Letters of John Maxwell; Superintendent of Government Stock 1823-31

Compiled by Bertha MacSmith & Brian Lloyd
ISBN 09598391 5 1

The description on the front flap of the dust jacket:
Recorded history concerned with major figures of the day seldom makes mention of those who lay foundations for progress, and it was purely by chance an old letter book found in a stable loft focused attention on John Maxwell, stockman and free settler.

The exchange of letters between John Maxwell, Superintendent of Government Stock, and the colonial Administration of New South Wales from 1823 to 1831, provides information on Australia's early pastoral development, and also on the life of the convicts and the problems of a civil servant in what was essentially a military regime.

Letters, even business letters, provide insight into character. Those exchanged between John Maxwell and successive colonial Secretaries Frederick Goulburn and Alexander McLeay bring to life the New South Wales of the early 19th Century, giving the reader an awareness of the decisions, the conditions that prompted them, and especially of Governors Brisbane and Darling, the men who made most of them in those years. But it is the character of John Maxwell, the forthright, honest, and very able Scot, that shines through the pages of this book.


This book is listed here because it may be of interest to those who are researching people associated with the Bathurst district.

The Family History Group of Bathurst does not necessarily have access to a copy of the publication and makes no claim regarding the availability of the book.

The book may be available at your local library or through an inter-library loan or the book may be available for purcchase in Bathurst but not elsewhere. In the last case, the Family History Group of Bathurst Inc. may be able to purchase the book on your behalf and post it to you at cost.