Felton Mathew's discoveries

Government surveyor, Felton Mathew, discovers John Grace’s limeburning activities and settlement, hitherto out of sight up Marra Marra Creek. His party records seeing five “miserable” abodes, log huts “covered with bark” which are “so utterly…secluded from all approach”. Deeds are later issued for the occupied land at Grace’s settlement on Marra Marra Creek. Sarah Wallace (Ferdinand) purchases three acres. Sarah is described as living much like a “traditional Aboriginal woman, fishing in a bark canoe with a shell hook on a line as had been used by Aborigines earlier”. (Ford, 2012, p5).