Colonial Events 1808

 

 

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Lime burning was commenced at Newcombe Pipers Beach 7 miles from Newcastle, possibly to provide mortar for the first gaol 

Select here to Read description of the Lime burner's camp in 'Settlers & Convicts'

Edward Young who arrived on the Admiral Gambier was sent as a prisoner to Newcastle in 1811. A bricklayer by trade, he assisted in the building of some of the lime kilns.

 

 

 

 

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A Volume of ornithological work by naturalist John William Lewin was published

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Catalogue of Books By Henry George Bohn

 

January 1......

Rev. William Cowper, appointed senior assistant Chaplain of N.S.W.

 

 

 

January 25.......

John Macarthur charged with sedition

 

 

 

 

January 26......

Military Officers arrest Governor Bligh. George Johnston becomes administrator until 28 July

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The History of New South Wales, from Its First Discovery to the Present Time By G. Paterson

 Bligh's arrest...Bligh's arrest - Cultural Collections, University of Newcastle

 

 

January 27......

Proclamation issued by George Johnston

READ THE PROCLAMATION

 

February......

 

 

Sydney Gazette suspended following the deposition of Governor Bligh

 

 

February 12......

 

John Macarthur appointed Magistrate of the Territory

March.......

Sir Henry Browne Hayes transported to Newcastle Penal settlement......

Sir Henry Browne Hayes' memorial to Gov. Macquarie re his treatment at Newcastle

April 3......

Resignation of Charles Grimes from the position of acting Judge-Advocate

 

April......

George Crossley sentenced to 7 years in Newcastle Coal Mines

May......

Provost-Marshall William Gore sentenced to 7 yrs in Newcastle coal mines

Provost-Marshall William Gore to William Bligh re his arrest

 

May 6......

Lieutenant-Colonel William Paterson of the New South Wales Corps appointed Colonel.

George Johnston of the New South Wales Corp appointed Major

Edward Abbott of the New South Wales Corp appointed Captain

 

May 15......

 

 

The brig Harrington seized in Sydney Harbour by convicts and sailed to the north

Account of the Harrington

 

May 24......

Hawkesbury floods

 

July 28......

Major Joseph Foveaux replaced Johnston as administrator of the Colony

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The History of New South Wales, from Its First Discovery to the Present Time  By G. Paterson

 

August 15......

 

 

The Dundee, Captain Cummings, wrecked at Hunter River

The wreck of the Dundee (Sydney Gazette)

shipwreck

September 3......

 

Death in England of Philip Gidley King, former Governor of New South Wales

Buried at St. Nicholas, Tooting Graveney

 

September 6......

 

Appointment of William Redfern as Assistant surgeon

 

 

 

September 11....

Ensign Villiers appointed Commandant at Newcastle

October......

 

Two people murdered by a native near Newcastle

Read more here

 

November 16......

Convict Thomas Shirley drowned at the Hunter River in trying to rescue the vessel 'Halcyon' in a gale

 On Friday the Halcyon arrived with coals and cedar from Newcastle; from whence she had sailed the 16th with favourable weather, which continued till she nearly reached the north head of Broken Bay, when a heavy gale set in, and she was driven back to Hunter’s River. Her situation being rather alarming, owing to the state of the wind and a heavy swell, a boat was sent from the Settlement to her assistance, and the vessel was preserved – Unfortunately, however, one of the persons employed in this beneficial service lost his life. This was Thomas Shirley, a prisoner, who arrived in the second Royal Admiral. SG 27 November 1808

 

 

November 27......

 

Arrival of convict ship Speke . Captain John Hingston.

Select HERE to find out more about the Speke.

 

December 22......

 

Arrival of the convict ship Admiral Gambier, Captain Edward Harrison.

See HERE for more information

 

December.......

Lieutenant William Lawson to proceed to Newcastle as Commandant of the penal settlement

GENERAL ORDERS – Lieutenant William Lawson of New South Wales Corps will hold himself in readiness to embark for Newcastle to take the Command of the Settlement there in the room of Ensign Villiers who is to return to Headquarters

By Command of His Honor Lieutenant Governor James Finucane, Secretary, Head Quarters Sydney SG 25 December 1808

 

 

December 31.....

 

SHIP  NEWS.  Yesterday evening arrived within the Heads, His Majesty's ship Porpoise, from Port Dalrymple seven days, having on board His Honour LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PATERSON and LADY; whose  Landing was by the extreme violence of the weather  delayed until the following morning (1st January 1809). A carriage was by His Honour LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR FOVEAUX dispatched to South Head at an early hour to convey His Honour up to Town; where a Reception was prepared, suitable to His Honour’s high Rank - Sydney Gazette

 

 
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