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Captain John Foxton RN (father)

Wilhelmina Fox  (mother)

James Brand Ritchie Robertson (husband)

John Greenlaw Foxton (brother)

George and William Foxton (brothers)


Ann Foxton was supposedly born at sea in December 1811, eleven months after the birth of her brother, John Greenlaw Foxton. (SeeAnn Foxton family letter). However, her birth is recorded at Bedford Square, London and her baptism at June 25, 1812 at St. Paul, Deptford, London, England.

Little is known of her until she migrated to Australia with her mother and her mother's new husband, Robert Jones. 

Ann Foxton married James Brand Ritchie Robertson,  the brother of Sir John Robertson, on 21 March 1835 at St Phillips, Sydney, and had 12 children, 3 of whom died in early childhood. They lived in the Hunter Valley NSW at Phoenix Park, then Wallalong, Paterson's River, then Moor Park at Morpeth. He was the first mayor of Morpeth, and the Chairman of the Hunter River Steam Navigation Company for a quarter of a century. Ann Foxton - Robertson died of heart disease at Moor Park, near Morpeth, NSW on 30 July 1864. 

Their children included:-

  •  James John Robertson,  a District Superintendent of Railways of the Great Northern Line
  • William Foxton Robertson, a Chamber Magistrate at Newcastle
  • John Augustus Robertson, Manager of the Peel River company's station "Curriwillinghi" on the Queensland border
  • Walter Graham Robertson, manager of the Commercial Banking company of Sydney at Wollongong, and Captain of the NSW Volunteer Artillery at Wollongong
  • Wilhelmina Emma Robertson, who married Mortimer William Lewis, an architect. His father, Mortimer Lewis was the NSW Colonial Architect from 1835 to 1849. He prepared plans for the Australian Museum near Hyde Park, Sydney. The Lewis Wing exists today.

After the death of Ann Foxton, James BR Robertson married his housekeeper, Mary Ingram, and had 14 more children.


Sir John Robertson - brother of James Brand Ritchie Robertson

John Robertson was the Representative for Mudgee. He was Premier of NSW five times, including from 1860-61, 1868-70, 1875-77, and 1885-86. He was Colonial Secretary from 22 Dec 1885 to 22 February 1886. He lived at Clovelly House, Watson's Bay. It was later renamed Robertson's Park.


George and William Hinde Foxton

Both boys died in infancy while living at Greenwich Road, Greenwich. 

  • William Hinde Foxton died on 21 March 1817. 
  • George Foxton died on 16 Apr 1817.  

[The family  name "Hinde" comes from the Fox family - Wilhelmina Fox' grandmother was a Hinde]

Within a few months, their father, Captain John Foxton, was killed at St. Helena. His wife, Wilhelmina, was only 24 years old at the time, and had two other children aged 5 or 6 years. Possibly, her husband was already at sea when the deaths occurred.

Read her father's bereavement letter.