The story of Bunjurgen Estate traces its heritage from the very early days of convict transportation to the Colony of New South Wales. John McMaugh, an Irishman, was transported and served his sentence on a series of cattle properties in the Macleay River valley, which is very close to Port Macquarie. Port Macquarie was a cruel and hated convict settlement with harsh living conditions and extremes of physical punishment. Granted a ticket of leave after seven years, he worked, and ultimately selected a grazing station, Pee Dee Station, in the Upper Macleay Valley of New South Wales. Caroline Blake, her birth certificate marked: "born to a convict mother on His Majesty Ship off the Coast of New South Wales", married John McMaugh in 1842, aged 16 and named the local area Bellbrook, and their selection Pee Dee Station. Caroline’s mother, born in 1795 in Ireland, was transported as a convict, and who lived for the remainder of her life in Australia is buried on Pee Dee Station under a graceful white cedar tree, a true Australian pioneer woman, remembered as a great lady. Four generations later, a descendant of the original McMaugh family established a vineyard selection in the Teviot Valley, near Boonah in Southern Queensland in a location known locally as Bunjurgen. The property was named "Bellbrook" after the original area named by Caroline McMaugh in the Macleay Valley in 1842. A fitting historical touch. Whilst the privations of the convict era are no longer present, the hard physical work and continual demands of establishing and developing a vineyard have a contemporary parallel with John McMaugh’s convict experiences of Port Macquarie 175 years ago.