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Squatter's reminiscences

John Bingle (1792-1882), sailor and merchant, arrived in Port Jackson as a free settler on 16 December 1821. He established the first coastal trading service between Sydney and Newcastle in 1822, before acquiring 1800 acres of land at Dartbrook, in the Upper Hunter, which he named 'Puen Buen' and where he settled with his wife, Mary, and three children.

For the next 20 years, Bingle enjoyed the lifestyle of a minor member of the colonial squattocracy, playing a prominent part in the development of the local district, serving on the bench of magistrates and waging war against bushrangers. In later life, he compiled a fascinating, illustrated account of these years for his memoirs.

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Reminiscences of by-gone days. Squatting. ca. 1870. Compiled by John Bingle. Handstitched manuscript notebook. A130/2