Samuel Hockley

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Samuel Hockley (1771 - 1859) was originally a former convict and member of the New South Wales Corps who arrived in Australia in 1792.[1] He was given land at Brickfield Hill where he set up a butchery.[2].

He was granted 50 acres (200,000 m2) in 1810 by the colonial government in Lakemba NSW near the current Fairmount Street[3]. He called the land Essex Hill Farm, after his native county in England. Upon Hockley's death in 1859, his estate was divided among his two daughters, Mrs Sarah Smith and Mrs Miller.[4]

His granddaughter was Maria Smith, nee Hockley, of "Granny Smith Apples" fame.


  2. LARCOMBE, Frederick A. Change and challenge: a history of the municipality of Canterbury. [Canterbury, NSW]: Canterbury Municipal Council, 1979. p. 31
  3. Joan Lawrence, Lawrence, Madden & Muir, Brian J. Madden, Lesley Muir. A Pictorial History of Canterbury Bankstown.