Alexander MacDuff Baxter was born 1798 in Perthshire,
Scotland. He was married on 15 March 1827 at Streatham
Church, Surrey to Maria Del Rosario, only daughter of
He arrived in the colony on the
Marquis of Hastings in July 1827.
received a grant of 2560 acres of land on 10 October
1827. The land selected adjoined that of
John Verge and
It is unlikely Alexander MacDuff Baxter resided on
this land as he was appointed Attorney General and cut a
high life in Sydney. He almost certainly wasn't present
when Wallarobba and nearby Lyndhurstvale were robbed on
27th December 1830.
The two men arrested for the
robbery were Edward Green (a tailor from Leicestershire
who arrived on the Midas in
1827) and William Smith. They were found not guilty of
the crime in the Supreme court in June 1831, however
Green was returned to the Magistrate Benjamin Sullivan
at Williams River in July and received 150 lashes
punishment in August 1831.
Baxter resigned from his position of Attorney General in
January 1831 and departed the colony under a cloud of
scandal soon afterwards.
The following convicts
were assigned to Wallarobba in 1828:
old John Smithson arrived per Sir Godfrey Webster 1826
John Delaney arrived per Tyne in 1819
Jackson per Tottenham
John Lloyd per Earl St.
Charles McCarthy per 'Ann'
Read about Alexander McDuff Baxter at Australian
Dictionary of Biography
2). A geographical
dictionary or gazetteer of the Australian colonies - By
William Henry Wells.......
3). Wallarobba history
Dungog Chronicle 21 November 1939