Surgeon James Mitchell (1792-1869)
Back To . . .48th
Foot .The Northamptonshire Regiment
Where Born :Fife,Scotland.
Occupation : Medical Officer
Date Arrived : November 1821
Ship Arrived on :"John Barry"
Rank on Discharge : Assistant Surgeon
Date of Enlistment : 1810
Where Enlisted :
Transfer Date : June 1823
Transfer to : Colonial Medical Department
Date of Discharge : September 1837
Where Discharged : Sydney
Died : 1/2/1869
Where Died /
Buried : Rookwood
Parents Names : David Mitchell (.b.....d.)
and Margaret (Low) (.b.....d.)
Spouse's Name : Augusta Maria Scott
Date Married : 22 August 1833
Where Married : St. James' Church, Sydney
Spouse's Parents : Dr. Helenus Scott (.b.....d.) and
Mrs. Augusta Maria Scott (.b.....d.)
Where Born :
Occupation : Home Duties
Date Arrived :
Ship Arrived on :
Where Died /
- Area Settled :
- Children :
- 1 . David Scott Mitchell (b.......d)
who donated his collection of Australiana Books. The
Australian Subscription Library was to become known as
the Mitchell Library Sydney and then the State Library of
New South Wales.
& Achievements :
- Assistant Surgeon James
Mitchell Arrived in Australia in November 1821, on board
the ship "John Barry"
- His military career was to
commence in 1810 when he enlisted in the Army Medical
Department.After serving in the Penninsular Wars in Spain,
New Orleans and in the Medical Hospital at Brussels
during the Waterloo Campaign,he was appointed Assistant
Surgeon in June of 1820.
- Transferring from the 48th
Regiment he joined the Colonial Medical Depatrment in
June of 1823. Mitchell began to carry out his own medical
practice as well as for the Department he was appointed
to.This was frowned upon by the Government and he was
dismissed from service in September of 1837. James
Mitchell was later reinstated for a period of one day,this
allowing him to resign.
- Following his discharge he
obtained land at Burragorang and in the Hunter Valley. He
was very active in
- Mining, salt works &
the manufacture of Tweed. As part of his very public life
he took up the position of president of the Australian
Subscription Library in 1856 serving in this role until
1869. It was to the Australian Subscription Library that
his son David Scott Mitchell donated his collection of
Australiana Books. The Australian Subscription Library
was to become known as the Mitchell Library Sydney and
then the State Library of New South Wales.
- He was not awarded the General
Service Medal .
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