James Gilligan, the first settler to the Fingal Valley

 


James Gilligan, who settled on a land grant some ten kilometers east of Avoca, is believed to be the first settler to the Fingal Valley.
He named his property "Clifton Lodge" in around 1820 and although he longed to return home to Ireland to die, his wish has never granted. He was buried close to his home which, today, is only a pile of stones.

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