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1789

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Old tank stream colonial australia illustrated engravings In 1789 drought threatened the colony, and the small freshwater stream that ran into Sydney Cove proved an inadequate source of water. To overcome this, holding tanks were later cut into the sandstone banks to provide storage for the water. This stream became known as the 'Tank Stream'.





January 1

Example of the uniform of the Marines from a painting by Charles C. Stadden on the jacket of 'The First Fleet Marines 1786 - 1792' by John Moore (ISBN 0   7022   2065  5)
Officers invited to dine at the Governor's table

.......Example of the uniform of the Marines from a painting by Charles C. Stadden on the jacket of 'The First Fleet Marines 1786 - 1792' by John Moore (ISBN 0 7022 2065 5)





February 2 Death of Captain John Shea of the Marines who died of consumption after a long illness






March 27
Six marines executed in Sydney for stealing food - James Baker, James Brown, Richard Dukes, Thomas Jones, Luke Haynes and Richard Askew.




April 15


Outbreak of Smallpox amongst the aborigines at Port Jackson .......


The English Review Volume 22

Mear, Craig., The Origin of the Smallpox Outbreak in Sydney 1789 Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society (June 1, 2008)

........Image of child illustrating effects of smallpox (20th Century)




April 28
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Mutiny on the Bounty. Dangerous Voyage of Captain Bligh, in an Open Boat, Over 1200 Leagues of the Ocean, in the Year 1789 .. By William Bligh




May 8 Return of the Sirius to Port Jackson from the Cape Colony with provisions




May 18 Death of Arabanoo from small pox




June Discovery of Nepean River by Watkin Tench.




June First play performed in Australia - George Farquhar's comedy The Recruiting Officer.  Read 'The Recruiting Officer




August 8 First Police Force in the colony - Nightwatch......Names of the first Night watch





October

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First Launching of vessel in Sydney - named the Rose Hill Packet by the convicts. An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales

An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales




November 21 James Ruse -  farm - supported from the public store until 25 February 1791.




November 25 Aborigines Colbee and Bennelong taken prisonerSelect Here to view an image of Bennelong   





December

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Lieutenant William Dawes led a party into the mountains across the Nepean River, penetrating 15 miles (24 km) in 3 days   An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales From Its First Settlement in January 1788, to August 1801 By David Collins

......An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales From Its First Settlement in January 1788, to August 1801 By David Collins




December 24

The Store ship Guardian, Captain Riou, laden with stores and carrying 25 convicts and and a crew of 123 struck an iceberg 400 leagues from the Cape of Good Hope. Captain Riou died during the attack on Copenhagen on 2 April 1801 and was commended by Lord Nelson for his gallantry and bravery.


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