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Lucas, John (1796–1875)

John Lucas married Mary Rowley in 1817. In 1822 he built his first flour mill at Harris Creek and in 1825 erected a second mill at Woronora. The mill operated until the late 1830s when it burnt down. In 1821 John was also assigned a publican's licence and by 1827 was working as a builder with his brother William. They were declared insolvent when they were unable to fulfill a contract to erect a court house at Liverpool.

In 1832 John received 213 acres as part of his wife's inheritance, 113 acres of which he subdivided with a view to selling. This was the beginning of closer settlement for the suburb of Croydon. In the early 1850s he moved with his family to Gundaroo.

* further information: Peter McKay, A Nation Within a Nation: The Lucas Clan in Australia (2004), pp 743-45

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'Lucas, John (1796–1875)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/lucas-john-25625/text33934, accessed 22 September 2019.

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