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EARLY SETTLEMENT - James Blackman, cont. P.13

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Cooyal Country: James Blackman Jnr lived at Cooyal for 20 years.

James Blackman jnr cont.

James Blackman Jnr marked out the road from Bathurst to Wallerawang in 1821 and explored a route from Bathurst to the Cudgegong River.
 
He was short of Mudgee by 10 miles, hence he missed being named discoverer of Mudgee, that honour going to fellow explorer, William Lawson who followed Blackman’s route in 1822. Blackman and Lawson traced the route from Wallerawang to Dabee, Rylstone in 1822.
 
James Blackman Jnr also helped to open the Orange district and the Wellington Valley after John Oxley passed through on his way to the Lachlan in 1817.
 
James Blackman Jnr held 1148 acres (465 ha) at Bathurst and in 1840 received 640 acres (259 ha) at Cooyal, Mudgee, where he lived for 20 years.
 
He married Mary John, daughter of John William John, a farmer at Richmond. James Blackman Jnr died at Mudgee on March 22, 1868.

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