|James Robertson was born in 1781
in Renfrewshire, Scotland.
He arrived in Australia
with his wife Anna Maria née Ripley and children on the
in 1822. John Laurio Platt
and his family also arrived as free settlers on the
Robertson was a watchmaker and on arrival was employed as
Superintendent of Government Clocks in Sydney. He received a
land grant on the north shore of Sydney Harbour, known today
as Robertson's Point, (Cremorne) He was granted 1000 acres
by Governor Brisbane in 1824 and another 1000 acres was
reserved for purchase. He took up this land at Jerry's
The land to the north of the Hunter River
came to be known as 'Plashett and the land on the south as 'Strowan'.
Plashett may have been first been known as Whitfield,
however was re-named Plashett after the property of his
wife's father, Plashett Park in Essex, England.
Strowan was part of a primary grant to
The children of James Robertson and
Anna Maria Ripley included:
1. James Brand Ritchie
Robertson born 1810
2. Catherine Maria Robertson b.
3. Brisbane Robertson born 1814 married
Caroline, the eldest daughter of
Sampson Marshall in
November 1844 at Plashett
4. John Robertson born
1816 and married Margaret Davies. John managed Plashett in
the 1840s. He later became an eminent politician in New
South Wales being elected Premier several times.
Lavalette Robertson was born in 1818 and married Dr. Henry
6. Sarah Janet Robertson married Brent
Clement Rodd on 18 May 1839 at Plashett
Barr Robertson was born in 1823 and died in 1909
Glen Ripley Robertson was born in 1825.
assigned to Plashett included:
William Andrews per
Alexander Bloomfield per Manlius;
Jones per Royal Admiral; and
John Jones per Surry.
James Robertson died at
Aberglasslyn in 1868 aged 87