He was able to do this after the passing of The Pastoral Holdings Crown Land Act 1884 that made the old squatters' landhondings available to small farmers.
The land he chose was part of the original Breelong 'run' occupied by the wealthy English squatter, Richard Rouse.
In the 1840s, the Rouse family's Breelong run was also [mistakenly] spelt 'Bralong' and 'Breylong'.
Depasturing Licences June 1847, County of Bligh:
BROWN, Andrew (Jimmy Governor's mother said she was born on his property, Caigan)
1. Caigan; 2. Tooroowenha; 3. Tuarderburn; 4. Mogemellon; 5. Wambolong; 6. Illarmangulia; 7. Tyrone; 8. Boery.
1. Naran; 2. Meddaway; 3. Ganber Ganber; 4. Manganbrey; 5. Mundoran; 6. Bourbeen; 7. Breelong; 8. Billobla; 9. Mumberbone.
ROUSE, Edwin and George (sons of Richard Rouse)
1. Tarraconangadgere plus five more.
The Sydney Morning Herald 29 September 1848
from Maitland Mercury
Breelong, estimated area 32,000 acres, estimated grazing capacity 3,000 sheep ... north side of the Castlereagh River, commencing at the junction of the Walleborawang Creek with the river, bearing up that creek in a north-easterly direction about 5 miles to Birrendar ... then east about 10 miles ... south about 5 miles ... from thence about 10 miles to the river in a westerly direction to the starting point.
BALLIERE'S New South Wales GAZETTEER and ROAD GUIDE, Vols 1 & 2, Sydney, 1866
(Complied by Robert P Whitworth)
Breelong New. Station - occupier David Ramsay Jnr, 32,000 acres - grazing capacity 4,000 sheep.
Breelong Old. Station - occupiers Healy & McEwan. Est. area 32,000 acres, grazing capacity 3,000 sheep.
Wednesday 15 July 1869, ad to sell New Breelong run of 32,000 acres.
Mr W F Buchanan.
Annual rental 10 pounds; premium nine pounds.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 21 March 1883
Mr J McKeown Esq to sell by public auction at the Royal Hotel, Dubbo today, sheep stations, Old and New xxx ... as yet there no selectors on the station.
Under The Pastoral Holdings Crown Lands Act 1884, prospective small farmer could take up a 'selection', either by leasing it or buying it.
This could be done on a 'conditional' basis requiring improvements be made to the property.
If the conditions laid down were not fulfilled, the land was taken back by the Minister for Lands.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 14 July 1885
Division of Pastoral Holdings
Land divided in accordance with the Crown Lands Act 1884
New Breelong Pastoral Holding (comprising Breelong New Run) Leasehold area no. 389
Land district of Dubbo, County of Lincoln
East Breelong Pastoral Holding (comprising East Breelong Run) Leasehold 474
Land district of Coonabarrabran, county of Gower
West Breelong Pastoral Holding, No.640
The Minister for Lands had the right to grant or refuse extensions of leases.
On 14 July 1894, it was announced that a request for an extension of the lease of West Breelong, 3640 acres, which expired on 4 August 1894, was refused.
An advertisement for land at West Breelong in the Coonamble district that appeared in the Australian Town and Country Journal on 8 February 1896 gave the following particulars:
capital values 10 shillings to 13/4 shillings and pence per acre (to purchase)
rentals 11/2 pence to 2 pence per acre
The land was available from 27 February 1896.
Wednesday 19 February 1879, an ad placed by auctioneers to sell the run 'Breelong'.
In May 1879, Breelong run consisting of 400 acres and 1400 sheep was purchased for 1,800 pounds.
In 1894, New Breelong was left by the late Peter McDonald, grazier, to his widow, Margaret.
The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser, Saturday, 15 October 1881
PN. TREBECK has received instructions from W. F. Buchanan, Esq., to sell by auction, at the Exchange, Sydney, on Wednesday, the 26th October, at 2 30 p.m.,
THE NEW BREELONG STATION, without stock.
Area, 32,000 acres of sound well-grassed coun-try, watered by 10 miles frontage to the Castlereagh River. It is all enclosed by a substantial 6-wire fence, and subdivided. There is a comfortable homestead on purchased land garden, cultivation paddock, &c.
All particulars may be obtained from
P. Nr TREBECK,
Stock and Station Agent,
Dubbo Liberal, Friday 2 July 1915
Mr. James Lewis, of "New Breelong," has this year reached his maximum area of cultivation, with the aid of share farmers.
Already 1300 acres have been sown, and he expects to get yet another 100 acres in.
He has 400 acres in on his own account, share farmers putting in the remaining 1000 acres.
Two hundred acres of the land sown have been under fallow.
Last season he had but 900 acres sown.
He is clearing another 150 acres, which he proposes putting under grain next year, in addition to that already cleared.
Cassilis (or Dalkeith, same name as parish) - a postal township. Electoral district Upper Hunter, police district of Cassilis; 9 miles from Talbaragar River. Nearest places: Turee and Merriwa (mail coach).
Mendoonen / Mendooran range - spurs of range that divides tributaries of Murrimbidgee River from tributaries of Lachlan River in the uppermost parts of their courses.