Free Settler or Felon?

Hunter Valley Settler

Alexander MacDuff Baxter
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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 Robert Gordon.

He arrived in the colony on the Marquis of Hastings in July 1827.

He received a grant of 2560 acres of land on 10 October 1827. The land selected adjoined that of John Verge and Matthew Chapman.

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.

Alexander MacDuff 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:

Thirty year old John Smithson arrived per Sir Godfrey Webster 1826
John Delaney arrived per Tyne in 1819
Joseph Jackson per Tottenham
John Lloyd per Earl St. Vincent
Charles McCarthy per 'Ann'

Notes & Links:

1). 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

Henry John Lindeman - Cawarra


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