John Arkins was born about 1808. In 1840 at Sydney, he married Catherine Mary (d.1887), daughter of Dennis Troy. Their five sons and a daughter were registered at Maitland. He died on 19 October 1856, aged 48, and was buried at St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church at Parramatta. Note that the genealogical details need further research for confirmation.
Occupation & interests
John Arkins arrived in Sydney on 10 March 1839 as an assisted immigrant per Susan. From 1839-44, he worked in Government employment. In September 1839 John Arkins applied for land at Orange and in 1848 he was appointed Clerk of Petty Sessions at Frederick’s Valley, Orange. He was Clerk of the Bench at Hartley in 1844. He applied for the position of Superintendent of Agriculture at Norfolk Island but was unsuccessful. In 1851 his wife Catherine Mary Arkins also applied for a grant of land at Orange. In 1859, John Arkins was an auctioneer at 396 George Street. His private residence was 181 William Street.
Local government service
Arkins was Alderman from 1 November 1852 until 31 December 1853 when the Council was replaced by a three-member Commission.
Society of Australian Genealogists: Cemetery Transcripts
State Records of NSW: Bounty Index; Col Sec re Land