To encourage marriage among the free classes, Governor Darling, who presided over the Colony from 1825 to 1831, established a ‘marriage portions’ scheme for the ‘daughters of men of respectability of the Colony’. Once engaged—or ‘promised’—in marriage, daughters of clergymen, mid-level officials and other groups who lacked inherited wealth but had standing in the community, could register for a marriage portion land grant.
The Soldier Settlement website: A Land Fit For Heroes? contains 195 case studies using a variety of sources including those held by us and the returned soldiers’ digitised personnel files held by the National Archives of Australia. The case studies are often incomplete and the information generally dates to the early 1930s. There were over 9,000 soldier settlers in New South Wales and this small sample has been extracted from our voluminous files.