Hunter Valley Colonial Medical Practitioners


Alick Osborne



Alick Osborne was the son of Archibald Osborne, Esq., of Dirnaseer, in the county of Tyrone, Ireland. At an early age, he entered the Navy, in which service he remained as surgeon upwards of forty years. He emigrated to New South Wales and settled at Illawarra.  His daughter Jane married Brisbane Water Magistrate Alfred Holden in 1838.

Alick Osborne was surgeon superintendent on several convicts ships between the years 1825 - 1843  including the Lonach in 1825,   Speke in 1826,  Sophia  in 1829,  Sarah  in 1829,  Planter in 1832,   Fairlie in 1834, Marquis of Huntley in 1835 and the Elphinstone in 1838.

In 1837 he was paid 142/12/- for his services on the immigrant vessel Adam Lodge which arrived 13 September 1837.

He was on the List of Surgeons of the Royal Navy who were fit for service in 1841. In the 1841 Census of New South Wales his address is given as Walleroo Park, Brisbane Water.

He was appointed Surgeon to the Formidable in 1842 and transferred to the Impregnable in 1843 (United Services Magazine) His only son Alick died at Illawarra on his 21st birthday on 4th October 1842 while Dr. Osborne was stationed on the Formidable

Alick Osborne was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on the emigrant vessel Emerald Isle in 1843.

His wife Anne died on 15 October 1853 age 61 years and Alick Osborne died in Omagh Ireland on 12th March 1856. The Empire included his obituary:

He emigrated to New South Wales and settled in the district of Illawarra where two of his brothers, the late Dr. John Osborne, and the present member for East Camden (Henry) also resided. At the general election in 1851 Dr. Osborne, was elected member of the Legislative Council for the united counties of St. Vincent and Murray, after a sharp contest in which he was opposed by Charles Campbell Esq., In January 1855 he resigned his seat and proceeded to Europe. In the council. Dr. Osborne was regular in his attendance and took an active interest in the discharge of his duties. His political views, which were frequently expressed in the debates, always briefly and pithily, were of a strong conservative cast. In maintaining his own opinions with out-spoken manliness, however, he never manifested disrespect towards others, meeting his opponents with fairness while preserving his fidelity to his friends. Dr. Osborne was sixty three years of age at his death (1)


Read about the journey of the Planter in 1832 -

  Notes on the Present State and Prospects of Society in the colony of NSW


Notes & Links:

Notes on the Present State and Prospects of Society in New South Wales

Posted to the Leven in 1822

Miss Frances Gillam Holden - Superintendent of the Children's Hospital at Glebe - granddaughter of Alick Osborne

Immigrants of the Adam Lodge - Sydney Monitor 18 August 1837



(1) The Moreton Bay Courier 19 July 1856





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