Colonial Events 1798

 

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Estimated white population approximately 5,000

 

 

January 2......

 

Wilson's Promontory and Phillip Island sighted by George Bass

 

 

January 14......

 

 

An exploratory party consisting of four convicts, their guards and John Wilson who arrived on the Alexander and John Price a free man, servant of Governor Hunter, set out in January 1798, under instructions from Governor Hunter, to prove to convicts that there was no colony beyond the fringe of settlement.

 

 

January 25......

 

George Bass arrived at Phillip Island

 

 

February 9......

 

 

Three men returned to Sydney after their exhausting stint in the bush around Cowpastures. They brought with them a Lyrebird described by David Collins as a variety of bird of Paradise. . Select here to read John Price's journal (State Library NSW)

According to George Barrington in his History of NSW  John Wilson, a convict who had lived for some time with the natives, was the first person ever in the colony to shoot a 'bird of paradise'.  Wilson also had the distinction of Rescuing Charles Grimes when he was attacked by natives at Port Stephens in 1795. Wilson himself was later speared and killed by natives. Read more about John Wilson in the Australian Dictionary of Biography Online

 

 

May 14.......

 

Hail Storm in Sydney stones 6" diameter

 

 

 

May 14......

The Nautilus arrived in Port Jackson with Missionaries rescued from Otaheite

 

 

 

May 18.......

Arrival of the Barwell. Master John Cameron. Passengers included  Hunter Valley settlers  McDougall and Bowman families; Richard Dore, deputy Judge-Advocate, and 287 male prisoners. Convict lawyer/poet Michael Massey Robinson was also transported on the Barwell.

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

 

 

July 18.......

 

Arrival of the Britannia. Master Robert Turnbull. Surgeon Martin Mason

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

 

 

 

October 7......

 

 

Departure of Bass & Flinders in the Nautilus to investigate the possibility of a strait north of Van Diemen's Land.

 

 

 

October......

 

Arrival of the Norfolk from Bengal with cargo of merchandise and stock

 

 

 

October......

 

Fire destroyed the first church in Australia

 

 

 

November.......

Supplies of clothing urgently needed.....Suffer me here, my dear sir, to beseech you to recollect that the whole colony are actually naked; that no cloathing worth mentioning has been received here for more than two years. The Sylph, storeship, brought the last supply and I mention'd then that the whole or nearly all, we then receiv'd would be immediately issued to cloath the people Since that time the most studied economy has been practised to endeavour to cover the nakedness of the people and at this moment the anxiety which I experience from daily and hourly petitions is excessive. Not a blanket to wrap themselves up in during the night, and I fear for the consequences to the general health of the settlement....Governor Hunter to Under Secretary King 1st November 1798 (HRA Vol2, p234.)

 

November ......7

 

Government Order issued requesting that names of female servants be forwarded to authorities.

 

 

 

December 1......

Merchandise in the colony at exorbitant prices

A Letter home to England written in 1798

 

 

 

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Drought in the summer of 1798 - 99.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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