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Thomas Henty was a founding member of the Henty family in Australia. Credited with being the first white settlers in Victoria, the family founded a settlement in Portland Bay. The Australian Dictionary of Biography Online entry for Thomas Henty (and family) determines that, as 'settlers the Henty men were notable not merely for being the first to settle in Victoria but also for their number and quality: a father and seven educated sons experienced in farming and trading, occupations of prime importance to a new colony, and importers of unusually substantial capital in money, skilled workers and thoroughbred stock.'