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Isaac Scott Nind and Maria Ann Thompson

By 1834 Isaac Nind was established as a doctor at Paterson where he ran a private hospital at Tillimby. In his private practice Nind attended to settlers, free workers and convicts in the district, and acted in an official capacity when required as surgeon for coronial inquiries.[1]

Isaac Nind has born about 1797[2] and he arrived in New South Wales in 1826. Within three weeks of his arrival he was appointed as Assistant Colonial Surgeon and sailed on the Amity, arriving in King George's Sound WA on Christmas Day 1826.While in WA he showed skills as an anthropologist and artist. In the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society he published a paper titled Description of the natives of King George's Sound (Swan Colony) and adjoining country (1831;1:21-51). He also painted the following sketch of the settlement at King George's Sound in 1828:

sketch of the settlement at King George's Sound 1828

Suffering a bout of severe depression, he returned to Sydney in 1829 and proceeded immediately to London to attend to family affairs. He returned to NSW in February 1833 and by September of that year his address was 'Paterson's River'.[3]

Curiously, in December 1837 he was appointed a Commissioner of Crown Lands for New South Wales, although there is no evidence (so far discovered) that he actually performed the role (NSW Gov. Gazette 1837, p939).

In 1839 he was listed as a surgeon based at Tillimby.[4] He continued to practice medicine in Paterson until mid 1858 when he moved to the Liverpool/Campbelltown area of Sydney. His household furniture at Paterson was advertised for sale in August 1858.[5] During part of his time in Paterson he was also a licenced spirit merchant and brewer.

death of Isaac Nind

Death notice for Isaac Nind in Paterson news in the Maitland Mercury, 20 August 1868. Note the journalistic licence, as he was in Paterson for only 25 years.

In November 1858 (aged in his 60s) he married Maria Ann Thompson.[6] He continued to practice medicine in his senior years and was appointed as an official vaccinator for the Campbelltown district in 1867.[7] He died in Campbelltown in August 1868[8] leaving five young daughters (Mary born 1859, Edith born 1860, Agnes born 1863, Bertha born 1865 and Grace born 1868).[9] He is buried in St Peter's Anglican Cemetery, Campbelltown. His wife Maria died in 1885.[10]


1. Walsh, Brian. "Heartbreak and Hope, Deference and Defiance on the Yimmang: Tocal's Convicts 1822-1840". PhD thesis, University of Newcastle, 2007, p.166 (on-line).

2. Australian Medical Pioneers Index (on-line).

3. HRA I, XVII, pp.274-276.

4. New South Wales and Port Phillip General Post Office Directory for 1839.

5. Maitland Mercury, 21 August 1858 p4.

6. Maitland Mercury, 6 November 1858 p3.

7. Sydney Morning Herald, 7 December 1867 p7.

8. Maitland Mercury, 20 August 1868 p4.

9. Index to NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages.

10. Sydney Morning Herald, 15 May 1885 p1.


Some further references are cited in sources 1 and 2 above.

See also

Another Paterson medical practitioner, William Evans.