Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - News -

On 26th Oc­to­ber 1799, Ma­jor Foveaux, com­man­der the New South Wales Corps and Surveyor Gen­eral Charles Grimes were to­gether granted a 980 acre plot of land in the Toongab­bie area by Gov­er­nor Hunter. Grimes gave his por­tion to Foveaux who by 1801 was the colony’s land holder and, with 1250 sheep, the largest gra­zier.

The prop­erty [grant no 834], in­clud­ing sheep, sold on 5 De­cem­ber 1801 to John Macarthur for £500. El­iz­a­beth Macarthur called this prop­erty “my Seven Hills Farm”.

John Macarthur re­turned from Eng­land in 1821 and handed the prop­erty, which had grown to 2000 acres through var­i­ous pur­chases, back to the govern­ment in ex­change for 5000 acres at Cam­den. Por­tions of the land were re-granted and in 1865 Ed­ward Henry Pearce in­her­ited the farm nam­ing it ‘Bella Vista’. His son Ed­ward Wil­liam Charles Arch­dale Pearce re­ceived the prop­erty in 1912 un­der the terms of his fa­ther’s will. In 1997 the Baulkham Hills Shire Coun­cil be­came the owner of the farm and since then it has re­ceived a new lease of life through the work of vol­un­teers and em­ployed skilled trades­men. There is ev­i­dence of over 200 years of con­tin­u­ous agri­cul­tural use of this in­tact his­toric farm com­plex. The two storey home is sit­u­ated on a high ridge over­look­ing Old Windsor Road with panoramic views of the Blue Moun­tains.

Bella Vista Fitzger­ald house, orig­i­nally built circa 1820

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