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James Robertson (1871-1868) came to Australia on the "Providence", arriving at Port Jackson on the 7th January, 1822. With him were his wife, Anna Maria Ripley, and six of their eight children, two more being born in the colony. James was granted 86 acres at Cremorne Point, which he later sold to James Milson.

James had been born in Renfrew, and trained as a clockmaker and silver smith. He worked at Grimaldi and Johnson, The Strand, London before deciding to emigrate, perhaps on the advice of Sir Thomas Brisbane, who was also travelling to Australia to take up the position of Governor. On his arrival, he was appointed keeper of the Governments clocks and watches. 

James received a land grant on the north shore of the harbour, where he built  a house for his family. He also had  a grant at Baulkham Hills. His grant on the north shore became the suburb of Cremorne, where Robertson's Point still marks the position of his grant today.

James later received a land grant of 1,000 acres at Jerry's Plains, in the Hunter Valley, and the option to purchase another 1,000 acres.  The first grant became the property known as Plashett, named after the town in which his wife was born, and the second property was known as Strowan, a Robertson connection to Scotland.

James sold his Hunter Valley property in 1954, and moved to a farm on the subdision of Aberglasslyn, near Maitland. The original "Aberglasslyn House" still stands on this estate, which has now been sudivided for housing.

See http://www.nationaltrust.com.au/aberglasslyn.html  for some excellent pictures and information about the house. It seems that James Robertson may not have lived in this house.

James died in 1868 at Aberglasslyn and was buried near Maitland. Anna Maria died at the house of her daughter Lavalette and Dr Henry Graham.

Death Notice

The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW) - Saturday 11 January 1868

At his residence, Aberglasslyn, near West Maitland, on the 5th instant, James Robertson. Esq., in the 87th year of his age, leaving a large circle of relatives and friends to lament their loss.-The deceased gentleman was one of our oldest colonists, having arrived in the year 1821.

Obituary

The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW) - Thursday 9 January 1868

Death of James Robertson, Esq,, of Aberglasslyn, near Maitland.-Mr. Robertson died on Sunday last, at 2 p.m., at his residence, Aberglasslyn, at the advanced age of 87 years. He was one of the most respected of the early inhabitants of the colony. He arrived in Sydney in the year 1821, with his wife and six children. The regulations then in force granted farms to improving settlers in accordance with the means they introduced in the colony, and Mr. Robertson received a maximum grant of 2560 acres, afterwards increased one half, in consideration of improvements carried out on the original grant. Having selected his land and formed his farming, and sheep, and cattle establishments, he, for a few years carried on business in the city of Sydney, then a small and inconsiderable place. In 1831 he retired from town business, and thenceforth resided on one or other of his country properties, always preserving the good feeling and good opinion of his neighbours. At his death he leaves his widow, who left the old country with him, as well as six sons and daughters, also numerous grand children and great grandchildren, as well as a large circle of other friends to keep in mind his many virtues and to deplore their loss.-Empire, Jan. 7

Obituary

The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW) - Saturday 11 January 1868

The Late Mr. James Robertson,-We have been kindly supplied with a few additional particulars respecting the late Mr. James Robertson, of Aberglasslyn, whose decease we have already reported. Mr. Robertson arrived in the colony in the year 1821, and held for many years a government appointment under Governor Sir T. Brisbane. He brought to the colony with him his wife and six children, viz.-the present Mr. J. B. Robertson, of Oakhampton, the Hon. John Robertson, the late Mr. Brisbane Robertson, the late Mrs. W. P. Wilshire, Mrs. B. C. Rodd, and Mrs. Dr. Graham. Mr. James Robertson resided first in Sydney, and then at Robertson's Point, Port Jackson: he then came to the Hunter district, and lived for some time at Plashett, Jerry's Plains; and then removed to a farm he purchased at Aberglasslyn, near Maitland, where he resided till his death. His great age, his being so old a colonist, and his own kindly disposition, made him much respected and esteemed in the district.

 

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Anna Maria Ripley
Children of James Robertson and Anna Maria Ripley
 
1. James Brand Ritchie Robertson 1810-1899 m.1. Ann Foxton and had 12 children; m.2 Mary Hannah Payne Ingram and had 15 children
 
2. Catherine Maria Robertson 1812 -1848 m. William Pitt Wilshire and had 3 children
 
3. Brisbane Robertson 1814-1853 m. Caroline Jessie Marshall and had 5 children
 
4. John Robertson 1816-1891 m. Margaret Enna Davies and had 9 children
 
5. Lavalette Robertson 1818 m Dr Henry Graham and had 12 children
 
6. Sarah Janet Robertson 1821-1896 m. Brent Clements Rodd and had 12 children
 
7. Agnes Barr Robertson 1823-1909 was not married
 
8. Glen Ripley Robertson 1825-1874 was not married
 

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