William (st) Wilkinson

William (Convict) & Margaret WILKINSON


Thomas & Elizabeth WILKINSON

1838 to 1966 Run No. - 182


Portion No.s -

LAND - 25 Square Miles at the beginning.

Entery gates to the Yellowin area.

hich included the large property named "YUKON PARK".

Crown Leaseholders and their Runs in New South Wales. - THE following is the concluding portion of a list of all the squatters and Crown leaseholders in the colony, with the names of their runs and the rent in each case for the present year : - MURRUMBIDGEE DISTRICT - Wilkinson J. & I. Yellowin £30 - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907) Saturday 2 July 1870).

1848 - RUN No. 182. Wilkinson John. Name of run, Yellowin. Estimated area, twenty-fire square miles. Estimated grazing capabilities, six hundred cattle. Bounded on the south by the Tumut River; on the north, east, and west, by lofty ranges. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) Monday 16 October 1848).

Catherine Ryan arrived in NSW on the convict ship 'Brothers' in 1824 and spent some time in the Parramatta Female Factory. By 1830 Catherine was living at Liverpool with a widower, William Wilkinson, and his three young children, John, Thomas and Elizabeth. In 1830 a son, Henry Wilkinson, was born, followed by another son, Edward Wilkinson, born at Gundaroo in 1834. By this we assume the family moved to Gundaroo in the early 1830s. - (Ref- Val Wilkinson.)

Records show that the three Wilkinson teenagers who settled in the southern end of the Blowering Valley actually started out from Gundaroo, NSW, an area miles away from Tumut. Their father had arrived in the colony in Sydney as a convict in 1818 (about a year after William Bridle) who was to become very involved with his desenants in the mid 1800's in the Talbingo - Yellowin areas south of Tumut, NSW.- (Ref. Adelong Argus, 1904)

Mr.Thomas WILKINSON said, "In 1838 I left Gundaroo and rode up to Tumut accompanied by BOYD who drove a bullock team. My sister came up also with BOYD's wife on a cart...." also another brother John WILKINSON came too after they all had a disagreement with their step mother. - (Ref:- http://gundaroo.info/genealogy/genealog.htm)

Apparently after the early death of their mother from a drowing accident in Sydney - John, Thomas and Elizabeth Wilkinson could not get on with their new step mother and decided to move on and relocate to greener pastures. Their father had given them a heard of cattle as a starting point and they travelled to Tumut in company with Mr Thomas & Mrs Boyd and settled in the Gilmore Valley. Then after a dispute over the land they had selected they were moved on by Mr Henry Bingham - the local Commissioner of lands and land owner in Tumut.

So an area of about 25 square miles was to become their home in the neighbouring valley in Yellowin - which is at the top end of the Blowering Valley.

What an exciting proposition for a very young set of brothers and sister.

Yellowin Early Map

"Yallowan" as the area was first known, is now known as "Yellowin" is another very rich farming area situated at the southern end of Blowering Valley, with a long Tumut River frontage.

In 1838 John aged (17 yrs), Thomas aged (14 yrs) & Elizabeth (aged 12 yrs) WILKINSON took up the Yellowin Run which was an area of 25 square MILES of which a high proportion was mountain country.

As the years passed the three brothers and sister established a very successful property, they settled into their new community and married local partners.

John (1st) Wilkinson married Miss Elizabeth McAlister in Yass, NSW, in 1847, (Ref:- NSW BDM No. V1847589 3) - Yellowin

Thomas (1st) Wilkinson married Miss Susanna Bridle in Tumut, NSW, in 1847, (Ref:- NSW BDM No.0000).

1850 - Elizabeth WILKINSON married - William (2nd) BRIDLE in - MI Church of England Gundaroo, Gunning, Yass - (Ref- NSW BDM V1850451 36B/1850). & lived in Bombowlee.

Wilkinson Births & Deaths in the Tumut area.

Yellowin Public School was on a 2 acre block - (Ref- P.114 - Resumed Gazette 21.8.1912).

"Yukon Park,"Yellowin

The early resumptions at Jones's Bridge, Wermatong and the Yellowin areas are * Indicated in a report listed in the NSW Government Gazette on 9th July 1965. This being their official notification of a date to restart their futures.


