Name: George Charles BLAY
Birth: 1817 in Greenwich, UK 1 2
Burial: 1876 Goulburn , NSW 1 2
Reference Number: 867
Death: 24 MAR 1876 in Goulburn, NSW. 1 2
George was an Engineer and later became a Miller. At the time of Mary Ann's christening, George and Esther were living in Kent Street but had moved to Goulbourn Street by the time Eliza Jane was born. In 1848 he owned a dwelling house at 4 Union Place, Sussex Street, Sydney.
On 16th June, 1848 George wrote a letter to Kiama. "Sir, I respectfully beg leave to inform you that I propose erecting in Kiama, a Steam Mill on No. 13 allotment of section No. 16, but I cannot have the allotment in question put up to auction,unless I satisfy the Government that my erecting a Steam Mill will not in any way what ever inconvenience the public as to access to the water." However a public meeting was held in Kiama and all the inhabitants except one voted against the erection of the mill. It was felt that the mill would prove injurious to the water supply of Kiama. ( note from Rod Hoare "Were you aware that Kiama was the original name for Crookwell? There is still a Kiama Creek in Crookwell. It had a name change to prevent confusion with the town in the Illawarra region. Wheat was being grown in the Crookwell area then. Mills were established in Crookwell and Laggan. One was nearly finished in Binda too".)(CS 48/9654)
Around 1849 George and Esther moved to Kiama and then some time later, they moved again to Myrtleville, a small settlement between Goulbourn and Taralga. In 1854 George was working as both a Farmer and Engineer. George was appointed Post Master on 16 June, 1863. He continued as Post Master and Miller for the next 11 years at a salary of 12 pounds p.a. until 1874.
According to the Macarthur Papers at the Mitchell Library, George Purchased six allotments numbered 8 to 13 inclusively, in 1865 in Taralga for ninety six pounds. Between 1865 and 1875 George Blay and his family operated a steam powered flour mill and established a brickmaking plant on the banks of Myrtle Creek. George and Esther had eight children.
George Blay and family, with the exception of Charles Harmony moved on to Laggan and Binda where they purchased land, some of which had been a Crown Grant given to Lachlan McAlister in 1831. They built and operated another flour mill on the Laggan property. In later years George Blay purchased and managed the Binda Hotel and lived in Binda for the remainder of his life.
His death notice appeared in the Goulbourn Evening Penny Post on Tuesday, 28 March. "DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT - We regret to have to announce to our town and country readers that Mr. George Blay, a very old resident of the district, died in Goulbourn on Sunday last having been brought into town for medical treatment from his residence in Binda, where he has been living for many years past and won the respect and esteem of all who know him."
Another notice was also placed in the Goulbourn Herald & Chronicle on Wednesday, 29 March. "DEATH OF MR GEORGE BLAY Our Binda and Taralga friends will be sorry to hear of the death of Mr George Blay, which took place in Goulbourn on Sunday last after a few days illness caused it is supposed from the effects of the bite or sting of some venomous insect or one that had probably been in contact with some dead animal. Mr Blay was formerly resident in Myrtleville and Taralga, and was a miller and engineer. About a year since he removed to Binda, where he conducted the Royal Hotel. He,was a most respectable man and esteemed by all who knew him. He leaves a widow and family of grown up children."
George was buried at St. Saviours Cemetery, Goulbourn. After his death Esther was granted a Petition for his goods valued at 200 pounds (3 July, 1876) as George had died intestate.
Father: Thomas BLAY b: ABT 01 JAN 1785 in Greenwich, UK
Mother: Lydia BARNES b: 27 JAN 1804 in Kingsclere, Hampshire, UK
26 FEB 1839
in St. Andrew's Scots Church Sydney, NSW
- Mary Anne BLAY b: 24 DEC 1840 in Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
- Eliza Jane BLAY b: 26 FEB 1843 in Goulburn St Sydney, NSW
- Thomas BLAY b: 16 AUG 1845 in Woodstock Mills, Jamberoo, NSW
- George Edward BLAY b: 04 JUN 1848 in Castlereagh St, Sydney, NSW
- Charles Harmony BLAY b: 04 SEP 1851 in Kiama, NSW
- Lydia Esther BLAY b: 24 JUL 1854 in Kiama, NSW
- George William BLAY b: 04 AUG 1857 in Kiama, NSW
- Beatrice Emma BLAY b: 1861 in Goulburn, NSW
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