Colonial Events 1809

 

 

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Colonel William Paterson was administrator of the colony from 9 January to 31 December

Image courtesy State Library of NSW

 

 

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First Presbyterian church in Colony was built at Ebenezer on Hawkesbury River in 1809

Select here to read more about Historic Ebenezer Church

 

January 5......

 

Rev. Robert Cartwright appointed senior Assistant Chaplain, N.S.W

 

January......

Removal of settlers from Norfolk Island

 

January 22......

Lieutenant William Lawson proceeded to Newcastle on the Estramina to take over the settlement as Commandant. He was accompanied by Charles Throsby (SG 22 January 1809)

Select here to read of their eventful journey to Newcastle

William Lawson (1774 - 1850), by unknown artist, courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

January 26......

Arrival of Aeolus convict transport. Master Robert Addie

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March......

 

William Bligh to Hobart. John Macarthur and Major Johnston sail to England to present their case.

April 25......

First post office established in the Colony -

"The Lieutenant Governor, in order to prevent the practice of such frauds in future, has been pleased to establish an office at which all parcels and letters addressed to the inhabitants of this colony shall be deposited, previous to their distribution" - Sydney Gazette

Commemorative stamp

 

 

April 25......

 

Isaac Nichols proclaimed first postmaster.

Text not available

A description of Isaac Nichols house and other buildings nearby in The Present Picture of New South Wales  By David Dickinson Mann

 

April 27......

 

Lieutenant-Colonel Lachlan Macquarie appointed Governor of New South Wales

Downing Street 27 April 1809 - The King has been pleased to appoint lieutenant-Colonel Lachlan Macquarie of his Majesty's 73rd regiment of foot, to be Governor and commander in Chief in and over is Majesty's settlement of New South Wales and its dependencies. (London Gazette 4 May 1809)

Elizabeth Macquarie's 1809 Journal at Journeys In Time

Image: Governor Lachlan Macquarie ca. 1819 - watercolour on ivory miniature.
Original held by
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

 

 

May 4.......

The Factory at Parramatta was re-established under the direction of Mr. Benjamin Barwer, and was open for the reception of Wool and Flax for the Fabrication of Woollen and Linen Cloth on the same Terms as when under the Superintendence of the late Mr. Mealmaker.

May 19......

Departure of the Hindostan, Captain Pasco, and the Dromedary Captain Pritchard, from Portsmouth with a detachment of the 73rd regiment and Governor Macquarie and his family on board

June/July......

Record floods at the Hawkesbury river

 

 

June 16......

Court-martial of Garrett Armstrong (Deserter from NSW Corp - sent to Newcastle)

 

June 25......

 

 

Arrival of Experiment 11  from Cork with 60 female convicts

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

 

 

 

 

 

August......

 

Heavy flooding at the Hunter River with a rise of ten to twelve feet from the usual level. The Sydney Gazette reported that ' such was the rapidity of the efflux as to occasion a fresh of water so far as the extremity of Port Stephens which is about 30 miles north from the mouth of the River.' (SG 13 August 1809)

August 14......

Arrival of Convict transport Boyd from Cork

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

August 14......

 

The first detachment of the 73rd Regiment arrived in New South Wales on board the convict transport Boyd. Three officers. Captain Cameron & Lieutenant John Pike and Lieutenant Thomas Wright. 137 male convicts, 5 having died on the passage out (HRA., Series 1., Vol.VII, p.175)

 

August 18......

 

 

Arrival of Rev. William Cowper  in Sydney

 

 

August 18......

Arrival of the Indispensable, Captain Best

Newcastle surgeon William Evans arrived on the Indispensable as surgeon superintendent

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

September......

 

William Evans appointed colonial surgeon

 

October......

Crew of the ship Boyd murdered by cannibals at New Zealand

 

 

November......

 

Lieutenant Wright appointed Commandant at Newcastle in the temporary absence of William Lawson

 

December......

 

The New South Wales Corps to be replaced by 73rd regiment.

 

 

December 10......

Absconders from Newcastle re-captured

THE Estramina in from Hunter’s River on Wednesday; having taken on board in Broken Bay two persons who had effected an overland escape from King’s Town, and who were in a truly deplorable condition, having been stripped naked and treated severely by the natives, and had been a prey to famine during the travel they had so rashly undertaken, conscious at the same time that they could reap no advantage whatsoever from a rashness which was certain of exposing them to danger and vicissitude. As soon as landed they were lodged in confinement, and the ‘Lady Nelson’ sailing for the Settlement from whence they had absconded the day following, they were put on board to be returned. SG 10 December 1809

Select here to find more early bushrangers in the Newcastle area

 

December 28......

Arrival of the Hindostan with a battalion of 73rd Regiment in Sydney with Major General Lachlan Macquarie. The New South Corps was replaced by the 73rd regiment

Governor Macquarie's correspondence to Viscount Castlereagh

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

December 28......

Arrival in Sydney of Ellis Bent, judge advocate of NSW on the Hindostan

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NSW Corps renamed 102nd Regiment
 
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