The attention of all parties interested is directed to the notioe in tho GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, dated the 9th instant, Intimating that the several undermentioned Pre-emptive Purchases have been approved, vie.,

MONARO DISTRICT.-Robert Tooth and the representatives of the late £. Tooth, Kemoraka, 180 acres, £181; 160 acres. £161.

MURRUMBIDGEE DISTRICT.-John Hone and George Day, Little Billabong, 3S8 acres, £365 18s. ; J. Wilkinson, Yellowin, 320 acres, £321.


* Philip Rolf WILKINSON - 587 acres and

* Estate of the later Henry G.W WILKINSON - 310 acres and

* Ronald Cedric & Frederick Thomas & Vere L. WILKINSON - 1250 - (1600?) acres and

Estate of the late J. WILKINSON - 12 acres and

*Vincent E. TOWNSEN & Alexender W. WITHERS - 148 acres and

*Eric Harold LUND - 1202 acres and

*Peter K. LUND - 1497 acres and

*Gunther G.U. KELLER - 520 acres and

*Richard L. MATCHETT - 760 acres - Records of the Victorian Gazette of 1962 - List of Unclaimed monies - held by Western Union Mining Co in name of Richard L Mathett, of Talbimgo NSW - the sum of $12.70 on page 2. First date payable was on 29.10.1976.


1865 - The neighbourhood of "Yellowin," near Adelong, is infested with native dogs, not the pure dingo, but a crossbreed, which are very ferocious. A Mr. Wilkinson has latterly lost several calves, and even yearlings are attacked and devoured by these rapacious brutes. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) Thursday 21 September 1865).

1937 - DEATH - WILKINSON.-June 4, 1937, at private hospital, Wagga. John Wilkinson, of Yellowin, Tumut, beloved husband of Beryl Wilkinson. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) Saturday 26 June 1937).

1870 DEEDS OF GRANT available.

Title Deeds available for delivery upon payment of £1 Deed Fee.

Note - There are TWO roughly alphabetical listings as they appear in the Gazette.

[Government Gazette, 8 November, 1870, pp.2479 - 2507.]

(Rusheen Craig - 27 August, 2006.)

No. of Deed (not all copied); Date of Deed of Grant; Name of Grantee and address. County; Parish or Town; Allotment; Section; Area in acres, roods and perches.

No. - ; Sept., 1856; WILKINSON John, jun. , of Yallowan. Co. Wynyard; Tumut; Allot 3; Sect 10; Portion 7; 0a 2r 0p.

No. - ; Sept., 1856; WILKINSON Thomas Henry, of Yallowan. Co. Wynyard; Tumut; Allot 6; Sect 10; Portion 71; 0a 2r 0p.

No. - ; Sept., 1856; WILKINSON John, of Tumut. Co. Wynyard; Tumut; Allot 20; Sect 18; Portion 20; 0a 2r 0p.- (Ref- http://www.dcstechnical.com.au/Rusheen/1.0_People.htm)

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The marriage of Mr Sydney Wilkinson one of Tumut's respected townsmen and aldermen youngest son of Mr. Jas. Wilkinson, of Yallowin with Miss Ethel Sorensen, of Woollahra, eldest daughter of Mr. N. 0. Sorensen, was quietly solemnised at St. Mathia, Woollahra. on Wednesday last, the celebrant being the Rev. Mr. Gillett.

The bride was led to the altar by Mr. A. H. Watts, of West Blowering Station (in unavoidable absence of her father) Mr. J. T. Wilkinson, of Springfield, acted as groomsman. The bride looked charming, attired in a tasteful dress of cream cashmere, with silk maltese lace trimmings, and white chiffon fischu, edged with bebe ribbon; white horse-hair hat, trimmed with chiffon and white ospreys, and she wore a pearl necklace and diamond brooch, the gift of the bridegroom, being attended by two bridesmaids — Miss Lily Sorensen (bride's sister), who wore a dress of cream cashmere, trimmed with white silk, white leghorn hat, trimmed with moire ribbon ; and Miss Barbara Atkinson, who wore a pretty dress of white silk and hat to match. Each bridesmaid wore emerald heart brooches, set in pearls, the gift of the bridegroom. After the ceremony the wedding party adjourned to Matupi House (residence of the bride's parents), where light refreshments were served.

The happy couple left by train in the evening for Katoomba, amid showers of rose loaves, etc., and the hearty good wishes of their friends. The bride's travelling dress was of fawn cloth, trimmed with silk ostrich boa, hat and gloves en suite. We wish our young friends every happiness and prosperity in their future life. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 16 April 1901 Page 3).



