- Born: Abt 1814, Ballyheridan, Armagh, Northern Ireland
- Marriage: Sarah Ann MOORE in 1838
- Died: 1883, "Sion Hill", Armidale, , New South Wales, Australia aged about 69 648
It occured to me, whether I told you where the Starr and Moore children were born. All of James and Sarah Ann nee Moore's children were born at McDonald River, its now called Bendemeer, he had the Woolpack Inn and grazing land for sheep, cattle and horses. He went from there to Mihi Creek and Enmore stations which he had acquired off the Cruikshank family. He had large sheep and cattle holdings there. The cattle that were used to establish the Mackay area in Qld came from there, they were driven up there by my gg grandfather David and John Mackay when David was only 18, but the Starr boys were true bushman even when very young, it may actually be the first great cattle drive in Australian history, but don't quote me, Uralla to now Mackay over virgin land. The history books don't show it clearly but it is correct, James Starr although he didn't want it at the time, owned by default 300 sq miles of the now city of Mackay. Its a long detailed story, but when my research paper is finished, you have a right to read it. All the Moore children were born in Armidale, I don't know whether you have it but there is a Moore family paper, done by the Price family, if you do have it, its a good paper well written, but not entirely correct, got some pionts in history wrong. the Moore and Starr's are well known historically but its really huge when it comes to researching and refining it, to do it justice it takes years, I have been at it for about 8. Regards Rob Tillman.
From the History of Mackay
t took until 1860 for European settlers to travel inland to the Mackay region. The first to find his way to the traditional lands of the Yuibera Aboriginal people was Captain John Mackay. In 1862 Mackay returned with cattle and horses and established the Greenmount station, which only remained in his hands until September 1864 when James Starr became the owner of the property.
The Greenmount homestead subsequently had a number of owners before it was purchased by Albert Cook in 1912. The present homestead building was constructed in 1915 and was left to the people of Mackay in the 1980s. The homestead gained a permanent listing on the Queensland Heritage Register in 1993 and extensive restoration work was undertaken before its official re-opening in 2001.
Noted events in his life were:
• Occupation: Farmer Mihi station. 649
James married Sarah Ann MOORE, daughter of James MOORE and Sarah Ann INGRAM, in 1838. (Sarah Ann MOORE was born in 1821 in Armagh, Northern Ireland and was buried in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia..)