Newcastle Through the Years.......
Lieutenant Lawson did not arrive in Newcastle until mid January 1809. The Sydney Gazette gave the following account of his perilous overland trek which was undertaken at the height of summer......
In November 1809 Lieutenant (?Thomas) Wright of the 73rd regiment was appointed Commandant in the temporary absence of Lieutenant Lawson who had gone to Sydney on the Lady Nelson.
Lieutenant Lawson returned to Newcastle early in December 1809 to resume his duties. He remained Commandant until February 1810
Notes & Links:
1). William Lawson at Australian Dictionary of Biography
2). Crossing the Blue Mountains - State Records NSW
3) Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson in 1813 - the Historical Records of Australia
4). Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson - State Library NSW