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Lieutenant Lachlan McAlister (1797- 1855)

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  • Born : 1797
  • Where Born : Strathaird . Isle of Skye, Scotland
  • Occupation : Soldier , Mounted officer of police, Explore/ Magistrate
  • Date Arrived :7th August 1817
  • Ship Arrived on : Matilda
  • Port Arrived : Sydney
  • Rank on Discharge : Lieutenant
  • Date of Army Enlistment : 9 November 1815 aged 18 years
  • Where Enlisted Army : Ireland
  • Regimental # Lt . 04
  • Last Regiment Served : 48th Regiment
  • Regiment Enlisted from : 48th Regiment
  • Date Enlisted Mounted Police : 28 September 1829
  • Stationed : Bathurst : Goulburn
  • Rank Mounted Police : Captain
  • Date Discharge Mounted Police:1 October 1834
  • Regiment Re-Joined : 48th Regiment
  • Date of Discharge Army : 25 November 1821 accepted 1822
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Comments Regarding Army Discharge : Resigned Half pay
  • Died :24 December 1855 aged 58 years
  • Where Died / Buried : Clifton 'his farm' Campbelltown N.S.W / St Davids Church Campbelltown . lot (37)
  • Parents Names : DR Duncan McAlister of Tarbert   and Janet McAlister of Strathaird   ( cousins)
  • Spouse's Name : Christina MacInnes
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  • Where Born : Strathaird . Isle of Skye, Scotland
  • Occupation : Soldier's Wife
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  • Port Arrived : Sydney
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    Some information supplied by

    Some information supplied by Max M Macalister Esq,K.O.Scot.Kt.T.,FAHSA,
    Senior of "Strathaird",Cadet of "Tarbert",
    President Clan Macalister Australia. 
    Area Settled :
    Taralga / Lake George
    Children :
    Prior to marriage. Isabelle MacLean
    Janet (b.8/6/1841
    Duncan (b.26/10/1842....d19/6/1895)


    Marriage to Christina MacInnes
    Mary Anne 15/3/1850.....d.)
    Ann Janet (b.10/4/1852 ....d24/6/1941)

    History & Achievements :

    Lieutenant Lachlan McAlister arrived in Australia as part of the North Hamptonshire Regiment (48th
    Regiment of Foot) contingent, on board one of three ships the ship "Dick" "Matilda "or" Lloyd's " 3/11/1817 . He began his military career as an appointed Ensign on 9th of November 1815 and was promoted to Lieutenant on the 26th of July 1821.
    It has been recorded that on the 24th of March 1818 ,Ensign Lachlan McAlister sailed from Sydney as part
    of a contingment to relieve a company of the 46th Regiment at Port Dalrymple, Tasmania. This was on board the Government ship " Elizabeth Henrietta " ,this group of the 48th were under the command of Major Gilbert Cimitier.
    Following a dispute with the command of the time, McAlister became unpopular with the 48th's
    commanders and was transferred to Georgetown, then to Newcastle. McAlister became the first officer of the 48th Regiment to leave the service and settle in New South Wales. He took 2,000 acres at Myrtle Creek now called Myrtleville . He named his property " Strathaird "and by 1837 it had reached 16,300 acres (the property is located near Argyle which extended from Taralga to Lake George.) McAlister became very well known in the district as a Magistrate and in 1833 became the commandant of the Bathurst Mounted Police.
    McAlister was in charge of the party responsible for the death of the Bushranger "Wild Jack" Donohue at Bringelly.
    McAlister wished to extend his land holdings and led a party into the Gippsland region in 1837. He
    held land at Geelong and Mitchelltown. In Victoria the McAlister River is named in his honour,
    also a mountain at Taralga bears his name "Mount McAlister"
    Purchased three blocks of land at the first land sale held in Melbourne June 1837 rode from Clifton to do so
    Founding member of the Sydney Jockies Club
    McAlister died in 1855. at "Clifton " his property at Campbelltown, New South Wales.
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