John Eaton

Ancestor’s last name

Eaton

Given Name:

John

Arrival in Queensland

1 January 1854

Date of Birth

3 January 1811

Place of Birth

Richmond, NSW, Australia

Date of Death

19 June 1904

Burial

Brooweena, Qld, Australia

Place of residence in Queensland

Teebar Station, “Rosehill” Tinana

Spouse

Mary Ann Onus

Date of Marriage

17 January 1831

Place Married

Windsor, NSW, Australia

Children

George Eaton, Ann Eaton, Mary Anne Elizabeth Eaton, Jane Eaton, Elizabeth Mary Eaton, Susannah Eaton, Charlotta Eaton, William Eaton, Caroline Eaton, Martha Mary Richmond Eaton, Veronica Eaton (Twin), Euphemia Eaton (Twin)

Occupation
Cattle Breeder
Farmer
Grazier (cattle)
Mayor
Alderman

John Eaton, farmer, cattle breeder and council alderman, was fundamental in the development of Maryborough and the Wide Bay District. On moving north from southern New South Wales, he purchased the Teebar run in Queensland in 1854. Eaton acquired a number of properties in Maryborough and was a founder of the Eatonvale Sugar Plantation and Factory. Eaton was the second Mayor of Maryborough, succeeding Mr Henry Palmer. He died 19 June 1904, aged 94 years, from general debility.

In the early stages of settlement, frequent attacks on Teebar by Aborigines made life troublesome. As more settlers arrived in the region Aboriginal incursions started to decrease. Consequently, Eaton began to expand his land holdings.

In 1856 he commenced building “Rosehill” on the banks of the Mary River at Tinana. In 1859 the family moved into this elaborate residence, complete with ballroom. “Rosehill” is Maryborough’s oldest home still standing.

John Eaton died at the age of 94 years at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. R. Maitland of Westwood.

If you can provide further information on the life of this person please contact the Harry Gentle Resource Centre (harrygentle@griffith.edu.au)

Newspapers

John Eaton of Teebar

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser
15 July 1904, p. 3

The Sugar Industry Around Maryborough

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser
20 November 1869, p. 2

The Chronicle

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser
25 August 1864, p. 2

Imported Bulls

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser
10 July 1862, p. 2

The Aldride Papers

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser
19 October 1864, p. 4

Gayndah

Courier
21 April 1863, p. 3

Melbourne

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser
7 May 1868, p. 2

Death of Mr John Eaton

Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser
21 June 1904, p. 2