The land at Sackville did prove very fertile to the point where, no doubt acting on the advice of his Commissary, Governor King issued an order on 24 February 1803 to the effect that, the "Receiving Granaries at Parramatta and Hawkesbury, being filled with wheat which is spoiling, no more can be taken at those places until further Orders, except in payment for Government Debts.."(5). This was preceded in the Gazette by an Order concerning the transport of grains by small boat to Sydney - the farmers had to ensure that the boat selected was sea-worthy, that the Master of the boat did not overload his vessel and that if the grain arrived "wetted" in order to increase the weight and payment, the Masters were liable before the Magistrates to a forfeit of Five Pounds which would be paid to the Orphan Fund (5).
Thought to be the land granted to William Hubbard in 1803 at Sackville Reach, Hawkesbury River. (6)
They travelled to their new site on a partly compeleted road that William himself would have worked on, near his land on the outskirts of Parramatta. Governor Hunter issued an order in January 1797 that farmers in the area including the military landholders were to put in unpaid work on the development of a road to the Hawkesbury (7).
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