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Stirling was allocated 5,000 acres at Swan River on 29 September 1829. [1, p 149] Pamela Statham-Drew writes that 'James, Ellen and the children spent some of the hot days of January 1831 in the small brick house James had built on their Woodbridge grant at Guildford. Later in the year a visitor from India, Colonel J. Hanson, described their retreat as "a little cottage orné" built on an elevated and beautiful site "at a turn of the river commanding a view along two extensive reaches and the land in front of it being all meadow land, very beautifully studded with forest trees, you my without much imagination conceive yourself placed in the midst of a gentleman's park at home." Hanson added that the Governor did not seem to spend much time there, being caught up with official business at Perth.' [1, p 186]
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Stirling had multiple connections to the slave trade. His intergenerational family businesses traded in slave-produced goods in the United States and Caribbean. His brother Walter Stirling received compensation for the loss of enslaved people in Guiana and Barbados. Stirling was stationed in the Royal Navy at Jamaica, where his Uncle Charles Stirling was Commander-in-Chief. They received prize money for capturing ships, some of which contained slave-produced goods. Stirling's father-in-law James Mangles owned a ship which transported enslaved people between Africa and the Caribbean. [Georgie refs]
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Christopher Pease, Land Release 3, 2008 [page 7]:
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