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John Grant : 25-January-2011
John Grant : 25-January-2011

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The bridge commemorates John Grant (1792 - 1866), a convict transported to Australia in 1810 at the age of 18. After he was freed in 1820 he was granted his first 50 acres and then went on to be a major land holder.


Address:Newton & Bridge Streets, Canowindra, 2804
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.571899
Long: 148.663854
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 14th December, 1996
Front Inscription

John Grant ( 1792 - 1866 )

This bridge honours the early pioneer settler of the Canowindra District. 

John Grant was born in Moyne, Tipperary, Ireland.  

He was transported to New South Wales in 1810 at the age of 18. 

He arrived in the period of the Governorship of Lachlan Macquarie. 

He was a model Macquarie convict.

Assigned to emancipist surgeon Dr. William Redfern, Grant became Redfern`s overseer on "Campbellfield". 

A free man in 1820, he was granted his first 50 acres and named it "Moyne Farm" at Hartley, N.S.W. 

Drought brought Grant to the Belubula and Lachlan Districts in 1826 where he began his claims on thousands of acres including the squatter`s run of "Merriganowry". 

John Grant was a convict who bridged two continents, bridged the early Colonial settlement and hinterland and was  himself a bridge to the Belubula and Lachlan Districts. 

A great Australian

14 December 1996

Source: MA
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