EALES, JOHN (1799-1871), grazier and pioneer pastoralist, was born on 28 March 1799, at Ashburton, Devonshire, England, the son of John Eales, farmer, and his wife Elizabeth, née Leaman. The name Eales dated back to Norman times, the family seat being Berry Pomeroy Castle at Totnes, Devonshire.
Deciding to emigrate to New South Wales, Eales applied to Earl Bathurst, a family friend, for rights to select land in the colony, which he received on 24 October 1822. He arrived at Hobart Town on 19 August 1823 in the Francis, with letters of introduction to Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane. After a brief stay he went to Sydney and thence to the Hunter River district, where he selected his grant of 2100 acres (850 ha) about four miles (6.4 km) from Morpeth. With the aid of one servant, 'Jim-the-Londoner', he cleared some 200 acres (81 ha) and planted it with wheat ...Read more at the source website