The Johnston family

Geoff and I led an interesting tour through the Hawkesbury this week for the Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society, investigating the family of Andrew Johnston who designed and help build Ebenezer Church. Andrew Johnston and his wife, Mary Beard, arrived in Australia on the Coromandel in June 1802. After filling their required tenure at Toongabbie to learn how to farm in the colony, each of the Coromandel settler families were given grants of land to farm at Portland Head, beside the Hawkesbury River. Andrew Johnston’s family intermarried with the family of George Hall and their descendants spread throughout the colony. Several members of … Continue reading The Johnston family