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Marshall Mount - History

In 1829 Henry Osborne received 2560 acres in the Dapto district. He named his property Marshall Mount from his wife's maiden name. His wife, Sarah, was the daughter of the Rev. Benjamin Marshall. The Osborne's erected a stone dwelling on their property which was called Marshall Mount House.

Land grants - the following grants included land in Marshall Mount

  • Henry Osborne (Marshall Mount - 2560 acres)
  • Charles Throsby Smith (Calderwood - 1280 acres)
  • George Johnston (Johnston's Meadows - 1300 acres)

Early residents

Henry and Sarah Osborne and "Marshall Mount"

Henry Osborne was a wealthy Irish immigrant to whom the government granted 2560 acres in the Dapto district in 1829. He named the property "Marshall Mount" after his wife Sarah’s maiden name. By the 1840s he had added to his estate by securing Charles Throsby Smith’s "Calderwood", Elyard’s "Avondale", William Browne’s "Athanlin", Brook’s "Exmouth" and numerous smaller grants.

The Osbornes had become one of the most powerful families in the region. Henry and Sarah initially settled at "Marshall Mount" in Pumpkin Cottage under fairly primitive conditions. Later Osborne recruited skilled labour to build Marshall Mount House.

In 1851 Henry Osborne entered politics, he was elected to the Legislative Council as member for East Camden, and represented his constituency in the first Legislative Assembly. (McDonald, 1976; Dowd, B.T. , 1960; Hagan, 1997.)

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Marshall Mount - Timeline

  
Event
1829
2,560 acres granted to Henry Osborne (The Garden of New South Wales, LR994.46 COU)
1832
'Pumpkin Cottage' built (Illawarra Region Historic Buildings and Sites, Volume II, LRF994.46 ALI)
1839
'Pumpkin Cottage' enlarged and renamed 'Marshall Mount House' after Henry Osborne's wife (Illawarra Region Historic Buildings and Sites, Volume II, LRF994.46 ALI)
1843
Produce and stock from the Osborne estates exhibited in Market Street, Wollongong; this became the first Agricultural Show in the Illawarra (The Garden of New South Wales, LR994.46 COU)
1844
Henry Osborne became a founding member of the Agricultural Society (The Garden of New South Wales, LR994.46 COU)
1844
Henry Osborne became the member for Marshall Mount in the newly established Illawarra District Council (The Garden of New South Wales, LR994.46 COU)
1856
First Wesleyan Methodist Church built (Ill. Merc., 8/12/1856)
1859
First school built on site donated by Henry Osborne (The Garden of New South Wales, LR994.46 COU; Illawarra Region Historic Buildings and Sites, Volume II, LRF994.46 ALI)
 
1859
Henry Osborne died (Illawarra Index)
1861
Penny Bank established at Marshall Mount School (The Garden of New South Wales, LR994.46 COU)
1866
Marshall Mount National School became a Public School (The Garden of New South Wales, LR994.46 COU)
1879
Wesleyan Methodist Church burnt down (Ill. Merc., 8/7/1879)
1879
Wesleyan Methodist Church rebuilt (Ill. Merc., 30/12/1879)
1890
Marshall Estate subdivided into 22 farm lots and sold; it was the largest sale by public auction since first settlement of the area and the first large estate to be sold (Illawarra Index)
1890
Robert Menzies Dymock purchased farm lot that included Marshall Mount House (Illawarra Index)
1896
George and Elizabeth McDonald purchased a farm lot (Illawarra Branches, #50, March 1997)
1897
Second school building constructed (Local cuttings file)
1928
Electricity supply instituted (The Garden of New South Wales, LR994.46 COU)
1953
Marshall Mount Hall officially opened by Mr Hughie Stevenson, President of the Progress Association (Illawarra Index)
1962
Milk production ceased at North Marshall Mount (Illawarra Index)
1962
Dedication of the 'Marshall Mount Cemetery Memorial' (Illawarra Index)
1972
Marshall Mount School closed (Local cuttings file)
1973
The 'Marshall Mount Merry Makers' celebrate 20 years of playing (Illawarra Index)
2003
50 year anniversary of Marshall Mount Old Time Dance (Local cuttings file)
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