John Balmain


Peter Reynolds

Schoolteacher and Goldseeker in Balmain, California and Goondiwindi.  1810-1884.

John Balmain thought himself to be a great nephew of William Balmain to whom the 550 acres, now Balmain and Rozelle, was granted in 1800.
John, on arriving in Sydney in 1837 from California became aware of the grant and, perhaps opportunistically, decided to lay claim to part of the Balmain Estate.

This is the story of Johns struggle to obtain his “just rights”.