George Armytage (grazier)
Early life (1795–1815)
Armytage was born at Ticknall, Derbyshire, England in 1795, and was educated at schools in Yorkshire. He was the son of George Armytage (senior), who died in Australia in 1853, having emigrated at the age of eighty-seven. Armytage junior subsequently studied engineering in London until his twentieth year, when, on 28 February 1815, he sailed for Australia in the Hebe.
Australian colonialist (1815–1873)
Arrival in Sydney (1815)
Armytage reached Sydney in August 1815.
Van Diemen's Land (1816–1834)
In 1818 he married Miss Elizabeth Peters.
In 1826 he received a further grant of 1,000 acres (400 ha), built upon it the first watermill in Tasmania. During this period Armytage was part of the Bagdad division of the Tasmanian police who were heavily involved in the Black War that resulted in the deaths of a possible 900 Indigenous Australians.
Port Phillip District (1835–1862)
During 1836 an investigation into the murder of local indigenous people took place in regards to a Charles Franks who had been employed by George Armytage to secure selection of desired parcels of land. Franks was found to have been using lead as a poison. Franks stated that he was using lead to poison "Crows" which at the time was a slang term for Indigenous Australians and possibly a reference to Jim Crow.
In 1847 Mr. Armytage proceeded to Victoria, and settled upon his son George Armytage's station at Ingleby, where his eldest son had died of typhus fever on 12 September 1842. In 1851 he settled at Geelong, and built "The Hermitage".
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