MARY AND WILLIAM MCNALLY AND THEIR LAND GRANTS

COXS LANE MAIN ROAD

According to Mrs Hamilton-Grey,or,as Izzy calls her Fotherington-Smythe , William and Mary received land grants at Bellambi. She claims that these are in some way associated with their being born in England. They are the eldest two children and as yet we haven’t found evidence of the grants nor of what they were associated with. Mrs HG speculates on the possibility of their being connected with the Military Service of their father Patrick. Other possibilities which have so far arisen are:

  • THEY MIGHT BE THE CHILDREN OF A FORMER MARRIAGE OF JUDITH. E.G AS MCDERMOTT
  • THEY COULD BE FAMILY GRANTS
  • THIS MIGHT BE A COMMON OCCURRENCE. EG. IN THE CASE OF THE BELLS OF TWEED WHERE 2 SONS AND ONE SISTER RECEIVED GRANTS WHILE VERY YOUNG.

Below is an extract from BACK TO BELLAMBI AND CORRIMAL. 1980.  by SYD LONG. ( This is from a photocopy whose origins I do not know. Apologies right now if used without permission and appreciation to whoever passed it on to us )

In this article , it says that JAMES MARTIN was granted the 50 acres in 1830. James was the husband of Mary. If Mrs HGs facts are correct then James claims the land which was his wife’s, sells it and leaves her never to be seen again.  I shall add some of her writing which includes information gathered locally and from Elders of the Area.

IS THIS THE TIME AND PLACE MELINDA WRITES OF IN HER POEM: BELLAMBI’S LAKE?  The time when the McNallys have at least 100 acres of land in what is reputed to be a beautiful place. After servitude and criminal investigations – does the McNally family come here and stand before a future they cannot yet envision ?

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