Augustus Alt (1731–1815)

Alt was the first surveyor of lands in the Colony of New South Wales. He is one of more than 50 First Fleeters buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta and one of only 17 with memorial plaques.


  • Full name: Augustus Theodore Henry Alt
  • Unofficial Title: Baron Alt
  • Colloquial: ‘Lord A’

Burial Location

  • Section 1, Row J, No. 1, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta


  • Spouse of Sophia Alt (maiden name unknown)
  • Parent of Caroline Alt
  • Parent of Augusta Alt
  • Common law husband of First Fleet convict Ann George
  • Parent of Lucy Alt (1790-1806)
  • Parent of Henry George Alt (b.1799)

Related Content

Augustus Alt: The Baron (2016)

By David Morgan

Abstract: Augustus Alt was the first Surveyor-General of New South Wales (1787-1803). His life, beginning in upper-class London in 1734 and ending in insolvency in Parramatta in 1815, had been one of adventure across Europe as an army officer, surveyor, engineer – and mercenary. One of the oldest members of the First Fleet, he suffered ill health soon after his arrival and it is unclear just how much surveying was done by him personally. His key role may have been as an advisor to Governor Phillip on land matters. more>>




# First Fleet

# Came Free

# Ship: Prince of Wales (1788)

# Burial year: 1815

# Grave: marked