In 1839, Christopher Lean arrived in Australia after a four month voyage. He had left his native Cornwall with a number of others from his village, including some of his brothers. They were all taking advantage of the £18 bounty then being offered. Christopher Lean not only kept a diary of his voyage which is extant, but so are many of his letters written throughout his long life in Dungog. He left enough in his estate to cover several £500 annuities for his daughters and to leave farms to a number of sons – some 700 acres in total.