In the 30 years since his arrival in Australia James had moved from South Australia to Brighton, Victoria then to a farm at Parwan near Bacchus Marsh for a few years. In about 1880 he moved with his family to Maddingly, across the river from Bacchus Marsh, and they ran a store and hotel there for about ten years.
He quickly established himself as a useful member of the community as evidenced in a newspaper report published when the faamily left for Ballan in 1890.
|Bacchus Marsh Express 1 Nov 1890
|Bacchus Marsh Express 10 Nov 1888
|Bacchus Marsh Express 10 Apr 1889
|Maddingly Park c1936
Booklet - Bacchus Marsh Centenary Celebrations, Federation University
Australia Historical Collection