Henry Dendy

Henry Dendy (1800-1881) was born in Abinger, Surrey, England.[1] He is best known for his purchase in 1841 of 5,120 acres (2,070 ha), or eight square miles, of land approximately 12 km south-east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The land, known as Dendy's Special Survey, was purchased from the Crown for one pound an acre under the terms of the short-lived Special Survey regulations.[2] Dendy established the township of Brighton on his land purchase. Dendy is also associated with Eltham, Victoria where he was an early settler and operated a flour mill.[3]

Henry Dendy
Born(1800-05-24)May 24, 1800
Abinger, Surrey, England
DiedFebruary 11, 1881(1881-02-11) (aged 80)
Walhalla, Victoria, Australia
Occupationbrewer, grazier, land speculator, landowner
Known forFounder of Brighton, Victoria, Australia

A depression hit the colony in 1843 and Dendy was bankrupted in 1845.

Dendy died at Walhalla, Victoria on 11 February 1881.


  1. ^ Bate, Weston (2005). "Dendy, Henry (1800 – 1881)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 2010-09-24 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  2. ^ Bate, Weston (1982), A History of Brighton (2nd ed.), Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, ISBN 0-522-84270-4
  3. ^ Bate, Weston, "Dendy, Henry (1800–1881)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, retrieved 2020-05-24