Saturday, October 30, 2010


This newspaper article reports on the accomplishments of Moore as he opened up the Monaro and into the present day state of Victoria. The article was prompted by the re-discovery of J.J. Moores cattle brands in 1928. Before the clipping some background information...

Lieutenant Joshua J. Moore was born in 1790 near Horningsen England and in 1813 entered the Army. He rose to become a Lieutenant of the 14th Buckinghamshire Regiment of foot and was present at the Battle of Waterloo. Soon after this famous victory, he retired on half-pay, and in 1816 emigrated to New South Wales.

Joshua John Moore (1790-1864)(bio)

After holding several high positions in the Justices Department in Sydney he retired from official life and resided on 500 acres at Cabramatta NSW which garant he had recieved in 1819. He was the first landed proprietor at Canberra but was eventually forced to sell his estate of 1742 acres at Acton. The property was purchased  by Arthur Jeffreys. R.N., who had married the second daughter of Robert Campbell. J.J. Moore died at Baw Baw, near Goulburn, on July 27 1864.

The Longreach Leader - 20 April 1928

National Library of Australia

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  1. Hi Dave

    Thanks for the post. I am writing history regarding the Tombong valley near Delegate. A. H. Wright is one of my subjects. I have found the references to the branding irons, and find the photo you have used most interesting. Is that iron one of those found on Kirkenong? If so, can you please let me know any further information as I have A. H.'s descendants hunting high and low for the irons on Tombong Estate. The photo seems to imply that they are in a collection somewhere; I have contacted the places I think that they may have been deposited, but no luck. Any information would be most gratefully received. Thanks. Frances Ingram.

  2. Hi Frances. This is unfortunately the only information I have. I am not sure of the photos origin other than "Michael Powers Branding Iron" Maybe a future reader may leave more information on your comment. Cheers Dave

  3. Thanks for the info, Dave. Oh well. Looks like we need to keep lookin'. Very interesting blog. My ancestors lived on the Limestone Plains c. 1840s; our family story is that they came out to work for Robert Campbell and lived on the site of Old Parliament House. The Monaro Pioneers website has a completely different story (from whom I have no idea ... but anyway). They moved down to Bibbenluke later & then settled & populated the entire Southern Monaro ...

  4. Oh yes. I should mention that Arthur Henry Wright of Tombong Station (as it was known then) is the son of James Wright of Lanyon. Tombong has been in the Wright / Cupit family since 1879; his descendants still live on the Southern Monaro.


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