The evidence taken in the charge of having a piece of rope in his custody, reasonably suspected of being stolen, was: Harold Elgin Flyne, Sergeant of Police, of Gundagai, in evidence stated

1: On 11th August, 1935, I visited a property at Yellowin, situated about 20 miles from Tumut. which property is owned by the defendant. I there saw a man named Ernes! Shellick In an old cart, which was standing allongsidb a camp occupied by Shellick I saw a tomato sauce case. In this case I saw a piece oi hemp1 ropo (Which I produce). Ex. amined the rope and found that it had a blue strand running . through it, and which is similar to those used on the N.S.W. Railways. Had a conversation with Shellick concern ing tilie rope Took possession of the rope and brought it to the Gundasai police .station. At the time I took possession of the rope I suspected it of having been stolen. On 1st Sept. 1935, saw defendant, James Allen, at the Gundagai police station. Said to ?him-, ''I was Up at your property at Yellowin, on August 30th, and I found a .piece of railway rope in an old cart on your property, and Shel Jiclf, your brother-in-law, told me that you gave him that piece of rope to'take up to Yellowin.' Defendant said, 'Let me have a look at the rope.' Showed defendant the rope, and he took. the rope in his hand, un. twisted the istrands and said, ''This is railway rcip&' Said, '-Yes, it is: what 'Stave, you got to say about it?' Defendant said, 'I know nothing ab out the Tope. I never .gave it to Shel lick- to take up there. I don't know how it got there ' .Said to him, 'You are a carrier, aren't you, and fre quently visit the railway goods shed at- Gundagai?1' Defendant .said, 'Yes, I ®o to the -railway a. lot.' To Mr. West: What madfc .you suspect Uie rope was stolen; was i- the fact that.it had a *lue strand ?through it?— Yea, I was practically sure it was a railway rope. Is that the only reason you have of suspecting the rope to be stolen?— Yes. Do you .know If the Railway De partment ever sells rope? — I don't know. Were you working under a search warrant? — No , Shellick was not very informative ~t*n..t ?!»« wma wnR lie? — Yes. he was very open. lit Shellick said to you, '-As far as I know Allen brought it as far as ?Wilkinson's, and I left, it here. in the cart along with other boxes contain ing tools,' -would this t-e correct?— No. Witness continuing to Mr. West I say that Shellick sa\A Allen gave him the rope. Ho said it was in a ibox. Allen answered my auestions. Understood Shellick to have said that Allen gave him the rope at '?DonnybrooV Gundagai. Francis Wanders, station master, of Gundagai, in giving evidence, sta ted: Tho rope produced in court is a Government rope. Rope of that des. cription is used by the Railway- De-' partmont. From my knowledge at stocktaking every year, there are sovoral hundred ropes missing. No one ia permitted to use the ropes away from the railwal.-. Tlo P.M.: I have been in Gundagai four months. There have been no sales of rope during that time. 1 have .iieen in the Railway. Department 26 years. I know of no occasion when railway ropes have ibeen sold . The rope produced is in fair csudi tion. I would say that it was years old

To Mr. West: I have seen ropes in existence with a blue strand that did not belong to the Government. In the State several hundreds of ropes are missing each year.

1 couldn't swear that this rope was taken from the Gundagai station. Tumut railway station is closest to Yellowin; Batlow may be closer. I have known Mr Allen ever since I came here, and in his carrying business I come in close contact with him qpite a lot. I found him quite an honest man to deal with. I never ever suspected him of taking anything from the premises.

In my experiene as a station master I have seen many ropes taken by mistake. In the handling of business at the goods shed, there are quite a lot of ropes handled each day.

Ernest Alfred Shellick, laborer, residing at Yellowin, deposed ; Remember the police visiting the property of defendant abaut the end of August. Saw a piece of rope similar to the one produced in a case on Mr. Allen's property.

Am in the employ of Mr Allen. Could not definitely say how the rope got to Yellowin. Am not really certain how it got there. Told the police that Mr. Allen brought' the rope with some other tools and boxes as far as Mr. Wilkinson's, and from there they were transferred into a spring cart, and I drove the cart from there to Yellowin.

I have no recollection of seeing the rope. Saw the Police take possession of a rope out of the case . The case was one of the cases that the defendant handed over to me.

