This is a collection of depasturing licenses for individual farmers, from the government of New South Wales, between 1837 and 1851. These licenses permitted settlers to graze stock on Crown lands. They also allowed grazing to happen “beyond the limits of location” (meaning the 19 counties that included Sydney and the settled area surrounding it), were good for one year and renewable.
These records help find where ancestors worked, especially if they were farmers of some sort. The land used to graze and the farmer’s residence are both found in these records and can help lead to other records from those areas. The licenses contain:
- Residence of licensee
- Period of license
- Amount of fee