First Families of the Swan River Colony - Saul and Sarah Spice
Saul and Sarah Spice and their six children hoped for a better life - owning their own land - when they decided to emigrate to the new Colony of Swan River. By joining the ill-fated land settlement scheme organised by Thomas Peel, they instead found hardship and despair. Saul was released from his indentures and found work as a brick maker in Perth (1832 Census),
Had Perth Lots T8, T9 and T10 all in 1831. By the 1837 Census Saul and family were living at Upper Swan on land leased from Mr George Leake. The Spice family had crops, pasture and many livestock.
They lost their eldest son William in 1838 to tuberculosis, having lost their daughter Jane to the same disease in 1833. Two daughters married soldiers in 1848. Saul and Sarah sold their three blocks of land in Adelaide Terrace Perth and purchased 320 acres of land at Bindoon which they named 'Brockhill'. They farmed here until they died at an advanced age. Saul died on 8 June 1888 and Sarah pre-deceased him dying 29 October 1860.