Have no recollection of seeing the rope there. The defendant visits the property on an average of once a fortnight. On those occasions he used to bring food. Have seen the ropes used on the Government railways . They have a blue strand in the rope. To Mr West LMted the boxes at Wilkinson's. Took the boxes in a cart to Yellowin. . Unloaded the boxes off spring cart, excepting one easel' That was the case in which the Sergrant found the rope. Haven't any recollection of seeing the rope. Took articles out of that case. Could have (found use for a piece, of rope had 1 seen it there. The cart would be about 30 yards from my hut.

On a couple of occasions I have seen wild horses up there. I saw four men gOing through one day, and they asked if 1 had seen any wild horses. Think he (defendant) packed the boxes him. self. The boxes were at Wilkinson's a fortnight before I picked them .up. I should have) seen the rope if it had .been there. . . To P.M.: The articles .-had' Ibeen at Yellowin tuny two1 monuis ueiun; the police came out on to the pro perty. In the box there was a short piece of used chain and some tools. I was surprised to see the rope there when the Police came-. I have been in charge since last April. I told the police Mr. Allen gave me the ropo to deliver to his property. I said that because I surmised the rope was am ongst the goods. James Allen, the defendant in the case; stated: I have a property at Yellowin. I packed the goods, and that particular case in question, when I was leaving 'Donneybrook' to go to Yellowin. I didn't pack the ropo. The first time I saw the ropo wasi at the Gundagai Polico Station. After 1 packed the case I took the. case and others to John Wilkinson's house and left the boxes there. The first I heard of tho ropo was when a ring came from the police. Amongst other questions^ I was asked! about .. |thcj i ropes. Immediately I saw the rope in question I examined it and saw it was a railway rope. Sergt. P(i-ne said, 'I found that in a box.' I be lieve the Sergt. said, 'How did it get there-?' I have never removed a railway rope. I have handled many ropes every day. I have ap. proximately 50 yards of rope of my own. It Is used for many purposes. This is the first time I have been in tho witness-box. I have been in Gundagai nine ^j-ears. I am a 'i'e^ turned soldier. I am a married man with six children. I say definitely tlie first timo I saw (the rope was in the police station. To Sergeant; When I was shown the rope, the first thng I did was to unravel the strands. There was no mention of a, railway rope prior to my unravelling of the rope. I visit the railway daily. The rope was not in the box which I packed. I don't think anyone would wilfully go on to my property and place that rope in the box. I left boxes at Wilkinson's about May or June. I heard all albout the police's; visit to my pro perty. The boxes would have been here about two months. I took ab out four or five boxes to Yellowin. To P.M.: The properfty at Yel lowin is not on the main road. In the last three months I have gone to Yellowin on an average once a fort night. I have seen the box from which the police got the rope. It was a box which I had packed with tools and a broken trace-chain. Ernest Alfred Shellick, recalled: Stated tlia'it Constable; Jonns wrote out his statement. The statemeni was written in his hut. Constable Jonas and himself were the only ones present. Constable Jonas wo uld not accept his. answers. 'Some times he would dispute them. I ev. entually gave an answer that he wanted ; he more than suggested the answer. I wanted to be as friendliy as I could. I didn't want him to search my camp. There were items there that I didn't want the police to see. Thay had nothing ,to' do 'with tho rope.' To Sergt.: Constable Jonas asked me to the statement over, and I signed it. The police had been in the camp before I made the state ment. The police hadn't a thorough examination of my camp. Serjgt. Steward- was with . Constable. Jonas and Sergt. Pyne. I gave what 1 thought to be the truth when I gave tlio statement. To P.M. ? The case had Ibeen in the cart about two1 months. There was no top on the case. I would be necessary to step up on to the cart to look into it. It cam© as a surprise to me when the Police; took- the rope from the cart. I was sort ' of flabbergasted when the police : took the rope from the cart. This ended th© .first case. Mr. West briefly addressed the court on the question of the police :establishana beyond dbulit ith-o ; ifjact), that the. rope had been stolen. Tho P.M. said that in these cases' it was. not giving a benefit of the doubt,. n-ut to prove beyond doubt the fact. He said also that Shellick's evidence was most unsatisfactory and that he was fortunate that he was not charged with Allen.

Allen was convicted and fined 20/, with 10/- costs.