Cartwright, Reverend Robert (1771 - 1856)

Born: England (Wellington, Shropshire)

Anglican clergyman, chaplain at Liverpool (1819-1836), incumbent of St. James Sydney (1836-38)


Career Highlights

Reverend Robert Cartwright emigrated to NSW to take a colonial chaplaincy in 1810. He worked in the Hawkesbury district and at Windsor for several years, also serving as magistrate for the district of Wilberforce (1811-1818). Cartwright was a strong supporter of measures undertaken on behalf of Aborigines by Governor Macquarie, and was an early advocate of schemes to reserve land for Aboriginal settlement. From September 1819 he sat on the Committee of the Native Institution. Cartwright was appointed to Liverpool in 1819 and remained there seventeen years, until he was made incumbent of St. James's, Sydney on the death of Reverend Richard Hill in 1836. He was also master of the Male Orphan School (1825-1829?). From around 1838, Cartwright worked in the southern districts till his death at Goulburn in 1856.


ADB, s.v. "Cartwright, Robert", by K.J. Kable, 1:211-12.