Free Settler or Felon
Convict and Colonial History

James Robertson

Plashett - Map 6

James Robertson was born in 1781 in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Arrival in Australia

He arrived in Australia with his wife Anna Maria nee Ripley and children on the Providence in 1822.

Hunter Valley settler John Laurio Platt and his family also arrived as free settlers on the Providence.

Superintendent of Government Clocks

James Robertson was a watchmaker and on arrival was employed as Superintendent of Government Clocks in Sydney.

Land Grants

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 Plains.
Alexander Anderson J. Bettington George Blaxland Charles Cameron Peter Cunningham Cyrus Doyle John Hoskins John McGarvie William Ogilvie William Ogilvie Thomas Arndell James Arndell James Robertson Early Hunter Valley Settler Map 6

Plashett and Strowan

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 John Hoskins


The children of James Robertson and Anna Maria Ripley included:

1. James Brand Ritchie Robertson born 1810

2. Catherine Maria Robertson b. 1812.

3. Brisbane Robertson born 1814 married Caroline, the eldest daughter of Sampson Marshall in November 1844 at Plashett. Died at Louisa Creek in August 1853

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.

5. Lavalette Robertson was born in 1818 and married Dr. Henry Graham

6. Sarah Janet Robertson married Brent Clement Rodd on 18 May 1839 at Plashett

7. Agnes Barr Robertson was born in 1823 and died in 1909

8. Glen Ripley Robertson was born in 1825.

Employees and assigned convicts :

Andrews, William
Manlius 1827.

Baxter, Charles
Parmelia 1832

Bloomfield, Alexander
Manlius 1827

Connolly, Richard
City of Edinburgh 1832

Elliott, Elija
Andromeda 1833

George, Thomas
Andromeda 1833

Groves, Joseph
Planter 1832

Hawkins, Henry
York 1831

Hayward, Thomas
Planter 1832

How, Simon
Isabella 1832

Jones, John

Jones, Thomas
Royal Admiral 1833

Jones, William
Georgiana 1831

Kelly, James
Prince Regent 1824

Keys, John
Captain Cook 1832

Lahiff, Eliza
Forth 1830 (II)

McAlister, Andrew
Regalia 1826

McBride, Phillip
Regalia 1826

Murray, Edward
Came free. Employed as Overseer

Park, Robert
Planter 1832

Pearson, George
John 1827

Pickering, James
Clyde 1832

Povey, John
Came free per Dick. Employed as labourer

Pritchard, John
Marquis of Hastings 1826

Smith, William
Katherine Stewart Forbes 1830

Watkins, Francis
Marquis of Huntley 1835


James Robertson died at Aberglasslyn in 1868 aged 87