samuel Adair died in 1852 at the age of 62 years.[5] Lennoxton was purchased by Henry Ferris who sold it in the 1870s to Samuel Craik. Craik in turn sold it to Walter Tucker in 1883 who sold it to Edmund and Gerald Dampney in 1897. They subdivided Lennoxton in 1918.[6]


1. Sydney Gazette, 21 April 1829 p2. (Jack Sullivan's provision of press clippings is acknowledged and appreciated).

2. NSW Government Gazette, 25 April 1838, p.316.

3. Sydney Herald, 21 January 1836 p1.

4. Sydney Morning Herald, 15 December 1847 p4.

5. Index to NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages, death V18521034 38B/1852.

6. Patfield family website.

See also

An overview of settlement at Patersons Plains from 1822.