Colonial Events 1796

 

 

 

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Estimated white population 4,016

 

 

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Augustus Theodore Alt (17311815) Early Sydney - 1796 pen and wash drawing

 

 

January.......

 

Reward offered for Bushranger Black Caesar (Sydney)

 

 

 

January......

 

Scottish Martyr Thomas Muir escaped from the colony on board American ship Otter

The extraordinary life of Thomas Muir........

 

 

 

January 16......

 

Opening of the first theatre in Sydney. The first performance of Edward Young's drama The Revenge was followed by a farce called The Hotel. Robert Sidaway a First Fleet convict was behind the venture.

 

 

January 23.......

Arrival of store ship Ceres

 

February.....

 

Black Caesar shot and killed by pursuers.......

Read more about the death of Black Caesar

 

 

February 11......

 

Arrival of Marquis Cornwallis from CorkMaster Michael Hogan.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Marquis of Cornwallis

Log Book of the Marquis Cornwallis - Library of New South Wales

 

 

March 16......

 

Death of Scottish Martyr Joseph Gerrald

 

 

 

March 19......

 

Death of Scottish Martyr William Skirving

He was buried in the Old Sydney Burial Ground

The Trial of William Skirving

 

 

 

March......

 

Exploration of the South Coast and Port Hacking by Bass & Flinders

 

 

 

April 30......

 

Arrival of ship Indispensable with 131 female prisoners and provisions for nine months after their arrival

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Indispensable

 

 

 

April......

 

Resignation of assistant surgeon Leeds. D'Arcy Wentworth appointed in his place

 

 

 

May ......

 

Merino sheep introduced into Australia by John Macarthur

 

 

 

May 11.......

 

Arrival of the store-ship Britannia from Bengal with 957 tierces of salt provisions and rice. Chartered by Capt. William Paterson of NSW Corps

 

 

 

June.......

Unsuccessful attempt to cross the Blue Mountains by George Bass

A Description of the hardship endured by George Bass and his party

 

 

 

June.......

Coal found in a bay near Port Stephens

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

 

August......

 

William Balmain Principal Colonial surgeon

 

 

August......

Departure from the colony on the Britannia of Captain David Collins, Captain William Paterson, Lieut. Abbott and Lieut. Clephan.

 

 

November......

Governor Hunter reports to the Duke of Portland that there was 'being erected upon the high ground over Sydney, a strong substantial and well-built windmill with a stone tower, which will last for two hundred years and are preparing materials for another such at Parramatta'

 

 

 

November.......

 

 

Printing press first used by convict George Hughes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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