JANUARY - Arrival of Nicholas Baudin at D'Entrecasteaux Channel, Van Diemen's Land.
JANUARY - Arrival of the Fly with convict George Bridges Bellasis who had been convicted of dueling in Bombay and sentenced to 14 years transportation. First emancipist to be appointed to an important position in the colony. Australian Dictionary of Biography.
FEBRUARY - Attempt to cross the Blue Mountains by George Caley
FEBRUARY 14 - Arrival in Port Phillip of Lieutenant Murray in the Lady Nelson....... After surveying Western Port in December 1801, Lieutenant John Murray, aboard the Lady Nelson, entered Port Phillip Bay on 14 February 1802 , explored Corio Bay and formally took possession of the area for Britain
APRIL 8 - Matthew Flinders' first meeting with Nicholas Baudin of Le Geographe at Encounter Bay..... Before two in the afternoon we stretched eastward again; and at four, a white rock was reported from aloft to be seen ahead. On approaching nearer, it proved to be a ship standing towards us; and we cleared for action, in case of being attacked. The stranger was a heavy looking ship, without any top gallant masts up; and our colours being hoisted, she showed a French ensign, and afterwards an English jack forward, as we did a white flag. At half past five, the land being then five miles distant to the north eastward, I hove to; and learned, as the stranger passed to leeward with a free wind, that it was the French national ship Le Geographe, under the command of captain Nicolas Baudin. We veered round as Le Geographe was passing, so as to keep our broadside to her lest the flag of truce should be a deception; and having come to the wind on the other tack, a boat was hoisted out, and I went on board the French ship, which had also hove to......A voyage to terra Australis; undertaken in the years 1801-1803, Volume 1 By Matthew Flinders
APRIL 26 - Arrival of Mathew Flinders at Port Phillip