Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Witness to Local History; Pioneer Plays His Part in Disputed Plains Lawsuit

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Witness to Local History; Pioneer Plays His Part in Disputed Plains Lawsuit

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WHEN North Lismore resident James Griffiths died on July 31, 1895, there was no great fanfare and not many attended his funeral.

However, nearly 50 years earlier as a young man in his mid-20s, Mr Griffiths had played an important role in one of the largest lawsuits in the region.

Born in Wales 78 years earlier, he settled on the Richmond after walking across from the Clarence in 1842 with a few others.

He also travelled across other areas of New South Wales. He was in Bathurst with the surveyors when the town was laid out and also with W Darke when he surveyed Grafton.

He married in 1845 and celebrated his golden wedding anniversary the March before he died.

It was in 1847 that he appeared in court as a witness to the dispute over land between Shaw and Leycester of Tunstall Station and Ward Stephens of Runnymede.

What eventually came to be known as the Disputed Plains lawsuit started when Mr Stephens allowed sheep to run on land Shaw and Leycester claimed belonged to them. …

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